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Our Lady of Hope

Bulletin - Sunday, July 15, 2018

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,  July 15

   9:00  Paula Elgonitis -

            Our Lady of Hope Eucharistic Ministers

 11:15  Peter Lukasavage - Sister Joan Lusk

 

Monday, July 16   BLESSED IGNATIUS AZEVEDO

  7:00  Loris Sacracino - Wade Family

 

Tuesday, July 17   BLESSED CESLAUS  OF POLAND

  7:00  Elizabeth Grimes & Family -

           John, Mary & Nancy Lynch

            

Wednesday, July 18  ST. BRUNO

  7:00  Rose & Joseph Wassel - Daughter-in-law

            

Thursday, July 19   ST. MACRINA

 7:00  William E. Lynch - Mary, Nancy & John Lynch

 

Friday, July 20    STS. JUSTA AND RUFINA 

 7:00  Leonard T. Kaemmerer - Family         

            

Saturday, July 21 

  4:00  Joseph Shubilla - Mike & Sue Havilosin

 

Sunday, July 22   

  9:00  Jack Smith - Mary Johann & Joseph Sobeck

11:15  Patricia Smeraglio - Husband & Children                                                                                                                                                                                         

SANCTUARY VOTIVES

In Memory of Tedd Richards -

By Mother

 

BLESSED MOTHER CANDLE

In Memory of Peter & Jeanette Ciavarella & Family

 

SACRED HEART CANDLES

In Memory of Helen Baluta -

By Niece & Family

      

FROM THE PASTOR

As you know this is the time of the year when pastoral changes usually are announced.  Priests are given a new assignment either as Pastor, Associate Pastor, Senior Priest, Administrator or temporary until it is determined what person will be permanently assigned.  You can remember that time when dozens of Priests were moved.  Long lists were publicized in the Catholic Light and local papers.  Now we only see a handful of changes because of the smaller number of active Clergy.  Recently, Bishop Bambera addressed our diocese with the changes taking place in our eleven counties.  The number of Catholics has dropped considerably over the last decade.  We surely see it here in our area with the closure of Churches and the diminished attendees at weekend Masses.  There were over a thousand students at our Catholic high school and several grade schools.  There are about seven hundred students at Holy Redeemer High School, and three grade schools with a small student population.  Due to the elderly population who have been infirmed and have passed away (we are down about three hundred households in the past few years) financial support has lessened.  The weekly collection is down every year.  As your Pastor, I commit myself to be financially careful on spending.  We have had several major repairs recently depleting our savings.  I am committed to be positive about our situation despite these factors.  in that light please help us reach our stewardship campaign goal.  Our insurance bill is over #30,000.00.  We must have this coverage.  Your gift of $100.00 or more needs to be made.  God bless you and God bless our parish family.  Thank you.                       

 

STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN - 2018

We are in mid July and usually we are about 75% on goal.  We are about 40% on goal with $18,375.00 on our goal of $25,000.00.  We really need to reach this goal to help address our serious financial expenses.  Your donation of $100.00 (if possible) or more is critical.  We deeply6 appreciate all you can do to make our goal possible.  God bless all who have made their sacrifice. 

 

ST. JOSEPH'S TABLE

The poor and the hungry will always be with us.  A number of our parishioners have a good heart in counting their blessings and extend a helping hand to the less fortunate.  Week after week you are there for them.  This month the request is for JELLY.  God bless your generosity. 

 

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. 

 

INTERESTED IN BECOMING CATHOLIC?

Thinking of becoming a Catholic?  Have you received all the sacraments to be fully received as a Catholic?  If you are interested, call the rectory or June Swida @ 570-825-4966.  The opportunity presents itself to you.  Don't hesitate, we'll be happy to assist you. 

 

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.