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Announcements for the week of December 27

posted Dec 23, 2020, 4:24 AM by Church Office

THANK YOU With heart felt gratitude and thanks, I truly appreciated all the many cards and gifts I received during Christmas. I am truly humbled by your thoughtfulness and generosity.  Fr. John

YMCA GIVING TREE Thank you to all parishioners who so graciously donated gifts for local children this Christmas season.  Our parishioners purchased gifts for 74 children and it was amazing to see all the packages that filled the front of the Church. 

THE STRAW AROUND THE HOLY FAMLY STATUE has been blessed by Fr. John and tradition is to take a few pieces with you and place in your car to protect you with safe travel during the coming year.  Small bags of straw have been placed in a basket, please take these and refrain from taking the loose straw.

FIRST FRIDAY MASS will be held this Friday, January 1st at 9:00 A.M. 

FIRST SATURDAY MASS will be celebrated Saturday, January 2nd at 8:00 A.M. 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES   Due to Covid-19 there will be NO Religious Education Classes until the end of February.  Students in Grades 10th & 11th are being asked to help undecorate the Church on Sunday, January 10th following the 10:00 A.M. Mass as part of their service project for this year.  Students are to meet at the front of the Church near the votive candles.  All students must wear masks.                                          

FIRST RECONCILIATION was received on Sunday, December 20th by our Second Grade CCD Class.  A heartfelt congratulations goes to these students who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time.  Those students include:  Logan Ecklund, Carter Petulla, Nicholas Weller and Aiden Wisniewski.                

THANK YOU Lori and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who reached out to us with gifts and/or Christmas cards in this most holy season! Thank you so much for thinking of us! May God-bless each of you with Peace and Prosperity in the New Year!       Deacon Jerry

BLOOD DRIVE   Our recent Blood Drive on Tuesday, December 15th collected 42 Units.  This represents a record for us.  We have been drawing more donors from other areas where their local drives have been cancelled.  We will be continuing our commitment to sponsor these drive with our next one planned for February 16, 2021.  Thank you to everyone who came out in support of this drive!

FALL FOOD DRIVE   The Philipsburg Community Action has expressed sincere gratitude to Ss. Peter and Paul for all the generosity in both food and monetary donations as well as the abundance of donated coats/clothing during our Fall Food Drive.   The final count was 1,062 pounds of parish-donated food!  Again, that you for your generosity.

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS   Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary and Joseph serve as the ultimate example of true discipleship and stewardship.  They give without measure.  Christian stewards are called to “give thanks to God” as we offer our gifts in the “peace of Christ.”  We are called to offer everything we have in faith as an offering to God, in the name of the Lord Jesus.  This leads to fruits of love, trust, accountability, and generosity.  Good stewards see the evidence of God in all things, small and large.

GRATITUDE MESSAGES   The following are parishioner’s gratitude messages:

  1. God’s gift of continuous grace!!
  2. Prayers for the ones who have Covid 19.  Grateful we don’t have it.  Thankful for Fr. John and Deacon Jerry.
  3. Steve’s clean bill of health.
  4. For no one in my family getting Covid yet.
  5. God’s kindness and love.

HOW DID OUR CATHOLIC CHURCH GET TO WHERE IT IS?

Next weekend, Fr. John will be starting a series of talks about the role of the Catholic Church in today’s society.  The talks will be during each Sunday Mass in lieu of his Homily.  The talks will also be posted on our website.  Some of the topics will be:

  1. Brief History of the Catholic Church before Vatican II.
  2. Why did Vatican II take place and what was its purpose?
  3. Why were there changes in the Mass?
  4. What is our true vocation?
  5. The Dignity of the Human Person.
  6. How to get the Youth more involved with the Church?
  7. Summary of all the talks and questions and answers.

 

 

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