Entries for February 2020
XLT (Exalt!) will be held Sunday, March 1st at 6:15 p.m. at Saint Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 W. 4th Street, Williamsport. The event, sponsored by the Diocesan Offices for Parish Life and Vocations, will consist of Eucharistic Adoration, praise & worship music, a dynamic talk, the opportunity for the sacrament of Reconciliation, and a social. All are welcome to attend! For more information, please call 570-780- 2996.
Church of the Resurrection is again hosting The Vigil Project for a Lenten Mission Concert & Talk on Wednesday, March 4th at 7PM. There will be a mass at 6PM w/ music done by The Vigil Project and a concert/talk following. The Vigil Project's mission is to create beautiful music for the Catholic journey. For too long, Catholics have been deprived of music for prayer. There was a time when everyone, Christian and non-Christian alike, turned to the Catholic Church for the most beautiful expressions of art and music in the world. It’s time for a ...
FREE Legal, Tax, Financial Help March 1st, April 19th, May 17th
Come join St. Boniface members - Steve Sholder, Greg Deck and Ken Danielsen in the church lounge after the 10:30am Sunday Mass to hear Legal, Tax and Financial insights that concern everyone. They will give short talks on topics that many people should address, but put off; i.e.; Organizing where assets are; How often should I update legal documents, Tax mistakes to avoid. Additionally, they will help members setup their on-line giving accounts if help is needed.
Lenten Monday evenings in March 5:30-7pm
Every Saturday 3:15 - 3:45pm
1st Saturday of the month 9:00a - 9:30a
February 26th Mass and distribution of ashes:
8:00 am St. Boniface
10:00 am SJNRA at St. Boniface
5:30 pm St. Lawrence
On March 3rd, the Bishop will be meeting with a number of local parishes in Williamsport. This session will take the next step in future planning to create vibrant parishes and prepare for shifts in demographics (smaller families and lighter attendance). No decisions will be announced at this meeting. We expect more discernment thru to the Fall. I selected the following people to join me in these deliberations:
St Boniface: Ken Danielsen, Carol Welliver, Sue Lingg, Kathy Bahr, and Jen Matz
St Lawrence: Tina Pulver, Tom Hart,&...
February 23 - Winter, current events and the specter of Lent, create a somber mood. It's an obligation for people of the Resurrection to laugh and promote joy. A priest parked his car in a no-parking zone because he was short of time and couldn't find a space with a meter. Then he put a note on the windshield, "I have circled the block 10 times. If I don't park here, I'll miss my appointment. Forgive us our trespasses." When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with a note. "I've circled the block for 10 years....
St. Boniface & St. Lawrence Catholic Churches Lenten 2020 Schedule is available on our website: www.stbonifacecatholic.com www.stlawrencecatholic.com
*ALL MASSES, EVENTS, AND GATHERINGS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED
Schedule of Masses: Ash Wednesday 8:00 am St. Boniface, 10:00 am SJNRA at St. Boniface, 5:30 pm St. Lawrence; Holy Thursday 7:00 pm St. Boniface; Good Friday 1:00 pm St. Boniface; Easter Vigil 8:00 pm St. Boniface; Easter Sunday 8:00 am St. Lawrence, 10:30 am St. Boniface
Beginning the First Week of Lent, Confessions will be heard on Mondays in March "Th...
The St. Boniface Annual Fish Dinner will be held Ash Wednesday February 26th at the St. Boniface elementary school gym from 4-7pm. Adults are $10.00 and children under 12 are $5.00. Take outs are available. Fish, macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, coleslaw, green beans, brownie sundaes and drinks will be served family style. Tickets will be available after all masses or at the parish office. If you would like to help in the dining room please contact Judy Wagner 570-916-2519. Help is also needed to set up at 1pm Wednesday afternoon.
The Book Club will meet on Mondays at 2pm, beginning March 9th. The club will meet in the St. Boniface Church Lounge to accommodate a more relaxed environment. The first book, to get everyone started, will be the American classic, Gifts from the Sea, by Ann Morrow Lindbergh. Fr. Bill will help launch it but step back after the first session, so, that it is entirely run by women.
March 21--First Holy Communion Retreat 9-2 PM
March 29—Confirmation Name/Essay Due Date for 8th Grade
April 5—Palm Sunday Family Day 9-10 AM
St Lawrence Parish Hall-Participate in a Passover Meal (Seder)—adapted for children
This is for the whole family. A great way to begin Holy Week! More information coming.
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN PREP?
8th Grade Service Project
Last Sunday, our 8th grade students helped set up, clean up and assisted families during the Lent Family Day event as well as helped to clean up th...
February 16 -
Over 55 parishioners are delving into the Old Testament Book of Exodus with me for Bible Study. Bravo to them for investing the time and effort in better understanding the Word Of God. Bible Study can be both a form of prayer and an attempt to better know what God is saying to us. There are many beneficial ways of praying and serving but with the exception of the Mass, this should increasingly be the most important aspect of our spirituality.
The essence of Vatican Council ll was to return to the sources, go back to the basics. Recently, this is so...
Open House - Sojourner House of Hope
Friday February 28th 5:30p-7:30pm
669 Center St. Williamsport
Sojourner Truth Ministries
Come learn about the planned communal, short-term home for women dedicated to leaving homelessness for God. Food provided by Hillside Catering.
RSVP www.stmwilliamsport.org or 323- 1797.
Our parish will be hosting Family Promise from February 16th – 23rd . Currently there are 4 families totaling 13 people being served by the program. We invite our Family Promise volunteers to consider when they may be available. Contact Margy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
February 9 - It hardly seems Christmas has faded and now we start Lent at the end of this month. How will you observe it differently this year? Lent is designed to help focus us. Generally, we do that by simplifying. Less food, less self-indulgence, less busyness...all work together to create more time...for God and for the ones Christ calls our sisters and brothers. Make this a Lent with no regrets! Commit to a concrete action plan of penance and self-sacrifice. Give yourself in service one day per week, read 3 pages of Holy Scripture every day, offer up meat for the 40 da...
ALL GATHERINGS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME
St. Lawrence Parish Presents Sweetheart Pancake Breakfast at St. Lawrence Parish Hall 8:00am - 12:30pm on Sunday February 16th.
Presale tickets Adults $8.00; Day of Breakfast $9.00. Kids 12y-6y $4.00; 5y and under FREE.
Menu: Pancakes, Scrapple, Scrambles Eggs, Sausage, Fruit Cup, Coffee, Juice, Milk & Hot Chocolate; and Tasty Treats from our Church Ladies!
You may contact any St. Lawrence Parish Activity Committee member for tickets OR after each weekend mass.
Parish Activity Committees
The St. Boniface Activity Committee meetings are the 2nd Sunday of the month 7pm, at the Elementary School Gym. Join us on March 8th.
The St. Lawrence PAC meetings are the 1st Tuesday of the month 6:30pm, in the St. Lawrence Parish Hall. The next meeting is scheduled for April 7, 2020 and is open to all our parishioners.
RESPECT for SANCTITY
Once we enter the church, our hearts and our actions should change. Some ways of preserving the holiness and prayerfulness of our churches is to:
leave the gum outside
have your conversations in the foyer or narthex
give the phone a rest
utilize the time with quiet prayer to the Creator
Beautiful buildings set a mood but also, we do that with our peaceful prayer before Mass.
WINTER IS HERE—
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IN CASE OF SNOW CANCELLATIONS.
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Our catechists have been working very hard to help the children learn and review some basic prayers of our Catholic faith. Please take the time to continue these efforts by praying together regularly as a family. The prayers can be found in the blue Children’s Book of Prayers that was distributed at the start of the year. Need a new one? Extra c...
February 2 -
I'm grateful to Fr. Don Williams for leading our weekend Masses and offering me a break before Lent. He came from Scranton specifically for this purpose. During this week (February 3 - 7), there will be no weekday Masses at St. Lawrence or St. Boniface. Our supply of priests is stretched especially in the winter when retired priests are living elsewhere. That is something to contemplate as we face the diocesan future planning, Vision 2020.
While we must always foster vocations in our families and parishes, the immediate years require answers now. ...
St. Lawrence Parish Activity Committee
Thank you to everyone that supported the Pancake Breakfast-those that came and enjoyed the food and friendships, those that worked to make the breakfast happen, to those that labored all morning and into the afternoon giving their time and talent to bring on the breakfast – to our 7th Grade students and their families and their Catechist and to our Pastor, Fr. Bill for supporting our efforts. When you look at all this you can state, the breakfast was a huge success. Thank you for making our efforts worth every ounce of energy we pour into it.
We will hold our annual E...
Margy Foran had agreed to lead this vital ministry. Only 4 times each year, our parishes host homeless families while they await new housing. We have a good number of workers to assist. Now Margy completes the picture. THANKS for stepping forward! If you want to join that team with some small and well-defined tasks, contact her at 570-360-1292 or email@example.com
On February 9th at 4pm there will be a gathering for new and current volunteers and interested people, at the St. Lawrence Parish Center Basement (PREP Building). Conta...