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

Message from Father Langan- June 27-28

June 27-28

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

One never knows how kindness and charity will be rewarded sometimes in this life, but always in the next.  God does indeed take account of what we do and someday we will behold the long-forgotten (on our part) good works we have done.  During these unsettled days, opportunities present themselves for our doing good.  Since the usual busy routines are generally disrupted, we should ask God to inspire us to live more ardently the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.  One good work maybe to check on our many homebound neighbors who would appreciate a call.  Some of them may need shopping or picking up prescriptions.  Every day God gives us a gift and with that gift comes the opportunity to do good.

This Saturday our Diocese has been blessed with three new priests.  Ordained by Bishop Bambera are Fathers Jonathan Kuhar, Kevin Miller, and Shawn Simchock.  Please keep these new fathers in your prayers as they go out to tend the Lord’s flock.  And blessings on and thanks to Father Sahd as he celebrates the 19th anniversary of his priestly ordination on June 30th.  We are truly blessed to have him with us.

On July 1st I will be having a total knee replacement and, therefore, will be in recovery for several weeks thereafter.  Monsignor Peter Madus and Father Patrick Mohr will be helping with the weekend Masses.  During the week, there will be only one daily Mass.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

With Blessings,

Father Langan

Additional Mass on June 21

This Sunday, June 21st, 11:30 AM, parishioners are invited to attend an additional Mass celebration. This will take place outdoors on the lawn on the old cemetery behind St. John the Evangelist Church on Carroll St. Please bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. Parking will be provided on the upper parking lot. Please be reminded that all of Diocesan Liturgical norms during the pandemic remain in place. All of the safety practices must be continued until further notice from the CDC. Please respect social distancing, use of masks and proper sanitization.

Message From Father Langan – June 20-21

June 20-21

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we honor our earthly fathers today, we hear Our Lord reassure his disciples by reminding them of the tender care of His heavenly Father.  Our heavenly Father watches over us assiduously, faithfully, lovingly; every hair on our heads is accounted for.  We find great consolation in such trying times when we place ourselves into our Father’s care.  Think of the times when our own fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and father-figures – living and deceased – made us feel safe and secure.  How very much they deserve our gratitude and admiration.

At our 9:30 Mass today, we welcome Emily Jonas, fiancée of Eric Diehl who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Once again, the power of the Holy Spirit is poured out upon a young member of the Church.  Fortified by this special grace,  may Emily be a steadfast and fervent witness to the Faith especially as she will soon enter for the Sacrament of Matrimony.

As things are ‘loosening-up’ and summer is here, let us continue our ardent prayer for the end of the pandemic and continue to be prudent and cautious in observing the prescribed protocol for safe distancing.

Blessings and good health to all especially our Fathers,

Father Langan

Reservations Required

Although some of the “social distancing” regulations are loosening up in Wayne County, we are still maintaining safe distances within ALL the Churches during Mass. Reservations remain in effect until further notice and attendees must wear a face mask for the duration of the Mass.

Message from Father Langan-June 13-14

June 13-14

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“I will be with you always until the end of the ages.”  These words of Our Lord are the absolute guaranties that no matter how bleak things get we are not alone.   And the ultimate assurance of His Divine Presence we celebrate today in a special way.  It is the Solemnity of Corpus Christi – the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.  Before He gave His Body and Blood on the cross for the salvation of the whole world, Jesus gave His Body and Blood to His Disciples under the appearance of bread and wine in the Upper Room on the night before He was crucified.  Our Lord empowered these disciples to continue this sacrificial meal as the way and means by which He would be with us always.

Just as the Lord provided the necessities of life for ancient Israel as they journeyed through the desert so in a more profound and intimate way, he sustains us on the journey to the Kingdom of Heaven.  In the Holy Eucharist one Lord commingles His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity with our unworthy and broken human nature.  “My Flesh is true food and my Blood, true drink,” says the Lord.  Today, as last Sunday, we ponder a mystery that is beyond human explanation, but must be embraced in faith.  May we pray for an increase in faith for ourselves and especially for those who have drifted away from the most glorious gift that God has given to His creatures.

As well you know, in order for this divine gift to come to us there needs to be priests.  One June 27, at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Scranton, Bishop Bambera will be ordaining to the Sacred Priesthood Rev. Mr. Jonathan Kuhar, Rev. Mr. Kevin Miller, and Rev. Mr. Shawn Simchock.  This is a joyous day for our diocese and we offer our prayers for these men who will continue to supply the Bread of Life and the Chalice of Salvation along with the forgiveness of sins to God’s faithful people.  Please pray daily for an increase of vocations to the Priesthood.

As we celebrate this great Mystery of Corpus Christi, we have the joy of returning to our regular (24-7) adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in our Eucharistic Chapel.  Thanks to all who are resuming their hours.  Kindly remember ONLY two adorers (or family adorers – thus more than 2) may be in the chapel at one time.  We will begin on Saturday at 7 AM.  As you are leaving the chapel at the conclusion of your designated hour, please sanitize kneelers and chair arms before leaving.

With Blessings,

Father Langan

Summer Hours

The Masses at St. John the Evangelist will begin at 9:30 during the summer months beginning on Sunday, June 14. Reservations are required for all Masses during the weekend and daily Masses until further notice.