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Our Lady of Hope

Bulletin - Sunday, January 14, 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,  January  14

   9:00  Gordon Fleming - Dave & Barbara Jacobs

 11:15  Leonard Skibicki -

            Our Lady of Hope Eucharistic Ministers 

 

Monday, January 15   ST. ITA

  7:00  William M. Lukacinsky - Family

 

Tuesday, January 16  ST. HONORATUS

  7:00  Regina Haberski O'Donnell - Family

            

Wednesday, January 17  ST. ANTHONY THE ABBOT

  7:00  Edith Yurkavage - Jerry & Nat Weichbreck

            

Thursday, January 18  ST. PRISCA

  7:00  Catherine Grochowski - Family

 

Friday, January 19  ST. WULFSTAN

  7:00  Louis Wiernusz, Sr. - Family

            

Saturday, January 20

  4:00  Joseph, Frances & Christopher Jacobs -

           Dave & Barbara Jacobs

 

Sunday, January 21     

  9:00   Edward Jordon - Molly & Danny Howlett

11:15   Maria Mlodzinski -  

            Our Lady of Hope Eucharistic Ministers

                                                                                                                                                                          

SANCTUARY VOTIVES

In Memory of Loris & Anthony Saracino - 

By the Penn Lake Association

 

BLESSED MOTHER CANDLES

Special Intention   

                               

FROM THE PASTOR

This coming week - January 18 to the 25 - we will conduct the "Week of Prayer for Christian Unity".  The theme chosen is "Your Right, O, Lord, Glorious in Power".  It was taken from the book of Exodus 15:6.  There are many forces today that are challenging Christian values.  Christians need to be united to confront those forces that diminish human dignity.  In our fallen world societal relationships to often lack the justice and compassion that honor human dignity.  Poverty, violence, injustice, addiction to drugs and pornography, and the pain, grief and anguish which follow, are experiences that distort human dignity.  You may remember this past October, we had a presenter who presented the subject of human trafficking.  Our Lord throughout the bible has chosen a people to be His own, united in a sacred covenant.  It is to be a people characterized by justice, compassion and mercy.  When Jesus was shedding His blood on the Cross He prayed to His heavenly Father that His people be as one as He and His Father are one.  When Christians come together to make God's presence known we give glory to Him.  We must try to be a reconciled community that serve as an effective sign of how to live in justice and peace for all the people of the earth.  Today, the Bible continues to be a source inspiring all Christians to  address the conditions that currently undermine the Body of Christ.  Our Christian Churches are called to be a sign and active agents of reconciliation.  We remember the old adage- "United we are strong and divided we fall".  In a society where the media continually highlights the division between peoples, the message of unity and togetherness can be lost or doomed.  Let's work together as God's people in our Families, Churches and World. 

 

COMMUNITY COMMITTEE MEETING

A meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the rectory meeting room.  the gathering will discuss the past Fall Festival and the upcoming Nite at the Races.  In lieu of the Pierogi Sale ending, another fund raiser is needed.  

 

LITURGY MEETING

January 17 in the rectory meeting room at 6:30.

 

SOCIAL CONCERNS

January 18 in the rectory meeting room at 6:30.

 

PASTORAL COMMITTEE

January 25 in the rectory meeting room at 6:30.

 

ST. JOSEPH'S TABLE

With the month of January comes the request for BAKED BEANS,  Your response to the appeal has been commendable.  We continue to be one of the most supportive to the St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen.  Please continue your donations and may God bless you. 

 

DIOCESE 150TH ANNIVERSARY

Do you have any photographs, items of interest, etc. of our three Churches?  We would like to put together our memorabilia of the Church as part of the upcoming 150 Anniversary of the Dioceses.  A banner will be placed in the front of our Church advertising this event.  Please notify the parish office if you have something worthwhile.  All items will be returned. 

 

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.