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MINISTRY SCHEDULE FOR NEXT WEEKEND St. Francis—April 5th—4:30PM: Lector—Betty Ellen Hardy; Servers—Declan Giannone; Rosary—Mary Shaughnessy St. Francis—April 6th—8:00AM: Lector—Bill Dovin; Servers—Patrick & Marty Conboy; Rosary— John or Mary Butler St. Augustine—April 7th—10:30AM: Lector—Jack Kelly; Servers—Abigail & Tyler Rebello; 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 Edward M. Shaughnessy, uncle of Mary Shaughnessy and Joyce Barnum. We also pray for Vivian Bechtel, Gladys Potts, and Edward Starzec, Sr., 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. The Sanctuary Light at St. Francis burns in Memory of Rudolph Noldy’s 21st Anniv. and in Memory of Berenice Noldy requested by Bill & Theresa Noldy. The Sanctuary Light at St. Augustine will burn in Memory of the Redding, Cullen, Prebula, and Bomboy Families requested by Mike & Monica Redding. CHURCH CLEANING St. Francis cleaner for the month of April—Eileen Drab. St. Augustine cleaners Mar. 30 to April 5—Mary Ellen Griffin & Cathy O’Reilly; April 6 to 12—Susan McNamara & Bette Brown. 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, Joshua Kaminski, Kathy Holt, Aleisya Abrams, Agnes Neville, Steve Hundiak, Christopher Polk, Mary K. Long, 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, Dewey Newhart, Bub Davis, H.T., D.K., Kevin Phalen, J.K., G.D., S.C.F., Rusty Carmen, Ronalee Eckert, Chelsea Judson, Doug Wheaton, John Paul Jones, Timothy Manning, Valerie Newhart, R.G., B.F., and Brian Rockefeller. 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.

(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 Please make your returns as soon as possible. To date only 617 Calendar returns have been made. Returns can be placed in the collection basket or mailed to the Rectory. Drawing starts on April 1st. If you have taken Calendars that you cannot sell, please return them as soon as possible so that they can be sold. Right now we have no Calendars available in the Churches. Thank you all for helping with this important fund raiser! SECOND COLLECTION NEXT WEEKEND The Second Collection next weekend is for the Care & Education of Priests.

MASS SCHEDULE Church - VIGIL: FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT EDWARD & FLORENCE KOZIC by Jack & Vicky Kozic St. Francis Church - FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT WALTER J. BALCHIKONIS by the Family St. Augustine Church - INTENTIONS OF OUR PARISHIONERS St. Augustine Church - Funeral Mass for DICK O’BOYLE St. Augustine Church - (Stations of the Cross) DR. PAUL F. REICH by Claire & Rick Woidt St. Francis Church - ALICE LORRAINE LONG by Max & Rose Raub St. Francis Church - DEACON GLENN BIAGI by Deacon Ken & Barb Brennan St. Francis Church - (Stations of the Cross) BOB & JUDY PEIFER by Peg Reed & Gail Lutz St. Francis 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

Sat. March 29

4:30PM St. Francis

Sun. March 30

8:00AM

10:30AM Mon. March 31 10:00AM Tue. April 1 8:30AM Wed. April Thur. April Fri. April

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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) $ 690.00; St. Francis (8:00AM) $ 993.00; St. Augustine (10:30AM) $ 1,046.00. LIFELINES “Every human life is precious in God’s sight and no effort should be spared in the attempt to promote throughout the world a genuine respect for the inalienable rights and dignity of individuals and peoples everywhere.” — Pope Benedict XVI, Letter to Cardinal Dolan on the Occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Somber Events of September 11, 2001 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 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 $ 465.00. 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. AD BOOK MEETING The first Ad Book Meeting will be held THIS Thursday, April 3rd, at 6:00PM in St. Brigid Rectory. ALTAR & ROSARY SOCIETY MEETING The Altar & Rosary Society will meet Wednesday, April 9th at 6:30PM in St. Brigid Rectory. Easter Sunshine Baskets will be packed. Ladies are asked to bring special baked treats for the Baskets. FUNERAL DINNERS Thank you to all the people who donate food and help 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. 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. ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST The Little Meadows Fire Company is holding an all you can eat breakfast at White Tails bar in Little Meadows, THIS Sunday, March 30th, from 7 to 11AM. Price is $8.00 adult $4.00 children. Benefits the Little Meadows Fire Company. Menu: pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs, home fries, French toast, sausage gravy with biscuits, homemade baked goods, and beverages. All are invited to attend and enjoy a delicious breakfast! CHICKEN BARBEQUE There will be a Chicken Barbeque at the Rush Fire Hall on Sunday, April 6th. Dinners are $9.00; halves are $6.00. Serving starts at 10:30AM. Benefits the Rush Fire Company.


PARISH LOTTERY CALENDARS Please make your returns as soon as possible. To date only 617 Calendar returns have been made. Returns can be placed in the collection basket or mailed to the Rectory. Drawing starts on April 1st. If you have taken Calendars that you cannot sell, please return them as soon as possible so that they can be sold. Right now we have no Calendars available in the Churches. Thank you all for helping with this important fund raiser! SECOND COLLECTION NEXT WEEKEND The Second Collection next weekend is for the Care & Education of Priests.

MASS SCHEDULE Church - VIGIL: FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT EDWARD & FLORENCE KOZIC by Jack & Vicky Kozic St. Francis Church - FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT WALTER J. BALCHIKONIS by the Family St. Augustine Church - INTENTIONS OF OUR PARISHIONERS St. Augustine Church - Funeral Mass for DICK O’BOYLE St. Augustine Church - (Stations of the Cross) DR. PAUL F. REICH by Claire & Rick Woidt St. Francis Church - ALICE LORRAINE LONG by Max & Rose Raub St. Francis Church - DEACON GLENN BIAGI by Deacon Ken & Barb Brennan St. Francis Church - (Stations of the Cross) BOB & JUDY PEIFER by Peg Reed & Gail Lutz St. Francis 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

Sat. March 29

4:30PM St. Francis

Sun. March 30

8:00AM

10:30AM Mon. March 31 10:00AM Tue. April 1 8:30AM Wed. April Thur. April Fri. April

2 8:30AM 3 8:30AM 4 12:00NN

Sat. April

5

4:30PM

Sun. April

6

8:00AM 10:30AM

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) $ 690.00; St. Francis (8:00AM) $ 993.00; St. Augustine (10:30AM) $ 1,046.00. LIFELINES “Every human life is precious in God’s sight and no effort should be spared in the attempt to promote throughout the world a genuine respect for the inalienable rights and dignity of individuals and peoples everywhere.” — Pope Benedict XVI, Letter to Cardinal Dolan on the Occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Somber Events of September 11, 2001 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 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 $ 465.00. 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. AD BOOK MEETING The first Ad Book Meeting will be held THIS Thursday, April 3rd, at 6:00PM in St. Brigid Rectory. ALTAR & ROSARY SOCIETY MEETING The Altar & Rosary Society will meet Wednesday, April 9th at 6:30PM in St. Brigid Rectory. Easter Sunshine Baskets will be packed. Ladies are asked to bring special baked treats for the Baskets. FUNERAL DINNERS Thank you to all the people who donate food and help 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. 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. ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST The Little Meadows Fire Company is holding an all you can eat breakfast at White Tails bar in Little Meadows, THIS Sunday, March 30th, from 7 to 11AM. Price is $8.00 adult $4.00 children. Benefits the Little Meadows Fire Company. Menu: pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs, home fries, French toast, sausage gravy with biscuits, homemade baked goods, and beverages. All are invited to attend and enjoy a delicious breakfast! CHICKEN BARBEQUE There will be a Chicken Barbeque at the Rush Fire Hall on Sunday, April 6th. Dinners are $9.00; halves are $6.00. Serving starts at 10:30AM. Benefits the Rush Fire Company.


MINISTRY SCHEDULE FOR NEXT WEEKEND St. Francis—April 5th—4:30PM: Lector—Betty Ellen Hardy; Servers—Declan Giannone; Rosary—Mary Shaughnessy St. Francis—April 6th—8:00AM: Lector—Bill Dovin; Servers—Patrick & Marty Conboy; Rosary— John or Mary Butler St. Augustine—April 7th—10:30AM: Lector—Jack Kelly; Servers—Abigail & Tyler Rebello; 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 Edward M. Shaughnessy, uncle of Mary Shaughnessy and Joyce Barnum. We also pray for Vivian Bechtel, Gladys Potts, and Edward Starzec, Sr., 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. The Sanctuary Light at St. Francis burns in Memory of Rudolph Noldy’s 21st Anniv. and in Memory of Berenice Noldy requested by Bill & Theresa Noldy. The Sanctuary Light at St. Augustine will burn in Memory of the Redding, Cullen, Prebula, and Bomboy Families requested by Mike & Monica Redding. CHURCH CLEANING St. Francis cleaner for the month of April—Eileen Drab. St. Augustine cleaners Mar. 30 to April 5—Mary Ellen Griffin & Cathy O’Reilly; April 6 to 12—Susan McNamara & Bette Brown. 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, Joshua Kaminski, Kathy Holt, Aleisya Abrams, Agnes Neville, Steve Hundiak, Christopher Polk, Mary K. Long, 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, Dewey Newhart, Bub Davis, H.T., D.K., Kevin Phalen, J.K., G.D., S.C.F., Rusty Carmen, Ronalee Eckert, Chelsea Judson, Doug Wheaton, John Paul Jones, Timothy Manning, Valerie Newhart, R.G., B.F., and Brian Rockefeller. 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.

(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 are held Tuesdays following the 8:30AM Mass and Friday evenings at 6:00PM. Stations are Fridays following 12 Noon Mass at St. Francis. ROSARY DURING LENT The Rosary will be held before weekday Masses. Volunteers are asked to lead the Rosary. Please don’t wait for Fr. Cas, as he may be hearing Confessions. 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 from Sunday, March 30th to 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 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. COMBINED CHOIR PRACTICE FOR HOLY WEEK & EASTER The Combined 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. 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. CCD CONFESSION SCHEDULE Confessions for CCD Students continue as follows. This Sunday, March 30—grade 7; and 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. MOM’S HOUSE BENEFIT Doug’s Fish Fry To Go will host a benefit for Mom’s House on Friday, April 4th from 11AM to 6PM at the Toys-R-Us parking lot. The menu includes: fish sandwich or dinner; scallop portion or dinner; shrimp portion or dinner; fries; and coleslaw. * All dinners are served with French fries and coleslaw. All food is fried in 100% peanut oil. 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 RUMMAGE AND BAKE SALE The Little Meadows Methodist Church, Route 858, Little Meadows, will host a Rummage and Bake Sale NEXT Saturday, April 5th from 9:00AM to 2:00PM. Bag Sale starts at 1:00PM. Lunch will be available. All are welcome to attend. LAST CALL FOR THE MARY LAURA DONOVAN MARRON SCHOLARSHIP Applications are available through the Catholic Schools of Broome County, 70 Seminary Avenue, Binghamton, NY 13905; by calling 607-723-1547; or at www.broomecatholicschools.org . This scholarship was established in 1987 in memory of Mary Laura, in order to further her beliefs in Catholic Education. Any student who attends a Northern Pennsylvania Parish and is enrolled in the Catholic Schools of Broome County may apply. Deadline is April 1st. CATHOLIC SCHOOL REGISTRATION Registration for 2014-2015 school year is now open for Catholic Schools of Broome County; St. John's School (Pre K - 6) Binghamton, St. James School (Pre K - 6) Johnson City, All Saints School (Pre K - 6) Endicott & Seton Catholic Central (7-12) Binghamton. Tuition assistance is available. For application information or to schedule a tour contact admissions at 607-748-7423. We welcome students of all backgrounds and faiths to experience the comprehensive education that takes place in our schools. For more information go to www.broomecatholicschools.org .

The Light Is On For You–all Mondays of Lent from 5:307:00pm, at St. Brigid Parish, St. Francis Xavier Church, Friendsville, and all the Parishes in the Diocese of Scranton will be open for individual Confessions. You are welcome to come to St. Francis Xavier Church or to go to any other Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Scranton. Please make plans to come yourself, and please invite others to take advantage of this great opportunity to be reconciled and to renew your journey of faith this Lent. The season of Lent is a special time of grace, inviting and enabling all of us to deepen our relationship with Jesus and to embrace a life of meaning and purpose. Please also reach out to the Catholics you know who have been away from the regular practice of the faith and invite them to participate in this chance to begin again. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 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. If I forget to confess a mortal sin, is my confession still valid and my sins forgiven? Yes. If one through bad memory or nervousness forgets to confess a mortal sin, the person’s confession is valid and all his or her sins will be forgiven. The person should, however, mention that forgotten sin in the next confession to receive advice and a proper penance. If this is a routine occurrence, it is probably an indication that one is either confessing too infrequently or not fully aware of the true horror that is a mortal sin, because one should not forget mortal sins easily. If, on the other hand, a penitent deliberately refuses to mention a mortal sin in confession, none of the person’s sins will be forgiven, the person will remain in the dangerous state of mortal sin, and will be guilty of the additional sin of sacrilege. How often do I need to confess? The Church recommends that Catholics receive the Sacrament of Penance frequently. Strictly speaking, after they’ve reached the age of reason, Catholics are obliged to confess their serious sins at least once a year (CIC 989), but the minimum should not be made a maximum. Catholics should come to confession as soon as possible after they’ve committed a mortal sin. If they’re seeking to grow in holiness, the regular practice of confession at least once a month is commended. What are the effects of the sacrament? The Sacrament of Penance is a spiritual resurrection bringing us to life again after we were dead through mortal sin Diocese(Lk 15:24). It reconciles us with God in loving friendship and restores us to his grace. It is normally followed by peace, joy, serenity and spiritual consolation. The sacrament also reconciles us with the Church, repairing or restoring the damage our sins have done to our communion with others. The sinner also auspiciously anticipates the judgment that will come at the end of his life, choosing the path of life over the path of death (CCC 1468-1470). Can a priest reveal what he has heard to others? No. A priest can never reveal the sins a person has confessed. This is known as the “Seal of confession,” which admits of no exceptions (CCC 1467). If a priest were to violate the seal of confession he would be automatically excommunicated (CIC 1388). Over the centuries several priests have died and many have been imprisoned because they refused, even under threat of torture and execution, to break the inviolable seal of confession. This is one of the most beautiful aspects of the sacrament and of the priesthood: the priest who hears our confession, in order to protect the secrets we have whispered to God through him, will allow himself to be imprisoned, tortured or even killed. That’s how seriously he and the Church take the seal and the sacrament. What is the priest’s role in the sacrament of confession? “When he celebrates the sacrament of Penance, the priest is fulfilling the ministry of the Good Shepherd who seeks the lost sheep, of the Good Samaritan who binds up wounds, of the Father who awaits the prodigal son and welcomes him on his return, and of the just and impartial judge whose judgment is both just and merciful. The priest is the sign and the instrument of God's merciful love for the sinner.” The priest is called, practically, to lead “the penitent with patience toward healing and full maturity. He must pray and do penance for his penitent, entrusting him to the Lord's mercy” (CCC 1465-66). What if I feel nervous about going to the sacrament? Remember, first, that in the sacrament you are fundamentally talking to God through the priest. God loves you, wishes to forgive you, and desires to embrace you with the joy with which the prodigal son was embraced in Jesus’ parable (Lk 15:11-32). Moreover, know that you will not say anything that the priest has not heard before. Do not be afraid. If you are nervous, please just tell the priest that you’re nervous and he will help you.


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 are held Tuesdays following the 8:30AM Mass and Friday evenings at 6:00PM. Stations are Fridays following 12 Noon Mass at St. Francis. ROSARY DURING LENT The Rosary will be held before weekday Masses. Volunteers are asked to lead the Rosary. Please don’t wait for Fr. Cas, as he may be hearing Confessions. 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 from Sunday, March 30th to 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 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. COMBINED CHOIR PRACTICE FOR HOLY WEEK & EASTER The Combined 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. 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. CCD CONFESSION SCHEDULE Confessions for CCD Students continue as follows. This Sunday, March 30—grade 7; and 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. MOM’S HOUSE BENEFIT Doug’s Fish Fry To Go will host a benefit for Mom’s House on Friday, April 4th from 11AM to 6PM at the Toys-R-Us parking lot. The menu includes: fish sandwich or dinner; scallop portion or dinner; shrimp portion or dinner; fries; and coleslaw. * All dinners are served with French fries and coleslaw. All food is fried in 100% peanut oil. 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 RUMMAGE AND BAKE SALE The Little Meadows Methodist Church, Route 858, Little Meadows, will host a Rummage and Bake Sale NEXT Saturday, April 5th from 9:00AM to 2:00PM. Bag Sale starts at 1:00PM. Lunch will be available. All are welcome to attend. LAST CALL FOR THE MARY LAURA DONOVAN MARRON SCHOLARSHIP Applications are available through the Catholic Schools of Broome County, 70 Seminary Avenue, Binghamton, NY 13905; by calling 607-723-1547; or at www.broomecatholicschools.org . This scholarship was established in 1987 in memory of Mary Laura, in order to further her beliefs in Catholic Education. Any student who attends a Northern Pennsylvania Parish and is enrolled in the Catholic Schools of Broome County may apply. Deadline is April 1st. CATHOLIC SCHOOL REGISTRATION Registration for 2014-2015 school year is now open for Catholic Schools of Broome County; St. John's School (Pre K - 6) Binghamton, St. James School (Pre K - 6) Johnson City, All Saints School (Pre K - 6) Endicott & Seton Catholic Central (7-12) Binghamton. Tuition assistance is available. For application information or to schedule a tour contact admissions at 607-748-7423. We welcome students of all backgrounds and faiths to experience the comprehensive education that takes place in our schools. For more information go to www.broomecatholicschools.org .

The Light Is On For You–all Mondays of Lent from 5:307:00pm, at St. Brigid Parish, St. Francis Xavier Church, Friendsville, and all the Parishes in the Diocese of Scranton will be open for individual Confessions. You are welcome to come to St. Francis Xavier Church or to go to any other Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Scranton. Please make plans to come yourself, and please invite others to take advantage of this great opportunity to be reconciled and to renew your journey of faith this Lent. The season of Lent is a special time of grace, inviting and enabling all of us to deepen our relationship with Jesus and to embrace a life of meaning and purpose. Please also reach out to the Catholics you know who have been away from the regular practice of the faith and invite them to participate in this chance to begin again. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 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. If I forget to confess a mortal sin, is my confession still valid and my sins forgiven? Yes. If one through bad memory or nervousness forgets to confess a mortal sin, the person’s confession is valid and all his or her sins will be forgiven. The person should, however, mention that forgotten sin in the next confession to receive advice and a proper penance. If this is a routine occurrence, it is probably an indication that one is either confessing too infrequently or not fully aware of the true horror that is a mortal sin, because one should not forget mortal sins easily. If, on the other hand, a penitent deliberately refuses to mention a mortal sin in confession, none of the person’s sins will be forgiven, the person will remain in the dangerous state of mortal sin, and will be guilty of the additional sin of sacrilege. How often do I need to confess? The Church recommends that Catholics receive the Sacrament of Penance frequently. Strictly speaking, after they’ve reached the age of reason, Catholics are obliged to confess their serious sins at least once a year (CIC 989), but the minimum should not be made a maximum. Catholics should come to confession as soon as possible after they’ve committed a mortal sin. If they’re seeking to grow in holiness, the regular practice of confession at least once a month is commended. What are the effects of the sacrament? The Sacrament of Penance is a spiritual resurrection bringing us to life again after we were dead through mortal sin Diocese(Lk 15:24). It reconciles us with God in loving friendship and restores us to his grace. It is normally followed by peace, joy, serenity and spiritual consolation. The sacrament also reconciles us with the Church, repairing or restoring the damage our sins have done to our communion with others. The sinner also auspiciously anticipates the judgment that will come at the end of his life, choosing the path of life over the path of death (CCC 1468-1470). Can a priest reveal what he has heard to others? No. A priest can never reveal the sins a person has confessed. This is known as the “Seal of confession,” which admits of no exceptions (CCC 1467). If a priest were to violate the seal of confession he would be automatically excommunicated (CIC 1388). Over the centuries several priests have died and many have been imprisoned because they refused, even under threat of torture and execution, to break the inviolable seal of confession. This is one of the most beautiful aspects of the sacrament and of the priesthood: the priest who hears our confession, in order to protect the secrets we have whispered to God through him, will allow himself to be imprisoned, tortured or even killed. That’s how seriously he and the Church take the seal and the sacrament. What is the priest’s role in the sacrament of confession? “When he celebrates the sacrament of Penance, the priest is fulfilling the ministry of the Good Shepherd who seeks the lost sheep, of the Good Samaritan who binds up wounds, of the Father who awaits the prodigal son and welcomes him on his return, and of the just and impartial judge whose judgment is both just and merciful. The priest is the sign and the instrument of God's merciful love for the sinner.” The priest is called, practically, to lead “the penitent with patience toward healing and full maturity. He must pray and do penance for his penitent, entrusting him to the Lord's mercy” (CCC 1465-66). What if I feel nervous about going to the sacrament? Remember, first, that in the sacrament you are fundamentally talking to God through the priest. God loves you, wishes to forgive you, and desires to embrace you with the joy with which the prodigal son was embraced in Jesus’ parable (Lk 15:11-32). Moreover, know that you will not say anything that the priest has not heard before. Do not be afraid. If you are nervous, please just tell the priest that you’re nervous and he will help you.


March 30, 2014 bulletin