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Our Lady of Hope

Bulletin - Sunday, December 9, 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,  December 9

   9:00  Parishioners 

 11:15  Walter Lewis - Wife, Lillian      

 

Monday, December 10  

  7:00   John B. Waltos - Family

 

Tuesday, December 11   

  7:00  Edward Jordan - Wife, Eleanor & Children

  5:30  St. Anthony of Padua Novena

            

Wednesday, December 12 

  7:00  Mary English - Sons

            

Thursday, December 13

 9:00  Andrew Polifko - Family  

 

Friday, December 14 

 7:00  Deceased Members of the Organek Family -

          Mary Krisanda

            

Saturday, December 15

  4:00 Aloysius Bogusko - Choir

 

Sunday, December 16

  9:00  Raymond & Shirley Talacka - Family   

11:15  Rita Zasada - Son, Jude

                                                                                                                                                                                      

SANCTUARY VOTIVES

In Memory of Stanley Wielgopolski  -

By Wife & Family

 

SACRED HEART CANDLES

In Memory of Stephen & Emilie Hertely -

By Family

 

BLESSED MOTHER CANDLES

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!

 

PENANCE SERVICE

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 change. 

 

SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA NOVENA

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. 

 

CHRISTMAS WAFERS

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. 

 

CHILDREN'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST

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 - CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS

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.

 

TEEN TREE

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 CHILDREN'S OUTREACH

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!!

 

CHRISTIAN WOMEN

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 2nd. 

 

STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN - 2018

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 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. 

 

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.