Upcoming Events & Other News

Sale of of Catholic Easter cards, stationery and prayer cards

St. John XXIII Parish will be sponsoring a sale of Catholic Eastercards, Catholic stationery and Catholic Prayer cards during Lent.
It will begin on Sunday, February 18th after the 8 a.m. Low Mass and the 11 a.m. High Mass at St. Boniface Church, as well as during Catechism classes at St. Ambrose School.
St. John XXIII has partnered with Catholic Fundraising Ideas (CFI), the largest family owned Catholic holy card and stationery publisher in the country. They are passionate about spreading the Catholic Faith and assisting various Catholic parishes, schools, and organizations in their fundraising efforts. Using traditional, classic Catholic artwork, they produce beautiful Easter cards, stationery products, bookmarks, magnets and well over 600 different holy cards . . . high quality products, printed in the USA and affordably priced.
The music and religious education programs will benefit from this sale. We will realize a 50% profit from the proceeds.
It is a wonderful way to “spread our Catholic Faith”!


  • Pack of 10 Easter cards and envelopes – $14.95
  • Pack of 20 – Lenten Stationery – $14.95
  • Pack of 75 Holy cards – $14.95

Please make check payable to “St. John XXIII Parish”.


Palm Sunday: March 25, 2018 – Palms blessed & distributed at both Masses. Procession at the 11:30 AM Mass (NOTE: Mass begins at 11:30 AM)

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week: MASS WILL BE AT 7:00 PM only on each of these days.

Holy Thursday: March 29, 2018 – Chrism Mass at St. Paul Cathedral at 10:00 AM
Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7:00 PM
Church opened for visitation from 8:30 PM – Midnight

Good Friday: March 30, 2018 – Stations at Noon and Sermon on our devotion to the Lord’s Passion. Confessions will also be heard.
Good Friday Liturgy of the Passion begins at 1:30 PM
There will be NO EVENING SERVICES on Good Friday.

Solemn Easter Vigil: Saturday, March 31, 2018 – Initial ceremonies begin at 10:00 PM, with Holy Mass following at Midnight.

Easter Sunday: April 1, 2018 – Easter Mass will be at 11:30 AM (Note the change of time for Easter Sunday only). There will be no 8:00 AM Mass or Confessions on Easter Sunday morning.

Christmas Luncheon

Our parish celebrated a Christmas Luncheon on Sunday, December 17, 2017 (Gaudete Sunday) at Mount Alvernia Scotus Hall in Millvale. The bright and beautiful facility was a new location for this annual event, which was moved back to Advent from the mid-January date of the past several years.
Click on the two photos below to view them full-size.
Scotus Hall Christmas Luncheon 1
Scotus Hall Christmas Luncheon 2

Mass at the Cathedral on October 15

Solemn High Mass at St. Paul Cathedral

St. John XXIII Youth Choirs: Chant Camp and the Upcoming 2017-2018 Season

A wonderful group of nearly 30 children and young adults participated in the very first parish “Chant Camp” in August 2017! The camp was 3 days long, lasting from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on August 16th, 17th, and 18th. Led by Mrs. Sharon Burchill, campers were introduced to the fundamentals of Gregorian chant, with lessons and activities teaching chant notation, Latin pronunciation, vocal technique, solfege, and modality. The campers beautifully put their training to the test by singing the Missa de Angelis, Ubi Caritas, Ave Verum Corpus, and Salve Regina at Sunday’s High Mass on August 20th! A very sincere “thank you” goes to Mrs. Burchill, Fr. Dolan, the Holy Wisdom staff, and the parents of these great kids for their generosity and support of this exciting program. What a blessing to see so many young faces sharing the treasured sacred chant of the Catholic Church!


For those interested, the St. John XXIII Youth Choirs will begin rehearsals for the 2017-2018 season on Saturday, September 16th in the Archives Room below the church. The Pueri Cantorum, open to children ages 8 to 12, will rehearse from 10 – 11am. The High School Schola, open to young adults ages 13 and up, will rehearse from 11am – noon. For more information, or to register, please contact conductor Mrs. Sharon Burchill at music@stjohnxxiiiparish.org.


Holy Week Ad in The Pittsburgh Catholic

The April 7, 2017 issue of The Pittsburgh Catholic featured an advertisement for Holy Week at our parish.
(Click on the picture to see a larger version.)

Interior Repairs Completed

Scaffolding was erected in the Church in late January as restoration work began on the water damage from the leaking roof. The work is now completed.
During the summer of 2016, extensive repairs were made to the roof of St. Boniface Church, which included the removal of the roof tiles and replacement of the waterproof underlayment.

Pueri Cantorum (Children’s Choir)

St. John XXIII Parish is pleased to offer opportunities for children ages 8 and up to sing in the Pueri Cantorum (Children’s Choir) ensemble!

No audition is necessary, but the ability to sing tunefully is preferred. The choir rehearses on Saturday mornings from 10-11 a.m. at the St. Boniface site of Holy Wisdom/St. John XXIII Parish in the Northside. Rehearsals will provide free instruction in sight singing, part singing, Gregorian chant, Latin pronunciation, and child vocal technique.

The Pueri Cantorum sings at select High Masses during Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter, and at select Saturday morning Low Masses. In addition, singers in grades 9-12 have the opportunity to be Schola Apprentices, singing with the Adult Schola for select rehearsals and Masses. For more information, or to register, please contact conductor Mrs. Sharon Burchill at music@stjohnxxiiiparish.org.


Our adult and children’s scholas singing together

Soli Deo Gloria!

Children’s Choir – Two Hymns

On May 29, 2016, our children’s choir, the St. Cecilia Schola, sang “Ave Maria” and “Dona Nobis Pacem” for the Feast of Corpus Christi.

Here are the recordings:
Dona Nobis Pacem

Ave Maria


Parish Advertising Cards

These business cards, printed front and back with information about our parish, are available in the vestibule of the church. Pass these cards out to other Catholics who express an interest in our Traditional Latin Mass Parish, those who might desire to pray and then register with us.

Donating online using Faith Direct

Do you often find yourself without your checkbook or envelope? Join the parishioners who have already enrolled for automated giving. Secure and convenient, cards are provided to place in the collection basket. There is no cost to you. The parish code for Saint John XXIII Parish is PA678. Those wishing to subscribe to this service can sign up by visiting faithdirect.net or by calling 866-507-8757.