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Our Lady of Hope

Bulletin - Sunday, February 18, 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,  February 18

   9:00  Stanley Wielgopolski - Wife, Ann & Family

 11:15  Irene Brozowski - Christian Women

 

Monday, February 19   ST. BARBATUS

  7:00  Diane Pascucci, Judith Steinke & Rosanne Nestorick -

           Mary Johanna & Joseph Sobeck

  5:30  Adoration & Confessions

           (Light Is On For You)

 

Tuesday, February 20  ST. WULFRIC

  7:00  Edward Loncoski - Tina & Ray Stewart

            

Wednesday, February 21  ST. PETER DAMIAN

  7:00  Lori Saracino - Rich, Dolores & Jeff Mirro

            

Thursday, February 22  ST. MARGARET

  7:00  Stanley Franckowiak - Theresa Franckowiak

 

Friday, February 23  ST. POLYCARP

  7:00  Josephine Kishel - Family

  5:30  Stations of the Cross

            

Saturday, February 24

  4:00  Stephen & Emilie Hertely - Family

 

Sunday, February 25     

  9:00  Stanley Orbik - Bertha Sokolowski

11:15   Elizabeth & Edward Rakowski -

            Helen & John Telencio

                                                                                                                                                                          

SANCTUARY VOTIVES

In Memory of Stanley Wielgopolski  -

By Wife, Ann & Family

 

BLESSED MOTHER CANDLES

In Memory of Mary Jeanne Linker -

By Marie Bozentka & Family

                               

FROM THE PASTOR

Lent is our gift from the Church to help us move one state to another, through conversion to peace and joy at Easter.  Consider these goals as you travel your Lenten journey.  Know that you are a sinner.  The hliest people are most conscious of their sinfulness.  The better we know God and His perfection, the more clearly we see our own faults and sins.  The good news?  Identifying our sinfulness leads to healing and cleaning.  Listen attentively.  Hearing the sound of God's voice during prayer is rare.  More often, God inspires us through Scripture, Spiritual Reading, Homilies, and Prayer Meditation.  Throughout Lent, use these opportunities to ask God questions and listen for the answers.  Grow in Authenticity.  God created us to become the best possible version of ourselves.  Living authentically means saying "yes" to what helps us become that best self and "no" to what doesn't.  Starting with Lent, work to acquire virtues, saying, "yes" and exercise self-control to eliminate bad ones, saying "no".  Give generously.  It is easy to notice what we don't have but Lent invitees us to live in gratitude for what we do have.  Gratitude then gives rise to generosity, sharing God's love and gifts with others.  Generous people are encouraging, positive and appreciative.  During Lent, notice and appreciate God's gifts and share them with others. 

 

"THE LIGHT IS ON FOR YOU"

Beginning this Monday and throughout the season of Lent, you will have the chance to go to confession.  Confessions will be heard following Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Confessions will be heard until 6:30 p.m.  Benediction will conclude the services.

 

EUCHARISTIC WAY OF THE CROSS

Every Friday, throughout lent and beginning this Friday, join us for a unique way of honoring the presence of the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament as He journeys with us in the Stations of the Cross.  Stations of the Cross will begin at 5:30. 

 

RULES OF FAST AND ABSTINENCE

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for all Catholics.  In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.  Fasting is obligatory from age 18 until 59.  When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meaals that together are not equal to a full meal.  The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon us Catholics from age 14 onwards. 

 

ST. ANN'S SHRINE BASILICA

Tatiana "Tajce" Cameron will present a Lenten Concert - "I Thirst", which is the Crucifixion Story told through music and scripture quotes.  The Crucifixion becomes a turning point toward healing and renewal of faith.  The date is Sunday, February 25, at 3:00 p.m. at St. Ann's Shrine Basilica.  No admission charge, however, a free will collection will be taken. 

 

ST. JOSEPH'S TABLE

With the month of February 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. 

 

PARISH OUTREACH TO THE POOR AND HUNGRY

What a wonderful way to help the less fortunate than to feed the hungry.  Next weekend we are asking for any kind of pasta, macaroni and cheese.  For the last several years your generosity has been outstanding.  Many have benefited because of you.  God bless you for your charity. 

 

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.