Weekly Bulletin


March 10, 2019

Reverend Bert S. Kozen V.F., Pastor



Dear Parishioners,


The first reading for today, from the Book of Deuteronomy, and the Gospel reading from Luke, both refer to journeys. In the first reading a summary of Israel’s journey of faith is given beginning with the patriarch Abraham. The journey to Egypt is recalled as well as the journey to the Promised Land. This retelling is less about the actual distance covered geographically and more about the spiritual distance. Through this journey the Israelites become a nation and are formed as the People of God.

In the Gospel Jesus journeys into the Judean desert. He goes there to prepare himself for his public ministry. Like the journey of the Israelites this journey is less about the geographic distance as it is about the events that unfold. Jesus is put to the test to see what kind of Messiah he will be. Through these trials and temptations Jesus remains steadfast in his resolve to do the will of the Father. He will bring about the peace and justice of the Kingdom of God.

In this Season of Lent, we will be invited to make a journey. Like the journey of Jesus in the desert and the journey of the Israelites our journey will not be a geographical one but a spiritual journey. We will be challenged to look at our lives and recognize the need of repentance and conversion. As we do this we will be renewed in our faith and our baptismal calling to be the Body of Christ, the Church of God. May we be resolved to make this journey a blessed one and hasten towards the Paschal Mystery.

May God Bless You,

Fr. Bert




On the First Friday of April during Lent, Fr. Kozen will visit the home-bound members of our parishes to administer Confession, Anointing of the Sick and Holy Communion. If you or a loved one would like to be added to the monthly home visitation list, please call the Parish Office, 570-745-3301.



There will be an important meeting on Sunday, April 7, 11:30am in St. Luke Church for all parents of children from both our parishes receiving First Communion. First Communion dates are: Immaculate Conception, Sunday, May 5 at 8:30 am Mass and St. Luke, Sunday, May 5 at 10:30 a.m. Mass.



Mar 10 IC HNS Pancake Breakfast 8:00 am-Noon IC Parish Hall

Mar 10 IC/SL Evening Confirmation Class 5:00-6:00 pm IC Church

Mar 11 SL/IC Light Is On 5:30-7:00pm IC Church

Mar 12 SL/IC Lenten Vespers 6:30pm IC Church

Mar 12 SL/IC Adult Education 7:00pm IC Church

Mar 27 SL Spaghetti Dinner

Mar 30 Confirmation Retreat 8th Graders Only 9:00am-4:00pm

IC Parish Hall

Apr 7 IC/SL Parent First Communion Mtg 11:30 am SL Church

Apr 7 IC/SL Evening Confirmation Class 5:00-6:00 pm SL Church

May 5 IC First Communion 8:30 am Mass IC Church

May 5 SL First Communion 10:30 am Mass SL Church

May 19 IC Spring Dinner

June 2 SL/IC Senior Liturgy/Brunch 10:30am Mass SL Church

June 9 IC/SL Confirmation 2:00 pm IC Church



The Holy Name Society of Immaculate Conception Church will sponsor a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, March 10, from 8:00 am until noon in the IC Parish Hall. All families are invited to attend Mass together and enjoy a delicious breakfast together. The cost is $8/adult (children 10yrs and under $4). Menu: Pancakes, sausage patties, sausage gravy, biscuits, liver pudding, OJ, coffee, tea & coffeecake. A sign-up sheet is located in the vestibule of Immaculate Conception Church for anyone interested in waitressing and donating coffee cakes.



Choir rehearsals are beginning for Lent, the Triduum and the Easter Season. Rehearsals are now being held on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in Immaculate Conception Church and will be held on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at St. Luke’s Church beginning Wednesday, March 13. All are welcome to join!


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.


During the season of Lent, for most of the Masses, we will once again use a silent entrance. The presider, with the other liturgical ministers, will quietly go to their places in the sanctuary and main body of the church. This will take place approximately 10 minutes before Mass. Liturgical Ministers are encouraged to come early and prepare for the Mass by being in their appropriate places for this quiet period of prayer.



Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence from meat. All Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence from meat. Fasting prescribes that only one full meal be taken. Two smaller meals may be taken to maintain strength, but these taken should not equal another full meal. Fasting obliges from the 18th to the 59th birthday. Abstinence forbids the eating of meat. Abstinence obliges from the 14th birthday on.



Parishioner contribution statements for 2018 are now available through the parish office. If you would like a verified copy of your contributions to either IC or SL Churches, please notify the parish office at 570-745-3301. Contribution statements are based upon your donations given by way of your contribution envelopes. Statements will be mailed only to those parishioners who request them.



The Confirmation Retreat for eighth grade candidates only is scheduled for Saturday, March 30, with a snow date of Saturday, April 6. The retreat will begin at 9:00a.m. and will be conducted in the Immaculate Conception Parish Hall. The retreat will include lunch, an opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and conclude with the 4:00p.m. Mass. The Confirmation retreat is mandatory for candidates preparing for the sacrament. If for some reason that is not possible then the candidate must make a Confirmation retreat through another parish.



We would like to thank the following St. Luke CCD students for participating in a Youth Mass on Sunday, March 3 at the 10:30am service. Lectors: Ethan Johnson and Gretta Engel, prayer of the Faithful was read by Lucy Engle. Ella Schall and Lucy Engle were the song leaders, while Cooper Lauer, Zoe Haines and Elianna Good were the Gift Bearers. Greeters were Mackendra Stoetzel, Sadie Schall, Sienna Weaver and Karysa Forsythe. Ushers were Cooper Laurer, Mason Miller, Sean Stoetzel and Ethan Johnson.





Monday (March 11) Lenten Weekday


8:00am (SL) Charles Duran, Jr.

by the family


Tuesday (March 12) Lenten Weekday


8:00am (IC) James R. Nau

by Ron & Joyce Wenner

Wednesday (March 13) Lenten Weekday


8:00am (IC) Josephine Clark

by Andy & Janet Lorson


Thursday (March 14) Lenten Weekday


7:00pm (IC) Karen Steinbacher

by Dave


Friday (March 15) Lenten Weekday

10:30am (Manor Care) Richard Haas

by Cora Kozen & Family


6:30pm (SL) Stations


7:00pm (SL) Virginia Carberry

by Rick & Lorrie Morton



Saturday (March 16) Vigil: The Second Sunday of Lent


4:00pm (IC) Ed Shuhler

by Gail Shuhler


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


Sunday (March 17) The Second Sunday of Lent


8:30am (IC) Helen Deitrick

by her children


10:30am (SL) Jim McLane

by his family




St. Luke Parish will be making meatballs for the Spaghetti Dinner on Monday, March 18 starting at 4:30pm in the parish hall kitchen. Anyone interested please join us.




St. Luke and Immaculate Conception Parishes are sponsoring The Holy Shroud of Turin Tour on Friday, April 12 at St. Luke Church. The presentation will begin at 6:00 pm and last approximately 3 hours and be given by Donald Nohs, known as The Apostle of the Holy Shroud. Stations will be at 8:00am and Mass at 8:30 at St. Luke on Friday, April 12.




During the Lenten and Easter seasons, 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 Lenten and Easter season. (3/12-IC), (3/19-SL), (3/26-IC), (4/2-SL), (4/9-IC), (3/16 No Vespers), (4/23-SL), (4/30 No Vespers), (5/7-IC), (5/14-SL), (5/21-IC), (5/28-SL) and (6/4-IC). If you have never experienced the beauty of this prayer, we encourage you to come and join us. All are invited.



  1. will you make this Lent a special time of prayer? An idea may include making a family commitment to attend Mass and Stations of the Cross each Friday evening instead of choosing to recreate in the usual fashion. Family time spent united in prayer is family time well spent! Stations will be prayed in common alternating between St. Luke and Immaculate Conception each Friday of Lent at 6:30 pm and Mass will follow. The schedule is as follows: (Mar 15 - SL), (March 22 - IC), (March 29 - SL), (April 5 - IC), (April 12 - SL, Stations will be at 8:00am & Mass at 8:30am due to the Holy Shroud of Turin Presentation) and (April 19 - IC, Stations only at 6:30pm).


THE LIGHT IS ON FOR Every Monday evening during Lent each parish throughout the Diocese of Scranton will have their “lights on” for confession so that Catholics can come to or return to this incredible source of God’s grace, mercy and healing. Confessions will be from 5:30-7:00pm and because of our linkage, Monday evening confessions will alternate between our two churches: (3/11-IC), (3/18-SL), (3/25-IC) & (4/1-SL), (4/8-IC) & (4/15-SL, this will be the last opportunity for confession before Easter). All parishioners are encouraged to make use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the season of Lent. Confessions are heard each Saturday at Immaculate Conception and St. Luke prior to the Vigil Masses. Confessions are also heard at Immaculate Conception each Thursday from 6:15-6:40 p.m. prior to the 7:00 p.m. Mass.



For 9 weeks, starting Tuesday, March 12 through and including Tuesday, May 7, 15 decades of the rosary will be prayed in common for pro-life intentions at Immaculate Conception Church each Tuesday starting 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.


adult education classes

The Lenten/Easter Adult Education Classes will be about the women of the Bible, the good, the bad and the ugly. Come out and learn more about these influential women and how they had an impact on the story of salvation history. Classes will be on Tuesdays 7:00 - 8:00pm following vespers. (March 12 - IC), (March 19 – SL), (March 26 – IC), (April 2 – SL), (April 9 – IC), (April 16 – No Class), (April 23 - SL), (April 30 - No Class), (May 7 – IC, & Social).




The Nippenose Valley Ministerium will be conducting Lenten worship services on Wednesdays in Lent at 7:00 p.m. The following are the dates and locations:

Mar 13 – Antes Fort United Methodist Church

Mar 20 – Immaculate Conception Church

Mar 27 - St. James Lutheran Church, Rauchtown

Apr 3 – Oval United Methodist Church

Apr 10 – Oriole United Methodist Church





St. Joseph the Worker Parish will be holding Fish Bakes every other Friday in Lent beginning on Ash Wednesday from 4:00-6:30pm in the Fleming Center. Adults $10 Children (10 & under) $5.




St. Joseph the Worker Parish will be holding a Non-Fish Fish Dinner for those not into fish for Lent on Friday, March 22. This Dinner will feature Haluksi, Pierogies, Veggie Pasta Bake. Dinner also includes salad, vegetable & dessert. $10/adult, $5/children. 4:00-6:30pm in the Fleming Center.




St. Luke and Immaculate Conception are looking for any parishioners interested in participating more fully in the Liturgy by becoming an Altar server, Lector, Cantor or Eucharistic Minister. Please contact the parish office Monday-Friday from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at 745-3301.






Saint Luke’s Catholic Church 72nd Annual Authentic Italian Spaghetti Dinner

Wednesday, March 27

Lunch 11:30 am – 3:00 pm

Dinner 4:00 pm – 7 pm

(Takeouts are available all day)

All you can eat Spaghetti

(includes 2 Homemade meatballs),

tossed salad, Italian bread, cake & Beverage

Adult Advance $9.00 – At Door $9.50

Children 6 – 12 years $3.50, Under 6 – Free!

Other important dates: Meat Collection- March 9 & 10, Donation calls- March 17-24, Meatball preparation- Monday, March 18 at 5pm, Set tables-Sunday, March 24 after 10:30am Mass, Making sauce and other kitchen work-Tuesday, March 26 starting at 7:30am. Tickets will be available in the vestibule of SL before and after Masses the weekends of March 9/10, March 16/17 & 23/24. Tickets are also available at the Parish Office from March 11 - 26 during business hours. These suppers not only promote the financial well being of our parish, but also the communal well being of our parish family. For those who wish to give a little of your time to your church contact Tammy Lorson at 745-3107. We look forward to coming together as a church community.




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.




His Excellency, the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, and the Office for Parish Life wish to invite couples celebrating their 25th or 50th wedding anniversary in 2019 to a diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, June 30, 2019. The event includes a 2:30pm Mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral followed by a reception. Requests for an invitation, with a mailing address, should be made through your parish office before April 2.



There are some advertising spaces available on the back of our bulletin. Anyone interested in advertising please contact the parish office, 570-745-3301.




Each week we will pose several questions relevant to the Sunday scripture readings and we encourage you to discuss them on the way home as a family. We hope these enrich your family conversations.


* What is your favorite gift of all time?

* What did you enjoy most giving to another person?

* What is the hardest temptation that you haven’t given

in to?




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 March the pantry is in need of Cream of Mushroom Soup. They are always in need of 16 oz. jars of peanut butter.



The sanctuary candle will burn during the month of March at St. Luke for: Ernest & Winifred Orsin as requested by Tom Duran. At Immaculate Conception for: Jason Bartges as requested by Mom, Dad, Ryan & Jordan, Harry & Catherine Rogers as requested by Edna Rogers, Patrick Eck as requested by Randy Eck & Brothers.


SJNRA Accepting Registrations

for 2019-20 School Year

St. John Neumann Regional Academy is accepting registrations for the 2019-20 school year for students in all grade levels (PreK-12). We offer PreK for 3 and 4 year olds, three or five full days or five half days. Tuition assistance is available. For more information, or a tour of either of our campuses, please contact Kathy Bahr at 570-323-9953, ext. 205 or kbahr@sjnra.org. At John Neumann Regional Academy, we proudly provide a curriculum of spiritual and academic excellence, rooted in service. Consider a Catholic education for your child.



A reminder from the President of IC St Ann's Society, to all members: It is our duty as well as a Great Honor to pray 6 Rosaries for any member of our Society which passes away. I remind each of us to offer up 6 Rosaries in remembrance of our recently deceased member, Irene Eck. May God Bless You All, Carmie Winter.

CPR Facial Air Masks are located in the vestibules and sacristies of both our churches.  These devices are to be used in a medical emergency if mouth to mouth resuscitation is needed.








(Ages 15-25)

Friday, March 29

through Sunday, March 31

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





 God of Love, through this Lenten journey, purify my desires to serve you.  Free me from any temptations to judge others, to place myself above others.  Please let me surrender even my impatience with others, that with your love and your grace, I might be less and less absorbed with myself, and more and more full of the desire to follow you, in laying down my life according to your example.  Amen.




The following mandatory evening Confirmation classes are scheduled. All classes will be held from 5:00-6:00 pm in the Church buildings and includes both 7th & 8th grades:

  • Sunday, March 10, 2019- IC Church
  • Sunday, April 7, 2019- SL Church
  • Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 4:00-500 pm- IC Church (Parent's Meeting)




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).



Friday, March 15



6:30 p.m. Stations/7:00p.m. Mass

Altar Servers

Melanie Rdesinski

Ethan Johnson

Matthew Harbach


No Cantor


John Crossen

Communion Minister

Judy Morlock


Saturday, March 16

                    IC                               SL

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

Altar Servers

Joseph Wenner               Josiah Reid

Kadance Meixel            Lily Reid

Chrissie Cowfer            Sophie Reid



Alex Lazorka                  Anne Dawson



Josette Miller                Mark Watson


Communion Ministers

Nancy Waldman            Kelly Watson

Patti Pfirman                 Rick Morton

Joan Rogers                   Evelyn Rall


Sunday, March 17

              IC                            SL

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

Altar Servers

DJ Steinbacher            Alex Butzler

Stephy Steinbacher        Kate Butzler

Alex Trunzo



Lenny Stopper          Chelsea Alexander



Cheryl Palski           Kelly Butzler


Communion Ministers

Tony Segraves         Tom Butzler

Carm Winter            Steve Eck

Jerry Nau Pat           Suponcic



We are working on the next schedule for May, June & July, 2019. For St. Luke please get a hold of Barb Fedele - Jfedele2@comcast.net or Judy Morlock - jmorlock@verizon.net for any scheduling needs of Altar Servers, Lectors and Communion Ministers. Cantors should get a hold of Kateri Cohick, 570-398-1166. Immaculate Conception liturgical volunteers should get a hold of the following: Altar Servers - Vern Nau 745-7696, Cantors - Karen Baier 745-3251, Lectors - Sue Sander ronsander@comcast.net or 745-7687, Communion Ministers - Bob Winter 745-2255 & Altar Pappies - Joe Waldman 745-3273.


The following  SL  parishioner is scheduled to clean the sanctuary  March 15:  Kateri Cohick.


The following IC parishioners are scheduled to clean the church on March 16: P. Pfirman & D. Sweitzer.



The following Immaculate Conception parish families are scheduled to bring up the gifts in the offertory procession for the weekend of March 17: Saturday: Galen Williams Family Sunday: Brock Trunzo Family.



St. Luke gift bears for: Saturday, March 16: Jamie Weaver Family & Sunday, March 17: Eilanna Good Family.




We have 7 students and 6 adults going to West Virginia for the mission trip in June. Those participating are Veronica Sander, Gabe Packer, Josiah Reid, Faith Reid, Aubrey Segraves, Oliver Matz, Zuzu Shanaway, Ron and Sue Sander, Don Price, Anthony Segraves, Michael Bumbarger, and Rocky Thibault-Finan. Please pray for them that they have safe travel and may be a blessing to those they serve. If you would like to make a donation to help the students pay for their trip, please make checks payable to Immaculate Conception Church and place in the collection basket marked for the mission trip.




The fifth Annual Catholic Men’s Conference will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 8:00am-3:00pm at Holy Redeemer High School, 159 S. Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. Experience a prayerful, spirit-filled, life-changing day featuring keynote presentations by

  • Father Philip Bochanski, C.O., M.A.,
  • Dr. Ray Guarendi
  • Doug Barry

Registration/Coffee 7:00am, with main Conference 8:00am to 2:45pm. The Most Reverend Bishop Joseph Bambera will celebrate the closing Mass. Cost: $40, $30 early bird, $15 for students, Priests and Deacons free. Register on line at: www.BeAManConference.com call 570-207-2213 (Diocesan Pastoral Center) or mail the completed conference brochure application with your check to: Office for Parish Life, 330 Wyoming Ave, Scranton, PA. 18503 Attn: Men’s Conference.






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


July -1,030.25

August +3,457.76

September +1,836.12

October -3,539.84

November -2,005.34

December +7,976.94

January -7,017.44


Running Total: - 322.05




  1. note the annual Rice Bowl collection containers are in the vestibule of our churches. You may make use of them during the Lenten Season, but we would very much appreciate if you could hand the total in as a check made out to your parish. Rice Bowl envelopes can also be found in your offertory packets. This collection is to help the hungry of the world. submit your contribution by Lent’s end.



There will be a second collection taken up at both Masses at St. Luke Church this weekend, March 9 & 10, to defray the cost of meat for the Spaghetti Dinner.



                                              SL                        IC

Weekly                         $1,897.00          $ 4,409.00

Loose                                180.00                   82.00

Monthly                           260.00                 330.00

Utilities                              35.00                    35.00

Votive                                86.00                    66.00

Total Collection:      $ 2,458.00            $ 4,922.00

INCOME GOAL:      3,011.45               3,658.23

Over/(Under Goal) $ - 553.45           $+1,263.77

Additional Collections

Building Fund             341.00                   890.00

Care & Edu Priest      269.00                   593.00

Eastern Europe              5.00                             0

Wednesday (SVDP)            0                        5.00

JS Love Center                   0                      70.00


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