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Saint Gabriel Church
May 20, 2018
“On the day of Pentecost when the seven weeks of Easter had come to an end, Christ’s Passover is fulfilled in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, manifested, given, and communicated as a divine person: of His fullness, Christ, the Lord, pours out the Spirit in abundance” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 731). As we celebrate today the Solemnity of Pentecost, we are reminded that Jesus has given us the great gift of the Holy Spirit. The Greek word for the Holy Spirit is Paraclete (Jn 15:26) which means Advocate, Comforter, Counselor, or Encourager. The Holy Spirit is always ready to guide, comfort, and encourage us on our journey of faith. On the other hand, the evil spirit, the devil, constantly accuses and slanders everyone. Diabolos, the Greek name for the devil, means precisely accuser and slanderer. The Holy Spirit is the agent of unity, for “there are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God” (1Cor 12:4, 5). The devil is a deceiver (2Cor 11:3) and liar (Act 5:3) who sows the seeds of division and destruction. Are we sources of unity or division in our communities and families? Are we instruments of the Holy Spirit, guiding, comforting, and encouraging others? Or are we instruments of the devil, delighting in accusations, gossip, and slander?
NEXT MONTHLY DINNER
ST. GABRIEL'S CHURCH
THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2018
TURKEY & STUFFING
BREAD & BUTTER
DESSERTS & BEVERAGES
Adults $9.00 (this dinner only)
For more information call St. Gabriel’s Rectory - 570/454-0212
570/636-1803 or 570/436-1060
Tickets are available at the Rectory or at the door the day of the dinner
***Tickets are NOW available in the parish office Monday – Friday***
Triduum and Feast of Saint Joseph Marello
The Oblates of St. Joseph will celebrate the Feast Day of their founder, St. Joseph Marello, with a Triduum at the Oblates of St. Joseph Chapel, 1880 Route 315, Laflin.
The Triduum (three days of prayers) will begin on Sunday, May 27th with a Holy Mass at 7:00 p.m. followed by devotional prayers to St. Joseph Marello and individual blessing with a first-class relic of the Saint. Confessions will be heard before the Mass and the Holy Rosary will be recited.
The Feast will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 30th with a Solemn Mass at7:00 PM. Serving as celebrant and homilist will be Bishop James Timlin, D.D. retired Bishop of Scranton. Concelebrants will be the local Oblate Fathers. The music will be provided by the Knights of Columbus Choir under the direction of David Tighe. Following the Holy Mass, a reception will be held for everyone on the seminary grounds hosted by the members of the Josephite-Marellian Lay Association of Pennsylvania. YOU are invited. Offer your personal petitions to St. Joseph Marello on his feast day.
St. Joseph Marello (1844-1895) was a priest of the Diocese of Asti in the Piedmont region of Italy and founded the Oblates of St. Joseph Congregation in 1878. He served as bishop in the nearby diocese of Acqui from 1889 until his death on May 30, 1895. Pope St. John Paul II beatified Joseph Marello in 1993 in the saint’s native city of Asti and then canonized him in 2001 at St. Peter’ Basilica, Vatican City.
ANNUNCIATION PARISH will have a special Bi-Lingual Mass as well on Wednesday, May 30th beginning at 6:00 PM to celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph Marello. All are most welcome.
SUNDAY, JUNE 3rd is the Feast of Corpus Christi. We invite all to join in the procession beginning at approximately 1:30 PM. We will process from in front of the church and go around the block. We are asking all people to please WEAR WHITE!
BRO. STEPHEN SPENCER, OSJ, who several times helped us with various Masses and services at Annunciation, will be ordained to the priesthood on June 22, 2018, at 6:00PM, at St. Joachim Church in Madera, CA (401 West 5th Street). Please keep Bro. Stephen in your prayers and, if you wish, you are most welcome to attend his priestly ordination.
QUO VADIS DAYS: High School Summer Camp
June 24 – 27, 2019 @ Misericordia University Dallas PA
WHAT IS QUO VADIS DAYS: The Diocesan Vocation Office started this camp for high school men in June 2015. Bringing together young men who are interested in the priesthood.
WHAT WILL THE CAMP ENTAIL THIS SUMMER: Dynamic talks, visit from Bishop Bambera and Prayer, Small Group Discussion, Interaction with priests and Seminarians.
Contact Diocesan Office: 207-1452 or email@example.com. Cost: $40.00
DIOCESE OF SCRANTON 150TH ANNIVERSARY PILGRIMAGE to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception – Saturday, September 22, 2018. Cost is $55.00 per person.
Mass at 3:15 PM with Bishop Joseph C. Bambera. Bus will leave (if we fill a 50 passenger bus) will leave from Holy Rosary Church, South Poplar Street. Call Carolyn Shemanski at 455-6390 for any questions. Please fill out the form below to secure reservation and mail to Holy Rosary Office 240 South Poplar Street.