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




UPDATE ON COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS & DIRECTIVES – May 25, 2021


  • Mass Obligation still dispensed.

  • Masks are now optional.  Fr. John, Deacon Jerry and the Eucharist Ministers will first sanitize their hands and will wear masks when distributing communion.

  • Reception of Holy Communion on the tongue is now permitted.

  • The pews on the tabernacle side of the church will still be roped off.  The ropes have been removed from the organ side of the church.

  • Missalettes are in the pews.

  • The Holy Water Founts are filled with Holy Water.

  • Ushers will be collecting the Offertory, then the Gifts and the Offertory will be brought to the altar.

  • One altar server at each mass, if one is available

  • Mass parts will be sung beginning this weekend.

  • Sign of Peace has been restored.

  • Cantors will still be used at 4PM and 10AM masses.  The Choir plans on starting back up in the fall.

  • Liturgical Ministers will still be on a volunteer basis.

  • Lectors will still do both readings and the responsorial Psalm. Fr. John and/or Deacon Jerry will do the Prayers of the Faithful.

  • The Precious Blood will not be offered to the congregation.

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