Welcome to Our Church
Through the grace of God and the commitment of the Catholic Community, we a parish devoted to imitating the life of Christ, as proclaimed in the Holy Gospels, offer a gathering place for worship, service, and fellowship for all.
As ambassadors for Christ, we serve the faithful, those who have strayed from the faith, and those who are not members of the faith community so that all may be reconciled to God.
Parishioners asked for Continued Support
Although we have suspended public Masses and liturgical celebrations as directed by Bishop Mark L. Bartchak, the financial needs of the parish remain, including maintenance of facilities and grounds, additional cleaning expenses and increased cleaning schedules to provide a safe environment for our parishioners. St. Peter’s Church depends on the generous weekly offerings of our faithful parishioners and benefactors to continue the upkeep of our beautiful parish buildings and grounds. Offerings can made through our Online Giving portal at stpetersparish.com or sent via mail to the Rectory, 433 West Church St., Somerset, PA, 15501. Should your family be experiencing difficult financial times, we certainly understand, and simply ask you to keep the Church, all the sick and suffering, especially those affected by the coronavirus, in your prayers, as well as all world and local leaders, as we continue our Lenten journey to Easter glory.
Bishop’s Directives Announced-Masses Suspended
As the Coronavirus situation develops, Bishop Mark Bartchak has issued the following directive concerning Masses and all parish meetings and events:
M E M O R A N D U M
DATE: March 17, 2020
In light of the COVID-19 epidemic, Bishop Mark requires that priests and deacons of theAltoona-Johnstown Diocese observe the following directives, effective immediately.
Suspension of Public Masses
Churches and other public places of worship in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese are to remain open for private prayer. However, effective immediately, there will be no public liturgies of any sort. That is, there will be no public daily Masses or weekend Masses, no public novenas, communal stations of the cross, ecumenical services, or other public worship until the current COVID-19 crisis has passed. The purpose of this is to retard the spread of the coronavirus. The Bishop will be reviewing the situation daily and will alert priests and deacons immediately when Masses and other public worship can be resumed. The Mass will continue to be broadcast at 11:00am on Sundays. The Bishop will be the presider at this liturgy and these broadcasts will be available on the Diocesan website and social media. (www.dioceseaj.org)
By direct order of the Bishop, all social gatherings are prohibited until further notice. This includes parish gatherings, meetings of parish groups, fish fries, and other fundraisers. These measures are required in order to avoid person-to-person contact and the spread of COVID-19. Furthermore, because it is impossible to observe the necessary sterile procedures and because of the possibility of gatherings of people in excess of what is required for public safety, all takeout meals for fundraising must also be suspended immediately.
Under the direction of Bishop Mark, St. Peter’s Church will make the following changes immediately:
· All daily and weekend Masses and liturgical celebrations are suspended effective immediately (March 17, 2020) and continuing until further notice. Throughout this time, the dispensed obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Day Masses, granted by the Bishop on March 12, remains in effect. Fr. Patti will say a private Mass daily in the Rectory for the Mass intentions that day.
· All liturgical celebrations, including Stations of the Cross and Adoration and similar are canceled until further notice. Confessions will remain on Saturdays at 2:45 pm and participants will be asked to use the privacy screen.
· All activities, including Adult Religion Class, CCD, Bible Study, Toddler Time, Quilters, Knights are canceled until further notice
· The church will be unlocked for private individual visits seven days a week from 7am – 2pm
· The Annex, School and Hall are closed to all people and events as of 2pm on Friday, March 20 and buildings will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
· The Rectory Office will be open Monday – Friday 10am -2pm
· If you have any questions about an event you had planned (Baptism, Weddings etc.) please call the Rectory during office hours.
For the most up to date information please refer to the Altoona-Johnstown Diocesan Website at: www.dioceseaj.org
Saturday: 4:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:15 pm
Weekday & Holy Day Masses
As announced in the bulletin.
Saturday 2:45 pm
Anytime upon request.
Additional times during Advent & Lent.