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Religion

Our Lady of Lourdes holds holy Eucharistic procession

Fr. Mike McCormick, of Our Lady of Lourdes, holds the monstrance during an outdoor Eucharistic Procession at the church in Montoursville on Tuesday to pray for the end of the coronavirus pandemic. The Eucharistic procession begins with a consecrated host that is placed within a monstrance, ...

‘Looking up — getting your eyes on God’

I was recently at a safety training seminar, and the instructor said, “We tend to believe that in a crisis people will rise to the occasion and meet the challenge, but that is not true. We only rise to the level of our training.” As I write this article, the world is experiencing a ...

A person is a whole world; each of us is important

A person is a whole world. People exist as their own entity. People have memories unique to them, and they have their own joys, preferences, dislikes, and struggles. They are their own system of DNA and brain cells, blood and tissue that constantly changes and grows and adapts as they grow and ...

Real ID both governmental, spiritual

Time passes swiftly. Ready or not, the hands of time propel us forward into a future filled with uncertainty, yet never void of purpose. October 1, 2020, is a date in time which will greet us sooner rather than later. On this date, “The Department of Homeland Security will require a ...

Across faiths, religious rules bent as virus alters worship

NEW YORK (AP) — Across the United States, religious leaders are taking unprecedented steps to shield their congregations from the coronavirus - canceling services, banning large funerals and weddings, and waiving age-old requirements of their faiths. For Roman Catholics, attendance at Mass ...

King’s College to provide scholarships to Catholic students

Formalizing a decades-old relationship, officials from King’s College and the Diocese of Scranton recently signed a agreement that will guarantee admission and a renewable four-year scholarship up to a potential maximum four-year value of between $56,000 and $88,000 to seniors who attend any ...

‘We need help too’: Stresses multiply for many US clergy

Greg Laurie is among America’s most successful clergymen — senior pastor at a California megachurch, prolific author, host of a global radio program. Yet after a youthful colleague’s suicide, his view of his vocation is unsparing. “Pastors are people, just like everyone else,” ...

Various denominations share their take on Ash Wednesday

For many worshipers in the Christian faith, Ash Wednesday is a day of significance that means Easter is coming soon. Many Christian denominations celebrate the day with a service, some churches choose not to mark the day. Either way, the houses of worship that choose to mark the day invite ...

St. Mark’s celebrates 60 years at current sanctuary

Founded in 1852, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 142 Market St., Williamsport, is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the dedication of its current sanctuary located at the foot of the Market Street bridge. It is only the congregation’s third church building in its 168 year history. A ...

Montoursville woman reports on recent mission trip

It was late 2019 that Christina Boughton, a Montoursville wife and mother of three, discussed her desire to spend the early part of 2020 in Mole-Saint-Nicolas, Haiti, where she would work with missionaries and teachers at a local orphanage associated with the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission. ...

‘For we have this hope as an anchor’

Many people collect items that bring them joy or remind them of a time in life or a moment of strength. The symbol I enjoy is the anchor. I latched on to a scripture a few years ago that helps me hold on when the “storms of life” try to “blow me out to sea.” Hebrews 6:19 says ...

Minnesota church one of many hitting restart

HUTCHINSON, Minn. — Two years ago, Vineyard United Methodist Church was in trouble. Attendance had been dropping steadily for years, and the handful of members keeping things running was growing exhausted. While the church was still making its budget, the writing was on the wall for the ...

St. Mark’s youth tackling hunger in annual Souper Bowl

The youth of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Williamsport, are tackling hunger in the community by participating in the 30th annual Souper Bowl of Caring. Cans of soup and gifts will be collected from those attending worship services Sunday. Soup will be delivered to the United Churches food ...

Diamond Street Christian Church opens food pantry to help the hungry

Although their original plans to have a soup kitchen have been temporarily put on hold, the Diamond Street Christian Church still opens its doors to those in need of sustenance by way of a food pantry, open on the first and third Sundays of the month from 2 to 3 p.m. Voncier Gammage, ...

Christian Community Center offers hidden-gem ministries in the West End

For 150 years, the building at the northwest corner of Diamond and West Fourth streets served as the Newberry United Methodist Church. Then in 2004, with the congregation aging and the church building becoming more decrepit, the church closed. The remaining members successfully merged with ...

ARW to open new thrift store, donation center

American Rescue Workers is set to open its 10th thrift store location and second donation center early this year in Sunbury, with donations being accepted starting this week and a grand opening slated for March. The center, located in the Sunbury Plaza at 1125 N. Fourth St., is expected to be ...

Stone Church opens for annual Christmas service

ALLENWOOD — Saturday, Dec. 14, was a gray and bleak day outside. However, inside the old Stone Church, on the grounds of the Federal Prison in Allenwood, was warm with candles and holiday lights. This illumination helped hold back the darker oppression, and allowed for a simple and quiet ...

Hanukkah commemorates religious freedom

For eight days in either November or December, Jewish families around the world light a candelabra, called a menorah, in celebration of the festival of Hanukkah, which commemorates a miracle that took place in Jerusalem in the second century BCE. For Marvin Hurwitz, a member of ...