Roe vs Wade

Friday is the anniversary of Roe vs Wade and I offer the following reflections from our Bishops:

“Twenty-five year ago, Pope St. John Paul, II wrote that the Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus’ saving message to the world (Evangelicum vitae 1).  In taking on human flesh, dwelling among us, and sacrificing His very life for our redemption, Christ reveals the profound dignity of every human person.  This God given dignity does not change with our state of life, abilities, level of independence, or any other varying circumstance.

Rather, it is rooted in the permanent fact that each of us is made in the image and likeness of God, created to share in the very life of God Himself.  The human person is a “manifestation of God in the world, a sign of His presence, a trace of His glory” (EV 24) and we must reflect this truth in how we act and how we treat one another.

The truth of the Gospel of life is at the foundation of who we are as followers of Christ.  In His earthly life, Jesus provided the perfect model for how we are to love our neighbor and live out the Gospel call:  “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Mt. 25-40).

Knights of Columbus Sub Sale

Our Knights of Columbus Council #3625 are sponsoring a Sub Sale and orders are being taken beginning this weekend, January 16, 2021.

You have a choice of Italian, Ham/Cheese or Turkey/Cheese for $7.00 each.  The subs are made fresh the morning of Saturday, February 6, 2021 with quality meats and cheese.  You may pick-up your sub order between 10 am and 12 Noon at the entrance of the Parish Center.

There are order forms in this weekend’s bulletin which you can drop into the collection basket.         If you prefer you may contact Ron Benkovic at 717-939-9914 or Ivo Fisic at 717-602-2691 to place your order.

Thank you for your continued support of our Knights of Columbus Council #3625.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

In today’s Gospel, the first disciples meet Jesus and ask where He is staying.  “Come, and you will see.”  Jesus dwells in every place where all are welcome and cared for; Jesus makes His home where everyone is assured a place; Jesus stays wherever compassion and forgiveness are readily offered.  Jesus’ “place” includes not only our homes, also our neighborhood, schools, and places of work.

     May our homes become fitting dwelling places for Christ to “stay”, where all are received with humble generosity and honor as we would welcome Christ Himself.

In Christ’s Pease, Fr. Dave

A Prayer for Vocations

Loving and Generous Father, it is You who call us by name and ask us to follow You.  Help us to grow in the love and service of our Church and give us the grace and courage of Your Holy Spirit to shape its future.  Grant us faith-filled leaders who will embrace Christ’s mission of love and justice.   Bless the Church of Harrisburg by raising up dedicated and generous servants from our parishes, schools, families, and friends who will serve Your people as priests, deacons, and consecrated women and men.  Inspire us to know You better and open our hearts to hear Your call.  We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Diocese of Harrisburg:  Office of Vocations 717-657-4804 Ext. 282



Spiritual Communion:

     My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.  I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul.  Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.

    I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.

     Never permit me to be separated from You.  Amen.

Note to Parishioners

Dear Parishioners:

Thank you for your understanding as we the Parish community are dealing with the Corona Virus Pandemic.

This Pandemic will cause financial constraints on each of you and on Prince of Peace Parish-Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church.

We hope that you will continue to contribute via our online giving at or by mailing or dropping off your giving/contribution envelope at the Parish Office.

May God continue to bless each one of you and your families.  Please continue to pray for guidance from our Bishop and Priests of the Diocese of Harrisburg, our Governor, our President and all elected officials.


Mass and Liturgical Changes

At this time Fr. Dave will have Mass on Monday at 7 am and Thursday morning at 7 am.  The Mass intentions will be celebrated in Church privately by Fr. Dave on the remaining days.

The MAIN door and the RAMP door will be open at 6:30 am.  None of the other doors will be open and the elevator is not available at this time.

God’s blessings on all of our parishioners and their families.

Mary help of the sick..pray for us

Pray an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be each morning and throughout your day.


Mass at Prince of Peace Parish

Live-Streamed Mass at Prince of Peace Parish:

If you are unable to attend our Mass on Saturday at 4 pm or Sunday at 10:30 am in the Parish Center you may watch our 8:30 am and 10:30 am Mass on Sunday via live-streaming (video) on Facebook, My Parish App and our                  Webpage:

     Our Facebook Page is: Prince of Peace Roman Catholic Parish.

We ask God to heal all those affected by the Corona Virus and to Bless all of our parishioners and our local community and the people of the world.

Message from Bishop Gainer

     At the direction of Bishop Gainer all parishes and institutions are instructed to suspend the distribution of the Precious Blood to the faithful by way of the Chalice and to omit the exchange of peace effective February 28, 2020.

Regarding the exchange of peace, the priest/celebrant continues to say, “The peace of the Lord be with you always,” with the Assembly responding. The invitation to exchange the sign of peace is OMITTED (in accord with #128 Ordo Missae), and the Communion Rite continues.

Bishop Gainer has suspended the use of our Holy Water fonts during this period of time.  All of our Parish fonts have been removed and will be replaced at the time of the Bishop’s approval.

This is a temporary measure taken out of abundance of caution for the well being as well as an act of charity toward your fellow parishioners.


Upcoming Parish Liturgical & Social Events

Parish Liturgical and Social Events:

  Confessions are being held at 3:00 pm in a designated/private area in the Parish at on Saturday afternoon.  This change is due to the wintry weather and will become effective Saturday, December 12, 2020.

Saturday Vigil  Mass at 4:00 pm will be Celebrated in the Parish Center. The doors to the Parish Center will open 1/2 hour prior to Mass.   You will be required to wear a mask and follow  the 6 ft. social distancing guidelines.

Sunday Mass at 8:30 am will be in our Parish Church and reservations are required for this Mass by contacting the Parish Office at 717-985-1330.

Our  Mass will be celebrated and live streamed in the Parish Center at 10:30 am following by reception of the Holy Eucharist for those in attendance.

Parishioners watching the Mass via our live streaming can come to the front entrance of the Parish Center and receive Communion from 11:20 am to 11:45 am following the 10:30 am Mass. For those who are unable to walk to the entrance of the Parish Center, Fr. Dave will come to your car or truck.

Mass will be live streamed every Sunday morning at  8:30 am and 10:30 am on our Facebook page, MyParish App and on our webpage (  For those of you who do not have a computer, you may listen to the Mass on your phone by calling the below number:                      717-275-9414.

You may tune your radio station to 90.7 FM and listen to the Mass in the parking and then come to the front entrance of the Parish Center to receive Communion.

January 17, 2021:  Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 18, 2021:  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 18 thru January 25, 2021 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

January 20, 2021:  St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr

January 21, 2021:  St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr

January 22, 2021:  Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

January 24, 2021:  The Word of God Sunday….Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 25:  The Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle

January 26:  Sts. Timothy and Titus, Bishops

January 27:  St. Angela Merici, Virgin

January 28:  St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church

January 31:  Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 31-February 6:  Catholic Schools Week

February 2:  The Presentation of the Lord

February 2:  Groundhog Day….Keep a “look out” for Punxsutawney Phil

February 3:  St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr.  St. Ansgar, Bishop

Feb. 5:  St. Agatha Virgin and Martyr

“The incarnation of the Word in a human family, in Nazareth, by its very newness changed the history of the world.” 

Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia (65)