Sanctuary Light burns to remind us of the presence of Christ reserved
in the tabernacle.
the parish office to reserve a date. $5 per week.
Sanctuary Light at St. Mary’s in Blossburg is offered this week
(November 16) in memory of Robert Stoudt Jr by Parents.
The Sanctuary Light at Holy Child is offered for Health and Blessings
for Christine Wilcox by Tim and Cathy Bogaczyk.
If you would
like to have the sanctuary light at Holy Child or Saint Mary’s lit
in memory of a deceased loved one, or in honor of a birthday, anniversary
or special occasion, please call the office. Donation is $5.00 per week.
flowers adorning our altars adds to the beauty of our worship. If you
would like to donate flowers for either church, in memory of a deceased
loved one or in honor of a special birthday or anniversary or another
special occasion, please call the parish office early
in the week. Please do not place flowers on the altar without having made
Ministers of the Altar for this weekend November
22 & 23
4:00 PM Saturday at Holy Child
Readers: Samantha Rutledge
Servers: Amanda Rutledge
E. Min: Phil Foley
6:30 PM Saturday at St. Mary’s
Readers: Pam Thomas, Jan Yoder
Servers: Thomas King
E. Min: Tony Lupkowski
9:00 AM Sunday at Holy Child
Readers: Anna Marie Mimlitsch
Servers: Grace Scouten, Sophia Scouten
E. Min: Ann Vayansky
11:15 AM Sunday at Holy Child
Readers: Bob Wood
Servers: Ayla Rohl, John Minnich
E. Min: Courtney Hull
Ministers of the Altar for next weekend November
29 & 30
4:00 PM Saturday at Holy Child
Readers: Anna Marie Mimlitsch
Servers: Tristan Templeman
E. Min: John Ranck
PM Saturday at St. Mary’s
Readers: Peter Lupkowski
Servers: Bill Lupkowski
E. Min: Cecelia Tokarz
9:00 AM Sunday at Holy Child
Readers: Connie Penner, Francis Murphy
Servers: Nick Olson, Jon Baker
E. Min: Joan Miller
11:15 AM Sunday at Holy Child
Readers: Bob Wood
Servers: Roch Minnich, Brendan Nash
E. Min: Bill Page
The schedules for readers, altar servers and EM’s and workbooks
for lectors are available on the back table.
The parish calendar for December will be in next
week’s bulletin. This will be a busy month; please
call or email the office by noon on Thursday to tell us of meetings, events,
or usage of any parish building planned for December.
are still in need of additional altar servers for St. Mary’s, 4:00
PM at Holy Child and 11:15 AM at Holy Child. This is a
wonderful way for kids to give something of themselves to their parish.
Child Catholic Youth Group welcomes all youth grades 7 and up to meet
and share God’s love and glory. If interested
in joining, please contact Nicholas Olson at 570-404-4528.
All Souls Intentions - There are special All Souls
Intention Envelopes in your monthly packets to remember deceased loved
ones. The envelopes will be placed on the altar during
the month of November to remember your intentions. If you do not receive
packets, simply write the name of your loved one on a plain envelope and
please place your envelopes in the regular collection basket.
The Building Committee is inviting all parishioners to an open meeting
to discuss the current building project. A presentation
will be made on the progress and there will be time for any questions
you may have. We will meet on Sunday, November 23rd in
Holy Child Hall after the 11:15 AM Mass.
Advent Begins on Sunday, November 30th. Father Jacek is inviting our families
to participate in the traditional lighting of the Advent candles at each
of our Masses on the four Sundays of Advent. Parishioners will process
into the church with Father Jacek and then light the candles as Father
says the prayers. There are sign-up sheets in the back of each church.
You may have seen “Faith Sharing” on the calendar and wondered
what it was
Faith Sharing is a small group of Catholics meeting once a month in the
Parish Center or Church Hall. We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month
and welcome new members.
At the meetings we:
-prayerfully read scripture from the previous Sunday Mass
-share as individuals, what that scripture means to you at this time in
-share and listen
-incorporate into our lives a better understanding of the scriptures
***Confidentiality is respected***
Parish Wishing Tree is in the Back of Both Churches This Weekend
There are tags on the tree for 8 area families including children and
78 adult clients from Well-Spring human service providers.
The need is great. If you able, please take a tag from the tree and return
all unwrapped gifts Sunday, December 14th. You may leave it under the
Christmas tree after Mass or turn it in to the parish office. You will
also notice the tags marked “cash.” This money is used to
purchase items requested but not turned in. Thank you for your generosity
and please keep in mind the December 14th deadline. If you happen to take
a tag and decide not to purchase the gift, please return the tag to the
office by stopping by or dropping it in the collection basket.
Please fill out the slips of paper in your pew to be an Advent Prayer
partner or take a paper from the basket on the table in the vestibule
and fill it out. Completed Prayer Partner papers can be
put in a separate basket near the door in the vestibule. Next Sunday,
Nov. 30th, begins Advent. We will pick a name next Sunday and pray for
that person during Advent.
County Penance Services for Advent:
All services at 7:00 PM
Sunday, Dec 14th – St. Peter’s in Wellsboro
Monday, Dec 15th – St. Thomas in Elkland
Tuesday, Dec 16th – Holy Child in Mansfield
Ladies Guild Dinner...Lamb’s Creek, Tuesday,
December 9th at 6:00 PM
Call Patti by Tuesday, December 2nd @ 570-662-2034
It is time once again for the great cookie giveaway
for Mansfield University Students!!! Please drop off your
donation of cookies, snacks or treats on Sunday, December 7th in Holy
Child Hall by 1:00 PM.
thanks from the Knights of Columbus and Health Ministry to all who attended
or participated in the Veterans’ Day Mass and Supper.
A special thank you to Brendan Nash for being the altar server. The free
will offering was $402 and with the K of C generously matching $300, $702
will go the Morgan House Project. You can check out this philanthropic
effort at www.whiteheart.org Morgan House Project.
Child 12th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Thursday, November 27th, Noon to 2 PM in Holy Child Hall
We still need pies and desserts. Can you help??? If you
would like to join us for dinner, please make a reservation by Monday,
November 24th. Simply, call the office.
We also need volunteers to help. If you’re able to help in any way,
please call the office.
If you know of anyone in Mansfield or Blossburg who will need a meal delivered,
please let us know by Monday as well.
Cemetery Committee Meeting:
Tuesday, November 25th in St. Mary’s Hall at 6:30 PM.
a cap and mitten tree in the back of St. Mary’s Church which will
be distributed by the Salvation Army. Bring in your donations and leave
them in the back of both churches. Items left at Holy Child will be delivered
to St. Mary’s.
Hope Partnership would like to thank you to Holy Child Parish for the
donation of bedding. Eleven children now will sleep well.
for Advent are available in the back of both churches.
Rev. Paul turner brings the focus back to what is important as we get
ready for Christmas Day. Make time to prepare for Jesus this Advent Season
through daily reflections.
about some pie for Christmas? If you would like to order some delicious
pies, please use the order form in this week's bulletin
Proceeds go toward the youth trip to Steubenville. Simply
fill it out and enclose a check made out to “Holy Child” and
drop it in the collection basket in a clearly marked envelope. Due by
Pineapple Upside-down (contains nuts) $10.00
Carmel Apple Walnut $8.50
Pies are 9” pies except for the pineapple which is 10”
will be available for pickup on the weekend of Dec. 13 & 14. Payment
must accompany your order. All orders due by Nov. 30th.
workers for November 29: Linda Brown, Connie and Sara
Kitchen workers for November 29: Good
November 23: Anna Marie Mimlitsch, Delores Kostovich
November 30: Jim and Joann Wieskopff
Counters: Your availability forms are due by December
14th for the first half of 2015.
Know any parish or area family who needs help at
We will be working on our giving tree in the near future. Call the office.
All information is confidential.
Cemetery Committee Meeting:
November 25th in St. Mary’s Hall at 6:30 PM
Pew Weekend for Diocesan Annual Appeal
Next Weekend is In-Pew Commitment Weekend for the Diocesan Annual Appeal:
Diocesan Appeal materials and pledge cards will be distributed to all
parishioners during Masses celebrated next weekend.
If you have not already done so, please make your pledge to help the thousands
of people who will directly benefit from your caring support.
The Diocesan Annual appeal enables us to “Transform Lives Together”
by embracing all of humanity, especially by serving the poorest, the weakest
and the most vulnerable. Catholic Social Services provides valuable programs
that help ensure the most defenseless among us are cared for and protected.
Your generosity helps keep our soup kitchens and shelters open. Thousands
of meals are served daily at St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, Scranton,
St. Anthony’s Kitchen, Williamsport and St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen,
Wilkes Barre. St. Anthony’s Haven, Scranton, provides a temporary
refuge for those who have no place to call home. At Nativity Place, families
in crisis find emergency housing. Your contributions help us to operate
housing and supportive programs for families and for individuals, including
veterans and the homeless, while expanding our outreach throughout the
11 counties of our diocese.
On behalf of all who will benefit from your gifts, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera
extends his sincere gratitude to everyone who has already made a pledge
to the 2014 Diocesan Annual Appeal. Each gift truly matters. If you have
not yet made your gift, and need a pledge envelope, envelopes will be
distributed at Masses today. Packets are also available by calling the
Diocesan development Office at 570-207-2250, or on-line at www.DioceseofScranton.org.
goal for this year’s Diocesan Annual Appeal is: $32,000.00
To date, our pledges to the 2014 Diocesan Annual Appeal total $16,872.00
(126 out of 591 families pledged) (this total does not include in pew
Thank you for your help in continuing to support the Appeal
Child Parish Lottery Fundraiser
Payout: Monday – Friday: $50.00
*except dates below
Sunday, January 25 - $1000.00
Sunday, February 22 - $1000.00
Sunday, March 29 - $1000.00
90 Chances to Win!!!
January 1 – March 31, 2015
Winner based on 7:00 PM Drawing of Pennsylvania State Lottery Daily Number.
(Number straight only; in case of double draw, winning number is first
Tickets will be available after all Masses and at the office until December
Tickets: $25.00 each
Lottery Fact: If you have no idea what to buy for those hard to buy for
loved ones, a lottery ticket makes a great gift!
counters request that you do not tape, staple or glue the collection envelopes.
The envelopes are designed for easy seal and opening.
Adding tape, etc just delays the counting process. Thanks much!
Catholic Answer Bibles are available!
Christmas is just around the corner. Perhaps you are wondering what to
get that hard-to-buy-for person. Don’t worry, we have the answer
for you – Catholic Answer Bible, that is. On sale now in the Holy
Child Parish Office, only $29.00. Ever wonder why the saints have a place
in the church? The answer is in there. Ever wonder where the bible came
from? Yeah, it’s in there along with many other answers to questions
most Catholics have. And while you’re at it, pick up one for yourself.
Baskets: Business Cards can be put into the Welcome Baskets for new Parishioners.
If anyone in our Parish has a Business and you would like to put your
card in our Welcome Baskets, please mail to: Rebeca Chamberlain, 253 Webster
Rd., Covington, PA 16917.
Holy Child Shawl Ministry is hoping to provide shawls or lap-robes to
members of our parish family who are seriously ill or in special need
of prayer. To find out how you can help, email email@example.com
for more information.
new calendar for 2015 Masses is here…if
you would like to have a Mass said in intention of the living or deceased,
please contact the office. The stipend is still $10.00.
Please pray for those serving our country:
Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect
them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless
acts they perform for us in our time of need. We ask this in the name
of Jesus our Lord and Savior. Amen
Please pray for those who have passed away:
We pray, always, for deceased parishioners, family, friends, and benefactors.
May their souls and the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.
Please pray for those who are ill and their care givers...
those who are ill and their caregivers:
Sis Seiser, Mary Wivell, Jeffrey Seeley, Patricia Kaminski, Christine
Wilcox, Ron Andrews, Nancy Bullock, Michael Rumsey, Linda Kichline, Joe
Alampi, Patty Vlajic, Krista Smith, Ken Riseborough, Charlotte Von Hendy,
Janet Warren, Cathy Alampi, Dee Borden, Bill Brennan, Linda Roupp, Ron
Wood, Celia Levindofski, Charles Shedden Mary Ann Bacard, Sis Sandstrom,
Brenda Thomas, Edwin Rosa, Maryann Thomas, Amy Hurd, Bonnie Casselberry,
Allison Orchowski, Norman Nielsen, Connie Leone, Lloyd Barrett, Dawn Egan,
Eleanor Brion, Kathleen Evans, Carol Folcarelli, Desiree Bleam, Dennis
Bogaczyk, Carter Goodwin, Jeannie Leone, Bryan Augustine, Nancy Matthews,
Anna Marie Mimlitsch, Anna Friedmann, Carol Knable, Benjamin Allessi,
and family, friends and parishioners in nursing homes. Please call the
parish office to add names of those for whom you wish us to pray or to
remove names as needed. To respect our parishioners’ privacy, please
ask them before having their names printed in the bulletin.
The Holy Child Shawl Ministry is hoping to provide
shawls or lap-robes to members of our parish family who are seriously
ill or in special need of prayer. To find out how you
can help, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Payer Service – Do you use a bill payer service?
Please consider automating your weekly giving. Some banks and bill-payer
services allow you to add payees (such as Holy Child) for free. Enjoy
the convenience of no more envelopes and no more checks!
Area food Pantry wants to thank you again for your continuous support.
Your donations of food and money are important to the pantry, and greatly
appreciated. The month of July was the largest this year in numbers served.
We served 272 families for a total of 958 individuals. This included 301
children, 526 adults and 131 elderly. As you can see, you are helping
hundreds of struggling families. Again, thank you.
You may have seen “Faith Sharing” on the calendar
and wondered what it was. Well, Faith Sharing is a small group of Catholics
meeting once a month in the Parish Center or Church Hall. We meet
on the 3rd Tuesday of each month and welcome new members. At
the meetings we:
-prayerfully read scripture from the previous Sunday Mass
-share as individuals, what that scripture means to you at this time in
-share and listen
-incorporate into our lives a better understanding of the scriptures
***Confidentiality is respected***
Living Faith provides daily reflections based on
a Scripture passage from the daily Mass. With readings
for daily Mass listed at the bottom of each devotion, this booklet helps
Catholics pray and meditate in spirit with the seasons of the Church Year.
Citations are from the New American Bible, on which the Mass Lectionary
is based. Pick up a copy of Living Faith in the vestibule of the Church.
CHAIN is a peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life Americans
standing for 60 to 90 minutes praying for our nation and for an end to
abortion. It is a visual statement of solidarity by the
Christian community that abortion kills children and that the Church supports
the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception. For a listing
of Life Chains in your area, go to www.lifechain.net
of Human Services…are seeking families who would be interested in
becoming a foster family. We
are in need of these all over Tioga Coutny. The children in our community
need your help with offering a safe, loving and caring home. We are also
in need of volunteers to help with transportaiton, supervising visits
and much more. For more information, please contact Tara Gordon at 570-724-8435
or Virginia Weatherby at 570-723-3274.
of Hope is in need of the following: outlet covers, toilet paper, canned
meats, pillows, twin sized mattress pads, sheets, blankets. Please
place your donation in the bin in the vestibule.
you to all who donated bedding to Seeds of Hope! Bedding has been provided
for 7 boys and girls by your generous donations. Seeds of Hope will continue
to collect any that you may have in the future.
Your Health Ministry is in Crisis
Since 2002, this committee has sponsored or provided:
- Meals to families with new babies and the ill
- Over 50 educational presentations & bulletin "health tips "
- Medical equipment, walkers, wheelchairs, crutches, baby beds, high chairs,
shower and potty chairs
-Videos, books, & Christopher Notes in vestibule library
- the Healing Mass
- Pro Life Bumper Stickers
-The Veterans' Day Mass & Pot Luck Supper
- Contributions to the 2 local Food Pantries
- Support to the MU Catholic Ministry
- Baby clothes to Endless Mts. Pregnancy Center
- Support to local Dialysis Center
- Blankets to Project Linus & adapted clothing to Veterans' Hospitals
- Linens and quilts to the Homeless Shelter
- Transportation and innumerable visits to the sick and homebound
To continue we are in DIRE NEED of new members.
CAN YOU HELP???? Contact Joan Miller 662-3594 or Dotty Welsh 662-2057
New Adult Bible Study has started from 10 AM - 11:05 AM in back of Holy
Child Church, by the Votive Candles. Study will be based on the Sunday
One page review with discussion questions will
be provided each week for the following week's readings and can also be
found at www.sundayscripturestudy.com
This is a great opportunity for children participating in PREP at
the same time.
Secular Carmelites are single or married lay women and
men who live and work in the world, attempting by God's grace to reach
holiness through a contemplative way of life. Like Friars and Nuns, the
Secular branch of the Order centers its spirit on the apostolate of prayer
If you yearn for "something more" in
your daily prayer life, perhaps God is calling you to discern a vocation
as a Secular Discalced Carmelite. The Secular Carmelite group which meets
monthly at Holy Child Parish Center will begin with an Inquiry Class in
October. Call Velma Goodreau at 787-3521 or Lori Makos at 404-0820 for
WATCH- Work Attributes Toward Careers in Health- The WATCH Project provides
a variety of academic and social support services to income eligible individuals
to move up in the nursing or emergency medical services profession.
Meeting local health care industry needs, the
program increases skills, provides critical services and moves participants
For more information, please call Valerie Forsha, Career Coordinator,
at 650-974-8766 or email her at email@example.com
or CSIU WATCH Project at 1-855-292-8246. This is a great opportunity
for High School Seniors and people working on a second career.
Mass Intention Policy
- Mass Intentions can be scheduled for the current year and for the following
calendar year but only after the following year's liturgical calendar
Families will be limited to 5 weekend Mass Intentions
per calendar year, with no limit on daily Masses.
We hope this clears up any confusion and if you have any questions regarding
this policy, please contact the parish office personnel.
Holy Child Parish Policy regarding the use of Holy Child or St. Mary's
The Diocesan Office of Risk Management requires
that an individual, group, or business wishing to rent a parish hall must
purchase a "Special Events" Coverage Carrier if the individuals,
groups, or businesses cannot provide one. This type of insurance policy
will cover the parish's liability in the event of a claim. The cost of
the coverage is payable to the Diocese of Scranton and
is as follows:
- $100 for 1 - 100 People
- $120 for 101 = 500 people
Alcoholic Beverages may be served as long as a form is signed that states
that only those over the age of 21 will be served.
In addition to the cost of the coverage, Holy Child Parish will charge
for the use of the hall, which covers the cost of utilities and janitor
- $50 for parishioners
- 100 for non-parishioners
If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact the parish
First Sunday of EVERY Month- Cookies for our Troops needs
your help: Seeking High School, College Students to help bake after the
11:15 AM Mass on the 1st Sunday of the Month- Adults also needed to supervise
Children and adults to write notes, Bubble wrap
for packing Goodies, Donations can be put in the box at the back of the
church (Suggestions attached to the box)
To volunteer, Email Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org
Seeds of Hope - 126 local children received a bed and bedding in the past
year. Supplies are now depleted. Can you help?
Needed are twin sheets, blankets, pillows and
mattress pads. Items can be left in the bin in the back of the church
or call Lillian Fox at 659-5222.
Tioga County Homeless Initiative is a group of individuals concerned about
the growing homeless population within our communities
TCHI's mission is to 'establish a faith-based
network of churches and organizations within Tioga County, which will
provide a warm, safe, and caring environment for individuals and families
who are homeless' . TCIH is looking for individuals who are willing to
help in anyway. If you are interested, please contact:
Tioga County Homeless Initiative
PO Box 552
Mansfield, PA 16933
Email: Rose at tiogahomeless.org
Donations to the Food Pantry are down- If you are able to, please bring
cans of food to donate and place them in the bin at the back of the church
The food is used for people in our community who
are in need of assistance. Any help is appreciated.
As a help to our Collection Counters - Please do not staple or tape envelopes
closed, staple numerous envelopes together, or post-date checks
Each of these add additional time to counting
the weekly collection. Thank you for your cooperation.
University Catholic Campus Ministry- The Catholic Student Association
(CSA) at Mansfield University meets every Thursday at 5 PM in 112 Pinecrest
All MU Students are welcome!
We are in need of volunteers to keep our Bingo game at St. Mary's Church
1. Two adults to call Bingo once or twice a month
2. Adults to work the floor, selling tickets and calling Bingo winner
numbers to the caller
3. One adult to coordinate St Mary's Bingo, keep financial records, do
Anyone interested in helping is asked to see Yolanda Tacka at St. Mary's
Bingo on Monday evening or to call the Parish Office.
We are in need of altar servers for all weekend Masses
Boys and girls who have received First Communion
may become altar servers. We will provide the necessary training. Parents,
please encourage your children to participate in this ministry of the
We are in need of Parishioners to help in the Kitchen at Bingo on Saturday
evenings - to prepare food and sell it from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
you help update our records by giving us your E-mail address, please?
We are not going to clutter your email mailbox with silly forwards ...Rather,
it is helpful when we can send email to our parishioners. Some of the
email addresses we have on file, no longer are current or deliverable.
Please e-mail your updated e-mail address to email@example.com
or write it on your collection envelope. Thank you!
Have you moved...use a different phone number...been assigned a new mailing
address by the Postal Service?
If so, please take a few minutes to advise the
parish office staff of these changes. Thank you.
Veterans Memorial Board: If you would like to add a name
to the Veterans' Memorial Board, please call the office
The Tioga County Homeless Initiative needs personal care
items: wash cloths, bar soap, shampoo, razors, toothpaste, tooth brushes.
These items can be left in the rear of the church
marked, "Tioga County Homeless Initiative."
Weekly Bulletins will no longer be available until the conclusion of the
We ask the ushers to distribute them. This eliminates
bulletins being left in the pews after Masses.
Patterns at Holy Child Parking Lot- to keep traffic flowing smoothly and
safely, please exit through the back gates after Mass. Be especially aware
of children walking through the lot on their way to PREP Classes
We have asked that the borough install a "No
Parking Here to Corner" sign in front of the Parish Center. Those
who park close to the stop sign on Dorsett Drive and up to the corner
of Dorsett Drive on Main Street make it very difficult for drivers to
see oncoming traffic as they move into the intersection.
Pennsylvania motor vehicle regulations prohibit parking within 20' of
a crosswalk, a driveway, and 30' from a stop sign. In the interest of
public safety for everyone, please respect these laws.
BE ADVISED: Police have begun issuing tickets to those parked too closely
to the intersections on South Main Street in front of Holy Child Church!
The Folk Group at 9 AM Mass on Sundays always
welcomes new members- You are cordially invited to join in singing or
playing an instrument to lead the congregation in praising the Lord
The group practices at 8:45 AM on Sunday
mornings before Mass. Questions? Call Lori Makos at 662-7093.
The Diocese of Scranton's website includes videos of certain
programs broadcast by Catholic Television
The programs include Daily Mass from St. Peter's
Cathedral, the monthly new program, "Our Faith, Our Diocese"
and other special programs. Go to www.dioceseofscranton.org
and click on the "News and Events" tab and then click on
The Diocese of Scranton Maintains a Vocation website that
can assist young people in discerning God's call in their lives
It also offers resources for parents to help them
support their children as they seek God's plan for them. Visit the site:
Home Study Service- This program offers FREE Correspondence Courses on
the Catholic Faith
There are 9 available courses; you can access
the information online or the material can be mailed to you, FREE of charge!
This course work has received approval of Archbishop Dolan of New York
and Justin Cardinal Rigali of Philadelphia. Check out
you would like to donate Flowers for our altars, from your gardens or
from the florist, for either church, we invite you to do so - Please call
the rectory office by the Wednesday morning
prior to the weekend, and Linda will contact the
persons in charge of decorating the altars for our churches. Your donation
can be in memory of or in honor of a special person or event, such as
a wedding anniversary, graduation, or birth of a child. Again, please
call the rectory to arrange for this; please don't just call the florist
to arrange for delivery of flowers and please don't just put flowers on
the altar without informing us beforehand.
Embroiderers Group: If you like to stitch, come join us in Holy Child
Parish Center on the second Wednesday of the month, starting at 1 PM
Beginners and any type of needlework are welcome
We do group projects or just join us for conversation while you work on
your own piece. For information, call Terry Faber at 549-2727 or firstname.lastname@example.org
on Mass Cards...If a relative or friend has died, and you would like a
Mass Card, please call the parish offers; if no one answers the phone,
please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible
Please do not purchase Mass Cards or leave donations
for Mass Cards at the local funeral homes. In the past, some of the money
for the Masses requested did not reach the parish office and the Masses
requested did not reach the parish office and the masses were neither
recorded nor scheduled. Please take care of all Mass requests through
the parish office.
Can you help once a month in the kitchen during Bingo?
We need 2 or 3 people to work on one Saturday
evening a month (the third Saturday of the month) in the kitchen at Holy
Child Bingo. This includes preparing and selling food and necessitates
being present in the kitchen from 4:30 PM until 8:30 PM. If you are interested
or would like more information, please call Linda in the parish office,
662-3568 or send an email to email@example.com
Seeds of Hope Needs is asking for your help for our neighbors in need
They are asking for canned or dried soups, shampoo,
dish detergent, baby gates, door knob locks, all safety items for toddlers
in the home, diapers (size 4-6), baby wipes, baby monitors, and baby gates.
There is a box in back of Holy Child Church for your donations.
Volunteers are also needed to take parents to visit children or to take
individuals to medical appointments. If available, please call 570-724-8647.
Please do not drop off unsolicited boxes or bags of used clothing for
Seeds of Hope. If you have clothing which you no longer need, please take
it to Santa's Gift Bag in Mansfield or to the Goodwill Store in Wellsboro.
They welcome donations of used clothing.
Support your Local Food Pantry
The following items are needed every week: canned
beef, pork, Spam, salmon, tuna, chicken, stew, rice, noodles, pasta, spaghetti
sauce with meat, dry soup mixes, cereal, dried fruit, raisins, peanuts,
peanut butter, jelly, coffee, tea, crackers, and cookies. There are boxes
in back of both churches for these items.
Cash donations can be made via the collection basket: mark your envelope
"Food Pantry" and we will pass it on. The numbers served by
our local food pantries increase every month. A donation of one or two
items by many parishioners results in an impressive amount of food to
help those in need. Last month, we served 808 individuals, 240 of which
were children. The Mansfield Food Pantry covers 1/3 of the county and
us open every Wednesday morning. All that work there are volunteers. Thanks
again for your wonderful support!!
Cleo Warren has been hired by Holy Child Parish as director
of our 3 cemeteries.
During the past year, she worked extensively with
the ground penetrating company, determining where there are already internments
in unmarked graves. Last year, the parish purchased a new computer and
program for managing cemeteries and Cleo has been working entering data
for each of our 3 cemeteries, She will be in the rectory office each Tuesday
from about 10 AM until 2 PM. We ask that if you have questions about your
cemetery lot or purchasing a cemetery lot, that you call during those
hours. If you cannot meet with her at that time, other arrangements will
have to be made.
New Catholic Answer Bible are for sale in the parish office
They are $23.00 which is the actual cost to the
parish for this wonderful Bible. If you wish, you can call the office
during the week and Linda will send a Bible to either church for you to
pick up on the weekend. The Bible has nice large print, but what makes
it so special are the many inserts which present questions about our faith
and the things the Catholic Church teachers; each question is answered
along with scriptural references in support of each of the teachings.
Volunteers and drivers are needed for the Soup Kitchen
Church members in Lycoming and Tioga Counties
are asked to volunteer one day a month, helping to prepare and serve the
noonday meal at St. Anthony's Soup Kitchen in Williamsport. Holy Child
Parishioners work on the third Friday of each month. The carpool leaves
Holy Child parking lot at 8:30 AM and returns around 2:30 AM. If you are
interested or need more information, call Dick Lynch at 662-2782.
Will you please help us keep our parish records up to date?
If you move, or if the Post Office changes your
address, kindly call the rectory office, e-mail us, or drop a note into
the collection basket. This only takes a few seconds on your part, but
it is vital to keep our keeping parish records current. Thank you.
If you have not been receiving collection envelopes but
you wish to receive them (they are mailed bi-monthly) call the parish
We will take care of this for you.
One of the ways we pay for our weekly parish bulletin is
through the ads on the back page each week
Please support these merchants/business people
who have so generously helped with our weekly newsletter. We invite other
business professionals in the area to sponsor an ad in our weekly bulletin.
The cost is only $5.00 per week or $250 per year. We print almost 500
bulletins each week and they are read by parishioners throughout Tioga
County. If you would like to run an ad, please call Linda in the parish
office. Also, if you would like to place an ad to offer congratulations
for a special birthday or anniversary, announce the birth of a baby, or
offer a memorial for someone deceased, you are welcome to do so. Please
call Linda by noon on Wednesday of the week prior to your ad's insertion.
Give her the information and she will set it up for you.
Readers, Servers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
need Altar Servers for both Churches! Anyone who has received First Communion
is invited to serve in this ministry of the Altar
We are especially in need of Extraordinary Ministers
of Communion, especially for 4 PM Mass on Saturdays. We always welcome
new lectors and altar servers,too. If you would like to participate in
any of these "Ministries of the Altar", call the Parish Office
or speak to Father Jacek. We will arrange for training for you.
you interested in serving as an Extraordinary Minister of Communion?
We are especially in need of persons to serve
at 11:15 AM Mass on Sundays. Call the rectory for information. We will
schedule training for you.
planning to marry
Must contact the pastor at least six months before the wedding date. Consult
the pastor before making any other wedding arrangements.
here to learn more about getting married in Holy Child Parish!
you like to be part of our Parish
Prayer and Concern Chain?
We are restructuring our Parish Prayer and Concern Chain and will be compiling
new lists soon. We ask that you call Joan Miller, 662-3594, to have your
name included on the prayer chain. Please do this even if you are on the
current Parish Prayer Chain.
So how does the Prayer Chain function? This is a list of Parishioners
and their phone numbers. When someone is in need of prayers, for any reason,
they are asked to contact the Parishioners who coordinate the Prayer Chain.
These persons contact the first person on the list to request their prayers.
That person contacts the next person on the list and so on.
If you would like to donate altar flowers in memory
of a deceased loved one or in honor of a birthday or anniversary, please
contact the parish office.
Please contact Father Jacek to arrange date and time for
The Sponsor is to be at least 16 Years of age
The Sponsor is to be a fully initiated member of the Roman Catholic Church
(Baptized, Confirmed, Receiving Communion)
The Sponsor is to be actively living the Sacramental life of faith as
a registered and supporting member of a Parish
Please contact the Pastor at least six months prior to
the desired date
of the Sick
Please call the rectory if anyone in your family is seriously
ill or going to the hospital and would like to receive Anointing of the
Sick. You may also request prayers and a visit to the sick person.
for the homebound
The Pastor makes regular Communion calls at the area hospitals
and nursing homes as well as to shut-ins of the parish. Please call if
you would like a visit from one of our priests to include you or a family
member in his visits.
you know someone interested in becoming a Catholic?
right of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process of introducing
our Catholic Faith tradition to those interested in becoming members of
the Church. This process begins with a period of inquiry in September.
If you know of someone who might be interested in learning more about
the Church or becoming Catholic, have him/ her call the parish office.
here if you want information about having a child Baptized!
our Parish Bingo Games:
Monday- 6:30 PM at St. Mary's Hall, Blossburg
Saturday- 6:30 PM at Holy Child Hall, Mansfield
Remember Your Parish ...Consider designating "Holy Child
Parish" in your will so that the blessings the Lord has given you
will help the parish to enrich others
You can make a bequest to the parish simply by
having the following statement in your will: "I leave to Holy Child
Parish of Mansfield, Pennsylvania, the sum of $____ or _____% of the residue
of my estate for its religious, educational, and charitable works."
Health Ministry Committee
Help with Meals?The Health Ministry Committee is looking for parishioners
who are willing to make a meal once in a while
for people who are recovering from surgery, families who have a new baby,
etc. Can you help with this? Call Dotty
Health Ministry Program now has a motorized scooter chair and an oxygen
recharging machine available for loan
To borrow any of these, please call Dotty Welsh at 662-2057
or the parish office.
to New Moms: Our parish Health Ministry Committee provides 5 meals for
new moms and the family after she comes home from the hospital with the
new addition to the family.
more information, call Dotty Welsh at 662-2057.
are needed..if you can drive parishioners to medical appointments or cancer
the parish office and leave your name and phone number. The Health Ministry
Committee is seeking to help fill this need in our parish.
Furniture and Supplies…
Are you having grandchildren or other young children visiting? Do you
need a high chair, booster seat, infant bath supplies, pack-and-play for
use for a few days and hate to purchase the same? The Health Ministry
Committee has these items available for you to borrow as needed. Call
you in need of a wheel chair, walker, cane, portable toilet, or other
supplies for assistance and / or rehabilitation?
Our parish Health Ministry Committee has these items to lend at no charge.
If you need information as to what is available. Call Dotty
If your baby or grandchild has outgrown a certain size
diaper before the package was used up, please consider donating them to
the Parish Health Ministry.
You may leave them in back of the churches or
call Dotty Welsh 662-2057.
Parish Health Ministry Committee has purchased videos and invites you
to take them home, view them and return them for others to use. They are
located on the pamphlet rack in back of Holy Child Church.
Parishioners from St. Mary's are asked to call the parish office and tell
Linda which videos they would like to view and she will make arrangements
to send them to Tioga on Saturday evening with Father
- FOCUS ON FATHERING: Six fathers discuss
various aspects of fathering.
- LIVING THROUGH LOSS: Suggestions for dealing
- DON'T TAKE THE CANDY: Ways of protecting
children from sexual abuse.
- SELF-RESPECT: Teens with a zest for life
talk about self-worth.
- ALTERNATIVES TO ABORTION: Three young
mothers discuss the problems
of teenage pregnancy.
- TO BEGIN AGAIN: Rabbi Naomi Levy explores
ways to rebuild life after tragedy
and how to find faith in difficult
-DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF FOR TEENS: author Richard
Carlson shares insights for teens and their parents on dealing with peer
pressure, drug and alcohol abuse and more. THE CHIMES: Animated Charles
Dickens story emphasizes the power of faith and hope in our lives.
inform the parish office
if you or any members of your family are in the hospital, a nursing home,
or confined to home and would like a visit from a priest.
can use Natural Family Planning whether they have long, short or irregular
cycles. Natural Family Planning is highly effective, inexpensive, and
100% natural- no drugs, hormones, no barriers.
To find a class/ instructor near you, or to learn more about Natural Family
Planning call 570-207-2213 ext. 1133 or go to Natural Family Planning
Page at www.dioceseofscranton.org
Also, in the Parish Office, there is a CD copy of Dr. Janet Smith's presentation
of "Sexual Common Sense" formerly known as "Contraception
Why Not". Just call and we will mail it to you or arrange for you
to pick it up at Mass.
Here are the names of the Diocesan approved instructors for Natural Family
Planning in our area. The complete list can be found on the Diocesan Web
- Lycoming County: Megan Murphy, 570-41-835
- Bradford/ Tioga Counties: Brendan and Heather Murphy, 570-282-5813
Holy Child Finance Council
of Holy Child Finance Council:
Connie Baker, President; Joe Maresco, Carl Smith,
Cleo Warren, George Kump, Pam Thomas, Ed Signor, Peter Lupkowski, Ray
Nealen, Anna Marie Mimlitsch, Paul Plowcha, Linda Brown, Recording Secretary
Holy Child Pastoral Council
Members of Holy Child Parish Pastoral Council:
Jennifer Minnich, President; Tom Hohman, Vice-President;
Courtney Hull, Secretary; Kathryn Wasowicz, Cindy Lisowski, Jim Weiskopff,
Steve Hilfiger, Cleo Warren, and Florrie Dove
of Columbus is a social and service organization
for Catholic men
If you would like to join or if you would like more information on the
local council, call Nick Musshafen at 537-6620.
Registration: We ask that new members of the parish register at the rectory.
You may call and have a registration form mailed
to you or stop in and fill one out. Registration enables the parish staff
to know the needs of the people they serve. Registration is a condition
for admission to our religious education program and reception of the
Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, First Penance, First Eucharist and
Matrimony. If you need a testimonial letter for sponsorship of Baptism,
Confirmation and marriage outside of our parish, you must be a registered,
here to learn more about joining Holy Child Parish!
Social Services: In order to better serve the needs of Lycoming, Tioga,
Sullivan, and Bradford Counties, a new office has been established at
Ascension Parish Center, 2100 Linn Street, Williamsport, PA
Clair Caputo, R.N. is the caseworker and will
be doing the in-take and services to women in need, including pregnancy
counseling. Bernie Makos, LCW, will be available and accepts most insurance
for family, individual and marital counseling, anger management, anxiety
and geriatric issues.
Adoption and foster care as well as post adoptive assistance is available.
Office Phone: 570-322-4220
Office Hours: Tuesday 2-4 PM
Wednesday: 1:30 PM - 4 PM
Thursday: 9 AM to 3 PM
Other times by appointment
Bernie Makos also has an office in Mansfield at 3892 Lambs Creek Road.
You can reach him at 662-7788.
Feeling Stressed? Having a hard time coping with a loss
or transition? Struggling in your marriage or with your children?
Counseling Services are available in Tioga County
through Catholic Social Services. For information or an appointment, call
Bernard D. Makos. LCSW at Serenity Counseling, 662-7788. Most insurances
are accepted. A sliding fee schedule is available through Catholic Social
Services to help make counseling affordable
Endless Mountains Pregnancy Care Center
I formed you in the womb, I knew you...
before you were born I dedicated you. Jeremiah 1: 4-5
Are you in a crisis pregnancy?
Are you suffering from the effects of an abortion?
Help is available...you have a friend!
Endless Mountains Pregnancy Care Center
This organization offers guidance and support
to any woman with an unplanned, unanticipated or stressful pregnancy.
They offer free services, including pregnancy testing, counseling, education.
clothing and referrals.
Counseling for abortion alternatives:
Option Line: 800-395-HELP
Pregnancy Hotline: 800-848-LOVE
Bethany Christian Services: 800-238-4269
Post Abortion Counseling:
Rachel's Vineyard: 877-HOPE4ME
Anthony's Soup Kitchen in Williamsport - the third Friday of each month
We are in need of people to help out at St. Anthony's
Soup Kitchen in Williamsport on the third Friday each month. The carpool
leaves Holy Child parking lot at 8:30 AM to help with food preparation
and serving the noon meal. After enjoying lunch and cleanup, you return
to Mansfield around 3 PM. If you would like to participate or need information,
call Dick Lynch at 662-2782.
We need adults to help as floor workers and ticket sellers. Bingo makes
about $20,000 a year for our parish. But to continue our Bingo game, we
need new workers. You will not be asked to work more than one Saturday
evening a month.
at Bingo on Saturday evenings:
Volunteers serve sandwiches, salad and dessert to Bingo players. We always
need substitutes to fill in as needed. Call the Parish Office and volunteer
Helping the Parish Community
and Mansfield Food Pantries need our continuing help. They are asking
churches for their financial assistance, as well as donations of food.
They are seeking donations of spaghetti and macaroni, tuna, cereal, canned
meats, any kind of non-perishable food. There are boxes in back of the
churches for your donations.
The Mansfield Food Pantry is open each Wednesday from 9:30 AM until noon.
It is located on Lambs Creek Road, just past Kingdom, Inc.
The Tioga Food Pantry is open on the third Saturday of each month from
9 am until 10 AM.
It is located at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Financial donations can
be directed to Gene Haley, 835-0201, or Barbara Critcher, 835-5677. These
persons can also be contacted to provide assistance for those in need
in the Tioga/ Lawrenceville area.
There are an ever-increasing number of people who are coming to the Food
Pantry for assistance once a month where they receive about a 3-day supply
of food. Any donation that you can make will be gratefully accepted.
If each parish family brought just one can of soup or
tuna or spaghetti sauce for the food pantry each week, several hundred
families could be helped by this simple act of generosity. There are boxes
in back of the churches for your donations.
There is an ever increasing number of people who are coming in the pantry
for assistance once a month where they receive about a 3-day supply of
food. Any donations you make will be gratefully accepted.
Holy Child's Health Ministry Committee: Members
of a local group are providing lap quilts for patients undergoing
chemotherapy or kidney dialysis.
If you or anyone you know could use one of these, drop a note into the
collection basket or contact Dotty Welsh, 662-2057.
Warm Your Heart!
Health Ministry is collecting hand-made baby items to donate to needy
new moms. There's a box in the vestibule of Holy Child Church for these,
or you can call Dotty Welsh at 662-2057.