All Saints Day

All Saints' DaySolemnity of All Saints (Holy Day) Thursday, November 1

Vigil:  October 31, 2018:
5:30 pm

Holy Day, Thursday, November 1, 2018:
8 am, 12:15 pm and 7:30 pm

Statement on the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

The sexual abuse of any human being—and particularly the sexual abuse of children—is a terrible sin and a crime.  It should not happen anywhere, and it most particularly should not happen in the Catholic Church.  The fact that it did—and on such a significant scale—is disgraceful and the Bishop is committed to removing any remaining abusers and keeping out future ones.

Although it does not excuse the crimes, sins and failures of the past, since 2002, the dioceses of Pennsylvania and elsewhere have put into place programs to prevent the abuse of children and make sure that cases of abuse are properly reported.  Bishop Barres became bishop of Allentown in July 2009. 

In 2002, years before Bishop Barres became bishop, Allentown opened up its files on abusers to the local district attorneys and subsequently all reports of abuse were forwarded to law enforcement. The documents given to the Pennsylvania attorney general in 2016 thus had largely been reviewed by local prosecutors over a decade previously.  During Bishop Barres time in Allentown, abusers were removed from office and all reports of abuse were sent on to the appropriate prosecutors.

The 2018 Pennsylvania grand jury report contains certain statements concerning how Bishop Barres and the Diocese handled the case of a priest removed from ministry named Michael Lawrence.  The Report is materially incorrect on these points, and a summary discussing the errors follows at the end of this statement.

          Bishop Barres has spent many years talking to and counselling the survivors of abuse (including the survivors of abuse elsewhere in society who should not be forgotten) and is aware of how devastating it can be to survivors and their families.  The independent reconciliation and compensation program of the Diocese of Rockville Centre (modelled after Cardinal Dolan’s example in the Archdiocese of New York) is designed to help survivors of abuse in their recovery processes.

Errors in the Report Regarding Michael Lawrence.

          At pages 60-61 of the Report certain statements are made concerning how Bishop Barres handled the case of Michael Lawrence.  Unfortunately there are errors in that recitation—which can be seen when the attached letter from Bishop Barres to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (“CDF”) is read.

1.      Bishop Barres and the Diocese of Allentown informed the Holy See of all relevant facts about Lawrence

The Report says that it appears that Bishop Barres never told the CDF about Lawrence’s first accuser.   It misreads the very letter it cites.

Lawrence was removed from ministry long before Bishop Barres arrived in Allentown, and had been sent to live in a secure and carefully monitored rural facility for sex offenders.  The Diocese of Allentown sought to have Lawrence removed from the clerical state by the Holy See, and sent a report on his conduct to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (the “CDF”), which is the appropriate congregation in Rome.  That report was supplemented by additional material when a second victim also reported abuse.

The letter cited in the Report is reproduced on pages 63-64 of the Report.  As can be seen can see, the very first paragraph of the letter makes clear that there had been prior allegations that had previously been discussed.  It refers to “the more recent allegations made against” Lawrence (hence necessarily implying that there were prior allegations).  The second paragraph then refers to the “additional accusations which were made against him and communicated to the [CDF] on 22 September 2011,” and then refers to a 2008 psychological report on Lawrence and explicitly notes that the psychological report was made “three years before the new allegation was reported.”

In other words, the letter is just one part of the of correspondence between the Diocese of Allentown and the CDF; the entire situation was set forth in the earlier correspondence, and this final letter both refers to the prior correspondence and shows that Rome had been told about both victims.

2.     Lawrence was removed from ministry.  He ultimately was not removed from the clerical state to ensure he would stay in a secured facility far from children.

Some have read the Report to suggest that Lawrence remained in ministry.  That is incorrect.  He had been removed from ministry long before Bishop Barres came to Allentown and was kept in a secure facility for sex abusers.  Initially Bishop Barres asked the Holy See to remove Lawrence from the “clerical state.” (What is sometimes called being “defrocked”).  However, as the letter itself notes, Bishop Barres and the Diocese decided to withdraw that application because they were concerned that if Lawrence was removed from the clerical state he would decide to leave the secure facility and rejoin society.  As the letter shows, Bishop Barres concluded that it was better for Lawrence to continue in this “supervised’ way of life” at the secure facility rather than to have him re-enter society. Lawrence died a few months later.

Bishop Barres stands by this decision.  Although he did not know Lawrence personally, his advisors who knew Lawrence unanimously thought Lawrence might present a danger to children if he was not kept at the secure facility and all therefore concluded that keeping him at the secure facility was the highest priority.

3.      Bishop Barres is in the process of requesting the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office correct its report on these subjects.

www.DRVC.org 

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mass Schedule:

  • Tuesday, August 14, 2018:  Vigil Mass 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018:  8:00 am, 12:15 pm, 7:30 pm.

Ascension Thursday

Ascension Thursday, May 10 (Holy Day)
8 am Mass
12:15 pm Mass
7:30 pm Mass

Feast by the Shore May 17 – 20, 2018

Click here to buy discounted tickets online for St. Boniface Feast By The Shore 2018

 

Please consider volunteering to help at this year’s Eighth Annual “Feast by the Shore.”  You may sign up after each weekend Mass..

ALL ARE WELCOME!! It would be GREAT to see some new faces to help plan this year’s fun-filled Family Event.

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Lots of exciting rides for the kids and thrill seekers * St. Boniface food tent – Beer Garden next to stage with Great Bands! * Skill games for every age group, International Food Court * and much much more!

Hours:
Thursday 6-10pm
Friday 6-11pm
Saturday 1-11pm
Sunday 1-6pm

(No Refunds or Exchanges)

Community Easter Dawn Service

Our Parish is participating in a Community Easter Dawn Service, along with other area Christian churches, at Morgan Park from 7:00 am to 7:30  am on Easter Sunday morning.  Please note that this is NOT a Mass.  Our Easter Sunday morning Masses are at 9 am, 10:30 am and 12 Noon in the church.

Holy Week and Easter

 

March 25: Passion (Palm) Sunday.

Masses: Saturday 5 pm; Sunday: 9 am 10:30 am, 12 pm

March 26: Penance Day, 3 pm-9 pm Individual Confessions

March 29: Holy Thursday

9 am Morning Prayer (no 8 am Mass)

10 am-3 pm Pilgrimage

7:30 pm Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Adoration at Repository until 10:30 pm

Concludes with 10:30 pm Night Prayer

March 30: Good Friday

9 am Morning Prayer (no 8 am Mass)

12 pm Children’s Stations of the Cross

3 pm Solemn Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion

7:30 pm Stations of the Cross

March 31: Holy Saturday

9 am Morning Prayer (no 8 am Mass)

11 am-12 pm Confessions

12 pm Blessing of the Food

7:30 pm The Easter Vigil (no 5 pm Mass)

April 1: Easter Sunday. Masses at 9 am, 10:30 am, 12 pm

Lenten Mission, March 19 – 21

 

St. Boniface Parish Lenten Mission

The last night of our Mission, has been postponed due to snow on Wednesday to Sunday, 3/26 at 7:30 pm.

The Presenter:

Jim Ryan, author of the inspirational book, Simple Happiness52 Ways to Lighten Up

The Theme:

To work on our human side so we can be more open to receive God’s love.

The Topics:

Simple Happiness-Eight Characteristics of Happy People

Monday, March 19

Managing Thought, the Key to Experiencing God’s Love

Tuesday, March 20

Start to Live Heaven on Earth

Wednesday, March 21

Free yourself of cares and troubles to receive more fully God’s grace, love and mercy during this season of Lent.

Parish Council Notes

Parish Council Meeting Minutes

January 30, 2018 at the Rectory

In attendance: Fr. Kevin, Fr. Perera, John Daley, Bill Schiller, Scott Whitting, Ben Szemerenyi, Debbie Mink, Joe Giordano, Gina Pisciotta, Belinda Basaca Zeitlin.

Opening Prayer

Discussion of concerns brought up: in light of the flu epidemic whether we will hold hands during the Our Father, shake hands at sign of peace, continue offering the Precious Blood, have coffee and cake after mass during Lent; Emergency Preparedness and Precautions.

After consultation with both the Staff and Pastoral Council, decision was made to keep the current practices in place. We will not discontinue any of the aforementioned suggestions, but rather leave it up to the individuals who may choose NOT to drink from the chalice and who may choose to abstain from the Sunday morning coffee/cake.  The amount of precious blood however, will be decreased as there seems to be some left over at every mass and many ministers do not want to consume the remaining precious blood in the chalice.

Deacon Frank McGuinness of the Office of Risk management of the Diocese contacted Fr. Kevin and stated that parishes should have some plan of action emergency preparedness, whether it is an individual suffers a medical emergency such as a heart attack, a terrorism type event, other emergencies.  Members of the Pastoral Council will look into/research training for these emergency events.

Parish “Thank You” Party – March 18, 4pm-8pm, at Knights of Columbus.

Discussion of Lenten Parish Mission, March 19-21, which this year will be led by a layperson, Jim Ryan.

Former Pastor, Fr. Mike Torpey’s 50th anniversary as a priest, Sunday June 3rd at noon.  He will be saying 12 noon mass at St. Boniface to celebrate this occasion!

Deacon Tom St. Boniface Lecture in the church possibly for June 10th in honor of Feast Day of St. Boniface, will also have light refreshments, raffle, suggested donation $10 will include raffle ticket. To be hosted by the Madonna Mother Support Circle. Belinda will verify date with Deacon Tom.

Marriage tips video pro bono video to be done with married parishioners giving tips for a lasting marriage, to be unveiled at the lecture in June. These can be used for Pre–Cana and Madonna Mother Support Circle ministries.

Parish Yard Sale: September 29

Handel’s Messiah: December 2

Christmas Around the World: December 8

Welcome Committee: Each new parishioner family receives a folder with all the ministries, Faith Direct, etc. after they register in the parish.

Helping Hands Contact List discussion: benefits vs. liabilities; will look into legalities

Miscellaneous news: Back field legal issues: we needed to have a fence built in, so we got one and the field is now all fenced in. Also, cars are not to block the garage behind rectory because priests need the way clear for emergencies.

Open floor for questions from the Council:

Pastoral council virtual; suggestion box; ¨stbonpc¨ email – Belinda to speak with Robert Lynch to set up, Belinda will also distribute all the pastoral council email addresses to its members.

Next Pastoral Council will be scheduled for some time in June – exact date TBA and emailed to all members in lieu of postal mailing.

Closing Prayer

The Journey, Cross & Crucifixion, March 2

A live dramatic presentation of the Stations of the Cross.  Join us as we experience the trial of Jesus, His journey through the streets of Jerusalem and His final moments on the cross. Free will donation.

Journey back through time. Walk with Christ and become one with Him and the people who walked with Him. For many who have shared the Journey it is almost as if it were happening now for the first time. The music, narration and dialogue all add to the power of this prayerful meditation. To be part of The Journey, Cross, and Crucifixion is to experience the devastation of Mary, the frustration of Simon, the loneliness and desolation of John, Pilate’s struggle between justice and expediency and the excruciating pain and degradation Jesus suffered on the way to Calvary and His ultimate death on the Cross. This  powerful, prayerful Lenten experience brings the Passion story to life.

 

 

 

 

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