Ss. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church

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  • Roman Catholic Parish of the Diocese of Erie


    Ss. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church

    Punxsutawney, PA, Est. 1885

  • Saint Adrian Church, Delancey, PA, Est. 1889

  • Saint Anthony Church, Walston, PA, Est. 1897

  • Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary Church, Anita, PA, Est. 1903

Welcome

to Ss. Cosmas & Damian
Roman Catholic Parish
with churches at St. Adrian,
St. Anthony, and St. Joseph

Having faith in Jesus Christ, guided by the Holy Spirit and committed to living Gospel values, we, the members of Saints Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church strive to serve the people of the Punxsutawney area by our celebration of the Word and Sacraments. The mission of our community is to proclaim, teach, and share the good news of God’s love with others, bringing salvation to all in Jesus Christ!

Mass Schedule

Daily 8:00 AM (Weekdays)
9:00 AM (Friday during School Year)
Sunday Saturday Evening: 4:30 PM
Sunday Summer Schedule (May 1 - Aug. 31): 8:00 AM & 10:00 AM
Sunday Winter Schedule (Sept. 1 - April 30): 8:00 AM & 11:00 AM

For additional mass times and liturgical celebrations, particularly during the Seasons of Advent and Lent, please consult the parish bulletin.

Confession Schedule

Saturday Afternoon 3:45 PM
After Mass on Saturday Evening 5:30 PM
After Mass on the Thursday before First Friday 8:30 AM

Other times by appointment. Please call the parish office. For additional confession times during the Seasons of Advent and Lent, please consult the parish bulletin.

Other times by appointment. Please call the parish office. For additional confession times during the Seasons of Advent and Lent, please consult the parish bulletin.

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Saint of the Day

  • Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

    Stained glass representing St. Bernard of Clairvaux | photo by Jastrow (2006)
    Image: Stained glass representing St. Bernard of Clairvaux | photo by Jastrow (2006)

    Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

    Saint of the Day for August 20

    (1090August 20, 1153)

     

    Saint Bernard of Clairvaux’s Story

    Man of the century! Woman of the century! You see such terms applied to so many today—“golfer of the century,” “composer of the century,” “right tackle of the century”—that the line no longer has any punch. But Western Europe’s “man of the twelfth century,” without doubt or controversy, had to be Bernard of Clairvaux. Adviser of popes, preacher of the Second Crusade, defender of the faith, healer of a schism, reformer of a monastic Order, Scripture scholar, theologian, and eloquent preacher: any one of these titles would distinguish an ordinary man. Yet Bernard was all of these—and he still retained a burning desire to return to the hidden monastic life of his younger days.

    In the year 1111, at the age of 20, Bernard left his home to join the monastic community of Citeaux. His five brothers, two uncles, and some 30 young friends followed him into the monastery. Within four years, a dying community had recovered enough vitality to establish a new house in the nearby valley of Wormwoods, with Bernard as abbot. The zealous young man was quite demanding, though more on himself than others. A slight breakdown of health taught him to be more patient and understanding. The valley was soon renamed Clairvaux, the valley of light.

    His ability as arbitrator and counselor became widely known. More and more he was lured away from the monastery to settle long-standing disputes. On several of these occasions, he apparently stepped on some sensitive toes in Rome. Bernard was completely dedicated to the primacy of the Roman See. But to a letter of warning from Rome, he replied that the good fathers in Rome had enough to do to keep the Church in one piece. If any matters arose that warranted their interest, he would be the first to let them know.

    Shortly thereafter it was Bernard who intervened in a full-blown schism and settled it in favor of the Roman pontiff against the antipope.

    The Holy See prevailed on Bernard to preach the Second Crusade throughout Europe. His eloquence was so overwhelming that a great army was assembled and the success of the crusade seemed assured. The ideals of the men and their leaders, however, were not those of Abbot Bernard, and the project ended as a complete military and moral disaster.

    Bernard felt responsible in some way for the degenerative effects of the crusade. This heavy burden possibly hastened his death, which came August 20, 1153.


    Reflection

    Bernard’s life in the Church was more active than we can imagine possible today. His efforts produced far-reaching results. But he knew that they would have availed little without the many hours of prayer and contemplation that brought him strength and heavenly direction. His life was characterized by a deep devotion to the Blessed Mother. His sermons and books about Mary are still the standard of Marian theology.


    The Saint vs. the Scholar