WE ARE IN THE GREEN PHASE
GUIDELINES FOR SAFELY RETURNING TO MASS = GREEN PHASE
Tuesday - Fri, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
THE BISHOP'S MESSAGE
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
We are pleased to announce that Eucharistic Adoration will resume on Tuesday, June 2, following the 9 a.m. Mass until 8 p.m. If you will not be observing your hour which you were previously scheduled, please contact the parish office at 570-457-3412 or Ann Jake at 570-457-3521.
We request that all adorers practice social distancing and sanitary practices. Please be aware that the restroom will not be available at this time. If you would like to schedule an hour of adoration please contact Ann Jake.
FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK THE PASTOR'S DESK
Readings for the week of January 17, 2021
- Sunday: 1 Sm 3:3b-10, 19 / Ps 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10 [8a, 9a] / 1 Cor 6:13c-15a, 17-20 / http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/011721.cfm
- Jn 1: 35-42
- Monday: Heb 5:1-10 / Ps 110:1, 2, 3, 4 [4b] / Mk 2:18-22
- Tuesday: Heb 6:10-20 / Ps 111:1-2, 4-5, 9 and 10c  / Mk 2:23-28
- Wednesday: Heb 7:1-3, 15-17 / Ps 110:1, 2, 3, 4 [4b] / Mk 3:1-6
- Thursday: Heb 7:25—8:6 / Ps 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 17 [8a and 9a] / Mk 3:7-12
- Friday: Heb 8:6-13 / Ps 85:8 and 10, 11-12, 13-14 [11a] / Mk 3:13-19
- Saturday: Heb 9:2-3, 11-14 / Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9  / Mk 3:20-21
- Next Sunday: Jon 3:1-5, 10 / Ps 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 [4a] / 1 Cor 7:29-31 / Mk 1:14-20
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday Friday - 9 a.m. daily
Wednesday - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday - 10:00 a.m.
Reservations are no longer necessary
Face masks are required
All parish and church events cancelled due to quarantine
There are no upcoming scheduled events.
GUDELINES FOR 2021 MASS SCHEDULE
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01/18/21 2:30 pm
CNA Staff, Jan 18, 2021 / 05:30 am (CNA).- The Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson died on Sunday at the age of 70.
Archbishop Mark Coleridge, president of the Australian bishops’ conference, announced that Wilson had died unexpectedly on the afternoon of Jan. 17.Read More
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CNA Staff, Jan 18, 2021 / 04:00 am (CNA).- Archbishop Luigi Ventura will not appeal his suspended 8-month prison sentence for sexual assault, his lawyer has confirmed.
A Paris criminal court found the former nuncio to France guilty on Dec. 16 of placing his hands on the buttocks of five men while conducting his public diplomatic duties.Read More
01/18/21 11:49 am
CNA Staff, Jan 18, 2021 / 02:49 am (CNA).- As Catholics and other Americans observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year, they should renew their commitment to fighting racism, said Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington.
“Through Dr. King's witness and the power of his echoing words, he championed the inherent God-given dignity of all persons, particularly those subjected to bigotry and prejudice,” Burbidge said in a Jan. 15 statement.Read More
CONGREGTIONAL MUSIC AND RECEIVING COMMUNION ON THE TONGUE
Following Bishop Bambera’s Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, May 28, 2020, a number of questions have been raised regarding congregational singing and distributing Holy Communion on the tongue. These clarifications and recommendations are offered to parishes to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus:
Congregational Singing at Mass
Congregational singing at Mass is discouraged at this time so as to minimize the spread of breath droplets. Since music is still integral to the liturgy and enhances the experience of livestream Masses, the following directives are offered to parishes:
- Parishes may still utilize a cantor and organist for Mass as long as they are at least 10 feet away from each other, the assembly, and any ministers in the sanctuary.
- Cantors should serve more as soloists rather than encouraging congregational singing.
- Advise the assembly that singing is not recommended at this point, even with a mask.
- Choirs are not permitted at this point since vigorous singing in close proximity with others increases the risk of viral spread.
Specific Recommendations for Parish Music Ministry Directors:
- Hymns and acclamations sung by the cantor at Mass should be brief so as not to prolong the liturgy: decreased Mass time equals a decreased risk of contamination.
- Consider having the cantor only sing the antiphon, a refrain, or one verse of a hymn for the Entrance, Preparation of the Gifts, and Communion.
- Acclamations sung by the cantor should have very few, if any, repeated phrases (example—using a gospel acclamation setting with three ‘Alleluias’ as opposed to one that has five or six).
- Try having the cantor introduce some hymns or acclamations that the assembly is not familiar with to minimize any congregational singing.
- Instrumental selections are also encouraged at this time, especially at the Preparation of Gifts and the Reception of Holy Communion after Mass.
Holy Communion on the Tongue
Although it is strongly discouraged, anyone who still wishes to receive Holy Communion on the tongue can be instructed to wait until the end of the Communion distribution after everyone else has received. This will minimize the risk of spreading the virus to others, as well as allow time for the priest to sanitize his hands properly after each person who receives on the tongu
Religious Education - Sundays - 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Deborah Yuschovitz - Director of Religious Education
Lori Ostrowski - Director of Youth Ministry
Volunteers are always welcome - Pennsylvania clearances required
All Faith formation classes are cancelled until further notice due to Covid-19 Stay At Home Order. We will reorganize as per the directions of Governor Wolfe and Bishop Bambera when the order is lifted.
First Communion and Confirmation will be scheduled at a later date when all candidates are fully prepared and again when order is lifted
At his time we have no new information on First Communion And Confirmation Masses. We are in communication with Father and trying to work out details. We will contact all parents when more information is available.