Parish Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Daily Mass Schedule:
Monday @ 8:00 am
Tuesday @ 8:00 am
Wednesday @ 8:00 am
Thursday @ 6:00 pm
Friday @ 8:00 am
8:00 am, Mass
6:00 pm, Stations of the Cross
Saturday @ 3:30 pm
Saturday Evening Vigil @ 4:00 pm
*Sunday @ 8:30 am
Sunday @ 10:30 am
( *watch on Parish YouTube channel)
Dear Parish Family,
How quickly time has past. It seems that not too long ago we began celebrating the season of Ordinary Time after the end of Christmas Season. Now Lent recently has begun and this Sunday is the Second Sunday of Lent.
As the Church celebrates the liturgical seasons, “Holy Mother Church believes that she should celebrate the saving work of her divine Spouse in a sacred commemoration on certain days throughout the course of the year…In the course of the year moreover, she unfolds the whole mystery of Christ…Thus recalling the mysteries of the redemption, she opens up to the faithful the riches of her Lord’s powers and merits, so that these are in some way made present at every age; the faithful lay hold of them and are filled with saving grace.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1163; Sacorsanctum Concilium 102)
Lent is a liturgical season for us, as Christians, to seek Christ’s mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, pray, fast and give alms, the latter of which includes continued growth in our practice of the Corporal Works of Mercy and Spiritual Works of Mercy (see list below to share with your family).
By the grace of God may all of our parish family have a blessed and fruitful Lent as we prepare, as members of the Body of Christ, to celebrate the Paschal Mystery of our Lord at the Paschal Triduum and by the grace of God be renewed as faithful holy disciples of Christ.
May God bless you and keep you,
+ Rev. Eric Tolentino
The Seven Corporal Works of Mercy
1. Feed the hungry.
2. Give drink to the thirsty.
3. Clothe the naked.
4. Shelter the homeless.
5. Visit the sick.
6. Visit the imprisoned.
7. Bury the dead.
The Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy
1. Counsel the doubtful.
2. Instruct the ignorant.
3. Admonish sinners.
4. Comfort the afflicted.
5. Forgive Offenses.
6. Bear wrongs patiently.
7. Pray for the living and the dead.
Our Lenten Obligation
Church law considers every Friday and the season of Lent as penitential days and times. The practice of penance is a part of our faith and Christian life. When we do penance, we imitate Jesus, who Himself recommended it as necessary to His followers, and gave them the example of His prayer and fasting.
The Lenten obligation, as determined for Catholics in the United States by our bishops, requires that fasting be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The law of abstinence is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent.
What does fasting mean?
The observance of fasting means that those obliged may take only one full meal on the day of fast. Two lighter meals (not equal to another full meal) may be taken to maintain strength according to one’s needs.
Who must fast?
All Catholics who are between the ages of 18 and 59. The obligation ceases when one begins his/her 60th year on his/her 59th birthday.
What does abstinence mean?
The law of abstinence forbids the eating of meat, including poultry. Voluntary abstinence refers to refraining from lawful pleasures in a spirit of penance.
Who must abstain?
All Catholics who are 14 years and older.
Can anyone be dispensed or excused from fast and/or abstinence?
Individuals for a just cause may be dispensed by their pastor or by a priest with the faculty to do so. In our Diocese all priests may dispense individuals who are committed to their pastoral care.
Those who are ill or have a similar serious reason are excused from the observance of fast and abstinence. Catholics are reminded that they should not lightly excuse themselves from this obligation.
Green Phase, Part 1
1. The faithful who attend Mass will be required to wear
masks and maintain social distancing.
Family groups may be seated together.
2. Please bring your own hand sanitizer.
3. For Sunday Masses, I plan to use the overflow Mass
procedure having some people seated in the lower church
hall with the Mass projected on the screen, while the Mass
is celebrated in the church. This procedure will be
eventually discontinued sometime during the Green
Phase Part 1 or 2, since more parishioners will be able to
attend Mass in the Church proper.
4. Sunday Mass attendance will be limited to 80 people
in the church (50% of the church seating capacity) and 20 people in the lower church hall for the overflow Mass procedure.
A maximum of 25 people permitted in the church hall
for non-liturgical functions.
5. Sunday Mass attendees may enter the church using
the ramp door only, 30 minutes before the
6 Weekday Mass attendance will be limited to 80
people (50% of the church seating capacity) in the
A maximum of 25 people permitted in the church hall
for non-liturgical functions.
7. Weekday Mass attendees may enter the church using
the ramp door only, 30 minutes before the scheduled
8. The Saturday vigil Mass for Sunday will be at
4:00 PM .
Sunday morning Mass will be at 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM.
Sunday 8:30 AM Masses will also continue to be
live-streamed for those unable to attend Mass.
This procedure will eventually be discontinued sometime
during the Green Phase Part 1 or 2, since more
parishioners will be able to attend Mass in the Church
9. Weekday Masses will be at 8:00 AM Mondays,
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 6:00 PM
10. Holy Communion for people attending Mass will be
distributed immediately at the end of Mass in the Church
only. After the people, who attended Mass, receive
communion in the church, please exit using the ramp door
of the church. After finishing distributing Holy Communion
in the church after the Sunday Masses only, one of the
clergy will be available outside of church at the bottom of
the ramp to distribute communion to anyone in the parking
lot who was not able to attend Mass.
Fish/Crab Cake Dinner: Our annual Crab/Fish Dinner has been rescheduled to Friday, March 19th from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Dinners and 50/50 chances are still available for
purchase. If you have any questions, please contact Joann @ (570) 640-1034. Thank you.
Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator::
Ms. Wendy S. Krisak, M.A.,NCC, LPC– Direct Phone: 800-791-9209
Diocesan Secretary for Youth Protection & Catholic Human Services
Pamela Russo, MSW, MS - Phone: 610-871-5200 Ext. 2204
The Diocese of Allentown provides assistance to anyone who, as a minor, was sexually abused by a priest, deacon, or employee/volunteer of the Diocese/Parish. Parents, guardians, children, and survivors of sexual abuse are invited & encouraged to contact the Diocese of Allentown for more info about this program. The fullness of compassion should be extended to these victims by the Church. To lean more about the Diocese of Allentown’s Youth Protection
Programs, Sexual Abuse Policy, & Code of Conduct, please visit www.allentowndiocese.org & click on “Youth
Protection” in the upper right hand corner of the page.
Baptisms are celebrated after the 10:30 am Sunday Mass. Parents need to be registered parishioners and attend a Baptismal Preparation Class. At least one Godparent must be a practicing Catholic for a valid reception of Baptism and also obtain a Certificate of Eligibility from
their parish. Please call the parish office to schedule an appointment with the Pastor.
Arrangements should be made at least one year prior to the proposed wedding date to begin pre-nuptial instructions. Please call the parish office for more information and schedule an appointment with the Pastor.
Saturdays @ 3:30pm in the vestibule or call the rectory to schedule an appointment.
Certificates of Eligibility for Baptism & Confirmation require the sponsor to be an active & registered member of the parish. Please call the parish office to schedule an appointment with the Pastor.
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