OPV: SJB Feast, Fathers, Domains and more
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
This weekend, we continue with another final parish feast day. This weekend, I will celebrate the feast of St. John the Baptist at that church in place of the regular Sunday in Ordinary Time that all of our other churches will be experiencing. Since I’m covering the four Sunday Masses at St. John, these Masses will have a different set of readings for the parish feast day, but only the 9 AM Mass will be livestreamed from St. John. The other four churches and St. John on Saturday night will have the Ordinary Time readings. This will be the same for the following and last weekend in June when I will celebrate the Feast of St. Irenaeus at both St. Irenaeus Church Masses, but only the 4 PM Mass will be livestreamed from St. Irenaeus and all other Masses will follow the readings for the Sunday in Ordinary Time. I look forward to celebrating these final two parish feast days as much as I did our celebrations of St. Joseph, St. Januarius and Our Lady of Joy in May. Soon, we will look forward to celebrating our new Holy Family Parish first days!
Last week, I shared the sad news that our two grade school programs will discontinue as independent schools. They will be merged for the 2020-2021 academic year. For parishioners, alumni and friends, I know this might be painful news as we have enjoyed the separate school traditions, family and personal attachments to our schools. St. Irenaeus Parish went through the closure of a school a few years ago and the preschool remains there. The teachers, parents and students are working through the merger process. For the parishes who supported them, I am offering to meet with anyone via Zoom conference video or phone call next Wednesday night, June 24. To connect to the meeting use this link:
Further information to connect is printed below. The goal of the meeting is to let parishioners understand what a school merger is, and then to consider ways that the new Holy Family Parish might continue to support the merged school, what traditions and connections we had that we would hope to continue. It’s a bit early to discuss, but we will also have a large school building available now during the weekdays, and we might begin to consider uses of that building for the good of the new parish.
Happy Father's Day weekend! I ask God’s blessing on all father’s in our parishes. That includes all the men you call Father too!
God our Father, in your wisdom and love you made all things.
Bless these men, that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers.
Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.
Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always
with a spirit of profound respect.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Finally, there are many organizations trying to host modified summer festivals, including our new Holy Family Parish with take out drive through service July 8-11. Sign up now to volunteer:
The Oakmont Greek Food festival is next weekend. Let's support other area community festivals and maybe even learn a little how to host our own a bit better:
In Christ’s love,
OPV Catholic is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Parish School Merger Meeting
Time: Jun 24, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 421 713 3195
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Rev. Kevin G. Poecking
on Friday, June 19 at 9:37AM