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Mass on the Feast of St. Blaise

Posted on January 27, 2023 in: General News

Mass on the Feast of St. Blaise
St. Blaise is the patron saint of ailments of the ear, nose, and throat. Come join us at Mass on Friday, February 3 at 8 a.m. at St. Boniface for the annual St. Blaise blessing of the throats.

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Designer Purse Bingo

Posted on January 23, 2023 in: St Boniface Activities

Designer Purse Bingo
Come out for a day of fun and fellowship! Designer purse bingo will be held Saturday, February 4, in the St. Boniface elementary school gym. Doors open at 11 a.m. and bingo starts at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $25 for 20 regular games. There will be additional specials, a Chinese auction, a super raffle, and food for purchase. If you or your business would like to donate an item for the Chinese auction, sponsor one of the purses, or reserve tickets, please call Lorrie at 570-433-4464 or Deb at 570-220-2303. Note: If you are planning on attending the 4 p.m. Mass on ...

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Pastor's Corner: January 22

Posted on January 22, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: January 22
Our parish pastoral council responds to a series of listening sessions with plans to invite parishioners to get more involved in the volunteer life of the parishes. The Diocese requires our parishes—and, in fact, all parishes—to offer transparent financial reports on a regular basis. Our Sunday gospels tell the story of Jesus proclaiming the gospel and recruiting disciples. Are these merely random events? Or can we see a convergence here? I certainly hope we can! Jesus calls us to a mission—proclaiming the kingdom of God to our world. That mission needs pe...

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Increased Offertory Program

Posted on January 20, 2023 in: General News

Increased Offertory Program
In the coming week you will receive a brochure introducing our Increased Offertory Program. I am sure you are all proud to be part of the Saint Boniface and Saint Lawrence community. On commitment weekend, January 28 & 29, you will be invited to participate in this important program and help us respond to God’s great gift of love. Please prayerfully consider how you and your family can help by financially supporting our ministries, furthering our mission, and reinforcing our future. We ask that all faithful parishioners complete the commitment card included i...

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First Reconciliation Blessings

Posted on January 19, 2023 in: Sacraments

First Reconciliation Blessings
Sixteen youngsters will receive our Lord’s forgiveness and peace in the sacrament of reconciliation for the first time on Saturday, January 21, at St. Lawrence Church. The students have been very involved in their celebration by preparing readings and learning songs with motions. Many thanks to all who helped prepare for this memorable day. Special appreciation goes out to our 2nd grade catechist, Mrs. Jillian MacInnis, 2nd grade aide, Mrs. Jennifer Hubler, teachers at SJNRA, and all of our parents who have been working with the children to pr...

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PREP, Reconciliation
Personal Tax Documentation Available
Tax season is approaching! If you would like your 2022 charitable contributions total mailed or emailed at the end of January, please contact the parish office for your name to be added to the list.

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Pastor's Corner: January 15

Posted on January 15, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: January 15
Since the beginning of Advent the Sunday gospels have come from St. Matthew. That’ll continue to be the pattern—with a rather long interruption from St. John during Lent and Easter—up until the end of November. What should we look for from Matthew’s gospel? What would a one-time tax collector write about Jesus, his unexpected Savior? First, Matthew tells the most Jewish story of all the gospels. Now, all the evangelists write a narrative of the Jewish Messiah and his Jewish disciples. But, Matthew seems to take a particular care to show the continuit...

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300 Club Tickets Now Available
The New Year is here and so is our next batch of 300 Club tickets. Tickets will be on sale in the rear of the church after all Masses starting January 7 or can be purchased from any activities member. Cost is $10/ticket. The first drawing will be February 12, with subsequent drawings once a week for five weeks. Winners will be announced in the church bulletin. If you would like a ticket but cannot pick one up at church, please call Deb at 570-220-2303 or Lenny at 570-772-0722.

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Pastor's Corner: January 8

Posted on January 07, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: January 8
I know the print’s small, the numbers might be hard to read, and those financial pages in the bulletin don’t always offer exciting news: but, please take a good look at those financial trend reports. In light of Vision 2030, the Diocese wants us all—priests, parish leadership, the whole community—to be aware of the graces and challenges of being a parish today. Here you see the figures that talk about one piece of parish life—the money we’re given and the money we spend. All in all, for both St. Lawrence and St. Boniface these report...

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Adults Needed to Assist with Teen Ministry
Are you interested in sharing your faith with teens? We are looking for a few adults to assist with our high school ministry program. We meet two Sunday evenings a month and need two adults in attendance each time. These adults would act as assistant mentors on an “as needed” basis. Prayerfully consider giving some time to make a difference in the lives of our young people. For more information, contact Karen Balestino.

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Youth Ministry
Come Enjoy Coffee and Meaningful Discussion
Adult education opportunities continue January 8 from 9:15-10:10 a.m. in the St. Boniface Rectory Basement (RAC) with our PREP Talks. Newcomers are always welcome, and If you missed any Wednesday sessions of the Symbolon video and discussion series, here is your chance to catch up. Our next three PREP Talk sessions in January will discuss: The Bible: God’s Love Letter to Humanity; The Story of Salvation: Creation, Fall & Redemption; and Who is Jesus? Just a Good Man or Lord of Our Lives? Hope to see you there!

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Pastor's Corner: January 1

Posted on December 31, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: January 1
Last Sunday, Christmas, was easy to explain: the Nativity of Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of Mary. Today’s a little less easy to explain—mostly because we celebrate several things with this feast. Let’s take a look: New Year’s Day. This is really a secular observance. But, note the blessings from today’s first reading and psalm. Aren’t we calling God’s blessing, his grace and favor, on this particular moment in time? As we wait for those blessings, don’t we commit ourselves to using them well? Christmas Octave. While...

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Parish Christmas Gift for You

Posted on December 30, 2022 in: General News

Parish Christmas Gift for You
Please make sure to pick up your complimentary copy of the book “Holy Moments” by Matthew Kelly. There are plenty in the rear of each church.  Help yourself and happy reading! More about the book can be found at https://www.dynamiccatholic.com/holy-moments.html.  Holy Moments Will Make You Insanely Happy. Holy Moments will flood your life with meaning and divine purpose. They will also make you insanely happy. Moment by moment, they will turn the nagging dissatisfaction in your soul into enduring and overflowing joy. In a world full...

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Do You Like to Plan Events & Make Connections?
We need several more parishioners who would like to be part of an enthusiastic and creative committee tasked with planning and hosting a St. Boniface/St. Lawrence ministry fair this spring.  We would like to highlight the volunteer opportunities within our two parishes, and invite our church community to come and discover all that our parishes have to offer.  If this sounds like something you'd like to be a part of or have additional questions, please reach out to Chris Heim (heim2015@comcast.net) or any parish council member.  Don't be inti...

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Wednesday Masses

Posted on December 29, 2022 in: General News

Wednesday Masses
Effective January 2023, the Wednesday 8 a.m. St. Boniface Mass will be on a hiatus until Fr. Bob returns from his surgery. The Divine Providence Hospital Chapel Mass will still be at 7 a.m. on Wednesdays. Any Mass intentions requested for Wednesdays at St. Boniface will now be at the 7 a.m. Mass at Divine. If you would like to make any changes, please contact the parish office: 570-326-1544.

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Pastor's Corner: December 25

Posted on December 25, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: December 25
If you come to Mass with all the magic of childhood in your hearts and minds, come to see the greater wonder of God’s gift in Jesus Christ. If you’ve spent these past Advent weeks, praying and reflecting, come to adore your promised Lord and Messiah. If this year the shadows of grief and loss have fallen upon you, come to seek the true Light, which the darkness cannot overcome. If it’s been a while since you’ve worshipped with us, know that you’re welcome in the name of the Christ Child whose parents sought refuge on that first Christmas night....

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Pastor's Corner: December 18

Posted on December 18, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: December 18
This weekend I’ve been here four months. As a new pastor, I’m often asked—and I often ask myself—if there’s anything I’d like to change. And, I’ll admit it: I’ve changed some things. I’ve added a Mass. I’ve moved confessions times. I’ve encouraged new ventures. I’ve asked why we’ve done some things the way we’ve done them. But, there’s one thing I’d never want to change in these two parishes. The one thing I’d never want to change is your willingness to step forward and do ...

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Emergency Snow Schedule

Posted on December 16, 2022 in: General News

Emergency Snow Schedule
Important notice for Weekday Masses: If there is a delay or cancellation of area schools, please follow this Mass schedule: St. Lawrence will follow the South Williamsport Area School District closure or delay announcements.  St. Boniface will follow the Williamsport Area School District closure or delay announcements.  St. Lawrence Masses: Monday & Tuesday 7 a.m. services will move to St. Boniface at 9 a.m. St. Boniface Masses:  Thursday & Friday 8 a.m. services will move to 9 a.m.  Divine Providence Hospi...

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Snow Emergency

Christmas Celebration Thank You!

Posted on December 14, 2022 in: General News

Christmas Celebration Thank You!
Thank you to all who worked hard to make our 2022 Christmas Celebration a memorable celebration of the season! Youth and adult musicians, Santa and his helper, Fr. McCreary for his storytelling, and everyone who baked, decorated, organized and otherwise did what was necessary to help glorify this Advent season with our parish friends and family. Thanks also to the several parishioners who submitted a few photos of the event.

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Advent
Exciting New High School Program Available
We are excited to announce that our parishes are sponsoring a teen study on Catholic social teaching for students in grades 9-12. The program that we are using is from Ascension, and it’s called Connected: Catholic Social Teaching for This Generation.  Meetings are held twice each month from 6-7:30 p.m. in the St. Boniface rectory basement (RAC) and involve a meal, activity, video and discussion. Students have an opportunity to ask questions, dive deeper into what the Catholic Church teaches, and learn how it applies to their lives. The group is...

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Youth Ministry

Pastor's Corner: December 4

Posted on December 04, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: December 4
First, some congratulations to a few of our neighbors. The Saturday after Thanksgiving, Bishop Bambera ordained several men as permanent deacons, among them Deacon John Bubb from St. Joseph the Worker Parish, and Deacon Matthew Eisley from Immaculate Conception and St. Luke’s Parishes. We thank them for their willingness to say “yes” to God’s call to serve his people in our area. Also, congratulations later this week to the Sisters of Christian Charity (SCCS). Thursday, December 8 is the holyday, the Immaculate Conception of Mary— patro...

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