Weekly Bulletin

SOLEMNITY OF PENTECOST May 31, 2020

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

 

Dear Parishioners,

Fifty days ago, we celebrated the great day of Easter and today we celebrate the conclusion of the Easter Season with the Solemnity of Pentecost. As we look back at the Season of Easter, we are given the opportunity to reflect on our journey and the time spent bathed in the glory of the Risen Christ. How have we spent this time? Has it gone by much too quickly? Have we truly sensed it as one great, single day or did we quickly allow ourselves to return to the same old way of life.

Easter is a time of rebirth and renewal. When we renewed our baptismal promises on Easter, we were being challenged to allow our Easter faith to be rekindled. At the Easter Vigil we lit and blessed the Easter fire and lit from it the Paschal Candle. That Paschal Candle has burned brightly throughout this sacred season. Following Vespers (Evening Prayer) of Pentecost the Paschal Candle will be extinguished and returned to its place near the baptismal font.

It is our task and mission to keep the light of Christ burning in our hearts. The church is called to be an Easter People and this is true not only during the fifty days of the Easter Season, but throughout the entire year. Christ our Lord is risen; we have been redeemed and saved from the darkness of sin and death. May we always rejoice in his presence, celebrate his love and new life, and sing our Easter praises. Amen, Alleluia!

May God Bless You,

Fr. Bert

 

 

 

EUCHARISTIC LITURGIES UPDATE

As many of you already know, we are presently in the yellow phase of the Covid 19 pandemic. We have received new directives from the Diocese which are to be followed in our Liturgy Celebrations. We are now permitted 25% of the seating capacity of our church buildings for our Liturgical Celebrations. For daily Mass this will permit us to allow up to 40 people to attend. The protocols for those attending Mass are as follows: before entering the vestibule, face masks must be on, upon entering the vestibule you must wash your hands in the vestibule bathroom, sign in on the attendance sheet (name & telephone#), sit in a pew allowing social distancing. For the reception of Holy Communion, you will come up the center aisle single file maintaining social distancing, receive the Eucharist in the hand only and return to your pew by way of the side aisles. Weekend Masses continue to be celebrated privately for the purposes of Holy Communion, Confirmation and Rcia. Please remember that this is a very fluid situation which is open to ongoing change. We ask for your continued prayers, patience and understanding.

 

 

FIRST COMMUNION

The Sacrament of First Communion has been scheduled in both our parishes. These Masses will be private with the First Communion candidates and their families. Please Pray for our First Communion students: Torrey Delaney, Lily Fleegle, Gabriel German, Enzo Janerella, Colton Meixel, Shara Smith, Eden TenEyck, Chase Waldman, Maverick Welshans & Jacob Wenner.

 

THANK YOU DEWALT GREENHOUSE

We would like to thank Dewalt Greenhouse for donating the potted flowers which adorn the sanctuary of Immaculate Conception Church.

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

June 14 SL/IC Senior Liturgy/Brunch Reschuled

June 19 SL/IC Altar Server Knoebels Trip Canceled

June 28-July 2 IC/SL Vacation Bible School Canceled

 

 

PARISH OFFICE COVID SPECIAL HOURS

Parish Office hours are: Monday – Friday 9:00am-Noon. The Parish Office is closed to the public. Please conduct business by phone or e-mail: 570-745-3301 or icsloffice@comcast.net.

 

CONFIRMATION

Please pray for the following candidates who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation from St. Luke and Immaculate Conception Parishes: Preston Beatty, Brady DePasqua, Cooper Lauer, Taelynn Mahosky, Aubrey Segraves & Sean Stoetzel.

 

FATHER’S DAY REMEMBRANCES

Father’s Day envelopes are in your envelope packs for your Father’s Day remembrances. You may place them in the collection basket or mail them to the Parish Office. All returned envelopes will be placed on the altars for Father's Day and the remainder of the month of June and the intentions for our fathers, living and deceased, will be remembered at all Masses.

 

WEEKEND MASS

Weekend Masses continue to be celebrated privately. They are recorded and uploaded to the parish website every Saturday by 7:00pm. Icslchurch.net.

 

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

Beginning Saturday, June 6 we will use a special schedule: St. Luke- Saturday 1:00pm - 1:30pm in the Cry Room & Immaculate Conception- Saturday 2:00pm - 2:30pm in the Reconciliation Room.

 

REST IN PEACE

  1. pray for the peaceful repose of the soul of Nick Peluso, a parishioner at St. Luke Church, who died recently. Pray for the consolation of his loved ones. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

 

BAPTIZED IN CHRIST

Sayler Kelly Persun was baptized in Immaculate Conception Church. Please pray for her and her family as they grow in wisdom and grace.

 

YEAR OF ST. JOSEPH

The “Year of Saint Joseph” is to be observed in the Diocese of Scranton From March 19, 2020 to March 19, 2021. Please pray to St. Joseph! Blessed Joseph, husband of Mary, be with us this day. You protected and cherished the Virgin; loving the Child Jesus as your Son, you rescued Him from the danger of death.
Defend the Church, the household of God, purchased by the Blood of Christ. Guardian of the Holy Family, be with us in our trials. May your prayers obtain for us the strength to flee from error and wrestle with the powers of corruption so that in life we may grow in holiness and in death rejoice in the crown of victory. Amen.

 

ANNUAL MAY DEVOTIONS AT BASTRESS

This year we celebrate the 93rd anniversary of May Devotions at Immaculate Conception Church. When we are able to start gathering again for Weekend Mass, we will also start May Devotions. Please watch the Parish Website and bulletin for information.

 

CANDLE REQUESTS

The sanctuary candle will burn during the month of May at St. Luke for: Special Intentions as requested by Dennis & Deborah Leonard. Immaculate Conception for: Bernie Rell as requested by his family, Donald Steppe as requested by Nancy Steppe & Intentions of Ron Pfirman as requested by Jim & Carol Pfirman. Sanctuary candles are still available to sponsor at both our churches.

 

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 June the pantry is in need of Toothbrushes & Toothpaste.

 

IC  CHURCH CLEANERS

The following IC parishioners are scheduled to clean the church on June 6: L. Rauch & C. Plocinski.


 
SL WEEKLY SANCTUARY CLEANER
The following  SL  parishioner is scheduled to clean the sanctuary  June 5:  Kateri Cohick.

 

LITURGICAL SCHEDULES NOW AVAILABLE

All liturgical volunteers are asked to take a copy of the May, June & July Liturgical Schedule now available in the vestibules. It is the responsibility of each server to be aware of their assigned date and be present to serve OR TO FIND A REPLACEMENT.

 

IC GIFT PRESENTATION SCHEDULE

The new Immaculate Conception Gift Presentation Schedule for May - August 2020 can be found in the Immaculate Conception vestibule.

 

RELIGIOUS GIFTS

Religious gifts and items are available at It’s My Party Store, 1231 Sheridan Street, Williamsport, PA. Phone number 570-666-4915.

 

Daily Masses can be attended by parishioners. No reservation is needed. Weekend Masses are still being celebrated privately.

 

 

Mass Intentions

Monday (June 1) The Blessed Virgin Mary,

Mother of the Church/Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

 

8:00am (SL) Edmund J. Suponcic

by his family

 

Tuesday (June 2) Weekday

 

8:00am (IC) George & Eleanor Waldman

by their family

 

Wednesday (June 3) St. Charles Lwanga and

Companions, Martyrs

 

8:00am (IC) George A. Schurer

by Carl & Lucy Bloom

 

Thursday (June 4) Weekday

 

7:00pm (IC) Penny Steinbacher

by Ann Neylon

 

Friday (June 5) St. Boniface, Bishop and Martyr

 

8:00am (SL)

by

 

Saturday (June 6) Vigil, Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

 

For the people of our parishes

 

Sunday (June 7) Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

 

Justin Moore

by his Dad

 

A link is available on our parish website to view pre-recorded weekend Mass celebrated by Fr. Kozen: icslchurch.net

 

Thank you to all those parishioners that are mailing in your offertory envelopes, or dropping them off in the offertory basket in the churches.

Deposit

May 18, 2020

                                               SL                  IC

Weekly                        $ 1,048.00      $ 4,178.00

Loose                                  18.00                      0

Monthly                            980.00             905.00

Utilities                             160.00              474.00

Easter                                 25.00              260.00

Votive                                        0                       0

Total Collection:           2,231.00        $ 5,817.00

Additional Collections

Annual Appeal                   70.00                65.00

Building Fund                  200.00              422.00

Care & Edu Priest             65.00                67.00

Home Mission                    25.00                  5.00

Rice Bowl                           10.00                        0

Cath Communication       75.00                 17.00

Holy Land                            5.00                        0

Catholic Relief                     5.00                        0

Easter Europe                      5.00                        0

 

May the Lord reward your generosity

 

 
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