The Diocese of Greensburg will allow parishes to recommence Holy Mass on June 1. At this time parishioners will be required to wear masks, remain six feet apart, and sit in every other pew. Additionally, the Sign of Peace will no longer include a handshake, instead we will turn to the person next to us and offer a reverential bow. All communicants will be encouraged to receive the Sacred Host in the hand and the chalice of the Precious Blood will not be offered to the congregation.  For the foreseeable future, all people will remain dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays. Those who are elderly or have a medical condition that puts them at greater risk for serious complications from this disease should especially use this dispensation. Additionally, those who feel vulnerable because of their age or health are encouraged to stay home, while those who are sick should not attend public Masses. Various streaming Masses will continue.

Gather your families around the smart tablets or televisions for a special premiere hosted by Msgr. Larry Kulick on December 5 at 6 p.m. Hear about the history of Saint Nicholas, look at the art he has inspired all over the world, and share a visit from Saint Nicholas himself with story time. Learn about what kids need to do with their shoes to get a special treat from Saint Nicholas himself and finally reflect on Saint Nicholas’ mission to give.

Parents mark your calendars and prepare your children for this virtual visit from the patron saint of children. Your family can view this special presentation on the diocesan Facebook page or stream directly to your television from the diocesan YouTube channel or website,

Photos of Nativity Sets

COVID has certainly impacted us in so many ways, including our work, our school, our social life, and our worship. Yet, during this Advent Season we are reminded that God the Father’s gift of His Son offers hope to our world. This hope was given over 2000 years ago, but it is given to us today, as well. And, today, we certainly need to be reminded of this hope. As a means of reflecting on the Birth of Christ and the hope that is given to all of us, we invite to you take a photo of your nativity set at home and email it to our parish office at Please include your name. The photos and accompanying names will be assembled in albums and uploaded to the Facebook pages and websites for both Our Lady, Queen of Peace and Saint James Parishes. Thank you for this consideration as we focus on the true meaning of the upcoming Christmas Season and the hope that Christ continues to offer each of us every day.

Our Lady, Queen of Peace Church

Monday, December 14, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, December 16, 12:30 p.m.

Saint James Church

Tuesday, December 15, 6 p.m.

Thursday, December 17, 12:30 p.m.

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Our Lady, Queen of Peace Church

Thursday, December 24, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 24, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, December 25, 11 a.m.

Saint James Church

Thursday, December 24, 2 p.m.

Thursday, December 24, 4 p.m.

Thursday, December 24, 8 p.m.

Friday, December 25, 9 a.m.


Our Lady, Queen of Peace Church

400 Kennedy Ave. 

East Vandergrift, PA 15629

United States

Saint James the Greater Church

109 Owens View Avenue

Apollo, PA 15613

United States


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