Entries for February 2021
February 28 - The Twelve Steps of AA are uniquely inspired and useful for all of us. Both steps 8 & 9 urge us to make "amends" for all the injuries and bruises that we have caused in our lives. A healthy Lenten reflection is to list these in our heads and then, try to reach out. None of this is easy. But we need to recognize that we are sinners and we can be healers. Take advantage of this holy season of Lent to repair something.
This Lent, our PREP families are supporting mission efforts for children in the Diocese of Latacunga, Ecuador, where many indigenous people live in poverty. Did you know that…
Adults who live there are mostly uneducated.
Families raise livestock and other animals to earn money.
Parents work where they manufacture vats or do seasonal work in the fields, picking flowers and vegetables.
Adults who can find work earn around $50 a week to support a typical family of 7 or 8.
Families are forced to leave many young children at home without supervision so they...
St. Lawrence Parish Activity Committee Lenten Soup Sale: Tomato and Vegetable soup is scheduled for Saturday MARCH 13TH and Sunday March 14TH 2021, cost: $8 per quart. Order Form can be found in a basket in back of both parishes (or on our website). Write your order and contact information and leave it in the basket. You can also order by calling :Dianne Fisher 570-322-3278 OR Judy Campion 570-323-6202 OR E-mail Dianne Fisher Actsoffaith@yahoo.com With your Soup Order Your Name Your Phone number You Can Pay at...
Suddenly our Masses are filling up again. That's lovely but let’s keep spreading out. At St. Boniface, there is usually room behind the organ and near the confessionals. Feel free to use the Cry Room also.
Finally, some of you may want to use a weekday Mass as your Eucharist for the week. Meanwhile, stay tuned. We are trying to adopt temporary measures to alleviate any potential lack of distance.
Assume that Easter Sunday and Holy Week Masses will be arranged by Reservations. The Easter Vigil on Saturday normally has extra seating...
February 21 -
Is observance of Lent asking too much this year? They don't get much worse than last year. So, now we crave sunshine and the ability to party with others. But Lent, even at its best, can be depressing. Consequently, this year some of you may be struggling with it. To help, we will accent the liberation and freedom that come from submitting our lives to the Lord. Remember everything in our lives ends up with the Resurrection.
"I came that you may have life!" John 10:10
St. Boniface and St. Lawrence parishes are invited to share in a Lenten activity of reflection of the needs of our fellow community members.
The items needed include for hygiene kits for families are Childcare Items: Diaper& Pullup sizes 1-6; Baby Wash; Lotion; Oil; Shampoo & Wipes; Children's Tooth brushes/toothpaste. Regular size Items: Soap; Shampoo & Conditioner; Deordorant; Feminine Hygiene products; Band-Aids; Lotion; Toothbrushes/Toothpaste; Combs & Brushes; Washcloths.
Collection bins are provided in the Narthex.
February 14 - Looking back, some of what I "gave up" for Lent was silly and had no effect on anyone, especially me. Think about a concrete, disciplined response.
No TV at night, instead, time used to read
No meat, instead, get creative with simple meals
Read 2 books from the Lending Libraries
Devote 2 hours weekly to someone elderly in the neighborhood
Read 2 books of the New Testament - Subscribe to a Catholic magazine (in lobby)
Offer to be an aide for Religious Ed
You have 40 days or 6 weeks to improve. Carpe diem!
Today is the World Day of the Sick. Today is the 29th annual World Day of the Sick, a day in which we're called to reflect on and pray for those who are sick, and also their caregivers, healthcare workers, and families. This year is especially poignant considering the current pandemic.
"Dear brothers and sisters, the commandment of love that Jesus left to his disciples is also kept in our relationship with the sick. A society is all the more human to the degree that it cares effectively for its most frail and suffering members, in a spirit of fratern...
St. Boniface Church is blessed to have a dedicated group of their members that help us with the different celebrations. It is very important for each of the members who helped us, to know how much their work and valued time is appreciated. This Christmas season we give thanks for their help to set up to: Carol Welliver, Kathy Mauro, Sharon Faust, Deb/David Damaska, Tom/Sue Byrne and Jean Snella. Pick-up Christmas flowers/tree to: Jim Furey, Gina Hamm and Dan/Judy Campion. To the members that always come through when we need help I trust each of them know how much their help...
The new House of Hope Women's Shelter at STM, 501 High St. Williamsport, has delayed its opening. In the meantime, they are taking applications volunteers at the shelter. Social distancing will be in place during the pandemic. They are also looking for exercise machines, women’s clothing, new or used Christian DVDs, and cards with prayers or notes of encouragement. If you can help in any way or have questions, please contact Karen Fry @ 570-916-1565
February 7 - You may remember that I'm involved in Muslim dialogue at a national level. A group of us had a first time Zoom meeting last week that was enjoyable and friendly. While we agree on many fronts, we also had an understanding that there will be profound differences on issues like Jesus as God, the Bible as God's Word and the value of the sacraments. But mutual respect, allowed us to note our gaps without having to convince them that they are wrong. I pray that future meetings will be as dignified and yet, honest. It’s said that as a boy Muhammad ...
On January 18, 2021, the St. Boniface and St. Lawrence Parish Pastoral Council met virtually for the first time. The joint council, along with members exiting their perspective church councils, had a reorganization meeting to choose a chairperson, vice-chairperson and secretary for the new council. The following indicates the newly elected officers and the remaining members of council along with the parish they represent and date their term will end:
Tina Pulver (SL) 6/21 *Chairperson
Ken Danielsen (SB) 6/21 *Vice Chairperson
Sue Lingg (SB) 6/22 *Secretary
February 17 – Ash Wednesday Masses will be 8am at St. Boniface, 12noon at St. Lawrence, and 5:30pm at St. Boniface
Stations of the Cross will be held at 5:30pm Fridays
February 26th – St. Lawrence; March 5th – St. Boniface; March 12th – St. Lawrence; March 19th – St. Boniface; March 26th – St. Lawrence
The St. Boniface Activities Committee will be serving a TAKEOUT ONLY fish dinner on Ash Wednesday, February 17th. The hours will be from 5-7pm. You will not have to leave your car. We will have runners that will bring the dinners to you. See directions below. This dinner will include baked fish, Tony’s macaroni and cheese, green beans, applesauce, coleslaw, roll, and a brownie for dessert. Cost will be $10/adult and $5/child. We will be selling tickets after masses January 30th-31st, February 6th - 7th, and February 13th-14th at both St. Boniface & St....