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SAINT PETER AND SAINT PAUL, PRAY FOR US! Parish Office Hours
Monday-Thursday: 9 am to 3 pm
(Saturday) 5:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
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 1841
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
The Sacrament of Marriage—engaged couples should notify the pastor
at least six months prior to their proposed date. Couples participate in a
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-
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the official process used
by the Church to bring adults into the Catholic faith.
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.
Seventh Sunday of Easter † May 17, 2015
Pastor: Rev. Edward L. Michelini
Jesus prayed . . . “Holy Father . . . now I am coming to you. I speak this in the world
so that they may share my joy completely. . . . I do not ask that you take them
out of the world but that you keep them from the evil one.” John 17: 11,13,15
Primary Election Day this Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Don’t forget to — VOTE !
CCD Every Sunday
Classes 9:15 in St. Agnes School
May 17: Last CCD Class @ school, but remember,
Mass is still @church every weekend!
Parish Dates To Remember
May 20: Spring Cleaning Work Bee @ church May 25: Memorial Day 9 am Cemetery Mass (or church) Deadline for payment for Papal Bus Trip May 26: 5:30 175th Anniversary Committee May 30-31: Missionary Visiting Priest at Masses Jun 6: Retreat in Wyalusing *see page 6 of bulletin June 14: Sonestown Hotel Dinner, War Museum, and Red Barn Antiques** Jun 27: Parish Feast Day Picnic @ Mt. Pisgah Jul 12-16: VBS “Camp Discovery” @ St. Agnes gym Jul 13: Diocesan Vocations Golf Classic Aug 8-9: National Shrine and Smithsonian Trip to Washington DC** **reservations call Nancy 570-721-1062
First Communion – Saturday, May 16, 2015
Congratulations to our 2015 First Holy Communion Class:
Novelle Brassfield Emily Burrowes Xhionne Jandoc Hunter Johnson
Sean Lauber Daisy Mitros
Savannah Persun Mia Valentina Ramirez
John Paul Tavani Xavier Watson
We ask parishioners of the parish to
keep these children and their parents
in your prayers, that they may contin-
ue to grow ever closer in their rela-
tionship to Christ through frequent
reception of the sacraments of
Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist.
Vacation Bible School (VBS) – Camp Discovery
A summer Ecumenical Vacation Bible School will
again be held at St. Agnes School, JFK Hall, during the
week of July 12-16, 2015, Sunday evening through Thurs-
day evening from 6-8 pm. This year’s theme is “Camp
Children grades Pre-school through 7th can come
to enjoy Bible stories, crafts, songs, food, activities and
friendship while discovering how to serve God and others.
Mark your calendars and save the date – Have Fun and
Program organizers have been working to create
an enjoyable program and are looking for adults and teen-
agers to assist during part of, or for the entire program
week – Small Group leaders, Small group assistants, 1
Activity person. Please see Fr. Ed, Marie Seibert, or
Kathy DeWan for more details.
Sixth Annual Diocesan Vocations Golf Classic
Interested in golfing? Interested in
helping some young men study for the priest-
hood? How about combining the two and
forming a foursome to play in the Diocesan
Vocations Golf Classic! This year’s tourna-
ment will be held at Blue Ridge Trail Gold
Club on Monday July 13, 2015 – Captain & Crew.
Registration is at 10am/ Shotgun Start at 12 noon. See
Fr. Ed for a brochure. If you are not interested in play-
ing, but would like to help the program, make a check
out to Diocese of Scranton “Vocations Endowment.”
Thank you for your interest and support.
National Shrine Trip Planned
An overnight trip to the National Shrine in Washington,
DC, and also to the Smithsonian, has been proposed to the
parish Social Activities Committee, which is now planning
on the dates of August 8-9, 2015.
Transportation cost will depend on how
many people will be going. Please call
Nancy Barrett 570-268-0180 for infor-
mation and with your interest in going,
before May 23.
Grace Connection News
Grace Connection has helped 85 clients so far this year
with food and gas vouchers and utility shut-offs. They are
also distributing blankets and sleeping bags and mats to the
The Board discussed fund raising options and also
exploring grant possibilities. They are accepting handmade
items for sale at their booth at craft shows to raise money
to help low income, needy and homeless in this area and
pop-top pasta meals and easily opened food items for the
homeless. Donations may be dropped off at the Grace
Connection office in the lower level of Trinity Lutheran
Church or contact [email protected] or
570-268-0431. Grace Connection is open Monday and
Thursday 1-4 pm.
Papal Bus Trip Payment Deadline
All who have signed up for the September bus trip to the
Papal Mass in Philadelphia should have their payment in to
the Parish Office by Memorial Day. After Memorial Day,
the price will increase. If you have not signed up, we will
take names for a waiting list for any unpaid seats. Contact
Wendi Raupers 607-427-4916 or the Parish Office 570-
Liturgical Ministers May 16 - 17 Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharistic Sat. Vigil 5 pm: Brandon Dickerson, Joanne & Patrick Barry Sunday 8 am: Greg Steele, Murray O’Donnell, Barbara Wywiorski 11 am: Donna Brown, Ed Krauss, Charlene Garden Lectors Sat. Vigil 5 pm: Mary Alice Demangone Sunday 8 am: Mike Miller 11 am: Barbara Krauss Altar Servers Sat. Vigil 5 pm: Dillon Gallagher, Gary Raupers Sunday 8:00 am: Dominic & Luke Tavani, Emma Morgan 11 am: Hannah & Sam Tavani Musicians Sat. Vigil 5 pm: George Dzus, Marie Seibert Sunday 8:00: am: Gloria Nilsson, Theresa Sparrow 11:00 am: Joe Dorsey, Cindy Williams Hospital & Personal Care Home: Mary Alice Demangone Bradford County Manor: Donna Brown
Altar Care 5/23 Sheila Boyek,
Donna Brown, Barbara Branish
Collection Counters May 18: Team A
Sanctuary Lamps burn this week for:
1. James Walsh (Marie Walsh)
2. Joseph & Assunta Schuyler (Family)
Mass Intentions May 17 - 24 -
Sat. Vigil 5:00 pm: Dr. Charles Wolfe (Lee Ann Wolfe)
Sunday 8 am: Mother’s Day Intentions
11 am: Tom Geissler (Sue Geissler)
Mon. No Mass
Tuesday 8:30 am: Our Parishioners
10:15 am: Ann Kerr & deceased of the Edward &
Mary Barrett Family (M/M Joseph Barrett)
Mass at Personal Care Home
Wed. 5:30 pm: John & Evelyn Berda
Thurs: 8:30 am: Rose Lenox (Jake & Kathie DeWan)
Friday 8:30 am: Rocco & Marion Saldutti (Sue Geissler)
Sat. Vigil 5:00 pm: Joe Ritsko (Family)
Sunday 8 am: Mother’s Day Intentions
11 am: Intentions of Olga Mehalchick honoring her
93rd Birthday (Children & Grandchildren)
Offertory May 3, 2015 Sunday Offering $ 4,532.00
Nepal earthquake Relief $ 1,453.96
Care & Education of Priests $ 402.00
Special Envelopes $ 35.00
Thank you for your generosity.
This week is the annual Catholic Communication Cam-
paign. Find information flyers and envelopes in the back
of the church this weekend; Next weekend, the annual
parish Cemetery Collection will be taken up.
Fr. Barron’s “Catholicism” Program
The final segment of Fr. Barron’s “Catholicism”
program will be this Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Each
Episode can be viewed individually. All are welcome!
Mass is held at 5:30 pm instead of 8:30 am, fol-
lowed by a light dinner, then the “Catholicism” program is
from 6:45-8 pm.
Mass Change May 18
There will be NO Mass on Monday morning, May 18;
there WILL be a Mass on Thursday, May 21.
Catholic Communication Campaign
This weekend we take up the collection for the Catholic
Communication Campaign (CCC). This collection com-
municates the gospel through Catholic social media activi-
ties and enriches our faith through podcasts, television,
radio, and print media. Please be generous in this week’s
collection and support this important work. Remember,
half of your donation stays in our diocese to support local
communication needs. The CCC is how we share our
experience of faith, worship, and witness. Envelopes and
information flyers are in the back of the church. For con-
tribution credit, put your name or parish envelope num-
ber on the CCC envelope.
Redemptorist Missionary Visitation
Rev. Lukasz Drozak, CSSR, a Missionary Redemptorist,
will visit our parish the weekend of May 30-31, 2015 to
speak about the work of his Congregation and to ask for
Please welcome Fr. Luke and be supportive of his
appeal. Thank You for your consideration and aid.
Memorial Day Cemetery Mass
Monday, May 25 is Memorial Day. Our annual Cemetery
Mass will be celebrated that day at 9 am at the James Street
Cemetery, weather permitting (otherwise in church).
Next Sunday, May 24, we will celebrate Pentecost Sunday; as a visible reminder of the spirit of the Birthday
of the Church, when the Holy Spirit descended as “tongues as of fire” (Acts 2:3) upon the disciples, the priest’s vest-
ments will be red. Everyone is encouraged to wear something red to Mass next weekend.
Word of Life
“When God created each of us, He did so with precision and purpose, and He looks on each of us with love that cannot
be outdone in intensity or tenderness. Moreover, the Lord invites each of us to behold ourselves and each other with the
same wonder and awe.” ~ 2014-15 Respect Life Program flyer, USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities
RICHARD M. FARLEY CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT
521 MAIN STREET 570-265-4993
TOWANDA, PA 18848 FAX: 570-265-5996
e-mail: [email protected]
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Meetings 2nd/4th Wednesdays at 7 pm
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]
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Bedford; Edith Brennan; Julia Brown; Otto Brown; David Brubaker; Robert Coles; Joan Cowles;
Sue Daly; John Thomas Demangone; Richard J. Finnegan; Mike Gambal; Eugene Gisler; Sally
Groff; Ann Thompson Haglich; Billy Hollenback; Linda Hollenback; Betty Johnson; Barbara
Korb; Joyce Kuykendal; Connie Leone; Frank Lindsey; Sharon Mahaffey; Mary Ellen Marshall; Joe Miksis; Mary
Miksis; Steven (Nate) Miller; Mary Lou Muchichko; Jim Nalisnick; Gloria Nilsson; Mary Paquette; Joe
Perechinskey; Bev Place; Matt Pritchard; Alex Rabago; Delia Rabago; Yolanda Rossi; Rita Sasso; Richard Schmieg;
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C. Michael Vaughn; Kathleen Woods; Ruth Young; Elsie Zurn; also Felis, Grace, Venus, Zaida, Edna, Rita & Tita.
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175th Parish Anniversary: History, Heritage and Handing on what God has Given to Us
The plans for the 175th Anniversary of the parish are moving forward—more specific information will
follow in the bulletin and in the mail. Please review some of the activities below and plan to help and/or
attend. Keep your eyes and ears open and celebrate with us our History and Heritage as a Catholic Communi-
ty here in Towanda, and consider how we are called to Hand this on—these are our Three H’s.
The timeframe for the celebration will be from Pentecost 2016 through Pentecost 2017. Listed below
are the various events that are being planned:
1. May 15, 2016 Concert Pentecost Sunday Opening Celebration
2. May 30, 2016 Memorial Day Mass at James Street Cemetery
3. June 26, 2016 11 am Sunday Liturgy & Dinner Bishop Bambera main Celebrant
4. June 29, 2016 Feast of Saints Peter & Paul
5. August 15, 2016 100th Anniversary of the Parish Grotto & Ice Cream Social
6. September, 2016 Mass at State Road Cemetery
7. October & November, 2016 Thanksgiving/Harvest Dinner & ARISE Spiritual Renewal Program
8. February & March 2017 Mardi Gras Party & ARISE Spiritual Renewal Program
11. May, 2017 Tour of the Church / History Fair
12. May, 2017 Mass at James Street Cemetery – Recognition / Historical Grave / Marker
13. June 4, 2017 Concert Pentecost Sunday Closing Celebration
* Dinner program * Historical Booklet * New Parish Directory * Time Capsule(s) *
Light the Fire: Youth Rally
The summer youth rally for teens in 9th-12th grades will again be held Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at
Misericordia University in Dallas, PA. Registration opens at 9 am and the closing Mass will be at 7 pm. Light
the Fire is an energy-filled day with students from throughout the diocese gathering for a variety of activities,
presentations, music, prayer, and food. Music will be provided by Full Armor Band. Mike Patin will the be
main speaker throughout the day. Bishop Bambera will be the main celebrant at the Mass. See the posters in
the lobby of the church, and contact Brandon Dickerson 570-637-0756; Kathy Joyce 570-561-5687; Marie
Seibert 570-265-3122; or Fr. Ed 570-265-2113.
Parish Pastoral Council (PPC)
Thanks to everyone who thoughtfully proposed nominees for membership on the Parish Pastoral Coun-
cil; your nominations have been submitted to fill three Council positions, and the current PPC is now contact-
ing those candidates to determine if they would like to keep their names in nomination. Membership on this
Council is for a three-year term. Please continue to pray for our parish, the PPC, and for blessings upon this
Names and pictures should be available next weekend in preparation for your vote.
Parish Picnic – Saturday June 27, 2015
Mark the date now for the celebration of two great Saints – Peter & Paul - and a great parish!
This year we are planning to celebrate our parish feast day (Feast of Saints Peter & Paul) on Saturday, June 27,
2015 at Mt. Pisgah State Park – Pool Pavilion. Same place as last year! Mt. Pisgah offers plenty of activities
as well as the ones the parish has planned. We have the pavilion from 8 am to 8 pm, so plan accordingly. Par-
ish activities will be in the morning and early afternoon with food designed surrounding noontime, see below:
9:00 -11:00 am Freestyle Fishing 1:30 – 2:30 pm Organized Games
10:30 -11:30 am Geo Caching Tug-of-War Potato Race
11:30 am - 1:30 pm Picnic Lunch Water Balloon Toss 3-legged Race
2:30 pm Kite Flying & Bubbles
Swimming 11am – 7pm, Boating, Hiking, Play Ground, Frisbee, Horseshoes, Fishing, etc. - Anytime ! To
help us in planning, Please sigh up early on the Parish Picnic sheets at the entrance to the church. Thank you!
Retreat Day in Wyalusing
A one day Retreat with Matthew Arnold- Saturday June 6th is being hosted by Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Parish at the St Mary of the Assumption worship site, 245 State St. (US Rt. 6) in Wyalusing. The retreat will
be led by nationally known Catholic speaker, Matthew Arnold and will be open to all at no charge. A free
will offering will be taken for Matthew’s expenses. Matthew Arnold is a lay Roman Catholic speaker, author,
and host of Shield of Faith on the Radio Maria Network; guest and host on EWTN; and has CDs, DVDs and
brochures through Lighthouse Catholic Media. For retreat details and registration, call 570-746-0106 or
email: [email protected]
Last year the parish was faced with the daunting task of repairing the various Parish, School and Cem-
etery parking facilities and roadways. The cost was over $100K and Campaign Care 2014-2015 was/is a two
year program to meet those expenses. Through your generous gifts ~ $62K was raised with ~$42K outstand-
ing. If you would like to make an initial donation or a 2015 donation, please place your gift in an envelope
marked Campaign Care 2015 and place it in the collection basket or mail to the parish office – checks should
be marked SSPP 2015 Campaign Care.
Recycle Used Clothing
Trinity Lutheran (908 Main St., Towanda) has a collection shed in their south parking lot for used clothing,
shoes/sneakers, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, drapes and stuffed toys. These will be sent to
needy people all over the U.S. and the world through St. Pauly Textiles mission. Please place items in a tied/
closed plastic bag to keep them clean and dry before dropping off.
PLEASE, NO rags, scraps, pillows, toys or household goods; please don’t burden this mission with un-
wanted items that would incur time and expense to dispose of.
ARISE Together in Christ – Coming Soon to Our Parish
The parish, under the guidance of RENEW International and encouraged by the PPC, is undertaking a
program to strengthen the faith of parishioners of all ages – participants not only learn about the faith, but also
deepen their relationship with Christ and give witness with confidence to Christ in their lives. The program is
also focused to lead to a fuller and more active participation in the Liturgy. An informational meeting with
Anne Scanlan, ARISE representative, was held Monday, May 11. More information on this program as it will
incorporated into the parish will be forthcoming from Father Ed, other attendees, and in future bulletins.
The Towanda Area Christian Outreach Food Pantry board of directors sends thanks to the parish for March
donations to the pantry. During the first quarter of 2015, they served 762 families totaling 1,807 individuals;
in addition, distributed 292 Elder Share and Fresh Express families. Due to generous donations they were
able to give each family during March a $25 gift card to Hurley’s for Easter. Your generosity helps so many,
and is much appreciated. There is a box in the lobby of the church for donations of unexpired staple food
Grace Connection Thanks
“Thank you for your generous donation to Grace Connection. Your kindness is certainly appreciated by tthe
many families who turn to the ministry of Grace Connection when they are in need. We cannot express how
appreciative we are for you and your gift to us. Thank you and God Bless.” ~ Jeanne Douglas, Treasurer
SSPP parish Holy Thursday Collection donated to Grace Connection was a total of $572.
May 21: Feast of St. Christopher Magallanes
Fr. Christopher Magallanes was part of the Catholic Action Movement in Mexico, resisting the anti-Catholic Mexi-
can government. Despite great persecution, he established a seminary at Totatiche. Eventually, he was arrested,
tortured, and martyred. Pope John Paul II beatified the Cristero martyrs (Fr. Magallanes, 21 priests, and 3 lay com-
panions martyred between 1915-1937) in 1992 and canonized them in 2000. We celebrate their feast day this
coming Thursday, May 21. We remember their slogan: “Long live Christ the King and the Virgin of Guadalupe!”