The month of July is dedicated to The Precious Blood of Jesus. The entire month falls within the liturgical season of Ordinary Time,
which is represented by the liturgical color green. This symbol of hope
is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope
of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a
glorious resurrection. It is used in the offices and Masses of Ordinary
Time. The last portion of the liturgical year represents the time of
our pilgrimage to heaven during which we hope for reward.
is usually hot and a time for relaxing. It is also the time when crops
planted in the Spring are maturing and growing. Just as the crops are
dependent upon summer rains not only to grow but to survive so our
spiritual development is dependent upon our frequenting the sacraments
and receiving the Blood of Christ.
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Father John J. Harrold to our Parishes. He was born Nov.
9, 1963. He is the son of the late Charles R. & Dorothy A. Harrold.
Father John has one brother, David, and three sisters, Mary Joyce, Jane
and Peggy. A native of Greensburg, Father John grew up as a parishioner
of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Parish. He attended grade school at the
cathedral, and graduated from Greensburg Salem High School. He went on
to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) where he earned a
bachelor's degree in food service management.
a student at IUP, he was active at the Newman Center (now St. Thomas
More University Parish, Indiana), where he recognized his call to the
priesthood. Father John earned a master of divinity degree from Christ
the King Seminary, East Aurora, N.Y., in 1992. He was ordained May 16,
1992 at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Father John served the parish of
St. Rose, Latrobe as a deacon, and St. Agnes Parish, North Huntingdon
(1992-93); Mother of Sorrows Parish, Murrysville (1993-96); St. John
the Evangelist Parish, Uniontown (1996-98); and St. Bernard of
Clairvaux Parish, Indiana (1998-99) as a parochial vicar. Father John's
first pastorate was St. Raymond of the Mountains Parish, Donegal, where
he served from 1999 until this present assignment in July, 2007. St.
Edward Parish is Father John's second pastorate. Father John enjoys bowling, skiing, golf, volleyball, woodworking, Renaissance festivals, cards and computers.