Renovation Update

We will continue to keep our parishioners, families and friends of our Parish up-to-date on the Church renovations which began on Monday, May 23, 2022.

This is a photo of our Church with all of the kneelers and pews removed.  We have folding chairs set-up for Mass this evening and Ascension Thursday.  There are stationery chairs with arms in the back of Church for those unable to use the folding chairs.

Each one of the folding and stationery chairs have the Book of Sacred Liturgy placed on the seat as well as the prayer for Ukraine .

The two smaller pews (handicap) are still in the back of the Church and may be used.



Our Parish, Prince of Peace-Assumption of the BVM , is undergoing renovations to our pews, kneelers and flooring in the nave area.  There are no changes to the Sanctuary area.

Attached is information to keep you up-to-date with the renovations which will begin on Monday, May 23, 2022.

Thank you for your trust, patience and support!

Fr. Jonathan Sawicki

50th Wedding Anniversary Mass

Were you married in 1972?  To honor your 50th. Wedding Anniversary, there will be a special Mass.

The Diocese of Harrisburg will celebrate a 50th Wedding Anniversary Mass on July 10, 2022 at 2:00 pm at Good Shepherd Parish in Camp Hill.  The celebrant for this Mass will be Bishop Ronald Gainer.

A small reception for the couples and their families will follow the Mass.  Each of the couples will receive a commemorative certificate. If you are unable to attend the Mass, your certificate will be mailed to you.

If you are interested in attending this Mass please contact our Parish Office at 717-985-1330 or email us: and we will forward your information to the Diocesan Office.

Sacrifice of the Mass

The Sign of the Cross and the Greeting tells us who we are as we gather to enter into the Mystery of Our Lord’s Death and Resurrection.

The Penitential Rite  gives us the opportunity to acknowledge our sinfulness as we approach the Sacrifice of Christ that destroys sin and bring us back into a relationship with God.

The Gloria is a hymn that leads us to praise glorify, adore, thank and ask our Triune God for all we, His sons and daughter, need as we beg His mercy.

The Opening Prayer or “Collect” collects the intentions of the people assembled and presents them to God by the priest who stands in persona Christi (in the person of Christ).

In the Reading of the Old Testament we hear the story of God’s covenant with His chosen people Israel and the revelation of Himself that speaks of His mercy and desire for their salvation.

The Responsorial Psalm is the faithful’s response of praise and thanksgiving to God’s Word in the First Reading . It reminds us that we are not passive listeners to the Word; we are in a relationship of love with the Word of God.

The Second Reading from the New Testament tells us of God’s New and Eternal Covenant forged in the Blood of His Son who is the Word Made Flesh.

The Gospel is a proclamation of an event from the life of Our Savior.  In the readings from Holy Scripture that are not taken from the Gospel, it is God who speaks to His people.  But when the Gospel is proclaimed, it is specifically Christ Jesus, true God and true man, who speaks to us.

The Homily is a vital part of the liturgy of the Mass that explains the Holy Scriptures and instructs us in the Faith.

The Profession of Faith (the Nicene Creed) is the ancient formula of beliefs that unites the people assembled with the Universal Church of all ages in their expression of their Faith in Christ.

General Intercessions or Prayer of the Faithful offers prayers to God for the Church the world, and the need of people both living and dead.

The Preparation Rite is the offering of the bread and wine brought to His altar by the priest on behalf of the people of God assembled.  The people participate in the offering by virtue of their baptism into the priestly people of God.

The Eucharistic Prayer makes present the Mystery of Our Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection.  Christ’s Sacrifice of the Cross, His offering to the Faith of Himself for the salvation of the world is represented on the altar.  At the words of consecration the bread and wine brought to the altar become the Body Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ.  The baptized are called to participate in the sacrifice of Christ that is made present through the ministry of the ordained priest.

The Our Father begins the Rite of Communion.  We are faithful to Jesus’ command to pray in the words He taught us.  The priest prays for deliverance from evil, peace, and freedom from anxiety as we wait for the coming of Christ Our Savior in glory.  The priest extends a greeting of Christ’s peace to all present in the assembly.  The faithful share a sign of peace with one another.  The priest comingles a portion of the Sacred Host that he has broken in the chalice of the Precious Blood. The faithful sing the Agnus Dei. “Lamb of God You take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, grant us peace.”

Communion has arrived.  The faithful go forward to receive His Sacred Body.  This reception of the Holy Eucharist effects communion between the individual and God and among the individual members of the Body of Christ.

The priest then blesses the people in the name of the Holy Trinity and dismisses all to go forth to witness to Christ in the world.

No One is a mere spectator at Mass.  All of the baptized are invited to participate in the sacred Mysteries by full, conscious and active participation.  This participation is not limited to eternal expression.  It must also be an external expression of faith and devotion.  The mass is an awesome treasure! It is Christ’s work of salvation active in our midst!


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.

Mass and Liturgical Changes

Effective Monday, August 2, 2021 we  will have weekday morning Mass on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:00 am.

The doors to our Parish church will open at 6:30 am as well as the door to the elevator will be available at that 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 Masses due to illness you may watch our 10:30 am Mass on Sunday via live-streaming (video) on Facebook, My Parish App and our  Webpage:

     Effective May 29/30, 2021 the 10:30 am Mass is the only Mass that will be live-streamed.

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.

Effective the weekend of May 30, 2021:

     Regarding the exchange of the sign of peace, the celebrant will offer the sign of peace to those attending the Mass.  He will then ask those in attendance to offer the sign of peace.  You may just turn to your neighbor and verbally extend the sign of peace to them or a nod to those not sitting next to you.  Please use your own discretion and do not feel uncomfortable with your decision.

Holy Water is available in all of the fonts in our Parish Church.  The votive candles have been restored in the front of the Church by each of the side altars.  A donation for each vigil lite would be appreciated.  There is a box for your donation at each of the votive stands.

The Missalettes (Book of Sacred Liturgy) and the Sacred Song Hymnals are now in the pews for your convenience.

Effective August 15, 2021

Bishop Gainer will reinstate the obligation of attending Mass in person on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation beginning Sunday, August 15, 2021, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass has been in place since March of 2020 when the developing coronavirus pandemic required people not to assemble in group settings.  Now, with the impact of the pandemic considerably reduced, it is possible for the faithful to assemble again for the Eucharist and fitting to restore the obligation.

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

Prayer for our Deceased


    God Our Father, Your power brings us to birth, Your providence guides our lives, and by Your command we return to dust.

     Lord, those, who die still live in Your presence, their lives change but do not end.  I pray in hope for our families, relatives and friends and for all the dead know to you alone. In company with Christ, Who died and now lives, may they rejoice in Your kingdom, where all our tears are wiped away.  Unite us together again in one family to sing your praise forever and ever.  Amen.

May they rest in peace.