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Sisters of Christian Charity Prayer Service
Please join us in prayer at St. Boniface Cemetery on Saturday, June 5th at 11AM as we remember the Sisters of Christian Charity who are buried in our cemetery.  Please bring a chair.

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Cemetery

A Message from the Bishop

Posted on May 27, 2021 in: General News

A Message from the Bishop
Bishop Bambera’s ‘Invitation Back to Mass’ Message for the Faithful, May 27, 2021  https://youtu.be/OAqtkcOYB_A

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
May 23 - So many people are looking for authenticity, energy and consistency from communities of believers. They want to see that our words are matched by actions. The world is sick of hypocrites who hold everyone else to a different standard. At Pentecost, we were armed with gifts and strengths of the Holy Spirit that could enable us to inspire a jaded world. But we must enlist them and with enthusiasm. In this past week, we have been given another chance at life together. Let's make it impressive.

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Parish Pastoral Council Election Results
Congratulations to our newest Parish Pastoral Council members! Noah Bauer (3 year term) Brianne Carpenter (3 year term) Sue Dinsmore (3 year term) Stephanie Radulski (3 year term) Sharon Thompson (2 year term) They will be attending our next Council meeting on Monday, June 21, 2021 at 6:30 in the St. Lawrence Parish Hall where they will help choose the next chair-person, vice chair-person, and secretary. Thank you to all who voted to help choose our newest representatives!

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RUMMAGE SALE

Posted on May 21, 2021 in: General News

RUMMAGE SALE
√ Mark your calendars: Friday June 11th & Saturday June 12th, in the St. Lawrence Parish Center, all Covid19 safety protocols will be followed. Volunteers are very much needed the days we setup Wednesday 9th & Thursday 10th starting at 9am, also the days of the sale Friday and Saturday starting at 8am. We have received so many nice items, thank you, if you want to make donations call 570-322-3278 Dianne Fisher or 570-323-6202 Judy Campion for drop off time at the St. Lawrence Parish Garage. All items not sold are donated to a variety of oth...

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Catholic Women's Conference
Refresh your faith...With Merciful Love Catholic Women's Conference at Marywood University Saturday, June 19, 2021 *Outdoor tented seating with social distancing protocols in place (570) 348-6211 cwcnepa.com Or contact Dianne Fisher 570-322-3278 St. Lawrence & St. Boniface coordinator for more information.  If we have enough ladies interested in a special opportunity to attend the Women’s Conference virtually as a group, we are considering offering this 10:30am to 2:30pm in the St. Boniface RAC, lite lunch would be offered and registration would be req...

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Second Sunday Spring Wrap Up
Sunday - May 23rd: Come join other 9-12 graders from St. Boniface, St. Lawrence, and St. Ann's for our final spring event! In honor of Pentecost, we'll have s'mores, a firepit, and a movie. We'll discuss who Jesus is - what it means to be Catholic - what it means to be called to sainthood.  We are also planning to have the Sacrament of Reconciliation available for you all.  Weather-permitting, we will meet at the St. Ann's Pavilion from 6:00p, to 9:00pm. If the weather causes trouble, we'll mask up and go inside St. Ann's parish hall.&n...

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Youth Ministry

Memorial Day Mass

Posted on May 21, 2021 in: General News

Memorial Day Mass
Memorial Day Mass 9am May 31st at St. Boniface Cemetery, Penn & Wyoming Sts. Please bring a chair, light refreshments will be provided

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Cemetery

Bereavement Journey Ministry

Posted on May 21, 2021 in: Ministries

Bereavement Journey Ministry
The Bereavement Journey Ministry invites parish volunteers to participate in a service of care, support, and compassion.  Volunteer Forms are available in today's bulletin and on the parish website. Please return the form to the collection basket at Mass, or return to the Parish Office by the end of May. Thank you.

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
May 16 - As society and the parishes begin to re-open, I beg you to be gentle with each other. For some it will be too slow and for others, they will flinch when the tape on pews is removed. Especially at church, we should be patient. Also remember that we continue to have many vulnerable people around us. At the very least, most of our children have not been vaccinated. Their parents will be vigilant. So, take a deep breath. After a year of training, our atmosphere of caution will not disappear overnight.

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Fr Bill's Pastor's Corner
May 9 - As I said in my homily last week, we've suffered two years of obstacles to our parish growth. Now we feel a bit freer and sense that life can be exciting in the near future. Let's take that enthusiasm and ask the Holy Spirit to help us harness it. We should try to make up for lost time. Think seriously about what you can do for the parishes. Small efforts by everyone could transform us into a light on the hill. For too long, a few people have been carrying the parishes. Or as business people say about human nature, often 20% of the people do 80% of...

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Welcoming Back Our Parishioners
Effective May 14, 2021 The Diocese of Scranton joyfully welcomes the faithful of the Diocese of Scranton to return to Masses at all of its parishes. Despite the challenges of the last year, we invite those who have not yet returned to Mass to rejoin us in person to celebrate the Holy Eucharist, the source and summit of the Christian life. The Diocese of Scranton issued revised guidelines on May 14 concerning the celebration of public Masses in its 11 counties that parishes can begin to implement. The changes come after the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention ...

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RUMMAGE SALE

Posted on May 14, 2021 in: St Lawrence Activities

RUMMAGE SALE
√ Mark your calendars - RUMMAGE SALE - Friday June 11th and Saturday June 12th, in the St. Lawrence Parish Center. We need clean useable items in good condition to make our sale a success.  Please keep us in mind if you’re spring cleaning soon. Donated items can be dropped off at the St. Lawrence Parish Garage starting now. All items not sold are donated to a variety of other area charities at the end of our sale so your donations not only benefit the St. Lawrence Parish but several other worthy non-profit organizations. Everybody wins!  Just call 570-...

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Parish Council Elections
Voting for the next members of the St. Boniface & St. Lawrence Parish Pastoral Council is taking place this weekend, May 15 & 16. The ballots and biography sheets of the candidates are in the pews at each church along with pens or pencils for voting. Please take a minute to review the bio sheet on the candidates one more time and vote at the end of Mass before you leave. You may place the ballots in the collection basket (or ballot box at St. Lawrence) in the back of each church. The ballots will be counted at the next Council meeting on Monday, May 17. The winners ...

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Happy Mother's Day

Posted on May 06, 2021 in: General News

Happy Mother's Day
We wish all our Mothers a Happy & Healthy Mother’s Day! Loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children, so you watch over your Church. Bless our mother. Let the example of her faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, her family, may honor her always with a spirit of profound respect. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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May 13th The Ascension of the Lord
On May 13th, on the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, the Church celebrates the return of Christ to the Father, his physical body leaving the earth behind. At the end of His earthly life, Jesus ascends triumphantly into heaven and is invited to sit at the Father’s right hand to share His glory. Join us at Mass on Thursday May 13th  at St. Boniface – 8am  and St. Lawrence – 5:30pm

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
May 2 - There is joy in the parking lot and in the vestibule of both of our parishes. People are thrilled when they see each other for the first time in months. That's part of the joy of coming to Mass. We see strangers who have become friends and even brothers/sisters. Slowly, the Holy Spirit transforms how we relate to each other as we stand around the table of the Lord. As we piece together our community, let others know of your happiness to see them...even if you don't know their names.

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Appalachian Spring the Music of Aaron Copland
Appalachian Spring Music by Aaron Copland: 4pm Sunday, May 16th at St. Boniface Church performed by St. Boniface Choir. Nature and the American landscape inspired Aaron Copland throughout his long career. Music from his ballets--Appalachian Spring and Rodeo--plus Old American Songs and music from the score for the film version of Thornton Wilder's Our Town are performed by soprano Bernadette Boerckel and pianists Gary Boerckel and Yvonne Mitchell. Admission is free.

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