Very Reverend John D. Byrnes, JV, JCL
I hope you are enjoying the autumn beauty this October! During November, the Church will invite us in a special way to remember “our brothers and sisters who have gone to their rest” (Eucharistic Prayer II). November begins with the celebration of All Saints Day and All Souls Day, and throughout the entire month we remember all the faithful departed (all souls being purified in purgatory), including the deceased members of our families. Throughout the month, you are encouraged to inscribe the names of your beloved dead in the book which will be placed near the baptismal font.
ALL SAINTS DAY (Wednesday Nov. 1) is a Holy Day of Obligation and falls on a Wednesdays this year. Mass will be celebrated Tuesday October 31 at 6 PM and at 8:45 AM and 7 PM on November 1.
ALL SOULS DAY (Thursday Nov. 2) Mass will be celebrated at 7:00 PM. At this Mass we will welcome all parish families who have lost a loved one this year. A candle will be lit for each parishioner who has died and been buried from our parish since November 2015, and placed by the Shrine of Our Lady of Loretto. Following Mass, there will be a light social. All are encouraged to attend this special evening Mass to pray for our beloved dead. “Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.”
Fall Clergy Conference / Schedule Changes - Deacon Golden and I will be attending the Fall Clergy Conference, Seven Springs, PA for several days the week of October 15. There will be NO DAILY MASS this week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday October 16, 17, 18. There will be NO Wednesday Eucharistic Holy Hour on Wednesday October 18. Father Jim Morman, TOR (740-381-2203 or 814-419-8827) will provide emergency coverage for the Allegheny/Prince Gallitzin Deaneries. There are No Confessions on Saturday October 21. Mass will be offered as usual at 7:45 AM at the Carmelite Monastery of St. Therese on each of these days. I will return calls beginning Saturday October 21.
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