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ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER PARISH WILLIAMSPORT, PENNSYLVANIA

FIRST SUNDAY in LENT St. Joseph Please Pray for Us "Please Pray for Peace & Our Troops" Lenten Message from the Pastor: Well, Lent is upon us once more. We began this past Wednesday, with the imposition of ashes and the challenge to "turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel." The challenge comes to us each year because, as St Paul tells us, "now is the acceptable time, now is the day of salvation." (2 Corinthians 6:2) We are always in need of the powerful grace of God, Lent, however is the appropriate time to remind ourselves that we "are dust, and to dust we will return." Our life here as we know it is not forever, and we must live this life with an eye on the world to come. Lent is an Old English word which refers to the `lengthening' of the days during the early spring, as we have more sunlight approaching. The Latin term Quadragesima means "forty days" and refers principally to the liturgical season preparing for Easter. In the early Church, this was a season for catechumens, those preparing for the new life of Baptism. Early on, the Church saw that Christians need a constant reminder of the commitment made at baptism, and so what began as a season of penitential preparation for the un-baptized became a season of penitential renewal for the baptized. Essentially, we are preparing to renew the promises of our baptism at Easter, where we renounce Satan, and all his works, and all his empty promises. Pope Benedict, in his Lenten message, tells us that Our Lord's temptation in the desert, which we hear proclaimed today, reminds us that Christian life is a battle against evil. Jesus emerging victorious from his temptation opens our hearts to hope in the possibility of choosing good and avoiding evil. This is the principal virtue of penance, disciplining ourselves with those small things that are permissible but frivolous (junk food, alcohol, whatever), in order to strengthen ourselves for the struggle against those things that are sinful. Notice, the Lord Jesus is tempted first to use his power to feed himself, perfectly understandable, right? Only afterward did Satan suggest that he commit a real evil. Self mastery in small things prepares us for bigger challenges. This is the purpose of a Lenten fast. Choose wisely, if you haven't already, so that your sacrifice is real, but not unbearable, remember, God "loves a cheerful giver." May God grant our parish a truly fruitful Lent.--Fr Kirby. IMPLEMENTATION TEAM MEETS The St. Joseph the Worker Implementation Team met March 2nd in order to review the information gathered at our Town Hall Meeting and to start formulating our annual report to the Diocesan Planning Commission. Although no decisions were made, numerous options regarding our status as a parish were considered. The next meeting of this group will be April 5th at 6:30pm in the Castellano parish center. From the Committee & Ed Gabriel, Chair Today's Reading: First Sunday in Lent 1st Reading: Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7 2nd Reading: Romans 5:12-19 Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11 Gospel Reflection: As Jesus prepares to begin his ministry, he enters a kind of spiritual "training camp." Alone in the dessert, he fasts and prays for forty days. When the devil tries to ambush him with three temptations to disobey God's will, Jesus is well armed. He defends himself with the work of God by quoting from the Book of Deuteronomy. He refuses to be tricked by false promises of power and glory. Car Talk: What hungers do you see in your community? What food do you offer?

MARCH 13, 2011

FINANCES AT ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER PARISH--Your stewardship and generosity to your parish are greatly appreciated and needed. Last Week's Collection: $12,977.75 Weekly Collection Budget: $14,500.00 Four Leaf Clover Winners: 03/04/11 #178 Ted Marmo 03/05/11 #034 Virginia Szybist $ 100.00 $ 50.00

BINGO Monday, March 14, 2011 in the Fleming Center. Doors open at 5PM. Bingo begins at 6:30pm. Volunteers are always NEEDED and welcomed. LENTEN SCHEDULE 29th Annual ECUMENICAL LENTEN SERVICE TONIGHT March 13 at 7:30pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 800 Mulberry St, Montoursville. Speaker: Bishop Robert Driesen, Bishop Upper Susquehanna Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Sponsored by United Churches of Lycoming Country. Everyone is invited--refreshments and fellowship to follow in the church hall. SOUP & SCRIPTURE: Thursday, March 24, 31 and April 7--on New Roman Missal from 6--8pm in the Fleming Center. · Fellowship, soup and bread from 6-7pm · The Bible in the Mass: Presentations on the New Roman Missal (which will start Advent 2011) 7--8pm. · We ask you to bring a crock pot of soup or bread to share (if you'd like)--parish will provide beverage and paper products. Next Parish LENTEN FISH DINNER will be held at Ascension , Church Hall, 2100 Linn St., Friday, March 25 from 4:30-7PM. Tickets--Adults: Advance $7.50/door $8.00--Children (12 & under) or 1/2 portion $4.00. For tickets call 3261154, 326-9222, 322-4270, 323-9456. Cake donations needed families last names beginning N to Z. Please call any of the phone numbers above to donate. Center City/West 4th Street LENTEN ECUMENICAL SERVICES--40 Days with God's People 2011 - Wednesday evenings during Lent at 7:00PM. · First Wednesday--March 16, First Baptist Church, Speaker: Rev. Aden Wertz Theme:Noah--it rained for 40 days and 40 nights when God wanted to cleanse the world and start over (Genesis 7:11-24) Lenten Medication Booklets are available on the tables in the church--please take one home. "POTLUCK with PADRE"--Come join "Potluck with Padre", an evening designed to enable all members of St. Joseph the Worker parish to enjoy a potluck dinner with Fr. Kirby. Each family will be asked to contribute a dish towards the dinner and in return Fr. Kirby will share a short teaching about the Catholic Faith, followed by time to ask questions and will end with prayer. This evening will afford everyone an opportunity to get to know other members of the parish as well as their Faith a little bit better. This monthly POTLUCK with PADRE will be held in the Fleming Center the last Tuesday of each month beginning April 26 from 5:30-7:30PM. "The Ten Commandments Are Not Multiple Choice"

FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS Jim Foran--323-3799 or 916-6277 [email protected] Classes continue today March 13 at St. Joseph the Worker for PreK--8th grade. HIGH SCHOOL 9th--12th grade evening program TONIGHT at St. Ann Church (includes dinner) 6-8pm. Let's have a great turn out from St. Joseph the Worker parish. Annual Gertrude Hawk Easter Candy Sale Each year our Religious Ed program participates in this fundraiser. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be earmarked for "Light the Fire" Youth Rally and other youth related activities (Pass the Salt). Most everyone purchases Easter chocolate ... perhaps you would consider purchasing/selling candy for the Religious Ed program (this is not mandatory). Brochures are on the tables this weekend. Orders must be turned in by April 3--Orders can be picked up on April 10 in the Fleming Center. Please make checks payable to St Joseph the Worker Parish. Any questions please call 323-3799. Thank you for your support! CONGRATULATIONS to our 25 2nd grade students who received the sacrament of Penance for the first time on Saturday morning this weekend. Our appreciation and thanks to our catechists, teachers at St. John Neumann Regional Academy and parents who helped with the preparation of this sacrament. Cameron Borgess Savannah MacGill Gabriel Carson Jackson Mayer Allesandro Dincher Ryan McNamee Whitney Felix Beau Pearson Olivia Fessler Caleb Reddy Shaye Fries Blaise Reynolds Isabella Gillespie Ryan Rishcoff Tyler Grubb Jessica Robinson John Hannan Lindsay Snyder Mary Kathryn Hillman Myla Thomas Michael Komarnicki Eleanor Walter Stephen Kraynak Abigail Youmans Cecilia Lutz PARENTS--Please note the many and varied opportunities that are available in the parish and community to help your family deepen your Lenten spiritual journey. Please note time and location of Stations of the Cross. Perhaps you cannot attend every Friday but we encourage all families to make an effort at some point during the Season of Lent to attend Stations. Operation Rice Bowl will be sent home this Sunday PreK--8th grades. Proceeds from Operation Rice Bowl goes to CRS-- Catholic Relief Services. Note the calendar inside the box with a daily reflection and Lenten suggestions. You may wish to read this as a family during your evening meal. Rice Bowls are to be returned prior to Easter Sunday. Get to Know Your Choir: Joanne Mahonski is a soprano we are highlighting this week. Despite the complications of family schedules she has been in the choir for many years. She says she participates because she loves to sing--stairs or no stairs. Her returning to the loft so quickly after her knee surgery is evidence of that. She is a reliable member and still gets in her visits to her large family. You can be dedicated to both. A very good way to serve the Lord and do good works is to sing in the choir. The lessons of the scriptures are often repeated over and over as we rehearse pieces for mass. Please consider donating your talent to the choir. We are friendly and supportive of each other. Membership is a positive way to help consolidate the churches. MONDAY, March 14 8:00 am Karen Steinbacher (Her Husband, David) 12:10 pm John McMahon (Tom, Bill, Jim & Liz Kline) TUESDAY, March 15 8:00 am Evelyn & Donald Vannucci (Marie Vannucci & Family) 12:10 pm G.A. Salvia (Patty McGrail) WEDNESDAY, March 16 8:00 am Albert Cosentine (Daughter, Patricia Camille) 12:10 pm Josephine LeFever (June Wolfe) THURSDAY, March 17, St. Patrick 8:00 am Abner Rolley (Ann Covert & Hasko Family) 12:10 pm Deceased Members of Ancient Order of Hibernians FRIDAY, March 18, St Cyril of Jerusalem 8:00 am Intentions of Michael Youmans (Family) 12:10 pm Richard Sullivan (Burkhart Family) SATURDAY, March 19, St. Joseph 8:00 am Intention of Priests 4:00 pm Joseph & Mary George (Daughter, Dolores Winter) 5:30 pm Celia Incitti (Tony & Evie Rizzo) SUNDAY, March 20, 2nd Sunday in Lent 8:00 am Margaret Cardone (Family) 9:15 am Francesco & Rosa Pasnello (Danielle Family) 10:30 am Robert Markel (Family) 5:00 pm Living & Deceased Parish Members

STATIONS OF THE CROSS--Friday March 18 at Mater Dolorosa at 7PM.

"Vocations Discernment Retreat" - Friday, March 25 - Sunday, March 27, Fatima Renewal Center, Dalton, PA. For information call 207-2216, Ext. 1013 or visit www.ScrantonVocations.com. Prayers for Healing: Please pray for and support those parish family members who are sick or with special medical intentions: Rylee Zabrosky, Katie Webster, Marian McGowan, Mary Vogel, Kathy Remsnyder, Warren C. Houseknecht, Theresa Lomison, Sophie Ross, Tom Derone, Pauline Rinker, Tracy Mariano, Mary Davenport, Tim Edwartoski, Mary T. Smith, Lynn Marie Busch, Helen Lowe, Eleanor Boroch, Bernice Kuna, George Hindman, Barb Regland, Ron Shoemaker, Lorenzo Minnella, Viola Bashnick, Patricia Shuey, Helen Scoppa, Joyce McMullen, Donna Magill, Dan Gerber, Kay Hunter, Chase Aderhold, Kathy Tupper, Joann Nau, Irene Gohrig, John Cimabue, Don McBride, Jim Bertin, Samantha Howell, Lilliana Frame, Andy Cerquozzi, Tony Cerquozzi, Rose Kaleda, Rich Genga, Sylvia Garcia, James Lusk, Mary Paulus, Grace Revak, A.J.Asiello, Mary Dougherty, Jennie Marino, Sandy Hughes, Al Pompeo, Rosemary Carey, Tim Repella, Charlene Eveleth Isabell, Michael Gilson, Bernie Deime, Auburn Segraves, Bob Hamaker, Vince Grazulis, Crystal Lacey, Laurie Noviello, Cobe Johnson, Pam Francis, Joan Whitney, Charles Jean, Matt Tedesco, Steve Bobik, Joe Bacon, William Manciocchi, Betty Carnevale, Theresa Sniffen, Ed Nolan, Claude McQuillen, Gerry McQuillen, Joanne Engel, V.Kay Hunter, Pauline Noviello, William Cummings, Jr., Timothy Drake, Kathy McBride, Adelaide Taylor, Patti West, Lucile Morrison, Louis Hart. Please call the parish office to add or remove names from the list.

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