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BLESSING of the BELLS-Postponed!
The Blessing of the Bells has been postponed for approximately 6 weeks for extended repairs. We are sorry for any confusion and delay. We will update the website with a new date. Stay Tuned! 

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
April 25 - Bono from the rock group U2 noted in the song Every Breaking Wave, "It’s hard to listen when you preach". For obvious reasons, I take that to heart. But so should all of us. Last year, many people talked and yelled and lectured. That drained us, but I'm not sure about its positive effects. This summer especially could be a wonderful time to be more silent and to listen. With families and friends, the quiet could be healing. And I suspect we will learn a great deal about each other.

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World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Celebrate World Day of Prayer for Vocations this Sunday, April 25! We pray for young men and women; That God may give them the gift of understanding to discern their service in the Church, the priesthood, diaconate, or consecrated life; And for the gift of courage to follow His call. The Diocese of Scranton celebrates the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Bishop Joseph C. Bambera will celebrate Mass at 5:00p.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Peckville. Vocation directors and members of religious communities serving in the Diocese of Scranton will be in attendan...

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Thank You - Shepherd of the Streets
Dear Fr. Bill, St. Boniface and St. Lawrence congregations,      I give sincere thanks to God for laying upon your hearts the ministry of the Shepherd of the Streets.  We have been able to provide many of our neighbors in need with the gift of various hygiene items, which help promote their general health and personal care.  Our monthly kits help to extend the already limited budgets of our clients.  Any item that we can supply is an item that they do not have to personally purchase.  Thank you for providing us with 40 milk crates,...

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Get Parish Updates

Posted on April 20, 2021 in: General News

Get Parish Updates
Many things are changing in our parishes. It's important to stayed informed, especially during the pandemic. Sign Up for our Weekly Newsletter by email.   

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Bible and Rosary Study

Posted on April 17, 2021 in: General News

Bible and Rosary Study
Seats still available! The next "in person" session of Bible Study starts May 4th. Using the Little Rock series, we will examine the biblical origin of the Mysteries of the Rosary. Save the dates on Tuesdays May 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th at 6:30pm at St Lawrence Hall.  This will be led by Fr. Bob Antonelli. The costs of supplies will be $20 per person when you register. Registration will begin April 1st. Register @ SignUpGenius   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040A4FA9AF2AA7FE3-bible1  

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April 22 is Earth Day!

Posted on April 15, 2021 in: General News

April 22 is Earth Day!
April 22 is Earth Day! As Catholics, we are called to: •uphold life and the dignity of each human person •support families and future generations •love the poor and vulnerable •advocate for basic rights and a just economy •be in solidarity with all, as one human family •care for all of God’s creation Grounded in our Catholic Tradition, now is the time to protect the earth for our children and grandchildren. PRAY to hear God’s call to live our faith for the common good, knowing that everything is interconne...

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Cemetery Notice

Posted on April 11, 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:

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Thank you

Posted on April 11, 2021 in: General News

Thank you
Don Fischer is an example of the servants in our parishes that keep things moving. For 20 years he has coordinated our Senior Servers for funerals at St Boniface. They offer a dignity to the funeral and help the priest in crucial matters. Recently, they had the honor of serving Don and his family as together we buried his wife, Joan. Now Don has decided to step aside and let someone else organize this ministry. We are deeply grateful to Don. May our parishes produce many more like him. (Fr Bill)

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
April 11 - This week, Jews around the world remember the holocaust (Shoah) of 6 million Jews by the Nazi's. Sadly, genocide of ethnic groups & religions still continues. Catholics & Muslims in China, Orthodox Christians in Azerbaijan, Christians in Iraq are among the most obvious. Shining a spotlight on them is a moral responsibility. Besides the deaths, violence of that magnitude eats the soul of a country. Which is even a consideration for the US in the way we treat our most vulnerable.

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Fr Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on April 05, 2021 in: Pastor's Corner

Fr Bill's Pastor's Corner
April 4 - There are many spiritual ways to describe the Resurrection. But maybe this year it’s takes on the additional significance of being a Reset. After months of hibernation, many people are returning to pray around the altar. That alone is reason to rejoice! But we know that we are entering a new phase of our two parishes. Friends have died. Some practices will be retired like passing around collection baskets and at least, delayed sharing of the Precious Blood in a chalice. But we must add new things also... more on-line access, more care to our "home ...

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