Mater Dolorosa and St. Joseph Parishes


Mater Dolorosa Church                         St. Joseph, North Oakland

409 North Main Street                           864 Chicora Road
Chicora, Pa, 16025                                Chicora, PA  16025

P. O. Box 243

Chicora, PA  16025-0243


FAX 724-445-7507

Mission Statement for Mater Dolorosa and St. Joseph Parishes

      We, a Catholic Community of Mater Dolorosa Parish, Chicora, and St. Joseph Parish, North Oakland under the guidance and protection of Mater Dolorosa and St. Joseph, seek to live the presence of Jesus Christ with our lives through liturgical worship, Christian education, caring service, faithful stewardship, and Christian evangelization. We will fulfill our mission through the leadership of the Bishop of Pittsburgh and his representatives, and through the sacred tradition of the Catholic Church.


Rev. Richard Thompson, Pastor


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Martha Birch - Administrative Assistant -

Bookkeeper -

Office Hours:  Mon.-Fri.  10:00 AM-3:30PM

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Vanessa L. Birch

Religious Education Program Director

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 Alyssa Yealy

Director of Music Ministry:

 Safe Environment Coordinator:


Mary Kay Summerville

 Cemetery Supervisor -

Next Sunday Masses:

4:00 PM Saturday & 8:00 AM Sunday (Mater Dolorosa)

10:30 AM (St. Joseph)


Weekday Masses:

See Daily Mass Schedule in bulletin or website calendar.



11:00 - 11:30 AM Saturday (Mater Dolorosa)

11:45 AM- 12:15 PM Saturday (St. Joseph)



15 minutes before Mass


Elementary Religious Education Classes:

Pre-K thru 7th grade  Sunday 8:50 AM - 10:10 AM at Mater Dolorosa

8th Grade                        Sunday 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM at Ritzert Catechetical Center


JAM (Jesus And Me) Ministry:

Please see calendar for location.



Sunday after Mass (Call 2 weeks in advance)


Pre-Baptism Classes:

Pre-Baptism classes are required for parents.  Please call the Parish Office for




Please notify the Parish Office at least 6 months in advance.  PreCana or Engagement

Encounter.  Classes required.


Holy Communion to the Sick:

When a parishioner is confined to home because of illness, advanced age, or

infirmity, please call the Rectory and arrangements will be made to take Holy

Communion to the person.




If a parishioner is confined to home and has no way of receiving a bulletin each

week, please call and we will arrange to have a bulletin mailed to their home.




Fifth Sunday of Lent

March 18, 2018

I will place my law within them and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God, and they

shall be my people.— Jeremiah 31:33




First Reading — I will place my law within them and write it upon their hearts.

(Jeremiah 31:31-34) or

Ezekiel 37:12-14.

Psalm — Create a clean heart in me, O God (Psalm 51) or Psalm 130.

Second Reading — Christ became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him

(Hebrews 5:7-9) or Romans 8:8-11.

Gospel — If a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it produces much fruit (John

12:20-33) or John 11:1-45 [3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45].

The English translation of the Psalm Responses from Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981,

1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights





Monday: 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16; Ps 89:2-5, 27, 29; Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22; Mt 1:16, 18-21,

24a or Lk 2:41-51a

Tuesday: Nm 21:4-9; Ps 102:2-3, 16-21; Jn 8:21-30

Wednesday: Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95; Dn 3:52-56; Jn 8:31-42

Thursday: Gn 17:3-9; Ps 105:4-9; Jn 8:51-59

Friday: Jer 20:10-13; Ps 18:2-7; Jn 10:31-42

Saturday: Ez 37:21-28; Jer 31:10, 11-13; Jn 11:45-56

Sunday: Mk 11:1-10 or Jn 12:12-16; (procession) Is 50:4-7; Ps 22: 8-9, 17-20, 23-24;

Phil 2:6-11; Mk 14:1 — 15:47 [15:1-39]



St. Joseph & Mater Dolorosa E-mail:


PA Child Abuse Hotline No. 1-800-932-0313

Butler County only Hotline No. 724-284-5156

Diocesan Hotline No. 1-888-808-1235





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