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 October 25, 2020
- Sunday: Ex 22:20-26 / Ps 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51  / 1 Thes 1:5c-10 / Mt 22:34-40
- Monday: Eph 4:32—5:8 / Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 [cf. Eph 5:1] / Lk 13:10-17
- Tuesday: Eph 5:21-33 / Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 [1a] / Lk 13:18-21
- Wednesday: Eph 2:19-22 / Ps 19:2-3, 4-5 [5a] / Lk 6:12-16
- Thursday: Eph 6:10-20 / Ps 144:1b, 2, 9-10 [1b] / Lk 13:31-35
- Friday: Phil 1:1-11 / Ps 111:1-2, 3-4, 5-6  / Lk 14:1-6
- Saturday: Phil 1:18b-26 / Ps 42:2, 3 5cdef / Lk 14:1, 7-11
- Next Sunday: Rv 7:2-4, 9-14 / Ps 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 [cf. 6] / 1 Jn 3:1-3 / Mt 5:1-12a
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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New Haven, Conn., Oct 30, 2020 / 09:50 pm (CNA).-
A prayer vigil for priests on the eve of the beatification of Ven. Michael McGivney took place Friday, October 30, at St. Mary's Church in New Haven, the parish where McGivney served as a priest and founded the Knights of Columbus in 1882.Read More
10/31/20 12:43 am
CNA Staff, Oct 30, 2020 / 04:43 pm (CNA).- The Diocese of Brooklyn announced Friday the retirement of Octavio Cisneros from the office of auxiliary bishop. The Cuban-born bishop will remain in ministry as pastor at a local parish.
Cisneros had turned 75 in July. Diocesan bishops are required by canon law to submit their resignation to the pope upon reaching age 75. Pope Francis accepted Cisneros’ resignation Friday.Read More
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CNA Staff, Oct 30, 2020 / 04:21 pm (CNA).- A strong majority of New Zealand voters approved the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia for the terminally ill Oct. 30. Foes of legalization said many voters appeared confused about the measure’s far-reaching effects and warned that the move will have consequences for the vulnerable.
The nationwide referendum passed with support from 65% of voters on Friday. It allows terminally ill persons who are believed to have six months or fewer to live to be euthanized or to take a lethal dose of prescribed drugs themselves, on the condition that two doctors agree the person is well-informed. Patients are eligible if they show significant, ongoing decline in physical ability and experience “unbearable suffering that cannot be eased.” The law will take effect Nov. 6, 2021.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.