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Men’s Evening of Reflection planned

August 6, 2013

A group of Catholic men will be gathering on Thursday, August 22nd for an evening of prayer, formation, food and fellowship.  The evening will begin at 6:30 at St Monica’s Church in West Wyoming where the men will pray the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary in honor of the Queenship of Mary.  The Rosary will be followed immediately by Mass.  The men will then travel to Dino’s Italian Bistro in Shavertown.  Pizza and beverages will be served.  A video presentation entitled “The Man Talk” by Matt Fradd of Catholic Answers will be shown.  In the talk, Matt Fradd lays out a vision of authentic Catholic masculinity and how to achieve it.  This will be a great opportunity for fathers and sons to hear the truth together on some sensitive topics like sexual integrity and respect for women.  The evening will end at 10:00.  A free-will offering will be accepted to defray the cost of the refreshments. Expect an awesome night!

Please email your registration (with the number of men attending) so we can plan how much pizza to order (email to Glenn at gmyanik [at] epix [dot] net).

If you’re not sure you should make the effort to attend, perhaps this video will motivate you.


Holy Hour — June 30th

June 8, 2013


The Guardian of the Redeemer CMF will be hosting a Eucharistic Holy Hour on Sunday, June 30th (during the “Fortnight for Freedom”) starting at 5:00 p.m. at St Monica’s Parish, 8th Street, West Wyoming.  The Holy Hour is in response to the US Bishops’ recent pastoral initiative calling Catholics to prayer and penance with the intention of building a culture that is favorable to life, marriage and religious liberty.  All are welcome (men, women and children).  Light refreshments will be served during a time of fellowship after the Holy Hour.

K of C Rosary Rally — September 23rd

September 8, 2012

The Knights of Columbus (combined Councils of the Wyoming Valley) will host their 36th annual Rosary Rally on Sunday, September 23rd. This year’s Rosary Rally will be held at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish (Holy Trinity Church Site), 116 Hughes Street, Swoyersville, at 3:00 pm. The Rally’s theme will be “Praying For Our Country”.  Clergy, religious and laity are all invited to partake in this prayerful event.

A Rosary Procession with the Pilgrim Virgin Fatima Statue will begin at 2:15 pm from the American Legion Lot, 259 Shoemaker Street, Swoyersville. The people will continue in procession, praying the Rosary, to the Church. The procession will be 8/10ths of a mile. Those who will not be in the procession are invited to go directly to the Church by 3:00 pm.

Marion devotions will take place in the Church at 3:00 pm followed by Holy Mass. Our Main Celebrant and Homilist will be The Most Reverend John M. Dougherty, Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Scranton.

Following Mass, refreshments will be served in the Parish Hall.

Nocturnal First Friday Eucharistic Adoration

August 29, 2011

St Monica’s parish in West Wyoming will have nocturnal Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for the First Friday of September (2nd).  The evening will begin with Holy Mass at 7:00 p.m., and will be followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament throughout the night.  The night of Adoration will conclude with Benediction before First Saturday Mass at 8:00 a.m.  All are invited to spend some time adoring our Lord in His Eucharistic Presence.

This one’s for you Jeff

January 9, 2010

Basilica of Mary, Queen of the Universe

October 11, 2009

Went to Mass here in Orlando this morning.

The annual Triduum is off to a great start!

September 5, 2009

Last evening, my wife and I attended the first session of this year’s Triduum in honor of St Joseph the Worker which the Oblates of St Joseph sponsor every year at their seminary chapel in Laflin/Pittston.  The 4-day celebration consists of three days of evening devotions and concludes with a mid-morning Mass on Labor Day.

Prior to the start of yesterday’s service, both Fr Paul McDonnell OSJ (rector of the seminary) and Fr Leo McKernan administered the Sacrament of Penance in the confessionals.  [very Vianney-like in this Year for Priests!]  The chapel was filled by the time the service began.  After graciously welcoming everyone, Fr McDonnell led us in the various prayers used for the Triduum.  Fr McDonnell, himself a very gifted preacher and public speaker, introduced Fr Leo McKernan (our Diocesan Preacher for “Called to Holiness and Mission”), who will be preaching at each of the evening services.  The mutual respect and fraternal bond between these two men was evident in Fr McDonnell’s introduction, which was not brief and cursory, but in which I sensed honor and tribute as Fr McDonnell shared with us some of his knowledge of Fr Leo.  Also present was Patrick McLaughlin, an OSJ seminarian.  Fr McDonnell joked that the Italian OSJ priests who started the ministry in Pittston must be rolling over in their graves seeing three Mc’s leading the service!

Fr Leo took the pulpit and began by reading Matthew 1:18-25.  After some general comments on work and St Joseph, he advised us that his topic for the evening would be “St Joseph:  A Man of Silence.”  Beginning with an excerpt from Pope Benedict’s Angelus message on 12/18/2005 that highlighted the silent life of St Joseph, Fr Leo taught the importance of silence in our life, and, in contrast, noted the dearth of silence in our culture today.  Using Sacred Scripture, an excerpt from Pope John Paul II’s Redemptoris Custos, quotes from Blaise Pascal and Bd Teresa of Calcutta, and personal memories from his childhood, he clearly made the point that, if we don’t build into our lives quiet and silence, it will be difficult for us to hear the call of God and the Word of the Lord.

After Fr Leo’s homily, we received Holy Communion, then took time to adore our Savior in Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction.  We were blessed with beautiful organ-accompanied songs throughout the service.  The evening concluded with each of us receiving an individual blessing with a relic of St Joseph Marello, founder of the Oblates of St Joseph.

Tonight Fr Leo will be preaching on “St Joseph:  A Man on a Journey.”  I’m sure you would be blessed by attending!