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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on September 28, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
September 27 - This is a strange year. For strength and to avoid duplication, we had joined our two parishes with St Ann and Our Lady of Lourdes for RCIA (convert classes). This worked very well until now. For the first time in 13 years, we had no one step forward to take instruction. That's a sobering fact. Countering that, we have 18 students receiving Confirmation this weekend from last year's class. Let's talk up our faith. It’s even more crucial now as we face such profound questions in everyday life. We can't retreat from that reality!

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High School Ministry KICK-OFF

Posted on September 24, 2020 in: Ministries

High School Ministry KICK-OFF
SECOND SUNDAY HIGH SCHOOL MINISTRY KICK-OFF Where: Pavilion at St. Ann’s Church When: Sunday, 9/27/20 from 5:30 – 7:00p What: Dinner & Conversation – Where is God? Who: High Schoolers – 9-12 graders Logistics: We will practice social distancing -please bring a mask in case we need them. Bring a blanket, beach towel, or a chair if you’d prefer to sit somewhere other than the picnic tables under the Pavilion. Please come join other area high schoolers as we catch up about how life has been since March. We plan to meet outside at the Pavi...

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Retreat with Dr. Mary Ann Getty

Posted on September 22, 2020 in: General News

Retreat with Dr. Mary Ann Getty
Retreat with Author Dr. Mary Ann Getty. Author of “Women in the New Testament” at St. Boniface Church Thursday October 8th 2:00pm & 6:30pm About the Presenter:    Mary Ann Getty Sullivan has her Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D./Ph.D.) from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. Mary Ann is a popular lecturer and teacher and has many years of experience in offering retreats for lay people as well as for priests and religious. Each session and presentation will have different content Sign up for this one day retreat at SignUpGeni...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on September 21, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
September 20 - The Meditations of the last 2 weeks have been by priests who gave the invocations at the Democratic and Republican conventions. They didn't vilify or label the others as being evil. They prayed that we might be one nation under God. As tempers flare, a few fringe clergy will try to tell you who to vote for. And yet, the Church has struggled for centuries to avoid being engaged in partisan politics. It damages the Church and takes away your role as mature adults. The Church will educate on moral issues and help you to form your consciences. But i...

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Confirmation 2020

Posted on September 17, 2020 in: General News

Confirmation 2020
Please keep our youth in your prayers as they receive the sacrament of confirmation on September 26, 2020. Jordan Cioffi, Chase Cowden, Adelyn Dawes, Colby Felix, Ella Flerlage, Tyler Gee, Charley Greevy, Caden Holt, Madison Labatch, Gabriel Meredith, Patrick Nardi, Abigail Paz, Alex Pricher, Samuel Radulski, Kathryn Ryder, Lauren Sullivan, Elizabeth Weller, Ella Wilson, Michael Yoas  

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An Evening of Quiet Prayer with the Monks of Taizé
Join us on Sunday September 20th at 8pm at St. Boniface Church - Taizé Prayer Service - Night of Peace with Hymns Readings Reflection and Quiet. The monks of Taizé, France have comforted and inspired millions. A series of their best hymns will be interspersed among a selection of readings, reflections and silence.The church will be darker than normal. Candles will be prominent. In between the speaking, there will be extended moments of silence. Enjoy the quiet and the peace that flows from it. **Adhering to the safety guidelines issued by the PA Secretary of Health and ...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on September 14, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
September 13 - Normally, the auto body business is at its peak in winter. Slick conditions on dark nights understandably cause more accidents. But this year, road rage, political impatience and maybe extra drinking are causing a jump in repairs. That's especially the case, with parking lot "scratches" where the driver leaves no note of apology with contact info. Often, our conversion to Christ will show itself in small ways.

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Day of Prayer and Gratitude for Priests
Bishop Joseph C. Bambera has set Monday, September 14, 2020, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, as a Day of Prayer and Gratitude for Priests in the Diocese of Scranton. The bishop invites all priests and the faithful to join together for Evening Prayer with the Renewal of Priestly Promises live at 4:00 p.m. via CTV: Catholic Television, the Diocese of Scranton website or any of the Diocese of Scranton social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube). During the COVID-19 pandemic, our priests have continued to do Christ’s work by o...

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Food Pantry

Posted on September 06, 2020 in: Social Concerns

Food Pantry
FOOD PANTRY needs FRUIT JUICE. Thank you to all families for supporting St. Joseph the Worker Food Pantry (working in affiliation with Central PA Food Bank), also needed for distribution: Instant mashed potatoes, Canned fruit, Canned vegetables, Gravy, Cranberry sauce, Bag cookies, Fruit snacks, Hot Chocolate packets, Grocery gift cards (any amount). Contact persons with questions:  Dianne Fisher SL 570-322-3278.

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Sojourner Truth Ministry

Posted on September 06, 2020 in: Social Concerns

Sojourner Truth Ministry
SOJOURNER TRUTH MINISTRY CONTACT: Steve Bower @ 412-526-8839. Soujourner House of Hope enables participants in a season of homelessness to develop a plan conducive to healthy living and ame positive and productive transitions into society.

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Family Promise

Posted on September 06, 2020 in: Social Concerns

Family Promise
Family Promise is providing meals and shelter for homeless families in our community. The host churches are providing meals and overnight hosts. Our week is September 6th-13th. Volunteers are needed provide meals are asked to bring the food to the Family Promise day center (the former MD rectory) on Hepburn St. Face masks are provided to families. Social distancing is expected. To volunteer please contact Margy Foran @ 570-360-1292.

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on September 06, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
September 6 - I recently streamed a murder mystery to relax. It was remarkably calming after being subjected to an avalanche of political rhetoric on TV and in social media. That's not healthy when murder mysteries become your outlet. Perhaps in 2020 because of our "hibernation" we have subjected ourselves to entirely too much electronic stimulation. Use the remaining summer and early Fall weather to stay outdoors. Visit friends, play with the dog, pray in the woods and take a hike. But give the screen a break! (For Christ's sake)

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Added Sunday Mass

Posted on September 03, 2020 in: General News

Added Sunday Mass
Increasingly more people are returning to Mass at both parishes. It's wonderful to see parishioners who have been away for months. But as they arrive, we need to maintain healthy standards of distancing.  To enhance our atmosphere, we will be adding a new TEMPORARY Mass, Sundays at 8am at St Boniface beginning on Sunday, September 13th (same Sunday we return to 10:30am). That will be simultaneous with the regular 8am Mass at St Lawrence. By introducing an additional Mass, this should relieve the stress on all Masses. However, because the priest ca...

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