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St. Benedict Church
Johnstown, PA

21st Sunday in
Ordinary Time

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This Week

  • Elementary CCD registration for grades K-8 will take place this Sunday, August 21 and next Sunday, 28, from 8:00am-noon in the John Paul II Building. Check page 4 of the bulletin for details.

  • Our final Ice Cream Sundae Social will be held NEXT weekend, August 27/28, after ALL Masses outside the John Paul II Building. See you there!

  • The Wednesday morning Mass will move from 8:00am to 9:00am for the school year beginning NEXT Wednesday, August 31. Adoration will be 8:00 – 8:45am.

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Mass Online

This Mass will be broadcast
on Breezeline (Atlantic Broadband) Channel 9
on Sunday morning
at 8:30am


Father Antony’s School

While Father Antony remains in India waiting to return to us,
he is spearheading a campaign to repair the elementary school.

For Father Antony Sudherson, HGN the Roman Catholic Primary School of Mylapuram, located in the state of Tamil Nadu, southern India, holds a very special place in his heart. This is the school that Fr. Antony attended as a child and a school that up until recently, continued to educate the children of Mylapuram.

When first built, the school was a temporary structure with a thatched roof and taught grades 1 to 3. It was not until 1994 that a concrete building was erected for the school and classes were able to expand to include Pre-k to 5th grade. In 2001 the school celebrated 60 years of providing education! But today the school sits empty and unused because of much needed repairs.

When the rain comes, the water rises and floods the school making it impossible to use the school in its current condition. Time is short since the rainy seasons begins in September.

If you would like to contribute or need more information, contact Deacon Michael Russo at Michael.Russo@breezeline.net or 814-288-3036. Or you may donate at the newly established GoFundMe page.

Pakistan Rosary Mission

The rosaries
have arrived!

Our Rosary Mission in memory of Baby Iscah has been extremely popular. Iscah’s parents are working with the Rector of the Catholic Cathedral in Faisalabad and he is very excited about our program. Our shipment of 2500 rosaries just arrived and we have provided prayer booklets in Urdu.

A Note of thanks from Fr. Shafiq Bashir

I’m really very thankful to you for doing so big favour to me by sending rosaries for the faithful of my parish. The shrine of Mother Mary’s construction in my parish is still going on and relying on the divine providence it will hopefully be completed in two months time.

We will have it’s solemn blessing on 9th October, 2022 and His Excellency Bishop Indrias Rehmat, the Bishop of Faisalabad Diocese will perform the Rite. We have three day annual celebration in the honour of Mother Mary.

I pray for your ministry and service you are rendering in the Church as a deacon. May the Lord be with you and grant you his countless blessings so that through you many souls be saved. You are always in my thoughts and prayer. Thank you very much. God bless you.

Yours in Christ
Fr. Shafiq Bashir
St. James Catholic Church
G.T. Road Okara, Pakistan. 

Shipping costs continue to be a challenge
even though we receive a 75% discount from DHL.
If you are interested in helping,
contact Deacon Michael at
michael.russo@breezeline.net.
Thank you!


A Day to Celebrate!

Chris (little boy on the right) just finished his first school year.
This is a family photo. His mom (Ruby) is standing right behind him.

Chris and his teacher.

This was a very tearful day for Ashfaq and Ruby
because they never thought they would be able to send Chris to school.

Greetings from Pakistan and the
Little Hearts of Faith Learning Center

Food shortages, extreme heat, and religious
persecution continue to plague
the country of Pakistan.


May they find
eternal life


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