Parish Activities

The Sanctuary Light burns to remind us of the presence of Christ reserved in the tabernacle.
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.

The Sanctuary Light at St. Mary’s in Blossburg is offered this week (December 21) in honor of the Winder Family.

The Sanctuary Light at Holy Child is offered in honor of Frank Zdrojewski by his son, Francis.

Having 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 prior arrangements.

Ministers of the Altar for this weekend December 20 & 21

4:00 PM Saturday at Holy Child

Readers: Ron Becker
Servers: Tristan Templeman
E. Min: Scott DiMarco

6:30 PM Saturday at St. Mary’s
Readers: Jan Yoder
Servers: Thomas King
E. Min: Chris King

9:00 AM Sunday at Holy Child
Readers: Connie Penner, Jim Weiskopff
Servers: Will Brennan, Isabella Hazelton
E. Min: Ann Vayansky

11:15 AM Sunday at Holy Child
Readers: Suzanne Case, Christina Jenkins
Servers: Roch Minnich
E. Min: Bill Page

Ministers of the Altar for Christmas, December 24 & 25
4:00 PM Wednesday at Holy Child

Readers:     Connie Penner, Brenda Brewster
Servers:      Parker and Bridger Brewster
E. Min:       Ann Monaghan, John Ranck, Bill Page

8:00 PM Wednesday at St. Mary’s
Readers:     Chris King
Servers:      Thomas King
E. Min:       Tony Lupkowski

10:00 PM Wednesday at Holy Child
Readers:     Linda Hawn, Bob Wood
Servers:      Patricia Minnich, John Minnich
E. Min:       Alan Parrotte

10:00 AM Thursday at Holy Child
Readers:     Anna Marie Mimlitsch
Servers:      Ayla Rohl
E. Min:       Ron Becker

Ministers of the Altar for this weekend December 27 & 28

4:00 PM Saturday at Holy Child

Readers:     Anna Marie Mimlitsch
Servers:     Tristan Templeman
E. Min:       Scott DiMarco

6:30 PM Saturday at St. Mary’s
Readers:     Ray Brundage
Servers:      Nealens
E. Min:       Cecelia Tokarz

9:00 AM Sunday at Holy Child
Readers:     Jim Weiskopff, Maryjane Seifried
Servers:      Jon Baker
E. Min:       Nick Olson

11:15 AM Sunday at Holy Child
Readers:     Suzanne Case, Kayla Nash
Servers:      John 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.

Christmas Mass Schedule
December 24th:
4:00 PM at Holy Child
8:00 PM at St. Mary’s
10:00 PM at Holy Child

December 25th:
10:00 AM at Holy Child

Congratulations to Ann Monaghan:  Ladies Guild Woman of the Year!

January 1stThe Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God (Holy Day of Obligation)
Mass Schedule:
Wednesday, Dec. 31st
6 PM at Holy Child

Thursday, January 1st
10:00 AM at Holy Child
12:00 PM at St. Mary’s

Attention Counters: Your availability forms are due by December 14th for the first half of 2015. Feel free to email the office. Thanks so much!

Please provide a non-returnable photo (4 x 6 preferred) of babies born to your family in 2014 and also children adopted or fostered. These will be made into ornaments for the TREE OF LIFE which decorates the church vestibule during Christmas time. Thanks!"

On the Tree of Life, the cardboard photos are children saved by The Sisters of Life.

The next Parish Pastoral Council meeting will be Tuesday, January 6, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Holy Child Hall, Mansfield

A member of our parish would appreciate hearing from her friends here at Holy Child while she is in the Green Home. Send cards to: Pat Cole, c/o The Green Home, 37 Central Ave., Room A22B, Wellsboro, PA 16901.

If you would like to donate money to help beautify our churches for Christmas while remembering or honoring a loved one, use your Christmas Flower envelope and include the names of those you would like remembered. If you do not get envelopes, use a plain envelope clearly marked and drop into the collection basket.

We 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.

Holy 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.

Faith Sharing
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 your life
-share and listen
-incorporate into our lives a better understanding of the scriptures
***Confidentiality is respected***

If you would like to make sure an item makes it in the bulletin, please submit all entries by Thursday at Noon.

There is 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.

Daybreaks 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.

Oplatki – Christmas Wafers
Sharing of the oplatek (pronounced opwatek) is the most ancient and beloved of all Polish Christmas traditions. Oplatek is a thin wafer made of flour and water, similar in taste to the hosts that are used for communion during Mass. The Christmas wafer is shared before Wigilia, the Christmas Eve supper. The head of the household usually starts by breaking the wafer with his wife and then continues to share it with everyone at the Wigilia table. Wishes for peace and prosperity are exchanged. Legend has it that animals will be able to speak in human voices at midnight on Christmas Eve, but only those who are pure of heart will be able to hear them.
This tradition dates back many centuries when a thin, flat bread called podplomyk was baked over an open flame and then shared with the family gathered around the fire on Christmas Eve. Patterns would be cut onto the bread to make breaking easier. This is why oplatki today still have patterns on them, usually of Nativity scenes.
Oplatki are now available in the back of our churches. A minimal donation of $2.00 per packet is requested.

Bingo workers for December 20: Pat Metallo, Janet Metallo, Ron and Sue Becker, Connie Williammee, Patty Hutcheson

Kitchen workers for December 20: PREP Parents, Brewster, Minnich

Collection Counters:
December 14: Dick Colegrove and Francis Murphy
December 21: John and Eileen Ranck

Bingo workers for December 27:  Linda Doud, Connie and Sara Williammee, Linda Brown

Kitchen workers for December 27:  Knights of Columbus

Collection Counters:
December 21:  John and Eileen Ranck
December 28:  Jim and Joann Weiskopff 

Over the past several months, all parishes in our diocese were audited as part of a directive from Bishop Bambera.  We are pleased to announce that Holy Child passed the audit with no findings or suggestions for change.  We are in full compliance with all financial practices required by the Diocese of Scranton along with all applicable local, state, and federal rules and regulations.

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

Our goal for this year’s Diocesan Annual Appeal is: $32,000.00
To date, our pledges to the 2014 Diocesan Annual Appeal total $20,037.00
(138 out of 591 families pledged)
Thank you for your help in continuing to support the Appeal.

Holy Child Parish Lottery Fundraiser
Payout: Monday – Friday: $50.00
Saturday: $200.00
Sunday*: $250.00
*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 number drawn.)
Tickets will be available after all Masses and at the office until December 31st.
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!

The 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.

Welcome 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.

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 for more information.

The 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...
Sis Seiser, Mary Wivell, Pat Cole, 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 for more information.

Bill 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!

Mansfield 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.

Faith Sharing
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 your life
-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.

LIFE 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

Department 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.

Seeds 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.

Thank 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 readings
One page review with discussion questions will be provided each week for the following week's readings and can also be found at
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 more information

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 toward self-sufficiency.
For more information, please call Valerie Forsha, Career Coordinator, at 650-974-8766 or email her at 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 arrives
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 Parish Halls
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 services:
- $50 for parishioners
- 100 for non-parishioners

If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact the parish office personnel.

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 the baking
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

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
Phone: 570-439-9383
Email: Rose at

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.

Mansfield University Catholic Campus Ministry- The Catholic Student Association (CSA) at Mansfield University meets every Thursday at 5 PM in 112 Pinecrest Manor
All MU Students are welcome!

We are in need of volunteers to keep our Bingo game at St. Mary's Church running:
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 weekly banking
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 altar.

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

Will 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 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. deodorants, etc.
These items can be left in the rear of the church marked, "Tioga County Homeless Initiative."

Attention: Weekly Bulletins will no longer be available until the conclusion of the Masses
We ask the ushers to distribute them. This eliminates bulletins being left in the pews after Masses.

Traffic 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 and click on the "News and Events" tab and then click on Catholic Television.

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:

Catholic 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

If 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

Information 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

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 in Williamsport
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 office
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

We 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.

Are 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.


Couples planning to marry…
Must contact the pastor at least six months before the wedding date. Consult the pastor before making any other wedding arrangements.

Click here to learn more about getting married in Holy Child Parish!

Important News

Would 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 Baptisms.
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

Anointing 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.

Eucharist 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.

Becoming a Catholic

Do you know someone interested in becoming a Catholic?
The 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.

Click here if you want information about having a child Baptized!


Support 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 Welsh 662-2057.

The 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.

Reminder 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.
For more information, call Dotty Welsh at 662-2057.

Drivers are needed..if you can drive parishioners to medical appointments or cancer treatments, etc.
Call the parish office and leave your name and phone number. The Health Ministry Committee is seeking to help fill this need in our parish.

Baby 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
Dotty Welsh 662-2057.

Are 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 Welsh 662-2057.

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.

The 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 with grief.
     - 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 times.
    -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.

Kindly 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.

Natural Family Planning
Anyone 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

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 Page.
- Lycoming County: Megan Murphy, 570-41-835
- Bradford/ Tioga Counties: Brendan and Heather Murphy, 570-282-5813

Holy Child Finance Council

Members 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

Knights of Columbus

The Knights 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.

Parish Membership

Parish 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, active parishioner.
Click here to learn more about joining Holy Child Parish!

Catholic Social Services

Catholic 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

Before 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 have a friend!

Endless Mountains Pregnancy Care Center
Canton: 570-673-4476
Towanda: 570-265-0500

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
Birthright: 800-550-4900
Pregnancy Hotline: 800-848-LOVE
Bethany Christian Services: 800-238-4269

Post Abortion Counseling:
Rachel's Vineyard: 877-HOPE4ME

Volunteers Needed

St. 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.

Bingo Workers
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.

Kitchen 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 to help.


Helping the Parish Community

The Tioga 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.

From 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.

Crafty Folks…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.


The Church of the Holy Child - Mansfield, PA
The Church of Saint Mary - Tioga, PA
Rev. Jacek J. Bialkowski, Pastor
Mrs. Linda Brown, Secretary

(570) 662-3568