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Stations of the Cross - Good Friday
Please join us! We have added Good Friday Stations of the Cross at St. Boniface 5:30pm. If you cannot make it you can participate by watching Diocese of Scranton's Way Of The Cross/Rosary Prayer Videos on YouTube: https://youtu.be/y1056Yj6xAw https://youtu.be/Y3IeeaZKh9E

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Parish Office

Posted on March 28, 2021 in: General News

Parish Office
The Parish Office will resume normal hours 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday, effective March 29th. Masks still must be worn inside the rectory. The office remains closed on Holy Days and Holidays. You may contact us at 570-326-1544 or email stboniface@comcast.net

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Not Attending Mass Yet?

Posted on March 25, 2021 in: General News

Not Attending Mass Yet?
Some of you are being cautious and have stayed away from church. That can be distressing for you during Holy Week. If you would like Palms and can not get them thru a friend, call the rectory.  Likewise, at Good Friday prayers, instead of one large cross,  we will be be venerating tiny olive wood crosses from Bethlehem that will be distributed during the services. If you can not join us, call the rectory. While supplies last we hope to deliver a cross to you. "We adore you O Christ and we praise you because by your Holy Cross you hav...

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Holy Week - Online

Posted on March 25, 2021 in: General News

Holy Week - Online
We finally succeeded in establishing live and recorded coverage of our prayers. Join us on our website www.stbonifacecatholic.com  You can pray along with us at Holy Thursday 7pm, Good Friday 1pm & Easter 10:30am.  

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
March 21 - Actions like denying Holy Communion or blessings end up shrinking our community even more quickly.  Christ welcomed the Samaritan woman at the well (married 5 times) & the Roman centurion (who conquered Palestine) without feeling a need to condemn and exclude them. We can assert our principles with out shoving people out the door.  If we applied litmus tests to everyone, Masses would be much smaller. All of us have parts of our lives that  need redemption. 

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Parish Pastoral Council Elections
The Combined St Lawrence and St Boniface Pastoral Council will begin their process of providing information and education regarding the nomination of prospective NEW members to fill Five (5) (3-year term) vacancies. Here are important weekend dates:  May 1st-9th, Nominee Bios posted in bulletins May 15th, Voting prior to all Mass May 22nd, New Members are announced and posted in bulletins and web If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone in your family, please call the Parish office, 570-326-1544, thank you.

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CEMETERY NOTICE

Posted on March 16, 2021 in: General News

CEMETERY NOTICE
The spring clean-up will soon begin at the St. Boniface Cemetery. If you have any personal items that you wish to keep, please remove them by April 23rd or they will be disposed of. We again ask that you follow the regulations posted in the cemetery: All flowers planted should be “annuals”. Shrubs and trees should not be planted on lots Plantings may not encroach upon adjoining lots Borders of stone, brick, chip, or fencing around monuments are NOT permitted Permanent urns and ornamental structures may NOT be erected Glass containers may NOT be use...

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Cemetery
Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
March 14 - This week some of our younger parishioners were infected. It was a reminder that we are not "normal" yet. But, we can use this time to plan for the future. Currently, we are expanding the Bereavement Ministry beyond funeral receptions to include informal outreach and even a support group. Stay tuned. Our next big project is to expand our Hospitality or Event group that coordinates social events. We've been isolated for too long and need to party! A pool of volunteers who can help for small actions who allow us to become a community again.

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The Light is On for You

Posted on March 11, 2021 in: General News

The Light is On for You
Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Mondays - March 22nd & 29th 5:30pm at St. Boniface Church 

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Solemn Vespers & Evening Prayer
Solemn Vespers and evening prayer have been said by the church for more than 1500 years. This Lent we will have the opportunity to celebrate this beautiful tradition of the churches during three of the Sundays of Lent: Final Vespers - March 28th at St. Boniface. The music for this occasion will be provided by Bernadette Boerckel and Yvonne Mitchell. The service will begin at 4pm.

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Vaccine Appointments

Posted on March 11, 2021 in: General News

Vaccine Appointments
Phase 1A have begun vaccinating those most at-risk of illness, such as health care workers and Pennsylvanians living in long-term care facilities, persons age 65 and older, and those age 16-64 with high-risk conditions.If you, or someone you know, have limited access to online services or a computer, you can call 844-876-2822. An operator will register you over the phone. Or register online at UPMC. Any person in the community that has a scheduled appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccination in River Valley Transit’s service area may ...

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Easter Mass Reservations

Posted on March 11, 2021 in: General News

Easter Mass Reservations
Reservations for Easter Masses 8am St. Lawrence (ALL SEATS ARE FULL) 8am St. Boniface 10:30am St. Boniface (ALL SEATS ARE FULL)  

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TEMPORARY MASS - for distancing
The addition of a Sunday Mass at 5pm was quite enjoyable. About 28 arrived that would have been at other more crowded Masses. We had lovely guitar music with singing. The intimate nature of the Mass allowed us to have Prayers of the Faithful where parishioners were invited to add their own.  The Extra Mass on Sundays 5pm at St. Boniface will end March 28th (Palm Sunday). Starting April 4th Sundays 8am at St. Boniface will be added until end of May. The 8am Mass at St Lawrence remains the same.  

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Holy Week and Easter Mass Schedule
Palm Sunday (5:30pm Saturday) 8am St. Lawrence (4pm Saturday) 10:30am & 5pm St. Boniface Holy Thursday 7pm St. Boniface Good Friday 12n St. Lawrence & 1pm St. Boniface Easter Vigil 8pm St. Boniface RESERVATIONS Only for EASTER SUNDAY Easter Sunday 8am St. Lawrence 8am St. Boniface 10:30am St. Boniface-ALL SEATS ARE FULL  

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
March 7 - In Quebec, some people would curse by saying Tabernac or Hostia! It shocked me to hear the Tabernacle or the Host becoming an invective to shock people with your anger. It makes little sense to swear using something you consider sacred and holy. Imagine using your wife or children's names to cuss at someone. This is an ugly habit that we can break. "Hallowed be thy name" or "Holy be your Name" is something we pray daily. Now we must mean it.  

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Prayer Requests

Posted on March 07, 2021 in: General News

Prayer Requests
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Have faith in God and faith in me. (Jn. 14:1) Prayer Requests: Donald E Fischer, Gregg E Fischer, Rick Livermore, Deb Noviello, Kathy Richardson, Caleb Leone, Carol Bower, Christina Falck-Armstrong, Dorothy Kriesher, Sr. Rita Naughton, Judith & Eugene Waldman, Harold Shollenberger, Emily McDonald, Marge Connors, Canavan Family, Hapeman Family, Charlene Efird, Kurt Hetrick, Larry Sauers, Kay McGonnell, Don & Sandee Jacopetti, Ray Hoffman, Adina Caschera, Debbie Johnson-Roig, Shirley Smith, Maureen Struncis, Steve Zillow, Brom...

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Parish Pastoral Council Elections
The Combined St Lawrence and St Boniface Pastoral Council will begin their process of providing information and education regarding the nomination of prospective NEW members to fill Five (5) (3 year term) vacancies. Here are important weekend dates Pulpit Talk to be given at all weekend Masses beginning March 20 ending April 17 April 24 th Nominations end May 1 st top Nominees provide bios May 8 th , Nominee Bios posted in bulletins May 15 th , Voting prior to all Mass May 22 nd , New Members are announced and posted in bulletins and web If you are inte...

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