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Lycoming College Candlelight Vigil
Consider taking time on Tuesday, January 25 to gather on the Lycoming College Quad at 5:15 p.m. to participate in a vigil to remember those who have passed away as a result of COVID, and to honor all the healthcare and frontline workers who have valiantly faced the challenges presented by this pandemic.

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Social Work Assistance Group Needed
Our parishes have an increasing number of elderly who are facing life changing questions. Some need to move into a care facility, others are caring for a spouse with memory issues, and others are simply depressed. We can't solve those issues for them, but we could help refer them to the appropriate professionals. Navigating the bureaucracy can be daunting! Are there parishioners who are current or retired social workers or others who have some knowledge in this area? We would love to create a small team that could help guide bewildered parishioners. Contact Fr. Bil...

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International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2022
The International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be observed from Tuesday, January 18 through Tuesday, January 25, 2022. The Diocese of Scranton will celebrate a Christian Unity Service on Wednesday, January 19 at 12:10 p.m. and will be livestreamed on CTV and diocesan social media.  This year, the Middle East Council of Churches chose as the theme "We saw the star in the East, and we came to worship Him." from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 2. This expresses the Eastern Churches' tradition of joining Epiphany to the mystery of the Baptism of ...

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Pastor's Corner: January 16

Posted on January 15, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: January 16
From 1960-63, my family lived in South Carolina. As the civil rights movement started to peak, local whites often associated it with JFK and Catholics. Being Catholic and from Massachusetts didn't help my parent’s popularity. And yet, we were not prophets. Black Catholics in our town were allowed to attend the "white" parish but only if they sat in the back. Thankfully, society has come a long way. But as we remember MLK, we still have far to go.

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NO 7 a.m. St. Lawrence Mass Monday!
There will NOT be a 7 a.m. Mass at St. Lawrence on Monday, January 17 due to the severe winter storm watch-- snow, ice & windchill.  WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE STAY HOME & BE SAFE!  https://www.pahomepage.com/weather/weather-alerts/

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St Lawrence
Vision 2030: Opportunities and Challenges
At the beginning of a new year, it is natural to look towards the future. For the last several years, the Diocese of Scranton and its churches have been focused on the future with a pastoral planning initiative called the Vision 2030 Blueprint Process. Vision 2030 will help our diocese meet the many opportunities and challenges of the coming decade. The main goal of Vision 2030 is to create vibrant parishes rooted in the life of Jesus Christ. An example of what Vision 2030 includes are possible areas for discussion and pastoral planning that may occur in parishes over th...

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Dedicate Altar Flowers

Posted on January 13, 2022 in: General News

Dedicate Altar Flowers
You can dedicate altar flowers at St. Boniface and at St. Lawrence in memory of or in honor of a loved one, and a notation of your request will be printed in the bulletin. Please note that the names of loved ones on Easter and Christmas flower contribution envelopes will not be placed in the bulletin. These holiday envelopes will be placed on the altar for prayers. Altar flower pricing for 2022 is $75 for one bouquet in front of the altar and $130 for two bouquets, one bouquet on either side of the altar. Requests for altar flowers can be made by calling the of...

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2021 Tax Documentation

Posted on January 12, 2022 in: General News

2021 Tax Documentation
Tax season is approaching! If you would like a letter outlining your 2021 your charitable contributions made to the church, please contact the office to have your information mailed or emailed to you at the end of January.

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Enter the Chili Cook Off!

Posted on January 11, 2022 in: General News

Enter the Chili Cook Off!
Dust off your favorite chili recipe and come join your fellow parishioners for a chili cook off on Sunday, Jan. 30, from 12-2 p.m. in the St. Boniface school gym. The cook off “favorite” will be determined by the chef participants. Contact Dave at 570-322-4336 or Connie at 570-974-8602 to RSVP. Watch the bulletin for further details.

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Pastor's Corner: January 9

Posted on January 10, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: January 9
In 1985, our two parishes baptized 95 children. In 2021 we baptized only 9. That says a lot about the size of families but it also signals less people participating in the faith. And yet, when conducted during Mass, baptisms bring such joy and life to the parish. What will bring new energy to our community if there is no one to carry on in the future? Sometimes we get overly focused on the scarcity of priests and their age (Fr. Bob 72, me approaching 70). But look closer to home. Who are our servers, musicians and volunteers? The future is here.

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Missionaries in Our Midst

Posted on January 10, 2022 in: General News

Missionaries in Our Midst
Missionaries in Our Midst,  I am grateful to God for the gift of faith, family and my priesthood, and to all of you and your pastor, Rev. William Corcoran, for the generous opportunity to appeal here in your parish, St. Boniface & St. Lawrence, on behalf of my home diocese at this year's World Mission Appeal. I am Rev. Clement Amankwah Yeboah from the Diocese of Sunyani, Ghana. I am working in the Diocese of Scranton along with two classmates of mine, Fr. Philbert Takyi Nketiah at St. Jude's church, Mountain Top and Fr. Stephen Asomah Amponsah, Our Lady ...

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Take a Virtual Tour of our Churches
With the cold temperatures keeping us from venturing too far outside, now would be a perfect time to cozy up in front of your laptop and take a virtual tour of St. Boniface and St. Lawrence. Have you ever wondered about the meanings and uses of sacred vessels?  Want to know about what a priest wears for Mass? Want to learn more about the layout of either of churches? Enjoy this 30-minute virtual tour with Father Bill and Karen Balestino to find the answers to these questions and many more.  Originally created for the second grade First Communion cla...

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Time to Update Your Parish Information
If you have changes to your contact information (phone/cell, email, address), please let us know by using the printed form found in the bulletin, or submitting the online registration/update form on our website. Many phone numbers and addresses in our system are no longer valid and we want to be sure we stay connected!  If you are an online giving participant and no longer wish to receive paper donation envelopes, you can call the parish office or email stboniface@comcast.net. Remember to sign up for our email Weekly News by filling out your inform...

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Pastor's Corner: January 2

Posted on January 02, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: January 2
The Arabs have a way of saying "Happy New Year" that stresses: "May you be well and at peace."  Based on recent history, maybe their lower expectations are more realistic. Not knowing what we face in 2022, let's hope we do so with the inner peace that comes from our connection with Christ. Happy-ness can be fleeting but peace remains. May our prayer together elevate and restore you. May it carry you through the week. May it give you a reason to return to the altar. Despite everything around us, may Jesus be the Alpha & Omega that sustains.

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Come Learn More about the Church
Our next PREP talk is not just for parents. All parishioners are invited to join PREP parents for an informative presentation on the Catholic Church and the Modern World: A Church of Welcome, Ministry, and Care for Others. This presentation will share the recent events and mission of Pope Francis that embraces a Church that is accepting and inviting to every person in the world and open to all peoples. All in attendence will gain an understanding of the Church's mission to listen, guide, and transform the hearts and minds of people from every walk of life and build loca...

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