Walter Lewis - Wife, Lillian
Monday, December 10
7:00 John B. Waltos - Family
Tuesday, December 11
Edward Jordan - Wife, Eleanor & Children
Anthony of Padua Novena
English - Sons
9:00 Andrew Polifko - Family
Members of the Organek Family -
Bogusko - Choir
Raymond & Shirley Talacka - Family
Zasada - Son, Jude
In Memory of
Stanley Wielgopolski -
By Wife & Family
In Memory of
Stephen & Emilie Hertely -
In Memory of
Lisa Gurdock -
By Mom & Family
FROM THE PASTOR
The Season of Advent is
designed to help us prepare to celebrate Jesus' birth at Christmas.
Think of it: God became man, died for our sins, rose from the
dead, and now reigns as King of all creation. Every Christmas
is a chance to welcome Jesus as an honored guest into our hearts.
think of all the planning, cooking, and cleaning needed to have a
quest over. In Advent we prepare our hearts to welcome our
Savior. Here are the few suggestions: Spend 15
minutes daily with God. The best way to prepare to welcome the
Savior at Christmas. Set 15 minutes in your day for God and
protect it. Perhaps read from the Advent booklets, pray a
decade of the rosary, read from the Bible or just be still in His
presence. Electronic fasting. Create a space for
God and the gifts He wants to give you. Consider limiting the
amount of time spent on your electronic devices: no Facebook during
the work day, no tecting during meals, or while someone is talking
to you. do Acts of random kindness. A little
kindness goes a long way. Hold the door for people and smile
at them. Don't be afraid to offer a hand when you see someone
in need. Jesus said, "Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for
one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me:. Light
the advent wreath to build anticipation for Jesus' birth. The
wreath is an ancient sign of victory, in this case, Christ's victory
over sin and death. The three purple candles stand for
penance, sorrow and hope. The rose candle stands for joy.
One custom is to exchange the purple and rose candles for white
candles during the Christmas season. Have a great Advent!
In Preparation for the Feast of
Our Lord's birth, you have the opportunity to receive the gift of
His forgiveness. A Penance Service will be celebrated on
Monday, December 17th at 6:00 pm. We hope to have several
priests here to hear your confession. Prepare your hearts for
the coming of the Lord. Receive His Peace!
CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE
The Mass schedule for Christmas
is changed this year. The 4:00 p. will be the Children's Mass.
The Vigil Mass is at 10:00 pm. However, on Christmas,
one Mass is scheduled for 10:00 am. Due to the larger
crowds on the Vigil and diminishing attendance on Christmas Day,
only one Mass is necessary. Please note this
SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA
The Novena in honor of this
great saint continues this Tuesday. We invite all of you to
join in special prayers and blessing of the relic of St. Anthony.
The life of the Franciscan priest, Venerable Solanus Casey, will be
presented throughout the Novena. It begins at 5:30 pm.
Once again we have them
available. We request a donation of $2.00 for a packet of
four. They are on the table at each Church doorway.
The Confraternity of Christian
Women will sponsor the Christmas Breakfast for all the Parish and
CCD students of Our Lady of Hope Parish, on Sunday, December 16 at
10:00 am in the Marymount Parish Center. Children from
Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade are invited There is no fee
but reservations must be made in order to prepare for the
festivities. Any questions, please call Mrs. June Swida,
570-825-4966 or Mrs. Diane Lakkis @ 570-814-2567
ADVENT PROJECT -
We will be collecting items for
the homeless shelters during the Advent Season. There will be
large Christmas Stockings hanging in the Church for you to drop in a
donation of socks, underwear, hygiene products (trial size) etc.
A Tree with paper ornaments for
you to pick with specific requests such as T-Shirts, Hair Dryer,
Curling Iron, Hoodies, etc. for a homeless teen. Just pick a
paper ornament by December 23 for delivery to the homeless shelters.
No need to wrap. The tree will be lit and decorated with paper
ornaments on December 1 for the 4:00 pm Mass. Thank you to all
parishioners for your continued support and generosity for all of
our Social Concerns projects.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Every year our Shawl Ministry
makes hundreds of homemade mittens, scarfs, and tube hats for
children in need. they totally cover our Giving Tree. If
you would like to help, just call Rita Tarnalicki @ 570-824-4744 or
Helene Jewell @ 570-823-1800. This is a favorite item for the
young. Join us!!
The Christian Women of our Lady
of Hope Parish will celebrate Christmas at a dinner on Sunday,
December 9 at 1:00 pm at the Wyoming Valley Country Club, 1695 S.
Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA. All women of the parish are
invited to attend. The cost is $25.00. A $10.00 gift is
requested for exchange and a collection will take place for a local
charity. For more information or to make a reservation,
contact Sue Cosgrove at 570-855-8766 or Mary Gluchowski at
570-825-3925. Reservations must be made by Sunday, December
STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN -
As we come to an end of our
parish campaign we have to date realized $24,205.00. We are so
proud and grateful to all who made a donation. It is an appeal
above and beyond your regular offerings. As you saw last week
our insurance alone is $34,000.00. We will continue to ask
those who still haven't made one. Please consider a helping
hand. God bless.
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 CANNED FRUIT God bless
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 -
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.
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.
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
PRAYER FOR RELIGIOUS
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