Saturday, June 22, 2019

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Many of you are not receiving the Flocknotes that we are sending out. Please check your Email and Spam to be sure that you received the TEST EMAIL.
The Email was entitiled “Saint Patrick York” and contains the email address of: “mail@flocknote.com.” Please be sure to check your Spam and also add our Flocknote Address to your email to be received.

With Phase 2 of our Parish Campaign (Upgrading of Interior of our Church) starting on Monday June 24th, it is important that we keep you posted on Parish Construction and Activities.
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Any questions please let Deacon Michael know at  gospamir@comcast.net or 717-347-7350 

Monday, June 17, 2019

2019 DIOCESAN APPEAL CAMPAIGN

2019 DIOCESAN APPEAL CAMPAIGN


Our Bulletin for June 9th contains an article on the current status of our Diocesan Campaign: 
Click Here to Read Bulletin Page 3

Our Parish 2019 Assessment is $111,400 and so far $37,000 has been pledged to meet this commitment.

We ask that you prayerfully reflect on how together we can provide for the on-going needs of our Diocese and Parish.

To Contribute, Please use one of these Options:·
Fill out Form from the Church or Click Here
and place in Collection or mail to Terry
 Fenstermacher in Parish Office. 
On-Line Via: Click on Link below:

Parish On-Line Giving Program

Diocese On-Line Donation Program

Thank you for your Prayerful Consideration!

Monday, April 22, 2019

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

Divine Mercy Sunday April 28th
3 pm Holy Hour & Service



Why Divine Mercy?
Divine Mercy Sunday is the Feast of God's Mercy and Love. This Feast Day is based on the revelations of Jesus to St Faustina Kowalska in the 1930's. Her diary contains more than 600 pages of recorded messages that she received regarding God's Endless Mercy.
The mission the Lord gave to St Faustina was to remind the world of God's Great Mercy and to reveal new forms of devotion to Jesus as "The Divine Mercy".
Jesus wants us to place complete trust in His Mercy and Forgiveness and to understand that His Mercy is greater than any sin we have committed. He wants us to approach Him and receive His Mercy on the Feast of His Mercy.
He asks that we become a vessel of His Mercy by allowing His Mercy to flow through us to others by our Actions, Words and Prayers. This is not a new message but puts a new focus on God's Love and Mercy for Us which is Unlimited and Available to Everyone.





Saturday, April 13, 2019

HOLY WEEK & EASTER SCHEDULE

HOLY WEEK & EASTER SCHEDULE
This is the Holiest of Weeks! Jesus thirsts for you!
Come to confession and our Liturgies to
let Him touch
 
your Heart!
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Thursday, April 11, 2019

April The Month of the Holy Eucharist


THE HOLY EUCHARIST:
Of all the gestures, actions, decisions, operations, motions in the life of the human person, by far the greatest (beyond comparison) is to receive Jesus, the Lord and God into the very depths of your soul in the greatest of all Sacraments: Holy Communion.
Nobody on earth could ever compare one Holy Communion to any other created reality. However, reflect on this: the entire created universe from the stars, planets, immense oceans, and lofty mountains, and starry skies, as well as all of the fish in the seas and animals populating the earth cannot equal even one, just one Holy Communion.
Why?
The reason is simple but very sublime: Holy Communion is God himself! Holy Communion is not some vague or abstract symbol, as non-Catholic religions assert! No one Holy Communion is God Himself. God is the origin of all that exists and the purpose of our existence! God created all of us out of love, to love Him in this life so as to be with Him and to love Him for all eternity in Heaven!
Learn More:
https://catholicexchange.com/ten-ways-prepare-communion

Monday, April 8, 2019

UNPLANNED THE MOVIE

                      


The “Unplanned Movie” 
still showing in the Area: 


This is an important Movie we should promote, attend and encourage family and friends to view. It shows the truth about abortion in our Country and depicts the true story of Abby Johnson who was a Director at a Planned Parenthood clinic until one day "What She Saw Changed Everything."

Very powerful and so well done. Not only exposes the truth but great message of love and redemption too.
View Trailer
View Actress' Story


UPDATED WITH FATHER CARROLL'S REFLECTION ON THE MOVIE:

On Friday March 29th Father Hoa, Deacon Michael and his wife Patricia, and myself went to the Regal Theaters in West Manchester Township to view the movie “Unplanned” which is the story of Abby Johnson who formally worked for Planned Parenthood, until she witnessed the abortion procedure that changed her life forever.  Today Abby Johnson is an advocate for life.

 “Unplanned” is a powerful movie for a variety of reasons.  First it gives us an insight into the abortion procedure which in itself is disturbing, but also the potential physical complications that can come with it.  We also see in some cases the emotional toll having an abortion and witnessing an abortion can have on individuals.  Secondly, the movie shows the human aspect of everyone involved.  As it says on the “Unplanned” movie website, “All Abby Johnson ever wanted to do was help women.”  Abby went to work for Planned Parenthood because she wanted to help others.  Even though it is morally reprehensible for any organization to support the direct taking of innocent life, especially the unborn, one must understand that individuals are drawn into such organizations because they are persuaded that they are doing something good. 

The movie portrayed Shawn Carney, the President and Founder for 40 Days for life.  In the movie his group is seen outside the abortion clinic where Abby Johnson worked.  One of the things that stood out about his group is that they simply prayed outside the clinic peacefully.  Shawn’s wife is seen in the movie befriending Abby who was the clinic director.  For those of us in the pro-life movement we must be reminded that those who work for organizations such as Planned Parenthood are children of God and must always be treated with dignity and respect.  Having viewed the film it is my belief it was that dignity and respect that led Abby to approach Sean and his organization after coming to terms with the horrible reality of abortion.  Never under estimate the power of prayer and just simply being a good Christian witness. 

After coming to the realization of the realities of abortion it led Abby to make some changes.  Her first step was to make the decision to resign from Planned Parenthood.  After she made the choice to resign we see her in the film struggling coming to terms with the fact that she participated in over 22,000 abortions.  Not only was she struggling to come to term with that but also the two abortions she had earlier in her life.  In the movie we see her full conversion with her coming to the realization of God’s compassion, kindness, love, and mercy.   

While having an abortion may not have an immediate outward effect on an individual, down the road it can take a deep emotional toll on not just the individual but also those around them.  As Catholics we are truly blessed that if we seek it, God will embrace us with compassion, love, and mercy.  We can find peace starting with the sacrament of reconciliation.  As I have mentioned before I try to balance the need for preaching the clear truth while at the same time recognizing that there are people hurting from this within our family.  For those who are hurting, please do not hesitate to bring it to the Lord.  Do not allow that fear to keep you from experiencing the fullness of God’s love!    
       
I would encourage anyone who struggles with the Church’s teaching on life to go see the movie.  For those who are in the Pro-Life movement I would encourage them to see the movie as well.  Don’t go into the movie with a plan.  Be unplanned and go into the movie with an open heart and mind.  Be prepared to be moved!   While this movie may trigger emotions especially those who have had or encouraged someone to have or participated in an abortion, there is the very powerful message of redemption.  It is never too late to turn back to God.  May we always keep that in the front of our hearts and minds!