Weekly Bulletin

THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

November 11, 2018

Reverend Bert S. Kozen V.F., Pastor

 

 

Dear Parishioners,

 

Have you ever been called upon to give all that you had? Such sacrifices are uncommon in life and with the importance placed upon material possessions by today’s society the thought of giving all is even more remote. That is the message found in the first reading, from the First Book of Kings, and from the Gospel of Mark.

In the first reading the prophet Elijah encounters the widow of Zeraphath during a severe famine. He asks her for some water and something to eat. She responds that she is gathering wood to prepare the last meal for her and her son and then they will die. When Elijah asks for a share in this final meal she does not hesitate to share the last of what she has. Her generosity and trust are blessed by God and the three of them are able to eat for a year and, “the jar of flour did not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry.”

In the Gospel Jesus observes people making contributions to the temple treasury. Many rich people were putting in sizeable gifts. A poor widow comes and places two small coins (the widow’s mite) into the treasury. Jesus comments on her offering, “Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all that she had.”

Do we have sufficient trust in God to enable us to give all that we have? Jesus tells us that the person who does will be given even more by our generous and loving God. Few of us may ever be called upon to make such a sacrifice, but it may be helpful to think and reflect on how we would respond if we were challenged to do so.

May God Bless You,

Father Bert

 

 

 

THANKSGIVING DAY MASS

The word “Eucharist” means “thanksgiving” in Greek. It seems most appropriate then that we celebrate the Eucharist as faithful Christians on Thanksgiving Day. A special Thanksgiving Day Family Mass will be celebrated on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, at 9:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church. Parishioners and their guests from both parishes are encouraged to attend Mass that day and thank God for His blessings upon us during the past year and ask His help again in the year to come. Daily Mass is canceled for Friday, November 23 at St. Luke Church.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Nov 11 IC/SL Parent Mtg/Evening Confirmation Class 5:00-6:00pm

IC Church.

Nov 13 Adult Education Class 6:30-7:30pm SL Parish Hall

Nov 20 Adult Education Class 6:30-7:30pm IC Parish Hall

Nov 25 SL/IC No CCD

Dec 2 IC/SL First Reconciliation/Advent Penance Service 3:00pm IC

Church.

Dec 9 IC/SL Lesson & Carols 4:00pm IC Church.

Dec 16 IC/SL Evening Confirmation Class/Caroling & Pizza 4:00pm SL

Church.

May 5 IC First Communion 8:30 am Mass IC Church

May 5 SL First Communion 10:30 am Mass SL Church

June 2 SL/IC Senior Liturgy/Brunch 10:30am Mass SL Church

June 9 IC/SL Confirmation 2:00 pm IC Church

 

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION HNS

PANCAKE BREAKFAST

The Holy Name Society of Immaculate Conception Church will sponsor a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, November 11, from 8:00 am until noon in the Immaculate Conception 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. There is a sign-up sheet in the vestibule of Immaculate Conception for anyone interested in waitressing and donating coffee cakes.

 

CCD THANKSGIVING BREAK

There will be no CCD classes on Sunday, November 25 at both Immaculate Conception and St. Luke due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. Classes will resume again the following week.

 

PARISH OFFICE CLOSED

The Parish Office will be closed Tuesday, November 13. It will reopen on Wednesday, November 14 at 9:00am. In case of any emergencies please leave a message.

ECUMENICAL THANKSGIVING

There will be an opportunity for the Catholics of our parishes to join with our fellow Christians in giving thanks to God as we mark our national Day of Thanksgiving this month. The Nippenose Valley Ministerium will hold a Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service on Wednesday, November 21 at 7:00 pm at St. James Lutheran Church, Rauchtown. Please come and join us in giving thanks and praying for greater unity among all Christians.

 

ENVELOPE PACKET APPEAL ENVELOPE

For parishioners that have been using the appeal envelope from the monthly envelope packet. We will be mailing statements out by the end of November to all parishioners that have used the Appeal Envelope from the monthly envelope packets. This statement will tell you how much you have donated thus far to the Diocesan Appeal by the use of your monthly envelopes. You will have until the December 9 envelope to give towards your 2018 Appeal donation. All donations will be mailed to the Diocese by the end of December 2018 through the parish office. Any questions call the parish office, 570-745-3301.

 

ANGEL TREE
The Angel tree for Immaculate Conception will be in the vestibule by November 17.  As before you will be able to choose an angel for a needy child or family. When you choose your angel at IC we need you to WRITE YOUR NAME AND PHONE NUMBER ALONG WITH THE ANGEL NUMBER IN THE NOTEBOOK NEXT TO THE TREE. This will help us to be sure that all the angels have a gift.  For St. Luke, Evenlyn Rall will be in the vestibule before and after Masses the weekend of November 17 & 18 to hand out angels.  The gifts must be returned by December 2 to both churches.  The gifts should be unwrapped with the angel attached to it.  Thank you in advance for your continued generosity and kindness. Any questions please contact IC - Nancy Waldman at 570-745-3382 and SL - Evelyn Rall at 570-398-0722.

 

ALL LITURGICAL VOLUNTEERS

All liturgical volunteers are asked to please contact the parish office to update telephone numbers. We are having difficulties getting a hold of volunteers who are shutting down land lines or changing cell phone numbers.

 

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CCD HELP

Immaculate Conception CCD program is looking for a volunteer to help with the K/1 CCD class. It's rather large this year and the teacher could use some help. If interested please contact Tony & Elizabeth Segraves, 570-320-0752.

 

 

MASS INTENTIONS

 

Monday (November 12) St. Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr

 

8:00 am (SL) Ed Shuhler

by Bob & Judy Winter

 

Tuesday (November 13) St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin

 

8:00 am (IC) For Persecuted Christians

by Mike & Diana Persun

 

Wednesday (November 14) Weekday

 

8:00 am (IC) Charles & Frances Shuhler

by Bob Dougherty

 

Thursday (November 15) Weekday

 

7:00pm (IC) Gregory Steinbacher

by Frank & Vivian Eck

Friday (November 16) Weekday

 

8:00am (SL) Thomas Dutton

by his family

 

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

 

Saturday (November 17) Vigil: Thirty-Third Sunday

in Ordinary Time

 

4:00pm (IC) Deceased mbrs of the Anthony Lorson Family

by Andy & Janet Lorson

 

6:00 pm (SL) Rose & Gennaro D'Amato

by Gene & Marilyn Kurzejewski

 

Sunday (November 18) Thirty-Third Sunday in

Ordinary Time

 

8:30am (IC) Rob C. Bloom

by Mom & Dad

 

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

 

LECTOR WORKBOOKS

Our new Liturgical Year will begin Saturday, December 1. Lector Workbooks are now available for the new year in the sacristies of both our churches for those who volunteer in the liturgical apostolate of lector. These workbooks help our lectors prepare for the Sunday readings by offering a pronunciation guide and a scriptural commentary.

 

BEQUEST FROM JAMES MAFFETT

St. Luke recently received a bequest from James J. Maffett a former parishioner. The bequest is in memory of his grandson, Victor Steinbacher and will be placed in St. Luke's Building Fund. Please remember Jim in your prayers.

 

JERSEY SHORE VETERANS CEREMONY

There will be a special Veterans Ceremony honoring all veterans on Monday, November 12 at 7:00pm at the Presbyterian Church on Main Street, Jersey Shore.

 

HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

Please note that Saturday, December 8, is a holy day of obligation binding for all Catholics to attend Mass. The Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the patronal feast day of Immaculate Conception Church. The Mass schedule: Vigil Mass, Friday, December 7: 7:00pm (SL). Saturday, December 8, Mass: 8:00am (IC). The faithful must fulfill this obligation by attending Mass for the Holy Day (either Friday vigil or Saturday), and they must fulfill their Sunday Mass obligation (either Saturday vigil or Sunday). In celebration of the holy day, all attending the Mass on Saturday, December 8 at the 8:00 am at Immaculate Conception are invited to join Fr. Bert for breakfast at the Gamble Farm Inn Restaurant in Jersey Shore immediately following the Mass. Please be sure to sign up on the sheet in the vestibule for breakfast. Deadline for sign-up is Monday, December 3.

 

CONFIRMATION SAINT REPORTS

Many thanks to all who attended the St Luke Confirmation students presentation for All Saints/All Souls Day. The St Luke students did a great job presenting their saints to a group of 40 parishioners. Your participation is a tremendous help to our religious education program and a wonderful encouragement to the students Congratulations to Gretta Engel for getting the most votes and earning a prize sponsored by Father Kozen.

 

ADULT EDUCATION

Adult Education is being offered by Fr. Bert on the topic of prayer. We will explore the background behind prayer, various forms of prayer and how to best utilize it in our lives of faith. The classes will be held from 6:30-7:30pm on Tuesday evenings in the parish halls on: 11/13 - SL, 11/20 - IC, 11/27 - SL & 12/4 - IC 7:00pm class & social. Some locations have been changed due to the SL Parish Hall being set up for the Sauerkraut Dinner.

 

ST. LUKE CCD FAMILY ADVENT PROJECT

The St. Luke CCD program is planning a Family Advent Project for Sunday, November 18 from 9:00-10:15 am. Each CCD student and their families are invited to participate in the advent craft fun. If you have not already returned in your paper indicating your project choice, please do so no later than November 11. You may also call your child's teacher or the DRE at 570-753-8353. We are looking forward to a fun time with all the families.

 

 

ANGEL STATUE/WWI MEMORIAL

The dedication of the angel statue/ WWI memorial is scheduled for Sunday, November 11 starting at 2:00 pm in the Church of Immaculate Conception. The ceremony will consist of a prayer service commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. Weather permitting we will proceed to the statue in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery for a dedication ceremony. We would like to thank all those who gave donations toward the statue:

 

Anonymous Donor

James & Mary Jane Baier

IMO Roman Schuler

Michael J. Baier & Brothers

IMO Roman Schuler & Joe Schuler

Carl & Lucy Bloom

Grace Callahan

IMO Lt. Fredrick N. Callahan

Mr. & Mrs. Carl Dincher

Frederick & Patricia Dincher

Thomas & Patricia Dincher

Dorothy Flook

Robert Flook

David & Joan Haas

IMO Joseph Lorsong

Ruth Ann Hallow

IMO Frank & Pauline Schuler

Immaculate Conception Church

Holy Name Society

Immaculate Conception Church

St. Ann's Society

Knights of Columbus, Council No. 4738

Andrew & Janet Lorson

The Lorson Family

IMO James Lorson

Francis & Alice Lorson

IMO Francis Miller

Warren & Josette Miller

Connie Moore

Dennis & Jan Moore

Gerald E. Nau

Michael & Laurie Nau

IMO Dave H. Hallow, Sr.

Michael & Diana Persun

Stephen & Debra Schall

Fred & Shirley Schuler

IMO Joe Schuler

Albert & Liana Shurer

Patrick & Pauline Steinbacher

Frank & Joy Stetts

Eugene & Kathy Stopper

Edward & Sandra Ulrich

Joseph & Mary Waldman

Jeff & Kimber Wenner

IMO Jack & Hen Frederick

Ronald & Joyce Wenner

 

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CCD

REGISTRATION FORMS

Parents of the Immaculate Conception CCD program are asked to please return registration forms for your child/children attending the CCD program. If you do not have a registration form please see the DREs, Tony & Elizabeth Segraves.

 

ST. ANN'S MEETING

The St. Ann’s Society will have a meeting on Thursday, November 15 after the 7:00 p.m. mass in the parish hall. All members are urged to attend as it is election of officers and planning the Christmas project.

 

ALTAR & ROSARY MEETING

The Altar and Rosary Society of St. Luke will be holding a meeting on Monday, November 19 at 7:00 pm in the St. Luke Parish Hall. The Christmas Party will be discussed.

 

THE ST. ANN’S SOCIETY COOK NEEDED

The St. Ann's Society is looking for a cook for the meals provided by our group. We need someone to oversee the cooking and preparation. If you would be able to assist us with a couple Saturdays a year, please call Cheryl Palski at 570-745-7653. All of the money is donated back to the church for its needs or given to people who have need of financial assistance. Please consider helping us a few times a year. Thank you.

 

HEALING MASS

Our parishes will celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick within the Eucharist on Thursday, December 13 at the 7:00 pm Mass at Immaculate Conception Church. Please note one does not need to be in danger of death to receive the anointing of the sick. Those with serious illnesses and the elderly are invited to attend.

 

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

SCHOOL ANNEX

The back rooms of the school that were added on to the original structure are being demolished. Anyone wishing to take any of the items from those rooms please contact the parish office, 570-745-3301.

 

IC CEMETERY AUTUMN CLEAN-UP

We would like to thank all families of those buried in the Immaculate Conception Parish Cemetery who removed all decorations and dead flowers off graves by Monday, November 5.

 

 

COME JOIN OUR CHOIR!

Being a member of a choir is being a part of a ministry. It is a commitment to serve the Lord and to assist at the liturgy through music. It is a joy-filled ministry that gives comfort, love, worship and praise to our God and to our parish community. Being a member of a choir is a special gift and blessing. Come be a part of the music ministry of our parish. Choir rehearsals will begin on Wednesday, November 7 at 6:30 pm in Immaculate Conception Church. No special skills are required to join, just a love of singing! We are looking forward to getting together with present choir members and with all those who love to sing. We will be preparing for the Advent and Christmas season. Instrumentalists are welcome also! If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the parish office. Come and make a joyful noise to the Lord!

 

ST. LUKE CHOIR REHEARSALS

  1. one, come all and join us as we prepare to sing to the glory of the birth of our Lord. Help make the celebration of Christ's birth a beautiful experience. The St. Luke Choir will be singing at the 4:00pm Christmas Eve Mass. Rehearsals will begin on Sunday, November 11 after the 10:30 am Mass at St. Luke Church. All parishioners are welcome to join.

 

YOUTH CHOIR

Immaculate Conception and St. Luke are organizing a youth choir to sing at the 7:00 pm Christmas Eve Mass at Immaculate Conception Church. Children from grades 2-12 or younger as long as they can read, are invited to join. The first practice will be held on Sunday, November 4 at 10:35 am, immediately following CCD at Immaculate Conception Church. Anyone interested contact Chelsea Alexander, 570-666-0448.

 

INTERNET SAFETY PRESENTATION

"The Darker Side of Technology: Unintended Consequences"

Internet dangers and safety presentation by

James A. Dill, Deputy Chief- Retired

Wednesday, November 14th @ 6pm

Fleming Center

Parents, grandparents, and educators strongly encouraged to attend!

 

 

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.

 

 

A PRAYER FOR
ELECTED OFFICIALS

O God, from whom all power comes, by whose Divine will all must abide, we thank You for our civil liberties and freedom, for our opportunities and our privileges.   We beg of You to bless, assist, and enlighten the President of our Country the Senators from our State and the Congressman for our District.  May they prove worthy of the confidence placed in them by their fellow citizens.   May they be just and upright in their thinking, honest in all their actions, and ever be guided by a true conscience in the legislation they propose or vote upon.  Forgive us all our mistakes and selfish tendencies, and help prepare us by our good deeds for an eternal union with You.  Amen.

 

NIPPENOSE VALLEY

OBEDIENT WIVES CLUB

The Nippenose Valley Obedient Wives Club will meet on Tuesday, November 22 at 7:12 pm in the candle room of Immaculate Conception Church. All obedient wives are welcome. For more information call the Parish Office, 745-3301.

 

 

THE OCTOBER COUNT

Last month, our parishes along with parishes around the country conducted the “October count,” a measure of attendance at Sunday Mass. The measure has been taken for many centuries, and in some European dioceses it is possible to measure the level of engagement in worship by the population over the course of many centuries. The October count has proven especially critical in the life of our Church as bishops use the figures to measure the vitality of parish life, to sketch parish boundaries, and even to decide when to close, merge, or form new parishes. Below is the Mass attendance for both our parishes for the month of October:

 

IC SL IC SL

4:00 6:00 8:30 10:30 p.m. p.m. a.m. a.m.

Oct. 6/7 128 97 197 134

Oct. 13/14 167 78 221 180

Oct. 20/21 147 76 230 169

Oct. 27/28 183 79 179 154

 

 

 

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.

 

* When was the last time you were generous?

* What is the most generous thing you have ever

done?

* What does suffering look like?

*What is the worst suffering you have ever seen?

 

 

SERVERS SCHEDULE

 

Saturday, November 17

IC SL

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

Altar Servers

Abby Corson Matthew Harbach

Luke Corson

Chloe Corson

Cantor

Nancy Mahosky Dona Price

Lector

Pam Hoffman John Crossen

Communion Ministers

Lisa Haines Mike Lundy

Dennis Haines Evelyn Rall

Patti Pfirman Delores Todd

 

Sunday, November 18

IC SL

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

Altar Servers

Isabella Fleegle Duan Forsythe

Julie Stamm Karysa Forsythe

Alex Trunzo Ethan Johnson

Cantor

Cont Ensemble Jarod Engel

Lector

Connie Engel Paul Ryan

Communion Ministers

Mary Waldman Steve Eck

Bob Winter Denise Folmar

Tony Segraves Patty Suponcic

 

 

LITURGICAL SCHEDULES NOW AVAILABLE

All liturgical volunteers are asked to take a copy of the November, December 2018 & January 2019 Liturgical Schedule now available in the vestibule of both our churches. It is the responsibility of each server to be aware of their assigned date and be present to serve OR TO FIND A REPLACEMENT.


 

 

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 $6,245.00 which represents 22% of a goal of $28,000. SL has pledged $5,200.00 which represents 31% of a goal of $17,000.00.


 

 
SL WEEKLY SANCTUARY CLEANER
The following  SL  parishioner is scheduled to clean the sanctuary  November 16:  Kelly Ryan.

 
IC  CHURCH CLEANERS

The following IC parishioners are scheduled to clean the church on November 16: P Pfirman & J Stetts.

 

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 November 18: Saturday: Ron Wenner Family Sunday: Brock Trunzo Family.

 

SL CHURCH GIFT BEARERS

St. Luke gift bears for: Saturday, November 17: The Harbach Family. Sunday, November 18: Enzo Janerella Family.

 

SL NEW GIFT BEARER SCHEDULE

The St. Luke Gift Bearer Schedule for November, December & January can be found in the vestibule of St. Luke Church. If you or your family is interested in getting on the schedule, please contact Dona Price, 570-753-8353.

 

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

 

Running Total: + 4,263.63

 

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 November the pantry is in need of Personal Products: toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, deodorant...etc. They are always in need of 15 oz. jars of peanut butter.

 

 

EVENING CONFIRMATION CLASSES

Evening confirmation classes have been scheduled for the fall of 2018. All classes will be held from 5:00-6:00 pm in the Church buildings and includes both 7th & 8th grades:

  • Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 –IC Church/parent mtg
  • Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018 - SL Church

 

CANDLE REQUESTS

  1. sanctuary candle will burn during the month of November at St. Luke for: Renee & TJ Cummings as requested by Carolina Edwards, James Folmar as requested by his family and Robert & Carmel Pagnatto as requested by their children. At Immaculate Conception for: John & Anna Sember and the intentions of Bernie Rell as requested by Bernie & Pat Rell, for victims of human trafficking as requested by Diana Persun.

 

 

CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

A second collection will be taken after Holy Communion at all Masses next weekend, November 17 & 18, to benefit the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. If donating by check, make checks payable to your parish as one amount will be forwarded to the Diocese.

 

 

WEEKLY OFFERING

 

                                                             SL                       IC

Weekly                                              $2,018.00          $4,029.00

Loose                                                     174.00               225.00

Monthly                                                225.00               332.00

Utilities                                                     5.00                181.00

All Saints                                              563.00               592.00

Votive                                                      36.50                       0

Total Collection:                            $ 3,021.50          $ 5,359.00

INCOME GOAL:                            3,011.45              3,658.23

  1. Over/(Under Goal)             $ + 10.05         $+ 1,700.77

 

Additional Collections

Building Fund 0 0

Care & Edu Priest 325.50 809.00

Diocese Appeal 0 5.00

Prop Of Faith 0 115.00

May the Lord reward your generosity

 

Don't let people pull you into their Storms...
Pull them into your Peace.

 

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