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February 23, 2020

Rev. Bert S. Kozen V.F., Pastor



Dear Parishioners,

Today we continue our journey through the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew and our reflection on the deepening interpretation of the Law by Jesus. Jesus continues to point out how he views the law and its application in our lives. “You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. But what I say is offer no resistance to one who is evil.” Further into this Gospel passage we hear Jesus say, “You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you. Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

These are indeed radical principles for us to live by. They even go against many of our thoughts and ideas concerning justice and retribution. But they are part of the Kingdom of God and that is precisely what makes the Kingdom of God so radical. We are called to live our lives, not according to the ideas and principles of the world, but those of God. God loves all and bestows life upon all. This is what makes God perfect. If we are to be his children then we must be perfect, just as our heavenly Father is perfect.

May God Bless You,

Fr. Bert




On Ash Wednesday, February 26, each of us will be visibly marked by an ashen cross on the forehead. This symbol is not only a sign of public penance, but also our link to Palm Sunday of last year. The ashes should be the residue of the burnt palm we have had in our homes since last Palm Sunday. All are invited to return the palm received last year. It will be burnt and the resulting ash used to sign the faithful at the beginning of Lent. Baskets for palm branches are in the vestibule of both our churches.



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. All are welcome to join!







Feb 29 SL/IC Confirmation Retreat 9:00am – 4:00pm IC Parish Hall

Mar 2 SL/IC Light is on 5:30-7:00pm IC Church

Mar 3 SL/IC Vespers No Vespers

Mar 9 SL/IC Light is on 5:30-7:00pm SL Church

Mar 10 SL/IC Lenten Vespers 6:30pm SL Church

Mar 29 SL/IC Lenten Penance Service 3:00pm SL Church

Apr 5 SL/IC Shroud of Turin 3:00pm SL Church

Apr 22 SL Spaghetti Dinner SL Parish Hall

May 3 IC First Communion 8:30am IC Church

May 3 SL First Communion 10:30am SL Church

May 17IC Spring Dinner IC Parish Hall

May 31SL/IC Confirmation 10:30am SL Church






Wednesday, February 26


8:00am Immaculate Conception Mass


12:10pm St. Luke Liturgy of the Word


5:00pm Immaculate Conception Liturgy of the Word


7:00pm St. Luke Mass




On the First Friday of March 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.



During the season of Lent, 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.


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.




The Holy Name Society of Immaculate Conception Church will sponsor a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, March 8, 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.



Jesus’ Burial Cloth

St. Luke and Immaculate Conception Parishes are sponsoring The Holy Shroud of Turin Tour on Palm Sunday, April 5 at St. Luke Church. The presentation will begin at 3:00 pm and last approximately 3 hours. The presentation is given by Donald Nohs, known as The Apostle of the Holy Shroud.



Where do we come from and where are we going? These questions are DECISIVE for understanding what it means to be human and how to orient our lives and our actions toward authentic fulfillment. Join Christopher West and Mike Mangione as they creatively weave together dynamic presentations with live music, movie clips, YouTube videos, and sacred art for an evening of beauty and reflection on the meaning of life, love, and human destiny. You will come away with a faith-filled vision of hope that will instill in you the sheer wonder and joy of being alive…Location: St. Boniface Catholic Church, 326 Washington Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701, Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00-9:30 pm. Tickets are available for $25 per person at the parish office or a committee member: Patty Suponcic, Kelli Meixel, Kimber Wenner, Mary Kay Gamble & Paige Rishel. If you would like to see more details about the Made for More Event or to purchase tickets please visit the website at CORPROJECT. COM/WILLIAMSPORT.



Parishioner contribution statements for 2019 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.



  1. is the month of St. Joseph and a very suitable time to foster a devotion to our spiritual father. Available is a book, The “Consecration to St. Joseph” written by Fr. Don Calloway. This book is definitely a book for our time, dedicated to meeting the challenges of the present moment and restoring order to our Church and our world.


Mass Intentions


Monday (February 24) Weekday


8:00am (SL) Fred Callahan

by Frank & Vivian Eck


Tuesday (February 25) Weekday


8:00am (IC) Steve Saar

by Bob Dougherty


Wednesday (February 26) Ash Wednesday


8:00am (IC) Steve Rogers

by Edna & family


12:10pm (SL) Liturgy of the Word


5:00pm (IC) Liturgy of the Word


7:00pm (SL) For the people of our parishes


Thursday (February 27) Thursday after Ash Wednesday


7:00pm (IC) Jim & Irene Eck

by their family


Friday (February 28) Friday after Ash Wednesay


10:30am (Manor Care) Richard Beck

by Fr. Bert


6:30pm (SL) Stations


7:00pm (SL) Intentions of Mary Lou Oneill

by her family


Saturday (February 29) Vigil: First Sunday of Lent


4:00 pm (IC) Intentions of Georgie Steinbacher

by Mr. & Mrs. Galen Williams


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


Sunday (March 1) First Sunday of Lent


8:30 am (IC) Harry & Catherine Rogers

by Edna Rogers


10:30 am (SL) Isobel Kogut

by Dale & Christine Fink




St. Luke Church will conduct their annual Spaghetti Dinner on Wednesday, April 22, in the Parish Hall. Although the Holy Name Society and Altar and Rosary Society sponsor the dinner, all parishioners are encouraged to volunteer. Please mark the date on your calendar.



On Saturday, May 30 a special dinner will be held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the school dedicated under the patronage of St. John Neumann at the Genetti Hotel. Reservation forms for the event can be found in the vestibule of both our churches. Please follow the instructions on the reservation form.



One of the more noticeable traditions of Lent is the simplicity of the Lenten Environment. We are precluded from using flowers or any other liturgical decorations that would distract us from the austerity of the Lenten desert. This includes the entire church from the sanctuary, to the main body and the vestibule. To help accomplish this Lenten simplicity the vestibules of both churches will be cleaned up. We ask you to pay particular attention to the “lost & found”. These items that are still unclaimed by the first Sunday of lent will be removed.



The February St Luke Altar and Rosary meeting has been cancelled. The next meeting will be on Monday, March 9, at 7:00pm in the St. Luke Church basement. The meeting will cover the spaghetti dinner and other spring activities. New members are always welcome.



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.



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. (3/3-No Vespers), (3/10-SL), (3/17-IC), (3/24-SL), (3/31-No Vespers), (4/7 No Vespers), (4/14-IC), (4/21-SL), (4/28-IC), (5/5-SL), (5/12-IC), (5/19-SL) and (5/26-No Vespers). If you have never experienced the beauty of this prayer, we encourage you to come and join us. All are invited.



The sanctuary candle will burn during the month of February at St. Luke for: John & Evelyn Buttorff as requested by Kenny, Debbie & family, Robert & Carmel Pagnotto as requested by their children & families. Immaculate Conception for: Donald Steppe as requested by Nancy Steppe, Frances Shuhler as requested by Steve & Helen Noon & Joe Minnella as requested by Annie Shebest. Sanctuary candles are still available to sponsor at both our churches.




  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: (Feb 28 - SL), (March 6 - IC), (March 13 - SL), (March 20 – IC, Stations will be at 8:00am & Mass at 8:30am), (March 27 - SL), (April 3 - IC) and (April 10 – SL, 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: (3/2-IC), (3/9-SL), (3/16-IC), (3/23-SL), (3/30-IC) & (4/6-No). 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.


adult education classes

The Lenten/Easter Adult Education Classes with Fr. Bert will be a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Come out and hear the bible come alive. Classes will be on Tuesdays 7:00 - 8:00pm following vespers. (March 17 - IC), (March 24 – SL), (March 31 – No Class), (April 7 – No Class), (April 14 – IC), (April 21 – SL), (April 28 - IC), (May 5 - SL), (May 12 – 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, locations & speakers:

Mar 4-Immaculate Conception Church, Pastor Dan

Mar 11–Oriole United Methodist Church, Fr. Kozen

Mar 18–Antes Fort United Methodist Church, Pastor Aucher

Mar 25–Oval United Methodist Church, Pastor Max Furman

Apr 1–St. James Lutheran Church, Rauchtown, Pastor Max Furman



The Annual Fish Dinner will be held on Ash Wednesday February 26th at the St. Boniface elementary school gym from 4-7pm. Adults are $10.00 and children under 12 are $5.00. Take outs are available. Fish, macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, coleslaw, green beans, brownie sundaes and drinks will be served family style. Tickets will be available after all masses or at the parish office.


A retreat has been scheduled for both the 7th & 8th grade confirmation candidates from Immaculate Conception Church and St. Luke Church. The retreat will be held on Saturday, February 29 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm and will include lunch. Candidates are encouraged to attend the 4:00 pm Mass at Immaculate Conception Church along with their families. All candidates are required to make a retreat in preparation of the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. If for some reason any candidate cannot make this retreat, they must notify the parish office ASAP, 570-745-3301.



Interview times have been scheduled for the eighth-grade Confirmation candidates only. These dates and times are:

Sunday, March 8, 3:30-4:45 pm in IC Rectory (please note the Evening Confirmation meeting for the month is that same day).

Sunday, March 15, 11:45 am- 1:00p.m. in SL Rectory.

It is the responsibility of the Confirmation Candidate to contact the parish office at 570-745-3301 and set up the interview date and time. The interviews are scheduled in 15-minute blocks and a parent, sponsor or another adult must accompany the candidate for the interview.



Wednesday, February 26

Ash Wednesday

          IC                              SL

  1. 12:10p.m.
  1. (Liturgy of Word)

Altar Servers

Gene Stopper                 Don Price



No Cantor                      No Cantor



Josette Miller                 Dee Todd


Communion Ministers

Ron Sander                    Steve Eck

Joan Rogers

Dave Pistner


           IC                            SL

  1. 7:00p.m.
  1. of Word) (Mass)

Altar Servers

Dennis Moore                 Lucy Engel

Greta Engel

Seanna Weaver



No Cantor                       Jared Engel



Joe Waldman                 Paul Ryan


Communion Ministers

Diana Persun                  Renee Kerns

Judy Morlock

Rick Morton


Friday, February 28



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

Altar Servers

Steve Eck



No Cantor



Diane Johnson


Communion Minister

Steve Eck


Saturday, February 29

           IC                                           SL

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

Devon Walker                    Jade Alexander

Tyler Walker                       Natthew Harbach

Kaden Walker



Karen Baier                        Chelsea Alexander



Pam Hoffman                    Barb Fedele


Communion Ministers

Denny Haines                    Michele Rozenberg

Lisa Haines                        Dee Todd

Nancy Waldman                 Sarah Harbach


Sunday, March 1

             IC                                     SL

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

Morgan Waldman                Tyler Grubb

Kaidance Meixel                 Cailyn Schall

Joseph Wenner                     Kylie Schall



Steve Waldman                    Dona Price



Elizabeth Segraves              Walt Eisenhauer


Communion Ministers

Angie Waldman                    Don Price

Bob Winter                           Sue Scanlan

Adrienne Miller                    Paige Rishel



Registration Open For 2020-21 School Year at

St. John Neumann

Registration is now open for students entering PreK-3 through 12th Grade for the upcoming school year. We offer several PreK options for 3 and 4-year olds. We offer after care and a hot lunch program. Tuition at our high school campus has been reduced to make it more affordable! Take advantage of additional savings by registering before March 30. Financial Aid is available! Contact Kathy Bahr at kbahr@sjnra.org or 570-323-9953, ext. 205 for more information, or to schedule a tour or a Shadow Day for your child.




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 2020 to a diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, June 14. The event includes a 2:30 pm mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral followed by a reception. Requests for an invitation, with an April mailing address, should be made through your parish office before March 16.



The following IC parishioners are scheduled to clean the church on February 29: C. Winter & L. Stamm.



The following Immaculate Conception parish families are scheduled to bring up the gifts in the offertory procession for the weekend of March 1: Saturday: Larry Eck Family Sunday: Parvin Miller Family.



St. Luke gift bearers for: Saturday, February 29: Harbach Family, Sunday, March 1: Eric Delaney Family.


The following  SL  parishioner is scheduled to clean the sanctuary  February 28:  Kim Crossen.



For 9 weeks, starting Tuesday, March 3 through and including Tuesday, April 28, 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.



The Neumann Parent Club's Annual Gift Card Bingo will be held Sunday, March 8 at the St. John Neumann Elementary School Cafeteria, 710 Franklin Street in Williamsport. Doors open at Noon and Bingo will start at 1 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Prizes are gift cards ranging in value from $25 - $250. Great food and drink available for purchase, and lots of parking. Call 570-326-3738 for more information.



Bless us all, 0 Lord, we pray, for loved ones, here and near, and far away. And everyone for whom we pray. Keep us safe each night and day, the homeless who have no place to stay. Those who are suffering in any way. The dying, those mourning or grieving and all who need God's mercy. Keep us safe, Heavenly Father, when we are at home, or travelling on our way, or when we are vulnerable, or in danger in any way. Most merciful Father, hear us as we pray for the souls in Purgatory, or who may be sent there some day. Amen.


St. John Neumann Academy is currently seeking donations for the purchase of kneelers for the new chapel at the high school campus. Our goal is to raise $2,200. If we raise more than what we need, extra money will be used in the beautification of the chapel. If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, please make checks payable to SJNRA and in the memo write “kneeler”. Donations may be mailed to SJNRA 901 Penn Street. Williamsport PA, 17701. Thank you so much for your generosity and support.



The Susquehanna Valley Chapter Pennsylvanians for Human Life (SVC-PHL) invites you to a Pro-Life Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, April 4, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Express (Grand Ball Room) in Williamsport. The principal speaker will be Dr. Monique Ruberu. Breakfast buffet is $15/adult and $5 for children 10 and under. For tickets contact Evelyn Rall 570-398-0722 or Tammy Packer 570-745-3328 by March 20, 2020. Complete details can be found on flyer in church vestibule. This event is a time of prayer and inspiration and is not a fundraiser or political. Money collected from tickets is used to help defray the cost of the breakfast expenses.



  1. are looking for high school & college students to go to Wayne County West Virginia and do home repairs for the needy June 7-13, 2020. The Wayne County Work Camp provides a summer service experience for youth and adults who desire a hands-on opportunity to put their Christian faith into practice by serving those who are in need. Please call Sue or Ron Sander at 570-745-7687 to get more information or to sign up. If anyone would like to donate to help defray the cost of the trip for the students, please place your donation in the collection basket marked for the mission trip. Thank you for your generosity! Wayne County is in the south western tip of st Virginia, and is a rural area with rugged mountains and deep valleys. Typical of much of Appalachia, it is rugged, hilly land with the economic challenges of high unemployment, declining population & low tax revenues. The communities & residents are faced with many problems. Cabwaylingo Appalachian Mission strives to share the love of Christ by making residents' homes warmer, dryer and safer.



“Serving in faith with hope and gratitude”

Please prayerfully consider your response to the Diocesan Annual Appeal. To date, IC has pledged $22,012.00 which represents 79% of a goal of $28,000 given by 137 out of 340 families. SL has pledged $13,746.98 which represents 81% of a goal of $17,000.00 given by 98 out of 249 families.



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 Scalloped Potatoes.



We would like to thank you for your generosity to the St. Vincent de Paul Society Fund over the past year. Through your help, we were able to complete the following projects:

* Provide volunteers to help the Jersey Shore

Summer Recreation Program to serve meals for a

week in July.

* Collected and continue to collect food for the

Jersey Shore Love Center.

* Provide gifts to needy families through the Angel

Tree Project.

* Car insurance for a mother with a premature

baby who was unable to work.

* Rent for someone that was getting evicted.

* Heating fuel for a single woman living alone.

* Water bill for a family with a father off of

work due to a back injury.

Now we ask you to give generously again to the Ash Wednesday collection at both SL and IC. These collections will be deposited to the SVDP Society. Each Parish has a separate account which contains money to purchase food vouchers, assist with medical costs, or help those with needs in our community. As always, throughout the year, parishioners may make donations directly to either the SL or IC SVDP Fund to benefit the needy in our parishes and community.



The Third Annual Catholic Women's Conference of the Diocese of Scranton will be held on Saturday, June 20, 8am-4:30pm at the Byron Center, The University of Scranton. For information or to register: cwcnepa.com.



The Sixth Annual Catholic Men’s Conference for the Diocese of Scranton will be held on Saturday, April 25 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.


It is in the tiniest acts, the ones that no one sees, that we express who we are.




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

July - 2,701.72

August +4,553.14

September -2,844.22

October -4,035.78

November -1,524.51

December +2,836.93

Running Total: -3,716.16



On Ash Wednesday, February 26, there will be no second collection taken. Baskets will be located in the back of both St. Luke and Immaculate Conception for parishioners to put donations for the St. Vincent de Paul Society Fund. Each parish has a separate account which contains money to purchase food vouchers, assist with medical costs, or help those with special needs in our community. As always, throughout the year, parishioners may make donations directly to either the SL or IC SVDP Fund to benefit the needy in our parishes.



  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 following communion next weekend, February 29 & March 1 for the care and education of priests.




                                            SL                 IC

Weekly                    $ 1,832.00     $ 4,213.00

Loose                             375.60          155.00

Monthly                        510.00          421.00

Utilities                            60.00            80.00

Christmas                       50.00                   0

Solemnity of Mary         10.00                   0

Blessed Candles                5.00              5.00

Votive                               36.00                   0

Total Collection:      $ 2,878.60     $4,874.00

INCOME GOAL:      3,011.45       3,658.23

Over/Under Goal    $ - 132.85   $+1,215.77


Additional Collections

Annual Appeal              185.00          150.00

Building Fund               105.00       1,650.00

Care & Edu Priest          65.00            75.00

Eastern Europe                  5.00                  0

May the Lord reward your generosity




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