Second Sunday of Lent

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March 12, 2017

Coffee and Donuts – There will be coffee and donuts after the 10AM Mass today.  Please join us.

Seminary Burse Collection – There will be a second collection today for Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, the FSSP seminary in Denton, Nebraska.  Checks should be made out to “Mater Dei Community.”

Annual Lenten Appeal – The Bishop’s Annual Lenten Appeal is underway. The pledge cards are in the back of the Church on the piano. There are blank cards available for those who do not have a printed card. Please fill out the pledge card and place it in the Collection basket or mail it to the Office. Our Diocesan Assessment this year is $11,000.  The community must cover this amount.  Anything in excess remains with Mater Dei, so please be generous!  Last year we ended a few hundred dollars short.

Feast of St. Patrick – Dispensation – The Feast of St. Patrick is on this Friday, March 17.  Because St. Patrick is the patron of the diocese of Harrisburg, Bishop Gainer has granted a dispensation from the obligation to abstain from meat on this day.  He does recommend abstaining from meat on another day of that week in place of Friday.  Abstaining from meat is still obligatory for every other Friday.

Rosary for the Unborn – Following the 9AM Mass on Saturday, March 18, Fr. Eichman will lead the Rosary in front of the Hillcrest abortuary, 2709 N. Front Street.  We pray at the abortuary on the 3rd Saturday of each month

1st Communion Class – Reminder – Next Saturday, March 18, is exam day for children preparing to make their 1st Confession. 

Stations of the Cross – Stations of the Cross will be said in the church every Friday during Lent.

  • 5:00pm – Simple Adoration
  • 6:00pm – Stations of the Cross
  • 6:30pm – Mass

 Adult Convert / Confirmation Class – Our next class will be on Tuesday, March 14 at 7pm.  Access via the alley door on Buttonwood St.  Please note, there will not be class on March 21. 

Holy Land Pilgrimage – Fr. David Franco, FSSP, assistant pastor of Holy Family Parish in Vancouver, BC invites you to join him on pilgrimage to the Holy Land from Nov. 26 to Dec. 9, 2017.  For information regarding itinerary, inclusions and pricing, please go to the Orbis Catholicus Travel website at www.oc-travel.com or e-mail Susan Kotnik at susankotnik@gmail.com or call her at 604-465-6911.

Youth Group Night – Our next Youth Group will be on Saturday, March 18, 6:00 – 9:00pm. Join us for a meal and a Bon Fire.  And bring a friend! For more information contact us at YouthGroup@MaterDeiPA.com

Easter Duty – As an absolute minimum, every Catholic has the obligation to receive Holy Communion at least once per year during the Easter Season, which goes from the first Sunday of Lent through Trinity Sunday.  In addition every Catholic is required to go to confession at least once per year.

 Save the Dates:

  • 1st Confessions: Saturday, April 1 (After 9am Mass)
  • May Crowning: Sunday, May 7 (Between Masses)
  • 1st Communions: Sunday, May 28 (At 10am Mass)
  • Confirmations w/ Bishop Gainer: June 10 (11am)

Thank You! – Thanks to all of the volunteers who helped make this weekend’s recollection possible.

Holy Week Schedule 2017

Holy  Thursday

  • 7:00pm Solemn Mass (No Confessions)
  • Adoration until Midnight (Confessions during adoration)

Good Friday

  • 3:00pm Solemn Liturgy (No Confessions)
  • 7:00pm Stations of the Cross (Confessions following Stations)

Holy Saturday

  • 10:00pm Solemn Liturgy (No Confessions)

Easter Sunday (Regular Sunday Schedule)

  • 8:00am Low Mass
  • 10:00am Sung Mass

There will be the traditional Holy Thursday devotion of having adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass until Midnight.  This is the day Our Lord suffered in the Garden after the Last Supper when He asked His disciples to watch and pray with Him.  At midnight the Blessed Sacrament is removed from the church to represent Our Lord’s arrest and imprisonment