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Diocese of Scranton Coronavirus Update March 30, 2020 As you know, we are all living through challenging and unprecedented times. Today alone, an additional 693 people in our Commonwealth tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 4,087 individuals. The Pennsylvania Department of Health also reported 11 new deaths, bringing the statewide total to 48. These numbers are increasing dramatically each day. Governor Tom Wolf also announced today that all Pennsylvania schools will remain closed until further notice. On Friday, March 27, 2020, Governor Wolf issued “stay-at-home” orders for seve...

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Newsletter

Posted on March 31, 2020 in: General News

Newsletter
ATTENTION: In lieu of a lengthy bulletin, we have a shorter NEWSLETTER each week during our hiatus from gathering.  It can be found one of two ways: If you see the “Quick Links” tab on the right, Newsletters is a hyperlink there Go to the “Resources” tab and hold your cursor over the down arrow (a triangle pointing down).  The third item is Sunday Bulletin and it has old bulletins and the current newsletters, sorted by date with the most recent on top. Be sure to check out the newsletter for up-to-date info from ...

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This world famous speaker suggests great ideas for making this shutdown a huge benefit to you.   Blaise Pascal said, “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” This Pascalian “mot” has come to my mind a good deal in recent days as our entire country goes into shutdown mode due to the coronavirus. Perhaps we could all think of this time of semi-quarantine as an invitation to some monastic introspection, some serious confrontation with the questions that matter—some purposeful sitting alone in a room. Click on "Read mor...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
March 30 - What, if anything, positive is coming out of this forced retreat? For one, it has slowed us down. The pace is visibly more relaxed. While everyone keeps their distance, we are eager to talk, to end our isolation. Second, we’re paying attention more to the elderly especially those alone. Parishioners are calling them and checking to see if they need food and meds. Third, people are praying more by themselves. When we don’t have a scheduled Mass that we show up for, it depends more on us to initiate the conversation with God. More people are e...

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Daily Reflections

Posted on March 30, 2020 in: General News

Daily Reflections
Need a Spiritual Lift?  Recordings of brief homilies by Fr. Bill are available on the website. Visit www.stbonifacecatholic.com and click on Vimeo. It’s simple and get a 5-minute booster. Daily Reflections

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Newsletters

Posted on March 30, 2020 in: General News

Newsletters
St. Boniface and St. Lawrence Parishes Newsletters Week of March 30, 2020 CLICK HERE Week of March 22, 2020 CLICK HERE    

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Latest Message from Bishop Bambera
March 25, 2020 A recorded a video message for the faithful of our Diocese is also available on the Diocese of Scranton website and social media platforms. The video link can be found at: https://youtu.be/wrK6dGUIOeU the Diocese of Scranton website - https://www.dioceseofscranton.org/media/ctv-catholic-television/ On Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/DioceseofScranton On Twitter: www.Twitter.com/DioceseofScr On Instagram: www.Twitter.com/BishopBambera   Dear Brothers and Sisters, Four weeks ago today, Lent began with the celebration of Ash W...

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FPCares Emergency Relief

Posted on March 25, 2020 in: General News

Our Response to Covid-19 to the Community FPGives is much like Raise the Region, however it is geared specifically for Family Promise. FPGives will be held on March 25th. Here is why we are in need of donations right now! Family Promise is expecting a great wave of homelessness coming in response to those who are either unemployed or had hours reduced due to our state's response to the Corona Virus. Now is the time to make a huge impact with Family Promise. We currently are in need of $10,000 to get our budget back on track for this month. Here is what your donation to Family Promise does: Our Day Center is...

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Family Promise

Women's Book Club

Posted on March 24, 2020 in: St Boniface Activities

Women's Book Club
They will be starting again but by teleconference.  Judy Fisher (570.419.1561) and Sally Dandini (570.998.2020) will be contacting our participants to phone in for the next meeting on Monday March 30th at 2pm.  Please, prepare Chapter 3 the Moon Shell. 

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Breaking News - Hospital notification
As of March 24...."UPMC hospitals are closed to visitors including clergy. The only exception is in the case of a patient imminently close to death."   So, families should know that I can't bring Holy Communion or check-in on someone. They will only allow me in for the Sacrament of the Sick in the last moments.  (Fr Bill)

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
March 22 - Life has changed immeasurably and will continue to do so. Hang on! Sadly, we will be without our major source of support, the Mass. We are a people of the Eucharist. So, this will hurt. But it’s the perfect time for a Lenten retreat. With your down time, immerse yourself in the New Testament. Read one of the spiritual books in our lending libraries. Call neighbors to check in on them and pray with them. Take quiet time in the morning and at night to pray. Cook a meal for someone who is isolated and deliver it to their door. We can transform an imposed hiber...

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Watching Daily Mass on-line

Posted on March 18, 2020 in: General News

Watching Daily Mass on-line
Dear Faithful, As you are now aware, Bishop Bambera has suspended the celebration of Masses open to the public and all public gatherings in all diocesan parishes.  “He has taken this temporary action, knowing the depth of our faith and our desire to celebrate the Holy Eucharist on a regular basis. In light of continued concerns, the Bishop and Father Bill, are reminding everyone  you may watch Mass on-line. Here are some resources to listen, hear or watch masses on a daily basis.  Private Mass will be celebrated daily in the Cathedral of Saint ...

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PREP NEWS

Posted on March 18, 2020 in: Religious Education

PREP NEWS
ALL PREP Classes and Events are cancelled until further notice, including: March 27--8th grade Pizza & Movie Night April 5—Palm Sunday Family Day WHAT IS STILL HAPPENING IN PREP? March 29—8th Grade Confirmation Name/Saint Essay Due. Please scan and email to sbslprep@comcast.net or mail/deliver to the rectory at 326 Washington Blvd. Thank you! PREP 2020 Lenten Service Project Many thanks to all of our PREP families who helped to support the students’ service project to benefit Sojourner Truth Ministries. For the first two weeks in Lent...

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PREP

ONLINE GIVING

Posted on March 17, 2020 in: General News

ONLINE GIVING
During this time when parish gatherings have been suspended, expenses go on while collections stop.  An easy way to continue your support of our parish and all of its ministries is to use Online Giving to keep up on offertory. Go to our parish website: stbonifacecatholic.com or stlawrencecatholic.com and click on the Online Giving link, it’s quick and easy. Your support throughout the year helps sustain our church. Set up your gift today or consider an additional gift via our web-based app on your smart device. If you would like assistance in setting up a ne...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
March 15 - "See everything, overlook a great deal, correct a little." ...quipped Pope John 23rd about how we should treat one another. It easy to be judgmental, but usually we don't know all the facts. Jesus with the woman at the well is a perfect illustration of this adage. In our times, some of society's political polarization has drifted into the Church and poisoned discussions. Instead of rationally examining crucial issues for our faith, social media stoops to personal attacks and labeling. That is blatantly antiChristlike. This pope who initiate...

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All Masses Suspended

Posted on March 17, 2020 in: General News

All Masses Suspended
ALL MASSES, ACTIVITIES, AND GATHERINGS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED IF YOU NEED OUR ASSISTANCE PLEASE CONTACT THE PARISH OFFICE AT 570-326-1544 OR STBONIFACE@COMCAST.NET, we will have temporary office hours from 8:30am - 12:30pm Monday -Friday or by appointment.   We ask that everyone continue with the prevention measures that have been outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Health in regards to spreading viruses. They include: washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands and avoidi...

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Family Day

Posted on March 09, 2020 in: Religious Education

Family Day
Sunday, April 5,  9-10 Join us for FAMILY DAY for ALL St. Boniface and St. Lawrence Families  WHERE? St. Lawrence Parish Hall WHAT? Participate in a Passover Meal (Seder)—adapted for children. A great way to begin Holy Week! What goes on a seder plate? All Family members are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. YOU NEED TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT SO WE CAN PURCHASE AND PREPARE THE MATERIALS. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS SUNDAY, MARCH 22. Three ways to register: 1. Fill out the registration sheet and return to PREP class o...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
March 8 - So many of you are nicely "giving up" or "doing" during Lent. That helps make the season a serious attempt at triage-ing your spiritual life and applying the correct medicine. But the older we become, the more we understand this is not possible on our own. Year after year, we find ourselves battling the same flaws and sins. Many of our Lenten observances are repeat failures. Somehow, we need to literally invite the Holy Spirit into our lives. Kidding around, we'll say...JMJ. But rarely do we invite the Paraclete, the Advocate, the S...

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Food Pantry

Posted on March 03, 2020 in: Social Concerns

Food Pantry
    The following item request for March is Peanut Butter. Thank you to all families that have continued to feed the food box in both parishes. St. Joseph the Worker Food Pantry (working in affiliation with Central Pa. Food Bank), also need for distribution: Instant mashed potatoes, Canned fruit, Canned vegetables, Gravy, Cranberry sauce, Bag cookies, Fruit snacks, Hot Chocolate packets, Grocery gift cards (any amount). Contact persons with questions: Sue Lingg SB 570-322-8349 and Dianne Fisher SL 570-322-3278.

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Parish Pastoral Council

Posted on March 03, 2020 in: Pastoral Council

Parish Pastoral Council
St. Boniface & St. Lawrence Parish Pastoral Council Meeting Minutes are available on our website www.stbonifacecatholic.com. We are inviting you to a meeting of both parish councils, finance councils and other parishioners who are deeply engaged on: MONDAY MARCH 16th at 6:30pm at St Lawrence Hall.  

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¡MISA EN EL ESPAÑOL!
Dos veces en Marzo, se ofrecerá misa en español en Williamsport. El miércoles 4 de Marzo y el miércoles 25, a las 7:30 p.m.  Los estudiantes de habla hispana de Lycoming College, entre otros, se unirán a estas eucaristías en la iglesia San Bonifacio, ubicada en  326 Washington Boulevard, Williamsport, PA.  El Padre Neftalí Féliz Sena de la República Dominicana estará presidiendo las misas y liderando los cantos. Por favor, invita a tus amigos y amigas.

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ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED

Posted on March 03, 2020 in: General News, Ministries

ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED
PARENTS We are looking for more Altar Servers and appealing to you to discuss it with your children. Any girl or boy who has received Holy Communion is eligible. It would get them involved and make the Mass more interesting to them. We will train them. Call Stephanie at 916.0483 or Chris at 326.1544.

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Youth Ministry
Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
March 1 - I'd ask you to think in a novel way this Lent. Don't focus on what sins you committed or how bad you are. Instead, think about what you haven't done that you could have done. Sins of omission are usually more prominent in our lives.  5 years ago you said I need to read the New Testatment  at Christmas, you said we should cook supper for that man who lives by himself  "soon I'm going to start the practice of praying every morning for 5 minutes"  "someday I should help out at Sojourners soup kitchen"  "When I have time, ...

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