Immaculate Conception Church - Irwin, PA

Parish Office Closed

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The Parish Office will be closed Friday, April 18, Monday, April 21 & Tuesday, April 22. The office will reopen on Wednesday, April 23. Have a Blessed Easter!

 

Holy Week Schedule

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Throughout the world, in every Catholic Church, we will celebrate three great days. Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, called the Triduum, is our annual retreat as a community.

I encourage you to participate. Make time. Bring your children. These are the days when we tell the full story of how we came to be and who we are as Christians.

Holy Thursday is reserved for the celebration of our Lord’s Last Supper. We hear the command of Jesus to wash each other’s feet, to be humble servants of one another. As servants, we are invited to join in the sacrificial meal that makes present Jesus in this world, in this time and in this place. The Mass of the Lord’s Supper ends with a procession of the Blessed Sacrament from the church to the Eucharistic chapel of reserve to signify Christ’s time in the garden and captivity.

Tradition on this night calls us to return to the church to spend time with Jesus recalling the great sufferings he is about to undertake for us.

On Good Friday we remember our Lord’s passion and death. Each year we hear the story from Saint John’s Gospel. We pray for all the needs of the world and then we are invited to come forward and venerate the cross, showing our gratitude for the suffering of Jesus and uniting our suffering to his.

Holy Saturday Night is the holiest of all nights of the year. The service lasts longer than most because it is the night we tell our whole story. It begins with the lighting of the Easter Fire and the blessing and lighting of the Easter Candle, a sign of the presence of Christ. All worshipers are given a candle, lit from the one candle. Then the Easter Proclamation is sung, an ancient song so holy it is sung only once a year. It is on this night that new members of the community are baptized, confirmed, and received into our church. We join them in the great renunciation of sin and profession of faith. This service is longer, but it is so filled with imagery and the triumphant proclamation of the truth, that even small children are interested. And if they fall asleep on mom’s lap or dad’s shoulder—how lovely.

 

Holy Thursday, April 17
(No Morning Mass at Immaculate Conception—there will be a Chrism Mass at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral at 10 am.)
Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7 p.m.
Adoration following Mass until Midnight

Good Friday, April 18
No Morning Mass; Stations of the Cross at 8 a.m.
Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at noon
Tenebrae at 7 p.m.

Holy Saturday, April 19
No Morning Mass
Blessing of Easter Baskets at 11 a.m. followed by Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Vigil at 8:45 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 20
Mass at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Overflow Mass 10 a.m. in Our Lady’s Plaza

 

Position Available

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Upon the retirement of our Principal Linda Holsopple, at the end of this academic year, Queen of Angels Elementary/Middle School is accepting applications for an Elementary School Principal for the 2014-2015 school year. We are a Pre-K to 8th grade school with 32 faculty/staff members and an enrollment of 274. The successful candidate must be a Catholic in good standing, with a strong vision for religious and academic leadership. A BA, MA degrees in education and principal certificate along with a mixture of teaching and administrative experience is desired, ideally in a Catholic school system.

To receive an application, qualified candidates are invited to send a resume, cover letter, and credential file to: Rev. John A. Moineau, Chairperson of Queen of Angels Board of trust administrators c/o Immaculate Conception Parish, Irwin PA 15642.

 

Lenten Meditations - Week 5

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Traveling out of town?

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It can be difficult to find a Mass when traveling or when it is not practical to attend your regular parish. MassTimes.org makes it much easier to search for a Mass by presenting all the possibilities in a geographical area on one page including worship times, church locations, contact information, website links and maps. Search over 117,000 churches and find one near your vacation destination.

 
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Mass Times

 

Daily: 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday: 7:00 p.m.

Saturday: 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: 8:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m.

Sunday: 6:00 p.m.
(Regional Mass at
St. Barbara Parish)

 

Reconciliation TImes

 

Saturday: 9 a.m.–10 a.m.

Tuesday: 6 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

 

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