Our Website will be getting a new look. We are currently working to change our website and ask your patience as we work on the new site. The new site will once again contain the bulletin as well as the Ministry schedule. Thank you for your patience.
LENT begins on Weds, March 9th, Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday (April 22) are days of Fast and Abstinence. Fasting is to be observed for those 18 through 59 years of age. It consists of one full meal. Two other meals sufficient to maintain strength according to your needs are allowed. No eating between meals is permitted. Abstinence is observed by all 14 and older. No meat is allowed. Note that when health is involved, the law does not oblige.
Stations of the Cross will be held at 7pm on Fridays. Please plan on bringing the family and sharing in this experience of our Lord's Passion and death.
Our schedule for confessions for Lent are at the regular time on Saturdays (11:00 am- unless there is a funeral, then it is at noon), and in addition, on Monday evenings from 7:00 - 8:00 pm in church. In addition, OUR Lenten Penance service will be held on Monday, April 11th at 7:00 pm.
We "retire" the Alleluia, as well as the Gloria, which are not sung or said from the beginning of Lent until the Easter Vigil. During Lent, the altar should not be decorated with flowers, and music should be simpler. Purple is the color of the season.
Lenten folders are available in the back of church. The folders are a great way of giving alms and sacrifice.
Lent is what YOU make it. Use the season well to draw ever closer to the Lord of Life, and you will find blessing.
FISH FRY DINNERS -Fridays from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.
Journey Thoughts - Father Len has begun BLOGGING, sharing thoughts and reflections. Entitled "Journey thoughts, Reflections of a parish priest", the blog can be found on the internet at http://myjourneythoughts.blogspot.com or http://www.myjourneythoughts.blogspot.com. Check it out & save it as a favorite. Father Len has a great gift for putting his thoughts into writing in a eloquent way. His words are uplifting and encouraging. Check it out and be sure to check back often.
Ministry to the Homebound -Our parish has a new ministry for the homebound. If you know of any parishioners who are having trouble attending Mass and receiving Holy Communion, due to age or health, please contact the office at 724-864-6364 or email Jeff Chez at
. Our new ministry of Eucharistic Ministers will make home visits to take communion to them. Please pray for this new ministry and for those who are in need of it.
Caring Friends luncheon committee- Mack Hall is available at times for luncheons following a parishioners funeral. We have a group of women who will help with serving the meal that is either provided by the family or by a caterer. Call the Parish Office to check for availability and you will be given a phone number for the contact person. If you are able to serve on this committee, please contact Julie at the office.
Olan Mills Photo Directory - Sign up sheets are in the back of church for our two photo sessions which are Fri, April 8th and Sat, April 9th in the Seton Center. You will receive a free 8 x 10 portrait in addition to a copy of the Parish Directory. No obligation to purchase additional prints. If you are able to serve as hostess on these dates, please contact Julie at the office.
Scholarship applications -are available in the office for the Thomas Kinsey Scholarship and the Christian Mothers Scholarship. The Kinsey scholarship offers a grant for a 2011 high school graduate for students entering their first year of post-secondary education. One student from each parish of St Agnes, Immaculate Conception, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton will be awarded a scholarship. The Christian Mother scholarship was created to benefit out high school seniors or current undergraduate students who are pursuing an accredited education beyone the high school level. Guidelines and applications for both scholarships need to be completed and returned by the deadline date of April 15th.
Mary's Garden - Order forms are available at the Seton Center office for engraved bricks in Mary's Garden. Orders received by April 10th will be installed by Memorial Day. For information, contact Mary Jane Henry at 412.751.6283.