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Rectory Open House

Posted on December 30, 2023 in: General News

Rectory Open House
You are invited to the Epiphany Open House 12–3 p.m. on January 7 in the Rectory (living/dining rooms). Hot and cold beverages and snacks will be available. Come and mingle with fellow parishioners and friends before we take down the Christmas tree. All are welcome!

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Pastor's Corner: December 31

Posted on December 30, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: December 31
This weekend’s certainly easier than last. Yes, a Sunday—the Feast of the Holy Family—and a holiday—New Year’s Eve and Day—come crashing together again. But, it’s easier because in the United States usually when a holy day of obligation falls on a Saturday or Monday, the obligation to participate in Mass is taken away. (For what I hope are obvious reasons, Christmas is one of the exceptions.) But, let’s think about January 1. It carries levels and levels of meaning. The original feast in ancient Rome honored Mary as the Mot...

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Prayer Requests

Posted on December 29, 2023 in: General News

Prayer Requests
One of the beautiful teachings of our Christian faith is the belief in the power of prayer. It is especially effective when we pray for the needs of others. For the last several years we have had a column in our weekly bulletin, listing persons for those prayer requests. Beginning with the February bulletin, we will remove the current names and begin a new list. If you would like to include a person on this new list please contact the parish office at 570-326-1544.

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Men of Exodus

Posted on December 20, 2023 in: General News

Men of Exodus
MEN: Are you ready to take more control of your life? To grow closer to God? To become a better man for your family? Join other men on a 90-day journey to holiness. Contact Noah at njb5022@gmail.com for more information. This journey starts on January 1, 2024!  Learn more and register for free at exodus90.com.

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December 23 - 24 - 25 Mass Times

Posted on December 20, 2023 in: General News

December 23 - 24 - 25 Mass Times
This weekend...  Saturday, December 23rd & Sunday, December 24th is the fourth weekend of Advent. Saturday Vigil Masses will be held at both our parishes at 4 p.m. (St. Boniface) and 5:45 p.m. (St. Lawrence). There will only be one Sunday Mass at 9 a.m., December 24 at St. Boniface.  Our Christmas (Vigil) Eve Masses will start Sunday evening on December 24th at 4 p.m. at St. Boniface, 6:30 p.m. at St. Lawrence, and midnight at St. Boniface. Christmas (Day) Mass will be Monday morning December 25th, 9 a.m. at St. Lawrence. T...

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Mass Times

Andrew's Message: December 17

Posted on December 18, 2023 in: General News

Andrew's Message: December 17
I love living in the Northeast! In particular, I love living in Pennsylvania. Believe it or not, I really do enjoy the cold, wind, and snow that winter provides, and I can’t go skiing without some snow! However, the one thing that bothers me the most about winter, as compared to the other three seasons, is that our daylight is at its shortest point in the year. When sunset is at 4:30 p.m., it drives me a little crazy as I think of those long summer days, but I’m not about to move to the equator in order to get more sunlight. Every Advent season...

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Pastor's Corner: December 17

Posted on December 18, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: December 17
I told you at the start that this Advent would be a quick one! And now we’re in the last week—Christmas Eve will be next Sunday. If we have undone Advent business, let’s get to it! Both Jesus and St. John the Baptist have been urging us to repentance. If we need to go to confession, remember this Monday night at St Boniface (5:30–7 p.m.), Wednesday at St Joseph the Worker (6 p.m. service), and Thursday at St Ann’s (6–7 p.m.). The Wednesday liturgy will offer you several priests to offer God’s mercy. And if you haven’t fi...

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High School Advent Adoration Party

Posted on December 15, 2023 in: General News

High School Advent Adoration Party
High school students, parents, and families are invited to an Advent Adoration and Party on Monday, December 18, from 6–8 p.m. at St. Boniface. For more information contact Andrew McCarroll at AMcCarrollSBSL@gmail.com. You can sign up online at https://www.osvhub.com/st-boniface-williamsport/forms/dec-18-high-school-advent-adoration

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Youth Ministry

Christmas Donations & Gifts

Posted on December 15, 2023 in: Social Concerns

Christmas Donations & Gifts
It's the time of the year that Sojourner Trust Ministry, Family Promise, and Shepherd of the Streets could use extra support through our Giving Tree. Monetary donations for these local organizations are most appreciated.  A few tags are remaining on the tree in each church. Please return them to the collection boxes by December 25. Thank you to all who took a tag for the Salvation Army Christmas Tree. Please place unwrapped gifts with the name tag in a gift bag and place them in the back of church no later than the weekend of December 16/17. Thank you for y...

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Pastor's Corner: December 10

Posted on December 10, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: December 10
The other day I saw an article about how Christmas music touches our emotions—often in surprising ways. Sure, a beloved carol reminds us of truths we hold dear. It can conjure up sweet memories of past holidays. A Christmas song can speak to our sadness—people no longer in our lives, holidays we’ll never live again. Some songs were even written to be melancholy: think of “Last Christmas” or “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” Advent never lets us get away without somber notes. Jesus tells us to wake up for the Last Judgment. John...

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Help Decorate St. Lawrence for Christmas
Join us on Tuesday, December 19, after the 7 a.m. Mass to help decorate St. Lawrence Church for Christmas! Your time and talents are appreciated as we work together to create a beautiful and festive atmosphere for the holiday season. If you can help, please contact Jack Peck or Dianne Fisher. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Blue Christmas: December 21

Posted on December 08, 2023 in: General News

Blue Christmas: December 21
Join us on Thursday, December 21, at 7 p.m. at St. Boniface for an evening of music and reflection as we gather on the darkest night of the year, the Winter Solstice. Together, we will find solace and peace in the company of friends and community, as we soothe our hurting hearts and souls. Featured musicians: Chris Dincher Brimmer Engel Kristin Fisher Members of the St. Boniface Contemporary Choir Mark your calendars and join us for this special evening of hope and healing.

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Pastor's Corner: December 3

Posted on December 03, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: December 3
If you drive by the rectory later this week you might catch a glimpse of a menorah in one of our windows. You might wonder “Why?” The simple answer: it’s part of our prayer for peace and justice in the Holy Land. Yes, as I write these words hostages and prisoners have been released. We certainly hope that the ceasefire becomes a step toward lasting peace. But, just as disturbing as the terrorist violence in Gaza has been the antisemitic words and actions in North America and Europe. Those situations need to be part of our prayer as well. As Catholics, w...

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Adult Faith Formation Advent Scripture Series
Join Seminarian Andrew McCarroll as he takes a closer look at the Advent passages in Isaiah regarding the Coming of the Messiah. December:  6, 13, & 20 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at St. Lawrence Hall. There will also be a session on Sunday, December 17 from 9:15–10:05 a.m. (during PREP) in the St. Boniface RAC. "Advent invites us to a commitment to vigilance, looking beyond ourselves, expanding our mind and heart in order to open ourselves up to the needs of people, of brothers and sisters, and to the desire for a new world." - Pope Fra...

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Advent

Holy Day of Obligation: December 8

Posted on November 29, 2023 in: General News

Holy Day of Obligation: December 8
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, also called Immaculate Conception Day, celebrates the sinless lifespan and Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This Holy Day of Obligation will be celebrated on Friday, December 8, at 7 a.m. at St. Lawrence, 10 a.m. at St. Boniface (SJNRA Mass), and at 5:30 p.m. at St. Boniface. 

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A Message from Andrew: November 26

Posted on November 29, 2023 in: General News

A Message from Andrew: November 26
Almost every year I like to retake the Myers-Briggs personality test, mostly to gain some insight and knowledge about myself. For those who are unfamiliar with the Myers-Briggs, it is a series of questions that determines where one falls in four categories: introversion or extraversion, sensing or intuition, thinking or feeling, and judging or perceiving. Although nothing changes drastically in my personality type from year to year, it is interesting to see certain percentages shift over time. Although it may be uncomfortable for me to evaluate and understand who I am as an...

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Pastor's Corner: November 26

Posted on November 28, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: November 26
I don’t like to rush into Christmas. I think Advent is a great concept and I want us to keep Advent well—a particular challenge this year when Advent is very, very short! But, since a month from now we’ll be at Christmas Day itself, let me talk about the Mass schedule for December 24 and 25. This is our first year with one priest to celebrate Masses—for Saturday/Sunday, December 23/24 the 4th Sunday of Advent and Sunday/Monday, December 24/25 as Christmas Eve and Day! It’s a challenging conjunction of days every 5 or 6 years. Our schedule th...

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Advent Baby Shower

Posted on November 25, 2023 in: Social Concerns

Advent Baby Shower
Every month, the YWCA's Wise Options Shelter and Liberty House provide safe havens for up to thirty children, many of whom are infants or toddlers, alongside their mothers. Last year, our parishes chose to extend a helping hand to these vulnerable young ones by hosting a "Baby Shower" in honor of the birth of Baby Jesus. This year, we invite you to join us once again in celebrating the spirit of giving with another "Baby Shower" in honor of Baby Jesus. Among the most needed items are: Diapers - all sizes, especially size 3 and up Toddler P...

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Christmas Mass Schedule

Posted on November 25, 2023 in: General News

Christmas Mass Schedule
This year, Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, impacting our schedule of Masses. Please note the following services from Saturday, December 23 through Monday, December 25.  Saturday, December 23: Masses will be held as usual at 4 p.m. at St. Boniface and 5:45 p.m. at St. Lawrence Sunday, December 24: There will be only one Mass at 9 a.m. at St. Boniface as the “regular” Sunday Mass (combined Mass for both churches) 4 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass at St. Boniface 6:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass at St. Lawrence Midnight Mass at St...

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Don't Miss these Upcoming Events

Posted on November 24, 2023 in: General News

Don't Miss these Upcoming Events
Save the date for these upcoming events in our parishes. Look for more details online or in the bulletin as these dates approach. Annual Christmas Celebration Sunday, December 10 at 3 p.m. at St. Boniface Church "Blue Christmas" Thursday, December 21 at 7 p.m. at St. Boniface Church Join us for an evening of music and reflection to soothe our hurting hearts and souls on the darkest night of the year, the Winter Solstice.  Older Parishioners Appreciation Dinner Sunday, April 21, 2024

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Pastor's Corner: November 19

Posted on November 19, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: November 19
These past few months I’ve been listening to Fr. Mike Schmitz’s Catechism in a Year podcast. It follows the same pattern of his Bible in a Year— relatively manageable readings from the catechism, context, and commentary from Fr. Schmitz, all accomplished in 15 to 20-minute segments. The other morning I listened to the section on the Eucharist and was reminded of a truth that I’ve long known, but one that bears repeated. Father reminded us that Eucharist is both a noun and a verb. The consecrated bread and wine, the body and blood of Christ is Euch...

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Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

Posted on November 17, 2023 in: General News

Salvation Army Angel Tree Program
The Parishes of St. Boniface & St. Lawrence are again participating in the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program this year. Name tags will be available in the back of both churches starting the weekend of November 25-26. Please return all unwrapped gifts with the attached name tag in a gift bag to the back of the church by the weekend of December 16-17. Thank you for your generosity and support of this important program.

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Advent Scripture Series

Posted on November 17, 2023 in: General News

Advent Scripture Series
Join Seminarian Andrew McCarroll as he takes a closer look at the Advent passages in Isaiah regarding the Coming of the Messiah on three Wednesdays in December:  6, 13, & 20 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at St. Lawrence Hall. There will also be a session on Sunday, December 17 from 9:15–:10:05 a.m. in the St. Boniface RAC.

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Annual Christmas Concert and Celebration
Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 10, at 3 p.m. for the annual Christmas celebration at St. Boniface. Following the celebration in the church, everyone is invited to the holiday social in the school gymnasium.  If you have a child who plays a musical instrument and would like to play a Christmas song as part of our event, please get in touch with Kristin Fisher at 570-220-1883 or email kristinfisher1@verizon.net by Friday, December 1.

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A Message from Andrew: November 12

Posted on November 12, 2023 in: General News

A Message from Andrew: November 12
One of my favorite parts of ministry is that I have the privilege of visiting a variety of patients at UPMC each week. I am honored to minister to different individuals in their struggles, joys, and everything in between. However, one of the most common difficulties that I hear from many patients is the aspect of waiting – waiting to receive results, waiting for the next appointment, waiting for family or friends to visit, waiting to go home. All of these aspects of waiting are understandable and, if I’m being honest, I would probably respond the same way. Wa...

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Pastor's Corner: November 12

Posted on November 12, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: November 12
Remember the schedule we give you when a holy day of obligation comes up? The one that lists Mass times from first thing in the morning until the final evening Mass? I’m a huge fan of that schedule. Not just because it makes getting to Mass on a holy day a little easier for me. But, because it shows our parishes cooperating. At our Masses for All Saints Day, for example, about half the people present weren’t our parishioners, but our neighbors. That tells me that what’s important about our celebrations is that we gather for Eucharist. Maybe in our own buil...

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Happy Veterans Day

Posted on November 10, 2023 in: General News

Happy Veterans Day
We honor the courage, sacrifice, and patriotism of our Veterans. To all who have worn the uniform of our armed services, thank you for your service, and welcome home.  The Archangel St. Michael is the patron saint of the warrior, who Catholics have designated as the protector of those who strive to preserve security, safety and peace. Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle, Be our protection against the malice and snares of the devil. We humbly beseech God to command him, And do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, By the divine power thr...

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Annual Turkey Raffle November 17
The St. Boniface Activities Association’s Turkey Raffle is on Friday, November 17.  Each ticket costs $1.00 and gives you access to the turkey raffle plus each ticket has a chance of winning a $25 gift card from Tony’s Delicatessen. The Turkey Raffle will start at 7 p.m. and offers a night of food and drink, bingo, games of chance, and a sense of community. Volunteers are needed. Please get in touch with Sharon at 570-220-4611 if you can help!  Mark your calendars and join the fun!

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Thanksgiving Food Drive

Posted on November 09, 2023 in: General News

Thanksgiving Food Drive
Join us in spreading Thanksgiving cheer! The Parishes of St. Boniface and St. Lawrence are partnering with Family Promise, Sojourner Truth Ministries, and The Salvation Army to collect Thanksgiving food items for those in need. Your generosity will help ensure that families in our community can enjoy a special Thanksgiving meal. Items requested: Boxed stuffing mix Instant mashed potatoes Canned or jar turkey gravy Canned yams Cranberry sauce Canned vegetables Canned pumpkin or fruit pie filling Boxed pie crust mix Boxed macaroni and cheese P...

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Pastor's Corner: November 5

Posted on November 05, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: November 5
No one needs to tell us we need priests. More priests. We know what Christians said from the beginning: No Church without Eucharist, no Eucharist without priests. But, as I learned when I went to our annual Priest’s Convocation a few weeks ago, sometimes we need to be told that we—the Church, after all—need to do some work if we’re to have the priests (and the religious sisters and brothers) we need. We need to pray for vocations (one of the few prayer intentions that Christ himself gave us when he taught us “to ask the harvest Master to send w...

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Mass of Remembrance

Posted on November 03, 2023 in: General News

Mass of Remembrance
Please join us at St. Boniface on Sunday, November 12, at 3 p.m. for an inaugural Mass of Remembrance. This special Mass will allow us as a parish community to pray and support our bereaved families from the past year. A time of fellowship will immediately follow. May we come together on this day to fulfill the great promise to each other that we are never alone in this life.

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St. Lawrence Pancake Breakfast November 5
Join us on Sunday, November 5 from 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in the St. Lawrence Hall for a delicious pancake breakfast with pancakes, eggs, sausage, scrapple, applesauce, and other tasty treats. There will also be a holiday raffle basket and Christmas mini-yard sale. Tickets are available at the door: $10 for adults and children under 12 are free. 

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Mummers Parade Thank You

Posted on November 02, 2023 in: General News

Mummers Parade Thank You
Thank you to everyone who helped to organize, set up, cook, serve food and tasty treat donations, and tear it all down at the end of the Mummers Parade SLPAC Food Stand last month. We are so thankful the rain held off and gave us a refreshing day for a parade. The initial reason we started the parade food stand was service to our neighbors. Thank you everyone for making this happen!

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Pastor's Corner: October 29

Posted on October 29, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: October 29
Scary and fun. Journeys into darkness and light. This world and the next. The living and the dead. It’s all part of the three days that bring us from October into November: Halloween, All Saints and All Souls. Let’s not forget to pray these mysterious (in the best, the most sacred, sense of the word) days. We all know how to do Halloween. But, remember what lies behind the costumes, the tricks, and the treats. We’re delving into the dark side so that we can journey to the brilliance of the next day—All Saints. All Saints Day we celebrate and ask the ...

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A Message from Andrew: October 29

Posted on October 29, 2023 in: General News

A Message from Andrew: October 29
Believe it or not, in high school I was part of the Chess Club. At first, I wouldn’t be caught dead in such a club, but I joined because a friend challenged me and said that I could never beat him in a game of chess. The competitive and rebellious part of me came out in full force, and I quickly became a fan of entrapping my opponents in the game. I would start by making a few irresponsible moves, allow my opponent to think they were in control, then unleash my hidden plan and win the game. However, once in a while, this strategy would tragically fail when a smarter o...

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Feast of All Souls

Posted on October 28, 2023 in: General News

Feast of All Souls
This year we will celebrate the Feast of All Souls with a special mass at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 2. The music for the mass will be Fauré's celebrated Requiem with the St. Boniface Choir, and members of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra taking part, over 50 musicians in all. At that Mass, we will remember those parishioners who died over the last year. If you would like to add a name to those being remembered, please contact the parish office.

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2024 St. Lawrence Rummage Sale
We are collecting items now for our sale next summer! Toys, clothing, housewares, craft supplies, small furniture, holiday decorations, and more.  If you have questions, contact Janey/Mike 570-927-2932, Kelly 570-980-4494, or Mary 570-279-2519. All proceeds from this event will benefit Saint Lawrence Parish family activities, maintenance & general funds. The rummage sale will held in June 2024.

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Day of Prayer for Peace

Posted on October 25, 2023 in: General News

Day of Prayer for Peace
Bishop Bambera is encouraging all of the faithful on Friday, October 27, to hear and observe the call of Pope Francis for a Day of Fasting, Penance and Prayer for Peace, especially for Israel and Palestine. Parishioners in the Diocese are especially encouraged to join in person, or via the televised and livestream Daily Mass celebration from the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Scranton on Friday at 12:10 p.m.  Learn more

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Pastor's Corner: October 22

Posted on October 23, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: October 22
Last week I gave you a glimpse of a couple of upcoming events. One of them—the one happening this week— may require a little more explanation. I’m talking about the 40 Hours Devotion. Some of you have asked: Just what is this? Why are we doing this now? First, 40 Hours Devotion consists of a few days (usually three—the “40 hours” more or less corresponds to the time Christ’s body was in the tomb) of Eucharistic Adoration. After morning Mass the host is placed in the monstrance. People are encouraged to visit the church for quiet pra...

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St. Lawrence Hall Available for Rent
Have an upcoming baby/bridal shower, birthday party? Make the St. Lawrence Church Hall your event venue! The hall can hold up to 100 people and has a full kitchen that can be used for warming food. Contact the parish office for more details 570-326-1544.

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World Mission Sunday: October 22

Posted on October 17, 2023 in: General News

World Mission Sunday: October 22
On World Mission Sunday (October 22, 2023), we join our Holy Father in supporting his missions. As we pray and respond here at home, we share in those celebrations taking place in every parish and school throughout the world. Together, through our prayers and financial support, we bring the Lord’s mercy and concrete help to the most vulnerable communities in the Pope’s missions. In a world where so much divides us, World Mission Sunday rejoices in our unity as missionaries through our Baptism, as it offers each one of us an opportunity to support the life-giv...

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Pastor's Corner: October 15

Posted on October 17, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: October 15
“Something old, something new…” So began the old adage about what a bride should have on her person on her wedding day. As a Church we’re looking at some new and old things these coming weeks. First, a reminder that today at St. Boniface we begin a new approach to how we come to the altar for communion. Let’s be patient with each other. Try to remember which way we’re supposed to go. Remember why we opted for this change: to offer a more reverent way for all of us to receive the Lord’s Body and Blood. Secondly, the Williamspo...

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A Message from Andrew: October 15

Posted on October 16, 2023 in: General News

A Message from Andrew: October 15
The fall season always seems to be a busy and frustrating time of the year. Our relaxing summer has come to an end, days grow shorter and colder, schools are back in session, fall sports are well underway, and Notre Dame has already lost twice this season. Despite the beauty of autumn in central Pennsylvania, some of us would rather go back to the summer months, jump forward to Christmas, or wish for a better football season. We all can feel busy and possibly a little frustrated in one way or another. However, this isn’t unlike the parable that we hear in this Sund...

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Diocesan Annual Appeal

Posted on October 13, 2023 in: General News

Diocesan Annual Appeal
The Diocesan Annual Appeal is the primary fundraising effort in support of the vital work of the Diocese to serve all those who come to us for help. Each year, thousands of donors generously give to the Appeal so that we may provide significant assistance through the Diocesan ministries of Catholic Social Services and Parish Social Justice Grants, Seminarian Education and Care of Retired and Ill Clergy, Catholic Education in Schools and Parishes, Parish Life and Religious Formation and Catholic Media. Consider making your gift today! https://annualappeal.org/

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Annual Appeal
40 Hours Devotion and Volunteer Need
As we continue to celebrate a Eucharistic Revival in both our parishes, we continue to offer opportunities for our parishioners to deepen their encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist. Many may remember the traditional Eucharistic celebration of 40 Hours. This celebration spans three days and consists of the Celebration of the Eucharist, Adoration, and Benediction. The Williamsport Deanery will celebrate this tradition as part of the National Eucharistic Revival on October 24, 25, & 26. October 24: St. Joseph the Worker October 25: Our Lady of Lourdes October 26: St....

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Pastor's Corner: October 8

Posted on October 09, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: October 8
When the American Bishops invited us to a Eucharistic Revival, they wanted us to experience more than words or ideas. Yes, we can talk about the right theology. We can remember what our second-grade catechists told us about bread that becomes Body, and wine that changes into Blood. They wanted us to reflect on how we pray this mystery, and how we celebrate our Eucharist. Next weekend we’ll start to see some changes— largely at St. Boniface Masses—in the way we come to communion. You’ll see a map for those changes in this week's bulletin.  We...

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2024 Mass Intentions

Posted on October 09, 2023 in: General News

2024 Mass Intentions
The calendar for Mass intentions at St. Boniface & St. Lawrence is now open for January through December of the upcoming year. Please contact the parish office to schedule an intention. The office is open 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except Holy Days and holidays. Intentions may be requested by a single sponsor for one Sunday or one Saturday Mass and up to two daily Masses. One request per person can also be made for St. Boniface sanctuary candle intentions. The candle will burn in memory of your loved one for one week. Additional requests can be m...

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A Message from Andrew: October 8

Posted on October 09, 2023 in: General News

A Message from Andrew: October 8
My family and I would often say that the Bloomsburg Fair “is better than Christmas.” I suspect that many of us have experienced or at least heard of the Bloomsburg fair in some way. At one of my favorite apple dumpling stands the employees wore shirts that said, “Have you had your apple today?” Since then, I have been on a slight apple-binge. I credit my recent daily apple eating because I saw a shirt that reminded me to do so. We are constantly being given simple and unexpected messages that remind us to do something positive – simple or profo...

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Handmade Baptism Needlework Gifts Needed
This year, we will be starting an outreach program to the parents of our newly baptized children. We will be creating gift baskets for each family with books for parents and children, along with additional resources from our parish. We are looking for parishioners who knit or crochet and would consider making a baby blanket or a child-safe stuffed animal to complete the baskets with a personal and caring touch. A beautiful ministry that you can do at home and know that your creation has touched the lives of our young families. Please contact Karen Balestino at 570-419-...

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Baptism

Why Feed the Hungry?

Posted on October 05, 2023 in: Social Concerns

Why Feed the Hungry?
When you are hungry but there isn’t food on the shelves or in the refrigerator and money needs to go to rent, heat, and electricity, what do you do? We offer a way to help families through this with our food collection boxes at St. Boniface and St. Lawrence. When we work together, we can help Sojourner Truth provide daily lunches and Salvation Army Food Pantry provide food for their more than 160 families. It takes all of us to make this happen. Please be part of this ministry by donating unexpired food into the collection boxes or helping deliver food to the min...

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Pastor's Corner: October 1

Posted on October 01, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: October 1
Today, Respect Life Sunday reminds us each year of our deeply held Catholic belief that all life, from conception until natural death, matters. This year the Bishop’s Conference has chosen to focus on St. Joseph as “the protector of life.” I was particularly moved by a series of images on their website, pictures of Joseph as one who protects life. First, Joseph dreams about Mary’s unexpected and complicated pregnancy. Next, Joseph knocks on doors in Bethlehem looking for somewhere to stay. Then, Joseph with Mary and her newborn Son. Finally, Jos...

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Sisters of Christian Charity 175 Year Celebration
The Sisters of Christian Charity, founded by Pauline von Mallinckrodt, in Paderborn, Germany, celebrate their 175th Anniversary as a Congregation this fall. This year also marks the 150th Anniversary of the sisters arriving at St. Nicholas Parish Wilkes-Barre on October 15, 1873. Soon after their arrival, Father Nagle asked other German Pastors if they wanted Sisters to teach in their parish school. The response was a whole-hearted yes, which allowed the congregation to grow quickly in the United States. The Sisters arrived in Williamsport in 1874 and over the years ha...

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2023 Crop Walk

Posted on September 29, 2023 in: General News

2023 Crop Walk
The annual walk to fight hunger, the CROP Walk, is scheduled for Sunday, October 8, 2023. The walk will begin at 1 p.m. in front of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (142 Market Street). St. Boniface & St. Lawrence High School Ministry will be participating in the Walk to Stop Hunger. We will have donation boxes in the churches if you would like to donate. If you would like to walk with our students, please contact Andrew McCarroll after Mass or email AMcCarrollSBSL@gmail.com.

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Andrew's Corner: September 24

Posted on September 24, 2023 in: General News

Andrew's Corner: September 24
As a kid, I had one big fear… it wasn’t a future career, the Mets losing the World Series, or even the monster underneath my bed… no, my big fear was being picked last. No kid wants to be picked last in gym class or on the playground. If this has ever happened to you, then you know how horrible it feels. You probably asked yourself: Why me? Why wasn’t I first? Don’t they know I play linebacker for the Lake-Lehman mini-football team? Well, luckily the kingdom of heaven isn’t a gym class or the playground. However, we as humans can often ...

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Pastor's Corner: September 24

Posted on September 24, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: September 24
I’ve already written the check. Yes, I’ve already written my check to the Diocesan Annual Appeal. Why? To stop the flow of repeated letters inviting my donation? To help my parish communities reach their goal earlier? Well, in part, yes. But, it’s more about gratitude. I’m grateful for the education I was given in my seminary. I didn’t pay for that—you, the Church, did! And I thank you! I’m grateful that this Diocese continues to support seminarians—like Andrew—ensuring that we will have priests and Eucharist into our fu...

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Blessing of the Animals

Posted on September 24, 2023 in: General News

Blessing of the Animals
Bring your pets for a blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi on Wednesday, October 4, at 5:30 p.m. Meet in front of the St. Francis statue & garden on Washington Blvd.

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Cemetery Clean Up

Posted on September 23, 2023 in: General News

Cemetery Clean Up
This fall’s cemetery cleanup is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, November 4. In addition to leaves, limbs, and sticks, we will be removing anything that is broken, plants that are dead, and any other items that interfere with the maintenance of the cemetery. Just as a reminder, in the spring we asked that individuals do not place borders and/or stones or brick chips on the plots since they are a hazard to our grass-mowing employees & equipment. This is a violation of the posted cemetery regulations and will be removed.

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Taizé Prayer Vigil: September 30

Posted on September 19, 2023 in: General News

Taizé Prayer Vigil: September 30
At the invitation of Pope Francis, parishes around the world have been invited to participate in a Taizé prayer vigil: "Together | Gathering of the People of God". This prayer vigil is to precede the work of the next assembly of bishops in the process of the ongoing Synod on Synodality. In our local area, this will take place at St. Boniface Church on Saturday, September 30 at 7 p.m.  For musicians who are interested in participating, there will be two rehearsals: Sunday, September 24, from 7–8:30 p.m. and on Saturday, September 30, from 5:...

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A Message from Andrew: September 17

Posted on September 17, 2023 in: General News

A Message from Andrew: September 17
Memories of my childhood are often filled with experiences and lessons from my family’s business. My father was the owner of McCarroll Precast Inc. in Lehman, PA – as was his father before him. Our family business was nothing particularly impressive as compared to larger precast plants throughout the Northeast. I often wondered why our family business – being rather small and simple for most of its 54-year history – never expanded and diversified as compared to others in this region. When I asked my dad this very same question, he responded: “i...

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2024 Mass Intentions Calendar

Posted on September 17, 2023 in: General News

2024 Mass Intentions Calendar
The Mass intentions calendar for St. Boniface & St. Lawrence will open on Monday, October 2 for intention requests from January 2024 through December 2024. Contact the parish office to schedule an intention. Our office is open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday–Friday, except Holy Days and holidays. Please note that 2023 St. Lawrence Masses are still available. Intentions may be requested by a single sponsor for one Sunday or one Saturday Mass and up to two daily Masses. Additional requests can be made after January 1, 2024. One request per person can also...

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Pastor's Corner: September 17

Posted on September 17, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: September 17
Middle of September: our time to gear up our Christian formation programs. PREP for our school students. High school group for the older kids. Adult programs all over the schedule—Monday evenings with The Chosen, Sunday mornings, Wednesday afternoons, and evenings (Check the bulletin for details about each offering!). We’ve made a commitment to helping people of all ages to learn their faith and to grow in appreciation of the sacred scripture and our Catholic tradition. But, if all we did were learn, we’d fall drastically short. Think of the two disciples ...

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Adult Faith Formation Programs Begin
Do you want to deepen your faith? Do you want to learn more about what it means to be Catholic? There are several programs beginning in early October that will be led by several parishioners, Seminarian Andrew McCarroll, and/or Father McCreary, that will provide adults from both St. Lawrence and St. Boniface outlets to explore the sacraments, the Eucharist, the Mass, and more. You are encouraged to learn about these programs offered at various times and locations, which are designed to help you live out your faith in the modern world. Drop...

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A Message from Andrew: September 10

Posted on September 10, 2023 in: General News

A Message from Andrew: September 10
Last Sunday we were reminded that we all have crosses to carry throughout our lifetime as we strive to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. These crosses can present themselves in a variety of ways: grief, employment, burdensome tasks, economic pressures, and physical or mental illness. Often these crosses are personal issues – struggles that don’t really seem to stem from any particular person but ourselves. However, what if our cross is another person? All of us have encountered individuals whom we have found annoying, disagree with, or have caused us harm. These...

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Pastor's Corner: September 10

Posted on September 10, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: September 10
If you work, live, or worship near St. Boniface Church, you’re used to our bells. They’re a prominent part of the landscape on Washington Boulevard. We hear them ringing the quarter hours for the best portion of each day. Lately, you might have noticed a difference. Too many peals, you may have thought, for the normal time-telling task. Perhaps something’s gone wrong with those familiar bells. But, no! We’ve reintroduced—and it’s largely our seminarian’s persistent follow-through that made this happen—the Angelus. Three set...

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Carnival Thank You

Posted on September 09, 2023 in: General News

Carnival Thank You
THANK YOU... to everyone who contributed to the success of this year's carnival despite the weather challenges. Parishioners were instrumental in the carnival's success by working games, selling raffle tickets, preparing and serving food inside and out, donating baked goods, providing gift baskets, organizing (and shopping) the white elephant sale, supporting the kiddie rides, and so much more. A special thanks to all who helped set up for the carnival and will help tear it down. You were ALL seen and appreciated.

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Carnival

November Silent Retreat

Posted on September 09, 2023 in: General News

November Silent Retreat
Our parishes are offering an opportunity for interested individuals to attend a silent retreat at Mt. Saviour Monastery in Pine City, New York, November 10–12, 2023. The retreat is sponsored by Calvary Hill Ministries and is offered to us at a reduced rate (at least $40 off the normal cost, depending on the number of registrants). During the retreat, there will be presentations on Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer. Also, group Centering Prayer sessions will be held for those interested. Slots are limited. Pre-registration is required and is expected to close on ...

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Pastor's Corner: September 3

Posted on September 05, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: September 3
By now, most of us have seen the tweaks to the Mass schedule. A 5:45 p.m. Mass on Saturday evenings. No longer an 8 a.m. Mass on Wednesday mornings. I know those changes may make people unhappy or annoyed. But, know that they were made very carefully, with serious input from the Liturgy Committee and Parish Pastoral Council. Many factors had to be taken into consideration including the balance between our two parishes, the limits on how many Masses a priest can celebrate each day, pieces of my schedule beyond parish control (and beyond my control!), and the availabilit...

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A Message from Andrew: September 3

Posted on September 04, 2023 in: General News

A Message from Andrew: September 3
The celebration of the sacred Triduum is most likely far from our thoughts and minds as we enjoy the end of our summer months. Yet, this Sunday we are reminded of Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection. We hear in the gospel (Matthew 16:21-27): “Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly… be killed and on the third day be raised.” We may feel perplexed as to why we are hearing such a message at this point in our year. After all, aren’t Lent and Easter over five months away? We hear this profound messag...

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High School Ministry Program Begins in September
Calling all students in grades 9-12!  Led by Seminarian Andrew McCarroll and a team of adult volunteers, we are offering Sunday morning “conversations” on topics of faith and life that are relevant to teens. The time of the program coincides with PREP classes for younger students to make it more convenient to attend. Come check out the monthly opportunities for social, service, and spiritual growth in connection with area Catholic churches. https://stbonifacecatholic.com/Faith-Formation/High-School-Ministry

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Youth Ministry
Carnival Volunteer Sign Ups
St. Boniface Carnival will be held September 7, 8 & 9. We have many opportunities for you to volunteer and help our parish! Signing up is easy. Just visit SignUp Genius to let us know where you can help: Donations for baked goods such as cakes and pies for sit-down meals are needed as well as peanuts, cookies, brownies, fudge, etc. for our baked goods stand.  See https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040A4FA9AF2AA7FE3-carnival for sign-up. We need volunteers for set-up and clean-up. See https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9...

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Andrew's Corner: August 27

Posted on August 27, 2023 in: General News

Andrew's Corner: August 27
“Who do you say that I am?” – This is the question that Jesus presents to us in this Sunday’s gospel (Matthew 16:13-20). The disciples respond to this question with many popular opinions of that time. Some say that Jesus could be John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. However, only Peter responds correctly: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Just over two weeks ago I returned from World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal. It was an incredible opportunity that allowed for 1.5 million young Catholics fr...

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Mass Changes for September

Posted on August 25, 2023 in: General News

Mass Changes for September
St. Boniface: Weekday Masses will be held on Thursday and Friday at 8 a.m. There will no longer be an 8 a.m. Wednesday Mass after September 2. St. Lawrence: The 5:30 p.m. Saturday Mass will now be held at 5:45 p.m. starting on September 9.

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Adult Education Series Kickoff
Our adult series begins on Monday, September 11, with an episode of “The Chosen” from 7-8:30 p.m. in the St. Boniface rectory basement (RAC). “The Chosen” is an engaging presentation of the life of Jesus and the call of His “chosen” ones. Learn the backstories of the Apostles and others and how Jesus welcomes them to be His disciples as we reflect upon how we are being called to follow Christ. Refreshments and conversation follow the video presentation. The evening will be hosted by Jack Houston, Anne Hetzel, and Bob & Carol Purs...

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Parish Picnic Thank You to Everyone
We had a beautiful day to picnic! Thank you for taking the time to come, for bringing a yummy dish to be added to the menu, and thank you to the St. Lawrence Parish Activity Committee for organizing this event and providing the meat, drinks, and extras. We’re hoping we had enough of the famous prizes to make sure everyone got something! With so much laughter and family good spirit, we did not want to see it end. Thank you to our Recruitment & Training Committee for the information table on the many ministry volunteer opportunities available in our parishes. W...

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Parish Picnic

Pastor's Corner: August 20

Posted on August 20, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: August 20
Maybe you heard the voices of young people in Lisbon chanting “todos, todos, todos” to Pope Francis’ cry that all should be welcome in Christ’s Church. Certainly, you’ve joined in singing the refrain “All are welcome in this place,” and I’d like to think that at least some of us remember the call that this Diocese made over 30 years to become “The Welcoming Church.” Welcoming people takes any number of forms. When the church crowds, we move over so someone else can have a seat. When a visitor asks the way to the...

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Family Promise Clothing Closet
Family Promise has an urgent need for clothes. The clothing closet provides clothing absolutely free and is visited by about 5,000 individuals each year. We are in desperate need of clothing for men, women, and children. Our children's closet is very empty. You can reach out to Bobbie Jo at Bobbie@lycofp.org or call the Family Promise office at 570-567-7103. If needed, arrangements can be made to pick up your gently used, wearable clothing. We are also accepting coats and blankets for our Fall Warming community event. 

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Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) Returns in September
Children's Liturgy of the Word will begin again this fall beginning on September 17 & 24, and we are in need of volunteers. No experience is necessary. We need presenters and helpers for this very important ministry for our children. Children hear and learn about the readings from the Sunday 10:30 a.m. Mass in a way that they can understand. Children are engaged in activities they can share with their families after each program with take-home materials given to each child. Contact Barb Rizzo at 570-398-0602, text 570-971-2792, or email briz...

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CLOW

Pastor's Corner: August 13

Posted on August 13, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: August 13
Have you ever listened carefully to the first words of the baptismal ceremony? The priest or deacon says to the parents and godparents: “The Church shares your happiness at the birth of your child….This community rejoices with you….We offer you our support in raising your child in the practice of the faith.” Have you looked around the room and wondered “Where is this ‘Church’ the priest is talking about? Where is this ‘rejoicing community’? Who is the ‘we’ who promises such support? Usually at a bap...

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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Celebrated every year on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates the death of Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven. Because it signifies the Blessed Virgin's passing into eternal life, it is the most important of all Marian feasts as well as being a Holy Day of Obligation. Our Mass schedule on August 15 will be 7 a.m. at St. Lawrence, and 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at St. Boniface. Schedule of Lycoming County Masses for this Holy Day of Obligation

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Holy Day
PREP Registration Now Open for 2023-34
Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) is a joint ministry of The Parishes of St. Boniface and St. Lawrence for youth from kindergarten through 8th grade. We stress family participation in faith formation, prayer, and service as part of ongoing Catholic education. This year's program will begin on Sunday, September 17, 2023, and run through May 19, 2024. Classes are held on Sundays from 9:15–10:10 a.m. at the St. John Neumann Regional Academy Elementary Campus adjacent to St. Boniface Church.  Registration is easy to complete ei...

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PREP

Feast of St Lawrence August 10

Posted on August 07, 2023 in: General News

Ordinary Time: August 10th - Feast of St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr - 8:00am Mass at St Lawrence Church Prayer to St Lawrence - Deacon and Martyr O Generous patron of the Church’s poor, St. Lawrence, pray to the One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit that all the poor of the Church in need in every corner of the world may feel the effect of the love of their brothers and sisters who seek to help them. Deliver the Church from the greed and envy of the powerful and protect her rights and property so that she may serve the needy in freedom, giving them good things for soul and body. May we come some day with...

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Pastor's Corner: August 6

Posted on August 06, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: August 6
Two weeks ago I talked about change. In particular, I talked about the changes our parishes face as we transition into being a one-priest linkage. Today I’m not offering answers or solutions. Today I want to make note of the areas that will (or will not) surface as places for change. Closing buildings. Two weeks ago you read my words on a weekend. By Monday it came back to me that some folks thought the changes involved included closing buildings. Not true! Closing one of our buildings won’t save a priest. Closing one of our buildings won’t balance the ...

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Young Church: High School Ministry Coming this Fall
Plans are in the making for an exciting year for our teens led by Seminarian Andrew McCarroll and a wonderful team of young adults. We will be offering Sunday morning “conversations” on topics of faith and life that are relevant to our teens, along with monthly opportunities for social, service, and spiritual growth in connection with area Catholic churches. Please encourage your teen to give this group a try. Online registration and additional details will be available soon. Stay tuned! 

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Youth Ministry

It's Carnival Bucket Time

Posted on August 03, 2023 in: General News

It's Carnival Bucket Time
Please take a bucket from the back of the church and fill it with items worth at least $15 related to a particular theme of your choosing. Possible themes include personal spa items, lottery tickets, holiday decor, movie night at home, children's activities, etc. Buckets should be returned to the back of church (not the rectory) on or before September 3.  A carnival representative will be present after every weekend mass to collect the buckets or answer any questions you may have. If you drop your bucket off during the week, please enter the St. Boni...

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Carnival

Andrew's Corner: July 30

Posted on July 31, 2023 in: General News

Andrew's Corner: July 30
Thank you to all of those who welcomed me back from my time in Ghana with Bishop Bambera and Seminarian Tom Dzwonczyk! Simply, it was a powerful experience that opened my eyes to the universality of our Church. However, as you read this I am once more on the other side of the globe – this time in Portugal for World Youth Day 2023. Throughout my time in Ghana, I saw a local Church that is new, energetic, and expanding. Some of the unforgettable highlights were participating in robust, elaborate, and culturally-rich liturgies; as well as an ordination for fourteen ne...

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Carnival Raffle Tickets

Posted on July 28, 2023 in: General News

Carnival Raffle Tickets
Please pick up a carnival envelope in the back of either church that contains this year's carnival information letter and raffle tickets. We ask that each family take an envelope and either sell or buy the raffle tickets. Prizes this year include $1000 cash, a gold cross, a 65" television, and much more. Sold ticket stubs and money should be returned to either church in the envelope provided. Thank you for your support.  

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Carnival

St. Lawrence Altar Flowers

Posted on July 25, 2023 in: General News

St. Lawrence Altar Flowers
The Saint Lawrence Parish Activity Committee has made the commitment to add flowers to the altar the first weekend of each month. The display will be simple and sometimes free if provided from a family’s garden. You are invited to assist with this parish environment commitment. For more information call Dianne Fisher at 570-322-3278 or Judy Campion at 570-323-6202 to let us know what month you wish to assist and arrange delivery. Thank you!

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Flowers

Pastor's Corner: July 23

Posted on July 22, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: July 23
You might have noticed as we read through St. Matthew’s gospel that this evangelist loved to collect and organize his material. Where John might have alternated miracles with teaching, while Mark might have pushed forward quickly with the story’s action, Matthew groups things—especially Jesus’ teaching—according to genre or theme. For example, just before Lent began, Matthew gave us a lengthy Sermon on the Mount—an ordered collection of teaching about forgiveness and anger, marriage and sex, prayer, and repentance. Right now at Sunday ...

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Parish Picnic - August 13

Posted on July 21, 2023 in: General News

Parish Picnic - August 13
IT’S TIME TO PICNIC! All Families of St. Lawrence & St. Boniface are invited! Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 13 (Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.)  The St. Lawrence Parish Activity Committee will provide chicken, hot dogs, hamburger barbecue, rolls, drinks, games, and those famous prizes.  Bring your family, and your favorite covered dish or dessert, a folding chair if you desire to sit under the trees in the shade, and any lawn game you want to play or share. All are welcome as it is only fun if you are there! We will gather at the S...

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Parish Picnic

White Elephant Sale Donations

Posted on July 18, 2023 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 make our carnival a success and a fun shopping experience for all. Please consider donating clean, salable items. We welcome household goods, holiday decor, books, jewelry, DVDs, CDs, collectibles, vintage items, and unbroken toys. **WE WILL NOT ACCEPT MAGAZINES, ENCYCLOPEDIAS, OLD CELL PHONES, VHS TAPES, CLOTHING, OLD SPORTS/WATER BOTTLES, LARGE FURNITURE/EQUIPMENT OR COMPUTER-RELATED ITEMS.** Your donations can be dropped off at the alley entrance (East ...

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Carnival
Pastor's Corner: A Message from Father Bob
Shortly after Fr. Bill was appointed Pastor, I came to visit him. Having never been to Williamsport, I was treated to the grand tour and was wined & dined. During that visit, we discussed the possibility of my coming here to assist him. The rest is history! I must say any apprehension on my part was quickly diminished by your bright smiles, kind words, and extended hands of friendship. But, as the scripture tells us, “for everything there is a season.” The time has come for me to reluctantly take my leave and start the next adventure in my life. My last d...

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Let's Help the Y in July

Posted on July 14, 2023 in: Social Concerns

Let's Help the Y in July
The YWCA is celebrating 130 years of service to the community. Their mission is “to empower those they serve, educate the community, and provide a safe haven for some of our most vulnerable community members.” Often those community members come to the Y with no more than the clothes on their backs and no financial resources to reestablish their lives. The YWCA gives each new resident a “comfort” or welcome bag filled with items to make their new space feel welcoming and safe. Items include XL sheet sets, blankets, pillows, small rugs, towels, bath...

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Sojourner Truth Ministries is Seeking Volunteers
Our social concerns committee is looking for additional volunteers to serve meals at Sojourner Truth Ministries soup kitchen on Fridays from 11 a.m.  to 12:30 p.m. The current need is for volunteers on July 21, August 18, September 8, 15 & 22.  Karen Fry is also looking for a parishioner to help schedule/contact volunteers on a regular basis. For more information, please contact Karen at 570-916-1565 or email Karen.fry11@gmail.com.

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Sojourner Truth

Weekday Mass Schedule

Posted on July 10, 2023 in: General News

We apologize, there was a misprint in this week's bulletin. The normal weekday Mass schedule is as follows: Monday/Tuesday 7 a.m at St. Lawrence Wednesday/Thursday/Friday at 8 a.m. at St. Boniface

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Pastor’s Corner: July 9

Posted on July 09, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor’s Corner: July 9
A few weeks ago now we celebrated the feast of Corpus Christi. As part of that celebration we invited you to an afternoon of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. One of the sacred hosts consecrated at 10:30 a.m. Mass was placed in the monstrance in the middle of the altar. We closed with Evening Prayer—a collection of psalms and scripture leading to the community’s singing Mary’s Magnificat.” That liturgy ended with Benediction—when the priest blesses the congregation, not with his own hands, but with the Sacrament, the Real Presence of Chr...

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We Need Teen Mentors

Posted on July 06, 2023 in: General News

We Need Teen Mentors
Do you want to make a difference in the life of a teenager? We are beginning preparations for the upcoming year’s high school ministry program and are looking for adults to mentor our young people. You would work with a team of adults to supervise, guide, and share faith experiences with our high schoolers during a number of social and service events throughout the year. What we plan depends largely upon the number of volunteers we have. Contact Karen Balestino if you are interested in assisting in this important ministry.

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Youth Ministry
St. Boniface Cemetery Needs Your Support
We are very fortunate to have a beautiful and historic parish cemetery just blocks away from our church, and we need help keeping the cemetery maintained in a condition that we can all be proud of. Our costs continue to rise and our revenues have 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 making a donation this year to help address this shortfall. If you contribute through online giving, you can go online and look for the box to check for cemetery ...

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Cemetery

Pastor's Corner: July 2

Posted on July 01, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: July 2
I know we’ve bounced the words “Eucharistic Revival” around. They’ve been part of our invitations to Lenten Holy Hours and Corpus Christi adoration. They’ve formed our decisions about adult faith formation themes. And they’ll shape some of our preaching, prayer, and bulletin-writing over the next year or so. But, why Eucharistic Revival? Why those words? Why now, why this particular moment in our Church’s history? Recently a national survey retrieved some distressing responses. Something like 2/3 of Americans who identify as C...

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VBS in Pictures

Posted on June 30, 2023 in: General News

VBS in Pictures
“The Kingdom of God” themed 2023 Vacation Bible School was attended by nearly 80 children from St. Boniface, St. Lawrence, St. Ann, and St. Joseph the Worker parishes. A better understanding of the King of all Kings and the Blessed Mother was creatively shared each morning during Faith and Bible station experiences, along with Adoration. The event, which took place at the St. John Neumann Regional Academy High School, also included opportunities to learn through art, interactive snacks, music, and games. The week ended with a fun time in a castle bouncy house...

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Thank You to our Pierogi Team

Posted on June 27, 2023 in: General News

Thank You to our Pierogi Team
A huge thank you goes out to everyone who came to help make pierogis for our upcoming carnival! It's wonderful to have such willingness from parishioners of all ages and pierogi-making experience come together on two busy summer nights to make this deliciousness happen. These pierogis are a carnival favorite and the event wouldn't be the same without our homemade offerings. Don't forget to keep checking the bulletin and the website for more information on carnival dates and more opportunities to pitch in to make this year's carnival a big success. ...

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Carnival

Pastor's Corner: June 25

Posted on June 25, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: June 25
June 25, 1995. Twenty-eight years ago I stood at the altar at St. Boniface Church to offer my first Mass. Some of you—or some of your families—were part of that day. On that afternoon, I had no idea that twenty-eight years later I’d be at the altar again, as your pastor. My ordination invitation began with the words “With joy and gratitude to almighty God…” Twenty-eight years later that pretty much sums it up. How grateful I am for every assignment. How grateful for the moments of joy and sorrow when people welcomed me into their live...

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OCIA (formerly RCIA)

Posted on June 21, 2023 in: General News

OCIA (formerly RCIA)
Are you interested in a personal relationship with God? Have you been attending Mass but cannot fully participate in the sacraments? Are you searching for a faith community? Do you desire to learn more about the Catholic faith? OCIA is for YOU… OCIA stands for Order of Christian Initiation of Adults. For those seeking to be initiated into the Catholic church, OCIA is learning about and growing in the Catholic faith and deepening your relationship with Jesus Christ, leading to the reception of the sacraments of baptism (if necessary), Confirmation, and the Eucharis...

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RCIA
Preparing for Our 2023 Church Carnival
There are several important dates coming up over the summer months to get ready for our annual carnival. Help is needed from parishioners to make sure we are ready for this important community event and fundraiser. June 26: Pierogi Making Night 6 p.m. in the St. Boniface school gym July 22 & 29: Carnival letter and raffle ticket distribution August 5: Buckets available for the popular theme bucket stand August 21 (August 22 rain date): First set up night for food/cooking stands; cleaning garage refrigerators, and staging game prizes. Teenagers are encou...

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Carnival

Pastoral Hospital Visits

Posted on June 19, 2023 in: General News

Pastoral Hospital Visits
If you or a family member is hospitalized and would like a pastoral visit from a priest, please call the parish office. Hospitals and healthcare facilities do not always make the parish aware when someone is admitted.

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Andrew's Corner: June 18

Posted on June 18, 2023 in: General News

Andrew's Corner: June 18
It has been almost three weeks since I moved into the parish communities of St. Boniface and St. Lawrence. To say the least, it has been a time of great gratitude! Since May 30th I have met many new faces, seen a few familiar ones, and tried my best to learn a few hundred names. However, despite my horrible ability to remember names (which I will over time), the sense I have received from our community is one rooted in gratitude and service. A historic and faithful community that shares its joys, hopes, sufferings, and trials with one another in such a committed way. I am b...

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Feeding the Hungry

Posted on June 15, 2023 in: Social Concerns

Feeding the Hungry
Why feed the hungry? When you are hungry but there isn’t food on the shelves or in the refrigerator, and money needs to go to rent, heat, and electricity, what do you do? We offer a way to help families through this with our food collection boxes at St. Boniface and St. Lawrence. Working together we can help Sojourner Truth provide daily lunches and the Salvation Army Food Pantry provide food for their 160-plus families. It takes all of us to make this happen. Please be part of this ministry by donating unexpired food into the collections boxes or helping deliver food...

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Happy Retirement, Yvonne!

Posted on June 11, 2023 in: General News

Happy Retirement, Yvonne!
Congratulations to Yvonne Mitchell! For almost 30 years, week after week, season by season, through Christmas Eves and Holy Weeks, All Souls Day requiems and special events such as Amahl and the Night Visitors and Music for Mary, Yvonne has brought her artistry to St. Boniface's magnificent Ruffatti organ and our Yamaha piano. She has made us happier to gather together in worship and more aware of the presence of the Lord. As her colleague, I have known Yvonne to be always generous with her time and her considerable talent. When she told me of her intention to retire, I...

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Father's Day Donations and Cards
Please use Father's Day envelopes provided in your parish contribution envelopes to donate a special gift for our living & deceased fathers. Envelopes should be placed in the collection boxes. Your donation envelopes will be placed on the altar for the Father's Day Masses. In addition, feel free to take and use the greeting cards on the tables in the back of each church that you can give to the living fathers in your lives.

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Pastor's Corner: June 11

Posted on June 11, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: June 11
Long before Corpus Christi was a city in Texas, it was a feast in the Catholic Church. Corpus Christi (technically Corpus et Sanguinis Christi) is the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. One thing this day has never been: the feast of the bread and the wine. The whole point of what we do at Mass is to ask the Father to send the Holy Spirit to change bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Miraculous, mysterious, but true. But, sadly, many Catholics seem to have lost that truth. Many, if not most, Catholics polled don’t believe it anymore. That shoul...

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It's Almost Time to Make the Pierogis!
Come join us on Monday, June 12, and/or Monday, June 26 in the St. Boniface school cafeteria at 6 p.m. No experience necessary!  Just bring your desire to have fun, laugh, and enjoy helping us prepare for another successful church carnival. We need rollers, pinchers, potato fillers, and runners. With enough help, we will be done in less than two hours. Hope to see you! 

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Carnival

Pastor's Corner: June 4

Posted on June 04, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: June 4
As we move through the Church’s year we’re so often reminded that we celebrate “with the Church throughout the world.” Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost—even today, Most Holy Trinity—are times that Catholics, wherever they are, hear the same words, offer the same prayers, and celebrate the same mighty works of God. But, the Church also gives great feast days for the local community—the patronal feast and the feast of the local Church’s dedication. Tomorrow is one of those days: the feast of St. Boniface. We celebrate it with ...

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Corpus Christi-Adoration & Volunteer Sign Up
National Eucharistic Revival-Corpus Christi:  The dioceses of the United States are currently engaged in a multi-year National Eucharistic Revival to renew the Church by enkindling in the faithful a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.  We are now approaching the parish phase of the Revival beginning on Sunday, June 11, 2023, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). To commemorate the beginning of the parish phase of the National Eucharistic Revival, our parish will be offering a Eucharistic E...

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June 5: Feast of St. Boniface Mass
There will be a special 7 a.m. Mass on Monday, June 5 at St. Boniface to celebrate the feast day of St. Boniface (patron saint of Germany, bishop, and martyr c. 675-754). Please note that there will be no morning mass at St. Lawrence on June 5.

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Pastor's Corner: May 28

Posted on May 28, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: May 28
This Tuesday we’ll welcome a seminarian, Andrew McCarroll, to St. Boniface and St. Lawrence Parishes. He will be here for a “pastoral year.” I know it’s been some time since our parishes hosted a seminarian for a summer or winter assignment. I suspect it’s been since never that we’ve had someone here for the duration of a year. So, let me give you some sense of what this experience means. Andrew, a native of Lehman (at the upper end of Route 118) and a son of St. Aloysius Parish in Wilkes-Barre, has just finished his third year in graduat...

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Congratulations to New Pastoral Council Members
Congratulations to our three new pastoral council members as they join current council members in advising our pastor on matters related to the spiritual health and administration of The Parishes of St. Boniface & St. Lawrence: Greg Deck, Karen Kirk-Newman, and Scott Lorson. Their three-year terms will begin in June. A special thank you goes out to our Recruitment and Training Committee for organizing and overseeing this year's council elections. 

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Memorial Day Mass

Posted on May 24, 2023 in: General News

Memorial Day Mass
A Memorial Day Mass will be at the St. Boniface Cemetary on Monday, May 29 at 9 a.m. We will honor all those who died in military service for our country. Parking at the cemetery is limited, but parking will be available in the SJNRA High School parking lot. In case of inclement weather, Mass will be held at St. Boniface church. Light refreshments will be provided by the Hospitality Committee. Please bring your own lawn chair.

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Pastor's Corner: May 21

Posted on May 20, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: May 21
Most mornings I read the news from the New York Times on my phone. Many mornings I’ll take a stab at the games the NYT provides—the crossword, the sodoku, the spelling bee. That last game invites us to create words from a limited number of letters: the more letters, the more points. But, sometimes I put in a legitimate word and it gets rejected—either because it’s a foreign word, a proper name, or just one that the game designers don’t know. Two examples: “cenacle” and “novena.” Real words. Actual words that play into th...

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Ever Thought of Becoming a Eucharistic Minister or Lector?
We are currently working on the St. Boniface lector and eucharistic minister schedules for July, August, and September, and would like to add more liturgical ministers to our list. Both parishes need additional eucharistic ministers, especially for Saturday Masses. If you are interested in joining these ministries, please contact the parish office for more information and training. (email stboniface@comcast.net or call 570- 326-1544)

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Vacation Bible School Donations Needed
It’s time once again for summer VBS, sponsored by St. Boniface, St. Lawrence, St. Ann's, and St. Joseph the Worker. In order to make VBS affordable for families, we charge a fee that covers only a small portion of the cost of this program. The parishes are responsible for the remaining costs. So, we are asking parishioners to help us by donating some of the items we need to offset those costs. There are posters located in the back of each church that outline VBS needs. Please take a moment to review these items and consider donating. Items should be brought to chu...

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Vacation Bible School
Parish Pastoral Council Election
The pastoral council election takes place this weekend, May 20 & 21. Sheets with candidate biographies are in the back of church. Please take the time to read about each candidate so you can make a thoughtful decision as we continue to build for the future of our two parishes. Candidates should be individuals that are called to work cooperatively and creatively for the greater good. Ballots will be located at the church entrances by the bulletins. Please take a ballot and make (3) three selections and return the ballots to the collection boxes. 

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Pastor's Corner: May 14

Posted on May 14, 2023 in: General News

Pastor's Corner: May 14
The Mass schedule: let’s cut to the quick! We will keep the PREP year Sunday schedule in place throughout the year—8 a.m. at St. Lawrence and 10:30 a.m. at St. Boniface. Thank you to everyone who offered their input. The responses were relatively even. Some folks actually argued both sides. Some people proposed completely different schedules from the two options on the table. I have to tell you, you don’t all share the same definition of Sabbath rest. Many of you want the Lord’s Day to offer an opportunity to sleep in. Others find rest in gettin...

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Family Promise Meals Needed

Posted on May 11, 2023 in: General News

Family Promise Meals Needed
Our parishes are responsible for providing the meals for Family Promise from Sunday, May 28 through Saturday, June 3. If you are able to donate a meal, please contact Pam Fink at (570) 916-0883 or email her at picturepam@comcast.net. The parishes will also be responsible for meals August 13-19 and November 26-December 2.

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Family Promise
Meet Your Parish Pastoral Council Nominees
Congratulations to the following individuals that have been nominated for our pastoral council: Greg Deck, Chris Heim, Karen Kirk-Newman, Scott Lorson, Gloria O’Connell, and Rosemary Proctor. Pastoral council elections will take place the weekend of May 20 & 21. Candidate biographies can be found as an insert in the printed weekly bulletin.  Please take the time to read about each candidate so you can make a thoughtful decision as we continue to build for the future of our two parishes. There will be a candidate meet & greet after Mass on May 14 a...

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Pastor's Corner: May 7

Posted on May 07, 2023 in: General News

Pastor's Corner: May 7
Parish Center. Rectory. Convent. The building behind St. Lawrence Church has had a host of names and quite a variety of uses throughout the years. This summer that building’s name and use will change yet again. Beginning this summer, the parish will rent that property to St. John Neumann Regional Academy—to be used as a preschool campus. We hope this will be a positive for both the parish and our regional Catholic school. For the school, this means more much-needed room for the growing pre-school program at SJNRA. For the parish, we’ll no longer be paying ...

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Ascension Day: Holy Day of Obligation (May 18)
Thursday, May 18 is a Holy Day of Obligation marking the day that Jesus ascended into Heaven 40 days after Easter by His own power. Services will be held at St. Lawrence at 7 a.m., at St. Boniface at 10 a.m. and at 5:30 p.m. To read about the Ascension, see Acts1:14, Mark 16: 19-20, and Luke 24:50-53.  To see the schedule of Masses offered at area Lycoming County churches, please refer to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/stbonifaceandstlawrenceparish/

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Holy Day
St. Lawrence Rummage Sale Needs Donations
Save the date! The St. Lawrence Church rummage sale is June 9 & 10. As you clean out and prepare your home for warmer weather, consider donating any items that could be resold at the sale. Please contact Dianne Fisher at 570-322-3278 or Judy Campion at 570-323-6202 for more information about donations.  Download the full information brochure for the event at https://stbonifacecatholic.com/

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Holy Days Mass Schedule

Posted on May 04, 2023 in: General News

Holy Days Mass Schedule
Please note the new schedule for Holy Days in our parishes: Holy Day Masses will be held at 7 a.m. St. Lawrence, 10 a.m. at St. Boniface (SJNRA), and at 5:30 p.m. at St. Boniface. Schedules for area churches will be posted as needed.

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Holy Day
Pastor's Corner: April 30
Some years ago, I celebrated a Mass—probably during Catholic Schools Week—where a high school student gave a talk about his experience of Catholic education. He had clearly prepared well. He was convincingly excited about his Catholic faith. But, I was a little surprised what people said—and didn’t say—as they talked to him after Mass. I heard: “You speak well—you should be a teacher,” “—you should be a lawyer,” “—you should be in politics.” What I didn’t hear: “You could be a pr...

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Mass Parking for Sacraments

Posted on April 25, 2023 in: General News

Mass Parking for Sacraments
First Holy Communion and Confirmation will be celebrated at St. Boniface on May 7 & May 21 at the 10:30 a.m. Masses. Please be aware that we will have extra visitors for those services and anticipate traffic congestion in the parking areas. We ask that you avoid using the alley off of Penn Street from 9:55-10:10 a.m. during PREP class dismissal on those dates. Parents pick up their children using the same alley as parishioners use to park. For easier traffic flow on May 7 & May 21, the Harmonia Hall parking lot will be available and can best be accessed by Fran...

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Cemetery Spring Clean-up

Posted on April 24, 2023 in: General News

Cemetery Spring Clean-up
Each year there is a scheduled spring and fall clean up of the St. Boniface Cemetery.  This year the spring clean up is planned for Saturday, May 6. The goal is to tidy up the cemetery from leaves, broken branches, broken/torn articles, and dead plants/flowers. Please remove any personal items from the cemetery by April 30 to ensure your valuables are not lost.  The cemetery committee has been notified that borders of stone, brick, and fencing are being placed on graves. These items are potential problems for the safety and efficiency of our maintenan...

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Cemetery

Pastor's Corner: April 23

Posted on April 24, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: April 23
Something’s puzzled me over the past several months. The summer Mass schedule change. I wasn’t clear on why we have it. We’re not resort communities that fill with worshippers for summer getaways or winter ski trips. We’re not cancelling a Mass because few people attend in the summer; we’re just moving them closer together. Why, I ask? I’ve heard all sorts of answers—mostly about people other than the folks I’ve asked. Summer Mass schedule is for the priests, for the musicians, for families with children, for golfers, etc. So,...

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Interested in Being an Altar Server?
We are now recruiting new altar servers for both St. Boniface and St. Lawrence. An instructional session will be held on Sunday, April 23 after the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Boniface. Current altar servers from both parishes are welcome and encouraged to attend as a refresher. Children who have received first Holy Communion are eligible. Register to serve by completing a registration form available in the rear of either church or the parish office. Please contact the parish office or email Stephanie (St. Boniface) sradulski@comcast.net or Brianne (St. Lawrence) ba...

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Youth Ministry

Pastor's Corner: April 16

Posted on April 17, 2023 in: General News

Pastor's Corner: April 16
We’ve sometimes called this Sunday “Low Sunday.” After all, anything compared to Easter would seem to fall into a lesser place. The throngs of people, the triumphant music, the fresh flowers, the families gathered to feast: all that seems to be last week’s story. But, in terms of the dynamics of the Church’s liturgy, that almost completely wrong. Last Sunday began Easter, it certainly didn’t finish it! We have fifty days of Easter, Sundays and weekdays that unfold the unimaginable power of Christ’s resurrection. And the high point r...

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VBS Registration is Open
Students in PRE-K through grade 5 this school year are invited to attend Vacation Bible School (VBS) sponsored by our area Catholic churches. VBS will be held June 19–23 from 8:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m. at the St. John Neumann Regional Academy High School campus on Penn Street in Williamsport. Register online at www.osvhub.com/saintannrcc/forms/vbs. Earlybird registration cost per student is $20 through May 31. Families with 3 or more children pay $60.  Starting June 1, the cost per student is $40 so get your children registered as soon as possible....

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Vacation Bible School
Funeral arrangements announced for the Most Reverend James C. Timlin
The funeral arrangements for the Most Reverend James C. Timlin, eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Scranton, who died on Easter Sunday, April 9, 2023, at Marywood Heights in Scranton have been finalized. In making this announcement, the Diocese of Scranton acknowledges the sensitive circumstances of planning this funeral, which must balance Bishop Timlin’s full life of service to the church with a clear understanding of imperfect judgments related to clergy sexual abuse. We pray for all sexual abuse survivors and hope they find healing and peace. In planning this f...

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Pastor's Corner: April 9

Posted on April 10, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: April 9
Easter cards are a funny thing. Most of them are about rabbits and eggs—often with all sorts of puns and jokes involved. A few, carefully placed in the part of the rack identified as “religious”, show a cross or a picture of Jesus. I can deal with all of those. But, I’m wary of the ones that wish us “Happy Easter, Happy Spring!” As if those two things are the same. They’re not. Spring comes as just one more season, repeating itself over and over. As soon as it arrives, it leads to another summer, another fall, another winter. But, E...

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Communion Under Both Kinds

Posted on April 06, 2023 in: General News

Communion Under Both Kinds
Beginning April 6, Bishop Bambera has lifted the COVID restrictions on receiving the Lord’s Blood at Mass, and we will resume this practice at St. Boniface and St. Lawrence. Let us address some concerns that we may have following our recent experience of the COVID pandemic: 1. No one is required to receive from the chalice. We receive Christ—the crucified and risen Savior—whole and entire every time we receive either element of the sacrament. 2. Please be aware of your own health concerns. If you are sick, particularly with a communicable illnes...

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Pastor's Corner: April 2

Posted on April 02, 2023 in: General News

Pastor's Corner: April 2
Welcome to Holy Week! Let me give you the map for these sacred days—so that we can journey together in prayer and worship. Confession:  The light will continue to be on for you this Monday evening from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be offered as a way to enter into the quiet prayer of this week. Our deanery penance service will be held this Wednesday at 6 p.m. at St Boniface. Priests from the area will be available to hear your confessions. Holy Thursday: The Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at 7 ...

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Area Holy Week Schedule

Posted on March 29, 2023 in: General News

Area Holy Week Schedule
Please view or download the schedule of all Holy Week services and events in our Lycoming County area, including St. Boniface and St. Lawrence.  This schedule is also posted on our Facbook page at https://www.facebook.com/stbonifaceandstlawrenceparish.

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Holy Week

New Altar Servers Needed

Posted on March 28, 2023 in: General News

New Altar Servers Needed
We are looking for new altar servers for both St. Boniface and St. Lawrence. Any child who has received first Holy Communion is eligible. Register to serve by completing a registration form that is available in the rear of either church or from the parish offic. Instructional sessions will begin after Easter. If you have questions, please contact the parish office or email Stephanie (St. Boniface) sradulski@comcast.net or Brianne (St. Lawrence) bacarpenter1@yahoo.com. Thank you and your child for your consideration to participate in this important minist...

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Youth Ministry

Pastor's Corner: March 26

Posted on March 26, 2023 in: General News

Pastor's Corner: March 26
Yes, it looks like Lent is winding down. 40 days always seems daunting when we set out on Ash Wednesday, doesn’t it? With all our promises and hopes to fast and prayer and live charitably! Next week will be Palm Sunday. Just a reminder of how we’ll celebrate that Sunday this year. We’re resuming the practice of a Palm Sunday procession at the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses. At St. Lawrence we’ll gather outside the main porch to bless the branches and then we’ll all walk into church together for the Mass. At St. Boniface, meet us in the gym for th...

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Lent
Parish Council Nominations Due March 28
Are you a strategic thinker?  Know anyone who is skilled at thinking about long term goals for our parishes? Self-nominations and nominations of parishoners interested in serving on our parish pastoral council need to be returned to the church office no later than Tuesday, March 28. Nomination forms are located in the rear of both St. Boniface and St. Lawrence. 

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Easter Egg Hunt at St. Lawrence
Mark your calendars for the St. Lawrence Easter Egg Hunt to be held on Saturday, April 8 at 12 p.m. at the church. Children from ages 1 through 4th grade are welcome to participate. This event is free. Watch for more information as we move closer to the date. If you have questions, please contact Dianne Fisher 570- 322-3278 or Judy Campion 570-323-6202.

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Pastor's Corner: March 19

Posted on March 19, 2023 in: General News

Pastor's Corner: March 19
In today’s gospel Jesus tells us he is “the light of the world.” As we tell his story through the liturgical year, we use that image of light to great advantage. Think of the Advent wreath and how its light grows each week. Think also about where our Lent leads us: to the evening celebration of Holy Thursday and the night Mass of the Easter Vigil. The darkness of his Passion will be overcome by the light of his Resurrection! We also have a tradition of praying Tenebrae, a liturgy that runs opposite from that Advent wreath. We begin with candles blazing ...

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Lent

Tenebrae Service March 26

Posted on March 17, 2023 in: General News

Tenebrae Service March 26
Come experience dramatic and moving music and scripture reflecting Jesus's final moments before the crucifixion--presented by the St. Boniface Choir at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 26 at St. Boniface. No charge for admission. All are welcome.

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Lent
Bishop's Youth Award Recipients
Recognition of our parish youth was held on Tuesday, March 7, at a special Mass with Bishop Bambera honoring students in the Southern and Western Pastoral Regions of the Diocese of Scranton. Each year, 8th and 12th grade students are recognized as leaders in Christian service and commitment to their parish and community. This year, we are pleased to have nominated six outstanding young people: Eighth graders: Brendan Carpenter Audrey Dincher Ocie Engel Kaylene Kriner Seniors: Jackson Fink Lily Reid Congratulations! Please join us in tha...

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Stations of the Cross

Posted on March 17, 2023 in: General News

Stations of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross, also known as the Way of the Cross or Via Crucis, commemorate Jesus's passion and death on the cross. There are 14 stations that each depict a moment on his journey to Calvary, usually through sacred art, prayers, and reflections. Our Stations of the Cross will be held on several dates during Lent, including a live presentation led by our PREP students on March 17.  The stations will be held on Fridays at 5:30 p.m. on March 3 (St. Lawrence), March 10 (St. Boniface), March 17 (St. Lawrence with PREP students), March 24 (St. Bonifac...

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Lent
Lenten Table Meal March 31
Join us on March 31 from 6-8 p.m. in the St. Lawrence Parish Hall for our Lenten Table dinner. Meatless soups and bread will be provided. Please bring a bowl and a spoon! A sign up sheet for the dinner is located in the back of each chuch.  Fifteen meatless soups will be served, following Stations of the Cross. at St. Lawrence. Catholic Relief Services CRS Rice Bowl donations will be accepted. **You may now use our On-Line Giving to make your donations.for the Rice Bowl osvhub.com/st-lawrence-williamsport/giving/funds or osvhub.com/st-boniface-williamsport/gi...

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Lent

Pastor's Corner: March 12

Posted on March 12, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: March 12
At Mass sometimes the priest has the option of saying things “in these or similar words.” Many times, no such option is offered— “This is my Body” has to be “This is my Body,” after all. We don’t always think of these sorts of options for the lay faithful, do we? There’s no “in these or similar words” option for the Sanctus or the Lamb of God. Parents with babies to be baptized and couples coming to be married have to say “I do!” to the questions. But, there is one place where all of us— lay...

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Living Stations of the Cross on March 17
You are invited to our Living Stations on Friday, March 17 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Lawrence Church. Students in grades 6 & 7 will bring the stations to life with visual representations and meditations for today’s followers of Jesus. Come join us and bring a friend!

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PREP, Lent

Note from Father Bob

Posted on March 08, 2023 in: General News

Note from Father Bob
I just wanted to take a minute to thank you all for your phone calls, cards and letters over these past two months! They certainly cheered up an otherwise unpleasant time. I’m happy to report that the doctors seem happy with the progress I’ve been making. I look forward to resuming a “normal” life sooner rather than later! Thank you again and please keep me in your prayers as you are in mine. With Warm Regards, Fr. Bob.

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Pastor's Corner: March 5

Posted on March 05, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: March 5
A few years back, we received a new English translation of the Mass. We’ve grown used to “and with your spirit” rather than “and also with you.” So, of course, it’s time for the Church to launch a new English translation for another sacrament: Reconciliation. When you come to confession this Lent and beyond you may notice—and, admittedly, the change is so small you can miss this—two small changes in the priest’s words. Now we tell you that the Father has “poured out” the Spirit and that the Church promises th...

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Lenten Hour with Bishop Bambera
To commemorate the diocesan phase of the National Eucharistic Revival, a Holy Hour with Bishop Bambera will be held in each of the twelve deaneries of the Diocese of Scranton during the season of Lent. You and your family are invited to attend the Bishop's event for the Williamsport Deanery on Wednesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes in Montoursville. 

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Lent

Pastor's Corner: February 26

Posted on February 26, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: February 26
40 days Jesus stays in the desert, keeping a fast. What does it mean to fast? How would we explain this to someone outside the faith? Many times, we’ve had to explain those ashes on our foreheads to someone else at school or the workplace. Many times, people have wondered why we skip the meat we’d like to opt for the fish on a Friday night. Sometimes we compare a fast to a diet. But, there’s a difference. Dieting is pretty much about us—our health, our self-image, the way we’d like to others to see us. But, fasting tells us to give up something...

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Lent

St. Patrick's Day Dinner

Posted on February 24, 2023 in: St Lawrence Activities

St. Patrick's Day Dinner
A St. Patrick's Day Dinner sponsored by St. Lawrence will be held on Friday, March 17 from 4-6:30 p.m. in the St. Lawrence Parish Hall. Tickets will be sold after each Mass at St. Boniface and St. Lawrence beginning February 25. (Adults $14/Children 12 and under $5) From Bishop Bambera: A dispensation from the Friday Lenten observance of abstaining from meat has been granted for those celebrating the Feast of Saint Patrick on Friday, March 17, 2023. In keeping with the sacrificial nature of the Lenten season, I ask that all who receive this dispensation offer some ac...

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St Lawrence

Ash Wednesday: February 22

Posted on February 22, 2023 in: General News

Ash Wednesday: February 22
A reminder that our Lenten Schedule is available online and as a handout available in each church.  Please note the schedule for Ash Wednesday: 7 a.m. at Divine Providence Chapel: Liturgy & Ashes;  10 a.m. SJNRA at St. Boniface: Mass & Ashes;  4:30 p.m. at St. Boniface: Fish Dinner Take Out;  5:30 p.m. at St. Boniface: Mass & Ashes;  7 p.m. at St. Lawrence: Liturgy & Ashes

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Lent

Lent 2023: Important Dates & Events

Posted on February 21, 2023 in: General News

Lent 2023: Important Dates & Events
Lent 2023 starts on Ash Wednesday, February 22, 2023. As Catholics, the observation of Lent ends on Holy Thursday, April 6, 2023. For this season, and including Easter weekend, our two parishes have compiled a brochure of the schedule of Masses, special dinners, children's activities, times for confession, and much more. Please download and print this information-filled brochure, or pick up a copy at the back of either St. Lawrence or St. Boniface. 

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Pastor's Corner: February 19

Posted on February 20, 2023 in: General News

Pastor's Corner: February 19
Fasting. Prayer. Almsgiving. In this Wednesday’s — yes, it’s Ash Wednesday already! — gospel we’ll hear Jesus highlight these traditional Jewish—and later, Christian signs of repentance. This Lent each of us may have different paths to take as we fast, pray and do works of charity and justice, but let’s not forget one way in which we can unite with our sisters and brothers across the world this Lent: The Rice Bowl. They’re available at the doors of the church this weekend. Put them together (figuring out just how to ...

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Lent
Reconciliation for PREP Students
PREP students in grades 3-7 will have the opportunity to go to confession in the weeks ahead. Our catechists have been working with the students to get them ready to celebrate this sacrament. We are asking parents to help us by reviewing reconciliation materials with their children. Look for materials to be sent home with everything you need. February 26: Grade 4 March 5: Grades 3 & 6 March 12: Grade 5 March 19: Grade 7

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PREP

Ash Wednesday: February 22

Posted on February 16, 2023 in: General News

Ash Wednesday: February 22
A reminder that our Lenten Schedule is available online and as a handout available in each church.  Please note the schedule for Ash Wednesday: 7 a.m. at Divine Providence Chapel: Liturgy & Ashes;  10 a.m. SJNRA at St. Boniface: Mass & Ashes;  4:30 p.m. at St. Boniface: Fish Dinner Take Out;  5:30 p.m. at St. Boniface: Mass & Ashes;  7 p.m. at St. Lawrence: Liturgy & Ashes

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Lent
Have you ever considered serving on our Parish Pastoral Council? Want to learn more?
In preparation for this year’s parish pastoral council nominations and election, there will be two information opportunities to learn what it means to serve on this advisory council, and how the election process works. The first will be held at 6 p.m. on February 19 in the St. Lawrence Hall and the second will be at 6 p.m. on February 26 in the St. Boniface RAC. Come hear from current and past council members, understand more about the advisory role of the council, and ask any questions you might have. Light refreshments will be served.

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Pastor's Corner: February 12

Posted on February 12, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: February 12
Oddly, our COVID times offered some moments of grace and growth. We were encouraged to leave our churches open for part of the day—particularly in light of our inability to welcome crowds back to public worship. Many of our parishes have continued to offer our spaces for quiet prayer and meditation. One of the opportunities here in our parishes has been the Monday evening confession time. Because it’s not just about getting to the sacrament of reconciliation, however valuable that may be, during that 5:30 to 7 p.m. time, we place the Blessed Sacrament on the alt...

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Faith in the Present, Hope for the Future
Thank you to all parishioners who have completed and submitted your commitment card to the church. For those parishioners who have not yet had the opportunity to submit their card, a letter will be mailed to you with a personalized commitment card. Each and every one of you is a vital member of our parish community and we want to hear from you! This is an opportunity to reflect upon and renew your sacrificial commitment to support the mission of the parish families of St. Boniface and St. Lawrence. For those who are able – there is an opportunity to make a one-time gi...

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Vacation Bible School Needs You!
Our next summer VBS is June 19-23 at the SJNRA High School campus. Adults are needed for various jobs including leading or supervising activities with small groups of students. Please consider helping us make this the best VBS week ever for our younger students! Contact Karen Balestino for more information at sbslprep@comcast.net or (570) 419-8679.

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Pastor's Corner: February 5

Posted on February 05, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: February 5
Do you realize we’re only 2 ½ weeks away from the beginning of Lent? Yes, Ash Wednesday approaches on February 22 this year. While I know that we often see Lent as a serious time for fasting and penance and prayer, Lent also invites us to prepare for Easter, to embrace a spiritual springtime along with the temporal springtime. Let’s think about how we’ll keep this Lent. This week I’d particularly invite families to consider how we lead our children along the pathways of Lent. Try to bring Lent into the home. We’re not just Catholic ...

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Student Essay Contest

Posted on February 01, 2023 in: Religious Education

Student Essay Contest
The "Christ is Alive Essay Contest" is open to PREP students in grades 3-8. Students should write a one-page essay about a time they felt God was with them.  Submissions are due no later than Febrary 12. Please hand in submissions at PREP class or the parish office. More information is available online.

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Pastor's Corner: January 29

Posted on January 29, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: January 29
A budget inserted presented in the fall. A five-year trend report published in January. Now "Faith in the Present, Hope for the Future". Isn’t this a lot of talk about money? Isn’t this the kind of thing that makes people say the Catholic Church only cares about the money? Yes, sometimes—certainly not always—we talk about money. But, that’s because you—the Church, the People of God—have a right to financial transparency. What if we didn’t talk about money at all? What if we let a deficit grow? Or what if we hid a dow...

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Mass on the Feast of St. Blaise

Posted on January 27, 2023 in: General News

Mass on the Feast of St. Blaise
St. Blaise is the patron saint of ailments of the ear, nose, and throat. Come join us at Mass on Friday, February 3 at 8 a.m. at St. Boniface for the annual St. Blaise blessing of the throats.

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Designer Purse Bingo

Posted on January 23, 2023 in: St Boniface Activities

Designer Purse Bingo
Come out for a day of fun and fellowship! Designer purse bingo will be held Saturday, February 4, in the St. Boniface elementary school gym. Doors open at 11 a.m. and bingo starts at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $25 for 20 regular games. There will be additional specials, a Chinese auction, a super raffle, and food for purchase. If you or your business would like to donate an item for the Chinese auction, sponsor one of the purses, or reserve tickets, please call Lorrie at 570-433-4464 or Deb at 570-220-2303. Note: If you are planning on attending the 4 p.m. Mass on ...

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Pastor's Corner: January 22

Posted on January 22, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: January 22
Our parish pastoral council responds to a series of listening sessions with plans to invite parishioners to get more involved in the volunteer life of the parishes. The Diocese requires our parishes—and, in fact, all parishes—to offer transparent financial reports on a regular basis. Our Sunday gospels tell the story of Jesus proclaiming the gospel and recruiting disciples. Are these merely random events? Or can we see a convergence here? I certainly hope we can! Jesus calls us to a mission—proclaiming the kingdom of God to our world. That mission needs pe...

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Increased Offertory Program

Posted on January 20, 2023 in: General News

Increased Offertory Program
In the coming week you will receive a brochure introducing our Increased Offertory Program. I am sure you are all proud to be part of the Saint Boniface and Saint Lawrence community. On commitment weekend, January 28 & 29, you will be invited to participate in this important program and help us respond to God’s great gift of love. Please prayerfully consider how you and your family can help by financially supporting our ministries, furthering our mission, and reinforcing our future. We ask that all faithful parishioners complete the commitment card included i...

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First Reconciliation Blessings

Posted on January 19, 2023 in: Sacraments

First Reconciliation Blessings
Sixteen youngsters will receive our Lord’s forgiveness and peace in the sacrament of reconciliation for the first time on Saturday, January 21, at St. Lawrence Church. The students have been very involved in their celebration by preparing readings and learning songs with motions. Many thanks to all who helped prepare for this memorable day. Special appreciation goes out to our 2nd grade catechist, Mrs. Jillian MacInnis, 2nd grade aide, Mrs. Jennifer Hubler, teachers at SJNRA, and all of our parents who have been working with the children to pr...

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Personal Tax Documentation Available
Tax season is approaching! If you would like your 2022 charitable contributions total mailed or emailed at the end of January, please contact the parish office for your name to be added to the list.

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Pastor's Corner: January 15

Posted on January 15, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: January 15
Since the beginning of Advent the Sunday gospels have come from St. Matthew. That’ll continue to be the pattern—with a rather long interruption from St. John during Lent and Easter—up until the end of November. What should we look for from Matthew’s gospel? What would a one-time tax collector write about Jesus, his unexpected Savior? First, Matthew tells the most Jewish story of all the gospels. Now, all the evangelists write a narrative of the Jewish Messiah and his Jewish disciples. But, Matthew seems to take a particular care to show the continuit...

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Pancake Breakfast January 22: Parish Youth Needed
The St. Lawrence Parish Activities Committee is sponsoring a pancake breakfast on Sunday, January 22 in the St. Lawrence parish hall. Tickets are being sold after Masses.  If your child needs service hours for school or another organization, or if they would just like to help out at this breakfast, this is the perfect opportunity. Any high school age parishioner is asked to volunteer for the early shift (approx. 8:30-10:30 a.m.). Our confirmation students will take the 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. shift since most of them are attending PREP that morning. We would love...

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300 Club Tickets Now Available
The New Year is here and so is our next batch of 300 Club tickets. Tickets will be on sale in the rear of the church after all Masses starting January 7 or can be purchased from any activities member. Cost is $10/ticket. The first drawing will be February 12, with subsequent drawings once a week for five weeks. Winners will be announced in the church bulletin. If you would like a ticket but cannot pick one up at church, please call Deb at 570-220-2303 or Lenny at 570-772-0722.

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Pastor's Corner: January 8

Posted on January 07, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: January 8
I know the print’s small, the numbers might be hard to read, and those financial pages in the bulletin don’t always offer exciting news: but, please take a good look at those financial trend reports. In light of Vision 2030, the Diocese wants us all—priests, parish leadership, the whole community—to be aware of the graces and challenges of being a parish today. Here you see the figures that talk about one piece of parish life—the money we’re given and the money we spend. All in all, for both St. Lawrence and St. Boniface these report...

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Adults Needed to Assist with Teen Ministry
Are you interested in sharing your faith with teens? We are looking for a few adults to assist with our high school ministry program. We meet two Sunday evenings a month and need two adults in attendance each time. These adults would act as assistant mentors on an “as needed” basis. Prayerfully consider giving some time to make a difference in the lives of our young people. For more information, contact Karen Balestino.

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Youth Ministry
Come Enjoy Coffee and Meaningful Discussion
Adult education opportunities continue January 8 from 9:15-10:10 a.m. in the St. Boniface Rectory Basement (RAC) with our PREP Talks. Newcomers are always welcome, and If you missed any Wednesday sessions of the Symbolon video and discussion series, here is your chance to catch up. Our next three PREP Talk sessions in January will discuss: The Bible: God’s Love Letter to Humanity; The Story of Salvation: Creation, Fall & Redemption; and Who is Jesus? Just a Good Man or Lord of Our Lives? Hope to see you there!

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