We Have a Bishop!
Pastor David Bonnar Appointed Bishop Of Youngstown Diocese By Pope Francis
Father David Bonnar, pastor of Saint Aidan Parish in Wexford has been appointed to become the Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown. Father Bonnar was appointed by Pope Francis with an announcement made Tuesday morning. “I am overwhelmed by the trust and confidence the Holy Father has placed in me in appointing me the Bishop of Youngstown. It is humbling following a long line of Pittsburgh priests that include Cardinal Maida, Cardinal Wuerl, Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop Hebda, Bishop Bosco, Bishop Tobin, Bishop Zubik, Bishop Burns, and Bishop Bradley, who have been called to shepherd and serve the Church beyond our diocese,” said Father Bonnar in a press release.
Please keep Father Bonnar in your Prayers.
A message from Fr Daniel about the vaccine
I have received a number of calls and letters concerning the development of the new COVID-19 vaccines and their connection to using cell lines of aborted fetal tissue. To briefly summarize, the bishop's conference has concluded that,
"Neither the Pfizer nor the Moderna vaccine involved the use of cell lines that originated in fetal tissue taken from the body of an aborted baby at any level of design, development, or production. They are not completely free from any connection to abortion, however, as both Pfizer and Moderna made use of a tainted cell line for one of the confirmatory labtests of their products.There is thus a connection, but it is relatively remote."
Some are asserting that if a vaccine is connected in any way with tainted cell lines then it is immoral to be vaccinated with them. This is an inaccurate portrayal of Catholic moral teaching.
Thus,“In view of the gravity of the current pandemic and the lack of availability of alternative vaccines, the reasons to accept the new COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are sufficiently serious to justify their use, despite their remote connection to morally compromised cell lines." However, the bishops have said that this is not the case for the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is much more morally compromised, and should be avoided.
I am providing links to the full statements of the US Bishop's and teachings on this matter, which I hope will help to remove any misgivings you might have about these vaccines.
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Mass Reopening Video Guidelines
The following video gives some basic guidelines and protocols here at Assumption as we prepare to reopen our church for public worship.
Pope Francis on the Rosary
Pope Francis' short letter on the rosary, including two new prayers to be said at the end of each rosary.
Mass Reopening Guidelines
Mass Times Change:
Starting in the first weekend of November, the number of Masses offered on Sunday will be reduced from two to one, with the Sunday Mass being held at 9:30am. Several years of study and record keeping has shown that during the winter months, only one Sunday Mass is necessary to accommodate the number of people who attend. This is also in conjunction with the Diocesan regionalization plan which calls for areduction of Masses. This study of our attendance was done back in 2018 and 2019, and I had made this decision in early 2020. However, due to COVID and social distancing, the implementation was postponed a year. Given that attendance is still less than what it was pre-COVID, I believe our Mass attendance by November will justify the change. 9:30am was chosen since 9am is the Mass with larger attendance, and to allow proper time for our CCD classes. Two Sunday Masses will return for the summer time, beginning with Easter Sunday. Saturday evening Mass will remain as it is.
The parish will continue to keep track of the size of Mass attendance, as well as the state of the virus, so that if any adjustments need to be made, they will be done.
- Fr. Daniel Finnerty
Every Wednesday Confession will be offered from 5:30-6:30pm.
Mass Obligation and Protocol Updates:
Beginning in June, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation is being reinstated.
Please inform those you may know who have not been at Mass for a while. Remember that one is excused from the obligation for reasons of sickness and genuine life-threatening fear of contracting the virus. At Mass itself, masks will no longer be required, and there will no longer be a requirement for social distancing in the pews. Please be respectful toward those who still wish to wear a mask and desire some distance between them and others. Those who receive the Eucharist on the tongue will continue to receive from Fr. Daniel himself.
Calling all pre-school through 8th graders!!
It's time for Faith Formation classes to begin.
Classes begin September 12th at 10am.
Meet the teachers is August 29th at 12pm.
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