Weekly Bulletin


September 23, 2018

Reverend Bert S. Kozen V.F., Pastor


Dear Parishioners,

The words from our first reading, the Book of Wisdom, are harsh words. “The wicked say: Let us beset the just one… let us put him to the test.” These words were fulfilled by Jesus who was put to the test by the leaders of the people. Condemned to a shameful death (crucifixion) it was thought that he was done and forgotten. However, the remaining words of Wisdom are also fulfilled in Jesus. “May we have proof of his gentleness and patience… that according to his own words, God will take care of him.”

In today’s Gospel Jesus alludes to his passion and death. “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him, and in three days after his death the Son of Man will rise.” The disciples hear these words but fail to understand. This is clearly evidenced by the fact that shortly after Jesus’ pronouncement they are seen discussing among themselves who was the greatest.

Jesus takes the opportunity to teach them a lesson. Taking a child he placed him in their midst and said to them, “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.” To become “child-like” in our relationship with God is essential to our journey of faith. To be open and receptive, as a child is to its parents, is the best way to be aware of what God offers to us as his children. By doing this we can also succeed in accomplishing, as did Jesus, the Father’s will.

May God Bless You,

Father Bert




The Immaculate Conception 9 & 10 grade CCD class would like to extend an invitation to parishioners to join them discovering the Biblical Foundations of Catholicism in the bible study "Fulfilled", that examines/explains the biblical roots of Catholicism. Class is held in the lower hall from 9:35-10:35am.



Immaculate Conception is in need of parishioners to assist in decorating the sanctuary of the church for the seasons of the liturgical year. If you are interested please contact the parish office. We are hoping that a number of people come forward to assist in this endeavor, 570-745-3301.




Oct 16 Adult Education Class 6:30-7:30pm IC Parish Hall

Oct 21 IC/SL Evening Confirmation Class 5:00-6:00pm SL Church

Oct 23 Adult Education Class 6:30-7:30pm SL Parish Hall

Oct 24 SL Sauerkraut Dinner

Nov 11 IC/SL Evening Confirmation Class 5:00-6:00pm IC Church

Dec 2 IC/SL Advent Penance Service / First Reconciliation 3:00pm IC





The book for 2019 Mass intentions and sanctuary candle intentions for both our parishes opened in the Parish Office on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. 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 2019 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 a $10 donation each.




On Sunday, September 30 all candidates for the sacraments of First Holy Communion, Reconciliation, and Confirmation will participate in a Commitment Ceremony. A parent and the student will be recognized for their commitment to grow in the faith as the student prepares to receive these sacraments. Please join us during the 8:30am Mass at Immaculate Conception and the 10:30am Mass at St. Luke on September 30 to support the 1st, 2nd, 7th, & 8th grade students who are preparing for this important step in the development of their faith.



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. 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 6 & 7.



The Church Universal celebrates the Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist on Thursday, October 18. There will be a special Mass on Thursday, 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.



Last weekend Knox Levi Olshenski, Cainen Richard Wallace and Micah Grant Wallace were baptized in St. Luke Church. Please pray for them and their families as they grow in wisdom and grace.



Please pray for the peaceful repose of the soul of James Maffett a parishioner of St. Luke Church who died recently. Pray for the consolation of his loved ones. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.




Monday (September 24) Weekday


8:00 am (SL) Eulaliah Fredericks

by Leota M. Lauer


Tuesday (September 25) Weekday


8:00 am (IC) Intentions of Rose Schilling

In memory of A. Yates Schilling

by their family


Wednesday (September 26) Weekday


8:00 am (IC) Joseph L. Schurer

by Carl & Lucy Bloom & family


Thursday (September 27) St. Vincent de Paul, Priest


7:00pm (IC) James Lorson

by Francis & Pamela Hoffman


Friday (September 28) Weekday


8:00 am (SL) Frank & Phyllis Nau

by Bernie & Pat Rell


10:30 am (Manor Care) Andrew J. Hvoydovic

by Fr. Bert


Saturday (September 29) Vigil: Twenty-Sixth Sunday

in Ordinary Time


4:00pm (IC) Bernadette Kemmerer

by Galen & Regina Williams


6:00 pm (SL) Gloria Steele

by Grace Callahan


Sunday (September 30) Twenty-Sixth Sunday in

Ordinary Time


8:30am (IC) Harold Wenner

by Vern & Lorrie Nau


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




Adult Education is being offered by Fr. Bert on the topic of prayer. We will explore the background behind prayer, various forms of prayer and how to best utilize it in our lives of faith. The classes will be held from 6:30-7:30pm on Tuesday evenings in the parish halls on: 10/16 - IC, 10/23 - SL, 10/30 - No Class, 11/6 - IC, 11/13 - SL, 11/20 - IC, 11/27 - SL class & social.



We would like to welcome a new cantor at St. Luke Church, Jarod Engel. A big thank you to Jarod and all the cantors that make our liturgical celebrations so much more beautiful with their gift of song.




St. Luke’s Sauerkraut Dinner is Wednesday, October 24. 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 13 & 14. Donation calls- October 14-21, Setting-up tables – Sunday, October 21 after 10:30 a.m. Mass. Applesauce – Monday, October 22 at 5:00pm SL parish hall. Advance tickets will be sold in the vestibule in St. Luke before and after Masses on Oct. 6/7, 13/14 and 20/21. Advance tickets will also be available at the Parish office from Oct. 8-23. Advance ticket prices are $9 for adults, children 6-12 $3.50 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.


SL CCD Staff

DRE - Dona Price

K & 1st - Elaine Forsythe , Room off vestibule

2nd grade/First Communion - Renee Kernes

Room off Sacristy

3rd & 4th grades - Denise Folmar, Rectory

5th grade - Anne Dawson, Church hall

6th grade - Lora Engel, Rectory

7th & 8th grades/Confirmation Prep - Mark Schall Church hall, dessert room

Youth Group - Steve Eck, Church hall



IC CCD Staff

DRE - Anthony & Elizabeth Segraves

1st grade - Kimber Wenner, First floor - Catechetical Center

2nd grade/First Communion - Kim Corson

Ground floor - Catechetical Center

3rd grade - Angie Waldman, Altar Server Sacristy

4th grade - Candy Poff

Ground floor - Catechetical Center

5th grade - Ron Sander

First floor - Catechetical Center

6th grade - Paula Meixel, Library - Catechetical Center

7th grade/Confirmation - Kelli Meixel

Annex Classroom - Catechetical Center

8th grade - Jolene Wilton, Lower Parish Hall

9th &10th grades - Liz Segraves, Lower Parish Hall

11th &12th grades - Sue Sander, Lower Parish Hall






The CCD teachers from St. Luke Church recently attended a catechist camp hosted by the diocese. The purpose of the camp was to give the teachers an opportunity to share ideas with other CCD programs and to help align us with the latest diocesan initiatives. The biggest take-away was that the diocese wants our education programs to focus on building strong relations within families and the church. With that in mind, we are introducing a weekly bulletin segment titled CAR TALK. Each week we will pose several questions relevant to the Sunday scripture readings and we encourage you to discuss them on the way home. We hope these enrich your family conversations.

* Why do we have war?

* What is something you want but don’t have and

what would you have to do to get it?

* What have you learned from a child?




It is hoped that everyone has noticed the new information panel now in place at Immaculate Conception Church as part of our celebration of the parishes 180th anniversary. A great note of thanks to Jeff Wenner who helped comprise the information and to Denny Haines, Roger Mahosky, Hank Sweet and Rodney Lorson and anyone else who helped with the panel. We are accepting donations towards the cost of the panel. Thus far we have received $110.




The replacement of the WWI memorial, remembering the 4 members of the parish who died in WWI, has now been placed. Thank you to all who made contributions and a great note of thanks to Jeff Wenner, Ron Wenner, Jamie Lorson, Jamie Wacker, Wacker Excavating & Steinbacher Enterprises who masterfully saw to the statues placement. The dedication is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, November 11 at 2:00 pm, the 100th anniversary of the armistice of WWI. We have received $11,655 of our goal of $11,500. Anyone interested in donating has until September 30 which will allow time to prepare the plaque to be placed on the base for the dedication.



“The Journey Makes Us One”

Togetherness—it is what the Diocesan Annual Appeal is all about. Through this appeal the Bishop invites all Catholics to join with him to address the important programs, missions, and work of the Diocese of Scranton. As a caring community of Catholics, we need each other, rely on each other, and willingly make the choice to help one another. We do this because it is who we are, and it is what we do. When our Catholic community works together toward a positive goal, our accomplishments are great indeed. But without your participation, without you in our community, we are less. Our work is less. The difference we make is not as great, and our reach is not as far.
It will take your help to make this Diocesan Appeal a successful one. Learn more about what the appeal helps and how you can join with thousands of fellow Catholics to make your difference.
Please prayerfully consider your response to the Diocesan Annual Appeal. Our goals for this year are: (IC)$28,000 (SL)$17,000.







(Ages 15-25)

Friday, October 12

through Sunday, October 14

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




Confessions are heard at the following times at St. Luke and Immaculate Conception Churches:

Thursday, Immaculate Conception 6:15-6:40pm

Saturday, Immaculate Conception 3:00-3:30pm

Saturday, St. Luke 5:15-5:35pm




Saturday, September 29


  1. p.m. 6:00 p.m.

Altar Servers

Riley Frazier Braden Guinter

William Frazier Karysa Forsythe

Grace Lorson Duan Forsythe


Alex Lazorka Anne Dawson


Roger Mahosky Kim Crossen

Communion Ministers

Nancy Waldman Dee Todd

Joan Rogers Judy Morlock

Diana Persun Rick Morton


Sunday, September 30


  1. a.m. 10:30 a.m.

Altar Servers

Devon Walker Melanie Rdesinski

Tyler Walker Cailyn Schall

Kaden Walker Ethan Johnson


Lenny Stopper Kateri Cohick


Sue Sander Diane Welch

Communion Ministers

Mary Waldman Kelly Dolan

Jerry Nau Steve Eck

Ron Sander Patty Suponcic




The next schedule we are working on will be for November, December 2018 & January 2019. Please get a hold of the appropriate volunteer for any scheduling needs:



12/24 - 4:00pm SL

12/24 - 7:00pm IC

12/24 - midnight IC

12/25 - 10:00am SL



Altar Servers, Lectors and Communion Ministers - Barb Fedele - Jfedele2@comcast.net or Judy Morlock - jmorlock@verizon.net

Cantors - Kateri Cohick 570-398-1166.



Altar Servers - Lavern Nau 570-745-7696

Cantors - Karen Baier 570-745-3251

Lectors - Sue Sander 570-745-7687

Communion Ministers - Robert Winter 570-745-2255

Altar Pappies - Joe Waldman 570-745-3273.




If you are not receiving envelopes from one of our parishes that means that you are either not registered in the parish or that you have been classified as in-active. For better or for worse, this is one of the ways that we can monitor a person’s participation in the parish. This may have an impact on a person’s reception of the sacraments. If you wish to register in a parish or desire to have your membership reactivated, please contact the parish office at 745-3301.




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.



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 September the pantry is in need of Instant Potatoes. They are always in need of 15 oz. jars of peanut butter.



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.




Evening confirmation classes have been scheduled for the fall of 2018. All classes will be held from 5:00-6:00 pm in the Church buildings and includes both 7th & 8th grades:

  • Sunday,Sept.16, 2018–IC Church (Parent Meeting)
  • Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 – SL Church
  • Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 – IC Church
  • Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018 - SL Church


The following  SL  parishioner is scheduled to clean the sanctuary  September 28:  Kateri Cohick.


The following IC parishioners are scheduled to clean the church on September 28: M K Gamble & C Tacka.



The following Immaculate Conception parish families are scheduled to bring up the gifts in the offertory procession for the weekend of September 30: Saturday: Andrew Lorson Family Sunday: Joseph Engel Family.



St. Luke gift bears for: Saturday, September 29: Mary ellen Corthen. Sunday, September 30: Gary Johnson family.




When our culture is shifting so dramatically toward smartphone-dependence, we must find ways to rightly embrace the technology at our fingertips and enhance the worship experience:



iBreviary - A free app. Brings the

traditional Catholic prayer of the Breviary and all the texts of the Liturgy right to your fingertips.




Let me pause as I begin this new day to give it to You, Lord.  Before the tumult of activities breaks in; before breakfast plates crash through my still sleepy mind;  for this last moment in my bed, thank you, Lord.  Let me hold Your promise of new life.  Keep me from slipping back for I know that what is forgiven is as if it never were.  Each new day, Your grace gives me a fresh start to walk in Your light again.  May the Lord support us all the day long, till the shades lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done.  Then in His mercy may He give us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last.  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.




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.




LIFE CHAIN—Sunday, October 7, 2018: SIGN-UP SUNDAY. Please sign-up to participate in this peaceful, prayerful event as you enter or leave church or you may contact Tammy Packer at 570-745-3328 (I.C.) or Evelyn Rall at 570-398-0722 (S.L.). The total count of each church participating is important to determine a uniform chain of all participants lining both sides of the Golden Strip to hopefully eliminate gaps and congestion within the chain. Life Chain is an event that will take place nationally and locally on Sunday, October 7, 2018, between the hours of 2:30 and 3:30 P.M. In Lycoming County, the event will occur along the "Golden Strip", East Third Street between Northway Road and Country Club Lane.





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


July -1,030.25

August +3,457.76


Running Total: + 2,427.51




Burial of the dead is one of the corporal works of mercy of the Catholic Church. A catholic practicing ones faith and in good standing, can never be denied a Christian burial. This is not a diocesan or parish policy, but comes directly from the Churches Canon Law.




Women’s Prayer Breakfast

St. Joseph of the Worker Parish

Saturday, November 3rd @ 8:30am

Morning starts with Mass, breakfast & speaker

All women welcome!

More information to come!




St. Lawrence will be holding a Pancake & Sausage Breakfast on Sunday, October 7 from 8:00am - 12:30pm in the St. Lawrence Parish Center. The breakfast includes Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Sweets, Coffee, Juice, Milk and Hot Chocolate. Cost is $8 in advance, $9 at the door, kids 12 & under $4.50.




The sanctuary candle will burn during the month of September at St. Luke for: Carolina Edwards as requested by her family. At Immaculate Conception for: Edna Engel Reed as requested by Ora Edwards, John & Anna Sember as requested by Bernie & Pat Rell & Intentions of Walter Eck as requested by the family.







Weekly $ 2,579.00 $3,475.00

Loose 443.00 71.00

Monthly 125.00 610.00

Utilities 305.00 819.00

Votive 29.50 78.00

Total Collection: $ 3,481.50 $ 5,053.00

INCOME GOAL: 3,011.45 3,658.23

  1. Over/(Under Goal) $ + 470.05 $ +1,394.77


Additional Collections

Building Fund 95.00 120.00

Care and Ed. of Priests 0 30.00

Annual Appeal 65.00 20.00

May the Lord reward your generosity



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