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Thank You PREP Team

Posted on September 27, 2022 in: Religious Education

Thank You PREP Team
As we begin our PREP year, we continue to pray for our catechists and all those who volunteer as part of our PREP Team. In addition to our regular classroom teachers, we have 25 adult and teen volunteers who give of their time on Sunday mornings to share their faith and talents with our children. Please thank them for their vital service to our parish family. Safety Directors—Chris Kriner, Butch McCusker Assistant to the DRE—Sue McCusker Adult Aide—Jen Hubler Youth Aides—Callie Anderson, Ben Cappel, Chase Cowden, Connor Cowden ...

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Pastor's Corner: September 25

Posted on September 26, 2022 in: General News

Pastor's Corner: September 25
In the entry areas of our two churches, near where you pick up your bulletin, there’s also another pile of papers—the 2022-2023 budget. I encourage you to take a good look at our financial projection. There’s good news and there’s challenges in those lines and numbers. The best news in these budgets is those lines and numbers have a context. They tell the story of how faith communities work and sacrifice for the sake of the gospel. They become a springboard for planning with our Pastoral and Finance Councils. Because the issues contained in our pa...

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Dinner Honoring Our Older Parishioners
We want to celebrate our parishioners 65+ years young from St. Boniface and St. Lawrence to shower them with gratitude and love. We are offering a complimentary "Oktoberfest" themed dinner on Sunday, October 16 at 4 p.m. in the St. Boniface School gym. RSVP details now available. Additionally, if you can volunteer to help with transportation for this important event, please contact Keith Johnson at 570-494-3200.

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Thank You PREP Classroom Teachers!

Posted on September 20, 2022 in: General News

Thank You PREP Classroom Teachers!
Our 2022-23 PREP program has begun and we are grateful to our volunteer parishioners for stepping up and giving their time to share their faith and talents with our children (kindergarten through grade 8) as the primary PREP teachers on Sunday mornings. When you see these people, please thank them for their service to our parish family. We will recognize additional PREP volunteers next week! Kindergarten: Chelsee Cowden Grade 1: Lenny Dincher Grade 2: Jillian MacInnis Grade 3: Hannah Bower Grade 4: Laura Dussinger Grade 5: Heather Masters Grade 6: Jaci Cap...

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PREP

Pastor's Corner: September 18

Posted on September 18, 2022 in: General News

Pastor's Corner: September 18
Chalk it up to beginner’s luck if you like. I’m talking about praying for good weather for the carnival. You told me that was my job. I prayed and we had three beautiful nights. I’m not sure it’ll work that way every year—it could just be beginner’s luck. But, what’s not beginner’s luck is the work you all did to make the carnival a success. You planned, you worked, you cooked, you supported, you cleaned up—and all that made more a great carnival. Thank you for your work around these three days! Thank you for the im...

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Carnival
Diocesan Annual Appeal Impacts Our Own Community
The Diocesan Annual Appeal is the Diocese of Scranton’s single most important fundraising initiative. Poverty, hunger, and homelessness remain serious challenges in our community. Funds raised also help with vocations and priestly life, Catholic communications, Catholic education, and parish and spiritual life. Look for more information about the appeal in the upcoming weeks in our weekly bulletin and on our website. We ask you to look deeply within your heart to contribute to the appeal in order to bring the gift of hope to our brothers and sisters in need. I...

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Annual Appeal

St. Boniface Choir Happenings

Posted on September 16, 2022 in: Music Ministry

St. Boniface Choir Happenings
Sing to Him, Sing praises to Him; Tell of all His wondrous works! The St. Boniface Choir will begin singing for the 4 p.m. Saturday Mass on September 17. On Wednesday, November 2, the choir will sing the Mozart Requiem for the Feast of All Souls with orchestra. If you would like to sing for Saturday Masses, or if you would like to sing the Requiem, or play in the orchestra, please contact Dr. Gary Boerckel at 570-546-9312 or boerckel@lycoming.edu.

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High School Faith & Fun Opportunities
Plans are being made in conjunction with St. Ann’s and St. Joseph the Worker Parishes to provide opportunities for high schoolers to learn more about our faith, serve in the community, and spend some fun time with other Catholic teens. Students are welcome to bring friends. Keep an eye out for updates in the bulletin as our year progresses.

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Congratulations to the Carnival Raffle Winners!
Thank you to everyone who sold and purchased tickets for this year's carnival raffle--and a special thanks to those businesses and individuals who donated items to make the raffle possible!  This year's lucky prize drawing winners include: Dave Geer: $1,000 cash Vince & Sally Dandini: Gold Cross & Chain Tom & Peachie O'Conner: $1,000 Beiter’s Shopping Spree Jeff Theis: $250 Visa Card Daniel Smith: $200 Gas Card Lisa Miller: $200 Wegmans Card Elaine Johnson: $200 Tony’s Deli Card Edward Kline: 4 Penn State Tickets/...

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Carnival

Pastor's Corner: September 11

Posted on September 11, 2022 in: General News

Pastor's Corner: September 11
A few years ago, a book came out with the title Nudging Conversions. The author certainly had the verb right! Most of us end up being “nudged” in whatever conversions happen in our lives—embracing the gospel, taking our faith seriously, opening up to the possibilities of vocation. Let’s think about the places in our lives where God might be nudging us to conversion—and the ways we can be his instrument in nudging others. It’s time to start up RCIA again—the process by which we welcome new folks to the Catholic faith. Maybe you&rsquo...

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RCIA

Formal Installation of Father Glenn

Posted on September 09, 2022 in: General News

 Formal Installation of Father Glenn
Save the date!  Father Glenn McCreary’s installation as our pastor has been set for Saturday, November 19 at the 4 p.m. Mass at St. Boniface. Immediately following the service, all parishioners are invited to a reception in the St. Boniface school gymnasium to formally welcome Father Glenn to our parishes and to meet Bishop Bambera. To make this event a meaningful success, we need the help of everyone.  Whether it’s helping to set up tables, creating decorations, baking or preparing the food, we need YOU! If you are willing and able to ass...

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Last Weekend to Register for PREP
Our 2022-23 Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) begins on Sunday, September 18 for children in grades kindergarten through 8. Please register now to give us a few days to prepare our attendance records, emergency contacts list, and your child’s materials so everything is ready on the first day of class. Unsure about registering your child this year? Please contact Karen Balestino at sbslprep@comcast.net or call (570) 419-8679 to get a better understanding of our program and how we can assist your family with making faith formation happen this year for yo...

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PREP

Mass Schedule Reminders

Posted on September 08, 2022 in: General News

Mass Schedule Reminders
Reminder: NO 5:30 p.m. Mass at St. Lawrence on Saturday, September 10. We return to 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass on September 11 at St. Boniface. Weekend Masses:  Saturday–4 p.m. - St. Boniface & 5:30 p.m. - St. Lawrence (except Sept. 10 & Nov. 19) Sunday–8 a.m. - St. Lawrence & 10:30am - St. Boniface Weekday Masses:  Monday–7 a.m. St. Lawrence Tuesday–7 a.m. St. Lawrence Wednesday–7 a.m. DPH Chapel Wednesday–8 a.m. St. Boniface Wednesday–10 a.m. SJNRA St. Bonifa...

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Mass Times
Parish Carnival Dinners!  No Need to Cook
Eat-in dinners in the St. Boniface school gym will be served from 4-7 p.m. each night of the parish carnival: September 8, 9 & 10. The menu includes: Chicken and biscuits (Thursday), Fish or meatloaf with Tony's mac 'n cheese (Friday), and Roast pork loin with homemade stuffing and mashed potatoes (Saturday). Come for food and fellowship all three nights! Take outs will also be available.

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Carnival

Pastor's Corner: September 4

Posted on September 04, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: September 4
Now that it’s Labor Day weekend, let me talk about some of the work I do. You might have noticed in the official announcement of my appointment as your pastor, that I would continue as Episcopal Vicar for this Western Region of the Diocese. What’s that about? Frankly, it means I have another job! The Diocese pays part of my salary because I do that other job— good news to you. But, it means that sometimes I need to represent the Bishop to install a pastor (like last Sunday when I installed Fr. Carpenter at Resurrection) or help with the complicated busines...

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PREP Registration is Still Open for 2022-23
It's not too late to register for PREP (grades K-8) at https://stbonifacecatholic.com/FaithFormation/About-Religious-Education-PREP.  Classes will be held on Sundays from 9:15-10:15 a.m. from September 18, 2022 through May 21, 2023.  Questions?  Please email sbslprep@comcast.net. 

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PREP

Two Weekday Masses Added

Posted on August 30, 2022 in: General News

Two Weekday Masses Added
For your convenience, two additional weekday Masses are now offered:  Wednesday at 7 a.m. at the Divine Providence Hosptial Chapel and Thursday at 8 a.m. at St. Boniface. The complete weekday schedule includes: Monday 7 a.m. at St. Lawrence Tuesday 7 a.m. at St. Lawrence Wednesday 7 a.m. at Divine Providence; 8 a.m. at St. Boniface Thursday, 8 a.m. at St. Boniface Friday 8 a.m. at St. Boniface Weekend Masses continue to be offered on Saturday at 4 p.m. (St. Boniface) and 5:30 p.m. (St. Lawrence) and on Sunday at 8 a.m. (St. Lawrence) and 9:...

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Pastor's Corner: August 28

Posted on August 28, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: August 28
Thank you all for your warm welcome as I’ve moved into St. Boniface and St. Lawrence Parishes. I’m feeling quite at home already. Some folks have asked about what things I might change and I often quip back, “Don’t ask and I’ll probably let it alone!” But, I know I crashed into Sunday Masses with a quick change from Apostles’ Creed to Nicene Creed. Both professions of faith reflect our Catholic faith. I opt for the Nicene because I know it (and I sometimes think I’m too old to learn the newest translation of the Apos...

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St. Lawrence & St. Boniface Altar Flowers
If you would like to arrange for a bouquet in front of the altar or tabernacle to dedicate in honor of or in memory of a loved one, please call the office at (570) 326-1544 or email stboniface@comcast.net. Once your date is confirmed with the office, you can place your payment in the Sunday collections and your flower intention will be printed in the bulletin. Pricing: One bouquet in front of the altar $75.00 (Boniface & Lawrence); Two bouquets by each side of the altar $130.00 (Boniface only); Tabernacle flowers in vase $55.00 (Lawrence only). Checks ...

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Flowers

Becoming Catholic through RCIA

Posted on August 23, 2022 in: Sacraments

Becoming Catholic through RCIA
Do you know of any person who has shared an interest or curiosity about the Catholic faith and would like to learn more by participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program? Our next program begins Monday, September 12, at 7 p.m. Please call Brian Haas, RCIA coordinator at 326-1544 for more information.

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RCIA

Pastor's Corner: August 21

Posted on August 22, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: August 21
Time to move? Looking to change? Seeking out new challenges? A few months ago, those ideas weren’t in my head. I was content to be where I was, doing what I was doing. But, the Bishop had other ideas. And so, did the gospel: All summer long the message was clear—travel lightly, take nothing for the journey, don’t let possessions possess you! So here I am, happy to be pastor of St. Boniface and St. Lawrence parishes, happy to continue the journey to which Christ calls us all. Let’s all allow the gospel to challenge and change us. ~Fr. Glenn McCreary

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White Elephant Sale Donations

Posted on August 18, 2022 in: General News

White Elephant Sale Donations
Our annual White Elephant Sale is just around the corner and will be held during the parish carnival. Your donations add to our carnival a success and create a fun shopping experience for all. Consider donating clean, salable items. We welcome household goods, holiday decor, books, jewelry, DVDs, CDs, collectibles, vintage items and unbroken toys. WE CANNOT ACCEPT magazines, encyclopedias, cell phones, VHS tapes, clothing, old sports water bottles, large furniture and equipment, or any computer-related items. Please no garbage as it only adds expense to our parish...

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Carnival

Email Scams

Posted on August 17, 2022 in: General News

Email Scams
Another EMAIL SCAM is circulating, which includes requests looking like they came from Fr. Bob. Please do not respond to any email/texts without verifying the email address. Thank you!

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VBS 2022 in Pictures

Posted on August 16, 2022 in: Religious Education

VBS 2022 in Pictures
A big thank you to all the adult and student volunteers who helped make this year's Vacation Bible School such a special time for our young parishioners.Take a look at some photos taken at the June event which capture the excitement of this program: “Happy Birthday: A Celebration of Life” program together. This year's VBS program was a collaboration among The Parishes of St. Boniface & St. Lawrence, St. Ann Catholic Church, and Saint Joseph the Worker Parish. 

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Welcome Fr. McCreary

Posted on August 15, 2022 in: General News

Welcome Fr. McCreary
Father Glenn McCreary will officially assume the pastorate of both St. Boniface & St. Lawrence Churches on Tuesday, August 16, 2022. I know you will welcome him as he assumes this new position. Let us pray that the Holy Spirit guides him as he shepherd’s his new flock. Fr. McCreary will be formally installed in his new position by Bishop Bambera in the near future. At that time, the parish will host a reception where you will be able to individually meet him.

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PREP Registration Open for 2022-23
Do you have a child or children going into grades kindergarten through grade 8? It’s time to register them for our 2022-2023 Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) which will begin on September 18 (9:15-10:15 a.m.). For families in the program last year, please check your email for registration link & information. If you are a new family to PREP, registration details can be found on our parish website.

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PREP

Synod on Synodality Report

Posted on August 07, 2022 in: General News

Synod on Synodality Report
For six months people throughout our diocese responded to Pope Francis’ call to the Synod on Synodality by sharing their hopes, concerns and dreams for the Catholic Church. Some participated at listening sessions, and many others through an online survey. Through this participation, many themes began to emerge. Our Diocesan Synthesis Report representing these themes has been submitted to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and is also available for general review. To learn more and to review the synthesis report, please visit Synod on Synodalit...

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Help Us Tidy Up for Family Promise Guests
Now that Family Promise has restarted their overnight services to families experiencing homelessness, our next host week is August 14–21. We are seeking 6-8 cleaning helpers for the St. Lawrence Parish Center (the old St. Lawrence rectory) on August 3 at 7:30 a.m. The rooms need a thorough cleaning as no one has stayed in the rooms in two years. Please contact Gloria O’Connell at (570) 220-1895 if you can spare just a few hours of your time. Thank you!

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Family Promise

Food for the Soul

Posted on August 01, 2022 in: General News

Food for the Soul
Recent surveys have shown that few Catholics read the Bible on their own or as a family. But what better place is there to encounter the person of Jesus Christ than in God’s Word? As St. Jerome once noted, “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” The Church continually invites us to return to God’s Word. For when we pray with the Bible—personally and in our homes—our encounter with the living Word of God is not a mere intellectual exercise but a spiritually nourishing feast. As we find ways to share God’s Word in our homes w...

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Church Lending Libraries

Posted on July 29, 2022 in: General News

Church Lending Libraries
Both parishes have excellent books to digest. Please browse the books at both churches and borrow with no time limit.  The books are eminently readable and could be a great goal to read one or two before the end of the summer. Newly donated books are available including books by Sue Monk Kidd, Joyce Rupp, Anne Lamont, James Martin, S.J., and Pope Francis, to name a few. We also have bibles available for free. Contact us if you would like one for your home.

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Adult Faith Life

Posted on July 25, 2022 in: General News

Adult Faith Life
For many of us we learned about our faith first and foremost from our parents. They taught us around the dinner table and at bedtime with our nighttime prayers. Sunday Mass was mandatory and every other activity came after that! Unfortunately, too many people today think the Catholic schools or the PREP programs are enough, that sports and entertainment hold a priority over Church. These parents are negligent in their responsibility to practice and raise their children in the faith. For the rest of us, many stopped learning about our faith (spiritual life) after we made our...

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PREP 2022-23 Registration Available in August
September 18 will be the first PREP Sunday for the 2022-23 school year.  Classes are designed for students in grades kindergarten through grade 8 who attend public school or are homeschooled and need religious instruction. Online registration will open in August. Watch the bulletin and your email for more information.

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PREP

Parish Commentary: July 17

Posted on July 17, 2022 in: General News

Parish Commentary: July 17
Servant leadership: Looking backwards to measure progress “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.” This quote from Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard highlights the importance of perspective in understanding the concept of progress in our lives. At any point in time, there are only two options: to look forward, or to look backward. Our culture has trained us to measure progress by looking forward. We set goals and strive towards ideals. We pursue happiness. Yet there is powerful tendency to quickly adapt to our current circ...

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Mark Your Calendars for the Parish Picnic
The annual picnic for the Parishes of St. Boniface & St. Lawrence will be held on Sunday, August 14 at the pool complex in South Williamsport.  More details and information on time, location and food will be provided as the date approaches.  Save the date for some parish fellowship!

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Parish Picnic
Teens are an Important Part of Church Life
We invite all of our newly confirmed students, along with other teens going into grades 9-12, to participate more fully in the life of our parish. How can your student be involved? At Mass we could use ushers, greeters, lectors, altar servers, singers, and musicians. In the community teenagers would be helpful with the food pantry, Family Promise, and Sojourner Truth. Activities in the parish could always use teenagers as PREP youth aids, carnival workers, rummage sale helpers, special breakfast and dinner servers, and for soup sales.  Students will receive tra...

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Parish Commentary: July 10

Posted on July 10, 2022 in: General News

Parish Commentary: July 10
There is so much behind a name. Despite the old jingle, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me”— names matter, words matter, names are powerful, words are powerful—the Word made flesh—all powerful! The Lord’s name is used more and more in our day, as an expletive—“Oh, my G**!; J**** C*****!” It should make our ears ring, and our soul cringe. How do we reclaim the reverence of the Lord’s name? We must use it reverently, lovingly— joyfully—and exclaim “O Lord, our God, h...

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Help the "Y" in July!

Posted on July 06, 2022 in: Social Concerns

Help the "Y" in July!
On the weekends of July 16-17 & July 23-24 we would like to help collect items for "Welcome Bags" for the women who come into the YWCA shelter. These women often come with nothing more than the clothes on their backs, as they are most often escaping a very dangerous situation. These bags will hopefully help them feel more at home in their strange new living quarters. The bags have basic hygiene items like soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste, combs and brushes. They also contain a towel and wash cloth, blanket, pillow, twin XL bed sheets, smal...

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Card Ministry Needs Your Help

Posted on July 03, 2022 in: General News

Card Ministry Needs Your Help
SENIOR C.A.R.E. is currently in need of "thinking of you" cards and stamps. As always, we appreciate your support in this very important outreach to our homebound and nursing home resident parishioners. Unsigned cards and postage stamps can be dropped off at either church. If you are interested in joining this ministry, please reach out to Kristin (kristinfisher1@verizon.net). The card team wishes all of you a continued happy summer! 

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Senior CARE Team
Welcome & Happy Birthday Father Binesh!
Fr. Binesh Kanjirakattu comes to the Diocese of Scranton from the Heralds of Good News Order, India. Fr. Binesh was raised in Kerala, India, with several brothers and sisters. He was ordained in 2012 and served two years as an associate pastor and one year as a school manager & seminary finance in charge.  He also served as a province secretary and finance administrator. We warmly welcome him to our parishes and the Williamsport Area. We also wish Fr. Binesh a very happy belated birthday! (June 28)

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You Can Give Even on Vacation!
We are still here and in need of your support even if you are on vacation. Using your computer or smart device, you can make one-time or recurring payments to help support our parish efforts even when you are away.  Please contact the parish office if you have any questions. Thank you! St. Boniface Online Giving St. Lawrence Online Giving

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The Carnival is Coming

Posted on June 29, 2022 in: General News

The Carnival is Coming
Mark your calendars and keep these important dates in mind for the upcoming parish carnival: July 30 – Raffle tickets/carnival letter distribution after masses;  August 13 – Bucket distribution;  August 22 – Cook stand set up;  August 29 – Set up night;  August 31 & Sept. 1 – White elephant merchandise drop off;  Sept. 3 & 4–All filled buckets returned;  Sept. 6 & 7–Game stand set up and final prep night;  Sept. 8, 9, & 10–CARNIVAL IS OP...

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Carnival

Parish Commentary: June 26

Posted on June 26, 2022 in: General News

Parish Commentary: June 26
In reviewing parish records we have learned that approximately 33% of “registered” members of St. Boniface and 31% “registered” members of St. Lawrence have not made any contribution to the support of either parish within the last year (financial hardships excluded). Not only does this put additional burden on ACTIVE members of the parish, but we can only wonder where these folks have gone. However, almost every day we receive requests from people claiming to be parishioners asking to be sponsors for baptism or to be married or buried in our parishes...

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St. Boniface Cemetery Needs Your Support
We are very fortunate to have the beautiful and historic parish cemetery just blocks away from our church. The reality is that we need help keeping the cemetery maintained in a condition that we can all be proud of. Our costs continue to rise and our revenue has not kept pace. Each July your church donation envelopes contain a special collection for the cemetery, but it generally goes unnoticed. We are asking everyone to consider donating this year to help address this shortfall. If you contribute through On-Line Giving, please visit the website and scroll to t...

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Welcome Rev. Glenn McCreary!

Posted on June 21, 2022 in: General News

Welcome Rev. Glenn McCreary!
Bishop Bambera has appointed a new pastor for The Parishes of St. Boniface and St. Lawrence. The Rev. Glenn McCreary, current pastor of Church of Resurrection Parish (Muncy), will assume his new position in mid-August.  We offer him our best wishes as he makes this transition and begins his ministry with us. 

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You're Invited to Our Summer Social
Help us welcome summer by joining parish council members, friends & family from our two churches after Mass on Sunday, June 26. The event will be held rain or shine under the tent in the rectory garden. Bring your smile and sweet tooth!

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Parish Commentary: June 19

Posted on June 19, 2022 in: General News

Parish Commentary: June 19
Today we celebrate two important events. One religious, one secular. The Church celebrates the Solemnity of (sometime referred to as) Corpus Christi. The basic and fundamental teaching in what we refer to as “The Real Presence.” The belief that Jesus Christ is truly present under the physical appearance of bread and wine. Our Protestant brothers and sister believe that communion is just a symbol. At the same time, our country has set aside today to honor our fathers, both those who rest in eternal rest, as well as those who are still with us. The statue of St...

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Carnival Raffle Ticket Prizes Needed
The carnival will be here before we know it and we are in the process of putting together the annual raffle ticket prizes. The raffle tickets go a long way to make the carnival a success. We will once again have a $1,000 top prize but would like to include some gas or grocery gift cards. If you or your business would like to donate money or a prize to be placed on the ticket, please call Deb at 570- 220-2303. Thank you for your support!

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Carnival

Parish Commentary: June 12

Posted on June 13, 2022 in: General News

Parish Commentary: June 12
As we transition from one pastor to another, it is important to note that our focus should always be our faith in Jesus Christ. Priests exist to serve the people of God, not maintain buildings. God, please bless all the priests who have served St. Boniface and St. Lawrence Parishes.

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New Council Members Elected
Congratulations to: Eric Beiter, Dr. Lee Ciccarelli, Jennifer Dincher, and Sr. Teresa Ann Jacobs on their election to parish council! We know you will serve our parishes well.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the biographies and vote in the election. 

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Containers Needed for VBS

Posted on June 08, 2022 in: General News

Containers Needed for VBS
The volunteers for this year's vacation bible school (VBS) are planning to do crafts that require a specific style of empty plastic food container. Any of the containers pictured here, or ones similar in size that are plastic with a wide mouth lid, would be greatly appreciated. Empty containers can be dropped off in the VBS collection boxes in the back of each church no later than June 12. Thank you in advance for helping us collect enough containers for our project!

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Sojourner Truth Ministries is Actively Seeking Volunteers
Lunch is served on Fridays at Sojourner Truth Ministries (STM) and volunteers are needed to help from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. If you are interested in this ministry of helping to serve meals or participate in other projects at STM, please contact parishioner Karen Fry at 570-916-1565.

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June Food Bank Needs

Posted on June 06, 2022 in: General News

June Food Bank Needs
Our area food banks need of non-perishable food items. This time of year food donations tend to go down and any items non-perishable food items are greatly appreciated. Food donations can be placed in the food collection boxes at both St. Boniface and St. Lawrence. As always, thank you to all those who have continued to support this important ministry.

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Feast Day of St. Boniface June 5
June 5 is the feast day of St. Boniface, the “Apostle of the Germans” and patron saint of Germany! St. Boniface was an educator and reformer, and influenced the course of intellectual, political, and ecclesiastical history in Germany and France throughout the Middle Ages. He unified the missionary movement by bringing it under the control of Rome. In the words of St. Boniface: "The Church is like a great ship being pounded by the waves of life’s different stresses. Our duty is not to abandon ship, but to keep her on her course."

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Pastor's Corner: June 5

Posted on June 05, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: June 5
His Excellency, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, announces the following appointment: Reverend Robert J. Antonelli, from Senior Priest, St. Boniface Parish, Williamsport and St. Lawrence Parish, South Williamsport, to Administrator pro tem, St. Boniface Parish, Williamsport and St. Lawrence Parish, South Williamsport, effective May 31, 2022.

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Saint Lawrence Gigantic Rummage Sale June 10 & 11
Find a few treasures at the St. Lawrence rummage sale on June 10 & 11 (8 a.m. until noon)! Items for sale include adult and children's clothing, shoes, gadgets, hardware, household items, toys, books, and so much more. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Hope to see you there!

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Pastor's Corner: May 29

Posted on June 01, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: May 29
Thanks for all the cards and gifts. You have been too kind. But most of all, I need to thank you for allowing me into your lives despite being a New Englander. Some of you are shouldering massive burdens that you shared with me. Gratefully, there are also marvelous examples of faith here too. With that strength, you have moved our parishes forward. We have achieved much by spreading responsibility for ministries and creating new ones. Sadly, priests come and go. But this is your Catholic community. You can chart its direction and its success. Peace!

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Summer Mass Schedule Begins June 5
Starting Sunday, June 5, Mass at St. Boniface will begin at 9:30 a.m. 

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Mass Times
Parish Council Nominees & Voting
Voting for the next members of the St. Boniface & St. Lawrence Parish Council will take place on the weekend of June 4-5. You can learn more about each nominee by reviewing the candidate information sheet in the rear of church with the bulletins. Please take a few minutes to review the candidates before voting. You can also view the candidate information online.

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Pastor's Corner: May 22

Posted on May 24, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: May 22
The older I get and the longer I am a priest, the more I sense the primary need for kindness. So often I have discovered much later the real facts or motivations behind peoples' actions. That placed things in a new light. As I grow in my faith and also mature, I get better at that. Forgive me if I have ever pre-judged, or snapped or not paid attention.  Mea culpa!  I can only hope that despite my flaws I have served you well with devotion, creativity and most of all...faith in Jesus Christ. 

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Vacation Bible School Registration
Registration is now open for Vacation Bible School!  VBS will be held June 20-24 at Saint John Neumann Regional Academy High School. Cost is $10 per child. This is a great summer event for pre-K through grade 5 students, with middle school, high school, and adult volunteers.  REGISTER TODAY!  WWW.OSVHUB.COM/SAINTANNRCC/FORMS/VBS

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Memorial Day Mass

Posted on May 20, 2022 in: General News

Memorial Day Mass
There will be a Memorial Day Mass on May 30 in the St. Boniface Cemetery (Penn & Wyoming Streets) at 9 a.m.  Please DO NOT Park in the Cemetery if at all possible, Drop-Off any passengers and park at SJNRA High School at 901 Penn St, Benji’s on Hughes St, or St. Boniface Church Please arrive early and bring our own chair. Refreshments will be provided after the service by the Hospitality Committee. *In case of inclement weather, the Mass will be in St. Boniface Church and refreshments will be served in the elementary school gym.

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Ascension Day: Holy Day of Obligation
Thursday, May 26 is a Holy Day of Obligation.  We celebrate this day as the day Jesus ascended into heaven on the 40th day after his Resurrection. Masses will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Boniface (SJNRA Mass open to the public) and at 5:30 p.m. also at St. Boniface. 

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Pastor's Corner: May 15

Posted on May 14, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: May 15
In the Psalms and the Gospels, it mentions how people of faith "go up to Jerusalem". It’s a term that captures ascending spiritually to the city of God. But it also covers the geography because it rests on a high mount. We literally need to travel uphill to reach Jerusalem from Tel Aviv airport or the Jordan River valley on the other side. Pray for us as we walk the path of Christ and gradually rise up to new levels of faith as we do so. When we return, parishioners will be on fire with an image of Jesus that is no longer black & white, but technicolor. ...

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Try Your Luck with the 300 Club
We will once again be selling 300 club tickets after masses for our next drawing which will start June 12. Select an available number (or numbers) for $10 each and the drawings run for 5 weeks. You have the chance to win each week if your number is picked. Tickets can also be purchsed by calling Deb at 570-220-2303.

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Pastor's Corner: May 8

Posted on May 08, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: May 8
I may sound obsessed about Parish Council lately but it’s so necessary. There are 4 vacancies. We need people who can think "big picture" and plan ahead for a growth in ministries that don't require a priest's attention. More than ever, these are your parishes. Who understands how boards of directors work? They don't create the bake sale or dinner, they recruit the people who will run those events on a long-term basis. Our parishes need to chart a course not based on Fr. Bill's direction, but on what was clearly expressed in the Synod Listeni...

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Pancake Breakfast Sunday, May 15
Join us for a pancake breakfast at St. Lawrence Parish Center on Sunday, May 15. Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and will include pancakes, sausage, eggs, scrapple, tasty treats, and drinks. Cost for adults is $8 before Sunday or $9 at the door.  Kids 12 and under are free. See anyone from the Parish Activity Committee for tickets before May 15. Members are listed in the PDF attached below.

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Parish Leaders Sought

Posted on May 04, 2022 in: Pastoral Council

Parish Leaders Sought
The Combined St. Lawrence & St. Boniface Pastoral Council nominations of 4 prospective members will continue this week. If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone that you think would be a positive addition to council, please fill out the form provided in the pews of either church. Candidates should be able to think broadly and work collaboratively for long term planning and growth of our parishes. Nomination forms should be returned in the basket at church exit or with the weekly collections. Questions can be directed to the parish office at 570-326-1...

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St. Boniface Cemetery Clean Up
The spring clean-up will soon begin at St. Boniface Cemetery. If you have any personal items that you wish to keep, please remove them by MAY 13 or they will be thrown away. We again ask that you follow the regulations posted in the cemetery. Thank you!

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Important Parking Notice

Posted on May 01, 2022 in: General News

Important Parking Notice
Please help us be considerate to our neighbors and businesses that surround our churches. Be mindful of the yellow no parking areas on the corners to prevent any accidents as well as the private parking lots that are reserved for business customers. Our neighbors in South Williamsport have witnessed near miss accidents on the corners of Winthrop Street and W. Central Ave. so it is safest to use the parking lot behind Blessed Beginnings Child Care (on W. Pheasant Alley) when possible. Our neighbors on Washington Blvd. have been patient with us during large gatherings, like t...

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Pastor's Corner: May 1

Posted on April 30, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: May 1
On Saturday, May 7, several children will receive their First Holy Communion. In the subsequent weeks as they become more relaxed, they will absorb the attitude they see from us as we receive. Do they see reverence as we take the Body of Christ in our hands? Are we prayerful after returning to our seats? Do they see us at church with regularity? Adult behavior often sets the bar for children. As we sing, pray, and genuflect, they watch. Meanwhile, we pray for them.

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Mother's Day Spiritual Bouquet

Posted on April 29, 2022 in: General News

Mother's Day Spiritual Bouquet
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8. Remember your mother with a spiritual bouquet this year. Envelopes are available in the rear of the church. Simply fill out the information and place the envelope and offering in the collection box. Your intentions will be placed on the altar for Mother’s Day masses.

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Sojourner Truth Ministry Celebration
You are invited to join us for a celebration of Sojourner Truth Ministry (STM) volunteers on Tuesday, May 3, at 11 a.m. on the St Boniface Rectory patio. In the event of inclement weather, we will meet in the RAC. This gathering is for current volunteers and those interested in learning more about the STM ministry. We serve lunches on Fridays and hope to complete our schedule for May - August. Please join us for light refreshments and hearty fellowship. Please RSVP by contacting parishioner Karen Fry at 570-916-1565. We hope to see you there!

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Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass
Every summer the Diocese holds a Wedding Anniversary Celebration for couples celebrating their 25th and 50th years of marriage in Saint Peter’s Cathedral, where couples renew their wedding commitment. Bishop Bambera will be celebrating this year’s Wedding Anniversary Mass on June 26 at St. Peter’s Cathedral at 2:30 p.m. The Mass will air live on CTV and the Diocesan social media platforms. After the Mass, a reception at the Diocesan Pastoral Center at 330 Wyoming Avenue will be held with light refreshments to be served and the celebrating couples will have...

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Pastor's Corner: April 24

Posted on April 23, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: April 24
The Feast of (John) Mark the Evangelist is on Monday. He was a cousin of Barnabas. While he traveled with Paul, he seemed closest to Peter. His audience was Gentile Christians when he wrote about 30 years after the death of Jesus. Although this is the shortest gospel, it’s also more detailed and less theological. His main theme is to proclaim the Good News that Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah.

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April Food Pantry Collection Needs
The Social Concerns Committee is collecting an average of 27 grocery bags of donated food items each week. The generousity of our parishes is much appreciated and several community organizations benefit.  These organizations continue to be in great need of non-perishable food items and donation boxes are located at both St. Boniface and St. Lawrence. This month's suggested donations include: Salvation Army, Family Promise and Shepherd of the Street: hamburger helper, pasta & sauce, mac 'n cheese, stuffing, box mashed potato...

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Pastor's Corner: Easter Sunday

Posted on April 16, 2022 in: General News

Pastor's Corner: Easter Sunday
At Easter Mass, take in the beauty of the moment. Flowers with strong fragrance, white vestments, exhilarated children filled with the sugar of jelly beans, grandparents dressed in pink and violets. Savor that and the feel of holy water as it covers you like the grace of the Holy Spirit. Let your ears and heart jump with joy as the Alleluias lift you and promise new life. Absorb the notes of joyous music as it raises you up. Our Catholic faith in the Risen Christ invites us to use all our God given senses to thank the Creator for continuing the act of creation in us!

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Congratulations Class of 2022!

Posted on April 14, 2022 in: General News

Congratulations Class of 2022!
If you have a family member in the parish who is graduating from high school or college, please contact the parish office at 570-326-1544. We would love to be able to acknowledge such a special accomplishment!

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FORMED Material is Free and Easy to Sign Up
Watch, listen and read. Anywhere, anytime. FORMED provides the very best Catholic content from more than 60 organizations to help parishes, families and individuals explore their faith anywhere. Supporting thousands of movies, children’s programs, ebooks, audio, parish programs and studies direct to your browser, mobile or connected device. Our parish will be using the material on FORMED to support our ministries and provide continuing education for staff members and parishioners, as well as outreach for our sick and homebound members. Much of FORMED&rsqu...

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Pontifical Good Friday Collection
Every year on Good Friday, a collection is taken up in Catholic Churches to support the work of the Franciscans working in the Holy Land. Christians there rely heavily on the help that comes to them from this worldwide collection. Consider making a contribution to the Pontifical Good Friday Collection on April 15. Through your generousity, you become an instrument of peace and join with Catholics around the world in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land. For more information, visit www.myfranciscan.org/good-friday.

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Pastor's Corner: Palm Sunday
It’s interesting that the entire last chapter of Luke's Gospel seems dedicated to re-assuring the early Christians by using the example of the disciples immediately after the shock of the Crucifixion. Through the Road to Emmaus and the Appearance in Jerusalem, Luke reminds them that Christ is in their presence even though they don't feel that. It was meant as a spiritual boost as they adjusted to the ups and downs of the first years of the Church. He reminds them that they did great things and will continue to do so because they are guided by the Holy Spirit. ...

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Holy Thursday Space for Reflection
After celebrating the original Lord's Supper on Thursday, April 14, we will reserve the Blessed Sacrament. The lounge will be turned into our own Gethsemane. Come stay with the Lord in silence anytime from 8-11 p.m. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex of St Boniface.

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Lent

Rosary Round Up

Posted on April 06, 2022 in: General News

Rosary Round Up
Inspired by the story of Goya Foods sending 15,000 rosaries and thousands of pounds of food to Ukraine, St. Michael in Canton is collecting rosaries also to be shipped by Goya Foods. Rosaries can be dropped off at ST. MICHAEL PARISH churches or mailed to the ST. MICHAEL PARISH OFFICE office by Sunday, April 24. Please DO NOT drop rosaries off to St. Boniface or St. Lawrence.  https://stmichaelscanton.com/news/rosary-roundup/ Mailing address: Saint Michael Church 106 N. Washington Street Canton, PA 17724

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Easter Egg Hunt at St. Lawrence
It's time for the Easter Egg Hunt at St. Lawrence! The hunt will take place on Saturday, April 16 at 12 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the event will take place inside the St. Lawrence Hall. Children from age 1 through 4th grade are invited to participate. Please pre-register by calling Dianne Fisher at 570-322-3278.

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Bishop's Youth Award Recipients
Bishop Joseph C. Bambera will present the Bishop’s Youth Awards to eighth and twelfth grade students representing parishes and Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Scranton. The Bishop’s Youth Award recipients are young people who serve their parishes and schools as altar servers, lectors, music ministers and cantors. Many are actively involved in parish youth groups. They are integral to the life of the parish, volunteering for missionary service, guiding younger students who are preparing for Confirmation, and assisting in such activities as Vacation Bib...

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Pastor's Corner: April 3

Posted on April 03, 2022 in: General News

Pastor's Corner: April 3
Holy Week is unique in its rich Christian symbolism that streams from Holy Scripture and the earliest traditions of the Catholic/Orthodox believers. Take full advantage of it! After Holy Thursday's reliving of the Last Supper, stay for adoration. The Blessed Sacrament will be reserved in the lounge. Until 11 p.m. we will remain open for silent prayer. Also, think of remaining after the 1 p.m. Good Friday service. Privately, you could use the time in prayer until 3 p.m... when He died on the cross.

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Lent
Watch for Parish Council Nomination Opportunity
Our parish council represents both St. Lawrence and St. Boniface. This elected advisory group suggests to the pastor its considered opinions on matters related to the spiritual health and administration of The Parishes of St. Boniface & St. Lawrence. This council is an advisory body and its planning is WITH the parish and not FOR the parish. Over the next two months the council will provide additional information and education regarding the nomination of prospective new members to fill FOUR 3-year term vacancies. Please watch for important dates to be provided on ...

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Check Out FORMED Lent Programming
FORMED is excited to present curated content to help your journey through this Lenten season. FORMED has resources to help you deepen your understanding of various Lenten days, practices, and devotions. Check them out at https://watch.formed.org/lent.  If you haven't done so, please take advantage of your FREE access to FORMED.  Sign up is easy!  If you have any questions, please reach out to Nick, our FORMED coordinator, at the1capster@gmail.com or 570-244-5774. Sign up steps: Go to https://signup.formed.org/ Enter 17701 (our...

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Lent
Sojourner Truth Ministries Needs Lunch Assistance
Sojourner Truth Ministries has openings for volunteers to help serve lunches on Fridays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at their location (501 High St., Williamsport). If you are interested in helping with this important ministry, please contact parishioner Karen Fry at 570-916-1565.

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Pastor's Corner: March 27

Posted on March 27, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: March 27
Gethsemane is central to our faith. In Aramaic it means "olive press" for obvious reasons. On the outskirts of the city Jerusalem, it was easy escape there for a respite. It’s one part of the Mount of Olives where ancient olive trees still flourish and cool the air as people calm their souls from urban noise. Jesus was no different. It would have reminded him of Nazareth and even the Mt of Beatitudes. Create that quiet image in your mind as you try to pray in the last weeks of Lent.

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Christian Discipleship Presentation
ALL parishioners are invited to attend an informative presentation on Christian discipleship April 3 from 9:15-10:05 a.m in the St. Boniface RAC.  Jack Houston will speak on the four foundational habits of Christian discipleship found in Acts 2:42. Coffee and fellowship included!

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Dedicate Altar Flowers

Posted on March 23, 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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Make Prayer Simple

Posted on March 22, 2022 in: General News

Make Prayer Simple
A Helpful Prayerform from Sister Angelita Fenker (1930-2012) : Use this prayerform 5-10 minutes daily. All you have to do is give Christ the time. He’ll do the rest! Your Lent will be graced. 1. Find a quiet place.  2. Relax and close your eyes if possible.  3. Take a few deep breaths.  4. Ask Christ to touch the center of your being.  5. Slowly repeat a word/phrase to help keep focused on Christ within you.  6. To end your quiet time, speak a prayerform to Him from your heart and ask His blessing.  Then, go forth ...

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Lent

Pastor's Corner: March 20

Posted on March 20, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: March 20
Do you want to fast this Lent? In the words of Pope Francis:  Fast from hurting words and say kind words.  Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.  Fast from anger and be filled with patience.  Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.  Fast from worries and trust in God.  Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.  Fast from pressures and be prayerful.  Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.  Fast from grudges and be reconciled.  Fast from words and be silent so you ca...

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Church Family Lenten Table

Posted on March 18, 2022 in: General News

Church Family Lenten Table
Please bring a soup bowl and spoon and join us at our church family lenten table on Friday, April 1, from 6-8 p.m. in the St. Lawrence Parish Hall. Homemade meatless soups and bread will be provided. Donations will be accepted to benefit our Ukrainian sisters and brothers.  There are sign up sheets in the narthex of both churches. 

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Lent
Volunteers Needed for Children's Liturgy of the Word
One of our best new programs is the Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLOW).  With drama, arts & crafts, the life of Jesus comes to life for the children. As a result, they love coming to church. We have flexible schedule openings for adults and teenagers to assist with these 20 minutes sessions (approximately twice per month during the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Boniface). Volunteers have fun with these children aged 4 to 11 yrs. old. If you have any interest, please join us Sunday, March 20 to check it out and see if you are called to be a part of this pr...

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CLOW

Pastor's Corner: March 13

Posted on March 12, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: March 13
St. Patrick didn't wear green nor was he the genial sort that bought drinks for the entire pub. Instead he inspired a generation of people with the liberating message of Jesus. Using the beauty of nature and the gentleness of the Good Shepherd, he converted them from the arbitrary whims of gods who needed to be placated by animal sacrifices conducted by elite Druid priests. Sadly, in the last century, the Church became what it preached against and the people left. Now the simplicity of St. Patrick (Thursday, March 17) is in resurgence in Celtic spirituality. May it rest...

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Lenten Coffee Fellowship before Mass
Open to all parishioners! Bring your coffee and join us in the St. Boniface RAC for fellowship as we watch a lenten video series together. We will be gathering March 13, 20, and 27 from 9:15-10:05 a.m. (while children are in PREP). The FORMED series is "Metanoia: A Journey with Christ into Conversion". You will leave refreshed and renewed for the week ahead.

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Lent
St. Lawrence Fish Fry
No need to cook! The St. Lawrence Parish Activity Committee is sponsoring a fish fry take out on Friday, March 18 from 4-6:30 p.m. Each meal includes two pieces of fish, macaroni & cheese, coleslaw, applesauce, roll, and dessert.  Pick up meals at the church hall on W. Pheasant Alley in South Williamsport. The cost is $10 per meal. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be on sale after Masses on March 12 & 13. Questions can be directed to Dianne Fisher (570-322-3278) or Judy Campion (570-322-5757). 

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Lent

March Food Pantry

Posted on March 09, 2022 in: Social Concerns

March Food Pantry
This month's food pantry collection is focusing on easy meal preparation. Items requested include hamburger helper, macaroni & cheese, pasta & sauce, stuffing, box mashed potatoes, nonperishable microwave meals, and other prepackaged snacks.The most appropriate foods are ones that don't require more than water or simple ingredients to prepare.  Items can be placed in the food collection boxes in the back of both churches.  Thank you for your continued generosity! 

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Helping Ukraine

Posted on March 08, 2022 in: General News

Helping Ukraine
If you want to assist thousands of refugee families, two great American agencies that I know personally are: Catholic Relief Services (www.crs.org) and the International Orthodox Christian Charities (www.iocc.org). These organizations are both based in Baltimore but have staff in East Europe to welcome people. Please, specify that your contribution go to UKRAINE as I did. THANKS (spasybi) Fr. Bill

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Pastor’s Corner: March 6

Posted on March 06, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor’s Corner: March 6
Stalin, the butcher of Russia, was a voracious reader. Apparently his library impressed everyone. We should never fool ourselves that we can educate ourselves into being moral people. The inclination to sin is part of the human condition. All of us can be selfish, petty, and violent in various ways. Lent is a suitable reminder of that human frailty. Better yet, it’s a corrective time because of the mercy and forgiveness of the Good Sheperd.

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Stations of the Cross

Posted on March 02, 2022 in: General News

Stations of the Cross
Come experience the Stations of the Cross with us during Lent. The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ's last day on Earth as a man. Each station depicts a moment on Christ's journey to Calvary.  Dates are scheduled at both churches: St. Boniface-- March 4, April 1, & 8 and at St. Lawrence-- March 11, 18, & 25.

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Lent

Pastor's Corner: February 27

Posted on February 27, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: February 27
The past weeks have brought from Chancery a booklet (distributed at Masses and bulletin announcements) regarding a more rapid implementation of Vision 2030 which would include closing and linking of more parishes. Williamsport was in that mix. Now this has been delayed and Chancery has asked all priests to Scranton for a meeting on March 10. When I know, you will be kept updated. Meanwhile, pray for our leaders and priests. These are stressful times.

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Lenten Schedule 2022

Posted on February 25, 2022 in: General News

Lenten Schedule 2022
The Lenten Schedule 2022 is available in this week's bulletin or on our parish website. You will find a schedule of Masses from Ash Wednesday through Easter for both St. Boniface & St. Lawrence; you will learn how you can celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation; you will find where you can participate in the Stations of the Cross; and you can find out more about fish dinners. Please let us know if you have any questions by calling 570-326-1544 or reaching out by email to sboniface@comcast.net. “Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch ...

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Lent
Ash Wednesday Fish Dinner Take Out
Order/purchase your tickets for the St. Boniface Activity Association Ash Wednesday take out fish dinner to be held on March 2 from 5-6:30 p.m. Tickets will be on sale after Masses at both churches, with the ticket sale cut off on Sunday, February 27. If you will not be at Mass but would like tickets, please call Deb at 570-220-2303 or Lenny at 570-772-0722.  A limit of 425 dinner tickets will be available. Cost: $11/adult & $6/child Menu:  Baked fish Tony's macaroni & cheese Green beans Coleslaw Roll Dessert Directions for p...

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Lent
 Adult Study Group: “When Breath Becomes Air”
Join us to discuss the #1 New York Times bestseller: “When Breath Becomes Air” written by Paul Kalanithi. The group will meet on Tuesdays: March 8, 15, 22 & 29 at noon in the St. Lawrence Hall.  The book group is free to attend, but you need to bring your own copy of the book (available on Amazon or check with your favorite online or in person book store). Guest speakers to be announced.  Feel free to bring your own bag lunch.  Please sign up in advance:

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Pastor's Corner: February 20

Posted on February 20, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: February 20
I think one of Monsignor's favorite concerns was to warn us against settling for "conventional religiosity". God's plan of our reconciliation didn't entail another religion but a movement steeped in a relationship with Jesus. So, as Church structures change and parishes are retired, it’s worthwhile to remember that our faith is in Jesus Christ. The Lord is our rock and our salvation! This is nothing new. But often our spiritual lives need a gentle reboot with eternal truths.

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Collections for Charity

Posted on February 17, 2022 in: General News

Collections for Charity
The generosity of our parishioners is remarkable during these tough times. Many of you are eager to answer the needs of families or agencies with the help of our parishes. Because there are so many needs, I'm suggesting a protocol for how we address those needs moving forward. Whether for materials or money, all requests should go to the Social Concerns Committee through Karen Kirk (kekirk10@gmail.com) or Sue Lingg (srlingg@aol.com) so they can can make recommendations to me and the office staff. This will help us avoid over-asking our people and coordinating ...

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Shrove Tuesday Wine & Cheese

Posted on February 14, 2022 in: General News

Shrove Tuesday Wine & Cheese
Celebrate Mardi Gras with a wine & chese tasting hosted by Fr. Bill & Fr. Bob on Tuesday, March 1 at the St. Boniface rectory dining room from 6-8 p.m. The price is $15 per person. This event is limited to 36 people. RSVP to Sharon Thompson at 570-326-3295. You can download the event flyer for additional information. 

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Pastor's Corner: February 13

Posted on February 12, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: February 13
There are so many of your smiling faces that we are missing around the table of the Lord. As the sun begins to remain with us longer and COVID cases diminish, we start thinking of your return. It’s not the same for you and definitely not for us, without you. We will continue to stream the 10:30 a.m. Mass through Easter, but thereafter, we will be stopping except for special events like First Communion or Confirmation. So let's start thinking it that direction. Our prayer and sense of the Body of Christ is much stronger...together.

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St. Lawrence Parish Activity Committee
March 18: Fish sandwich/mac 'n cheese take out dinners |  June 10-11: Rummage sale |  If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Dianne Fisher 570-322-3278 or Judy Campion 570-322-5757.  Join us to help plan our events! Watch the bulletin for meeting dates.

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Final Synod Listening Sessions February 13
There are two more opportunities for your voice to be heard!  All parishioners are encouraged to attend one of these two Synod 2021-2023 listening sessions:  • Sunday, February 13 at 8:45 a.m. at St. Lawrence Hall.  • Sunday, February 13 at 11:15 a.m. at St. Boniface RAC.  Parishioners from both churches can attend a session at either church. Please see the latest bulletin or download this PDF for more information.

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Mass of Healing

Posted on February 08, 2022 in: General News

Mass of Healing
The World Day of the Sick is observed on Friday, February 11. With this in mind, the 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday, February 12 at St. Boniface will focus on healing. The prayers, homily and tone will focus on suffering that can be relieved by the presence of God and the mercy shown by Christ's followers. While anointing of the sick will not occur during Mass, it will be available after Mass. We welcome people of both parishes to join us. There will NOT be a 5:30 p.m. Mass at St. Lawrence on Saturday February 12.

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Pastor's Corner: February 6

Posted on February 06, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: February 6
I'm not the best with plants. Often, I get busy and forget simple things like water or a bit of fertilizer. The result is predictable. Apply that lesson to your own spiritual life. Our soul and relationship with Jesus Christ requires regular TLC. During these cold, dark and interminable long days before Lent, feed yourself. Pick up a free copy of the Word Among Us booklet. Pull something out of the Lending Libraries. Watch a short video on FORMED. Deliver a meal or baked good to someone who is alone on your street. The institutions that normally feed us...

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Eucharistic Adoration Event

Posted on February 05, 2022 in: General News

Eucharistic Adoration Event
The Eucharistic Adoration-Exalt! (XLT) will be held Thursday, February 10 at 7 p.m. at St. Boniface. The event, sponsored by the Diocesan Offices for Parish Life and Vocations, is open to everyone and will feature music, a reflection, and the opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation. All are welcome to attend! For more information, call 570-207-1452 or visit dioceseofscranton.org.

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Family Promise 2022

Posted on February 02, 2022 in: Social Concerns

Family Promise 2022
Family Promise has restarted their services to families experiencing homelessness. Family Promise hosted families at their center in January, but our parishes will be hosting the following weeks in 2022: February 13-19, May 29- June 4, August 14-20, November 27- December 3. Please contact parishioner Margy Foran at 570-360-1292 if you are interested in volunteering at any time during these dates. Thank you!  You can learn more about Family Promise on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/familypromiselycomingcounty/.

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Family Promise

Pastor's Corner: January 30

Posted on January 30, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: January 30
“Last Rites" conjures up lots of imagery but usually dramatic ones from movies. In reality, we restored it to its original purpose based on James 5:14 and called it "Sacrament of the Sick". The sacrament is meant to seek physical and spiritual healing. I've received it three times for serious surgeries. But during COVID, a rash of them were requested as families worked themselves into frenzies, treating this as the card into heaven or a requirement of the Church. Please, understand that no ceremony, no prayer, can guarantee anyone's en...

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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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St. Blaise Blessing of the Throats
After the 8 a.m. Mass on Wednesday, February 2 at St. Boniface, we will celebrate our devotion to Saint Blaise with the Blessing of Throats. Saint Blaise’s Story: The Feast of St. Blaise is celebrated on February 3. According to tradition, Blaise was of noble birth, became a physician, was educated in the Catholic faith and eventually became bishop of Sebastia, a city in Turkey. Blaise was martyred in 316 AD for the crime of being a Christian.  We know more about the devotion to Saint Blaise than we know about the saint himself. He was kno...

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2021 Tax Documentation

Posted on January 26, 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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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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Valentine's Day Cards Needed

Posted on January 24, 2022 in: Ministries

Valentine's Day Cards Needed
Our Senior C.A.R.E Ministry Team is looking for blank Valentine's Day card donations for sharing with our homebound and nursing home parishioners. In addition to cards, Valentine's Day stickers and postage stamps for mailing are welcome. Please put all donations in the coat room at St. Boniface or on the entrance table at St. Lawrence. Donations can be made through February 1.  If you interested in joining us in this very special ministry, please reach out to Kristin at kristinfisher1@verizon.net. As always, thank you so very much for your gen...

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Senior CARE Team
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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Pastor's Corner: January 23

Posted on January 23, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: January 23
If the Lord loves a cheerful giver, He must love you. These past few months have stunned me with your thoughtfulness. It started with the supplies for the Baby Shower, then, extended to contributions for various needs or children in the area. On top of that, you have helped us succeed with the Annual Appeal and kept both parishes in the black despite limited attendance. Some of that stems from your recognition that regardless of everything, you are blessed and many are struggling. Simultaneously, grateful and generous. May that give you some peace.

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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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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
Cancelled - Enter the Chili Cook Off!
CANCELLED. We will try again next year! The chili cook off will not be held on Sunday, Jan. 30. Thanks to all who expressed interest. 

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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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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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