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Blessed Virgin Mary

As we enter the month of May, we are reminded of the beautiful tradition in our Catholic faith of honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a time when we reflect on her virtues, seek her intercession, and deepen our devotion to her as our spiritual mother. It is a time to reflect on her desire for us to know and follow her Son. It is the time when the earth bursts forth into its fresh foliage and its green grass after the stern frost and snow of winter. It is because the blossoms are upon the trees, for such gladness and joyousness of external nature is a fit attendant on our devotion to her who is the Mystical Rose and the House of Gold.

May is a month of uninterrupted liturgically joy usually encompassing part of the Easter season as well as Pentecost and several other feasts. Some feasts have changed but the principle remains true. In fact, May now begins with the feast of Saint Joseph, whose devoted labor sustained Mary in her vocation as the Mother of God.

May is also the month that Eucharistic pilgrimages take place from four points in the United States creating a cruciform path to Indianapolis, where the US Church leaders will celebrate the Eucharistic Congress. These pilgrimages provide an inspiring, visible example to all people as the flame is lit in each city along the path. Come Holy Spirit!

Infant of Prague

It was a little painted statue and stood a foot and a half high, was dressed in exquisite court dress, and cherished as an heirloom wedding gift. It came from Spain during an early spread of devotion to the Christ Child.

In the 17th century, a Spanish noblewoman named Isabel Manrique gave this little statue to her daughter Marie when Marie married a Czech noble. Marie gave it, in turn, to her own daughter Polyxena when the later married.

Polyxena treasured it for many years, but at last gifted it to the Carmelite monastery of Our Lady of Victory.

Shortly afterward the Czech kingdom was invaded by the Saxons, forcing the Carmelites to flee their monastery. The statue of the Christ Child, damaged and tattered was left behind in the ruins of the church.

Ten years later in 1638, a Carmelite priest found it. He took it to his church in Prague and displayed it by the altar.

Suddenly, as he knelt in prayer before it, the statue spoke, saying: “Have mercy on me and I will have mercy on you. Give Me My hands and I will give you peace. The more you honor Me the more I will bless you.”

After this, many miracles were reported to have been wrought through the statue and devotion to the Christ Child increased all the more.

Many saints, such as Therese of Lisieux and Francis of Assisi, were greatly devoted to the Infant Jesus. Nurture love for the Child Jesus in your own home.

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Mary’s Helpers Food Pantry

Mary’s Helpers was established in 2008 under the supervision of Sister Sue Ann Steves.  Over the years the Food Pantry has established relationships with PA State Medical Center,  and other charitable organizations. 

The Food Pantry, Mary’s Helpers, purchases their food supplies from the Central PA Food Bank and receives donations from Prince of Peace Parishioners,  Matthew-25 Grants via the Diocese of Harrisburg and the United Way.  PA State Medical Center and the Central PA Food Bank hold classes to assist the needy in the area with dietary needs, blood pressure screenings and “Flu” shots. We rely on our dedicated volunteers to give assistance to the Food Pantry and to our Chairpersons.  Our volunteers are dedicated to the Food Pantry which Sr. Sue Ann Steves established and will continue to be of service to our local community.

Mary’s Helpers Food Pantry and Clothing Store

will be open on the following dates in

 May 2024

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 from 4pm to 6pm

JUNE 2024

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 from 10 am to 12 Noon

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 from 10 am to 12 Noon

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 from 4 pm to 6 pm

Please contact the office of Prince of Peace Parish at

                  717-985-1330 with any questions.

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