Saint John XXIII Parish celebrates Mass daily in the Extraordinary form of the Roman Rite – that is, the Traditional Latin (or Tridentine) Mass. Canon William Avis is Pastor of the parish.
Check the “About Us” page for the location of St. Boniface Church, home of Saint John XXIII Parish. The parish is staffed by priests of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest
Questions? Please send an email to LatinMassQuestions@gmail.com, which can be passed along to Canon Avis.
Charles Peter Coon of Allison Park passed away on Monday, February 4, 2019, at age 75. Visitation is on Sunday, February 10, from 1- 5 p.m. at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME, INC., 7720 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Obituary in the Post-Gazette.
His funeral Mass will be on Monday, February 11 at 10:00 a.m., at St. Boniface Church. Burial at Holy Savior Cemetery, Gibsonia, PA.
Requiem aeternam dona ei Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei.
Requiescat in pace. Amen.
Two upcoming feast days of note:
Tuesday, January 29 is the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, who is a patron of the Institute of Christ the King. A plenary indulgence may be gained (under the usual conditions) by assisting at the 7 PM Mass at St. Boniface Church that day.
Saturday, February 2 is Candlemas Day, also called the Purification of the Blessed Virgin, or the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. It is the last feast of the Christmas season. A special Mass will be offered at 12 Noon that day, preceded by the Blessing of Candles and Procession. (A 9 AM Mass will also be offered that day.)
Due to the winter storm, Catechism classes are cancelled for Sunday, January 20, 2019.
After the 9 AM Mass on Thursday, Dec. 27, the feast of St. John the Apostle, wine brought by the faithful will be blessed. This is done in memory and honor of St. John, who without detriment drank the poisoned wine proffered by his enemies.
This is represented in the painting of St. John in the dome of the sanctuary, which shows him holding a chalice with a snake emerging. It is said that while in Ephesus, St. John was offered a cup of poisoned wine. Before drinking, he blessed the drink and the poison came out of the cup in the form of a serpent.