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JIM THORPE ROSARY MAKERS

Posted on November 07, 2018 in: General News

Invite you to learn to make a cord or beaded rosary to distribute to the missions or local people who wish to learn to say the rosary. Join us at Immaculate Conception Church in McGinley Hall on Thursday, November 15 from 7-8 PM. Please call Mary if you need more information @ 570-269-2162.

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DIOCESAN DISABILITY INCLUSION AWARENESS SUNDAY: is being celebrated on Sunday, November 11. This is one way to focus on how well we are welcoming parishioners with disabilities in our parishes. The Office for Ministry with Persons with Disabilities encourages every parish to recognize the gifts of people with disabilities. We want to heighten awareness of the gifts they have to offer and to encourage their inclusion into parish life and ministries. Our parish advocate is Theresa Kattner. Please feel free to call her at 570-325-2658 or the parish office at 570-325-3731 if we can help in anyway with wanting to participate in...

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CHRISTMAS CANTATA

Posted on November 07, 2018 in: General News

Sunday, December 2 - This year we will be doing a brand new cantata - “The Greatest Story Ever Told” consisting of a wonderful mix of contemporary and traditional songs. It includes “For Unto Us a Child is Born/Open the Eyes of My Heart”, “Heaven Sings Glory”, “Angels from the Realms of Glory”, “One King”, “A Strange Way to Save the World” and more. The narration if simply beautiful. Invite your friends to join in the singing. No experience is necessary! Practice CDs are available.

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CONCERT AND HOLY HOUR

Posted on November 07, 2018 in: General News

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Allentown is hosting Project 177 - A Holy Hour and full concert on Friday, November 16 at 6:30 PM. It will include top Catholic recording artists in the country, Marie Miller who sang for the Pope in Philadelphia, Ben Wagner whose first album just came out, with well-known local priests leading the Holy Hour. Project 177, a group of Catholics in the entertainment industry, Adoration Artists, is sponsoring a similar event in every Diocese in the United States all aimed at bringing people to the Lord. Call 610-432-0034 for FREE tickets.

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NOVEMBER MONTH OF ALL SOULS

Posted on November 07, 2018 in: General News

In the midst of the season of earthly harvest the church invites us to reflect upon the harvest of souls especially during the month of November when the liturgical year draws to a close. As has been our tradition in the past, we will honor our deceased loved ones by inviting you to bring photos of deceased family members and friends which we have placed upon our purgatorial altar (altar of the Blessed Virgin Mary). The Book of the Dead is in front of the altar so that you may enter the names of the departed which we will pray for at every Mass in November. Please make use of the All Souls envelope in your contribution box...

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CHRISTKINDLMARKT MEETING

Posted on October 29, 2018 in: General News

Will be held Thursday, November 1 at 7 PM in the Brogan Room to discuss the events and food menu to be held this year at our Christkindlmarkt on Saturday, December 8. All are welcome to come with new ideas. Hope to see you there.

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CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS OF AMERICA

Posted on October 29, 2018 in: General News

Have you ever considered joining a national Catholic woman's organization? Have you wanted to reach out to many needy people but don't have the time or the money to do everything?? We, members of Court Ryan # 911 of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas invite you to come and see what our group/our court is able to do for people around the world, for people in our country, for people in our community, for each other and for ourselves. We meet the last Tuesday of the month at 6 PM in the Brogan Room. Please join us Tuesday, October 30. We would love to see you and share with you our mission.

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EUCHARISTIC MINISTER HELP

Posted on October 09, 2018 in: General News

We are in need of Eucharistic Ministers to go to Mahoning Valley Nursing Home the third Sunday of each month. There will be a Communion service at 11 AM. After the service we go to the rooms to pray and give the Eucharist to those who could not be at the service. You will be scheduled 2 or 3 times a year along with another Eucharistic Minister.

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PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN WORKSHOP

Posted on September 26, 2018 in: General News

On Monday, October 15 at 6:30 PM in the cafeteria of St. Joseph School building there will be PGC workshop. Entrance is at the back of the school. Please call the pre-school at 570-325-3186 to register. The workshop lasts approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours. No one under 18 is allowed to attend.

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VOLUNTEERS AND CHAIRPERSON NEEDED

Posted on September 26, 2018 in: General News

Many changes have taken place recently in our parish. But, there are some things that never change…. the need for volunteers. Everyone’s lives are busy but where do we place our priorities? Are we making the way for those coming behind us to continue to have the Church present to meet their faith needs in the future. There is a great need in our parish to have individuals step forward to serve at the celebration of Mass as Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Altar Servers, etc. In addition, funds are needed to keep the parish viable…. We were not able to hold our big fundraiser this year, which was Oktob...

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LITURGICAL MINISTRY SCHEDULE

Posted on September 26, 2018 in: General News

September: Sat., 6:30 PM: L: Mary Marzen. EM: Pam Heydt, Theresa Kattner, Gloria Kehrli except 9/29. A.S.: Joe Otto. Sun. 8 AM: L: Gail Smith. EM: Barbara Rodgers, Gloria Kehrli, Bernie Schweibinz. A.S.: Kristin Pompa, Zak Pompa.   October: Sat., 6:30 PM: L: Tricia Snisky. EM: Diana Bochantin except 10/20, Joe Blisko, Gloria Kehrli. A.S.: Brianna Snisky, Leah Snisky, Noah Snisky. Sun. 8 AM: L: Alexa Igoe. EM: Anna Marie Shedaker except 10/7, Mary Marzen except 10/28, Kathleen Kenderish. A.S.: Kate Malay, Nicholas Zurawa. 

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MARIAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

Posted on September 07, 2018 in: General News

On Sunday, September 23rd, Marian Catholic will be hosting an Endowment and Planned Giving event. The event starts with registration at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served. A tour of Marian’s brand new STEM labs will be given. The event will be highlighted by Leo Marzen, CFA, CPA, Joseph Ustynowski, esquire, and Daniel Miscavage, esquire. Marian Catholic’s new Advancement Director, Michele Palko, is excited to host this first-time event to help assist the longevity of the school. A mass will conclude the day’s event with Father Brian Miller serving as the celebrant. For more information, call the Advancem...

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ST. JEROME REGIONAL CYO

Posted on August 17, 2018 in: General News

ST. JEROME REGIONAL CYO: is offering 2 fall sports this year. Students at St. Jerome Regional School or students who attend CCD/Prep classes in any of the school's feeder parishes are eligible to participate in CYO. Cross Country is new and open to boys and girls in grades K-8. Girls Volleyball is for grades 5-8. Registration forms are available on the St. Jerome Regional website sjrschool.com on the Resources page under "CYO Fall Form". Completed forms should be sent to the school and interested students will be contacted with more information. Practices will begin the week of August 20. Interested in helpin...

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Saint John Damascene writes: Y our sacred and happy soul, as nature will have it, was separated in death from your most blessed and immaculate body; and although the body was duly interred, it did not remain in the state of death, neither was it dissolved by decay….Your most pure and sinless body was not left on earth but you were transferred to your heavenly throne, O Lady, Queen, and Mother of God in truth. When Pope Pius XII, on November 1, 1950, solemnly announced the Assumption of Mary (in the eastern churches, the Dormition) to be a dogma of the faith, he did not establish a new doctrine, but merely confirm...

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RED, WHITE & BLUE MASS

Posted on August 06, 2018 in: General News

Mark Your Calendar!! Tuesday, September 11 @ 6:30 PM - Cathedral of Saint Catherine of Siena, 18th & Turner Streets, Allentown. The Most Reverend Alfred Schlert, Bishop of Allentown invites all Police, Firefighters, First Responders, Legal Professionals, Health Care Workers and their families as we celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving. Please wear your uniform. Reception to follow in the Parish Activities Center. RSVP: rwbmass@gmail.com.

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Will be held Sunday, September 23 at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, 1875 W. Turner St., Allentown, Pa 18104 at 3 PM. We cordially invite couples celebrating 1-5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 or fifty plus years of marriage to this special event. Please register online at www.allentowndiocese.org/anniversarymass or refer to the A.D. Times for a registration form or request a form by email at MFLF@allentowndiocese.org. The form must be completed and returned to the Office of Marriage & Natural Family Planning, 2121 Madison Avenue, Bethlehem 18017. The registration deadline is September 13, 2018.

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YOU’RE INVITED

Posted on July 23, 2018 in: General News

The Marian Catholic/ Men of Marian Summer Picnic will be held Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28 from 5-10 PM and Sunday, July 29 from 4-9 PM with entertainment provided by “Jean and the American Dream” - Sakes Alive and “Another Day Dawns”. New this year! Running along with our Annual Summer Picnic will be the Inaugural Summer Games, including 3 on 3 Basketball Tournaments, Volleyball Tournaments, a Punt, Pass, Kick Tournament and a 5K Run/3K Walk! For more information, please contact John Patton at 570-233-5653.

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Come One, Come All!! Join us for an OPEN HOUSE Wednesday, August 1, from 6:30- 8:00 pm. Meet the teachers and see the classrooms. If you are trying to decide on a preschool, please join us or email kdmerkel@ptd.net for more information. Full day and half day classes are available for 3, and 4 year olds along with a transitional kindergarten program. Before and After school care are available. Cost for the 3 day (Tues. Wed. & Thurs.) a week program from 9- 11:30 am is $36/ week. The full day program is $21/day. Extended care is $4/hour.

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Two more dates have been added: August 4 & 5 and August 18 & 19. please stop in the vestibule of church to purchase a shopping pass for $5 which entitles you to a full day of 25% off discount shopping, refreshments, entertainment, and fabulous register to win prizes at Boscov’s on Tuesday, October 16 from 8 AM to 11 PM. All proceeds benefit St. Joseph Church.

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Hosted by the SJRA Home and School Association on Saturday, June 16 from 1:00 to 6:00 on the school grounds. Mass at 4:00. All current and former students, teachers, staff, and community members welcome. Light refreshments will be served, but donations of snack items or baked goods are appreciated. If you have any pictures, articles, or stories about your time at SJRA, please scan and email to hsa@sjracademy.org. You may also make copies and send them to the school to the attention of HSA. (No originals please.) We hope you can join us for a memorable event! Please call, text or email Kathy Goff with any questions: 610-704...

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After 18 years of service to our parish of St. Joseph, Father Baransky has been called by Bishop Schlert to move on to a new assignment at St Richard’s parish in Barnesville. In order to give everyone the opportunity to extend their support and appreciation to Father for these many years of dedication and support to our parish, please stop by the school cafeteria after Mass on June 2nd and 3rd for some light refreshments and to wish Father well on his next assignment.

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April: Sat., 4 PM: L: Joan DeAcetis. EM: Diana Bochantin, Gloria Kehrli, _______________ except 4/7 & 28. A.S.: Bob Bochantin, John Malarkey, Rhiannon Malarkey. Sun. 8 AM: L: Alexa Igoe. EM: Barbara Rodgers, Lisa Pompa, Bernie Schweibinz except 4/8 & 29. A.S.: Kathleen Kenderish. Sun. 10:30 AM: L: Tricia Snisky. EM: Mike Sofranko except 4/8, Pam Reilly except 4/29, Ernie Sully. A.S.: Caroline Snerr, Kenneth Snerr, Elizabeth Snerr.

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DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

Posted on March 23, 2018 in: General News

The Serra Clubs of the Diocese of Allentown will host an annual Day of Prayer for Vocations on Saturday, April 7 at Saint John the Baptist Church, American Parkway and Front Street, Allentown. The day begins with Mass at 8:00 AM followed by registration and continental breakfast. Vicar General Msgr. David James and Very Rev. Dr. Robert Kozek CRSP, will address the gathering. There will be Benediction, Rosary, chanting of Divine Mercy Chaplet, and opportunity for confession. Come and experience the joy and peace of the Risen Lord that awaits in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament! Join us in asking the Lord of the Harvest to...

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March: Sat., 4 PM: L: Greg Strubinger. EM: Gary Solt, Pam Heydt, Theresa Kattner. A.S.: Kate Malay. Sun. 8 AM: L: Mary Marzen. EM: Anna Marie Shedaker, Kathleen Kenderish, Deacon Jack Mroz. A.S.: Kristin Pompa, Zak Pompa, Sydney Vincent. Sun. 10:30 AM: L: Gail Smith. EM: Joe Blisko, Gloria Kehrli, Deacon Jack Mroz. A.S.: Kayla Renode, Robert Renode, Olivia Renode.

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Saturday, April 21 - 9 AM - 2:30 PM - Our Lady Queen of Peace, 402 Route 209, Brodheadsville, Pa 18322. Bring your own lunch. Free will offering - Father James Blount, Society of Our Lady of the Trinity, Georgia Mission is a very gifted spiritual director and confessor. Father Jim is a bold, charismatic preacher endowed and empowered with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Dedicated to healing and deliverance ministry, Eileen Piergiovanni is the Philadelphia Regional Director of The Flame of Love of the Immaculate Herat of Mary. The Flame of Love movement in the U.S. began in Philadelphia and Eileen is one of the founding membe...

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We are still in need of servers for various openings for The Paschal Triduum schedule. Please stop in the Sacristy to sign up.

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THE PASCHAL TRIDUUM

Posted on March 20, 2018 in: General News

Thursday, March 29 - Holy Thursday: Mystical Supper of the Lord 6:00 PM: The Lord’s Supper, Mandatum (Foot Washing), and Procession (Church remains open until midnight for private reflection & adoration) Mass Intention: All Priests who served at St. Joseph Friday, March 30 - Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion 2:00 PM: The Seven Last Words of Christ We will gather together at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6th & North St. for our joint worship service. 6:00 PM: Proclamation of the Passion, Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion at Saint Joseph Church Saturday, March 31 - E...

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GOOD FRIDAY, MARCH 30 - FISH DINNER 1-5 PM - Take out only. Call the parish office at 570-325- 3731 to place an order. Deadline is March 23. Baked Flounder, Mac & Cheese, Stewed Tomatoes, Green Beans & Cole Slaw. $11 per person. Children $5 (7 and under) - Fish Sticks, Mac & Cheese & Green Beans.

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17th Annual Oktoberfest

Posted on August 07, 2017 in: General News

Sunday, October 15 12 NOON – 7 PM Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall Entertainment, Cash Raffle, Theme Basket Auction, Delicious Ethnic and American Foods, Cash Bar, Free Admission and Parking!

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Christkindlmarkt

Posted on August 07, 2017 in: General News

Saturday, December 9 St. Joseph Church 12 NOON – 5:30 PM Food, Basket Raffle, Garage Sale, Baked Goods, Live Nativity, Organ Recital at 2 PM, Church Tour with Father Baransky at 2:45 PM, Mass at 4 PM.

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1st Golf Outing

Posted on August 07, 2017 in: General News

Sunday, October 1 Mahoning Valley Country Club 8 AM Registration, 9 AM Shotgun Start/Scramble 1 PM Picnic lunch/Prizes $85 single golfer Registration/Sponsor Form attached

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WCC Summer Program

Posted on June 02, 2017 in: General News

Have a child entering First through Eighth grade in the public school, non-Catholic private school, or are you homeschooling? Check out our Religious Education Program…..Jim Thorpe Regional Catholic Whole Community Catechesis (formerly CCD or PREP). Registration begins this weekend!! You will find registration forms and Parents’ handbooks in the vestibule of the Church. Classes run for 2 weeks July 17th through the 28th from 9 am until 1 pm. Classes take place in St. Joseph Regional Academy but we begin and end each day in St. Joseph Church. The cost is $50/week /child. Homeschooling is also available. Please ...

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Remembering Dad

Posted on June 02, 2017 in: General News

 Our dads have a special place in the lives of our families and with Father’s Day fast approaching on June 18, what a better way to remember Dad than with a Spiritual Bouquet. Give your dad a spiritual gift and present him with a beautiful card (available in the vestibule). Just complete the information on the envelope, enclose your offering and drop it in the collection basket or front door to the parish office. Then take the card and plain envelope to dad. You can also remember deceased fathers with a spiritual bouquet.

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Garage Sale

Posted on May 16, 2017 in: General News

SATURDAY, MAY 27 - 9 AM - 1 PM (Behind the church on School Street) Pine Coffee Table - $10 Small Pine Chair with Cushion - $10 Household Items: Knick Knacks, Dishes, Lamps, Vases, Decorations, Wreaths, Pictures, Toys, Books, Seasonal Items New Items Arriving Monthly!

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Free summer Lunch Program

Posted on May 16, 2017 in: General News

The third annual summer lunch program is underway once again being held at the Masonic Lodge Fellowship Hall on 5th Street in Jim Thorpe. Volunteers from our parish for this years program are needed for the week of June 26-30 to help greet, serve and assist in clean-up from 10:00 AM - 2 PM. Last year over 2,000 meals were served to individuals ages 2-96. If you can volunteer some time to this worthy cause, please contact Theresa Kattner who is handling the volunteers for our parish at 570-325-2658 or the parish office at 570-325-3731 so that schedules can be completed.

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It was July 1880 that Reverend Mother traveled to Mauch Chunk to visit the Sisters there. Sister Clothilde, Superior of that mission relates it. “The first time we had the joy of greeting our Reverend Mother was shortly after her arrival in New York on her way to Wilkes-Barre when she contacted Mauch Chunk by a telegram. We all went to the railroad station energized with such joyful excitement that we could scarcely wait for the moment when the train would deposit the one so long awaited and so jubilantly to be welcomed. To our great joy we were allowed to ride along for several stations and then partied, in the j...

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This Spring marks 100 years since the Fatima apparitions, and an opportunity to reflect deeply again upon their message. The Angel of Peace appeared three times to the shepherd children, Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco, beginning in the Spring of 1916 in Fatima, Portugal. These visitations prepared the way for the six apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima the following year. The message of Fatima may be lost sometimes in the mysterious and the spectacular: the apparitions; the “three secrets;” the dancing of the sun.” Yet, the main entreaties from Heaven concerned our day-to-day earthly activities and how these ...

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Annual Day of Prayer

Posted on April 28, 2017 in: General News

The Serra Clubs of the Allentown diocese will host an annual Day of Prayer for Vocations on Saturday, May 6th at Saint Mary’s in Kutztown. The day begins with registration and continental breakfast from 8:15 to 9 AM followed by a Holy Hour with the Rosary for Vocations and chanted Divine Mercy Chaplet and Benediction with Monsignor Scheaffer. Come and experience the joy and peace of the Risen Lord that awaits in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament! There are two awesome conferences this year- Father Lucien Longtin, SJ, who celebrated his 50th jubilee as a priest in 2015 will share his vocation story with us, and Fathe...

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To celebrate Mother Pauline’s Anniversary we will have a gathering at St., Joseph Church after the 10:30 AM Mass on April 30. We will begin with a Continental Breakfast in the School Cafeteria, then have a teaching and activity. Registration is $5/family; $2 for a single adult. Please contact the WCC office to register at 570-325-2791 or email wccjt@ptd.net. Maximum registration is 60 people. Please register by Friday April 21st.

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Fish Dinner

Posted on April 07, 2017 in: General News

Good Friday, April 14 - 1-5 PM.  Take out only from the Brogan Room.  Call the parish office @ 570-325-3731 to reserve your lunch or dinner at 570-325-3731.   Adults:  $11 - Baked Flounder, Mac & Cheese, Stewed Tomatoes, Green Beans, Cole Slaw. Children 6 and under - $5.00 - Fish Sticks, Mac & Cheese, Green Beans.

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Save the Date

Posted on April 07, 2017 in: General News

On Sunday, May 7 at the 10:30 AM Mass, our church will celebrate the 200th birthday of Blessed Mother Pauline von Mallinckrodt, the Foundress of the Sisters of Christian Charity.  We have invited and expect some of the Sisters to join us that day. There will be a lunch after Mass in St. Joseph Regional Academy Cafeteria.  Please join us for both.

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The Paschal Triduum

Posted on April 06, 2017 in: General News

Thursday, April 13 – Holy Thursday: Mystical Supper of the Lord 6:00 PM: The Lord’s Supper, Mandatum (Foot Washing), and Procession (Church remains open until midnight for private reflection & adoration) Mass Intention: All priests who served at St. Joseph Church Friday, April 14 – Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion 2:00 PM: (St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6th & North St.) The Seven Last Words of Christ You are invited to worship together with our Lutheran neighbors. 6:00 PM: Proclamation of the Passion, Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion Saturday, April 1...

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Monday, April 3 - Lenten Weekday 8:00 AM: Bernard Gillespie Requested by: Kathy Farrell Tuesday, April 4 - Lenten Weekday; Saint Isidore, Bishop & Doctor of the Church 8:00 AM: James Marzen Requested by: Jean Engler 6:30 PM: Lenten Penance Service - St. Joseph/Immaculate Conception Wednesday, April 5 - Lenten Weekday ; Saint Vincent Ferrer, Priest 8:00 AM: Mildred Snisky Requested by: Rose Marie Bronko Thursday, April 6 - Lenten Weekday 9:30 AM: School Mass 10:15 AM: School Stations of the Cross Friday, April 7 - Lenten Weekday; Saint John Baptist de la Salle, Priest ...

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Lenten Food & Bake Sale

Posted on February 24, 2017 in: General News

The Lenten Season is upon us once again.... a great time to sit down to some comforting and warm Lenten dishes. Therefore, in order to offer a variety of foods to others, we are seeking individuals who can prepare something delicious to be put in quart containers and offer for sale on Friday, March 10, Saturday, March 11 & Sunday, March 12. If you have a favorite dish that you would like to share with others, please contact the rectory at 570-325-3731 to receive a supply of plastic storage containers. Please also let the parish office know what your food specialty will be so we can list it in the bulletin. Let’s ...

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John Paul The Great Reading Room

Posted on February 24, 2017 in: General News

The book being offered this week is: “Ten Evenings with God” by Ilia Delio, OSF Most of us occasionally have longed for a billboard message from God telling us which direction to take in life. Can spending ten evenings with God take the frustration and panic out of life’s decisions? We want to do God’s will but more often than we want to admit, we find that we do just the opposite. Sometimes the gift of free will does not seem like God has done us a favor. Being able to choose freely whether to love God or to do our own thing is a precious gift. The musical CD being highlighted this week is: &quo...

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6 Week Lenten Program

Posted on February 24, 2017 in: General News

Come join Father Baransky every Thursday beginning March 2 from 11 AM - 1 PM in the Brogan Room where he will discuss Signs of God’s Grace - A Journey through the Sacraments by Reverend Thomas J. Scirghi, S.J., Th.D. The sacraments lie at the heart of the Catholic faith. Now, you can discover them anew in this captivating journey. You will explore the origin of the sacraments through their scriptural roots and their development in the Church’s history. You will also study ritual—how each sacrament is celebrated. The sacraments tell the Christian story of how we come to follow the way of the Lord. Father T...

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