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!

Prepare the Way of the Lord
Advent is our annual time of anticipation and expectation for the coming of Jesus at Christmas and, ultimately, at the end of time. During this season we make many preparations so that we can be ready to meet the Lord. We prepare our hearts through prayer and reconciliation to be a fitting place of welcome for Jesus to dwell. We also prepare our homes as places of warm hospitality to welcome neighbors and strangers alike with a loving and generous heart. This Advent, we also find ourselves anticipating the changes that will soon be upon as part of the On Mission for The Church Alive! initiative. How are you preparing for the new realities in our parishes? Will your heart meet these changes with resistance or with the resolve to do what it takes to foster new life in your community and help grow the Church? Take some time this Advent to prepare the way of the Lord as he comes to make us and our Church ever more alive! Visit to stay informed.

The Work of God's Hands
Today we begin the season of Advent, our annual time of joyful expectation as we await the coming of Jesus Christ. Our waiting is two-fold. More immediately, we anticipate the celebration of Christmas and the anniversary of the Son of God coming as one like us to love us and to set an example for us to follow. At the same time, we actively await the time when Christ will come again in glory and call all people to Himself. Throughout the Advent season, as in today's gospel, we will hear the call to be alert and ready for the Lord's coming that we might not be caught off guard. That readiness includes allowing the God Who created us in His image to continue to form our hearts and lives to be more like His own, for 'we are the clay and [He] the potter'. As we also anticipate the changes coming in our parishes as part of the On Mission for The Church Alive! Initiative, we place our trust in God as He continues to form us and our parishes. May our hearts be formed in patience and peace as we work to build up new communities of faith. May our parishes be formed in vibrancy and unity as places of warm welcome and firm faith.

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.


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.

Faith Formation
Parish Gathering: A Tour of Bethlehem
You are invited to join in on Sunday, Dececmber 10, 2017 following the 8:30AM and 11:00AM Masses in a special experience entitled A Tour of Bethlehem. Explore and deepen your understanding of the customs and meaning of Advent and Christmas. Coffee, hot chocolate and doughnuts will be served. All students in kindergarten through 8th grade will receive a special Christmas ornament to take home for their family Christmas tree.

Oplatki Christmas Wafers
The weekend of Sunday, Dececmber 10, 2017, Oplatki Christmas Wafers will be available after all Masses. Envelope/container of wafers is $2.00.

Angel Tree Program
To participate in the annual Angel Tree Program, please do the following:
  • Take an Angel Tag from the tree located in the church
  • Purchase new the item listed on the Angel Tag (each child has 3 angels on the tree)
  • Wrap your gift and bring it to church, placing it around the altar by Sunday, December 17, 2017
Gift cards and monetary donations are also greatly appreciated and can make the holidays extra special for those less fortunate. However, when making such gift/donation, please place any gift card and/or monetary donation in an envelope, clearly mark it Angel Tree Program, and put it in the collection basket at Mass; or you may drop the envelope off at the Pastoral Center Office during business hours. [To download an informational flyer, click here.]

Holiday Bake Sale
After all Masses on December 16/17, 2017, a Holiday Bake Sale will be held in Msgr. Farri Hall featuring:
  • Baked Goods
  • Butter Horn Rolls
  • Pizzelles
  • Fudge
  • Hoagies
  • Christmas Novelties
  • Italian Basket Raffle
Orders for cookie trays will be taken after Masses on December 2/3, 2017. Trays can be picked up after all Masses on December 16/17, 2017. Only a limited number of orders will be taken. Cost - $25.00 per tray.

If anyone would like to bake cookies, it would be greatly appreciated; call Theo at 724.774.7719 if interested. [To download a
Holiday Bake Sale Flyer, click here.]

Holy Name Society
The members of the Holy Name Society will lead the parish in the Scriptural Rosary at 8:00AM prior to the 8:30AM Mass on Sunday, December 10, 2017. Please join in this special rosary. A HNS meeting and continental breakfast will follow in Msgr. Farri Hall. All are welcome.

Keep Christ in Christmas
A small quantity of the "Keep Christ in Christmas" Yard Signs are available. Please call Mike Rubino 724.775.2628 to reserve your sign. They will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. Signs are $12.00.

The Light is STILL on for You!
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (often called Confession) will be offered at all Catholic churches in the Diocese of Pittsburgh on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM. If you have been reluctant to come to the sacrament, have been away for some time, or just found it difficult to get to a Saturday afternoon confession time, this is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with Christ and His Church. The Light is On for You!

Advent Reconciliation/Confession Schedule
Experience the healing grace of God's forgiveness and love this Advent. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered at the churches and times listed below. The schedule for our area is, as follows:
  • Friday, December 15, 2017 at 2:00PM - Good Samaritan, Ambridge
  • Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 10:00AM - St. John the Baptist, Baden
  • Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 12Noon - St. John the Baptist, Monaca
  • Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 7:00PM - St. Cecilia, Rochester
  • Monday, December 18, 2017 at 7:00PM - St. Frances Cabrini, Center Twp.
  • Monday, December 18, 2017 at 7:00PM - Holy Family, New Brighton
  • Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 7:00PM - Our Lady of Fatima, Hopewell
  • Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 7:00PM - Our Lady of Peace, Conway
  • Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 7:00PM - Ss. Peter & Paul, Beaver
  • Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 10:00AM - St. Titus, Aliquippa
Multiple priests will be available to hear confessions.

Church Decorating Help Needed
Please make time to volunteer on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 6:00PM in preparing our church for the Christmas season. There are multiple and various tasks to accomplished. The many the hands, the lighter the work!

Advent Candle Sets for Home
In the vestibule main entrance of church are Advent Candle Sets for home use. The cost is $5 per set.

Meaning of the Advent Wreath
"Customarily the Advent Wreath is constructed of a circle of evergreen branches into which are inserted four candles (Advent Candles). According to tradition, three of the candles are violet and the fourth is rose. However, four violet or white candles (Advent Candles) may also be used" (Book of Blessings 1510).

Advent Wreath represents the long time in which people lived in spiritual darkness, waiting for the coming of the Messiah, the Light of the World. Each year in Advent people wait once again in darkness for the coming of the Lord — His historical coming in the mystery of Bethlehem, His final coming at the end of time, and His special coming in every moment of grace.

rose candle is lit the Third Sunday of Advent, for this color anticipates and symbolizes the Christmas joy announced in the first word of the Entrance Antiphon: Rejoice (in Latin, gaudete). For this reason the Third Sunday of Advent is also called Gaudete Sunday, and rose color vestments are permitted.

During Advent, family and friends can gather around the
Advent Wreath lighting the appropriate candle(s), read a daily Advent meditation and sing songs. The Church's official Book of Blessings also provides a blessing ceremony for the advent wreath which can be used in the absence of a priest.

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
On Wednesdays after the 8:30AM Mass, a Bible study with discussion is taking place with a discussion on the DVD presentation What God has Cleansed: Peter, Paul & the First Church Council by Michael P. Barber, Ph.D/Augustine Institute (former student of Scott Hahn). 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.

Christian Mothers
The Christian Mothers’ Christmas Party will be December 12, 2017 at the Monaca Turners. Dinner choices are: stuffed pork chop or cabbage roll. Cost of the dinner is $16. Please contact Barb at 724.544.0816 to make a reservation and dinner selection by December 6, 2017.

St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP)
In the gospel John the Baptist urges us to "Prepare the way of the Lord." We are called to help prepare the way of the Lord by making the real meaning of Christmas come alive in our own hearts, in our family, and to reach out to those in need. Is there a family you know who needs assistance? Please call the
Society of St. Vincent de Paul so that together we can help the suffering and poor to celebrate Christmas. Our parish St. Vincent de Paul Society's phone number is 724.494.8864. All calls are confidential.

Land of Peace Olive Wood Religious Items Sale
On the weekend of December 16/17, 2017, Roni Salsa, a representative from a non-profit organization called Land of Peace, will be with us speaking about the Christian situation in the Holy Land and selling crucifixes, religious artwork, and rosaries - all made of olive wood which is native to Israel and Bethlehem. Since tourism has greatly depleted, Christian families in the Holy Land who depend on tourists, have been greatly affected. The goal of this mission is to build a charitable hospital in Bethlehem and help the poor and needy families in Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Sale of these goods will help them very much and also give you the opportunity to have something authentic from the Holy Land. Please browse and buy some articles. It is for a good cause and also a help to your personal devotion. For more information, please see and on the web.

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.

Fifty + Friends
Fifty + Friends will not meet in January or February of 2018. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 12Noon in Msgr. Farri Hall. A merry Christmas and a blessed new year to all! See you in the Spring!

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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