Saint John the Baptist Roman Catholic Parish
Monaca, Pennsylvania

News & Events
Bulletin highlights for St. John the Baptist Parish Community:

On Mission for the Church Alive!
This is the Time of Fulfillment
The season of Lent is our yearly spiritual journey with Jesus through His passion, death and resurrection. As a community of faith we mark those important moments along the road to Calvary, where Jesus revealed the immense depth of God’s love for us. Individually, we choose to immerse ourselves in deeper prayer, the suffering of fasting and increased good works, so that we might have our hearts transformed and made ever more like God’s, so that we can continue to reflect His great love in the world. This is a task that cannot wait. While we hope that heaven awaits us at a time still to come, we are called to ready ourselves now and be firmly set on the path to salvation.
On Mission for The Church Alive! seeks to strengthen our communities of faith so that we might have every help and opportunity to be prepared for the Kingdom of God. May we be prepared during this time of fulfillment for all that God will work for us and through us. Visit to learn more and stay informed.

On Mission at St. John the Baptist Parish
For more information regarding On Mission for the Church Alive! here at St. John the Baptist Parish and how you can be involved, click here to visit the On Mission page of our parish website.


Pastoral Center Holiday Schedule
St. John the Baptist Pastoral Center will be closed on Monday, February 19, 2018 in observation of Presidents Day. The offices will reopen Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 9:00AM.

Lenten Devotions
Don't (just) give up chocolate for Lent! Join in the journey through the Lenten Season by participating in the following devotions:
  • Stations of the Cross — Fridays of Lent at 7:00PM
  • Solemn Lenten Vespers — Sundays of Lent at 4:00PM

Mass Intentions
There are numerous dates available for Mass Intentions through September 2018. If you would like to reserve a date, please contact the
Pastoral Center at 724.775.3940.

Baptism Preparation Class
Our next
Baptism Preparation Class will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 6:00PM in the Pastoral Center. Please call Deacon Tony to register at 724.775.3940.

2017-18 Faith Formation/CCD
Faith Formation Class (or CCD) is held on Sunday mornings from 9:30AM to 10:45AM for all kindergarten through 8th grade students. Students can be dropped off after the 8:30AM Mass. Please use the main entrance of the Pastoral Center. To gain access after class has started, please ring the intercom and someone will receive you. For further information, please go the the Faith Formation-CCD page. (Remember to check KDKA, WTAE or WPXI for updates regarding the cancellation of classes due to inclement weather.)

Stations of the Cross & Reflection
On Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 9:30AM in our parish church, we will have
Stations of the Cross & Reflection. All family members of our parish CCD students as well as parishioners are invited to join our students in this special lenten prayer.

First Reconciliation/Communion Dates for 2018
Parents whose children are in the second grade are asked to please mark your calendars with these important dates:
  • First Reconciliation - Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 10:00AM
  • First Communion - Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 10:00AM
More information will be mailed to each family beginning Thursday, February 1, 2018.

Youth Group
St. John the Baptist Parish Youth Group is for all 9th through 12th grade students who desire to deepen their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Youth Group gatherings feature formation, prayer, food, fun, and service projects. For more information or to be added to our monthly news blast, please email Deacon Tony at

The Initiation of Catechumens is a process that takes place within the community of the faithful, with catechumens joining with the faithful and together they reflect on the Paschal Mystery. RCIA Sessions for 2017-18 are held on Sundays beginning at 12noon in the Faith Formation Room of the Pastoral Center. To learn more about RCIA at St. John the Baptist Parish, contact Deacon Tony at or call the Pastoral Center at 724.775.3940. All are welcome.

Wednesday Morning Bible Study
Our bible class will continue after the 8:30AM Mass on Wednesday with a discussion of 1st Corinthians. We will be using The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible and viewing a DVD by Dr. Tim Gray. Come to learn, discuss and share over a hot cup of coffee. The class meets in the Pastoral Center's Faith Formation Room. For questions, please call the Pastoral Center at 724.775.3940.

2017 Year-End Contribution Statements
Contribution statements for the year ending December 31, 2017 are available upon request. Please call Deb at 724.775.3940 ext. 3. You can pick up your statement during office hours of 9:00AM to 3:00PM, Monday through Wednesday. Please call to request your copy. As always, thank you for your support of
St. John the Baptist Parish.

Notes of Gratitude
Winter Carnival Bake Sale
Thanks to all who baked for the
Winter Carnival Bake Sale. You really out did ourselves this year! — God Bless, Pat Dixon

St. John the Baptist Youth Group
The members of the
St. John the Baptist Youth Group would like to thank the parishioners for their participation in the Souper Bowl of Caring. A total of $850 was collected and donated to the St. Vincent DePaul Society of our parish. May God bless you for your generosity and bless the members of the St. Vincent DePaul Society as they continue in their ministry.

Lenten Lunch Series
We are grateful to, again, share our faith in Jesus Christ by eating lunch together on the Wednesdays during Lent 2018. We will enjoy a carefully prepared lunch and a carefully prepared reflection on the themes and practices of the season of Lent. These lunches are held in order to bring the community of the faithful together and honor the observance of the holy sacrifice of our Lord and anticipate His resurrection. Lunch begins at 12noon. The weekly offering that is collected will go to Crossroads Men's Shelter in Beaver Falls. This year the
First Presbyterian, 1301 Indiana Avenue, Monaca will host.

Lenten Lunch Series schedule is, as follows:
  • February 21, 2018 — Rev. Nancy Shute, Monaca United Methodist Church
  • February 28, 2018 — Fr. Michael Ruffalo, St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church
  • March 7, 2018 — Rev. Collene Carney, Monacrest Free Methodist Church
  • March 14, 2018 — Rev. Angela Smith, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
  • March 21, 2018 — TBA

St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP)
In the gospel, Jesus overcomes the temptations to wealth, power and esteem. As we begin Lent, may we open our hearts to the grace of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Your almsgiving in the
St. Vincent de Paul Poor Box will help the poor to celebrate the grace of God’s love this Easter. Our parish St. Vincent de Paul Society's phone number is 724.494.8864. All calls are confidential.

Christian Mothers
Christian Mothers will gather on Sunday, February 18, 2018 to participate as a group at the 11:00AM Mass. Members are asked to meet in Msgr. Farri Hall at 10:15AM in order to enter church in procession. The Rosary will be prayed at 10:30AM prior to Mass. Immediately following Mass, a regular meeting will be held in Msgr. Farri Hall. Refreshments will be served followed by a brief business meeting. Please bring a food item for the parish St. Vincent DePaul Society Food Bank. New members are always welcomed. Our Lady of Sorrows, Patroness of Christian Mothers, pray for all.

Christian Mothers Bake Sale
Christian Mothers will hold a bake sale at the Monaca SOI Lenten Fish Fry on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 3:00PM to 7:00PM. All Christian Mothers members and interested parishioners are asked to provide baked goods for the sale. The goodies may be dropped off at the Monaca SOI, 1115 Pacific Ave., Monaca after 1:00PM. Please contact Pat Dixon at 724.728.0248 if you can help with/at the bake sale.

Young Adult Group
All adults and young adults ages 18 and up are welcome to join Young Adult Group. The next scheduled meetings will be held at 6:30PM in the Pastoral Center Gymnasium. The dates are:
  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
  • Wednesday, March 7, 2018
  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Feel free to come even if you have never attended or haven't participated in awhile! St. John the Baptist Parish Young Adult Group consists of people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s! Everyone is welcome! To be added to the group email list and/or learn more about the Young Adult Group, email You can also join the St. John the Baptist Young Adult Group Facebook page at to stay up to date.

Grief Share
St. John the Baptist (Monaca) and St. Frances Cabrini (Center Twp.) Parishes will once again offer a small group session to comfort those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Grief Sessions will be held at:
  • St. John the Baptist, 1501 Virginia Avenue, beginning Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 7:00PM to 8:30PM. To register, please call 724.775.3940
  • St. Frances Cabrini, 115 Trinity Drive, beginning Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 7:00PM to 8:30PM. To register, please call 724.775.6363
As brothers and sisters in Christ, we offer support with a series of DVD’s and open discussions to help with the journey of grief. For more information (or to register), please call Janet at 724.462.7460 or Amy at 724.622.2426. No fee is required and the program is non-denominational.

Fifty + Friends
The next meeting of the Fifty + Friends will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 12Noon in Msgr. Farri Hall. See you then!

Faith in Action
Faith in Action Beaver County is here! This special program provides no-cost rides to Beaver County seniors over 60 who need transportation within the county to their medical appointments. Participating seniors must give two weeks prior notice to their medical appointment when requesting a ride.

For further information on how to make use of this program, download a
Faith in Action Beaver County Flyer.]

Substance Abuse Ministry
All are also invited on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30PM to pray the rosary for the addicted and the afflicted, prior to Mass at 7:00PM in the Church of Ss. Peter and Paul. After Mass, a Substance Abuse Ministry (SAM) meeting will follow in Keating Hall. Open to the community — especially to those affected and those who care.

Safe Environment Database
Please remember when volunteering in the parish you are required to register on the database, this includes: ushers, choir, lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, and anyone involved in any phases of Faith Formation. The Diocese has made it easier, as you can now take the required courses online. For more information, please contact Deacon Tony at or call the Pastoral Center at 724.775.3940.


Communion Calls
Our parish provides Holy Communion to parishioners who are homebound or unable to attend Mass. For more information or to schedule a visit, please call St. John the Baptist Pastoral Center at 724.775.3940.

Offertory Procession Participants
Anyone wanting to carry up the offertory gifts at a Mass celebrated for the intention of a family member or friend, please speak with one of the ushers about it prior to the start of Mass. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

2018 Mass Book/Sanctuary Candle Register
The Mass Book and Sanctuary Candles Register for 2018 opened on Saturday, November 4, 2017. For more details on requesting a Mass intention and obtaining request forms, click here. For a Chapel/Shrine Candle Request Form, click here.

Bulletin Submission Deadline
Please note that all articles and information for the parish bulletin must be received by the Pastoral Center Office by 12noon on Friday so that it may be considered for publication in the bulletin to be printed for distribution at the weekend Masses that occur after the upcoming weekend.

Sunday Mass Announcements
Announcements for Sunday Mass must be received in the Pastoral Center by no later than 12noon on Thursday in order to be considered for presentation at the weekend Masses.

Pamphlet Rack
When at church, don't forget to browse the pamphlet rack located in the main entrance/vestibule. It is hoped you will find helpful and engaging materials on it. Is there a subject on which you would like information or do you have something you would like to see added? If you do, please contact the Parish Pastoral Center (724.775.3940) to discuss the request. (Please note that all printed materials found in various places throught the church must first be presented to the Pastoral Center Office. Any materials not cleared through the Pastoral Center Office will be removed.)

Monsignor Farri Hall Rental Facility
Looking for a place to hold a bridal or baby shower; birthday or graduation party; baptismal or funeral luncheon, a reception or reunion? Monsignor Farri Hall is that place! For more information and/or available dates, please contact the Pastoral Center Office at 724.775.3940.

Faith: Living, Remembering, Sharing
For glimpses into the parish's ongoing history — occasions, recent and past; moments, enriching and notable — take a look at the page on this website titled


For further news and events related to the parish and surrounding areas as well as information on other items of interest, pick up a copy of the weekly bulletin at church to take home or you can view the bulletin online by
clicking here.
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