Grade School Schedule Reminders & Updates
In January we hope to have 3 classes: January 17, 24, and 31.
In February we will have 4 classes, 7, 14, 21, and 28, however, the confessions scheduled at 8:30 am will not occur due to the Corona virus and the observance of safety.
We will however have a Penance Service for both Grade and High School Students on Sunday, February 28, at 5:00 p.m. It is important, if you feel safe, to have our children and teens stay on task with the experience of Confession and Reconciliation.
We also encourage the children, if you feel safe, to come to the Ash Wednesday Mass (February 17) to be marked with the Ashes, signifying their beginning of the Lenten Journey. Mass and Service times can be found on our Web Page as well as Facebook.
Each Friday of Lent we will have the Stations of the Cross. We do encourage you to bring your children to the Stations, since this is a Catholic Devotion which is important for them to engage in and experience especially during the Lenten Season
In March, we again have 4 classes scheduled-March 7, 14, 21 & 28.
We call your attention to the 2nd Grade Parent-Child Retreat on Sunday, March 14, from 11:30 – 12:45 p.m. at St. Matthew Church in Tyrone. At this meeting we will present the importance of the Eucharist in the life of a Catholic Christian and plan out the preparation for the reception of First Holy Communion.
In April, we have 3 Classes scheduled on April 11, 18, and 25.
We call your attention to the Celebration of First Holy Communion with our Second-Grade class, on Saturday Evening April 17, at the 4:00 p.m. Mass.
On May 2, we will have our Final Session of Religious Education with the May Crowning involving our Grade and High School Students, at the 9:00 a.m. Mass. Grade School students will still have Class following the 9:00 a.m. Mass from 10:00 – 11:15 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENT: There have been some delays in the mailing and receipt of our Contribution Envelopes. If you have not received yours yet, you should get them by the end of the month. Until then, we have generic envelopes at each entrance for you to use or you can use a blank envelope. Thank you for your patience.
JUNIOR HIGH AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS REVISED RELIGIOUS EDUCATION SCHEDULE FOR THE SECOND SEMESTER
Religious Education Schedule changes– It became necessary to adjust the Jr. High/High School schedule, with us not meeting in person for so many weeks. The remaining month of January will have us holding class every week, rather than every other week since we have many experiences to include in this second semester Religious Education year.
Confirmation Retreat for Grade 11 – DATE CHANGE Due to some new Covid restrictions from the Diocese, we are moving our Confirmation Retreat to Saturday, March 20, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Ashville. Please mark this date change on your calendars.
Arrival will be at 8:30 p.m. Ending at 2:30 p.m. We have scheduled a Bus to transport our Tens to the Retreat, so that parents will not have to be concerned with taking and picking up. The Bus will pick up the student at St. Matthew parish in Tyrone at 7:45 a.m. and at St. Joseph Parish in Bellwood at 8:00 a.m. The Bus will return the students to their Church locations.
February 7 – Religious Education Class Jr. High and High School students. February 7 – 11th Grade students will have the Sponsor Candidate Session
Due to the current Covid-19 Pandemic, the Knights of Columbus will not be sponsoring the Annual Bowling Party on Martin Luther King Day.
Walk for Life Cancelled: The Walk for Life, scheduled for Sunday, January 24, in Tyrone has been cancelled due to Covid.
LOTTERY CALENDAR RETURNS – Thank you parishioners for selling the Lottery Calendars this year. This is the best we have ever done and have just a few unsold calendars remaining. If you have not already done so, we ask that you make your monetary returns as soon as possible since the winning numbers will go into effect on January 1, 2021. Again, thank you for helping the parish in this fundraising event.
We are once again scheduling Mass Intentions.
Weekend Mass intentions/requests are limited to 3 masses for the deceased, per year.
Weekday Mass intentions/requests are limited to 3 masses for the deceased, per requestor, per year.
We schedule as we receive mass intentions and will do our best to honor your requests. Please keep this in mind. Let us be kind and considerate of others and allow as many as possible in our parish family to be able to request a celebration of Mass and remember that the value of a Mass is infinite no matter when it is celebrated.
Plenary Indulgence: Bishop Mark has stated that those impacted during this time are eligible to receive a Plenary Indulgence, which, according to the Catechism, removes the temporal punishment due to sin. The conditions for the Plenary Indulgence include watching a televised Mass, praying the Rosary, the Stations of the Cross or other devotions, or at least reciting the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and a pious invocation to the Blessed Mother, offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and Charity towards one’s brothers and sisters. There must be a true commitment to fulfilling the sacramental obligations of Reconciliation and Eucharist as soon as possible. All are reminded that the Christian faithful are not obliged to participate at Mass on Sunday due to the circumstance of the Coronavirus pandemic. This remains in effect until further notice.
SINCERE CONGRATULATIONS to our 2nd graders who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time on December 5th. They are: Eva Gulvas, Leo Ingham, Bria Long, Maren Nale, and Parker Rilk. Special thanks go to their parents, teachers and catechists for their guidance during their preparation process. Please continue to pray for these children that they may continue to grow in their relationship with Jesus and become the people God intends them to be.
RECONCILIATION CERTIFICATES FOR THE 2ND GRADERS are available on the table near the elevator entrance. If you are unable to pick them up after Mass, please call the church office at 742-7075 to arrange a time to stop by.
NO RELIGIOUS EDUCATION UNTIL AT LEAST JANUARY 17, 2021
WE ARE FOLLOWING THE BELLWOOD – ANTIS SCHOOL DISTRICT’S SCHEDULE. IF THEY RESUME CLASSES AFTER JANUARY 11, WE WILL ALSO RESUME RELGIOUS EDUCATION.
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3rd and 5th grade confessions scheduled for Sunday, December 13, have been postponed indefinitely.
By Tony DeGol
Catholics in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and elsewhere may obtain a plenary indulgence December 11 and 12 in celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes of Mexico City informed Bishops around the world of this special opportunity earlier this week.
Cardinal Retes wrote Pope Francis earlier this month and made the request for the plenary indulgence on behalf of the faithful who make the Marian devotion.
“In this letter, I explained that with 2020 being one of the most difficult years in history due to the pandemic and other evils, we expected many devotees to make a pilgrimage to the Shrine of our Lady here in Mexico City but also to other Guadalupe Shrines throughout the world despite the risk of contagion from COVID-19,” Cardinal Retes said. “I also shared with him the difficult but necessary decision to close the National Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, from December 10 to 13, and the need to have our celebrations at home participating through mass media.”
Cardinal Retes continued: “Considering the serious consequences, a pilgrimage could have due to the pandemic, I asked His Holiness for the grace to grant a Plenary Indulgence to the faithful who celebrate this important solemnity at their homes, which will encourage us to stay home and avoid crowds in the Basilica of Guadalupe or any other Guadalupe pilgrimage site.”
Pope Francis granted the request for the indulgence, which is a remission of the temporal punishment one deserves for one’s sins.
To receive the indulgence, a person must:
Our Lady of Guadalupe is a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary associated with five Marian apparitions in December 1531 and a venerated image on a cloak enshrined within the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.