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 April 14, 2018

Fr. Levi Hartle
Worship Team Leader

New Life

In April we will once again celebrate the love we have for our Father at our Festival of Praise. This is a beautiful opportunity for us to offer praise to Jesus and receive His love as His beloved children. We know that Jesus is always there for us offering New Life, but sometimes we do lose focus. With the joy of Easter in our hearts, we remember that He is our salvation.

The service includes an inspirational homily, witness talk, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and ends with benediction and Eucharistic procession. Come and see what Jesus has in mind for all of us. Invite another family member or friend to join you and share in the love of His Holy Spirit.

Father Jay Donahue, pastor of SS. Simon and Jude Parish in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.

Fr. Jay Donahue
Presider and Homilist

Growing up, Jim Zern was originally from St. Wendelin parish and now lives in Whitehall with his wife, Bev.  They have two daughters, Emily and Adria.  Jim is a member of St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin parish.  He is President of Smithfield Trust Company and serves customers in the management of their financial affairs.

Jim’s upbringing was based on a strong faith foundation in the Catholic Church.  It wasn’t until 2010 that Jim began to realize how God was really speaking to his heart.  Jim attributes an awakening or “new life” due to finally listening to what God was telling him and acting upon it.

In addition to serving within his home parish, Jim supports the Diocese of Pittsburgh with the On Fire program and, in the past, has served in various capacities on behalf of Catholic Men’s Fellowship, most noteworthy in chairing the Gathering of Catholic Men conference in 2013 and 2014. He is currently serving Holy Apostle’s Parish as the Leadership Team Coordinator for the Festival of Praise.

Jim Zern
Witness Speaker

Songs that will be used at the next Festival of Praise

Below in a list of the songs that will be used in this adoration service.  Most of the music titles below have a link to a video on YouTube.

(Not yet updated for April.)

Pictures from Previous Praise Events

Festival of Praise

Festival of Praise 3/10/2018

Festival of Parise 2/10/2018


Festival of Praise 1/13/2018


Festival of Carols and Praise 12/9/2017

Festival of Praise 11/11/2017

Festival of Praise 10/14/2017

Videos from Previous Praise Events

Festival of Praise 2/10/2018

Festival of Praise 1/13/18

Festival of Carols and Praise 12/9/2017

Festival of Praise 11/11/2017

Festival of Praise 10/14/2017

Festival of Praise 9/9/17

Praise Band Repertoire

Music videos of these songs are available on You Tube.  Below are links to the videos.