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  • Today's Readings

  • Calendar of Events

    • Friday, July 20
      St. Apollonaris
      According to tradition, Saint Peter sent Apollinaris to Ravenna, Italy, as its first bishop. His preaching of the Good News was so successful that the pagans there beat him and drove him from the city. He returned, however, and was exiled a second time. After preaching in the area surrounding Ravenna, he entered the city again. After being cruelly tortured, he was put on a ship heading to Greece. Pagans there caused him to be expelled to Italy, where he went to Ravenna for a fourth time. He died from wounds received during a savage beating at Classis, a suburb of Ravenna. A beautiful basilica honoring him was built there in the sixth century. Reflection Following Jesus involves risks—sometimes the supreme risk of life itself. Martyrs are people who would rather accept the risk of death than deny the cornerstone of their whole life: faith in Jesus Christ. Everyone will die eventually—the persecutors and those persecuted. The question is what kind of a conscience people will bring before the Lord for judgment. Remembering the witness of past and present martyrs can help us make the often small sacrifices that following Jesus today may require.
    • Saturday, July 21
      St. Lawrence of Brindisi
      His constant devotion to Scripture, coupled with great sensitivity to the needs of people, present a lifestyle which appeals to Christians today. Lawrence had a balance in his life that blended self-discipline with a keen appreciation for the needs of those whom he was called to serve.
    • Saturday, July 21, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
      Disciples of the Spirit of Jesus
      The monthly meeting of our Adult Faith Formation Community with Sr. Madonna Figura as facilitator. This group is open to additional members joining.
    • July 21, 4:00 PM - July 22, 11:59 PM
      Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
      Jesus nourishes and strengthens us, guiding us in right paths. He is the righteous shoot of David, the peace between Jew and Gentile, God and humanity.
    • Saturday, July 21, 4:00 PM - 12:00 PM
      Summer Raffle Tickets for Sale
      Support our parish by participating in the Annual Summer Raffle! First Prize is $1,000 .00!
    • Sunday, July 22
      St. Mary Magdalen
      Mary Magdalene has been a victim of mistaken identity for almost 20 centuries. Yet she would no doubt insist that it makes no difference. We are all sinners in need of the saving power of God, whether our sins have been lurid or not. More importantly, we are all “unofficial” witnesses of the Resurrection. Except for the mother of Jesus, few women are more honored in the Bible than Mary Magdalene. Yet she could well be the patron of the slandered, since there has been a persistent legend in the Church that she is the unnamed sinful woman who anointed the feet of Jesus in Luke 7:36-50. Most Scripture scholars today point out that there is no scriptural basis for confusing the two women. Mary Magdalene, that is, “of Magdala,” was the one from whom Christ cast out “seven demons” (Luke 8:2)—an indication at the worst, of extreme demonic possession or possibly, severe illness. Writing in the New Catholic Commentary, Father Wilfrid J. Harrington, O.P., says that “seven demons” “does not mean that Mary had lived an immoral life—a conclusion reached only by means of a mistaken identification with the anonymous woman of Luke 7:36.” In the Jerome Biblical Commentary, Father Edward Mally, SJ, agrees that she “is not…the same as the sinner of Luke 7:37, despite the later Western romantic tradition about her.” Mary Magdalene was one of the many “who were assisting them [Jesus and the Twelve] out of their means.” She was one of those who stood by the cross of Jesus with his mother. And, of all the “official” witnesses who might have been chosen for the first awareness of the Resurrection, she was the one to whom that privilege was given. She is known as the “Apostle to the Apostles.”
    • Sunday, July 22, 12:00 PM - 12:10 PM
      SUMMER RAFFLE
      The Annual Drawing of our parish summer Raffle will take place immediately following the 11 am Mass. The First Prize winner will receive $1,000.00! Another $1,000.00 will be given in subsequent prizes.
    • Monday, July 23
      St. Bridget of Sweden
      From age 7 on, Bridget had visions of Christ crucified. Her visions formed the basis for her activity—always with the emphasis on charity rather than spiritual favors. She lived her married life in the court of the Swedish king Magnus II. Mother of eight children—the second eldest was Saint Catherine of Sweden—Bridget lived the strict life of a penitent after her husband’s death. Bridget constantly strove to exert her good influence over Magnus; while never fully reforming, he did give her land and buildings to found a monastery for men and women. This group eventually expanded into an Order known as the Bridgetines. In 1350, a year of jubilee, Bridget braved a plague-stricken Europe to make a pilgrimage to Rome. Although she never returned to Sweden, her years in Rome were far from happy, being hounded by debts and by opposition to her work against Church abuses. A final pilgrimage to the Holy Land, marred by shipwreck and the death of her son, Charles, eventually led to her death in 1373. In 1999, Bridget, Saints Catherine of Siena and Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, were named co-patronesses of Europe. Bridget’s visions, rather than isolating her from the affairs of the world, involved her in many contemporary issues, whether they be royal policy or the years that the legitimate Bishop of Rome lived in Avignon, France. She saw no contradiction between mystical experience and secular activity, and her life is a testimony to the possibility of a holy life in the marketplace.
  • A Message from Bishop Bambera

    As you may already know from media reports, the Diocese of Scranton has been the subject of a statewide Grand Jury investigating child sexual abuse in six of the eight dioceses of Pennsylvania. Public release of the report is expected in the coming weeks.

    I want to take this opportunity to offer my deepest apologies to the victims of sexual abuse, to their families, to the faithful of our Church and to everyone impacted by the behaviors described in this report. While difficult to face, this is the only way for us to move forward in a more positive way as we learn from the past.

    You will be kept apprised of new developments through various channels of communication as more information is released. Once again, I am deeply sorry for these past actions and the pain caused by the behaviors described in this report, and I will continue to do all that I can to ensure the safety and well-being of our children.

    Faithfully yours in Christ,
    +Joseph C. Bambera
    Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L.
    Bishop of Scranton.

  • updates

    Parish Raffle Now Underway!
    Our Parish Summer Raffle has begun.
    This year’s Raffle will be drawn on
    Sunday, July 22nd.

     First Prize— $1,000.00
    Second Prize — $500.00
    Third Prize — $250.00
    Fourth Prize— $ 125.00
    Fifth Prize —  $75.00
    Sixth Prize —  $50.00

     
    Tickets will sell for $2.00 each and may be purchased from any parishioner or through the parish office (570) 823-4988.

    CHECK OUT OUR PARISH CALENDAR
    The Calendar of Events for July 2018-June 2019 has been posted on our EVENTS page. Check it out!

    MINISTRIES SCHEDULE POSTED
    The Ministries Schedule for July 15 - November 25, 2018 has been posted on our Liturgical Ministries page. Check it our!
     

  • Upcoming Gatherings


    FAITH SHARING COMMUNITIES
    Sharers on the Journey with Christ  will meet with Rosemary Shedlock on Sunday, July 15th at 2:00 pm in the home of Elaine Snyder.

    St. Andre Faith S eekers  will meet with Michael Boris and Jackie Barkus at 6 pm on Monday, July 16, 2018 in the Fr. Murgas Meeting Room of the Parish Office

    Disciples of the Spirit of Jesus will meet with Sr. Madonna  on Saturday, July 21st at 10:30 am   in the Fr. Murgas Meeting Room of the Parish office. There is still room in this group for anyone desiring to join.

    PARISH ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCILS
     
    PARISH FINANCE COUNCIL
    Thursday, July 19, 2018
    6:00 p.m.

    PARISH CATECHETICAL COUNCIL
    Thursday, July 26, 2018

    6:00 p.m.

    PARISH ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF MEETING
    Thursday, August 2, 2018
    1 pm

    LITURGICAL COUNCIL
    Thursday, August 2, 2018
    6:00 p.m.
     
    PARISH SOCIAL JUSTICE COUNCIL
    Thursday, August 9, 2018

    6:00 p.m.

    . PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
    Thursday, August 16, 2018
    6:00 p.m.

    PARISH LIFE COUNCIL
    Thursday, August 23, 2018

    6:00 pm

    All Administrative Councils will meet at 6:00 pm on Thursdays in the Church for Vespers. Meetings will follow immediately in the Fr. Murgas Room.
     
    PARISH COMMITTEE MEETINGS

    TOY BINGO COMMITTEE
    Wednesday, July 18, 2018

    6:00 pm
    Fr. Murgas Room

    DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
    Monday, August 6, 2018
    6:30 p.m.
    Lower Meeting Room

    YOUNG AT HEART COMMITTEE
    Tuesday, September 18 , 2018
    1:00 p.m.

    All Parish Committee Meetings take place in the Fr. Murgas Room of the parish office, unless otherwise specified.

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