The church is now open for private prayer on Wed/Sat 3PM-6PM and Sun 8AM - 10:30AM.
As the parish family of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, we educate and nourish our members in the roots of our Christian faith. By our deeds and faith, we strive to extend the Word of God to our parish family, our community, and the world around us.
Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we ask for God's guidance as we attempt to fulfill this mission through discipleship and our witness to Christ.
I hope you received my recent letter regarding opening the church for private prayer dated May 14. While some restrictions have been lifted, others will remain. The church will be open for private prayer on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 3:00-6:00pm and on Sundays from 8:00-10:30am. Masks will be required. The pews have been sanitized with a solution that we are told is effective for as least a week, even after repeated touching. Some pews have been cordoned off, please do not use them, this will minimize the amount of continued sanitization.
If you would like further piece of mind, sanitizing wipes will be available to clean the area in which you pray. Hand sanitizer will also be available. I am sure many will be happy to be back in the physical presence of the Eucharist.
The current policy for Baptisms and Funerals remains (i.e. they may be celebrated with limitations on the number attending determined by the present color-coded condition).
The Bishop will authorize the next step of reopening. That will include the return of regularly scheduled confessions. If you feel the need to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation before that time do not hesitate to call and make an appointment with me.
Once we are permitted to resume the public celebration of the Mass, we will schedule First Holy Communion and Confirmation (with delegation from the Bishop).
As the governor has mentioned several times, “yellow” means proceed with caution.
The installation of the elevator is quickly nearing completion. That means there are only a few remaining things that need to be done before our addition can all be inspected and approved for use. Dare I say, the whole project will be completed and in use by the time we return to the public celebration of the Mass. I imagine that will become a popular entrance to and exit from the church because of the close proximity to the parking lot.
We are moving forward with the other 3 improvements that are part of our capital campaign. They include: replacing the 5 light poles at the church entrances (anticipated to happen mid-June); replacing the outside steps from the vestibule to the alley; and replacing the boiler for the church (we are waiting for those two projects to be scheduled).
I continue to offer Mass privately and look forward to the day when we can do so with all of you again.
ARISE is a parish-centered process of spiritual
renewal and evangelization that
enables us to deepen our faith, develop a closer relationship with Christ,
grow in community and reach out in service
** NOTE - EFFECTIVE 3/16, ARISE GROUPS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED FOR THE REST OF SEASON FOUR DUE TO THE ONSET OF THE CORONAVIRUS. WE WILL INFORM EVERYONE WHEN SMALL GROUPS MAY RESUME GATHERING FOR SEASON FIVE.
Bishop Mark L. Bartchak announced the suspension of the celebration of all public Masses and all other liturgical celebrations at at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown effective immediately (March 17, 2020) and continuing until further notice. Throughout this time, the dispensed obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Day Masses, granted by the Bishop on March 12, remains in effect.
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Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church is a parish of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.