Weekly Bulletin

THE FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD

January 13, 2019

Reverend Bert S. Kozen V.F., Pastor

 

Dear Parishioners,

The Christmas Season is the shortest season of the Liturgical Year. In the two or three week period that it usually encompasses we pass from celebrating the birth of Jesus to the visit of the Magi and the sojourn into Egypt to escape the plotting of King Herod. Today we conclude the season with the commemoration of Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist.

At first we might think it strange to celebrate the baptism of Jesus as an adult in such close proximity to His birth. Some may think that the church is trying to make a statement as to the importance of celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism quickly after a child’s birth. The truth is that the Liturgical Year is celebrated more as a journey of faith and less a chronological commemoration of the life of Christ.

With this in mind the church very quickly moves to the proclamation of the Good News in its faith journey. As comforting an image the Christ child might be, we need an adult Jesus and his public ministry to bring about the Kingdom of God. The challenge for us is to keep alive the spirit of the Christmas Season. As we enter into a new year may all who encounter us also encounter the Prince of Peace and the joy, life and love that His presence offers to the world.

May God Bless You,

Fr. Bert

 

 

DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE UNBORN

Tuesday, January 22 is the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. This Mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Church at 8:00 am. The Mass Intention for that Mass is "For respect to all human life from conception to natural death." All are encouraged to attend.

 

 

ST. LUKE SPAGHETTI DINNER

St. Luke Church will conduct their annual Spaghetti Dinner on Wednesday, March 27, 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. To volunteer call Tammy Lorson at 745-3107.

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Jan 13 IC/SL Parent Mtg/Evening Confirmation Class 5:00-6:00pm

IC Church.

Jan 20 IC/SL No CCD

Feb 24 Evening Confirmation Class 5:00-6:00pm SL Church

Mar 27 SL Spaghetti Dinner

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

 

FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION

OF THE LORD/CANDLEMASS

  1. Church celebrates the solemn Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on Saturday, February 2. This feast recalls the day on which Jesus Christ was presented in the temple by Mary and Joseph. This feast is also commemorated as the Fourth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary, it celebrates Jesus as the Light of revelation to all the nations. According to ancient tradition, candles are blessed on this day, both those used in the church and the home. In accordance with the liturgy for the day, special candles will be blessed at Mass for the faithful to take home and use. Families have customarily lit them at the table for Easter and Christmas dinner, for sacramental visits of Holy Communion and Holy Anointing, and for blessed protection in lightening storms and power outages. Mass for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord will be offered at Immaculate Conception Church, Saturday, February 2 at 9:00 a.m. Candles will be blessed at the beginning of the Mass. A box of 2 blessed candles may be obtained after Mass for a donation of $5 a box.

 

 

CCD BREAK

There will be no CCD on Sunday, January 20 due to the Martin Luther King Holiday. CCD will resume on Sunday, January 27.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Please pray for Jacob Cragun and Danielle Ames 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.

 

 

PRO-LIFE MARCH

The Susquehanna Valley Chapter of Pennsylvanian’s For Human Life will be taking buses to Washington, D.C. on Friday, January 18 for “The March For Life”. You can become part of this historical event by simply calling Evelyn Rall, 570-398-0722 to reserve your seat by January 17. To help defray the cost of the buses, a $15 per person fee is required. Please arrive at Beiter’s Home Center on Rt. 15 around 5:30am so that we can depart on time at 6:00am.

 

 

FEAST OF SAINT BLAISE

  1. Church celebrates the Feast of St. Blaise on Sunday, February 3. He was bishop of Sebaste in Armenia in the fourth century. Before being martyred, he is said to have healed a boy who was choking. His is venerated today as the patron of those who suffer from diseases of the throat. Since the Feast of St. Blaise falls on a Sunday, the finale blessing at all the weekend Masses February 2 & 3 will be through the intercession of St. Blaise. re will be no individual throat blessings.

 

 

PARISH SOCIETY DUES

Please note in your envelope packets that the membership dues for our parish societies may be paid anytime during the month of January. This annual membership fee is an important fundraiser for the Immaculate Conception St. Ann's Society and Holy Name Society as well as for the St. Luke Altar and Rosary Society and Holy Name Society. All money donated benefits the individual societies. New members are always welcome!

 

 

BULLETIN ADS

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

 

MASS INTENTIONS

 

Monday (January 14) Weekday/First Week in Ordinary Time

 

8:00am (SL) Henry Joseph Victoria

by Fr. Bert

 

Tuesday (January 15) Weekday

 

8:00am (IC) Joe & Ruth Lorson

by the family

 

Wednesday (January 16) Weekday

 

8:00am (IC) Frank Winter

by Bob Dougherty

 

Thursday (January 17) S. Anthony, Abbot

 

7:00pm (IC) Howard & Laura Mead

by Frank & Vivian Eck

 

Friday (January 18) Weekday

 

8:00am (SL) Steve Rogers

by The Gridley Family

 

10:30am (Manor Care) Presider's Intention

 

Saturday (January 19) Vigil: The Second Sunday

in Ordinary Time

 

4:00pm (IC) For the people of our parishes

 

6:00pm (SL) Carolina F. Edwards

by Bryan Edwards

 

Sunday (January 20) The Second Sunday

in Ordinary Time

 

8:30am (IC) Thomas E. Eck

by Bob & Joyce Moore

 

10:30am (SL) Anna Taormina

by her daughter Maria & family

 

 

PILGRAMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND

Father Bert will be joining Father Mike Finn on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The dates of the trip will be from Saturday, November 2 - Tuesday, November 12, 2019. A itinerary has been established and the cost of the trip will be $3,495. Due to the travel arrangements the tip is limited to 40 individuals. If anyone is interested in more information about the trip please contact Fr. Bert at the parish office, 570-745-3301.

 

PARISHIONER INFORMATION UPDATE

Parishioners are asked to contact the parish office with any changes to your telephone number, e-mail address or home address.

 

 

NIPPENOSE VALLEY MINISTERIUM

ECUMENICAL SERVICE

The Week for Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated from January 18-25. The Nippenose Valley Ministerium will hold their celebration on Wednesday, January 23 at 7:00pm at the United Methodist Church in Antes Fort. All are invited and encouraged to attend to show our support for Christian unity.

 

 

FLU SEASON AND THE CHALICE

We have entered into the cold and flu season and there may be a concern by some regarding receiving from the Chalice. There have been priests and even some bishops that have removed the offering of the Chalice to the faithful during Mass at this time of year. There are a number of considerations in this regard. First, if someone is ill with a cold or flu they need not come to Mass. Illness is always a dispensation from Mass obligation. Second, if someone has the "sniffles" it is just common sense not to receive from the Chalice. Third, it is always the individuals option to receive from the Chalice. Know that if one receives either the consecrated bread; the body of Christ or the consecrated wine; the blood of the Christ they receive the total Christ. The reception of both the body and blood provides a fuller symbol of this great mystery. Once again the bottom line, please use common sense.

 

 

DIOCESEAN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS

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 2:30 pm 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.

 

 

CATHOLIC BURIALS

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.

 

Catch Our Spirit…

Celebrate Catholic Schools Week

January 27 - February 2

Celebrate Catholic Schools Week by attending a Catholic School Open House! You are invited to experience our communities of faith and academic excellence. From Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade, our students live their faith, challenge their minds, serve their communities, and build lifelong friendships. St. John Neumann Regional Academy will hold Open Houses on Sunday, January 27, 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Our Elementary Campus (Grades PreK3 through 5th) is located at 710 Franklin Street in Williamsport and our Junior/Senior High School Campus (Grades 6th-12th) is located at 901 Penn Street in Williamsport. We will have registration packets for the upcoming school year, as well as information about financial aid. Meet our teachers and staff, visit classrooms, and tour our facilities. Consider a Catholic education for your child! For more information, please contact Kathy Bahr at 570-323-9953, ext. 205 or kbahr@sjnra.org.

 

 

SL HNS CHRISTMAS PARTY

The Holy Name Society of St. Luke Church will hold a social gathering for Christmas on Monday, January 28, at 6:00 p.m. in the St. Luke Parish Hall. All male parishioners of St. Luke, 18 years of age and older, are invited to attend and enjoy a "Man Meal" of Steak, Potatoes and Dessert along with good company. If you plan to attend, please register on the sign-up sheet in the vestibule.

 

 

ST ANN'S CHRISTMAS DINNER REMINDER

Reminder, if you signed up for the St. Ann’s Society Christmas Dinner. Dinner will be at Santino’s Pine Creek Inn on Tuesday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m. with a snow date of Tuesday, January 22 at 6:00 p.m. Members will pay the first $10.00 and their own alcohol and the society will pay the rest. We will also be collecting money for a charity or needy family.

 

JS LOVE CENTER FOOD PANTRY

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 January the pantry is in need of 16 oz. jars of grape jelly. They are always in need of 15 oz. jars of peanut butter.

 

 

WEST VIRGINIA MISSION TRIP

All high school and college students are invited to come to West Virginia for a great mission trip experience. We will be leaving on Sunday morning, June 9, and returning on Saturday evening, June 15. We will be doing home repairs for the poor in Dunlow, West Virginia. The cost per person is $210 for the week. Last year we received many generous donations from parishioners and parish organizations to help offset the cost. So please don't let the cost deter you from signing up. Any adults interested in participating in this experience are welcome to come also. Please call Sue Sander at 570-745-7687 if interested, or if you have any questions. We will have a meeting in late January to fill out the registration forms. This experience will look great on college applications, and has been used by several Jersey Shore high school students for their senior service project.

 

 

HELP US CONSERVE HEAT AND ELECTRICITY

As we enter into the coldest months of the year, we ask you to help us conserve fuel and electricity. Please ensure that doors are kept closed (to help avoid drafts) and lights are turned off in all of our buildings. Thermostats are set together with timers to ensure that our buildings are heated in the most economical manner. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH ANY THERMOSTATS. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

 

DIOCESAN ANNUAL APPEAL 2018

“The Journey Makes Us One”

Please prayerfully consider your response to the Diocesan Annual Appeal. Our goals for this year are: (IC)$28,000 (SL)$17,000. To date, IC has pledged $14,405.00 which represents 51% of a goal of $28,000. SL has pledged $7,710.00 which represents 45% of a goal of $17,000.00.

 

 

180TH ANNIVERSARY SOUVENIR BOOK

Immaculate Conception 180th anniversary souvenir books are available at the parish office for $5 each. The book contains an updated history along with pictures of the Immaculate Conception Church.

 

THE PRAYER
THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

Almighty God who is the Light of the world, grant us Your heavenly blessing.  May the radiance of Your Light illumine our hearts and brighten our home with the spirit of faith and love. Let the Light of Your Presence guide us, for in Your Light do we see light.  Bless us also with Your Spirit, that happiness and peace may ever abide in all men.   Amen.

 

 

CANDLE REQUESTS

  1. sanctuary candle will burn during the month of January at St. Luke for: John & Evelyn Buttorff as requested by Kenny, Debbie & family, Rose & Gennaro D'Amato as requested by Marilyn & Gene Kurzejewski, Mary Corson & Harvey Shuman, Jr. as requested by Mary Jane & Scott Bennett, Linda Delaney Hershberger as requested by Ralph & Denise Hershberger. At Immaculate Conception for: Intentions of Gary & Kathleen Getz as requested by Frank & Vivian Eck, Elmer & Isabel Rell as requested by Bernie & Pat Rell, Victims of human trafficing as requested by Diana Persun & Joe Minnella as requested by Annie Shebest.

 

 

REGISTERED?

Are you a new or returning parishioner? Please register at the parish office by calling Tammy and Denise at, 570-745-3301 to receive a census form for St. Luke or Immaculate Conception parish. Registering helps us recognize and meet your spiritual needs and offers you the opportunity to give thanks to God by supporting your parish financially through parish envelopes.

 

 

OUR CHURCH COMMUNITY

PRAYER CHAINS

Prayer chains are offered at both our churches if anyone is in need of solace. To contact the Immaculate Conception prayer chain, 570-745-7706 & 570-745-7488 and for St. Luke, 570-398-0722.

 

 

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 as a family. We hope these enrich your family conversations.

 

* What is a big event in your life that you are

looking forward to and why is it important

to you?

* Who in your life has the most authority?

 

 

 

COME ONE, COME ALL TO ST. BONIFACE DESIGNER PURSE BINGO

Coach, Kate Spade, Vera Bradley,

Michael Kors

When: Saturday, February 2, 2019

Where: St. Boniface School Gym

710 Franklin Street

Doors Open: @ 11:00 am Bingo Starts @ 12:30 pm

Cost: $25 for 20 regular games

Additional Fun: 5 specials, Chinese Auction, Super Raffle, Mystery Prize

Food Available for purchase

 

PRAYERFUL ATMOSPHERE

IN OUR CHURCHES

Just a reminder that once our celebration of the Mass is concluded there should still be a prayerful and respectful atmosphere maintained in the church. People are still praying and the appropriate place for socializing and conversation is in the vestibules or outside the church buildings.

 

WHY JOIN THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS?

Imagine being part of an organization that fills your heart and your mind with the joy of giving to others and the feeling that comes with making a difference. Knights are Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting the Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life. Please talk to a Knight today to learn more or join them.

 

 

SERVERS SCHEDULE

Saturday, January 19

        IC                                 SL

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

Altar Servers

Devon Walker           Matthew Harbach

Tyler Walker

Kaden Walker

 

Cantor

Nancy Mahosky          Anne Dawson

 

Lector

Jomarie Dincher         Barb Kozlowski

 

Communion Ministers

Nancy Waldman        Bob Kozlowski

Lisa Haines               Judy Morlock

Dennis Haines           Michele Rozenberg

 

Sunday, January 20

            IC                           SL

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

Altar Servers

Brady DePasqua           Tyler Grubb

Avery DePasqua            Melanie Rdesinski

Chrissie Cowfer            Cailyn Schall

 

Cantor

Lenny Stopper               Kateri Cohick

Diane Thomas

 

Lector

Sue Sander                    Walt Eisenhauer

 

Communion Ministers

Rose Schilling              Steve Eck

Carm Winter                Don Price

Ron Sander                  Patty Suponcic


 

 
SL WEEKLY SANCTUARY CLEANER
The following  SL  parishioner is scheduled to clean the sanctuary  January 18:  Kateri Cohick.

 

 
IC  CHURCH CLEANERS

The following IC parishioners are scheduled to clean the church on January 19: K. Baier & S. Eck.

 

IC CHURCH GIFT BEARERS

The following Immaculate Conception parish families are scheduled to bring up the gifts in the offertory procession for the weekend of January 20: Saturday: Ron Wenner Family Sunday: Parvin Miller Family.

 

 

SL CHURCH GIFT BEARERS

St. Luke gift bears for: Saturday, January 19: Harbach Family. Sunday, January 20: Ryan Scanlan Family.

 

 

SLEDDING/SNOWMOBILING AND

FOUR WHEELING AT

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

Winter has arrived and with it comes winter sports. Sledding and tobogganing, as in the past is permitted on the lower hill of the IC church property. Of course, this does require adult supervision. Snowmobiling and four wheeling are not allowed on any of the church property. The liability for such activities is too great for the church to assume. As always, the church cemetery and its surrounds grounds is exempt from all such winter activity. Please adhere to these policies, violators will be prosecuted.

 

PARISHIONERS IN NURSING HOMES

We have members of our parishes presently living in nursing homes, homes of assisted living and other elderly care facilities. If these individuals would like to be visited periodically by the pastor or other members of the parish please notify the parish office, 570-745-3301.

 

EVENING CONFIRMATION CLASSES

The following 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, January 13, 2019- IC Church
  • Sunday, February 24, 2019- SL Church
  • 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)

 

 

ST. LUKE FINANCIAL REPORT

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

 

Running Total: -1,281.55

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEKLY OFFERING

December 29 & 30 Sol of Mary

                                                                 SL                        IC

Weekly                                           $1,978.00            $6,252.00

Loose                                                   270.00                   60.00

Christmas                                            465.00              2,950.00

Monthly                                                        0                 180.00

Utilities                                                  45.00                 120.00

Sol of Mary                                          898.00             1,279.00

Immaculate Conception                              0                   15.00

Easter                                                            0                   30.00

Votive                                                    108.00                   28.00

Total Collection:                             $ 3,764.00          $ 10,914.00

INCOME GOAL:                              3,011.45               3,658.23

  1. Over/(Under Goal)             $ + 752.55           $+7,255.77

Additional Collections

Building Fund                             50.00                 25.00

Care & Edu Priest                       30.00                        0

Diocese Appeal                                    0               170.00

Propagation of Faith                          0                   1.00

 

January 5 & 6

                                                       SL                      IC

Weekly                                  $2,035.00          $4,446.00

Loose                                          268.00               102.00

Christmas                                           0               200.00

Monthly                                     375.00               271.00

Utilities                                               0                 60.00

Sol of Mary                                 83.00               155.00

CCD Dues                                          0                 30.00

Votive                                          31.00                        0

Total Collection:                 $ 2,792.00         $ 5,264.00

INCOME GOAL:                  3,011.45            3,658.23

  1. Over/(Under Goal)   $ - 219.45       $+1,605.77

Additional Collections

Building Fund                                    0                 65.00

Care & Edu Priest                    375.00               753.00

Diocese Appeal                          250.00                  1.00

 

May the Lord reward your generosity

 

 

Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.

 

 

 

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