The Sunday Good News - BELATED BIRTHDAY WISHES We extend our prayerful best wishes and...

The Sunday Good News - BELATED BIRTHDAY WISHES We extend our prayerful best wishes and congratulations
The Sunday Good News - BELATED BIRTHDAY WISHES We extend our prayerful best wishes and congratulations
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  • “All kings shall pay him homage, all nations shall serve him. For he shall rescue the poor man when he cries out, and the afflicted when he has no one to help him. He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor; the lives of the poor he shall save.”

    We are so familiar with the persons of the scripture today, a devious king, star-gazing pilgrims, a baby and His mother. We know the gifts, the beckoning star, and the informative dream. We proclaim Jesus as the savior of all humankind.

    As we reflect upon the words of the psalm we discover the mission of the Christ and hear the echo of the mission of Pope Francis. In his teaching in the Joy of the Gospel and in proclaiming the jubilee year of mercy, we are caught up with a special concern for those in great need. As the Holy Father and psalmist speak of the poor, we not only consider the economically downtrodden, but those who are poor because they lack hope and direction, who are not able to find a place for Christ in their lives.

    As the magi went seeking and discovered the One they sought, may we begin this new year with a concern for those in need and be the source of strength and support for them.

    The Sunday Good News The Epiphany of Our Lord The Church of Saint John Bosco January 3, 2016

    THIS WEEK & IN THE WEEKS AHEAD…

    Resilient Heart …..January 5, 2016, 6:30 PM (Snow Date January 12)

    Liturgy Committee Meeting……..…….Wednesday, January 6, 6:30 PM

    Outdoor Nativity Take-down………..…….Saturday, January 9, 9:00 AM

    Christmas Decoration Take-down.…….Sunday, January 10, 12:30 PM

    STJB Book Club …..………….………….......................Sunday, January 10, 12:30 PM

    Walking in Hope, Dementia Caregivers Support……..…Wed., January 13, 6:30 PM

    ARISE Sign-Up Weekend, Season II ……………………………….……….January 16 - 17

    Pastoral Council Meeting……………………………….……Monday, January 18, 6:30 PM

    Confirmation Class ……………………….…….….….Sunday, January 24, 6:00-7:30 PM

    Finance Advisory Council Meeting….....Tues., Jan. 26, 6:00-7:30 All Purpose Rm.

    Network Meetings for DRE/CRE & Youth Ministry Leaders ....January 28, 6:30 PM

    ARISE Group Leader Training ……………….………………Friday, January 29, 6:30 PM

    Confirmation Retreat ………….………….. Saturday, February 6, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    ……………………………………………………………………...Mass at 4:00 PM with Families

    Week 1 of ARISE, Season 2 ……………………..…..Week beginning February 7, 2016

    First Communion Retreat…………………….…. Saturday, March 12, 8:00 AM to Noon

    Confirmation Rehearsal ………………………...Palm Sunday, March 20, 2:00-4:00 PM

    Confirmation …………………...…………………...………..Sunday, April 3, 2016, 4:00 PM

    BLESSING OF A HOME AT EPIPHANY

    Leader: Peace be to this house

    All: And to all who live here.

    Leader: Bless, O Lord, this household and family,

    and allow all of us who live in this home to find in it a shelter of peace and health.

    Inspire each of us to develop our individual talents

    and to contribute wisdom and good works

    for the benefit of the whole family.

    Make our house a haven for us all, and a place of warmth and caring

    for all our friends who come to visit us. Enlighten us with the brilliance

    of your Epiphany star, so that, as we go into the world,

    we might clearly see our way to You and discover You in our work and play.

    This we ask to your glory and in the power of your kingship.

    All: For yours is the kingdom and the power

    and the glory now and forever. Amen.

    Then, bless the house with the sign of the cross.

    After the blessing, the initials of the Magi (Traditional Names: Caspar,

    Melchior, and Balthazar) are written with chalk

    over the main doorway of the house, Like this: 20 + C + M + B + 16

    HIS WORD TODAY BY Rev. William J. Reilly

    HAPPY NEW YEAR – 2016 I wish to extend to all our parishioners and friends of Saint John Bosco Parish a blessed and Holy New Year. Many thanks for all your gifts of Time, Talent and Treasure in 2015. May the New Year before us be filled with all of God’s choicest blessings for you and your family. ~ Father Ric

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    2015 Tax Statement Request

    NAME: ___________________________________

    ENVELOPE #: ___________________________

    ADDRESS: _______________________________

    EMAIL: ___________________________________

    Clip and bring to the parish office or email to

    stjb@ptd.net and we’ll send your statement!

    SUNDAY STEWARDS COLLECTION TOTALS from Dec. 19/20 through Jan. 2/3 will be included in the Jan. 10 edition of the bulletin. Because of our printer’s Christmas and New Year’s holiday schedule, it is necessary for us to submit this content far in advance of the actual published date. Thank you for your understanding!

    Faith Formation Corner

     There will be no Faith Formation or CLOW on January 3. Faith Formation and CLOW will resume on January 10th.

     Students in 6th - 12th grade are always welcome to stop by the Faith Formation office to sign up for any upcoming service opportunities. These opportunities are announced in class, and are also posted on the Confirmation and Youth Ministry pages of the parish website, www.stjohnboscochurch.org.

     Confirmation Class will meet on January 24 from 6:00-7:30 PM in the Gym. All students must attend, and should bring Decision Point books and red folders to class. Saint projects are due at this time. Information about the Saint projects was included in the November and December CNotes newsletters distributed at Confirmation Class. If you have any questions about this project, please contact the Faith Formation Office.

     A Network Meeting for DRE/CRE and Youth Ministry Leaders will be held at Saint John Bosco Parish on January 28, 2016, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

    RESILIENT HEART—2016 Spiritual & Emotional Self-help and

    Support in Navigating our Mid-life/Long-life TRANSITIONS

    Join us in the Parish All-Purpose Meeting Room Tuesday, January 5, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. We’ll explore the topic: Giving Direction to our Transitions, Understanding the Connection to our Health. The theme of TRANSITIONS offers a larger meaning to our often unspoken life questions: Why is this happening to me? Why now? Please reserve your space by calling Sister Marilyn at (570) 788-1997, ext. 5.

    DA I L Y REA DI N GS

    Sunday Is 60:1-6; Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6; Mt 2:1-12

    Monday 1 Jn 3:22 - 4:6; Mt 4:12-17, 23-25

    Tuesday 1 Jn 4:7-10; Mk 6:34-44 Wednesday 1 Jn 4:11-18; Mk 6:45-52

    Thursday 1 Jn 4:19—5:4; Lk 4:14-22a

    Friday 1 Jn 5:5-13; Lk 5:12-16

    Saturday 1 Jn 5:14-21; Jn 3:22-30

    WALKING in HOPE MINISTRY

    ~ Support for Dementia

    Caregivers ~

    Anyone with an interest is invited to join an ongoing

    conversation as to the needs of and support for present caregivers. Register for 2016 sessions by calling Sister Marilyn to assure seating and handouts, (570) 788-1997, ext. 5. All are welcome ~ 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM in Saint John Bosco’s All-Purpose Meeting Room. Once a month gatherings: January 13, February 17, March 9, April 13, May 11, and June 8.

    STJB BOOK CLUB St. John Bosco Book Club will meet on Sunday, January 10, 2016, at 12:30 PM at Tom’s Kitchen to discuss Marcus Zusak’s The Book Thief. Come join us!

    Jubilee Year of Mercy 2016 Parish Prayer Exchange

    Mercy Received/Mercy Given Pass It Forward

    On Epiphany weekend, January 2/3, we will again be invited to join in a Parish Prayer Exchange. In 2015, five hundred parishioners prayed for another’s intention as a way to build and strengthen our community bonding. This year Pope Francis calls us as Church to a Year of Mercy as “the very foundation of the Church’s life. All of her pastoral activity should be caught up in the tenderness she makes present…” Think of “Mercy” as God’s kindness, tenderness living through us. As we stand on the threshold of 2016, our first act of kindness might be to fellow parishioners, with a promise of daily prayer for their intention and vice versa. Your prayer slip will be collected as a second collection, and you will receive another’s prayer slip as you leave Mass. “Simple acts of kindness can be a powerful global force for potential change.”

    IN PRAYERFUL REMEMBRANCE

    Your prayers are requested for RYANNE JADE CARA, the daughter of Matthew & Vanessa Cara who recently died unexpectedly. May their family find strength during this difficult time through our prayerful support and our belief that those who have died with Christ live with Him. May her spirit remain in all who knew and loved her.

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    Saturday, 4:00 PM January 2 The Epiphany of Our Lord John and Christopher Smulligan By Parents

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