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The pilgrimage is part of this year’s commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Founding of the Diocese of Scranton.  17th Diocese of Scranton Pilgrimage of Faith to Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Washington, DC will be on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Pilgrimage Cost:  $55/person + lunch Register through your parish. For more information, call: Office for Parish Life 570-207-2213. 6:00 a.m. Buses begin to depart from various locations 9:30 a.m. Morning prayer on individual buses 11:00 a.m. Arrival at the Basilica of the National Shrine 12:00 p.m. Welcom...

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St. Ann's & St. Joseph the Worker are sponsoring Shipwrecked Vacation Bible School June 18th -22nd 9a-Noon, at St. Joseph the Worker. Early registration is recommended & encouraged.  All chilldren K to 6th grade are welcome. Please register as soon as possible (Click here) at vbspro.events/p/events/sjwsa2018.  

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Men's Prayer Breakfast June 2nd at St. Joseph the Worker 8:30a Mass. Breakfast at 9:30a & Speaker Gary Zimak at 10:30a in The Fleming Center. $10 Youth/$15 Adults. Call 570 323-9456 to Register. FollowingTheTruth.com

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Father's Day Cards

Posted on May 24, 2018 in: General News

Please use Father's Day Envelopes that are provided in your packet for a special gift for our living & deceased fathers. These envelopes will be placed on the altar for the Father's Day Masses. There are cards on the tables in the back of the churches that you can give to the living fathers in your lives. Just put the money in the envelope and return it to the Parish Office through the collection and give the card to your loved one.

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MOST HOLY TRINITY      The Council of Nicea affirmed as doctrine for the church the fact of the Trinity. It affirmed what was found in Mt.28.19. "Go, baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…" All Christian churches that I am aware of affirm that God is a Trinity of persons. There is a depth to the being of God. There is a profundity to his nature. It is true that we cannot understand what and how the Trinity "works". One thing is certain, it works to our benefit. If you take humans out of the equation you could sincerely ask whether there is need for a Trinity. I...

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Memorial Day Mass

Posted on May 18, 2018 in: General News

St. Boniface Cemetery on Penn St. & Wyoming St. Please Join Us on Monday May 28th 9:00 am for Memorial Day Mass. Bring Your Chair & Join Us For Light Refresments after Mass. In case of inclement weather, Mass will be held in St. Boniface Church.

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St. Anthony’s Center is in need of man power & boxes next Saturday, May 26th 8am-Noon to box up canned goods to be distributed to area food banks. St. Anthony has helped many now it is time to give back. If you can help please call SJW Parish @ 570- 323-9456. 

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June 1st -3rd middle school students from across the Diocese of Scranton will gather at Camp Orchard Hill in Dallas for the Up & Over Jr. High Retreat. This retreat is designed to teach students problem solving skills, communication, and team building through small group sessions and diverse activities such as a lowropes obstacle course. Students are guaranteed to leave the weekend with new friends, a different perspective of their faith, and skills that they’ll be able to put to use! This is an invitation to current 6 th, 7th, and 8th. Please contact Shannon Kowalski if you should have any questions about ...

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Newly Formed St. Boniface Senior Ministry to Reach Out to our Parishioners at Home. One of the needs identified on our parish survey was an outreach to seniors. As the first step in our outreach, we have just organized a number of volunteers who were trained as Extraordinary Ministers of Communion. These volunteers are ready to travel to homes to visit, bring Communion and pray with those (of any age) who are unable to attend Mass. If you or a family member would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact the rectory or Karen Balestino, ministry coordinator 570-327-1147. St. Boniface Mission at William...

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Pentecost     The blending of the Jewish faith with Christianity was with us from the beginning. When the first communities following the "new way", as we were known early on, began to live out the mystery of Jesus Christ it was clear there was not a clear break between the two. One of the first truly public expressions of our faith was Pentecost. The Jewish and Christian communities were gathered in Jerusalem for the Jewish feast of Hemera (the fiftieth day). It was a harvest festival of the first fruits of the grain harvest. The small Christian community was there for that feast with all their ne...

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Farewell Reception for Msgr. McGough and Fr. Zipay Our two priests will be having a last mass celebration on June 10, 2018 at 11 am.  There will be a reception immediately following in the school gym.  We are looking for volunteers that are willing to make tea sandwiches (ham, chicken, tuna, egg salad, pimento cheese) and cookies, brownies, mini muffins for this event.  If you feel you could help, please call Diane Fisher at 570-322-3278 or Deb Wheeler at 570-220-2303.  There will also be a signup sheet located in the back of the church if you would prefer to sign up rather than call.  Y...

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Fifty years ago, four men — Charles Cummings, John Manno, Stephen McGough and Michael Zipay — from the region were ordained as a part of the Diocese of Scranton’s 1968 ordination class. Today they still serve and stay active in the community. Bishop James C. Timlin will celebrate their 50th anniversary of priesthood at 5 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 711 W. Edwin St. Click Link to read entire story..

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May Month of Mary

Posted on May 10, 2018 in: Sacraments

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I Trust - Call upon Mary! In danger, in difficulty or in doubt, think of Mary, call upon Mary, Keep her name on your lips, and never let it pass out of your heart. Following in her footsteps, you will not go astray: praying to her, you will not fall into despair: thinking of her you will not err. While she keeps hold of your hand, you will not fall ... you will not grow weary ... you will have no fear ... Enjoying her protection, you will reach the goal. (Saint Bernard)

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Happy Mother's Day

Posted on May 10, 2018 in: Ministries

Happy Mother's Day! Blaschak-Stout Family, Baptism Sunday, May 13th at St Boniface!  Congratulate the Family.

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Baptism
END OF OPPORTUNITY The Easter season concludes on May 20th with the Feast of Pentecost. Easter was real game changer. With the renewal of the act of Baptism on Easter Day we took on a New Life, with New powers, in short, a New Day for us. This all takes place in the world of faith, which for us is reality. This reality is opposed to the world which forgot Easter on Easter Monday. When we speak of the "world" we speak of any reality without God. The "world" is not the beautiful universe filled with the wonder of God's creation. Wherever you have unity, truth, beauty, grace, goodness and ...

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This day long youth rally for 6th – 12th grade students, includes games, keynote speakers, breakout sessions, small groups, guys & gals session, lunch, Mass, XLT Adoration, praise & worship band, and dinner. Based on Romans 12:2, Transformed is going to impact the way you walk, talk, think, and live as a Catholic student. Today, it seems like society is dictating what is good, bad and the absolute truth. In reality we should be looking to Christ to lead us into the only Truth. It is going to take time, dedication, prayer, willingness, and effort to transform our lives together. How will Christ transf...

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First Holy Communion Photos

Posted on May 07, 2018 in: General News

Parents if you didn't have a chance to speak to Eric Beiter about getting photographs of your child,  you can reach him at Highland Photography , and at 570-772-9731.  

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Catholic women of the Diocese

Posted on May 07, 2018 in: Ministries

We have been asked by the Catholic women of the Diocese to help them find  a parish coordinator for each parish.  Please forward this information below to the women in your life, wife, mother, sister, friend, etc. Thank you and God bless,  If your interested please email carol@altusforwomen.com   As you all know, we are gearing up for our First Annual Catholic Women's Conference in Scranton on June 23, 2018! We envision 1,000 women attending from Northeast Pennsylvania and beyond! In order to make this dream a reality, weNEED YOUR HELP! We need you to say YES to b...

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FURTHER INTO EASTER--The Father's action in sending the Word, the Son, was not the first step in the beautiful expression of the Father's Love. As the Jewish people used to sing in considering the steps that God took to save them; at any point they sang, "it was enough". The Father's action was completed when the Son was crucified and buried and rose. It was always about His love for the human family he created. He is the Good Shepherd. He is the vine to which we are attached. When you think of Easter and Ascension and the absence of Jesus, you want to know what next? Jesus has left us with loving ...

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Pastor's Corner
The life of the Risen Lord has been poured out into our hearts. This risen life has come into us. Our faith confirms what Jesus has done. His entry into life was without any exceptions. Nothing of the human condition was avoided. This included the horrifying crucifixion. It was real and he truly suffered and died. Jesus did not die an ordinary death. The manner and experience of Jesus' death is unfathomable to us. Jesus went to the extreme of human suffering and pain. We make a real choice to join our real pain and suffering with his, the first of many brothers and sisters to go the way of death. He asked us to follow ...

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Host Week May 20th--Well it is almost time for us to host the Family Promise guests again. Our next week will be May 20th – 27th. Kathy Venaski is our Food Coordinator and can be reached at 570-419-5712 if you are able to provide dinner for one of the nights. Ray Fischer has agreed to be our Overnight Coordinator.  He can be reached at 570-326-5464.  At this time there are 4 families, 5 adults and 9 children in the program. This can always change but we will let you know the exact number of guests the week before. We provide them with food for breakfast and lunch in addition to the ...

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