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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 Serving Bradford County since 1841 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. Pastor: Rev. Edward L. Michelini The Epiphany of the Lord January 7, 2018

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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 Serving Bradford County since 1841

    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.

    Pastor: Rev. Edward L. Michelini

    The Epiphany of the Lord † January 7, 2018

  • Parish Dates To Remember

    Jan 7: The Epiphany of the Lord *

    CCD classes resume

    Jan 8: The Baptism of the Lord

    Jan 10: Widows’ Support Group 1 pm in Grotto Hall

    Jan 14: No CCD class (MLK Holiday weekend)

    Jan 14 Rally for Life 2 pm @ B.C. Courthouse followed by

    Prayer in SSPP church and reception in Grotto Hall

    Jan 15: MLK Holiday; parish office closed

    Jan 19: Rally for Life, Washington DC bus trip

    Jan 20: Altar Server Refresher/Training 10 am in church

    Followed by Pizza Party - sign up please

    Jan 21: CCD classes as usual and

    Parents of 1st Communion Students Meeting

    Jan 25: Widows’ Group lunch call 570-265-2625

    Jan 28: St. Agnes PTG Breakfast (Catholic Schools Week)

    PARISH BULLETIN ADVERTISERS

    We thank those businesses and individuals who have placed an ad in our parish bulletin. We ask parishioners

    to thank these individuals and to use these companies. This week we especially acknowledge:

    Anyone wishing to advertise in the Parish Bulletin should contact the parish office 570-265-2113 or speak to

    Father Ed for more information—the pricing is very reasonable.

    Memorials for Elsie Zurn

    St. Agnes School

    Teen Bible Study and CCD Classes Meet Sundays

    9:15—10:30 am @ St. Agnes School

    Jan 7: Classes resume

    Jan. 17: No class (MLK holiday weekend)

    Jan. 21: Parents Meeting (Sacrament of Reconciliation)

    St. Agnes School Super Raffle

    Each year St. Agnes School sponsors a major fund-

    raising event to support the education of the students

    attending the school – the tuition does not cover the

    cost of the education provided, so various fund raising

    activities are necessary. Super Raffle tickets are avail-

    able this weekend in Grotto Hall or at any time from

    the school 570-265-6803. The Super Raffle is a 50-50

    raffle with tiered winners – 500 tickets are available at

    $50 @ ticket. Consider supporting the education of the stu-

    dents at St. Agnes with purchase of one or more tickets.

    Notre Dame H.S. Grades 7-12 Open Enrollment Notre Dame High School Gr. 7-12 is now accepting

    applications for the academic year 2018-19. To ensure

    a spot, we urge you to apply now during our open en-

    rollment period. Applications are considered in the or-

    der in which they are received with priority given to

    current ND families. An application for admission can

    be obtained at: www.notredamehighschool.com.

    Tours and shadowing experiences are highly

    encouraged. Prospective students can choose to spend

    a half or full day at Notre Dame attending classes, mak-

    ing new friends, touring the school and enjoying lunch.

    Tours and shadowing experiences may be scheduled by

    contacting Michelle Barkley at 734-2267 ext. 321.

    Notre Dame High School is located at 1400 Maple

    Avenue, Elmira, NY 14904.

    Widows’ Support Group

    The Widows’ Support Group will meet on Wednes-

    day, January 10, at 1:00 PM in Grotto Hall.

    Their monthly "Lunch Out" will be on

    Thursday, Jan. 25. All widows are welcome to

    Attend, and if interested may call Lucille Christini

    (265-2625) for more information.

    Diocesan Annual Appeal + - Thank You!

    Your generosity is amazing! The parish goal for the 2017 Diocesan Annual Appeal was $33,000. The

    parish has pledged $40,345 which is 22.2% over our goal. 190 parishioners/families (50.26%) of our parish

    have pledged this amount. Thank You, Thank you, Thank You! If you have not made a commitment to the

    2017 Annual Appeal, please consider making one – Appeal envelopes are at the entrance to the church and can

    be placed in the collection basket. . Every gift makes a difference.

    Thanks also for your generosity in so many others ways: TACO, Grace Connection, the Christmas An-

    gel Tree, Diocesan Collections, Care and Education for Priests, Aid to Education, your time in assisting in the

    functioning of the parish – Committees, etc., and in your involvement in ARISE, Cursillo, monthly Adoration

    of the Blessed Sacrament – the list goes on and on. Thank You!

    It’s a Wonderful Life !

    Many people have thanked the parish for sponsoring

    the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, during the Christ-

    mas break. It was quite enjoyable, and for many of

    us, reminiscent of years gone by.

    The parish hopes to do this again during the

    coming year. A quote from the end of the movie:

    “No life is a failure who has friends.”

    Teilhard de Chardin

    “We serve to complete the work of creation

    even by the humblest work of our hands.”

    *Epiphany: the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi

    (Matthew 2:1–12 and foretold in Hebrew Scriptures (Psalms 72:10 and 138:4 and in Isaiah 60: 5,11)

    Bradford County Manor cancelled the First Fri-

    day Mass because of widespread illness; the Mass inten-

    tion will be rescheduled on the First Friday of February.

    http://www.notredamehighschool.com/

  • Liturgical Ministers Jan. 13 - 14 Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist Sat. 5 pm: Jackie Pyznar, Sharon Kaminsky, Crystal Babcock Sun.8 am: Sonia Huff, Barbara Wywiorski, Edith Rabago 11 am: Barbara & Ed Krauss, Laurie Stroud Lectors: Sat. Vigil 5pm: Bob Pyznar Sunday 8 am: Laura Steele 11 am: Albert Ondrey Altar Servers: Sat.Vigil 5 pm: Dillon Gallagher, Connor Babcock Sunday 8 am: Kate & Sara Burrowes 11 am: Sam & Angelina Tavani Hospital & Personal Care Home: Sonia Huff Bradford County Manor: Barbara Wywiorski

    Mass Intentions Jan. 6 - 14 Sat. Vigil 5 pm: Connie Leone (Jackie & Garrett Johnson)

    Sun. 8:00 am: Our Parishioners

    11:00 am: Gertrude Grindel Blier (Bob & Ann Murphy)

    Mon. 8:30 am: Edna Lewis (Lane & Marie Seibert)

    Tuesday 8:30 am: Anne Marshall (Jack & Mary Lou Allis)

    Wed. 8:30 am: Robert J. Ottaviani

    (Knights of Columbus Council #3915)

    Thursday: No Mass

    Fri. 8:30 am: Madeline Repine (John Polinsky)

    Sat. Vigil 5 pm: Marian Davidson

    (Donald & Annette Beaumont)

    Sun. 8:00 am: Don Bannon (Branish Family)

    11:00 am: Our Parishioners

    Offertory December 24, 2017 Sunday Offering $ 5,128.00

    Special Envelopes $ 205.00

    December 25, 2017 Christmas $13,107.12

    Thank you for your generosity!

    Second Collection

    This week is for the Care & Education of Priests. Next

    week will be for Aid to Education.

    A Sanctuary Lamp burns this week for:

    Lloyd Sullivan (Kathy & Mary Alice)

    Altar Care January Chair: Chris Bedford

    Jan 13— Week 2 Donna Brown

    Patti Meredith, Mary Theresa Jurnack

    Counters Mon. 1/8/18: Team A

    Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta

    House Blessings

    Those wishing to have their house blessed are asked

    to call the rectory 570-265-2113 to schedule a day

    and time. Thank you.

    Rescheduled Altar Server Refresher

    A refresher for altar servers and altar server preparation

    for Lent, Holy Week and the Easter Vigil is being

    scheduled for Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 10 am,

    followed by a pizza party at 11:15 am. A sign-up /

    sign-out sheet is on the table at the entrance to the

    church. Please indicate whether you will or will not

    be there for this meeting. Thank you.

    Anyone who has already received their First

    Communion and would like to be an Altar Server at

    Mass, please see Fr. Ed or call the rectory 570-265-

    2113 – we can always use additional servers.

    Happy New Year!

    What Year is it? 2018! Wow!

    As we begin a new calendar year we are extremely grateful for what God has provided to us in the past. Yes,

    there have been challenges and struggles, but there has always been the knowledge and understanding that God

    would never give us more than what we could handle, and that when things got really difficult —He carried us

    through!

    We thank God for the parishioners of our parish and their concern and involvement in the parish and

    the community. We ask God to help us continue to seek and to realize His presence in our lives, and now ask

    Him to continue to bless us in special ways throughout 2018, A.D. (Anno Domini means Year of Our Lord).

    ~ Fr. Ed

    Pro-Life Events

    1. Rally for Life: Sunday January 14, 2018 Gather at 2:00 p.m. at the Court House followed by

    a presentation here at SSPP Church and then a reception in Grotto Hall afterward. 2. March for Life Rally: Friday January 19, 2018 Bus trip to Washington D. C. for the March

    in Washington. Pick-up at 5:20 am and drop off 11:50 p.m. at the Bradford Towne Mall.

    What do we know about abortion?

    God will hold us accountable. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer said in Germany during the years leading up to

    the “final solution” of the Third Reich, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless.

    Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

  • 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 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 _____________

    ST. AGNES SCHOOL A Roman Catholic School of the Diocese of Scranton

    Pre-K (3 & 4 Years of Age) to Grade 6 Middle States Accredited (570) 265-6803 102 Third Street

    Towanda PA 18848

    www.edline.net/pages/StAgnes

    570-268-7653 570-888-2202

    PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS_

    Reese Aquilio; Nancy Barrett; Rosie Beale; Gus Branish; David Walsh

    Brubaker; Kathy Campbell; Liz Cartieri; Chris Cole; Patricia Coleman;

    Margaret DeMarco; Patricia Dibble; Stephanie Duggan; Margaret Dunkle;

    George Emery; Mary E. Farley; Helen Finlan; June Gormley Goodrich; Jim

    Grimes; Sally Groff; Linda Hilscher; Evelyn Hoff; Glenna Hoffman; Adam

    Kelly; Timothy Leo Lenox; Greg Long; Annette McClure; Deany McGarrigle;

    Mickey McGarrigle; Sharon Mahaffey; Margaret Miller; Nate Miller; Charles

    Palmer; Jean Perry; Gary Raupers, Sr.; Kathleen Lenox Reider; Fr. Richard

    Rojas; Eugenia Serpe; Sarah Sobolewski; Special Intention; Craig Sullivan;

    Mackenzie Kempner Taylor; Two Special Intentions; Ed and Barbara

    Ulatowski; Maria Van Haute; Lani Wood; Bob Zettlemoyer.

    To add a name to this published Prayer List, call the office at 265-2113 or email your request to [email protected]

    OTTAVIANI OPTOMETRY

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    SS. PETER & PAUL CEMETERY JAMES STREET - N. TOWANDA

    2 AND 4 Grave Lots Available

    Business Office: 106 Third St., Towanda PA 18848 570-265-2113

    BARRETT LAW OFFICES Patrick J. Barrett, III

    Attorney and Counselor at Law

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    Providing Professional Services that Respond to Personal Needs

    Complete Pre-Arranged Funeral Planning — Burial And Cremation Services.

    Out-Of-Town Receiving and Transfer Service, Monument Service

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    Bowen-Farr Funeral Home

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    Brandon B. Allis

    Funeral Director—Supervisor

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    Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home Inc.

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