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THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

November 10, 2019

Reverend Bert S. Kozen V.F., Pastor

 

Dear Parishioners,

We are quickly coming to the end of our Liturgical Year and our thoughts and reflections, fueled by the scriptures, are drawn to the end time both of our lives and of all things. Today’s first reading and Gospel both take up the topic and belief in the resurrection.

In the first reading, from the Second Book of Maccabees, seven brothers are tortured to death. This takes place in the first half of the second century B.C. and relates accounts dealing with the Maccabean revolt against the encroachments of the Seleucid Empire. We see here one of the first examples of the developing notion of an afterlife and resurrection in Judaism. This may come as a surprise to us. We tend to think of the Jewish Faith as being firmly established, developed and handed down from Abraham and the Patriarchs right down to the time of Jesus. Truth is that many of the doctrines of Judaism evolved gradually. Even at the time of Jesus there was discussion and debate on many of these teachings.

The Gospel from Luke illustrates this point clearly. Some Sadducees come to Jesus and try to trick him with a question dealing with the afterlife. The Sadducees, at this time, did not believe in an afterlife or in the resurrection. Again, this might surprise us since the Sadducees were comprised of the priests that ministered in the temple. Jesus responds to them with a clarification as to what the afterlife is about. This should encourage us as well as we enter into the final weeks and days of our Liturgical Year. Our God is a God of the living. His greatest desire is for us to enjoy his company for all of eternity. May we live our lives with this goal ever in our minds and in our hearts.

May God Bless You,

Fr. Bert

 

 

FYI

Fr. Kozen is away on his Holy Land Trip from Saturday, November 2 after the 6:30am All Souls Mass and will be returning on Tuesday, November 12 after the morning weekday Mass. Fr. Cummings is graciously covering Masses during this time. If there are any emergencies please contact the parish office as always.

 

PARISH OFFICE CLOSED

The Parish Office will be closed Monday, November 11. The office will open Tuesday, November 12 at 9:00 am. In case of any emergencies please leave a message.

 

REST IN PEACE

Please pray for the peaceful repose of the soul of Mary Grandy who died recently. Pray for the consolation of her loved ones. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord and let perpetual Light shine upon her. The Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, November 15 at 11:00 am in Immaculate Conception Church.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Nov 13 IC Youth Group 7:00-8:00pm IC Lower Hall

Nov 17 IC/SL Evening Confirmation Mtg 5:00-6:00pm IC Church

Nov 20 IC Youth Group 7:00-8:00pm IC Lower Hall

Nov 24 IC/SL No CCD

Dec 1 IC/SL Advent & First Reconciliation 3:00pm IC Church

Dec 8 IC/SL Lessons & Carols 4:00pm IC Church

Dec 9 IC Immaculate Conception Feast Day/Breakfast 8:00am IC Church

Dec 12 SL/IC Healing Mass 7:00 pm IC Church

Dec 22 SL/IC Christmas Brunch 11:30 am SL Parish Hall

 

 

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION HNS

PANCAKE BREAKFAST

The Holy Name Society of Immaculate Conception Church will sponsor a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, November 10, 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.

 

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 28, at 9:00 a.m. at St. Luke 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 years to come. Daily Mass is canceled for Friday, November 29 at St. Luke Church.

 

CCD THANKSGIVING BREAK

There will be no CCD classes on Sunday, November 24 at both Immaculate Conception and St. Luke due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. Classes will resume again the following week.

 

SJNRA VETERAN'S CELEBRATION

There will be a Veteran's Day celebration starting with Mass on Wednesday, November 13 at 10:00am in St. Boniface Church to honor all Veterans. Immediately following will be a luncheon at the Academy. At 1:00pm there will be a ceremony at the flag pole which is located at the front of the Academy. A program will immediately follow in the Catholic Community Center/Gym in St. John Neumann High School. All veterans are cordially invited to attend all or part of these special events and are encouraged to wear their uniforms or any other insignia or items designating their status as honored veterans. If you are planning to attend, we ask you to please contact the school office at 570-323-9953.

 

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 at Immaculate Conception on Wednesday, November 27 at 7:00 p.m. Please come and join us in giving thanks and praying for greater unity among all Christians.

 

ANGEL TREE
The Angel tree for Immaculate Conception will be in the vestibule the weekend of November 23 & 24.  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 23 & 24 to hand out angels.  The gifts must be returned by December 8 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.

 

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

GROTTO PARKING LOT

  1. Immaculate Conception Church Grotto parking lot project has begun. Charles Construction Co. was hired to do the job after the proposal was accepted by the Buildings and Grounds Committee. re is excavating being done to increase the depth of the area to 19.5 feet. water runoff issue is also being addressed so that the rain runoff does not run out unto Jacks Hollow Road. Line painting is planned for a spring project.

 

 

Mass Intentions

 

Monday (November 11) St. Martin of Tours, Bishop

 

8:00 am (SL) Intentions of Lily Brooks

by Kelly & Mark Watson

 

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

 

8:00 am (IC) Kay Miller

by Barb Miller

 

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

 

8:00 am (IC) Special Intention


by Don & Margie Wenner

 

Thursday (November 14) Weekday

 

7:00 pm (IC) Bernie Rell

by his family

 

Friday (November 15) Weekday

 

8:00 am (SL) Poor souls in Purgatory

by Mike & Tammy Packer Family

 

Saturday (November 16) Vigil: Thirty-Third Sunday

in Ordinary Time

 

4:00 pm (IC) Penny Steinbacher

by Ann Neylon

 

6:00 pm (SL) Rose & Gennaro D’Amato

by Marilyn & Gene Kurzejewski

 

Sunday (November 17) Thirty-Third Sunday

in Ordinary Time

 

8:30 am (IC) Joey Cashera

by Roger & Nancy Mohosky

 

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

 

 

THE BOOK OF THE NAMES

OF THE DEAD

The Book of the Names of the Dead will be alongside the Paschal Candle in the sanctuaries of both our churches, for the month of November, as a prayerful reminder of the individuals who are written in the book.

 

ALL SOULS ENVELOPES

The All Souls Envelopes will be on the altars of both our churches and the intentions will be remembered in all the Masses celebrated throughout the month of November.

 

HEALING MASS

Our parishes will celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick within the Eucharist on Thursday, December 12 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.

 

 

YOUTH CHOIR

Immaculate Conception and St. Luke is 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 11 at 10:35 am, immediately following CCD at Immaculate Conception Church. Anyone interested contact Chelsea Alexander, 570-666-0448.

 

LECTOR WORKBOOKS

Lector Workbooks are now available 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. We would like to thank all those who volunteer for this important ministry: St. Luke – Walt Eisenhauer, Diane Johnson, Diane Welch, Barbara Kozlowski, Mark Watson, Paul Ryan, Barb Fedele, Kim Crossen & John Crossen. Immaculate Conception – Bob Winter, Pam Hoffman, Bruce Rogers, Connie Engel, Dave Steinbacher, Roger Mahosky, Sue Sander, Joe Waldman, Cheryl Plaski, Jomarie Dincher & Erin Trunzo.

 

 

CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE FOR 2019

Tuesday, Dec. 24 4:00 pm St. Luke

7:00 pm Immaculate Conception

Wednesday, Dec. 25 12:00 am St. Luke

10:00 am Immaculate Conception

 

COMMUNAL RITE OF

THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION & FIRST CONFESSIONS

Our parishes will be celebrating the Communal Rite of Reconciliation, during Advent, on Sunday, December 1 at 3:00pm in IC Church. The children from both our parishes enrolled in Catholic school and CCD who are currently in the 2nd grade will also be celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time in preparation of their First Holy Communion. Priests from the area will be on hand to help us celebrate this sign of God's love and forgiveness. Please pray for our young people as they and their families prepare to celebrate this great sacrament of God’s mercy.

 

A NEW LITURGICAL YEAR

We will be embarking on a new liturgical year, a new beginning of the Church’s cycle of readings and prayers, seasons and feasts that focus on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and on the life and virtues of Mary and the saints. Advent is the beginning of this cycle and it will begin the weekend of Saturday, November 30 & Sunday, December 1.

 

 

ADVENT LESSONS AND CAROLS

You are invited to an Advent Lessons and Carols at Immaculate Conception Church on Sunday, December 8 at 4:00 pm which recounts the Fall, the promise of a Messiah, the Incarnation, and the Great Commission to preach the Good News. Each lesson is followed by a carol or other song that reflects on the lesson’s message and a brief prayer. We invite you to join in this service of prayer and reflection as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

 

YOUTH CHRISTMAS CAROLING
DECEMBER 15
The youth of our parishes (confirmation candidates, high school CCD program and youth groups) will be Christmas caroling to Manor Care, Jersey Shore  Sunday December 15.  We will meet in the St. Luke parking lot at 3:30pm and proceed to Manor Care.  Pizza and soda will be provided at St. Luke Parish Hall after caroling. 

 

ADVENT & CHRISTMAS VESPERS

Advent/Christmas Vespers will be prayed in common between both our churches Tuesdays during the Advent and Christmas seasons beginning at 6:30pm. Make a “Advent pilgrimage” and attend those held at: (IC-Dec 3), (SL-Dec 10), (IC- Dec 17), (No Vespers-Dec 24) & (SL-Jan 7).

 

THE WOMEN OF ST. LUKE’S

CHRISTMAS PARTY

The A&R Society will host a Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 11 at 6 p.m. at Santino’s Jersey Shore. All women of SL Parish are invited. Meal choices are stuffed shells with meatballs, cheese ravioli, or chicken parmesan. Please sign up by Sunday December 1, either on the sign-in sheet at church or by calling Kim Crossen at 570-295-6591. Come and join the fun!

 

 

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 have begun but it is never to late. Rehearsals are being held 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 are 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!

 

SOLEMNITY OF THE

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

  1. 8 is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the patronal feast of our Nation as well as the parish and church in Bastress. This year however, 8 falls on the second Sunday of Advent. The Sundays of advent can never be replaced by another Feast. Because of this, the Immaculate Conception is transferred to Monday, 9. In this case and for this year this Solemnity is NOT a holy day of obligation. The Eucharist will be celebrated on Monday, 9 at 8:00 a.m. in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Those who wish to do so are invited to breakfast at the Gamble Farm Inn immediately following Mass. Please be sure to sign up on the sheet in the vestibule for breakfast. Deadline for sign-up is Monday, 2.

 

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The St. Ann's Society will be catering a Wedding Reception on Saturday, November 30. Men & women will be needed to help. Please sign the volunteer sheet in the IC vestibule or call Nancy Waldman, 570-745-3382.

 

 

CATHOLIC BURIALS

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 Canon Law of the Catholic Church.

 

 

HELP US CONSERVE HEAT AND ELECTRICITY

As we enter into the cold months of the year, we ask you to help us conserve fuel and electricity. Please ensure that doors are kept closed (to help avoid drafts) and lights are turned off in all of our buildings. Thermostats are set together with timers to ensure that our buildings are heated in the most economical manner. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH ANY THERMOSTATS. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

 

KNOCKWURSTS FOR SALE

Knockwursts from the Sauerkraut Dinner are for sale in the downstairs St. Luke kitchen freezer. The cost is $3.50 for a bag of 6.

 

YOUTH GROUP

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

 

CANDLE REQUESTS

The sanctuary candle will burn during the month of November at St. Luke for: Robert & Carmel Pagnotto as requested by their children & families & James Folmar as requested by Dad & Mom. Immaculate Conception for: Bernie Rell as requested by his family, Dave Baier as requested by his family & Karen Steinbacher as requested by Dave.

 

2020 MASS AND CANDLE INTENTIONS

The book for 2020 Mass intentions and sanctuary candle intentions for both our parishes has opened in the Parish Office. As we have done before, each person is limited to 5 Mass intentions at each church. 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.

 

CONFIRMATION MEETINGS

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:

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.

 

 

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 toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap and shampoo. They are always in need of 16 oz. jars of peanut butter.

 

DIOCESAN ANNUAL APPEAL 2019

“Serving in faith with hope and gratitude”

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 $10,367.00 which represents 37% of a goal of $28,000 given by 73 out of 340 families. SL has pledged $8,700.00 which represents 51% of a goal of $17,000.00 given by 52 out of 247 families.


 

 
CHURCH COURTESY
Just a gentle reminder that when you come to church for any of our liturgical celebrations, you should be mindful of the respect and dignity that should be afforded for a liturgical gathering and a house of worship.  Please ensure that cell phones and all electronic devices are silenced.  If you have small children, please provide them with quiet items to occupy their attention.  Your help and cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated by your fellow parishioners.

 

 

BULLETIN AD AVAILABILITY

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.

 

 

LifeLine - Life is a unique gift, at every stage from conception until natural death, and it is God’s alone to give and to take. ~ Pope Benedict XVI, Address at St. Peter’s Residence, London, Sept. 18, 2010


 

NEUMANN ALUMNI COMMITTEE

As we celebrate 50 years of Neumann alumni, St. John Neumann Regional Academy would like to invite interested Bishop Neumann & St. John Neumann alumni to participate in a committee to plan 50th anniversary events. The first meeting is Wednesday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. at St. John Neumann High School. Contact Kathy Bahr to RSVP or with any questions: kbahr@sjnra.org.

 

CEMETERY REGULATIONS

We want to remind you that the Immaculate Conception Cemetery has regulations and guidelines that we expect all families with loved ones interred, to follow. PLEASE...before contemplating on making any changes to a grave, please consult these regulations. If you need a copy of the regulations or have any questions, contact the parish office at 570-745-3301.

 

ST. JOHN NEUMANN SCIENCE TEACHER

St. John Neumann Regional Academy has an immediate opening for the position of High School Biology/Life Sciences teacher. Applicants must have PA science certification. Interested applicants please 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 amcnamee@sjnra.org .


 

R.C.I.A.

Are you interested in the Catholic faith and becoming Catholic, or do you know someone who is interested in becoming a Catholic? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) is a process through which new members are welcomed into the Catholic faith. If you are interested in entering the Church, please contact the parish office, 570-745-3301 for more information.

 

PRAYER FOR SOULS IN NEED

Eternal Father, I offer You the most Precious Blood of Your Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal Church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.


 

PARISHIONER INFORMATION UPDATE

Parishioners are asked to contact the parish office with any changes to your telephone number, e-mail address or home address.


 
SL WEEKLY SANCTUARY CLEANER
The following  SL  parishioner is scheduled to clean the sanctuary  November 15:  Kelly Ryan.

 
IC  CHURCH CLEANERS

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

 

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 17: Saturday: Milt Rogers Family Sunday: Tony Segraves Family

 

SL CHURCH GIFT BEARERS

St. Luke gift bearers for: Saturday, November 16: Mary ellen Crothen and Sunday, November 17: Cooper Lauer Family.

 

 

SERVERS SCHEDULE

Saturday, November 16

            IC                                           SL

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

Altar Servers

Riley Frazier                   Sienna Weaver

Will Frazier                     Duan Forsythe

Luke Maeval                   Mike Lundy

 

Cantor

Cont Ensemble               Dona Price

 

Lector

Roger Mahosky              Barb Kozlowski

 

Communion Ministers

Patty Pfirman                  Mike Lundy

Joan Rogers                    Evelyn Rall

Julie Steinbacher            Renee Kerns

 

Sunday, November 17

            IC                                SL

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

Altar Servers

DJ Steinbacher              Lucy Engel

Stephy Steinbacher       Greta Engel

Morgan Waldman

 

Cantor

Lenny Stopper            Jarod Engel

 

Lector

Erin Trunzo                 Paul Ryan

 

Communion Ministers

Dave Pistner                Denise Folmar

Bob Winter                  Don Price

Hank Sweet                 Patty Suponcic

 

LITURGICAL SCHEDULES NOW AVAILABLE

All liturgical volunteers are asked to take a copy of the November, December 2019 & January 2020 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.

 

FIRST FRIDAY HOME VISITS

  1. bound parishioners are reminded that they may have Holy Communion brought to them on the First Friday of each month by calling the Parish Office, 745-3301, and requesting this service. This spiritual care is offered to any parishioner who, because of illness or advanced age, cannot leave their homes and attend Mass. visitation may be requested for a certain period of recovery time or for a more permanent basis. The sacraments of reconciliation (confession) and anointing of the sick are offered to all home bound parishioners every Advent and Lent, and also upon request. Also, Fr. Kozen serves as the Catholic chaplain at the Manor Care Nursing , Jersey Shore, and the Jersey Shore Hospital. He offers Mass at the nursing home monthly, and cares for the requested sacramental needs of the Catholic residents of the nursing home and the Catholic patients at the hospital.

 

 

 

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

Running Total: -992.80

 

 

 

WEEKLY OFFERING

                                                    SL                    IC

Weekly                            $ 2,133.00        $ 4,399.00

Loose                                     340.00              155.00

Monthly                                560.00              100.00

Utilities                                   65.00                10.00

All Saints                              551.00             767.00

Sanctuary Candles                       0                40.00

Votive                                            0               199.00

Total Collection:           $ 3,649.00         $ 5,670.00

INCOME GOAL:           3,011.45            3,658.23

Over/Under Goal        $ + 637.55        $+2,011.77

Additional Collections

Care & Edu Priests           377.00              655.00

Annual Appeal                      5.00                  2.00

Building Fund                     10.00                  5.00

World Mission                    10.00                       0

 

May the Lord reward your generosity

 

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck

 

 

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