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  • SAINT PETER AND SAINT PAUL, PRAY FOR US! Parish Office Hours

    Monday-Thursday: 9 am to 3 pm

    Mass Schedule

    Vigil Mass

    (Saturday) 5:00 p.m.

    Sunday Mass

    8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

    Weekday Mass

    M,T,W,F 8:30 a.m.

    Confessions before daily

    Mass; Saturday 4:15 p.m.

    OUR MISSION STATEMENT

    SS. Peter & Paul Parish, a community of faith called by God to deepen

    our relationship with Jesus Christ, serves the Lord by sharing our time,

    talent and treasure. As disciples of Christ, we are called to bring Jesus

    Christ to ourselves and others: our children, the sick, the poor, the fallen

    away Catholics and those who need to hear God’s message of uncondi-

    tional love and forgiveness. SS. Peter & Paul Parish is a beacon of light

    rooted in Jesus Christ, passed on to his successor, our Holy Father the

    Pope, and is guided by our local bishop to build the Kingdom of God on

    Earth. It is our mission to shine the light of Jesus Christ in our world and

    to spiritually enrich the individual members of the parish as well as the

    larger community through word, worship, sacrament and service.

    The Parish in the heart of the Endless Mountains

    Established in 1848

    SACRAMENTS

    The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated Sundays after the 11:00 a.m.

    Mass. First time parents are asked to attend a welcoming session prior to

    baptism. Godparents are asked to present a sponsor card. Please call the

    parish office as soon as possible after your child’s birth to plan his or her

    baptism.

    The Sacrament of Marriage—engaged couples should notify the pastor

    at least six months prior to their proposed date. Couples participate in a

    preparation program.

    The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick—please call the parish of-

    fice for visitation of the sick at home, in the hospital, or health care facili-

    ty.

    Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the official process used

    by the Church to bring adults into the Catholic faith.

    SPIRITUAL DEVOTIONS

    The Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    and the Divine Mercy Chaplet are prayed

    in common before weekday Masses.

    The Perpetual Novena of the Miracu-

    lous Medal is prayed in common every

    Monday after the 8:30 a.m. Mass.

    Eucharistic Adoration is held from 9:00

    a.m. on the Thursday preceding First Fri-

    day until 2:00 p.m. on Friday in Grotto

    Hall and the church.

    Sacred Heart Devotions are prayed in

    common after First Friday Masses.

    Devotions to the Immaculate Heart of

    Mary are prayed in common after the

    First Saturday Masses.

    Parish Prayer Line requests

    Call Annette at 570-265-9691.

    The Exaltation of the Holy Cross † September 14, 2014

    Pastor: Rev. Edward L. Michelini

    Jesus said to Nicodemus . . .

    “And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,

    so that everyone who believes in him

    may have eternal life.”

    John 3: 13-14

  • St. Agnes School

    Youth Group

    The Parish Youth Group (Grades 9-12) will meet this

    Sunday, Sept. 14, from 6-8 pm in St. Agnes JFK Hall.

    Bring a friend, learn something, share something, get in-

    volved, have a good time--all are welcome. Should any-

    one have any questions, please feel free to call

    Brandon at 570-637-0756.

    St. Agnes Super Raffle tickets are now on sale!

    Twenty-one cash prizes will be given away, in amounts

    from $100 up to $12,000. No more than one thousand tick-

    ets will be sold (if less than one thousand tickets are sold

    by the time of the drawing, prizes equaling half of the tick-

    et receipts will be given). Tickets are available in the

    school office, or by calling 265-6803 during school hours.

    The cost of each ticket is $50. The prize drawings will be

    held on Saturday, December 6th at 7pm in JFK Hall. You

    do not need to be present to win!

    The annual Dutch Mills flower bulb sale to sup-

    port St. Agnes School is currently underway. These beauti-

    ful bulbs arrive in time for fall planting, and are guaranteed

    to bloom in the spring! Brochures can be found in the

    back of the church, and orders and payment may be placed

    in the collection baskets each weekend through Sunday,

    September 28th. Orders may also be dropped off at the St.

    Agnes School office by Tuesday, September 30th.

    Parish Dates To Remember

    Sep 14: Cursillo Ultreya 2-4 pm Grotto Hall Sep 16: Music Ministry picnic 5:30 pm Rctory Sep 22: Office of Parish Life Liturgical Ministry Meeting in Grotto Hall 6:30 pm Sep 23: Finance Committee 7 pm in Grotto Hall Sep 28: World Day of Prayer for Synod (see insert) Oct 2: Bishop Bambera 9:30 am Mass; school visit Oct. 5: Respect Life Sunday Oct. 26: Harvest Dinner—Details to follow Nov. 1: Memorial Liturgy & reception * reservations needed —call Nancy 570-721-1062

    CCD Every Sunday

    9:15-10:30 a.m. in St. Agnes School

    Registration forms are available in the back of the church

    (for those who have not already registered). Bring this

    form to the school.

    Personal Spiritual Renewal

    Sunday afternoon, September 14, 2014, from 2-4

    pm in Grotto Hall a Cursillo group from the Diocese will

    be here to Pray, Witness, Discuss, Provide Information,

    and will allow time for Question and Answer concerning

    the Cursillo experience.

    A “Cursillo” -- a personal and communal spiritual

    renewal program – will be held at the Passionist Sisters

    Monastery outside of Clarks Summit, PA as follows: a

    Women’s Cursillo will be held Thursday evening through

    Sunday, October 2-5, 2014 and another for women on

    April 1-16, 2015; a Cursillo for Men will be available

    March 19-22, 2105. The parish is able to assist in the cost

    of this spiritual renewal program. Fr. Ed is planning on

    making the Men’s Cursillo in March, 2015.

    Several members of the parish have previously

    made a Cursillo and have found it a very positive and re-

    warding spiritual experience and influence in their life.

    Please consider attending Sunday afternoon Sep-

    tember 14, 2014 from 2-4 pm. At this point just show up at Grotto Hall. If you are unable to attend Sunday but are

    interested contact the office 570-265-2113 or see Fr. Ed.

    Bishop Bambera to Visit St. Agnes School

    Our Parish has been notified that Bishop Bambera will visit

    St. Agnes School on October 2, 2014, the Feast of the

    Guardian Angels, and celebrate Mass at 9:30 am. Other

    activities at the school and in the parish are to be deter-

    mined. Everyone is welcome to attend this Mass at 9:30 am

    in the church.

    October - Respect Life Month

    During this time, Catholics are encouraged to re-

    flect upon our efforts put forth to defend every human life

    from conception to natural death. Educating others regard-

    ing the life issues, offering pastoral outreach to abortion-

    minded women, and advocating for laws that uphold the

    sanctity of human life are just a few examples of the many

    ways of supporting the gift of life. If these efforts are to

    succeed, however, they must be carried out by way of

    prayer and worship.

    TOWANDA

    Here in Towanda Saints Peter & Paul Parish will join in

    the National Life Chain event on the sidewalk in front of

    the Bradford County Courthouse from 2-3 pm for a period

    of prayer and witness – bring a lawn chair if you wish.

    Please see the enclosed flyer with information and loca-

    tions about various Life Chain locations in our area.

    SCRANTON

    The Diocese of Scranton will observe Respect Life Sunday

    with the celebration of the Mass on Sunday, October 5,

    2014, at 12:15 p.m. in St. Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton.

    Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L.,

    will serve as the principal celebrant for this special liturgy

    which highlights the Catholic Church’s respect for the

    sanctity and dignity of life spanning all stages and condi-

    tions, from conception to natural death. It celebrates the

    life of the unborn, persons with disabilities, the deaf, the

    ill, and those in the last stages of earthly life. The liturgy

    is also offered for victims of abortion, euthanasia, and the

    death penalty. The faithful of the Diocese are invited to

    attend this special liturgy

    De Colores

    Spreading the light that illuminates

    The divine grace from the great ideal.

    ~(part of) Spanish Folk Song used by American Cursillo

  • Liturgical Ministers Sept. 20-21 Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharistic Saturday 5 pm: Bob & Jackie Pyznar, Sharon Kaminsky Sun. 8 am: Barbara Grimes, Murray O’Donnell, George Emery 11 a.m.: Barbara & Ed Krauss, Mary Theresa Jurnack Lectors Saturday 5:00 pm: Abbie Zampogna Sunday 8:00 am: Barbara Wywiorski 11:00 am: Mike Miller Altar Servers Saturday 5 pm: Simon & David Smith, Connor Hart Sunday 8 am: Dom & Sam Tavani, Teddy Steele 11 am: Garrett Johnson, Mason Hartmann, Warner Dorman Musicians Saturday 5:00 pm: Joel Christian Sunday 8:00 am: Gloria Nilsson, Marie Seibert Sunday 11:00 am: Joe Dorsey, Jim Hoffmann Hospital & Personal Care Home: Lee Ann Wolfe Bradford County Manor: Sonia Huff

    Altar Care 9/20: Barb Grimes, Katrina Murray, LeeAnn Wolfe

    Collection Counters 9/15: Team A A Sanctuary Lamp burns this week for:

    Fran Palumbo by Marilyn Miller

    Mass Intentions Sept. 14—21 Saturday Vigil 5:00 pm: Irene Marie Ward (daughter Sharon and Phil Kaminsky) Sunday 8:00 a.m.: Ann Kerr (The Family) 11:00 a.m.: James J. Sullivan (Daughter) Mon. 8:30 am: John & Evelyn Berda Tues. 8:30 am: Intentions of George & Lise Emery (Sylvia Hilfiger) 10:15 am: Margaret Williams (Rita & Mary Bustin) Mass at Personal Care Home Wed. 8:30 am: Patrick Barrett (Ed & Barbara Ulatowski) Thursday: NO MASS Friday 8:30 am: Anne J. Sullivan (Ed & Barbara Branish) Saturday Vigil 5:00 pm: John F. Grenell II (Joan and Alice Grenell) Sunday 8:00 a.m.: Tom Geissler (Rita & Mary Bustin) 11:00 a.m.: Dick Snell (Kate)

    Offertory August 31, 2014 Sunday Offering $ 3,365.00

    Church in Eastern Europe $ 3,534.61

    Thank you for your generosity.

    Second Collection.

    This weekend is the monthly parish collection for Aid to

    Education. No second collection will be taken up next

    week.

    Marriage Announcement

    Third Banns: The marriage of Gregory Lent and Ashley

    McCormick is being planned for September 20, 2014.

    Baptism

    Congratulations to Justin and Roslon Johnson as their chil-

    dren are baptized this Sunday after the 11 am Mass.

    Please keep Hunter, Jaxon, and Leyla and their family in

    your prayers as they grow together in their Catholic Faith.

    In Memoriam

    By now most people know of the death of Rev. Joseph

    Hornick, Pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish,

    Dushore. Please continue to keep Fr. Hornick, his family

    and the parishioners of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish

    in your prayers. Fr. Hornick suffered a fatal heart attack

    while riding his bicycle last week.

    Looking Ahead

    Over the past two years, our parish has held a Memorial

    Service for families who have lost a loved one during the

    previous year; we have held a Saturday evening liturgy

    and a reception for those attending. Now we are currently

    in the planning stages for this year’s Memorial Mass to be

    held at the 5 pm Saturday evening Mass on November 1,

    2014—this is the Vigil Mass for All Souls Day.

    The Conflict in Iraq / Aid

    Bishop Bambera has asked the parishioners of

    the Diocese to pray in a special way for an end to the vio-

    lence and conflict now occurring in Iraq. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has

    requested that a special collection be taken up in all par-

    ishes on the weekend of September 27-28, 2014 to sup-

    port our Christian brothers and sisters and other innocent

    victims of the violence in the Middle East, most specifi-

    cally in areas of Iraq, Gaza and Syria. All funds received

    from the collection will be used by Catholic Relief Ser-

    vices working in partnership with local Churches in the

    Middle East to meet urgent humanitarian needs.

    Thank you for your support for this special col-

    lection and for your continued prayers for victims of this

    crisis.

    Moving Day

    It is with sadness that we relate that George and Lise Emery have sold their house and property and will be

    moving to California sometime in early October. We regret to see you leave our parish community, but we thank you

    for your presence and involvement in the parish and community all these years. You will be missed but we are happy

    that you will be closer to family members in California. Know that you always have a parish here in Towanda.

    We will also miss Betty Mitros, who has notified us about her relocation downstate to be nearer her family.

    We pray for a smooth transition for our friends, and wish them happiness in their new homes.

  • RICHARD M. FARLEY CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT

    ———————————

    521 MAIN STREET 570-265-4993

    TOWANDA, PA 18848 FAX: 570-265-5996

    e-mail: [email protected]

    Knights of Columbus TOWANDA COUNCIL, No. 3915

    7 Poplar St., Towanda PA 18848

    Meetings 2nd/4th Wednesdays at 7 pm

    Contact: 570-265-2113

    If you would like to join our parish, contact: SS. Peter & Paul Church—106 Third St.—Towanda PA 18848

    Call 570-265-2113 or email [email protected]

    REQUEST FOR PARISH REGISTRATION FORM

    Name ____________________________Date__________

    Address_________________________________________

    City,Zip _________________________Phone __________

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    PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS_

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    Brown; David Brubaker; Jack Carman; Robert Coles; Joan Cowles; Sue Daly; John Thomas

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    Haglich; Billy Hollenback; Linda Hollenback; Betty Johnson; Barbara Korb; Joyce Kuykendal;

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  • The Holy Spirit is transforming us, and through us,

    He wants to transform the world in which we live.” Pope Francis.

    You are invited to join with parishioners across the Diocese as we

    support the 2014 Annual Appeal to “transform lives.” As explained by our Bishop, Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera,

    “When we work together in unity and share the gifts we have been given by God for the sake of our sisters and brothers,

    lives are transformed, our world is enriched and the love and goodness of the Lord Jesus is given life in our midst….”

    This is the mission and purpose of the vital ministries made possible by the Diocesan Appeal throughout the 11 counties of

    our Diocese.

    When you support the Appeal, you give your faith heart and hands and feet to serve God’s people. Each day, your

    support of the Appeal allows us to “transform lives together” by enhancing the programs offered in each of our 120 parishes;

    by educating our most precious resources: the approximately 6,200 students in our 20 Diocesan schools and those children in

    parish religious education programs; by responding to the poorest, the weakest and those most in need through the good works

    of Catholic Social Services; and by supporting our retired and aging priests as well as the nine men currently studying for the

    priesthood.

    You will be receiving a personal letter from Bishop Bambera asking for your support for the Diocesan Annual Appeal. Please prayerfully consider your response.

    Dear families,

    With this letter, I wish, as it were, to come into your homes to speak about

    an event which will take place at the Vatican this coming October. It is the

    Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is being

    convened to discuss the theme of "pastoral challenges to the family in the

    context of evangelization.” Indeed, in our day the Church is called to pro-

    claim the Gospel by confronting the new and urgent pastoral needs facing

    the family.

    This important meeting will involve all the People of God – bishops, priests,

    consecrated men and women, and lay faithful of the particular Churches of

    the entire world – all of whom are actively participating in preparations for

    the meeting through practical suggestions and the crucial support of prayer. Such support on your part,

    dear families, is especially significant and more necessary than ever. This Synodal Assembly is dedicated

    in a special way to you, to your vocation and mission in the Church and in society; to the challenges of mar-

    riage, of family life, of the education of children; and the role of the family in the life of the Church. I ask you,

    therefore, to pray intensely to the Holy Spirit, so that the Spirit may illumine the Synodal Fathers and guide

    them in their important task. As you know, this Extraordinary Synodal Assembly will be followed a year later

    by the Ordinary Assembly, which will also have the family as its theme. In that context, there will also be the

    World Meeting of Families due to take place in Philadelphia in September 2015. May we all, then, pray to-

    gether so that through these events the Church will undertake a true journey of discernment and adopt the

    necessary pastoral means to help families face their present challenges with the light and strength that

    comes from the Gospel.

    Dear families, your prayer for the Synod of Bishops will be a precious treasure which enriches the Church. I

    thank you, and I ask you to pray also for me, so that I may serve the People of God in truth and in love.

    May the protection of the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph always accompany all of you and help you to

    walk united in love and in caring for one another. I willingly invoke on every family the blessing of the Lord.

    FRANCISCUS

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SAINT PETER AND SAINT PAUL, PRAY FOR US! Parish Office Hours Monday-Thursday: 9 am to 3 pm Mass Schedule Vigil Mass (Saturday) 5:00 p.m. Sunday Mass 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Weekday Mass M,T,W,F 8:30 a.m. Confessions before daily Mass; Saturday 4:15 p.m. OUR MISSION STATEMENT SS. Peter & Paul Parish, a community of faith called by God to deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ, serves the Lord by sharing our time, talent and treasure. As disciples of Christ, we are called to bring Jesus Christ to ourselves and others: our children, the sick, the poor, the fallen away Catholics and those who need to hear God’s message of uncondi- tional love and forgiveness. SS. Peter & Paul Parish is a beacon of light rooted in Jesus Christ, passed on to his successor, our Holy Father the Pope, and is guided by our local bishop to build the Kingdom of God on Earth. It is our mission to shine the light of Jesus Christ in our world and to spiritually enrich the individual members of the parish as well as the larger community through word, worship, sacrament and service. The Parish in the heart of the Endless Mountains Established in 1848 SACRAMENTS The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated Sundays after the 11:00 a.m. Mass. First time parents are asked to attend a welcoming session prior to baptism. Godparents are asked to present a sponsor card. Please call the parish office as soon as possible after your child’s birth to plan his or her baptism. The Sacrament of Marriage—engaged couples should notify the pastor at least six months prior to their proposed date. Couples participate in a preparation program. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick—please call the parish of- fice for visitation of the sick at home, in the hospital, or health care facili- ty. Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the official process used by the Church to bring adults into the Catholic faith. SPIRITUAL DEVOTIONS The Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet are prayed in common before weekday Masses. The Perpetual Novena of the Miracu- lous Medal is prayed in common every Monday after the 8:30 a.m. Mass. Eucharistic Adoration is held from 9:00 a.m. on the Thursday preceding First Fri- day until 2:00 p.m. on Friday in Grotto Hall and the church. Sacred Heart Devotions are prayed in common after First Friday Masses. Devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary are prayed in common after the First Saturday Masses. Parish Prayer Line requests Call Annette at 570-265-9691. The Exaltation of the Holy Cross September 14, 2014 Pastor: Rev. Edward L. Michelini Jesus said to Nicodemus . . . And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” John 3: 13-14
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