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Get more out of Lent

Join us for Faith sharing! Fridays of Lent, March 8 – April 12, 9:30 -11:00 a.m. in the St. Maximilian Kolbe room of the parish center. We will be using the booklet, “Getting More Out of Lent,” published by Word Among Us. All are welcome! Contact Lucy Wittman, 570-441-9768, for more information.

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SAINT PAULINE SOCIETY is sponsoring a Small Appliance Raffle on Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Pauline House, 1136 Chestnut Street, Kulpmont. $20.00 for a sheet of 26 tickets and $10.00 for a sheet of 11 tickets. Food for purchase, to eat in or take out. Soup, haluski, pierogies, sausage, meatballs, baked goods and more. 

FELLOWSHIP AFTER MASS THIS WEEKEND: We are a large parish family, let’s get to know one another! It is our greatest hope that you will join us this Sunday, March 17, after the 10:30 a.m. Mass until approximately 12:00 noon for coffee and light refreshments. Spend some time after Mass gathering with one another and spending time together. Should you have any questions, or want to get involved next time, feel free to contact Christine Luschas at GGS

SYMBOLS FOR LENT: This weekend, we offer a vigil candle to symbolize the light that Jesus gives us through His transfiguration to enlighten us and to help us see and know God’s will in our lives.

HARRISBURG DIOCESAN COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN (HDCCW) invites parishioners of the Diocese to join them in a “40 Day Lenten Challenge.” Beginning Ash Wednesday, March 6, either individuals or groups add one item from the following list to a box or bag each day: Clothing, food $1.00, or other items of your choice. At the end of Lent, if you wish, take a picture and email it to We want to share your Lenten works of mercy. Then donate items to your favorite charity.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS OR ADULTS: Are you baptized Catholic and never received the Sacrament of Confirmation? Bishop Gainer has granted priests delegation to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to you during the time from the First Sunday of Lent through the Solemnity of Pentecost. If you would like to receive this Sacrament, please contact Msgr. Lawrence to make arrangements for you to be confirmed during this time or at the Easter Vigil.

ST. MARY’S LENTEN FISH FRY: 1730 Fowler Avenue, Berwick – Fridays, March 22, 29 and April 5 and 12, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eat in or take out. Phone: (570) 759-9227 or Fax: (570) 759-6636.

LENTEN FISH DINNERS: Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Parish, Elysburg – Fridays, March 22, April 5, 12. Parish Social Hall – Serving 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. (Stations of the Cross – 7:00 p.m.) – Eat in or Take Out – $9.00 – Dinner Includes: Baked Haddock, Buttered Parsley Potatoes, Vegetable, Cole Slaw, Roll/Butter, Dessert and Beverage.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES “SOUP SALAD AND SERMON” – APRIL 11: All are welcome to attend the Catholic Charities “Soup, Salad, and Sermon” Lenten Lunch on Thursday, April 11, at 12:00 p.m. at the Diocesan Center (4800 Union Deposit Road in Harrisburg). Join Bishop Ronald Gainer and the Catholic Charities staff to learn about the ministry provided by the agency. Lunch is complimentary. A freewill collection will be taken to benefit the Catholic Charities Counseling Program. R.S.V.P. to Christopher Meehan at or 717-657-4804 (ext 284) by April 4th.

DIOCESAN MEN’S CONFERENCE – April 6, 2019. Men of the Diocese of Harrisburg and beyond…the Diocesan Men’s Conference is Satur-day, April 6, 2019, at Bishop McDevitt High School. The theme is Men Called to be Saints. The Keynote Speaker is Dr. John Bergsma, noted CCatholicauthor, speaker, Bible expert, and theology professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville. The title of his keynote address is “The Top 3 Reasons I Became Catholic and Always Will Be: Perspectives from a Former Protestant Pastor.” Besides the key-note, the Men’s Conference includes 40+ workshops from a blue-ribbon panel of speakers, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with benediction, opportunity for Confession, beautiful music, good food, numerous Catholic vendors, Mass with Bishop Gainer as Principal Celebrant and Homilist, and fellowship with up to 1,000 men from around the Diocese of Harrisburg and beyond. Each of the past two years we have had 1,000 men attend this conference. We expect another large crowd this year. Please register now at We’d love to see you at the Men’s Conference on April 6th! 

THE LIVING STATIONS OF THE CROSS, presented by St Columba School is scheduled for April 12, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. All are invited.

This Week in Our Parish

for the week of March 17, 2019

Sunday: Happy St. Patrick’s Day
8:00 a.m. – Mass 
9:05 a.m. – “Untold Blessing” 
9:10 a.m. – CYE Classes 
9:15 a.m. – Penance – CYE – 5th & 6th 
10:30 a.m. – Mass 
11:30 a.m. – Coffee and Light Refreshments 
6:00 p.m. – Life Teen – “/Divide” 

7:00 p.m. – Irish Class
7:30 p.m. – Volleyball 
Tuesday: 1:00 p.m. – Faith Bee 
5:00 p.m. – Instrumental Practice 
5:30 p.m. – Cadettes 
6:00 p.m. – Boy/Cub Scouts 
7:00 p.m. – Adult Choir 

6:00 p.m. – Board of Education
7:00 p.m. – Bell Choir 

7:00 p.m. – Knights of Columbus 
Friday 8:30 a.m. – School Mass 
9:30 a.m. – Faith-Sharing 
1:30 p.m. – School Stations of the Cross 
2:45 p.m. – Daisy Scout Troop 
7:00 p.m. – Stations of the Cross 

6:30 a.m. – “That Man is You” 
Life Teen Retreat 
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. – Sacrament of Penance 
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Sacrament of Penance 
5:00 p.m. – Mass
Next Sunday:
8:00 a.m. – Mass 
9:10 a.m. – CYE Classes 
9:15 a.m. – Penance – CYE – 7th grade 
10:30 a.m. – Mass 
11:30 a.m. – Baptism 
NO Life Teen 

DIOCESAN ANNUAL CAMPAIGN: We began the 2019 Diocesan Annual Campaign, formally known as the Bishop’s Annual Lenten Appeal, with the in-pew solicitation last weekend. Whenever you are prepared, you may place your offering in the “Faith Forward” envelope and put it in the collection basket or send it in the mail. This year our assessment is $90,400. We reflect upon what the Lord has given us and we return a percentage of God’s goodness.

As of March 11, 2019:
Goal: $90,400
Pledged: $27,725
% of Goal: 30.7%
# of Gifts: 30.7% 84

Mass Schedule for the Week

SUNDAY/March 17, 2019
8:00 a.m. Frank Slevin (John & Mary Anne) 
10:30 a.m. People of the Parish 

MONDAY/March 18, 2019 
7:30 a.m. Chet Doyle (Jim Doyle) 

TUESDAY/March 19, 2019 
7:30 a.m. Joseph Cardone (Lenzini Howe Family) 

WEDNESDAY/March 20, 2019 
7:30 a.m. Lawrence Orgie (Family) 

THURSDAY/March 21, 2019 
7:30 a.m. William Zehringer (Alicia Smiley) 

FRIDAY/March 22, 2019 
7:30 a.m. Mary Macejko (Joseph Yatko) 
8:30 a.m. Adolph Zalonis (Elaine Zalonis)
SATURDAY/March 23, 2019 
8:00 a.m. Ed Szymczak (Marie & Tom Conlin) 
5:00 p.m. Elizabeth Verbinski (Daughter, Karen)
SUNDAY/March 24, 2019 
8:00 a.m. People of the Parish 
10:30 a.m. Intention of Kirsten Tollefson (Choir) 

Be Prepared for the Word of the Lord


“Is this what God wants of me?” is a question that we often ask of ourselves. We want to be sure that we are doing the right thing. At times, we will just have to trust; at other times, we will have a reassurance that we are doing the right thing. As we reflect upon God’s word today, we see that Abram (later to be called Abraham) wanted to know what God’s will was in his life. God made a covenant with him to reassure His guidance. 

In the event of the Transfiguration of Jesus, God the Father spoke with basically the same words that He spoke at the Baptism of Jesus. “This is My beloved Son, listen to Him.” With Moses and Elijah appearing and the words of God the Father, it was a confirmation to Jesus that He was the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets. 
Msgr. Bob Lawrence 

Sponsor of the Week

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Parish Stewardship

March 10, 2019 – $11,223
March 11, 2018 – $13,220
This Week’s Offering – Weekly
Next Week’s Offering – Weekly

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