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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.
The Parish in the heart of the Endless Mountains Serving Bradford County since 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.
Pastor: Rev. Edward L. Michelini
*except Jan. 18-22, 2016
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 Baptism of the Lord † January 10, 2016
. . . a voice came from heaven,
“You are my beloved Son;
I am well pleased.”
Luke 3: 22
This weekend is the PTG monthly fundraiser
breakfast from 8-11 AM in JFK Hall—
fabulous food at family-friendly prices.
Sunday 9:15 am in St. Agnes School
Jan. 10: classes resume
Jan.17: no class (holiday weekend)
Jan. 24: Classes all meet in church
Parish Dates To Remember
Jan 10: CCD Classes resume
: St. Agnes PTG Breakfast 8-11 am in JFK Hall
: Social Activities Planning Grotto Hall after 11 Mass
: un-decorate the church after 11 am Mass
: Youth Group 6 pm in JFK Hall
Jan 11: Lenten Preparation @ St. Boniface Wmspt 6:30 pm
Jan 17: No CCD class (M.L.K. Holiday weekend)
Jan 17: Bradford County Rally for Human Life 2 pm @
Courthouse followed by prayer service, reception @ SSPP
Jan 18-22: No weekday Masses
Jan 18: Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, office closed
Jan 22: March for Life, Washington, DC
Jan 23-24: ARISE Sign-Up Weekend
Jan 24: CCD classes meet in church
: Youth Group 6 pm
Jan 25: Scranton Ecumenical Celebration @Cathedral 12:10 pm
Jan 28: ARISE Season 2 Leaders Workshop 6 pm; All welcome
Jan30: Breakfast For Life @ Montrose; RSVP 570-278-4500
Jan 31: Catholic Schools Week Kickoff (details at left)
St. Agnes School
From the Youth Group
Kick-off for the 2016 Year for our Youth Group happens at
6 pm Sunday, January 10. Come join the fun and help to
plan the exciting activities and events you want this year,
and bring a friend.
Is 2016 your Wedding Anniversary Year?
His Excellency, the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera,
D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, and the Office for Par-
ish Life wish to invite couples celebrating their 25th or
50th wedding anniversary in 2016 to a diocesan Wedding
Anniversary Mass on Sunday, June 5. The event includes
a 2:30 PM mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral followed by a re-
ception. Requests for an invitation, with a mailing ad-
dress, should be made through your parish office before
Catholic Schools Week
Sunday, January 31st- Catholic Schools Week Kickoff (all
events take place at the school unless otherwise noted)
10am-2pm Book Fair & Promise Tree Silent Auction
10am-12pm Open House & Student Pre-registration
11am Children's Mass & Choir at
SS. Peter & Paul Church
12pm-1pm Community Brunch
1pm-2pm Childrens "Olympic Games"
All events open to the public
for Your Light Has Come
Season II of ARISE Together in Christ
will take place during this Lent. There
will be six faith sharing sessions that
invite us to “Change Our Hearts.”
The first session reflects on the central call of Ash Wednes-
day to conversion, both as turning away from and as turn-
ing toward something/someone.
Over the following 5 weeks, we will explore the
meaning of lifelong conversion via the great symbolic
themes of the Lenten liturgy: being transfigured; our thirst
for God; living as children of light; and changing our hearts
of stone to hearts of flesh. Our concluding session leads us
into Palm Sunday and Holy Week. It’s a perfect way to
make this Lent something special for God and for YOU.
Sign-Up Weekend is January 23rd & 24th. We
hope you will join us and experience the most Holy, Spirit-
Inspired Lent of your Life!
Contact Mike Boyek, Christina Fleury, Kathie
DeWan or Sharon Kaminsky for any questions, or check
our website and FaceBook for more information at:
Second Annual Catholic Men’s Conference
April 23, 2016 Dr. Scott Hahn from Franciscan University and
Monsignor Charles Pope from the Archdiocese of Wash-
ington DC will be the main presenters at the Sec-
ond Annual Catholic Men’s Conference on April 23,
2016 at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
The theme for the Conference is “Jesus Christ, The
Face of True Manhood.” There will be opportunities for
Eucharistic Adoration, the celebration of the Sacrament of
Reconciliation as well as devotional prayers. Additionally,
exhibitors will be offering a full array of Catholic books,
CDs and DVDs, and presenting ministry opportuni-
ties. Fathers, sons, grandsons and friends are all most wel-
come to attend.
Men set some space aside in your busy schedules
to attend this Conference. Those who attended last year’s
conference felt that the day was very beneficial. More de-
tails will follow, but mark your calendars now.
Liturgical Ministers Jan 16 Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharistic Sat.Vigil 5 pm: Marilyn Miller, Bob & Jackie Pyznar Sun. 8 am: Rose Powers, Hank & Louise Schelter 11 am: Donna Brown, Wendi & Gary Raupers Lectors: Sat. Vigil 5 pm: Mary Alice Demangone Sunday 8 am: Chris Sullivan 11 am: Anne Leone Altar Servers Sat. Vigil: Aaron Barry, Natalee & Xavier Watson Sun. 8 am: Max & Lara Vega, Emma Morgan 11 am: Katherine West, Mason Hartmann, Warner Dorman Musicians Sat. Vigil 5 pm: Sunday 8 am: George Dzus, Theresa Sparrow 11:00 am: Joe Dorsey, Jim Hoffmann Hospital & Personal Care Home: Mary Alice Demangone Bradford County Manor: Mary Pfeffer
Altar Care 1/16/16 Kathy Becker
Michelle Snell, Helen Santiago
Collection Counters 1/11/16 Team B
Mass Intentions Jan 10—17 Sat. Vigil 5:00 pm: Patrick J. Barrett, Jr.,
(John & Chris Sullivan)
Sunday 8:00 am: James Rittell (The Family)
11:00 am: Our Parishioners
Mon. 8:30 am: George & Andoretta Girio (Art & Libby Girio)
Tues 8:00 am: Dolores Shuck (Piechocki’s)
Wed 8:30 am: Robert Moyle (Jack & Mary Lou Allis)
Thursday No Mass
Fri. 8:30 am: James Christini (Bob Zettlemoyer)
Sat. Vigil 5 pm: Michael Yanak (Barbara Yanak Wywiorski)
Sunday 8:00 am: Our Parishioners
11:00 am: Marla Brennan (Mother, Edith Brennan)
Offertory December 25-27, 2015
Christmas Collection $ 15,783.90
Sunday Offering $ 4,368.00
Special envelopes $ 197.00
Thank you for your generosity!
Second Collection This week is Aid to Education, for the Catholic Schools
including our own St. Agnes; next week will be for Insur-
ance and Taxes.
Parish Contribution Credit
Anyone wanting an additional January 2016 contribution
to be credited to the 2015 tax year should get it to the
office by January 17, 2016.
The best way for us to tabulate your contribu-
tions is through the parish envelope system; call the
office 265-2113 or email [email protected] to request a
box of envelopes for 2016.
Tuesday Mass at 8:00 AM
Please note that Tuesday morning Mass will be at 8:00 am
instead of 8:30 am.
Fr. Ed Will be Away
Fr. Ed will be away from Wednesday, January 13,
through Friday, January 22, 2016. He is asking that the
Tuesday Mass on the 12th be moved up to 8 am rather
than 8:30 am—Thank You!
Fr. Vincent Langan will celebrate weekday Mass
at 8:30 am on Wednesday January 13, Friday January 15,
and the Sunday, January 17, 2016, Masses at 8 & 11 am.
Fr. Joseph Kutch will celebrate the 5 pm Mass on
Saturday January 16, 2016. Please welcome both visiting
priests—Fr. Langan and Fr. Kutch – I appreciate their assis-
tance in being at SS Peter & Paul while I am away.
There will be no weekday Masses from January 18—22,
2016, while Father is away. January 18 is the Martin Luther
King, Jr., holiday and the parish office will be closed that
Monday; collection counters scheduled Tuesday Jan. 19.
The Baptism of the Lord – January 10, 2016
This Sunday after the 11 am Mass we are in need of assis-
tance in taking down and storing the Christmas decorations
as we begin Ordinary Time. There are a number of big
items that need some parishioners with strength and little
items that need parishioners with ingenuity. Many hands
make lighter work, so if you can offer any time to help it
will be greatly appreciated – contact Mary Kay Ward or just
show up. No experience necessary! Pizza and something to
drink will be offered when the job is done.
2016 Men’s Spring Cursillo and
2016 Women’s Spring Cursillo
As we enter 2016, it is time to more seriously consider
making a Cursillo in 2016. The dates for a Spring 2016
areas follows: Men’s Cursillo — February 25028, 2016;
Women’s Cursillo—April 14-17, 2016.
Please speak with either John Demangone, Rob Grimes,
Barbara Krauss, Christina Fleury for additional infor-
mation; other information and applications are on the table
at the entrance to the church.
Next Saturday, Fr. Joseph Kutch will preside at
the Sacrament of Matrimony to be celebrated by Tabitha
Dessa and Morgan Gardner at 1:30 pm in SS Peter &
Bradford County Rally for Human Life
Sunday, January 17, 2016
The Bradford County Pennsylvanians for Human Life is
organizing the Rally for Life in Towanda, on Sunday
January 17, 2016 at 2 pm in front of the Bradford Coun-
ty Court House followed by a Prayer Service in Saints
Peter and Paul Church and a reception in Grotto Hall –
the church basement. If you are interested in participat-
ing in the rally or helping with the Prayer Service or re-
ception please contact Marie Seibert (570-265-3122).
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
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
City,Zip _________________________Phone __________
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PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS_
Mary Allen; Anonymous Request; Anonymous Special Intention; Christine Bedford; Gus
Branish; Edith Brennan; Julia Brown; David Brubaker; Patricia Coleman; Robert Coles; Joan
Cowles; David Conklin; Sue Daly; John Thomas Demangone; Patricia Dibble; Mike Dunkle;
Richard J. Finnegan; Mike Gambal; Jim Grimes; Sally Groff; Ann Thompson Haglich; Evelyn
Hoff; Glenna Hoffman; Billy Hollenback; Linda Hollenback; Betty Johnson; Adam Kelly; Joyce Kuykendal; Timothy
Leo Lenox; Connie Leone; Frank Lindsey; Sharon Mahaffey; Mary Ellen Marshall; Marie McCauley; Deany Mc-
Garrigle; Debra McGovern; Joe Miksis; Mary Miksis; Steven (Nate) Miller; Mary Lou Muchichko; Jim Nalisnick;
Charles Palmer; Mary Paquette; Joe Perechinsky; Bev Place; Matt Pritchard; Alex Rabago; Delia Rabago; Kathleen
Lenox Reider; Yolanda Rossi; Rita Sasso; Richard Schmieg; Mary Scioscia; Ed Slocum, Jr.; Jerry Smith; Joanne Smith; Marie Smith; Robert Spaulding; Paula Stover; Mackenzie Kempner Taylor: Ed & Barbara Ulatowski; C.
Michael Vaughn; Kathleen Woods; Ruth Young; Elsie Zurn; also Grace, Venus, Zaida, Edna, & Rita.
To add a name to this published Prayer List, call the office at 265-2113 or email your request to [email protected]
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Let us start with “To Feed the Hungry”
The most obvious understanding is to help provide for the bodily needs of those who do not have
enough to eat. We are constantly aware of people locally and internationally who are in this situation, and
we have assisted them through TACO, Heifer International, the Diocesan Annual Appeal, Catholic Social
Services, our Lenten Rice Bowls, etc. We can continue to reach out in this manner.
Another consideration is to personally, and through discussion to participate as a family, in identify-
ing with those who are hungry. We can do without on a particular day, or from a particular favorite item.
We can begin to identify with the hungry through our sacrificial fasting, of doing without. In essence, we
hunger so that we can feed the hungry. An interesting example: we go out to eat, we would like a steak; in-
stead, we settle for pot roast and give the difference to the waiter/waitress as an increased tip. Consider the
possibilities: what do you think?
Pro Life Activities – Looking Ahead to Washington, D.C.
This coming year on Friday, January 22, 2016, buses organized by Elmira, New York Notre Dame High
School and Bradford County Pennsylvanians for Human Life will be departing at different times and places for the
March for Life in Washington, D.C. The parish has already been contacted concerning SSPP parishioner participa-
tion and parish funding support for these buses. If you have any interest in participating in any way in this year’s
March for Life in Washington, D.C. on Friday January 22, 2016, please contact Marie Seibert (570-265-3122). or
Fr. Ed (570-265-2113) ASAP.
Jubilee Year of Mercy
Over the course of this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we will try to enrich our
understanding of Catholic Spirituality and of Mercy.
We have refrigerator magnets with the Spiritual and Corporal Works of
Mercy as a place to begin our understanding,
What are the Works of Mercy; what do they mean and how can we live them?
The Spiritual Works of Mercy are:
To convert sinners
To instruct the ignorant;
To advise the doubtful;
To comfort the sorrowful;
To bear wrongs patiently;
To forgive injuries;
To pray for the living and the Dead.
The Corporal Works of Mercy:
To feed the hungry;
To give drink to the thirsty;
To clothe the naked;
To shelter the homeless;
To care for the sick;
To visit the imprisoned;
To bury the dead.
175th Anniversary Committee Report
This past week, the 175th Anniversary Committee has drawn up a Calendar of Events for the 175th Parish Anni-
versary Year (see next page) with dates and times included As you can see, there will be an interesting variety of
events and activities or attend or contribute time and talent to, and enjoy, throughout the year-long celebration.
The Commemorative Booklet is in the process of being written, and will include the listings of all the Busi-
ness Sponsors and Patrons for the anniversary activities, along with a narrative of the history of the parish from its
beginnings. An invitation list is being prepared for honored guests for the Anniversary Dinner.
The much-requested new Parish Directory is in the works; photography sessions for the Directory are now
scheduled for the second week of September and second week of October, 2016. We hope to include EVERY
ONE in this new directory, so please plan to be included.— plan to pose for a picture at a designated time to be ar-
ranged during those weeks. Appointments will be set up later in the year, before September.
The parish history Deck of Cards will soon be delivered; sign up today on the pre-order forms on the table
in the back of the church; price is $8 each deck. We will arrange pickup on a weekend after Masses, or from the
office at your convenience. They will remain available for purchase later, as long as supply lasts.
History, Heritage, and Handing-On What God has Given to
Saints Peter & Paul Parish 106 Third Street - Towanda, PA 18848-1798
Phone: (570) 265-2113 – Fax: (570) 265-2114
Email: [email protected]
Calendar of Events
March 13, 2016 11:00 Mass - Reenactment of the Towanda St. Patrick’s Day Irishmen’s march
that led to the establishment of Saints Peter and Paul Parish
May 14, 2016 5:00 PM - Mass SS Peter & Paul Church - Music by FULL ARMOR Band
7:00 PM - FULL ARMOR Concert at JFK Hall (St. Agnes School)
May 30, 2016 9:00 AM - Memorial Day Mass and Refreshments
at SS Peter & Paul (James Street) Cemetery
June 26, 2016 11:00 AM - 175th Anniversary Mass with Main Celebrant Bishop Joseph Bambera
12:30 PM - Social & Hors D'oeuvre Hour at JFK Hall (St. Agnes School)
1:30 PM - 175th Anniversary Dinner at JFK Hall (St. Agnes School)
August 14, 2016 100th Anniversary Celebration of Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto (Third Street)
Procession and Blessing to follow the 11:00 AM Mass
12:30 PM Ice Cream Social on the grounds around the Grotto
September 5, 2016 11:00 AM Labor Day Mass at State Road Cemetery
-------------------- PREVIEW OF COMING EVENTS - MORE DETAILS TO COME! ---------------
Fall & Winter 2016 Parish Directory Pictures—Time Capsule Burial — Choir Concerts
January 2017 Celebration of Catholic Schools Week
April 2017 Organ Concert
May 2017 History Fair —Closing Concerts
May 29, 2017 Memorial Day Mass and Re-Dedication of Early Graves
at SS Peter & Paul Cemetery