Weekly Bulletin


May 19, 2019

Reverend Bert S. Kozen V.F., Pastor




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Dear Parishioners,

In our continuation of the Easter Season we notice a little shift in our celebration. Our prayers, and in particular the Gospel, focus on Jesus preparing the church (his disciples) for his departure. In the Gospel (taken again from John’s account) this takes us back to the Last Supper. In this context we may think that Jesus is referring to his impending death, but in the context of our Season of Easter we see this in reference to the celebration of the Solemnity of the Ascension.

There is a great deal of mystery surrounding the time between the Resurrection and the Ascension. What was Jesus doing? Where was he staying? How long did he remain physically on the earth? These are questions that remain largely unanswered in the Gospels. In the Gospel of Luke, we have the familiar account of the 40 days between the Resurrection and Ascension. It is interesting to note that Luke is the only one of the Gospels to make note of this. It is also important for us to remember that the number 40 is symbolic and usually is associated with a period of preparation.

In these final weeks of the Easter Season we will prepare for our own celebration of both the Ascension and Pentecost. As we do so may our Easter Faith be continually renewed and may we be constantly aware of the presence of the Risen Christ in our midst. Alleluia!

May God Bless You,

Fr. Bert




This year celebrates the 92nd anniversary of May Devotions at Immaculate Conception Church. Devotions will be held each Sunday of May at 3:00 p.m. in the church. They will include a rosary procession to the grotto, Eucharistic Adoration and a homily from a guest celebrant. The guest celebrants will be: May 19 – Fr. Michael McCormick (Pastor, Our Lady of Lourdes, Montoursville) and May 26 - Fr. William Corcoran (Pastor, St. Boniface, Williamsport).




The Contemporary Ensemble will provide 30 minutes of Sacred Music starting at 2:30pm prior to the May Devotions on Sunday, May 26.






May 19 IC Spring Dinner

May 21 SL/IC Easter Vespers 6:30 pm IC Church

May 21 SL/IC Adult Education/Social 7:00 pm IC Parish Hall

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

June 7 IC/SL 8th Grade Confirmation Rehearsal 7:00pm IC Church

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

June 13 IC Buildings & Grounds Mtg 7:30pm IC Rectoryhjg

July 7 7th Grade Summer Confirmation Class 1:00pm IC Parish Hall

Aug 11 7th Grade Summer Confirmation Class 1:00 pm SL Parish Hall





  1. will be no Eucharistic Adoration May 19-20 due to the Spring Dinner and May 26-27 due to Memorial Day weekend. You are always welcome to stop in and pray. Eucharistic Adoration will resume on Sunday, June 2.




Last weekend Adam Gabriel Petersen, Anna Cecelia Petersen, Alessandro Dante Rosamilia and Dominic George Rosamilia were baptized in St. Luke Church. Please pray for them and their families as they grow in wisdom and grace.





Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

Wednesday, May 29: 7:00 pm (SL) Vigil

Thursday, May 30: 8:00 am (IC) 7:00 pm (IC)


Please note that Ascension Thursday, May 30, is a Holy Day of Obligation binding for all Catholics to attend Mass. It commemorates Our Lord’s ascension into heaven forty days after His resurrection.




The Parish Office will be closed Monday, May 27 due to the Memorial Day Holiday. It will reopen on Tuesday, May 28 at 9:00am.




  1. Sunday, May 19, 2019 PICNIC CHAIRMAN: Jeff Eck - 570-772-2494, Evan Palski - 570-745-3497 & Mark Vanderlin – 570-745-3753. MEAT COLLECTION: May 11 & 12. WORK FROLICS: Set-up: Wednesday, May 15, 5:30pm Tear-down: Monday, May 20, 6:00 pm. VOLUNTEERS: Please call Tracie TenEyck - 570-506-9699. WORKER’S LIST: The Workers’ List has been posted in the vestibule of Immaculate Conception Church. If there are any additions or corrections, please call Tracie. FOOD DONATIONS NEEDED: Broad noodles, peeled potatoes, home-made chicken broth, corn, cakes for dessert, bread or rolls, garden lettuce or head lettuce, butter, milk and jelly. BAKE SALE: There will be no summer kitchen during the Spring Dinner. FOOD COLLECTION: The following are asked to collect food on the Picnic Day: Mountain: Dick Stopper and James Steppe, Bastress: Paul Meixel, Coldwatertown Road: Eric Eiswerth, Lorson Road: Keith Buttorff, Oval: Andy Lorson, Ecktown: Bill Moore, Collomsville: Denny Haag, Between Collomsville & Bastress: Tom Wrench, Schwartzwald: Andy Steinbacher, Nisbet: Mike Long. Please try to have the food at the Hall by 10:30 am. PARKING: Please park away from the Hall area so that the elderly or handicapped can park near the door. Dinner: Sunday, May 19: Dinner from noon until 6:00pm. Dinner includes turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, noodles, gravy, corn, salad, homemade bread, coffee, tea and water. All you can eat, family style, with cake for dessert. Price: $9.50 for adults and $4.00 for children 4 to 12 and free for children 3 and under. Take-outs available. The ticket booth will be open in front of the Parish Hall starting at 11:00am




The volunteer schedule for the Immaculate Conception Spring Dinner has been posted in the vestibule. Please check the schedule as soon as possible and contact Tracie TenEyck, 570-506-9699 with any changes that need to be made. Please do not wait until the week of the dinner with any changes. If your name is not on the list and you would like to volunteer please contact Tracie. All Boys 6-12 grades please check the updated bus boy list posted in the vestibule to see when you are scheduled to work.



There will be NO Dime Pitch Booth for the Spring Dinner. Please do not drop off any glassware until it is needed for the Labor Day Picnic.





Monday (May 20) Easter Weekday


8:00am (SL) Larry Hoffman

by Pat Hoffman


Tuesday (May 21) Easter Weekday


8:00am (IC) A. Yates Schilling

by Rose & family


Wednesday (May 22) Easter Weekday


8:00am (IC) Helen Hoffman

by Francis & Pamela Hoffman


Thursday (May 23) Easter Weekday


7:00pm (IC) Tom Eck

by his wife Ida


Friday (May 24) Easter Weekday


8:00am (SL) Intentions of Karen Baier & family

by IC & SL Bible Study Group


10:30am (Manor Care) Shirley Grady

by Fr. Bert


Saturday (May 25) Vigil: Sixth Sunday of Easter


4:00pm (IC) Fredrick N. Callahan

by Grace Callahan


6:00pm (SL) Maria Rizzo

by her daughter & family


Sunday (May 26) Sixth Sunday of Easter


8:30am (IC) Richard Russell

by his wife Nancy


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





Memorial Day is a civic holiday dedicated to the remembrance of our military veterans who died in battle. To celebrate this day on Monday, May 27, a special Mass for Peace and Justice will be offered at St. Luke Church at 8:00 a.m.



The Nippenose Valley Memorial Day Service will be held on Sunday, May 26, at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery beginning at 1:30 pm. The Jersey Shore Area Memorial Day Service will be held on Monday, May 27 starting at 9:00am in the Jersey Shore Cemetery. Fr. Kozen will be participating. Please plan to attend one of these services and honor the men and women who have selflessly served our country!




  1. parishioner High School graduates from St. John Neumann, Jersey Shore High School and Lock Haven High School will be honored at a “Graduates Mass” on Sunday, June 2 at the 10:30am Mass in St. Luke Church. Graduates are asked to report to the vestibule by 10:15am prior to the Mass and process wearing their caps and gowns. A brunch for the graduates and their families will immediately follow in the St. Luke Parish Hall. If you are a graduating senior, a parishioner of St. Luke or Immaculate Conception and did not receive an invitation please be sure to contact the parish office immediately at 570-745-3301.



Please pray for the following candidates who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation from St. Luke and Immaculate Conception on The Solemnity of Pentecost Sunday, June 9 at 2:00pm in Immaculate Conception Church: Abigail Corson, Gretta Engel, Hadley Hager, Emalee Haines, Ethan Johnson, Karter Kemmerer, Grace Lorson, Rachel Lorson, Dakota McDermott, Mason Miller, Aliyah Neece, Hadyn Packer, Kooper Peacock, Melanie Rdesinski, Trevor Schneider, Ella TenEyck & Devon Walker.



Rehearsal for the Sacrament of Confirmation will take place on Friday, June 7 at 7:00p.m. in Immaculate Conception Church. This, of course, includes the candidates as well as sponsors. If the sponsor is unable to attend the rehearsal then a responsible adult must be present in order to relay the necessary information onto the sponsor. The dress code for the celebration for girls is dress, or skirt and blouse, and shoes- no sneakers or flip flops. The dress code for boys is dress slacks and shirt, tie and shoes- no sneakers. Please note the candidates will not be wearing a robe or gown.





There has been a meeting scheduled for the Immaculate Conception Buildings and Grounds on Thursday, June 13 at 7:30pm in the Immaculate Conception Rectory. This meeting is specifically to discuss heating fuel and propane providers. The members are: Richard Stopper, Lenny Lorson, Warren Miller, John Dietrick, Jimmy Eck, Denny Haines, John McDermott, Matt Stopper & Jeff Wenner.




Two confirmation classes have been scheduled for the summer. Confirmation candidates in 7th grade must attend at least one of these classes:

  • Sunday, July 7, 1:00-2:00 p.m. IC Parish Hall
  • Sunday, August 11, 1:00-2:00 p.m. SL Parish Hall




We will journey to the Finger Lakes Wine Festival on Sunday, July 14. Departure from St. Luke Church will be at 7:00 a.m. with pick up at Immaculate Conception Church around 7:20 a.m. We will then proceed to Watkins Glenn. Arrival at the festival will be around 10:30 a.m. There will be no stop for breakfast on the way, but a wide variety of foods are available at the festival when we arrive. The price for the trip is $60 per person. Makes checks payable to Immaculate Conception Church. The price includes admission to the festival and all of the wine tasting a person desires, along with a commemorative wine tasting glass and transportation to and from the festival. We will be stopping for dinner on our return trip home. Arrival at Immaculate Conception Church will be around 10:00 p.m. with an arrival at St. Luke around 10:20 p.m. If interested please contact the parish office at 745-3301 by Sunday, June 16.



Capuchin Sisters of Nazareth Vocation News

Join us this June for “Amata Days” a Vocation Camp for Girls

Grades 9-12 (Young Women Assistants also needed!)

Sunday, June 23 – Wednesday, June 26, 2019

3:00 pm Sunday – 9:00 am Wednesday

Gate of Heaven Parish

40 Machell Ave

Dallas, PA 18612

Registration Deadline: June 16, 2019

To Register, call Sr. Margaret: 570-836-2737

** Shuttle to “Light the Fire” Youth Rally on Wednesday provided! Ask for details. **



During the Easter season, 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: (5/21-IC), (5/28-SL) and (6/4-IC). If you have never experienced the beauty of this prayer, we encourage you to come and join us. All are invited.



adult education classes

The Lenten/Easter Adult Education Classes will be about the women of the Bible, the good, the bad and the ugly. Come out and learn more about these influential women and how they had an impact on the story of salvation history. Classes will be on Tuesdays 7:00 - 8:00pm following vespers. (May 21 – IC, Class & Social).



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 May the pantry is in need of wide noodles. They are always in need of 16 oz. jars of peanut butter.




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.

* Describe something that you had to work really hard

to accomplish. What did you have to do?

* In what ways have people demonstrated their love for

you? In what ways do you return their love?





The sanctuary candle will burn during the month of May at St. Luke for: Special Intentions as requested by Dennis & Deborah Leonard and Linda Delaney Hershberger as requested by Ralph & Denise Hershberger. Immaculate Conception for: James Lorson as requested by Lorraine & family, Harold Wenner as requested by Ron & Joyce Wenner, Donald Steppe as requested by Nancy Steppe and John & Anna Sember as requested by Pat Rell.




The Second Annual Catholic Women's Conference of the Diocese of Scranton will be held on Saturday, June 22, 8am-4:30pm at the Byron Complex, The University of Scranton. For information or to register: cwcnepa.com.



An outing to Knoebels Grove on Friday, June 28 has been planned for all altar servers from St. Luke and Immaculate Conception. Any server who started this year or is graduating high school this year will be able to sign up. The cost of this trip is covered by the church. The only money the children would need is to buy food in the park or purchase souvenirs.

The day will start with a coach bus picking up at St. Luke 9:00 a.m. and at Immaculate Conception at 9:20 a.m. and an arrival at Knoebels around 11:00 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11:00 a.m. before we enter the amusement park and will be provided by the church. There will be a cooler of bottled water at the pavilion that the children will have access to all day.

The children will have all day in the park and return to the pavilion at 5:30 p.m. for something to eat also provided by the church. Departure from Knoebels will be at 7:00 p.m. with an arrival back to Immaculate Conception around 8:30 p.m. and St. Luke at 8:50 p.m.

The children 13 years of age and older will be able to go off into the park without a chaperon but they must have a partner. Children 12 years and younger will have a chaperone with them in the park. There will be a chaperone back at the pavilion at all times in case anyone needs to return to the pavilion for any reason.

Adult chaperons are needed and they must have clearances. If interested please call the parish office, 570-745-3301.






Friday, June 28


Altar Server Name/s: ________________________________




Age/ages: ____________


Riding Bus:___________    Riding with parents:__________


Phone Number:  ________________________


Parish: ___________________________________________


If a parent would be able to attend as a chaperon please put name:


Parent chaperon name:_______________________________

(All chaperons must have clearances)


Registrations must be to the Parish Office by Monday, June 17.


Friday, June 28

Altar Server Name/s: ________________________________

Age/ages: ____________

Riding Bus:___________	Riding with parents:__________

Phone Number:  ________________________

Parish: ___________________________________________

If a parent would be able to attend as a chaperon please put name:

Parent chaperon name:_______________________________
(All chaperons must have clearances)

Registrations must be to the Parish Office by Monday, June 17.



ULTRASOUNDS SAVE LIVES! The St Martin de Porres council of the Knights of Columbus is raising funds between Mother’s Day (May 12) and Father’s Day (June 16) toward a goal of placing one or more ultrasound machines in our local area. The Knights of Columbus Supreme Council matches funds for the purchase of ultrasound machines 100% and has placed 1000 ultrasound machines in crisis pregnancy centers across the country. We are asking that families consider a donation of $100 to bring us nearer to our goal. Checks can be made to the St Martin de Porres Council # 4738 with “ultrasound initiative” in the subject line, place the check in an envelope marked “Ultra Sound Machine” and drop it in the collection basket. If you cannot contribute this amount, we can use other contributions for gel and maintenance. In addition, baby bottles that can be filled with loose change will be available in the vestibule beginning Mother’s Day and will be collected on Father’s Day. Please call Mark Schall at 570-220-8255 with any questions. You can help save lives in a very real way!




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 Cannon Law.




Lord Jesus Christ, I rejoice and rejoice continually in Your glorious and triumphant victory over death. For Your victory is my victory. Help me to live by it, in it, and for it. I am grateful to my depths - grateful forever. Amen.



The following  SL  parishioner is scheduled to clean the sanctuary  May 24:  Kim Crossen.


The following IC parishioners are scheduled to clean the church on May 25: K. Baier & S. Eck.



The following Immaculate Conception parish families are scheduled to bring up the gifts in the offertory procession for the weekend of May 26: Saturday: Galen Williams Family Sunday: Mike Packer Family.



St. Luke gift bears for: Saturday, May 25: Philip Harbach Family, Sunday, May 26: James German Family.






Saturday, May 25

                IC                                       SL

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

Altar Servers

Emily Stetts                        Matthew Harbach

Terrence Stetts

Hannah Sweet



Nancy Mahosky                 Chelsea Alexander



Josette Miller                     Barb Kozlowski


Communion Ministers

Denny Haines                    Bob Kozlowski

Lisa Haines                      Rick Morton

Nancy Waldman             Michele Rozenberg


Sunday, May 26

           IC                                      SL

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

Altar Servers

Alayna McGovern         Melanie Rdesinski

Veronica Sander           Cailyn Schall

Miranda Schneider      Kylie Schall



Steve Waldman             Dona Price



Bruce Rogers             Walt Eisenhauer


Communion Ministers

Carm Winter                Christine Fink

Adrienne Miller            Denise Folmar

Ron Sander                  Don Price


Sunday, May 26

May Devotions

Immaculate Conception

3:00 p.m.

Altar Servers:

Alayna McGovern

Veronica Sander

Miranda Schneider




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



Envelopes may be found in your offertory envelope pack for your Father’s Day remembrances. You may place them in the collection basket or drop them off at the Parish Office. Father’s Day is celebrated Sunday, June 16. 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.



April 2019


INCOME                                        SL                        IC


Offertory Envelopes              $10,601.00      $17,077.00

Loose Collection                         773.00              416.00

Special Envelopes                      393.00               708.00

Misc. Income                             169.49                242.05

Easter                                       4,180.00            7,692.50

Diocesan Collection                2,106.15            2,397.00

Total Income:                    $18,222.64        $28,532.55




Administration                    $ 7,225.66           $ 8,743.74

Rectory Expenses                     574.88             1,078.65

Liturgy                                  1,336.56              1,979.05

Religious Education                 89.14                  381.81

Oper. & Maint. of Plant       1,725.07             11,120.52

Self Insurance Assessment    931.83                1,159.67

Cath. School Assessment   2,353.00                3,490.00

Property Taxes                              0                     685.29

Diocesan Collection           1,097.15                 2,165.00

Total Expense :             $15,333.29            $ 30,803.73


Cash Increase/decrease $ + 2,889.35           $ - 2,271.18

Cash Beginning                 37,738.04              48,624.22

Cash Ending                  $ 40,627.39            $ 46,353.04


This statement is ACTUAL income in and ACTUAL expense out.




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

December +7,976.94

January - 7,017.44

February - 3,571.41

March - 207.31

April +2,889.35

Running Total: - 1,211.42




With Memorial Day approaching, it is fitting that we remember the reason for this day. On Memorial Day, we honor the men and women who selflessly offered their lives in service of our country in its wars. This is also an appropriate time for us to remember that as Christians, we are called to honor all of our deceased. This means that the physical remains of our loved ones should be treated with great respect. This usually requires the internment of their bodies or cremains with a proper Catholic burial. If you have any questions regarding the proper procedure for the burial of a loved one, please contact Fr. Kozen at the Parish Office, 570-745-3301.



St Ann's Society will be catering a Wedding Reception on Saturday, June 1. Men & women will be needed. Please sign the volunteer sheet in the IC vestibule or call Nancy Waldman 570-745-3382.



A list of Easter Flower donors are posted in the vestibule at Immaculate Conception and St. Luke Churches.



Thank you to all those who donated to the Immaculate Conception Spring Dinner Meat Collection. A total of $1,105.00 has been collected thus far. If you missed the weekend of the meat collection, you may also put your donation in an envelope marked "Meat Collection" and drop it in the collection basket.



There will be a special second collection the weekend of May 18 & 19 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.





                                                 SL                         IC

Weekly                           $1,732.00               $ 4,000.00

Loose                                   433.00                    129.00

Monthly                           1,506.00                    885.00

Utilities                                       0                     172.00

May Devotions                           0                      94.00

Solemnity of Mary              20.00                            0

Votive                                   33.50                            0

Total Collection:         $ 3,724.50             $ 5,280.00

INCOME GOAL:         3,011.45                3,658.23

Over/(Under Goal)    $ + 713.05           $+1,621.77

Additional Collections

Building Fund                 100.00                    22.00

Care & Edu Priest              5.00                  195.00

Diocese Annual Appeal  190.00                  292.00

Catholic Home Mission         0                   120.00


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