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April 14, 2018
Fr. Levi Hartle
Worship Team Leader
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.
Songs that will be used at the next Festival of Praise
(Not yet updated for April.)
Pictures from Previous Praise Events
Videos from Previous Praise Events
Praise Band Repertoire
Music videos of these songs are available on You Tube. Below are links to the videos.