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5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Assorted projects. Volunteers needed. Contact Ralph Hershberger (570) 753-2063.




SL HNS Weekly Work Crew.
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Assorted projects. Volunteers needed. Contact Ralph Hershberger (570) 753-2063.
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Weekly Bulletin


August 20, 2017

Reverend Bert S. Kozen V.F., Pastor



Dear Parishioners,

               In the scripture readings for today we are confronted with a question that is very timely.  What should our attitude be towards “foreigners”?  In the first reading, from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, the Lord says, “The foreigners who join themselves to the Lord… I will bring to my holy mountain.”  The key to this is the joining themselves to the Lord.  In the time of Isaiah this was understood as adhering to the covenant and its laws and regulations.

            In the gospel for today, from Matthew, Jesus encounters a Canaanite woman whose daughter is tormented by a demon.  She asks Jesus to heal her daughter.  The response Jesus gives appears harsh, “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.”  Jesus had already stated that his mission was to the lost sheep of Israel.  This is best understood by remembering the authorship and audience of the Gospel of Matthew.  These are Jewish Christians who indeed see the primary makeup of the church as consisting of converts from Judaism.  Still, even in the context of this, Jesus heals the girl because of the faith of the mother.

            Are we welcoming to foreigners in our midst?  What about non-Christians and non-Catholics?  What is our attitude towards people of other races and ethnicity?  There is no room in the Gospel for discrimination due to race, color or creed.  If we are to be disciples of Jesus then we must follow his example and love and serve all.


May God Bless You,


 Father Bert





There will be two meetings held for all Liturgical Ministers (Cantors, Ushers, Communion Ministers & Lectors).  These sessions are open to any member of both parishes who are presently in these ministries or  anyone who wishes to inquire about these ministries.  All those serving presently in these ministries must attend one of these sessions.  It is the understanding of the church that those involved in Liturgical Ministries are trained and prepared to exercise those offices.  It is also expected that these same ministers undergo periodic refresher training.  These meetings will be held on  Sunday, September 24 starting at Noon  at Immaculate Conception Church & Sunday, October 1 starting at  Noon at St. Luke Church.  Each session shall last no more than 1 1/2 hours.  There will be separate sessions scheduled for altar servers.



Sept 4   IC Labor Day Picnic

Sept 24 IC/SL Liturgical Minister Mtg Noon IC Church

Sept 26 Parish Winery Trip

Oct 1    SL/IC Liturgical Minister Mtg Noon SL Church

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

Oct 25  SL Sauerkraut Dinner


Immaculate Conception is still in need of CCD teachers for grades 9 & 10. The ninth and tenth grade program has been without a permanent teacher for the last year. If we are unable to find volunteers from the parish, then the CCD program for these grades will be forced to end. Please consider helping to support the religious development of our youth by giving your time to the CCD program. 



The kickoff for the Diocesan Annual Appeal will be starting shortly, and we ask that you pray for the success of reaching our goal at both churches.



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 book for 2018 Mass intentions and sanctuary candle intentions for both our parishes will open 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.  In the interest of fairness, please do not make any early requests ahead of time.  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.




We would like to welcome back the Contemporary Ensemble.  Once a month they will be providing the music for the celebration of the Eucharist.  The first of these will be on Saturday, September 2 at the 4:00 p.m. Mass in Immaculate Conception Church.  They will be using music and hymns familiar to the congregation but will present them in a slightly different fashion. 



Please pray for Justin Haag and Amber Ingraham who were united in the Sacrament of Marriage in Immaculate Conception Church last week.  May God bless them with the courage and strength it takes to remain in His love, and that, in love, they will find happiness grows deeper each day.


Mass Intentions 


Monday (August 21) St. Pius X, Pope


8:00am (SL) The conversion of poor sinners

by Mike & Tammy Packer


Tuesday (August 22) The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary


8:00am (IC) Paul Deitrick

by his children


Wednesday (August 23) Weekday


8:00am (IC) Intentions of Don & Marge Wenner

celebrating their 55th Wedding Anniversary

by their family


Thursday (August 24) The Feast of St. Bartholomew, Apostle


7:00pm (IC) Raymond & Louise Bertin

by Joe & Mary Waldman


Friday (August 25) Weekday


8:00am (SL) Lee Kilpatrick

by his family


10:30 (Manor Care) Linda Saar

by Edith Saar


Saturday (August 26) Vigil:  The Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time


4:00pm (IC) Theresa Deitrick

by Fred & Pat Dincher


6:00pm (SL) For the people of our parishes


Sunday (August 27) The Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time


8:30am (IC) Richard Russell

by his wife, Nancy


10:30am (SL) Louis J. Leonard

by Dennis & Deborah Leonard



Parents are encouraged to bring their children to Mass at an early age to give them an experience of communal prayer in God’s Presence.  Small children in a congregation give a sense of vitality and joy to their fellow parishioners.  They can also offer distraction and upset to others when they cry or misbehave.  All parents are kindly asked to remember to respect the rights of their fellow parishioners who wish to have a peaceful and focused experience of prayer at Mass.  If your child begins to make noise during Mass, please quietly go to the vestibule at I.C. or SL Churches and make sure that the glass doors are closed.  Also, note that SL Church has a “cry room” in which families with small children may remain throughout the entirety of Mass.    




DATE:  Monday, September 4, 2017 PICNIC CHAIRMAN: :  Jeremy TenEyck - 570-244-1641,  Denny Haines, Jr. - 570-916-0555 & Jeff Eck - 570-772-2949. SET-UP FROLIC:  Monday, August 28 at 6:00 pm.  TEAR DOWN FROLIC:  Tuesday, September 5 at 6:00 pm.    VOLUNTEERS: Please call Tracie TenEyck, 570-506-9699.  WORKER’S LIST: The Workers’ List has been posted in the vestibule of IC Church, if there are any additions or corrections, please call Tracie TenEyck.   FOOD DONATIONS NEEDED: Broad noodles, peeled potatoes, home-made chicken broth, corn, pies, cakes, bread or rolls, cabbage, butter, milk, coffee, fudge and jelly.  BAKE SALE: Items needed for Summer Kitchen are:  Home-made candy & fudge – peanut butter, chocolate, chocolate walnut & vanilla.  Baked goods needed:  yeast breads & rolls, sticky buns, brownies, whoopie pies, coffee cakes, old-fashioned molasses, ginger, sugar & oatmeal cookies w/raisins and or nuts.  Please label all donations w/the name of the item, and those that contain nuts so customers with allergies can avoid them.  Any questions call Denise Kerr, 570-745-3825. FOOD COLLECTION: The following are asked to collect food on the Picnic Day:  Mountain:  Dick Stopper, 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, NisbetMike 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.  PICNIC: Monday, September 4:  Dinner from noon until 6:00 pm.  Dinner includes turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, noodles, gravy, corn, coleslaw, 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.  A variety of homemade fudge, jams, jellies and candy will be available in the “Summer Kitchen.”  Ticket booth will be open in front of the Parish Hall starting at 11:00am.  Sandwiches, french fries, funnel cakes, pies, ice cream and milk shakes will be available on the grounds.  Many small games of chance and bingo, too.




The volunteer schedule for the Immaculate Conception Labor Day Picnic on Monday, September 4 is posted 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 at the picnic please contact Tracie.  Please do not wait until the week of the dinner with any changes.



Donations are needed of good and slightly used glassware for the dime pitch booth. Items can be dropped off the day of the picnic and should be reasonably clean.  Coke glasses are a real draw. Thanks to those who faithfully remember to collect glassware throughout the year.  Please do not place any glassware donations in the vestibule of the church.



Immaculate Conception is in need of the following items for the Labor Day Summer Kitchen: jams, jellies, relishes, pickles, hot peppers, fudge, home-made candies and baked goods.  Please call Denise Kerr if you need more information, 570-745-3825.



St. Luke is in desperate need of cantors.   The cantor is the person who leads us in song during Mass.  It is a very important part of Mass and a rewarding ministry.  Anyone interested in cantoring please contact the parish office, 570-745-3301.



We would like  to remind you that the Immaculate Conception Cemetery has regulations and guidelines that we expect all families with loved ones interred, to follow.  PLEASE...before contemplating on making any changes to a grave, please consult these regulations.  If you need a copy of the regulations or have any questions, contact the parish office at 570-745-3301. 



Saturday, August 26

                    IC                                        SL

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

Altar Servers                                                   

               Gianna DiParlo                  Matthew Harbach

               Joseph Wenner

               Ella Teneyck


               Karen Baier                        Kateri Cohick


               Josette Miller                     Jean Steinbacher

Communion Ministers

Nancy Waldman                Judy Morlock

Dennis Haines                    Don Price

Lisa Haines                         Dee Todd


                   Sunday, August 27

                    IC                                        SL

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

Altar Servers

               Abby Corson                      Tyler Grubb

               Luke Corson                       Isabell Engel

               Isabella Fleegle                  Cailyn Schall


               Lenny Stopper                    Richelle Haffley


               Cheryl Palski                      Walt Eisenhauer

Communion Ministers                    

Hank Sweet                        Kelly Dolan

Adrienne Miller                 Steve Eck

Bob Winter                         Denise Folmar



The following  SL  parishioner is scheduled to clean the sanctuary  August 25:  Kelly Ryan.


The following  IC  parishioners are scheduled to clean the church on  August 26:   T. Packer & D. Persun.



The following   Immaculate Conception  parish families are scheduled to bring up the gifts in the offertory procession for the weekend of August 27Saturday:  Scott Corson Family Sunday:  Dave Steinbacher Family.



The parish trip to the wineries of Seneca Lake has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 26.  Please watch future bulletins for more details.



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 August  the pantry is in need of Jello-any flavor.  They are always in need of 15 oz. jars of peanut butter.



Home bound parishioners are reminded that they may have Holy Communion brought to them on the First Friday of each month by calling the Parish Office, 570-745-3301, and requesting this service.  This spiritual care is offered to any parishioner who, because of illness or advanced age, cannot leave their homes and attend Mass.  Home visitation may be requested for a certain period of recovery time or for a more permanent basis.  The sacraments of confession and anointing of the sick are offered to all home bound parishioners every Advent and Lent.  Also, Fr. Kozen serves as the Catholic Chaplain at the Manor Care Nursing Home, Jersey Shore, and the Jersey Shore Hospital.  He offers Mass at the nursing home on a regular basis and cares for the requested sacramental needs of the Catholic residents of the nursing home and the Catholic patients at the hospital.




In November of 2013, Pope Francis issued his Apostolic Exhortation called “The Joy of the Gospel.” In it he says, “Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenseless and innocent among us. Nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases, taking their lives and passing laws preventing anyone from standing in the way of this… Human beings are ends in themselves and never a means of resolving other problems… Once this conviction disappears, so do solid and lasting foundations for the defense of human rights …It is not “progressive” to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life.” Together with Pope Francis, let us defend life!



On Saturday, September 9, pro-life Americans throughout the country will gather at the gravesites of aborted babies and other memorial sites dedicated in their honor for the fourth annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.  Solemn vigils will be held at these sites to commemorate the more than 55 million children who have lost their lives to legal abortion since 1973, and to remind our society of the humanity of the unborn child. Please join us for the memorial service in our community:  Event: National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.  When: Saturday, September 9, 11 a.m.  Where: St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, 949 Scranton St. in Scranton.  More Info: Call Pennsylvanians for Human Life at 570-343-5099, email:  Together let us remember the victims of abortion and pray for a final end to this injustice in our land during the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.



The sanctuary candle will burn during the month of August at St. Luke for:  Maria Rizzo as requested by her daughter & family, Carolina Edwards as requested by Carolina Edwards, James Batley Miller as requested by Mom & Dad.  At Immaculate Conception for:  Carl Lorson as requested by Ellen Lorson & family, Francis, Helen & John Hoffman as requested by Francis & Pamela Hoffman, Jason Bartges as requested by Uncle Charlie & Aunt Carol & all deceased mbrs of the Rogers & Miller Families as requested by Edna Rogers.


Life isn't about getting and having,

 it's about giving and being



Mary, powerful Virgin, You are the mighty and glorious protector of the Church.  You are the marvelous help of Christians.  You are awe inspiring as an army in battle array.  In the midst of our anguish, struggle, and distress, defend us from the power of the enemy, and at the hour of our death,  receive our soul in Heaven.  Amen.




What does it mean to have a Mass offered ‘for’ something or someone? In answering this question it is important to differentiate between the general and particular intentions in the Mass: Every Mass is offered with the general intention that is articulated in every Eucharistic Prayer: for the glory of God and for the needs of the Church and the world as a whole. In addition, each individual member of the congregation brings his or her own particular intentions in his or her prayers that are united to that Mass. There is a third type of intention brought to the Mass, however, and it is this intention that is referred to when people speak of a ‘Mass Intention’, namely, the specific intention for which the priest celebrant offers the Mass: The priest’s intention specifies the “special fruit” for which that particular Mass is being offered. It is in this sense that someone asks a priest to offer Mass ‘for’ something or someone.



If you plan to vacation this summer or just going out of town, please remember to learn the location of the nearest Catholic church to your destination as well as its Mass times.  Go to to find information on any parish in the world so that you may fulfill your Sunday obligation.  Remember: you should never take a “vacation” from God.




(Provided by the Knights of Columbus)

The First Reading

               After the Penitential Rite and the Gloria, Scripture is read at Mass.  The Scriptures are proclaimed from a lectern called the ambo.

               The first reading at a Sunday Mass is normally taken from one of the books of the Old Testament.  The exception to this is the Easter Season.  From Easter until Pentecost, the first reading is taken from the Acts of the Apostles, the first book of the New Testament after the Gospels.

               Why does the Church give such emphasis to the Old Testament?  After all, aren't we a "New Testament" Church?  In the three-year cycle of readings in the liturgy, the Church unfolds the story of salvation.  This started "in the beginning," with the Book of Genesis and continued to Christ and the Church.  Jesus Himself said, "Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.  I have come not to abolish but to fulfill."  Thus, we need to know what it is that Christ cam to fulfill.

               You see, the Old Testament points to the New.  The prophesies about the Messiah in the Old Testament all pointed to Jesus.  And the New Testament is the fulfillment of the Old.  You can't fully understand one without the other.  So the first reading helps us to understand part one of the greatest story ever told!



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

July                    - 1,981.42

August              +   748.91 

September          -    815.81 

October              -    808.15             

November          +   840.16

December           +3,485.91

January              +4,979.24

February              -   525.14

March                  -2,385.38

April                    +6,743.06

May                     +1,060.55

June                     +   660.55


End of year TOTAL       +12,002.48



There will be a special second collection the weekend of August 19 & 20 for The St. Anthony Center in Williamsport.  Please make checks payable to your parish as one amount will be forwarded to the St. Anthony Center.



Donations will be accepted before and after both Masses at Immaculate Conception Church the weekend of August 19 & 20, to defray the costs of purchasing meat for the Annual Labor Day Picnic.  You may give your donations to one of the picnic chairmen.  If you miss the weekend of the meat collection, 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 Immaculate Conception dinner and picnic.



A second optional collection will be taken up at all Masses following Holy Communion next weekend, August 26 & 27, to benefit the Church in Eastern Europe.  A portion of this collection will be sent in support of the following collections which annually were taken up in Lithuanian, Slovak and Polish parishes:

  • The Lithuanian Catholic Religious Aid
  • The Catholic League for Religious Assistance to Poland
  • The Slovak Catholic Federation Appeal




                                                          SL                        IC

Weekly                               $1,832.00             $3,765.00

Loose                                    274.50                  134.00                   

Monthly                                 1,807.00                 771.00

Assumption                                     0                  16.00

Votive Candle                          66.00                 94.00

Utilities                                              0                    40.00 

Total Collection:              $  3,979.50           $   4,820.00

INCOME GOAL:                3,011.45               3,658.23

Over/(Under Goal)          $  + 968.05          $ +1,161.77

Additional Collections

Building Fund                         453.00                  519.00

Care & Edu                              85.00                  149.00




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