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We believe that Jesus Christ came to reveal the fullness of God's love for us, and we continue to celebrate that love through praise, sacraments, service, and community. Learn about our mission and meet our staff.
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News & Events
Love your enemies, easier said than done,
no doubt. But, remember, the foundation
of stewardship is prayer. When we are
in close communication with God,
it opens our heart and it turns our attention away from “me” and moves it towards God and others. It allows us to have a little more empathy for “our enemy.” When we pray for others, even “our enemies,”
maybe it softens their hearts as well.
MASS SCHEDULE CHANGE: Because of the recent need for our pastor to assume the position of administrator of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Woodvale, Resurrection needs to adjust its normal Mass schedule to allow at least one Mass at St. Clare Parish. Effective immediately, there will no longer be a 4 PM Mass at Resurrection on Saturday afternoons. This will allow St. Clare’s to have at least one Mass each weekend. There is NO CHANGE to our Sunday morning and weekday Mass schedule. Confessions will continue to be heard at 2:30 PM on Saturday afternoons at Resurrection Parish. We pray that this will only be temporary.
ATTENTION PARISHIONERS: Anyone who has a Mass Intention scheduled for a Saturday at 4:00 PM in Resurrection Church, please call the Parish Office at 539-5788, ext. 4. Saturday Masses, until further notice, have been rescheduled. Thank you.
PARISHIONERS: With the recent Mass schedule changes, we realize that some parishioners are attending other area Catholic Churches. You may deposit your Resurrection envelope at the Church you are attending. That Church will see that your envelope gets to Resurrection Church.
The Catholic Church will observe Ash Wednesday on February 26, 2020, which marks the beginning of Lent. It is not a Holy Day of Obligation, but the faithful are encouraged to attend Mass and receive ashes. The Office of Communications invited all parishes in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown to submit times of Masses and services for Ash Wednesday. The following schedule includes the parishes that responded to the invitation.
Most parishes invite the faithful to pray the Stations of the Cross during Lent. All parishes were invited to submit their schedule to the Office of Communications. The following is the schedule from the parishes that responded.
The season of Lent is a time to seek God’s healing and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Many parishes are sponsoring Communal Penance Services in the coming weeks. The following parishes submitted schedules to the Office of Communications. Please consult individual parishes for other Reconciliation opportunities leading up to Easter.
Various parishes in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown are sponsoring spiritual enrichment opportunities during the Lenten season.
Fish lunches or dinners are a Lenten tradition at many parishes. Please enjoy great food and fellowship and support our great parishes. The following parishes submitted information about their fish meals.
CHOIR NEWS: Our choir will soon begin it’s preparations for the Easter Triduum. We invite you to consider joining our choir to honor Our Lord’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection. Our rehearsals will be held every Thursday evening at 7:00 PM from February 27th - April 2nd. If you are interested in singing with us, please contact Emily Roy: (814) 242-4995, firstname.lastname@example.org.
LITURGICAL MINISTERS: Beginning with Lent, assignments for liturgical ministers from both parishes will be found on one schedule. An electronic copy of the schedule is attached below. Printed copies of the Liturgical Ministry Schedule for Lent and Easter are now available in the sacristies at both churches. In a few weeks, a sign-up register will be available for those willing and able to offer their talents as a liturgical minister for the liturgies of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum. New ministers are always welcome, and for those who do already minister, thank you for sharing your talents with the Lord.
Fast & Abstinence
THIS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26 IS ASH WEDNESDAY, when the Church begins the forty day journey toward the Triduum (The Three Days) with the annual discipline of fasting, praying and giving alms. Ash Wednesday (Feb. 26) and Good Friday (April 10) are days of fast and abstinence. All other Fridays in Lent (March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 3) are days of abstinence only. FASTING refers to only one full meal, with two small meals and no other eating at all for the day. All those required to FAST are between the ages of 18 and 59 years old.
ABSTINENCE refers to not eating meat at all for the day. All those age 14 years old and above are required to abstain. Those who are excused from fast and abstinence are anyone suffering from a chronic illness, such as diabetes or pregnant or nursing women. Mass with distribution of ashes will be celebrated on Ash Wednesday at St. Clare of Assisi Church at 8:00 AM and at Resurrection Church at 6:30 PM.
CRS RICE BOWL COLLECTION is a program that allows us the opportunity to help those less fortunate. May these forty days better prepare us to encounter ourselves, our neighbors and our God. Rice Bowls are available in the back of the Church. Please remember to take one and return it on Holy Thursday, April 9 at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.
ADULT ENRICHMENT CLASSES: The 8 week class Christian Prayer and Spirituality is being offered at two locations. Deacon Michael Russo will be teaching Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 PM beginning March 5th at St. Patrick School, Johnstown. Sr. Marilyn Welch, CCW will be teaching Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 PM beginning March 13th at St. Catherine of Siena, Duncansville. The 10 week class Church History is being offered at Most Holy Trinity, Huntingdon beginning Tuesday, March 5th from 6:30-8:30 PM. This class is being taught by Deacon Donald Gibboney. Classes may be taken for ongoing formation credit. Registration and book fees, registration forms, and class information are available online at www.dioceseaj.org/lay-ecclesial-ministry/ or by contacting Marybeth at (814) 361-2000. All are welcome to attend.
BLESSED BLANKETS are available at the Parish Office. The Sewing Ministry invites all parishioners to take them for your loved ones or anyone in need. Many hours of prayer went into making these hand-made articles (there is no fee).
Lectio divina is a form of meditation rooted in liturgical celebration that dates back to early monastic communities. It was a method practiced by monks in their daily encounter with Scripture, both as they prepared for the Eucharist and as they prayed the Liturgy of the Hours.
The Latin phrase “lectio divina” may be translated as “divine reading.” As one reads and invites the Word to become a transforming lens that brings the events of daily living into focus, one can come to live more deeply and find the presence of God more readily in the events of each day. The method of lectio divina follows four steps:
Use these Lectio Divina guides to meditate, contemplate, and pray.
LENTEN HOLY HOUR: Beginning March 4 and concluding April 8 a weekly Holy Hour will be held each Wednesday during Lent from 12 Noon until 1:00 PM.
LITURGICAL MINISTERS: Beginning with Lent, assignments for liturgical ministers from both parishes will be found on one schedule. Printed copies of the Liturgical Ministry Schedule for Lent and Easter are now available in the sacristies at both churches. For those of you who have registered your email address with us, an electronic copy has been sent to you as well. The schedule can also be found on both of the parish’s web sites. In a few weeks, a sign-up register will be available for those willing and able to offer their talents as a liturgical minister for the liturgies of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum. New ministers are always welcome, and for those who do already minister, thank you for sharing your talents with the Lord.
MINISTERS FOR THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS: We are asking for volunteers to assist as cross & candle bearers for the Stations of the Cross. To participate, you do not need to be an altar server. Families are encouraged to participate. If you are willing & able to assist, please sign the registry located on the table in the back of the church. Stations of the Cross are held on the Fridays of Lent at 6:30 PM.
MARY’S WAY OF THE CROSS AND EVERY MAN’S WAY OF THE CROSS: The ladies of the parish will lead the Stations of the Cross on Fri., March 6 and Fri., April 3 and the men of the parish will lead the Stations of the Cross on Fri., March 20. Volunteers are needed to read and to serve. Sign up sheets can be found in the back of the Church.
DISPOSING OF OLD PALMS: If you are looking for a convenient way to dispose of your blessed palms from last year, you can bring them to the church and place them in the baskets found in the rear. They will be burnt as part of the new fire at the Easter Vigil.
ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 335 Locust St., Johnstown, will present a Community Common Prayer Taize Service on Sunday, February 16 at 6:30 PM. Join us for a unique style of Christian worship developed in 1940 By Brother Roger Schutz, founding member of the ecumenical monastic Taize community of Burgundy, France. The Taize community’s purpose is service to young people and promotion of ecumenism. Free refreshments and conversation will follow the service. The service is free. All are welcome.
ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 335 Locust St., Johnstown, will hold a Lenten Quiet Day, What is Jesus’ Recipe for Love? on Saturday, February 29, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The day will consist of alternating periods of meditation and quiet time followed by final prayers and a vegetarian lunch. The event is free. All are welcome.
CARMELITE COMMUNITY OF THE WORD: You are invited to the CCW Lenten Spirituality Program to be held Mondays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 from 10:00 AM to Noon. This 5-week series, using DVD presentations by best-selling author Edward Sri, will guide you through the last hours of Jesus’ life. Through readings, DVD presentations, discussions and prayer, come to a deeper understanding of God’s immeasurable and unconditional love. Draw closer to Jesus during the season of Lent. Pre-registration is required by Feb. 24. Cost of program: $20; Cost of book: $15. Send Registration by mail with payment to CCW Incarnation Center, 394 Bem Road, Gallitzin, PA 16641 or email registration to email@example.com regarding credit card payment. All sessions will be held at CCW Incarnation Center.
Parish Mission Presents Inspirational Speaker Nina Marie Corona: St. Benedict Parish, Johnstown will be hosting Nina Marie Corona for their Lenten Parish Mission, “Choices: The Hinges of Destiny”. This three night event will be held from 7:00PM to 8:30PM, March 29, 30, and 31, 2020. Each evening will include powerful talks, images, videos, and music for reflection. Practical tools will be offered to help us choose what better leads to a deepening of God’s life in us. Open to all in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, tickets are not required. A love offering will be taken. For more information contact Deacon Michael Russo at 814-288-3036 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE CATHOLIC MINISTRIES DRIVE, IGNITE YOUR FAITH FOR CHRIST’S MISSION, HAS LAUNCHED THROUGHOUT THE DIOCESE. During Lent and throughout the year, we are challenged to renew our spiritual devotions and duties, and one of those holy duties is to support the Church. This drive focuses on a select group of ministries with emphasis on the poor, families, youth, seminarians. And leadership development of clergy and laity. Please reflect on Bishop Mark’s invitation when it arrives and return your pledge card in the offertory. There will also be a donation card in the Diocese’s new magazine, PROCLAIM, Christ in your Life. All contributions received beyond our parish target amount will be used for Resurrection Church projects. Thank you for supporting these vital ministries with sacrificial gifts of prayer and treasure. 100% of your donation goes directly to these ministries. PLEASE MAKE ALL CHECKS PAYABLE TO AND SEND ALL CATHOLIC MINISTRIES DRIVE CONTRBUTIONS TO RESURRECTION CHURCH.
EUCHARIST TO THE HOME BOUND: With Deacon Sam on medical leave, we want to ensure that parishioners who are home bound continue to receive the Eucharist on a routine basis. If you, or someone that you know, wants to have the Eucharist brought to their home, please call the parish office. Arrangements will be made to have an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion make a visit.
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.
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.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER, Resurrection Parish will follow the Johnstown School District’s and/or Bishop McCort’s schedule. If there is a two hour delay, the Parish Office will open two hours late (11:00 AM), and all meetings/activities will take place. If there is no school the Parish Office will be closed and all meetings/activities will be cancelled. If there is an unscheduled early dismissal the Parish Office will close early and all meetings/activities will be cancelled. Please note, Mass WILL BE celebrated regardless.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 PASTORAL COUNCIL will meet on Tues., Feb. 25 starting at 6:30 PM in the Parish Center. Parishioners are welcome to attend.
ST PATRICK'S DAY SPECIAL - There is still time to get your St. Patrick's Day Special Tickets! They are $5.00 each and can be purchased after Sunday Masses and also are available at The Sweet Shoppe, The Parish Center or by calling Chris Falduto at 535-1054.
BREAKFAST TIME! On Sunday, March 1 from 8:30 AM to Noon the Knights of Columbus will sponsor a Breakfast in the Resurrection Hall. The cost is $6.00 for Adults, Children under 12 Free. All are welcome!
THE LADIES’ AUXILIARY will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, March 2 at 6:30 PM at Resurrection Hall. The lift will be open. New members are always welcome. Hostesses for this meeting are: BJ Zdravecky, Pat Zimmerman, Diane Ashbridge, and Agnes Bardar.
ALL CAREGIVERS please check out the website fsjc.org “Friends of St. John the Caregiver”. It is an international Catholic organization providing spiritual support and education materials and resources to those who need care or give care.
QUILT CHANCES: We will be selling chances on a hand-made quilt which was made by our Sewing Ministry. Chances will be sold on Sun., March 15 after 8:00 AM Mass and before and after the 10:30 AM Mass.
We need help with the Easter Roll and Bread baking at Oratory Hall. Any time you can spare would be greatly appreciated. Lunch will be served. Thank you, Eileen Elders
The Baking Schedule is as follows:
THE SWEET SHOPPE
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Candy Making Supplies Sale - Feb. 24 thru 29
10% Off Fondants, Nuts, Chocolate, etc….
We also have a variety of items to celebrate special moments
and events in your life (destinations, sporting events, etc.)
You can also order specialty items for Weddings, Showers, etc.
Give us a call or stop in!
The Sweet Shoppe is now opened year-round.
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 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 - 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.
IT IS TIME TO ARISE TOGETHER IN CHRIST!
ARISE IS STARTING!