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.
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...
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.
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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.
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Do you have cabin fever? On Monday April 6th, 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. On Monday April 6th, at 10:30am call 1-844-854- 2222 and then when the operator greets you punch in the Access Code 320851#. We hope to hear your voice then.
March 30 - What, if anything, positive is coming out of this forced retreat? For one, it has slowed us down. The pace is visibly more relaxed. While everyone keeps their distance, we are eager to talk, to end our isolation. Second, we’re paying attention more to the elderly especially those alone. Parishioners are calling them and checking to see if they need food and meds. Third, people are praying more by themselves. When we don’t have a scheduled Mass that we show up for, it depends more on us to initiate the conversation with God. More people are e...
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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.
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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:
the Diocese of Scranton website - https://www.dioceseofscranton.org/media/ctv-catholic-television/
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Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Four weeks ago today, Lent began with the celebration of Ash W...
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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They will be starting again but by teleconference. Judy Fisher (570.419.1561) and Sally Dandini (570.998.2020) will be contacting our participants to phone in for the next meeting on Monday March 30th at 2pm. Please, prepare Chapter 3 the Moon Shell.
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)
March 22 - Life has changed immeasurably and will continue to do so. Hang on! Sadly, we will be without our major source of support, the Mass. We are a people of the Eucharist. So, this will hurt. But it’s the perfect time for a Lenten retreat. With your down time, immerse yourself in the New Testament. Read one of the spiritual books in our lending libraries. Call neighbors to check in on them and pray with them. Take quiet time in the morning and at night to pray. Cook a meal for someone who is isolated and deliver it to their door. We can transform an imposed hiber...
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 ...
ALL PREP Classes and Events are cancelled until further notice, including:
March 27--8th grade Pizza & Movie Night
April 5—Palm Sunday Family Day
WHAT IS STILL HAPPENING IN PREP?
March 29—8th Grade Confirmation Name/Saint Essay Due. Please scan and email to email@example.com or mail/deliver to the rectory at 326 Washington Blvd. Thank you!
PREP 2020 Lenten Service Project
Many thanks to all of our PREP families who helped to support the students’ service project to benefit Sojourner Truth Ministries. For the first two weeks in Lent...
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...
March 15 - "See everything, overlook a great deal, correct a little." ...quipped Pope John 23rd about how we should treat one another. It easy to be judgmental, but usually we don't know all the facts. Jesus with the woman at the well is a perfect illustration of this adage. In our times, some of society's political polarization has drifted into the Church and poisoned discussions. Instead of rationally examining crucial issues for our faith, social media stoops to personal attacks and labeling. That is blatantly antiChristlike. This pope who initiate...
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...
March 8 - So many of you are nicely "giving up" or "doing" during Lent. That helps make the season a serious attempt at triage-ing your spiritual life and applying the correct medicine. But the older we become, the more we understand this is not possible on our own. Year after year, we find ourselves battling the same flaws and sins. Many of our Lenten observances are repeat failures.
Somehow, we need to literally invite the Holy Spirit into our lives. Kidding around, we'll say...JMJ. But rarely do we invite the Paraclete, the Advocate, the S...
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The following item request for March is Peanut Butter. Thank you to all families that have continued to feed the food box in both parishes. 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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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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