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Andrew's Corner

Posted on April 18, 2024 in: General News

Andrew's Corner
As Fr. McCreary mentioned in his “Pastor’s Corner,” our Vocation’s Committee is hard at work in promoting an awareness of vocations in our community – the ways in which God has called each of us to witness to our Christian faith. My hope is that you can see how Christ has been at work in the life of Fr. McCreary and myself in our answers to these 20 questions! What did your parents do? My dad was the owner of McCarroll Pre-Cast, a family concrete business that my grandfather started in 1966. A lot of my childhood memories took place there si...

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“Joined by Faith, Called to Serve” Financial Commitment Campaign
This week you should have received a brochure introducing our “Joined by Faith, Called to Serve” program. On Commitment Weekend, April 20 & 21, you are invited to participate in this important program and help us respond to God’s great gift of love. We ask that you please review this brochure and prayerfully consider how you and your family can help the parish Families of St. Boniface and St. Lawrence by financially supporting our ministries, furthering our mission, and reinforcing our future. We ask that all faithful parishioners complete a co...

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Spring 2024 Cemetery Clean-Up

Posted on April 17, 2024 in: General News

Spring 2024 Cemetery Clean-Up
Our spring cleaning is set for Saturday, May 4th, 2024. To ensure a beautiful and well-maintained cemetery, our crew will be removing leaves, branches, debris, and any broken decorations or dead plants. As a friendly reminder, please refrain from placing borders, stones, or brick chips around plots. These materials can damage our lawn mowing equipment and pose a safety hazard to our staff. They are also in violation of the cemetery regulations and will be removed. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our cemetery a peaceful and respectful space for all.

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Pastor's Corner: April 14

Posted on April 14, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: April 14
For a few months, we’ve had a Vocations Committee forming in the parishes. We’ve been looking at ways to encourage vocations—to the priesthood, to religious life, to Christian marriage—among our people, especially our young with their whole lives ahead of them. One suggestion was to have Andrew and I answer a list of 20 questions about ourselves. So, let’s begin—just a few questions at a time. What did your parents do? My mother was a schoolteacher. She taught what we used to call home economics (largely cooking and sewing). Now ...

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The Jesuits & the Dinchers: A Special Presentation
Wednesday, April 17 at St. Lawrence Parish Hall at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Join us for a special presentation by Jack Houston, who will delve into the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the remarkable history of the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits.  This talk will explore the enduring contributions of the Jesuits to the: Spiritual life of the Catholic Church Educational landscape Cultural tapestry of the world We'll begin with the founding of the Jesuit Order in 1540 and journey through time to see their lasting impact. Th...

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Make a Difference to Those in Need!
Make a Difference in Your Community: Join Our Social Concerns Ministry! We partner with incredible community organizations like Sojourner Truth Ministries, Senior C.A.R.E., Shepard of the Streets, Family Promise, and the YWCA to support those in need. Here's how you can get involved: Donate Food: We accept unexpired, non-perishable food donations at each of our churches. Volunteer Your Time: Contact our Parish Office at 570-326-1544 or email stboniface@comcast.net to learn about volunteer opportunities. Together, we can make a positive impact on...

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Andrew's Corner

Posted on April 10, 2024 in: General News

Andrew's Corner
In this past Sunday’s gospel (John 20:19-31) we heard how the disciples hid in fear behind locked doors. Their teacher had just been betrayed, judged, beaten, and killed. Could the same thing happen to them? However, in their moment of fear and uncertainty, Jesus appears before them and proclaims: “Peace be with you. As the Father had sent me, so I send you!” We know how the story continues for the rest of Christian history. The disciples don’t let this message of the risen Jesus fizzle out. They move beyond the locked doors and proclaim the good ...

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Join us for Summer Vacation Bible School!
Join us for Vacation Bible School at St. John Neumann Regional Academy High School (901 Penn St.) this June! Training to Be Champions for Christ is our exciting theme for this week-long program, designed for students in Pre-K through Grade 5 (current school year). Dates: June 24th - 28th Time: 8:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m Cost: $20 per student ($60 for families with more than 3 children) Early Bird Registration Discount: Register by May 31 and pay only $20! After June 1, the cost is $40 per student. Questions? Contact Karen Balestino ...

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Vacation Bible School

Pastor's Corner: April 7

Posted on April 08, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: April 7
Look at the picture. Holy Thursday night’s adoration space: After the evening Mass we linger to pray, doing what chosen apostles couldn’t do in Gethsemane. We traveled to other churches to keep this as a night of expectant prayer. Half an hour before midnight those seats were filled for Night Prayer, with some folks kneeling or sitting on the floor. We responded to the Church’s call to pray! And we did it throughout the week. Palm Sunday, bearing our branches. Morning Prayer is beautifully attended and sung. Good Friday’s veneration of the cr...

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Divine Mercy Sunday

Posted on April 03, 2024 in: General News

Divine Mercy Sunday
Since the year 2000, the universal Church has concluded the Octave of Easter by celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday. This great solemnity calls the faithful to rejoice in the merciful love of God as it is most profoundly manifested in the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ. But what exactly is the Divine Mercy? Where did this devotion to the Divine Mercy begin? Is this a new feast day in the Church? Learn more here:  A History of Mercy DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY APRIL 7th St. Joseph the Worker will host the Divine Mercy Sunday Devotions this year beginning with Exp...

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Scriptural Rosary Every Tuesday
Join us to pray a Scriptural Rosary every Tuesday event at 6:30 p.m. at St. Boniface Church. Scriptural Rosary leads you to peace in your life! All members of the family are invited. There will be "busy bags" available for the little ones. how-to-pray-the-rosary-everyday.com/scriptural-rosary You can find, peace, joy, and happiness in your life through rosary scriptural meditations. What is a scriptural rosary you may wonder... All it is is the life of Jesus based on scripture from the Bible. The scriptural rosary prayer of the Joyful Mysteries, S...

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Andrew's Corner: March 31

Posted on April 01, 2024 in: General News

Andrew's Corner: March 31
This Sunday we hear that familiar Easter story of the women coming to the tomb of Jesus only to find it empty. We all know the highlight of the story, but it doesn’t end there. These faithful women went out to proclaim what they had seen by their bold witness to the faith – encouraging us to do the same. But, how do we give witness to this faith? Although I could go down the list of how to live an authentic Christian life, I believe that it is pretty simple. We witness to our faith by following the unique path that God has given to every one of us. We call this ...

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Pastor's Corner: March 31

Posted on March 30, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: March 31
Welcome! I know our Mass crowds will be larger this weekend. Easter is our greatest feast, after all. And I know that there are all sorts of reasons to walk through these doors today. Maybe it’s your first time in church, your first time in a Catholic church. Perhaps you came with family. Or a friend invited you. Maybe it was something more interior—a love for music, a struggle in life, a series of questions—even doubts. You are welcome here! You will always be welcome here. Or is today something of a homecoming? Back to the old neighborhood, church ...

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Save the Date! Annual Older Parishioner's Dinner
Join us for a Springtime in Paris-themed dinner celebrating our parishioners 65+ on Sunday, April 21! Doors open at 3:30 p.m., meal served at 4 p.m. More information and RSVP by April 7 using the reservation insert in the bulletin.

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Pastor's Corner: March 24

Posted on March 25, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: March 24
I know you have reminders all over the place! Posters in the church, graphics on social media, schedules in the bulletin, even a postcard in the mail. But, let me offer a couple of words about this week, this Holy Week: Monday and Wednesday are our last public opportunities for confession before Easter. Consider celebrating this sacrament of God’s mercy as a way to immerse ourselves in the love poured out on the Cross. New to us this year: Morning Prayer on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at St Lawrence which is a wonderful way to reflectively begin ...

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Joined by Faith, Called to Serve Program
The Parish Families of St. Boniface and St. Lawrence invite you to the "Joined by Faith, Called to Serve" program! Reflect on our mission with your family through prayer and discussion. Watch for additional information over the coming weeks. A special Commitment Weekend will be held on April 20 & 21. Call the parish office at  570-326-1544 with questions.

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Pastor's Corner: March 17

Posted on March 18, 2024 in: General News

Pastor's Corner: March 17
I’m not trying to rush us through these last weeks of Lent. But, let’s take a look at these days—including a glance at some additions and tweaks to Holy Week. Passiontide. We seem to have forgotten this word, but the scriptures and prayers of the final two weeks of Lent continue to focus on the Lord’s approach to his Passion. With that in mind, we offer Tenebrae this Sunday (March 17) afternoon at 4 pm at St Boniface: A Liturgy of scripture and song that draws us into the darkness of these days, a darkness that ultimately leads to the bright light...

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Lent
Live the Spirit of Service on Holy Thursday
Become part of a powerful tradition by volunteering to have your foot washed during our Holy Thursday Mass at 7 p.m. on March 28 at St. Boniface. This meaningful act reflects Jesus' message of humility and service. We are looking for twelve volunteers and welcome all ages and family members to participate. Contact the parish office to sign up to be a part of this special ceremony.

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Join us for an Egg Hunt!
Join us for a fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt at the Saint Lawrence Parish Church Yard on Saturday, March 30th at noon sharp! We'll have separate areas for little ones (0-3), young explorers (4-6), and egg-sperts (7-10) to ensure everyone finds their share of Easter cheer. Space is limited, so please sign up at either parish to let us know you're coming and how many kids will be joining the hunt. The Saint Lawrence Parish Activity Committee hosts this event. For any questions, contact Janey Karney (570-323-4988) or Dianne Fisher (570-322-3278).

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Tenebrae

Posted on March 15, 2024 in: General News

Tenebrae
Join us this Sunday, March 17 at 4:00 PM, as we continue our Lenten journey with the celebration of Tenebrae!

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Lent
Seeking Peace and Reflection this Lent?
Join us for a special Penance Service at St. Boniface on Wednesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. This service is a beautiful Lenten opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and experience the power of forgiveness. All are welcome – come as you are and find comfort in the warmth of our community.

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Pastor's Corner: March 10

Posted on March 10, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: March 10
In the Missal, on the page where the prayers for today’s Mass are located, there’s a note: We can wear rose vestments, music can be bolder, flowers can be placed at the altar. I might be reading those lines, but you should be experiencing the sounds and sights of this halfway point in Lent, sights, and sounds that tell us to rejoice on our journey to Easter. Two musical opportunities come to us this week, two chances to deepen our appreciation of Lent— especially as we draw closer to the celebration of the Lord’s passion, death, and resurrection i...

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Rice Bowl Dinner Thank You

Posted on March 07, 2024 in: General News

Rice Bowl Dinner Thank You
A big thank you to everyone who made this year's event such a success: The PREP children for creating beautiful table decorations with their colorful artwork! Our generous cooks donated three tables of delicious meat-free soup – everything smelled and tasted amazing! And of course, to everyone who attended and helped create a warm and welcoming community atmosphere. We're so grateful for your support! All monetary donations received will go directly towards the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl program, helping those in need. Pictures of t...

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A Message from Andrew: March 3

Posted on March 06, 2024 in: General News

A Message from Andrew: March 3
Last Saturday, the St. Boniface Gold team won the Division Championship playoffs in the John Bower Sunday School Basketball League – Congratulations! Playing basketball or any sport takes a lot of practice and discipline. Most people do not walk onto a basketball court and play like an all-star. Even the most successful athletes take the time to practice their skills, listen to their coaches, and learn through their mistakes. Not only do all of these factors ensure that an individual player can succeed, but the entire team can grow and work together to win. In this...

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St. Patrick's Day Dinner
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a Delicious Dinner at St. Lawrence! Join us at St. Lawrence for a delightful St. Patrick's Day dinner on Saturday, March 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the parish hall. Enjoy a traditional Irish feast featuring corned beef, ham, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, soda bread, and more! There will also be hot dogs for the kids, and tasty treats and refreshments for everyone. Tickets are only $15 for adults and $5 for children (12 and under). They can be purchased after each Mass at St. Boniface and St. Lawrence churches starting on March 9t...

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CRS Rice Bowl Support

Posted on March 04, 2024 in: Social Concerns

CRS Rice Bowl Support
The foundation of the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) non-profit program is faith. They reach out in faith to the people they serve, trying to build a more just and peaceful world. They move forward and act on this mission as it is not enough to desire to serve, but they work with others to bring about real change. There are results to their ministry and we can be part of this by continuing to add to the RICE BOWL and designate a family amount to be given. Thank you for your continued support.

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Lent

Pastor's Corner: March 3

Posted on March 03, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: March 3
I don’t usually use this space to talk about the Sunday readings. But, this weekend’s gospel dovetails into something I want to mention this Lent. Jesus cleanses the temple. He makes quite a ruckus, he stirs things up, and he even begins to make enemies. Why? Because the temple does matter. Yes, the building is holy, dedicated to his Father. But, the temple of Jesus’ body—soon to be crucified and raised from the dead—matters. And so do the temples of our lives. The Church calls us to allow Jesus to complete the work of cleaning temples&mdash...

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The Vigil Project: True Presence Night
Join the Williamsport Deanery for The Vigil Project: True Presence Night Experience a meaningful evening of reflection and inspiration during Lent on Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. at the St. Lawrence Church (800 W Central Ave., South Williamsport, PA 17702). The evening features live music, a dynamic speaker, and Eucharistic Adoration. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation in the church hall. For questions, please contact music.stannrcc@gmail.com. Check Out The Vigil Project on YouTube @TheVigilProject

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Special Movie Showing: Cabrini

Posted on March 01, 2024 in: General News

Special Movie Showing: Cabrini
Based on the true story of Frances Xavier Cabrini, the first US citizen to be canonized. She was dedicated to caring for the poor, the abandoned, the uneducated, and the sick through the creation of schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and orphanages. In 1899, Frances Xavier Cabrini came to the Diocese of Scranton where she established the Cabrini School that served the parish of St. Lucy on a street that was named for her. The special movie showings are on Sunday, March 10 at noon & Monday, March 11th at 6 p.m. at the AMC Williamsport, 300 W 4th Street. In honor ...

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A Message from Andrew: February 25

Posted on February 27, 2024 in: General News

A Message from Andrew: February 25
Some of you may know that I am a pretty avid hiker. Although our nation provides many opportunities to experience different landscapes, there is nothing like the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains in Northeastern and Northcentral PA. I often find myself trying to find a new mountain, vista, or outlook to experience – but, mountains can be tricky things. Sometimes the hike is pleasant, the weather is wonderful, and the view from the top is inspiring. Other times the hike can be difficult, the weather can change drastically, and the “view” can be disrupted ...

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Make a Difference on Fridays!

Posted on February 27, 2024 in: Social Concerns

Make a Difference on Fridays!
Social Concerns is looking for compassionate volunteers: Share your Friday mornings making a difference! Sojourner Truth Ministries is seeking volunteers to help serve free, healthy lunches every Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This meaningful opportunity allows you to connect with the community while offering a warm meal and a message of hope to those in need. If you're interested in volunteering, please contact the parish office with your phone number. Karen Fry will be in touch to provide further details and answer any questions you may have.

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Pastor's Corner: February 25

Posted on February 26, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: February 25
I know we have lots of things going on during Lent. The bulletin and website can seem like a maze of options— prayer, confession, adoration, music, education, etc. But, today I want to highlight one opportunity that’s coming up on March 13. You’ve known all along that St. Lawrence and St. Boniface Parishes have their place in the newly revived Road to Resurrection Series. Each of those nights involves prayer and song, scripture, and reflection. But, March 13 will take a slightly different turn. That night we’ll welcome The Vigil Project, a grou...

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Children’s Liturgy of the Word is Back!
We are so thankful for all those who have volunteered to continue our successful Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) at St. Boniface. We also want to thank Barb Rizzo and Sharon Thompson for starting this program in 2019 and doing a great job developing CLOW into a wonderful program for the children of our parish. Our next CLOW will be on February 25 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Boniface. The program is geared for ages 5 to 9 years. After the Opening Prayer, the priest will call the children down and bless them to start CLOW. The children will p...

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Divine Mercy Prayer Ministry

Posted on February 22, 2024 in: General News

Divine Mercy Prayer Ministry
The Divine Mercy Prayer Ministry prays the Divine Mercy Chaplet for the sick, terminally ill, and dying. If you know someone who would benefit, please get in touch with our parish office at stboniface@comcast.net or call 570-326-1544 to add a name to the prayer list. Please call Claire at 570-337-9667 if you are interested in joining this ministry.

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Lycoming College Tour Choir

Posted on February 22, 2024 in: General News

 Lycoming College Tour Choir
The Lycoming College Tour Choir has performed in prestigious venues throughout the United States and Europe, with additional excursions to China, Argentina, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Their music incorporates sacred and secular music in many styles and from all musical eras. The choir will perform on Saturday, February 24, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Boniface Church. All are welcome and admission is free.

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Road to Resurrection

Posted on February 22, 2024 in: General News

Road to Resurrection
Lycoming County Catholic Churches are inviting the faithful to participate in ‘Road to Resurrection’ events this Lent.  Weekly prayer opportunities will feature Eucharistic Adoration, Benediction, and Vespers. A light reception will follow each event. February 28: St. Joseph the Worker Parish - Special holy hour with Bishop Bambera March 6: Church of the Resurrection  March 13: St. Lawrence Church - featuring the "Vigil Project'"  March 20: St. Ann Parish March 27: St. Boniface - with penance service beginning at 6:3...

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Pastor's Corner: February 18

Posted on February 19, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: February 18
During Ash Wednesday’s homily, I talked about the door in the gospel. The door of our private room where he can pray (and pretty much also fast and give alms) to the Father who sees in private. What drew my attention to that door was a book I’ve been reading by Cardinal Roche, The Gardens of God. He talks about that door and relates it to all the doors in the Scriptures—the door to Eden guarded by the cherubim once Adam and Eve are thrown out, the doors mentioned by the prophets, the doors in Jesus’ parables, ending with the door in Revelation: &l...

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Living the Faith

Posted on February 15, 2024 in: General News

 Living the Faith
Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained is a systematic presentation of our Catholic Faith. It will lead you through the "big picture" of the Catholic Faith and our Creed is the guide. Symbolon brings together some of the most trusted Catholic teachers in the world to guide you through the breadth and richness of the Catholic faith.  February 20 -  A Catholic Moral Vision: Virtue, Grace & ...Happiness February 27 - A Love that Lasts: Discovering Authentic Love March 5 - A Love that Lasts: God's Plan for Sexuality March 12 - Catholic...

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LENT on FORMED

Posted on February 15, 2024 in: General News

LENT on FORMED
Download Interactive Calendar from FORMED Lent is a sacred season of prayer and devotion in the Christian calendar. For Roman Catholics, the forty days of Lent are a time of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving to prepare for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. This period of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving fosters spiritual growth by holistically deepening our relationship with God. Through prayer, Catholics draw closer to God. By fasting, Catholics detach from worldly comforts and redirect our focus toward the Lord. Refraining from certain foods or activit...

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Pastor's Corner: February 11

Posted on February 12, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: February 11
Yes, it’s Lent again. This Wednesday begins that holy season of fasting, prayer, and works of charity. We have so many opportunities in our parishes and communities to make this truly a graced time. Mardi Gras. Don’t forget the old Catholic custom of celebrating before the fast. Throw the party, have the big meal, and do something fun this coming Tuesday. Ashes. Check the schedules for our worship sites and those of other parishes. Confessions. Again, take a look at the many chances we have to experience God’s mercy—all through the weeks of Len...

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Snow Schedule

Posted on February 12, 2024 in: General News

Snow Schedule
Please take note of our snow schedule for St. Lawrence, Divine Providence Hospital Chapel, and St. Boniface. Please stay safe!  

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Thinking About Running for Parish Pastoral Council?
Calling all parishioners! Do you want to get involved in your parish community and learn more about the upcoming Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) election?  Do you have someone in mind who might be a good fit for the PPC? Join us on Sunday, February 18th at 6 p.m. in the St. Lawrence Parish Hall: Pick up Parish Pastoral Council educational materials Learn about the PPC's mission and election process Ask questions and get clarification  Whether you're curious about how the council works or ready to nominate yourself or someone else for t...

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Lenten Table Soup Dinner

Posted on February 08, 2024 in: General News

Lenten Table Soup Dinner
This year's Lenten Table Soup Dinner will be held at St. Lawrence Hall on Friday, March 1, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. following the Stations of the Cross. Homemade meatless soups and bread will be provided. A free will offering will be available to support CRS (Catholic Relief Services) Rice Bowl. Please bring a soup bowl and spoon.

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2024 Lenten Brochure

Posted on February 08, 2024 in: General News

2024 Lenten Brochure
Don't Miss Out! Immerse Yourself in the Spirit of Lent with Our 2024 Brochure It's packed with meaningful events and opportunities to enrich your spiritual journey this season. Inside you'll find: Delicious meals: Savor the flavors of our Take Out Fish Dinner, Rice Bowl Soup Dinner, and St. Patrick's Day Dinner. Meaningful services: Participate in special Masses, including the Blessing of Easter Food & Baskets and the Easter Egg Hunt. Deepen your faith: Explore enriching Adult Faith Formation programs an...

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Lent
SJNRA Pancake Breakfast Softball Benefit
Join the St. John Neumann Softball Team for a fun-filled, family-friendly pancake breakfast on Sunday, February 18 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the St. Lawrence Parish Hall, located at 800 W. Central Ave. in South Williamsport. Enjoy a delicious breakfast of fluffy pancakes, sausage, eggs, and more! Tickets: Adults: $10 Ages 5-12: $5 Under 5: FREE Tickets are available at the door. Bring your family and friends for a morning of good food, good company, and supporting a great cause!

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Vision 2030 Parish Trend Reports

Posted on February 08, 2024 in: General News

Vision 2030 Parish Trend Reports
As our Diocese continues to plan for the opportunities and challenges of the future with the Vision 2030 process, we recognize the value in the information that is contained in the October Mass Attendance Survey and the Annual Parish Report. While some parishes routinely share this information, just like our new Financial Transparency Initiative, it is a “best practice” of every parish to share their annual Attendance and Parish Life Statics.

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Pancake Breakfast Thank You
Thank you to everyone who attended and worked at the Saint Lawrence Parish Pancake Breakfast and Bargain Sale last Sunday. We served so many people who braved the rain to enjoy breakfast. Luckily the snow held off until we were completely done. A big thanks to our youth who helped us serve others. Great work everyone! Watch for our next fundraiser on Saturday, March 16, for the Saint Patrick’s Day Corn Beef and Ham Dinner.

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Pastor's Corner: February 4

Posted on February 04, 2024 in: Ministries

Pastor's Corner: February 4
Coming soon! With those two words, you’re saying to yourselves “He’s talking about Lent again. We know, we know... Lent’s coming up soon!” But, no, I’m not talking about Lent. I’m talking about the Children’s Liturgy of the Word. Let me update you on our progress. A few months ago, our Parish Pastoral Council strongly affirmed its support for this ministry. It created an ad-hoc committee to do the necessary work to get Children’s Liturgy of the Word up and running again. That committee has been meeting. They’ve ...

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CLOW
Ash Wednesday Fish Dinner Tickets
The St. Boniface Activities Committee will be selling tickets in the back of church on February 3 & 4 and February 10 &11 for the Ash Wednesday Fish Dinner. Ticket sales are limited to 450 meals and must be purchased by February 12.

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Lent

Purse Bingo February 3

Posted on January 29, 2024 in: General News

Purse Bingo February 3
We will be hosting our annual purse bingo on Saturday, February 3, in the St. Boniface gym. Tickets are $25 for 20 regular games of bingo. There will also be a chance auction, specials, a mystery prize, and food available to purchase. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Early bird special starts at 12:30 p.m. To reserve tickets, please call Deb at 570-220-2303 or Lorrie at 570-433-4464.

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Pastor's Corner: January 28

Posted on January 29, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: January 28
Time to recycle! We’ve become used to recycling all sorts of things. Kitchen scraps that go to the compost. Plastics and papers in their bins. Visits to the recycling sites. And now it’s time to recycle last year’s palm branches. Yes, those palm branches that we put behind crucifixes or holy pictures. They’re destined, in the Church’s imagination, to become this year’s ashes for the beginning of Lent. Look for the baskets in the narthexes of our churches. Bring in those branches from last year. (And if you discover you have branches fr...

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Baptism Ministry

Posted on January 28, 2024 in: Ministries

Baptism Ministry
We are ready to kick off our baptism ministry and are looking for couples or individuals with baptized children who would be willing to share their experience of raising children in the Catholic faith. This would mean keeping in touch with the parents of our newly baptized a few times a year and acting as mentors to encourage, answer questions, and invite them to church celebrations and events. Attend a short training to get you started. The time you devote to this ministry works according to your schedule. Please prayerfully consider learning more about this exciting oppor...

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Bring Back Your Palms!

Posted on January 25, 2024 in: General News

Bring Back Your Palms!
Bring back your old palms! We will be using the old palms to make ashes for distribution on Ash Wednesday. We will be collecting the palms through Sunday, February 11. Palm collection baskets can be found in the gathering space of both churches.

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Lent
Tax Contribution Statements Available
If you would like a printed copy of your 2023 contributions for tax purposes, please contact the parish office.

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Pastor's Corner: January 21

Posted on January 21, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: January 21
The Winter Doldrums. I remember hearing those words in school. Their original meaning had to do with ships and oceans. The doldrums were a time when summer and fall storms had passed. Waters were still. Nothing much happened. A good time for seafaring folk. But, when I heard the doldrums talked about in school it referred to us. Students in the long month of January. January, after the exciting holidays had passed. January, too soon to look for signs of spring. January, with its dark and cold days and nights. Teachers claimed that we all slowed down a bit in January. ...

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Upcoming PREP Events

Posted on January 16, 2024 in: Religious Education

Upcoming PREP Events
The First Reconciliation Celebration and Lunch will be on Saturday, January 20, from 10 a.m. until noon at St. Lawrence Church.  The next Student Mass will be held on Sunday, January 21 at 10:30 am. at St. Boniface Church. This PREP Mass will include students from grades 3 & 7.  Check the weekly bulletin for these and other upcoming PREP event dates and details.

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Pastor's Corner: January 14

Posted on January 15, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: January 14
There’s an old tradition that on Epiphany, as Christmas ends, we chant a proclamation of the year’s feasts and fasts—the dates for Ash Wednesday, Easter, Ascension, and Pentecost. My hunch last weekend was that, given the impending snowstorm, the last thing any of us needed was anything to make Mass last longer! But, it’s worth mentioning that this year Easter will be early! And Ash Wednesday is only about a month away—February 14, to be precise. Not too early to be thinking about Lent—the places in our lives where we need to grow, the sa...

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St. Lawrence Pancake Breakfast

Posted on January 11, 2024 in: General News

St. Lawrence Pancake Breakfast
The St. Lawrence Parish Pancake & Sausage Breakfast will be held on Sunday, January 28 from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the St. Lawrence Church Hall. Enjoy delicious pancakes, sausage, eggs, scrapple, applesauce, tasty treats, coffee, and orange juice. Rummage sale items will be available during breakfast. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for kids under 12. Buy tickets ahead of time or at the door. Contact Judy 570-323-6202 or Pat 570-323-6422.

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Pancake, Breakfast
300 Club Tickets Available
Get your 300 club tickets while numbers are still available! Look for ticket sales in the rear of St. Boniface church after Masses. The first drawing will be held on February 11 and winners will be drawn for five weeks. The cost of a ticket is $10. If you can’t make it to church but would like a ticket (or two), please call Deb at 670-220-2303.

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Andrew's Message: January 7

Posted on January 07, 2024 in: General News

Andrew's Message: January 7
Throughout the Advent Season, many of our parishioners joined me for a three-part series on Isaiah the Prophet. Many of them might remember my emphasis on the historical outline of Israel’s history. One of the major events in the latter part of the Book of Isaiah was the Babylonian Captivity (597 to 538 BCE) where the people of Israel were exiled into the foreign land of Babylon. Our first reading (Isaiah 60:1-6) was written in the time when the people of Israel were able to return to their homeland after this horrible period of exile. Isaiah’s message to those ...

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Pastor's Corner: January 7

Posted on January 07, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: January 7
We all know that the secular world makes a jumble of seasons. Memorial Day arrives and we complain it’s not warm enough to be summer. (Because summer’s still about 3 weeks away!) Radios blare songs about snow as Halloween ends (when we don’t want snow!) and drop them every December 26 (when it might be cold outside!). And, of course, stores have already loaded up on Valentine’s Day merchandise. Let’s not forget, at least for one more day, that it’s still Christmas. Today, the Lord’s Epiphany isn’t a faint echo of something ...

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Adult Faith Formation at St. Lawrence Parish Hall
JANUARY 2024 - EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL SERIES Join us as Father McCreary digs deeper into the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist as revealed in the Scriptures and as celebrated in the Early Church. Wednesdays @ 2:00 & 7:00 PM @ St Lawrence Hall Jan 10-- Loaves and Fishes -Reflections on John 6 Jan 17-- Take, Bless, Break and Give -A deeper look at the Last Supper words Jan 24-- Hearts on Fire -What the Easter road to Emmaus tells us about Mass Jan 31-- The Next Generation - What did the Church after the New Testament have to say about Eucharist? &n...

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Purse Bingo

Posted on January 02, 2024 in: General News

Purse Bingo
We will be hosting our annual purse bingo on Saturday, February 3. Tickets are $25 for 20 regular games of bingo. There will also be a chance auction, specials, a mystery prize, and food available to purchase. If you would like to donate to the purse bingo, provide a chance auction item, or reserve tickets, please call Deb at 570-220-2303 or Lorrie at 570-433-4464.

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Family Promise Meals Needed

Posted on January 01, 2024 in: Social Concerns

Family Promise Meals Needed
Our parishes will be hosting Family Promise families the week of January 14–20 and are asked to provide nutritious meals. If you can provide a meal during this week, please contact parishioner Pam Fink at 570-916-0883. Thank you for your consideration.

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