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Saint Rose of Lima

A Roman Catholic Community in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese of Pennsylvania

Public Mass Resumes — A note from Fr. Brian, Pastor

As we make the final preparations for returning to the celebration of public Mass the weekend of June 13–14, I wanted to update everyone. My guiding principle is to allow the largest number of people to participate in the safest way possible. Please note that the bishop has continued his dispensation for those who do not feel comfortable attending Mass yet.

We will resume our previous schedule for Masses, with Mass being celebrated in the Parish Center for the foreseeable future. This will allow us to accommodate at least 80 individuals (families will count as two spaces), while the church would limit us to 32. We are asking you to call ahead to make sure we don't have to turn anyone away at the door. If the Mass you wanted to attend is full, we will sign you up for another Mass or the next week. You will also have the option of listening to the Mass from the parking lots. I have purchased an FM broadcaster which will allow the sound to be broadcast directly into your car stereo.

A few additional changes will include a collection box located near the entrance to the Parish Center, rather than moving among you with baskets. Communion will be distributed after the Final Blessing. We will have a different pattern to minimize people having to stand beside each other while they wait. Once communion is finished in the Parish Center, we will invite those in the parking lots to pull around to the main doors of the Center.

We will also continue to make the Eucharist available at 12:30 PM on Sundays for those who want to watch on TV or online and then receive communion.

We will be asking for volunteers to help during this time. So, if you would be willing to help, especially seating people, please let me know.

This will be the second time I've had to move Masses to a parish hall. The first was after the fire when I was pastor at St. Joseph, Coupon. While it may not be ideal, I know it can work, because it's not about the building, but what we gather there for that's most important. I look forward to seeing you soon.

If I can clarify anything, please don't hesitate to contact me.

God bless!

Fr. Brian

Opportunities for Reception of the Eucharist

Note from Fr. Brian, Pastor

Beginning Monday, June 1st we will be offering opportunities for receiving Communion.

Monday thru Saturday, we will be offering Communion at 9:00 AM in front of the church.

If you were not able to participate in Mass virtually or on TV before coming, I would encourage you to pray the Act of Contrition and Our Father to prepare yourself. Reading the Scriptures for the day would also be a good way to prepare yourself before coming.

Please note that Communion can only be received in the hand during our current situation.

Sunday, June 7th Communion will be available at 9:00 AM and 12:30 PM in the front parking lot. If there are a large number of people gathered, Communion will be brought to you in your vehicle.

Again, I encourage you to follow the above recommendations to prepare yourself for Communion.

A Note from Fr. Brian, Pastor

Yesterday Bishop Mark announced the steps for resuming the celebration of the Sacraments.

Beginning this weekend, May 23-24th, we will be offering the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Fr. Spishak and I have added several opportunities during the week. This schedule will continue for the next several weeks. Confessions will be offered Saturday at 12 Noon and 3:00 PM; on Mondays and Wednesdays, at 9:00 AM; and, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 PM. A confession station will be set-up at the Maria Parish Center door, across from the school sliding doors.

Those wishing to receive the Eucharist will have the opportunity beginning June 1st, at 9:00 AM. This opportunity will be available each day, until public Masses resume. On Sunday, June 7th, Communion will be offered at 9:00 AM and 12:30 PM. A canopy will be set-up on the walkway in the front parking lots.

Public Mass will begin Sunday, June 14th. As we work out the details, I will get you the information.

A Note from Fr. Brian, Pastor

I am excited to announce that as of May 16, 2020 St. Rose of Lima will reopen for individual, private prayer. However, we will be using the Maria Parish Center, rather than the church. This move is to help facilitate social distancing and allow easier clean-up. Folding chairs will be set up six feet apart and cleaned at the end of the day. We would ask that any chair you use be turned around to face the back wall, to insure no one uses it before it can be cleaned. We ask that, following the current restrictions, we limit those in the Parish Center to 25 people.

We will be opening the Parish Center each day from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm with adoration from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. We ask that you use the entrance with the ramp on the school side of the building.

This is the first step along the way to returning to normal, but we all need to be patient. As things continue to open up, we will let you know. Updates will be posted to the parish website (stroselima.com) and announcements sent through Flocknote.

I want to thank you for all your support over these difficult weeks and I look forward to seeing you all very soon.

God Bless!

Fr. Brian

Communication — Flocknote

We invite you to register your email and cell phone at flocknote.com or you can text Rose to 84576. This will allow us to send you up to date information on changes with our parish schedule, rescheduling of Confirmation, and possibly rescheduling First Communion.

You can also check our parish website, daily for any announcements.

Spiritual Communion

With Masses not open to the public, if you watch online or on the television the following prayer can be offered to connect yourself to the Eucharistic celebration or at anytime you want to receive Christ spiritually:

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.

Rosary During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Pope Francis invites everyone to join him each night at 9:00 PM to pray the rosary together.

Father Brian suggests the Sorrowful Mysteries with the following intentions:

  • The Agony in The Garden - For those struggling with fear and anxiety during this time.
  • The Scourging at the Pillar - For those suffering from the Coronavirus.
  • The Crowning with Thorns - Those who have lost their jobs during this pandemic.
  • Jesus Carries His Cross - For all medical professionals.
  • The Crucifixion - For those who have died.

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Do You Need Help Or Can You Help?

Saint Vincent DePaul Society shares this information about assistance available for families with financial need.

If you need help getting groceries and the like, or if you can help parishioners in need, please contact the parish rectory at 814-944-8509.

Novena to St. Rocco Against Contagious Diseases
Prayed for Nine Days

O Great St. Rocco, deliver us,
we beseech thee, from contagious diseases.

Through thy intercession,
preserve our bodies from illness,
and our souls from the contagion of sin.

Obtain for us salubrious air, but,
above all, purity of heart.

Assist us to make good use of health,
to bear suffering with patience,
and, after thy example,
to live in the practice of penance and charity,
that we may one day enjoy the happiness
which thou has merited by thy virtues.

St. Rocco, pray for us – 3 times.

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ARISE — Together in Christ

Check out this "ARISE Interview" from the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown on Vimeo.

This is a three-year program being offered over five, six-week periods, during the seasons of fall and Lent. We encourage you to attend all of the sessions, but it is not required. Each six-week session has a specific theme and are 90 minutes. A book for each six-week period will be necessary and available for an $11.00 purchase. Saint Rose of Lima will have several parishioners, along with Fr. Brian, who will be leading the different groups, of this faith sharing program.

The Benefits of ARISE are:

  • Enables parishioners to develop a closer relationship with Christ.
  • Deepens faith through prayer and sharing in small communities.
  • Encourages putting faith into action in daily life.
  • Foster spiritual renewal and bonds of friendship in the parish.
  • Offers specific approaches and resources for inviting parishioners.
  • Emphasizes outreach to youth and young adults.

If you have questions about the ARISE! program, please call Carole Housum at 695-7249 or email DCSUM@atlanticbb.net.

Child Abuse Prevention

Online Giving

Online giving to Saint Rose of Lima, via PayPal, is now available.

You do not need to create or have a PayPal account to donate.

If you're not able or interested in donating online via PayPal, visit our additional information page to learn of other ways you can financially help support our parish home.

And, if you don't have online access, contact Fr. Brian at 944-8509, to learn how you can help our parish home, financially-speaking or otherwise.

Thank you to all our testers for taking the time to test the process out! Your efforts were greatly appreciated!

Prayer Requests

You can now submit prayer requests, from our website, to our Parish Prayer Chain.

Mass Times

Sunday Obligation

Saturday — 4:00 PM
Sunday — 8:00 AM, 10:30 AM


Monday — Friday - 8:30 AM

Holy Days

See the Bulletin

Directions to Saint Rose of Lima


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Saturday — 12:00 Noon and after 4:00 PM Mass


Baptism of Infants and Young Children

Parents should contact the rectory well before an expected Baptism, before birth when possible, to prepare for and schedule baptisms. Call the Rectory Office at 814-944-8509 to learn more.


A two-year formal preparation begins when your child is enrolled in Religious Education, either while attending the Parochail School or Saint Rose of Lima Sunday School. To learn more, contact Bernice Shoenfelt at 814-944-8509.

First Holy Communion

A two-year formal preparation begins when your child is enrolled in Religious Education, either while attending Parochial School or Saint Rose of Lima Sunday School. To learn more, contact Bernice Shoenfelt at 814-944-8509.


Preparation begins in grade nine. To learn more, contact Bernice Shoenfelt at 814-944-8509.

Religious Vocation

Adults and older children considering a Religious Vocation may contact the Rectory at 814-944-8509.


Couples interested in celebrating the Sacrament of Matrimony must meet with a priest at least nine months before the proposed wedding date. To learn more, contact Father Saylor or Father Spishak at 814-944-8509.

Anointing of the Sick

Arrangements can be made by contacting the Rectory at 814-944-8509.


RCIA means Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and Children. Christian Initiation is a spiritual journey of adults and children. It is a process by which uncatechized individuals and individuals Baptized in another Christian denomination learn about the Catholic Church. Catholic sponsors who are willing to share their faith experiences with new members and journey with them throughout the process are always needed. Those seeking to become Catholic may contact the Rectory at 814-944-8509.

Prayer Requests

If you would like to have our Parish Prayer Chain pray for your intentions, please comelete the form below. A copy of what you submit will be sent to the email address you provide below. All fields are required.

Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.
Luke 11:28
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