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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on August 31, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
August 30 - It’s refreshing to see that both parties are inserting moments of prayer in their conventions and the Catholic Church seems rather prominent. The Jesuit writer Fr. James Martin addressed one convention and Cardinal Dolan of NY will pray with the other. Regardless of your leanings, we can impact the issues and our nation's fragility by conducting all discussions as people of the Gospel... believers who are centered on justice and rooted in peace who advocate without tearing down. How we debate is often as crucial as our stance itself.

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2021 Mass Intentions

Posted on August 27, 2020 in: General News

2021 Mass Intentions
The 2021 Mass Intentions Calendar will open on Tuesday September 1st for intentions for January through December of the upcoming year (2021). Please contact the Parish Office to schedule an intention. At this time, for your safety, we request you call the parish office for your requests. You may request 1 Sunday or Saturday Mass and up to 2 Daily Masses. Additional requests can be made after January 1st. Mass intentions are accepted for:  (St. Lawrence) Monday, Tuesday at 7:00AM; (St. Boniface) Wednesday, Friday at 8:00AM (St. Boniface) Saturday at 4:...

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10:30am Sunday Mass

Posted on August 24, 2020 in: General News

10:30am Sunday Mass
REMINDER - - - St. Boniface Sunday Masses will resume back to 10:30am starting September 13th!

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on August 23, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
August 23 - During First Communion, the children gave me a good laugh (often hidden by my mask). Sometimes physically awkward as they genuflected or made the sign of the Cross, you couldn't help but chuckle. Yet you also felt a massive sense of responsibility. Because they are blank slates, it’s obvious they are trying to imitate what they see and hear. Consequently, the Church has said forever that parents are the First Teachers of children in the faith of Jesus Christ. School teachers or religious ed catechists can help but have much less import than parent...

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First Communion Video 2.0

Posted on August 18, 2020 in: Sacraments

First Communion Video 2.0
On August 15th, thirteen students celebrated their First Holy Communion with their families. Congratulations to: Gage Boop Bella Long McKay Campbell Addison McCloud Jacob Danielsen Caleb Sampsell Braiden Gusick Sofia Sartori Dahlia Kuri Matthew Stoetzel Stella Kuri Giovanni Trojan Connor Linn Please continue to pray for these children as they come forward to receive Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament at weekend Masses. The video can be viewed on Facebook.

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PREP

Pierogies

Posted on August 16, 2020 in: General News

Pierogies
SOLD OUT! Thank you for the overwhelming response to selling our pierogis. We apologize to anyone that wanted to purchase but didn’t have the opportunity. Stay tuned as we will be discussing our next fundraising venture at our September meeting.   Thank you for your continued support as we navigate this year without the carnival.  Looking forward to 2021! The Activities Association will be looking at trying different fundraising events.

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Need Assistance

Posted on August 16, 2020 in: General News

Need Assistance
We need some sleuthing on your part. Occasionally we discover that some elderly member of our parishes has been living alone or with children but somehow become separated from the church. We don't want them to be isolated and without the Blessed Sacrament. If you think someone needs our attention, give their contacts to the office staff or speak to Keith Johnson at 570.244.6441. We will go to visit them and find out whether they are former parishioners and want us to bring Holy Communion on a regular basis. Help us serve everyone.

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Office Volunteers

Posted on August 16, 2020 in: General News

Office Volunteers
We could use a small pool of helpers to stuff envelopes and attach mailing labels on Tuesday mornings. If you can help occasionally, we will add you to a list. Each Tuesday would require no more than 2 hours of help. This effort will allow us to mail Kids Bulletins to most of our children. Without Children's Liturgy, we want them to know we are thinking of them and keep them connected to Jesus and his Church.

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on August 16, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
August 16 - I called friends in Lebanon after the explosion. One woman remarked that their beautiful apartment was devastated. Windows were blown out and shards of glass destroyed furniture but they had just stepped into their car and were shielded. Two minutes later and they could have been devastated. Another friend, lost her entire apartment and possessions, even her recent wedding gifts. Take a few minutes today to simply count your blessings. Saying Thanks to God is a first step to deep prayer.

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BIBLE STUDY SIGN UP

Posted on August 12, 2020 in: General News

BIBLE STUDY SIGN UP
UPDATE: CLASSES WILL NOW BE HELD IN THE ST. LAWRENCE CHURCH FOR BETTER SOCIAL DISTANCING This will allow us to have more attendees and be able to social distance in the comfort of the church. Registration is required. Please sign up through our SIGNUP GENIUS Registration. Registration is required.  This is an interactive class on the Psalms and their central part in Judeo-Christian faith. Another in the Little Rock Series, this will span 7 sessions. These will only be held on Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm as follows: Sept 15, Sept 22, Sept 2...

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Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Posted on August 11, 2020 in: General News

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Seats are still available! Our trip limit is 35. Because of the overwhelming response last year, initial preference will be given to registered parishioners of St. Boniface/St. Lawrence for the remainder of August. This will be offered next month to anyone in the Diocese. If you are concerned about cancellation fees, before deciding, call us 570-326-1544. Hosted by Fr Bill Corcoran, the group will visit Haifa, Tiberias, Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Don't worry, you have time to plan and save - the trip will take place from October 5 - 14, 2021 at a cost...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on August 09, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
August 9 - My first introduction to St Boniface was large numbers of parishioners making pierogis to sell at the Carnival. Since then I have witnessed the dedication and labor of our Parish Activities Committee as they strive to have fun and raise money for our ministries. Sadly, that won't happen this year. Together we reached the conclusion that we couldn't ensure everyone's safety. We will miss the joy of working together, watching small children giggle as they play a game and eating sausages followed by Eder's to quell the fire. But this cancellatio...

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Fall Plans

Posted on August 07, 2020 in: General News

Fall Plans
Here are some sneak previews for the Fall: Bible Study - The Psalms will commence on Tuesday September 15th at 6:30pm for 7 sessions ending November 3rd. Taize Evening of Prayer - Sunday September 20th at 8pm (for candlelight) only 30 minutes in length Retreat with Dr. Mary Ann Getty - Thursday October 8th, author of Women in New Testament, two different talks at 2pm and 6:30pm Made for More - Thursday, October 15th Concert by Dr. Gary Boerckel - Brahms & Beethoven at 3pm Sunday, October 18th We have no clear idea of where this crisis is going. But we...

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Update on Carnival

Posted on August 07, 2020 in: St Boniface Activities

Update on Carnival
After much discussion and thought, the Activities Association has decided to CANCEL the 2020 carnival. As you know the COVID numbers continue to rise in Lycoming County. The safety and well-being of our parishioners and local community is of utmost importance to us.   However, we will be selling our homemade frozen pierogis, a bag of 24 for $10. They will be available after masses the weekend of August 22nd & 23rd and Tuesday, August 25th from 6-7:00 pm.  We ask that you come to the glass doors of the school located on Franklin Street. We will bring th...

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August 10th Feast of St. Lawrence
St. Lawrence is the Patron Saint of Rome, students, miners, tanners, chefs, poor, firefighters “St. Lawrence loved Christ in his life, he imitated Him in his death…After all, we shall not be able to give a better proof of love, than by imitating His example.” St. Lawrence, Pray for us! Join us at Mass 7am on Monday August 10th at St. Lawrence.

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on August 03, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
August 2 - With schools starting extra early, my summer is fading quickly. So, I'm trying to savor the remaining sun, fresh tomatoes and meals outside. The warmth and brightness helped mitigate some of March's isolation. And while we are tougher now, I shudder at the thought of shorter days and nights colder than Eder's ice cream. They also mean less contact with you and less laughter. That's where I revert to Jesus on the Road to Emmaus in Luke 24:13. The disciples were blue. He was with them throughout but it’s hard to see when all they did was ...

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2020 Census

Posted on August 03, 2020 in: General News

2020 Census
Over the next 10 years, data from the 2020 Census will inform the distribution of hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds each year that support education, health care, emergency services, housing and food assistance, and more. In August 2020, census workers will begin visiting households that have not responded to the census to help ensure that everyone is counted. We can minimize the need for census takers to follow up in person by responding to the census now—online, by phone, or by mail. The Census Bureau has made adjustments to its 2020 Census operations...

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What is RCIA?

Posted on August 01, 2020 in: General News

What is RCIA?
If you or anyone you know are interested in becoming Catholic…The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process established for the universal Church for individuals to become Catholic and receive the sacraments of initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist.  This initiation process also involves a parish community experiencing a renewal in faith as it prepares and welcomes new members into the Church. The Rite speaks of conversion as a “spiritual journey.”  Centered on fostering a deep relationship with Jesus and the Chu...

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