Rev. Daniel T. Straughn, S.T.L., Pastor

Liberty Site
3210 Liberty Way, McKeesport, PA 15133

Weekday Masses: Mon., Wed. & Fri. - 8:30 a.m.
Sunday Mass: Sat. Vigil 6pm
Port Vue Site
1125 Romine Ave
McKeesport, PA 15133

Weekday Masses: Tues., Thurs. & Sat. - 8:30 a.m.

Sunday Masses: 8am & 11am
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Sacraments
Reconciliation:
5:15 p.m. Sat. at the Liberty Site and upon request.

Marriage:
Engaged couples are to participate in a Marriage Preparation Class. Please call the Administration Center six months prior to the anticipated wedding date.

Baptism:
Baptisms are the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month after the 11:00 a.m. Mass (PV). Pre-Baptism Class is required. please contact the Administration Center three months prior to the anticipated birth.

Today’s Readings

  • Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:30:00 +0000: Thursday of the Second Week of Easter - USCCB Daily Readings

    Reading 1 Acts 5:27-33

    When the court officers had brought the Apostles in
    and made them stand before the Sanhedrin,
    the high priest questioned them,
    "We gave you strict orders did we not,
    to stop teaching in that name.
    Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching
    and want to bring this man's blood upon us."
    But Peter and the Apostles said in reply,
    "We must obey God rather than men.
    The God of our ancestors raised Jesus,
    though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree.
    God exalted him at his right hand as leader and savior
    to grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins.
    We are witnesses of these things,
    as is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him."

    When they heard this,
    they became infuriated and wanted to put them to death.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 34:2 and 9, 17-18, 19-20

    R. (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    I will bless the LORD at all times;
    his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
    Taste and see how good the LORD is;
    blessed the man who takes refuge in him.
    R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The LORD confronts the evildoers,
    to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
    When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
    and from all their distress he rescues them.
    R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
    and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
    Many are the troubles of the just man,
    but out of them all the LORD delivers him.
    R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 20:29

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord;
    blessed are those who have not seen, but still believe?
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 3:31-36

    The one who comes from above is above all.
    The one who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of earthly things.
    But the one who comes from heaven is above all.
    He testifies to what he has seen and heard,
    but no one accepts his testimony.
    Whoever does accept his testimony certifies that God is trustworthy.
    For the one whom God sent speaks the words of God.
    He does not ration his gift of the Spirit.
    The Father loves the Son and has given everything over to him.
    Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life,
    but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life,
    but the wrath of God remains upon him.
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  • Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:30:00 +0000: Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter - USCCB Daily Readings

    Reading 1 Acts 5:17-26

    The high priest rose up and all his companions,
    that is, the party of the Sadducees,
    and, filled with jealousy,
    laid hands upon the Apostles and put them in the public jail.
    But during the night, the angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison,
    led them out, and said,
    "Go and take your place in the temple area,
    and tell the people everything about this life."
    When they heard this,
    they went to the temple early in the morning and taught.
    When the high priest and his companions arrived,
    they convened the Sanhedrin,
    the full senate of the children of Israel,
    and sent to the jail to have them brought in.
    But the court officers who went did not find them in the prison,
    so they came back and reported,
    "We found the jail securely locked
    and the guards stationed outside the doors,
    but when we opened them, we found no one inside."
    When the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests heard this report,
    they were at a loss about them,
    as to what this would come to.
    Then someone came in and reported to them,
    "The men whom you put in prison are in the temple area
    and are teaching the people."
    Then the captain and the court officers went and brought them,
    but without force,
    because they were afraid of being stoned by the people.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9

    R. (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    I will bless the LORD at all times;
    his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
    Let my soul glory in the LORD;
    the lowly will hear me and be glad.
    R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Glorify the LORD with me,
    let us together extol his name.
    I sought the LORD, and he answered me
    and delivered me from all my fears.
    R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
    and your faces may not blush with shame.
    When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
    and from all his distress he saved him.
    R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The angel of the LORD encamps
    around those who fear him, and delivers them.
    Taste and see how good the LORD is;
    blessed the man who takes refuge in him.
    R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 3:16

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son,
    so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 3:16-21

    God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son,
    so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
    but might have eternal life.
    For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
    but that the world might be saved through him.
    Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,
    but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,
    because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God.
    And this is the verdict,
    that the light came into the world,
    but people preferred darkness to light,
    because their works were evil.
    For everyone who does wicked things hates the light
    and does not come toward the light,
    so that his works might not be exposed.
    But whoever lives the truth comes to the light,
    so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.


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  • Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:30:00 +0000: Feast of Saint Mark, evangelist - USCCB Daily Readings

    Reading 1 1 Pt 5:5b-14

    Beloved:
    Clothe yourselves with humility
    in your dealings with one another, for:

    God opposes the proud
    but bestows favor on the humble.


    So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,
    that he may exalt you in due time.
    Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.

    Be sober and vigilant.
    Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion
    looking for someone to devour.
    Resist him, steadfast in faith,
    knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the world
    undergo the same sufferings.
    The God of all grace
    who called you to his eternal glory through Christ Jesus
    will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you
    after you have suffered a little.
    To him be dominion forever. Amen.

    I write you this briefly through Silvanus,
    whom I consider a faithful brother,
    exhorting you and testifying that this is the true grace of God.
    Remain firm in it.
    The chosen one at Babylon sends you greeting, as does Mark, my son.
    Greet one another with a loving kiss.
    Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17

    R. (2) For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The favors of the LORD I will sing forever;
    through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.
    For you have said, "My kindness is established forever";
    in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.
    R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The heavens proclaim your wonders, O LORD,
    and your faithfulness, in the assembly of the holy ones.
    For who in the skies can rank with the LORD?
    Who is like the LORD among the sons of God?
    R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Blessed the people who know the joyful shout;
    in the light of your countenance, O LORD, they walk.
    At your name they rejoice all the day,
    and through your justice they are exalted.
    R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia 1 Cor 1:23a-24b

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    We proclaim Christ crucified:
    he is the power of God and the wisdom of God.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 16:15-20

    Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them:
    "Go into the whole world
    and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.
    Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved;
    whoever does not believe will be condemned.
    These signs will accompany those who believe:
    in my name they will drive out demons,
    they will speak new languages.
    They will pick up serpents with their hands,
    and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them.
    They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."

    Then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them,
    was taken up into heaven
    and took his seat at the right hand of God.
    But they went forth and preached everywhere,
    while the Lord worked with them
    and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.


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  • Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:30:00 +0000: Monday of the Second Week of Easter - USCCB Daily Readings

    Reading 1 Acts 4:23-31

    After their release Peter and John went back to their own people
    and reported what the chief priests and elders had told them.
    And when they heard it,
    they raised their voices to God with one accord
    and said, "Sovereign Lord, maker of heaven and earth
    and the sea and all that is in them,
    you said by the Holy Spirit
    through the mouth of our father David, your servant:

    Why did the Gentiles rage
    and the peoples entertain folly?
    The kings of the earth took their stand
    and the princes gathered together
    against the Lord and against his anointed.


    Indeed they gathered in this city
    against your holy servant Jesus whom you anointed,
    Herod and Pontius Pilate,
    together with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,
    to do what your hand and your will
    had long ago planned to take place.
    And now, Lord, take note of their threats,
    and enable your servants to speak your word
    with all boldness, as you stretch forth your hand to heal,
    and signs and wonders are done
    through the name of your holy servant Jesus."
    As they prayed, the place where they were gathered shook,
    and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
    and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 2:1-3, 4-7a, 7b-9

    R. (see 11d) Blessed are all who take refuge in the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Why do the nations rage
    and the peoples utter folly?
    The kings of the earth rise up,
    and the princes conspire together
    against the LORD and against his anointed:
    "Let us break their fetters
    and cast their bonds from us!"
    R. Blessed are all who take refuge in the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    He who is throned in heaven laughs;
    the LORD derides them.
    Then in anger he speaks to them;
    he terrifies them in his wrath:
    "I myself have set up my king
    on Zion, my holy mountain."
    I will proclaim the decree of the LORD.
    R. Blessed are all who take refuge in the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The LORD said to me, "You are my Son;
    this day I have begotten you.
    Ask of me and I will give you
    the nations for an inheritance
    and the ends of the earth for your possession.
    You shall rule them with an iron rod;
    you shall shatter them like an earthen dish."
    R. Blessed are all who take refuge in the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Col 3:1

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    If then you were raised with Christ,
    seek what is above,
    where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 3:1-8

    There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
    He came to Jesus at night and said to him,
    "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God,
    for no one can do these signs that you are doing
    unless God is with him."
    Jesus answered and said to him,
    "Amen, amen, I say to you,
    unless one is born from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God."
    Nicodemus said to him,
    "How can a man once grown old be born again?
    Surely he cannot reenter his mother's womb and be born again, can he?"
    Jesus answered,
    "Amen, amen, I say to you,
    unless one is born of water and Spirit
    he cannot enter the Kingdom of God.
    What is born of flesh is flesh
    and what is born of spirit is spirit.
    Do not be amazed that I told you,
    'You must be born from above.'
    The wind blows where it wills,
    and you can hear the sound it makes,
    but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes;
    so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."


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  • Sun, 23 Apr 2017 09:30:00 +0000: Second Sunday of Easter (or Sunday of Divine Mercy) - USCCB Daily Readings

    Reading 1 Acts 2:42-47

    They devoted themselves
    to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life,
    to the breaking of bread and to the prayers.
    Awe came upon everyone,
    and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
    All who believed were together and had all things in common;
    they would sell their property and possessions
    and divide them among all according to each one's need.
    Every day they devoted themselves
    to meeting together in the temple area
    and to breaking bread in their homes.
    They ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart,
    praising God and enjoying favor with all the people.
    And every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24

    R. (1) Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Let the house of Israel say,
    "His mercy endures forever."
    Let the house of Aaron say,
    "His mercy endures forever."
    Let those who fear the LORD say,
    "His mercy endures forever."
    R. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    I was hard pressed and was falling,
    but the LORD helped me.
    My strength and my courage is the LORD,
    and he has been my savior.
    The joyful shout of victory
    in the tents of the just:
    R. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The stone which the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone.
    By the LORD has this been done;
    it is wonderful in our eyes.
    This is the day the LORD has made;
    let us be glad and rejoice in it.
    R. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Reading 2 1 Pt 1:3-9

    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope
    through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
    to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading,
    kept in heaven for you
    who by the power of God are safeguarded through faith,
    to a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the final time.
    In this you rejoice, although now for a little while
    you may have to suffer through various trials,
    so that the genuineness of your faith,
    more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire,
    may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor
    at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
    Although you have not seen him you love him;
    even though you do not see him now yet believe in him,
    you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy,
    as you attain the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

    Alleluia Jn 20:29

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord;
    blessed are they who have not seen me, but still believe!
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 20:19-31

    On the evening of that first day of the week,
    when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
    for fear of the Jews,
    Jesus came and stood in their midst
    and said to them, "Peace be with you."
    When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
    The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
    Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you.
    As the Father has sent me, so I send you."
    And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
    "Receive the Holy Spirit.
    Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
    and whose sins you retain are retained."

    Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
    was not with them when Jesus came.
    So the other disciples said to him, "We have seen the Lord."
    But he said to them,
    "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
    and put my finger into the nailmarks
    and put my hand into his side, I will not believe."

    Now a week later his disciples were again inside
    and Thomas was with them.
    Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
    and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you."
    Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands,
    and bring your hand and put it into my side,
    and do not be unbelieving, but believe."
    Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
    Jesus said to him, "Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
    Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."

    Now, Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples
    that are not written in this book.
    But these are written that you may come to believe
    that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,
    and that through this belief you may have life in his name.


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