October 21, 2018
Jacob Charles Hunsinger and Rylan Michael Malachefski
were welcomed into our faith through the Sacrament of Baptism last weekend. Prayerful Baptismal Congrats to their parents, godparents, family and friends.
Prayerful Congrats to Robert & Claire Roccograndi who recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary.
3rd Banns of Marriage are announced between Amanda O’Brien and Michael Zaleskas,
both of our parish family.
Flowers on the Altar this weekend are donated in memory of Joseph Bendick, Jr.
Please Note: This week, kneeler replacement continues. Thank you for adjusting your kneeling!
Thursday, November 1st is All Saints Day. It is a Holy Day of Obligation.
Masses will be held on Wednesday, October 31st at 5PM; Thursday, November 1st at 7AM and 5:30PM.
All Souls Day Mass Intention Envelopes are available in our church vestibule. They will be prayed for at our All Souls Day Masses and designated Masses throughout November. Deepest Prayerful Gratitude for continuing this beautiful tradition of remembering our deceased loved ones.
Our Candlelight Service will occur at the 7PM Mass on All Souls’ Day, November 2nd.
Faith Formation / Ministry
- Classes will be held as usual this week.
Prayer Shawl Gathering will be held on Thursday, November 8th at 6PM in the church hall. All are invited and welcome to join our ministry. If someone you know needs a prayer shawl please contact the rectory. If you aren’t able to attend a meeting, but want to donate a lap robe, shawl or afghan, please contact the rectory office. Thanks!
If you aren’t able to make an afghan, monetary donations are most welcome and appreciated. They can be made via collection basket (place in an envelope marked “Yarn/Afghans”) or sent to the rectory office. Thank You for helping us to help others.
The next class will be held on Monday, November 5th at 7PM in the church hall. If you are expecting or recently had a baby, please call the rectory office to register for this class.
Meeting for Pastoral Council Members this Tuesday, October 23rd at 6:30PM in our Church Hall with Mary Anne Malone, our Diocesan Facilitator. All Finance Council Members are requested to be present.
Holiday Ministry Schedules are being prepared. If there is a particular Mass you wish to be scheduled for (or not scheduled), please contact the rectory office by November 7th.
Can you believe it… It’s almost time for our Advent Pierogie Sale!
Our Pierogie Pinching Parties begin Monday, October 29th and continue Mondays thru December 10th (except Monday after Thanksgiving, November 26th). Everyone is Invited & Welcome! No Experience Necessary! Any amount of time you can volunteer is greatly appreciated. Pierogies are $9 per dozen. Please call Mary Mack at 570-779-3626 between 9AM and 7PM to place your orders. Order early, avoid the rush!
Holiday Food Baskets
We will once again address the needs of those in our parish family who may have difficulty providing a Thanksgiving dinner. Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation toward this much needed Outreach Ministry is asked to place their donation in an envelope marked “Food Basket” and drop in the basket or send to the rectory.
If you, or someone you know in our parish family, is in need of a Holiday Food Basket, please call the rectory at 570-779-9620. All calls are held in complete confidence.
World Mission Sunday
Today is World Mission Sunday. We celebrate this day by remembering the revitalizing mission at the heart of our Christian faith – to bring the Gospel to all! The collection today for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith ensures the work and service of the Mission Church, as it supports priests, religious and lay leaders who offer the Lord’s mercy and concrete help to the most vulnerable communities in the Pope’s missions. Thank you for your generosity. Envelopes are available in the vestibule to assist with your donations this weekend. Thank You!
SERVANT CHRIST, SERVANT CHURCH
In Matthew’s Gospel, it is the mother of James and John who makes the request of Jesus (Mark omits this scene). It is “only natural” for mothers to want to see their sons “get ahead in the world,” just as it is for us as individuals to seek those positions of honor and power. But again it is the lesson of Jesus, along with the lessons of Isaiah and Hebrews, that reminds us that we need to examine constantly our “only natural” ways of living to make sure that we are living as Christ, the head of the church. When Isaiah writes of the Suffering Servant, it can be seen as a prophecy of Jesus; but it is also a prophecy of the ongoing presence of Jesus, the church. When the author of Hebrews writes of the weakness known by Christ the great High Priest, it is also about the need for weakness on the part of the Body of Christ, the church. In this way the scriptures today show all of us, the baptized, the church, how we must continue to be the Servant Christ for the life of the world.
The Church strives to promote a culture that accepts death as a natural part of life. If we oppose euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, we must also show our support for those who are sick and dying by advocating for laws that protect their well-being. We must also do our best to support these individuals by providing for their safe and affordable health care.
This week, we pray for all individuals and families who are making important decisions for end-of-life care. We also strive to remember the elderly members of our community in prayer and action. Senior isolation is a serious issue in our area, as many elderly people struggle with loneliness and do not have the support of family or friends. We encourage you to reach out to a friend or neighbor in need, even if that just means spending a little more time making sure that senior members of our community feel welcomed and safe.