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We will hold our Mothers Day Breakfast on Sunday, May 8th from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. in St. Michael’s Church hall.  

Menu:  Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, beverages.

Free to all Women in Honor of Mothers Day. 

Adult Men:  $8

School-aged children:  $5

Preschool children:  Free

THE SACRAMENTS: Eucharist

Although the Eucharist appears to be simple bread and wine, it is actually the “source and summit” of the Christian life. Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist explores the truth and beauty of Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist, from its origins in Sacred Scripture, to its profound role in the life of the Church and her members. It is the crescendo of the entire story of salvation.

Also available in Spanish: Presencia: El Misterio de la Eucaristía.

Purchase study guides – at 60% off

Following our Lenten study: The Search, small groups and individuals are encouraged to check out Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist. There are 3 regular episodes, one bonus episode, a special episode for children and one for parents preparing children for First Holy Communion.

“The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us.” Catechism of the Catholic Church #1131

“The fruit of sacramental life is both personal and ecclesial. For every one of the faithful on the one hand, this fruit is life for God in Christ Jesus; for the Church, on the other, it is an increase in charity and in her mission of witness.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church #1134

“ . . . the sacraments push us to be missionaries and the apostolic commitment to bring the Gospel into every environment, even the most hostile, is the most genuine fruit of a regular sacramental life, because it is a participation in the saving work of God, who wants to give salvation to all.” Pope Francis, General Audience, November 6, 2013

In September of 2021, through a grant from the Diocese of Scranton and a generous sponsor, the parish began a one year subscription to FORMED, a premier online platform filled with over 4,000 Catholic studies, movies, audio dramas, talks, e-books, and even cartoons for our children.  FORMED has content from over 60 apostolates, including Augustine Institute, Ignatius Press, and the Knights of Columbus, with material that is professionally produced, engaging, and solid in its catechism.  Best of all, this material is free to you.

Our parish will be using the material on FORMED to support our ministries and provide continuing education for staff members and parishioners, as well as outreach for our sick and homebound members.  Much of FORMED’s content is available in both English and Spanish.

You can enjoy FORMED on your computer or on your television with an inexpensive Roku device or Apple TV.  You can even listen on your phone as you commute to work or do chores.

Click on the link below to get started. Find us by entering our parish zip code of 17724, click on our parish name, then enter your name and email address. It’s that easy!

https://formed.org/signup


Mar 11, 2022

As we mark two years of living with COVID-19 this month, it is clear that in many ways society is being able to return to pre-pandemic practices, even while the virus continues to be in our community.

With infection rates continuing to fall, some of you have shared with me that more people returned to Mass for the First Sunday of Lent. I strongly encourage you to continue inviting your parishioners back to the in-person celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass each week through all of your communication methods. Our faith is a tangible and communal reality and we cannot properly practice our faith apart from one another.

With all 11 counties of the Diocese of Scranton now in low/moderate levels of transmission, we are once again in a position to make more of our liturgical protocols optional, including:

·         Altar servers are no longer required to wear a mask while performing their duties but may continue to wear one if he/she wishes to do so.

·         Priests, Deacons and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are no longer required to wear masks during the distribution of Holy Communion. Please recognize that many of our faithful people (including those with underlying medical conditions) have found great comfort in their priest or Extraordinary Minister of Communion wearing a mask during the distribution of Holy Communion over the last several months – so priests are encouraged to get feedback or communicate with their people before simply removing masks with no notification.

·         Priests, Deacons and other ministers involved in entrance/exit processions are no longer required to wear masks but may continue to wear one if they desire.

·         Simply as a practice of good hygiene rather than a pandemic protocol, Priests, Deacons, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are encouraged to continue washing or sanitizing their hands prior to the distribution of Holy Communion.

With the changes being announced today, it is important to emphasize that our parishes have been able to resume almost all pre-pandemic ways of worship with only one major exception continuing at this time:

·         The distribution of Precious Blood from the cup continues to remain suspended at this time.

One final note – as previously stated in our Lent/Easter COVID guidance, I would continue to ask that the faithful reverence the Cross with either a bow or a genuflection, instead of kissing or embracing the Cross on Good Friday.

As always, if the number of positive cases surges in a specific county – or within a specific parish community in the future – mitigation measures may be reconsidered and reinstated.

Thank you for your continued best efforts as we, thankfully, return to a greater sense of normalcy!

Faithfully yours in Christ,

Joseph C. Bambera

Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L.

Bishop of Scranton

Food pantry collections are continuing in all three churches until further notice.  Local pantries are in great need due to the pandemic and are extremely grateful for your continuing generous support.  Donations of nonperishable food items, paper products, personal hygiene items, or gift cards to local stores are greatly appreciated.