Welcome to Saints Peter and Paul Parish!


MASS SCHEDULE

Sunday:
8:00 AM
10:00 AM

Saturday Vigil:
4:00 PM
Weekdays:
8:00 AM Monday, Tuesday, Friday

6:00 PM Thursday

8:00 AM Wednesday - Communion Service

Holy Days:
As scheduled

Confessions:
Thursdays at 5:00 PM
Saturdays at 3:00PM

400 South 4th Street
Philipsburg, PA 16866
(814) 342-1700

Fr. John Gibbons Administrator
Deacon Jerry Nevling
Jerry Craven, Director of High School Religious Education
Kristen Carter, Director of Elementary Religious Education
Laurie WasilkoOffice Manager
George Wasilko, Director of Maintenance




SS. PETER & PAUL PARISH UPDATE


Dear Fellow Parishioners,

First, I want to thank you for your continued attendance at masses each week.  Unfortunately, we will have to continue our Covid-19 restrictions of wearing masks during mass and social distancing.  As our attendance continues to increase, we will have ushers at the 4PM and 10AM mass to help seat people.  We will continue to do our best to provide a safe and healthy environment for all of us.

            The parish is holding its own financially.  In the past 9 months, from July 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021, our revenue was $188,076.46.  Unfortunately, our expenses for the same period were $190,993.44.  We also received a PPP loan in the amount of $38,005 from Riverview Bank and that loan was paid off by the US Small Business Administration so that money is now ours and is in a savings account.  However, during 2020, we put off several improvement projects that need to be done this spring or summer.  The highest priority is to repair the air conditioning system.  Without getting into great detail, the one coil and the cooling agent need to be replaced so that we can keep the church cool ASAP.  Since we have to wear masks, we can’t wait any longer to make these repairs.  The total estimated cost is $15,000.  Next, we need to seal the church parking lot and driveways to prevent leaks.  Leaks would cause potholes to be formed which would cost much more to repair.  The cost to reseal everything and put down new lines is $10,000.  The other repairs are ongoing roof leaks in the church and garage.  These were fixed earlier this year at a cost of $2,500.  Also, the roof on the garage near the church hall was replaced last fall.  The cost was $2,500.  Thus, the total funds needed for these projects are $30,000. 

            In an effort to replenish the parish improvement account, we will be having a Parish Improvement Fund Drive.  The goal of this drive is $30,000.  Any and all contributions, from $1 and up, are greatly appreciated.  The Drive will run from May 9th till August 8th. I know these are difficult times for all of us, however, please try and help the parish in any way you can.  You can put money or a check in the monthly improvement fund envelope and put it in the collection basket.  You can also put your donation in an envelope and label it towards the improvement campaign.  We will keep track of all donations and record them in your annual contributions for tax purposes. Also, we will post a progress report each week similar to the posting for the 40 cans for lent campaign to show the ongoing results of the campaign.               

            As we continue to open our parish, we plan on having Vacation Bible School later this summer.  It may have to be a stripped down version compared to previous years but I feel it is very important to minister to our young people.  We will also be having our Fall Fest on October 24, 2021.  We will try to replicate the successful event we had in 2019. 

            Again, I can’t thank you enough for your ongoing support of Ss. Peter and Paul.  As Disciples of Christ, let us all do our part to continue to love God and love our neighbor, using our own unique gifts and talents to fulfill this most worthy mission.

 

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr. John Gibbons

2021 Confirmation Students 

The following students will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at Ss. Peter & Paul this Tuesday, May 4th. They are being confirmed by Fr. John.  In an effort to better acquaint parishioners with our students, biographies have been written about each student, highlighting personal accomplishments and contributions.  Congratulations to these young people who are fully embracing our Catholic Faith.  May the Holy Spirit descent upon each of you in a most profound and powerful way.



ARIANA “ANA” MARIE CIANCI-DONOVAN is the daughter of Bruce Donovan and Rebecca Cianci.  She has one sister, Alexia (Lexi), age 18.  Ana is a Junior at the Philipsburg-Osceola Senior High School, where she has competed on the Track and Field team during her Freshman and Sophomore years.  Ana is a great student attaining Honor Roll status regularly.  She has volunteered here by preparing and serving several community luncheons, being an Altar Server, removing and replacing the annual Missalettes, assisting with the Church’s Fall Fest, making Christmas and Easter projects and cards for the homebound, assisting with the YMCA and its backpack program.  She has also worked the front desk position at the Science Park Recreational Pool.  Ana loves to spend time with her family and friends, even cooking and entertaining guests at her family’s dinner parties.  She has studied Classical Ballet.  Ana adores her 3 dogs and loves playing with them outside.  She plans to visit Spain when it is safe to travel.  Her future plans include attending Pennsylvania State University as an Elementary Education Major. 

ISABELLA CURTORILLO is a Junior at the P-O High School.  She is the daughter of Jill and Michael Curtorillo.  She has a twin sister, Olivia, who is 17 and a younger sister, Alayna who is 14.  Isabella is involved with the Key Club/Mountie Nation, the Recycling Club and the Math Competition Crew.  She belongs to the National Honor Society, is on the High Honor Roll, is ranked in the top 5 of her class academically and has been awarded the Daughters of the Revolution Moshannon Chapter-American Government and Citizenship Award.  She has played on the PO Varsity Volleyball team as a Defensive Specialist for 4 years, and has letters for 3 years.  Her volleyball team won the District 6 Championship and was the 2020 PA State Runner Up.  She is a member of the Happy Volley Academy with Chris Rose as her coach.  This was her first year as a member of this club.  She participates in a number of community service organizations including the Key Club and Little Bags of Sunshine.  She has helped in organizing and packing Christmas Gifts which are distributed to families at Christmas through the YMCA and Diamondback Truck Covers.  Isabella also helps coach youth volleyball at the YMCA assisting young people to learn the sport as well as sportsmanship.  She has also worked the concession stand for the Taylor Harpster Memorial softball tournament.  Isabella also services the parish by decorating and undecorating the church for Christmas and Easter, making food donations for, and assisting with, the CCD Community Luncheons, making and delivering cards and gifts to the residents of Windy Hill Nursing Home while visiting with residents there. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, playing volleyball and traveling.  She plans to pursue a degree in Aerospace or Agricultural Engineering, eventually earning her Master’s Degree.  Congratulations on your Confirmation, Isabella. 

OLIVIA CURTORILLO is a Junior at the P-O High School.  She is the daughter of Jill and Michael Curtorillo.  She has a twin sister, Isabella, who is 17 and a younger sister, Alayna, who is 14.  Olivia is involved with the Key Club/Mountie Nation, the Recycling Club, and the Math Competition Crew.  She belongs to the National Honor Society, is on the High Honor Roll, is ranked in the top 5 of her class academically and was the recipient of the Muddy Lucas Award.  She has played on the PO Varsity Volleyball team as a Defensive Specialist for 3 years, and a Setter for 1 year having lettered for 3 years.  Her volleyball team won the Mountain League Championship, district 6 Championship and was the 2020 PA State Runner Up.  She is a member of the Happy Volley Academy with Chris Rose as her coach.  This was her first year as a member of this club.  She participates in a number of community service organizations including the Key Club/Mountie Nation and Little Bags of Sunshine.  She has helped in organizing and packing Christmas Gifts which are distributed to families at Christmas through the YMCA and Diamondback Truck Covers.  Olivia also helps by coaching youth volleyball at the YMCA assisting young people learn the sport as well as sportsmanship.  She has also worked at the concession stand for the Taylor Harpster Memorial softball tournament.  Olivia serves here by decorating and undecorating the church for Christmas and Easter, making food donations for, and assisting with, the CCD Community Luncheons, making and delivering cards and gifts to the residents of Windy Hill Nursing Home while visiting with the residents there.  She enjoys spending time with her friends and watching movies with her family.  She also enjoys traveling.  She plans to attend college majoring in Architecture/Business, eventually earning her Masters and her PhD.  Congratulations, on your Confirmation, Olivia!


ANDREW FAUST is a Junior at the Philipsburg-Osceola Area Senior High School.  He is the son of Corina and William Faust.  Andrew has a sister, Ashley, age 13.  Andrew has attained many honors in school including, High School Honor Roll and National Honor Society.  He has played on the Varsity Football Team at wide receiver and cornerback for 3 years, and has lettered in both 10th and 11th grades.  He also has participated for 3 years on the Varsity Track and Field Squad running the 110 Hurdles, 300 Hurdles and the 4x4 Relay, having lettered in 9th grade.  He was named the 100 point scorer and the most valuable sprinter during the 2019 season.  Outside of school, Andrew has volunteered with the Youth Football League by running the chains, working the concession and helping in the Press Box.  He has also coached Powder Puff Football.  He has volunteered by volunteering at Youth Football, preparing and serving CCD sponsored Community Luncheons, decorating and undecorating the church for Christmas, making and delivering Christmas and Easter Crafts and Cards to the homebound and residents at Windy Hill Nursing Home.  He currently works part time at the Community Pharmacy in Tyrone.  He enjoys spending his free time with family and friends, being outdoors and working out.  After graduation, Andrew plans to attend college and major in Microbiology, followed by Medical School and eventually become a Medical Examiner.  Congratulations, Andrew, on your Confirmation!


COLBY LUCAS HAHN is the son of Keith and Jennifer Hahn.  He has one sister, Alexis Hahn, age 20.  Colby is currently a Junior at the Philipsburg-Osceola Area Senior High School.  Colby is very sports oriented.  He has played Varsity Golf for 1 year and was a letter winner.  He has played JV and Varsity Basketball for 3 years, earning a letter for 3 years and helping his team advance to the District 6 playoffs this season.  Colby also has played on the PO-Junior Varsity Baseball team for 2 years.  He played Little League and Teener League for 10 years, where he played third base, short stop and also pitched.  He made the All Star Team for 8 years.  Colby has also participated in Elementary Wrestling and played Pee Wee and Junior High Football, each for 4 years.  Colby has served his church and community by volunteering at the CCD Community Luncheons, where he prepared and served the meals, prepared the hall for the luncheon and greeted the patrons.  He has also assisted with decorating the church for the Christmas Season, as well as made and sent Christmas and Easter Cards to the homebound and nursing home residents.  He also has volunteered as an Elementary Basketball Instructor.  Colby enjoys swimming, playing sports year round and playing video games.  He will be contemplating his future plans during his Senior Year of high school.


LAUREN SINCLAIR is the daughter of Amy and Jim Sinclair.  She is a Junior at the Philipsburg-Osceola Area Senior High School.  She also attends the Clearfield County Career and Technical Center where she is studying Culinary Arts where she has attained the Academic Honor Roll.  Lauren has played on the PO Varsity Golf Team for 2 years, where she has lettered both years and qualified for the District 6 Playoffs.  She has played on the JV Basketball Team as a Guard for 3 years and is a member of the PO Marching Band Honor Guard for 4 years while earning her letter.  Lauren also helps with the YMCA Backpack Program, and has served her church as an Altar Server, participating in the CCD Community Luncheons, decorating and undecorating the church for Christmas and Easter, creating and delivering Christmas gifts and cards to the residents of Windy Hill Village while visiting the residents there.  She will be working at DeGrossos Amusement Park this summer.  She enjoys spending time with her grandparents, playing with her dog, cooking, golfing and playing basketball.  She plans to attend Penn Tech and pursue her degree in Culinary Arts.  Congratulations, Lauren, on your Confirmation. 

First Holy Communion 

Each year we like to spotlight the children of our Parish who are receiving their First Holy Communion.  Please enjoy getting to know these young boys and pray that they will be abundantly blessed as they receive the most sacred Body and Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ on Saturday, May 1, 2021



LOGAN ECKLUND is the son of David and Jill Eckund.  He has 1 sibling, Annabelle.  Logan is bright and inquisitive.  He loves to learn how things work and using that knowledge to build and create.  He always intercedes to help his sister fix her toys.  As Logan receives his First Holy Communion his parents would like to tell him “how proud they are of the work he put into getting to this moment, despite not always wanting to do it.  Our entire family is excited to watch your relationship with the Church grow.  You have become a truly wonderful boy.”

CARTER PETULLA is the son of Craig and Stephanie Petulla.  He is 8 years old.  Carter is in the 2nd grade at Osceola Mills Elementary School, where his favorite subject is art.  His activities include soccer, baseball and basketball.  He spends his spare time building Legos, swimming, camping, playing video games and hanging out with the family dog, Molly.  Carter is very kind and very conscientious.  He is an unbelievably vibrant part of his family and he has been such a huge blessing to all of them.  As Carter receives his First Holy Communion his parents would like to tell him: “We are so proud of you and everything you have accomplished! You are such a ray of sunshine.  Keep being a day-maker for people throughout your life.  You have so many positives to offer to everyone around you.  We love you, buddy!” 


NICHOLAS WELLER is the son of Jeremy and Cassandra Weller.  He is 8 years old and has 1 sibling, Tyson, age 5.  Nick is in the 2nd Grade at Philipsburg Elementary School, where his favorite subject is Art.  His activities include playing outside, playing with friends and his brother and also playing on the Switch.  Nick spends his spare time playing with his brother, enjoying baseball and soccer.  Nick is a very kind and caring child.  He likes to spend time with his family and keeps them laughing.  He enjoys school and they are so proud of his helpful nature to others.  As Nick receives his First Holy Communion his parents would like to tell him that “we are very proud of everything you do!  You bring us so much joy and love every day.  Keep being true to yourself and you will always succeed.  We love you!”


AIDEN WISNIEWSKI is the son of Julie Hillyer and Tim Wisniewski.  He is 8 years old and has 1 sibling, Ava, age 13.  Aiden is in the 2nd Grade at Philipsburg Elementary School, where his favorite subject is Art.  Aiden spends his spare time playing with his sister, playing on his Nintendo Switch and playing with his dog, Floppy.  Aiden is very sensitive, but has the biggest heart in their house.  He is always making us laugh.  As Aiden receives his First Holy Communion his parents would like to tell him: “We are so very proud of you today Aiden.  May you always know the Lord is with you now and throughout your life.  With all our love, Mom, Dad & Ava.”


“Do this in Remembrance of Me”


ONGOING MEASURES TO ENSURE YOUR SAFETY
 
I want to ensure you that the parish staff and I have taken many steps to ensure your health and safety.  Here are the steps we have taken: 

1.     No obligation to attend mass on Sundays is still in effect.
2.     Holy water removed from all the fonts in the church.
3.     There will not be a collection taken during mass.  Offertory baskets are placed in the front and back of Church for you to place your offering.  Again, I truly appreciate all the support you have provided to our parish during his most difficult time.
4.     There will not be the presentation of the gifts.
5.     Alternate pews are roped off for social distancing.  Related persons residing in the same house may be seated together without physical distancing.  Please do not remove or alter the roped off pews. If your normal pew is roped off, you will get a different view of the mass!!
6.     No sign of peace.  We will say some prayers in lieu of the sign of peace.  These prayers will be said for the end of this virus.
7.     All persons entering the church must wear a mask. Fr. will wear a mask during the distribution of communion.
8.     Please receive Holy Communion in the hand.
9.     Missalettes have been removed and a handout for the Order of Worship will be available when you enter the Church.  It will also be the weekly bulletin. Please take these with you when you leave the Church or place them in the trash baskets at the end of mass.
10.  Hand sanitizers have been placed at the entrances to the Church for all to use when entering and leaving the Church.  Fr. will use hand sanitizer throughout the mass, especially before the distribution of communion.
11.  Pews and door bars are sanitized as often as possible.
12.  Only one family per mass permitted to use the Cry Room.
13.  Fr. John and Deacon Jerry will have their temperature taken on a regular basis to ensure they are healthy before conducting mass or communion services.
 
I know these are difficult times for all of us and that these changes are for your safety.  If there is anything else you feel should be done in addition to these, please email me your suggestions. I also realize that regardless of the steps we have taken, some of you will still be uncomfortable coming to mass.  I understand and respect your decision. Please continue to watch mass at home
and when you do feel comfortable, we look forward to seeing you.

Fr. John