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Advent Family Day November 20
Come as a family to our Advent Family Day on November 20 from 9-10:10 a.m. in the St. Lawrence Parish Hall. There is no regular PREP program on this day. Games and crafts are planned that the whole family will enjoy. Come learn more about the Advent season. There is no formal registration, but if possible, please email Karen Balestino (sbslprep@comcast.net) by November 14 if your family plans on attending.

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PREP: Tacos & Tune Up (Reconciliation)
Come for a taco meal, meet other parish families, and share in the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Wednesday, October 26 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Lawrence Parish Hall.  Students in Grades 7 & 8 are asked to attend with their families, but families with students in grades 3-6 plus and younger siblings are welcome. We also need several people (4-6:30 p.m.) who can help prepare, serve, and clean up during our the event. Please contact Karen Balestino as soon as possible if you are able to assist us with this event for our families.

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Thank You PREP Team

Posted on September 27, 2022 in: Religious Education

Thank You PREP Team
As we begin our PREP year, we continue to pray for our catechists and all those who volunteer as part of our PREP Team. In addition to our regular classroom teachers, we have 25 adult and teen volunteers who give of their time on Sunday mornings to share their faith and talents with our children. Please thank them for their vital service to our parish family. Safety Directors—Chris Kriner, Butch McCusker Assistant to the DRE—Sue McCusker Adult Aide—Jen Hubler Youth Aides—Callie Anderson, Ben Cappel, Chase Cowden, Connor Cowden ...

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Last Weekend to Register for PREP
Our 2022-23 Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) begins on Sunday, September 18 for children in grades kindergarten through 8. Please register now to give us a few days to prepare our attendance records, emergency contacts list, and your child’s materials so everything is ready on the first day of class. Unsure about registering your child this year? Please contact Karen Balestino at sbslprep@comcast.net or call (570) 419-8679 to get a better understanding of our program and how we can assist your family with making faith formation happen this year for yo...

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PREP Registration is Still Open for 2022-23
It's not too late to register for PREP (grades K-8) at https://stbonifacecatholic.com/FaithFormation/About-Religious-Education-PREP.  Classes will be held on Sundays from 9:15-10:15 a.m. from September 18, 2022 through May 21, 2023.  Questions?  Please email sbslprep@comcast.net. 

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VBS 2022 in Pictures

Posted on August 16, 2022 in: Religious Education

VBS 2022 in Pictures
A big thank you to all the adult and student volunteers who helped make this year's Vacation Bible School such a special time for our young parishioners.Take a look at some photos taken at the June event which capture the excitement of this program: “Happy Birthday: A Celebration of Life” program together. This year's VBS program was a collaboration among The Parishes of St. Boniface & St. Lawrence, St. Ann Catholic Church, and Saint Joseph the Worker Parish. 

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PREP Registration Open for 2022-23
Do you have a child or children going into grades kindergarten through grade 8? It’s time to register them for our 2022-2023 Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) which will begin on September 18 (9:15-10:15 a.m.). For families in the program last year, please check your email for registration link & information. If you are a new family to PREP, registration details can be found on our parish website.

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PREP 2022-23 Registration Available in August
September 18 will be the first PREP Sunday for the 2022-23 school year.  Classes are designed for students in grades kindergarten through grade 8 who attend public school or are homeschooled and need religious instruction. Online registration will open in August. Watch the bulletin and your email for more information.

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Vacation Bible School Registration
Registration is now open for Vacation Bible School!  VBS will be held June 20-24 at Saint John Neumann Regional Academy High School. Cost is $10 per child. This is a great summer event for pre-K through grade 5 students, with middle school, high school, and adult volunteers.  REGISTER TODAY!  WWW.OSVHUB.COM/SAINTANNRCC/FORMS/VBS

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Come Learn More about the Church
Our next PREP talk is not just for parents. All parishioners are invited to join PREP parents for an informative presentation on the Catholic Church and the Modern World: A Church of Welcome, Ministry, and Care for Others. This presentation will share the recent events and mission of Pope Francis that embraces a Church that is accepting and inviting to every person in the world and open to all peoples. All in attendence will gain an understanding of the Church's mission to listen, guide, and transform the hearts and minds of people from every walk of life and build loca...

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PREP Happenings

Posted on December 10, 2021 in: Religious Education

PREP Happenings
PREP classes will be held as usual on December 12 & 19. There will be NO PREP on December 26 and January 2. Students in the Confirmation class should be working on service hours. Some ideas include raking leaves, shoveling snow or preparing a meal for someone in need. Service forms can be found in the Confirmation packet you were provided. Form #1 is due by Janaury 9 and can be returned to PREP class, emailed to Karen Balestino (sbslprep@comcast.net) or turned in to the parish office. 

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What's Happening in PREP?

Posted on November 11, 2021 in: Religious Education

What's Happening in PREP?
PARENT TALKS - Take some time out for yourself to learn, to grow, to share the faith on Sunday, Nov. 14 in the Saint Boniface RAC (rectory basement) from 9:15-10:05 a.m. Come for coffee, tea, and a candid discussion of prayer and children. Father Bill will be the guest speaker.

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Grant Received for Religious Education
Congratulations to Karen Balestino who successfully petitioned the Diocese of Scranton for money to help fund additional ways to provide religous education for our parish families.  The grant awarded will allow access to FORMED, a Catholic online streaming service that provides thousands of movies, children’s programs, ebooks, audio, parish programs and studies.  These materials will assist in supporting our children and families in the classroom, as well as provide an opportunity for children to continue to grow in faith when they cannot attend PREP in...

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PREP Registration

Posted on August 26, 2021 in: Religious Education

PREP Registration
PREP BEGINS SEPT 19 REGISTER NOW Do you have a child(ren) going into Kindergarten through Grade 8?  It’s time to register them for our 2021-2022 Parish Religious Education Program (PREP). Registration fees for this year are: 1 Child           $20 2 Children     $35 3+ Children   $50 Two ways to register: ONLINE-- Registration details can be found on our parish website under the FAITH FORMATION Tab, About Religious Education-PREP. Registration is fast and easy.&...

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Children's Liturgy of the Word
CHILDRENS LITURGY of the WORD Thankfully we will be restarting this highly successful prayer in September. Meanwhile, some new blood would be very welcome to this fun and necessary effort. Adults, college students and high school students would be a huge boon. We need you for arts and crafts, acting out the Gospel, and supervision of children ages 3 thru 11 years. We are only speaking of twice a month at the 9:30am Masses. Call Barb for more details: 570.398.0602 or brizzo55@verizon.net. You will love this ministry!

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PREP Lenten Project for Mission Ecuador
This Lent, our PREP families are supporting mission efforts for children in the Diocese of Latacunga, Ecuador, where many indigenous people live in poverty. Did you know that… Adults who live there are mostly uneducated. Families raise livestock and other animals to earn money. Parents work where they manufacture vats or do seasonal work in the fields, picking flowers and vegetables. Adults who can find work earn around $50 a week to support a typical family of 7 or 8. Families are forced to leave many young children at home without supervision so they...

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Summer VBS

Posted on July 16, 2020 in: Religious Education

Summer VBS
GREAT NEWS! The parishes of St. Ann, St. Joseph the Worker, and Sts. Boniface & Lawrence, in conjunction with Cat.Chat Productions, are offering your family a unique Vacation Bible School experience this summer. More Information visit Faith Formation page.  Our WILDERNESS ADVENTURE VBS begins Monday, July 27th!  Register Here

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Up & Over Jr. High Retreat
Up & Over Jr. High Retreat: Virtual Edition. Up & Over is open to students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade during the 2019-2020 academic year. While we cannot be together in person for the summer session of Up & Over, our retreat team has been working hard to bring you a virtual retreat! We’ve taken some of the best things about Up & Over and created a hybrid version for your son or daughter to participate in at home. Once your child is registered, you will get access to our virtual camp website where you will find a suggested schedule and videos from ou...

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PREP NEWS

Posted on March 18, 2020 in: Religious Education

PREP NEWS
ALL PREP Classes and Events are cancelled until further notice, including: March 27--8th grade Pizza & Movie Night April 5—Palm Sunday Family Day WHAT IS STILL HAPPENING IN PREP? March 29—8th Grade Confirmation Name/Saint Essay Due. Please scan and email to sbslprep@comcast.net or mail/deliver to the rectory at 326 Washington Blvd. Thank you! PREP 2020 Lenten Service Project Many thanks to all of our PREP families who helped to support the students’ service project to benefit Sojourner Truth Ministries. For the first two weeks in Lent...

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Family Day

Posted on March 09, 2020 in: Religious Education

Family Day
Sunday, April 5,  9-10 Join us for FAMILY DAY for ALL St. Boniface and St. Lawrence Families  WHERE? St. Lawrence Parish Hall WHAT? Participate in a Passover Meal (Seder)—adapted for children. A great way to begin Holy Week! What goes on a seder plate? All Family members are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. YOU NEED TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT SO WE CAN PURCHASE AND PREPARE THE MATERIALS. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS SUNDAY, MARCH 22. Three ways to register: 1. Fill out the registration sheet and return to PREP class o...

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PREP NEWS

Posted on February 17, 2020 in: Religious Education

PREP NEWS
March 21--First Holy Communion Retreat   9-2 PM March 29—Confirmation Name/Essay Due Date for 8th Grade April 5—Palm Sunday Family Day   9-10 AM St Lawrence Parish Hall-Participate in a Passover Meal (Seder)—adapted for children This is for the whole family. A great way to begin Holy Week! More information coming. WHAT’S HAPPENING IN PREP? 8th Grade Service Project Last Sunday, our 8th grade students helped set up, clean up and assisted families during the Lent Family Day event as well as helped to clean up th...

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PREP NEWS

Posted on February 03, 2020 in: Religious Education

PREP NEWS
WINTER IS HERE— SIGN UP FOR TEXT REMINDERS IN CASE OF SNOW CANCELLATIONS. Text the message @sbslprep to the number 81010. Not sure how to sign up? Call the rectory at 570-326-1544 for assistance. FAMILY PRAYER Our catechists have been working very hard to help the children learn and review some basic prayers of our Catholic faith. Please take the time to continue these efforts by praying together regularly as a family. The prayers can be found in the blue Children’s Book of Prayers that was distributed at the start of the year. Need a new one? Extra c...

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PREP NEWS - Lent Family Day
UPCOMING PREP EVENTS REGISTRATION DEADLINE was MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd. LENT FAMILY DAY WHEN?          Sunday, February 23rd  9-10 AM   NO REGULAR PREP CLASS THAT DAY WHERE?        St. Lawrence Parish Hall FOR?             All Parish Families with children                    Preschool through Grade 4    &n...

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First Reconciliation
Congratulations to our parish second graders who encountered the mercy and forgiveness of our Lord during their First Reconciliation on Saturday, January 11th at St. Lawrence Church. Please continue to pray for these youngsters who will now be preparing to receive Jesus in First Holy Communion during the month of May. Many thanks to Jen Dincher, our second grade catechist, and to Mary Odorizzi, Kristin Fisher and Veronica Balestino for their help with the music for our beautiful celebration.

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Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) Children’s Liturgy of the Word will occur twice per month, at the 10:30 Masses: February 9th & 16th  March 1st & 15th April 5th & 19th May 10th & 17th June 14th We welcome adults to join our teams.  Contact Barb Rizzo brizzo55@verizon.net.

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Adult Education

Posted on December 12, 2019 in: Religious Education

Adult Education
ADULT EDUCATION Famous and soon to be beatified, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, will be the focus of our video Pivotal Players. Join us Tuesday January 14th at 6:30pm at St. Boniface. We will air this again on Friday 17th at 1030am at St. Lawrence. A stellar communicator of the mysteries, he touched everyone from families to entertainers with the message of hope from Jesus' life. One bit of trivia...the actor Martin Sheen was really born Ramon Estevez but so impressed was he by the Archbishop that he changed his stage name to Martin Sheen.

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Advent Family Day

Posted on November 30, 2019 in: Religious Education

Advent Family Day
November 24, 2019 Families from St. Boniface and St. Lawrence gathered together to create beautiful Advent wreaths and learned how they can use these wreaths for family prayer in their homes during the season of Advent.  Many thanks to Arnie Betts and the 7th grade class who offered their services to set up, clean up and distribute materials to the families. A big thank you goes out to Susana Falck who was instrumental in designing the wreath and teaching the families how to create it, as well as to the group of parish ladies (and friends) who gathered to prepare th...

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Family Day

Posted on October 22, 2019 in: Religious Education

Family Day
FAMILY DAY for ALL St. Boniface and St. Lawrence Families (PREP and SJNRA) Each family will make an Advent wreath, learn a little bit about Advent and take home some materials to use at home during the season. WHEN? Sunday, November 24th 9-10am - No regular prep class that day WHERE? St. Lawrence Parish Center (PREP building) basement You NEED to register for this event so we can purchase and prepare the materials.  Registration deadline is MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4 PREP families will receive a registration form this week at class. SJNRA families will receive i...

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Steubenville Youth Conference
The Steubenville Youth Conference is a Catholic Converence designed to bring high-schoolers into a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ. While the conference will be held next July (10 - 12, 2020), there is an informational meeting on October 22 at 7pm at St Joseph the Worker Parish, in the Msgr Fleming Center.  Attending the meeting is NOT a commitment, but rather a chance to learn about this opportunity and get your questions answered.   Our goal is to fill a bus from the greater Williamsport area for Steubenville 2020. Makenzie Connor is...

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Basket Bonanza

Posted on October 09, 2019 in: Religious Education

Basket Bonanza
SJNRA’s Annual Basket Bonanza is on Friday, October 25th at the St. John Neumann Elementary Gym & Cafeteria, 710 Franklin Street in Williamsport. Doors open at 5pm. The drawing will start at 7:15pm. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. This Chinese-style auction will feature more than 60 baskets, each worth at least $25, and 25 or more specialty MEGA baskets, each worth at least $125. Advance tickets will be available on the Preview Nights, Wednesday, October 23 & Thursday, October 24 from 6pm.-8pm. Advance tickets are also available at either...

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Children's Liturgy of the Word  (CLOW)
This was so successful last year that we are pleased to announce the start of the next season. They will occur twice per month by leading the kids into their special prayer room where adults will walk them thru a children's version of the Holy Scripture for the day. These are at the 10:30 Mass: September 15th and 29th October 6th and 20th November 3rd and 24th December 8th and 22nd Thanks for your enthusiasm and trust. We welcome adults who may be eager to join our teams. Contact Barb Rizzo brizzo55@verizon.net  

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Elementary School Playground

Posted on September 11, 2019 in: Religious Education

Elementary School Playground
The new playground is beginning to take shape at the St. Boniface campus.

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CONFIRMATION MEETING for parents of 7th and 8th grade youngsters. This meeting is for SJNRA AND PREP students.  September 29, from 9 – 10am in the St. Lawrence Church Hall.  At this meeting, we will outline the 2-year confirmation program and give you a preview of Chosen from Ascension Press. This will be followed by 10:30am mass at St. Boniface where the students will be enrolled and introduced as Candidates for Confirmation.

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PREP Starts a New Year

Posted on September 03, 2019 in: Religious Education

PREP begins on September 15, 2019, from 9 to 10am.  It will be held at the St. Lawrence Church Hall, 344 Winthrop St, South Williamsport.  On the first day, parents and children should arrive together at the church hall.  The children will be escorted to their classrooms by their catechists and the parents are asked to remain in the hall to learn about the new curriculum and plans for the year.

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PREP REGISTRATION  August 17/18
PREP REGISTRATION Weekend: Registration will be held again on August 17th & 18th after all the Masses. Fill out a simple registration form so that we have updated contact information on file Receive a packet of information containing the 2019-2020 PREP Calendar, Family Handbook and Prayers for Children booklet as well as instructions on signing up for Remind, a text messaging app that will help us communicate with parents regarding weather closings and reminders about upcoming events during the year. Pay the registration fee (cash or check made out to St. Bo...

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PREP Closing Day Mass

Posted on April 11, 2019 in: Religious Education

Closing Day Mass is April 14th at St. Lawrence 9:00 a.m. –  We are very blessed that some of our youth are assisting at this Closing Day Mass as Readers and Altar Servers. We invite parents as well and ask that our youth in Kindergarten and 1st Grade sit as a class up front with their parents. We ask that our youth in 2nd to 8th grade will sit as a class and their parents will sit in pews surrounding them. Also, that our 8th grade class offer to service as greeters and ushers. Thank you parents for participating.

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DIRECTOR of RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (DRE) St. Boniface/St. Lawrence Parishes – Williamsport PA 17701 JOB SUMMARY (Start Date - June 3rd, 2019): This catechetical program serving two linked parishes (3 miles apart) totaling 800 families, is seeking an exceptional individual to serve as DRE in coordination with the pastor. This part time post has responsibility for faith formation of K – 8th grade children. This could be a full time position, based on the individual with added responsibility for youth, adults and liturgy. These dynamic parishes are in the midst of growth thus...

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Due to the weather this weekend, there will be no PREP classes.  Classes will continue on January 27. 

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What to do if we get snow:  If roads are not clear then don’t come to PREP.  If ince or snow on the roads Saturday night or Sunday morning making the roads dangerous to travel, just assume class is canceled.  When dropping children off for PREP, please make sure there is class.  Watch you child walk in through those doors before you drive away.   January, February and March there could be a number of changes, if you ar e uncertain about Sunday PREP, please check the Facebook Page or Parish Web Site. Confirmation Update:  Planning is underway for a confirmation Retreat for ou...

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Parents please note there will be no PREP CLASS on December 23rd or Decemebrt 30th.  We will resume classes on January 6th, 2019!   Enjoy the time with Family and Friends!  May God love for you keep warm and that you share that warmth with those around you!

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We have uploaded photos of the children of St Lawrence and St Boniface celabrating Advent in their Prep classes. Thank you to all the teachers and parents for making this moment possible.  Please follow the link to the Prep Photo Album.

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ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES are scheduled for the following dates: SUNDAY Dec. 16th 9:10-10am - Islam #101 Each session will begin with a presentation of 20 minutes. The balance will be dedicated to your questions. Note that all of these are during PREP. The location is at St. Lawrence Hall.

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Catechists Meeting

Posted on September 13, 2018 in: Religious Education

MEETING FOR ALL CATECHISTS is Sunday September 16th after the 10:30am Mass. There will also be a Commissioning of all Catechists during the 10:30am Mass at St. Boniface on the same day.  We will meet in the RAC Room after Mass. 

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The 2018-2019 PREP CALENDER IS NOW AVAILABLE ON OUR WEB SITE.  You can find it under "ABOUT - PREP"

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Working with our NEW Pastor, Father Bill we are creating our registration form, calender, parent handbook for the 2018-2019 PREP year.  These items will be available on this web site as well as mailed to families registered in PREP from the pior year.  If your child wasn't registered last year and you would like the material mailed to you, please email Dianne Fisher at actsoffaith@yahoo.com. 

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Prep 2018-2019

Posted on July 19, 2018 in: Religious Education

Are You Able To Help– The Religious Education Program is looking for adults to help next fall.  if you can help serve your parish in this way, I am looking for PREP Catechists. I train, explain and never ask more than you can give. Contact me, Dianne Fisher, with any questions on this 570-322-3278.

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