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Announcements for the week of January 31

posted Jan 27, 2021, 9:11 AM by Church Office

FATHER’S TALK ON DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON   Father will talk on the Dignity of the Human Person in lieu of his Homily.  A copy of his talk will be available after Mass and on our website. 

YEAR END CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS have been prepared for those parishioners who have requested in the past.  The statements have been placed in the back of the Church for pick-up this weekend.  If you want a year-end statement, and it is not at the back of the Church, please call the Church Office.  Thank you.

FIRST FRIDAY MASS AND ADORATION will be celebrated this Friday, February 5th at 8:00 A.M.  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place immediately following and will end at 9:30 A.M.

FIRST SATURDAY MASS will be celebrated this Saturday, February 6th at 8:00 A.M.

CANDLEMAS DAY – FEBRUARY 2   Blessed candles are available this weekend in celebration of the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.  There are single candles for $2.00 or boxes of two candles for $4.00.

BLESSING OF THROATS   The Feast of St. Blaise is this Wednesday, February 3rd.  Blessing of Throats will take place during all Masses this weekend.  

BLOOD DRIVE – FEBRUARY 16th   The Knights of Columbus will be holding a Blood Drive on February 16th from 1:00 to 6:30 P.M. in our Parish Hall.  Sign-ups are now being offered online at or by calling 1-800-733-2767.

“40 CANS for LENT”   Beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 17th our Knights of Columbus Council will be holding their “40 Cans for Lent” again this year and our inviting our parishioners to join in on the project. The official goal for this year has been set at 1,000 pounds but with the hopes of breaking last year’s collection total of 1,237 pounds of donated food.  It is an opportunity to take a small sacrifice and turn it into a big difference in the lives of others.  Parishioners who wish to participate are requested to contribute at least one can of non-perishable food for each of the 40 days of Lent.  A “can” of food may be any commercially sealed food product which is typically donated to the food pantry.  Cans of food for this drive may be dropped off in the back of the Church beginning on Ash Wednesday through Holy Thursday.  The “40 Cans” program simply represents an opportunity to offer a heightened level of commitment to almsgiving and sacrifice during the 30 days of Lent.  

PIEROGIES will not be made and sold this Lenten Season due to the Covid-19 restrictions. 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES   Due to Covid-19 and the recent cases within the School District, there will be NO Religious Education Classes until March.  At the present time, classes for both Morning CCD and Evening CCD are scheduled to resume on the 7th of March. 

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES – February 17th                                                                      

                        8:00 A.M. - Mass & Distribution of Ashes

                        Noon – Prayer Service /Distribution of Ashes Only

                        7:00 P.M. – Mass & Distribution of Ashes

GRATITUDE MESSAGES   The following are parishioner’s gratitude messages:

  1. Getting my health back and returning to church.
  2. For my family, my friends, my church family; especially Fr. John & Deacon Jerry.
  3. For my church, family, friends, Fr. John & Deacon Jerry.  May our New Year be a blessed one.
  4. Another Day!!
  5. For my family & church who accepts me for who I am for the love of my family.  For God’s presence in my life for better days to come.
  6. Blessed to have brought my sister Vicky back to Church.
  7. Bill being Cancer Free!!
  8. Steve’s Cancer Cure, for 3rd time.
  9. Being here today and getting the vaccine for Covid-19 tomorrow.
  10. Good health, mercy & grace.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL #17278 UPDATE FOR 2020   During a year which severely restricted the ability of the Knights of Columbus to interact with each other in so many ways their small council accomplished a lot this past year.

  1.  Along with the parish, a Valentine’s Day Dance and Social was held featuring the Moore Brothers Band.  The event was well received and attended by the parish family and many members of the local community.
  1. During Lent, a “40 Cans for Lent” food collection program to benefit the Philipsburg Food Bank at the Community Action was held.  As a substitution for the Parish Fall Fest (which was cancelled due to COVID) a “Fall Food Drive” was held which spanned the fall and winter seasons culminating with Christmas.  Both programs collected a combined total of 2,357 pounds of food and $500 in monetary donations in support of the food bank.  The generosity of our parishioners was greatly appreciated.
  1. In September, the Council officially donated their supply of brand-new winter coats to the Philipsburg YMCA as part of the Knights of Columbus “Coats for Kids” program.  They presented 14 insulated coats ranging in sizes “S” to “XL” to Mel Curtis who accepted them with the intent to distribute them via the YMCA Christmas giving program.
  1. On October 10th, a community Rosary Rally was held in the Philipsburg Park.
  1. The Council sponsored the American Red Cross blood drives in July, October and December which collectively produced 122 units of Blood.
  1. A “Keep Christ in Christmas” campaign that involved the Knights providing the Parish with gift magnets professing the “Keep Christ in Christmas” message was held in December. 

All of these initiatives resulted in, at least, 61 hours of volunteer service by our Knights of Columbus, which is amazing considering the kind of year 2020 was for all of us.

The Knights are looking to grow the local Council so any men in our Parish that are interested can contact George Patrick, Deacon Jerry or meetings are usually held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 P.M. (watch the bulletin) in the Parish Hall.  There is much good and necessary work to be done in this world, and that’s what the Knights do every day.  You are invited to put your faith into action.