For nearly 2000 years, the shrines in and around Jerusalem have drawn pilgrims inspired by the life and death of our Lord. Not everyone, however, is able to travel to the Holy Land. As a result, ever since the Middle Ages, churches began erecting images devoted to various aspects of the passion. By the 15th century, the Franciscans developed a devotion called ‘Stations.’ It took a while to fix the number and the names of the stations, but in 1731 Pope Clement XII established the 14 we know today. This hallowed tradition reminds us of the outpouring of Christ’s love as He accepted death on the cross. In keeping with this tradition, throughout Lent Stations of the Cross will be prayed on Fridays at 7 p.m. in Saint James Church (in 2024 the Stations will be prayed in Our Lady, Queen of Peace Church). Everyone is invited to join us for this time of prayer.
Children of Our Lady, Queen of Peace and Saint James Parishes, and their extended family members, are invited to this gathering on Holy Saturday, April 8. The children are to bring their own basket and meet on the front steps of Our Lady, Queen of Peace Church at 1:30 p.m. The hunt will occur on the parish grounds. [In case of inclement weather the eggs will be distributed in the lower level of the church]. The Blessing of Easter Baskets will occur immediately afterwards in the church, followed by a photo with the Easter Bunny. Those who will be participating are to RSVP through the parish office by Monday, April 3.
Members and friends of our partner parishes are invited to this event at Meetheads Bar and Grill, 819 La Belle Vue Road in Vandergrift on Wednesday, March 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants will receive step-by-step instructions as they create 4 beautiful handmade greeting cards of their choice. Following the evening of camaraderie and fun, you will depart with your own customed designed treasures to share with others. The cost is $25 which includes all materials. Participants are responsible for their own food and beverages. Reservations are limited to 25 people. To sign-up, RSVP with payment to the parish office by Monday, March 13.
"Jesus calls us to conversion. This call is an essential part of the proclamation of the Kingdom: The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the Gospel... Jesus' call to conversion and penance, like the prophets before Him, does not aim at outward signs, but a conversion of heart [nos. 1427, 1430 Catechism of the Catholic Church.]" The Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as Confession or Penance, was instituted by Christ for the forgiveness of sins, returning us to the state of grace necessary for reception of the Eucharist, the Body of Christ. In additional to the regional Penance opportunities, this Sacrament is celebrated in Our Lady, Queen of Peace Church every Saturday at 12 p.m., and in Saint James Church every Saturday at 3:30 p.m., as well as by appointment. We invite you to take advantage of the opportunity to experience God's love and forgiveness in this sacrament of healing.