THE CHURCH OF
S AINT IGNATIUS LOYOLA
A ROMAN CATHOLIC COMMUNITY INSPIRED BY THE T R A D IT I O N O F S T . I G N A T IU S , ST. HEDWIG AND ST. M ARY'S ANNUNCIATION PARISHES.
e, the blended Catholic community of St. Ignatius Loyola, draw strength from Word and Sacrament, especially in the celebration of the Eucharist. Modeling Christ’s work, we embrace our commitment to God’s call. We remain faithful to the shared acts of prayer, study and service. Together we extend Christ’s hospitality to others and light the path of peace for generations to come.
“Knowing God is more important than knowing about God.”
— Karl Rahner, S.J.
THE SUNDAY LIGHT
QUESTION OF THE WEEK View our information video at www.stignatiuspa. com
Don’t forget to check our grocery rebate program. Details can be found in the vestibule of the church. Your support is deeply appreciated.
Christ the King - The final judgment Reading I Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 (parable of the shepherds) Reading II 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 (Christ, the first fruits) Gospel Matthew 25:31-46 (the last judgment) Key Passage [The Son of Man] will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” (Matthew 25:45) Adult Who are the least of your sisters and brothers for whom you do care? Who are those whom you ignore? Child To which person did you especially try to show the love and care of Jesus?
LITTLE BLUE BOOKS FOR ADVENT AND THE CHRISTMAS SEASON Six minutes a day. Each 24-hour day has 240 “six minute packages.” During the Advent and Christmas seasons, you’re asked to give one of those to the Lord. The books will be distributed at all Masses this weekend.
THANKSGIVING DAY MASS - NOVEMBER 27TH Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 AM in the Church. Please note there will be no 7:30 AM or 12:10 PM Mass on Thanksgiving Day.
CANDLE BEARERS St. Ignatius Parish Family - help us light the candles of our Parish Advent Wreaths. Be a candle bearer! Individuals as well as families of any size are welcome to carry a candle. Sign up for the liturgy of your choice . Sheets are located in the foyer of the Church and Chapel.
SAINT IGNATIUS THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE
In recognition of our need to give, and the many needs of our church and parish, and in gratitude for God’s gifts to us, we declare our willingness to return a portion of our Treasure to our parish, as part of our total Christian stewardship.
The Youth Group is currently collecting non-perishable food items to be packed and distributed to over 50 families in our parish and the community. Food can be dropped off in back of either the church or chapel in the food pantry bins at all Masses. Some common foods in need are mashed potatoes, gravy, pasta, sauce, peanut butter, jelly, canned fruits and vegetables, cake mix, icing, cranberry sauce, and cereal. This is the last weekend food can be accepted for our drive so we may prepare for distributing the bags for the Thanksgiving Holiday. If you still need to drop off your food donation and were not able to bring it to this weekend’s Masses, you may drop it off at Bergan Parish Center on Sunday, November 23rd from 1:00-3:00 PM. Thank you for your generous donations!
PREPARE FOR CHRISTMAS - ADVENT VESPERS Prepare your hearts for the coming of the Christ Child. Advent Vespers will be prayed each Sunday evening at 7:00 PM. Please join us as we celebrate the evening prayer of the Church.
WEEKLY MEDITATION Sunday Tithe $12,811.10 This Week’s Expenses $27,445.76
Today is the celebration of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. He is the King of each one of us, the source of all life, who we are and the creator of our very existence. The Gospel teaches us and reminds each of us that when we serve and care for the hungry, the homeless, the lonely, we serve the Christ that lives in each of us. We are grateful that we can serve and give to all in need.
Don’t forget! Food Collection each and every weekend at the vestibules of Church and Chapel.
NOVEMBER 23, 2014
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Sunday, November 23rd - All Advent Family Class - beginning with a short prayer service in Good Shepherd gym at 9:15 AM. Families will then proceed to the classrooms for the Advent project. Families are asked to bring scissors and tape. All family members are most welcome to attend. Sunday, November 30th - No class for Grades 1-6 Wednesday, December 3rd - Release time for Grades 7 & 8 Saturday, December 6th - First Penance Retreat - 10 AM - Noon, Bergan Parish Center. All members of this year’s First Penance Class are expected to attend. Sunday, December 7th - Grade 4 Family Morning and Class Mass. All members of Grade 4, both private and public schools, and their families are strongly encouraged to attend the family morning beginning at 9:15 AM in Conlan Hall with a continental breakfast and followed by the class Mass at 10:30 AM.
BE AN ANGEL THIS ADVENT As is tradition in our parish, the Angel Wreaths have been placed in the back of the church and chapel. If you have not already taken an ornament, please consider doing so. The item should be newly purchased. Wrap the gift and attach the ornament to the outside of the package. Place it in the Angel Sleigh in the church or under the Angel Wreath in the chapel, or you may drop it off at the rectory during regular office hours. Please do not wrap used items. The deadline for returning the Angel gifts is Sunday, December 7th. If you have any questions or for some reason you are unable to return your gift by the deadline, please contact Jenn Frusciante at 570-574-9724. Remember to be an angel this Advent. CHRSTMAS WAFER (OPLATKI) The word “Oplatek” derives from the latin word “Oblatum”, meaning sacred bread. Made of unleavened dough, it first began to be used in the 10th century as a liturgical wafer, with a religious motif engraved on a side. Families gather on Christmas Eve and share the wafer with a simple blessing ritual as their traditional Christmas Eve meal begins. The wafers will be available after all Masses next weekend. Everyone is welcome to share in this rich Polish tradition which expresses a tender love for the Christ-Child. Any donation will be deeply appreciated!
THE THANKFUL TREE Throughout November, the sanctuary of our church now includes a “Thankful Tree.” The children from our Religious Education classes wrote what they are thankful for on leaves and brought them to the altar at the 10:30 AM Mass. They now hang on the tree as a representation and visual reminder of God’s goodness and how that plays out in the lives of our young people. As you look at the tree, think of the many things we are all thankful for...the kindness of friends, family, lessons we’ve learned this year, our health, our country’s freedom, worshipping with our wonderful parish community and all of the many other things in our lives. We thank our loving God for all that we receive...Amen. If any children missed the opportunity to write on a leaf, please let someone know so they can participate. Also, all are welcome to come up to the tree to read the leaves after any Mass.
Youth Group December Meeting and Christmas Party Sunday, December 14th from 6:00-8:00 PM for both Junior and Senior High We ask each youth group member attending to bring a $5.00 exchange gift appropriate for a girl if you’re a girl or appropriate for a boy if you’re a boy. Mark it BOY if you’re a boy, and GIRL if you’re a girl. Pizza and wings will be served for dinner. If any parents/guardians wish to bring a dessert for the party, it would be much appreciated.
The Altar Breads and Wine for this week are offered For the Greater, Honor and Glory of God as requested by Bob & Mildred Walsh
Sanctuary Candles Burn this week In Memory of Anna & Leo Servello By—Servello Family In Memory of Jacob June By-Grandparents, Carl & Dolores June
P r a y er Ca r d s We encourage you to spend quiet time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament throughout the week with a special prayer intention in mind. Just pick up a card after your visit to Church and send it off to the one in your prayer. The cards may be used on First Fridays by those attending Eucharistic Adoration.
Think gospel! Please make room for your neighbor in church and slide to the center of the pew.
MARY’S MINISTRY CHARITY HOLIDAY SOCIAL - DECEMBER 9TH Do not delay. Plan now to join your parish family and friends for some holiday fun and refreshments. On Tuesday, December 9th, Mary’s Ministry will host a Charity Social from 5:30-7:30 PM in Conlan Hall. A light supper meal will be served from 5:30-6:30 PM followed by a delightful musical program presented by “Changing Habits”, an outreach ministry from Gate of Heaven Parish, directed by Marilyn O’Connell. Advance reservations are required. In place of an entrance fee, participants are asked to contribute a wrapped Christmas present for an adult woman to be donated to residents of McAuley House and Ruth’s Place. Please attach a removable tag indicating the package contents. Gifts will be collected at the door. Contact Jean Marie Ash at 570-288-4987 ASAP for details and to reserve your seat. Reservation deadline is Tuesday, December 2nd.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY Mary’s Prayer Shawl Ministry will begin to distribute the shawls for those in need. If interested, please call the rectory at 570-288-6446. The ministry is also seeking monetary donations. Thanks for your support. Checks may be made payable to Church of St. Ignatius Loyola and in the memo: Mary’s Prayer Shawl Ministry. May God and Our Blessed Mother bless you and your loved ones.
CHRISTMAS TOY/FOOD REGISTRATION St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen, a program of Catholic Social Services is once again teaming up with local parishes and the United States Marines “Toys for Tots” for this year’s Christmas Toy Drive. Last year, we distributed toys to over 2,000 children in the Wyoming Valley. This year’s registration for Toys and Food for Christmas will be held at Our Lady of Hope Parish, 40 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre on Monday, November 24th - 9:00 to 11:00 AM and 2:00 to 6:00 PM. Parents should bring the following 1) Photo ID 2)Verification of income 3)A Social Security Card for everyone in the household and 4) Proof of address with a recent date. Food distribution will take place at St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen, 39 E. Jackson St., Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, December 17th from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM and 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Toy distribution will take place at Our Lady of Hope Parish, 40 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, December 17th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM and 4:00 to 7:00 PM. We need donations of toys. Toy donations may be taken to St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen, 7 days a week from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM. If you would like to volunteer to help with the distribution, please contact Diane Colleran at 570406-9843.
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE
Monday Pierogies - 8:00 AM - Conlan Hall Wolves Meeting - 6:30 PM Bergan Parish Center (2nd FL) Scouts Meeting - 7:00 PM Bergan Parish Center - (3rd FL) Bell Choir - 6:30 PM - Church Tuesday Pierogies - 8:00 AM - Conlan Hall Conlan Hall
Thanksgiving Day Mass 9:00 AM - Church
ANNOUNCEMENT DEADLINES FOR UPCOMING BULLETINS: BULLETIN
“Teach us to give and not to count the cost.”
— Ignatius of Loyola
NOVEMBER 23, 2014
November 24-29 7:30— 7:30—Charles NaylisNaylis-ALM Wife, Alice 12:10— 12:10—Erin HammondHammond-ALM Parents
Our Parish Goal: $95,000.00 Percentage of Goal Pledged as of Nov. 17th: 72%
Please mail your donations to Diocese of Scranton, Appeal Office, 300 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503. CATHOLIC PARENT REVIVAL (CPR)
Tuesday 7:30— 7:30—Neil FisherFisher-ALM Family 12:10— 12:10—Rick O’LearyO’Leary-MM Friend, Fay
Wednesday 7:30— 7:30—Anna & Leo ServelloServello-ALM Family 12:10— 12:10—Florence WolmanWolman-ALM Francis Wolman
Thursday 9:00 AM— AM—Richard McDermottMcDermott-LM Mary Ann & Danielle Jakubaszek NO 7:30 AM or 12:10 PM Masses today
DECEMBER 6TH - NOON TO 6:00 PM Wouldn’t it be great to have a national convention for parents, grandparents, and guardians with national speakers and great music to revive their faith and celebrate their vocation as they help their families grow in faith? Good News: The Catholic Parent Revival (CPR) in San Antonio, Texas, December 6th will be just such an event. Better News: We can “live stream” the event here in our diocese anywhere we want! With national presenters and performers like Steve and Jenni Angrisano, Mark Hart, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, Roy Petitfils, Noelle Garcia and John Angotti. Attendees will be treated to a day of inspiring stories, moving music, and meaningful prayer that is guaranteed to breathe new life into the role that faith takes within their home, the domestic church. The Catholic Parent Revival is part of the Strong Catholic Families initiative presented in partnership with NFCYM, NACFLM, NCCL AND NCEA. For more information go to: www.catholicparentrevival.org. The Catholic Parent Revival has been created to allow time for parents to talk with one another in small groups and to allow for some extended time toward the end of the day to reflect and pray with and for one another. Steve and Jennie Angrisano, serving as emcees, with guide both onsite and virtual groups through this process as the event unfolds. Sites-to-date: 1) Diocesan Pastoral Center, Scranton 330 Wyoming Avenue, (Call Jennifer at 570-207-2213 to register; 2) St. John Bosco, Conyngham (Call Carla at 570-788-1997, Ext. 204, to register; 3) Good Shepherd Academy, Kingston (Call Tony at 570-288-6446 to register.) Please join us for an event guaranteed to revive you! If interested in attending at Good Shepherd, please call Tony by Tuesday, December 2nd.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS COOKIE WALK
12:10— 12:10—Mary & John ProkopProkop-ALM
Exaltation of the Holy Cross Youth Ministry will be holding their Third Annual Christmas Cookie Walk on Saturday, December 13th from 10 AM to 1:00 PM in the church hall, 420 Main Road, Hanover Township. There will be over forty different types of homemade cookies to choose from. Fill a container for $8.00. There will also be pre-assorted containers available for purchase. Christmas Cookie platters will be available for purchase for holiday parties. For more information and/or ticket reservations, please call 570-814-6444 or 570-262-6413.
Betty & Ray Garbor
LAY CARMELITE COMMUNITY
Friday 7:30— 7:30—Frank O’Brien FamilyFamily-ALM Family
Saturday 7:30— 7:30—Helen & Peter MuchaMucha-ALM Son, Tom & Diane Mucha
If you desire a deeper prayer life with the support of a loving community, perhaps Our Lady is calling you to Carmel. If so, you may be interested in the Lay Carmelites who strive to develop a deeper spirit of prayer, greater love of God and neighbor, community, and apostolic work. Being good standing Catholics, we seek God’s will in ordinary circumstances of the day. If interested, please call Rose Bordi at 570-445-5457.
4 PM— PM—Dorothy LukasLukas-LM Alan Behrent 5:30 PM— PM—Irene PretkoPretko-LM Friends at VA Medical Center
Special Note! Please send us your e-mail address and help us cut down on paper and postage.
NOVEMBER 23, 2014
MINISTRY SCHEDULE November 29 & 30
B U L L E T I N
Saturday 4:00 PM
Lectors G. Dicton & B. Matus Communion Ministers
T. Crawford, J. Duesler,
Cyrenian’s of St. Leo’s/Holy Rosary, 33 Manhattan Street, Ashley, will hold their “Annual Craft Show” on Sunday, December 7th from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Cost of table is $25.00 (includes 8 ft. table and chair.) Each vendor is asked to donate one craft for chances. Electric outlets available on first come basis. Call Jackie Lehman at 570-823-6633 to reserve your table.
D. Duesler, M. Girton, K. Hungarter
E. & J. Shoemaker Saturday 5:30 PM Lectors J. Gallagher & K. Smedley Communion Ministers J. Gaudio, J. Stretanski M. Fiske, M. Heffers Altar Servers C. Hoidra & A. Larralde Sunday 7:00 AM Lector G. Thackara Communion Ministers P. Podesta, T. Thackara, T. Verbyla
Sunday 8:30 AM Lectors S. Verdone & S. Arbogast
without Sunday we cannot live
J. Lenahan, A,. Petros Altar Servers
B O A R D
St. Faustina Kowalska Parish will sponsor a Bingo on Sunday, December 7th at Alternate Site (St. Mary’s School Hall), 1010 Hanover St., Nanticoke. Doors open at 12:30 PM and early bird games at 1:45 PM and regular games at 2:00 PM. Cash prizes - door prizes - refreshments available. Parking and entrance at rear of building.
PILGRIMAGE Father Finn, pastor of St. Barbara’s Parish in Exeter, will be conducting a Holy Land Pilgrimage in early October, 2015. If you have an interest in possibly joining him and others from the Diocese of Scranton, you can contact him at 570-654-2103 or by emailing him at [email protected]
The Social Concerns Corner Check Here Every Week for the Latest Food Bank Information The Food Bank is in Need of the Following Items: Tuna, Soup, Cereal, Peanut Butter & Jelly
Macaroni & Cheese
J. Smecheski, J. Lyons
(PLEASE PLEASE PLACE ITEMS IN THE MARKED BASKETS )
J. Lyons Altar Servers
Monetary donations are also accepted, please make checks
M. & M. Lyons
payable to the Al Beech West Side Food Bank.
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THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!
Just a reminder! Be sure to check your on-line/mailed copy of liturgy schedule often.
THE SUNDAY LIGHT
B U L L E T I N
B O A R D
BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS
Sunday 10:30 AM
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge, a program of Catholic Social Services, which serves children in five counties throughout NE Pennsylvania, is in great need of Big Brother Big Sister volunteers. Though the agency currently serves approximately 400 children, there are also approximately 250 children on the waiting list. Those children are in great need of mentors. All it takes is an hour or two per week, and it can truly help change the life of a child. For information, call 570-824 -8756, Ext. 398 or visit www.bbbsnepa.org.
Good Shepherd Academy would like to welcome you to their Annual Toy Bingo. The event will be held on Sunday, November 30th at 2:00 PM. The doors open at 1:00 PM to select your seat, have a quick lunch, purchase tickets to the large basket drawing, or snack on a homemade dessert. Tickets are $9.00 presale or $10.00 at the door. Tickets can be purchased by calling 570760-7082 or by downloading the form from the school website at www.gsapa.org and mailing it to the school at 316 N. Maple Ave., Kingston, PA 18704
THE MIRACLE OF BETHLEHEM The Miracle of Bethlehem, a 45 minute live production depicting the life of Jesus from His birth to His resurrection will be presented by the St. Faustina Parish Community at 7:00 PM on December 5, 6 and 7. The cast consists of parishioners and friends of St. Faustina Parish. The Grove is located just outside Nanticoke, in Sheatown, on Old Newport Street behind the Saint Stainislaus Apartments and Guardian Eldercare Center. Parking will be available. All attending are invited to bring lawn chairs, if preferred. Admission is free; however, any good-will offerings will be graciously accepted.
Communion Ministers M. Butcher, a. Calderone, D. Mosca, G. Bokrosh,
SOUP, BAKE & BAKE SALE Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church, Buttonwood, Hanover Township, is having a Soup, Bake & Book Sale on Thursday, December 4th, from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Soup of the month is Clam Chowder. Cost is $8.00 per quart. Take-outs only. Your pre-order will be appreciated. To place an order, please call Sylvia at 570-825-6370 or Barry at 570-831-5593.
T. Butel, P. Kupetz
without Sunday we cannot live
R. Dupre & R. Granger
Altar Servers E. Carlisle & A. Harbaugh Sunday 12 Noon Lectors K. McNulty & P. Boyle Communion Ministers S. Abrantes, N. Frusciante V. Piccola Altar Servers K. McNulty
Readings for the Week Monday Rv 14:1-3, 4b-5; Lk 21:1-4 Tuesday Rv 14:14-19; Lk 21:5-11 Wednesday Rv 15:1-4; Lk 21:12-19 Thursday Rv 18:1-2, 21-23, 19:1-3, 9a; Lk 21:20-28 Friday Rv 20:1-4, 11—21:2; Lk 21:2933 Saturday Rv 22:1-7; Lk 21:34-36
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THE SUNDAY LIGHT
“Do not think that God is further from you when you are in the midst of the busyness which your vocation entails than he would be if you were enjoying a tranquil life.” —Frances de Sales
PARISH SCHOOLS Good Shepherd Academy: Principal, Mr. James Jones Phone: 570-718-4724 Holy Redeemer High School: Principal, Mrs. Anita Sirak Phone: 570-829-2424
PARISH STAFF Pastoral Outreach
Deacon John E. O’Connor
Our parish offers a comprehensive Youth Ministry, in conjunction with the Regional Youth Ministry, including community building, service, religious education and socialization. Watch the bulletin for ministry information.
Religious Formation Mrs. Carmella Faust [email protected]
Mrs. Patty Kopec
THE RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS
Youth Ministry [email protected]
Kim Gnall, Loyola Singers Mrs. Elaine Blesing, Contemporary Ensemble & Children’s Choir Director Mrs. Carmella Faust, Handbells & Accompanist Mrs. Pat Fennell, Accompanist Mrs. Jane Gaudio, Cantors Mrs. Caprice Ryman, Accompanist Mr. George Andresky, Accompanist
Congratulations! You are asked to contact one of the parish priests at least six months before the date of your marriage so that the appropriate preparations can be made for this special celebration.
Mr. Anthony Butel
VISITATION OF THE SICK
Mrs. Jen Carey
Main/Business Office [email protected]
Ms. Mary Lewis
Grades 1—6 — Good Shepherd Academy on Sunday morning from 9:15 AM to 10:20 AM. Grades 7—8 — Released Time Confirmation Program High School— Sunday Evenings (Monthly)
Ms. Mary Lewis, St. Ignatius Mrs. Jen Carey, St. Mary & St. Hedwig
Rev. Joseph Adonizio Msgr. David Bohr Rev. Daniel Issing C.S.C. Rev. Anthony Urban Rev. Richard Zavacki Deacon Chase Pepper, C.S.C.
Pastoral Associate [email protected]
Mr. Anthony Butel
Assistant Pastor [email protected]
Rev. Alex J. Roche, S.T.L.
Rev. John V. Polednak, V.E.
This is a process the Catholic Church uses to bring adult members into the faith. Anyone interested in becoming a part of this process or in obtaining more information can call Tony Butel at 570-2886446. This journey in faith is concerned with the total formation of the person into living and serving with the Church community.
BAPTISM Expectant and new parents are asked to participate in a seminar on Baptism. Please call the Rectory to schedule an appointment with Tony Butel. Godparents are welcome to attend, though it is not required. Please call the rectory to register at your earliest convenience. The celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism is on the third Sunday of every month except during Lent.
Please call the office for visitation of the sick at home, in the hospital, or health care facility.
SACRAMENT OF THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK Urgent calls will be attended to at any time of the day or night.
NEW PARISHIONERS Please register by calling the rectory. Those moving should inform the office as soon as possible.
DEVOTIONAL LIFE The Rosary is prayed after the 7:30 AM Mass daily and before the 8:30 AM Mass on Sundays at the Chapel of St. Ann. Eucharistic Adoration is held the First Friday of the month at Saint Ignatius Church beginning at 12:45 PM concluding with Benediction at 4:00 PM. (September—May)
MINISTRY COUNCILS Pastoral Council — Father Polednak, Father Roche, Deacon O’Connor, Tony Butel, David Baloga, Michelle Butcher, Pat Cole, Robert Dupre, Joe Evan, Randy Granger, Tom Hamill, Molly Kachmar, Debbie Lyons, Maria Scappaticci Finance Council — Father Polednak, Bob Gabriesheski, Tom Kopec, Jack Lenahan, Mary Lewis, Jean Michalek, Lou Mondy, Art Piccone, Sue Rhoads, Lisa Rinker, Susan Shoemaker, Kay Smedley, Stanley Swaintek