Upcoming Events & Other News

Bishop Zubik’s Letters Announcing New Parish Location and Name

Below is the full text of the letter read at both Masses on Sunday, May 19, 2019, announcing the move to a new church

May 18, 2019

Dear Sisters and Brothers of Saint John XXIII Quasi-Parish:

Easter blessings as together we rejoice in the triumphant glory of the Risen Lord and his victory over death. May God fill your home with peace, hope and love.

Five years ago we initiated On Mission for The Church Alive! with the goal of offering a deeper relationship with Jesus and the Catholic Church. Over that time you have considered, prayed and planned about how best to serve God and his people through vibrant parishes and effective ministries.

In 2015, after consultation with the chaplain and the faithful of your community. a proposal was made to establish a quasi-parish to ensure the future of [the] Latin Mass community in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The creation [of] Saint John XXIII Quasi-Parish was the result of that proposal.

More recently, in light of the assignment of priests of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest to provide for your pastoral and spiritual needs, a new proposal was introduced to give your community a permanent home. On May 14, 2019, the diocesan Priest Council and Vicars General gave unanimous consent to the proposal, and I have decided to enact these recommendations.

Effective July 1, 2019, Saint John XXIII Quasi-Parish will be located at what is now Risen Lord Church, Marshall-Shadeland. It is my hope that the church and school buildings will fulfill the needs of your growing and vibrant community. In the interim, I am asking your priests, Canon William Avis and Canon John O’Connor to work with you toward the establishment of a new parish. Toward that end and consistent with diocesan practice, I am asking Canon Avis to forward to me three potential names tor the new parish.

The priests of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest will continue to provide for you while fostering spiritual growth and a strong community. Their service as good shepherds will certainly lead you closer to Jesus.

With your faith in Jesus and empowered by the Holy Spirit, I invite you to warmly love and serve each other as we all seek to build up The Church Alive! May you discover the mission that God has planned for you to share.

Grateful for our continued efforts together in being On Mission for The Church Alivel, and for our belief that “Nothing is Impossible with God,” I am

Your brother in Christ,
Most Reverend David A. Zubik
Bishop of Pittsburgh

June 15 Letter announcing the new parish name

Nine in First Holy Communion Class

Congratulations to the nine children who made their First Holy Communion on May 5, 2019:

Faustina Hepler Joseph Kaufman Gianna Marr
Alisdair McMeans Noelle Michaels Matthew O’Mara
Joseph Rix Lucy Wrabley Thomas Zimmerman

(Click photo for larger view) Photo courtesy of Peggy Wrabley 

Bishop Zubik Confirms 24

(A full gallery of photos can be seen on the Institute of Christ the King website.)

Congratulations to the 24 confirmandi of our parish:

Benjamin Aul Cecilia Grace Burchill John Paul Farah
Caterina Gergerich Marija Gillette Shannon Goelz
Miriam Hete Anastasia Kail Veronica Mylott
Clare O’Connell Mary Margaret O’Connell Lucas Palermo
Mary Theresa Porter Sophia Romano-Kelly Sophia Sikora
Elise Sikora Teddy Sikora Isaac Sikora
Joseph E. Wilson IV Maria Wilson Analise Wrabley
Celine Young Zack Zigarovich David Zigarovich

On Sunday, March 31, 2019 Bishop David Zubik conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on 24 youth of St. John XXIII Parish before a Solemn High Mass. Canon Matthew Talarico was celebrant. (Click photo for larger view)

Upcoming Events

      • Sunday, June 23rd—External Solemnity of Corpus Christi: 11am High Mass with Procession
      • Friday, June 28th—Feast of the Sacred Heart: 7pm High Mass
      • Sunday, June 30th—Last Sunday at St. Boniface Church
      • Monday, July 1st—Transition to new location (currently called Risen Lord Church, 3250 California Avenue)

Church Cleaning

Families of St. John XXIII parish are encouraged to choose a date to help clean our church.
Choose a Saturday date, come to 9 am Mass, and help with the day’s list. We start at 10:00 am and end at 11:45 am. Come as long as you can. No time is too little. No need to sign up. Just come and pitch in! Any questions please call Jeannine at 724-272-1851. Schedule subject to change without notice for weddings or funerals.

    Cleaning Schedule 2019

  • January: 12, 26
  • February: 2, 9, 16, 23
  • March: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • April: 6, 13, 27
  • May: 11, 18
  • June: 1, 15, 29

Institute Summer Events for ages 10 – 35

Institute Summer Camps – Ages 10 – 17

Wausau (Wisconsin)
Young Boys 10 to 14: Mon., July 15 to Fri., July 19
Contact: CampSavio@institute-christ-king.org
Young Girls 10 to 14: Mon., July 22 to Fri., July 26
Contact: CampTherese@institute-christ-king.org
(Registrations close one month prior to camp.)

Green Lake (Wisconsin)
Boys 14 to 17: Sunday, Aug. 11 to Thurs., Aug. 15
Contact: CampMichael@institute-christ-king.org
Girls 14 to 17: Sunday, June 2 to Thursday, June 6
Contact: CampImmaculate@institute-christ-king.org

For more information:

Annual Young Adult National Week End – Ages 18 – 35

Sursum Corda is a nationwide initiative fostering the spiritual lives of the young adults in the apostolates of the Institute of Christ the King. For the eighth year in a row,
Sursum Corda is offering a social and spiritual weekend
for young people (ages 18 to 35) from August 16-19.
Under the leadership of Canons of the Institute of Christ
the King Sovereign Priest, the program includes daily
Mass, community prayer, opportunity for confession, faith
formation classes & discussions, and other social activities
for young men and women.
This year the event will be held on the beautiful grounds
of Green Lake Conference Center (Wisconsin) for the first
Registration Deadline is Sunday, June 30th.

For more information:

Father Dolan’s Farewell Mass video

On Sunday, October 14, 2018, Father James Dolan’s tenure as pastor of St. John XXIII came to a close with the celebration of a Solemn High Mass. Below is a video of that Mass in its entirety.

Video courtesy of Tom Nypaver

Institute Priests for Pittsburgh Named


Canon William Avis
Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Canon William Avis is the middle of three siblings. He grew up in
northeast Iowa, Phoenix, Arizona and southwest Wisconsin. While in High School, he convertedto Catholicism. He entered the Pre-Seminary Formation of the Institute of Christ the King in Rockford, Illinois and did an additional year at the Institute’s house in Bayerisch Gmain, Germany. His priestly formation took place at the Institute’s seminary in Gricigliano for six years. After being ordained deacon, he spent a year in Saint Louis, Missouri where he was ordained along with Canon Matthew Talarico at the Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis by then Archbishop, now Cardinal Raymond Burke in 2007. Since then, he has served in Saint Louis and Kansas City, Missouri, Oakland and San Jose, California and finally in Tucson, Arizona. In addition he is the Master of Ceremonies for the U.S. Province. His interests include history, philosophy, apologetics, and hiking.

Canon John O’Connor
A native of Newton, New Jersey, Canon John O’Connor is the second of three siblings, all of whom were homeschooled through high school. Canon O’Connor participated in local sports for cross country and track, and he was a member of the local youth orchestra. He studied briefly at the Franciscan University of Steubenville prior to entering the Institute of Christ the King in 2008 at the age of 18. During his time at Franciscan, he frequently attended Mass at St. Boniface Church.
Canon O’Connor spent a year of pre-seminary formation at the Institute’s United States
headquarters in Chicago prior to seven years of formation at the seminary in Tuscany, Italy. After his ordination at the hands of His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke in 2016, Canon O’Connor has spent his first two years of priesthood serving at the Institute’s apostolate in Limerick, Ireland. Some of his hobbies include American history, playing the violin, scuba diving, and hiking.

These are very extraordinary priests called to serve the Saint John XXIII parish community. They will receive their official appointments to serve the parish community by Bishop David A. Zubik. We know that all will welcome them to Pittsburgh as they begin their service in October.

New Youth Choir Album: Jubilate et Gaudete

At the end of another successful season, the Pueri and Gradus Cantorum recorded 18 tracks for a new album entitled Jubilate et Gaudete. A keepsake project for the youth choirs’ families and friends, the album is a great milestone for both choirs, as they continue to grow in number and in ability.

Jubilate et Gaudete features chants such as Mass XVII, Pueri Hebræorum (from Palm Sunday), and Ave Verum Corpus; polyphonic selections include round-style arrangements of familiar sacred melodies. The Gradus Cantorum recorded more challenging polyphonic motets as well, including Voce Mea by Croce, Domine Non Sum Dignus by Victoria, and Jesu Rex Admirabilis by Palestrina.

Please enjoy the following samples from the album. Many thanks to Mrs. Burchill, Ms. Maria Goeltz and Ms. Elizabeth Schurdak as section leaders, and the entire Pueri and Gradus Cantorum choirs and their parents for their hard work and dedication this season!

Pueri Cantorum: Mass XVII Sanctus

Pueri Hebræorum

Gradus Cantorum: Jesu Rex Admirabilis

Voce Mea

Letter from Bishop Zubik – The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest invited into the Pittsburgh Diocese

At Masses on Sunday, April 29, 2018, letters from Bishop David Zubik were read at every church of the diocese, revealing his plans for reorganizing all parishes. For Saint John XXIII Parish, the letter announced that, effective Monday, October 15. 2018:

  • The parish will be assigned two Priests from the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest – an Administrator and a Parochial Vicar.
  • The parish may have up to two Sunday Masses (same as the current schedule).
  • Father James W. Dolan is appointed Parish Chaplain to the institutions within the boundaries 
of Saint Athanasius Parish, West View; Incarnation of the Lord Parish, Observatory Hill/Perry 
North; Saint Sebastian Parish, Ross; and Saint Teresa of Avila Parish, Perrysville.

The letter did not specify which church will be the home of Saint John XXIII Parish.
The two-page letter may be viewed by clicking on the images below
BpZubikLetterPage1  BpZubikLetterPage2

If you are not familiar with the Institute, read about them here. Pittsburgh will be their 15th location in the U.S. Here’s their announcement of the news.


Sale of Catholic Easter cards, stationery and prayer cards

St. John XXIII Parish will be sponsoring a sale of Catholic Eastercards, Catholic stationery and Catholic Prayer cards during Lent.
It will begin on Sunday, February 18th after the 8 a.m. Low Mass and the 11 a.m. High Mass at St. Boniface Church, as well as during Catechism classes at St. Ambrose School.
St. John XXIII has partnered with Catholic Fundraising Ideas (CFI), the largest family owned Catholic holy card and stationery publisher in the country. They are passionate about spreading the Catholic Faith and assisting various Catholic parishes, schools, and organizations in their fundraising efforts. Using traditional, classic Catholic artwork, they produce beautiful Easter cards, stationery products, bookmarks, magnets and well over 600 different holy cards . . . high quality products, printed in the USA and affordably priced.
The music and religious education programs will benefit from this sale. We will realize a 50% profit from the proceeds.
It is a wonderful way to “spread our Catholic Faith”!


      • Pack of 10 Easter cards and envelopes – $14.95
      • Pack of 20 – Lenten Stationery – $14.95
      • Pack of 75 Holy cards – $14.95

Please make check payable to “St. John XXIII Parish”. THANK YOU !!!

Now we offer these and many more lovely Catholic items from Catholic Fundraising Ideas (CFI) online.
Please visit their website at www.catholicfundraisingideas.com and place your order online. The CFI company will promptly fill and ship your items … you will receive FREE SHIPPING for orders over $14.95.
Use PROMO CODE: STJ40 when placing your order so you can receive the appropriate discount. CFI will track your purchases and give 40% to our parish.
This fundraiser will run year round, so you will be able to find different lovely Catholic items to use for many different occasions throughout the year.
Please feel free to give our PROMO CODE to family and friends to use.

Christmas Luncheon

Our parish celebrated a Christmas Luncheon on Sunday, December 17, 2017 (Gaudete Sunday) at Mount Alvernia Scotus Hall in Millvale. The bright and beautiful facility was a new location for this annual event, which was moved back to Advent from the mid-January date of the past several years.
Click on the two photos below to view them full-size.
Scotus Hall Christmas Luncheon 1
Scotus Hall Christmas Luncheon 2

Mass at the Cathedral on October 15

Solemn High Mass at St. Paul Cathedral

St. John XXIII Youth Choirs: Chant Camp and the Upcoming 2017-2018 Season

A wonderful group of nearly 30 children and young adults participated in the very first parish “Chant Camp” in August 2017! The camp was 3 days long, lasting from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on August 16th, 17th, and 18th. Led by Mrs. Sharon Burchill, campers were introduced to the fundamentals of Gregorian chant, with lessons and activities teaching chant notation, Latin pronunciation, vocal technique, solfege, and modality. The campers beautifully put their training to the test by singing the Missa de Angelis, Ubi Caritas, Ave Verum Corpus, and Salve Regina at Sunday’s High Mass on August 20th! A very sincere “thank you” goes to Mrs. Burchill, Fr. Dolan, the Holy Wisdom staff, and the parents of these great kids for their generosity and support of this exciting program. What a blessing to see so many young faces sharing the treasured sacred chant of the Catholic Church!


For those interested, the St. John XXIII Youth Choirs will begin rehearsals for the 2017-2018 season on Saturday, September 16th in the Archives Room below the church. The Pueri Cantorum, open to children ages 8 to 12, will rehearse from 10 – 11am. The High School Schola, open to young adults ages 13 and up, will rehearse from 11am – noon. For more information, or to register, please contact conductor Mrs. Sharon Burchill at music@stjohnxxiiiparish.org.


Holy Week Ad in The Pittsburgh Catholic

The April 7, 2017 issue of The Pittsburgh Catholic featured an advertisement for Holy Week at our parish.
(Click on the picture to see a larger version.)

Interior Repairs Completed

Scaffolding was erected in the Church in late January as restoration work began on the water damage from the leaking roof. The work is now completed.
During the summer of 2016, extensive repairs were made to the roof of St. Boniface Church, which included the removal of the roof tiles and replacement of the waterproof underlayment.

Pueri Cantorum (Children’s Choir)

St. John XXIII Parish is pleased to offer opportunities for children ages 8 and up to sing in the Pueri Cantorum (Children’s Choir) ensemble!

No audition is necessary, but the ability to sing tunefully is preferred. The choir rehearses on Saturday mornings from 10-11 a.m. at the St. Boniface site of Holy Wisdom/St. John XXIII Parish in the Northside. Rehearsals will provide free instruction in sight singing, part singing, Gregorian chant, Latin pronunciation, and child vocal technique.

The Pueri Cantorum sings at select High Masses during Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter, and at select Saturday morning Low Masses. In addition, singers in grades 9-12 have the opportunity to be Schola Apprentices, singing with the Adult Schola for select rehearsals and Masses. For more information, or to register, please contact conductor Mrs. Sharon Burchill at music@stjohnxxiiiparish.org.


Our adult and children’s scholas singing together

Soli Deo Gloria!

Children’s Choir – Two Hymns

On May 29, 2016, our children’s choir, the St. Cecilia Schola, sang “Ave Maria” and “Dona Nobis Pacem” for the Feast of Corpus Christi.

Here are the recordings:
Dona Nobis Pacem

Ave Maria



Parish Advertising Cards

These business cards, printed front and back with information about our parish, are available in the vestibule of the church. Pass these cards out to other Catholics who express an interest in our Traditional Latin Mass Parish, those who might desire to pray and then register with us.

Donating online using Faith Direct

Do you often find yourself without your checkbook or envelope? Join the parishioners who have already enrolled for automated giving. Secure and convenient, cards are provided to place in the collection basket. There is no cost to you. The parish code for Saint John XXIII Parish is PA678. Those wishing to subscribe to this service can sign up by visiting faithdirect.net or by calling 866-507-8757.