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    • Tuesday, October 23
      St. John of Capistrano
      It has been said the Christian saints are the world’s greatest optimists. Not blind to the existence and consequences of evil, they base their confidence on the power of Christ’s redemption. The power of conversion through Christ extends not only to sinful people but also to calamitous events. Imagine being born in the 14th century. One-third of the population and nearly 40 percent of the clergy were wiped out by the bubonic plague. The Western Schism split the Church with two or three claimants to the Holy See at one time. England and France were at war. The city-states of Italy were constantly in conflict. No wonder that gloom dominated the spirit of the culture and the times. John Capistrano was born in 1386. His education was thorough. His talents and success were great. When he was 26 he was made governor of Perugia. Imprisoned after a battle against the Malatestas, he resolved to change his way of life completely. At the age of 30 he entered the Franciscan novitiate and was ordained a priest four years later. John’s preaching attracted great throngs at a time of religious apathy and confusion. He and 12 Franciscan brethren were received in the countries of central Europe as angels of God. They were instrumental in reviving a dying faith and devotion. The Franciscan Order itself was in turmoil over the interpretation and observance of the Rule of St. Francis. Through John’s tireless efforts and his expertise in law, the heretical Fraticelli were suppressed and the “Spirituals” were freed from interference in their stricter observance. John of Capistrano helped bring about a brief reunion with the Greek and Armenian Churches. When the Turks captured Constantinople in 1453, John was commissioned to preach a crusade for the defense of Europe. Gaining little response in Bavaria and Austria, he decided to concentrate his efforts in Hungary. He led the army to Belgrade. Under the great General John Hunyadi, they gained an overwhelming victory, and the siege of Belgrade was lifted. Worn out by his superhuman efforts, Capistrano was an easy prey to an infection after the battle. He died on October 23, 1456. John Hofer, a biographer of John Capistrano, recalls a Brussels organization named after the saint. Seeking to solve life problems in a fully Christian spirit, its motto was: “Initiative, Organization, Activity.” These three words characterized John’s life. He was not one to sit around. His deep Christian optimism drove him to battle problems at all levels with the confidence engendered by a deep faith in Christ.
    • Tuesday, October 23, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
      The Weekly gathering of the choir to review repertoire, learn new music, and share fellowship as liturgical musicians
    • Wednesday, October 24
      St. Anthony Mary Claret
      The “spiritual father of Cuba” was a missionary, religious founder, social reformer, queen’s chaplain, writer and publisher, archbishop, and refugee. He was a Spaniard whose work took him to the Canary Islands, Cuba, Madrid, Paris, and to the First Vatican Council. In his spare time as weaver and designer in the textile mills of Barcelona, Anthony learned Latin and printing: The future priest and publisher was preparing. Ordained at 28, he was prevented by ill health from entering religious life as a Carthusian or as a Jesuit, but went on to become one of Spain’s most popular preachers. Anthony spent 10 years giving popular missions and retreats, always placing great emphasis on the Eucharist and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It was said that his rosary was never out of his hand. At age 42, he founded a religious institute of missionaries beginning with five young priests, known today as the Claretians. Anthony was appointed to head the much-neglected archdiocese of Santiago in Cuba. He began its reform by almost ceaseless preaching and hearing of confessions, and suffered bitter opposition mainly for opposing concubinage and giving instruction to black slaves. A hired assassin—whose release from prison Anthony had obtained—slashed open his face and wrist. Anthony succeeded in getting the would-be assassin’s death sentence commuted to a prison term. His solution for the misery of Cubans was family-owned farms producing a variety of foods for the family’s own needs and for the market. This invited the enmity of the vested interests who wanted everyone to work on a single cash crop—sugar. Besides all his religious writings are two books he wrote in Cuba: Reflections on Agriculture and Country Delights. He was recalled to Spain for a job he did not relish—being chaplain for the queen. Anthony went on three conditions: He would reside away from the palace; he would come only to hear the queen’s confession and instruct the children; and he would be exempt from court functions. In the revolution of 1868, he fled to Paris with the queen’s party, where he preached to the Spanish colony. All his life Anthony was interested in the Catholic press. He founded the Religious Publishing House, a major Catholic publishing venture in Spain, and wrote or published 200 books and pamphlets. At Vatican I, where he was a staunch defender of the doctrine of infallibility, Anthony won the admiration of his fellow bishops. Cardinal Gibbons of Baltimore remarked of him, “There goes a true saint.” At the age of 63, he died in exile near the border of Spain. Jesus foretold that those who are truly his representatives would suffer the same persecution as he did. Besides 14 attempts on his life, Anthony had to undergo such a barrage of the ugliest slander that the very name Claret became a byword for humiliation and misfortune. The powers of evil do not easily give up their prey. No one needs to go looking for persecution. All we need to do is be sure we suffer because of our genuine faith in Christ, not for our own whims and lack of prudence.
    • Wednesday, October 24, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
      Toy Bingo Committee Meeting
      The final meeting of the Toy Bingo Committee to prepare for the event taking place on Sunday November 4, 2018 in St. Mary's Social Hall, Madison St., Wilkes-Barre, PA A fun time is expected for all who attend this annual event.
    • Thursday, October 25, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
      Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
      We gather every Thursday to honor our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament with a time of Eucharistic Adoration. Come and present your needs to the Lord. Thank Him for His Presence in this Sacrament. Pray for your needs and the needs of the world.
    • Thursday, October 25, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
      Parish Life Committee
      The bi-monthly meeting to discuss opportunities to build community within our parish and beyond.
    • Thursday, October 25, 6:00 PM - 6:20 PM
      Evening Prayer and Benediction
      Join in the Evening Prayer of the Church as we bring our day of Adoration to a close. When Father is available, we have Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
    • Saturday, October 27, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
      Disciples of the Spirit
      The monthly gathering of the Disciples of the Spirit of Jesus faith sharing community with Sr. Madonna as facilitator to discuss matters of faith and church life.
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    ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT is observed in our parish on Thursdays from Noon until 6 pm.
    The day concludes with Vespers and Benediction at 6 pm.
    All Catholics are invited to join us in adoration of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament each Thursday.

    Religious Education Classes for our Young People at 9:30 am in Fr. Zolcinski Hall. For more information contact the parish office at 570-823-4988.

    The Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel will  be inserted at the end of every Mass.

    In this time of temptation and trial in the Church, we need the intercession and protection of St. Michael, the champion of God's People.

    Mission Sunday Collection will be taken up at the weekend Masses on October 20 and 21st. This collection assists the work of the Pontifical Office for the Propagation of the Faith.

    The Solemnity of All Saints will be observed on Thursday, November 1st.
    • The Vigil Mass of All Saints will be on Wednesday, October 31st at 5:30 pm.
    • Masses on the Feast Day will be at 8:00 am and Noon.
    • Eucharistic Adoration will follow the noon Mass and continue until 6 pm.
    • Vespers and Benediction will be celebrated at 6 pm.
    • The Parish Liturgical Council will meet immediately following Vespers.
    • The Parish Office will be closed on Thursday, November 1st in commemoration of All Saints Day.

    Our Annual Toy Bingo will be held on Sunday, November 4 beginning at 1 pm in St. Mary's Social Hall, Madison St. Wilkes-Barre. Tickets are $10.00 each and are available by contacting the Parish Office at 570-823-4988.

  • Upcoming Gatherings

    St. Andre Faith S eekers  will meet with  Jackie Barkus at 6 pm on Monday, October 15, 2018 in the Fr. Murgas Meeting Room of the Parish Office
    Sharers on the Journey with Christ  will meet with Rosemary Shedlock on Sunday, October 21st at 2:00 pm in the home of Elaine Snyder

    Disciples of the Spirit of Jesus will meet with Sr. Madonna  on Saturday, October 27th  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.

    Thursday, October 4, 2018
    1 pm
    Thursday, October 4, 2018
    6:00 p.m.
    Thursday, October 11, 2018

    6:00 p.m.
    Thursday, October 18, 2018
    6:00 p.m.

    Thursday, October 25, 2018

    6:00 pm
    Thursday, November 15, 2018
    6:00 p.m.

    Thursday, November 29, 2018

    6:00 p.m.
    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.

    Monday, October 1, 2018
    6:30 p.m.
    Lower Meeting Room

    Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    6:00 pm
    Fr. Murgas Room

    The Parish "Young At Heart" Club has decided to disband because of declining membership.
    All Parish Committee Meetings take place in the Fr. Murgas Room of the parish office, unless otherwise specified.

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