Third Sunday in Ordinary Time January 25, 2015
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 25, 2015
Discipleship Joy Inclusion Reverence Humility Hospitality
“Souper” Bowl Sunday
Soup For Super Bowl Sunday
Let’s continue our food pantry ministry by flooding the food pantry with Soup on Super Bowl Sunday! All
parishioners are asked to bring a can of soup to Mass on Super Bowl Sunday—February 1st. The goal is to fill a
wicker basket with soup after each Mass on Super Bowl weekend. Each time the TV network reminds you of the
big game, think soup for Super Bowl Sunday (or sooner.) If you are unable to donate soup, the gift of your prayer
for the hungry will be most appreciated.
Some say, Catholicism is outdated. It's behind the
times. It's boring. They've forgotten our story. It's
time to rediscover that there is genius in
Catholicism. Christianity has captivated the world
for more than two thousand years. Look a little
closer, and you'll see that it is the most dangerous
and exciting thing on earth. Catholicism is a game
changer. This book looks at the big picture of who
God is, what he has revealed to us, and how that will
radically impact our lives if we let it.
This Lent, join us as we explore this book and look at
how exciting our faith is. reDiscover is a weekly
small group event where we discuss being
Catholic. This year we are using the book "Your God
is too Boring".
See page 4 for all the details!
Inside this issue:
“Souper” Bowl Sunday
Catholic Schools Week 2015
Lenten Small Groups
Habitat for Humanity Mission Trip
Support for the Pivovarnick Family
A Parish Celebration
January 31, 2015
St. Gregory’s First Annual Community Celebration to
“Kick off the New Year” is here! Everyone is welcome
and encouraged to attend. Final reservations can be
made after all Masses this weekend or at our office on
We believe Eucharist is the source & summit of our faith and the center of our parish life and mission!
Bread and Wine
The altar bread and wine this weekend is donated by Mrs. Dolores Lapera & Mr.
Richard Lapera in memory of Ann Marie Walsh.
All music ministry rehearsals have resumed for the new year.
Please considering sharing your musical gifts as a vocalist or
instrumentalist as we prepare for Lent and Easter.
Voices of Faith (our adult choir) rehearses on
Wednesday evenings at 7:15 p.m.
Genesis (our children’s choir for grades 1 through 5) rehearses on Wednesdays
at 4:00 p.m. or Thursdays at 2:45 p.m.—you can choose the time that is better
Our Spirit Song ensemble will take a short break for the month of February and
will be back in March...look for more information about this group in a few weeks.
New this year...our music ministry will offer a short music theory session (1/2
hour) on various Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. These lessons will cover the basics of
reading music and the second session will take place this Wednesday before choir
Lenten Preparation Session
The Office for Parish Life will be holding a regional Lenten Preparation Session on
Tuesday, February 10, at 6:30 PM at Gate of Heaven Parish, 40 Machell Avenue,
Dallas, for all those involved with preparation of liturgical seasons, especially music
ministers, liturgy committees, art and environment committees, or anyone wanting to
deepen his or her appreciation of the Lenten season and the Paschal Triduum.
In an effort to help these liturgical leaders network with neighboring parishes, the
Lenten Preparation Sessions will include faith sharing on the scripture readings for
the season, a brief overview of some of the traditional practices of Lent, a discussion
of different themes and music selections that parishes are using, and sharing ideas
for the liturgical environment. For more information or to register for this session,
please contact the Office for Parish Life at 570-207-2213.
From the Beginning
Lent has been a part of the Church year from the earliest days. At the Council of
Nicea in 325, the bishops were already talking about the “40 days of Lent.” By the
end of the fourth century, St. Cyril of Jerusalem was presenting pre-baptismal
instructions called CATECHETICAL Lectures, and Pope St. Leo was teaching that
the faithful must “fulfill with their fasts the apostolic institution of the 40 days.”
Forty days was chosen as the time of preparation because it was symbolic of the 40
days Jesus spent in the wilderness before embarking on his public ministry: “Then
Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He
fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished” (Matthew) 4:1-2).
Forty days also recalls the 40 years that the Israelites wandered in the desert before
entering the Promised Land.
Coffee is brewing every
Sunday from 8:00 to
Noon & Wednesday
mornings after Mass.
7:00 AM (G)
† Dorothy Milani
Dr. Frank Milani
12:10 PM (S)
† Ann Gallagher
7:00 AM (G)
† Donato & Pearl Telesca
12:10 PM (S)
† Thomas R. Melvin
Bob & Nettie Goldate
7:00 AM (G)
† Frank Jordan
12:10 PM (S)
† John J. Glynn
Jim & Lorraine Murphy
7:00 AM (G)
† William Haggerty
Paul & Patti Granahan
12:10 PM (S)
† Donald Wyerderano
7:00 AM (G)
† Reverend Joseph Conboy
12:10 PM (S)
† Stephen Bader
Charles & Judy Fiorenza
5:00 PM (G)
† Deceased Members of the
M/M R.G. Richardson
We cherish our relationship with Jesus and strive to make the gospel relevant to our daily lives!
Catholic Schools Week 2015:
January 25—30, 2015
Celebrate Catholic Schools Week by attending a Catholic School Open House! You are
invited to experience our communities of faith and academic excellence. From PreKindergarten through 12th grade, our students live their faith, challenge their minds,
serve their communities, and build lifelong friendships. For specifics about the Open
Houses or for more information about our Diocesan Catholic Schools, including tuition
assistance, please visit www.DioceseofScranton.org/CatholicSchools.
Our Lady of Peace Open House
Our Lady of Peace will hold their Open House this Sunday, January 25 from 1:00 until 3:00 PM at the School, 410 N.
Abington Road. School tours will be conducted by members of the National Junior Honor Society and faculty will be
present to answer curriculum questions. Registration will take place on Monday, January 26 and Tuesday, January 27
from 9:00 until 12:00 Noon. A birth certificate, baptismal certificate, and a $100.00 non-refundable registration fee are
St. Gregory’s Early Childhood Center Registration
Registration will take place on Thursday, February 5 at 7:00 PM in the Early Childhood Center classrooms. Pre-school
children must be age 4 by August 31 and Kindergarten children must be age 5 by August 31. To register please bring a
copy of child’s birth certificate, copy of his or her immunization records and a $100.00 deposit.
Diocesan Schools Academic Angel
As families register their students for the upcoming school year, consider becoming an Academic Angel!
Your contribution is an investment in a child’s future…the outcomes speak for themselves. Our schools offer an
instructional environment that challenges the mind, while inspiring and strengthening the spirit. Please consider
supporting our students for the 2015-16 school year; you can designate the gift as a memorial or in honor of someone
special, select a particular school to receive it, or let us put it to where it is needed the most. Contributions can be sent
to the Diocese of Scranton Scholarship Foundation, 300 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton PA 18503.
Lenten Small Groups
Lent is a wonderful time to reflect on our faith and nothing is better than being
able to discuss it with a small group of friends. Don’t have a lot of time to
spare? This series begins after Ash Wednesday and only lasts for five weeks. It
will run about an hour and a half each time. You can join us in this experience
in the following ways:
Join us for pot luck dinner and informational kick off on January 27th, 2015 at 6:30PM in the Gathering
Room of Our Lady of the Snows. RSVP to Judy Walsh at the parish office and let us know how many are
attending and if you’re able to bring a dish to share.
Pre order your book today! It’s only $3.00.
Call us at (570)587-4808 or go online at THECHURCHOFSTGREGORY.COM to sign up.
Consider being a small group facilitator in your home.
We recognize God’s call to serve our parish family and neighbors near and far.
Our Coordinating Team includes Brian Palmiter, Carol Strauch, Janice Jacobs, John Devine, Kate Sebring, Chrissy Jacoby, Matthew Newton,
Susan Scanland and Judy Burkavage.
You Can Still Make a Difference– Give
Congratulations to the parishioners of Saint
Gregory’s. We not only met our goal, but
have gone over the top for the fourth
straight year in a row. Thank you for your
wonderful support and generosity in
making the Diocesan Annual Appeal such a
success! Your faithfulness in supporting
the Appeal not only helps Saint Gregory’s but also the many organizations
in the diocese which benefit from this great program. A special note of
thanks to Mr. Tom Durbin who serves as our parish coordinator.
DAA 2014 Goal:
If you have not already made a gift, please consider doing so today. It is
not too late. You will be helping our diocese as well as our parish. 75% of
gifts received over goal will be returned to the Church of St. Gregory.
Fund for Fire Victims
As many of you know, a family in our community suffered a
terrible tragedy. If anyone is interested in helping the
Pivovarnick Family, donations maybe made at http://
Food From the Heart
During the holiday season the pantries received many food
donations. As February approaches the food on the shelves
is decreasing. We would like to request your support for this
great cause. We kindly ask that you leave all donations in
the alcove near the restroom. The Guild would like to thank
you in advance for your support.
The Women’s Guild will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday,
February 5, at 7:00 PM in the rectory. New members are always
We are very grateful
for your Sunday
Offering of $11,998.00.
today. It’s very
will no longer
need to write out
checks and prepare envelopes every
week. Even when travel or other
circumstances prevent you from
attending services, your electronic
contributions will continue to be
received on an uninterrupted basis.
sign up at :
This week we are
collecting soup, canned
or instant. Food may
be left near church
entrances or in the
cabinet in the hallway
near the restroom.
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus Abington Council 6611 will host
an All You Can Eat Breakfast on Sunday, February 15,
from 9:00 until 12:00 Noon at Our Lady of the Abingtons
Church Hall. Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for
children under 12.
CHURCH OF ST . GREGORY
We believe that our Baptism forms us into a family joined together to love God and one another.
Our Coordinating Team includes Dr. & Mrs. Saul (Lisa) Rigau, Delia Coppola, Yvonne Cronkey, Bridget Walsh, Bill Durdach, Gale Jaeger,
Danelle Hogan, Molly Johnson and Tracy Bannon.
vehicles must have
access to our
property at all
We kindly ask that you not park in
the driveway and around the circle
for Sunday Mass. We must limit
parking in this area to a minimum
number of vehicles carrying
parishioners with disabilities.
Additional parking is always
available at the front and rear
parking lots of OLP. Thank you in
advance for your cooperation.
His Excellency, the Most Reverend
Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L.,
Bishop of Scranton, and the Office
for Parish Life wish to invite
couples celebrating their 25th or
50th wedding anniversary in 2015
to a diocesan Wedding Anniversary
Mass on Sunday, June 7. The
event includes a 2:30 PM mass at
St. Peter’s Cathedral followed by a
reception. Requests for an
invitation, with a mailing address,
should be made by calling St.
Gregory’s, before March 16.
Meetings are held on Thursday
evenings from 6:30 until 8:00 PM at
Our Lady of the Snows. All high
school students are welcome to
2015 Habitat for
We have 40 spots for this year’s
amazing experience. We will be
going to Franklin, West Virginia to
work with Habitat for Humanity
once again on July 5 to July 12.
Cost is approximately $400.00 for
the trip. For more information or
to register, please call Steve Wallo
at 570-58601741, ext. 229.
For all up to date
reminders join the texting
club by texting OLS to
the 8 day cruise. The entire trip
including hotels, cruise (ocean view
room) and farewell dinner in Milan
starting at $3,595.00 per person
based on double occupancy. For
more information please call John
Madden at Travelworld 570-3425790.
On January 7th due to a tragic fire
the Pivovarnick Family lost their
father/husband, their home and
pets. The community has come
together in support of the
Pivovarnick Family and are hosting
a Pasta Dinner to be held on
Saturday, February 7, from 4:00
until 7:00 PM at the Scott
Township Fire Company, 1027
Montdale Road. Tickets are $8.00
and may be purchased at various
locations in the township or by
calling 570-877-2051 or at the door.
Eat in or take out. Basket raffles
will also be available. All proceeds
will be going straight to the family
to help them get back some
stability in this very sad time.
Land and Sea Trip
Monsignor Tressler will lead a
group tour on a 12 day land and sea
trip to Italy including 8 days on a
cruise aboard the flag ship of the
MSC Cruise Line the ms Divina,
June 25 through July 7. The
package includes motorcoach
transportation to Newark Airport,
land portion throughout Italy and
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First Annual Catholic
His Excellency, the Most Reverend Joseph C.
Bambera, Bishop of Scranton, is please to
announce the First Annual Catholic Men’s
Conference to be held on Saturday, April 25, at
King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. The event will
feature two nationally known speakers: Father
Larry Richards, author of Be A Man and Damon
Owens of the Theology of the Body Institute.
There will be opportunities for Eucharistic
Adoration, the celebration of the Sacrament of
Reconciliation as well as devotional prayers.
Exhibitors will also be present with a full array of
Catholic books and publications as well as CD’s
and ministry opportunities. As the date
approaches, further information will be provided.
“Living with Grief”
When a loved one dies, a support group setting
offers many healing benefits. The Spiritual Care
team at Geisinger Wyoming Valley will host two
free support group series on Wednesdays during
the afternoon and in the evening beginning
February 4. All sessions are held in the Spiritual
Center at Geisinger Wyoming Valley. It is
recommended that all participants attend all
seven sessions in the complete series to
experience the full benefit of the group. The
sessions are completely confidential.
Wednesday, February 4-Process of Grief
Wednesday, February 11-Caring for Yourself
Wednesday, February 18-Re-Socialization
Wednesday, February 25-Guilt & Depression
Wednesday, March 4-Anger
Wednesday, March 11-How to Keep Growing;
Memorial Service (6:00 to 7:30 PM only)
Time of meetings: 2:00-3:30 PM or 6:00-7:30 PM.
CHURCH OF ST . GREGORY
Parish Pastoral Council
Parent and Godparent preparation two
Sunday evenings each month at 5:00
PM at St. Gregory and Our Lady of the
Snows rectories. Please call for an
appointment. Baptisms are normally
celebrated on the Third Sunday of
every month during or following the 12
noon liturgy. Baptisms may be
arranged at other times when
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
Please contact the rectory at anytime
for the celebration of this sacrament.
ALTAR BREAD & WINE
A minimum donation of $25.00 may be
offered in memory of a deceased loved
one or for a special prayer intention.
Arrangements should be made six
months prior to the desired wedding
date. Please contact Father Lapera.
Every Tues. morning at 10:00 AM
ST. GREGORY EARLY
Both programs are held five days a
week and take place in the Early
Childhood Center. Kindergarten from
8:30 AM until 2:30 PM and Pre-School
from 8:30 AM until 11:30 AM.
HOLY CROSS SCHOOL SYSTEM
OUR LADY OF PEACE SCHOOL
410 N. Abington Road, Clarks Green,
PA | 570.587.4152
Mrs. Jane M. Quinn, Principal
HOLY CROSS HIGH SCHOOL
501 E. Drinker Street, Dunmore, PA
570.346.7541 | Mr. Benjamin D.
Tolerico, Principal www.holycrosshsdioceseofscranton.org
Spirit Song Ensemble: Wed. 6:00 p.m. |
Voices of Faith: Wed. 7:15 p.m. |
Genesis Children’s Choir: Wed. 4:00
p.m. or Thurs. 2:45 p.m.
Guild meetings take place the first
Thursday of every month from
September through May, with the
exception of January. Meetings begin
at 7:00 PM and are held in the rectory.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Our Religious Education program takes
place every Sunday Morning at 11:00
AM in Our Lady of Peace School for
Grades 1 through 8. Our Kindergarten
Class is held in the Early Childhood
The Prayer Shawl Ministry meets the
second Thursday of every month at
7:00 PM in the rectory.
MUSIC MINISTRY REHEARSALS
ST. JOSEPH’S OUTREACH
Our parish partners with St. Joseph’s
school in Uganda. Donations are
always welcome in support of student
If anyone has a family member,
relative or friend in any of the area
hospitals and would like them to have
a visit, please call the rectory.
Donations may be left near Church
entrances or in the cabinet in the
hallway near the restroom. See page 6
for a list of items we are collecting this