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MINISTRY SCHEDULE FOR NEXT WEEKEND-PALM SUNDAY St. Francis—April 12th—4:30PM: Lector—Larry & Thomas O’Reilly; Servers—Loretta Guiton; Rosary—Betty Ellen Hardy St. Francis—April 13th—8:00AM: Lector—Rosanne Williams & Bill Dovin; Servers—Curtis, Gabe and Madeline Spila; Rosary—Debbie Purtell St. Augustine—April 13th—10:30AM: Lector—Julie Perlick & Barbara Pichette; Servers—Victoria and Elizabeth Villanella; Rosary—Ann Zalepa (new volunteers are welcome & needed) If at any time you see that a volunteer is needed for any ministry, please feel free to step forward and volunteer your services.

The Roman Catholic Community of ST. BRIGID PARISH, (St. Francis Xavier Church, Friendsville, Pa. and St. Augustine Church, Silver Lake, Pa.)

DECEASED Please pray for the deceased, especially Dewey Newhart and Kathleen LaRue, who were known to many in our Parish Community. May they rest in peace. Amen. SANCTUARY LIGHTS, ADORATION VIGIL CANDLES & DEVOTIONAL CANDLE DONATIONS A Devotional Candle at St. Francis burns for a Special Intention requested by Joe Purr. A Devotional Candle at St. Francis burns for a Special Intention. A Devotional Candle at St. Francis burns for Special Healing Intentions. CHURCH CLEANING St. Francis cleaner for the month of April—Eileen Drab. St. Augustine cleaners April 6 to 12—Susan McNamara & Bette Brown; April 13 to 19—Julie Perlick. Volunteers are needed to clean St. Augustine Church. If you can help, call the rectory. PRAYER LIST Lord, hear our prayers for the sick of our Parish and Community listed below and for those who are not listed and in need of our prayers. Katelyn Andre, Michael Haefner, Bill Jones, Jr., David Zevan, Rita Powers, Debbie Jones, Julia Zangara, Kyle Stoddard, Mary Lou Gregg, Sophie Padula, Madigan Gow, John Flynn, Christine Rothwell, Donald & Theresa Baum, Mary Bakay, Donnie Butler, Tommy Williams, Stephen Ambrose, Toni Colardino, Evelyn Palulis, Mary Riley, Tom Wenman, Linda Hollenback, Jennifer Lynn, Jerry Lynch, Tyler Fletcher, Anna Mae Coleman, Joshua Welch, Jean Ryan, Richard Hutchinson, Mary K. Long, Joshua Kaminski, Kathy Holt, Aleisya Abrams, Agnes Neville, Steve Hundiak, Christopher Polk, Mary Lou Fahs, Molly Penderf, Butch Rosencranz, Ruth King, George Kotch, Brooke Arnold, Hallie Brooks, Ken Roon, Rosemary Boyle, Sarah Murnigahan, Candy Coney, Walter O’Rourke, William Chaney, Mary Cadden, Frank & Sandy Szabo, Nancy Lynch, Daniel Gavin, Sue Anderson, June Riley, John Bauer, Adam Kelly, Francis Zernone, Shawn Burns, Quinn Seymour, Doddie Mondi, Pauline VerValen, John & Alberta Zielinski, Bob Fedroff, Virginia Raftis, Fred Russell, Dorothy Catlin, Marie Donahue, Nancy, Matt & Emily, Bob Murphy, Robyn Lawson, Vicky Nelson, Marie Chillemi, Rita Flynn, Mike Rafferty, Elton Carr, Peter Purtell, Kaleena Dughi, Molly Getter, Sam Miner, Debbie Drewry, Bill Sheredy, Bub Davis, H.T., D.K., Kevin Phalen, J.K., S.C.F., Rusty Carmen, Ronalee Eckert, Chelsea Judson, Doug Wheaton, John Paul Jones, Valerie Newhart, R.G., B.F., Brian Rockefeller, Amanda Branning, and Deborah Gregory. May they regain full health. Please pray for the needs in our Parish Intention Books. Our Lady of Good Health, pray for us. Amen. ARMED FORCES LIST Please pray for those in our Armed Forces, especially those from our Parish and Community, Cortney Allen, Christopher Reichlen, Patrick Allen, Shane Kalpokas, Ryan Gormley, Mike Griffith, Reed Shave, Matthew Kramer, Dustin Ryder, Ricky Trowbridge, Bobby Brostoski, Ryan Neville, Anthony Flynn, Jason Raymond, A. Jay Tewksbury, Jennifer Buttacavoli, Andrew Muscarelle, Adam Barziloski, Lukas Crisman, John Matousek, David Teetsel, Lisa Phillips, Carrie Krouse, Ryan Newberry, Wayne M. Bennett, Duane Thomas, Joseph Elliott, Michael and Sean Plitt, Mark W. Gregg, Bradley J. Bryant, and all who serve with them. May they all be protected and safe from harm and return home soon to their families and friends. Amen. Please call the rectory when the person you put on the Prayer List or Armed Forces List can be removed. If you know of anyone on the list who has passed away, please let us know so that their name can be removed from the list.

OIL SPILL: Please continue to pray for a successful cleanup of the remainder of the spill. ADORATION OF OUR LORD He dwells in our Church day and night until the end of time. O come let us adore Him, Christ our Lord. Visit our King in Eucharistic Adoration at St. Augustine’s Chapel. For a permanent hour or to substitute call Andrea Chen at 607-669-4875. PARISH PRAYER CHAIN If you would like to help respond to prayer requests (for anyone in need-not just Parishioners), please contact Rosalynd Perlick-Spencer (570-663-2212), Susie Reichlen (570-553-2618), or Mary Keenan (570-553-2431). If you have actual prayer requests, please call anyone on the list and many prayers will be offered for your particular intention.

(St. Brigid’s Cross)

PARISH MISSION STATEMENT “We the faithful of the Roman Catholic Community of St. Brigid Parish, (St. Francis Xavier and St. Augustine Churches), in union with our Holy Father, the Pope, and the Diocese of Scranton, are called through baptism to share in the mission which Jesus Christ has entrusted to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. We in this Faith Community, under the leadership of our Bishop and our Pastor, cooperate to proclaim the Gospel in accordance with the teaching of the Church, to celebrate the sacraments, especially the Eucharist, for the salvation of all, and to witness by grace to the Kingdom of God so as to promote a culture of life, justice and peace. We especially endeavor to foster spiritual growth and evangelization in our present and future generations by drawing parish members back to active participation.”

P.O. Box 75 • 17 Cottage Street • Friendsville, Pa. 18818 www.ourparishcommunity.com • Phone (570) 553-2288 E-mail: sfxc@epix.net Father Casimir (Cas) Stanis, Pastor Kenneth S. Brennan, Deacon


PARISH LOTTERY CALENDARS To date 744 Calendar returns have been made, leaving 256 not back yet. Returns can be placed in the collection basket or mailed to the Rectory. If you have taken Calendars that you cannot sell, please return them as soon as possible so that they can be sold. Thank you all for helping with this important fund raiser! SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND The Second Collection THIS weekend is for the Care & Education of Priests. FOOD CARDS/FOOD PANTRY EASTER FOOD CARDS: We have a total of (14) families on our Food Card list. If you know of any family or individual who needs help, please call the rectory or put a note in the collection basket. If you have put someone on the list in the past and they no longer need help, please let us know. You may put your donation, (check or cash), in the collection basket in an envelope marked “attention: Kay—Food Cards” or mail it to the rectory. All donations are needed and are greatly appreciated. To date we have a total of $ 630.00. MASS SCHEDULE Church - VIGIL: FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT INTENTIONS OF OUR PARISHIONERS St. Francis Church - FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT 21st Anniv. HELEN M. DAVIS by Bub & Dawn Davis St. Augustine Church - MILDRED GREITZ by Bud & Barbara Mahoney St. Francis Church - NO MASS St. Augustine Church - NO MASS (Stations of the Cross) St. Francis Church - JOSEPH PERLICK by Rosalynd Perlick-Spencer St. Francis Church - MARY ANN AMBROSE by Mary Shaughnessy St. Francis Church - (Stations of the Cross) MICHELE D. MURPHY by Mike & Jane Murphy St. Francis Church - VIGIL: SIXTH SUNDAY OF LENT RITA GRIFFIN by Mike & Mary Ellen Griffin St. Francis Church - SIXTH SUNDAY OF LENT Anniv. CARL MILLER by Pauline Miller & Family St. Augustine Church - INTENTIONS OF OUR PARISHIONERS

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CONFESSION SCHEDULE Saturday - 4:30PM Mass - St. Francis Church - Confessions - 4:00 to 4:20PM Sunday - 8:00AM Mass - St. Francis Church - Confessions immediately following Mass Sunday - 10:30AM Mass - St. Augustine Church - Confessions - immediately following Mass Or any convenient time upon request. WEEKLY STEWARDSHIP REPORT Thank you for your kindness & generosity in our Parish collections: St. Francis (4:30PM) $ 847.00; St. Francis (8:00AM) $ 853.00; St. Augustine (10:30AM) $ 1,087.00. LIFELINES “God is the source of life; thanks to his breath, man has life. God’s breath sustains the entire journey of our life on earth.” Pope Francis, Holy Mass for Evangelium Vitae Day, 2013 “The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships.” —Blessed Mother Teresa, Letter to the U.S. Supreme Court, 1994 HOLY COMMUNION UNDER ONE ELEMENT AND SHAKING HANDS As the winter cold & flu season is upon us already, we are suspending shaking hands at the sign of peace. Please acknowledge those around you with a wave or nod of the head. We will also have Holy Communion under one species; the Precious Blood will not be offered until further notice.

FOOD PANTRY: We are now preparing for Easter Baskets. Donations for hams would be appreciated and should be put in the collection marked Food Pantry. Any checks must be made payable to “The Food Pantry”. Thank you for sharing with others. May God bless you a hundredfold. ALTAR & ROSARY SOCIETY MEETING The Altar & Rosary Society meets THIS Wednesday, April 9th, 6:30PM in St. Brigid Rectory. Easter Baskets will be packed. Ladies are asked to bring their special baked treats for the Baskets. CHURCH CLEANING FOR EASTER A cleaning bee will be held at St. Augustine Church on Tuesday, April 15th following 8:30AM Mass and Stations of the Cross. A cleaning bee will be held at St. Francis Church on Tuesday, April 15th at 9:00AM. Anyone who can help to clean is invited to join. Many hands make light work. ATTENTION ALTAR SERVERS & PARENTS Altar Servers and their parents are reminded to take albs home to be laundered before Holy Week. FUNERAL DINNERS Thank you to everyone who donates food and helps by working at funeral dinners. Your help is greatly appreciated, especially by the families of the deceased. If you are interested in helping at dinners by working or by making food, please call Barb Pichette (570-663-2769) or Betty Ellen Hardy (570-553-2372). KNIFE RADA SALE St. Brigid Altar & Rosary Society is selling Rada knives as an on-going fund raiser. Orders can be placed with a member of the Altar & Rosary or can be placed on-line by going online to www. helpourfundraiser.com and use customer number 504671. The password is mrsa01pw. Do not use capital letters in the password. CYO NEWS Congratulations to St. Brigid Varsity Girls CYO Team for winning the championship. Special thanks also to coach Jay Chen. Congratulations everyone—good job! THANK YOU FROM LITTLE MEADOWS FIRE COMPANY Thank you everyone for attending last Sunday’s Breakfast. Your help & support is greatly appreciated! CHICKEN BARBEQUE There will be a Chicken Barbeque at the Rush Fire Hall THIS Sunday, April 6th. Dinners are $9.00; halves are $6.00. Serving starts at 10:30AM. Benefits the Rush Fire Company. ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST An all you can eat breakfast will be held at the Rush Social Hall on Saturday, April 12th, from 7 to 10:30AM. Menu includes: scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, home fries, ham, sausage gravy with biscuits and baked goods. Cost for adults: $ 8.00; children $4.00. Benefits the Rush Fire Company.


PARISH LOTTERY CALENDARS To date 744 Calendar returns have been made, leaving 256 not back yet. Returns can be placed in the collection basket or mailed to the Rectory. If you have taken Calendars that you cannot sell, please return them as soon as possible so that they can be sold. Thank you all for helping with this important fund raiser! SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND The Second Collection THIS weekend is for the Care & Education of Priests. FOOD CARDS/FOOD PANTRY EASTER FOOD CARDS: We have a total of (14) families on our Food Card list. If you know of any family or individual who needs help, please call the rectory or put a note in the collection basket. If you have put someone on the list in the past and they no longer need help, please let us know. You may put your donation, (check or cash), in the collection basket in an envelope marked “attention: Kay—Food Cards” or mail it to the rectory. All donations are needed and are greatly appreciated. To date we have a total of $ 630.00. MASS SCHEDULE Church - VIGIL: FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT INTENTIONS OF OUR PARISHIONERS St. Francis Church - FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT 21st Anniv. HELEN M. DAVIS by Bub & Dawn Davis St. Augustine Church - MILDRED GREITZ by Bud & Barbara Mahoney St. Francis Church - NO MASS St. Augustine Church - NO MASS (Stations of the Cross) St. Francis Church - JOSEPH PERLICK by Rosalynd Perlick-Spencer St. Francis Church - MARY ANN AMBROSE by Mary Shaughnessy St. Francis Church - (Stations of the Cross) MICHELE D. MURPHY by Mike & Jane Murphy St. Francis Church - VIGIL: SIXTH SUNDAY OF LENT RITA GRIFFIN by Mike & Mary Ellen Griffin St. Francis Church - SIXTH SUNDAY OF LENT Anniv. CARL MILLER by Pauline Miller & Family St. Augustine Church - INTENTIONS OF OUR PARISHIONERS

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CONFESSION SCHEDULE Saturday - 4:30PM Mass - St. Francis Church - Confessions - 4:00 to 4:20PM Sunday - 8:00AM Mass - St. Francis Church - Confessions immediately following Mass Sunday - 10:30AM Mass - St. Augustine Church - Confessions - immediately following Mass Or any convenient time upon request. WEEKLY STEWARDSHIP REPORT Thank you for your kindness & generosity in our Parish collections: St. Francis (4:30PM) $ 847.00; St. Francis (8:00AM) $ 853.00; St. Augustine (10:30AM) $ 1,087.00. LIFELINES “God is the source of life; thanks to his breath, man has life. God’s breath sustains the entire journey of our life on earth.” Pope Francis, Holy Mass for Evangelium Vitae Day, 2013 “The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships.” —Blessed Mother Teresa, Letter to the U.S. Supreme Court, 1994 HOLY COMMUNION UNDER ONE ELEMENT AND SHAKING HANDS As the winter cold & flu season is upon us already, we are suspending shaking hands at the sign of peace. Please acknowledge those around you with a wave or nod of the head. We will also have Holy Communion under one species; the Precious Blood will not be offered until further notice.

FOOD PANTRY: We are now preparing for Easter Baskets. Donations for hams would be appreciated and should be put in the collection marked Food Pantry. Any checks must be made payable to “The Food Pantry”. Thank you for sharing with others. May God bless you a hundredfold. ALTAR & ROSARY SOCIETY MEETING The Altar & Rosary Society meets THIS Wednesday, April 9th, 6:30PM in St. Brigid Rectory. Easter Baskets will be packed. Ladies are asked to bring their special baked treats for the Baskets. CHURCH CLEANING FOR EASTER A cleaning bee will be held at St. Augustine Church on Tuesday, April 15th following 8:30AM Mass and Stations of the Cross. A cleaning bee will be held at St. Francis Church on Tuesday, April 15th at 9:00AM. Anyone who can help to clean is invited to join. Many hands make light work. ATTENTION ALTAR SERVERS & PARENTS Altar Servers and their parents are reminded to take albs home to be laundered before Holy Week. FUNERAL DINNERS Thank you to everyone who donates food and helps by working at funeral dinners. Your help is greatly appreciated, especially by the families of the deceased. If you are interested in helping at dinners by working or by making food, please call Barb Pichette (570-663-2769) or Betty Ellen Hardy (570-553-2372). KNIFE RADA SALE St. Brigid Altar & Rosary Society is selling Rada knives as an on-going fund raiser. Orders can be placed with a member of the Altar & Rosary or can be placed on-line by going online to www. helpourfundraiser.com and use customer number 504671. The password is mrsa01pw. Do not use capital letters in the password. CYO NEWS Congratulations to St. Brigid Varsity Girls CYO Team for winning the championship. Special thanks also to coach Jay Chen. Congratulations everyone—good job! THANK YOU FROM LITTLE MEADOWS FIRE COMPANY Thank you everyone for attending last Sunday’s Breakfast. Your help & support is greatly appreciated! CHICKEN BARBEQUE There will be a Chicken Barbeque at the Rush Fire Hall THIS Sunday, April 6th. Dinners are $9.00; halves are $6.00. Serving starts at 10:30AM. Benefits the Rush Fire Company. ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST An all you can eat breakfast will be held at the Rush Social Hall on Saturday, April 12th, from 7 to 10:30AM. Menu includes: scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, home fries, ham, sausage gravy with biscuits and baked goods. Cost for adults: $ 8.00; children $4.00. Benefits the Rush Fire Company.


MINISTRY SCHEDULE FOR NEXT WEEKEND-PALM SUNDAY St. Francis—April 12th—4:30PM: Lector—Larry & Thomas O’Reilly; Servers—Loretta Guiton; Rosary—Betty Ellen Hardy St. Francis—April 13th—8:00AM: Lector—Rosanne Williams & Bill Dovin; Servers—Curtis, Gabe and Madeline Spila; Rosary—Debbie Purtell St. Augustine—April 13th—10:30AM: Lector—Julie Perlick & Barbara Pichette; Servers—Victoria and Elizabeth Villanella; Rosary—Ann Zalepa (new volunteers are welcome & needed) If at any time you see that a volunteer is needed for any ministry, please feel free to step forward and volunteer your services.

The Roman Catholic Community of ST. BRIGID PARISH, (St. Francis Xavier Church, Friendsville, Pa. and St. Augustine Church, Silver Lake, Pa.)

DECEASED Please pray for the deceased, especially Dewey Newhart and Kathleen LaRue, who were known to many in our Parish Community. May they rest in peace. Amen. SANCTUARY LIGHTS, ADORATION VIGIL CANDLES & DEVOTIONAL CANDLE DONATIONS A Devotional Candle at St. Francis burns for a Special Intention requested by Joe Purr. A Devotional Candle at St. Francis burns for a Special Intention. A Devotional Candle at St. Francis burns for Special Healing Intentions. CHURCH CLEANING St. Francis cleaner for the month of April—Eileen Drab. St. Augustine cleaners April 6 to 12—Susan McNamara & Bette Brown; April 13 to 19—Julie Perlick. Volunteers are needed to clean St. Augustine Church. If you can help, call the rectory. PRAYER LIST Lord, hear our prayers for the sick of our Parish and Community listed below and for those who are not listed and in need of our prayers. Katelyn Andre, Michael Haefner, Bill Jones, Jr., David Zevan, Rita Powers, Debbie Jones, Julia Zangara, Kyle Stoddard, Mary Lou Gregg, Sophie Padula, Madigan Gow, John Flynn, Christine Rothwell, Donald & Theresa Baum, Mary Bakay, Donnie Butler, Tommy Williams, Stephen Ambrose, Toni Colardino, Evelyn Palulis, Mary Riley, Tom Wenman, Linda Hollenback, Jennifer Lynn, Jerry Lynch, Tyler Fletcher, Anna Mae Coleman, Joshua Welch, Jean Ryan, Richard Hutchinson, Mary K. Long, Joshua Kaminski, Kathy Holt, Aleisya Abrams, Agnes Neville, Steve Hundiak, Christopher Polk, Mary Lou Fahs, Molly Penderf, Butch Rosencranz, Ruth King, George Kotch, Brooke Arnold, Hallie Brooks, Ken Roon, Rosemary Boyle, Sarah Murnigahan, Candy Coney, Walter O’Rourke, William Chaney, Mary Cadden, Frank & Sandy Szabo, Nancy Lynch, Daniel Gavin, Sue Anderson, June Riley, John Bauer, Adam Kelly, Francis Zernone, Shawn Burns, Quinn Seymour, Doddie Mondi, Pauline VerValen, John & Alberta Zielinski, Bob Fedroff, Virginia Raftis, Fred Russell, Dorothy Catlin, Marie Donahue, Nancy, Matt & Emily, Bob Murphy, Robyn Lawson, Vicky Nelson, Marie Chillemi, Rita Flynn, Mike Rafferty, Elton Carr, Peter Purtell, Kaleena Dughi, Molly Getter, Sam Miner, Debbie Drewry, Bill Sheredy, Bub Davis, H.T., D.K., Kevin Phalen, J.K., S.C.F., Rusty Carmen, Ronalee Eckert, Chelsea Judson, Doug Wheaton, John Paul Jones, Valerie Newhart, R.G., B.F., Brian Rockefeller, Amanda Branning, and Deborah Gregory. May they regain full health. Please pray for the needs in our Parish Intention Books. Our Lady of Good Health, pray for us. Amen. ARMED FORCES LIST Please pray for those in our Armed Forces, especially those from our Parish and Community, Cortney Allen, Christopher Reichlen, Patrick Allen, Shane Kalpokas, Ryan Gormley, Mike Griffith, Reed Shave, Matthew Kramer, Dustin Ryder, Ricky Trowbridge, Bobby Brostoski, Ryan Neville, Anthony Flynn, Jason Raymond, A. Jay Tewksbury, Jennifer Buttacavoli, Andrew Muscarelle, Adam Barziloski, Lukas Crisman, John Matousek, David Teetsel, Lisa Phillips, Carrie Krouse, Ryan Newberry, Wayne M. Bennett, Duane Thomas, Joseph Elliott, Michael and Sean Plitt, Mark W. Gregg, Bradley J. Bryant, and all who serve with them. May they all be protected and safe from harm and return home soon to their families and friends. Amen. Please call the rectory when the person you put on the Prayer List or Armed Forces List can be removed. If you know of anyone on the list who has passed away, please let us know so that their name can be removed from the list.

OIL SPILL: Please continue to pray for a successful cleanup of the remainder of the spill. ADORATION OF OUR LORD He dwells in our Church day and night until the end of time. O come let us adore Him, Christ our Lord. Visit our King in Eucharistic Adoration at St. Augustine’s Chapel. For a permanent hour or to substitute call Andrea Chen at 607-669-4875. PARISH PRAYER CHAIN If you would like to help respond to prayer requests (for anyone in need-not just Parishioners), please contact Rosalynd Perlick-Spencer (570-663-2212), Susie Reichlen (570-553-2618), or Mary Keenan (570-553-2431). If you have actual prayer requests, please call anyone on the list and many prayers will be offered for your particular intention.

(St. Brigid’s Cross)

PARISH MISSION STATEMENT “We the faithful of the Roman Catholic Community of St. Brigid Parish, (St. Francis Xavier and St. Augustine Churches), in union with our Holy Father, the Pope, and the Diocese of Scranton, are called through baptism to share in the mission which Jesus Christ has entrusted to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. We in this Faith Community, under the leadership of our Bishop and our Pastor, cooperate to proclaim the Gospel in accordance with the teaching of the Church, to celebrate the sacraments, especially the Eucharist, for the salvation of all, and to witness by grace to the Kingdom of God so as to promote a culture of life, justice and peace. We especially endeavor to foster spiritual growth and evangelization in our present and future generations by drawing parish members back to active participation.”

P.O. Box 75 • 17 Cottage Street • Friendsville, Pa. 18818 www.ourparishcommunity.com • Phone (570) 553-2288 E-mail: sfxc@epix.net Father Casimir (Cas) Stanis, Pastor Kenneth S. Brennan, Deacon


2014 REGULATIONS FOR LENT All faithful of the Diocese of Scranton are reminded of Diocesan Statute No. 41, which addresses the penitential aspect of Lent: “The season of Lent is penitential in nature and during Lent penance should be not only internal and individual, but also external and social (Sacrosanctum Concilium, No. 5, 109). Pastors are obliged to avoid scheduling activities in the parishes which in any way could possibly detract from the external and social penance required by Lent.” During Lent the following fast and abstinence regulations are observed: · Good Friday, April 18th, is a day of fast and abstinence. · Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence. · All Catholics who have reached their 14th birthday are to abstain from eating meat on Good Friday and on all Fridays during Lent. · All Catholics over 18 years of age to the beginning of their 60th year are bound to the obligation of fasting. Those bound by this rule may take only one full meal and two smaller meals unless dispensed or excused. LENTEN REMINDERS Lent is a time for sacrifice and for spiritual renewal as we reflect upon our baptism and the call given to each of us to walk as disciples of the Lord. We are provided with three personal challenges associated with our individual observance of Lent: · Almsgiving – generously giving to those in need · Fasting – practicing self-discipline and self-denial · Prayer – reading, hearing and reflecting on the Word of God Lent is also a penitential season. It is a time to seek forgiveness, to look inward, and to admit our shortcomings and failures. It is a time to regroup and to prepare. How can you spend your time during Lent? · By “giving up” things you hunger after, such as sweets or alcohol; or activities you desire, such as vacations, concerts or movies. · By “doing” things to help others, such as offering an extra donation to the poor or helping those in need by providing food or clothing. · By “adding” to our normal routine, such as going to daily Mass, praying the Stations of the Cross and going to confession. HOW TO MAKE A GOOD CONFESSION Preparation: Before going to confession, take some time to examine your conscience. This might be done by reviewing your life in comparison to the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the example of Christ’s life. Pray to God for forgiveness. Going to Confession: 1. The priest will welcome you, and you both make the sign of the cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 2. You continue with these traditional words: Bless me Father, for I have sinned. It has been (how long) since my last confession. You might also add any other background that will allow the priest to be most helpful to you in the circumstances of your everyday life. 3. The priest will encourage you to have trust in God, and invite you to confess your sins. Speak freely and honestly – nothing you say in confession will ever be repeated by the priest. The priest may talk with you about how to make up for the sins you confess. He will then assign an act of penance corresponding to the nature of the sins – this may take the form of prayer, self-denial, and especially service to one’s neighbor. 4. Act of Contrition – you offer a prayer expressing sorrow for your sins and resolving not to sin again. You may say this in your own words, or use this traditional prayer: My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy. 5. Following this prayer, the priest extends his hands over your head and says the words of absolution: God the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son, has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins. Through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. As the priest concludes this prayer, he will make the sign of the cross over your head – you bless yourself and respond, Amen. 6. The priest will invite you to go in peace. After Confession: When you leave the confession room, take a few minutes of private prayer and thanksgiving. Plan how you will complete the assigned act of penance. Make a firm resolve to continue your conversion by a life renewed according to the Gospel and the love of God.

SCHEDULE FOR STATIONS OF THE CROSS Stations at St. Augustine will not be held this Tuesday. Stations will be held Friday evening at 6:00PM at St. Augustine. Stations are Fridays following 12 Noon Mass at St. Francis. AUTHENTIC REPLICA OF THE SHROUD OF TURN St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church of Scranton will be hosting an authentic replica of the Shroud of Turin continuing thru Friday, April 11th. All are warmly invited to visit and view the Shroud and learn of its history and authenticity. Visitation hours are: Weekdays—10AM to 1PM and 4PM to 7PM; Saturday—11AM to 2PM and 5PM to 7PM; and Sunday—2PM to 6PM. Special prayer services will be conducted Monday mornings at 9AM and Wednesday and Friday evenings at 6PM. For more information visit www.parishesonline.com and type in St Vladimir Church Scranton in search box.

TRADITIONAL POLISH BITTER LAMENTATIONS Gorzkie Zale, a traditional Polish Bitter Lamentations, will be held THIS Sunday April 6th at 3:00PM at Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church, 420 Main Road, Buttonwood, Hanover Township. Father Kevin Mulhern, Pastor, invites everyone to this Lenten Service which will be conducted by Father John Albosta, and Father Richard Zavacki. A light reception will follow in the church hall. For more information or directions, please call 570-823-6242. EASTER FLOWER ENVELOPES You are reminded that Easter Flower Donation Envelopes are in your envelope boxes. There is space on the back for memorials. CHOIR PRACTICE FOR HOLY WEEK & EASTER The Choir is practicing for Holy Week and Easter on Tuesday evenings at 6:30PM in St. Francis Church. Please consider joining the choir to help make our services even more beautiful. OPERATION RICE BOWL—You’re invited to participate in CRS Rice Bowl! Our Parish will be participating in CRS Rice Bowl, Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten program, as a way to encounter Jesus through others, especially through the most vulnerable in our world. Rice Bowl Envelopes are in your envelope boxes and can be put in the collection at any time during Lent. The Rice Bowl Collection will be taken up on Holy Thursday. Your prayers, fasting and almsgiving this Lenten season will help Catholic Relief Services continue to provide life-saving assistance in nearly 100 countries. CRS works on our behalf to care for the poorest in our world and to end global poverty. GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION Our Parish will support Christians in the Holy Land thru the Good Friday Collection. Please support our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land by giving to this special collection. The Pontifical collection allows for care of Christianity’s holiest sites and for God’s people living in the Holy Land. Lent runs from until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, April 17th.


LENTEN MOVIE St. Brigid Parish Religious Education, (which includes CCD for the children and Adult Discussion Groups), is extending an invitation to a private viewing of the movie, “Passion of the Christ”. This will be shown at the Cinema Saver, 19 Madison Ave., Endicott, NY, on Saturday, April 12 at 10:00AM. Because of the graphic nature of the film and especially the depiction of the Crucifixion, this will only be for students 6th grade and older, who are accompanied by a parent or have a permission form signed by a parent. All adults of the parish are invited to attend. There is no charge. There will be free popcorn and soda for the students, and the refreshment stand will be open for adults to purchase snacks if they wish. There will be an extra room available for those who need to step out during the viewing. The room can be used for discussion after the movie if anyone is interested. EASTER PLAY AT NEUMANN HALL The children of our religious education program (CCD) will be presenting an Easter Play on April 13th (Palm Sunday). This will take place at Neumann Hall after 10:30AM Mass. We will also have a light lunch, so families are asked to bring snacks or drinks to share. Class will be held at the regular time on this day and those students who have already attended Mass may stay until the time of play. All members of the Parish are invited to attend. In order to prepare for the play, there will also be a Practice Session / Pizza Party on April 6th from 12:00 Noon until 4:00PM. This will be held instead of regular class. CCD CONFESSION SCHEDULE Confessions for CCD Students continue as follows. This Sunday, April 6th—grades 8 thru 12. Confessions for students will be held at the regularly scheduled Confessions times in each Church; Saturday at St. Francis—4:00 to 4:30PM; Sunday at St. Francis—following 8:00AM Mass; and Sunday at St. Augustine— following 10:30AM Mass. “CONSOLING THE HEART OF JESUS” ~ A RETREAT A retreat called, “Consoling the Heart of Jesus”, written by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, begins Sunday, May 4th, and runs for about 10 weeks. Each meeting will be after 10:30AM Mass in Neumann Hall. Meetings will last about 1 1/2 hours and include: prayer, viewing a DVD, and sharing from a “Retreat Companion Workbook”. To ensure you get the necessary book and its retreat companion workbook, please call Rosanne Williams (570-553-2859). Drinks will be provided. Bring a brown bag lunch or a snack to share. IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE POPE Father William Langan, Pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church, Honesdale, in conjunction with local AAA and Colette Tours is conducting a pilgrimage to Germany, Austria and Poland, Oct. 12-24, 2014. Both Father Langan and Father Gregory Reichlen will be traveling with the group. The pilgrimage will visit the sites important in the lives of soon-to-be St. John Paul II and our Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI. For more information or brochures, please contact: Emily Bowen, AAA North Penn, (570) 253-0265 ext. 206 or ebowen@aaanorthpenn.com.

MARY OF NAZARETH The motion picture, Mary of Nazareth by Ignatius Press, will be shown at the Cinemark Theater in Moosic, Pa. on Sunday, May 18th at 2:00PM. This movie is based on the remarkable life of Mary, mother of Christ, from her childhood through the Resurrection of Jesus. Tickets are limited and can only be purchased by mail: Legion of Mary, P.O. Box 250, Scranton, PA 18504. Or call 570-961-2746. Cost for adults: $ 10.00; children 12 and under: $ 7.00. NEUMANN CENTER BOTTLE & CAN DRIVE The CYO basketball teams are sponsoring a bottle & can drive to replace the scoreboard control box. Donations can be left at Neumann Hall Tuesday nights between 6 and 9PM or anytime at the Vestal Center Redemption Center, Route 26 next to the Car Wash and VanDervort’s Mini Mart. (Just mention your donations are to benefit St. Brigid Parish/CYO.) Thank you for your support. OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE FUND RAISER FOR MOM’S HOUSE An Outback Steakhouse Fundraiser to benefit Mom’s House will be held on Thursday, April 24th between 11:00AM and 10:00PM. Support Mom’s House while treating yourself to lunch or dinner out!! Fliers are available in the back of the Churches. Present them while ordering at Outback Steakhouse in Vestal and 15% of your total check will be donated to Mom’s House. Thank you for your support.

CHRISM MASS All the faithful of the Diocese are invited to attend the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Peter, Scranton, on Tuesday, April 15th, at 4:00PM. At this Mass priests from throughout the Diocese will renew their priestly promises before the Bishop, and the oils to be used for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick and Holy Orders will be blessed. Participation in the Chrism Mass is a beautiful way to pray for and support the priests of the Diocese. “The Light Is On For You” will not be held this Monday, April 7th at St. Francis. The Light Is On For You–will continue on April 14th from 5:30-7:00pm, at St. Francis Church, Friendsville, and all the Parishes in the Diocese of Scranton. You are welcome to come to St. Francis Xavier Church or to go to any other Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Scranton. There will be no Penance Service scheduled for St. Brigid Parish, so please make every effort to get to Confession on Monday, April 14th. This will be your last chance before Easter. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION Many people have questions about the Sacrament of Penance. You may have questions that are not addressed adequately here or at all. Please do not hesitate to bring those questions to Fr. Cas or to contact the Diocesan Office for Parish Life for additional resources (570) 207-2213. We will run a few questions in the bulletin beginning this week and continuing throughout Lent. What if I haven’t been to the sacrament for many years? How do I prepare? What do I say? First, don’t be afraid. Jesus said, “Heaven rejoices more for one repentant sinner than for 99 righteous persons who never needed to repent.” The priest will probably be so happy you’ve returned to confession after many years that you will make all the hours he spends in the confessional seem light. Second, try to prepare with the help of a good examination of conscience sheet, but the priest will know that you cannot remember your sins with the precision of someone who came the previous week. Third, get the largest sins off of your shoulders first. Fourth, don’t be afraid to ask the priest for help; most confessors are experts in leading someone in your circumstances through an examination of the “big stuff” in the confessional. Finally, don’t wait. Come back to be reconciled to your loving Father, set off the celebration in heaven, and share your Father’s joy! I’m reluctant to go to confession because I don’t know the Act of Contrition by heart. Confession is not meant to be a memory test. It is good when Catholics have memorized one of the many beautiful acts of contrition, which sum up all of the sentiments and resolutions a Catholic should have in coming to confession. But if you do not know an Act of Contrition by memory, you can always express your sorrow and firm purpose of amendment in your own words, ask the priest to help you, or pray, “Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner who loves you!” What if I’m not comfortable going to confession face-to face? If you prefer to go to confession anonymously, that’s fine. Most churches have traditional confessionals or reconciliation rooms with the option to confess either face-to-face or kneeling behind an opaque screen. In Church law, both the priest and the penitent have the right to opt for the screen if for whatever reason they find that more comfortable. What if I prefer to go to confession to priests at nearby parishes or at Catholic shrines or chapels where confessions are available each day? The most important thing is that you go! You can go to any Catholic priest in good standing with the faculties to Diocese of Scranton – The Light Is On For You – www.dioceseofscranton.org - 6 hear confessions. You may find over time, however, that youwill be helped more in your struggle against sin by a good confessor who has gotten to know you than by confessing to various priests, none of whom really know you. Can I confess my sins over the telephone or via the internet? No, confession is a sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ. We confess our sins to the priest, who absolves us of our sins in the name of Christ. You cannot receive sacramental absolution via the internet or on the phone. Can I be forgiven of the terrible sin of abortion? Yes! Pope John Paul II once wrote to women in your situation, “The Church is aware of the many factors that may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed. Certainly what happened was and remains terribly wrong, but do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope. Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly. If you have not already done so, give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.” Come to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and begin the process of healing. If you would also like to talk outside of the context of the Sacrament of Reconciliation with those who have experience ministering to women who have had abortions, please contact Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Scranton for information about Project Rachel and Rachel’s Vineyard Diocesan Retreat at (570-822-7118 or www.hopeafterabortion.org).


2014 REGULATIONS FOR LENT All faithful of the Diocese of Scranton are reminded of Diocesan Statute No. 41, which addresses the penitential aspect of Lent: “The season of Lent is penitential in nature and during Lent penance should be not only internal and individual, but also external and social (Sacrosanctum Concilium, No. 5, 109). Pastors are obliged to avoid scheduling activities in the parishes which in any way could possibly detract from the external and social penance required by Lent.” During Lent the following fast and abstinence regulations are observed: · Good Friday, April 18th, is a day of fast and abstinence. · Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence. · All Catholics who have reached their 14th birthday are to abstain from eating meat on Good Friday and on all Fridays during Lent. · All Catholics over 18 years of age to the beginning of their 60th year are bound to the obligation of fasting. Those bound by this rule may take only one full meal and two smaller meals unless dispensed or excused. LENTEN REMINDERS Lent is a time for sacrifice and for spiritual renewal as we reflect upon our baptism and the call given to each of us to walk as disciples of the Lord. We are provided with three personal challenges associated with our individual observance of Lent: · Almsgiving – generously giving to those in need · Fasting – practicing self-discipline and self-denial · Prayer – reading, hearing and reflecting on the Word of God Lent is also a penitential season. It is a time to seek forgiveness, to look inward, and to admit our shortcomings and failures. It is a time to regroup and to prepare. How can you spend your time during Lent? · By “giving up” things you hunger after, such as sweets or alcohol; or activities you desire, such as vacations, concerts or movies. · By “doing” things to help others, such as offering an extra donation to the poor or helping those in need by providing food or clothing. · By “adding” to our normal routine, such as going to daily Mass, praying the Stations of the Cross and going to confession. HOW TO MAKE A GOOD CONFESSION Preparation: Before going to confession, take some time to examine your conscience. This might be done by reviewing your life in comparison to the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the example of Christ’s life. Pray to God for forgiveness. Going to Confession: 1. The priest will welcome you, and you both make the sign of the cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 2. You continue with these traditional words: Bless me Father, for I have sinned. It has been (how long) since my last confession. You might also add any other background that will allow the priest to be most helpful to you in the circumstances of your everyday life. 3. The priest will encourage you to have trust in God, and invite you to confess your sins. Speak freely and honestly – nothing you say in confession will ever be repeated by the priest. The priest may talk with you about how to make up for the sins you confess. He will then assign an act of penance corresponding to the nature of the sins – this may take the form of prayer, self-denial, and especially service to one’s neighbor. 4. Act of Contrition – you offer a prayer expressing sorrow for your sins and resolving not to sin again. You may say this in your own words, or use this traditional prayer: My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy. 5. Following this prayer, the priest extends his hands over your head and says the words of absolution: God the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son, has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins. Through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. As the priest concludes this prayer, he will make the sign of the cross over your head – you bless yourself and respond, Amen. 6. The priest will invite you to go in peace. After Confession: When you leave the confession room, take a few minutes of private prayer and thanksgiving. Plan how you will complete the assigned act of penance. Make a firm resolve to continue your conversion by a life renewed according to the Gospel and the love of God.

SCHEDULE FOR STATIONS OF THE CROSS Stations at St. Augustine will not be held this Tuesday. Stations will be held Friday evening at 6:00PM at St. Augustine. Stations are Fridays following 12 Noon Mass at St. Francis. AUTHENTIC REPLICA OF THE SHROUD OF TURN St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church of Scranton will be hosting an authentic replica of the Shroud of Turin continuing thru Friday, April 11th. All are warmly invited to visit and view the Shroud and learn of its history and authenticity. Visitation hours are: Weekdays—10AM to 1PM and 4PM to 7PM; Saturday—11AM to 2PM and 5PM to 7PM; and Sunday—2PM to 6PM. Special prayer services will be conducted Monday mornings at 9AM and Wednesday and Friday evenings at 6PM. For more information visit www.parishesonline.com and type in St Vladimir Church Scranton in search box.

TRADITIONAL POLISH BITTER LAMENTATIONS Gorzkie Zale, a traditional Polish Bitter Lamentations, will be held THIS Sunday April 6th at 3:00PM at Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church, 420 Main Road, Buttonwood, Hanover Township. Father Kevin Mulhern, Pastor, invites everyone to this Lenten Service which will be conducted by Father John Albosta, and Father Richard Zavacki. A light reception will follow in the church hall. For more information or directions, please call 570-823-6242. EASTER FLOWER ENVELOPES You are reminded that Easter Flower Donation Envelopes are in your envelope boxes. There is space on the back for memorials. CHOIR PRACTICE FOR HOLY WEEK & EASTER The Choir is practicing for Holy Week and Easter on Tuesday evenings at 6:30PM in St. Francis Church. Please consider joining the choir to help make our services even more beautiful. OPERATION RICE BOWL—You’re invited to participate in CRS Rice Bowl! Our Parish will be participating in CRS Rice Bowl, Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten program, as a way to encounter Jesus through others, especially through the most vulnerable in our world. Rice Bowl Envelopes are in your envelope boxes and can be put in the collection at any time during Lent. The Rice Bowl Collection will be taken up on Holy Thursday. Your prayers, fasting and almsgiving this Lenten season will help Catholic Relief Services continue to provide life-saving assistance in nearly 100 countries. CRS works on our behalf to care for the poorest in our world and to end global poverty. GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION Our Parish will support Christians in the Holy Land thru the Good Friday Collection. Please support our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land by giving to this special collection. The Pontifical collection allows for care of Christianity’s holiest sites and for God’s people living in the Holy Land. Lent runs from until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, April 17th.


LENTEN MOVIE St. Brigid Parish Religious Education, (which includes CCD for the children and Adult Discussion Groups), is extending an invitation to a private viewing of the movie, “Passion of the Christ”. This will be shown at the Cinema Saver, 19 Madison Ave., Endicott, NY, on Saturday, April 12 at 10:00AM. Because of the graphic nature of the film and especially the depiction of the Crucifixion, this will only be for students 6th grade and older, who are accompanied by a parent or have a permission form signed by a parent. All adults of the parish are invited to attend. There is no charge. There will be free popcorn and soda for the students, and the refreshment stand will be open for adults to purchase snacks if they wish. There will be an extra room available for those who need to step out during the viewing. The room can be used for discussion after the movie if anyone is interested. EASTER PLAY AT NEUMANN HALL The children of our religious education program (CCD) will be presenting an Easter Play on April 13th (Palm Sunday). This will take place at Neumann Hall after 10:30AM Mass. We will also have a light lunch, so families are asked to bring snacks or drinks to share. Class will be held at the regular time on this day and those students who have already attended Mass may stay until the time of play. All members of the Parish are invited to attend. In order to prepare for the play, there will also be a Practice Session / Pizza Party on April 6th from 12:00 Noon until 4:00PM. This will be held instead of regular class. CCD CONFESSION SCHEDULE Confessions for CCD Students continue as follows. This Sunday, April 6th—grades 8 thru 12. Confessions for students will be held at the regularly scheduled Confessions times in each Church; Saturday at St. Francis—4:00 to 4:30PM; Sunday at St. Francis—following 8:00AM Mass; and Sunday at St. Augustine— following 10:30AM Mass. “CONSOLING THE HEART OF JESUS” ~ A RETREAT A retreat called, “Consoling the Heart of Jesus”, written by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, begins Sunday, May 4th, and runs for about 10 weeks. Each meeting will be after 10:30AM Mass in Neumann Hall. Meetings will last about 1 1/2 hours and include: prayer, viewing a DVD, and sharing from a “Retreat Companion Workbook”. To ensure you get the necessary book and its retreat companion workbook, please call Rosanne Williams (570-553-2859). Drinks will be provided. Bring a brown bag lunch or a snack to share. IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE POPE Father William Langan, Pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church, Honesdale, in conjunction with local AAA and Colette Tours is conducting a pilgrimage to Germany, Austria and Poland, Oct. 12-24, 2014. Both Father Langan and Father Gregory Reichlen will be traveling with the group. The pilgrimage will visit the sites important in the lives of soon-to-be St. John Paul II and our Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI. For more information or brochures, please contact: Emily Bowen, AAA North Penn, (570) 253-0265 ext. 206 or ebowen@aaanorthpenn.com.

MARY OF NAZARETH The motion picture, Mary of Nazareth by Ignatius Press, will be shown at the Cinemark Theater in Moosic, Pa. on Sunday, May 18th at 2:00PM. This movie is based on the remarkable life of Mary, mother of Christ, from her childhood through the Resurrection of Jesus. Tickets are limited and can only be purchased by mail: Legion of Mary, P.O. Box 250, Scranton, PA 18504. Or call 570-961-2746. Cost for adults: $ 10.00; children 12 and under: $ 7.00. NEUMANN CENTER BOTTLE & CAN DRIVE The CYO basketball teams are sponsoring a bottle & can drive to replace the scoreboard control box. Donations can be left at Neumann Hall Tuesday nights between 6 and 9PM or anytime at the Vestal Center Redemption Center, Route 26 next to the Car Wash and VanDervort’s Mini Mart. (Just mention your donations are to benefit St. Brigid Parish/CYO.) Thank you for your support. OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE FUND RAISER FOR MOM’S HOUSE An Outback Steakhouse Fundraiser to benefit Mom’s House will be held on Thursday, April 24th between 11:00AM and 10:00PM. Support Mom’s House while treating yourself to lunch or dinner out!! Fliers are available in the back of the Churches. Present them while ordering at Outback Steakhouse in Vestal and 15% of your total check will be donated to Mom’s House. Thank you for your support.

CHRISM MASS All the faithful of the Diocese are invited to attend the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Peter, Scranton, on Tuesday, April 15th, at 4:00PM. At this Mass priests from throughout the Diocese will renew their priestly promises before the Bishop, and the oils to be used for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick and Holy Orders will be blessed. Participation in the Chrism Mass is a beautiful way to pray for and support the priests of the Diocese. “The Light Is On For You” will not be held this Monday, April 7th at St. Francis. The Light Is On For You–will continue on April 14th from 5:30-7:00pm, at St. Francis Church, Friendsville, and all the Parishes in the Diocese of Scranton. You are welcome to come to St. Francis Xavier Church or to go to any other Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Scranton. There will be no Penance Service scheduled for St. Brigid Parish, so please make every effort to get to Confession on Monday, April 14th. This will be your last chance before Easter. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION Many people have questions about the Sacrament of Penance. You may have questions that are not addressed adequately here or at all. Please do not hesitate to bring those questions to Fr. Cas or to contact the Diocesan Office for Parish Life for additional resources (570) 207-2213. We will run a few questions in the bulletin beginning this week and continuing throughout Lent. What if I haven’t been to the sacrament for many years? How do I prepare? What do I say? First, don’t be afraid. Jesus said, “Heaven rejoices more for one repentant sinner than for 99 righteous persons who never needed to repent.” The priest will probably be so happy you’ve returned to confession after many years that you will make all the hours he spends in the confessional seem light. Second, try to prepare with the help of a good examination of conscience sheet, but the priest will know that you cannot remember your sins with the precision of someone who came the previous week. Third, get the largest sins off of your shoulders first. Fourth, don’t be afraid to ask the priest for help; most confessors are experts in leading someone in your circumstances through an examination of the “big stuff” in the confessional. Finally, don’t wait. Come back to be reconciled to your loving Father, set off the celebration in heaven, and share your Father’s joy! I’m reluctant to go to confession because I don’t know the Act of Contrition by heart. Confession is not meant to be a memory test. It is good when Catholics have memorized one of the many beautiful acts of contrition, which sum up all of the sentiments and resolutions a Catholic should have in coming to confession. But if you do not know an Act of Contrition by memory, you can always express your sorrow and firm purpose of amendment in your own words, ask the priest to help you, or pray, “Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner who loves you!” What if I’m not comfortable going to confession face-to face? If you prefer to go to confession anonymously, that’s fine. Most churches have traditional confessionals or reconciliation rooms with the option to confess either face-to-face or kneeling behind an opaque screen. In Church law, both the priest and the penitent have the right to opt for the screen if for whatever reason they find that more comfortable. What if I prefer to go to confession to priests at nearby parishes or at Catholic shrines or chapels where confessions are available each day? The most important thing is that you go! You can go to any Catholic priest in good standing with the faculties to Diocese of Scranton – The Light Is On For You – www.dioceseofscranton.org - 6 hear confessions. You may find over time, however, that youwill be helped more in your struggle against sin by a good confessor who has gotten to know you than by confessing to various priests, none of whom really know you. Can I confess my sins over the telephone or via the internet? No, confession is a sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ. We confess our sins to the priest, who absolves us of our sins in the name of Christ. You cannot receive sacramental absolution via the internet or on the phone. Can I be forgiven of the terrible sin of abortion? Yes! Pope John Paul II once wrote to women in your situation, “The Church is aware of the many factors that may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed. Certainly what happened was and remains terribly wrong, but do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope. Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly. If you have not already done so, give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.” Come to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and begin the process of healing. If you would also like to talk outside of the context of the Sacrament of Reconciliation with those who have experience ministering to women who have had abortions, please contact Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Scranton for information about Project Rachel and Rachel’s Vineyard Diocesan Retreat at (570-822-7118 or www.hopeafterabortion.org).

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