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divine mercy parish - John Patrick Publishing Company
Parish Office: 108 West Cherry St. Shenandoah, PA 17976
Phone: 570-462-1968
Fax: 570-462-1388
E – Mail: [email protected]
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM - Closed Tuesday & Thursday
Rev. Msgr. Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor
Fr. Charles J. Dene, In Residence
Sr. Marietta, OSF, Parish Outreach Coordinator, Phone: 570-462-2306
Mission of Divine Mercy Parish:
Divine Mercy Parish is a Eucharistic Community, a people
diverse in background united together as Catholic Christians
around the altar of the Lord. We are nurtured by the
Sacraments and sustained by prayer. Our mission is to fulfill
our Baptismal promises by proclaiming the message of the
Gospel in our lives by our commitment to faithfully love and
serve the Lord and one another.
Misión de la Parroquia de la Divina Misericordia:
Parroquia de la Divina Misericordia es una comunidad
eucarística, un pueblo, diverso en origen, unidos juntos
como Cristianos Católicos en torno al altar del Señor.
Somos alimentados de los Sacramentos y sostenidos por la
oración. Nuestra misión es cumplir nuestras promesas
bautismales, proclamando el Evangelio en nuestras vidas
por nuestro compromiso de amar fielmente y servir al
Señor ya los demás.
Parish Membership:
The Parish Community of Divine Mercy welcomes all
individuals and families who have moved into the parish.
Contact the Parish Office at your earliest convenience. We
would like to meet with you and see to it that your presence
in the parish is properly registered. All parishioners are
urged to notify the Parish Office of a change of address or
telephone number.
Importante -- Afiliación Parroquial:
La comunidad parroquial de la Divina Misericordia les
da la bienvenida a todos los que se han movido en la
parroquia. Solicitamos que registre sus nombres en la
Parroquia. Le pedimos que notifique a la Oficina
Parroquial de un cambio de dirección o número de
Sacramental Information:
Baptism: For infant Baptism, parents must be
registered and active members of the parish for at least (2)
months. Parents need to call the Parish Office to make an
appointment with the Pastor or Parochial Vicar to arrange for
Baptisms. All Catholic Godparents must be fully-initiated
practicing Catholics who are living by the Church’s teaching
on marriage. Non-Catholic Godparents must be Christians,
actively practicing their faith. Please call the Parish Office
for additional information.
Información Sacramental:
Bautismo: Por el bautismo de los niños, los padres deben
llamar a la oficina para hacer una cita con el sacerdote para
organizar bautismos. Todos padrinos católicos deben ser
católicos practicantes que viven según la doctrina de la
Iglesia sobre el Matrimonio. Los padrinos no católicos
deben ser los cristianos que participan activamente su fe.
Por favor, llame a la oficina de la parroquia para
información adicional. Solo se realizaran el primer
Domingo de cada Mes despues de Misa.
Marriage: In order to properly prepare for
marriage, it is expected that the couple contact the Parish
Office for an appointment as soon as they are engaged and
prior to making other arrangements. After meeting with one
of the priests, the couple should contact the Office of
Marriage and Family Life Formation at 610-289-8900 x 221
to register for the FOCCUS inventory. The FOCCUS
inventory should be taken online within two weeks of the
first meeting with the priest. After discussing the FOCCUS
inventory with the priest, the couple should register online
for marriage preparation classes. These classes must be
taken at least six (6) months prior to the wedding date.
Sacrament of the Sick: If you need a priest to
anoint a family member after office hours, please call:
Msgr. Immigration
Bocian at 570-462-1968
ext. 7
Catholic Charities
Outreach Office/Servicio
gración Continua
Matrimonio: Con el fin de prepararse
adecuadamente para el matrimonio, se espera que la pareja
debe ponerse en contacto con la Oficina Parroquial para
una cita tan pronto como están comprometidos y antes de
hacer otros arreglos. También es necesario ponerse en
contacto con Oficina de Matrimonio y Formación de la
Vida Familiar de la Diócesis al 610-289-8900x221 para
registrarse en el Inventario FOCCUS. Para obtener más
información, por favor hable con el sacerdote.
Catholic Charities Immigration Outreach Office
Jennifer Clerici, 218 W. Cherry St., Shenandoah, PA 17976
Phone: 570-462-3585 :o [email protected]
Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator:
Wendy S. Krisak, M. A., NCC, LPC –
Direct Telephone: 1-800-791-9209
Diocesan Safe Environment Coordinator:
Sister Meg Cole,S. S. J., M.S., LMFT- Diocese of Allentown
2145 Madison Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18017- 4642
Phone: 1-610-332-0442, ext 19 Fax:1- 610-867-8702
E-Mail: [email protected]
Oficina de Inmigración de las Caridades Católicas
Jennifer Clerici, 218 W.Cherry St, Shenandoah, PA 17976
Teléfono 570 462-3585 :o [email protected]
Coordinador Diocesano de Asistencia a las Víctimas:
Sra. Wendy S. Krisak, MA, NCC, LPC.
Telefónica : 1-800- 791-9209
Coordinador Diocesano de Ambiente Seguro:
Sr. Meg Cole,SSJ., M.S., LMFT- Diocese de Allentown
2145 Madison Avenue Bethlehem, PA 18017- 4642
Phone: 1-610-332-0442, ext 19 Fax: 1-610-867-8702
E-Mail: [email protected]
Sacramento de los Enfermos: Si usted necesita
la Unción de los Enfermos a un miembro de su familia,
después de horas de oficina, por favor llame :
Mons. Bocian a 570- 462-1968 ext 7
Our Catholic Schools
Trinity Academy, Sr. Judith Kathleen Knowlton, IHM, Principal, 233 W. Cherry St., Shenandoah
Nativity BVM High School, Mrs. Lynn Sabol, Principal , One Lauten Hill Rd., Pottsville
Marian High School, Jean Susko, Principal, 166 Marian Avenue, Tamaqua
St. Joseph Center for Special Learning, Mr. Roobhenn Smith, Principal
Phone 570-462-3927
Phone 570-622-8110
Phone 570-467-3335
Phone 570-622-4638
Divine Mercy Parish
Mass Schedule for the Week of
September 25, 2016
Monday, September 26, 2016
Adam, Mary & Dan Balkiewicz by Son & Brother,
Bernard Balkiewicz
6:45 AM
6:45 AM
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Dr. Stephen J. Bednar by Theresa Bednar
6:45 AM
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Lillian Puza by Bob & Maryann Toborowsky
6:45 AM
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Joseph Domozik by Justine & Gino Monahan
6:45 AM
4:30 PM
7:30 AM
10:00 AM SC
Misa En Espanol
Friday, September 30, 2016
Living & Deceased of the Brian McDonald Family
by Myles & Jean Miller
Saturday, October 1, 2016
James Lally Sr. by Wife & Children
Sunday, October 2, 2016
Rose & William Norris by Daughter, Cathy & Family
David Milosh by Ed & Kay Zuber
Living & Deceased Priests – Diocese of Allentown
Late Religious Education Program (PREP) Registration every Thursday at Trinity
Academy at the Father Walter J. Ciszek Educational Center from 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM.
The registration fee is $40.00 for one child, and $75.00 for two or more children.
Families not participating in parish life will pay $50.00 a child. Grade 8 - Confirmation
Class will pay an additional fee of $ 15.00 for the Confirmation Robes and a
registration fee of $ 15.00 for a total of $ 30.00. A Baptismal Certificate is required at
the time of registration for all new students.
Teacher Needed for 4th grade for Religious Education Program (PREP) for the 1st and
2nd week of each month. If interested, please contact Kay Hornberger at 570-7731121.
Attention All CYO Coaches: Online registration for the 2016-2017 CYO Coaches
Clinics is now open. Other clinics: November 19th at St. John the Baptist Church,
Pottsville – deadline to register: November 11th and March 18th at Notre Dame,
Bethelehem – deadline to register: March 10th. The cost for each clinic is
$25.00/person and coaches can register by visiting www.allentowndiocese.org/coaches
and clicking on the selected date. NO WALK INS WILL BE PERMITTED. If you have
any questions regarding registration, please contact Dan Jones at
[email protected]
Msgr. Bocian will be celebrating his birthday on
Thursday, October 6th. So, when you see Msgr. don’t
forget to wish him a Happy Birthday. We wish Msgr.
many more and that God will bless him with good health
and many more years at our parish as Pastor.
Weekly Collections for
Divine Mercy Parish
Louisiana Collection
St. Vincent de Paul
The Parish office will be closed on
the following days:
Tuesday, Sept. 27th and Thursday,
Sept. 29th.
Special office hours for Monday,
Sept. 26th, Wednesday, Sept. 28th and
Friday, Sept. 30th will be 9:00 AM to
3:00 PM.
Annual Father Ciszek Mass
The annual Father Walter Ciszek Day
will be held on Sunday, October 16,
2016. The Mass will be at St. Casimir
Church, 229 North Jardin Street,
Shenandoah, PA at 2:00
PM. Homilist will be Most Rev. Kurt
Burnette, fifth Bishop of the
Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of
Passaic, NJ. Light refreshments will
be available in the church hall after
Mass. Also, related items concerning
Fr. Walter will be available for
purchase including the new book
With God in America. The
new Prayer League Center at 218
West Cherry Street, Shenandoah will
be opened from 12:00 PM to 1:30
Blessing of Animals
Will take place in St. Casimir Church
playground on Sunday, October 2nd
at Noon.
A Christian’s Job
As follower’s of Christ, our
primary job is to love. "Keep the joy
of loving God in your heart and share
this joy with all you meet especially
your family. Be holy – let us pray."
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September 25, 2016 – Twenty Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Devotional Lamps
Divine Mercy Memorial Fund
Joseph (Bu-Bu) Tancredi –
anniversary of death
Wife & daughter
Raymond Price
Roger Seibert
Mother & Father, Len & Eleanor
Daughter, Pat
Dorothy Yanuskiewicz
Betty Swartz
Raymond D. Price
Walukiewicz Oravitz Fell F. H.
Catizone family
William Hancock & Kathy
Sissy Lally
Jennie Shuskie
Tacelosky family
In loving memory of Bob Oravitz (40th
Sister, Mary Ann &
Brother-In-Law, Al
Health & blessings for my husband
Special intentions
All Souls Day Envelopes please list the
names of all those you would like
remembered on the back of your
envelope. The names listed will be
remembered during the month of
November at all Masses.
Divine Mercy Chaplet
Starting, September 30th, the Divine
Mercy Chaplet & Rosary will be held
every Friday at 3:00 PM at Divine Mercy
Church. For your convenience the
church parking lot will be open.
The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be
cancelled on Friday, October 7th due to
the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.
Please join us to pray the rosary on this
day, October 7th at 6:30 PM outside by
the statue of the Blessed Mother at St.
Casimir Church. If the weather will not
permit, we will pray the rosary inside
Divine Mercy Church. Please bring your
rosary & candle (candle can be a battery
candle or a regular candle).
Divine Mercy
Divine Mercy
Divine Mercy
Divine Mercy
Divine Mercy
Divine Mercy
Blessed Mother
Blessed Mother
Blessed Mother
Blessed Mother
Blessed Mother
St. Joseph
Jesus Crucified
Jesus Crucified
In memory of Violet Risko – 15th anniversary of death by daughter,
Ginny Stanziola
Special intention by G.
In memory of Lucille Segal Thomas by mom & dad
In memory of Dolores Milewski, R.N. by Ann Romano
Successful surgery & rapid recovery for Florence Yanall by
Ann Romano
Prayers & good health for J.M., S.M., M.M., A.M. by
M/M John Maskornick
In memory of Violet Hobin by husband, Jimmy
Good health & birthday blessings for Dee Dee Miller by Diane &
Health for sons, mother & brother by Ann Shala
God’s blessings for good health for David Heckard by Jerry &
Gerri Flynn
Birthday blessings for Charlotte Litwak by Diane & Ed
In memory of Joseph Paruch – on his birthday Sept. 25th
by daughter, Diane
Health for sons, mother & brother by Ann Shala
Special intention by Ed & Kay Z.
In thanksgiving for good health by a parishioner
Special intention for John Kelly family
St. Casimir
May God’s healing hands touch Msgr. Bocian by Jerry & Gerri
Good health & God’s blessings for F.V.Mc by M.R.Mc
Good health & God’s blessings for family & friends who offered
prayers & wishes during my illness by Loretta Gressens
Health & blessings for MomMom & Papap by Joestelle, Angelica
& Ray
Blessed Mother Special intentions, in thanksgiving & good health for Msgr. Bocian
& Fr. Dene
Blessed Mother Good health & god’s blessings for Florence Yanall by Cathy
Guzinski & family
St. Francis
For a special intention by Marguerite Oravitz Fell & family
Divine Mercy
Special intention by Donna & Louis Kowalski
Divine Mercy
In memory of Frank Macus by Fran & Maria
Divine Mercy
In memory of John Rock by wife, Irene
October Ministry Schedules have been mailed. If you did not receive your
schedule, please contact the parish office.
Mass & Candle Book Opening
2017 Mass Book for Divine Mercy Church & St. Casimir Church will open on
Tuesday, October 4th. The Diocesan Mass Stipend is set at $ 10.00. When
requesting a Mass for 2017, the stipend must be paid before it can be written in the
Mass Book. Each parishioner will be allowed one weekday Mass and one weekend
Mass. Please note: For every Mass for 2017 we will be asking for a contact
name, address and phone number. Thank you for your cooperation in this
matter! Remember, the Mass Book fills up quickly! If you would like to have a
candle lit on a special day in any of the parishes, it is important that you notify us as
soon as possible. The dates fill quickly.
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September 25, 2016 – Twenty Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Bautismos Todos están invitados a
bautizar a sus hijos. Aún si usted no está
casado en la Iglesia se puede bautizar a su
bebé. Sin embargo, le pedimos que
seleccione una pareja que se casó en la
Iglesia Católica para ser sus padrinos. Si
un padrino / madrina es una persona
soltera, él / ella puede convertirse en una
condición de que, esa persona ha recibido
el bautismo. Por favor, tenga en cuenta
que una pareja, civilmente casada o una
persona que vive junto a otra persona
como una pareja no está calificada para
ser un padrino/madrina. Si son de fuera
de nuestra parroquia, por favor, diles de
obtener un certificado de elegibilidad de
su pastor al menos dos semanas de
anticipación. Padre llevará a cabo clases
de bautismo, tanto para los padres y
padrinos y administrar el rito del
bautismo. Por favor, visite la oficina
parroquial (108 W.Cherry St.,
Shenandoah. Teléfono 570 4621968) para
reservar fechas y rellenar formularios. El
proceso es muy fácil!
Special Memorial Mass
will be held on Sunday, November 6th at
2:00 PM at Divine Mercy Parish. During
November, the month of the Holy Souls,
we are praying especially for all the
faithful departed. Those families having
lost a loved one in the last year
(November 2016 to now) are invited to
bring a photograph (no larger than 8 X
10) in a standing frame to be placed on a
table at the front of the church during the
Mass. Please come 15 minutes before
Mass to allow us time to set up. Please
call the parish office at 462-1968 if you
plan to attend.
What Are The Stations of The
Parish Fundraisers
Homemade Three Cheese Pierogies are available for sale. Cost: $7.00 per dozen.
Divine Mercy Parish is sponsoring a Roast Beef or Stuffed Boneless Chicken Breast
Dinner on Sunday, October 30th from 11:00AM to 1:30 PM in St. Stephen Hall,
corner of East Oak St. & South Main St. You will have a choice of Roast Beef or
Stuffed Boneless Chicken Breast. Each dinner will include: Mashed Potatoes, Green
Beans, Cole Slaw & Roll. The cost of the dinner will be $ 8.00 - take out only. The
dinner will be provided by A & C Catering.
Roast Beef Dinner or Stuffed Chicken Breast Dinner
Name: ______________________________
Phone: ____________________
Date of Dinner: Sunday, October 30th
Time of Pick Up: 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Where: St. Stephen Hall
Choice of Dinner: Roast Beef Dinner or Stuffed Chicken Breast Dinner
Dinner Includes: Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Cole Slaw & Roll
Cost: $ 8.00
Take out only
Deadline for Returns: Sunday, October 23rd
Yes, I would like the following dinner(s)
Quantity: _____________________Roast Beef
Quantity: ______________________Stuffed Chicken Breast Dinner
Payment is due when order is placed! Order forms were mailed out to
Divine Mercy Parishioners
Knights of Columbus Council 618 will have bingo at St. Stephen’s Hall,
Shenandoah. Doors open at noon, bingo starts at 2:00PM. Food and refreshments
available. For info. Call 590-3270 or 590-1188. Bingo dates for 2016: September
25th, October 9th and 16th, November 6th and 13th and December 4th.
Men Who Cook 2016 Fundraiser sponsored by Knights of Columbus, Schuylkill
Council 431 will be held on Sunday, October 30th from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM hosted
at The Greystone Restaurant, Pottsville. Tickets $ 25.00 per person in advance and
$30.00 at the door. For tickets or more information, call Mike 294-1780 or Greg
Food Sale And Theme Basket Auction will be held at St. Joseph Parish Hall
(formerly Annunciation BVM Hall) at Nine South Broad Mtn. Avenue, Frackville on
Saturday, November 5th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. A Browse & Bid will be held
on Friday, November 4th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. (You need not be present to
Also called “The Way of the
Cross,” this is a popular devotion that
represents fourteen specific events
experienced by Jesus during his trial,
crucifixion, death, and burial. While it is
practiced year round, it is particularly
appropriate during the season of Lent.
In the early days of the Church,
pilgrims visited Jerusalem and prayed at
certain points on Jesus’ actual path to
Calvary. Now a more symbolic version of
this practice is encouraged as an
expression of devotion and piety.
New York City Bus Trip sponsored by Nativity Alumni Association will be held on
Saturday, November 5th – leaves 7:00 AM from Nativity BVM High School and
departs from New York City at 7:00 PM. Cost: $42.00. Enjoy a free day in New
York. For more information or to reserve your seat on the bus, call Greg at 6221859.
A financial report for the month of July 2016
Net July Income
$ 52,762
$ 78,260
$ 7,510
$ 6,666
$ 5,593
Total Income $ 52,762
Total Expenses
$ 98,029
Expenses Over Income - $45,267 This shows a loss of $ 45,267
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September 25, 2016 – Twenty Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Los Sacramentos
Bautismos y presentaciones se
llevarán a cabo después de la misa
cualquier domingo del mes.
Los bautismos se hará por el cura del
primer, 5llento y 5llent domingo y
por un diácono el tercer y cuarto
domingo del mes.
Sin embargo, si hay un bautismo y
una presentación sobre el mismo
domingo, la presentación se haría por
un diácono antes de la bendición final
y el bautismo después de la misa.
Precepts Of The Church
A Catholic Job Description
To help us give God our very best,
the Catholic Church has outlined
responsibilities that will help us grow
in love of God and each other.
Keep every Sunday holy. “The
Sunday celebration of the Lord's Day
and his Eucharist is at the heart of the
Church's life” (Catechism of the
Catholic Church, 2177). It’s vital that
we worship God at Mass each Sunday
and Holy Day of Obligation (unless
unavoidably prevented).
Confess at least once a year. Few
humans can go an entire year without
committing a serious sin. Turn to the
Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Receive Communion at least during
the Easter season. Prepared by the
Sacrament of Reconciliation, receive
the Eucharist as often as possible but
especially during the Easter season.
Fast and abstain. To help us control
appetites of all kinds, the Church
established times of penance when
fasting and abstinence help us focus
on God.
Provide for the Church. To keep
our Church healthy and strong, we
each must care for her and contribute
what we can.
Jesus, I Trust
In You!
Importante!!!!!! Registro parroquial Como feligreses, todos tenemos
que ser registrado en la parroquia. Y si usted ha cambiado su dirección y número de
teléfono, por favor, tenga en cuenta a la oficina parroquial. Como feligreses, tenemos la
responsabilidad también pagar nuestras cuotas mensuales en el sobre de su recepción
en el correo. Si usted no recibe los sobres de la parroquia, por favor llame a la oficina
de la parroquia y dar su dirección.Si usted no paga nada, la Computadora en la oficina
de la parroquia mostrará su familia como inactivo. Por lo tanto, es importante que usted
paga sus cuotas parroquiales. Esta comunicación es de Monseñor Bocian, el Mayor
Pastor de la Parroquia.
Benefit To Support Camilla Hall Nursing Home
Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Immaculata, PA 19345
On Saturday, October 8th, our IHM Sisters are celebrating autumn with an Oktoberfest.
The event provides a wonderful opportunity to socialize with the IHM Sisters who
reside at Camilla Hall, and to raise funds for Camilla Hall Infirmary. The Sisters are
chancing off 50 cash prizes, ranging from $ 5,000 to $100.00. If you would like to
participate in this cash drawing, simply purchase a chance. Chances will be available
on Saturday, September 24th, after the 4:30 PM Mass at Divine Mercy Church and on
Sunday, September 25th, after the 7:30 AM and 10:00 AM Masses at St. Casimir
Church. The donation is $1.00 per chance or $ 5.00 per book of 6 chances. If you miss
the opportunity to purchase chances at the churches, stop by the school office at Trinity
Academy during school hours. Chances will be available until Wednesday, October
6th. Thank you for your support! Our IHM Sisters in Camilla Hall pray for you every
Trinity Academy School Fund Raisers
Gertrude Hawk Candy Sale We are excited to offer Gertrude Hawk Chocolates as a
part of our fundraising program. Our goal for this fundraiser this year is $9000. Help us
make it happen! Orders can be placed with any Trinity Academy student, by stopping
by the school office or online. A website has been setup specifically for the Trinity
Academy fundraising campaign. Enter the following into the URL into your browser:
&mem_id=114982 You may also go to
http://www.gertrudehawkchocolates.com/index.cfm?act=programs and enter the
participant no. 106015-001 to access our group’s site. You can have your purchases
delivered directly to your door or, have it shipped to and picked up at the school. If you
have any questions, please contact Christine Zuber Fannick at 570-462-3927.
50/50 Extravaganza This year we are hoping to have our best year yet with Trinity
Academy’s 50/50 Spectacular. It’s a great way to make some extra money and to help
our school to reach its fundraising goal in the process. Our goal for this fundraiser is
$2000. This year we are excited to announce that we will be having TWO separate
drawings. The first will be the night of our Christmas show in December 2016. The
second will be Memorial Day 2017. Two great times that anyone could use extra cash!
Stop by the school today to purchase your tickets.
Friendly's Night Join us from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, October 4th for a
fun night of food, fun and of course ice cream at Friendly's Route-61, Pottsville. A
portion of al sales will benefit Trinity Academy. We will also be holding a bake sale
and selling our 50/50 spectacular to be drawn in December. Eat in or take-out
available. For more information, contact the school office at (570) 462-3927.
Halloween Kid's Bingo Trinity Academy at the Father Walter J. Ciszek Education
Center, 233 West Cherry Street, Shenandoah is hosting a Halloween Kid's Bingo on
Friday, October 28th in the school cafeteria. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with games
beginning at 6:00 p.m. Fantastic food, monetary prizes for game winners, prizes
between games and a door prize. Come in costume if you wish. For more information,
contact the school at (570) 462-3927.
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September 25, 2016 – Twenty Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Diocesan Information
If a Prenatal Diagnosis is
Poor…You are not alone. There is
help. The Diocese of Allentown has a
network of concerned parents and
professionals who have experienced
or worked closely with issues
surrounding poor prenatal diagnosis.
For support, contact: Sr. Janice
MarieJohnson,. [email protected]
diocese.org or 610-289-8900 x 245.
Victim Assistance Coordinator 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 and encouraged to
contact the Diocese of Allentown for
more information about this program.
The fullness of compassion should be
extended to these victims by the
Church. Victim Assistance
Coordinator—Direct Telephone
Number: 1-800-791-9209. To learn
more about the Diocese of
Allentown’s Youth Protection
Programs, Sexual Abuse Policy, and
Code of Conduct, please visit
www.allentowndiocese.org and click
on “Youth Protection ” in the upper
right hand corner of the page.
Misa dominical La Misa del
domingo es una obligación. Es la ley
de la Iglesia. Es tambien uno de los
Diez Mandamientos. Por
favor,Vengan a asistir a la Misa
todos los domingos con sus hijos.
La Adoration Nocturna esta
cancelada por ahora, hasta previo
The Holy Sacrifice of the
Mass/Veneration to the first class
relic of St. Pauline Visintainer will
take place on the last Monday of each
month at 5:00PM in Our Lady’s
Chapel of St. Patrick Church, 319
Mahantongo St., Pottsville on
September 26th.
Year of Mercy
Spiritual Work of Mercy – Comfort the Sorrowful
To comfort the sorrowful is a spiritual work of mercy because it strengthens
the human spirit in its weakest moral moment of sadness, just as the Holy Spirit
strengthens the whole church and all her members. To comfort is to fortify the soul:
strengthening the intellect to understand the cause of sorrow and the means of its cure,
and strengthening the will in order to keep faith in the face of discouragement. Man is
made for happiness, and thus sorrow contradicts humanity. But ever since the first man
and woman shed the world’s first years at the sight of enigmatic death and a lost
paradise, sorrow has been the consequence of love, albeit love lost. The indifferent
feel no sorrow. Saint John Vianney said to a man making a perfunctory confession
with no real contrition . “O weep because you do not.” In contrast, the hateful rejoice
in the sorrow of others and are saddened only when they cannot inflict more sorrow.
The Man of Sorrows was Perfect Love, and in his perfection he was incapable
only of indifference and hate. His sorrow was more intense than any the world has
ever known. The liturgical “Reproaches” on Good Friday ask: “Is there any sorrow
like unto my sorrow…?” So intense was that grief that the night before he was
crucified he sweat blood, a hemorrhage of all the world’s agony. In those hours his
human nature craved the comfort of friends. Peter and James and John were little
comfort, as they were sleeping. “Could you not watch with me one hour?”
No sorrow is more revealing and expressive of the bond of love than the
sorrow one has for the suffering of another. To comfort someone else strengthens the
self as much as the other. This holy economy was visible between Christ on the cross
and Mary at the foot of the cross, comforting each other in the world’s most horrible
scene. Empathy is stronger than sympathy. Jesus have his Mother to mankind as he
was dying so that she might be our paramount comforter in the tragic hours: “Pray for
us sinners now and at the hour of our death.” Saint Therese of Lisieux said, “I assure
you that the good Lord is much kinder than you can imagine. He is satisfied with a
glance. With a sigh of love.” The greatest comfort is to be able to return that glance,
as did his Mother, Then hear him say: “Come to me, all you who labor and are
burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Mt 11:28)
- Pope Francis
St. Joseph Center for Special Learning is seeking part-time office help. Applicant
must have strong interpersonal skills, proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet and
database software and organizational skills. Must be sensitive to individuals with
disabilities. Minimum of Associate degree required. If contacted for an interview,
applicant must be able to provide the following three (3) clearances: Pennsylvania State
Police Criminal Record Check (PATCH), Pennsylvania Child Abuse History
Certificate, and Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Background Fingerprint
Check. Please email [email protected] or come to the school (2075 West Norwegian
Street, Pottsville) to provide your résumé, or request an application.
Help Catholics Come Home
Do you know someone who was baptized Catholic but has stopped attending
Mass, is questioning the faith, or hasn’t found a parish home? Why not help your friend
to come home? Perhaps you can act as a resource or offer to attend Mass together. If
you aren’t sure how to help, ask your pastor or priest for advice.
Divine Mercy Parish
Bishops Annual Appeal
$ 28,931.00
Total Collected
$ 12,683.00
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September 25, 2016 – Twenty Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Wanted: Bridge Builders
In Jesus’ day, the accustomed action
for people who didn’t conform to
usual standards of behavior was to
turn them into outcasts. Jesus showed
us another way. He didn’t expel
sinners but forgave them. In fact,
many of his healings helped restore
people to their communities. By
commanding us to love our enemies,
Jesus demanded that we become
bridge builders and refuse to
recognize anyone as an enemy. As his
followers, he wants us to build
bridges, not walls.
Listen without talking. Building
bridges requires understanding
others’ needs. Listening well is key
but can be hard to do. Try starting a
conversation and practice just
listening. Maintain eye contact and
don’t plan your response until the
other person has finished speaking.
Empathize. Empathy is the ability to
understand and share the feelings of
another. It means setting aside your
own personal agenda so you can fully
understand the other person’s needs.
Be an instrument of peace. A
disagreement doesn’t have to become
a conflict. We gain nothing by being
nasty or obnoxious. Instead, stick to
the facts and be firm but friendly.
Avoid gossip and gossips. This is the
most obvious tip but talking about
others behind their backs leads to
trouble for others and for you. If you
are asked about someone else, always
find something positive to say.
St. Mother Théodore Guérin
Predicted at age ten that she would
become a nun. At age 25, she became
a Sister of Providence of Ruillé-surLoir in France. She was soon asked to
lead missionary sisters to Indiana
where their base was a log cabin with
a porch for a chapel. By her death in
1856, she had opened schools
throughout Illinois and Indiana,
trusting in God’s providence to
accomplish the impossible.
"The world promises you comfort,
but you were not made for comfort.
You were made for greatness." Pope
Benedict XVI
Nativity BVM High School is accepting applications for the position of Part Time
Learning Support Teachers (Special Ed. Certification required) for the 2016-2017
school year. Interested candidates should send resume, certifications and all clearances
by June 30th to Nativity BVM High School, Attn: Mrs. Lynn Sabol, Principal, One
Lawtons Hill, Pottsville, PA 17901.
Nativity BVM High School is seeking a head coach for boys basketball for the
2016-2017 season. Interested candidates should contact the main office at
570-622-8110 or send their resume to the following address: Nativity BVM High
School, Attn: Mrs. Lynn Sabol, Principal, One Lawtons Hill, Pottsville PA 17901.
The candidate must have all clearances. Deadline for all applications is September
Rosario Tenemos Rosario cada domingo a las 11.30 am aqui en la Iglesia.
Confesiones El sacerdote está disponible para escuchar confesiones todos los
domingos antes de la Misa del mediodía. Por favor, venga a hacer uso del Sacramento
de la Reconciliación y reciba la gracia sanadora del Señor!
Año de la Misericordia El Papa Francisco declaró el Año 2016 como el Año de la
Misericordia. Durante este año, debemos ser conscientes de la misericordia de Dios
sobre nosotros y que debemos ser misericordiosos con nuestros hermanos también. Por
favor, oren por la misericordia de Dios sobre nosotros. Oremos también por la fuerza
para perdonar a los demás.
Spirit 2016 — “Encounter Mercy and Truth” The Annual Diocesan Men’s
Conference will be held on Saturday November 5th 9:00AM – 5:00 PM at De Sales
University. The day will include keynote addresses, exhibits and a vigil Mass with
Bishop Barres. Continental breakfast and lunch is included. Registration fee is $35
($25 early bird before 9/22.) and $10 for high school/ college students. For more
information and to register online please visit www.cmfda.org or call 610-289-8900.
What Is So Bad About Using God’s Name In Vain?
In Jesus’ day, even speaking God’s name could be punished by death. Today,
we can hardly sit through a movie or television show without hearing it used as a swear
word. Using God’s name in a disrespectful manner doesn’t make it any less holy, but it
does make it less holy in the eyes of the world.
We who are Christians and followers of Christ have promised to uphold God’s
laws. If we allow those around us to use God’s name in vain, or worse, do it ourselves,
we tell the world that we don’t think God’s laws are important. For example, God said,
“You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain” (Exodus 20:7) and Jesus
told us to say, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name” (Matthew 6:9). Yet, if
we disobey and use the precious name in vain or sit idly by while others do, we
demonstrate our disdain for the honor of his name and his instructions. Neither is wise
or desirable.
Parish Dues for 2017 for Divine Mercy Parish are now payable for any registered
parishioner 21 years of age and older at the parish office, 108 West Cherry St. If dues
are paid by January 31, 2017, dues are $ 50.00 per individual. If paid after January 31,
2017, dues are $ 60.00 per individual.
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