Entries for July 2019


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July 1st started the new parish year. As we begin this new parish year, we are adding some times in both parishes for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the sacrament of confession, because devotion to the Eucharist and the forgiveness of sins are so important to our spiritual life.

Effective immediately, the new weekly schedule for these sacraments and devotions is as follow: 


1st and 3rd Saturdays, St. Peter, confessions available before the 5:45 pm Saturday evening Mass (approximately 5:00 – 5:30 pm.) 

Every Monday, St. Peter, Eucharistic Adoration with confessions available, 6:00 – 7:00 pm. 


2nd, 4th & 5th Saturdays, St. Mary, confessions available before the 4:00 pm Saturday evening Mass (approximately 3:15-3:45 pm.)

Every Thursday, St. Mary, Confessions 6:00 – 7:00 pm. 

Eucharistic Adoration

Every Monday, St. Peter, Eucharistic Adoration with confessions available, 6:00 – 7:00 pm. 

First Fridays, St. Peter, Eucharistic adoration before the morning Mass, 7:45-8:15 am.

Every Wednesday, St. Mary, Eucharistic Adoration 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. (Not in July) 

Additional times will be added during the seasons of Advent and Lent. 

Please note that there are occasional cancellations. For example, no confessions at St. Peter’s on the civic holidays of Memorial Day and Labor Day and no adoration at St. Mary’s in July. You can check the parish calendar any time to confirm availability by reading the bulletin or looking at the parish calendar online,, or by viewing the calendar on the parish app. If you call the parish office, you can press 7 at the recording and you will get a list of any cancellations or schedule changes for the current week.



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At World Youth Day in 1993, two years before the first Crossroads walk, the Holy Father always a great promoter of the youth, challenged young people worldwide to spread the Gospel of Life. “The Church needs your enthusiasm, your youthful ideas, in order to make the Gospel of Life penetrate the fabric of society.” The Holy Father continued by challenging the youth not to be afraid “to go out into the streets and into public places, like the first Apostles who preached Christ and the Good News of salvation in the square of cities, towns and villages.”

Crossroads was founded in 1995 by Steve Sanborn, a student at Franciscan University of Steubenville.  The mission of Crossroads is to respond to Pope St. John Paul II’s call to the youth of the world to take an active role in the pro-life movement in order to establish a Culture of Life.  

In an answer to that call, Crossroads conducts annual Pro-Life pilgrimages across the United States. Each summer, young adults walk on up to 3 simultaneous pro-life walks across America from Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles to Washington, DC.  Walking almost 10,000 miles and through 36 states, these young people hope to convert the hearts and minds of others – at the grass-roots level – by witnessing to the dignity and sanctity of all human life, from the moment of conception to natural death. Crossroads also conducts Pro-Life walk across Australia and Canada, made up of volunteers from those countries.

During their pilgrimages across the United States, Australia, and Canada, they strive always to join in efforts, prayers and small sacrifices with the sufferings of Christ – crucified for the sake of all, born and unborn. They also speak to parish groups to encourage pro-life activism in their communities.

During the walk, they stop at local abortion clinics along the route to participate in prayerful, peaceful protests and to counsel women in crisis pregnancies to help them choose life for their unborn child.

Crossroads recognizes the need to spread the message of life and love through the means that the modern world provides. They actively participate in radio, television and newspaper interviews with local media as well as many religious media outlets.


The mission of Crossroads is to spread the Gospel of Life and promote and inform others about the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, especially with regard to the sanctity and dignity of all human life, especially unborn children in the womb. With this in mind, Crossroads welcomes and encourages members of all faiths to participate in its activities, noting that all are charged with the duty to defend the sanctity and dignity of all human life from its very beginnings in the womb to natural death.

On the weekend of July 27/28th, our parishes will welcome some of the Cross Road Walkers to speak briefly about their Pro-Life journey at the Masses. 


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August 15th is the Feast Of The Assumption Of The Blessed Virgin Mary, a Holy Day Of Obligation. This feast references the body of the Virgin Mary being taken into Heaven at the end of her earthly life. 
The following are the Mass times for our pastoral region. 


Wednesday, August 14th 

7:00 PM - Mass at St. Mary (Bethel)

Thursday, August 15th 

8:30 AM - Mass at St. Peter's (New Richmond)

12:00 Noon - Mass at St. Mary (Bethel)

7:00 PM - Mass at St. Peter's (New Richmond)


Since a "grave cause" is needed to excuse one from this obligation, it would be a serious or mortal sin to willfully skip Mass on Sunday or a Holy Day of Obligation, as the Church teaches. Reasons such as the necessity to work to support one's family, child care, personal sickness or the care of the sick, necessary travel etc. would excuse a person on a particular occasion.