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Remember, Lord, the fallen
who died in fields of war,
in flaming clouds, in screaming crowds,
in streets that are no more,
That we today might waken
And greet this day in peace
With grateful prayer for those who bear
The storms that never cease.
Remember friends and strangers,
And those forgotten now,
Whose names are known to you alone,
Before whose love we bow.
And ask that you surround them
With mercy’s endless light
That they may live and we forgive
The foe they went to fight.
Remember, Lord, the living,
Who bear the pain of loss– \
A death she died who stood beside
Her Son upon the cross.
Remember all your children
The dead and those who weep,
And make us one beneath the sun
Where love will never sleep.
MEMORIAL DAY MASS will be celebrated on Monday, May 27 at 9:00 AM in Resurrection Church.
This Thursday, May 30 we commemorate the Ascension of the Risen Lord to the Father’s right hand. This is a holy day of obligation and Catholics are expected to participate at Mass. Forty days have passed since the celebration of Easter Sunday. The Risen One has returned to the Father and taken his seat in the eternal kingdom. We are filled with joy as the Son of God returns to his Father. We await his return in glory when all things will be made new. Ascension Thursday Mass will be celebrated at Resurrection Church at 8:00 AM and 6:30 PM.
MAY IS MARY’S MONTH, and, as the Immaculate Conception, she is the patroness of the United States. Please make a special effort during May to join us for the Rosary a half hour before the weekend Masses at Resurrection Church; on Mondays and Fridays at 12:15 PM at the Oratory; or on Thursdays at 6:00 PM at the Shrine of Our Lady of Mariapocs, 409 6th Ave. in Cambria City. A 2019 Summer/Fall Rosary schedule for the Mariapocs Shrine is shown in the link below. We hope to see you.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION is held on the first Friday of every month, from 6:30 PM until 7:30 PM. Holy Hour will consist of Exposition, proclamation of a Gospel reading, short homily, and silent prayer. At 7:00 PM the Litany of the Holy Eucharist will be chanted and followed by silent prayer. The Holy Hour will conclude with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Please join us on Fri., June 7 at 6:30 PM in Resurrection Church for the next Eucharistic Adoration.
THE 2019 CATHOLIC MINISTRIES DRIVE FUND supports only specific ministries which are focused on: caring for the poor, strengthening families, nurturing our youth and forming clergy and laity. To date, 18 families out of 499 have contributed $2,561.48 toward our 2019 target amount is $34,500.00. Please send all contributions to the Resurrection Parish Office. DO NOT SEND DIRECTLY TO THE DIOCESE. Make checks payable to Resurrection Church. Thank you!
Congratulations Resurrection Parish
Honored with the 2019 Senior Spirit Award
Over the last 10 years, Resurrection Roman Catholic Parish in Johnstown has developed into a faith community whose acts of service have blessed others within and far beyond the Johnstown area. The parish is to receive the 2019 Spirit of Community award, given to seniors in a group or organization that supports and improves the lives of people in the community.
Resurrection Roman Catholic Parish is made up of five Cambria City churches that merged in July of 2009, bringing their own cultural backgrounds and abilities together to form a larger, stronger community of faith, said Michelle Rager, chairwoman of the parish council and president of the church’s ladies auxiliary.
Resurrection parishioners work together on a variety of community service projects: a sewing ministry, where prayer blankets are made and given to anyone who is ill or struggling and in need of comfort; an unused card ministry, in which they collect greeting cards received in mail solicitations and distribute them to residents at 13 area nursing homes; and collecting nonperishable food items for the West End Food Pantry, travel-size personal care items for Highlands Health — Laurel Highlands Free and Charitable Medical Clinic and items for the Cambria City Mission, among others.
The parish also takes a group of adults and youth on an annual mission trip to a community in West Virginia, where they make home repairs for and help the area’s residents in need.
“We’ve really come together as a parish community and when there’s a need, someone decides we’re going to do this and people will help,” Rager said. “We are five ethnic parishes that merged, so I think through a lot of the things we do, we still try to keep the importance of ethnicity and those cultures alive.”
She said the parish members were both surprised and honored to learn about receiving the Arbutus Senior Spirit award.
“I think (it was) a little bit of shock, because this is just what we do,” Rager said. “This is part of who we are, giving back . . . trying to help out where we can.
“This shows that you can merge five parishes together. Are there ups and downs? Absolutely, but in the end you come out so much stronger and further ahead because we are pulling together and we know what our mission is.”
WANT TO DO SOMETHING INTERESTING AND PUT YOUR FAITH INTO ACTION THIS SUMMER? Join us on our Mission Trip to Webster Springs, WV July 24 -28. We perform repairs on homes for low income people and have a lot of fun doing it. No skills needed, our team captains will train you. You must be at least 15 years old or 14 if you bring a parent, (we do take seniors also) Please contact Ted Zajdel at email@example.com or leave me a message at 288-8287 for more details.
IT’S SPRING CLEANING TIME! THE SEWING MINISTRY is in need of sewing supplies, fabric, thread, needles, pins, notions, and crochet and knitting yarns. We will even take sewing machines. Small donations can be dropped off in the back of the church with the Hospitality Ministers. Please clearly label as donations for the Sewing Ministry. Larger donations, including sewing machines can be picked up. Please call Jane Kmetz at 255-7231 for arrangements. Thank you.
THE 2019 CATHOLIC MINISTRIES DRIVE FUND supports only specific ministries which are focused on: caring for the poor, strengthening families, nurturing our youth and forming clergy and laity. Our 2019 target amount is $34,500.00. Please send all contributions to the Resurrection Parish Office. DO NOT SEND DIRECTLY TO THE DIOCESE. Make checks payable to Resurrection Church. Thank you!
The parish has also been invited to participate in another special way. The park Friends Group is leading the reading of the names of all 2,209 victims of the flood throughout the evening on the 31st, while the lumineria are lit (starting around 6PM). The names haven't been read since the 125th anniversary since it is a big undertaking. The park service would like to do this remembrance for the 130th. If any parishioners would like, we are welcome to participate. Depending on how many people read, folks will probably read blocks of 20-50 names. There will be a sign up in the back of the church to be shared with the park service.
OFFICE HOURS: The Resurrection Parish Office will be open Monday thru Thursday, 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM. We will now be closed every Friday.
REMINDER: The deadline for bulletin submissions is WEDNESDAY AT 9:00 AM NO EXCEPTIONS! Bulletin announcements will remain in the bulletin for up to three weeks. If you have something that you want published in the bulletin or if you have an event for the Parish Calendar please email all items to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE MAKE THE PARISH OFFICE AWARE OF ANY PARISHIONERS THAT ARE HOMEBOUND OR IN NURSING HOMES.
REMINDER: Any vehicles that remain parked in the Church Parking Lot after Masses will be promptly towed, No exceptions.
LOST AND FOUND: We have a variety of items that have been found on Resurrection Church property. Please come to the Parish Office to claim any items.
CAN RECYCLING: As we continue our can recycling collection for charitable organizations, please be advised that the recycling center is no longer accepting tin cans, ONLY ALUMINUM. Thank you for saving all your aluminum cans for charity.
THE SEWING MINISTRY will hold their monthly meeting on Thurs., May 30 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Sewing Room. New members are most welcome. Thank you to all our members for a productive season. This will be our final meeting of the season. See you in the Fall.
SUMMERFEST COOKING/FOOD PREP SCHEDULE: We will be making Pigs-in-the-Blanket on Wednesday and Thursday, June 5 and 6 at beginning at 8:00 AM. Cooking for the Outside Kitchen will take place on Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8 beginning at 8:00 AM. Any help would be greatly appreciated. ALL COOKING/PREP IS DONE AT ORATORY HALL. Call Patty 242-0786 with any questions.
RESURRECTION GOLFERS: Golf season is here and several golfers of Resurrection has shown an interest in getting together to play golf. I talked with the Golf Pro at Oakbrook Golf Course in Jennerstown, PA and Wednesday nights are the best. Oakbrook has set a side the second Wednesday evening June 12 for our get together. Cost will be $25.00 which includes 9 holes of golfing with cart. A scramble format will be played and after golfing, Oakbrook's grill room will be opened for servicing of hot dogs and hamburger’s.. Deadline to reserve a spot for the outing, please call me before June 5th or if you have any questions. My phone number is: 532-6567. Thank you. Pat Barrett
ST. BENEDICT CHURCH, 2310 Bedford St, Johnstown, has started a new young adult group (ages 20 - 40). The newly formed St. John the Beloved Young Adult Group will meet every 2nd and 4th Thurs. of the month for adoration, reflection and friendship. Adoration will start at 7:00 PM with Benediction at 7:45 PM. Pizza, friendship and faith formation will follow at 8:00 PM in the St. John Paul II Center on the St. Benedict Parish Campus. Additional members are invited to join at anytime! For more info, please reach out to Fr. Peter Crowe (Phone: 814-266-9718 Ext. 507, Email: email@example.com) or Patrick Roy (Phone: 814-270-4191, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: It’s that time of year again! We are continuing with the annual upkeep to our wonderful Picnic Grove and we need your help as we get it ready for the summer season. We are looking for volunteers young and old (service hours available). We will be doing some general clean-up including raking leaves and mulching the Prayer Garden and flower beds. In addition, we plan to touch up the picnic tables, benches, and other items which were painted last year. Please join us on the following Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM - - May 11, May 18, and May 25. Lunch will be provided. Any time you can give is greatly appreciated even if only a couple hours. We hope to see many of you there as we continue to “brighten” our gem of a Picnic Grove!
PICNIC GROVE KITCHEN CLEANING: We will be cleaning the inside kitchen at the Picnic Grove on Saturday, May 25 from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.
PRO LIFE VIGIL Every Thursday from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM we hold a prayer vigil across from the Franklin Street Planned Parenthood facility here in Johnstown. For more information, call Gale at 539-0155.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Our annual Summerfest is fast approaching! It is scheduled for Sunday, June 9, 2019 at our Picnic Grove. This is our Parish festival and a major fund raiser for the Parish. We are in need of volunteers for all the booths/areas. There are sign up sheets to volunteer for each booth/area in the back of the church. If you sign up to volunteer at a booth/area, the chair of the booth/area will contact you. Please consider giving some of your time and talent to help us make this Summerfest our best yet highlighting our 10-year anniversary.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO RETURN YOUR FESTIVAL CASH DRAWING TICKETS! All tickets with money must be returned to the Parish Office by Thursday, June 6 to be eligible to win. Please DO NOT deposit tickets into the collection basket on the weekend of the festival. God Bless you for your support.
GIFT CARD BOOTH: Donations of gift cards are needed for the Gift Card Booth please call Liz Kelsey at 532-6862. We are asking for cards valued at $5, $10 or $15. Please have cards to Liz by May 30.
SPORTS BOOTH: Donations of sports related items (Pittsburgh Penguins, Steelers, Pirates, Penn State, Pitt, etc.) are needed for the Sports Tip Seal Booth. Please call the Parish Office 539-5788 ext. 3, with any questions.
BAKE SALE: We are asking our awesome bakers of the Parish to make one of your favorite desserts to donate to the Summerfest Bake Sale. Items can be taken to the Parish Office on Thursday, June 6 or take them to the Picnic Grove the day of the Festival.
“BAKELESS” BAKE SALE: For those of you who don’t have the time to or want to avoid the fuss of baking for the parish festival, an easy alternative is being provided. As a means of allowing everyone to participate, a Bakeless Bake Sale will also be conducted. To participate, use the envelopes found in last week’s bulletin. Additional envelopes are available at the rear of the church. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
THE SWEET SHOPPE 539-6502
THE SWEET SHOPPE Summer Hours are:
Tues. thru Thurs, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Fri., 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
We will be open one Sunday per month
over the Summer
beginning May 26,
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Again this Summer the Sweet Shoppe will be offering Tempering /Hand Dipping Chocolate Classes. There will be evening and afternoon sessions available. Class size is limited. Please call The Sweet Shoppe (539-6502) for more information.
The Sweet Shoppe is now opened year-round.
SEWER PROJECT COLLECTION: Our total collected thus far is $11,060.00. Thank you for your generous response to this collection! We are still accepting contributions to recover some of the cost of our completed work on the sewage system. Envelopes are available in the back of the Church or at the Parish Office.
THE GABRIEL PROJECT PRO-LIFE MINISTRY urgently needs donations of diapers, unscented wipes, baby wash, baby lotion, baby bottles, or new/lightly used baby clothing. Please call Gale at 539-0155 for pick up of items.
THE WEST END FOOD PANTRY is in need of canned food items (Vegetables, Fruit, Soups, etc.). You may leave your non-perishable food items in the back of the church or take them to the Resurrection Parish Office during regular business hours. Thanks you.
THE CAMBRIA CITY MISSION, on Broad St. is collecting items for the homeless and less fortunate in our city. They are in need of: wash cloths, hand towels, tooth paste, tooth brushes, bar soap, shampoo and deodorant. Please place items in container on counter in the back of the church or take to the Parish Center. Thank you, Pat Meagher, 536-8551.
THE LIONS CLUB collects used eyeglasses for the needy in our area. If you happen to have an old pair of eyeglasses please consider donating them. There is a collection box in the back of the church.
BELLS OF CASIMIR MEMORIALS - Only 94 times remain for the Bell Memorials. We thank everyone who has commemorated their loved ones and families with a Bell ringing. The Bells have become a special part of our neighborhood. If you are interested in having a memorial, please visit stellajohnstown.com/bells-casimir-cultural-center/ to download a memorial request form or complete the on-line request. You may also stop by Cambria City Flowers during business hours to request a memorial. *Special holidays such as Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St. Patrick's Day are available.
MARIAPOCS GARDEN AND SHRINE 2019 - Spring is coming to the Garden! The schedule for the Mariapocs Garden and Shrine located in Cambria City is available online at stellajohnstown.com and will be displayed in the rear of the church after Easter. Along with the regularly scheduled recitation of the Rosary on Thursdays at 6pm, other services and events throughout the summer and early Fall are planned at the Garden.
SundayMarket@TheGreen - Mark your calendars! May 26, June 23, July 28, September 29 and October 27, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, The Green, at the corner of 7th and Chestnut Streets. Join us as we celebrate community with food, music, vendors, family and friends. Go to stellajohnstown.com/sundaymarketthegreen for more information and also for information regarding becoming a vendor.
GUIDED TOURS, 2019 - As part of the Casimir Cultural Center's inaugural year of events, Stella, Property Development and Event Production is excited to offer four Guided Tours in 2019.
These destinations offer spiritual, historical and cultural experiences in a pilgrimage-like setting. The tours are being provided for the rate of $100 per person, per tour or all four tours can be reserved at a reduced rate of $375 per person. Tours include: Roundtrip Luxury Motorcoach Transportation; Printed Tour Itinerary and Destination Information; On-board snacks and complimentary coffee/bottled water; Tour Coordinator; Guided Tours at all Destinations; Donation to Shrine; Gratuities; 1 Catered Meal per tour. Each tour is limited to 55 reserved spaces. Further tour details, pricing and on-line reservation form can be found at stellajohnstown.com/guided-tours/ .
For more information, email us at email@example.com, subject: Guided Tours.
ARE YOU THINKING OF DOING something extra for Lent this year? It's not too late to register for the ARISE TOGETHER IN CHRIST Lenten sessions. We will start on Sunday, March 3rd, with both men's and women's groups, 6:00-7:30 PM, at the Oratory. Dan and Faith Thomas, 479-2062, will lead these. Sue Hildebrand, 322-1839, will hold one in her home in Vinco on Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30 AM. Wed. evening's group meets 6:30-8:00 PM, lead by Jim and Judy Carroll, 262-8724, at the Oratory. On Thursday evening from 6:30-8:00 PM, Michael and Cindy O'Connor, 242-8776, lead at the Oratory. There are two groups meeting after the morning Mass on Friday, lead by Diane Gorka, 255-7393, and Barb Dryzal, 536-3961, in the church hall. Barb also leads one on Saturday at the Oratory, 9:00-10:30 AM. PLEASE PRAY ABOUT YOUR RESPONSE TO GOD'S CALL TO 'CHANGE OUR HEARTS' and join us this Lent.