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Roll Away The Stone Gospel Mark 16:1-7 When the sabbath was over,  Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome  bought spices so that they might go and anoint him. Very early when the sun had risen, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb. They were saying to one another,  "Who will roll back the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?" When they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back; it was very large. On entering the tomb they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe, and they were utterly amazed. He said to...

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Gospel JN 13:1-15 Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end. The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over. So, during supper, fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God,  he rose from supper and took off his outer garments. He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet&...

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EASTER 2018 In the beginning God made the heavens and the earth and all that came to be on the earth. Creation was the first Grace. The first gift. The Jewish people who gradually came to worship one God came to understand their life as a gift from God. They took the human family a long way in understanding God's love for humanity. The story of god was definitively told when Jesus was born. Jesus was God's perfect image. "I and the Father are one". He was the ultimate Sacrament of the encounter with God. The story of Jesus' life did not meet anyone's definition of what God should have been l...

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3/29   Holy Thursday   Mass 7 pm   St. Boniface 3/30   Good Friday       Mass 1 pm   St. Boniface 3/31   Holy Saturday    Blessing of Food   1 pm St. Boniface & 2.:30 pm St. Lawrence 3/31   Easter Vigil         Mass 8 pm  St. Boniface 4/1     Easter Sunday   Mass 9 am   St Lawrence 4/1     Easter Sunday   Mass 9 am  St. Boniface

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After Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem, after the Last Supper, after his arrest, after being sentenced to death, in the very moment that he died on the cross, two significant things happen in Mark’s Gospel.  First, “the veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom” (Mark 15:38”). What is this veil and what is its significance? The veil of the sanctuary separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the temple.  The Holy of Holies was regarded as the closest approximation of God’s presence here on earth.  Out of respect no one was allowed to enter the Holy of Holi...

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Guide to Confession

Posted on March 21, 2018 in: General News

Guide to Confession   Begin your confession with the sign of the cross, "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. My last confession was _______ weeks (months, years) ago." The priest may read a passage from holy Scripture. Say the sins that you remember. Start with the one(s) that is most difficult to say. (In order to make a good confession the faithful must confess all mortal sins, according to kind and number.) After confessing all the sins you remember since your last good confession, you may conclude by saying, "I am sorry for these and all the sins of my past...

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PALM SUNDAY/PASSION SUNDAY

Posted on March 21, 2018 in: General News

The word passion comes from the word passio, which means suffering. Jesus frequently referred to an "hour" which was coming when he would be rejected and have to suffer. His disciples rejected that hour. A suffering Messiah was not possible. To that moment Peter said, "God forbid". You and I know the rest of the story. Not only did Jesus suffer the most punishing manner of death, Crucifixion, but he called on us to carry a Cross. It would not be like his cross but it would be a cross. All of us who have declared ourselves to be Jesus' followers know by experience that this is true. Human life its...

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“Because of the increase of inquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24:12)   Dear Brothers and Sisters, Once again, the Pasch of the Lord draws near! In our preparation for Easter, God in his providence offers us each year the season of Lent as a “sacramental sign of our conversion”.[1] Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life.

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Fifth Sunday of Lent

Posted on March 12, 2018 in: General News

MEDITATION (audio) on the image of Lazarus being raised from death. In his words and deeds, Jesus tells us, “I am the resurrection and the life.” It is only through him that we receive eternal life and move towards union with God.

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St Lawrence Parish News

Posted on March 09, 2018 in: General News

 St. Lawrence Parish  - There are signup sheets in the back of the church for St. Lawrence parish ministries. The information will be used to contact individuals who may have an interest in the opportunities available for service to our parish and our community.  Please sign up.  With your permission we will use your contact information to register you on the St. Lawrence Parish website so you can stay on top of Parish happenings We will hold the first Coffee after mass on March 11th.  We hope to make this at least a monthly activity.  Please stop by for Sally’s Awesome Muffins, Tina&...

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MAY 13, 2018 "SAVE THE DATE"

Posted on March 06, 2018 in: General News

On Sunday May 13th, 2018 at 5 P.M. at St Joseph the Worker will be a Mass to celabrate the 50th Anniversary of the Ordination of Msgr McGough, Rev. Zipay and Rev Cummings.   SAVE THE DATE - MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW!

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Msgr announced that a Healing Service will be held on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at the 9:00 AM mass. All in attendance will have the opportunity to be anointed. Those suffering from serious conditions will receive a sacramental anointing.

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Coffee and Donuts will be available this Sunday after 9 AM Mass in the lounge.  Please stop by and say hello!  Background - Msgr told the Parish Council of his desire to begin having coffee and donuts in the lounge of the church after the 9:00 AM Sunday mass twice a month.   It was decided that the first coffee and donut event will be held Sunday, March 11, 2018. Diane Sholder volunteered to serve as the first hostess. Different parishioners will be encouraged to host whenever coffee and donuts are available.  If you are interested in helping please see Diane this sunday or contac...

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THE PASSION OF JESUS, THE PASSION OF HUMAN LIFE The Passion of Jesus is a word that encompasses all that Jesus suffered from, what is known as the agony in the garden to his final cry of death. We can easily extend that to his whole life which was filled with conflict, misunderstanding, hostility, rejection, and failure. I am sure there were moments of joy and laughter, success and celebration. I am sure He enjoyed the wedding reception at Cana! I am sure He delighted in his visits to Lazar, Martha, and Mary. But on the whole of it His life was a continuous cross. Very early in our lives we are aware that there is somet...

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Over the next year, the Diocese of Scranton will be celebrating it's 150th anniversay.  On April 18, St. John Neumann Regional Academy is planning a celebration that includes a 10:00 am mass with Bishop Bambera.    ALL are welcome to attend.

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Treasures of the Church: St Joseph the Worker Parish presents a teaching and exposition of Sacred Relics on Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00 pm.  Father Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross will be here with his very special ministry to teach about these holy objects.  He will bring with him over 150 relics, some as old as 2000 years.  Among the treasures will be relics of St. Maria Goretti, St. Therese of Lisieux (the "little Flower"), St Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Faustina Kowalska.  In addition, there will also be present a portion of the veil...

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