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ASH WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE Wednesday, Feb. 14—6:00PM—St. Francis: Lectors—Betty Ellen Hardy & Andy Potocek; Servers—volunteer; Rosary—Betty Ellen Hardy; Cantor—Marilee Beyer WEEKEND MINISTRY SCHEDULE Saturday, Feb. 17—4:30PM—St. Francis: Lectors—Larry & Thomas O’Reilly; Servers—Declan & Daegan Giannone; Rosary—volunteer needed; Cantor—Patti Dudock Sunday, Feb. 18—8:00AM—St. Francis: Lectors—Bill Dovin & Andy Potocek; Servers—Shelby Funk; Rosary—Helen Burns; Cantor—Mary Shaughnessy Sunday, Feb. 18—10:30AM—St. Augustine:

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

PARISH MISSION STATEMENT

DECEASED Please pray for the deceased, especially Robert Allen, father of Bob (Maureen) Allen. May he rest in peace. Amen.

A Devotional Candle at St. Francis b u r n s for a Special Intention offered by Joe Purr. A Devotional Candle at St. Francis burns for continued good health for Fr. Cas. A Devotional Candle at St. Francis burns in Memory of Leo Guiton offered by Loretta Guiton. A Devotional Candle at St. Francis burns for a Special Intention offered anonymously. The Sanctuary Light at St. Augustine burns for a Special Intention offered by Beverly Pasteka. CHURCH CLEANING St. Francis cleaners for the month of February—Kathy Gage.

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(St. Brigid’s Cross) .

PRAYER LIST Lord, hear our prayers for the sick of our Parish and Community listed below & for those who are not listed and in need of our prayers, especially those suffering from cancer and/or Lyme disease.

ARMED FORCES LIST Please pray for those in our Armed Forces, especially those from our Parish & Community, Ryan Gormley, Patrick Allen, Christopher Reichlen, Shane Kalpokas, Mike Griffith, Matthew Kramer, Dustin Ryder, Bobby Brostoski, Steven Shelp, Ricky Trowbridge, Daniel Daly, A. Jay Tewksbury, Ryan Neville, Jennifer Buttacavoli, Andrew Muscarelle, Adam Barziloski, Lukas Crisman, John Matousek, Lisa Phillips, Carrie Krouse, Mark W. Gregg, Ryan Newberry, Wayne M. Bennett, Quinn Gurn, Duane Thomas, Joseph Elliott, Bradley J. Bryant, Amberlynn Villanella, Jeremiah Curley, Jacob Balchikonis, Marty Conboy, John Baltsley, Rip VanWinkle, Jonathan Green, Ryan Hardy, and all who serve with them. May they all be protected & safe from harm & return home soon to their families and friends. Amen.

-mail: sfxc@epix.net Father Casimir Stanis, Pastor Kenneth S. Brennan, Deacon


WORLD DAY OF THE SICK THIS Sunday, February 11th is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes & World Day of the Sick. If you wish to receive the Sacrament of the Sick, anointing will follow ALL Masses this weekend. (If you would like to be anointed but can’t attend Mass, please call the office 570-553-2288 to arrange anointing.) Please pray for all the sick in our Parish, Community and World. THANK YOU—CARE & EDUCATION OF PRIESTS St. Brigid Parish Collection total for last weekend’s collection for the Care & Education of Priests was $ 693.00. Thank you all for your generosity! BLESSED CANDLES Blessed Candles are available in the back of Church. A small box is next to them for donations. PARISH LOTTERY CALENDARS Parish Lottery Calendars are available in the back of the Churches. Calendars are $ 20.00 each and run from April 1st thru December 31st, 2018. Each family is asked to take at least (5) calendars to sell. There are both packages of (5) calendars and loose (single) calendars. (Please do not break up packages.) You are asked to sign the calendars out on the sign out sheet provided. MASS SCHEDULE Church - VIGIL: 6TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JOSEPH & HELEN GRIFFIN by Mike & Mary Ellen Griffin St. Francis Church - 6TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME INTENTIONS OF OUR PARISHIONERS St. Augustine Church - JOE ADAMS by Judy, Family & a Friend St. Francis Church St. Augustine Church - JAMES LAMARCA by Rosalynd Perlick St. Augustine Church St. Francis Church JERRY CONBOY by Romeyn & Alice Carr St. Francis Church St. Francis Church - MEMORIAL MASS—STEPHEN J. CAPRIO St. Francis Church - VIGIL: FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT FLORIAN “FLO” PASTEKA by Rich Lee St. Francis Church - FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT INTENTIONS OF OUR PARISHIONERS St. Augustine Church -

Sat.

Feb. 10 4:30PM St. Francis

Sun.

Feb. 11 8:00AM

10:30AM Mon. Feb. 12 12:00NN Tue. Feb. 13 8:30AM Wed. Feb. 14 7:30AM 6:00PM Thur. Feb. 15 8:30AM Fri. Feb. 16 12:00NN Sat. Feb. 17 4:30PM Sun.

Feb. 18 8:00AM 10:30AM

WEEKLY STEWARDSHIP REPORT Thank you for your kindness & generosity in our weekly collections: St. Francis (4:30PM) $ 1,226.00; St. Francis (8:00AM) $ 901.00; St. Augustine (10:30AM) $ 1,361.10. LIFELINES “The Church affirms the inviolable dignity of every person, regardless of the duration or extent of the person’s incapacity or dependency. Nothing diminishes the unchangeable dignity and sanctity of a person’s life, or the obligation to protect and care for it.” ~USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities “Catholic Considerations for Our Earthly Passing” Www.usccb.org/end-of-life-considerations CHOIR PRACTICE Choir practice—Tuesday evening - 6:00PM - St. Francis Church. New members welcome. CHILDREN’S WORSHIP BULLETINS

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ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST An all you can eat breakfast, will be held THIS Sunday, February 11th at the Little Meadows Fire Station from 7:00AM to 11:00AM. Menu includes: scrambled eggs, bacon, home fries, sausage gravy with biscuits, pancakes, baked goods and beverages. Cost for adults is $ 9.00; children is $ 6.00. Benefits the Little Meadows Fire Company. All are welcome to attend. SPRUCE UP ST. AUGUSTINE MEETING A meeting will be held on Sunday, February 18th, following the 10:30AM Mass at St. Augustine Church. Anyone who is interested in helping either by offering their ideas or by doing some of the work, is welcome to stay after Mass and attend the meeting. THINK SPRING St. Brigid Altar & Rosary Society is having a “Flower Event” on Saturday, March 24th, from 1 to 3PM at Neumann Hall, Choconut. Cost is $ 20.00 per person. Bring a friend (or two) to make a pre-Easter LIVE flower arrangement. Light refreshments will be served. Pre-Paid Reservations must be made by Thursday, March 15th, by calling Ellen Bieleski (570)934-2674 or by placing a envelope in the collection basket marked “Flower Event”. HELP US CELEBRATE MARGARET FLAHERTY’S BIRTHDAY Help us celebrate Margaret Flaherty's Birthday (2/9/??) and show her just how special she is by sending her a birthday note/wish/card.... Ms. Margaret Flaherty, 1339 Kinney Rd., Friendsville, PA 18818. Many thanks from, Those Blessed to have her as Family SPECIAL THANK YOU A very special thank to Fr. Cas for the beautiful service for Joe. Thank you also to Bette Brown for all her help. Special thanks to everyone who called, sent cards, Mass cards, offered their prayers, and made donations at the time of Joe’s passing. ~ Lucille Conigliaro and the Family of Joe Conigliaro PARISH PRAYER CHAIN If you would like to respond to prayer requests, or if you have a prayer request, please contact Rosalynd Perlick (570-663-2212), Susie Reichlen (570-553-2618), or Mary Keenan (570-553-2431). Many prayers will be offered for these intentions. ADORATION HOURS AVAILABLE Adoration Hours available: Friday—12Noon to 1PM; 1-2PM; 2-3PM; and 7-8PM. To volunteer, call Rosalynd Perlick (570-663-2212).


ASH WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE Wednesday, Feb. 14—6:00PM—St. Francis: Lectors—Betty Ellen Hardy & Andy Potocek; Servers—volunteer; Rosary—Betty Ellen Hardy; Cantor—Marilee Beyer WEEKEND MINISTRY SCHEDULE Saturday, Feb. 17—4:30PM—St. Francis: Lectors—Larry & Thomas O’Reilly; Servers—Declan & Daegan Giannone; Rosary—volunteer needed; Cantor—Patti Dudock Sunday, Feb. 18—8:00AM—St. Francis: Lectors—Bill Dovin & Andy Potocek; Servers—Shelby Funk; Rosary—Helen Burns; Cantor—Mary Shaughnessy Sunday, Feb. 18—10:30AM—St. Augustine:

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

PARISH MISSION STATEMENT

DECEASED Please pray for the deceased, especially Robert Allen, father of Bob (Maureen) Allen. May he rest in peace. Amen.

A Devotional Candle at St. Francis b u r n s for a Special Intention offered by Joe Purr. A Devotional Candle at St. Francis burns for continued good health for Fr. Cas. A Devotional Candle at St. Francis burns in Memory of Leo Guiton offered by Loretta Guiton. A Devotional Candle at St. Francis burns for a Special Intention offered anonymously. The Sanctuary Light at St. Augustine burns for a Special Intention offered by Beverly Pasteka. CHURCH CLEANING St. Francis cleaners for the month of February—Kathy Gage.

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(St. Brigid’s Cross) .

PRAYER LIST Lord, hear our prayers for the sick of our Parish and Community listed below & for those who are not listed and in need of our prayers, especially those suffering from cancer and/or Lyme disease.

ARMED FORCES LIST Please pray for those in our Armed Forces, especially those from our Parish & Community, Ryan Gormley, Patrick Allen, Christopher Reichlen, Shane Kalpokas, Mike Griffith, Matthew Kramer, Dustin Ryder, Bobby Brostoski, Steven Shelp, Ricky Trowbridge, Daniel Daly, A. Jay Tewksbury, Ryan Neville, Jennifer Buttacavoli, Andrew Muscarelle, Adam Barziloski, Lukas Crisman, John Matousek, Lisa Phillips, Carrie Krouse, Mark W. Gregg, Ryan Newberry, Wayne M. Bennett, Quinn Gurn, Duane Thomas, Joseph Elliott, Bradley J. Bryant, Amberlynn Villanella, Jeremiah Curley, Jacob Balchikonis, Marty Conboy, John Baltsley, Rip VanWinkle, Jonathan Green, Ryan Hardy, and all who serve with them. May they all be protected & safe from harm & return home soon to their families and friends. Amen.

-mail: sfxc@epix.net Father Casimir Stanis, Pastor Kenneth S. Brennan, Deacon


WORLD DAY OF THE SICK THIS Sunday, February 11th is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes & World Day of the Sick. If you wish to receive the Sacrament of the Sick, anointing will follow ALL Masses this weekend. (If you would like to be anointed but can’t attend Mass, please call the office 570-553-2288 to arrange anointing.) Please pray for all the sick in our Parish, Community and World. THANK YOU—CARE & EDUCATION OF PRIESTS St. Brigid Parish Collection total for last weekend’s collection for the Care & Education of Priests was $ 693.00. Thank you all for your generosity! BLESSED CANDLES Blessed Candles are available in the back of Church. A small box is next to them for donations. PARISH LOTTERY CALENDARS Parish Lottery Calendars are available in the back of the Churches. Calendars are $ 20.00 each and run from April 1st thru December 31st, 2018. Each family is asked to take at least (5) calendars to sell. There are both packages of (5) calendars and loose (single) calendars. (Please do not break up packages.) You are asked to sign the calendars out on the sign out sheet provided. MASS SCHEDULE Church - VIGIL: 6TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JOSEPH & HELEN GRIFFIN by Mike & Mary Ellen Griffin St. Francis Church - 6TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME INTENTIONS OF OUR PARISHIONERS St. Augustine Church - JOE ADAMS by Judy, Family & a Friend St. Francis Church St. Augustine Church - JAMES LAMARCA by Rosalynd Perlick St. Augustine Church St. Francis Church JERRY CONBOY by Romeyn & Alice Carr St. Francis Church St. Francis Church - MEMORIAL MASS—STEPHEN J. CAPRIO St. Francis Church - VIGIL: FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT FLORIAN “FLO” PASTEKA by Rich Lee St. Francis Church - FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT INTENTIONS OF OUR PARISHIONERS St. Augustine Church -

Sat.

Feb. 10 4:30PM St. Francis

Sun.

Feb. 11 8:00AM

10:30AM Mon. Feb. 12 12:00NN Tue. Feb. 13 8:30AM Wed. Feb. 14 7:30AM 6:00PM Thur. Feb. 15 8:30AM Fri. Feb. 16 12:00NN Sat. Feb. 17 4:30PM Sun.

Feb. 18 8:00AM 10:30AM

WEEKLY STEWARDSHIP REPORT Thank you for your kindness & generosity in our weekly collections: St. Francis (4:30PM) $ 1,226.00; St. Francis (8:00AM) $ 901.00; St. Augustine (10:30AM) $ 1,361.10. LIFELINES “The Church affirms the inviolable dignity of every person, regardless of the duration or extent of the person’s incapacity or dependency. Nothing diminishes the unchangeable dignity and sanctity of a person’s life, or the obligation to protect and care for it.” ~USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities “Catholic Considerations for Our Earthly Passing” Www.usccb.org/end-of-life-considerations CHOIR PRACTICE Choir practice—Tuesday evening - 6:00PM - St. Francis Church. New members welcome. CHILDREN’S WORSHIP BULLETINS

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ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST An all you can eat breakfast, will be held THIS Sunday, February 11th at the Little Meadows Fire Station from 7:00AM to 11:00AM. Menu includes: scrambled eggs, bacon, home fries, sausage gravy with biscuits, pancakes, baked goods and beverages. Cost for adults is $ 9.00; children is $ 6.00. Benefits the Little Meadows Fire Company. All are welcome to attend. SPRUCE UP ST. AUGUSTINE MEETING A meeting will be held on Sunday, February 18th, following the 10:30AM Mass at St. Augustine Church. Anyone who is interested in helping either by offering their ideas or by doing some of the work, is welcome to stay after Mass and attend the meeting. THINK SPRING St. Brigid Altar & Rosary Society is having a “Flower Event” on Saturday, March 24th, from 1 to 3PM at Neumann Hall, Choconut. Cost is $ 20.00 per person. Bring a friend (or two) to make a pre-Easter LIVE flower arrangement. Light refreshments will be served. Pre-Paid Reservations must be made by Thursday, March 15th, by calling Ellen Bieleski (570)934-2674 or by placing a envelope in the collection basket marked “Flower Event”. HELP US CELEBRATE MARGARET FLAHERTY’S BIRTHDAY Help us celebrate Margaret Flaherty's Birthday (2/9/??) and show her just how special she is by sending her a birthday note/wish/card.... Ms. Margaret Flaherty, 1339 Kinney Rd., Friendsville, PA 18818. Many thanks from, Those Blessed to have her as Family SPECIAL THANK YOU A very special thank to Fr. Cas for the beautiful service for Joe. Thank you also to Bette Brown for all her help. Special thanks to everyone who called, sent cards, Mass cards, offered their prayers, and made donations at the time of Joe’s passing. ~ Lucille Conigliaro and the Family of Joe Conigliaro PARISH PRAYER CHAIN If you would like to respond to prayer requests, or if you have a prayer request, please contact Rosalynd Perlick (570-663-2212), Susie Reichlen (570-553-2618), or Mary Keenan (570-553-2431). Many prayers will be offered for these intentions. ADORATION HOURS AVAILABLE Adoration Hours available: Friday—12Noon to 1PM; 1-2PM; 2-3PM; and 7-8PM. To volunteer, call Rosalynd Perlick (570-663-2212).


ASH WEDNESDAY—FEBRUARY 14TH The schedule for Mass and distribution of Ashes is: 7:30AM—St. Augustine Church—Deacon Ken Brennan will distribute Ashes 6:00PM—St. Francis Xavier Church—Fr. Cas will say Mass and distribute Ashes Ash Wednesday is a day of universal fast and abstinence in the Church. On this day, ashes are blessed and imposed after the homily. These ashes are of branches of the olive tree, or, according to custom, of the palm tree or other trees, which have been blessed the previous year. Apart from Mass, a liturgy of the Word precedes the rite of blessing, concluding with general intercessions, the Lord’s Prayer, and a hymn. The ordinary minister of the blessing of ashes is a priest or deacon. Others (e.g., special ministers of communion) may assist with the imposition of ashes where there is a genuine need, especially for the sick and shut-ins. One of the following formulas is used: Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel. Or Remember, you are dust and unto dust you shall return. ***************************************************************************************** 2018 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, March 30th, 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 Ash Wednesday, 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.

“THE LIGHT IS ON FOR YOU” As we begin this season of Lenten preparation on February 14th, each of us is invited to reflect on those choices which will bring about the new life we celebrate in Easter. For this reason, the Church invites us to experience Lent as a time for deepened prayer, personal sacrifice, and self-giving – all so that we can be raised to new life in Christ! The Church encourages us to make confession a regular part of our spiritual life, especially during the holy season of Lent, as we reflect on our baptism and repentance. Bishop Joseph C. Bambera is helping to make this experience possible by arranging for a Lenten initiative called The Light Is On For You. IN ST. BRIGID PARISH, because in past years no one has attended “The Light Is On For You”, in the first weeks of Lent, Fr. Cas will not be hearing Confessions until the later weeks of Lent. The schedule for “The Light Is On For You”, Confessions in St. Brigid Parish is as follows: March 5th, 12th, and 19th, from 6:00 to 7:00PM at St. Francis Xavier Church, Friendsville. This is a great opportunity for confession so that Catholics can come to or return to this incredible source of God’s grace, mercy and healing. The website, www.dioceseofscranton.org/light has materials to assist you in preparing to make a good confession, prayers you may find helpful, and answers to frequently asked questions. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ NOTICE REGARDING REPORTING SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR It is the policy of the Diocese of Scranton to report any allegation of sexual abuse of a minor to law enforcement. If you are a victim of sexual abuse committed by a priest, deacon, religious or lay employee or volunteer of the Diocese of Scranton, you are encouraged to immediately report the matter to law enforcement. If any priest, deacon, religious, lay employee or volunteer of the Diocese of Scranton has cause or reason to suspect that a minor has been subjected to any form of abuse, including child sexual abuse, the matter will be reported to law enforcement. In accordance with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Laws, reports of suspected child abuse should also be made immediately by phone to the 24-Hour Child Abuse hotline (ChildLine) at 1-800-932-0313 or electronically at www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis It is also the policy of the Diocese to adhere to all civil and state regulations. To this end, the Diocese is equally committed to adhering to the norms of the Code of Canon Law and to upholding the tenets of the USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, which includes supporting victims of sexual abuse in their pursuit of emotional and spiritual well-being. As such, information regarding an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor should also be reported to the Victim Assistance Coordinator Mary Beth Pacuska at (570-862-7551) or to Diocesan officials, including the Vicar General, Monsignor Thomas M. Muldowney, V.G., at (570-207-2269).


SCHEDULE FOR STATIONS OF THE CROSS Stations will be held Friday, February 16th, following Noon Mass at St. Francis Church. Stations will be held Friday, February 16th, at 6:00PM at St. Augustine Church. Stations of the Cross will continue with the above schedule all Friday’s during Lent. EASTER FLOWER ENVELOPES You are reminded that Easter Flower Donation Envelopes are in your envelope boxes. There is space on the back for memorials. LENTEN READING MATERIALS In the back of the Churches are copies of the Lenten Edition of “The Word Among Us”, “Catholic Digest”, “Little Black Books (Adults)”, “Little Purple Books” (children), and “Lenten Meditations”. Please feel free to take a copy home with you and use as part of your daily Lenten meditations. BIBLE STUDY Study is held Tuesday mornings beginning at 10:30AM, at Neumann Hall. New members are always welcome. Study is based on the readings used at Mass on the following weekend.

CHOIR PRACTICE FOR LENT, HOLY WEEK & EASTER The Choir is practicing for Lent, Holy Week and Easter on Tuesday evenings at 6:00PM in St. Francis Church. New members are always welcome. OPERATION RICE BOWL—ENCOUNTER LENT Join our faith community—and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States— in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter with CRS Rice Bowl. During the 40 days of Lent, as companions on the journey, we will encounter our neighbor.

FOOD CARDS/FOOD PANTRY EASTER FOOD CARDS: We have a total of (19) 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. Donation deadline is March 26th. 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. FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION VIA THE WEINBERG FOOD BANK On Tuesday, February 20th, the Food Pantry will be held at Little Meadows United Methodist Church from 12Noon to 2:00PM and 5-6PM. This is for low income Susquehanna County residents only. DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE ANNULMENT PROCESS? In the Diocese of Scranton, the annulment process is now more “user friendly” than you might expect, and there is no longer a processing fee. Please contact Fr. Cas or the Diocesan Tribunal Office (570-207-2246) to begin a conversation. It is possible for you to get clear answers to your questions and renew your connection with the Church. Retrouvaille is a program that helps couples who are experiencing tension, stress & loneliness in their relationship. The program helps couples, even those separated and divorced to better communicate & resolve conflicts in their relationships. Call 1-800-470-2230 or visit the website www.helpourmarriage.org for more information or to pre-register. All calls are confidential. Cost of program is by donation. The next local weekend is March 2—4, at the Ramada Inn, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. Contact: Nettie & Bob Goldate (570-587-0415). SPECIAL DIOCESAN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS Bishop Joseph C. Bambera & the Office for Parish Life invite couples celebrating their 25th or 50th wedding anniversary in 2018 to a Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, June 10th, at 2:30PM at St. Peter’s Cathedral followed by a reception. Requests for an invitation, with a mailing address, should be made through St. Brigid Parish Office by March 12th.

Lent runs from Ash Wednesday, February 14th until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, March 29th.

OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY 2020 OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY trip to the Bavarian hamlet of Oberammergau. The trip is 12 days - July 7th-19th, 2020. Cost: $2,839.00 per person, (includes taxes, fees, & CTA Travel Group Discount). Airfare, insurance, and any pre/post stays will be an additional cost. Prices are subject to change and will be confirmed by August 31st, 2019. SPACE IS LIMITED—MAKE YOUR RESERVATION TODAY! Contact: CTA Travel - Cathie Lentz Fryer or Kristin Bartkus at (800) 758-4955 / email cathief@ctatravel.com or kristinb@ctatravel.com or Helen Burns (570)744-1465; hburns72142@yahoo.com . A deposit of $ 225.00 is required. There are still (8) seats available. If you are interested, please contact one of the people above as soon as possible. The Passion Play is only presented once every 10 years so don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to see it!!

ASH WEDNESDAY RETREAT The Office for Parish Life will offer a Retreat on Ash Wednesday, February 14th, at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 330 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton. The day will begin at 9:00AM and end at 2:30PM. Fr. Thomas P. Looney, CSC, will lead the retreat with the theme “Create a Clean Heart in Me, O God.” Fr. Looney is the College Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre. The retreat day will include Mass celebrated in St. Peter’s Cathedral with distribution of ashes. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available prior to Mass, and lunch will be served after Mass. Cost is $30.00, which includes lunch. To register, call Mary Anne Malone at the Office for Parish Life, 570-207-2213, ext. 1100. EVENING OF REFLECTION ON THE PASCHAL TRIDUUM The Scranton Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) will be holding an Evening of Reflection on the Paschal Triduum on Tuesday, March 6th, 6:00 to 8:30PM at St. Ann's Basilic Parish, 1233 St. Ann Street, Scranton. The Evening will be facilitated by Sr. Catherine Luxner, IHM, Director of Campus Ministry at Marywood University. Evening begins with dinner, followed by the presentation & Night Prayer. There is no fee. A free-will offering will be taken up to help offset the cost of dinner. For more info or to register, contact David Baloga, Scranton NPM Program Director at 570-207-2213 ext. 1158, or visit ScrantonNPM.com by Thursday, March 1st.


ASH WEDNESDAY—FEBRUARY 14TH The schedule for Mass and distribution of Ashes is: 7:30AM—St. Augustine Church—Deacon Ken Brennan will distribute Ashes 6:00PM—St. Francis Xavier Church—Fr. Cas will say Mass and distribute Ashes Ash Wednesday is a day of universal fast and abstinence in the Church. On this day, ashes are blessed and imposed after the homily. These ashes are of branches of the olive tree, or, according to custom, of the palm tree or other trees, which have been blessed the previous year. Apart from Mass, a liturgy of the Word precedes the rite of blessing, concluding with general intercessions, the Lord’s Prayer, and a hymn. The ordinary minister of the blessing of ashes is a priest or deacon. Others (e.g., special ministers of communion) may assist with the imposition of ashes where there is a genuine need, especially for the sick and shut-ins. One of the following formulas is used: Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel. Or Remember, you are dust and unto dust you shall return. ***************************************************************************************** 2018 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, March 30th, 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 Ash Wednesday, 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.

“THE LIGHT IS ON FOR YOU” As we begin this season of Lenten preparation on February 14th, each of us is invited to reflect on those choices which will bring about the new life we celebrate in Easter. For this reason, the Church invites us to experience Lent as a time for deepened prayer, personal sacrifice, and self-giving – all so that we can be raised to new life in Christ! The Church encourages us to make confession a regular part of our spiritual life, especially during the holy season of Lent, as we reflect on our baptism and repentance. Bishop Joseph C. Bambera is helping to make this experience possible by arranging for a Lenten initiative called The Light Is On For You. IN ST. BRIGID PARISH, because in past years no one has attended “The Light Is On For You”, in the first weeks of Lent, Fr. Cas will not be hearing Confessions until the later weeks of Lent. The schedule for “The Light Is On For You”, Confessions in St. Brigid Parish is as follows: March 5th, 12th, and 19th, from 6:00 to 7:00PM at St. Francis Xavier Church, Friendsville. This is a great opportunity for confession so that Catholics can come to or return to this incredible source of God’s grace, mercy and healing. The website, www.dioceseofscranton.org/light has materials to assist you in preparing to make a good confession, prayers you may find helpful, and answers to frequently asked questions. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ NOTICE REGARDING REPORTING SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR It is the policy of the Diocese of Scranton to report any allegation of sexual abuse of a minor to law enforcement. If you are a victim of sexual abuse committed by a priest, deacon, religious or lay employee or volunteer of the Diocese of Scranton, you are encouraged to immediately report the matter to law enforcement. If any priest, deacon, religious, lay employee or volunteer of the Diocese of Scranton has cause or reason to suspect that a minor has been subjected to any form of abuse, including child sexual abuse, the matter will be reported to law enforcement. In accordance with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Laws, reports of suspected child abuse should also be made immediately by phone to the 24-Hour Child Abuse hotline (ChildLine) at 1-800-932-0313 or electronically at www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis It is also the policy of the Diocese to adhere to all civil and state regulations. To this end, the Diocese is equally committed to adhering to the norms of the Code of Canon Law and to upholding the tenets of the USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, which includes supporting victims of sexual abuse in their pursuit of emotional and spiritual well-being. As such, information regarding an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor should also be reported to the Victim Assistance Coordinator Mary Beth Pacuska at (570-862-7551) or to Diocesan officials, including the Vicar General, Monsignor Thomas M. Muldowney, V.G., at (570-207-2269).


SCHEDULE FOR STATIONS OF THE CROSS Stations will be held Friday, February 16th, following Noon Mass at St. Francis Church. Stations will be held Friday, February 16th, at 6:00PM at St. Augustine Church. Stations of the Cross will continue with the above schedule all Friday’s during Lent. EASTER FLOWER ENVELOPES You are reminded that Easter Flower Donation Envelopes are in your envelope boxes. There is space on the back for memorials. LENTEN READING MATERIALS In the back of the Churches are copies of the Lenten Edition of “The Word Among Us”, “Catholic Digest”, “Little Black Books (Adults)”, “Little Purple Books” (children), and “Lenten Meditations”. Please feel free to take a copy home with you and use as part of your daily Lenten meditations. BIBLE STUDY Study is held Tuesday mornings beginning at 10:30AM, at Neumann Hall. New members are always welcome. Study is based on the readings used at Mass on the following weekend.

CHOIR PRACTICE FOR LENT, HOLY WEEK & EASTER The Choir is practicing for Lent, Holy Week and Easter on Tuesday evenings at 6:00PM in St. Francis Church. New members are always welcome. OPERATION RICE BOWL—ENCOUNTER LENT Join our faith community—and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States— in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter with CRS Rice Bowl. During the 40 days of Lent, as companions on the journey, we will encounter our neighbor.

FOOD CARDS/FOOD PANTRY EASTER FOOD CARDS: We have a total of (19) 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. Donation deadline is March 26th. 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. FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION VIA THE WEINBERG FOOD BANK On Tuesday, February 20th, the Food Pantry will be held at Little Meadows United Methodist Church from 12Noon to 2:00PM and 5-6PM. This is for low income Susquehanna County residents only. DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE ANNULMENT PROCESS? In the Diocese of Scranton, the annulment process is now more “user friendly” than you might expect, and there is no longer a processing fee. Please contact Fr. Cas or the Diocesan Tribunal Office (570-207-2246) to begin a conversation. It is possible for you to get clear answers to your questions and renew your connection with the Church. Retrouvaille is a program that helps couples who are experiencing tension, stress & loneliness in their relationship. The program helps couples, even those separated and divorced to better communicate & resolve conflicts in their relationships. Call 1-800-470-2230 or visit the website www.helpourmarriage.org for more information or to pre-register. All calls are confidential. Cost of program is by donation. The next local weekend is March 2—4, at the Ramada Inn, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. Contact: Nettie & Bob Goldate (570-587-0415). SPECIAL DIOCESAN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS Bishop Joseph C. Bambera & the Office for Parish Life invite couples celebrating their 25th or 50th wedding anniversary in 2018 to a Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, June 10th, at 2:30PM at St. Peter’s Cathedral followed by a reception. Requests for an invitation, with a mailing address, should be made through St. Brigid Parish Office by March 12th.

Lent runs from Ash Wednesday, February 14th until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, March 29th.

OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY 2020 OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY trip to the Bavarian hamlet of Oberammergau. The trip is 12 days - July 7th-19th, 2020. Cost: $2,839.00 per person, (includes taxes, fees, & CTA Travel Group Discount). Airfare, insurance, and any pre/post stays will be an additional cost. Prices are subject to change and will be confirmed by August 31st, 2019. SPACE IS LIMITED—MAKE YOUR RESERVATION TODAY! Contact: CTA Travel - Cathie Lentz Fryer or Kristin Bartkus at (800) 758-4955 / email cathief@ctatravel.com or kristinb@ctatravel.com or Helen Burns (570)744-1465; hburns72142@yahoo.com . A deposit of $ 225.00 is required. There are still (8) seats available. If you are interested, please contact one of the people above as soon as possible. The Passion Play is only presented once every 10 years so don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to see it!!

ASH WEDNESDAY RETREAT The Office for Parish Life will offer a Retreat on Ash Wednesday, February 14th, at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 330 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton. The day will begin at 9:00AM and end at 2:30PM. Fr. Thomas P. Looney, CSC, will lead the retreat with the theme “Create a Clean Heart in Me, O God.” Fr. Looney is the College Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre. The retreat day will include Mass celebrated in St. Peter’s Cathedral with distribution of ashes. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available prior to Mass, and lunch will be served after Mass. Cost is $30.00, which includes lunch. To register, call Mary Anne Malone at the Office for Parish Life, 570-207-2213, ext. 1100. EVENING OF REFLECTION ON THE PASCHAL TRIDUUM The Scranton Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) will be holding an Evening of Reflection on the Paschal Triduum on Tuesday, March 6th, 6:00 to 8:30PM at St. Ann's Basilic Parish, 1233 St. Ann Street, Scranton. The Evening will be facilitated by Sr. Catherine Luxner, IHM, Director of Campus Ministry at Marywood University. Evening begins with dinner, followed by the presentation & Night Prayer. There is no fee. A free-will offering will be taken up to help offset the cost of dinner. For more info or to register, contact David Baloga, Scranton NPM Program Director at 570-207-2213 ext. 1158, or visit ScrantonNPM.com by Thursday, March 1st.

February 11, 2018 bulletin  
February 11, 2018 bulletin  
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