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Posted on June 17, 2024 in: General News

Find a Church on Vacation
Traveling on vacation? Easily find nearby Mass times at masstimes.org or catholicmasstimes.org. Technology keeps the faithful connected to their obligations at home or on the road!

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Pastor's Corner: June 16

Posted on June 17, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: June 16
Finally, the last two questions! What type of music do you like to listen to? I can answer that by naming the Sirius stations in my car. Classical, Broadway, Jazz—in that order. I sometimes dabble in popular music—a little Billy Joel, some ABBA, some R&B. Almost never Country. What attracted you to the priesthood? I can answer in one word: Jesus. As a Catholic, I find his life and message compelling. I wanted to be part of his mission—into whatever vocation that would lead me. In last weekend’s homily, I talked about how as Church we need t...

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Thank You to our Pierogi Team

Posted on June 13, 2024 in: General News

Thank You to our Pierogi Team
A heartfelt thanks to all who lent their skilled hands on June 10, helping craft pierogies for the upcoming carnival. Together, we powered through the rolling and pinching, wrapping up by 7 p.m. But the pierogi fun isn't over yet! Mark your calendars for June 24, when we'll gather once more in the St. Boniface School gym for another evening of dough-rolling merriment. Bring your rolling pin and join the festivities - lots of laughter, camaraderie, and delightful moments await. No prior pierogi experience is needed!

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From Deacon Andrew: June 9

Posted on June 13, 2024 in: General News

From Deacon Andrew: June 9
What three words would you use to describe yourself? Honestly, this is a tough question for me to answer. I thought about it and really couldn’t come up with three words. So, I asked the 4th-grade students at St. John Neumann Regional Academy to help me out. These are three of the words that they came up with: funny, kind, and hardworking. What is your favorite movie? One of my favorite movies is the 1986 film The Mission, starring Robert De Niro and Jeremey Irons. This film follows the missionary endeavors of 18th-century Jesuits who try to save their mission to t...

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Letter from Bishop Bambera on Vision 2030
An important message from Bishop Bambera was shared at all Masses this weekend regarding upcoming changes for our parish and local Catholic community. As we move forward, we look forward to deepening our collaborative efforts with Saint Ann Parish. Together, we will more intentionally further the mission of Christ and His Church. Please take a few moments to read the letter from Bishop Bambera to the parishioners of St. Boniface, St. Lawrence, and St. Ann's on the next steps of Vision 2030.

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Pastor's Corner: June 9

Posted on June 10, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: June 9
Here’s the question I’ve been avoiding: What three words would you use to describe yourself? It’s too much like an awkward icebreaker at a meeting. Or a really annoying drinking game at a party. But, here we go: Introverted (which you must have noticed, but remember that introversion—just like its opposite—can be an asset). Creative (the part of me that values things like music and art, architecture and gardens, poetry and story-telling). Faithful (think of Dorothy Day’s description of faith as “a need to worship, to adore"). ...

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Congratulations to Ricci Sampsell
Congratulations to our Financial Secretary Ricci Sampsell on her new position with Penn State University. Ricci started her job with us in January 2018 and has done incredible work for the parishes. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication, Ricci. Our prayers are with you as you move forward to your new endeavor!

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Pastor's Corner: June 2

Posted on June 02, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: June 2
What is your favorite sport or sports team? Not sure I have a favorite sport—and definitely not a favorite sports team. Let me explain. I can have a lot of enthusiasm about going to a game, pretty much any game. I enjoy the atmosphere—the crisp fall weather at a football game, the National Anthem at a baseball game, the prayer before a Catholic school basketball game. I’m not a huge fan of being entertained at a sports event. I don’t need the mascot in a golf cart or a fake sumo wrestling match—get on with the game. I’ll cheer for pret...

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Deacon's Message: May 26

Posted on May 28, 2024 in: General News

Deacon's Message: May 26
My favorite food? That’s a tough question to answer! I love almost any type of food whether it is steak or bologna. Although not very luxurious, my go to favorite meal is a hoagie (i.e. a “sub” as some call it). In my opinion, nothing beats a hoagie from the Red Rock Corner Store on Route 118 which is close to my hometown. You’ll usually see me there for lunch on my day off. My favorite hobby? Again, another hard question to answer. I enjoy spending a lot of time in the outdoors during my spare time. I’m usually hiking, fishing, skiin...

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A Message from Andrew: May 19
Who is/are your favorite saint(s)? I have always found the early European missionary saints to be an inspiring witness to our Christian faith. Such saints as Augustine of Canterbury who evangelized England, Columba who preached in Scotland, and Boniface who brought the faith to Germany. However, St. Patrick has always been my favorite due to his self-sacrificial love for the people of Ireland. It was Patrick who went back to the very nation that enslaved him to preach Christ’s message of love and peace. Each time I feel some hesitation to minister to a certain area...

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Pastor's Corner: May 19

Posted on May 19, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: May 19
Here’s a question I appreciate because it allows/encourages more than one answer: Who is/are your favorite saint(s)? How can I skip mentioning the Mother of God? How could anyone say “Oh, I like loads of saints, but Mary not so much.”? I’m putting Mary in my answer but in a particular way. I’ve always been drawn to Our Lady of Lourdes. I read—and reread-- The Song of Bernadette growing up. I’m fascinated by the way that image of Mary in the grotto with the peasant girl St Bernadette pops everywhere (except, oddly in our rectory, ...

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First Holy Communion Pictures
Congratulations to all the boys and girls who received their First Holy Communion on Sunday, May 5 at St. Boniface! Please take a look at the official photographs on our site. We hope this special day will remain a cherished memory for you and your families. View First Communion Photos

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Pastor's Corner: May 12

Posted on May 13, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: May 12
Let’s take two questions that kind of feed into the notion of being prepared for ministry. First, in which church ministries were you involved? Frankly, hardly any. I started as lector when Sister of Mercy Colman Krise (may she rest in peace) boldly asked me, starting off with the words “I have come in the name of the Lord.” It’s hard to say no to nuns. For several years I served on the St .Boniface Parish Council. Believe me, I haven’t missed the irony that I’m often sitting in the same room talking about the same things as I did 40 y...

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Andrew's Corner: May 12

Posted on May 12, 2024 in: General News

Andrew's Corner: May 12
In which church ministries were you involved? I believe that part of the reason I find myself in formation for the priesthood is because of the ministries I was involved in throughout my childhood. Three particular ministries stand out. First, being an altar server taught me about the important role that various priests had played in my parish. It inspired me to see how different priests brought different gifts and talents into the liturgy and in the community. Second, being in the youth choir taught me how to work together in a group and listen to one another. Third, being...

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Check Out What's New for Parents and Children
Mother's Corner: In April, we opened up rooms in each church for parents with babies. These rooms can be used for nursing or soothing infants during Mass time. There is a chair and nursing pillow available. We encourage our mothers to use these designated areas. In St. Lawrence, mothers can use the sacristy/confessional area in the rear of the church. In St. Boniface, the confessional closest to the tabernacle will be available. Both areas are marked. For diaper-changing needs, please continue to use the restrooms in the churches that are equipped with changing ...

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Pastor's Corner: May 5

Posted on May 05, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: May 5
Here are two of the 20 questions that are so connected, they really have to be answered together: How many siblings do you have? What is your birth order in the family? That could be a complicated question in a larger family than mine. But, it’s just me and my brother Paul. Let’s do the number part first. He’s three years younger than me, although four years behind me in school (as a small child he started to talk later than normal, so my parents opted to keep him home for an additional year). Oddly, that meant that we were pretty much never in the s...

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New Parish Pastoral Council Members
Please welcome our four new parish pastoral council members: Tom Engel (first term), Ron Ferguson (first term), Brenda Larson (first term), and Stephanie Radulski (second term). Representing our faith communities in an advisory role to Father McCreary, these parishioners will each serve a 3-year term beginning in June. With four vacancies and four individuals accepting nominations this year, an election will not be necessary. You can learn more about each of these individuals online.

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Parishioners Accept Angel Tree Award
Parishioners Sue Lingg and Dianne Fisher were honored to be invited to the Salvation Army Volunteer Luncheon on May 1st. The event was well-attended, and the lunch was delicious! The Churches of Saint Boniface and Saint Lawrence were recognized for their participation in the Christmas Giving Tree program, and Sue and Diane received a special Angel Tree Award for their efforts. It was truly rewarding for them to be acknowledged for their contributions alongside so many other dedicated volunteers in our community. Congratulations!

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A Message from Andrew: April 28
I'm happy to share with our community that I will be ordained as a transitional deacon on Saturday, May 25. Everyone is invited to witness and affirm this next step in my journey towards priestly service to the Church of Scranton! Before a man is ordained to the priesthood he first is ordained as a transitional deacon. It is in this moment that a man makes his promises to obedience, celibacy, and a life of prayer. "Transitional" means that he will be a deacon for a temporary period and will eventually advance to the order of the priesthood. Being a deacon i...

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Pastor's Corner: April 28

Posted on April 29, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: April 28
We’re not quite pulling these questions randomly out of a box. This week once again I’m pairing a pretty everyday question with one that has a little more religious impact. First, where did you grow up? Two answers to that seemingly simple question. First, I was born in Northumberland, where my father’s family was from. (My grandfather was one of 15 children surviving into adulthood. Not all, but many remained near home.) When I was in the third grade, we moved to Montoursville. I loved both places. But, Montoursville was full of ranch houses with ...

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Andrew's Corner

Posted on April 18, 2024 in: General News

Andrew's Corner
As Fr. McCreary mentioned in his “Pastor’s Corner,” our Vocation’s Committee is hard at work in promoting an awareness of vocations in our community – the ways in which God has called each of us to witness to our Christian faith. My hope is that you can see how Christ has been at work in the life of Fr. McCreary and myself in our answers to these 20 questions! What did your parents do? My dad was the owner of McCarroll Pre-Cast, a family concrete business that my grandfather started in 1966. A lot of my childhood memories took place there si...

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Pastor's Corner: April 14

Posted on April 14, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: April 14
For a few months, we’ve had a Vocations Committee forming in the parishes. We’ve been looking at ways to encourage vocations—to the priesthood, to religious life, to Christian marriage—among our people, especially our young with their whole lives ahead of them. One suggestion was to have Andrew and I answer a list of 20 questions about ourselves. So, let’s begin—just a few questions at a time. What did your parents do? My mother was a schoolteacher. She taught what we used to call home economics (largely cooking and sewing). Now ...

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Make a Difference to Those in Need!
Make a Difference in Your Community: Join Our Social Concerns Ministry! We partner with incredible community organizations like Sojourner Truth Ministries, Senior C.A.R.E., Shepard of the Streets, Family Promise, and the YWCA to support those in need. Here's how you can get involved: Donate Food: We accept unexpired, non-perishable food donations at each of our churches. Volunteer Your Time: Contact our Parish Office at 570-326-1544 or email stboniface@comcast.net to learn about volunteer opportunities. Together, we can make a positive impact on...

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Andrew's Corner

Posted on April 10, 2024 in: General News

Andrew's Corner
In this past Sunday’s gospel (John 20:19-31) we heard how the disciples hid in fear behind locked doors. Their teacher had just been betrayed, judged, beaten, and killed. Could the same thing happen to them? However, in their moment of fear and uncertainty, Jesus appears before them and proclaims: “Peace be with you. As the Father had sent me, so I send you!” We know how the story continues for the rest of Christian history. The disciples don’t let this message of the risen Jesus fizzle out. They move beyond the locked doors and proclaim the good ...

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Pastor's Corner: April 7

Posted on April 08, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: April 7
Look at the picture. Holy Thursday night’s adoration space: After the evening Mass we linger to pray, doing what chosen apostles couldn’t do in Gethsemane. We traveled to other churches to keep this as a night of expectant prayer. Half an hour before midnight those seats were filled for Night Prayer, with some folks kneeling or sitting on the floor. We responded to the Church’s call to pray! And we did it throughout the week. Palm Sunday, bearing our branches. Morning Prayer is beautifully attended and sung. Good Friday’s veneration of the cr...

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Scriptural Rosary Every Tuesday
Join us to pray a Scriptural Rosary every Tuesday event at 6:30 p.m. at St. Boniface Church. Scriptural Rosary leads you to peace in your life! All members of the family are invited. There will be "busy bags" available for the little ones. how-to-pray-the-rosary-everyday.com/scriptural-rosary You can find, peace, joy, and happiness in your life through rosary scriptural meditations. What is a scriptural rosary you may wonder... All it is is the life of Jesus based on scripture from the Bible. The scriptural rosary prayer of the Joyful Mysteries, S...

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Andrew's Corner: March 31

Posted on April 01, 2024 in: General News

Andrew's Corner: March 31
This Sunday we hear that familiar Easter story of the women coming to the tomb of Jesus only to find it empty. We all know the highlight of the story, but it doesn’t end there. These faithful women went out to proclaim what they had seen by their bold witness to the faith – encouraging us to do the same. But, how do we give witness to this faith? Although I could go down the list of how to live an authentic Christian life, I believe that it is pretty simple. We witness to our faith by following the unique path that God has given to every one of us. We call this ...

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Pastor's Corner: March 31

Posted on March 30, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: March 31
Welcome! I know our Mass crowds will be larger this weekend. Easter is our greatest feast, after all. And I know that there are all sorts of reasons to walk through these doors today. Maybe it’s your first time in church, your first time in a Catholic church. Perhaps you came with family. Or a friend invited you. Maybe it was something more interior—a love for music, a struggle in life, a series of questions—even doubts. You are welcome here! You will always be welcome here. Or is today something of a homecoming? Back to the old neighborhood, church ...

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Pastor's Corner: March 24

Posted on March 25, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: March 24
I know you have reminders all over the place! Posters in the church, graphics on social media, schedules in the bulletin, even a postcard in the mail. But, let me offer a couple of words about this week, this Holy Week: Monday and Wednesday are our last public opportunities for confession before Easter. Consider celebrating this sacrament of God’s mercy as a way to immerse ourselves in the love poured out on the Cross. New to us this year: Morning Prayer on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at St Lawrence which is a wonderful way to reflectively begin ...

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Pastor's Corner: March 10

Posted on March 10, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: March 10
In the Missal, on the page where the prayers for today’s Mass are located, there’s a note: We can wear rose vestments, music can be bolder, flowers can be placed at the altar. I might be reading those lines, but you should be experiencing the sounds and sights of this halfway point in Lent, sights, and sounds that tell us to rejoice on our journey to Easter. Two musical opportunities come to us this week, two chances to deepen our appreciation of Lent— especially as we draw closer to the celebration of the Lord’s passion, death, and resurrection i...

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A Message from Andrew: March 3

Posted on March 06, 2024 in: General News

A Message from Andrew: March 3
Last Saturday, the St. Boniface Gold team won the Division Championship playoffs in the John Bower Sunday School Basketball League – Congratulations! Playing basketball or any sport takes a lot of practice and discipline. Most people do not walk onto a basketball court and play like an all-star. Even the most successful athletes take the time to practice their skills, listen to their coaches, and learn through their mistakes. Not only do all of these factors ensure that an individual player can succeed, but the entire team can grow and work together to win. In this...

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Pastor's Corner: March 3

Posted on March 03, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: March 3
I don’t usually use this space to talk about the Sunday readings. But, this weekend’s gospel dovetails into something I want to mention this Lent. Jesus cleanses the temple. He makes quite a ruckus, he stirs things up, and he even begins to make enemies. Why? Because the temple does matter. Yes, the building is holy, dedicated to his Father. But, the temple of Jesus’ body—soon to be crucified and raised from the dead—matters. And so do the temples of our lives. The Church calls us to allow Jesus to complete the work of cleaning temples&mdash...

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Pastor's Corner: February 18

Posted on February 19, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: February 18
During Ash Wednesday’s homily, I talked about the door in the gospel. The door of our private room where he can pray (and pretty much also fast and give alms) to the Father who sees in private. What drew my attention to that door was a book I’ve been reading by Cardinal Roche, The Gardens of God. He talks about that door and relates it to all the doors in the Scriptures—the door to Eden guarded by the cherubim once Adam and Eve are thrown out, the doors mentioned by the prophets, the doors in Jesus’ parables, ending with the door in Revelation: &l...

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Pastor's Corner: February 11

Posted on February 12, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: February 11
Yes, it’s Lent again. This Wednesday begins that holy season of fasting, prayer, and works of charity. We have so many opportunities in our parishes and communities to make this truly a graced time. Mardi Gras. Don’t forget the old Catholic custom of celebrating before the fast. Throw the party, have the big meal, and do something fun this coming Tuesday. Ashes. Check the schedules for our worship sites and those of other parishes. Confessions. Again, take a look at the many chances we have to experience God’s mercy—all through the weeks of Len...

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Pastor's Corner: January 21

Posted on January 21, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: January 21
The Winter Doldrums. I remember hearing those words in school. Their original meaning had to do with ships and oceans. The doldrums were a time when summer and fall storms had passed. Waters were still. Nothing much happened. A good time for seafaring folk. But, when I heard the doldrums talked about in school it referred to us. Students in the long month of January. January, after the exciting holidays had passed. January, too soon to look for signs of spring. January, with its dark and cold days and nights. Teachers claimed that we all slowed down a bit in January. ...

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Andrew's Message: January 7

Posted on January 07, 2024 in: General News

Andrew's Message: January 7
Throughout the Advent Season, many of our parishioners joined me for a three-part series on Isaiah the Prophet. Many of them might remember my emphasis on the historical outline of Israel’s history. One of the major events in the latter part of the Book of Isaiah was the Babylonian Captivity (597 to 538 BCE) where the people of Israel were exiled into the foreign land of Babylon. Our first reading (Isaiah 60:1-6) was written in the time when the people of Israel were able to return to their homeland after this horrible period of exile. Isaiah’s message to those ...

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Pastor's Corner: January 7

Posted on January 07, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: January 7
We all know that the secular world makes a jumble of seasons. Memorial Day arrives and we complain it’s not warm enough to be summer. (Because summer’s still about 3 weeks away!) Radios blare songs about snow as Halloween ends (when we don’t want snow!) and drop them every December 26 (when it might be cold outside!). And, of course, stores have already loaded up on Valentine’s Day merchandise. Let’s not forget, at least for one more day, that it’s still Christmas. Today, the Lord’s Epiphany isn’t a faint echo of something ...

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Pastor's Corner: December 31

Posted on December 30, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: December 31
This weekend’s certainly easier than last. Yes, a Sunday—the Feast of the Holy Family—and a holiday—New Year’s Eve and Day—come crashing together again. But, it’s easier because in the United States usually when a holy day of obligation falls on a Saturday or Monday, the obligation to participate in Mass is taken away. (For what I hope are obvious reasons, Christmas is one of the exceptions.) But, let’s think about January 1. It carries levels and levels of meaning. The original feast in ancient Rome honored Mary as the Mot...

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Pastor's Corner: November 19

Posted on November 19, 2023 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: November 19
These past few months I’ve been listening to Fr. Mike Schmitz’s Catechism in a Year podcast. It follows the same pattern of his Bible in a Year— relatively manageable readings from the catechism, context, and commentary from Fr. Schmitz, all accomplished in 15 to 20-minute segments. The other morning I listened to the section on the Eucharist and was reminded of a truth that I’ve long known, but one that bears repeated. Father reminded us that Eucharist is both a noun and a verb. The consecrated bread and wine, the body and blood of Christ is Euch...

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A Message from Andrew: November 12

Posted on November 12, 2023 in: General News

A Message from Andrew: November 12
One of my favorite parts of ministry is that I have the privilege of visiting a variety of patients at UPMC each week. I am honored to minister to different individuals in their struggles, joys, and everything in between. However, one of the most common difficulties that I hear from many patients is the aspect of waiting – waiting to receive results, waiting for the next appointment, waiting for family or friends to visit, waiting to go home. All of these aspects of waiting are understandable and, if I’m being honest, I would probably respond the same way. Wa...

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2024 St. Lawrence Rummage Sale
We are collecting items now for our sale next summer! Toys, clothing, housewares, craft supplies, small furniture, holiday decorations, and more.  If you have questions, contact Janey/Mike 570-927-2932, Kelly 570-980-4494, or Mary 570-279-2519. All proceeds from this event will benefit Saint Lawrence Parish family activities, maintenance & general funds. The rummage sale will held in June 2024.

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