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Saint Gabriel Church
January 20, 2019
Message from Fr. Dan
Dear Parishioners, I would like to share with you an important message. As many of you know, I am blessed to have my parents still in my life, but my father and mother are in their nineties. Fortunately, they have been helped by my family members and close friends for a long time. I feel, however, that my parents need my help especially because their health has recently deteriorated. Therefore, I asked my Superiors for a leave of absence, which has been granted, to be with my parents and to care for them. Consequently, I will be leaving Annunciation Parish in the next few weeks in order to be with my elderly parents. I would like to thank you for your prayers and support during my assignment in Hazleton. I also ask for your prayers as I go forward. Be assured of my prayers for all of you.
Fr. Daniel Schwebs, OSJ
We are grateful to Fr. Dan for his five years of service at Annunciation Parish and his ministry to God’s people in Hazleton. Please keep Fr. Dan and his parents in your prayers. May God continue to bless him and his parents, granting them health and peace!
How to examine your Conscience (Part 1)
How often have we found ourselves in need of a "reality check". To take the time to step back and look at a situation and see it how it is and not how we've made it to be. Well - this is something God wants us to do. He wants us to stop, step back and look at our day and see it as He sees it. To do this you need to do a regular Examination of Conscience. This is a review all the events of our day looking at each thought word and deed against the moral laws, your own individual vocation and the teaching of the faith. There are two types of examination: Particular and general. Particular focuses on one specific fault or the acquisition of one specific virtue. General is a thorough review of the day and it aims at the correction of all sort of faults. So how to begin ... that is up to each individual, but it should be something that is measurable and able to see progress or regress. It should be challenging but doable. To keep on the right spiritual path it is advisable to examine your conscience multiple times a day. Doing this helps keep you on track with whatever you are working on. Below is a sample of what a day looks like with multiple examinations:
1. In the morning as soon as you wake - consider the specific defect or virtue you are trying to work on and make a firm resolution to do your best to be aware of following it. .... 2. During the day, as soon as you notice you have fallen, offer an interior prayer to God asking for His forgiveness and making a promise to continue to work on the area. .... 3. In the evening think about your day and survey all your faults and areas where you succeeded and again offer a prayer to God - Act of Contrition - for your faults and a prayer of Thanksgiving for the successes.
As each day goes by - look back on the day before to see if you are progressing or not.
Examination of Conscience is a gift. It is our chance to see things the way God sees them and not as we "dress them up" for those around us. It is a way to progress in our relationship with God. It is our way to work more and more to be like God. And as always - if you have questions about anything that may come from your examination that you are unsure about - go talk to a Priest or someone who is well versed in the spiritual life. There are many resources available to help you with thing to begin to think about - next week we will print a few of those things.
FEAST OF THE HOLY SPOUSES.
The Oblates of St. Joseph will host the Annual Feast of the Holy Spouses, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, on Sunday, January 20th with a special Holy Mass at 3:00PM at the Oblates of St. Joseph Chapel, Route 315, Laflin. The Rev. Mariusz Beczek, O.S.J., pastor of The Holy Annunciation Parish, Hazelton, will be the principal celebrant and homilist. The Holy Spouses lapel-pins will be distributed after the Holy Mass. A light reception will follow the Mass in the seminary community room for all to enjoy. You are invited to attend. Offer your personal petitions to the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph for your family.
2018 STATEMENT OF CONTRIBUTIONS
If you would like a copy of your contributions for past year, please fill out the coupon below and drop in Collection Basket at any mass
BAPTISMAL CLASS is schedule for Monday evening, January 28th in the rectory.
Please keep in mind, you must attend a class prior to baptizing your baby.
Baptisms are held the last Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2019
St. John Nuemann Parish
633 Orchard Street
ISLI – LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Diocese of Scranton is sponsoring a peer facilitated faith-based leadership retreat for high school students grades 9 -12. February 15-17, 2019 at CAMP LADORE, Waymart PA
The goal of ISLI is to empower students to be leaders in their parishes, schools and community.
Applications are available online visit: Dioceseofscranton.org or call 570-2213, ext. 1155.
THE ROADSHOW CONCERT SERIES
On Saturday, February 23rd popular Catholic songwriter and musician, Matt Maher will be performing at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre. Matt Maher will be coming to town with Matthew West, Tent Avenue North, Michael W. Smith, and Leanna Crawford as part of The Roadshow Concert Series. Maher is most well-known for his hit ‘Lord, I Need You’ and has performed at countless youth conferences and events including NCYC and World Youth Day.
The Diocese of Scranton has secured discounted group tickets for this event. Lower level tickets are available for $31 or $18.50. If you are interested in attending or would like to bring a group from your parish, please contact Shannon Kowalski at (570)207-2213 x1155 or Shannonemail@example.com by January 30th.
PRAYER FOR THE UNBORN
Heavenly Father, You created us in Your own image. And You desire that not even the least among us should perish. In Your love for us, You entrusted Your only Son to the Holy Virgin Mary. Now in Your love, protect against the wickedness of the devil, those little ones to whom You have given the gift of life. Reach out to those considering abortion, and by Your grace, change their hearts and protect the unborn.
MONDAY, JANUARY 21ST FRIDAY, JANUARY 25th
7:00 AM Jada Saullo….Family 7:00 AM Douglas Krissinger..Shirli
12:10 PM Charles R. Laczkoskie 12:10 PM Helen C. & Michael Shema
…Michelle & Family …Daughter, Joan & Son-in-law
TUESDAY, JANUARY 22ndSATURDAY, JANUARY 26th
7:00 AM Virginia Fellin…Phil & Maureen 8:00 AM Thomas Burke..Ann Krissinger
12:10 PM Maria Nieves…Mary Bove 4:00 PM Mary Frances Cieniawa….
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23rd Husband Stanley & Son, Stanley Jr.
7:00 AMDonna Schwebs….Family SUNDAY, JANUARY 27th
12:10 PM Angie M. Lonzetta…Kathleen & 7:30 AM Janet McGuire..Tom & Nelia
Ann Coyle 10:15 AM Angelina Jones..Margaret &
THURSDAY, JANUARY 24thMargaret Ann Enama
7:00 AM Ed Pittinger….Helen McHugh 12:00 PM Derniel Jimenez – 7th Mnth.
12:10 PM Gloriosa Kostic…Anna Greco 5:30 PM Jerry Maggio…Mom