St. Peter’s Parish Needs Your Help!
FISH DINNER SURVEY ALERT! Due to the pandemic, there will be modifications to our annual Lenten Fish Dinners but we’re hoping to pull together a tasty alternative and having help and input from the parish will make it even more successful. Just for this year there are plans for a Soup Sale on at least two Fridays (March 5 and March 19) featuring different kinds of soup and bread.Please use the link below to read about these changes to our Lenten Fish Dinner and take a very short survey about it as well. The survey will be open until February 15th. Thank you!
Mary's Way of the Cross Stations
St. Peter's Church Women's Group cordially invites ALL parishioners to join us every FRIDAY during LENT at 1:00pm in St. Peter's Church to pray Mary's Way of the Cross stations (masks required), which attempt to present the viewpoint through Mary's eyes of what Jesus was going through on the way to Calvary. Booklets are available at the parish office Monday-Friday 8am to 4pm (Please wear your mask if stopping by the office), after Masses the weekend of February 13-14 in the vestibule and also the Fridays during Lent. This is another opportunity to enhance our Lenten journey and will be live streamed on our St. Peters Church facebook page.
Monthly Recitation of Rosary & Prayers
ALL parishioners are invited to join St. Peter's Women's Group in the monthly Recitation of the ROSARY and prayers on Monday, February 15th, at 1:00pm in St. Peter's Church. If you are unable to join us in person, please pray along with us as we live stream on our St. Peters Church facebook page.
St. Peter School Announces 2021-2022 Registration
2021 March for Life
The 2021 March for Life will take place virtually on Friday, January 29. The March for Life Education and Defense Fund, the organization behind the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., said the decision was made due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the risk of unrest in the nation’s capital.
A PRO LIFE PRAYER: God of All Goodness, You have entrusted us with the gift of life. Help us to appreciate that gift from the first moments of conception to the last breaths of old age. Send Your strength to all those who defend the unborn, the weak, and the dying against attempts to cut short their lives. May Your Holy Spirit touch the hearts of those who are tempted to choose the way of death rather than life. Grant that Your people may always be a sign of Your love in the world Amen
Rosary & Prayers
Please join St. Peter's parishioners for recitation of the rosary and other prayers on Friday, January 15, at 1:00pm in St. Peter's Church. This event will be live streamed on our St Peters Church Facebook page for anyone unable to attend in person. We invite all parishioners to join us either in person or virtually. This is amazing technology that enables us to PRAY together!!! If you have not already done so, please search for our St Peter's Church Facebook Page and click the "Like" button to follow our parish. Pray along with us. If you are unable to join in at the designated time, you may view it at a later time.
Christmas Mass Times
Christmas Eve: 3PM, 5PM and 7PM
Christmas Day: 10AM
Have a Blessed Christmas from St. Peter's Church!
A Letter From A Concerned Parishioner
To my dear fellow parishioners, Catholics and friends of St. Peter's Church, This pandemic has been so hard for all of us, and “like a deer longs for running streams, my soul longs for the Lord”. I would love to attend mass and receive Jesus in the Eucharist, but have not been able to do so. I have come to church, seen the signs that say, “Masks Required” and have seen the directives from the bishop that say that Masks are Required, but when I look in the door, many people are not wearing masks. For this reason, I am prevented from that one thing that I so desperately need. You see, I am the parent of a child with a chronic condition. Our family lives like we’re in a pandemic all the time. Our other kids miss out on things that will put their brother at risk every single day. Our family has learned that by avoiding any unnecessary public contact, and wearing a mask, we reduce the risk of bringing home any virus that could cause our boy to become gravely ill or lose his life. From my perspective, it’s like watching my kid swim in a shark tank. What might just be a cold to most people, could be death to my son. I’m not a hypochondriac, my son is compromised, and Covid-19 presents an even greater risk. The point is, whether I have a child with a chronic condition, or a child or family member on chemotherapy, or I work at a hospital or nursing home or have a family member who takes medication to suppress their immune system, I can’t go to mass with a group of people who are not wearing masks. The surgeon general of the U.S. has advised us to wear masks, as doing so minimizes the spread of the virus; he seems to me a reliable source of information. If you have some condition that prevents you from being able to wear a mask, I feel for you. If it is your choice to not wear a mask, please understand that you are taking away my ability to attend mass and receive Holy Communion. If you truly want to demonstrate your love for neighbor, pray for my family, thank God you aren’t in my position – and hope you never are - and wear a mask to mass. Either way, I will keep you in my prayers, and hope that God will open all our hearts and minds to live in His service.
Prayers for Priests and Vocations
Prayers for our Seminarian Mark!
Monthly Recitation of Rosary
The Women's Group cordially invites EVERYONE to join us for our Monthly Recitation of the Rosary on Thursday, Oct 15, at 1:00pm in the Prayer Garden behind St Peter School. There are concrete benches available or bring a folding chair and your mask if you wish. Please park off Columbia Ave. No parking in the area in front of the school. If we experience inclement weather we will pray in Church. Please join us in Prayer to our Blessed Mother for our needs and those of our World.
Diocesan Universal Guidelines for Returning to Mass
As public Masses and the celebration of the sacraments resume in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, each parish has specific guidelines and safety precautions the faithful must follow, but there are some universal guidelines and reminders for parishioners no matter their parish. They include the following:
Bishop Mark has waived the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days until further notice.
MASKS MUST BE WORN at Mass, during the celebration of Reconciliation, and ALL other liturgical or parish functions.
SOCIAL DISTANCING MUST be observed at all times. (The number of persons permitted to attend Mass in a church or other approved indoor location is not determined by a set number recommended by public health personnel. It is determined by the number of persons who can be accommodated within that space according to the plan for safe physical distances in each church. We are using the standard of 6 feet between those not from the same household.)
There should be no hand-shaking during the sign of peace nor at any other time.
The Precious Blood will be not offered until further notice.
Faithful are encouraged to support their parish through online giving or by mailing their weekly offertory or dropping it off at their parish.
The live broadcast of the Sunday Mass airs every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. on WATM ABC 23 and at 9:00 p.m. on Atlantic Broadband channel 9.
St. Peter's Church reopens for Masses!
Dear Parishioners and friends,
Great News! We will be re-opening St. Peter Parish Church for our normal weekend schedule starting Saturday, June 13, 2020. It has been a long journey from that fateful Friday, March 13th day when we had to cancel our very popular Fish Dinner, to the “Stay-at-Home order,” all the way to our Churches being locked down to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
However, it helped us to rely more strongly on God and His providence, and to grow in our Catholic Faith, as we came up with many faith-filled and creative ways to pray and worship. Finally, we are coming to the end of this long sojourn. Our Church is once again open for prayer, we have been hearing Confessions and receiving Holy Communion, and now, this weekend, we will begin having our normal schedule of Saturday evening/Sunday Masses in the Church.
As we move forward, we continue to pray for all who have died during this pandemic and all families affected. Things will be a little different when you come back to Church.
The Church has been cleaned and scrubbed from top to bottom
There will be hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes throughout the Church.
Masks are required. However, if you have a medical condition or cannot wear a mask, please make sure you maintain a six-foot separation.
If you have been exposed to the virus within 14 days, I kindly ask that you do not attend Mass. Also, if you are not feeling well, please stay home.
If you are uncomfortable attending Mass, you may stay at home, as this is a personal decision and you are absolutely not obligated to attend Mass at this time.
Thank you to all who have been so generous with contributions during this pandemic. The financial support of St. Peter’s is very important, as we must continue to pay our bills.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the office. Thank you again for your patience, understanding and generosity. Please know that you continue to be in my thoughts and prayers and may God Bless and Protect each of you.
With warm regards and prayer,
Fr. Angelo J. Patti
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Following the Bishop’s announcement this week, the Sacrament of Reconciliation will begin this weekend. At St. Peter’s Church in Somerset, PA confession be offered on Saturdays at 2:45PM in the church. Father Angelo Patti will be in the Groom's Room, located to the left as you enter the front of the church, and Monsignor Samuel Tomaselli will be in the Sacristy. Confessions will also be heard daily at 1:30PM in those same locations. Please remember to social distance in the church and follow the guidelines put forth by the Bishop and the CDC.
St. Peter's Church Now Open for Visitation
St. Peter’s Church, Somerset, PA will be open each day from 7AM to 4PM for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Those who come to church for personal prayer need to recognize the risk of possible unintended exposure to the coronavirus and refrain if they are sick or at a greater risk of susceptibility to COVID-19.
Meet our Seminarian!
Mark Groeger, Member of Saint Peter Parish in Somerset and attending Saint Vincent Seminary in Latrobe
Prayer for Vocations
God our Father, You made each of us to use our gifts in the Body of Christ. We ask that You inspire young people whom You call to the priesthood and consecrated life to courageously follow Your will. Send workers into Your great harvest so that the Gospel is preached, the poor are served with love, the suffering are comforted, and Your people are strengthened by the sacraments. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
Prayer for Seminarians
Father, thank You for the generosity of our seminarians. Safeguard them as they prepare for the priesthood. Keep all evil far from them, so they may become strong Christian men who are faithful to prayer, diligent in their studies, open to spiritual direction, and docile to all aspects of seminary formation. Above all, enflame their hearts with love so they will be ardent and gentle shepherds for Your Church. We make this prayer through the great High Priest, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Saint Charles Borromeo, patron of seminarians, pray for us.
St. Peter's Church Coronavirus Updates
St. Peter’s Parish rectory will be open Monday through Friday from 10am-2pm. If you have any questions about an event you had planned (Baptism, Weddings etc.) please call the rectory during office hours (814-443-6574).
Thank you to all who have been so faithful with contributions during this pandemic. The financial support of St. Peter’s Parish is very important, as we must continue to pay our bills. You may mail your envelope to 433 West Church Street, Somerset, PA 15501. Or you may set up for On-Line Giving through our parish website.
At this time, our beautiful church will remain closed until further notice, due to the new directive for all Pennsylvanians to shelter- in- place.
We pray for your continued strength and courage. We hope to see you soon! "May the Lord lift up your heart, at Easter and always!
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
First Day of SPRING Celebration Dinner Cancelled
In order to help keep our parish family healthy and safe, St. Peter's Women's Group First Day of Spring Celebration scheduled to be held this Thursday, March 19, at the Oakhurst Grille & Event Center (Oakhurst Tea Room) has been CANCELLED due to health and safety concerns regarding COVID-19. St. Peter's Women's Group are praying for those affected by this virus and those who may be affected by it in the coming days and weeks! May God bless you and keep you healthy and safe!
March 13 Lenten Fish Dinner Cancelled
In light of the public health crisis that the COVID-19 virus has created, St. Peter’s Church of Somerset, PA has made the decision to cancel the Lenten Fish Dinner scheduled for Friday, March 13. We wish to thank everyone who has supported our dinners. Please continue to watch our website for further updates. Thank you.
First Day of SPRING Celebration Dinner
Let's all say good-bye to Winter and Welcome SPRING......The St. Peter's Church Women's Group cordially invites ALL women of our parish to the "First Day of SPRING Celebration Dinner" on Thursday March 19, at 5:30pm at Oakhurst Grille & Event Center. The cost is $20.00 which includes the Buffet, Beverage (non-alcoholic) & Gratuity. Please join us for a social evening of fellowship with women of our Church. RSVP by contacting Denise Demchak 814-395-5079 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lent is a time of preparation for Easter, calling Christians to reform their lives and to open their hearts to the special graces and blessings which God has promised to bestow upon the world. It is a period of time meant to ready ourselves spiritually to celebrate the glory of Jesus’ resurrection and the fulfillment of His promise to redeem sinners.
St. Peter's Church in Somerset, Pa. will celebrate a Lenten Mass each Wednesday evening at 6 PM. Confessions will be offered on Wednesday evenings after Mass. Confessions will also take place on Saturday afternoons at 2:30 PM. There will be Stations of the Cross on Sunday evenings at 7 PM followed by a time of Eucharistic Adoration. Children’s Stations of the Cross will be offered on Mondays at Noon with our St. Peter School Students. Our Weekly Eucharistic Holy Hour will be held each Thursday evening at 7 PM.
Please join us and bring family and friends along with you!
Mardi Gras/ Hospitality Weekend
St. Peter's Parish Women's Group will sponser a Mardi Gras Hospitality Weekend on Saturday, February 22 & 23 in the Parish Hall. On Saturday, February 22nd, after 4PM Mass there will be a Pot Luck Dinner in the Hall. The parish will supply fried chicken and drinks, and those attending are asked to bring a side dish or dessert. On Sunday, February 23, after 8AM and 10AM Masses, Coffee and Donuts will be served in the parish hall. After 12:15 Mass on Sunday, February 23, there will be Pot Luck Lunch in the hall. The Parish will supply soup and drinks, and those attending are asked to bring a side dish or dessert. A sign-up sheet is in the vestibule as we need a number of people attending. All are welcome! Please contact Chairperson Sue Hook (443-3593) if you are able to help with this project. We are hoping to sponsor Hospitality Weekends several times during this upcoming year.
Pre-Cana Marriage Preparation Process
Pre-Cana marriage preparation is a mandatory requirement for all Altoona-Johnstown diocesan couples planning to marry in the upcoming year. The 2020 Pre-Cana class here at St. Peter's Church in Somerset, Pa. will be held on Saturday, March 7, and Saturday, March 14, from 9AM to 1PM in the St. Peter’s parish annex building. The cost is $70 per couple payable at registration prior to the beginning of the first session. If you plan to attend this year’s Pre-Cana sessions, please call the rectory to register at 814-443-6574.
ARISE! Together in Christ Season IV!
As we begin 2020, we once again have an opportunity to attain a greater understanding of our faith and a stronger relationship with the Lord by participating more fully in parish life and inviting others to join in. To accomplish this, Bishop Mark has requested our continued participation in Arise Together in Christ. A year and a half ago, we introduced the ARISE Together in Christ spiritual renewal process in our diocese and in our parish. About 150 parishioners of St. Peter’s participated in ARISE! by joining a small faithsharing group. Those who took part reported having a positive and enriching experience which brought them closer to the Lord. We will continue ARISE! this Lent, beginning in February and continuing for six one-week sessions. All parishioners are invited to join, whether you were part of a small group last Fall or not. ARISE enables people to deepen their faith, develop a closer relationship with Christ, grow in community and reach out in service to others.
Why is St Peter participating in ARISE? Because in these difficult and even painful times we need to be renewed as a parish, we need to welcome back those who have been distanced from the Church, and we need to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ through our active commitment to charity and justice. Why not be part of something that promises to have a positive effect on the renewal of the Catholic Church in our diocese? ARISE Season IV is open to anyone. Your ARISE Parish Team representatives are Juliann Isgan (814)279-5390 or Mary Herwig (814)521-4743, Sign Ups will continue until Sun., Feb. 8. Season IV will begin the week of Feb. 16 and will last through week of Mar. 29. Please follow us on Facebook-St. Peter’s Church-Somerset, PA, Instagram-St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Somerset, PA.
ST. PETER'S CHURCH NEWLY FORMED PARISH WOMEN'S GROUP
Would you like to be of service to our parish? Would you like to socialize with other women of our parish? Would you want to be a support to members of our parish family? Please consider joining the St. Peter's Church Women's Group. Flyers with details are available on the table in the church vestibule. Please return the completed tear-off portion via the collection basket. The newly formed Women's Group will be hosting a luncheon on Wednesday, January 15th, at 12:30pm at Hoss's Steak & Sea House. This will be our first event for women of our Parish to get together, socialize and learn more about the mission of this newly formed group. If you are able to join us please contact Denise Demchak 814-395-5079 and bring along your ideas/ suggestions for projects or events you would like to see us sponsor!! Thank You.
A NEW YEAR’S PRAYER
Lord, You make all things new. You bring hope alive in our hearts and cause our spirits to be born again. Thank You for this New Year, for all the potential it holds. Come and kindle in us a mighty flame so that in our time, many will see the wonders of God and live forever to praise Your Glorious Name. Amen
ST. PETER'S CHURCH NEW YEAR'S MASS SCHEDULE
January 1, 2020 is the Feast of Mary, Mother of God and a holy day of obligation. Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 31st, New Year’s Eve, at 4:15PM. Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 1st, 8:00AM and 10:00AM. There is no better way to begin our New Year 2020 than by uniting with our Blessed Mother in prayers of peace at Mass on New Year's Day.
ST. PETER'S CHURCH CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE
Today is born our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord! Merry Christmas! Oh, come let us adore Him!
Christmas Eve Masses on Tuesday, December 24, will be celebrated at 5:00PM, 7:30PM and 10:00PM.
Christmas Day Masses on Wednesday, December 25, will be celebrated at 8:00AM and 10:00 AM.
ST. PETER'S CHURCH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DINNER
St. Peter's Church Annual Christmas Dinner will be held on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, from 11AM-1PM in our parish hall, 433 West Church Street, Somerset. This Christmas dinner is for everyone, those who are struggling, those who are thankful, those who are lonely and those in need of good food and conversation. Please come and share a beautiful meal with friends.
ST. PETER'S ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR!
St. Peter's Church Annual Holiday Bazaar will take place in our parish hall at 433 West Church Street, Somerset, Pa. on Saturday, November 9, from 11AM to 6PM and on Sunday, November 10, from 8AM to 2PM. Our parish hall will be transformed into a basket wonderland with over 100 theme baskets. Come and see the wonderful range of beautiful baskets! Drawing will be held on Sunday starting at 2PM. Refreshments will be available each day. There will also be a bake sale and cash raffle.
ANNUAL FORTY HOURS DEVOTIONS
On Sunday, October 27 through Tuesday, October 29, our parish will celebrate the beautiful Eucharistic devotion of Forty Hours. This devotion is a special forty-hour period of prayer made before the Blessed Sacrament in solemn exposition. There will also be devotions each evening at 7:00 PM. The Tuesday service will feature a formal procession with our school students. Visiting priests will be available for confession. Please plan to join us.
A TRIDUUM IN HONOR OF ST. THERESE
Our annual Triduum in honor of St. Therese of Lisieux will begin on Tuesday, October 1, and end on Thursday, October 3. Mass will start at 7PM each evening. Please join us for three days of prayer to this great saint of our time, and draw closer to God. Invite others to attend these days of devotion. A communal anointing of the sick will take place on Thursday evening during Mass.
ARISE! Together in Christ Season 3
Season 3 of ARISE! is right around the corner! No matter where you are on your faith journey or what your current relationship is with Christ and/or the Catholic Church, the ARISE! platform offers warmth and a sense of community in small-group settings to deepen one’s personal relationship with Christ. Each ARISE! Group—though different!—is a judgementfree, relaxed environment that promotes members to fully engage in deep (seriously deep!) and meaningful conversations about Christ, Catholicism, and one’s personal relationship with Christ. Contact Sonya Richards at email@example.com OR via text at (814) 659-4369 to get involved or for more information about ARISE! Season 3 starting in October.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
All Are Welcome
CCD Registration now open!
Registration is now open for St. Peter’s 2019-2020 Religious Education! Parent letter, registration forms, and schedules can be found under the Religious Education tab, in the Church Vestibule, in the Annex outside the DRE’s office, and in the Rectory. Any questions, contact DRE at 814-443-6574 ext. 4.
Welcome Father Angelo Patti
St. Peter’s Parish fondly welcomes Father Angelo Patti as our new pastor.
He is a warm and friendly person with a deep love of God. He will bring his own special qualities and ideas that we are eager to embrace. We know he will gain the love and respect of our parish family.
St. Peter’s has always been blessed with wonderful and outstanding pastors. We know that Fr. Patti will become one of them. We pray that his stay with us will be blessed with much happiness. We look forward to traveling with him as he leads us on the road to strengthening our Catholic faith.
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.