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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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Pastor's Corner
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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