Message from Father Langan, August 1 & 2

August 2 and 3

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In Matthew’s account of the multiplication of loaves and fish, we hear the consequence of Our Lord’s Largesse:  “the people and ate were satisfied.”  Or as some translations notes”….they had their fill”.  Either way those who flocked to Jesus indulged in His unlimited mercy and compassion.  In our personal lives we recount all the times Christ has indulged us, indeed overwhelmed us with His mercy.  There is no greater evidence of this than in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Is there any limit to God’s mercy”? No, there isn’t.  Though we at times lack the vision of seeing progress in our on-going conversion, each humble confession is an indulgence of God’s grace into our souls.  He sees it since He gives it.  Perhaps at the end of our life’s journey we will come to appreciate it if not beforehand.

In addition to the ordinary indulgence of grace, Our Lord has granted exceptional moments in time to be set free from the temporal punishments due to sin.  Sins confessed are indeed forgiven, but always justice, or making right for our hurts and faults, must be satisfied either here on in purgatory.

God has granted to St. Frances of Assisi his humble request on a night in July, 1216 in the tiny chapel (Portiuncula) of Assisi that whosever makes a pilgrimage to and confesses their sins would be granted the indulgence of freedom from purgatory as long as they remained in the state of grace.

Pope Innocent III extended to all parish churches throughout the world this indulgence to be kept from Vespers (the afternoon of August 1st until sundown on August 2nd, the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels.

The conditions to obtain this plenary (full) indulgence of the Pardon of Assisi for oneself or for a departed soul is as follows:

  1. Sacramental Confession (during 8 days before or after August 2nd).
  2. Participation  at Holy Mass and reception of the Holy Eucharist.
  3. Recitation of the Apostle’s Creed, Our Father and also a prayer for Pope Francis’ intention
  4. And finally a visitation to your parish church or a Franciscan parish.  Because of the prevailing pandemic one may participate virtually though watching Mass on TV and making a spiritual communion. 

With grateful hearts we approach Our Lord for all the good He bestows on us.

With Blessings,

Father Langan

Message from Father Langan-July 25 & 26

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

Every day we are bombarded with many voices, many opinions, many which conflict with each other. So we are faced with the dilema: “Who do we believe?” It is most important not to make decisions based upon emotional re- actions no matter how strong those emotions may be, but rather discern what is best by em- ploying the virtue of wisdom. And, one might ask: “Where is that wisdom to be found?”

In today’s first scripture reading at Mass (Kings 4:42-44) Solomon inherits the Kingship of Israel and Judah from his father David. Rather than access his power and dominion he turns in all humil- ity to God and asks the Lord for the wisdom to be a just, temperate and wise ruler over those entrusted to his care. The prayer comes from the depths of his sincere heart. Rightfully, we admire and commend such humility and confidence in God. Solomon realized he could not rule by his own wits.

In these days of turmoil, we need to approach God with the same humility and confidence. Earnestly we pray for the resurgence of wisdom in our own lives and in the lives of those whom we entrust to make the right decisions for our general health, welfare, and peaceful good order. St. Peter reminds us to always pray for the civil authorities, even though these same authorities would bring persecution, he still took the higher ground as prescribed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and a well-informed conscience. May we too invoke the wisdom of Solomon adn follow unreservedly the Holy Spirit’s promptings in all we do!
A thousand thanks for all the beautiful cards, Masses, spiritual bouquets that I have been receiving daily for a speedy recov- ery. At my recent therapy session they were astounded by the progress I have made thus far. I told them I have a lot of people praying for me. Never I doubt the power and efficacy of prayer.

With Blessings,

Father Langan

NOVENA TO ST. ANN

Novena Prayer to Saint Ann, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Begin by Making the Sign of the Cross:In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Priest : Incline unto my aid, O God.

People: O Lord make haste to help me.Priest: Let us pray.O Almighty God Father of mercies and Giver of all good gifts we kneel before You to honor You in Your Saints; and to seek their intercession in our many needs. We are truly sorry for all our sins; and humbly ask Your pardon. Please grant our petitions and a full measure of the indulgences granted by Your Vicar, the Pope and draw us ever nearer Your Divine Heart. Amen

Prayer to Saint Ann, Mother of The Blessed Virgin Mary

With a heart full of sincere and filial veneration, I prostrate myself before You, O Blessed Saint Ann, You are that beloved and privileged creature who, because of your extraordinary virtue and sanctity did deserve of God that chief of graces, of giving life to the treasury of grace, the Blessed among women, the Mother the Incarnate Lord, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Ah: In consideration of such exalted favors, please O most tender Saint, receive me among the number of your truly devoted servants, for such I profess myself to be and wish to remain for the rest of my life. Surround me with your efficacious patronage and obtain for me a knowledge of my sins and sorrow for them, an ardent love of Jesus and Mary, and a faithful and constant observance of the duties of my state in life. Save me from all dangers in life and assist me at the hour of my death that I may safely reach Paradise, there to praise with you, most happy Mother, the Word of God made man in the womb of your most pure daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Amen.

One Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the Father……..

Prayer to Saint Ann to Obtain A Special Favor

O Glorious Saint Ann, filled with compassion for those who invoke you and with love for those who suffer, heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at your feet and humbly beg of you to take the present affair which I recommend to you under your special protection [here mention silently your intentions] Please recommend it to your daughter the Blessed Virgin Mary and lay it before the Throne of Jesus so that He may bring it to a happy issue. Please continue to intercede for me until my request is granted. Above all, obtain for me the grace of one day beholding my God face to face and with you and Mary and all the Saints praising and blessing Him for all eternity. Amen.

THREE TIMES:Good Saint Ann, Mother of her who is our Life, our Sweetness and our Hope, pray to Her for us and obtain our requests.

ONE HAIL MARY

GOOD SAINT ANN, PRAY FOR US

HYMN TO ST. ANN (sung to the tune of Immaculate Mary)

Hail Mother Mary, O gracious Saint Ann,God’s Marvelous Choice from the whole Race of Man:(Chorus) O Good Saint Ann, Saint Ann pray for us. O Good Saint Ann, Saint Ann pray for us.

Sweet Child of election deemed worthy to bear.The Virgin of Virgins, Christ’s Mother, most fair.(Chorus)

Look upon our sorrows, give ear of our plaint, Behold our afflictions, O powerful Saint.(Chorus)

Little Bethlehem – July 18

Little Bethlehem Christians is a group that represents 200 Christian families who live in Bethlehem, the Holy Land, and make their living as wood carvers. After the 5:30 and 7:30 Masses at St. Mary Magdalen’s ; after 9:30 Mass at St. John’s and the 11:30 outdoor Mass, the group will display a collection of hand-carved olive wood religious items, which will also be for sale. The profit goes to support Christianity in the land of Christ. Take a look at their display www.little-bethlehem.org.

Message from Father Langan-July 11 & 12

July 11 and 12 (Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today we hear the Parable of the Sower and the Seed.  Perhaps some of you have planted gardens in your yards for produce and flowers and with this exceptionally nice weather, have appreciated how quickly things have grown.  Soon you will be happily reaping the fruit of your labors.  Our Lord has the same anticipation and expectation.  At Baptism, He has planted the word in your heart and soul.  Patiently, He has nourished and tended the tender shoots with His grace.  He pulls out the weeds (the Sacrament of Reconciliation); He feeds the plants with Sprigs of Salvation (the Holy Eucharist); He fortifies the soul with energy (Confirmation); and even places stalks along those plants that need strength and encouragement.  The Good Shepherd is also the Good Farmer.  He knows what the seed needs to grow and He gives it.

But seeds sometimes seem to have a mind of their own.  Strangely, the spring up in the most unexpected places and we are astounded to find them in a small crack of payment or concrete.  Sadly, the “glory “ of the seed lasts only a moment without having fulfilled its purpose that is to flourish and multiply.

What is particular about this Sower is that He has a simple requirement – receptivity and cooperation.  That responsibility falls to us.  Will the seed lie dormant in us and simply wither away or will we humbly ask the Sower to provide the nutrients that will yield a bountiful harvest?  So, how does your garden grow?

One of the highlights of the month of July is the Annual Novena to St. Ann.  Because of the prevailing pandemic, many erstwhile pilgrims will be unable to travel to the Shrine in Scranton.  As usual we shall pray the novena in our parish beginning Saturday, July 18th until the feast day, July 26th.  Novena prayer fliers will be available.  When you take one, please keep it with you and do not return it.  St. Ann will certainly be hearing our particular intentions for an end of this virus and take it into consideration.

Thanks to all for your continued prayers, cards, and good wishes as I’m slowly recovering.

With Blessings,

Father Langan

Reservation Update

In order to facilitate social distancing of 6 feet or more between individuals (households may sit together), you are required to make reservations for all Sunday and daily Masses. Parishioners must reserve their seats by calling the Parish Office at 570-253-4561 Monday to Thursday between the hours of 9 AM and 4 PM and Friday from 9 AM to noon. Please no reservations via text messages or email after hours.

For now, Masses at St. Mary Magdalen are limited to 32 people; 41 at St. John the Evangelist; 40 at St. Bernard in Beach Lake and 25 at St. Joseph in Rileyville. In the meantime until further notice, we will be celebrating outdoor Mass behind St. John’s Church at 11:30 on Sundays (no reservations for this Mass is required).

Face masks must be worn at all the Masses.

Message from Father Langan – July4-5

July 4-5

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Our Lord offers comforting words to us today:  “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest”. Let those words wash over us and all the responsibilities we have, all the stresses we are under, and all our failures that haunt us.  “My yoke is easy,” Our Lord assures us, “My burden light.”  As we celebrate this Independence Day weekend, let us rejoice in the freedom that Jesus offers us from our heavy burdens.

With Blessings,

Father Langan