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What's a Parish Community to do... How about Host a Drive-Thru

What's a Parish Community to do... How about Host a Drive-Thru By Mark Shapleigh, Director of Business and Administration Aren’t these extraordinary times? We’re not able to attend Mass or to engage with others in our traditional manner. The school has been empty for weeks. We’ve all been cooped u ...

The Prayer Life of a Parish Never Stops Even in a Pandemic

The Prayer Life of a Parish Never Stops Even in a Pandemic By Sr. Denise Herrmann, CSA, Pastoral Associate & Director of Liturgy and RCIA As the news of COVID-19 came upon our country along with the publication of precautions that were necessary to prevent its spreading, Church officials stepp ...

Queen of Americas Mission in Cambria

Queen of Americas Mission in Cambria Over the last two years, St. Maria Goretti has taken an active role in supporting the Queen of Americas Mission in Cambria and its community members. These members are seasonal employees at the food processing plants in Cambria and are the latest in a long line ...

Why is Lent a Penitential Season?

Why is Lent a Penitential Season? By Fr. Bill Van Wagner, Parochial Vicar During the Lenten season, the Church asks us to take up three particular practices to highlight the important significance of this penitential season: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. While those three things ought to be par ...

Left Hand…Right Hand…All Hands

Left Hand…Right Hand…All Hands “…do not let your left hand know what your right is doing...” This line is from the familiar Gospel we hear every Ash Wednesday for the start of Lent. This injunction from Jesus to his disciples is in regard to giving alms. In other words, as the Gospel says, “…your a ...

Quieting the Book Racks

St. Maria Goretti parishioner and volunteer, Bill Schneider. Quieting the Book Racks When Bill Schneider and his wife Catherine joined our parish, they heard a distinct sound in our church that they hadn’t heard in other churches where they had attended Mass. At the end of many hymns, their keen e ...

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