Weekly Bulletin

FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT

March 22, 2020

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

 

Dear Parishioners,

We continue our journey of Lent on this the Fourth Sunday. In the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults this constitutes the Second Scrutiny and is centered on the theme of light and sight. In the Gospel from John Jesus encounters Bartimaeus (Son of Timaeus) a man blind from birth. A dialogue follows between Jesus and his disciples on the nature of his blindness. Jesus states that this was an opportunity for God’s goodness to be manifested and he goes about curing the blind man.

As we continue our preparations of Lent we are encouraged to reflect on the importance of sight. However, we are not to dwell on physical sight. So often our physical eyes can fool us and we can become captivated by the things of this world and fail to see things as God sees them. In the first reading, from the First Book of Samuel, Samuel was told by God to anoint a new king for Israel. When Samuel arrived at the home of Jesse, he presumed that God intended the oldest of Jesse’s sons to be anointed. It was, however, the youngest- David- that God had selected. God looked into David’s heart and saw the greatness that would be his.

May we have the ability to truly see as God sees. May this Lent afford us the chance to look deeply and honestly into our lives and hearts and realize we need God and his compassion, love and forgiveness. And may we never fail to see and recognize God in our midst in the many ways that he reveals himself to us.

 

May God Bless You,

Fr. Bert

 

 

 

PRIVATE CELEBRATION OF MASS

Private celebrations of the Eucharist will take place on the regularly scheduled days and times with the scheduled Mass Intentions. The churches will remain open at this time. St. Luke Church will be open from 8:00am-8:00pm.

 

 

COMMUNAL RITE OF

THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

The Communal Rite of Reconciliation scheduled on Sunday, March 29 in St. Luke Church has been canceled. Confessions are currently being heard by appointment only.

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Mar 23 SL/IC Light is on Canceled

Mar 24 SL/IC Lenten Vespers Rescheduled

Mar 24 SL/IC Adult Education Rescheduled

Mar 29 SL/IC Lenten Penance Service Canceled

Apr 5 SL/IC Shroud of Turin Postponed

Apr 7 IC Church Cleaning 6:00pm IC Church

Apr 19 SL/IC First Communion Mtg 11:30am SL Church

Apr 22 SL Spaghetti Dinner Postponed

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

June 14 SL/IC Senior Liturgy/Brunch 8:30am Mass IC Church

June 19 SL/IC Altar Server Knoebels Trip

June 28-July 2 IC/SL Vacation Bible School

 

 

YEAR OF ST. JOSEPH

This year marks the 150th Anniversary of the decree, Quemadmodum Deus, by Pope Pius IX declaring Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and foster-father of Jesus, as the Patron of the Universal Church. In commemoration of this anniversary and recognizing the fitting time for the Church to invoke the intercession of this guardian, I am declaring this year as a “Year of Saint Joseph” to be observed in the Diocese of Scranton from March 19, 2020 to March 19, 2021. Just as Saint Joseph watched over and protected the Lord Jesus while he was on earth, we need Saint Joseph to watch over and provide for the Church today. His intercession on behalf of the Universal Church is vital as the world faces so much upheaval and pain, and particularly as it confronts the uncertainty and pain of the coronavirus epidemic. 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. To purchase the book visit consecrationtostjoseph.org.

 

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION ADORATION

Immaculate Conception Adoration will continue as scheduled.

SOLEMNITY OF THE

ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD

This year the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord is on Wednesday, March 25. Although this is not a holy day of obligation, it is a significant day on our liturgical calendar. We will be celebrating the Solemnity of the Annunciation on Wednesday, March 25, 8:00am in Immaculate Conception Church.

 

THE HOLY SHROUD OF TURIN

Jesus’ Burial Cloth

The Holy Shroud of Turin Tour on Palm Sunday, April 5 at St. Luke Church has been temporarily postponed.

 

FIRST COMMUNION MEETING

There will be an important meeting on Sunday, April 19, 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 3 at 8:30 am Mass and St. Luke, Sunday, May 3 at 10:30 am Mass.

 

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CTV: CATHOLIC TELEVISION BROADCASTING DAILY MASSES

Despite the suspension of public Masses, a private Mass will be celebrated daily in the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Scranton, and made available on CTV: Catholic Television of the Diocese of Scranton. On weekdays, the Mass will be broadcast at 12:10 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. On weekends, the Saturday Vigil Mass will be broadcast at 4:00 p.m. and rebroadcast on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. The Masses will also be streamed on the Diocese of Scranton’s website (www.dioceseofscranton.org), made available on the Diocese of Scranton’s social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and will be accessible on the Diocese of Scranton’s YouTube channel.

 

 

 

Mass Intentions

Monday (March 23) Lenten Weekday

 

8:00am (SL) James Lorson

by Barbara Hopkins

 

Tuesday (March 24) Lenten Weekday

 

8:00am (IC) Tom Dincher

by Bob Dougherty

 

Wednesday (March 25) Solemnity of the

Annunciation of the Lord

 

8:00am (IC) Stephen & Stuart Rogers

by Darren & Paula Meixel

 

Thursday (March 26) Lenten Weekday

 

7:00pm (IC) Intentions of Amber Eck & her family

by Fr. Bert

 

Friday (March 27) Lenten Weekday

 

7:00pm (SL) Jim & Irene Eck

by their family

 

Saturday (March 28) Vigil: Fifth Sunday of Lent

 

4:00 pm (IC) Gerald & Dorothy Moore Family

by Andy & Janet Lorson

 

6:00 pm (SL) Naomi Morton

by Richard & Lorrie Morton

 

Sunday (March 29) Fifth Sunday of Lent

 

8:30 am (IC) Intentions of Steve & Nancy Waldman

Celebrating their 45th Wedding Anniversary

by their family

 

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

 

 

 

adult education classes RESCHEDULED

The Easter Adult Education Classes with Fr. Bert have been rescheduled. Please check the schedule below for the new dates. Classes will be on Tuesdays 7:00 - 8:00pm following vespers. (April 14 – IC/Nazareth & Bethlehem), (April 21 – SL/Galilee: Jordan River, Capernaum & Tabgha), (April 28 – IC/Galilee (cont.) Magdala, Chorazin & Mt. of Beatitudes), (May 5 – SL/Mt. Tabor, Shechem & Samaria, Jericho & Bethany), (May 12 – IC/Jerusalem), (May 19 – SL/Sites of Holy Week), (June 12 – IC, Social).

 

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

  1. Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

 

Effective immediately, and until further notice, I have suspended the celebration of Masses open to the public and all public gatherings in all diocesan parishes, worship sites, college campuses, chapels and health care facilities in the eleven counties of the Diocese of Scranton.

Churches of the Diocese will remain open daily for individual private prayer. The timeframe for each parish is to be determined by its pastor or parish life coordinator. The dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass during this time remains in effect.

Scheduled sacramental celebrations such as weddings, baptisms or funerals will be permitted, but attendance will be limited to immediate family members and follow any guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The sacraments of the Anointing of the Sick and Reconciliation will be available, when requested individually, by the faithful in cases of serious need.

It deeply saddens me to take this temporary action, knowing the depth of your faith and your desire to celebrate the Holy Eucharist on a regular basis. In light of continued concerns surrounding COVID-19, and upon the advice of medical experts, it is clear that we, as a faith community, must do our part in order to help slow the spread of this virus.

The number of faithful souls who filled our churches this past weekend, even with the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass, was deeply consoling to me. As you always have, so many of you are turning to your faith as the surest place where we will find God’s peace, consolation and hope.

Unfortunately, the presence of such great numbers of worshippers in our churches is not serving our efforts to help mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus. In an effort to prevent overwhelming our hospitals and health care facilities, national, state and local leaders have urged people to avoid large gatherings of people and keep appropriate social distancing from one another.

As your bishop, in addition to the care of souls, the safety and health of all of our faithful parishioners, friends and those we welcome through our outreach and service, is of utmost importance to me. As such, the decision that I have announced, while difficult, is the best way for us to work together to serve the common good of all, both in our parishes and in our communities.

 

During these challenging times, it is also crucial that we not forget who we are as Christians. May we continue to offer, in whatever way we can, care and concern for those who are most vulnerable, including the poor, our senior citizens and those who are ill. I also urge those who can do so to maintain support for your parishes during these difficult days in order to sustain the ministries and outreach services for parishioners and those most in need.

Despite the suspension of public Masses, a private Mass will be celebrated daily in the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Scranton, and made available on CTV: Catholic Television of the Diocese of Scranton. On weekdays, the Mass will be broadcast at 12:10 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. On weekends, the Saturday Vigil Mass will be broadcast at 4:00 p.m. and rebroadcast on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. The Masses will also be streamed on the Diocese of Scranton’s website (www.dioceseofscranton.org), made available on the Diocese of Scranton’s social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and will be accessible on the Diocese of Scranton’s YouTube channel.

Additional resources for individual parishioners to deepen their faith during Lent are also available on the Diocese of Scranton’s website.

During this sacred season of Lent, we are being asked to sacrifice more than ever before – particularly with the loss of cherished religious practices, most especially the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. May we do so mindful of the selfless sacrifice of Jesus and for the sake of our brothers and sisters who are most vulnerable and in need of our help.

The Diocese of Scranton continues to monitor the rapidly evolving health situation regarding the coronavirus. We are constantly monitoring directives from national, state and local officials. This policy will be reassessed on a regular basis, in addition to the plans for Holy Week and Easter.

God bless you and keep each of you in His care. Let us continue to pray for one another.

 

Faithfully yours in Christ,

Joseph C. Bambera

Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L.

Bishop of Scranton

 

HOLY WEEK & TRIDUUM SCHEDULE

Saturday (April 4) Palm Sunday Vigil

4:00 pm (IC) Vigil of Palm Sunday

6:00 pm (SL) Vigil of Palm Sunday

Sunday (April 5) Palm Sunday

8:30 am (IC) Palm Sunday

(Blessing of palm in Parish Hall)

10:30 am (SL) Palm Sunday

(Blessing of palm in Parish Hall)

Tuesday (April 7) No Vespers

Thursday (April 9) Holy Thursday

7:00 pm (IC) Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

10:00 pm (IC)Night Prayer & Eucharistic Reposition

Friday (April 10) Good Friday

9:00 am (IC) Morning Prayer

3:00 pm (IC) Solemn Passion of the Lord

6:30 pm (SL) Stations of the Cross

Saturday (April 11) Holy Saturday

9:00 am (IC) Morning Prayer

8:00 pm (IC) Easter Vigil Mass

Sunday (April 12) Easter Sunday Masses: 8:00 am (IC),

9:00 am (SL), 10:00 am (IC), Noon (SL)

 

 

LENTEN PENITENTIAL CELEBRATIONS FOR LYCOMING COUNTY

 

Sun Mar 29, 3:00pm St. Luke, JerseyShoreCANCELED

Mon Apr 6, 6:30pm Resurrection, Muncy

Wed Apr 8, 6:30 pm St. Joseph the Worker,Williamsport

 

FAST & ABSTINENCE

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.

 

LENTEN STATIONS OF THE CROSS

The public celebration of the Lenten Stations of the Cross has been canceled. People are encourage to do stations individually.

 

 

The Light is on for you has been canceled.

 

 

CATHOLIC ITEMS

If you’re in the market for Catholic gifts such as medals, statues, devotional reading, rosaries…you can find them at: It’s My Party Store located at 1231 Sheridan Street, Williamsport.

 

EASTER MASS INTENTION ENVELOPE

You will find an offertory envelope for Easter Mass Intentions in your envelope pack. Kindly inscribe the names of your deceased & living loved ones on the envelope and return it in the collection basket. These envelopes will be placed on the altar and your intentions will be remembered in all the Masses celebrated Easter day and the entire Easter Season.

 

EASTER FLOWER ENVELOPE

Please make use of the Easter Flower envelope in your offertory envelope pack. Donations will help defray the cost of purchasing flowers to adorn our sanctuaries for Easter. A list of donors and memorials will be placed in the vestibule of our churches.

 

ECUMENICAL LENTEN

PRAYER SERVICES CANCELED

The Nippenose Valley Ministerium has canceled the Lenten worship services on Wednesdays in Lent.

 

“MADE FOR MORE” EVENT

Has been postponed to a later date

 

CANDLE REQUESTS

The sanctuary candle will burn during the month of March at St. Luke for: Patrick Eck & Mary Grandy as requested by The Walter Eck Family. Immaculate Conception for: Elmer & Isabell Rell as requested by Pat Rell, Jason Bartges as requested by Mom, Dad, Ryan & Jordan & Ed Shuhler & Tom Eck as requested by Steve & Helen Noon. Sanctuary candles are still available to sponsor at both our churches.

 

CHRISM MASS
The Chrism Mass will be held at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Scranton, on Tuesday, April 7 at 4:00 pm.

 

LENTEN/EASTER VESPERS RESCHEDULED

Lenten and Easter Vespers has been rescheduled. Please see the dates below for the revised schedule. 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 Easter season. (4/14-IC), (4/21-SL), (4/28-IC), (5/5-SL), (5/12-IC), (5/19-SL), (5/26-No Vespers) and (6/2-IC). If you have never experienced the beauty of this prayer, we encourage you to come and join us. All are invited.

 

PARISH HALL RENTALS

All functions at our parish halls including rentals, have been suspended until further notice.

 

 

THE CAPUCHIN SISTERS OF NAZARETH

YOUNG WOMEN’S DISCERNMENT RETREAT

(Ages 15-25)

Rescheduled to a later date

Reservations required

Call Sr. Christina at 570-745-3334

Location: Mother of the Eucharist Convent, 6100 Jacks Hollow Road, Williamsport, PA 17702

 

 

CCD TEACHERS NEEDED

Immaculate Conception is in need of CCD teachers for grades 5 and high school for the 20-21 school year. We invite interested volunteers to visit these classes before the end of the current year to learn about the curriculum and meet with the current teachers. Materials for instruction and student workbooks are provided. Please contact Elizabeth Segraves @ 570-320-0752.

 

 

REPORTING SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR

It is the policy of the Diocese of Scranton to report any allegation of sexual abuse of a minor to law enforcement. If you are a victim of sexual abuse committed by a priest, deacon, religious or lay employee or volunteer of the Diocese of Scranton, you are encouraged to immediately report the matter to law enforcement. If any priest, deacon, religious, lay employee or volunteer of the Diocese of Scranton has cause or reason to suspect that a minor has been subjected to any form of abuse, including child sexual abuse, the matter will be reported to law enforcement. It is also the policy of the Diocese to adhere to all civil and state regulations. In accordance with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Laws, reports of suspected child abuse should also be made immediately by phone to the 24-HourChild Abuse hotline (ChildLine) at 1-800-932-0313 or electronically at www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis To this end, the Diocese is equally committed to adhering to the norms of the Code of Canon Law and to upholding the tenets of the USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, which includes supporting victims of sexual abuse in their pursuit of emotional and spiritual well-being. As such, information regarding an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor should also be reported to the Victim Assistance Coordinator, Mary Beth Pacuska at (570-862- 7551).

 

UPCOMING LITURGICAL SCHEDULE

We are working on the next schedule for May, June & July, 2020. For St. Luke please contact Barb Fedele - Jfedele2@comcast.net or Judy Morlock - jmorlock@verizon.net for any scheduling needs of Altar Servers, Lectors and Communion Ministers. Cantors should contact Kateri Cohick, 570-398-1166. Immaculate Conception liturgical volunteers please contact 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.

 

PRAYER IN TIME OF ILLNESS

Lord Jesus, you came into the world to heal our infirmities and to endure our sufferings. You went about healing all and bringing comfort to those in pain and need. We come before you now in this time of illness asking that you may be the source of our strength in body, courage in spirit and patience in pain. May we join ourselves more closely to you on the cross and in your suffering that through them we may draw our patience and hope. Assist us and restore us to health so that united more closely to your family, the Church, we may give praise and honour to your name. Amen.

 

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

CHURCH CLEANING

To all parish members, please join in the Spring Cleaning of our church on Tuesday, April 7 at 6:00pm. Men and women are needed to complete this important task. Bring your buckets and cleaning rags and lend a hand. Many hands make this task much easier. Thank you for your help in years past and hope to see you there.

 

ST. LUKE

SPAGHETTI DINNER

 

 

Saint Luke’s Catholic Church 73rd Annual Authentic Italian Spaghetti Dinner

Has been postponed to a later date

 

CONFESSIONS

Confessions are currently being heard by appointment only.

 

NEUMANN ALUMNI MASS CANCELED

Bishop Neumann and St. John Neumann High School alumni Mass in the new Neumann High School Chapel on Thursday, March 26 has been canceled.

 

SJNRA COMMITTEE

St. John Neumann Regional Academy is seeking individuals to join their Marketing & Development Advisory Committee. If you have marketing or business experience and want to lend your time and talents to the growth and promotion of our Catholic school system, please contact Kathy Bahr at kbahr@sjnra.org or 570-323-9953, ext. 205.

 

NEUMANNS 50TH DINNER AND GALA

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.

 

PRO-LIFE PRAYER BRAKFAST

Due to the impending coronavirus, the breakfast will be postponed. We are working with the speaker and venue to determine a future date and will advise you as soon as we know if/when this is possible. If you already purchased a ticket and would like an immediate refund, please contact the person you purchased the ticket from and they will be happy to issue you a refund.

 

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 March the pantry is in need of Scalloped Potatoes. In the month of February, The New Love Center food Pantry distributed food to 392 families. Senior boxes were distributed to 94 seniors and 187 backpacks were distributed to children attending the JS School District Elementary and Middle Schools.

 

IC  CHURCH CLEANERS

The following IC parishioners are scheduled to clean the church on March 28: A. Neylon & R. Williams.

 

SL WEEKLY SANCTUARY CLEANER
The following  SL  parishioner is scheduled to clean the sanctuary  March 27:  Kim Crossen.

 

CAHOLIC WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

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.

 

CATHOLIC MEN'S CONFERENCE

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.

 

ST. LUKE FINANCIAL REPORT

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

January + 449.46

Running Total: -3,266.70

 

COLLECTIONS

Any offertory envelopes or second collection envelopes can be placed in the offertory basket located in the back of the church or mailed to the parish office, 5973 Jacks Hollow Road, Williamsport, PA 17702. Please remember, the bills and necessary expenses to carry on the parish ministry continue and must be paid.

 

WEEKLY OFFERING

                                                         SL                                   IC

Weekly                                   $ 1,629.00                        $ 3,423.00

Loose                                           198.00                              100.00

Monthly                                        60.00                               510.00

Utilities                                        238.00                               657.00

Votive                                            69.00                                        0

Total Collection:                  $ 2,194.00                         $ 4,690.00

INCOME GOAL:                   3,011.45                            3,658.23

Over/Under Goal                  $ - 817.45                       $+1,031.77

 

Additional Collections

Annual Appeal 5.00 45.00

Building Fund 65.00 40.00

Care & Edu Priest 25.00 70.00

  1. Wednesday (SVDP) 0 15.00

Eastern Europe 5.00 0

Rice Bowl 163.00 515.00

Catholic Relief 0 25.00

May the Lord reward your generosity

 

It is God who arms me with strength

and makes my way perfect

 

 
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