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September 8, 2019

Reverend Bert S. Kozen V.F., Pastor


Dear Parishioners,

Hearing the word “hate” flow from the lips of Jesus certainly seems inconsistent with the Gospel message of love and peace. Does Jesus really want us to hate our fathers and mothers, wife and children, brothers and sisters and even our own lives? Doesn’t the Gospel speak of respect and honor for all including loving our neighbor as ourselves?

The truth is Jesus does not want us to hate anyone and certainly not those closest to us through blood or affection. The Gospel, as it does on numerous occasions, is once again highlighting and emphasizing the importance of our relationship with God. Nothing can or should replace God as the center of our lives and whom we should love above all things and persons.

At times this may appear difficult. We can benefit by reflecting on the words of St. Paul found in our first reading for today. Paul reminds us that God’s counsel and wisdom can straighten our path and illumine our journey. It is also essential for us to remember that the love we have from God first came to us freely and without conditions. If we need any other evidence, we need only look at the Cross of Jesus.

May God Bless You,

Fr. Bert





Immaculate Conception Eucharistic Adoration is in need of someone to pray EVERY OTHER WEEK on Mondays from 11:00am-Noon beginning September 23. Please call Tammy Packer, 570-745-3328 if you are able to help cover this opening.



There will be a mandatory meeting of the confirmation candidates together with one of their parents or a responsible adult on Sunday, September 8 at 5:00 pm in Immaculate Conception Church. This meeting includes both 7th & 8th graders.




Wednesday, September 11 marks the 18th anniversary of the tragic events that happened that day. A special Mass will be celebrated at 7:00 pm in the St. Luke Church. Please note that Mass will not be celebrated at 8:00am on that day.




Sept 8 SL/IC CCD Begins (IC, 9:35-10:35am) (SL, 9:00-10:15am)

Sept 8 IC/SL 7 & 8 Grade Confirmation/Parent Mtg 5:00-6:00pm IC Church

Sept 10 SL/IC Adult Education 7:00-8:00pm IC Hall

Sept 11 IC Youth Group 7:00-8:00pm IC Lower Hall

Sept 14 IC/SL National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Babies

11:00am SL

Sept 17 SL/IC 2020 Mass/Candles Open 9:00am Parish Office

Sept 18 IC Youth Group 7:00-8:00pm IC Lower Hall

Sept 25 Fall Wine Trip

Oct 16 SL Sauerkraut Dinner




The book for 2020 Mass intentions and sanctuary candle intentions for both our parishes will open in the Parish Office on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. 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 2020 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.



There are spaces available on the back of our bulletin for advertising. If you are interested in securing a single ad for a 12-month period for $300 or a double for $550 please contact Tammy at the parish office, 570-745-3301.




CCD classes Will begin on Sunday, September 8 and run from 9:00 - 10:15am. If you missed CCD registration, please contact Dona Price at 570-753-8353 to make arrangements before the start of classes. All children must be registered before the first class. There will be a registration fee of $20 for the first child and $5 for each additional child which is due at the time of registration. The first week of CCD all classes will meet at 9:00 am in the church for a short prayer and then follow their teachers to their class rooms. Children will be dismissed after CCD from their classrooms at 10:15 am. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend the short prayer service and visit the class rooms at this time. We are pleased to welcome our newest teacher, Chelsea Alexander. She will be leading the 9 thru 12 grade students on their quest to a closer connection to God. If you have left the religious education program, we are hoping you would consider returning. We have missed you and welcome you back!


SL CCD Staff

DRE - Dona Price

K & 1 - Elaine Forsythe, Bride Room off vestibule

2nd grade/First Communion - Renee Kernes,

Room off Sacristy

3rd & 4th grades - Denise Folmar, Rectory

5th grade - Anne Dawson, Rectory

6th grade - Lora Engel, Rectory

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

9th-12th grades – Chelsea Alexander, Church hall

Aide – Laura German



Immaculate Conception CCD Program will begin Sunday, September 8. Classes run from 9:35-10:35am. Registration forms can be found in the vestibule of IC Church; please fill them out and return them along with the registration fee in the collection basket or bring them the first day of CCD. Children should report to their classrooms the first day of CCD. Immaculate Conception CCD program is still in need of a 9/10 grade CCD teacher. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to know more about the program used with grade 9/10 please contact Elizabeth Segraves @ 570-320-0752.



IC CCD Staff

DRE - Anthony & Elizabeth Segraves

1st grade - Kimber Wenner, Catchetical Center

2nd grade/First Communion - Kim Corson, Catechetical Center

3rd grade - Angie Waldman, Altar Server Sacristy

4th grade - Candy Poff, Catechetical Center

5th grade - Ron Sander, Catechetical Center

6th grade - Paula Meixel, Sacristy

7th grade/Confirmation - Kelli Meixel, 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



Mass Intentions

Monday (September 9) St. Peter Claver, Priest


8:00 am (SL) John & Chloetilda Weaver

by Leota M. Lauer


Tuesday (September 10) Weekday


8:00 am (IC) Allen Frye

by Bob & Joyce Moore


Patriots Day Wednesday (September 11) Weekday


7:00 pm (SL) For all lives lost tragically

on this fateful day in 2001

by Dan & Denise Kerr


Thursday (September 12) Weekday


7:00 pm (IC) Rob C. Bloom

by Dad & Mom


Friday (September 13) St. John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church


8:00 am (SL) Poor souls in Purgatory

by Mike & Tammy Packer & family


Saturday (September 14) Vigil: Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time


4:00 pm (IC) Helen Ulsamer

by Jim & Fran Ulsamer


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


Sunday (September 15) Twenty-Fourth Sunday

in Ordinary Time


8:30 am (IC) Kevin Plocinski

by Jane Shuhler


10:30 am (SL) Jim McLane

by Melanie McLane




Catechists, or parish religious education teachers, are typically blessed at a Mass as the school year begins. We will observe this custom on Sunday, September 15 at Immaculate Conception Church during the 8:30 a.m. Mass and at St. Luke during the 10:30 a.m. Mass. We are grateful for the generous gift of themselves that our directors of religious education and volunteer catechists give to our CCD children and ask you to please keep them in your prayers.




The Youth Group (9th – 12th Grades) will meeting every Wednesday from 7:00-8:00pm in the Immaculate Conception Lower Hall. Any questions please contact Paige Rishel 570-980-4503.




“Serving in faith with hope and gratitude”

You are invited to join with parishioners across the Diocese as they proclaime the Gospel by supporting the many ministries and services made possible through gifts to the 2019 Annual Appeal throughout the 11 counties of our Diocese. If you’d like to see Bishop Bambera's video on the appeal, or share with others, you can view it on your computer on the Diocese website: Please prayerfully consider your response to the Diocesan Annual Appeal. Our goals for this year are: (IC)$28,000 (SL)$17,000.




Monthly meetings with Fr. Kozen are one of the requirements in preparation to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. These meetings entail those students in the 8th grade (the 2nd year of preparation) and those in the 7th grade (1st year of preparation). The following is the schedule of meetings for the remainder of 2019. All meetings are at 5:00p.m. unless noted and will be held in the church.

September 8-IC Church (Parent's Meeting)

October 20- St. Luke Church

November 17- IC Church

December 15- St. Luke Church - 3:00p.m. in the church. 3:30p.m. Christmas Caroling at Manor Care, Jersey Shore followed by pizza in the SL parish hall.




The fall class of Adult Education will be starting soon. The topic will be "The Men of the Bible: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly". Class will be on Tuesday evenings at 7:00p.m. in the respective parish halls: September 10- Immaculate Conception, September 17- St. Luke, September 24- IC, October 1- SL, October 8- IC, October 15- SL, October 22- IC (Closing & Social).



We are planning to offer a Young Adult Group from the ages of 21-40 years old for both our parishes. Watch for more information in the bulletin.




I ask the parents of the children in our Religious Education Program to be mindful of a situation that can become a cause for concern. I am speaking of the practice of dropping off students for the education program and picking them up without the opportunity of celebrating the Eucharist (Mass). The most important thing we do as Catholics is to celebrate the Mass and receive Jesus, our Lord and Savior, in the Eucharist. If you deprive your child of this spiritual nourishment you are depriving them of an essential part of their spiritual well-being. Would you consider letting them go a week without food or drink? The same is true of our need for the spiritual food of the Eucharist. I remind you of your role as primary teachers and being an example and role model for your child. The best example you can give is to worship together with your child and your brothers and sisters in the parish. Your child will also see the consistency of your actions and these will speak louder than any words you might offer them.




We will soon be starting up the R.C.I.A- the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. This is a process by which adults who have never been baptized and wish to enter into the Catholic Church are prepared to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation. It is also adapted to those who have been baptized in a different Christian faith group and wish to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. If you are interested in this or desire more information please contact the parish office, 570-745-3301.




The Susquehanna Valley Chapter of PA for Human Life will sponsor a Prayer Vigil on The National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children at the Memorial at St. Luke's Catholic Church, 118 Kendall Avenue, Jersey Shore, PA. We are calling all pro-life Americans to join us to honor the gravesites of our aborted brothers and sisters. Please join us on Saturday, September 14 at 11:00am for approximately one hour of scripture, prayer and songs. For any questions, please call Cheryl Palski, 570-745-7653.




  1. CHAIN—Sunday, October 6, 2019: The Life Chain is an event that will take place nationally and locally on Sunday, October 6, 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. Please commit one hour to the unborn babies in danger of abortion.



  1. sanctuary candle will burn during the month of September at St. Luke for: Rose & Gennaro D’Amato as requested by Marilyn & Gene Kurzejewski, Maria Rizzo as requested by her daughter and family and Joseph A. Arduini as requested by Ralph & Denise Hershberger. Immaculate Conception for: Edna Engel Reed as requested by Ora Edwards, Frank & Phylis Nau as requested by Pat Rell and Dave Baier as requested by his family. A candle will burn before the Sacred Heart statue for the month of September in St. Luke Church as requested by Ralph & Denise Hershberger for Ralph M. Hershberger, Sr.




We wish to thank everyone who donated towards, volunteered at or patronized the annual Immaculate Conception Labor Day Picnic, especially the picnic chairmen: Jeff Eck, Evan Palski and Mark Vanderlin. A good time was had by all! A total of 1,393 adult and 104 children dinner tickets were sold for a total of 1,497 meals and a deposit of $18,587.98. Parishioners are reminded that the profit from the picnics are used for the Catholic School Assessment.


The following  SL  parishioner is scheduled to clean the sanctuary  September 13:  Kim Crossen.


The following IC parishioners are scheduled to clean the church on September 14: K. Corson & J. Vanderlin.



The following Immaculate Conception parish families are scheduled to bring up the gifts in the offertory procession for the weekend of Sept 15: Saturday: Scott Corson Family Sunday: Mike Packer Family



St. Luke gift bearers for: Saturday, September 14: Jamie Weaver Family, Sunday, September 15: Gary Johnson Family.





Saturday, September 14

           IC                                    SL

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

Altar Servers

Trent Severino                 Josiah Reid

DJ Steinbacher                 Lily Reid

Stephy Steinbacher         Sophie Reid



Cont. Ensemble                Chelsea Alexander



Roger Mahosky               Barb Fedele


Communion Ministers

Nancy Waldman              Christine Fink

Denny Haines                   Mike Lundy

Lisa Haines                      Rick Morton


Sunday, September 15

IC                                                 SL

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

Altar Servers

Abby Corson            Tyler Grubb

Luke Corson             Melanie Rdesinski

Chloe Corson             Ethan Johnson


Lenny Stopper                       Dona Price



Joe Waldman                        Paul Ryan


Communion Ministers

Ron Sander                     Steve Eck

Dave Pistner                     Denise Folmar

Mary Waldman                 Patty Suponcic






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.




Some of our parishioners may be sick or homebound and cannot come to Church. We are more than happy to ensure that they receive the Sacraments and the support of their Church. If anyone desires to receive the Eucharist on a weekly or monthly basis, please notify the parish office at 745-3301.




O Jesus, I pray for Your faithful and fervent priests; for Your unfaithful and tepid priests; for Your priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields; for Your tempted priests; for Your lonely and desolate priests; for Your young priests; for Your dying priests; for the souls of Your priests in purgatory. But above all I recommend to You the priests dearest to me; the priest who baptized me; the priests who absolved me from my sins; the priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me Your Body and Blood in Holy Communion; the priests who taught and instructed me; all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way. O Jesus, keep them all close to Your heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen.



There will be a meeting of the St. Luke Women’s Altar & Rosary Society on Monday, September, 9 at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held in the St. Luke church basement.




Knights of Columbus Council 4738 will have their family picnic on Sunday, September 15 at 2:00pm at Palski's cabin. Drinks and meat provided. Each family is asked to bring a covered dish. Please RSVP if you plan to attend by calling Eric Palski at 570-745-7653.




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 Fr. Bert to begin a conversation. It is possible to get clear answers to these questions and to renew your connection with the Church.




Friday, September 13 & Saturday, September 14

5:00 pm until 9:30 pm

100 Walnut Street, Montoursville

Fun and Entertainment for Adults and Children Alike!

Rides, Games, Fall Décor/Pumpkin and Plant Sale, Wine and Cake Wheels,

Basket Raffle (Sunday drawing at noon in the church hall),

and so much more! for more info.




St. John Neumann Regional Academy is looking for a Long-Term Substitute Teacher for Physical Education starting immediately. Applicants must have PA Physical Education Certification. St. John Neumann Regional Academy is also looking for substitute teachers at all grade levels, PreK-3 - 12th grade. All Applicants must submit a Letter of Interest, Resume, References, Transcripts, and Clearances to Mrs. Alisia McNamee, Principal, St. John Neumann Regional Academy, 901 Penn St., Williamsport, PA 17701 or email them to




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



Are you a new or returning parishioner? Please register at the parish by calling Tammy and Denise at the Parish Office, 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 offer you the opportunity to give thanks to God by supporting your parish financially through parish envelopes.




We are surprised to say that the bus for the wine-tasting trip for Wednesday, September 25 is already full. A reminder to those that are signed-up: Departure will be 7:15am SL parking lot, and 7:35am IC parking lot. The cost of the trip is $80.00 per person which includes the bus fare, tastings at the wineries and the lunch buffet at Ginny Lee Cafe. We will be tasting at Hazlitt, Damiani, Wagner and Bellangelo’s with a stop at the Glenora Winery for a purchase-only stop. Lunch will be at the Ginny Lee Café for their buffett and dinner at Seneca Harbor Restaurant (price does not include the supper stop at Seneca Harbor or any alcoholic beverages at Ginny Lee Cafe.) The deadline to make a reservation will be Friday, September 13. Any questions please contact the parish office, 570-745-3301. Please make checks payable to Immaculate Conception.





(Ages 15-25)

Friday, September 27

through Sunday, September 29

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





Burial of the dead is one of the corporal works of mercy of the Catholic Church. A catholic practicing one’s 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.




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

July - 2,701.72

Running Total: - 2,701.72



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 Pudding Cups for the Backpack Program. They are always in need of 16 oz. jars of peanut butter.



Are you being called to a life of religious service? Check out Scranton Vocations to see if God may be calling you:



There will be a second collection following communion this weekend, September 7 & 8 for the care and education of priests. Please make checks payable to your parish as one amount will be forwarded to the Diocese.



There will be a special second collection the weekend of September 21 & 22 for Family Promise of Lycoming County. All money collected will go directly to helping children and their families of Lycoming County, with food, shelter and individualized case management services. Please make checks payable to your parish.




Weekly $1,700.00 $ 3,011.00

Loose 398.00 49.00

Monthly 948.00 420.00

Utilities 10.00 5.00

Assumption 57.50 0

Votive 40.75 0

Total Collection: $ 3,154.25 $ 3,485.00

INCOME GOAL: 3,011.45 3,658.23

Over/Under Goal $ + 142.80 $ - 173.23

Additional Collections

Care & Edu Priests 5.00 5.00

Annual Appeal 20.00 0


May the Lord reward your generosity



Just as a candle cannot

burn without fire,
man cannot live without a spiritual life.


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