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On Divine Mercy Sunday, May 1, 2011
106 N. Washington Street Canton, Pennsylvania 17724 (570) 673-5253 Office — (570) 673 5630 Fax email: Prayer Line – Office Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 8:30a.m. — 1:30p.m. Reverend Michael S. McCormick, Administrator Deacon William Graham, Permanent Deacon
St. Michael Church St. John Nepomucene Church 107 N. Washington St., Canton 133 Exchange Street, Troy
St. Aloysius Church Ralston
Weekend Masses
Sunday: 8:00a.m.St.Aloysius,Ralston 9:30 a.m. St. Michael, Canton
11:15 a.m. St. John Nepomucene, Troy
Daily Mass
9:00 a.m. – Mon., Wed. and Fri., Canton Rectory
5:30 p.m. – Tues., St. John Nepomucene, Troy Confessions (also available by appointment)
Sun 7:30 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. St. Aloysius, Ralston Sun. 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. St. John Nepomucene, Troy Wed. 6:15 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. St. Michael, Canton
Eucharistic Adoration
Wed - 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., St. Michael, Canton
First Friday after Mass - 12:00 p.m., St. Michael, Canton
Religious Education Classes
Canton – After the 9:30 Sunday Mass Troy – Before the 11:15 Sunday Mass
“As members of the parish community of Saint Michael, Saint John and Saint Aloysius, we are rooted in a relationship with Jesus Christ passed on to Our Holy Father and in com- munion with our Bishop. We joyfully proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and his real presence in the Eucharist. We serve the Lord through acts of faith, hope and charity by the graces given through the Sacraments. It is our intention to carry out this mission so that we may be the face of Jesus Christ in the world.”
Baptism: The sacrament of Baptism is celebrated by ap- pointment. All parents must attend a baptismal prepa- ration meeting prior to the Baptism. Please call the office to schedule dates.
R.C.I.A. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: Prepara- tion is offered for adults who wish to enter the Catholic Church and adult Catholics who wish to complete the Sacraments of Initiation. Please call the parish office for more information.
Marriage: A meeting with the parish priest should pre- cede all other wedding plans. Couples contemplating marriage should contact the parish office six months to a year before the date of the intended marriage.
Anointing of the Sick: Through this sacrament the be- liever is strengthened by Christ’s grace through the anointing of holy oils. All who are seriously sick, hos- pitalized, or having surgery can receive this sacrament. Please contact the parish office if you wish to receive this sacrament.
Sponsorship Cards: Those parishioners who have been asked to be sponsors for baptism or confirmation can receive sponsorship cards at the parish office. In order to receive a card, parishioners should be baptized and confirmed Catholics, attend Mass regularly, married in conformity with the laws of the Church and be regis- tered in the parish for at least 90 days.
From Father Mike’s Desk
Saturday, April 30, 2011 Saturday in the Octave of Easter NO MASS
Sunday, May 1, 2011 DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY 8:00 a.m. Ralston † Isabel Kripp (Mr. & Mrs. Donald Gephart) 9:30 a.m. Canton † Joanne Strozyk (Susan Schiess) 11:15 a.m. Troy † Easter Mass Intentions
Monday, May 2 Athanasius, bishop, doctor of the Church NO MASS
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 PHILIP AND JAMES, APOSTLES 5:30 p.m. Troy - I.H.O. Dixie Weaver (Sue Duncan)
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 Easter Weekday 9:00 a.m. Canton † Edward Richard 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Canton - Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Thursday, May 5, 2011 Easter Weekday 9:00 a.m. Canton -† Edward Richard
Friday, May 6, 2011 (First Friday) Easter Weekday 9:00 a.m. Canton † Easter Mass Intentions 12:00 p.m. Benediction
Saturday, May 7, 2011 Easter Weekday NO MASS
Sunday, May 8, 2011 THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER 8:00 a.m. Ralston † Isabel Kripp (Joe & Frank Carwale and
Kim & Ted Cooley) 9:30 a.m. Canton † Eddie McCormick (M/M George Schoonover)
11:15 a.m. Troy † Easter Mass Intentions
May 8th Liturgical Ministers
9:30 a.m. A. Herman, R. Polcrack - J. Wynne - L. Taylor, T. Beers - S. Beers, J. Ross, J. Rushin, J. Rushin 11:15 a.m. S. Pazzaglia, P. Blade - D. McClure - B. Szczech, L. Bell - B. Andrien, R. Brown, D. Updyke, G. Calkins
Dates to Remember
May 1 May 5 May 4 May 8 May 15 May 16-18 Fr. Mike away at Convocation May 19 Knitting/Crocheting group, 6:00 pm, rectory May 30 Memorial Day, office closed
May Day - Devotion to Mary Knitting/Crocheting group, 6:00 pm, rectory St. Michael A&R meeting, 7:00 pm, rectory First Holy Communion & Mother’s Day Catholic Communications Campaign 2nd offering
St. Michael Parish Offering, March April 16 & 17, 2011
Dear Family, All praise, honor and glory to God for a beautiful Easter Trid-
uum! I am truly blessed to be a part of such a wonderful par- ish. Your prayerful and joyful participation in all the celebrations of the past two weeks have inspired me to try to be a better priest and shepherd. Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, parishioners. I am most grateful to everyone who worked so hard to make each church so beautiful: My brother and fellow clergyman Bill Gra- ham, the decorators, the "guys" who cleaned up outside St. Mi- chael Church and the rectory, Cathy Asbury for all her behind the scenes work, our Altar Servers, and all of you for your prayer and support.
At this time I want to acknowledge Roman and Joan Shuman for their special dedication to the parish. Joan, who has beautifully decorated St. Michael’s for many years, has passed the baton off to Beth Cole. That means Roman gets a break and Jeff will be kept busy. Thank you Roman and Joan. You are awesome and loved! Another change affecting our parish is that Christina Fleury will no longer be the accompanist and choir director in Canton. Christina continues to take the steps she needs to take to enter the con- vent. Thank you for sharing your talent with our parish. You cer- tainly helped us lift our hearts in prayer and worship of our Lord Jesus. Matt Black will now be leading us in musical prayer. He also plays at St. John's. Thank you, Matt, for taking on double duty.
This weekend we begin the beautiful month of May by honor- ing our Blessed Mother, Mary. I would like to take this opportu- nity to encourage you to pray the Rosary throughout this month which is traditionally dedicated to the Mother of our Lord. If you do not have a Rosary, please take one of the free Rosaries available in the vestibule at St. Michael's. I especially want to encourage the Family Rosary. Gather together once a day, or at least once a week, to pray the Rosary together. If your children have short at- tention spans, you can shorten each "decade" to just three Hail Mary’s. That way it takes about 5 minutes or so. Of course, the regular Rosary only takes about 20 minutes. Mary revealed to sev- eral saints that when you pray the Rosary with others, each person not only gets the graces of their own prayers, but also the graces for each person. In other words, if 5 of you pray together, our Lord and His Mother will bless each of you as though you each had indi- vidually prayed 5 Rosaries! The power of the Rosary increases exponentially when prayed with devotion, reverence, and faith in groups. Souls are saved. People who have fallen away from the faith return. Miracles, large and small, will happen when God's people gather in faith to pray. Next to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Rosary is one of our most powerful forms of prayer. Give it a try, and keep your eyes open for God's answers to your prayers.
That's all for now, except remember --You are Loved by Jesus, Mary and me.
Weekly Offertory Easter Flowers Easter Offering Catholic Social Services Care & Education of Priests Capuchin Sisters
Building & Maintenance
Thank you for your generosity
$3,035.67 $65.00 $115.00 $25.00 $7.00 $30.00 $54.00
Mike Acresti, John Adams, Gracie Adams, Bill Asbury, Carol Bennett, Richard Blasz, Tom Blasz, Desiree Bleam, Terence Carman, Ruth Carson, David Chaapel, JoAnn Colton, Rosemary DeWitt, Joseph A. Dorsey, Dave Duncan, Tim Duprel, Eva Fitzwater, David Foust, Dennis Foust, Betty Ann Graeley, Ruby Hansell, Peter Hamm, Bruce Harvey, Tammy Hipple, Denise Ives, Jacqueline Kniffin- Zangari, Jennifer Leahy, Ronald Lee, Christine Lovell, Carol Macelhaney, Randy May, Dorris McClure, Karen McNett, Carol Mehall, Ruth Meuse, Audrey O’Kula, Cheryl Orr, Casey Ostaszewski, Patti Owens, Ed Payne, John P. Pazzaglia, Pauline Pazzaglia, Tom Rabbittino, George Rausher, Fred & Helen Reed, Dave Reese, Ilene Roberts, John Shaffer, David Siverinac, Mike Skipper, Vickie Smithkor, Toby Stanton, Brandon Steltz, David Syczmanek, Barbara Szczech, John Vasil, Daisy Wright, Jeff Wynne, Dustin Zimmer
St. Agnes School
102 Third Street Towanda, PA 18848 (570) 265-6803 Pre-K (3 & 4 year olds) to Grade 6, Middle States Accredited.
St. Agnes School wishes to thank the following donors for their generous contributions to the school:
In memory of Alice Burchill: Mr. & Mrs. Jack Fox, Mr. Ja- mie McLaren, and Mrs. Laurie Ludwig
In memory of Richard Fairchild: Hurley's Fresh Market, Mr. & Mrs. Fred Gerrity, and Mrs. Olga Mehalchick
In memory of Carlyle Wood: Mr. & Mrs. Steven Lemasters, Dr. & Mrs. Lawrence Tama, Mr. & Mrs. Michael Walsh, and Mr. & Mrs. John DeWan
May 1st—May 6th Readings Divine Mercy Sunday
Acts 2:42-47 Ps 118:2-4,13-15,22-24 1 Pt 1:3-9 Jn 20:19-31
Acts 4:23-31 Ps 2:1-9 Jn 3:1-8
1 Cor 15:1-8 Ps 19:2-5 Jn 14:6-14
Acts 5:17-26 Ps 34:2-9 Jn 3:16-21
Act 5:27-33 Ps 34:2,9,17-20 Jn 3:31-36
Acts 5:34-42 Ps 27:1,4,13-14 Jn 6:1-15
Acts 6:1-7 Ps 33:1-2,4-5,18-19 Jn 6:16-21
Michael Asbury Emily Ditzel Jessie Marie Gilliland Kaydee Larcom Matthew Polcrack ST. JOHN NEPOMUCENE CHURCH Shayanna Gold
Mass will be celebrated this Friday at 9:00 am in St. Michael Church fol- lowed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction at noon. Spending time in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is a beautiful way to honor our Lord and Savior at any time, but especially during the holy season of Easter.
Easter Flower Intentions: Kathleen Spencer, Wil- liam (Monty) Spencer, Margaret Acresti and Gerry Spencer by Mr. & Mrs. William Spencer. The Morris and Scott Families by Mrs. Harold Morris. The McCauley Family, the Congdon Family and the Blade family by Mr. & Mrs. Sid Congdon.
Word of Life: How much the world is in need of the mercy of God today! In every continent, from the depths of human suffer- ing, a cry for mercy seems to rise. ... In those places where there is less respect for life and human dignity, one needs the merciful love of God, in whose light we see the ineffable value of every single human being. Mercy is needed to ensure that every injus- tice may find its solution in the splendor of truth. So today, in this Sanctuary, I solemnly wish to entrust the world to Divine Mercy. I do so with the burning desire that the message of God’s merciful love, proclaimed here through Saint Faustina, may reach all the inhabitants of the earth and fill their hearts with hope. ... May the binding promise of the Lord Jesus be fulfilled: from here has to come out “the spark that will prepare the world for his final coming.” ~ Blessed Pope John Paul II, Homily in La- giewniki, Poland, August 17, 2002
Faith in Action: May 22nd & 29th we will be collecting dia- pers for the Endless Mountains Pregnancy Care Center. All sizes are welcome, but size 4 is the most needed. St. John’s Youth Group raised $265 from their bake sale for Catholic Charities for earthquake/tsunami relief in Japan. Good Job, guys!
First Annual Flea Market, Saturday, June 18th - 9 am-2 pm
Cleaning out the Attic, Garage, Basement, or the Barn? To reserve your space, or for more information, call Dawn Manley at (570) 297-1202. Beverages and snacks will be for sale in the hall. If you have items to donate to the parish table call Kim at 673-8910.
“Words of hope when life gets hard.” A unique Christian card company
Praying for You ~ Note Cards ~ Difficult Times ~ Specialty cards Special pricing available for church ministries.
Nancy Beahm - Owner - 673-4838
BRANN, WILLIAMS, CALDWELL & SHEETZ Attorneys and Counselors at Law
1090 WEST MAIN ST., TROY, PA 16947-0277
PHONE (570) 297-2192
120 TROY ST., CANTON, PA 17724-0146
PHONE (570) 673-5495
TERRI KELLEY Realtor 297-1503
TROY, PA — 297-2513
P.D. Pepper Funeral Home
Services with love, warmth, and understanding
Springbrook Drive, Rt. 14 south, Canton, PA 17724
(570) 673-4333
BARRETT LAW OFFICES Patrick J. Barrett, III Attorney and Counselor at Law
228 S. Main St. Athens, PA 18810 570-888-0297 Fax 570-888-4142
17-21 Troy St. - PO Box 157 Canton, PA 17724 570-673-5180 or 570-364-5799 Fax: 570-673-5780
Canton Antiques & Such 35 West Main Street Canton, PA 17724
Hours: Monday & Tuesday by chance Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Sunday closed
“Serving The Community With Dignity and Respect”
Areas Most Affordable Prices · Locally Owned and Family Operated · Telephone Inquiries Welcome Inflation Proof · Pre-Need Planning Available · Personalized Cremation Service Available KENNETH H. ROBERTSON, SUPERVISOR/OWNER
Saint Michael Altar & Rosary Society
Wishes everyone a joyful Easter Season.
570-673-3193 CANTON
Trinity Family Health Care
―Serving all your health care needs –naturally!‖
Paul J. Hamburger, B.S., D.C.
3995 Rou
PO Box 42 26 West Main Street Canton, PA 17724
13 State Street
Phone 570-673-5445
Sylvia Betzer Proprietor
Restaurant & Store 16867 Route 14 Troy, PA 16947 570-673-5651
Towanda, PA 18848 (800) 326-9953 ·
Doctor of Chiropractic 996 West Main Street, Troy, PA 1947 570-297-0471 - 570-297-5434 (Fax) St. Michael Parish member, attends St. John Nepomucene Church, Troy
In thanksgiving for prayers answered Deacon Bill & Mary Graham
Retirement & Personal Care Home, Inc.
te 414 · Canton, PA 17724
Providing the region with fresh and local dairy products since 1962
Northern Tier Sustainable Meats
Quality Dairy Products
Cars Trucks SUVs
Junction of Routes 6 & 14 Troy, PA 16947
GM Parts Service Alignment Tires
Your Bank for a Lifetime
Court House Square, Troy Toll-Free: 1-877-838-2517
4423 Leona Road Columbia Crossroads, PA 16914 Phone/Fax 570-297-4711 PA030014 St. Michael Parish member, attends St. John Nepomucene Church, Troy
Member FDIC
The Clothing Store
(upstairs at Hoover’s) Selections for Men, Women & Kids! ALSO FEATURING FLAME RESISTANT CLOTHING & SPECIAL WORKWEAR
JJim’s Sporting Goods Hunting & Fishing Licenses Guns-Scopes-Ammo-Boots-Liberty Gun Safes 23 W. Main St. - Canton, PA 17724 570-673-3387 Phone - 570-673-7918 Fax Since 1972
Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Rom. 10:13
Vinnie’s Pizza 2 Canton Street Troy, PA 16947 297-3220 or 297-3035
816 Canton St., Troy, PA ·
(570) 297-3445
B. MATTHEWS TRUCKING LLC. AND GARAGE Dump and Winch Truck Hauling Tires and PA Inspections for cars and Heavy Duty Trucks Heavy Duty Truck Parts 570-673-4911 Garage 570-673-3176 Office for Trucking
110 W Main St Troy, PA 16947 Office - 570-297-3030 Fax - 570-297-4093
Daniel E. Gilliland, Supervisor Gerald W. Vickery,Jr., Founder

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  1. So happy to see an update! I've been praying the Rosary (almost) daily. I even got a CD for my car so I can be in prayer while driving around.

    Hope that all is well with you Fr Mike!


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