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Our Lady of Hope

Bulletin - Sunday, January 20, 2019

Reverend John S. Terry, Pastor 

Msgr. Alexander T. Kulik, Pastor Emeritus & Rev. Theodore L. Obaza, Pastor Emeritus

            Father Richard G. Ghezzi - In Residence

            Deacon Joseph DeViza

 

MASSES FOR THE WEEK

Sunday,  January 20

   9:00  Parishioners  

 11:15  Mary Niccoli - Aunt Emily & Gary & Dolly Lewis

 

Monday, January 21  

  7:00  James J. Grasavage - Peg & Carl Allen

 

Tuesday, January 22   

  7:00  Joseph Hardisky - Family

            

Wednesday, January 23

  7:00 Anthony English, Sr. - Sons

            

Thursday, January 24

 9:00 John Sedeski, Sr. - Albert Mrackoski

         

Friday, January 25 

 7:00 Frank E. Buczynski - Family

            

Saturday, January 26

 4:00  Julia & Leon Borkowski - Carl & Maureen Elick

 

Sunday, January 27

  9:00  Parishioners

11:15  Parishioners

 

SANCTUARY VOTIVES

In Memory of John E. Richards -

By Mother

 

FROM THE PASTOR

This Tuesday, January 22nd is a day of Prayer and Repentance, marking the anniversary of the deplorable Roe VS Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the US throughout all nine months of pregnancy.  Abortion rights, they maintain, falls under Fourteen Amendment that guarantees private rights.  Because abortion is immoral and intrinsically evil, we as faithful Catholics are obligated to teach against this grave evil.  This is to be worked through social and political actions, however, as an issue of faith, the weapons of prayer and penance are significant.  "Filled with this certainty, and moved by profound concern for the destiny of every man and woman, I repeat that what is said to those families who carry out their challenging mission amid so many difficulties a great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world.  Through special initiatives and in daily prayer, may an impassioned plea rise to God, the Creator and lover of life, from every Christian community, from every group and association, from every family and from the heart of every believer.  Jesus Himself has shown us by His own example that prayer and fasting are the first and most effective weapons against the forces of evil (cf. Mt 4:1-11).  As He taught His disciples, some demons cannot be driven out except in this way (cf. Mk 9:29).  Let us therefore discover anew humility and the courage to pray and fast so that power from high will break down the walls of lies and deceit: the walls which conceal from the sight of so many of our brothers and sisters the evil of practices and laws which are hostile to life.  May this same power turn their hearts to resolutions and goals inspired by the civilization of life and love.  Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, pray a rosary for the unborn, pray for those wounded by abortion; visit and pray before the Blessed Sacrament and consider being involved with a pro-life group or light a candle for life displayed in a window of your home on the night of January 22. 

 

PARISH COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Finance Committee - Tuesday, January 22

 

ST. JOSEPH'S TABLE

For the month of January, the St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen is in need of BAKED BEANS.  In these cold wintry days, the hungry depend on the meals provided in a big way.  To those who have contributed, please continue your generosity.  How about you?  Thank you.

 

INTERESTED IN BECOMING

 AN EXTRAORDINARY MINSTER OF COMMUNION TRAINING

The Office for Parish Life will offer an all-day training session for new Extraordinary Ministers of Communion on Saturday, January 26 from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 330 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton.  Candidates for the training should have the approval of his or her pastor/parish life coordinator.  There is no fee for the training and lunch will be provided.  To register please fill out the EMHC Training Registration Form or call the Office for Parish Life at 570-207-2213 and be sure to include your mailing address, phone number and the name of your parish.     

 

BUS TRIP TO SIGHT & SOUND

Our Parish is sponsoring a bus trip to Lancaster to the Sight & Sound Theater to see the magnificent production of the play "Jesus" on April 4th, 2019.  We will depart Wilkes-Barre at 8:30 am from the East End Center (near Gabe's).  There will be a stop at Kitchen Kettle Village for some shopping and lunch.  We will be attending the 3:00 pm show after which we will go directly to a buffet dinner at Hershey Farm Restaurant.  Price of the trip is $110.00 which includes bus fare, driver gratuity, theater and dinner tickets and snacks on the bus.  Early reservations are encouraged.  Please contact Theresa Lisiewski @ 570-822-0831 for more information or reservation. 

 

STEWARDSHIP CATHOLIC MEDIA DISPLAY

Stop by to see the new display of inspiring pamphlets, books, CDs and more an be found in the foyer of our right side entrance, near the Marion Chapel.  These books are from the Stewardship Mission of Faith Organization.  They sell these items at a very large discount.  Their Mission is to be a resource to anyone who seeks to grow spiritually. 

 

OUR LADY OF HOPE - MISSION STATEMENT

The people of our Lady of Hope Parish are called to be a welcoming community of faith, hope and love; committed to Jesus Christ and to His Gospel; to grow in our love for others as Jesus loves us.  Through the prayerful intercession of Mary, our Patroness, we seek to live in unity and hope as we strive to assist those in need through our good works, sacrifices and stewardship.

By celebrating the Mass and Sacraments, by providing various opportunities for Catholic Education, by calling forth more of our members to ministries and service, we seek to help one another grow closer to the Lord in this life as we journey together towards the complete happiness that awaits us in Heaven. 

 

INTERESTED IN BECOMING CATHOLIC?

Have you thought about becoming Catholic?  If you are, please call the office.  If you are not a Catholic or a Non-Catholic Christian, we invite you to consider joining our community. 

 

PARISH MEMBERSHIP

Every month we have been welcoming new parishioners and their families.  It is wonderful to see new faces and an interest in becoming a part of our Parish community.  If you are still "on the fence" and feel now is the time to join us, membership forms are found at the doorways.  You can also call the parish office.  Any questions, don't hesitate to call.  Our phone number is 824-7832.

 

PRAYER FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

Almighty God, Father of all nations, for Freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus (Gal 5:1).  We praise and bless you for the gift of religious liberty, the foundation of human rights, justice, and the common good.  Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties; by your grace may we have the courage to defend them, for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land.  We ask this through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness, and in the name of your son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, with whom you live and reign, one God forever and ever.  Amen.