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Memorial Prayers

Posted on April 30, 2020 in: General News

Memorial Prayers
On Friday, May 8th at 3pm we will gather at St Boniface Church in honor of Rodney "Radar" Maneval.   Prayers will be offered outside at the Washington Blvd church door next to the bench where he slept.  (Using a PA system, we will be able to spread out. People are encouraged to wear masks.) He died on April 24th at UPMC Hospital after suffering a heart attack at the church.  His family was found and his father and sister will bury him with family near Mannheim.  

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Need Assistance

Posted on April 30, 2020 in: General News

Need Assistance
To our parishioners: Are you recently unemployed, furloughed or struggling to pay for groceries or utility bills? You are not alone. Our parish office has many resources to help and guide you through these tough times. Contact us at stboniface@ comcast.net or 570-326-1544 Monday-Friday 8:30a-12:30pm. All inquiries are confidential.

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Family Promise

Posted on April 30, 2020 in: Social Concerns

Family Promise
There is a dire need for assistance to Family Promise (FP) to cover lodging and food for families in need. Some families are sheltering in hotels because they cannot find housing or stay with FP right now. Monetary donations could be sent to the St. Boniface office*. Make checks payable to - St. Boniface and on the check memo line write: Family Promise. Thank you in advance for your support and generosity. Family Promise Contact Margy Foran @ 570-360-1292.

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Bits & Pieces

Posted on April 29, 2020 in: General News

Bits & Pieces
Food donations - Food donations have been outstanding. We are filling our bins at both parishes every week and delivering the food. Thanks! The need is massive as you see in the news. Every food pantry is now receiving twice the demand because of families who before this had never been unemployed. New Lectors - We welcome Jack Fink and Karen Kirk-Newman who were trained this week. They will be helping to proclaim the Word of God at St Boniface. 3rd Quarter Financials - This period covered Jan/Feb/Mar. St Lawrence had a surplus of $10,094 and St Boniface was i...

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Prayers and Remembrances

Posted on April 27, 2020 in: General News

Prayers and Remembrances
Pray for our Loved Ones Donald E Fischer, Gregg E Fischer, Rick Livermore, Mary Williams, Tillie Matlock, Kathy Richardson, Dr. Albert Liddell, Deb Noviello, Caleb Leone, Christina Falck-Armstrong, Dorothy Kriesher, Al Sodergren, Sr. Rita Naughton, Judith Waldman, Harold Shollenberger, Emily McDonald, Marge Connors, Canavan Family, Hapeman Family, Tracey Liddington, Charlene Efird, Kurt Hetrick, Carol Bower, Larry Sauers, Kay McGonnell, Ernest Montgomery, Don & Sandee Jacopetti, Ray Hoffman, Adina Caschera, Debbie Johnson-Roig, Shirley Smith, Mary Margaret Eck, Leona...

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Coronavirus Emergency Fund

Posted on April 27, 2020 in: General News

Coronavirus Emergency Fund
Bishop Bambera’s Video Message Announcing Coronavirus Emergency Fund https://youtu.be/1LXaLrDWgmc   Diocese of Scranton announces establishment of Coronavirus Emergency Fund SCRANTON – Bishop Joseph C. Bambera announces the establishment of the Coronavirus Emergency Fund in the Diocese of Scranton to help support public ministries, parishes and school families amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Coronavirus Emergency Fund will allow individuals to financially support any parish in the Diocese, assist public ministries that operate food pantries, ...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
April 26 - Because we were robbed of a full Lent, we didn’t have a chance to really reflect on the unavoidable part of life...death. Corona has reminded us. Similarly, we have had a series of parishioners pass away in the past weeks. Life is fragile and can expire very quickly. So, what endures? Our relationship with Jesus Christ. We can be separated from family and friends. But we never are cut off from the love of Christ. Only we can sever the ties, voluntarily, by choice. Even as the sun appears and flowers bloom, we are confronted by a very sobering atmosphere eve...

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BOTH CHURCHES OPEN

Posted on April 21, 2020 in: General News

BOTH CHURCHES OPEN
BLESSED PALMS will now be available in both churches during these hours starting May 1st: ST. BONIFACE CHURCH IS OPEN DAILY for private prayer each weekday 8:30am-4:30pm. Enter by the side door next to the Rectory Office. ST LAWRENCE CHURCH is open for private prayer every Sunday from 8am until 11am. If you bump into friends say HI but from a distance.  Peace!

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Family Promise

Posted on April 21, 2020 in: Social Concerns

Family Promise
“So many things have been suspended because of COVID-19, but what hasn’t been suspended is homelessness itself.” Claas Ehlers, Family Promise CEO. Much like every other organization during this pandemic, Family Promise has changed the way they are able to care for homeless families. While the strength of Family Promise was the many people driven by their faith and compassion to show up with food and hospitality to aid a homeless family, the proximity of caring people causes undeniable risk to the health of our entire community at this time. Our parish i...

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Family Promise

Prayers and Remembrances

Posted on April 20, 2020 in: General News

Prayers and Remembrances
Pray for Our Loved Ones Donald E Fischer, Gregg E Fischer, Rick Livermore, Mary Williams, Tillie Matlock, Kathy Richardson, Dr. Albert Liddell, Deb Noviello, Caleb Leone, Christina Falck-Armstrong, Dorothy Kriesher, Al Sodergren, Sr. Rita Naughton, Judith Waldman, Harold Shollenberger, Emily McDonald, Marge Connors, Canavan Family, Hapeman Family, Tracey Liddington, Charlene Efird, Kurt Hetrick, Carol Bower, Larry Sauers, Kay McGonnell, Ernest Montgomery, Don & Sandee Jacopetti, Ray Hoffman, Adina Caschera, Debbie Johnson-Roig, Shirley Smith, Mary Margaret Eck, Leona...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
April 19 - Oddly we are developing a routine of distancing and taking this seriously. The shock to our systems is less acute but now boredom may be sinking in. Many of us are reaching the end of our To Do lists. What’s next? St Francis de Sales urged us... “Be patient with everyone, but above all with yourself. I mean do not be disheartened by your imperfections but always rise up with fresh courage.” d 1622

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Websites To Feed Your New Monastic Life
WEBSITES TO FEED YOUR NEW MONASTIC LIFE •       www.cruxnow.com •       contemplativemonk.org •       wccm.org •       www.myfranciscan.org •       BlessedisShe.net •       francisacanmedia.org •       merton.org/ITMS

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Monday TeleConference

Posted on April 14, 2020 in: General News

Monday TeleConference
We will have a TeleConference every Monday!  You can call in and be connected with others and Fr. Bill. He will update you on the latest news of the parish, the Diocese and the town. Then you can catch up with each other. Every MONDAY at 10:30am call 1-844-854- 2222 and then when the operator greets you punch in the Access Code 320851#. 

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
April 12, EASTER - In the Gospel of John for Easter Sunday, when Mary Magdalene sees the empty tomb, she tells the Apostles that “they have taken the Lord...and we don’t know where they put him”. The absence of Mass, puts a new spin on that. Without the music and contagious joy that His Resurrection ignites as we celebrate together, it will feel empty in some ways. Our Orthodox friends greet each other in the Easter season by saying, CHRIST IS RISEN. And the response is HE IS INDEED! We must say that to ourselves and exchange best wishes to our family and ...

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Good News from our Isolation

Posted on April 08, 2020 in: General News

Good News from our Isolation
1. Families are eating together 2. Patrons are showing appreciation of wait staff and restaurant owners 3. People are walking and exercising 4. Animal adoptions are at all-time highs 5. Visits to church increased radically 6. Long overdue calls to friends have increased 7. Game boards have been dug out of closets 8. People seem to be rationing themselves from social media 9. Our Lending Library is being used more 10. Calls to elderly home-bound have dramatically risen

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Holy Week

Posted on April 08, 2020 in: General News

Holy Week
HOLY WEEK The Lord's Supper -  key parts will be recorded and posted, celebrant - Msgr. Stephen McGough Good Friday - key parts will be recorded and posted, celebrant - Fr Bill EASTER SUNDAY - the entire Mass of the Resurrection will be recorded and posted, celebrant - Fr Bill    go to: www.stbonifacecatholic.com      St Boniface church will be open from 7 to 7 daily.  Its is decorated.  St Lawrence will be open on Easter Sunday from 8 to 11 am.  

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Holy Day
April 2nd Message from Bishop Bambera
April 2, 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/IBdJtccxeyI 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 https://youtu.be/IBdJtccxeyI  

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The distribution of palms on Palm Sunday is prohibited by the Diocese of Scranton. While time honored and appreciated by many members of the faithful, the distribution of palms in any way risks the unnecessary spread of the coronavirus.

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