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Sunday the 3rd at 3pm, we serenade Mary with classical songs of beauty and peace. Our talented choir supplemented by some of the Williamsport Symphony will lift you up into prayerful moments that remembers her role. As a teenager, she said Yes to God's frightening request of her. Thereafter, she served as a disciple of the Saviour . The Gospels remind us that she encouraged Jesus at his first miracle and she stood with him at the foot of the cross when the men had disappeared. Moreover, Mary was among the select few in the Upper Room when the Holy Spirit descended...

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Father Corcoran's Pastor's Corner
October 27, 2019  Losing someone you love, changes you forever. Hopefully, we can rely on our faith at that time. Consequently, trust in the Resurrection of Jesus is no longer theoretical. It’s an active part of our life and gives us hope that we will see our loved ones again. Life is changed, not ended... We remember those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith. May all those who have died in this past year, enjoy looking into the eyes of Jesus. And may their families and friends, heal but never forget.

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October 20, 2019  What will the Church of the future look like?  The basics like the Creed, Sacraments and Mass would remain the same.  But some of the man-made externals, created by the Church over two thousand years, may adjust to better serve the spreading of the Gospel today.  One of the most obvious may be the return to ordination of married men. This was the Catholic practice until the year 1000. It was reintroduced partially by Pope John Paul II.  Now the bishops of Latin America are meeting in Rome for a Synod. They will ask the Holy Father ...

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Father Corcoran's Pastor's Corner
October 13, 2019  Larry the Cable Guy employs the slogan, "Git R done". He means tackle it now, don't delay. That's wise advice when it comes to the Annual Appeal. This weekend we are calling PEW COMMITMENT SUNDAY. If you haven't already contributed, this is the time. Flyers will be handed out. You could finish them in church and return them to us OR finish it at home today. If money is tight at the moment, pledge. We know you are good for it. Moreover, this year you can designate or restrict your gift. Either way, as Larry says ...Git R done...

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Father Corcoran's Pastor's Corner
October 6, 2019 The most influential person in recent Church history has been Pope John 23rd. An elderly man, observers thought he would be a transition leader only, coasting thru his years. Instead, he noted the rapid secularization of Western society, the suggestions of many biblical & liturgical scholars and decided the Church needed to re-examine its style. The world was in urgent need of re-evangelization. To do that, the Church would first need to return to its roots. That emphasized a greater reliance on the Bible, the Early Church Fathers and the first centur...

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September 29, 2019 When Pope John Paul wanted to pray with other faiths, the one place that was considered acceptable to all was Assisi Italy, the birth place of St Francis. Muslims, Jews, Protestants and Hindus knew of Francesco felt comfortable gathering at his holy sites. That is rare when a Catholic saint can be a point of unity for wildly diverse groups. If you have never read a biography of him or seen a DVD, invest some time in his marvelous life. Some refer to him as the closest to Christ that we have had. Books by Chesterton, Spoto, Goudge, Sweeney and Jorgensen are all incredibly rich for reflection. His te...

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September 22, 2019 "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." Archbishop Helder Camara - Recife, Brazil died 1999 Today's Gospel passage (Luke 16) is quite demanding. I wonder what they called Jesus when he posed these questions. Whenever morality moves from voluntary acts of charity by individuals to suggesting large scale or systemic change, people get nervous. Sharing from our surplus, every once in a while, we can accommodate. But if the Bible asks us to budget it in as a way of imitating Jesus, that scares some. Christ is te...

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Father Corcoran's Pastor's Corner

Posted on September 16, 2019 in: Pastor's Corner

September 15, 2019 As you can tell from my tone as I speak of the Annual Appeal, I'm treating it differently than last year. The Bishop and the Diocese have been very responsive to the suggestions and comments of the priests of Lycoming County. This year is demonstrably hopeful. Besides that, in the past weeks, I've tapped diocesan assistance for:  advice on campus ministry at Lycoming College,  use of a Spanish speaking priest,  recommendations on safety & security, opinions on liturgical art for the sanctuaries Scranton is helping us in more ways than you know. They help me ...

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Father Corcoran's Pastor's Corner

Posted on September 09, 2019 in: Pastor's Corner

September 8, 2019 The relatively calm of summer has passed. I hope you had a chance to linger over some meals outside, savor fresh fruit, exercise, read a worthwhile book and pray quietly. But how do you save some of that glow as you face the onslaught of fall activities? The best of the saints has recommended to us... balance. Work diligently yet not confusing lengthy hours for productivity. Maybe, you can schedule yourself with breaks in between. Offer a brief time of prayer in the morning asking for the Holy Spirit's guidance. Pause at night when the lights are low and thank Jesus, no matter how the day went. The...

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Father Corcoran's Pastor's Corner

Posted on September 03, 2019 in: Pastor's Corner

September 1, 2019   Often, people will ask, “how is the parish progressing?”  Sometimes they expect you to focus on attendance or contributions.  While both have been very gratifying, my best indicator is the willingness of parishioners to volunteer, to get involved. That has been superb and seems to expand regularly.  This is part of our role as baptized members of the church of Jesus.  The mission belongs to all of us, not just the Boys in Black and therefore, we are all responsible for its actions. I’ve seen a healthy response when we wanted to initiate Children&r...

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August 25, 2019  So many of us have family members that either fell away from regular attendance or actually left the Church.  On the 27th, we honor St. Monica the mother of St. Augustine.  Initially, he had a mistress and a son outside of marriage.  For years, she prayed and gave a marvelous example hoping that her son would become a Christian and live a life of faith.  Eventually, he did and exceeded her wildest dreams.  For all family members who yearn for their family to embrace Christ, Monica is encouragement.  Next month we have 2 teenagers who have requested baptism because of...

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August 18, 2019  Events in the world and the Church have pushed us to moments of despair.  That’s why the August 4th words of Pope Francis to priests struck me as relevant to all . . . “Thank you for the joy with which you have offered your lives, revealing a heart that over the years has refused to become closed and bitter, but has grown daily in love of God and his people.  A heart that, like good wine, has not turned sour, but becomes richer with age. In effect, we show that we continue to believe in God, who has never broken his covenant, despite our having broken it countless times. ...

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Father Corcoran's Pastor's Corner
August 11, 2019 In the past, buffalo on the range were the survival and future of the Native Americans. Lately they have been saying that education is their new buffalo. Likewise, education is also our future as Catholic Christians. In the 70's parishes botched the training of youth in the ways of Jesus Christ. Thankfully, we have vastly improved religious education programs with more content. But now many families are struggling because of work or other demands. Parents are the first teachers of the faith by their example. Offering grace before a meal, praying wi...

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Father Corcoran's Pastor's Corner
August 4, 2019 In the Letter to the Colossians (3: 9-11), our 2nd reading, St Paul identifies one of the reasons why Christianity grew so quickly. "Here there is not Greek and Jew, ... barbarian, Scythian, slave, free..." He would not permit labels or divisions. In the sight of God, all were equal children. None better than the other. The Christian community prayed together and then fed anyone who was struggling. In imitation of Jesus, Paul drew people together. The word "Catholic" means universal in Greek. In 100 AD, we acquired that name wh...

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Father Corcoran's Pastor's Corner
July 28, 2019 St. Lawrence Parish is doing some wonderful things in the next weeks. On Sunday the 4th, they are hosting a picnic for both parishes at Southside's Park Complex under one of the pavilions. Last year they invited St. Boniface parishioners to join. It was a huge success when dozens schlepped across the bridge and partied together. I'll see you there. On Saturday the 10th, they observe their Feast. Make an effort to attend that special 5:30pm Mass and the wine/cheese party afterwards. Lorenzo was executed in 258 AD in Rome 4 days afte...

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Father Corcoran's Pastor's Corner
July 21, 2019 Domani (IT), Manana (SP), Boqara (AR), Demain (FR) in whatever language, "tomorrow" means we are delaying what we should tackle today. Hugging our family, losing weight, starting to pray again. Let's not delay any longer. Summertime is an opportunity. "In the last century, the life expectancy of my fellow citizens rose from forty-seven to seventy-six years. Such wonders can be credited to antibiotics, indoor plumbing, spandex and the soybean. With the extra three decades, we neither cured the common cold nor secured peace...but w...

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Father Corcoran's Pastor's Corner
July 14, 2019 Its only mid-July and you still have a chance to read in the sun. Try these books for a summer retreat. Sacred Fire - Fr. Ron Rolheiser (2014) moving from the faith of our childhood to mature adult faith Great Catholic Parishes - Wm. Simon Jr (2016) - what ingredients make a vibrant church Reluctant Saint - Donald Spoto (2002) famous biographer takes on Francis of Assisi Treasure in Clay - Abp. Fulton Sheen (1979) his autobiography True Happiness - Abp. Fulton Sheen (1954/2016) our search for inner peace Pope's Last Crusade - Peter Eis...

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April 28, 2019 My first Holy Week and Easter with you exceeded my expectations. We produced beautiful and highly prayerful Masses. The music and decorations were superlative. Your attendance and that of some new people filled both churches to capacity on Easter day. The enthusiasm and joy at the 10:30 Mass was palpable. It gives much to reflect upon. We are uniquely blessed as communities. The Holy Spirit is working among us. More volunteers will feed this growth and enrich us even further. Let our action and prayer, prepare the way for a fitting Pentecost and the future. Meanwhile, I'm deeply gratef...

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April 21, 2019 Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!  Instead of saying hello, early Christians usually greeted each other with this salutation. Christians in the Holy Land use this even today.   By saying this, they acknowledge that the Resurrection changes everything. Now we know that death is not the dark end that we will see each other again and that justice and peace will be restored when we see the Savior face to face. These aren't pious platitudes but what we know from the life of Jesus.   Better yet, it helps put the pain and resentments of our lives in context.&nbs...

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April 7, 2019 Take Advantage of the Last Chances. Last weekend we had a retreat for the Confirmation candidates. The Confession discussions were candid and thoughtful. I think some were surprised that it could be so calm and refreshing. We have 2 more opportunities for Keep The Light On.   They are normally uncrowded, allowing time to talk. Moreover, the time is convenient ...from 5:30 to 7pm.   I promise I won't faint if you say Bless me Father it's been 3 years... In addition, our Contemporary Music Choir is performing a Lenten Concert on SUNDAY, APRIL 14 (next weekend...

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We are all exhausted by breaking news and political wrangling. But as Christians we can’t stop caring, throw up our hands and say “whatever”. This week has numerous memorials that highlight injustice and gaps in achieving a just society. Prejudice still flourishes as we remember the birthday of Martin Luther King.  Abortions continue among the poorest and most vulnerable women as we mark the Roe vs. Wade decision. Divisions still separate Christian denomination as we honor years of promoting unity.  There is much to do, in addition to praying. “If you want peace, work for justice.&rd...

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The offical Installation of Father William Corcoran as Pastor of St Boniface and St Lawrence Parish will be Saturday, February 2nd at 5:30 P.M. at St Lawrence Church.  Please join us to pray for Father Bill's health and the Holy Spirit. 

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  Dear Friends, As you may be aware, today the Diocese of Scranton launched its Independent Survivors Compensation Program to compensate survivors of child sexual abuse. This Program comes on the heels of the Grand Jury report, and is the latest step the Diocese has taken as we work to support survivors of abuse and eradicate abuse from the Church altogether. As you likely know, our Victim Assistance Coordinator helps to provide emotional, psychological and pastoral care to survivors of abuse, and survivors will now have the option to file a claim for compensation. We adhere to a strict zero tolerance policy ...

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  I am pleased to announce that Online Giving is available for you to make contributions to the parish.  This option makes use of current technology and security standards and allows you to easily setup recurring contributions.  It also enables our parish to take advantage of new tools to become more efficient. Online Giving Parishioner Benefits: Secure and confidential.  No need to share payment information with the parish office. Efficient.  Set up direct withdrawals from you checking or savings account. Simple.  Start, stop and change your contributions at any time. Conven...

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Children's Liturgy

Posted on January 07, 2019 in: Pastor's Corner

STARTING THIS MONTH....we will start a special Children's Liturgy of the Word (scripture reading geared to children) during some of the 10:30am Masses on Sundays at St Boniface.  Several people have volunteered.  We still need more.  Teenagers are welcome.  Voice an interest to Father Bill at Frbillc@comcast.net or call 570.326.1544.   Children would retreat to the newly renovated Music Room and hear the Gospel 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 chidren to hear the word...

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Please join us in welcoming Fr. James Kgunya (Priest from Kenya, East Africa) who will be visiting our parish September 8 th & 9th . Fr. James Kagunya is a diocesan priest from the diocese of Nakuru. Presently, the diocese of Nakuru is involved in pastoral care and promoting human development activities to a Catholic population of approximately 650,000 in the counties of Nakuru and Baringo. In the Northern enclaves of Baringo and East Pokot, drought is ravaging thousands and dangerously leaving many more to be dependent on food aid. There are reports of human and livestock deaths as a result of acute food shortage. The...

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Across the diocese, we are observing 24 hours of prayer for Atonement & Healing regarding sexual abuse. It will be held this Friday 14th, the Feast of the Holy Cross and on Saturday 15th, Our Lady of Sorrows. Friday Regular 8am Mass - St Boniface Special Evening Prayer with Exposition at 6:30 pm - St Lawrence   Saturday Special Mass at 8am - St Boniface We hope you will join us to pray that our sins may be atoned and healing will come to those affected.

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Mass Times Changes

Posted on August 06, 2018 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill Corcoran has announced that effective September 9th, the St. Boniface Sunday Mass time will be at 10:30 AM.  This is also the first Sunday that the Contemporary Choir returns. 

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Rev. William Corcoran Fr. Bill was born in Virginia while his father was in the military. He graduated with a BA in Public/International Affairs from George Washington University in Washington, DC. Initially, he worked in business at Amtrak headquarters in Washington DC and then, as Manager of Marketing at Exide batteries of Horsham PA. Testing a vocation to the priesthood, he took a job with Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Harrisburg where he oversaw marriage preparation, ministry to separated/divorced and diocesan food banks.  In 1986 he finished at Mt. St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg MD with an MA in T...

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Pastor Announcement

Posted on June 06, 2018 in: Pastor's Corner

His Excellency, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, announces the following appointments, effective as indicated: Reverend William D. Corcoran, to Pastor, Saint Lawrence Parish, South Williamsport, and Saint Boniface Parish, Williamsport, effective June 25, 2018. Monsignor Stephen D. McGough, from Pastor, Saint Lawrence Parish, South Williamsport, and Saint Boniface Parish, Williamsport, to Pastor Emeritus, Saint Lawrence Parish, South Williamsport, and Saint Boniface Parish, Williamsport, effective June 25, 2018. Reverend Michael J. Zipay,  from Senior Priest, Saint Lawrence Parish, South Williamsport, and Saint Bonif...

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MOST HOLY TRINITY      The Council of Nicea affirmed as doctrine for the church the fact of the Trinity. It affirmed what was found in Mt.28.19. "Go, baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…" All Christian churches that I am aware of affirm that God is a Trinity of persons. There is a depth to the being of God. There is a profundity to his nature. It is true that we cannot understand what and how the Trinity "works". One thing is certain, it works to our benefit. If you take humans out of the equation you could sincerely ask whether there is need for a Trinity. I...

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Pentecost     The blending of the Jewish faith with Christianity was with us from the beginning. When the first communities following the "new way", as we were known early on, began to live out the mystery of Jesus Christ it was clear there was not a clear break between the two. One of the first truly public expressions of our faith was Pentecost. The Jewish and Christian communities were gathered in Jerusalem for the Jewish feast of Hemera (the fiftieth day). It was a harvest festival of the first fruits of the grain harvest. The small Christian community was there for that feast with all their ne...

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Fifty years ago, four men — Charles Cummings, John Manno, Stephen McGough and Michael Zipay — from the region were ordained as a part of the Diocese of Scranton’s 1968 ordination class. Today they still serve and stay active in the community. Bishop James C. Timlin will celebrate their 50th anniversary of priesthood at 5 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 711 W. Edwin St. Click Link to read entire story..

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END OF OPPORTUNITY The Easter season concludes on May 20th with the Feast of Pentecost. Easter was real game changer. With the renewal of the act of Baptism on Easter Day we took on a New Life, with New powers, in short, a New Day for us. This all takes place in the world of faith, which for us is reality. This reality is opposed to the world which forgot Easter on Easter Monday. When we speak of the "world" we speak of any reality without God. The "world" is not the beautiful universe filled with the wonder of God's creation. Wherever you have unity, truth, beauty, grace, goodness and ...

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FURTHER INTO EASTER--The Father's action in sending the Word, the Son, was not the first step in the beautiful expression of the Father's Love. As the Jewish people used to sing in considering the steps that God took to save them; at any point they sang, "it was enough". The Father's action was completed when the Son was crucified and buried and rose. It was always about His love for the human family he created. He is the Good Shepherd. He is the vine to which we are attached. When you think of Easter and Ascension and the absence of Jesus, you want to know what next? Jesus has left us with loving ...

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The life of the Risen Lord has been poured out into our hearts. This risen life has come into us. Our faith confirms what Jesus has done. His entry into life was without any exceptions. Nothing of the human condition was avoided. This included the horrifying crucifixion. It was real and he truly suffered and died. Jesus did not die an ordinary death. The manner and experience of Jesus' death is unfathomable to us. Jesus went to the extreme of human suffering and pain. We make a real choice to join our real pain and suffering with his, the first of many brothers and sisters to go the way of death. He asked us to follow ...

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OUR LENTEN JOURNEY - This is one possible path for our Lenten journey. Probably the most important thing is to have a plan. There are certainly many paths. I suggest this one because it seems to correspond with our actual human experience and our nature. The FIRST PILLAR is to admit what is present, i.e., simply there! Essential to our very existence is having been created in a relationship with God. His love for us is a continuing action, not unlike your loving relationships wherein you trust the other! We don't have a lot of these relationships, maybe one, or two. Once you see that then you want to become aware of it...

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