December 16, 2018

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Flowers on Altar this weekend are donated in memory of Jacob, Anna & Raymond Adams.

Christmas Wafers – Oplatki – are available in our church vestibule. A $2 donation is asked per pack of 6 multi-colored wafers.

Advent Penance Service 
Today, Dec. 16th at St. Ignatius, Kingston at 5PM
Monday, Dec. 17th at St. Therese’s, Shavertown at 7PM

Holiday Mass Schedule
Christmas Eve,
Monday, December 24th

4PM Living Nativity: The Littlest Christmas Star, Mass
10PM Christmas Eve “Midnight” Mass

Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25th
Mass at 8AM & 10:15AM

Monday, December 31st (New Year’s Eve)
4PM Vigil Mass Solemnity of Mary

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 Solemnity of Mary
Mass at 8AM & 10:15AM

Our Confessions with extended times on Saturday, December 15th and 22nd will begin at 2PM and promptly end at 3:30PM.

Christmas Church Decorating will be this Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday after 9AM Mass. Lend us your Creative Hand! Thanks!

Join Us For Deacon Frank’s One Hour Adult Advent Series this Thursday Evening, December 20th at 6:30PM in our Church Hall. Topic: The Mass.

Deepest Prayerful Gratitude to an anonymous donor who loved our new Church Banners and made possible further Seasonal Interior and Exterior Banners! Many have commented on their “welcoming look!”

Christmas Office Hours

Our rectory office will close at 12PM on Friday, December 21st and will reopen with regular office hours on Thursday, January 3, 2019. As always in case of emergency, please call the office number and leave a message with our Answering Service.

Prayerful Congrats to our new Cantors: Julia Antall & Cally Williams and our new Altar Server: Dannica Lee as they use their talents to praise and serve our Lord.

Reminder: Police will issue tickets to anyone illegally parking in a designated Handicapped Parking space. May charity and love prevail in our parking lot!


Faith Formation Classes will celebrate Christmas with a  party today, Sunday, December 16th at 9AM for all students. This is the last class before the break. Classes will resume on January 6, 2019.

Choir Practice: Wednesday, December 19th at 6:30PM

Baptismal Instruction –The next class will be held on Monday, January 7th 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.

Christmas Play 2018 Rehearsals after Sunday’s 10:15AM Mass. Newspaper photos will be taken.

Deepest Prayerful Gratitude… to everyone who has shown the true spirit of Christmas by adopting poinsettias to beautify our church, donating toys along with hats, scarves & gloves for Catholic Social Services Annual Christmas Drive and helping provide for Christmas Dinners for our parish family members. Jesus & Santa are most humbly proud!

Ditto Deepest Prayerful Gratitude to each and everyone who made our “Pierogie Parties” a scrumditily-umptious success!

Flowers to the Homebound –Christmas Poinsettias were delivered to our homebound parish family members this weekend. Deepest Prayerful Gratitude to all who assisted in spreading the Christmas spirit. Ditto to George Goode who provided the Poinsettias.

Kneeler Update – Many New Kneeler Pads have been recently installed. However, due to the severity of needed repairs this project is taking longer than anticipated. Repair resumes after the Holidays! Please either kneel or sit – whatever is more healthful to one’s knees! Thanks for adjusting!

Retirement Fund for Religious Religious give thanks. “This money is pure gift,” writes a religious sister of the support made possible by the Retirement Fund for Religious. “It enables us to continue providing care for our elderly sisters.” Your gift of $236.85 to last week’s collection helps hundreds of religious communities meet pressing retirement needs while continuing to serve the People of God. Thank you for your generosity!

Cemetery News

Effective January 1, 2019, the price for cemetery plots at St. John’s, St. Anthony’s and Sts. Cyril & Methodius will increase to $800 each (perpetual care included). Monthly payments can be made over a 24 month period. Contact Charles Prohaska, Cemetery Supervisor at 570-760-7920.

Diocesan Annual Appeal

Did You Know… If you are 70½ or older and have a traditional individual retirement account, you can use all or part of your required minimum distribution to support your parish or the Diocesan Annual Appeal without having to count the transfers as income for federal tax purposes. Distributions must be sent directly to your parish or the Diocese by the plan administrator of your IRA. For more information, contact Jim Bebla at 570-207-2250.

Most joyous preparation

There is a joy in willing preparation, that is undiminished  no matter how small or simple the actual event that follows. We happily sweep a room for a houseguest. We lay a clean table for a family dinner. Imagine the added joy to be found in Advent preparations, that are followed by the Incarnation of God Himself!