Entries for December 2020
The Year of Prayer Begins January 1, 2021.
The heart of United Churches is our life and work together! We have built many relationships and look forward to building many more. Celebrate with this daily prayer calendar lifting up a congregation or ministry within our county and a joy or concern they would like us all to be in prayer about.
Monday 1/1 - Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 601 Hepburn Street, Williamsport, Rev. Anthony Vieney - Pray for spiritual and world healing. ❦
Saturday 1/2 - First Saturday Suppers at Christ Episcopa...
COVID VISITS - Clergy are still not permitted to visit any residents of nursing homes. At the present time, the hospital will admit us for non-covid patients. Please, understand that if you seek a visit or anointing of a covid patient. I can only stand outside the room to pray and offer a blessing. (Fr Bill)
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Holy Day of Obligation Mass UPDATE Thursday December 31st 5:30pm at St. Lawrence and January 1st 8:00am at St. Boniface. Sorry for any confusion on the last minute change.
December 27 - The Feast of the Nativity is such a welcome respite in this year of darkness. The cookies, lights and decorations offer a temporary distraction of happiness. But the reminder that God, the Creator of the universe, has made a guest appearance still startles me. Why would the Master of the World lower himself to suffer our pain and anxiety in this crazy world? Simply so that you and I could get to know Him. Zoom has been no replacement for a true face to face. That is Christmas...God comes to us in person.
During the covid surge, there will be no public hours for walk-ins. Effective January 1st. It is preferable that business be conducted by telephone 570-326-1544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This will continue until further notice.
There will be a regularly scheduled Wednesday 8am mass at St Boniface. Sorry for the typo in the bulletin.
A group of parishioners packed and delivered 37 Christmas boxes to Lycoming College for stranded students who could not return home over the winter holiday. This should spread the spirit of giving! Thank you!
December 20 - The Great Lutheran pastor, who opposed Hitler, left some apt advent thoughts:
“Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, Living and incarnate.”
CTV: Catholic Television announces broadcast schedule for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
CTV: Catholic Television of the Diocese of Scranton will broadcast two live Pontifical Masses for the celebration of Christmas. The Pontifical Vigil Mass of Christmas from the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Scranton, celebrated by Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, will be broadcast live at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020.
The Solemn Mass of Christmas Day from the Cathedral of Saint Peter, also celebrated by Bishop Bambera, will be broadcast live at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020...
December 13 - During this crisis, I continue to be shocked when darkness arrives at 5pm. That's when the desire for a good hug seems the keenest. The nights are long and devoid of even the company of a parish meeting. Psalm 85:21 has a phrase that is so apt in Advent as we dream of better times. "Mercy and truth have embraced; righteousness and peace have kissed each other". This is the intimate hope for a world renewed when that baby arrives and stirs our hope. I find myself often staring at the delicate lights of the Christmas tree, meditating on Jesus ...
UPDATE: Due to low registration for St. Boniface 2pm Christmas Eve Mass, we have cancelled that mass only. Some tickets are available for 8pm mass at St. Boniface and 6pm at St. Lawrence.
>> admission by advance tickets only
St. Boniface Church - Christmas Eve: 4pm & 8pm
St. Boniface Chruch - Christmas Day: 9:30am
St. Lawrence Church - Christmas Eve: 4pm, 6pm
THE DISPENSATION FROM MASS IS STILL IN PLACE Our most vulnerable parishioners are encouraged to stay home for their own safety. Those exhibiting any symptoms...
December 6 - This monk looks at our world and posts an insightful reflection:
We are always in crisis, we know no peace. That’s a characteristic of our time. Crisis is the new normal. It’s almost becoming boring – what’s the latest crisis? The media of course works it up, but it’s the mentality of our time. It’s partly caused by the fact that the rate of change is accelerating and we don’t know how to keep up with it, and we can’t control it. So, there is a real crisis. But there is no human generated crisis that we cannot ...
Effective immediately, we will be suspending our Communion calls to the homebound. This is for the safety of them and our volunteers, many of whom are senior citizens. We realize that this visit is crucial to many but we must be cautious.
We have had a challenging time of finding overnight hosts for our Day Center families.
Photos are of locking overnight room. It is cleaned daily and you may bring your own bedding. Only one person is needed each night, but there is room for two.
I have created an email calendar with the ability to sign up and see the schedule.
Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: SignUP
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
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Out of caution, regional reconciliation services will not be offered, but extended times will be provided at both of our parishes.
Saturdays (December 5,12,19)
2:45pm - 3:45pm
Sundays (December 6,13,20)
11:30am - 12:30pm
Saturday, December 5th
9am - 10am
Please, maintain the proper distance and avoid lining up.