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Little Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi
Mission Appeal - Little Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi (LSOSF) Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Peace and blessings to you.  I hope you and your loved ones are all well and in good health. Allow me first to take this opportunity to thank Fr. Brian Clarke, the Pontifical Mission Director of our Diocese, who has invited us missionaries to participate in the 2020 MCP in this unique way.  We are grateful to our Bishop, The Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, for his support for the propagation of the Faith. May God bless them abundantly. I also wish to ...

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Made for More

Posted on October 19, 2020 in: General News

Made for More
October 14 & 15 - Over two nights at St Boniface, approximately 180 people from various parishes in the Williamsport area heard the inspirational message of Christopher West and the poetic music of Mike Mangione. Based on the Theology of the Body initiated by Pope John Paul II, this promoted respect for the human body, noted our purposeful creation and the beauty of marital sexuality.  West reflected on the Song of Songs in the Old Testament as a metaphor for God's desired union with us.  Sexual love is a preview of that union with the Creator, especi...

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Thank you

Posted on October 19, 2020 in: General News

Thank you
CHANGING OF THE GUARD An example of extraordinary service is Jane Dincher who washed and ironed our sacred linens for Mass over the past 60 years at St. Boniface. She was always incredibly dependable. Besides that, she cared for the flowers in the exterior baptismal font and around the rectory. While she is only 96 years old, she decided to hand it on to another parishioner. Mary Haswell has accepted the linens which we know she will handle like a ministry. God bless both of them for service that is often unseen but highly necessary.

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Weekday Masses

Posted on October 19, 2020 in: General News

Weekday Masses
10:30am Mass at St Boniface Attendance has reached its comfortable limit on Sunday morning. It would be wonderful if some chose to attend the 8am Mass at St Boniface or revert to participating at a weekday Mass. Thanks for being flexible which allows us to welcome so many more parishioners.

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Music that Lifts the Spirit

Posted on October 15, 2020 in: General News

Sunday October 18th  3:00pm  at St. Boniface Church: Love...Blissful, Wistful, and Divine Join the St. Boniface Choir Singers: Bernadette Boerckel, Juli Mingle, Brooke Spicer, Katelyn Derby, Andrea Burleigh, Nathan Fulkerson,  Chris Morgan,  Ryan Neidig,  Harry Claude Baum,  Patrick Intallura, and  Theo Lentz  &  Pianists Yvonne Mitchell and Parker Konkle in two Latin Anthems by Mozart and Johannes Brahms' Liebeslieder (Love song} Waltzes and 18 songs about the joys and sorrows--mostly joys--of love. Also, Emily Karosas Konkle, former concertmaster...

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AC at St Boniface

Posted on October 12, 2020 in: General News

AC at St Boniface
Air Conditioning -St. Boniface Not that you are worried about it now...but we contracted to replace the remaining 50% of the old system that recently failed. After competitive bids that were reviewed by several, an award was made to Dixon AC & R. They will conduct much of the work in Nov/Dec because of lead times for equipment. The $70k for this contract was removed from savings. Since my arrival 2.3 years ago, this is the first time we withdrew savings. Now we should aim to replenish that amount. Our budgeted surplus for the year is only $4k, considering the loss of th...

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Made for More Update

Posted on October 09, 2020 in: General News

Many of you that bought tickets from St. Boniface & St. Lawrence parishes, they will be honored on Thursday, October 15th from 7-9:30pm at St Boniface Church. There will be distancing and of course, masks required.  For your safety, we have limited this night to 180 people as has been the case for Sunday Masses. So, hang on to your tickets to see Mike Mangione and his team. If for some reason you can't join us, call the rectory.

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High School Ministry

Posted on October 08, 2020 in: General News

High School Ministry
If you know any high schooler interested in being a part of a local youth group in the area, please let them know about Second Sunday High School Ministry. It's a collaboration between multiple Catholic churches to offer a space for young Catholics to learn about their faith while having fellowship. 9th - 12th graders are invited. For more information, email: jesseandalisan@gmail.com  

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Youth Ministry

October-Month of the Holy Rosary

Posted on October 06, 2020 in: General News

October-Month of the Holy Rosary
October is the Month of the Holy Rosary!  The Rosary is a Scripture-based prayer. It begins with the Apostles’ Creed, which summarizes the great mysteries of the Catholic faith. The Our Father, which introduces each mystery, is from the Gospels. The first part of the Hail Mary is the angel’s words announcing Christ’s birth and Elizabeth’s greeting to Mary. St. Pius V officially added the second part of the Hail Mary. The Mysteries of the Rosary center on the events of Christ’s life. There are four sets of Myst...

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Diocesan Annual Appeal - Bound Together in Hope
My dear friends, this has certainly been a difficult year, hasn’t it? We’ve faced separation, hardship and loss. Yet there are still so many good things taking place across our Diocese each and every day. We are truly blessed. As we respond to the challenges of the pandemic in our families, our parishes and our Diocese, let us continue to turn our hearts to our one true hope – Jesus Christ. His love is unending, unfading, unshakable. We are bound together in the Eucharist….bound together in hope. Thank you for all that you are doing to keep...

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Annual Appeal

Cemetery Notice

Posted on October 02, 2020 in: General News

Cemetery Notice
Now is the time for the Fall cemetery cleanup. Please remove personal items (pots, vases, and other decorative items) before October 31. Thank you, the Cemetery Council.

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St. Lawrence Soup Pick Up

Posted on October 01, 2020 in: General News

St. Lawrence Soup Pick Up
The St. Lawrence PAC Soup fundraiser Pick up is Saturday October 10th 10am-12 noon or after 5:30pm Mass or Sunday October 11th 9am to 10am after 8am Mass.  Contact Dianne 570-322-3278 or Judy 570-323-6202.  You Can Pay at Pick up. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT TO OUR PARISH ACTIVITIES

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Retreat with Dr. Mary Ann Getty

Posted on September 22, 2020 in: General News

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

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Confirmation 2020

Posted on September 17, 2020 in: General News

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

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

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Remind Updates

Posted on September 13, 2020 in: General News

Remind Updates
Get Parish updates by phone or email! Would you like our weekly bulletin sent to your REMIND? Let us know!  Text 81010 to Join @STLparish for St. Lawrence parish updates or @STBparish for St. Boniface updates. If you have a smartphone, get push notifications. On your iPhone or Android phone, open your web browser and go to the following link: rmd.at/stbparish or rmd.at/@stlparish TEXT @stlparish to 81010 To receive messages and updates from St. Lawrence Right on your phone! TEXT @stbparish to 81010 To receive messages and update from St. Boni...

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

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Added Sunday Mass

Posted on September 03, 2020 in: General News

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

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2021 Mass Intentions

Posted on August 27, 2020 in: General News

2021 Mass Intentions
The 2021 Mass Intentions Calendar will open on Tuesday September 1st for intentions for January through December of the upcoming year (2021). Please contact the Parish Office to schedule an intention. At this time, for your safety, we request you call the parish office for your requests. You may request 1 Sunday or Saturday Mass and up to 2 Daily Masses. Additional requests can be made after January 1st. Mass intentions are accepted for:  (St. Lawrence) Monday, Tuesday at 7:00AM; (St. Boniface) Wednesday, Friday at 8:00AM (St. Boniface) Saturday at 4:...

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10:30am Sunday Mass

Posted on August 24, 2020 in: General News

10:30am Sunday Mass
REMINDER - - - St. Boniface Sunday Masses will resume back to 10:30am starting September 13th!

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Pierogies

Posted on August 16, 2020 in: General News

Pierogies
SOLD OUT! Thank you for the overwhelming response to selling our pierogis. We apologize to anyone that wanted to purchase but didn’t have the opportunity. Stay tuned as we will be discussing our next fundraising venture at our September meeting.   Thank you for your continued support as we navigate this year without the carnival.  Looking forward to 2021! The Activities Association will be looking at trying different fundraising events.

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Need Assistance

Posted on August 16, 2020 in: General News

Need Assistance
We need some sleuthing on your part. Occasionally we discover that some elderly member of our parishes has been living alone or with children but somehow become separated from the church. We don't want them to be isolated and without the Blessed Sacrament. If you think someone needs our attention, give their contacts to the office staff or speak to Keith Johnson at 570.244.6441. We will go to visit them and find out whether they are former parishioners and want us to bring Holy Communion on a regular basis. Help us serve everyone.

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Office Volunteers

Posted on August 16, 2020 in: General News

Office Volunteers
We could use a small pool of helpers to stuff envelopes and attach mailing labels on Tuesday mornings. If you can help occasionally, we will add you to a list. Each Tuesday would require no more than 2 hours of help. This effort will allow us to mail Kids Bulletins to most of our children. Without Children's Liturgy, we want them to know we are thinking of them and keep them connected to Jesus and his Church.

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BIBLE STUDY SIGN UP

Posted on August 12, 2020 in: General News

BIBLE STUDY SIGN UP
UPDATE: CLASSES WILL NOW BE HELD IN THE ST. LAWRENCE CHURCH FOR BETTER SOCIAL DISTANCING This will allow us to have more attendees and be able to social distance in the comfort of the church. Registration is required. Please sign up through our SIGNUP GENIUS Registration. Registration is required.  This is an interactive class on the Psalms and their central part in Judeo-Christian faith. Another in the Little Rock Series, this will span 7 sessions. These will only be held on Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm as follows: Sept 15, Sept 22, Sept 2...

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Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Posted on August 11, 2020 in: General News

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Seats are still available! Our trip limit is 35. Because of the overwhelming response last year, initial preference will be given to registered parishioners of St. Boniface/St. Lawrence for the remainder of August. This will be offered next month to anyone in the Diocese. If you are concerned about cancellation fees, before deciding, call us 570-326-1544. Hosted by Fr Bill Corcoran, the group will visit Haifa, Tiberias, Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Don't worry, you have time to plan and save - the trip will take place from October 5 - 14, 2021 at a cost...

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Fall Plans

Posted on August 07, 2020 in: General News

Fall Plans
Here are some sneak previews for the Fall: Bible Study - The Psalms will commence on Tuesday September 15th at 6:30pm for 7 sessions ending November 3rd. Taize Evening of Prayer - Sunday September 20th at 8pm (for candlelight) only 30 minutes in length Retreat with Dr. Mary Ann Getty - Thursday October 8th, author of Women in New Testament, two different talks at 2pm and 6:30pm Made for More - Thursday, October 15th Concert by Dr. Gary Boerckel - Brahms & Beethoven at 3pm Sunday, October 18th We have no clear idea of where this crisis is going. But we...

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2020 Census

Posted on August 03, 2020 in: General News

2020 Census
Over the next 10 years, data from the 2020 Census will inform the distribution of hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds each year that support education, health care, emergency services, housing and food assistance, and more. In August 2020, census workers will begin visiting households that have not responded to the census to help ensure that everyone is counted. We can minimize the need for census takers to follow up in person by responding to the census now—online, by phone, or by mail. The Census Bureau has made adjustments to its 2020 Census operations...

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What is RCIA?

Posted on August 01, 2020 in: General News

What is RCIA?
If you or anyone you know are interested in becoming Catholic…The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process established for the universal Church for individuals to become Catholic and receive the sacraments of initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist.  This initiation process also involves a parish community experiencing a renewal in faith as it prepares and welcomes new members into the Church. The Rite speaks of conversion as a “spiritual journey.”  Centered on fostering a deep relationship with Jesus and the Chu...

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PLANNING for the FUTURE

Posted on July 30, 2020 in: General News

PLANNING for the FUTURE
We have no clear idea of where this crisis is going. But we are scheduling. If we need to cancel, at least we had some plans in place. Here are some sneak previews of the Fall: Bible Study - The Psalms will commence on Tuesday September 15th at 6:30pm for 7sessions ending November 3rd. Taize Evening of Prayer - Sunday September 20th at 8pm (for candlelight) only 30 minutes in length Retreat with Dr. Mary Ann Getty -Thursday October 8th, author of Women in New Testament, two different talks at 2pm and 6:30pm Made for More - Thursday, October 15th Concert by ...

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Craft Workshops

Posted on July 23, 2020 in: General News

Craft Workshops
Our parish is gifted with a number of talented people. You could give back to the parish by teaching someone else this Fall.  Some of these could occur in a garage, on parish property, in someone's basement work room. Informal and friendly yet safe could be the way we gather.   Some of them might be: Sewing (you define what type); Piano for Adults; Woodworking (you define); Spanish for Beginners; Flower Arranging; Cooking Italian (samples to leave at the rectory), etc. If you are interested in leading something like this for 5 people, c...

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Update from the Bishop

Posted on July 16, 2020 in: General News

Update from the Bishop
JUST TO MAKE IT CLEAR... our guidelines for Mass have not changed.   OUR NUMBERS AND HABITS REMAIN THE SAME.   SO, PEOPLE SHOULD NOT THINK WE ARE SHUTDOWN AGAIN.   MASS TIMES REMAIN THE SAME. NOTHING HAS CHANGED for St BONIFACE and ST LAWRENCE.  But it does reiterate that all must wear masks.   The following is an email from the Bishop to the priests of our Diocese: Reverend and dear Father, On Wednesday, July 15, 2020, Governor Tom Wolf announced new mitigation efforts for COVID-19. The order includes a limit...

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Masses - COVID update

Posted on July 13, 2020 in: General News

Masses - COVID update
 Over the past weeks, you have noticed some temporary liturgical changes. We eliminated the following for extra efforts at protection: altar servers - to protect them from the priest when he prays Eucharistic prayers without a mask offertory procession - to limit people's interaction with each other and the touching of the hosts and chalice, etc. hymnals & missalettes - to reduce germ catchers in pews congregational singing - to lower the projection of germs beyond your masks. How long this will continue is anybody's guess. When we do ...

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PERPLEX the PRIEST

Posted on July 08, 2020 in: General News

PERPLEX the PRIEST
Everyone has questions about Church practices and matters of faith. Some are curiosities and some doubts. Let's talk in a relaxed manner to enlighten each other a little more.   Tuesday July 14th we will gather at St. Boniface at 6:30pm.  Bring your own lawn chair. If its enjoyable we will stay outside, if necessary we can use the narthex (foyer) and still be distanced.  Wine and soft drinks will be provided.  I will also have some books on hand if someone wants to dig deeper.

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Lending Library

Posted on July 06, 2020 in: General News

Lending Library
New Books in Lending Library: Jerusalem - a biography, very readable, famous author - Montefiore  The Body and the Blood - a recent account of Christians struggling in Israel and Middle East - Charles Sennott of Boston Globe Abiding in the Indwelling Trinity - life in the Spirit with emphasis on early Church Fathers - Fr. George Maloney, SJ They are available in the beautiful new bookcase at St Boniface.

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FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Posted on June 26, 2020 in: General News

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
On Saturday, June 27th, eleven students celebrate their First Holy Communion with their families.  Congratulations to-- Jensen Armond Charlotte Beiter Valerie Beiter Noah Dawes Aubrey Holt Jackson Masters Quillen McPherson Marianna Nasdeo Euan Regalado Thomas Reid, Jr. Madelyn Weigle Please continue to pray for these children as they come forward to receive Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament at weekend Masses.

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New Scam Alert

Posted on June 24, 2020 in: General News

New Scam Alert
Alert: Please do not respond to any emails or text messages from Fr. Bill requesting money or gifts cards, these are scams. **Please follow the instructions below if you think you were a victim of a scam:  How to Report Spam Text Messages If you get an unwanted text message, there are three ways to report it: Report it on the messaging app you use. Look for the option to report junk or spam. How to report spam or junk in the Messages app How to report spam on an Android phone Copy the message and forward it to 7726 (SPAM). ...

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Food Pantry

Posted on June 15, 2020 in: General News

Food Pantry
The following item request for June is canned fruit. Thank you to all families for supporting St. Joseph the Worker Food Pantry (working in affiliation with Central PA Food Bank), also need for distribution: Instant mashed potatoes, Canned fruit, Canned vegetables, Gravy, Cranberry sauce, Bag cookies, Fruit snacks, Hot Chocolate packets, Grocery gift cards (any amount). Contact persons with questions: Sue Lingg SB 570-322-8349 and Dianne Fisher SL 570-322-3278.

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Vigil for Racial Justice

Posted on June 12, 2020 in: General News

Vigil for Racial Justice
One of my favorite saints is Moses the Ethiopian.  His black skin on holy icons surrounded by gold leaf has always attracted me as a symbol of sanctity in our midst. To remind ourselves of the beauty of all of God's creation, and to hope that we can restore some of the damage we have done because of slavery and centuries of oppression, there will be a prayer service. After work, join us on Thursday June 25th at 5:30pm at St Boniface.   (Fr Bill) "My friends, we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim t...

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Guidelines as we Reopen

Posted on June 03, 2020 in: General News

Guidelines as we Reopen
See the attached pdf

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Prayers and Remembrances

Posted on June 03, 2020 in: General News

Prayers and Remembrances
PRAY FOR OUR LOVED ONES Donald E Fischer, Gregg E Fischer, Rick Livermore, Mary Williams, Tillie Matlock, Kathy Richardson, Dr. Albert Liddell, Deb Noviello, Caleb Leone, Christina Falck-Armstrong, Dorothy Kriesher, Al Sodergren, Sr. Rita Naughton, Judith Waldman, Harold Shollenberger, Emily McDonald, Marge Connors, Canavan Family, Hapeman Family, Tracey Liddington, Charlene Efird, Kurt Hetrick, Carol Bower, Larry Sauers, Kay McGonnell, Ernest Montgomery, Don & Sandee Jacopetti, Ray Hoffman, Adina Caschera, Debbie Johnson-Roig, Shirley Smith, Mary Margaret Eck, Leona...

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Prayers and Remembrances

Posted on May 25, 2020 in: General News

Prayers and Remembrances
PRAY FOR OUR LOVED ONES: Donald E Fischer, Gregg E Fischer, Rick Livermore, Mary Williams, Tillie Matlock, Kathy Richardson, Dr. Albert Liddell, Deb Noviello, Caleb Leone, Christina Falck-Armstrong, Dorothy Kriesher, Al Sodergren, Sr. Rita Naughton, Judith Waldman, Harold Shollenberger, Emily McDonald, Marge Connors, Canavan Family, Hapeman Family, Tracey Liddington, Charlene Efird, Kurt Hetrick, Carol Bower, Larry Sauers, Kay McGonnell, Ernest Montgomery, Don & Sandee Jacopetti, Ray Hoffman, Adina Caschera, Debbie Johnson-Roig, Shirley Smith, Mary Margaret Eck, Leon...

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Mass Intentions

Posted on May 25, 2020 in: General News

May 26: St. Lawrence 7am - Charles F. Horn, Sr. by family; May 27: St. Boniface 8am - Mary Lou Beiter by Paul Beiter; May 28: St. Boniface 5:30pm - Special Intention; May 29: St. Boniface 8am - Joanne E. Carson by Estate of William R. Saar, Sr.; May 30: St. Boniface 4pm - James Eiswerth by Elaine and Keith Harvey; May 30: St. Lawrence 5:30pm - Marty Snella by family; May 31: St. Lawrence 8am - Helen Keller by family; May 31: St. Boniface 10:30am - Kenneth & Jeanette Konkle by Ron and Carol Konkle; June 1: St. Lawrence 7am - Rodney ‘Radar” Maneval by Kathy Crosby; June 2: St. Lawre...

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Memorial Day Prayer Service

Posted on May 19, 2020 in: General News

Memorial Day Prayer Service
Memorial Day Prayer service  We will be praying in St Boniface cemetery on Monday 25th at 9am.  (This is not a Mass.)  With passages from Holy Scripture and with hymns of praise we will remember those currently in service and those who served before.   Bring your own chair and mask.   There will not be a Reception after the prayers.

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As Masses Resume by Reservation . . .
A PARTIAL relaxation will begin Monday, May 18th. CONTRARY to what you may have heard, there are NO PUBLIC MASSES. TINY groups of 25 will be allowed to join AFTER making a reservation. No one should expect to just show up and walk in. OVERALL GUIDANCE • Dispensation - everyone is still excused from attending • Senior citizens or those with special conditions would be better staying home. If you are hungry for the Lord, call Father, I will visit you to pray and offer Holy Communion. • Children - with very limited seating, children especially those who have not...

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Sign-Up for Mass

Posted on May 12, 2020 in: General News

Sign-Up for Mass
In the Yellow Phase, as of Monday May 18th we will be permitted to have  Limited Masses with only 25 people attending.  Therefore, we will have signup sheets available at each church by this Wednesday 13th.  They are located inside the double doors at both churches. BECAUSE numbers are so limited, you may reserve only 1 Mass per calendar month.   So, please, be kind to others.  Thanks! 

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Bishop Bambera's Update

Posted on May 11, 2020 in: General News

Bishop Bambera's Update
As four counties within the Diocese of Scranton’s territory enter the “yellow phase” of Pennsylvania’s reopening plan today, I will be announcing to our faithful people that public Masses will be allowed to gradually resume for parishes in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan and Tioga Counties beginning no earlier than Monday, May 18, 2020.   I have recorded a video message that I encourage you to share with our people. 

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REQUEST for HELP

Posted on May 06, 2020 in: General News

REQUEST for HELP
Our two parishes will commence limited Masses on Monday, May 18th.  In case anyone forgets, we will need masks at the doors for people to take (not borrow).   Thus, those of you who are making masks or have extra paper ones available, the parishes could use them. Please, drop off at the rectory, on the chairs outside or in the office.  In advance, THANKS! 

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Prayers and Remembrances

Posted on May 04, 2020 in: General News

Prayers and Remembrances
PRAY FOR OUR LOVED ONES: Donald E Fischer, Gregg E Fischer, Rick Livermore, Mary Williams, Tillie Matlock, Kathy Richardson, Dr. Albert Liddell, Deb Noviello, Caleb Leone, Christina Falck-Armstrong, Dorothy Kriesher, Al Sodergren, Sr. Rita Naughton, Judith Waldman, Harold Shollenberger, Emily McDonald, Marge Connors, Canavan Family, Hapeman Family, Tracey Liddington, Charlene Efird, Kurt Hetrick, Carol Bower, Larry Sauers, Kay McGonnell, Ernest Montgomery, Don & Sandee Jacopetti, Ray Hoffman, Adina Caschera, Debbie Johnson-Roig, Shirley Smith, Mary Margaret Eck, Leon...

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Turning to our Mother...

Posted on May 01, 2020 in: General News

Turning to our Mother...
Consecration of the U.S. to Mary is timely and fitting Michael R. Heinlein April 27, 2020   In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. bishops, under the leadership of Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will consecrate the United States to the maternal care of the Blessed Virgin Mary on May 1. This act of entrusting the nation to Our Lady coincides with similar initiatives in other countries as well, including Canada and Italy. Full Article here

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When Masses Resume...

Posted on May 01, 2020 in: General News

When Masses Resume...
“As time unfolds, people coming back into normal activities is probably going to happen a little more slowly than some might expect. We will do all that we can to facilitate our return to Mass, but ultimately must provide for the safety of the people God has given to our care.” —Bishop Joseph C. Bambera— Read the full article here: You can also watch a video here:  

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Memorial Prayers

Posted on April 30, 2020 in: General News

Memorial Prayers
On Friday, May 8th at 3pm we will gather at St Boniface Church in honor of Rodney "Radar" Maneval.   Prayers will be offered outside at the Washington Blvd church door next to the bench where he slept.  (Using a PA system, we will be able to spread out. People are encouraged to wear masks.) He died on April 24th at UPMC Hospital after suffering a heart attack at the church.  His family was found and his father and sister will bury him with family near Mannheim.  

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Need Assistance

Posted on April 30, 2020 in: General News

Need Assistance
To our parishioners: Are you recently unemployed, furloughed or struggling to pay for groceries or utility bills? You are not alone. Our parish office has many resources to help and guide you through these tough times. Contact us at stboniface@ comcast.net or 570-326-1544 Monday-Friday 8:30a-12:30pm. All inquiries are confidential.

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Bits & Pieces

Posted on April 29, 2020 in: General News

Bits & Pieces
Food donations - Food donations have been outstanding. We are filling our bins at both parishes every week and delivering the food. Thanks! The need is massive as you see in the news. Every food pantry is now receiving twice the demand because of families who before this had never been unemployed. New Lectors - We welcome Jack Fink and Karen Kirk-Newman who were trained this week. They will be helping to proclaim the Word of God at St Boniface. 3rd Quarter Financials - This period covered Jan/Feb/Mar. St Lawrence had a surplus of $10,094 and St Boniface was i...

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Prayers and Remembrances

Posted on April 27, 2020 in: General News

Prayers and Remembrances
Pray for our Loved Ones Donald E Fischer, Gregg E Fischer, Rick Livermore, Mary Williams, Tillie Matlock, Kathy Richardson, Dr. Albert Liddell, Deb Noviello, Caleb Leone, Christina Falck-Armstrong, Dorothy Kriesher, Al Sodergren, Sr. Rita Naughton, Judith Waldman, Harold Shollenberger, Emily McDonald, Marge Connors, Canavan Family, Hapeman Family, Tracey Liddington, Charlene Efird, Kurt Hetrick, Carol Bower, Larry Sauers, Kay McGonnell, Ernest Montgomery, Don & Sandee Jacopetti, Ray Hoffman, Adina Caschera, Debbie Johnson-Roig, Shirley Smith, Mary Margaret Eck, Leona...

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Coronavirus Emergency Fund

Posted on April 27, 2020 in: General News

Coronavirus Emergency Fund
Bishop Bambera’s Video Message Announcing Coronavirus Emergency Fund https://youtu.be/1LXaLrDWgmc   Diocese of Scranton announces establishment of Coronavirus Emergency Fund SCRANTON – Bishop Joseph C. Bambera announces the establishment of the Coronavirus Emergency Fund in the Diocese of Scranton to help support public ministries, parishes and school families amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Coronavirus Emergency Fund will allow individuals to financially support any parish in the Diocese, assist public ministries that operate food pantries, ...

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BOTH CHURCHES OPEN

Posted on April 21, 2020 in: General News

BOTH CHURCHES OPEN
BLESSED PALMS will now be available in both churches during these hours starting May 1st: ST. BONIFACE CHURCH IS OPEN DAILY for private prayer each weekday 8:30am-4:30pm. Enter by the side door next to the Rectory Office. ST LAWRENCE CHURCH is open for private prayer every Sunday from 8am until 11am. If you bump into friends say HI but from a distance.  Peace!

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Prayers and Remembrances

Posted on April 20, 2020 in: General News

Prayers and Remembrances
Pray for Our Loved Ones Donald E Fischer, Gregg E Fischer, Rick Livermore, Mary Williams, Tillie Matlock, Kathy Richardson, Dr. Albert Liddell, Deb Noviello, Caleb Leone, Christina Falck-Armstrong, Dorothy Kriesher, Al Sodergren, Sr. Rita Naughton, Judith Waldman, Harold Shollenberger, Emily McDonald, Marge Connors, Canavan Family, Hapeman Family, Tracey Liddington, Charlene Efird, Kurt Hetrick, Carol Bower, Larry Sauers, Kay McGonnell, Ernest Montgomery, Don & Sandee Jacopetti, Ray Hoffman, Adina Caschera, Debbie Johnson-Roig, Shirley Smith, Mary Margaret Eck, Leona...

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Websites To Feed Your New Monastic Life
WEBSITES TO FEED YOUR NEW MONASTIC LIFE •       www.cruxnow.com •       contemplativemonk.org •       wccm.org •       www.myfranciscan.org •       BlessedisShe.net •       francisacanmedia.org •       merton.org/ITMS

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Monday TeleConference

Posted on April 14, 2020 in: General News

Monday TeleConference
We will have a TeleConference every Monday!  You can call in and be connected with others and Fr. Bill. He will update you on the latest news of the parish, the Diocese and the town. Then you can catch up with each other. Every MONDAY at 10:30am call 1-844-854- 2222 and then when the operator greets you punch in the Access Code 320851#. 

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Good News from our Isolation

Posted on April 08, 2020 in: General News

Good News from our Isolation
1. Families are eating together 2. Patrons are showing appreciation of wait staff and restaurant owners 3. People are walking and exercising 4. Animal adoptions are at all-time highs 5. Visits to church increased radically 6. Long overdue calls to friends have increased 7. Game boards have been dug out of closets 8. People seem to be rationing themselves from social media 9. Our Lending Library is being used more 10. Calls to elderly home-bound have dramatically risen

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Holy Week

Posted on April 08, 2020 in: General News

Holy Week
HOLY WEEK The Lord's Supper -  key parts will be recorded and posted, celebrant - Msgr. Stephen McGough Good Friday - key parts will be recorded and posted, celebrant - Fr Bill EASTER SUNDAY - the entire Mass of the Resurrection will be recorded and posted, celebrant - Fr Bill    go to: www.stbonifacecatholic.com      St Boniface church will be open from 7 to 7 daily.  Its is decorated.  St Lawrence will be open on Easter Sunday from 8 to 11 am.  

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Holy Day
April 2nd Message from Bishop Bambera
April 2, 2020 A recorded a video message for the faithful of our Diocese is also available on the Diocese of Scranton website and social media platforms. The video link can be found at: https://youtu.be/IBdJtccxeyI the Diocese of Scranton website - https://www.dioceseofscranton.org/media/ctv-catholic-television/ On Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/DioceseofScranton On Twitter: www.Twitter.com/DioceseofScr On Instagram: www.Twitter.com/BishopBambera https://youtu.be/IBdJtccxeyI  

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The distribution of palms on Palm Sunday is prohibited by the Diocese of Scranton. While time honored and appreciated by many members of the faithful, the distribution of palms in any way risks the unnecessary spread of the coronavirus.

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Diocese of Scranton Coronavirus Update March 30, 2020 As you know, we are all living through challenging and unprecedented times. Today alone, an additional 693 people in our Commonwealth tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 4,087 individuals. The Pennsylvania Department of Health also reported 11 new deaths, bringing the statewide total to 48. These numbers are increasing dramatically each day. Governor Tom Wolf also announced today that all Pennsylvania schools will remain closed until further notice. On Friday, March 27, 2020, Governor Wolf issued “stay-at-home” orders for seve...

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Newsletter

Posted on March 31, 2020 in: General News

Newsletter
ATTENTION: In lieu of a lengthy bulletin, we have a shorter NEWSLETTER each week during our hiatus from gathering.  It can be found one of two ways: If you see the “Quick Links” tab on the right, Newsletters is a hyperlink there Go to the “Resources” tab and hold your cursor over the down arrow (a triangle pointing down).  The third item is Sunday Bulletin and it has old bulletins and the current newsletters, sorted by date with the most recent on top. Be sure to check out the newsletter for up-to-date info from ...

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This world famous speaker suggests great ideas for making this shutdown a huge benefit to you.   Blaise Pascal said, “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” This Pascalian “mot” has come to my mind a good deal in recent days as our entire country goes into shutdown mode due to the coronavirus. Perhaps we could all think of this time of semi-quarantine as an invitation to some monastic introspection, some serious confrontation with the questions that matter—some purposeful sitting alone in a room. Click on "Read mor...

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Daily Reflections

Posted on March 30, 2020 in: General News

Daily Reflections
Need a Spiritual Lift?  Recordings of brief homilies by Fr. Bill are available on the website. Visit www.stbonifacecatholic.com and click on Vimeo. It’s simple and get a 5-minute booster. Daily Reflections

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Newsletters

Posted on March 30, 2020 in: General News

Newsletters
St. Boniface and St. Lawrence Parishes Newsletters Week of March 30, 2020 CLICK HERE Week of March 22, 2020 CLICK HERE    

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Latest Message from Bishop Bambera
March 25, 2020 A recorded a video message for the faithful of our Diocese is also available on the Diocese of Scranton website and social media platforms. The video link can be found at: https://youtu.be/wrK6dGUIOeU the Diocese of Scranton website - https://www.dioceseofscranton.org/media/ctv-catholic-television/ On Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/DioceseofScranton On Twitter: www.Twitter.com/DioceseofScr On Instagram: www.Twitter.com/BishopBambera   Dear Brothers and Sisters, Four weeks ago today, Lent began with the celebration of Ash W...

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FPCares Emergency Relief

Posted on March 25, 2020 in: General News

Our Response to Covid-19 to the Community FPGives is much like Raise the Region, however it is geared specifically for Family Promise. FPGives will be held on March 25th. Here is why we are in need of donations right now! Family Promise is expecting a great wave of homelessness coming in response to those who are either unemployed or had hours reduced due to our state's response to the Corona Virus. Now is the time to make a huge impact with Family Promise. We currently are in need of $10,000 to get our budget back on track for this month. Here is what your donation to Family Promise does: Our Day Center is...

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Family Promise
Breaking News - Hospital notification
As of March 24...."UPMC hospitals are closed to visitors including clergy. The only exception is in the case of a patient imminently close to death."   So, families should know that I can't bring Holy Communion or check-in on someone. They will only allow me in for the Sacrament of the Sick in the last moments.  (Fr Bill)

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Watching Daily Mass on-line

Posted on March 18, 2020 in: General News

Watching Daily Mass on-line
Dear Faithful, As you are now aware, Bishop Bambera has suspended the celebration of Masses open to the public and all public gatherings in all diocesan parishes.  “He has taken this temporary action, knowing the depth of our faith and our desire to celebrate the Holy Eucharist on a regular basis. In light of continued concerns, the Bishop and Father Bill, are reminding everyone  you may watch Mass on-line. Here are some resources to listen, hear or watch masses on a daily basis.  Private Mass will be celebrated daily in the Cathedral of Saint ...

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ONLINE GIVING

Posted on March 17, 2020 in: General News

ONLINE GIVING
During this time when parish gatherings have been suspended, expenses go on while collections stop.  An easy way to continue your support of our parish and all of its ministries is to use Online Giving to keep up on offertory. Go to our parish website: stbonifacecatholic.com or stlawrencecatholic.com and click on the Online Giving link, it’s quick and easy. Your support throughout the year helps sustain our church. Set up your gift today or consider an additional gift via our web-based app on your smart device. If you would like assistance in setting up a ne...

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All Masses Suspended

Posted on March 17, 2020 in: General News

All Masses Suspended
ALL MASSES, ACTIVITIES, AND GATHERINGS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED IF YOU NEED OUR ASSISTANCE PLEASE CONTACT THE PARISH OFFICE AT 570-326-1544 OR STBONIFACE@COMCAST.NET, we will have temporary office hours from 8:30am - 12:30pm Monday -Friday or by appointment.   We ask that everyone continue with the prevention measures that have been outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Health in regards to spreading viruses. They include: washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands and avoidi...

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¡MISA EN EL ESPAÑOL!
Dos veces en Marzo, se ofrecerá misa en español en Williamsport. El miércoles 4 de Marzo y el miércoles 25, a las 7:30 p.m.  Los estudiantes de habla hispana de Lycoming College, entre otros, se unirán a estas eucaristías en la iglesia San Bonifacio, ubicada en  326 Washington Boulevard, Williamsport, PA.  El Padre Neftalí Féliz Sena de la República Dominicana estará presidiendo las misas y liderando los cantos. Por favor, invita a tus amigos y amigas.

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ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED

Posted on March 03, 2020 in: General News, Ministries

ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED
PARENTS We are looking for more Altar Servers and appealing to you to discuss it with your children. Any girl or boy who has received Holy Communion is eligible. It would get them involved and make the Mass more interesting to them. We will train them. Call Stephanie at 916.0483 or Chris at 326.1544.

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Youth Ministry

XLT

Posted on February 23, 2020 in: General News, Sacraments

XLT
XLT (Exalt!) will be held Sunday, March 1st at 6:15 p.m. at Saint Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 W. 4th Street, Williamsport. The event, sponsored by the Diocesan Offices for Parish Life and Vocations, will consist of Eucharistic Adoration, praise & worship music, a dynamic talk, the opportunity for the sacrament of Reconciliation, and a social. All are welcome to attend! For more information, please call 570-780- 2996. 

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The Vigil Project
Vigil Project Church of the Resurrection is again hosting The Vigil Project for a Lenten Mission Concert & Talk on Wednesday, March 4th at 7PM. There will be a mass at 6PM w/ music done by The Vigil Project and a concert/talk following. The Vigil Project's mission is to create beautiful music for the Catholic journey. For too long, Catholics have been deprived of music for prayer. There was a time when everyone, Christian and non-Christian alike, turned to the Catholic Church for the most beautiful expressions of art and music in the world. It’s time for a ...

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FREE Financial Guidance

Posted on February 23, 2020 in: General News

FREE Financial Guidance
FREE Legal, Tax, Financial Help     March 1st, April 19th, May 17th Come join St. Boniface members - Steve Sholder, Greg Deck and Ken Danielsen in the church lounge after the 10:30am Sunday Mass to hear Legal, Tax and Financial insights that concern everyone. They will give short talks on topics that many people should address, but put off; i.e.; Organizing where assets are; How often should I update legal documents, Tax mistakes to avoid. Additionally, they will help members setup their on-line giving accounts if help is needed.

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Ash Wednesday Schedule

Posted on February 23, 2020 in: General News

Ash Wednesday Schedule
February 26th Mass and distribution of ashes: 8:00 am St. Boniface 10:00 am SJNRA at St. Boniface 5:30 pm St. Lawrence

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Vision 2020

Posted on February 23, 2020 in: General News

Vision 2020
On March 3rd, the Bishop will be meeting with a number of local parishes in Williamsport. This session will take the next step in future planning to create vibrant parishes and prepare for shifts in demographics (smaller families and lighter attendance). No decisions will be announced at this meeting. We expect more discernment thru to the Fall. I selected the following people to join me in these deliberations: St Boniface:  Ken Danielsen, Carol Welliver,  Sue Lingg, Kathy Bahr, and Jen Matz St Lawrence:  Tina Pulver, Tom Hart,&...

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Lenten Schedule

Posted on February 21, 2020 in: General News

Lenten Schedule
St. Boniface & St. Lawrence Catholic Churches Lenten 2020 Schedule is available on our website: www.stbonifacecatholic.com www.stlawrencecatholic.com *ALL MASSES, EVENTS, AND GATHERINGS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED Schedule of Masses: Ash Wednesday 8:00 am St. Boniface, 10:00 am SJNRA at St. Boniface, 5:30 pm St. Lawrence; Holy Thursday 7:00 pm St. Boniface; Good Friday 1:00 pm St. Boniface; Easter Vigil 8:00 pm St. Boniface; Easter Sunday 8:00 am St. Lawrence, 10:30 am St. Boniface Beginning the First Week of Lent, Confessions will be heard on Mondays in March "Th...

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Women's Book Club

Posted on February 19, 2020 in: General News

Women's Book Club
 The Book Club will meet on Mondays at 2pm, beginning March 9th.   The club will meet in the St. Boniface Church Lounge to accommodate a more relaxed environment. The first book, to get everyone started, will be the American classic, Gifts from the Sea, by Ann Morrow Lindbergh.  Fr. Bill will help launch it but step back after the first session, so, that it is entirely run by women. 

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Coffee & Donuts

Posted on February 09, 2020 in: General News

Coffee & Donuts
ALL GATHERINGS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME   

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Activity Committee

Posted on February 03, 2020 in: General News

Activity Committee
Parish Activity Committees The St. Boniface Activity Committee meetings are the 2nd Sunday of the month 7pm, at the Elementary School Gym.  Join us on March 8th. The St. Lawrence PAC meetings are the 1st Tuesday of the month 6:30pm, in the St. Lawrence Parish Hall. The next meeting is scheduled for April 7, 2020 and is open to all our parishioners.

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Respect for Sanctity

Posted on February 03, 2020 in: General News

Respect for Sanctity
RESPECT for SANCTITY Once we enter the church, our hearts and our actions should change. Some ways of preserving the holiness and prayerfulness of our churches is to: leave the gum outside have your conversations in the foyer or narthex give the phone a rest utilize the time with quiet prayer to the Creator Beautiful buildings set a mood but also, we do that with our peaceful prayer before Mass.  

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Art & Environment 2019

Posted on January 29, 2020 in: General News

Art & Environment 2019
St. Boniface Church is blessed to have a dedicated group of their members that help us with different celebrations. It is very important for each of the members who helped us in the past and now to know how much their work and valuable time is appreciated. This Christmas season we give thanks for the help to set up, tear down and put away our Christmas decorations to: Jane Dincher , Kathy Mauro, Deb Damaska, Marysia Sholder , Carol Welliver, Francine Scarfo, Tom Byrne and Jim Furey for picking up the flowers. As we enter into ordinary time, we look forward to our next litur...

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Tax Statements

Posted on January 24, 2020 in: General News

Tax Statements
2019 Year-End Tax Contribution Statements You may contact the parish office at stboniface@comcast.net or 326-1544 to request your2019year-endstatements.

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Prayer Luncheon

Posted on January 17, 2020 in: General News

The Notre Dame Club of Greater Williamsport will be holding its annual prayer luncheon on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 12:00 noon at the St Lawrence Church Parish Hall, 800 W. Central Ave, S. Williamsport.  Featured speaker will be Fr. Bill Corcoran who will speak about “The Church and Celibacy: Changes in the Near Future?”  A full ham dinner will be served at $15 per person.  Reservations are required and are due no later than January 31st.  Payment may be sent to NDCGW, 305 Johnson Dr., S. Williamsport, PA  17702 or contact Nancy Dorman at 570-323-5522 with any questions.

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Lenten Bible Study

Posted on January 15, 2020 in: General News

Lenten Bible Study
Register Before January 30th! Join Us as we vary our knowledge of the Bible and examine an Old Testament book, Exodus (Ch 1-15) from the Little Rock Scripture Study.  SAVE these Dates: (Tuesdays & Fridays) Class Dates: (Tuesdays & Fridays) February 11th @ 6:30pm in the St. Boniface RAC February 14th @ 10:30am in the St. Lawrence Hall February 18th & 21st; February 25th & 28th; March 10th & 13th; and **March 17th & 20th. *NOTICE OF additional CHANGE – Week of March 2nd & 6th* will be cancelled and classes will be ex...

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Weekday Masses

Posted on January 15, 2020 in: General News

Please Note! No Weekday Masses on February 3rd, 4th, 5th & 7th at St. Lawrence & St. Boniface. All Mass Intentions have been rescheduled.

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Help the Parish / Help Yourself

Posted on January 12, 2020 in: General News

Help the Parish / Help Yourself
You can donate to the parish and reduce your taxes with the Charitable IRA Rollover. The charitable IRA rollover refers to the option that individuals 70 and a half and older have to contribute up to $100,000 from their IRAs (as part of their minimum contribution) directly to a qualifying charity without first having to recognize the distribution as income. You may contact the parish office for further information. **For tax-related or financial questions, it is best to consult a professional in those fields. Please, think seriously about how you could boost your parish!

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Pilgrimage Presentation

Posted on January 12, 2020 in: General News

Pilgrimage Presentation
Join Us on Sunday January 19th to view the pictures and hear the experiences of those who traveled to the Holy Land this past November. So many have enjoyed descriptions & photos of individual pilgrims already.  We will share them for all who are interested on Sunday, January 19th at 4pm.  Join us with our new flat screen TV to see the Holy Land thru our eyes. This has been moved to St. Lawrence Hall to accommodate crowds.

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Diocesan Annual Appeal

Posted on January 10, 2020 in: General News

Diocesan Annual Appeal
Did You Know…. You May Make a Gift to Your Parish or to the Diocesan Annual Appeal Directly from Your IRA? If you are 70 ½ or older and have a traditional individual retirement account, you can use all or part of your required minimum distribution to support your parish or the Diocesan Annual Appeal without having to count the transfers as income for federal tax purposes. For more information contact Jim Bebla, Jim-Bebla@DioceseofScranton.org 570- 207-2250

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Annual Appeal

Open House

Posted on December 27, 2019 in: General News

Sunday January 5th, Please Join Us for a Post-Holiday OPEN HOUSE at the Rectory, after the 10:30am Mass at St. Boniface. Coffee, tea, Juice, Doughnuts will be provided.

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Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Holy Day of Obligation
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Holy Day of Obligation                      New Year's Eve                              New Year's Day                    St. Lawrence 5:30 pm           &nbs...

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
A Christmas celebration of Music, Giving and Community Sunday, December 22, 2019 @ 3:00 pm    St. Boniface Church    326 Washington Blvd.    Williamsport, PA  17701 Christmas Concert by the St Boniface Contemporary Choir Pre-concert entertainment by parish Youth Musicians at 2:45 Free-will offering to support our local & world charities Fellowship and refreshments to follow concert in SJNRA gymnasium A visit from St Nicholas with FREE photos by Albright Studios ALL ARE WELCOME!  

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Food Pantry

Posted on December 11, 2019 in: General News, Pastoral Council

Food Pantry
December Food Pantry Thank you to all our families, we have been able to take a very large amount of food to the St. Joseph Food Pantry. We ask that you continue so that we can help with Christmas Food Bags as well. The following items are what is asked for from the St. Joseph the Worker Food Pantry (working in affiliation with Central PA Food Bank), Instant mashed potatoes, Canned fruit, Canned vegetables, Gravy, Cranberry sauce, Bag of candy or cookies, Fruit snacks, Hot Chocolate packets, Grocery gift cards (any amount). If you prefer, you can bring giftcardstothePari...

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Home Blessings

Posted on December 11, 2019 in: General News

Home Blessings
In the month of January, I'd like to get better acquainted with you and use the opportunity to bless your houses. Call (570.326.1544) or write the office (stboniface@comcast.net) to arrange a date. I will give the staff available times on days and evenings. To reach a maximum number of people, we should limit the visits to an hour or less. Also, if some of you want to coordinate times for a neighborhood or street, that would be excellent. During these special blessings, I won't have time for a meal (but chocolate is always welcome). However, I will be adamant about ...

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Clothing Drive

Posted on November 27, 2019 in: General News

Clothing Drive
The seventh grade PREP class is sponsoring clothing drive this holiday season to benefit the Sojourner Truth Mission in Williamsport. Please stop by the wooden tree display to pick up a list of needed items. Items may be placed in the bin under the tree. January 5th will be the last collection date. Your help in providing warmth for those in need is greatly appreciated! It is also a wonderful teaching moment for the youth of St. Lawrence and St. Boniface.

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Youth Ministry

Men’s Friday Fellowship Group

Posted on November 20, 2019 in: General News

Men’s Friday Fellowship Group
Calling all men of St. Lawrence and St. Boniface.  Beginning Friday, December 6th, you’re invited to join together for mass on Friday morning at St. Boniface at 8AM followed by the Rosary and then a visit to a local restaurant for breakfast (Dutch treat). Strengthen your faith, devote some time to prayer, and get to know the other men of our parishes. All men are welcome. No reservations required.  Come if you’re able.  Meet in the lounge after mass.

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The John Bower Basketball Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming season. Applications can be found in the lobby, due by November 8th, For more information, Contact Thomas Reid at 570-979-6832 or at treid6@comcast.net. Or,  download the application below.

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Annual Appeal

Posted on October 29, 2019 in: General News

Annual Appeal
Just a reminder about the Annual Appeal.  We have  a ways to go toward our goals.  If you have not contributed or pledged as of yet, we encourage you to do so.  Help us serve others with the Gospel.

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Pastoral Council Elections

Posted on October 18, 2019 in: General News

A few years ago, at the direction of Bishop Bambera, a new Parish Pastoral Council was formed.  Ten parishioners from St. Lawrence Church  formed the new council, the first our church has had in many years.  Two of these council members have terms that will expire at the end of this year making it necessary for St. Lawrence to elect replacements.  If anyone has an interest please contact Chris Kriner (krinerc12@gmail.com or 570-447-2114) or Janey Karney (mjkarney5@comcast.net or 570-419-6439).  There is information on the church's website explaining in detail what the job of Pastoral Council is...

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Ember Days

Posted on October 09, 2019 in: General News

Join Us for Talks, Trivia, & Fellowship Thursdays October 17th & 24th Adoration: 5:30 - 7PM at Church of the Resurrection Meet us at Orlie's after at 8 S. Main St. Muncy, PA

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Fall Bishop’s Youth Awards

Posted on September 19, 2019 in: General News

Diocese of Scranton will begin hosting the Bishop’s Youth Award Masses annually this Fall. Details were sent out by email to all nominators. St. Boniface will host this year’s Western Region Awards on Monday, October 7, 2019 at 7:00PM at St. Boniface Parish, Williamsport

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Weekly Rosary

Posted on September 18, 2019 in: General News

This will be offered after the Friday morning Masses at St Boniface 8:30am. Jean Snella (jms997@comcast.net) has agreed to help start it but it will depend on everyone doing their part to assist. The primary intention will be for the spiritual growth of St Lawrence and St Boniface.

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Welcome to Our Newest Parishioners

Posted on September 11, 2019 in: General News

  Congratulations John & Kara Spangler on the baptism of their daughter Leah Grace on September 8, 2019 at St. Lawrence. Please Welcome our newest parishioners to St. Boniface: Kirk Family: Megan, Adam and Elizabeth Mayer Family: Benjamin, Michelle, Jackson and Samuel Pricher Family: Wendy, Shawn, Tess, Sydney and Alex Ungard Family: Maria, Tadd and Brayden Weller Family: Kevin, Julia, Anne, James and Elizabeth

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Bible Study Series

Posted on August 29, 2019 in: General News

Women of the New Testament 7 week session For a deeper look at the role of women in the ministry of Jesus and in the early church, please join us!  Registration is required for us to order the materials which you will take home. Registration deadline is Friday, August 30.  Email: stboniface@comcast.net or call the parish office 570-326-1544.  There is a requested donation of $20 (which can be waived). The sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 in the RAC and Friday mornings at 10:30 in St. Lawrence Hall.  Please try to join us! Dates: Week 1: September 17 and 20...

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Holy Day - Masses

Posted on August 08, 2019 in: General News

Holy Day - Masses
Thursday August 15th Holy Day of Obligation-The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary St. Boniface Mass 8:00 a.m. St. Lawrence Mass 5:30 p.m.

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Fall Bible Study Series

Posted on August 08, 2019 in: General News

Fall Bible Study Series
Bible Study Series Begins again September 17th – November 1st. WOMEN of the NEW TESTAMENT 7 week session; Tuesdays at 6:30pm - RAC & Fridays at 10:30am - St. Lawrence Hall Each session = 90 minutes Seven (7) sessions Donation - $20 - (this can be waived) Dates:  week 1: September 17th & 20th  week 2: September 24th & 27th  week 3: October 1st & 4th  week 4: October 8th & 11th  week 5: October 15th & 18th  week 6: October 22nd & 25th  week 7: October 29th & November 1st *REGISTRATIONS are NECESSARY - for us to order th...

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Parish Picnic August 4th

Posted on July 24, 2019 in: General News

Parish Picnic August 4th
St. Boniface & St. Lawrence Parishes combined Picnic is Sunday August 4, 2019 at the South Williamsport Picnic/Sports Complex.   You can sign up with a dish you might bring, but don’t worry if you can’t bring a dish just bring yourself. The picnic time to gather is 12 Noon with lunch served at 1pm.  The main dish will be provided, Hamburgers/Hot Dogs/Rolls/Drinks.  We will also accept monetary donations to help with the purchase of water, tea, lemon aid, juice boxes and ice.  Let us know if you would like to help with kid’s games, o...

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RCIA - Did You Know?

Posted on July 24, 2019 in: General News

RCIA - Did You Know?
RCIA –DID YOU KNOW? Who is RCIA for?  Briefly, for  1) persons in need of Baptism.  2) Persons baptized in another Christian tradition who desire to become Catholic.  3) Persons baptized Catholic in need of First Communion and/or Confirmation.   How did a person become Catholic before RCIA?  At most parishes, the person was given individual instruction by the parish priest or someone delegated by him.  Why the change?  There were a number of limitations to private instruction.  The priest was the only member of the Catho...

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Recently there was an error in the most recent Catholic Light of our Mass Times for Saturday June 29th. Our mass times remain the same for Saturday. St. Boniface Mass is at 4:00pm and St. Lawrence at 5:30pm. Thank you!

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Independence Day Mass

Posted on June 27, 2019 in: General News

Join Us on July 4th at 9am for Independence Day Mass at St. Boniface Church

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If you or anyone you know are interested in becoming Catholic… The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process established for the universal Church for individuals to become Catholic Christians and receive the sacraments of initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist.  This initiation process also involves a parish community experiencing a renewal in faith as it prepares and welcomes new members into the Church.  The Rite speaks of conversion as a “spiritual journey.”  Centered on fostering a deep relationship with Jesus and the Church he founded, this journey ...

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Bring your Cell Phone to Church on Saturday June 22nd & Sunday June 23rd Sign up for important updates from St. Boniface and St. Lawrence. Get information for St Boniface & St Lawrence right on your phone—not on handouts. If you have a smartphone, get push notifications. On your iPhone or Android phone, open your web browser and go to the following link: rmd.at/bonlaw If you don’t have a smartphone, get text notifications. Text the message @bonlaw to the number 81010. Don’t have a mobile phone? Go to rmd.at/bonlaw on a desktop computer to sign up for email notifi...

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Our last session this summer is St Benedict - founder of Western monasticism,  *Tuesday August  6th at 6:30pm at RAC and *Friday August 9th at 10:30am at RAC  

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Congratulations Graduates!

Posted on May 29, 2019 in: General News

Congratulations to all our High School and College Graduates from St. Boniface, St. Lawrence, and Saint John Neumann!

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 I want to thank everyone who attended the memorial day mass at St. Boniface Cemetery on Monday May 27th 9:00 am,  especially the hospitality committee for all the wonderful treats they provided, coffee and juice.   It was a beautiful morning. 

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Feast of St. Boniface

Posted on May 23, 2019 in: General News

On Wednesday, June 5th we will honor this great German evangelist and our patron. We will have a Mass at 5:30pm. St. Boniface, deemed the “apostle to the Germans,” is regarded as the patron saint of brewers and tailors, as well as of Germany.

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Holy Day of Obligation - The Ascension of the Lord  - Thursday May 30th Mass Times: 8:00am Mass at St. Boniface, 10:00am SJNRA Mass at St. Boniface and 5:30pm Mass at St. Lawrence

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Daily Masses April 30th – May 2nd Most of the priests in the Diocese will be on a retreat and at meetings with the Bishop from Monday afternoon April 29th until Thursday, May 2nd in the afternoon. Daily mass on Tue/Wed/Thu will only be celebrated at St. Boniface Church and at 8am. No other area parishes will have Mass. Father Charles Cummings will be the Celebrant and will be living in the St Boniface rectory. Let us Pray for all our priests. 

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Easter Vigil

Posted on April 17, 2019 in: General News

Over the past several months we have been journeying and praying for four members of our community as they approach the Easter Sacraments through Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. At the Easter Vigil we welcome them into our Catholic Faith. We welcome all our new parishioners, please keep them in special prayer: Gerald Augustine III, Kierstin Cochran, Dianne Morrison, and Margaret Schneider.

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Holy Week Mass Schedule

Posted on April 03, 2019 in: General News

Holy Week Mass Schedule Palm Sunday April 13th 5:30pm & April 14th 9am - St. Lawrence April 13th 4:00pm & April 14th 10:30am - St. Boniface Holy Thursday April 18th 7pm Mass - St. Boniface Good Friday April 19th 1pm Mass - St. Boniface Easter Vigil Saturday April 20th 8pm Mass - St. Boniface Easter Sunday April 21st 8:00am - St. Lawrence 10:30am - St. Boniface

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Effective April 1st, New Weekday Mass Times: St. Boniface--Wednesday and Friday: 8:00am and St. Lawrence--Monday and Tuesday : 7:00 AM  St. Boniface Wednesday and Friday: 8:00 AM Saturday: 4:00 PM Sunday: 10:30 AM Holy Days: As Announced Confessions- Saturday: 3:15-4:00 PM St. Lawrence Monday and Tuesday : 7:00 AM Saturday: 5:30 PM Sunday: 8:00 AM Holy Days: As Announced Confessions -1st Saturday of the month. 9:00-9:30 AM

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XLT Exalt!

Posted on March 13, 2019 in: General News

XLT Exalt!
XLT (Exalt!) will be held Monday, March 25th from 6:30-8:30pm at St. Boniface Parish, Williamsport. The event, sponsored by the Diocesan Offices for Parish Life and Vocations, will consist of Eucharistic Adoration, praise & worship music, a dynamic talk, the opportunity for the sacrament of Reconciliation, and a social. All are welcome to attend! For more information, please call or text 570-780-2996.

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Stations of the Cross

Posted on March 05, 2019 in: General News

On Fridays, the Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 5:30pm: March 15 St. Boniface March 22 St. Lawrence March 29 St. Boniface April 5 St. Lawrence April 12 St. Boniface April 19 St. Lawrence

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Ash Wednesday - LENT

Posted on February 21, 2019 in: General News

LENT 2019 - Begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6th, when our foreheads are marked with ashes in the sign of the cross, calling us to “repent and believe in the Gospel.” This begins our 40 days in the desert. 7:00am St. Lawrence Mass & Ashes 8:00am St. Boniface Mass & Ashes 10:00am SJNRA Mass & Ashes 5:30pm St. Lawrence Mass & Ashes  

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High School Ministry

Posted on January 30, 2019 in: General News

February Event - High School Ministry Suffering 101- Does God care when we whine? But, more seriously, why does a good and loving God allow so much suffering in the world? Come help us answer this hard question & any other ones you might have.  Who: 9-12 graders What: Mass, Dinner, Conversation When: TIME CHANGE February 10, 4:00p-6:00pm Where: St. Boniface Church & RAC Instagram: SecondSunday_sbsl Come check out Second Sunday High School Ministry. We'll have mass, eat dinner, and talk about who you are and who Jesus is. Bring an empty stomach, open mind, and a friend. ...

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Islam #101

Posted on January 28, 2019 in: General News

The Islam #101 class at the St. Boniface RAC will still be held on Tuesday January 29th at 6:30pm. IF the weather is unsafe, please to do not travel! Thank you!

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Bible Study Series Update

Posted on January 21, 2019 in: General News

Bible Study Series The Little Rock Scripture Study is a very user-friendly style that educated as it inspired. I find it very pastoral in its ability to apply the passages to our lives and prompt reflective questions of the group. Thus, it will require that everyone read the Scripture text and commentary provided in the booklet. Fr. Bill will lead each session but not lecture. Six (6) sessions; Each session = 90 minutes: James, Peter and Jude - the "Catholic" Letters Tuesdays at 6:30pm – RAC & Fridays at 10:30am - St. Lawrence Hall week 1: Feb. 26th & March 1st week 2: March...

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Pivotal Players Series

Posted on January 10, 2019 in: General News

We will offer again this fabulous series by Bishop Robert Barron! Ask others who were impressed by the series on Catherine of Siena, Francis of Assisi and GK Chesterton. The phenomenal one hour video is followed by a 30 minute discussion. The photography on these videos is first rate.            Michelangelo - Tuesday, February 5th at 6:30 - RAC                                   Friday, February 8th at 10:30am - St Lawrence        &...

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St. Boniface Purse Bingo

Posted on January 10, 2019 in: General News

Come One, Come All! to our Designer Purse Bingo    Coach, Kate Spade, Vera Bradley, Michael Kors When:  Saturday, February 2, 2019 Where: St. Boniface School Gym 710 Franklin Street Doors Open: @11:00am Bingo Starts: @12:30pm Cost: $25 for 20 regular games Additional Fun: 5 specials, Chinese Auction, Super Raffle, Mystery Prize Food Available for purchase. If you or your business would like to sponsor a purse or contribute to the Chinese Auction Please contact Lorrie Flood 433-4464 or Deb Wheeler 220-2303 for further information or to purchase tickets.

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity This year we again join with Christians around the world who set aside these eight days from January 18-25 as a special time to share the prayer of Jesus, “that all may be one... that the world may believe.”  (John 17:21). Join us Friday January 18th - Service of Prayer at St. Boniface Church, at 6:30pm. Begin this Octave of Prayer that began 90 years ago, by joining your brothers and sisters in prayer. Everyone is welcome to attend!

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St. Boniface Liturgical Art Environment New Flower Calendar People speak often about the importance of a beautiful atmosphere for liturgical celebration. Seasonal Decorations help set the mood for mass. Starting January 2019, St. Boniface Parish will offer an opportunity for you to sign up for weekend altar bouquet(s) to dedicate the Altar flowers, "In Honor Of" or "In Memory of", a loved one. One bouquet in front of the altar $75.00. Two bouquets by each side of the altar $130.00. The calendar, pre-paid envelopes and a safe dropoff box, for your convenience, is in the Narthex of S...

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NEW Lights at St Boniface

Posted on December 19, 2018 in: General News

Today (December 18th) our NEW Light are being installed at St Boniface Church.  I am very excited about the prograss we are making tackeling this project.  It will be so bright you'll need your sunglasses at mass!

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Family Promise

Posted on December 13, 2018 in: General News

We are blessed to receive a new coordinator of this intense and beautiful ministry, Sr. Christina Cables of the Sisters of Christian Charity. She has volunteered with Family Promise beforehand and feels happy to serve these vulnerable families. She will start immediately, but the next family does not arrive until April 2019. If you want to serve, contact her at sisterchristinamarie@gmail.com. The 2019 calendar has been set for our Family Promise Host dates. Our dates are: April 14th to April 21st, August 11th to 18th, and December 29th to January 5th. If you are available & would like to help send an ...

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Youth Ministry Second Sunday

Posted on December 06, 2018 in: General News

Youth Ministry Jesus 101 -What is Jesus really all about and do I have what it takes to be His Disciple? Who: 9-12 graders What: Dinner, Conversation, followed by Mass at 7:30pm When: December 9, 5:30pm to 8:00pm Where: St. Boniface Church & RAC Instagram: SecondSunday_sBsL Please join us on Second Sundays for high schoolers.  We'll have Mass, eat dinner, and talk about what goes on in church. Is it boring? Definitely less boring if you know what's actually happening & why.  Bring an empty stomach, open mind, and a friend. Families welcome and encouraged to attend Mass. Email...

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Holy Day of Obligation - The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Masses St. Lawrence Friday December 7th 5:30pm & St. Boniface Saturday December 8th 9:00am

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Pivotal Players Series

Posted on November 30, 2018 in: General News

Our Advent Series - We will be hosting superb videos on key spiritual figures in the history of Catholicism. Each session will be 90 mins long including video and discussions. We will offer the same segment two times each week for your convenience: ~ St. Catherine of Siena Tuesday. December 4th: 6:30pm RAC Friday December 7th: 10:30am St Lawrence Hall ~ St. Francis of Assisi Tuesday December 11th: 6:30pm RAC Friday December 14th: 10:30am St Lawrence Hall ~ G.K. Chesterton Tuesday December 18th: 6:30pm RAC Friday December 21st: 10:30am St Lawrence Hall

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Advent Services

Posted on November 28, 2018 in: General News

St. Boniface and St. Lawrence Advent Services 2018 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Boniface - December 13th at 6:30pm Advent Reconciliation Services:     Tuesday, December 18th at 6:30p.m. Resurrection Church, Muncy     Wednesday, December 19th at 6:30p.m. St. Boniface     Thursday, December 20th at 1:00p.m. SJNRA St. Boniface Mass Schedule:                             Christmas Eve       &n...

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Senior CARE Team

Posted on November 13, 2018 in: General News

If your loved one is hospitalized, goes into a nursing care facility or cannot get to Mass on a regular basis, please contact us so we can continue to provide the sacraments and spiritual support from our priests and Senior CARE Team members. We are also compiling a list of those in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities as well as those who are home alone and would enjoy a social visit or occasional phone call from one of our Senior CARE Team members. Please call the rectory or Karen Balestino at 327-1147 to update us.  

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Thanksgiving Food Drive

Posted on November 07, 2018 in: General News

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) will be hosting Thanksgiving food drive to be taken to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank because "No One Should Be Hungry". Our youth and their families are asked to donate food for a Thanksgiving meal: boxed stuffing mix, instant mashed potatoes in a box or packet, jars of turkey gravy or dried gravy mix packets, canned yams, cranberry sauce, canned veggies, cornbread mix, canned pumpkin or fruit pie filling. Box pie crust mix, salt/pepper, boxed macaroni and cheese. If monetary donations are made they will be used to purchase turkeys from a l...

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Children's Liturgy

Posted on November 07, 2018 in: General News

Children's Liturgy We would love to start a special Liturgy of the Word (scripture readings geared to children) during many of the 10:30 Masses on Sunday. Fr. Bill is willing to train adults, but we need several people who can lead and chaperone this vital effort. Voice an interest to him at frbillc@comcast.net or call 326-1544. We will supply the ear plugs. Children would retreat to the newly renovated Music Room in the church and hear the same Gospel, but translated for their age group. They would return to their families in the church during the Creed. It's meant to give parents a break and allow the children...

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All Saint's Day - Holy Day of Obligation Masses St. Lawrence Wednesday October 31st, 5:30 pm St. Boniface Thursday November 1st, 8:00 am St. Boniface SJNRA Mass 10:00 am All Soul's Day Friday November 2nd St. Lawrence Friday November 2nd, 7:00 am St. Boniface Friday November 2nd, 8:00 am St. Boniface Friday November 2nd, 6:30 pm  

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St. Boniface Turkey Party & Bingo

Posted on October 17, 2018 in: General News

St. Boniface Turkey Party and Bingo is Friday, November 16th. As in the past, purchasing a $1.00 ticket will entitle you to chances on 30 Gift Cards, admission to the hall the night of the party, free beverages, snacks and hot sandwiches. IT’S THE BEST DEAL IN TOWN!!! If you have not come to a Turkey Party before, come and join us for the fun.  Volunteers and ticket sellers are needed. It is a wonderful opportunity for you to enjoy yourself and help your fellow parishioner at the same time. We are only asking a few hours of your time. If you are interested in helping set-up, helping the night of the party,...

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Mummer's Parade October 20, 2018 It is that time again the South Williamsport 73rd Annual MUMMERS PARADE. Come check out the food tent at the St. Lawrence Church in South Williamsport side yard- WHERE WE will be selling from the PAC PARADE FOOD TENT SATURDAY OCTOBER 20TH FROM 11:00AM TO END OF PARADE: We will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs and sausage. Also selling sweet treats and drinks. We will have a sign-up sheet in the back of the church for any items our parishioners can donate for this fundraiser. Got questions, we've got answers - call any member of the St. Lawrence PAC about this next fundraiser at th...

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XLT (Exalt!)
XLT (Exalt!), will be held Monday, October 15th from 6:30-8:30p.m. at St. Boniface Parish, 326 Washington Boulevard, Williamsport. The Youth event, co-sponsored by the Diocese, for high schoolers and young adults, will consist of Eucharistic Adoration, praise & worship music, a dynamic talk by a young professional woman, the opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation, and a social. All are welcome to attend! For more information, please call 570-780-2996.  

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John Bower Basketball League

Posted on October 02, 2018 in: General News

St. Boniface and St. Lawrence Church John Bower Basketball Its that time of the year again to sign your child up for John Bower Basketball. Team are being formed in the following divisions: Beginner Pee-Wee (K thru 2nd) Pee-Wee (3rd thru 5th) Midget (4th thru 6th) Juniors (7th thru 9th) Seniors (10th thru 12th) To down load the application click here FORM.  Sign-UP Sheets are also available in the rear of the church. Questions please call Thomas Reid treid6@comcast.net or 570-979-6832

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ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES are scheduled for the following dates: SUNDAY Dec. 16th 9:10-10am - Islam #101 Each session will begin with a presentation of 20 minutes. The balance will be dedicated to your questions. Note that all of these are during PREP. The location is at St. Lawrence Hall.

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St. Lawrence: We have a need for more Eucharistic ministers for weekend Mass at St. Lawrence. This ministry is an important component to allowing us to provide the Eucharist under both species. Contact the Parish office if interested. Please pray and see if you can contribute to this ministry. St. Boniface: We have had some wonderful volunteers who have retired after years of service. We could use new blood to distribute Holy Communion at Masses. Interested? Contact Marie Stewart msmith@pct.edu or the parish office. We will train you. Maybe some who serve in another role may want to rotate to this ministry. ...

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"Canticle of the Sun"-written by St. Francis of Assisi O most High, almighty, good Lord God, to you belong praise, glory, honor, and all blessing! Praised be my Lord God with all creatures, and especially our brother the sun, which brings us the day and the light; fair is he, and shining with a very great splendor: O Lord, he signifies you to us! Praised be my Lord for our sister the moon, and for the stars, which God has set clear and lovely in heaven. Praised be my Lord for our brother the wind, and for air and cloud, calms and all weather, by which you uphold in life all creatures. Prai...

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PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST Sunday October 7th 8am-12:30pm at Saint Lawrence Parish Center Adults:  $8 in advance   $9 at the door; Kids 12 & under: $4.50 Parish Activity Committee Fundraiser-Proceeds Benefit St. Lawrence Parish Contact any PAC Committee Person: Judy & Dan Campion, Dianne Fisher, Laura & Bob Gilson, Sally Hilsher, Tom & Pat Kaczmarek, Janey & Mike Karney, Heather Kriner, Brendan Kriner, Diann Mason Mary McCormick, Jack Peck and Kelly Wrightson    

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Youth Ministry Meeting

Posted on September 20, 2018 in: General News, Ministries

Youth Ministry Several people have voiced an interest in organizing extra activities for our parishioners aged 14-18 years (high school). We are having an OPEN HOUSE for students and adults interested in helping. Pass the word and Join us on Thursday, September 27th 6:30pm in the RAC. Contact jesse.and.alisan@gmail.com. Let's brainstorm together!  

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New Bulletin

Posted on September 13, 2018 in: General News

Please check out our new bulletin which should be fun and easy to read!  You can download the bulletin right from our website. As we grow, this should help us highlight the robust life of our parishes. Special thanks to Sally Hilsher and Hilsher Graphics for their creativity in producing this new style. Meanwhile, we are always looking for innovative ideas. Email us and let us know if you have any Church Good News, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Milestones, etc. Email us at stboniface@comcast.net.

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Confirmation 2018 Reminder

Posted on September 06, 2018 in: General News

CONFIRMATION REHEARSAL DATE is Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 2:00pm in the St. Boniface Church with Sponsor.  This celebration is for those who have completed the 2 year program and are entering into 9th grade in the fall. Reminder: CONFIRMATION is scheduled for September 18, 2018 5:00pm  Confirmation Mass is Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 5:00pm at St. Boniface Church – Confirmation Candidates need to be at the church by 4:00pm for picture and seating. What to wear at the Confirmation Mass:  Young men should wear dress slacks and dress shirt with a tie, and dress shoes. (No white sneakers &ndash...

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PREP
Family Promise It is almost time for us to host the Family Promise guests again. Our next week will be Sept. 2nd–9th. Kathy Venaski, Food Coordinator can be reached at 570-419-5712 if you are able to provide dinner for one of the nights. Ray Fischer, Overnight Coordinator can be reached at 570-326-5464. There are 4 families: 3 adults & 4 children in the program. We provide them with food for breakfast & lunch in addition to the dinners provided at the Parish Center. We are looking for help with Set-Up, Van drivers, Tearing Down & Cleaning Up at the end of the week. As I say often, “Many hands make ...

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Family Promise

RCIA Classes

Posted on August 09, 2018 in: General News

RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.  For those seeking to be initiated into the Catholic church, RCIA is the process of learning about and growing in the Catholic faith and deepening your relationship with Jesus Christ, leading to reception of the sacraments of baptism (if necessary), Confirmation and the Eucharist.  If you or anyone you know are interested in joining the Catholic Church, or have questions and want to learn more, RCIA is for you!    Please call Brian Haas, RCIA Coordinator at 570-326-1544 for more information or bhaas3@comcast.net. Are you interested in a per...

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Holy Day of Obligation

Posted on August 02, 2018 in: General News

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Holy Day of Obligation is Wednesday August 15, 2018. St. Lawrence will celebrate a Vigil Mass on Tuesday August 14th 5:30pm. St. Boniface will celebrate mass on Wednesday August 15th 8:00am. ~~Please note:  there will not be a 7am Mass at St. Lawrence on August 15th

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Feast of St. Lawrence

Posted on July 25, 2018 in: General News

  Come Celebrate the FEAST OF ST. LAWRENCE Mass at St. Lawrence Church at 7:00am Friday, August 10, 2018 The feast day of our patron Saint, St. Lawrence, is Friday August 10th. There is a Novena printed and placed in the back of both the St. Lawrence and St. Boniface Parishes for each family to participate. The Novena begins Wednesday August 1st to the 9th, nine days ending with the Mass at 7:00AM on Friday August 10th at St. Lawrence Church.  Lawrence - Deacon and Martyr (D.258?) and the first of the seven deacons who served the Roman Church. The esteem in which the Church holds Lawrence is seen in t...

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Joint Parish Picnic - St. Boniface Parish is looking for 2 two volunteers to assist the St. Lawrence Activities Committee with organizing the joint parish picnic to be held on August 12, 2018 at the South Williamsport Park.  If you can give a few hours of your time to help organize this fellowship event, please call the parish office.  

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The pilgrimage is part of this year’s commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Founding of the Diocese of Scranton.  17th Diocese of Scranton Pilgrimage of Faith to Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Washington, DC will be on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Pilgrimage Cost:  $55/person + lunch Register through your parish. For more information, call: Office for Parish Life 570-207-2213. 6:00 a.m. Buses begin to depart from various locations 9:30 a.m. Morning prayer on individual buses 11:00 a.m. Arrival at the Basilica of the National Shrine 12:00 p.m. Welcom...

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Father's Day Cards

Posted on May 24, 2018 in: General News

Please use Father's Day Envelopes that are provided in your packet for a special gift for our living & deceased fathers. These envelopes will be placed on the altar for the Father's Day Masses. There are cards on the tables in the back of the churches that you can give to the living fathers in your lives. Just put the money in the envelope and return it to the Parish Office through the collection and give the card to your loved one.

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Memorial Day Mass

Posted on May 18, 2018 in: General News

St. Boniface Cemetery on Penn St. & Wyoming St. Please Join Us on Monday May 28th 9:00 am for Memorial Day Mass. Bring Your Chair & Join Us For Light Refresments after Mass. In case of inclement weather, Mass will be held in St. Boniface Church.

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Farewell Reception for Msgr. McGough and Fr. Zipay Our two priests will be having a last mass celebration on June 10, 2018 at 11 am.  There will be a reception immediately following in the school gym.  We are looking for volunteers that are willing to make tea sandwiches (ham, chicken, tuna, egg salad, pimento cheese) and cookies, brownies, mini muffins for this event.  If you feel you could help, please call Diane Fisher at 570-322-3278 or Deb Wheeler at 570-220-2303.  There will also be a signup sheet located in the back of the church if you would prefer to sign up rather than call.  Y...

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First Holy Communion Photos

Posted on May 07, 2018 in: General News

Parents if you didn't have a chance to speak to Eric Beiter about getting photographs of your child,  you can reach him at Highland Photography , and at 570-772-9731.  

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Host Week May 20th--Well it is almost time for us to host the Family Promise guests again. Our next week will be May 20th – 27th. Kathy Venaski is our Food Coordinator and can be reached at 570-419-5712 if you are able to provide dinner for one of the nights. Ray Fischer has agreed to be our Overnight Coordinator.  He can be reached at 570-326-5464.  At this time there are 4 families, 5 adults and 9 children in the program. This can always change but we will let you know the exact number of guests the week before. We provide them with food for breakfast and lunch in addition to the ...

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STAY ALERT When Jesus told his disciples at the Mt. of Olives to "Stay Awake", he did not want them to miss the "End Time". One needed to be awake to experience this moment. It might also be said to us. The Resurrection's seven weeks of observance are really a quite important time for us. I have emphasized the fact, as John's Gospel did, of the present tense of eternal life. We are living the Resurrected life already. "If you have been raised with Christ, think of what is above…your life is hidden with Christ in God". So in a reality we are living this new life. It was ren...

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Activities Assocation

Posted on April 25, 2018 in: General News

The Activities Association is currently selling their 300 Club Tickets.  Our first drawing will be on June 10th.  Take a chance to win money for five weeks.  Cost is $10 per ticket.  Tickets can be obtained from any activities member, after mass, or by calling Paul Beiter @ 570-326-0788.  If you think you could sell a couple tickets for this cause, please call Paul Mark you calendars for our annual carnival coming September 6, 7, and 8th. We are in need of workers in all areas.  More information in the upcoming months.  Our next meeting will be Sunday, May 20th at 7...

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1,  Don't forget to signup on webpage for weekly news! 2.  The Pie Sale by the Parish acitvity Committee was a success.  Parish picnic scheduled for SUnday, Ausgust 12th at the South Williamsport Pool complex. Yard salescheudled for Saturday, June 2nd.   Food pantry response had been good.   3.  Social Concerns committee has pulled together a group who has available emergency meals for families.  This committee looking for ways to reach out to young adults.  4.  Womens conference is scheduled for June 23rd.  Mens conference is May 5th.   See Diocesan web s...

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Roll Away The Stone Gospel Mark 16:1-7 When the sabbath was over,  Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome  bought spices so that they might go and anoint him. Very early when the sun had risen, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb. They were saying to one another,  "Who will roll back the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?" When they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back; it was very large. On entering the tomb they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe, and they were utterly amazed. He said to...

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Gospel JN 13:1-15 Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end. The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over. So, during supper, fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God,  he rose from supper and took off his outer garments. He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet&...

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EASTER 2018 In the beginning God made the heavens and the earth and all that came to be on the earth. Creation was the first Grace. The first gift. The Jewish people who gradually came to worship one God came to understand their life as a gift from God. They took the human family a long way in understanding God's love for humanity. The story of god was definitively told when Jesus was born. Jesus was God's perfect image. "I and the Father are one". He was the ultimate Sacrament of the encounter with God. The story of Jesus' life did not meet anyone's definition of what God should have been l...

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3/29   Holy Thursday   Mass 7 pm   St. Boniface 3/30   Good Friday       Mass 1 pm   St. Boniface 3/31   Holy Saturday    Blessing of Food   1 pm St. Boniface & 2.:30 pm St. Lawrence 3/31   Easter Vigil         Mass 8 pm  St. Boniface 4/1     Easter Sunday   Mass 9 am   St Lawrence 4/1     Easter Sunday   Mass 9 am  St. Boniface

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After Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem, after the Last Supper, after his arrest, after being sentenced to death, in the very moment that he died on the cross, two significant things happen in Mark’s Gospel.  First, “the veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom” (Mark 15:38”). What is this veil and what is its significance? The veil of the sanctuary separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the temple.  The Holy of Holies was regarded as the closest approximation of God’s presence here on earth.  Out of respect no one was allowed to enter the Holy of Holi...

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Guide to Confession

Posted on March 21, 2018 in: General News

Guide to Confession   Begin your confession with the sign of the cross, "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. My last confession was _______ weeks (months, years) ago." The priest may read a passage from holy Scripture. Say the sins that you remember. Start with the one(s) that is most difficult to say. (In order to make a good confession the faithful must confess all mortal sins, according to kind and number.) After confessing all the sins you remember since your last good confession, you may conclude by saying, "I am sorry for these and all the sins of my past...

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PALM SUNDAY/PASSION SUNDAY

Posted on March 21, 2018 in: General News

The word passion comes from the word passio, which means suffering. Jesus frequently referred to an "hour" which was coming when he would be rejected and have to suffer. His disciples rejected that hour. A suffering Messiah was not possible. To that moment Peter said, "God forbid". You and I know the rest of the story. Not only did Jesus suffer the most punishing manner of death, Crucifixion, but he called on us to carry a Cross. It would not be like his cross but it would be a cross. All of us who have declared ourselves to be Jesus' followers know by experience that this is true. Human life its...

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“Because of the increase of inquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24:12)   Dear Brothers and Sisters, Once again, the Pasch of the Lord draws near! In our preparation for Easter, God in his providence offers us each year the season of Lent as a “sacramental sign of our conversion”.[1] Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life.

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Fifth Sunday of Lent

Posted on March 12, 2018 in: General News

MEDITATION (audio) on the image of Lazarus being raised from death. In his words and deeds, Jesus tells us, “I am the resurrection and the life.” It is only through him that we receive eternal life and move towards union with God.

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St Lawrence Parish News

Posted on March 09, 2018 in: General News

 St. Lawrence Parish  - There are signup sheets in the back of the church for St. Lawrence parish ministries. The information will be used to contact individuals who may have an interest in the opportunities available for service to our parish and our community.  Please sign up.  With your permission we will use your contact information to register you on the St. Lawrence Parish website so you can stay on top of Parish happenings We will hold the first Coffee after mass on March 11th.  We hope to make this at least a monthly activity.  Please stop by for Sally’s Awesome Muffins, Tina&...

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MAY 13, 2018 "SAVE THE DATE"

Posted on March 06, 2018 in: General News

On Sunday May 13th, 2018 at 5 P.M. at St Joseph the Worker will be a Mass to celabrate the 50th Anniversary of the Ordination of Msgr McGough, Rev. Zipay and Rev Cummings.   SAVE THE DATE - MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW!

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Msgr announced that a Healing Service will be held on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at the 9:00 AM mass. All in attendance will have the opportunity to be anointed. Those suffering from serious conditions will receive a sacramental anointing.

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Coffee and Donuts will be available this Sunday after 9 AM Mass in the lounge.  Please stop by and say hello!  Background - Msgr told the Parish Council of his desire to begin having coffee and donuts in the lounge of the church after the 9:00 AM Sunday mass twice a month.   It was decided that the first coffee and donut event will be held Sunday, March 11, 2018. Diane Sholder volunteered to serve as the first hostess. Different parishioners will be encouraged to host whenever coffee and donuts are available.  If you are interested in helping please see Diane this sunday or contac...

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THE PASSION OF JESUS, THE PASSION OF HUMAN LIFE The Passion of Jesus is a word that encompasses all that Jesus suffered from, what is known as the agony in the garden to his final cry of death. We can easily extend that to his whole life which was filled with conflict, misunderstanding, hostility, rejection, and failure. I am sure there were moments of joy and laughter, success and celebration. I am sure He enjoyed the wedding reception at Cana! I am sure He delighted in his visits to Lazar, Martha, and Mary. But on the whole of it His life was a continuous cross. Very early in our lives we are aware that there is somet...

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Over the next year, the Diocese of Scranton will be celebrating it's 150th anniversay.  On April 18, St. John Neumann Regional Academy is planning a celebration that includes a 10:00 am mass with Bishop Bambera.    ALL are welcome to attend.

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Treasures of the Church: St Joseph the Worker Parish presents a teaching and exposition of Sacred Relics on Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00 pm.  Father Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross will be here with his very special ministry to teach about these holy objects.  He will bring with him over 150 relics, some as old as 2000 years.  Among the treasures will be relics of St. Maria Goretti, St. Therese of Lisieux (the "little Flower"), St Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Faustina Kowalska.  In addition, there will also be present a portion of the veil...

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THE LENTEN CALL TO JOY One leg of the tripod of lent is the call to joy. None of us can insure for ourselves a continuous run of good things to support happiness from the outside. Sometimes life presents us with wonderful joys and then life is so good! But then again when clouds cover our days we have a sinking feeling of ennui. How to be content during those times is a major challenge to all of us. It is certain that we must have a viewpoint that covers when our day is sunshine and when it is darkness. In the Sacred Scriptures, Joy is mentioned no fewer than 350 times as a product of our living with God and graced by J...

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Monsignor McGough, Pastor’s Corner....OUR CONTINUING JOURNEY...I said that for myself I would build my LENT on a tripod. The first leg I said is to deepen trust in God. This is what holiness is. It is what made Jesus the "font of all holiness". The second leg is the awareness of our CALL to Joy. The goodness of creation in all its parts means something. Our attitude and disposition needs to be tested by joy. Third leg is "health of mind and body". This is a recurrent phrase in our communal prayers. Health of Mind is my focus in this piece for the second week in Lent. Dr. Albert Ellis the founder o...

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Altar Servers Needed

Posted on February 09, 2018 in: General News

Additional altar servers are needed for the 4:00 p.m. Saturday mass at St. Boniface. Current altar servers that can serve on a Saturday(s) in the next few months, please call the parish office. If your child is in Grades 3-12, and would like to learn to altar serve, please contact the parish office and we will make arrangements to train them. 

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Ash Wednesday Fish Dinner

Posted on February 09, 2018 in: General News

The annual St. Boniface Ash Wednesday Fish Dinner is on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at the St. John Neumann Elementary Campus gym & cafeteria, adjacent to the church, 4:00 pm-7:00 pm. Take-outs are available. The cost is $9.50 for adults; children 12 & under are $4.50.  The dinner includes fish, macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, cole slaw, green beans, brownie sundaes and drinks. The meal is served family style.

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Diocesan Men's Conference

Posted on January 30, 2018 in: General News

 The Diocesan Mens Conference is scheduled for  Saturday, May 5th,  at King College in Wilkes Barre.  Registration is now open.  The Cost is $35.00 with a discounted rate for students.  Register on line at www.BeAManConference.com.  Speakers include Tom Peterson, founder of "Catholics Come Home", Fr. Michael Gritley MIC author of "33 Days to Morning Glory", and Jesse Romero, Lay Catholic evangelist.  There will be time for Eucharistic Adoration, Sacrament of Reconciliation.  The closing Mass will be by Bishop Jospeph Bambera, BIshop of Scranton.  ...

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SOCIAL CONCERNS/SERVICE

Posted on January 26, 2018 in: General News

SOCIAL CONCERN / SERVICE   The initial meeting of the group will be on Saturday, March 3rd ​9 A.M. in the St. Lawrence Hall.  This meeting is for group members.    

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Longaberger Basket Bingo

Posted on January 24, 2018 in: General News

The St. Boniface Activities Association is sponsoring a Longaberger Basket Bingo, featuring Bingo specials, a Chinese auction and food), on Saturday, February 3 at the St. John Neumann Elementary Gymnasium, 710 Franklin Street in Williamsport, adjacent to the church. Doors open at 11:00 a.m.; Early Bird specials start at 12:30 p.m. and regular Bingo starts at 12:45 p.m.  Cost is $20 for 20 regular games of Bingo. If you or your group would like to sponsor a basket or buy tickets, please contact Lorrie Flood at 570-433-4464 or Deb Wheeler at 570-220-2303. Tickets are available at the door.

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Pancake Breakfast at St. Lawrence

Posted on January 19, 2018 in: General News

St. Lawrence will host a pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 4th, 8 AM until12:30 PM at the St. Lawrence Parish Center.  Pancakes, eggs, sausage, pastry, choice of beverage (coffee, tea, OJ, hot chocolate).  Please plan on attending and supporting our parish.  We are located at the corner of Winthrop St. and Central Ave. in South Williamsport, Pa.      

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LENTEN PRESENTATION

Posted on January 03, 2018 in: General News

Your are invited to attend a presentation by Dr. Bernard Prusak, Associate Professor Of Philosophy at King's College, and Director of The McGowan Center For Ethic and Social Responsibility.  Reserve the Date: 21 February, 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  He will provide a presentation and discussion on:  “What is Conscience?  What responsibility do we have for it?"  Which is to say, “How should a Catholic Christian go about forming his or her conscience?"  The Church’s teaching on conscience will be explored and the implication for Christian practice.&...

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Thinking About Judgement

Posted on November 27, 2017 in: General News

Erick Erickson's eight stages in life concludes with a looking back and evaluating ourselves. It is a self-evaluation. In doing this we have to be very honest. If not it would serve no useful purpose. You can even do it now. Particular examins exist in most religious disciplines wherein one examines themselves usually on a particular virtue and makes resolutions to be better. The more general evaluation looks at our lives in a comprehensive way. One would have a sense whether their lives were successful based on the goals and states in life that were chosen. A family oriented choice in life would be evaluated in one...

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“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord when…” It is easy to recall this teaching, the well known corporal works of mercy. It is easy to place a name and face on friends or agencies who carry out their tremendous works of service. It ...

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