A New Parish for the Old Mass

Saint John XXIII Parish celebrates Mass daily in the Extraordinary form of the Roman Rite – that is, the Traditional Latin (or Tridentine) Mass. Father James W. Dolan is Pastor of the parish.
Check the “About Us” page for the location of St. Boniface Church, home of Saint John XXIII Parish.

Questions? Call Please call Father Dolan at 412-434-1651, or send an email to LatinMassQuestions@gmail.com, which can be passed along to Fr. Dolan.

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Schedule of St. John XXIII Parish Lenten Events

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, is Ash Wednesday, which begins the holy season of Lent. The blessed ashes imposed on our foreheads remind us of our mortality and our dependence on the Paschal Mystery of Our Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection to experience His new life of grace. Lent is a time of penance, almsgiving and fasting. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. All the Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat in remembrance of the Lord’s death.

Here are some St. John XXIII Parish events:
Ash Wednesday Latin Masses Feb. 18, 2015: 9:00 AM, and 7:00 PM (Distribution of Ashes takes place BEFORE the Mass in the extraordinary form. The Mass which follows begins with the Introit.)

Stations of the Cross: Every Friday evening at 6:30 PM, followed by Mass at 7:00 PM. On the Fridays of Lent there will not be a 9:00 AM Mass.

First Friday: March 6, 2015: Stations at 6:30 PM, Mass at 7:00 PM, followed by exposition, Sacred Heart Litany and Reparation and Consecration Prayers, Confession, silent adoration, benediction and reposition of the Blessed Sacrament, as usual. (Exception: April 3, 2014, is Good Friday)

First Saturday: March 7, 2015: Mass at 9:00 AM, followed by prayers to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, as usual. (Exception: April 4, 2015, is Holy Saturday)

First Sundays: March 1, 2015: as usual, after the 11:00 AM Mass the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for adoration until 4:00 PM when there will be prayers, benediction and reposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Please come to adore the Lord throughout that time.
(Exception: April 5, 2015, Easter Sunday)

First Confessions: For St. John XXIII Parish on Sunday, March 15, 2015, at 10:30 AM (Please let these children go first)

Confessions: Before the Sunday Masses until the Sanctus. Tuesday evenings before the 7:00 PM Mass until 6:45 PM. In response to our Bishop’s Evangelization summons: “The Light Is Still On For You”, we will join every diocesan church and have confessions on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, after the 6:00 PM Mass until 9:00 PM, at St. Boniface Church.


Palm Sunday: March 29, 2015 – Palms blessed & distributed at all Masses.
Procession at the 11:30 AM Mass (NOTE: Mass begins at 11:30 AM)

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week: MASS WILL BE AT 7:00 PM only on each of these days.

Holy Thursday: April 2, 2015 – Chrism Mass at St. Paul Cathedral at 10:00 AM
Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7:00 PM
Church opened for visitation from 8:30 PM – Midnight

Good Friday: April 3, 2015 – Stations at Noon and Sermon on our devotion to the Lord’s Passion. Confessions will also be heard.
Good Friday Liturgy of the Passion 1:30 PM.
There will be NO EVENING SERVICES on Good Friday.

Solemn Easter Vigil: Saturday, April 4, 2015, Initial ceremonies begin at 10:00 PM, with Holy Mass following.

Easter Sunday: April 5, 2015, Easter Mass will be at 11:30 AM (Note the change of time for Easter Sunday only). There will be no 8:00 AM Mass or Confessions on Easter Sunday morning.

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Front Page News

The front page of this week’s Pittsburgh Catholic – mailed to every Catholic household in the diocese – features a story on Saint John XXIII Parish. Subtitled “Friendly, devout members looking ahead to the future,” the article publicizes our new parish in a very positive way.

Front page of the Feb. 13 Pittsburgh Catholic

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Two Masses on Ash Wednesday; Faith Direct updated

On Ash Wednesday (Feb. 18), Masses will be offered at 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM.
Reminder: According to the rubrics of the 1962 missal, distribution of Ashes takes place BEFORE Mass.

As promised in last Sunday’s bulletin, Faith Direct has created a new parish code for Saint John XXIII Parish: PA678. Any members of the old Latin Mass Community who joined Faith Direct under Holy Wisdom’s parish code have been transferred to the new St. John XXIII code. Please log in at faithdirect.net to verify that your account, parish code and weekly donation amounts are correct.

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Liturgical Events for the coming week

  • Sunday, February 1 is Septuagesima Sunday, 70 days until Easter, the preparatory time for the Season of Lent.  This Sunday is also the first Sunday of the month.  We plan on exposing the Blessed Sacrament after the 11:00 AM Mass with adoration until 4:00 PM at which time there will be Benediction. We appreciate families who do take the time to make a visit on that day.
  • Monday, February 2  is the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We will bless candles and have a procession around the church with lit candles at the Noon Mass.
  • Tuesday, February 3  is the Feast of St. Blaise, the blessing of throats will take place after the 7:00 PM Mass.
  • Friday, February 6 is First Friday and we will expose the Blessed Sacrament after the 7:00 PM Mass, say the Prayers to the Sacred Heart, have time for confession and Benediction will follow around 8:30 PM. You are welcome to spend this time with the Lord’s special Presence among us.
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Photo Gallery of the Inaugural Mass

A gallery of 40 photos from the Inaugural Mass of Saint John XXIII Parish is now available.

Bishop David Zubik installed Father Lawrence DiNardo as Pastor Moderator and Father James Dolan as Pastor of the newly-established Saint John XXIII Parish on Sunday, January 4, 2015.

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