ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CATHOLIC CHURCH ST. LAWRENCE CATHOLIC CHURCH ST. MARTIN OF TOURS CATHOLIC CHURCH Joint Parish Office Located at: 15 E. Church St., Susquehanna, Pa. 18847 Phone Number 853-4634 Office Email: [email protected] JOINT Website: www.saintslawrencemartinjohn.com Emergency Phone Number at St. Lawrence Rectory: 570-267-1366 March 8, 2015 Third Sunday of Lent I, the LORD, am your God...You shall not have other gods besides me. BAPTISM: The Church, as a norm, celebrates baptism on Sunday, the Lord’s Day. Please contact the parish office to make arrangements. PARISH MEMBERSHIP: Parish membership is based on regular attendance at Sunday Eucharist and participation in parish activities. Active parishioners are involved in stewardship of time, talent and treasure. MARRIAGE: Couples contemplating marriage should contact the parish office at least six months before the anticipated date. This allows for pro per preparation for this sacrament of commitment. PENANCE: The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on Saturday at St. John’s after Mass, St Lawrence at 4:15PM, and at 3:15 to 3:45PM at St. Martin’s. Individual Confessions can also be arranged at another time by calling the parish office for an appointment. HOSPITALS/NURSING HOMES AND ANOINTING OF THE SICK: Please notify the parish office of anyone in the hospital, nursing home or seriously ill anticipating an operation or advanced in age. Members of the parish are available to bring communion to the sick and the homebound each Sunday. MASS INTENTIONS: You can honor a deceased relative or friend by remembering them with a Mass intention. Please call the rectory if you would like to have a Mass said for someone. The stipend is $10.00 per Mass. CHURCH NEWS DEADLINE: Information for our weekly bulletin, inserts, and church announcements should be submitted to the parish office by TUESDAY 11:00 AM. If you or your organization has an announcement or prayer request to be read by the lector at mass, please have it to the parish office by our Tuesday deadline as well. Joint Mission Statement We, the Roman Catholic Parishes of St. John the Evangelist, St. Lawrence and St. Martin of Tours, are committed to enriching our faith in Jesus Christ and our Catholic heritage through prayer, the celebration of the Sacraments, and devotion to the Eucharist. We joyfully proclaim the Gospel to all through word and deed and encourage our faith community to share God’s gifts by serving others in works of hospitality and love. THE PATH TO FREEDOM Most of us, if we were asked “Does the phrase ‘the Ten Commandments’ appear in the Bible?” “The Ten Commandments” is a postbiblical, phrase that developed along with an image of God as police officer that is not found in today’s passage from Exodus. The first phrase is the key: God is the one who brings us out of slavery; following God’s law or commands is our path to freedom. The moneychangers whom Jesus drove from the temple were not explicitly breaking any of the commandments, but neither were they helping people to find God’s path to freedom as they came to worship at the temple. This is an important Lenten lesion for us. We need to stop asking ourselves whether or not we are breaking specific rules or regulations and instead examine our lives to see if we are truly following a path to God’s freedom through Christ. TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION Participating in Lent, we are engaging in patterns that have endured across the centuries. From very early times, we have the sense of accompanying the elect on their journey to the font. From as long ago as the fourth century, we receive Lent as forty days to shake the dust from our spirituality and reorder our conduct. Then, fasting was not seen as a strict duty, yet it seems it was widely observed. Think of the rules of politeness and courtesy that everyone agrees on. Fasting was also seen as a social duty, since food was in short supply as winter wore on, and the weak and the sick had the first claim on what remained on hand. As a boost to the fasting of the body, the church developed a richer spiritual fare, including celebrations of the Eucharist every day. This practice began in Rome by the sixth century. Weekly Mass was only at designated “stations.” The pope would arrive on horseback at the stational church. In those days, although the catechumenate was already in eclipse, there were pre-baptismal activities at the stational Masses; the giving of the Lord’s Prayer, prayers for the godparents, and constant references to baptism. Rev. David Cramer, Pastor Mrs. Judi Salinkas, Joint Secretary Mrs. Vickie Mulligan, DRE ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST Eucharistic Devotions: Are held at St. John’s on Sunday evenings at 6:00PM. All are welcomed. St. John’s Woman’s Club: will meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30PM. We are still collection rosaries for our troops. Please place them in the back of church. Need a lift to Church? St. John’s now has a transportation Committee to help out parishioners who need a ride to church. Call JoAnn Barnes at 570-647-0833. 15 E. Church St. Susquehanna, PA 18847 Stewardship—St. John’s 2/28 & 3/1, 2015 Offering Env: $ 1,357.00 Loose: 82.00 Fuel: 12.00 CCD: 2.00 Holy Day: 5.00 E. Flowers: 313.00 Care & Edu: 208.00 Total: $ 1,979.00 Improvements: $ 32.00 Ministries—St. John St. John’s Pro-Life Scholarship Award: Pro-Life will be offering our annual $1,000.00 scholarship award to one eligible graduating high school senior who is an active member of St. John’s and attends Mass weekly. Student must have received all sacraments. You are required to write an essay stating your beliefs on Pro-Life. This award must be used for continuing education. Essay forms are available for pick up in the church office. Entry deadline is March 31st. Stations of the Cross will be held every Friday evening at 7:00PM during Lent. ***TIME CHANGE*** Confession at St. John’s will be Wednesday, March 11th from 6:00PM-6:30PM Saint Patrick’s Party Friday, March 13th 7:30PM –10:30PM $ 15.00 per person (bev. included) bring your own snacks. Music by: Shambles, a 5 piece Irish band that is very popular in the Binghamton, Tri Cities area. It will be worth coming out in the cold to hear!!!!!! Tickets are available from any Men’s Club member and will be held in St. John’s parish hall. The St. John’s Woman’s Club will have their next meeting on March 10th . 3/14/15 5:30PM K. Snyder, R. Armitage (servers) C. Barnes, C. Walker, J. Schell (Euch. Min.) M. Stanford (lector) Barb & Carolyn (cantor) Greeters: Gow & Kane families 3/15/15 8:30AM G. Miller, A. Mulligan, P. Cowperthwait (servers) C. Bushong, V. Mulligan, L. Norris (Euch. Min.) C. Weaver (Lector) J. Keyes (cantor) Greeters: Pro-Life: meet on the 2nd Friday of the month after morning mass. Pro-Life Collections is taken up after Mass on the 1st weekend of the month. St. John’s Pro-Life Gifts to Purchase: Pro-Life only has a few Comfort Crosses left, either for purchase or for giving to a sick/elderly parishioner. Also, don’t forget our Angel Medals for car seats. They make great baptismal and shower gifts. Get them before they run out. All items are $ 10.00. Also, Pro-Life has Candlemas Candles for sale. The can- dles are used as a sacramental, calling on the Light of Christ, during hardships, travel, danger, safe delivery, divine guidance, religious celebrations, sickness and the dying, or any reason that is of importance. They are $ 5.00/box, 2 in a box, 51% beeswax. They also make great gifts. Please see Judi in the office or any member for purchase. (Don’t forget to have a priest bless them after purchase.) Lost & Found: Our box is filling up!!! If you feel you may have left something behind, call or stop into the parish office, hats, scarves, umbrellas. ST. LAWRENCE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 380 FRANKLIN STREET GREAT BEND, PA. 18821 St. Lawrence Revitalization Fund: PLEASE make your checks out separately from your weekly offering. Weekly Divine Mercy: We are postponing our Wed. Divine Mercy until the Spring. Novena at St. Lawrence: Every Monday evening at St. Lawrence there will be a Novena and Adoration after the 7:00PM Mass, followed by social hour in the trinity Center. All are welcomed. We at St. Lawrence ask you to PLEASE pray for those who have been placed on our prayer chain: TIME CHANGE: Starting on March 6th (St. Lawrence only) Stations of the Cross will be held at 6:30PM each Friday evening during Lent. Due to the Bible Study at 7:00PM in the Trinity Center. Divine Mercy Sunday: (The Sunday after Easter) There will be a Divine Mercy Sunday Service at St. Lawrence. More information to follow. Stewardship– St. Lawrence 2/28 & 3/1, 2015 Offering Env: $ 1,389.00 Loose: 207.00 Fuel: 54.00 Easter Flowers: 140.00 Insurance: 49.00 Maint: 14.00 Holy Day: 2.00 Care & Edu: 185.00 Total: $ 2,040.00 MINISTERIES—ST. LAWRENCE “A Disciple's Response of Time and Talent” Sat., March 13, 2015 5:00PM M. & E. Mangel (servers) P. Vinosmka (lector) R. & K. Ragard (Euch. Min.) Sun., March 14, 2015 9:30AM W. Rudick, L. Andusko (servers) M. Maholick (lector) A. Maholick (Euch. Min.) Greeters: 3/14:D. Vogel 3/15: Riecke’s 3/21: B. Vaseleck 3/22:M.L. Rood 3/ 28: A. Maholick 3/29: J. Bower. Bible Study: First class is Friday, March 6th with Sister Brigid. at the St. Lawrence Trinity Center at 7:00PM. For more information call Marcy Maholick at 570-879-4965. STATIONS of THE CROSS TIME CHANGE: Starting on March 6th Stations of the Cross will be held at 6:30PM each Friday evening during Lent. Due to the Bible Study at 7:00PM in the Trinity Center It’s a March Madness Breakfast St. Lawrence Trinity Center on Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 8:30AM-Noon Pancakes, sausage, eggs, ham, sweet breads, bev., and most of all FELLOWSHIP! All for $ 7.00. Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Dinner Spaghetti & Homemade Meatball Dinner includes; salad, bread, homemade desserts and beverage. Saturday, March 14, 2015 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm K of C Hall - Main & Kilrow Sts. Great Bend, PA Adults: $8.00 Children (12): $4.00 Children 5 and under: Free St. Lawrence Mission Statement We are a family of faith in union with Christ and His Church to grow in holiness through the celebration of the inspired Word of God and the reception of the Sacrament. We are called through our Baptism to share in the ministry of Jesus Christ and glorify God through proclaiming the Gospel in our community. ST. MARTIN OF TOURS St. Martin of Tour Mission Statement United with the Holy Father, our Bishop, and our Pastor, we, the parish community of St. Martin of Tours, bring the Word of God alive through our Eucharistic celebrations and Works of Charity. Pierogi Time It is time to roll, stuff and pinch! The next Pierogi making will be March 14, and March 28, beginning at 9 AM. We need everyone's help to make our number one fundraiser another success. Come be part of our parish history! All are welcome. You may place orders by using the insert in this week's bulletin or by call Mary Lake 570-7562983. Big Screen TV Anyone interested in a 64" Plasma Screen TV, please contact Chris Lake (570-442-1084). It is free of charge. A New Look We are preparing to install new flooring at St. Martin's. If you would like to make a donation towards this beautification, please make envelope or check "Carpeting." Thank you for the continued support towards our parish. “Spreading Easter Joy” For the month of March we will be collecting small plush Easter bunnies, ducks, etc..to distribute to the Barnes Kasson SNF. It was such a gift to see the excitement in the actions and words of the folks who received then last year, we thought we would blessed the folks who are there this year as well. If anyone would be interested in joining us as we visit the SNF and distribute the plush animals please contact Beatrice Place at 570-727-2407 or [email protected] Stations of the Cross will be held each Friday evening at 7:00PM during Lent Donate-a-Dozen is back! It’s pierogi season here at St. Martin’s! Support both your church and our cluster Youth Group trip to Steubenville Ohio by Donating a Dozen! How it works… Simply indicate on your pierogi order form the number of dozen you wish to donate for the kids to serve at their March 20th fundraiser dinner. Then, come join the kids for dinner on March 20th 5:30PM at St. John’s! Our target is 50 dozen for a fabulous dinner! If you have any questions, please contact Chris Lake or Amy Dalickas. Thank you for your support!!! State Rts. 92 & 492 Jackson, Pa. 18825 STEWARDSHIP ST. MARTIN OF TOUR February 28th & March 1, 2015 Offering Env: $ 699.00 Loose: 225.00 Candle: 10.00 Fuel: 102.00 E. Flowers.: 50.00 Care & Edu:: 78.00 Total: $ 1,164.00 MINISTERIES-ST. MARTIN’S Saturday, March 14, 2015 4:00PM R. Gilleran (lector) M. Czachor, M. Lake (Euch. Min.) Sunday,March 15, 2015 11:00AM E. Frye, G. Whitehead (altar server) B. Corrigan (lector) C. Lake, B. Kwader, K. Kempa (Euch. Min.) St. Martin of Tours has an Emergency Prayer Request team that is ready to pray for the needs of her parishioners. Prayer requests can be made to Annette Corrigan at [email protected] - 570 280-2264 or Betsy Supancik at [email protected] - 570 756-2586 Holy Hour: will be held after the Thursday morning Mass. The hour will include the Mass and 30 minutes of private adoration. At 8:45 the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be recited. Special Novena: On Thursday mornings at the 8:00 AM Mass at St. Martin of Tours there is a special novena after Mass to St. Peregrine, patron saint of cancer victims and those suffering from serious illness. There is a prayer box by St. Peregrine's statue where you can enter the name of a suffering loved one or yourself to be remembered. The box is emptied the 1st of July, October, January and April. You are welcome to reenter names for those still suffering. Anyone in need of the Sacrament of anointing can receive the anointing that evening by calling the rectory at 570 853-4634. Bishop Joseph Bambera will be celebrating Mass on Sunday, Nov. 8th 2015 at St. Martin of Tour. During the Season of Lent, we will use the Gregorian settings and the Lenten Gospel Acclamation as follows: Kyrie 169, Psalm # 65 Be with Me, Lenten Gospel Acclamation 195, Sanctus 308 B, Memorial Acclamation 309 B, Amen, 310, Agnus Dei 313 B PARISH CLUSTER NEWS Food Bank Collections:3-10-16: boxed potatoes, canned veggies. 3/17-23: boxed pie crusts, pie fruit, canned fruit. 3/24-30: rice, noodles. 3.31-4/6: pasta, sauce. If you don’t want to bring food to the church, you can put an env. into collection marked “food bank” and the ladies will purchase the food. Cash only please, so all donations stay in the Susquehanna Food Bank. Mission in India: The collection will take place the third weekend of each month. Eucharistic Devotions: will be held at St. John’s on Sunday evenings at 6:00PM. All are welcomed. Weekly Divine Mercy Devotion: Is held at St. Lawrence Church every Wednesday at 3:00PM during the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament to include Hymns, Chaplet, Praises to the Divine Mercy, Rosary, Silent Meditation, Divine Praises and Veneration of the relic of St. Faustina. Please join us. Hospitals: Whenever a family member is in the hospital for more than three days and has not been visited by your priest, please be sure to call the office, 570-853-4634, to alert us that they are a patient. Ecumenical Lenten Service Wednesday’s at Noon, the following participating congregations are: Lakeview Mennonite Church, North Jackson United Methodist, United Methodist (Thompson) East Ararat United Methodist, Christ Episcopal, St. John’s, St. Lawrence, St. Martin’s. Soup & Sandwiches to follow. March 11: St. John’s, Susq. March 18: Thompson United Methodist Church March 25: Lanesboro Community Church **If Blue Ridge or Susq. Community Schools are closed, there will be NO service. What are the Precepts of the Church?? The precepts of the Church are intended to assist Catholic Christians in living a moral life nourished by the sacramental worship of the Church. The precepts represent the minimum that Catholics should do if they wish to truly walk closer with Christ and discern His call in their lives. “You shall confess your sins at least once a year.” Every baptized Catholic is required to receive the sacrament of reconciliation-which continues the work of Baptism-at least once a year, in order to more worthily receive Jesus in the Eucharist. Sat. March 7 St. Martin’s 8:00AM St. Martin’s 4:00PM St. Lawrence 5:00PM St. John’s 5:30PM Mary Wiatrowski req. by Maureen Hoegen Mary Quirk req. by Marilyn and Tim Tompkins William Jenkins req. by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Romanofski Lorenzo DeLarco req. by Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kosko Sun. March 8 St. John’s 8:30AM St. Lawrence St. Martin’s Col. & Mrs. William Cooper req. by Barbara McKetta 9:30AM Dec’d members of the Steigert family req. by Shirley Silipo 11:00AM Regina Corrigan McArthur req. by Laurie and John Frye Mon.March 9 St. Lawrence 7:00PM Thomas Maholick req. by Al and Marcy Maholick Tue. March 10 St. John’s 8:00AM Ronald Testa req. by Hattie Testa & family St. Lawrence 8:00AM St. John’s 7:00PM Cecil and Olive Whiting req. by Barbara McKetta Confession at St. John’s Wed. March 11 Thur March 12 St. Martin’s 8:00AM Helen and Almon Stonier req. by Barbara McKetta 8:00AM Arthur Schell req. by the Herbert family St. Martin’s St. Lawrence 4:00PM 5:00PM St. John’s 5:30PM For our parish community Deceased members of the Connor, Russell & Howland families req. by John and Dixie Russell Eric Bixby req. by Mr. and Mrs. Mike Kosko Fri. March 13 St. John’s Sat. March 14 Sun. March 15 St. John’s St. Lawrence St. Martin’s 8:30AM Viola Facarro req. by Mr. and Mrs. Joe Schell 9:30AM Judy Franks req. by Carol Pitcher 11:00AM Michele Tabaka-Lempka req. by Lance Tabaka Confession: St. John’s: Saturday’s after Mass. St. Lawrence: Saturday’s 4:15-4:45PM St. Martin’s: Saturday’s 3:15-3:35PM Winter Weather Reminder: If the schools are closed, there will be no weekday morning mass. If delayed, weekday morning mass is delayed.
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