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Weekly Bulletin

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

December 10, 2017

Reverend Bert S. Kozen V.F., Pastor

 

 

Dear Parishioners,

               With Christmas falling on a Monday this year our Advent Season is extraordinarily condensed.  It really consists of but three weeks and the morning and afternoon of Sunday, December 24.  Because of this the theme of getting ready for the Lord's coming has a certain immediacy to it.  The prophet Isaiah, in the first reading, speaks of preparing the way of the Lord in the desert.  He also says to go up onto a high mountain, bearer of Good News and announce the salvation of the Lord.

            These words our fulfilled in the person and ministry of John the Baptist, who we encounter once again in the Gospel reading.  For John the coming of the Messiah was imminent and he wasted little time preparing for the day.  May we in the short period of time remaining in our Advent preparations hasten with the same sense of urgency.

                                                                                                                                                       

May God Bless You,

                                                                                                                                                       

Father Bert

 


 

FIRST CONFESSIONS

Children from both our parishes enrolled in Catholic school and CCD, currently in the 2nd grade, will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time in preparation for their First Holy Communion.  St. Luke Church and Immaculate Conception Church will be having their first Confessions heard together Sunday, December 10 at 3:00 pm at Immaculate Conception Church during our Advent Penance Service.  Please pray for our young people as they and their families prepare to celebrate this great sacrament of God’s mercy:  Jade Alexander, Kamdyn Bubb, Alexa Clabaugh, Eli Farr, Elianna Good, Ian Guinter, Divina Hyde, Mazzeryn Mahosky, Haylee Meixel, Kane Meixel, Nolan Pauling, Ellah Segraves, Gabriella Trunzo & Sienna Weaver.

 

PARISH OFFICE HOLIDAY HOURS

The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, December 25 and Tuesday, December 26 for the Christmas Holiday.  It will reopen again on Wednesday, December 27 at 9:00 am.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Dec 10 SL/IC Advent Penance Service 3:00pm IC Church

Dec 10 IC/SL First Penance 3:00pm IC Church

Dec 12 SL/IC Advent Vespers 6:30pm SL Church

Dec 12SL/IC Adult Education Class 7:00pm SL Parish Hall

Dec 14 IC/SL Healing Mass 7:00pm IC Church

Dec 17 SL/IC Christmas Brunch 11:30am SL Parish Hall

Dec 17 IC/SL Advent Lessons & Carols 4:00pm IC Church

Dec 20 IC Christmas Church Cleaning 6:00pm IC Church

Dec 24 SL/IC No CCD

Dec 31 SLIC No CD

Jan 21 IC/SL Evening Confirmation Class 5:00pm IC Church

 

MASS AND MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

Over the past year our parishes have experienced a couple of medical emergencies that have occurred during the Celebration of the Eucharistic.  There are a few things that all parishioners need to keep in mind.  First of all in each case, trained and competent medical personal responded quickly to the situation and were rendering the appropriate emergency treatment.  Secondly, none of the assembly was in any danger or risk of harm, nor were they impeding in any way with the treatment the individual needed to receive.  For these reasons the celebration of the Eucharist continued.  There was nothing more that  could have been done to assist in the situation.  With these considerations in mind, the best thing the assembly could possibly do was to continue to pray especially for the intention of the individual in direst.  In each case the situation was also being monitored by the priest presider.  I personally saw to this at the beginning of the event; which was after the prayer of the faithful and also at the sign of peace.  On one occasion the individual in direst was anointed.

 

HEALING MASS

Our parishes will celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick within the Eucharist on Thursday, December 14 at the 7:00 pm Mass at Immaculate Conception Church.  Please note one does not need to be in danger of death to receive the anointing of the sick.  Those with serious illnesses and the elderly are invited to attend.

REST IN PEACE

Please pray for the peaceful repose of the soul Rose Massaro who has died.  Pray for the consolation of her loved ones.  Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual Light shine upon her.

 

ADVENT LESSONS AND CAROLS

You  are invited to an Advent Lessons and Carols at Immaculate Conception Church on Sunday, December 17 at 4:00pm.  The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service of Scripture and song that dates to the late 19th century.  In this service, we listen to Scripture lessons which recount the Fall, the promise of a Messiah, the Incarnation, and the Great Commission to preach the Good News.  Each lesson is followed by a carol or other song that reflects on the lesson’s message and a brief prayer.  We invite you to join in this service of prayer and reflection as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ.


 

PENITENTIAL CELEBRATIONS FOR

LYCOMING COUNTY

Sun, Dec 10 @ 3:00pm    Immaculate Conception, Bastress

Thur, Dec 14 @ 1:00pm    St. Boniface, Williamsport (SJNRA)

Fri, Dec 15 @ 6:30pm       Holy Child, Mansfield

Wed, Dec 20 @ 6:30pm    St. Boniface, Williamsport

Thur, Dec 21 @ 6:30pm    OLOL, Montoursville

 

The last opportunity for confessions heard at St. Luke and Immaculate Conception will be Saturday, December 23 before the vigil Masses.


 

WEEKEND AND CHRISTMAS OBLIGATION

The question has been asked "Since Christmas falls on a Monday is it possible to go to one of the evening Masses on Sunday, December 24 and have it count for both the Sunday and Christmas obligation."  The simple answer to this is "NO!!!".  Since both the 4th Sunday of Advent and  the Solemnity of Christmas are both days of obligation, one is obligated to attend one Mass for each.  The possible scenarios are:  Saturday evening and Sunday evening, Saturday evening and Monday morning.  Sunday morning and Sunday evening, Sunday morning and Monday morning.

 

Mass Intentions 

 

Monday (December 11) Advent Weekday

 

8:00am (SL) Steve Rogers

by Linda Steppe

 

Tuesday (December 12) Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

8:00am (IC) Dave Eck

by Bob Dougherty

 

Wednesday (December 13) St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

 

8:00am (IC) Theresa Deitrick

by Marge Deitrick

 

Thursday (December 14) St. John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church

 

7:00pm (IC) Donna Steinbacher

by Jim & Carol Pfirman

 

Friday (December 15) Advent Weekday

 

8:00am (SL) Ed Miller

by Lorson Road Hunting Club

 

10:30am (Manor Care)  Carmel Pagnotto

by Steve & Nancy Yarnell

 

Saturday (December 16) Vigil:  Third Sunday of Advent

 

4:00pm (IC) Ray Haas

by Ann & family

 

6:00pm (SL) John G. Duran

 by Tom Duran

 

Sunday (December 17) Third Sunday of Advent

 

8:30am (IC) Mary Dougherty, Fred, Kevin & Fran Plocinski

by Terry & Mary Kay Gamble

 

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

 


 

CHRISTMAS CAROLING  THANK YOU

Last Sunday parishioners from both IC & SL visited the residence of Manor Care, Jersey Shore and shared the sounds of Christmas.  Thank you to all 50 volunteers who participated in this wondrous Christmas Ministry.  

 

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BRUNCH

The Church of St. Luke will hold their annual “Christmas Brunch” on Sunday, December 17, following the 10:30 a.m. Mass in the SL Parish Hall.  Parishioners from both our parishes are invited to attend.  Any one attending is asked to bring a dish of food to share.  A sign-up sheet will be in the SL vestibule for those who wish to attend. 

 

 

CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE FOR 2017

 

Sunday, Dec. 24                 4:00 pm    St. Luke

                                              7:00 pm     Immaculate Conception

Monday., Dec. 25               Midnight   St. Luke

                                             10:00 am   Immaculate Conception

 

 

CHRISTMAS FLOWER DONATIONS

All parishioners are encouraged to make use of the contribution envelope in their packets for Christmas Flower donations.  All money collected at both SL and IC parishes will be put toward the cost of purchasing our sanctuary decorations and flowers for the Christmas season.  A list of donors and memorials will be posted in the vestibule of both churches.

 

 

CHRISTMAS MASS INTENTION ENVELOPE

You will find an offertory envelope for Christmas Mass Intentions in your envelope pack.  Kindly inscribe the names of your deceased & living loved ones on the envelope and return it in the collection basket.  These envelopes will be placed on the altar and your intentions will be remembered in all the Masses  celebrated Christmas Eve, Christmas day and  the entire Christmas Season.

 

ANGEL TREE THANK YOU

Thank you to all those who helped with the SVDP Christmas Angel Tree Project both at Immaculate Conception and St. Luke.  Many families in the greater Jersey Shore Area will be touched this Christmas because of your generosity and caring.  A special thanks to Cassie Engel for all the help.

 

SL CHURCH CHRISTMAS CLEANING

St. Luke parishioners are invited to come help clean the St. Luke Church for the annual holiday cleaning on Tuesday, December 19 at 8:30am.  Please bring rags and buckets.

 

SL CHURCH CHRISTMAS DECORATING

St. Luke Parish will be decorating the Church for Christmas on Sunday, December 17 at 1:00pm, immediately following the brunch.

 

 

IC CHURCH CHRISTMAS CLEANING

All women and men of Immaculate Conception are invited to help on Wednesday, December 20, 6:00 pm to do the annual holiday cleaning of Immaculate Conception Church.  Please bring rags and buckets.  Many hands make it a short time for everyone.

 

ADVENT & CHRISTMAS VESPERS

Advent/Christmas Vespers will be prayed in common between both our churches Tuesdays of  the Advent and Christmas seasons at 6:30pm.  Make an “Advent & Christmas pilgrimage” and attend:  (Dec. 12 - SL), (Dec. 19 - IC), (Dec. 27 - No Vespers), (Jan. 2 - SL).

 

ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES

Fr. Kozen is once again offering adult education classes.  There will be 7 classes an hour long and the topic will be The Advent and Christmas Cycle.  Classes will be on the following Tuesdays at 7:00pm in the parish halls:  Dec 12 – SL, Dec 19 – IC, class and social.

 

 

ST. LUKE ALTAR AND ROSARY

CHRISTMAS DINNER

 All women of St. Luke parish are invited to a Christmas dinner at Santino's on Tuesday, January 2 at 6:00pm. Meal choices are:  Egg Plant Parm and Chicken Parm. Please sign up in the church vestibule or call Kim Crossen at (570) 295-6591 by Thursday December 26.

 

 

ST. LUKE HOLY NAME SOCIETY

CHRISTMAS DINNER

The men of St. Luke are invited to a Christmas Party on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 5:30pm in the St. Luke Parish Hall.  The sign-up sheet can be found in the St. Luke Vestibule. 

 

 

CCD CHRISTMAS BREAK

There will be no CCD classes on Sunday, December 24 and December 31 at both our parishes due to the Christmas and New Year HolidaysClasses will resume on Sunday, January 7.

 

 

St. Luke and Immaculate Conception

Volunteer Christmas Gifts

 

If you are a volunteer at St. Luke or Immaculate Conception Church please feel free to take a Christmas ornament located in the vestibule of both our churches in appreciation of your dedicated service.  Each volunteer only receives one ornament regardless of the number of ministries.

 (Volunteers include:  Communion Ministers, Altar Pappies, Lectors, Cantors, Choir Members, Ushers, Collection Counters, Religious Education & RCIA Staff, Church Cleaners and Decorators, Sacristans & Building/Grounds Volunteers)

 

 

PARISHIONER INFORMATION UPDATE

Parishioners are asked to contact the parish office with any changes to your telephone number, e-mail address or home address. 

 

 

DIOCESAN ANNUAL APPEAL 2017

“Walk Together in the Light of Christ”

Bishop Joseph C. Bambera extends his sincere gratitude to everyone who has already made a pledge to the 2017 Diocesan Annual Appeal. Every gift truly matters. If you have not yet made your gift, and need a packet, they are  available by calling the Diocesan Development Office at 570-207-2250, or online at www.DioceseofScranton.org.  Our goals for this year are:  (IC) $28,000 (SL) $17,000.  To date, IC has pledged $22,625.00 which represents 81% of a goal of $28,000.00 given by 140 of IC parishioners out of 329.  SL has pledged $11,810.00 which represents 69% of a goal of $17,000.00 given by 86 of SL parishioners out of 276. 


 

2018 LITURGICAL CALENDARS

Free 2018 liturgical calendars are now available in the vestibule of Immaculate Conception Church.  They list all solemnities, feasts and memorials as well holy days of obligation.  Every Catholic household should have one.  St. Luke calendars will be arriving closer to Christmas.  We will let you know when they arrive.  We would like to thank Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home and Crouse Funeral Home for sponsoring our calendars this year.

 

WORLD WAR I MEMORIAL STATUE

The replacement of the WWI Memorial Statue in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery is underway.  The clay model is complete and a mold is being constructed into which the bronze will be poured.  The estimated time of completion is around June 2018.  The cost of the statue will be $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 contact the parish office, 570-745-3301.

 

2018 IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH CLEANERS SCHEDULE

The 2018 church cleaning schedules can be found in the vestibule of the Church.  Please pick up a copy if you clean the church and call Cheryl Palski when supplies are needed in the back to clean with. The Dyson sweeper for the main altar has a reset switch on the bottom if the beater bar stops working. Thank you to all who help with this.

 

CHRISTMAS COOKIES FOR THE LOVE CENTER

The New Love Center Food Pantry of Jersey Shore will be giving Christmas Baskets again this year.  The goal is to give a dozen cookies to each person who receives a Christmas Basket.  The cookies should be packed in one dozen packages and brought to St John Lutheran Church on Broad Street Jersey Shore by December 14.  If you have any questions you can call Donna Batschelet 570-753-6928.

CONFIRMATION PICTURES
Confirmation pictures are available on line at David Miller Photography.  Please use this link to view and purchase pictures:  http://davidade.zenfolio.com/slic.  Group photos for each of the children who received the sacrament of Confirmation can be found in the vestibule of their home parish.

 

ADVENT PRAYER

All-powerful God, increase our strength of will for doing good that Christ may find an eager welcome at his coming and call us to his side in the kingdom of heaven, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

 

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 December the pantry is in need of Peanut Butter and Personal Care Items.  They are always in need of 15 oz. jars of peanut butter.

 

      

SERVERS SCHEDULE

Saturday, December 16

                    IC                                          SL

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

Altar Servers                                                      

               Trent Severino                      Matthew Harbach

               Gianna DiParlo                     Braden Guinter

               Joseph Wenner

 

Cantor   

               Cont Ensemble                      Kateri Cohick

 

Lector      

               Jomarie Dincher                    Barb Fedele

 

Communion Ministers

Cindy Steinbacher                 Christine Fink

Caitlyn Cromley                    Michele Rozenberg

Pat Hoffman                         Delores Todd

 

                    Sunday, December 17

                    IC                                             SL

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

Altar Servers

               Veronica Sander                   Patrick Hamlin

               Miranda Schneider                Richard Hamlin

               Alayna McGovern                Cailyn Schall

 

Cantor  

               Robert Winter                       Anne Dawson

 

Lector    

               Bruce Rogers                        Barb Kozlowski

 

Communion Ministers                                                      

CarmWinter                          Bob Kozlowski

Adrienne Miller                     Denise Folmar

Bob Winter                           Don Price

 

SL WEEKLY SANCTUARY CLEANER
The following  SL  parishioner is scheduled to clean the sanctuary  December 15:  Kelly Ryan.

 
IC CHURCH CLEANERS

The following  IC  parishioners are scheduled to clean the church on  December 16:  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 December 17Saturday:  Milt Rogers Family Sunday:  Ed Danneker Family.

 


 

CANDLE REQUESTS

The sanctuary candle will burn during the month of December at St. Luke for:  James Edwards and the intentions of Bryan Edwards as requested by Carolina Edwards.  At Immaculate Conception for:  Donald Steppe as requested by Nancy Steppe, the intentions of Walter V. Eck as requested by the family and Tom Waldman as requested by his wife and family.

 

 

A MINUTE IN THE CHURCH

THE MASS

(Provided by the Knights of Columbus)

The Great Amen

               Catholics say the word "Amen" (or Ah-men) a lot.  We say it at the end of prayers, often after we make the sign of the cross and when we receive communion.  In the Mass, there is one Amen that we call the Great Amen.  This is usually sung together by the congregation at the end of the Eucharistic Prayer.

               The priest elevates the host and the chalice and says or sings, "Through him, and with him, and in him, O God, almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, forever and ever."  And The congregation responds with the Great Amen.

               Amen is one of just two Hebrew words that we still use in the Mass (The other is Alleluia.)  The word has a number of different meanings.  Jesus often said, "Amen, amen, I say to you..."  In this case it means "truly."  When we receive the Body of Christ, we say "Amen" to mean "I believe."  And is the Great Amen it takes on the added meaning of "Yes!"

               The ancient Jews used "Amen" when they swore an oath.  It was not to be used flippantly or taken lightly.  And so it should be for Catholics, as in the Great Amen we give it all its nuanced meaning.  "Yes! Truly, I believe!"

              

 

ENGAGED COUPLES

Engaged couples, remember that you should make an appointment with Fr. Kozen as soon as you become engaged.  After you have had your initial meeting, you are to register for an Engaged Encounter weekend or diocesan Pre Cana conference and attend as early as possible.  Choose a program scheduled at least six months before your anticipated wedding date so that there is time for follow up.  Likewise, be sure to schedule Natural Family Planning instruction several months before your wedding.  Marriage preparation information, program dates and a registration form are posted at www.dioceseofscranton.org (click on Marriage Preparation).

 

 

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

 

Running Total          -2,235.08

 

TAKE TIME TO BE AWARE

Edward Hays, A Pilgrim's Almanac, p. 196

"Take time to be aware that in the very midst of our busy preparations for the celebration of Christ's birth in ancient Bethlehem, Christ is reborn in the Bethlehems of our homes and daily lives.  Take time, slow down, be still, be awake to the Divine Mystery that looks so common and so ordinary yet is wondrously present.  "An old abbot was fond of saying, 'The devil is always the most active on the highest feast days.'  "The supreme trick of Old Scratch is to have us so busy decorating, preparing food, practicing music and cleaning in preparation for the feast of Christmas that we actually miss the coming of Christ.  Hurt feelings, anger, impatience, injured egos - the list of clouds that busyness creates to blind us to the birth can be long, but it is familiar to us all."

 

PRAYERFUL ATMOSPHERE

 IN OUR CHURCHES

Just a reminder that once our celebration of the Mass is concluded there should still be a prayerful and respectful atmosphere maintained in the church.  People are still praying and the appropriate place for socializing and conversation is in the vestibules or outside the church buildings.

 

SICK AND HOMEBOUND

We find ourselves in the midst of our winter season and some of our parishioners may be sick or homebound and cannot come to Church.  We are more than happy to ensure that they receive the Sacraments and the support of their Church.  If anyone desires to receive the Eucharist on a weekly or monthly basis, please notify the parish office at 745-3301. 

 

RETIREMENT FUND FOR RELIGIOUS

A second collection will be taken at all Masses this weekend, December 9 & 10, after Holy Communion to benefit the Retirement Fund for Religious.  This collection assists elderly religious sisters, brothers and priests. 

 

WEEKLY OFFERING

                                                       SL                     IC

Weekly                               $2,060.00             $3,664.00

Loose                                    216.00                    99.00                   

Monthly                                    525.00                 760.00

Advent Candles                               0                  40.00

Votive Candles                         55.00                   58.00

Total Collection:              $   2,856.00            $4,621.00

INCOME GOAL:                        3,011.45              3,658.23

Over/(Under Goal)          $     -155.45          $  +962.77

               Additional Collections

Building Fund                                  0                     90.00

Care & Edu Priest                 341.00                  630.00

 

May the Lord reward your generosity!

 

Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment

until it becomes a memory.

 

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