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! Timeline
Consultation Phase: Now through March 2018 — The twenty-one members of the On Mission Commission will make their formal recommendations to Bishop Zubik. Over the next few months, Bishop Zubik continues to consult with his advisory bodies; clergy are interviewed in preparation for new assignments; categories for the implementation (A-B-C) are assigned to the groupings. The categories depend on size, current state of demographics and financial stability of grouping. The blueprints for implementation are developed with the assistance of pastors who have worked through former mergers and multiple parish pastoring.

Transition Phase: April through Fall 2018 — Sometime after Easter 2018, Bishop Zubik will announce his decisions regarding the parish groupings. Along with those, he will name the clergy teams for each one, the categories for each, and the number of weekend Masses. The clergy teams will begin working with a blueprint and with support staff from the diocesan administration. There will be gatherings of the incoming and outgoing clergy to share important information regarding the groupings and to establish a Sunday Mass schedule that can be publicized in advance of the actual beginning of the new assignments.

Implementation Phase: Fall 2018 and beyond — The clergy begin their assignments and the revised Mass schedule, based in the number of clergy assigned, takes effect. Parishes continue to function as separate under this common leadership. No buildings close and nothing merges. Parish advisory bodies come together, assisted by diocesan support and guidance about how they operate as they work with the clergy to fulfill the blueprint outcomes. The central focus becomes build relationship with all the parishioners in the grouping. The groupings in Category A will have up to two years to come together with decisions about becoming one new parish, offering three options for a new parish name, and making decisions about how many missions (formally campuses) it will need to accomplish its goals in area such as faith formation, outreach and evangelization. Those groupings in Category B will have up to three years, and those in Category C, up to five years. (To download a copy of the On Mission Timeline, click here.)

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Come to the Feast
In the gospel, the invitation of the king is extended far and wide so that the banquet hall would be full for the wedding feast of his son. Likewise, God’s invitation to partake in the Feast of Faith is shared far and wide as He calls us to follow Him to the kingdom. In both instances, however, something is required of those who are invited. While there is an expectation that the Lord will feed and nourish us, there is also an expectation that we will be properly attired. For us, that means that we are to put on Christ and share His love with others as we take the responsibility of faith seriously. On Mission for The Church Alive! is an opportunity for us to build up the Church of Pittsburgh as a tangible witness of Jesus present in the world. Not only are we charged as individuals to answer the call to love God above all and our neighbor as ourselves, but to gather as one in worship and in work and give greater effectiveness to the Body of Christ, the Church. As On Mission unfolds, more will be asked of us as we come to the Feast at a new place or time or with new people, yet we can trust that God will provide more for us to strengthen us; and through us, to strengthen others.

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 Office Hours
The 2017 Fall office hours for St. John the Baptist Pastoral Center are, as follows:
  • Monday thru Thursday 9:00AM to 3:00PM
  • Friday 9:00AM to 12Noon.

Liturgical Ministry Schedules
The Liturgical Minister Schedules for the period of October 28, 2017 through December 2017 are available for pick up in the sacristy. If you would like to receive it via email, please call Debbie at the Pastoral Center at 724.775.3940 ext. 3. Thank you.

2017-18 CCD Registration
The 2017-18 CCD Faith Formation Registration Form for K-8 is available for download. For greater convenience and to make completion easier, the form has been also formatted to be a 'fill and print' form. (See online form for further instructions) To download the form, click here.

For those who prefer, you may pick up a blank paper form at the
Pastoral Center. Completed form(s) and payment are due; contact the Pastoral Center at 724.775.3940 if registering now. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Faith Formation Class (or CCD) for kindergarten thru 8th grade takes place on Sundays after the 8:30AM Mass.

Fr. Marcus O'Brien Service Awards/Dinner
Join Catholic Charities as they recognize Thomas and Adrianne Kaminsky for their exemplary service to our parish and the community at the 27th Annual Father Marcus O'Brien Service Awards Dinner on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 4:30PM in St. Elijah Serbian Center, 2200 Irwin Str., Aliquippa. Thomas and Adrianne are among this year's awardees from the area Catholic parishes to be recognized. The dinner will feature guest speaker Larry Richert of KDKA and will include a special presentation by a youth group from one of the Catholic churches in the county. Tickets are $35 per person with proceeds benefitting Catholic Charities of Beaver County Outreach.

To access additional information including a complete list of award recipients as well as a
Ticket/Advertisement Order Form, click here; or contact the parish office or call Deacon Tony Giordano at 724.775.3940. Deadline for obtaining tickets is Friday, October 20, 2017. To download a Parish Organization Basket Raffle Form, click here.

2018 Mass Book/Sanctuary Candle Register
The Mass Book and Sanctuary Candles Register for 2018 will open on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 10:00AM to 2:00PM in Msgr. Farri Hall. More details will be forthcoming over the next few weeks.

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

Christian Mothers
The Christian Mothers will meet on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7:00PM in Monsignor Farri Hall. All women of the parish are invited to attend. Beaver County D. A. David Lozier and Detective Tim Staub will present information on the opioid crisis from a law enforcement perspective to follow up on the program presented at the September meeting. The monthly committees will select their themes for the annual Tea Party and Luncheon. Membership dues ($5) may be paid at the meeting. Please bring a food item for the St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry. Our Lady of Sorrows, Patroness of the Confraternity of Christian Mothers, pray for all.

World Mission Sunday
On the weekend of October 21/22, 2017, we will celebrate World Mission Sunday. A day that leads us to the heart of our Christian faith and leads us to mission! Your generosity supports the work of priests, religious and lay leaders in the missions who share our faith with those most in need as we are invited to Chat With The Pope to learn more about his missions. Scan this year's World Mission Sunday poster using Facebook Messenger using your mobile device, or visit the website to learn more. Chat — Pray — Give — on World Mission Sunday.

The parish Stewardship Committee would like to thank those who baked, the volunteers, and those who purchased the goodies for a successful bake sale. The proceeds were $593.00 which will greatly benefit the parish. Bless you for your generosity and participation.

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.

Evening Bible Study/Sacred History
On October 18, 2017, our bible study/history class is going on hiatus on Wednesday night so that all can attend the Closing Services of 40 Hours Devotion which starts at 7:00PM. There will be Vespers and Benediction. Our Wednesday Evening Study/Class will resume on October 25, 2017.

This study/class is a chance and challenge to deepen your understanding of the Catholic faith through DVD's by Bishop Robert Barron. The DVD's feature key individuals in history who have contributed to the Church in meaningful ways. The title/topic of the Wednesday, October 25, 2017 class held at 7:00PM will be announced next week

Come to learn, increase your understanding, and appreciate the depth of the Catholic faith. Each session stands as an individual presentation/discussion. (If you can't come to all the sessions, come to the ones that you can.) The workbook for the study/class is $20. Please register by calling the
Pastoral Center at 724.775.3940. Download the Pivotal Players flyer/schedule for more information by clicking here.

Wednesday Morning Bible Study
On Wednesdays after the 8:30AM Mass, a Bible study with discussion will take place on the last half of the Acts of the Apostles. The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: The Acts of the Apostles is used along with an introduction, commentary, and notes by Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch as well as a DVD by Jeff Cavins. The class meets in the Pastoral Center's Faith Formation Room. Come to learn, discuss, and share ideas as you visit with friends over a cup of hot coffee and a baked good. For questions, please call the Pastoral Center at 724.775.3940.

St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP)
In the gospel we hear Jesus say: “Many are invited, but few are chosen.” To give thanks for all that God has given to you, have you considered answering the call to help serve the poor by joining the
Society of St. Vincent de Paul? Our parish St. Vincent de Paul Society's phone number is 724.494.8864. All calls are confidential.

Clothing Request
The SVdP members are very grateful to our parishioners for their wonderful response to our requests for children’s clothing. We are now in need of infant clothing for a baby boy, size 6-9 months. God bless you for your generosity!

Grief Share
A time for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one to meet and discuss is offered at St. John the Baptist Parish Pastoral Center under the title of Grief Share. Meetings will take place in the Faith Formation Room on Tuesday evenings from 7:00PM to 8:30PM from September 5, 2017 through October 18, 2017. A memorial dinner will be held on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 6:30 PM. For more information or to register, call Amy at 724.622.2426 or Marta at 724.317.2763.

Young Adult Group
Are you looking for a fun way to meet, hang out, and talk with other young Catholics? If so, the Young Adult Group is for you! 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.

Cash & Merchandise Bash
On Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 6:00PM in Msgr. Farri Hall located in St. John the Baptist Pastoral Center, the parish will hold a Cash & Merchandise Bash:

  • Drawings totaling $2,500 in value
  • Grand Auction
  • 50/50 Raffle
  • Strip Ticket Sales

Tickets for the evening are $25 each, and include: 52 chances to win during drawings; 4 chances to win $1000 Grand Prize; as well as light dinner, soft drinks & water. (Beer and wine available to purchase.) Bring family and friends for an enjoyable evening. Please note attendees must be 21 or older and have a ticket for admission. You need not be present to win; winners will be notified. To download a flyer about this event,
click here.

50+ Friends Update
The next meeting of the 50+ Friends will be held on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 12:00Noon in Msgr. Farri Hall. Mark your calendar and remember to join in for bingo, cards, games and a good time. For information on 50+ Friends, call 724.622.2472.

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.

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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