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Weekly Bulletin


October 15, 2017

Reverend Bert S. Kozen V.F., Pastor



Dear Parishioners,

               Last Sunday we heard the Prophet Isaiah challenge the People of God with the image of a vineyard not responding to the care and cultivation of its owner.  In the parable the owner of the vineyard makes the vineyard a ruin and allows it to become overgrown.  In today’s first reading we have a completely different image.  “On this mountain the LORD of hosts will provide for all peoples a feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich food and choice wines.”  Is this the same LORD?  The answer is yes.  God will provide for us even when we reject him.  God deeply desires our share in his heavenly banquet.

            This message is reinforced by the gospel parable.  “The Kingdom of God may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son.”  The invitations go out, but those who were invited refused to come.  More invitations go out to others who likewise refuse.  Finally, the invitation goes out to main roads, highways and allies.  All are invited to come to the feast.  Are we ready to respond to God’s invitation?  It is easy for us to make excuses and to become busy and preoccupied with the many distractions of life.  God invites us to a loving relationship with him, but he will not, nor can he force himself upon us.  If we freely choose to reject him we will live and die in the shadow of our choice and consequences.


May God Bless You,


Father Bert





In the month of October, our parishes along with parishes around the country conduct the “October count,” a measure of attendance at Sunday Mass.  The measure has been taken for many centuries, and in some European dioceses it is possible to measure the level of engagement in worship by the population over the course of many centuries.  The October count has proven especially critical in the life of our Church as bishops use the figures to measure the vitality of parish life, to sketch parish boundaries, and even to decide when to close, merge, or form new parishes.  The October count will begin the weekend of October 7 & 8.



Please pray for the peaceful repose of the soul of Bernadette Kemmerer a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church who died recently.  Pray for the consolation of her loved ones.  Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual Light shine upon her.




Oct 16 SL/IC Confirmation 5:00pm St. Boniface Church

Oct 19 IC/SLLiturgical Minister Mtg 7:30pm IC Church

Oct 22 SL/IC Liturgical minister Mtg 11:30am SL Church

Oct 25 SL Sauerkraut Dinner

Nov 5 SL/IC Parent 2019 Confirmation Mtg 5:00pm IC Church

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



The Church Universal celebrates the Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist on Wednesday, October 18.  There will be a special Mass on Wednesday, October 18 at 8:00am in St. Luke Church to celebrate and honor their patronal saint.  Parishioners of St. Luke Church are invited and encouraged to attend the 8:00 am Mass and invited afterwards to breakfast at The Gamble Farm Inn, Jersey Shore. 



There have been 2 make-up meetings scheduled for any liturgical ministers who were not able to attend the first 2 meetings.   (Extraordinary Communion Ministers-both the church and homebound, Lectors, Ushers and Cantors).  These 2 meetings are scheduled for Thursday, October 19 at 7:30pm in Immaculate Conception Church and Sunday, October 22 at 11:30 am in St. Luke's Church.  This will also serve as an initial orientation to anyone who is interested in joining any of these ministries.



Confirmation Rehersal - Sunday, October 15, 2:00pm at St. Boniface Church.  Candidate arrival Confirmation day - Monday, October 16 no later than 4:00pm, St. Boniface Rectory basement.  The dress code for the celebration for girls is dress, or skirt and blouse, and shoes- no sneakers or flip flops.  The dress code for boys is dress slacks and shirt, tie and shoes- no sneakers.  Please note the candidates will not be wearing a robe or gown.  Please pray for the following candidates who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation from St. Luke and Immaculate Conception on Monday, October 16, 5:00 pm in St. Boniface Church:  Ellie Androvette, Owen Bloom, Brynli Brungard, Alex Butzler, Carolina Carpenetti, Eddy Danneker, Hunter Engel, Amelia Farr, Rita Fisher, Colton Folmar, Riley Frazier, Tyler Grubb, Patrick Hamlin, Richie Hamlin, Matthew Harbach, Natalie Hayes, Delaney Herbst, Maddie Herman, Reilly Kriner, Joe Lorson, Alayna McGovern, Gabe Packer, Karter Peacock, Aubrey Schilling, DJ Steinbacher, Rianna Steppe, Adelyn Stetts, Emilee Stetts, Dustin Stoetzel & Tyler Walker.  Immaculate Conception Confirmation candidates have created prayer cards. There is a shoebox in the IC vestibule with cards that include a picture of each candidate and information on the importance of conformation to each candidate. Please take a prayer card and throughout the week pray for the candidates. Then the next Sunday you can exchange cards. We will leave the box in the vestibule until the Sunday before confirmation on October 15.



St. Luke’s Sauerkraut Dinner is Wednesday, October 25. Lunch is being served from 11:30am-3:00 pm, dinner is from 4-7 pm and takeouts from 11:30am - 7:00pm.  Meat Collection – October 7 & 8. Donation calls- October 15-21, Setting-up tables – Sunday, October 22 after 10:30 a.m. Mass.   Applesauce – Monday, October 23 at 5:00pm SL parish hall.  Advance tickets will be sold in the vestibule in St. Luke before and after Masses on Oct. 7/8, 14/15 and 21/22.  Advance tickets will also be available at the Parish office from Oct. 9-24.  Advance ticket prices are $9 for adults, children 6-12 $3.50 and under 6, free.  This is a great opportunity to support your church and come work and socialize with your fellow parishioners.  If you would like more information about working at the sauerkraut dinner, please contact Tammy Lorson at 570-745-3107.


Mass Intentions 


Monday (October 16) Weekday


8:00am (SL) Poor souls in Purgatory

by  Mike & Tammy Packer


Tuesday (October 17) St. Ignatius of Antioch,

Bishop and Martyr


8:00am (IC) Helen Uslamer

by Willie


Wednesday (October 18) The Feast of St. Luke, Evangelist


8:00am (SL) Living and deceased mbrs

 of St. Luke Parish


7:00pm (IC) Bill Stopper

by his brothers & sisters


Thursday (October 19) Sts. John de Brebeuf and Isaac Joques, Priests


7:00pm (IC) Kevin Plocinski

by Mary Kay & Terry


Friday (October 20) Weekday


8:00am (SL) William Smerkar

by Leota Lauer


10:30am (Manor Care) Lee Kilpatrick

by his family

Saturday (October 21) Vigil:  The Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time


4:00pm (IC) James Ulsamer, Sr.

by Jim & Fran Ulsamer


6:00pm (SL) Helen A. Billman Delaney

by Ralph & Denise Hershberger


Sunday (October 22) The Twenty-Ninth Sunday

in Ordinary Time


8:30am (IC) Maria Piziak

by Richard


10:30am (SL) In memory of Joseph Rdesinski for our

50th Wedding Anniversary

by Donna Rdesinski




With the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation in October, our parishes will begin a new 2 year preparation program for the candidates being confirmed in 2019.  These would be students presently in the 7th grade in our parishes.  The first meeting, with the candidate and a parent, will be on Sunday, November 5 at 5:00p.m. in Immaculate Conception Church.  The second meeting will be, with candidates, on Sunday, December 3 at 5:00p.m. in St. Luke's Church.




In addition to the envelope for All Souls Day, we will make use of The Book of the Names of the Dead again this year.  This book will be found in the vestibule of both churches throughout the month of October.  You are invited to write the names of deceased family, friends and loved ones on the lines on the pages of the book.  During the month of November The Book of the Names of the Dead will be prominently placed in the sanctuary, with the Paschal Candle, as a prayerful reminder of these individuals.  PLEASE NOTE:  OFFERINGS NEED TO BE PLACED IN THE ALL SOULS DAY ENVELOPES.  OFFERINGS ARE NOT REQUIRED FOR THE BOOK OF THE NAMES OF THE DEAD.



Please remember the offertory envelope for All Souls Day in your envelope pack.  Kindly inscribe the names of your deceased 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 throughout the month of November.





All Saints Vigil

Tuesday (October 31)

7:00 pm (IC)


All Saints Day

Wednesday (November 1)

8:00am (IC)

7:00pm (SL)


All Souls Day

Thursday (November 2)

8:00am (SL)

12:15pm (IC Cemetery)


Make peace with your past so it won't disturb your present



“Walk Together in the Light of Christ”

This Weekend  is In-Pew Commitment Weekend .  Thank you to those who have already joined us as we “Walk Together in the Light of Christ”  by making a pledge to the Diocesan Annual Appeal.  On behalf of all who benefit from your gifts, Bishop Joseph Bambera extends his sincere gratitude to everyone who has already made a pledge to the 2017 Diocesan Annual Appeal. Each gift truly matters. If you have not yet made your gift, please consider making a pledge this weekend – Annual Appeal pledge envelopes can be found at the end of the pews.   Everyone at Mass will be asked to complete the pledge form, whether or not they have made a pledge or intend to pledge.  You are also invited to list your personal prayer intentions on the inside pledge form and to attend a special Mass of Thanksgiving to be held at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton, on Sunday, November 26, at 10:00 a.m. Your intention will be remembered at this Mass celebrated by Bishop Joseph C. Bambera. Prayer intentions are welcome whether or not you make a gift to the Diocesan Annual Appeal.  Please prayerfully consider your response to the Diocesan Annual Appeal.  Our goals for this year are:  (IC)$28,000 (SL)$17,000.  Your gifts support the following ministries made possible by the Diocesan Annual Appeal.


  • Catholic Social Services and Parish Social Justice Grants
  • Catholic Education in Schools and Parishes
  • Clergy Formation, Education and Support
  • Parish Life and Ministry Formation  
  • Catholic Media and Communication



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.



Immaculate Conception and St. Luke is organizing a youth choir to sing at  the 7:00 pm Christmas Eve Mass at Immaculate Conception.  Children from grades 2-12 are invited to join.  The first practice will be held on Sunday, November 5 immediately following CCD at Immaculate Conception Church.  Anyone interested contact Chelsea Alexander, 570-666-0448.



The book for 2018 Mass intentions and sanctuary candle intentions for both our parishes opened in the Parish Office on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.  As we have done before, each person is limited to 5 Mass intentions at each church.  You may visit the office in Bastress, use the Mass intention envelopes found in the vestibule, or use the postal system to make your 2018 requests.  The offering of Mass for deceased loved ones is a real spiritual gift to assist souls in purgatory and allow our beloved dead to know of our loving remembrance.  Many people have Masses said in their parishes on death anniversaries or other significant dates.  Masses may also be offered for the intentions of the living. The stipend for a Mass intention is $10.  The sponsoring of a sanctuary candle not only covers the expense of maintaining a perpetual light before the Tabernacle, but allows for your prayer intentions to be remembered by your fellow parishioners throughout the month.  Four people are able to sponsor the sanctuary candle each month at $10 donation each.



Jesus said to St. Faustina Kowalska, a polish nun, "Encourage souls to say the Chaplet that I have given you." In response to this call, we invite all current devotees and new devotees of The Divine Mercy to join us in praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet at Immaculate Conception Church at 6:30pm before every Thursday daily Mass, with exceptions to be announced.  Please direct thoughts and questions to Joe Ulsamer 570-865-6796julsamer@hotmail.com, Caitlin Cromley 570-762-1685, cmcromley@gmail.com.  Jesus I trust in You! 




Saturday, October 21

                    IC                                        SL

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

Altar Servers                                                   

               Riley Frazier                      Reid Famiy

               William Frazier

               Trent Severino


               Cont Ensemble                   Dona Price


               Roger Mahosky                  Jean Steinbacher

Communion Ministers

Pat Hoffman                       Bob Kozlowski

Dennis Haines                    Judy Morlock

Lisa Haines                         Dee Todd


                   Sunday, October 22

                    IC                                        SL

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

Altar Servers

               Noah Persun                       Megan Hill

               Alayna McGovern             Lucy Engel

               Chrissie Cowfer                 Greta Engel


               Lenny Stopper                    Kateri Cohick


               Connie Engel                      Walter Eisenhauer

Communion Ministers     

               Tony Segraves                   Steve Eck

               Jerry Nau                            Sue Scanlan

               Rose Schilling                    Patty Suponcic


The following  SL  parishioner is scheduled to clean the sanctuary  October 20:  Kelly Ryan.


The following  IC  parishioners are scheduled to clean the church on  October 21:   P Meixel & E Rogers.



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



Gift bearers for Sunday, October 1 at St. Luke were: Dustin, Sean & Mackendra Stoeztel, for Sunday, October 8:  Lora, Greta and Lucy Engel.




Are you interested in the Catholic faith and becoming Catholic, or do you know someone who is interested in becoming a Catholic?  The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) is a process through which new members are welcomed into the Catholic faith.  If you are interested in entering the Church, please contact the parish office, 570-745-3301 for more information.



The sanctuary candle will burn during the month of October at St. Luke for:  The intentions of Delores Duran as requested by Tom Duran.  At Immaculate Conception for:  Donna Deitrick as requested by her family.



Fr. Kozen is once again offering adult education classes.  There will be 7 classes an hour long and the topic has not be decided yet.  Classes will be on the following Tuesdays in the parish halls:  Nov. 7 – IC, Nov. 14 - SL, Nov. 21 - IC, Nov 28 - SL, Dec 5 – IC, Dec 12 – SL, Dec 19 – IC, class and social.



Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.  Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.  Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.  Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.  Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.  Amen.



We extend our thanks to the merchants and parish friends whose advertisements make our Sunday bulletin possible.  We hope you will patronize our advertisers and tell them you saw their ad in the church bulletin.



Just a reminder - before any materials are placed in the pews or vestibule of the Churches, please be sure to get permission from Father.




The registration forms for Immaculate Conception and St. Luke John Bower Basketball were distributed to all CCD classes on Sunday, October 1.  Additional forms are located in the vestibule of both churches.  Eligible players include students who are members of Immaculate Conception or St. Luke Church grades K-6 who either regularly attend CCD classes or Saint John Neumann Regional Academy.  Registration forms are due by October 15.  The fee is $20 for the first child and $15 for each additional child.  Forms may be returned to CCD teachers or placed in the parish collection.  If anyone is interested in coaching or volunteering please call Tracie TenEyck, 570-506-9699.



All families of those buried in the Immaculate Conception Parish Cemetery are asked to be sure their graves are cleaned for the winter by removing all decorations and dead flowers by Monday, November 6.  Anything left after that time will be discarded by our maintenance workers.



 Please call the Parish Office and let us know if you or a family member is in a nursing home, hospitalized or sick at home.



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).



There will be a meeting of the Immaculate Conception Holy Name Society on Thursday, October 19, 7:30pm in the Altar Server Sacristy.



The St. Martin de Porres Council of the Knights of Columbus will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 18 at 7:30pm in the basement of the Church of St. Luke.




(Provided by the Knights of Columbus)

The Offertory

               The second part of the Mass, the Liturgy of the Eucharist, begins with the offertory.  This is the time when we get to exercise our "generosity muscles."  There are many different ways now to participate in the offertory.  Some people put cash in the basket, others write a check, some use the parish envelopes while many now will make their donation through EFT - Electronic Fund Transfer.  Many parishes offer this option now for greater convenience.

               Whatever manner we choose to use, we should always hear the words of St. Paul echo in our ears that "God loves a cheerful giver."  (See 2 Corinthians 9:6-15)  We give generously out of gratitude to God, who is so loving and generous to us.  Our gift at Mass will help with the needs of the parish and support those in need.

               After the collection we bring our gifts of bread and wine to the altar.  This brings to mind an ancient scene from Genesis 14 where the priest-king Melchizedek offers gifts of bread and wine and Abram offers the priest a tenth of everything.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in paragraph 1350 says this:  "The presentation of the offerings at the altar takes up the gesture of Melchizedek and commits the Creator's gifts into the hands of Christ who, in his sacrifice, brings to perfection all human attempts to offer sacrifice."



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 October the pantry is in need of Rice-a-Roni.  They are always in need of 15 oz. jars of peanut butter.



Here is a Catholic Website you might want to check out:  http://www.catholicscomehome.org.



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


July                    +    164.70

August                -3,379.08


Running Total          -3,214.38




Thank you to all those who gave to the meat collection last weekend at both St. Luke Masses.  This collection helps defray the cost of the meat for the Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner.  A total of $268.90 was collected.  If you missed the meat collection and would still like to give, you may also put your donation in an envelope marked "meat collection" and drop it in the collection basket.  Thank you for your continued support of the St. Luke Spaghetti Dinner and Sauerkraut Dinner.



A second optional collection will be taken up at all Masses following Holy Communion next weekend, October 21 & 22, to benefit the foreign missions.  Please make checks payable to your parish as one amount will be forwarded to the Diocese. 



There will be a special second collection this weekend, October 14 & 15 for The Love Center of Jersey Shore.  All money collected will go directly to helping the people of the Jersey Shore Area.  Please make checks payable to your parish.




                                                       SL                     IC

Weekly                               $2,155.00             $4,232.00

Loose                                    171.00                  105.00                   

Monthly                                 1,226.00              1,108.00

Utilities                                     25.00                   35.00

Blessed Candles                              0                     5.00

Votive Candle                          44.00                   83.00

Total Collection:              $   3,621.00          $   5,568.00

INCOME GOAL:                 3,011.45               3,658.23

Over/(Under Goal)          $    +609.55          $+1,909.77

               Additional Collections

Building Fund                          273.00                 533.00

Care & Edu                             108.00                 147.00

Hurricane Irma                                0                  270.00


May the Lord reward your generosity!


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