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Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg, Pennsylvania 

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Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, a grand English gothic style structure, serves as the mother church of the Diocese of Greensburg, and towers on the hill top of North Main Street in downtown Greensburg. Our parish history dates back to 1789 and has since provided a home for both worship and faith formation to Catholics who live in the city of Greensburg and beyond.

A cathedral gets its name because it is the church where the cathedra (Greek and Latin for “chair,”) or bishop's chair, is placed. In ancient times, the chair was seen as the sign of authority to teach, and early bishops usually preached while seated. When the pope teaches formally, authoritatively and infallibly, he is said to be speaking "ex cathedra," or from the chair.

Lent 2015


Ash Wednesday is a threshold to the forty days of penance and preparation for the Easter Feast.  We are asked to “remember that we are dust and to dust we shall return.”  Human life, like all life, is fragile.  The ashes we receive on our forehead are a sign for ourselves and for the world that all life passes.  We take time to acknowledge our sinfulness and spend time in preparation for the moment when we too shall pass into eternal life. 

Like all seasons, Lent brings its own requirements and aspirations.   This Lent might be a good time to renew interest in the classic three-tier approach to Lent:  Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving.  These activities will help purify us and open our eyes to sense the presence of the Lord among us.  The Church urges us to see the Lord “in those whom we so often neglect to love and serve - for surely Christ is most especially present in them.”


FASTING:  All Catholics in good health from their 18th birthday up to their 59th birthday are bound to observe the law of fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.  Fasting requires limiting yourself to one full meal and avoiding food between meals.  Two other light meals may be taken during the course of the day.

All Catholics who have reached their 14th year are bound to abstain totally from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent up to and including Good Friday.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Stations of the Cross are celebrated during Lent with our grade school children from Aquinas Academy on Fridays at 2:00 PM in the Church and as a parish celebration again at 5:30 PM on Fridays also in the church.  The dates for the stations this year are February 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, and 27.

ASH WEDNESDAY | February 18
7:00 AM Mass with the distribution of Ashes
      12:10 PM Mass with the distribution of Ashes
      5:30 PM Liturgy of the Word with the distribution of Ashes
      7:00 PM Mass with the distribution of Ashes

  The Most Reverend Lawrence E. Brandt

  Msgr. Raymond E. Riffle

  Parochial Vicar
  Father Tyler J. Bandura

  Permanent Deacon
  Reverend Mr. William J. Hisker
  Daily Mass Times
  Monday-Friday: 12:10 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m.
Daily Rosary
Monday-Friday: 11:30 a.m.
  Weekend Mass Times
Saturday: 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 7:00 p.m.
Holy Day Vigil Mass: 5:30 p.m.
Reconcillation: Saturday, 11:00 a.m., and by appointment
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“The Book of Genesis and the Book of Exodus with Deacon Bill Hisker”

The program assumes no previous training and is open to all who are interested on how God’s word impacts their journey of faith.  The sessions are designed such that a person can attend as many or as few of the sessions as their schedules permit.  Both the morning and the evening sessions will be held at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in the Social Hall.


·         Wednesday March 4: 9:00AM till 10:30 AM and repeated at 7:00 PM till 8:30 PM 

·         Wednesday March 11: 9:00AM till 10:30 AM and repeated at 7:00 PM till 8:30 PM 

·         Wednesday March 18: 9:00AM till 10:30 AM and repeated at 7:00 PM till 8:30 PM 

·         Wednesday March 25: 9:00AM till 10:30 AM and repeated at 7:00 PM till 8:30 PM

·         Holy Week and Easter

·         Wednesday April 15: 9:00AM till 10:30 AM and repeated at 7:00 PM till 8:30 PM 

·         Wednesday April 22: 9:00AM till 10:30 AM and repeated at 7:00 PM till 8:30 PM

·         Wednesday April 29: 9:00AM till 10:30 AM and repeated at 7:00 PM till 8:30 PM

·         Wednesday May 6: 9:00AM till 10:30 AM and repeated at 7:00 PM till 8:30 PM   


All of the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year.  This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter Season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at some other time during the year. (Canon 920)  In the United States the Conference of Catholic Bishops has allowed Easter Duty to be made this year from Easter Sunday April 5, 2015, until Trinity Sunday, May 31, 2015.



 After attaining the age of discretion each of the faithful is bound by an obligation faithfully to confess serious sins at least once a year. (Can. 989)

This need not occur during the Easter Season. Lent is an appropriate time to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The following is a list of opportunities to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent. 


The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Parish on the following Saturdays of Lent: (February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21 from 11:00 AM until finished) and on March 28 as the Cathedral Regional Penance Service beginning at 11:00 AM.


The weekly reconciliation times for the other churches in our region are:


·         St. Bruno: 2nd and 4th Thursdays 5:30 to 6:00 PM

·         St. Paul: Saturdays 3:00 PM

·         St. Benedict: Saturdays  5:30 PM

·         Holy Cross: Saturdays  4:00 PM

·         Our Lady of Grace: 1st and 3rd Thursday’s  5:30 PM to 6:00 PM


Communal Reconciliation Services in our region will be held on the following dates:


·         Sunday March 22, 2:00 PM – Holy Cross

·         Monday, March 23, 7:00 PM – St. Bruno

·         Tuesday March 24, 7:00 PM – St. Paul

·         Wednesday March 25, 7:00 PM – St. Benedict

·         Thursday March 27, 7:00 PM –  Our Lady of Grace

·         Saturday March 28, 11:00 AM – Blessed Sacrament Cathedral


PLEASE NOTE: Saturday March 28 at 11:00 AM at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral is the last opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation before Easter in our region.  Also there are no confessions scheduled on Saturday April 4 or Saturday April 11.




The Easter Triduum of the passion and resurrection of Christ is the culmination of the entire Church year.  The Easter Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday and reaches its high point at the Easter Vigil.  As part of the universal Church and as a parish we gather on these days to celebrate our faith in Jesus Christ and our communion with each other in the Church. 
Please make every effort to attend these three great days of the Church. 




·         10:00 AM Chrism Mass with the Bishop Brandt

·         7:00 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper

·          Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (in the Cathedral Church Social Hall immediately following the 7:00 PM Mass until 11:45 PM)

·         11:45 PM Night Prayer and Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament (in the  Cathedral Church Social Hall)



·         1:30 PM Solemn Celebration of the Lord’s Passion



·         Noon  Blessing of Baskets (in the Cathedral Church)

·         8:30 PM Easter Vigil



·         Mass at 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM and 11:30 AM

·         There is no Mass at 7:00 PM on Easter Sunday.


In Christ,
Msgr. Raymond E. Riffle, Rector
Rev. Tyler Bandura, Parochial Vicar  
Deacon William Hisker

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