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Weekly Bulletin

THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

April 15, 2018

Reverend Bert S. Kozen V.F., Pastor

 

 

 

Dear Parishioners,

 

               Fulfillment- to witness the realization of one’s hopes- to achieve the completion of a mission.  The scriptures for today, the Third Sunday of Easter, speak of fulfillment.  In the first reading Peter states that in Jesus the law and prophets find their fulfillment.  In the Gospel the Risen Christ once more appears to the Apostles.  He speaks to them of fulfillment.  All that was written about the Messiah has been fulfilled in him and they are witnesses to this.

            Throughout the Season of Easter we are reminded of this fulfillment.  Our lives are fulfilled, not through earthly things that are transient, but through the things that last through eternity.  The eternal life that Jesus offers us through his passion, death and resurrection is the source of this life.  We are witnesses to this today just as clearly as were the Apostles in the first century.

            Our world, our communities, our society needs this witness just as they did in the time of Jesus and perhaps even more so today.  Many have lost sight of the Risen Lord and the growing urge for a freedom from religion and the complacency to allow it has blinded us to what resurrection means. 

            Through our Easter faith, our strengths and convictions we can continue to transform our world.  The power of the Resurrection has done it throughout the centuries and if we allow it and are open to it this can happen again in our time.  May the grace and peace of the Risen Christ transform us and the world in which we live!  Alleluia!

 

                                                                                                                                                     

May God Bless You,

                                                                                                                                                       

Father Bert

 

 

 

BAPTIZED IN CHRIST

 

Last weekend Ledger David Roupp was baptized in St. Luke Church and Knox Grey Bergman was baptized in Immaculate Conception Church.  Please pray for them and their families as they grow in wisdom and grace.

 

 

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHOIR PRACTICE

Immaculate Conception Choir will practice this week on Wednesday, April 18 at 6:00pm.

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Apr 15 SL/IC Evening Confirmation Class  5:00-6:00pm SL Church

Apr 17 SL/IC Easter Vespers  No Vespers

Apr 28 IC Spring Clean-up & Work Day 8:00 am IC Grounds

Apr 29 IC First Communion 8:30am IC Church

Apr 29 SL First Communion 10:30am SL Church

May 20 IC Spring Dinner

June 3 IC 180th Anniversary Mass 2:00pm IC Church

June 10 SL/IC Graduation Mass 8:30am IC Church

June 24-28 IC/SL Vacation Bible School

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Our parishes will be celebrating the Sacrament of First Holy Communion at Immaculate Conception Church on Sunday, April 29 at 8:30am Mass and at St. Luke Church on Sunday, April 29 at 10:30am Mass.  Friends and family of our children as well as the parish family are invited to attend these Masses and pray for them as they receive this sacrament of initiation.  IC - Kamdyn Bubb, Alexa Clabaugh, Mazzeryn Mahosky, Dekin McDermott, Haylee Meixel, Kane Meixel, Nolan Pauling, Ellah Segraves & Gabriella Trunzo.  SL - Jade Alexander, Eli Farr, Elianna Good, Ian Guinter & Sienna Weaver

 

 

ANNUAL MAY DEVOTIONS AT BASTRESS

This year celebrates the 91th anniversary of May Devotions at Immaculate Conception Church.  Devotions will be held each Sunday of May at 3:00 p.m. in the church.  They will include a rosary procession to the grotto, Eucharistic Adoration and a homily from a guest celebrant.  Celebrants will be announced at a later date.

 

 

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CEMETERY ANNOUNCEMENT

The cleaning of IC Cemetery for spring is going to begin.  All planters and decorations remaining on lots from last year are to be removed.  Any remaining after April 30 will be discarded.  Please do not throw anything over the bank near the cemetery.

 

 

MOTHER’S DAY REMEMBRANCES

Mother’s Day envelopes are in your envelope packets for your Mother’s Day remembrances.  Place them in the collection basket or drop them off at the parish office. 

 

 

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH

DIOCESE OF SCRANTON HISTORIC PILGRIMAGE SITE

How does a pilgrimage sound? Well, there’s an App for that!  One of the ways we can partake in the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Diocese is through a visit to some of its historic sites. Immaculate Conception is one of those historic sites.  The Office of Parish Life 2018 calendar features a number of those locations, and now there is a free app to guide you there.  The Diocese of Scranton Pilgrimage app includes directions to each site, a description of what you will find when you arrive, a brief history, some photos and a “punch card” to help you keep track of the sites you have visited. You can also use the app to enjoy a virtual pilgrimage without leaving home!  The app is easy to get. Simply search for “Diocese of Scranton” on the Android/Google Play App Store or the iOS/Apple App Store.  Get the app and get on the road . . . or enjoy virtual visits right on your smart phone!

 

 

 EASTER FLOWER DONOR LIST

Lists of Easter Flower donors are posted in the vestibule at Immaculate Conception and St. Luke Churches during the Easter Season.

 

 

 

Mass Intentions 

Monday (April 16) Easter Weekday

 

8:00 am (SL) Carmel & Robert Pagnotto

by Lynette Yost

 

Tuesday (April 17) Easter Weekday

 

8:00 am (IC) Buddy Wenner

by Jerry Nau

 

Wednesday (April 18) Easter Weekday

 

8:00 am (IC) Debra MacPahail

by Vince Waldman

 

Thursday (April 19) Easter Weekday

 

7:00pm (IC) Penny Steinbacher

by Galen & Regina Williams

 

Friday (April 20) Easter Weekday

 

8:00 am (SL) Intentions of Scott & Mary Jane Bennett

Celebrating their 32nd Wedding Anniversary

by their family

 

Saturday (April 21) Vigil:  Fourth Sunday of Easter

 

4:00pm (IC) Intentions of Eric & Cheryl Palski

Celebrating their 35th Wedding Anniversary

by their family

 

6:00 pm (SL) Dwain Bower

by Kenny, Debbie & family

 

Sunday (April 22) Fourth Sunday of Easter

 

8:30am (IC) M/M Ernest Airgood

by Nancy Russell

 

10:30 am (SL) For the people of our parishes

 

 

 

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

SPRING WORK DAY AND CLEAN UP

Parishioners help is needed on Saturday, April 28 to caulk the convent windows, help clean up the cemetery and some other things that need done around the grounds.  Work will begin at 8:00am.  Caulking guns and rakes are needed.

 

ST. LUKE

SPAGHETTI DINNER LEFTOVERS

There is leftover meatballs & sauce and spaghetti sauce for sale from the St. Luke Spaghetti Dinner.  It can be found in the back kitchen freezer.  Money can be placed in the container located in the freezer.

 

 

 

RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS

Are you being called to a life of religious service?  Check out Scranton Vocations to see if God may be calling you:  www.dioceseofscranton.org

 

 

adult education classes

The Spring Adult Education Classes will be based on the Lenten/Easter Cycle.  Come out and learn more about this very important time in our Liturgical year.  Classes will be on Tuesdays 7:00 - 8:00pm following vespers.  (April 17 - canceled), (April 24 - SL), (May 1 - IC), (May 8 - SL), (May 15 - IC), (May 22 - SL), (May 29 - IC 6:30pm, & Social).

 

 

EASTER VESPERS

During the Easter season, Evening Prayer (Vespers) will be prayed in common between both our churches. Evening Prayer (Vespers) is one of the two "hinge" hours, together with Morning Prayer (Lauds) that help form the foundation of the prayer life of the church. Commonly referred to as the Divine Office and the obligation of the ordained clergy, these prayers are truly the prayer of the entire church. Evening Prayer consists of song, psalms, canticles, scripture and prayers and are deeply rooted in the tradition of our Judaic-Christian faith.  They will begin at 6:30pm Tuesdays of the Easter season:  (4/17-Canceled), (4/24 SL), (5/1 IC), (5/8 SL), (5/15 IC).  If you have never experienced the beauty of this prayer we encourage you to come and join us. All are invited.

 

 

 

NOVENA OF ROSARIES

For 9 weeks, starting Tuesday, February 20 through and including Tuesday, April 17, 15 decades of the rosary will be prayed in common for pro-life intentions at Immaculate Conception Church each Tuesday at 7:15 am. (10 decades will be prayed prior to the 8:00 a.m. Mass and 5 decades after Mass).  All are welcome.

 

 

 

Do You Want to Know More About the Annulment Process?: In the Diocese of Scranton, the annulment process is now more “user friendly” than you might expect, and there is no longer a processing fee.  Please contact your pastor or the Diocesan Tribunal Office (570-207-2246) to begin a conversation.  It is possible to get clear answers to these questions and to renew your connection with the Church.

 

 

 

WOMEN'S CATHOLIC CONFERENCE

The First Annual Catholic Women's Conference of the Diocese of Scranton will be held on Saturday, June 23, 8am-4pm at the Byron Complex, The University of Scranton.  For information or to register:  dioceseofscranton.org/catholic-womens-conference.

 

 

ANNUAL CATHOLIC MEN’S CONFERENCE

 “Be A Man:  Christ is Here!  Come and See!”   This Conference is being held on May 5 at King’s College gym North Main St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.  Experience a prayerful, inspiring day.  Three nationally-known presenters will highlight various aspects of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.  Registration/Continental Breakfast 7:00am; Main Conference (including Lunch) and Mass from 8:00am-3:00pm.  Cost $35.  You can register online at www.BeAManConference.com or call 570-207-2213.

 

 

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION HISTORY

There are many projects taking place for the 180th Anniversary of Immaculate Conception Church.  Currently, we are seeking old pictures of any of the church buildings, the grounds, or earlier priests that parishioners may have.  Please contact the parish office or bring the photos to the office.

 

 

MILITARY STYLE PARACORD ROSARIES

The CCD students at St. Luke would like to thank everyone who received one of our military style rosaries.  Your contributions helped us raise over $500 for the Lenten Rice Bowl.  They were very popular and we apparently did not make enough so we will begin making more right away.   We are placing an order form in the back of each church.  The rosaries are very strong and are made from 550lb paracord with gunmetal colored beads and a good quality crucifix.  They are similar to what many of our military carry in the field.  We are accepting offerings of $20 and all proceeds are given to charity.  Please call Mark Schall with any questions at 570-398-7763.  Thanks again.

 

Character is the sum and total of a person's choices

 

 

 

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

 SPRING DINNER

DATE:  Sunday, May 20, 2018 PICNIC CHAIRMAN:  Denny Haines, Jr. - 570-916-0555, Jeff Eck - 570-772-2494 & Evan Palski - 570-745-3497MEAT COLLECTION:  May 5 & 6.  WORK FROLICS:  Set-up:  Wednesday, May 16, 5:30pm  Tear-down:  Monday, May 21, 5:30 pm.   VOLUNTEERS: Please call Tracie TenEyck - 570-506-9699WORKER’S LIST: The Workers’ List will soon be posted in the vestibule of IC Church.  If there are any additions or corrections, please call TracieFOOD DONATIONS NEEDED: Broad noodles, peeled potatoes, home-made chicken broth, corn, cakes for dessert, coffee, bread or rolls, garden lettuce or head lettuce, butter, milk and jelly.  BAKE SALE: There will be no summer kitchen in the spring. FOOD COLLECTION: The following are asked to collect food on the Picnic Day:  Mountain:  Dick Stopper and James Steppe, BastressPaul Meixel, Coldwatertown Road:  Eric Eiswerth, Lorson Road:  Keith Buttorff, Oval:  Andy Lorson, Ecktown:  Bill Moore, Collomsville:  Denny Haag, Between Collomsville & Bastress:  Tom Wrench, Schwartzwald: Andy Steinbacher, Nisbet:  Mike Long.  Please try to have the food at the Hall by 10:30 am.  PARKING: Please park away from the Hall area so that the elderly or handicapped can park near the door.  Dinner: Sunday, May 20:  Dinner from noon until 6:00pm.  Dinner includes turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, noodles, gravy, corn, salad, homemade bread, coffee, tea and water.  All you can eat, family style, with cake for dessert.  Price: $9.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 4 to 12 and free for children 3 and under.  Take-outs available.  The ticket booth will be open in front of the Parish Hall starting at 11:00am

 

DIME PITCH BOOTH

There will be NO Dime Pitch Booth for the Spring Dinner.  Please do not drop off any glassware until it is needed for the Labor Day Picnic.

 

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

SPRING DINNER VOLUNTEERS

The volunteer schedule for the Immaculate Conception  Spring Dinner will be posted shortly in the vestibule. Please check the schedule as soon as possible and contact Tracie TenEyck, 570-506-9699 with any changes that need to be made. If your name is not on the list and you would like to volunteer please contact Tracie. Please do not wait until the week of the dinner with any changes.

 

EVENING CONFIRMATION CLASSES

FOR 2018

The candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation will meet with Fr. Bert on the following evenings in 2018.  Please note that all classes will be held 5:00-6:00 pm in the respective churches: 

Sunday, April 15 – SL

Sunday, May 6 - IC 4:00-5:00pm (Parent Mtg & Class)

 

 

SUMMER CONFIRMATION CLASS

Two confirmation classes have been scheduled for the summer.  Confirmation candidates must attend at least one of these classes:

  • Sunday, July 8, 1:00-2:00 p.m. SL
  • Sunday, August 12, 1:00-2:00 p.m. IC

 

 

WORLD WAR I MEMORIAL STATUE

The replacement WWI Memorial Statue in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery has arrived.  The new statue will not be put in place until May or June.  The cost of the statue is $11,500 plus additional cost for Customs, Duty and shipment.  We are accepting memorial contributions that will be acknowledged by means of a plaque mounted on the base of the statue.  Anyone interested in donating towards the statue can send your donation to the parish office or drop it in the collection basket marked "statue donation".  Thus far we have received $6,200 in donations towards the statue.

 

 

JS LOVE CENTER FOOD PANTRY

We continue to have boxes located in the vestibule of both our churches for donations for the Jersey Shore Love Center Food Pantry:  For the month of April the pantry is in need of 1 Lb bag of Rice.  They are always in need of 15 oz. jars of peanut butter.

 

 

ST. ANN CATHOLIC CHURCH

FOOD PANTRY

St. Ann's Catholic Church Food Pantry is offering Pre-bagged food distribution of non-perishable items.  Hours - First Thursday of the Month 4:00-5:00pm & Third Saturday of the Month 10:00-11:00am.

 

 

 

 

FINGER LAKES WINE FESTIVAL

We will journey to the Finger Lakes Wine Festival on Sunday, July 15.  Departure from St. Luke Church will be at 7:00 a.m. with pick up at Immaculate Conception Church around 7:20 a.m.  We will then proceed to Watkins Glenn.  Arrival at the festival will be around 10:30 a.m.  There will be no stop for breakfast on the way, but a wide variety of foods are available at the festival when we arrive.  The price for the trip is $60 per person.  Makes checks payable to Immaculate Conception Church.  The price includes admission to the festival and all of the wine tasting a person desires, along with a commemorative wine tasting glass and transportation to and from the festival.  We will be stopping for dinner on our return trip home.  Arrival at Immaculate Conception Church will be around 10:00 p.m. with an arrival at St. Luke around 10:20 p.m.  If interested please contact the parish office at 745-3301 by Friday, June 15.

 

 

NEW YORK CITY BUS TRIP

Parishioners are invited on a bus trip to New York City with the seniors of St. John Neumann Regional Academy on Friday, April 20.  Cost per person is $40 (This price is bus fare only).  Itinerary for the day:   Pick-up St. Luke Church-5:00am, Pick-up Immaculate Conception Church-5:25am and pick-up Neumann-6:00am, breakfast stop in New Jersey, Tour St. Patrick's Cathedral, Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral led by Fr. Kozen, walking tour of NYC Time Square, Lunch at Penn Station, Statue of Liberty View, Wall Street, 9/11 Memorial, depart for Rockaway Townsquare Mall for shopping and dinner stop.  Arrival back to SJNRA at 10:30pm, Immaculate Conception at 10:50am and St. Luke at 11:10am.  If interested contact the parish office, 570-745-3301.

 

 

EASTER PRAYER

 

The veil of darkness transformed to the brightest light.  The most dreadful end became the most beautiful beginning. The depths of despair fade to reveal hope everlasting.  The curse of death defeated by eternal life.  Thank you Lord, for the wonder of Easter.
 

 

 

CANDLE REQUESTS

The sanctuary candle will burn during the month of April at St. Luke for:  Makenna and Renee Cummings as requested by Carolina Edwards.  At Immaculate Conception for:  Mike Shebest as requested by Annie Shebest and Elmer & Isabel Rell as requested by Bernie & Pat Rell.

 

 

 

THE CAPUCHIN SISTERS OF NAZARETH

YOUNG WOMEN’S DISCERNMENT RETREAT

(Ages 15-25)

Friday, April 20

through Sunday, April 22

Times:  4:00 p.m. Friday through 11:30 a.m. Sunday

Reservations required

Call Sr. Christina at 570-745-3334

Location:  Mother of the Eucharist Convent, 6100 Jacks Hollow Road, Williamsport, PA  17702

 

 

 

 

 

SERVERS SCHEDULE

Saturday, April 21

 

                    IC                                      SL

4:00 p.m.                            6:00 p.m.

Altar Servers                                                   

Ella TenEyck                      Matthew Harbach

Jude TenEyck

Aliyah Neece

 

Cantor

               Cont Ensemble                   Dona Price

 

Lector  

Dave Steinbacher               Kim Crossen

 

Communion Ministers

Dennis Haines                    Chris Fink

Lisa Haines                         Mike Lundy

Kelli Meixel                       Dee Todd

 

 

Sunday, April 22

                    IC                                        SL

8:30 a.m.                            10:30 a.m.                         

Altar Servers

Alayna McGovern             Greta Engel

Miranda Schneider            Lucy Engel

Veronica Sander                Tyler Grubb

 

Cantor

               Lenny Stopper                    Kateri Cohick

                                                            Diane Thomas

Lector                                

Sue Sander                          Diane Welch

 

Communion Ministers                    

Bob Winter                         Kelly Dolan

Mary Waldman                  Don Price

Dave Pistner                       Michele Rozenberg

 

 

SL WEEKLY SANCTUARY CLEANER
The following  SL  parishioner is scheduled to clean the sanctuary  April 20Barb Kozlowski.

 
IC  CHURCH CLEANERS

The following  IC  parishioners are scheduled to clean the church on  April 20:  C Palski & S Severino.

 

IC CHURCH GIFT BEARERS

The following   Immaculate Conception parish families are scheduled to bring up the gifts in the offertory procession for the weekend of April 22Saturday:  Jeremy Dincher Family Sunday:  Parvin Miller Family.

 

 

ST. LUKE GIFT BEARERS

The gift bearers for Sunday April 8 at St. Luke Church were Greta, Lora, and Jarod Engel.

 

 

SJNRA CELEBRATES THE

DIOCESE OF SCRANTON'S 150TH ANNIVERSARY

All are welcome to join the St. John Neumann school family as we welcome Bishop Joseph Bambera to celebrate our school mass on Wednesday, April 18 at 10 a.m. at St. Boniface Church. This is a special commemorative mass to celebrate the 150th anniversary of our Diocese and the importance of Catholic education in the mission of the Church. All are welcome to join us for lunch in our Elementary campus cafeteria after the mass. Please RSVP to 570-323-9953, ext. 500 for the luncheon if you can attend. 

 

 

MONTHLY FINANCIAL REPORT

February 2018

 

INCOME                                   SL                          IC

 

Offertory Envelopes       $10,320.00             $17,380.00

Loose Collection                1,005.40                    325.00

Special Envelopes                 350.41                      854.00

Misc. Income                         927.54                     313.30

CCD Dues                                20.00                               0

Diocesan Collection              966.00                                2,259.00

     Total Income:           $13,589.35              $21,131.30

 

EXPENSES

 

Administration                   $  7,386.95          $   9,146.14

Rectory Expenses                    327.11                  715.39

Liturgy                                       535.95               1,534.10

Religious Education                   50.00                    50.00

Oper. & Maint. of Plant         1,871.72               4,369.56

Self Insurance Assessment        904.66               1,125.92

Cath. School Assessment      2,321.00               3,581.00

Diocesan  Collection                794.00              1,869.00

Total Expense:   $21,281.05         $  22,391.11

 

Cash Increase/decrease  $     -  602.04         $   -1,259.81

Cash Beginning                    40,692.22             45,185.08

Cash Ending                    $   40,090.18        $  43,925.27

 

This statement is ACTUAL income in and ACTUAL expense out.

 

 

REGISTERED?

Are you a new or returning parishioner?  Please register at the parish by calling Tammy and Denise 570-745-3301 to receive a census form for St Luke or Immaculate Conception parishes.  Registering helps us recognize and meet your spiritual needs and offer you the opportunity to give thanks to God by supporting your parish financially through parish envelopes.

 

 

 

 

ST. LUKE FINANCIAL REPORT

The information below is St. Luke's financial running total according to the Monthly Financial Reports. 

 

July                       +  164.70

August                  -3,379.08

September            -    664.72

October                +1,644.02

November            - 1,285.28

December           +10,321.97

January                - 7,916.34

February              -    602.04

 

Running Total          -1,716.77

 

 

EASTER FLOWER ENVELOPES

Thank you to all parishioners that gave in their Easter Flower Envelopes:  SL-$674.00 & IC-$769.00.  This money helped pay for the flowers that beautified our sanctuaries for the Easter Season.

 

 

 

WEEKLY OFFERING

 

                                                  SL                        IC

Weekly                              $ 1,850.00              $3,242.00

Loose                                        177.60                   115.00                   

Monthly                                2,452.00                   827.00

Easter                                       420.00                1,070.00

Votive                                       87.01                            0 

 Total Collection:            $  4,986.61           $   5,254.00

INCOME GOAL:                3,011.45                3,658.23

Over/(Under Goal)         $+1,975.16          $  +1,595.77

 

Additional Collections

Care & Edu of Priest                25.00                 138.00

Diocese Appeal                        202.00                 285.00

Rice Bowl                                    10.00                          0

Holy Land                                 105.00                   41.00

Building Fund                           357.00                   35.00

Catholic Home Mission                  0                      5.00

 

May the Lord reward your generosity   

 

 

 

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