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 6:30 p.m. in Our Lady, Queen of Peace Church (in 2025 the Stations will be prayed in Saint James Church). Everyone is invited to join us for this time of prayer.
As the Church prepares to celebrate Christ’s resurrection, our partner parishes will offer the Sacrament of Anointing. The Sacrament will be administered in:
Saint James Church
on Saturday, March 2
the 4:30 p.m. Mass
Our Lady, Queen of Peace Church
on Sunday, March 3
the 11 a.m. Mass
If you, or someone you care about is sick, dealing with the problems that come with aging, facing surgery, or struggling with a mental or emotional problem, please come and share in the Lord’s healing and strength.
Saint James Parish will have a card party in the parish activities center, 109 Owens View Avenue, Apollo, on Wednesday, February 21. All card players are invited. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with food items available for purchase. Card games of your choice will begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5. A 50/50 drawing will be held and $1 instant tickets will be available. For additional information contact Linda @ 724-882-8776.
All young adults of Our Lady, Queen of Peace and Saint James Parishes, as well as their friends, are invited to this program at Allusion Brewing Co., 134 Grant Avenue, Vandergrift, on Wednesday, March 6, from 7 to 8 p.m. The speaker will be Justin Massetto and the topic is “Finding God’s Love.” The format is a 20 minute presentation, 20 minute socializing, and 20 minute question/answer period. All participants are responsible for their own beverages.
6th through 12th grade children of Our Lady, Queen of Peace and Saint James Parishes are invited to this event on Saturday, February 24. Those who will be joining us are to meet in the activities center of Saint James Parish at 6 p.m. We will carpool to Patrick’s Pub in Apollo for pizza and wings, then enjoy 2 hours of roller skating at Valarena Skateland in North Apollo — returning to the activities center around 9:15 p.m. The cost for parish members is $5. Guests may attend for $10. The fee includes pizza and wings at the pub, as well as admission and roller skate usage at the arena. Attendees may purchase additional refreshments at the snack bar on their own. Reservations with payment are necessary through the parish office by Monday, February 19. Volunteers who would like to chaperon/drive are welcome to join us and are to contact the parish office.
Toddlers through 5th grade children of Our Lady, Queen of Peace and Saint James Parishes [as well as their family members and friends] are invited to this event in the social hall of Our Lady, Queen of Peace Parish on Sunday, March 10, at 2 p.m. The event will include a magic show, crafts, carnival games, carnival foods, and more. The cost per child is $5 for registered parishioners and $10 for guests. Sign-ups are necessary through the parish office by Monday, March 4.