Sunday, April 11, 2021

The Second Sunday of Easter s also known as Divine Mercy Sunday.  We all have scars that continue to teach us and define us:  some “scars” remind us to be more careful and attentive, but many of our “scars” are the result of becoming more conscious of others, of growing in wisdom and understanding, of paying the price for creating and building what is good and valuable in our lives.  This Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, reminds us of how Jesus died for our sins and His Resurrection is the promise of God’s mercy if only we seek it.  The Story of Thomas celebrates the scars from our own Good Fridays that remain after our own experience of resurrection. Our “nail marks” remind us that all pain and grief, all ridicule and suffering, all disappointments and anguish, are transformed into healing and peace in the love of God that we experience from others and that we extend to them.  Jesus says to Thomas and his brothers not to be afraid of the nail marks and the scars and the fractured bones and the crushed spirit and  the broken heart.  Compassion, forgiveness, charity — no, matter how clumsily offered — can heal and mend.  In the light of unwavering hope, with the assurance of God’s unlimited grace, even the simplest act of kindness and understanding is the realization of Easter in our midst.

In Christ’s Peace, Fr. Dave

Knights of Columbus

 Our Knights of Columbus are accepting orders for their “delicious” subs at this time.  You may purchase Ham and Cheese, Turkey and Cheese or Italian subs at $7.00 each.

Orders will be accepted until Monday, April 12, 2021 and pick-up is Saturday, April 17, 2021, from 10 am to 12 Noon in the GYM of the Parish Center at Prince of Peace Parish.

Contact Ron Benkovic at 717-939-9914 or Ivo Fisic at 717-602-2691 or call the Parish Office 717-985-1330 to place  your order.

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

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 https://osvonlinegiving.com/4532 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: www.popsteelton.org.

     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.

Bishop Gainer’s “The Faith Alive” Series watch below on the Facebook page of the Diocese of Harrisburg.

www.hbgdiocese.org

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 Center  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 (popsteelton.org).  For those of you who do not have a computer, you may listen to the Mass on your phone by calling the below toll free number:                      1-855-635-1965

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.

April 11:  Second Sunday of Easter.  Sunday of Divine Mercy.

April 13:  St. Martin, I, Pope and Martyr

April 18:  Third Sunday of Easter

April 21:  St. Anselm, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

April 23:  St. George, Martyr, St. Adalbert, Bishop and Martyr

April 24:  St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest and Martyr

April 25:  Fourth Sunday of Easter

April 28:  St. Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr.  St. Louis Grignion de Montfort, Priest

April 29:  St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

April 30:  St. Pius V, Pope

                                   Heart of Jesus, burning with love for us,                                                                         make our hearts burn with love for You.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“FLU” Season

As you are aware the “flu season” and Covid-19 Virus is of concern to many.  We will not be distributing the Precious Blood at our Masses.

In regard to the “Sign of Peace” we are recommending that you do not shake hands. Bishop Gainer would like the practice to be discontinued during this time of concern regarding the Covid-19 Virus.  Fr. Dave will continue to say “peace be with you” but then continue on with the Communion Rite.

We have removed our Holy Water fonts at the instruction of Bishop Gainer at this time.  We will continue to keep you apprised with changes to our liturgical services.

Fr. Dave and Deacon Grella

IMPORTANT CHANGES

Presently the doors for Mass in the Parish Center will open 1/2 hour prior to the beginning of Mass.  Masses are 4 pm on Saturday and 10:30 am on Sunday.

Masks and social distancing of 6 ft. is required.  We, as a Parish, will be as diligent as possible to follow the guidelines of the CDC, State of PA and the Diocese of Harrisburg.

Thank you for your consideration to our Parish  and our parishioners due to the above changes.

It is IMPORTANT TO NOTE that our 10:30 am Mass on Sundays will be “live streamed” on Facebook, My Parish App and our Webpage.

Contact the Parish Office with any questions or if you require assistance viewing the Mass.