Welcome to the web page for Our Lady of the Mountains Parish. I hope that this site will be useful to all who visit it.Advent
This Sunday is the Second Sunday in Ordinary time. No — you were not asleep, there is no First Sunday. The feast of the Baptism of Our Lord took its place, so Ordinary Time began on a Monday. Really, Ordinary time isn’t quite so ordinary anyway. Rather than meaning normal or usual, Ordinary Time simply means that the Sundays are numbered with ordinal numbers: Second, Fourth, Thirtieth, etc. For most of Ordinary Time we follow a particular Synoptic Gospel on Sundays; this year, St. Luke. The Second reading is from the New Testament, this year beginning in the middle of St. Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians. The first reading is normally from the Old Testament, chosen to relate in some way to the gospel reading.
Ordinary time is also when we use green mass vestments, which symbolize spiritual growth. We pray as we follow in the footsteps of our Lord, seeing his works and hearing his preaching.
We have changed our online giving provider. If you have already been using online giving, you should have received an email about the transition. If you did not get a letter, please give the parish office a call for instructions about how to make the change.
If you haven’t ever given online, now is a good time to start. Online giving is helpful for both the parish, since it saves our money counter volunteers time and saves us the expense of printing and mailing envelopes, as well as for you, the donor, since it saves the time used for weekly check writing. If you would like to sign up, please click on the “Online Giving” icon on the right side of this page.
Bishop Weisenburger has released an extensive statement related to the Pennsylvania Report and the crisis issues facing the Church today. It is located on our diocesan web site. You can click the link on the left side of this page. He also has other comments in his Wednesday memos, also available on the diocese site.
Don’t forget to make your donation to CTSO so that you can receive the state tax credit. I made mine to the maximum amount I can give. This is a win-win situations as we get our money back as state tax credits and the students get scholarships. Please remember to check the box for All Saints Catholic School. See the link on the side of the page to make your donation.
ASCS continues to look for new students from pre-school through grade 8. If you have not yet registered your child, give the school office a call at 378-7012 or stop by during school hours.
Visitors are always welcome to our parish, so if you are traveling through the area, we hope to see you soon in person.
We have been updating our parish Facebook page frequently. You can take a look by clicking on the link on the left side of the page.
The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem is a Catholic order that works for good of the Christian Community in the Holy Land by prayer, pilgrimage and financial support. From time to time it will sponsor pilgrimages to the Holy Land. I will try to make these known here.
God’s blessings to all,
Fr. Mike Bucciarelli
1425 E. Yaqui Street
Celebration of the Mass