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Pastor's Corner: November 27

Posted on November 27, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: November 27
As we hear in today’s scripture readings, Advent means some serious business. Transitioning weapons of war into life-giving agricultural implements? Waking up in the darkness when we’d rather fall back to sleep? Being ready to face that last judgment before the eyes of Christ who knows the depths of our hearts—what we’ve done and what we’ve failed to do? No way around it, preparing for the Lord’s coming will be hard work. Much harder than stringing lights or sending cards. These four Advent weeks—and this year with Christmas on a Su...

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Pastor's Corner: November 20

Posted on November 20, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: November 20
A few weeks ago, I talked about listening to you, to your voices. But, we’re also called to listen to the silent moments. One of those silent moments happens around 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoons at St. Boniface. Confession time. The Saturdays I’ve been in that room, sometimes I’m alone for the whole time. Sometimes one, three, maybe four people come to the sacrament. What does that silence tell me? Not that sin has disappeared. Nor that God’s mercy has run out. It tells me we’re in that room at the wrong time. Some years ago, when this Diocese ...

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Confession

Pastor's Corner: November 13

Posted on November 13, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: November 13
We’ve asked you to save the date. We’ve invited you. We’ve promised light refreshments. We’ve involved parish leadership and ministries to play their parts. But as several people reminded me this past week, I never exactly told you what an installation of a pastor actually is. So here we go: When a bishop entrusts a parish (or parishes, as in our case) to the care of a priest, a legal and ceremonial piece happens. Papers need to be signed. Questions need to be asked. Interested parties need to be introduced to each other. This process involves t...

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Pastor's Corner: November 6

Posted on November 06, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: November 6
We asked you what you thought. You told us. Now it’s our turn to respond. In the spring, many of you participated in the Synodality conversation—listening sessions here in the parish, surveys on the diocesan level. The reports of those conversations—on parish, diocesan, national levels—are coming back. Some items have risen to the surface on every level. You’ve told us that you wanted to know what your Church teaches. You’ve told us you wanted your children and grandchildren—and not just the little kids, but those moving through you...

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Pastor's Corner: October 30

Posted on October 30, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: October 30
This week brings us some great feast days. First, on Tuesday, we celebrate All Saints’ Day— a holy day of obligation when we look with joy and hope to those holy women and men who help us by their prayers and examples on our Christian journey. Please make the time to join us for Mass that day. On Wednesday we follow quickly with All Souls’ Day—the day we pray for our dead, asking God to help them on their next world journey into the company of the saints. This year we return to very special music for the 7 p.m. All Souls Day Mass—the Mozart ...

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Pastor's Corner: October 23

Posted on October 23, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: October 23
I know, I know. There was a tech glitch last weekend and maybe you didn’t get to see the Diocesan Annual Appeal video at your Mass! But, all is not lost. You can still view that video. You can see faces from your parishes. You can hear voices of people you know. Most importantly, you can view the impact of the Appeal on the hungry in our own community. Go to the diocesan website: dioceseofscranton.org (If you’re not tech savvy, find a young person to help.) When the site opens, click on the Diocesan Annual Appeal picture (it’s front and center these days)....

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Annual Appeal

Pastor's Corner: October 16

Posted on October 17, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: October 16
At Sunday Mass we hear the four gospels proclaimed over a period of three years—one year Matthew, the next Mark, the final year Luke, with John proclaimed in Lent and Easter time. This year we’ve heard from Luke’s gospel. Each evangelist had his own approach to Jesus’ story. Yes, they all followed the pattern of his life, death and resurrection. Yes, they told some of the same accounts with very similar words. But, each of them—as a true author with particular talents and interests—wrote with a slant. In Luke we can pull out some special ...

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Pastor's Corner: October 9

Posted on October 09, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: October 9
Let me tell you why I give to the Diocesan Annual Appeal. Of course, I’m impressed by the many ministries supported by the Appeal: service to the poor, Catholic education for our young people, support to parishes in creating leadership and service teams. I’m aware that these supports do come into our local community—something you’ll see when you look at this year’s Appeal video. But, I also give because I’ve received. I didn’t have to pay to be trained to be a priest. I didn’t have to pay for that graduate school education. Th...

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Annual Appeal

Pastor's Corner: October 2

Posted on October 02, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: October 2
No, I’m not stranded in Portugal. I’m not being held a hostage by customs officials in the Philippines. I don’t have elderly relatives who need emergency surgery in Kenya. I haven’t just met a dying hospital patient who desperately needs to shop on Amazon. I have never asked—and never will—for anyone to send me gift cards to deal with the above situations. If you receive an email “from” me and it makes that kind of request, you’re being scammed. Don’t respond. Just delete the email. Sadly, churches are at particula...

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Pastor's Corner: September 4

Posted on September 04, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: September 4
Now that it’s Labor Day weekend, let me talk about some of the work I do. You might have noticed in the official announcement of my appointment as your pastor, that I would continue as Episcopal Vicar for this Western Region of the Diocese. What’s that about? Frankly, it means I have another job! The Diocese pays part of my salary because I do that other job— good news to you. But, it means that sometimes I need to represent the Bishop to install a pastor (like last Sunday when I installed Fr. Carpenter at Resurrection) or help with the complicated busines...

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Pastor's Corner: August 28

Posted on August 28, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: August 28
Thank you all for your warm welcome as I’ve moved into St. Boniface and St. Lawrence Parishes. I’m feeling quite at home already. Some folks have asked about what things I might change and I often quip back, “Don’t ask and I’ll probably let it alone!” But, I know I crashed into Sunday Masses with a quick change from Apostles’ Creed to Nicene Creed. Both professions of faith reflect our Catholic faith. I opt for the Nicene because I know it (and I sometimes think I’m too old to learn the newest translation of the Apos...

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Pastor's Corner: August 21

Posted on August 22, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: August 21
Time to move? Looking to change? Seeking out new challenges? A few months ago, those ideas weren’t in my head. I was content to be where I was, doing what I was doing. But, the Bishop had other ideas. And so, did the gospel: All summer long the message was clear—travel lightly, take nothing for the journey, don’t let possessions possess you! So here I am, happy to be pastor of St. Boniface and St. Lawrence parishes, happy to continue the journey to which Christ calls us all. Let’s all allow the gospel to challenge and change us. ~Fr. Glenn McCreary

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Pastor's Corner: June 5

Posted on June 05, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: June 5
His Excellency, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, announces the following appointment: Reverend Robert J. Antonelli, from Senior Priest, St. Boniface Parish, Williamsport and St. Lawrence Parish, South Williamsport, to Administrator pro tem, St. Boniface Parish, Williamsport and St. Lawrence Parish, South Williamsport, effective May 31, 2022.

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Pastor's Corner: May 29

Posted on June 01, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: May 29
Thanks for all the cards and gifts. You have been too kind. But most of all, I need to thank you for allowing me into your lives despite being a New Englander. Some of you are shouldering massive burdens that you shared with me. Gratefully, there are also marvelous examples of faith here too. With that strength, you have moved our parishes forward. We have achieved much by spreading responsibility for ministries and creating new ones. Sadly, priests come and go. But this is your Catholic community. You can chart its direction and its success. Peace!

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Pastor's Corner: May 22

Posted on May 24, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: May 22
The older I get and the longer I am a priest, the more I sense the primary need for kindness. So often I have discovered much later the real facts or motivations behind peoples' actions. That placed things in a new light. As I grow in my faith and also mature, I get better at that. Forgive me if I have ever pre-judged, or snapped or not paid attention.  Mea culpa!  I can only hope that despite my flaws I have served you well with devotion, creativity and most of all...faith in Jesus Christ. 

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Pastor's Corner: May 15

Posted on May 14, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: May 15
In the Psalms and the Gospels, it mentions how people of faith "go up to Jerusalem". It’s a term that captures ascending spiritually to the city of God. But it also covers the geography because it rests on a high mount. We literally need to travel uphill to reach Jerusalem from Tel Aviv airport or the Jordan River valley on the other side. Pray for us as we walk the path of Christ and gradually rise up to new levels of faith as we do so. When we return, parishioners will be on fire with an image of Jesus that is no longer black & white, but technicolor. ...

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Pastor's Corner: May 8

Posted on May 08, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: May 8
I may sound obsessed about Parish Council lately but it’s so necessary. There are 4 vacancies. We need people who can think "big picture" and plan ahead for a growth in ministries that don't require a priest's attention. More than ever, these are your parishes. Who understands how boards of directors work? They don't create the bake sale or dinner, they recruit the people who will run those events on a long-term basis. Our parishes need to chart a course not based on Fr. Bill's direction, but on what was clearly expressed in the Synod Listeni...

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Pastor's Corner: May 1

Posted on April 30, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: May 1
On Saturday, May 7, several children will receive their First Holy Communion. In the subsequent weeks as they become more relaxed, they will absorb the attitude they see from us as we receive. Do they see reverence as we take the Body of Christ in our hands? Are we prayerful after returning to our seats? Do they see us at church with regularity? Adult behavior often sets the bar for children. As we sing, pray, and genuflect, they watch. Meanwhile, we pray for them.

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Pastor's Corner: April 24

Posted on April 23, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: April 24
The Feast of (John) Mark the Evangelist is on Monday. He was a cousin of Barnabas. While he traveled with Paul, he seemed closest to Peter. His audience was Gentile Christians when he wrote about 30 years after the death of Jesus. Although this is the shortest gospel, it’s also more detailed and less theological. His main theme is to proclaim the Good News that Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah.

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Pastor's Corner: Palm Sunday
It’s interesting that the entire last chapter of Luke's Gospel seems dedicated to re-assuring the early Christians by using the example of the disciples immediately after the shock of the Crucifixion. Through the Road to Emmaus and the Appearance in Jerusalem, Luke reminds them that Christ is in their presence even though they don't feel that. It was meant as a spiritual boost as they adjusted to the ups and downs of the first years of the Church. He reminds them that they did great things and will continue to do so because they are guided by the Holy Spirit. ...

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Pastor's Corner: March 27

Posted on March 27, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: March 27
Gethsemane is central to our faith. In Aramaic it means "olive press" for obvious reasons. On the outskirts of the city Jerusalem, it was easy escape there for a respite. It’s one part of the Mount of Olives where ancient olive trees still flourish and cool the air as people calm their souls from urban noise. Jesus was no different. It would have reminded him of Nazareth and even the Mt of Beatitudes. Create that quiet image in your mind as you try to pray in the last weeks of Lent.

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Pastor's Corner: March 20

Posted on March 20, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: March 20
Do you want to fast this Lent? In the words of Pope Francis:  Fast from hurting words and say kind words.  Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.  Fast from anger and be filled with patience.  Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.  Fast from worries and trust in God.  Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.  Fast from pressures and be prayerful.  Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.  Fast from grudges and be reconciled.  Fast from words and be silent so you ca...

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Pastor's Corner: March 13

Posted on March 12, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: March 13
St. Patrick didn't wear green nor was he the genial sort that bought drinks for the entire pub. Instead he inspired a generation of people with the liberating message of Jesus. Using the beauty of nature and the gentleness of the Good Shepherd, he converted them from the arbitrary whims of gods who needed to be placated by animal sacrifices conducted by elite Druid priests. Sadly, in the last century, the Church became what it preached against and the people left. Now the simplicity of St. Patrick (Thursday, March 17) is in resurgence in Celtic spirituality. May it rest...

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Pastor’s Corner: March 6

Posted on March 06, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor’s Corner: March 6
Stalin, the butcher of Russia, was a voracious reader. Apparently his library impressed everyone. We should never fool ourselves that we can educate ourselves into being moral people. The inclination to sin is part of the human condition. All of us can be selfish, petty, and violent in various ways. Lent is a suitable reminder of that human frailty. Better yet, it’s a corrective time because of the mercy and forgiveness of the Good Sheperd.

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Pastor's Corner: February 27

Posted on February 27, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: February 27
The past weeks have brought from Chancery a booklet (distributed at Masses and bulletin announcements) regarding a more rapid implementation of Vision 2030 which would include closing and linking of more parishes. Williamsport was in that mix. Now this has been delayed and Chancery has asked all priests to Scranton for a meeting on March 10. When I know, you will be kept updated. Meanwhile, pray for our leaders and priests. These are stressful times.

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Pastor's Corner: February 20

Posted on February 20, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: February 20
I think one of Monsignor's favorite concerns was to warn us against settling for "conventional religiosity". God's plan of our reconciliation didn't entail another religion but a movement steeped in a relationship with Jesus. So, as Church structures change and parishes are retired, it’s worthwhile to remember that our faith is in Jesus Christ. The Lord is our rock and our salvation! This is nothing new. But often our spiritual lives need a gentle reboot with eternal truths.

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Pastor's Corner: February 13

Posted on February 12, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: February 13
There are so many of your smiling faces that we are missing around the table of the Lord. As the sun begins to remain with us longer and COVID cases diminish, we start thinking of your return. It’s not the same for you and definitely not for us, without you. We will continue to stream the 10:30 a.m. Mass through Easter, but thereafter, we will be stopping except for special events like First Communion or Confirmation. So let's start thinking it that direction. Our prayer and sense of the Body of Christ is much stronger...together.

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Pastor's Corner: February 6

Posted on February 06, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: February 6
I'm not the best with plants. Often, I get busy and forget simple things like water or a bit of fertilizer. The result is predictable. Apply that lesson to your own spiritual life. Our soul and relationship with Jesus Christ requires regular TLC. During these cold, dark and interminable long days before Lent, feed yourself. Pick up a free copy of the Word Among Us booklet. Pull something out of the Lending Libraries. Watch a short video on FORMED. Deliver a meal or baked good to someone who is alone on your street. The institutions that normally feed us...

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Pastor's Corner: January 30

Posted on January 30, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: January 30
“Last Rites" conjures up lots of imagery but usually dramatic ones from movies. In reality, we restored it to its original purpose based on James 5:14 and called it "Sacrament of the Sick". The sacrament is meant to seek physical and spiritual healing. I've received it three times for serious surgeries. But during COVID, a rash of them were requested as families worked themselves into frenzies, treating this as the card into heaven or a requirement of the Church. Please, understand that no ceremony, no prayer, can guarantee anyone's en...

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Pastor's Corner: January 23

Posted on January 23, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: January 23
If the Lord loves a cheerful giver, He must love you. These past few months have stunned me with your thoughtfulness. It started with the supplies for the Baby Shower, then, extended to contributions for various needs or children in the area. On top of that, you have helped us succeed with the Annual Appeal and kept both parishes in the black despite limited attendance. Some of that stems from your recognition that regardless of everything, you are blessed and many are struggling. Simultaneously, grateful and generous. May that give you some peace.

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Pastor's Corner: January 16

Posted on January 15, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: January 16
From 1960-63, my family lived in South Carolina. As the civil rights movement started to peak, local whites often associated it with JFK and Catholics. Being Catholic and from Massachusetts didn't help my parent’s popularity. And yet, we were not prophets. Black Catholics in our town were allowed to attend the "white" parish but only if they sat in the back. Thankfully, society has come a long way. But as we remember MLK, we still have far to go.

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Pastor's Corner: January 9

Posted on January 10, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: January 9
In 1985, our two parishes baptized 95 children. In 2021 we baptized only 9. That says a lot about the size of families but it also signals less people participating in the faith. And yet, when conducted during Mass, baptisms bring such joy and life to the parish. What will bring new energy to our community if there is no one to carry on in the future? Sometimes we get overly focused on the scarcity of priests and their age (Fr. Bob 72, me approaching 70). But look closer to home. Who are our servers, musicians and volunteers? The future is here.

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Pastor's Corner: January 2

Posted on January 02, 2022 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: January 2
The Arabs have a way of saying "Happy New Year" that stresses: "May you be well and at peace."  Based on recent history, maybe their lower expectations are more realistic. Not knowing what we face in 2022, let's hope we do so with the inner peace that comes from our connection with Christ. Happy-ness can be fleeting but peace remains. May our prayer together elevate and restore you. May it carry you through the week. May it give you a reason to return to the altar. Despite everything around us, may Jesus be the Alpha & Omega that sustains.

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Pastor's Corner: December 26

Posted on December 26, 2021 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: December 26
And yet again, you have been incredibly generous to me & Fr. Bob but also to the families who are struggling this winter. That's exactly what we are striving to become...the sheep rather than the goats. The "givers" rather than the "takers". The ones who understood Jesus in MT 25:31 are those who create the peace-able kingdom. In the process, we feel much better about ourselves. And we show society... there is another way of living.

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Pastor's Corner: Fourth Week of Advent
Some people cringe when they see the word "Xmas". But there is really no reason. The early Christians were mainly Greek speaking. When they were persecuted, they would abbreviate some correspondence. So, they used their letter P to represent Jesus and X to represent Christ. Even now you see some vestments or religious art that superimposes the X over the P to stand for Jesus Christ. Some non-Catholic preachers with little sense of Christian history have distorted our background. Whichever way you spell it, give glory to God.

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Pastor's Corner: Third Week of Advent
The early Church was very ready to recognize the inspirational people among them, especially women. Lucy (Lucia) of Sicily was one who stood out for her uncomplicated faith in Jesus and his way of life. When a jilted suitor sought revenge for being rejected, he revealed that she was a Christian, a criminal offense at that time. If you were accused of being a follower of Jesus...would they find enough evidence to convict you?

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Pastor's Corner: Second Week of Advent
One of the most positive ways to protect life is to support pregnant women who for lack of support might have had an abortion. What the Social Concerns Committee has done, collecting diapers, lotions, and baby food for our "Baby Shower" helps us serve others and honor the arrival of the Christ child in concrete ways. Jesus, Mary and Joseph had nothing...but hope that others would come forward.

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Pastor's Corner: First Week of Advent
When travelling somewhere on vacation, some of the best times are the weeks before when I'm researching things to do and places to see.  The preparation can be exciting and joyous as I contemplate what could be. In a year of sadness, sickness and struggle, we are all eager to experience the joy and innocence of Christmas. The smiles of children and the selflessness of adults is refreshing. It's all sparked by God who is deliberately reaching out to us and asking us to do the same to each other. Advent asks us to restrain our impulses and use that energy to b...

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Pastor's Corner: Nov. 20-21

Posted on November 21, 2021 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: Nov. 20-21
We are told that 3 features normally attract people to a parish that is above average: Homilies, Music and Community. Our music is one of the strongest characteristics. Dedicated teams learn new hymns and elevate our spirits and simultaneously, praise our God on High. Their ministry is something we should always support. On Monday, November 22, we remember the teenage woman Cecilia of Rome who was killed for her faith and sang to her death. St. Cecilia, patron of music, pray for us.

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Pastor's Corner: Nov. 13-14

Posted on November 15, 2021 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: Nov. 13-14
Nov. 21st, Bible Sunday, is meant to promote its use among all Catholics. We have advanced a great deal since my youth when it was not encouraged. Vatican II urged ownership and reading of God's Word on all of us. We donate youth Bibles to all of our 7th graders as they start for Confirmation. Everyone in the Spanish speaking ministry is given a Bible en Espanol. This is worth more than any book of prayers or writings of the saints. This is the Holy Spirit trying to reach us. We have free Bibles in the rectory for anyone!

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on August 02, 2021 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
August 1 - Some people asked me if my last homily about excluding people was focused on politicians.  No, I'm not concerned about them.  They can protect themselves.  I'm more worried about the vigilantes coming after you and priests.  Where do you draw the line as you judge who is worthy and who is unworthy?  Do we exclude those who are not married formally in the church? or those who fail to accept all teachings?  or those whose lives are on the fringe?  Let's allow people the time to grow, and leave the judging to Christ.

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
- July 14th is the memorial of St Kateri Tekakwitha, a woman of the Algonquin tribe who became a Catholic. She suffered huge discrimination from whites and natives alike. I thought of her as we literally unearth hundreds of graves of native children who were removed from their parents and placed in govt/religious institutions (many Catholic) for reeducation. Many died of tuberculosis far from family and were forgotten. As we discover the extent of that system in more investigations, we will be shocked and rightly disgusted. But the best response would be more support for Na...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
July 11 - Now that we can sing in church, the joy is obvious. You raised your voices beautifully last week. While many of our musicians are on vacation, we can "pray twice" as we lift our voices in song. The second step is to remind neighbors and friends that we miss them. This is the time to return to the Lord. Mass on a screen doesn't equal what we have in person. The happiness was palpable especially as people received the Body of Christ and paused in silent gratitude. We are back!

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
July 4 - During a tourist trip to Russia, I had a bad experience with two "policemen" who tried to roust me for money. Fellow tourists intervened and they scampered off. But that incident just fed the paranoia that I had regarding the former Soviet Union and everything connected with it. When our flight landed at JFK, I almost imitated Pope John Paul and kissed the tarmac. Despite all our warts, we are blessed. Happy Fourth of July. May our behavior justify this gift of freedom.

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
June 27 - Leadership is tough everywhere. People expect a great deal and complain vociferously when it’s not delivered. The Church is no exception. A reporter at the Vatican reflected that being the successor to Peter must be the most arduous job anywhere. All 1.3 billion Catholics have opinions and all are based in their country's faith. Americans want everything immediately and Africans are willing to wait. Pray for Pope Francis on Wednesday the 29th that the Holy Spirit guides and comforts him as we journey together.

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Fr. Bill's Pastors Corner

Posted on June 25, 2021 in: Pastor's Corner

Fr. Bill's Pastors Corner
June 13th - Now is the time to stop streaming and watching tv. Get outside, exercise, catchup with people and let the sun bake memories of covid out of your head. Plant herbs and eat them. Play with a dog and laugh with a child.  This is a season to heal the mind and feed the soul.  "I came that you might have life and have it to the fullest". John 10:10 

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
June 6 - The center of Catholic and Orthodox prayer life is the Eucharist. Jesus wanted to guarantee that we would never be left to our own devices. Consequently, He allowed us to re-live the Last Supper for 2,000 years with Him in attendance. His Body and Blood transcend symbols of his presence. We proudly proclaim that Christ is alive in the bread and wine. John's Gospel Ch. 6 written maybe 20 years after Matthew, Mark & Luke stresses to early Christians that Christ is truly there on the altar. So, we genuflect and receive Him into our hands with reverence.

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
May 23 - So many people are looking for authenticity, energy and consistency from communities of believers. They want to see that our words are matched by actions. The world is sick of hypocrites who hold everyone else to a different standard. At Pentecost, we were armed with gifts and strengths of the Holy Spirit that could enable us to inspire a jaded world. But we must enlist them and with enthusiasm. In this past week, we have been given another chance at life together. Let's make it impressive.

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
May 16 - As society and the parishes begin to re-open, I beg you to be gentle with each other. For some it will be too slow and for others, they will flinch when the tape on pews is removed. Especially at church, we should be patient. Also remember that we continue to have many vulnerable people around us. At the very least, most of our children have not been vaccinated. Their parents will be vigilant. So, take a deep breath. After a year of training, our atmosphere of caution will not disappear overnight.

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Fr Bill's Pastor's Corner
May 9 - As I said in my homily last week, we've suffered two years of obstacles to our parish growth. Now we feel a bit freer and sense that life can be exciting in the near future. Let's take that enthusiasm and ask the Holy Spirit to help us harness it. We should try to make up for lost time. Think seriously about what you can do for the parishes. Small efforts by everyone could transform us into a light on the hill. For too long, a few people have been carrying the parishes. Or as business people say about human nature, often 20% of the people do 80% of...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
May 2 - There is joy in the parking lot and in the vestibule of both of our parishes. People are thrilled when they see each other for the first time in months. That's part of the joy of coming to Mass. We see strangers who have become friends and even brothers/sisters. Slowly, the Holy Spirit transforms how we relate to each other as we stand around the table of the Lord. As we piece together our community, let others know of your happiness to see them...even if you don't know their names.

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
April 25 - Bono from the rock group U2 noted in the song Every Breaking Wave, "It’s hard to listen when you preach". For obvious reasons, I take that to heart. But so should all of us. Last year, many people talked and yelled and lectured. That drained us, but I'm not sure about its positive effects. This summer especially could be a wonderful time to be more silent and to listen. With families and friends, the quiet could be healing. And I suspect we will learn a great deal about each other.

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
April 11 - This week, Jews around the world remember the holocaust (Shoah) of 6 million Jews by the Nazi's. Sadly, genocide of ethnic groups & religions still continues. Catholics & Muslims in China, Orthodox Christians in Azerbaijan, Christians in Iraq are among the most obvious. Shining a spotlight on them is a moral responsibility. Besides the deaths, violence of that magnitude eats the soul of a country. Which is even a consideration for the US in the way we treat our most vulnerable.

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Fr Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on April 05, 2021 in: Pastor's Corner

Fr Bill's Pastor's Corner
April 4 - There are many spiritual ways to describe the Resurrection. But maybe this year it’s takes on the additional significance of being a Reset. After months of hibernation, many people are returning to pray around the altar. That alone is reason to rejoice! But we know that we are entering a new phase of our two parishes. Friends have died. Some practices will be retired like passing around collection baskets and at least, delayed sharing of the Precious Blood in a chalice. But we must add new things also... more on-line access, more care to our "home ...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
March 21 - Actions like denying Holy Communion or blessings end up shrinking our community even more quickly.  Christ welcomed the Samaritan woman at the well (married 5 times) & the Roman centurion (who conquered Palestine) without feeling a need to condemn and exclude them. We can assert our principles with out shoving people out the door.  If we applied litmus tests to everyone, Masses would be much smaller. All of us have parts of our lives that  need redemption. 

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
March 14 - This week some of our younger parishioners were infected. It was a reminder that we are not "normal" yet. But, we can use this time to plan for the future. Currently, we are expanding the Bereavement Ministry beyond funeral receptions to include informal outreach and even a support group. Stay tuned. Our next big project is to expand our Hospitality or Event group that coordinates social events. We've been isolated for too long and need to party! A pool of volunteers who can help for small actions who allow us to become a community again.

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March 7 - In Quebec, some people would curse by saying Tabernac or Hostia! It shocked me to hear the Tabernacle or the Host becoming an invective to shock people with your anger. It makes little sense to swear using something you consider sacred and holy. Imagine using your wife or children's names to cuss at someone. This is an ugly habit that we can break. "Hallowed be thy name" or "Holy be your Name" is something we pray daily. Now we must mean it.  

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Posted on February 28, 2021 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
February 28 - The Twelve Steps of AA are uniquely inspired and useful for all of us. Both steps 8 & 9 urge us to make "amends" for all the injuries and bruises that we have caused in our lives. A healthy Lenten reflection is to list these in our heads and then, try to reach out. None of this is easy. But we need to recognize that we are sinners and we can be healers. Take advantage of this holy season of Lent to repair something.

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Posted on February 21, 2021 in: Pastor's Corner

Fr Bill's Pastor's Corner
February 21 -  Is observance of Lent asking too much this year? They don't get much worse than last year. So, now we crave sunshine and the ability to party with others. But Lent, even at its best, can be depressing. Consequently, this year some of you may be struggling with it. To help, we will accent the liberation and freedom that come from submitting our lives to the Lord. Remember everything in our lives ends up with the Resurrection. "I came that you may have life!" John 10:10

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Fr Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on February 15, 2021 in: Pastor's Corner

Fr Bill's Pastor's Corner
February 14 - Looking back, some of what I "gave up" for Lent was silly and had no effect on anyone, especially me. Think about a concrete, disciplined response. No TV at night, instead, time used to read No meat, instead, get creative with simple meals Read 2 books from the Lending Libraries Devote 2 hours weekly to someone elderly in the neighborhood Read 2 books of the New Testament - Subscribe to a Catholic magazine (in lobby) Offer to be an aide for Religious Ed You have 40 days or 6 weeks to improve. Carpe diem!

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Fr Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on February 09, 2021 in: Pastor's Corner

Fr Bill's Pastor's Corner
February 7 - You may remember that I'm involved in Muslim dialogue at a national level. A group of us had a first time Zoom meeting last week that was enjoyable and friendly. While we agree on many fronts, we also had an understanding that there will be profound differences on issues like Jesus as God, the Bible as God's Word and the value of the sacraments. But mutual respect, allowed us to note our gaps without having to convince them that they are wrong. I pray that future meetings will be as dignified and yet, honest. It’s said that as a boy Muhammad ...

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Posted on January 31, 2021 in: Pastor's Corner

Fr Bill's Pastor's Corner
January 31 - As parishioners get vaccinated, a semblance of normality seems closer. Consequently, we are starting to renew our suspended ministries to the community. We have 25 parishioners who were committed to Sojourners soup kitchen and women's shelter . Several are collecting supplies for the local food pantries. Eight of you assist Family Promise. And the Social Concern team is examining new ministries because the community needs help and we need the impact on us. Think about giving some of your time to those who struggle. Details later ...  

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Fr Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on January 25, 2021 in: Pastor's Corner

Fr Bill's Pastor's Corner
January 24 - Normally, January is a welcome pause after the craziness of Christmas shopping and then, endless partying with cookies and other belt busters. This year was a bit slower. But we should still take advantage of the relative quiet. Restore some of the peace in your heart by investing in a spiritual book rather than the TV or adopt an intense physical fitness program. Put your body and mind back in balance to enable your resiliency.

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Posted on January 17, 2021 in: Pastor's Corner

Fr Bill's Pastor's Corner
January 17 -  We are all exhausted by Breaking News and political wrangling. But as Christians, we can't stop caring, throw up our hands and say "whatever". This week has numerous memorials that highlight injustice and gaps in achieving a just society. Prejudice still flourishes as we remember the birthday of Martin Luther King. Abortions continue among the poorest and most vulnerable women as we mark the Roe v Wade decision. Divisions still separate Christian denominations as we honor years of promoting unity. There is much to do, in addition to pr...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on January 11, 2021 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
January 10 - The vast majority of the US is believers. They accept that a Divine Power exists, created us and oversees basics of life. BUT that doesn't mean that they are Christian. After the ceremony of Baptism that our parents initiated, what did we do? If we didn't receive the Sacraments especially the Body & Blood of Jesus, who are we kidding? If we didn't serve and give to the forgotten in society, who are we trying to fool... the one who sees everything? Our baptism is the start, not the finish.

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Posted on January 03, 2021 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
January 3 - We did it! Survived 2020 with some scars but nevertheless made it. Now let's endeavor to make 2021 truly a New Year. Much of the power is in our hands. It can be more gentle based on how we treat each other. Are our words and thoughts those of healers? Do they mirror Jesus or a political agenda? Do we walk away from gossip? Do we distance ourselves from social media which is often inaccurate? "Blessed are the peacemakers..."

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on December 28, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
December 27 - The Feast of the Nativity is such a welcome respite in this year of darkness. The cookies, lights and decorations offer a temporary distraction of happiness. But the reminder that God, the Creator of the universe, has made a guest appearance still startles me. Why would the Master of the World lower himself to suffer our pain and anxiety in this crazy world? Simply so that you and I could get to know Him. Zoom has been no replacement for a true face to face. That is Christmas...God comes to us in person.

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Posted on December 20, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
December 20 - The Great Lutheran pastor, who opposed Hitler, left some apt advent thoughts: “Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, Living and incarnate.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Posted on December 14, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
December 13 - During this crisis, I continue to be shocked when darkness arrives at 5pm. That's when the desire for a good hug seems the keenest. The nights are long and devoid of even the company of a parish meeting. Psalm 85:21 has a phrase that is so apt in Advent as we dream of better times. "Mercy and truth have embraced; righteousness and peace have kissed each other". This is the intimate hope for a world renewed when that baby arrives and stirs our hope. I find myself often staring at the delicate lights of the Christmas tree, meditating on Jesus ...

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Posted on December 06, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
December 6 - This monk looks at our world and posts an insightful reflection: We are always in crisis, we know no peace. That’s a characteristic of our time. Crisis is the new normal. It’s almost becoming boring – what’s the latest crisis? The media of course works it up, but it’s the mentality of our time. It’s partly caused by the fact that the rate of change is accelerating and we don’t know how to keep up with it, and we can’t control it. So, there is a real crisis. But there is no human generated crisis that we cannot ...

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Fr Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on November 30, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Fr Bill's Pastor's Corner
November 29 - Advent is a time of waiting for the Christ Child to come into our lives. But if I'm honest, I'm tired of waiting this year. We have been waiting for the elections to end, for a vaccine to arrive, for normalcy to return and yet, to naught. Being tired and impatient is understandable now. So, maybe we forget the theme of "waiting" and instead, live in hope of what will be. In the arrival of Jesus, we have the right to anticipate moments of joy and innocence as we welcome the Prince of Peace into our frazzled hearts. I won't tell the Advent ...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on November 23, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
November 22 - This has been a rough year. Yet, we have much to be thankful for. We aren't prone to earthquakes, floods or brush fires. Our economy has stabilized despite the postponement of Little League and so many events. And until now, we have been relatively exempt from covid. Meanwhile, we continue to meet, pray and laugh with our faith in Jesus Christ. We have multiple reasons to show our gratitude to the Lord of the harvest. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on November 09, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
November 9 - The election results are mostly clear. An admonition by Pope Francis suggests we all be careful about thinking our way is the only way as we move forward. Let's all take a deep breath and read this note written years ago..."If one has the answers to all the questions - that is proof that God is not with him. The great leaders of the people of God, like Moses, have always left room for doubt. You must leave room for the Lord, not for our certainties, we must be humble"

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on November 02, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
November 1 - Finally, this week the political campaigns that never ended, will be finished. The incessant ads and robocalls will stop. The pollution of lawn signs will stop. Hopefully, the irritability and argumentation will cease also. We deserve a time to heal. Let's all take a deep breath and give the opinions a break. It’s now time to pray for our country and to seek God's help in becoming a little more gentle...each of us, individually. "Lord make me an instrument of your peace." Let's not wait for the other guy to do it. As followers of Jes...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on October 19, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
October 18 - Many of you started to donate to the Annual Appeal. That’s very kind. We want to finish our parish effort by Thanksgiving. I made my contribution thru both parishes and I did it online. This charity could be a blessing for the local church as we approach another winter without easy solutions. More families are reaching their financial and physical limits. Catholic schools are delaying some tuition to ease the burden. Various parishes are stretched and can’t make salary or bill payments. If your wallet is not stressed, please, help the Annual Ap...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on October 12, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
October 11 - In 1919, the Irish poet W.B. Yeats wrote the poem “The Second Coming”. His doom and gloom after WWI feels like a direct prophecy of now. Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.   We have gone through these times before. Our indiv...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on September 28, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
September 27 - This is a strange year. For strength and to avoid duplication, we had joined our two parishes with St Ann and Our Lady of Lourdes for RCIA (convert classes). This worked very well until now. For the first time in 13 years, we had no one step forward to take instruction. That's a sobering fact. Countering that, we have 18 students receiving Confirmation this weekend from last year's class. Let's talk up our faith. It’s even more crucial now as we face such profound questions in everyday life. We can't retreat from that reality!

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on September 21, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
September 20 - The Meditations of the last 2 weeks have been by priests who gave the invocations at the Democratic and Republican conventions. They didn't vilify or label the others as being evil. They prayed that we might be one nation under God. As tempers flare, a few fringe clergy will try to tell you who to vote for. And yet, the Church has struggled for centuries to avoid being engaged in partisan politics. It damages the Church and takes away your role as mature adults. The Church will educate on moral issues and help you to form your consciences. But i...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on September 14, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
September 13 - Normally, the auto body business is at its peak in winter. Slick conditions on dark nights understandably cause more accidents. But this year, road rage, political impatience and maybe extra drinking are causing a jump in repairs. That's especially the case, with parking lot "scratches" where the driver leaves no note of apology with contact info. Often, our conversion to Christ will show itself in small ways.

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on September 06, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
September 6 - I recently streamed a murder mystery to relax. It was remarkably calming after being subjected to an avalanche of political rhetoric on TV and in social media. That's not healthy when murder mysteries become your outlet. Perhaps in 2020 because of our "hibernation" we have subjected ourselves to entirely too much electronic stimulation. Use the remaining summer and early Fall weather to stay outdoors. Visit friends, play with the dog, pray in the woods and take a hike. But give the screen a break! (For Christ's sake)

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on August 31, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
August 30 - It’s refreshing to see that both parties are inserting moments of prayer in their conventions and the Catholic Church seems rather prominent. The Jesuit writer Fr. James Martin addressed one convention and Cardinal Dolan of NY will pray with the other. Regardless of your leanings, we can impact the issues and our nation's fragility by conducting all discussions as people of the Gospel... believers who are centered on justice and rooted in peace who advocate without tearing down. How we debate is often as crucial as our stance itself.

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on August 23, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
August 23 - During First Communion, the children gave me a good laugh (often hidden by my mask). Sometimes physically awkward as they genuflected or made the sign of the Cross, you couldn't help but chuckle. Yet you also felt a massive sense of responsibility. Because they are blank slates, it’s obvious they are trying to imitate what they see and hear. Consequently, the Church has said forever that parents are the First Teachers of children in the faith of Jesus Christ. School teachers or religious ed catechists can help but have much less import than parent...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on August 16, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
August 16 - I called friends in Lebanon after the explosion. One woman remarked that their beautiful apartment was devastated. Windows were blown out and shards of glass destroyed furniture but they had just stepped into their car and were shielded. Two minutes later and they could have been devastated. Another friend, lost her entire apartment and possessions, even her recent wedding gifts. Take a few minutes today to simply count your blessings. Saying Thanks to God is a first step to deep prayer.

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on August 09, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
August 9 - My first introduction to St Boniface was large numbers of parishioners making pierogis to sell at the Carnival. Since then I have witnessed the dedication and labor of our Parish Activities Committee as they strive to have fun and raise money for our ministries. Sadly, that won't happen this year. Together we reached the conclusion that we couldn't ensure everyone's safety. We will miss the joy of working together, watching small children giggle as they play a game and eating sausages followed by Eder's to quell the fire. But this cancellatio...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on August 03, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
August 2 - With schools starting extra early, my summer is fading quickly. So, I'm trying to savor the remaining sun, fresh tomatoes and meals outside. The warmth and brightness helped mitigate some of March's isolation. And while we are tougher now, I shudder at the thought of shorter days and nights colder than Eder's ice cream. They also mean less contact with you and less laughter. That's where I revert to Jesus on the Road to Emmaus in Luke 24:13. The disciples were blue. He was with them throughout but it’s hard to see when all they did was ...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
July 26 - The students of Lyco were effusive in their gratitude. As victims of covid and international politics, they were feeling forgotten and lonely. Plus, this summer seemed wasted and very uncomfortable. Parishioner generosity shocked them with a mound of food which they ate and took back to the dorms in boxes. But most impressive were the parishioners who exchanged contacts with them and have already reached out. The day after the Nazi rally in town, we lived the Christian ideal. Welcoming strangers who don't share our religion, nationality or ethnicity. Chri...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
July 19 - Based on some of the depictions of Mary Magdalene, it always strikes me as ironic that we call her Saint. Some early portrayals confused her with other women of the New Testament, thus being painted as a street worker. In fact, we don't know her background. But we do know that she ended up the Apostle to the Apostles, telling them of the Risen Christ. In 2016 the Pope raised her Tuesday 22nd memorial to a Feast Day. May we elevate the status of all women in the Church.

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
July 12 - Tuesday, we honor St. Kateri Tekakwitha, part of the Mohawk nation, that converted to Catholicism. For following Jesus, she suffered horribly from her own tribe until she died in 1680 just north of NY State. She was only 24 yrs old but left a mark of faith. That witness begs us to treat Native Americans better than we have since we arrived in their land. They are twice as likely to be hospitalized and die of Covid than whites. Their legacy of poverty and despair should scandalize us and bring us to the Gospel values that attracted her.

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
July 5 - If you are looking for intentions to add to your prayer lists, let me recommend:  over July 4th weekend - our country. May we be rooted in justice and thrive in peace, globally and locally. after recent Ordinations - for our 3 new priests. Leadership is not easy but especially spiritual guidance of parishes and communities. The new priests have been assigned and will start soon. Fr. Jonathan Kuhar, an ex. lawyer, will go to Scranton; Fr. Kevin Miller, ex. military, will go to Carbondale: and Fr. Shawn Simchock, a former salesman, will serve in Nanticok...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner -- First Communion
This weekend we welcomed half of our 24 children to First Holy Communion. It’s always a joyful day to watch their enthusiasm as they become more "grownup" in following Jesus. Let's pray that they always hunger for the Bread of Life. Moreover, we hope that it touches their parents in new ways to energize an older faith. Like marriage, the relationship with Jesus Christ requires relentless effort. But it’s worth it. First Communion Video First Communion was held on Saturday and was streamed live on FB.  You can watch it here.

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
Today on Corpus Christi, we elevate the importance of Christ's real presence in the consecrated bread and wine. But as our world struggles with prejudice, its crucial to also remember that Jesus wants us to use the Eucharist as a way of becoming the Body of Christ. "But God has so constructed the body as to give greater honor to a part that is without it, so that there may be no division in the body but that the parts may have the same concern for one another. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it". 1 Cor 12:24 We can't simply tolerate, we must...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
What lessons/trends have we learned from this for the future of the parishes? Electronic - we need to offer more digital options for people, whether it be homilies or Religious Education. Home Bound/Nursing Homes - our outreach needs to extend beyond Eucharistic Ministers. Local agencies - volunteerism and financial aid should go to more nonprofits like Food Bank, Sojourner Truth and Family Promise. Support Groups - should expand beyond Women’s Book Club to encompass others like young parents, the grieving, etc. Quiet Prayer - other forms are suggested l...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
May 17 - We try to be a pro-life people dedicated to the sacredness of human life at all stages. That includes the baby in utero and the elderly person on a ventilator. They are dependent and fragile needing someone to speak for them. Now we are being forced to show it and move beyond pious words or bumper stickers. Some will argue that in the balance of things, we can’t waste time with elderly. They will contend they are destined to die anyway. They have diminishing value. Yet for us, all are precious in the eyes of God and deserve dignity. We are all chafing at the ...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
May 3 - April has dragged in many ways. Thankfully, May will be warmer and sunnier. Trees will burst with green, flowers will share more beauty and we will savor long walks under bright skies. But it’s also the month of Mary, and Mothers’ Day, and Memorial Day. Definitely a time to give thanks and ask for blessings upon so many. Let’s commence this month in a more positive way... by starting up the rosary again on Friday’s 8:30am in St Boniface. You can contemplate these biblical moments, give praise and still distance safely. Holy Mary, Mother ...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
April 26 - Because we were robbed of a full Lent, we didn’t have a chance to really reflect on the unavoidable part of life...death. Corona has reminded us. Similarly, we have had a series of parishioners pass away in the past weeks. Life is fragile and can expire very quickly. So, what endures? Our relationship with Jesus Christ. We can be separated from family and friends. But we never are cut off from the love of Christ. Only we can sever the ties, voluntarily, by choice. Even as the sun appears and flowers bloom, we are confronted by a very sobering atmosphere eve...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
April 19 - Oddly we are developing a routine of distancing and taking this seriously. The shock to our systems is less acute but now boredom may be sinking in. Many of us are reaching the end of our To Do lists. What’s next? St Francis de Sales urged us... “Be patient with everyone, but above all with yourself. I mean do not be disheartened by your imperfections but always rise up with fresh courage.” d 1622

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
April 12, EASTER - In the Gospel of John for Easter Sunday, when Mary Magdalene sees the empty tomb, she tells the Apostles that “they have taken the Lord...and we don’t know where they put him”. The absence of Mass, puts a new spin on that. Without the music and contagious joy that His Resurrection ignites as we celebrate together, it will feel empty in some ways. Our Orthodox friends greet each other in the Easter season by saying, CHRIST IS RISEN. And the response is HE IS INDEED! We must say that to ourselves and exchange best wishes to our family and ...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
March 30 - What, if anything, positive is coming out of this forced retreat? For one, it has slowed us down. The pace is visibly more relaxed. While everyone keeps their distance, we are eager to talk, to end our isolation. Second, we’re paying attention more to the elderly especially those alone. Parishioners are calling them and checking to see if they need food and meds. Third, people are praying more by themselves. When we don’t have a scheduled Mass that we show up for, it depends more on us to initiate the conversation with God. More people are e...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
March 22 - Life has changed immeasurably and will continue to do so. Hang on! Sadly, we will be without our major source of support, the Mass. We are a people of the Eucharist. So, this will hurt. But it’s the perfect time for a Lenten retreat. With your down time, immerse yourself in the New Testament. Read one of the spiritual books in our lending libraries. Call neighbors to check in on them and pray with them. Take quiet time in the morning and at night to pray. Cook a meal for someone who is isolated and deliver it to their door. We can transform an imposed hiber...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
March 15 - "See everything, overlook a great deal, correct a little." ...quipped Pope John 23rd about how we should treat one another. It easy to be judgmental, but usually we don't know all the facts. Jesus with the woman at the well is a perfect illustration of this adage. In our times, some of society's political polarization has drifted into the Church and poisoned discussions. Instead of rationally examining crucial issues for our faith, social media stoops to personal attacks and labeling. That is blatantly antiChristlike. This pope who initiate...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
March 8 - So many of you are nicely "giving up" or "doing" during Lent. That helps make the season a serious attempt at triage-ing your spiritual life and applying the correct medicine. But the older we become, the more we understand this is not possible on our own. Year after year, we find ourselves battling the same flaws and sins. Many of our Lenten observances are repeat failures. Somehow, we need to literally invite the Holy Spirit into our lives. Kidding around, we'll say...JMJ. But rarely do we invite the Paraclete, the Advocate, the S...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
March 1 - I'd ask you to think in a novel way this Lent. Don't focus on what sins you committed or how bad you are. Instead, think about what you haven't done that you could have done. Sins of omission are usually more prominent in our lives.  5 years ago you said I need to read the New Testatment  at Christmas, you said we should cook supper for that man who lives by himself  "soon I'm going to start the practice of praying every morning for 5 minutes"  "someday I should help out at Sojourners soup kitchen"  "When I have time, ...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on February 23, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
February 23 - Winter, current events and the specter of Lent, create a somber mood. It's an obligation for people of the Resurrection to laugh and promote joy. A priest parked his car in a no-parking zone because he was short of time and couldn't find a space with a meter. Then he put a note on the windshield, "I have circled the block 10 times. If I don't park here, I'll miss my appointment. Forgive us our trespasses." When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with a note. "I've circled the block for 10 years....

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on February 17, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
February 16 -  Over 55 parishioners are delving into the Old Testament Book of Exodus with me for Bible Study. Bravo to them for investing the time and effort in better understanding the Word Of God. Bible Study can be both a form of prayer and an attempt to better know what God is saying to us. There are many beneficial ways of praying and serving but with the exception of the Mass, this should increasingly be the most important aspect of our spirituality. The essence of Vatican Council ll was to return to the sources, go back to the basics. Recently, this is so...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on February 09, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
February 9 - It hardly seems Christmas has faded and now we start Lent at the end of this month. How will you observe it differently this year? Lent is designed to help focus us. Generally, we do that by simplifying. Less food, less self-indulgence, less busyness...all work together to create more time...for God and for the ones Christ calls our sisters and brothers. Make this a Lent with no regrets! Commit to a concrete action plan of penance and self-sacrifice. Give yourself in service one day per week, read 3 pages of Holy Scripture every day, offer up meat for the 40 da...

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Father Corcoran's Pastor's Corner
February 2 -  I'm grateful to Fr. Don Williams for leading our weekend Masses and offering me a break before Lent. He came from Scranton specifically for this purpose. During this week (February 3 - 7), there will be no weekday Masses at St. Lawrence or St. Boniface. Our supply of priests is stretched especially in the winter when retired priests are living elsewhere. That is something to contemplate as we face the diocesan future planning, Vision 2020. While we must always foster vocations in our families and parishes, the immediate years require answers now. ...

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Father Corcoran's Pastor's Corner
Jan 26 Catholic Schools introduce children to a world they would not encounter anywhere else. Faith in Jesus Christ, shaped by a community and in union with the Catholic Church around the world...they absorb a new way of thinking and living. I see it regularly at the elementary school next door where children are formed in a healthy environment. Under the dynamic leadership of principal Alicia McNamee, both the grade school and high school are excellent options for your family. During Catholic Schools Week, think about St John Neumann Regional Academy as a magnificent wa...

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Father Corcoran's Pastor's Corner
Jan 19: Respect for Life Respect for Life will be the central focus of Catholic hearts this next week. We should be promoting the sanctity of human beings at every step of their existence. The unborn, elderly, disabled, poor, refugees all deserve to be treated with respect. They all independently have a dignity that comes from God, not any human authority. But beside our prayers and words, let's be certain that we are promoting their worth with our personal actions. Are we feeding the poor, welcoming the stranger, and visiting those in prison? As witnesses of the ...

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Father Corcoran's Pastor's Corner
January 12 - A central goal of Vatican Council II was to remind us of the beauty and significance of Baptism. This sacrament ties and dedicates us to Jesus. But because of that it also gives us roles and responsibilities to build the Kingdom of God. When you were blessed with Chrism during your Baptism you were designated a priest, prophet and king. So, you are a critical part of the spreading the good news and expanding the Church. Make this year a time when you volunteer to strengthen our two parishes. We have much we could do with you! It’s not my job alone, w...

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Father Corcoran's Pastor's Corner
Archbishop Fulton Sheen said … “Love tends to become like the one loved; in fact, it even wishes to become one with the one loved. God loved unworthy man. He willed to become one with him, and that was the Incarnation.” The Divine Romance, 70. Now it is our role to become like God by imitating what we have seen and heard about Jesus. It’s not about prayer, charity, contributions…it’s becoming the one that is loved.

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Father Corcoran's Pastor's Corner
December 29 - Among many other things, in the dynamics of the Christmas event, God’s approach toward humanity emerges powerfully. God, the infinite, the eternal, who is above all created things, has taken care of the lastborn creation—that is, the human creature—has leaned toward it, and decided to interact with it. Better still, God has joined humanity in such an extraordinary and astonishing way as to generate on earth a human being, Jesus, who has in himself the unattainable fullness of God’s divinity. Therefore, the emphasis is on God’...

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December 22 - The depiction of Jesus’ birth is itself a simple and joyful proclamation of the mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God. The nativity scene is like a living Gospel rising up from the pages of sacred Scripture. From the time of its Franciscan origins, the nativity scene has invited us to “feel” and “touch” the poverty that God’s Son took upon himself in the Incarnation. It asks us to meet and serve him by showing mercy to those of our brothers and sisters in greatest need. Standing before the Christmas crèche, we ar...

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December 15 - On pilgrimage in Bethlehem, we had Mass at the main altar in the Church of the Nativity.  The place of His birth was just below us and the sacredness of the moment was palpable.  We remembered how God reached out to us.  Then, a group of Filipino pilgrims whispered to me that they would like to join us and sing O Holy Night.   The combined voices with those lyrics brought us to tears.  For a few moments, we were children again in the wonder of Christmas.  Try in the dark of night to sit around your manger and tree.&nb...

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The joy that characterizes the awaiting of the messiah is based on steadfast prayer: By praying we can enter a stable relationship with God, who is the source of true joy. For this reason, a Christian, having encountered Jesus, cannot be a prophet of misfortune, but a witness and herald of joy. A joy to share with others, an infectious joy that renders the journey of life less toilsome. ~Pope Francis~

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The joy that characterizes the awaiting of the messiah is based on steadfast prayer: By praying we can enter a stable relationship with God, who is the source of true joy. For this reason, a Christian, having encountered Jesus, cannot be a prophet of misfortune, but a witness and herald of joy. A joy to share with others, an infectious joy that renders the journey of life less toilsome. ~Pope Francis~

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December 1:  Last month our pilgrimage sang Christmas Carol's in Bethlehem. While it was hot outside, it felt appropriate to ask Jesus to make himself more tangible and visible in our lives. Advent is our chance to open our hearts and focus on the important, spiritual reason for this season. Take advantage by reading, praying and simply being thankful God reached out to us.

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November 24 - Many of us prefer THANKSGIVING to most other holidays. It’s not spoiled by commercialism, the meal is based on comfort food, the football is fabulous and the day revolves around family. With the Pilgrims, the underlying principle had one other key element, gratitude to God. It remembers that despite our hard work, all good things ultimately come from God. The Almighty who is Creator, Sustainer, Sanctifier is intimately involved in our lives daily. "Praise God from whom all blessings flow" is a hymn we all have voiced. Besides Eucharist (giving ...

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Sunday the 3rd at 3pm, we serenade Mary with classical songs of beauty and peace. Our talented choir supplemented by some of the Williamsport Symphony will lift you up into prayerful moments that remembers her role. As a teenager, she said Yes to God's frightening request of her. Thereafter, she served as a disciple of the Saviour . The Gospels remind us that she encouraged Jesus at his first miracle and she stood with him at the foot of the cross when the men had disappeared. Moreover, Mary was among the select few in the Upper Room when the Holy Spirit descended...

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October 27, 2019  Losing someone you love, changes you forever. Hopefully, we can rely on our faith at that time. Consequently, trust in the Resurrection of Jesus is no longer theoretical. It’s an active part of our life and gives us hope that we will see our loved ones again. Life is changed, not ended... We remember those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith. May all those who have died in this past year, enjoy looking into the eyes of Jesus. And may their families and friends, heal but never forget.

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October 20, 2019  What will the Church of the future look like?  The basics like the Creed, Sacraments and Mass would remain the same.  But some of the man-made externals, created by the Church over two thousand years, may adjust to better serve the spreading of the Gospel today.  One of the most obvious may be the return to ordination of married men. This was the Catholic practice until the year 1000. It was reintroduced partially by Pope John Paul II.  Now the bishops of Latin America are meeting in Rome for a Synod. They will ask the Holy Father ...

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October 13, 2019  Larry the Cable Guy employs the slogan, "Git R done". He means tackle it now, don't delay. That's wise advice when it comes to the Annual Appeal. This weekend we are calling PEW COMMITMENT SUNDAY. If you haven't already contributed, this is the time. Flyers will be handed out. You could finish them in church and return them to us OR finish it at home today. If money is tight at the moment, pledge. We know you are good for it. Moreover, this year you can designate or restrict your gift. Either way, as Larry says ...Git R done...

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October 6, 2019 The most influential person in recent Church history has been Pope John 23rd. An elderly man, observers thought he would be a transition leader only, coasting thru his years. Instead, he noted the rapid secularization of Western society, the suggestions of many biblical & liturgical scholars and decided the Church needed to re-examine its style. The world was in urgent need of re-evangelization. To do that, the Church would first need to return to its roots. That emphasized a greater reliance on the Bible, the Early Church Fathers and the first centur...

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September 29, 2019 When Pope John Paul wanted to pray with other faiths, the one place that was considered acceptable to all was Assisi Italy, the birth place of St Francis. Muslims, Jews, Protestants and Hindus knew of Francesco felt comfortable gathering at his holy sites. That is rare when a Catholic saint can be a point of unity for wildly diverse groups. If you have never read a biography of him or seen a DVD, invest some time in his marvelous life. Some refer to him as the closest to Christ that we have had. Books by Chesterton, Spoto, Goudge, Sweeney and Jorgensen are all incredibly rich for reflection. His te...

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September 22, 2019 "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." Archbishop Helder Camara - Recife, Brazil died 1999 Today's Gospel passage (Luke 16) is quite demanding. I wonder what they called Jesus when he posed these questions. Whenever morality moves from voluntary acts of charity by individuals to suggesting large scale or systemic change, people get nervous. Sharing from our surplus, every once in a while, we can accommodate. But if the Bible asks us to budget it in as a way of imitating Jesus, that scares some. Christ is te...

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Posted on September 16, 2019 in: Pastor's Corner

September 15, 2019 As you can tell from my tone as I speak of the Annual Appeal, I'm treating it differently than last year. The Bishop and the Diocese have been very responsive to the suggestions and comments of the priests of Lycoming County. This year is demonstrably hopeful. Besides that, in the past weeks, I've tapped diocesan assistance for:  advice on campus ministry at Lycoming College,  use of a Spanish speaking priest,  recommendations on safety & security, opinions on liturgical art for the sanctuaries Scranton is helping us in more ways than you know. They help me ...

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Father Corcoran's Pastor's Corner

Posted on September 09, 2019 in: Pastor's Corner

September 8, 2019 The relatively calm of summer has passed. I hope you had a chance to linger over some meals outside, savor fresh fruit, exercise, read a worthwhile book and pray quietly. But how do you save some of that glow as you face the onslaught of fall activities? The best of the saints has recommended to us... balance. Work diligently yet not confusing lengthy hours for productivity. Maybe, you can schedule yourself with breaks in between. Offer a brief time of prayer in the morning asking for the Holy Spirit's guidance. Pause at night when the lights are low and thank Jesus, no matter how the day went. The...

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Posted on September 03, 2019 in: Pastor's Corner

September 1, 2019   Often, people will ask, “how is the parish progressing?”  Sometimes they expect you to focus on attendance or contributions.  While both have been very gratifying, my best indicator is the willingness of parishioners to volunteer, to get involved. That has been superb and seems to expand regularly.  This is part of our role as baptized members of the church of Jesus.  The mission belongs to all of us, not just the Boys in Black and therefore, we are all responsible for its actions. I’ve seen a healthy response when we wanted to initiate Children&r...

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August 25, 2019  So many of us have family members that either fell away from regular attendance or actually left the Church.  On the 27th, we honor St. Monica the mother of St. Augustine.  Initially, he had a mistress and a son outside of marriage.  For years, she prayed and gave a marvelous example hoping that her son would become a Christian and live a life of faith.  Eventually, he did and exceeded her wildest dreams.  For all family members who yearn for their family to embrace Christ, Monica is encouragement.  Next month we have 2 teenagers who have requested baptism because of...

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August 18, 2019  Events in the world and the Church have pushed us to moments of despair.  That’s why the August 4th words of Pope Francis to priests struck me as relevant to all . . . “Thank you for the joy with which you have offered your lives, revealing a heart that over the years has refused to become closed and bitter, but has grown daily in love of God and his people.  A heart that, like good wine, has not turned sour, but becomes richer with age. In effect, we show that we continue to believe in God, who has never broken his covenant, despite our having broken it countless times. ...

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August 11, 2019 In the past, buffalo on the range were the survival and future of the Native Americans. Lately they have been saying that education is their new buffalo. Likewise, education is also our future as Catholic Christians. In the 70's parishes botched the training of youth in the ways of Jesus Christ. Thankfully, we have vastly improved religious education programs with more content. But now many families are struggling because of work or other demands. Parents are the first teachers of the faith by their example. Offering grace before a meal, praying wi...

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August 4, 2019 In the Letter to the Colossians (3: 9-11), our 2nd reading, St Paul identifies one of the reasons why Christianity grew so quickly. "Here there is not Greek and Jew, ... barbarian, Scythian, slave, free..." He would not permit labels or divisions. In the sight of God, all were equal children. None better than the other. The Christian community prayed together and then fed anyone who was struggling. In imitation of Jesus, Paul drew people together. The word "Catholic" means universal in Greek. In 100 AD, we acquired that name wh...

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July 28, 2019 St. Lawrence Parish is doing some wonderful things in the next weeks. On Sunday the 4th, they are hosting a picnic for both parishes at Southside's Park Complex under one of the pavilions. Last year they invited St. Boniface parishioners to join. It was a huge success when dozens schlepped across the bridge and partied together. I'll see you there. On Saturday the 10th, they observe their Feast. Make an effort to attend that special 5:30pm Mass and the wine/cheese party afterwards. Lorenzo was executed in 258 AD in Rome 4 days afte...

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July 21, 2019 Domani (IT), Manana (SP), Boqara (AR), Demain (FR) in whatever language, "tomorrow" means we are delaying what we should tackle today. Hugging our family, losing weight, starting to pray again. Let's not delay any longer. Summertime is an opportunity. "In the last century, the life expectancy of my fellow citizens rose from forty-seven to seventy-six years. Such wonders can be credited to antibiotics, indoor plumbing, spandex and the soybean. With the extra three decades, we neither cured the common cold nor secured peace...but w...

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July 14, 2019 Its only mid-July and you still have a chance to read in the sun. Try these books for a summer retreat. Sacred Fire - Fr. Ron Rolheiser (2014) moving from the faith of our childhood to mature adult faith Great Catholic Parishes - Wm. Simon Jr (2016) - what ingredients make a vibrant church Reluctant Saint - Donald Spoto (2002) famous biographer takes on Francis of Assisi Treasure in Clay - Abp. Fulton Sheen (1979) his autobiography True Happiness - Abp. Fulton Sheen (1954/2016) our search for inner peace Pope's Last Crusade - Peter Eis...

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April 28, 2019 My first Holy Week and Easter with you exceeded my expectations. We produced beautiful and highly prayerful Masses. The music and decorations were superlative. Your attendance and that of some new people filled both churches to capacity on Easter day. The enthusiasm and joy at the 10:30 Mass was palpable. It gives much to reflect upon. We are uniquely blessed as communities. The Holy Spirit is working among us. More volunteers will feed this growth and enrich us even further. Let our action and prayer, prepare the way for a fitting Pentecost and the future. Meanwhile, I'm deeply gratef...

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April 21, 2019 Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!  Instead of saying hello, early Christians usually greeted each other with this salutation. Christians in the Holy Land use this even today.   By saying this, they acknowledge that the Resurrection changes everything. Now we know that death is not the dark end that we will see each other again and that justice and peace will be restored when we see the Savior face to face. These aren't pious platitudes but what we know from the life of Jesus.   Better yet, it helps put the pain and resentments of our lives in context.&nbs...

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April 7, 2019 Take Advantage of the Last Chances. Last weekend we had a retreat for the Confirmation candidates. The Confession discussions were candid and thoughtful. I think some were surprised that it could be so calm and refreshing. We have 2 more opportunities for Keep The Light On.   They are normally uncrowded, allowing time to talk. Moreover, the time is convenient ...from 5:30 to 7pm.   I promise I won't faint if you say Bless me Father it's been 3 years... In addition, our Contemporary Music Choir is performing a Lenten Concert on SUNDAY, APRIL 14 (next weekend...

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We are all exhausted by breaking news and political wrangling. But as Christians we can’t stop caring, throw up our hands and say “whatever”. This week has numerous memorials that highlight injustice and gaps in achieving a just society. Prejudice still flourishes as we remember the birthday of Martin Luther King.  Abortions continue among the poorest and most vulnerable women as we mark the Roe vs. Wade decision. Divisions still separate Christian denomination as we honor years of promoting unity.  There is much to do, in addition to praying. “If you want peace, work for justice.&rd...

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The offical Installation of Father William Corcoran as Pastor of St Boniface and St Lawrence Parish will be Saturday, February 2nd at 5:30 P.M. at St Lawrence Church.  Please join us to pray for Father Bill's health and the Holy Spirit. 

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  Dear Friends, As you may be aware, today the Diocese of Scranton launched its Independent Survivors Compensation Program to compensate survivors of child sexual abuse. This Program comes on the heels of the Grand Jury report, and is the latest step the Diocese has taken as we work to support survivors of abuse and eradicate abuse from the Church altogether. As you likely know, our Victim Assistance Coordinator helps to provide emotional, psychological and pastoral care to survivors of abuse, and survivors will now have the option to file a claim for compensation. We adhere to a strict zero tolerance policy ...

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  I am pleased to announce that Online Giving is available for you to make contributions to the parish.  This option makes use of current technology and security standards and allows you to easily setup recurring contributions.  It also enables our parish to take advantage of new tools to become more efficient. Online Giving Parishioner Benefits: Secure and confidential.  No need to share payment information with the parish office. Efficient.  Set up direct withdrawals from you checking or savings account. Simple.  Start, stop and change your contributions at any time. Conven...

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Children's Liturgy

Posted on January 07, 2019 in: Pastor's Corner

STARTING THIS MONTH....we will start a special Children's Liturgy of the Word (scripture reading geared to children) during some of the 10:30am Masses on Sundays at St Boniface.  Several people have volunteered.  We still need more.  Teenagers are welcome.  Voice an interest to Father Bill at Frbillc@comcast.net or call 570.326.1544.   Children would retreat to the newly renovated Music Room and hear the Gospel for their age group.  They would return to their families in the church during the Creed.  It's meant to give parents a break and allow the chidren to hear the word...

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Please join us in welcoming Fr. James Kgunya (Priest from Kenya, East Africa) who will be visiting our parish September 8 th & 9th . Fr. James Kagunya is a diocesan priest from the diocese of Nakuru. Presently, the diocese of Nakuru is involved in pastoral care and promoting human development activities to a Catholic population of approximately 650,000 in the counties of Nakuru and Baringo. In the Northern enclaves of Baringo and East Pokot, drought is ravaging thousands and dangerously leaving many more to be dependent on food aid. There are reports of human and livestock deaths as a result of acute food shortage. The...

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Across the diocese, we are observing 24 hours of prayer for Atonement & Healing regarding sexual abuse. It will be held this Friday 14th, the Feast of the Holy Cross and on Saturday 15th, Our Lady of Sorrows. Friday Regular 8am Mass - St Boniface Special Evening Prayer with Exposition at 6:30 pm - St Lawrence   Saturday Special Mass at 8am - St Boniface We hope you will join us to pray that our sins may be atoned and healing will come to those affected.

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Mass Times Changes

Posted on August 06, 2018 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill Corcoran has announced that effective September 9th, the St. Boniface Sunday Mass time will be at 10:30 AM.  This is also the first Sunday that the Contemporary Choir returns. 

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Rev. William Corcoran Fr. Bill was born in Virginia while his father was in the military. He graduated with a BA in Public/International Affairs from George Washington University in Washington, DC. Initially, he worked in business at Amtrak headquarters in Washington DC and then, as Manager of Marketing at Exide batteries of Horsham PA. Testing a vocation to the priesthood, he took a job with Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Harrisburg where he oversaw marriage preparation, ministry to separated/divorced and diocesan food banks.  In 1986 he finished at Mt. St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg MD with an MA in T...

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Pastor Announcement

Posted on June 06, 2018 in: Pastor's Corner

His Excellency, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, announces the following appointments, effective as indicated: Reverend William D. Corcoran, to Pastor, Saint Lawrence Parish, South Williamsport, and Saint Boniface Parish, Williamsport, effective June 25, 2018. Monsignor Stephen D. McGough, from Pastor, Saint Lawrence Parish, South Williamsport, and Saint Boniface Parish, Williamsport, to Pastor Emeritus, Saint Lawrence Parish, South Williamsport, and Saint Boniface Parish, Williamsport, effective June 25, 2018. Reverend Michael J. Zipay,  from Senior Priest, Saint Lawrence Parish, South Williamsport, and Saint Bonif...

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MOST HOLY TRINITY      The Council of Nicea affirmed as doctrine for the church the fact of the Trinity. It affirmed what was found in Mt.28.19. "Go, baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…" All Christian churches that I am aware of affirm that God is a Trinity of persons. There is a depth to the being of God. There is a profundity to his nature. It is true that we cannot understand what and how the Trinity "works". One thing is certain, it works to our benefit. If you take humans out of the equation you could sincerely ask whether there is need for a Trinity. I...

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Pentecost     The blending of the Jewish faith with Christianity was with us from the beginning. When the first communities following the "new way", as we were known early on, began to live out the mystery of Jesus Christ it was clear there was not a clear break between the two. One of the first truly public expressions of our faith was Pentecost. The Jewish and Christian communities were gathered in Jerusalem for the Jewish feast of Hemera (the fiftieth day). It was a harvest festival of the first fruits of the grain harvest. The small Christian community was there for that feast with all their ne...

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Fifty years ago, four men — Charles Cummings, John Manno, Stephen McGough and Michael Zipay — from the region were ordained as a part of the Diocese of Scranton’s 1968 ordination class. Today they still serve and stay active in the community. Bishop James C. Timlin will celebrate their 50th anniversary of priesthood at 5 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 711 W. Edwin St. Click Link to read entire story..

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END OF OPPORTUNITY The Easter season concludes on May 20th with the Feast of Pentecost. Easter was real game changer. With the renewal of the act of Baptism on Easter Day we took on a New Life, with New powers, in short, a New Day for us. This all takes place in the world of faith, which for us is reality. This reality is opposed to the world which forgot Easter on Easter Monday. When we speak of the "world" we speak of any reality without God. The "world" is not the beautiful universe filled with the wonder of God's creation. Wherever you have unity, truth, beauty, grace, goodness and ...

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FURTHER INTO EASTER--The Father's action in sending the Word, the Son, was not the first step in the beautiful expression of the Father's Love. As the Jewish people used to sing in considering the steps that God took to save them; at any point they sang, "it was enough". The Father's action was completed when the Son was crucified and buried and rose. It was always about His love for the human family he created. He is the Good Shepherd. He is the vine to which we are attached. When you think of Easter and Ascension and the absence of Jesus, you want to know what next? Jesus has left us with loving ...

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The life of the Risen Lord has been poured out into our hearts. This risen life has come into us. Our faith confirms what Jesus has done. His entry into life was without any exceptions. Nothing of the human condition was avoided. This included the horrifying crucifixion. It was real and he truly suffered and died. Jesus did not die an ordinary death. The manner and experience of Jesus' death is unfathomable to us. Jesus went to the extreme of human suffering and pain. We make a real choice to join our real pain and suffering with his, the first of many brothers and sisters to go the way of death. He asked us to follow ...

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OUR LENTEN JOURNEY - This is one possible path for our Lenten journey. Probably the most important thing is to have a plan. There are certainly many paths. I suggest this one because it seems to correspond with our actual human experience and our nature. The FIRST PILLAR is to admit what is present, i.e., simply there! Essential to our very existence is having been created in a relationship with God. His love for us is a continuing action, not unlike your loving relationships wherein you trust the other! We don't have a lot of these relationships, maybe one, or two. Once you see that then you want to become aware of it...

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