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Religion

Fraught election puts faith leaders through a political test

Both President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden count endorsements from well-known faith leaders. But for clergy members who try to tackle thorny moral matters without overtly backing a candidate, the campaign has tested their ability to reconcile religious values and ...

Footsteps to Follow: Consider your ways

A few weeks ago, as I was in prayer, the Holy Spirit took me into a vision where I saw various coins being placed in a pocket that had holes in it. As the change was falling onto the ground, I then looked up and saw a flock of blackbirds that appeared to be crows or ravens. They were all ...

Divided reactions in US as pope backs same-sex civil unions

LGBTQ Catholics and their allies in the U.S. welcomed Pope Francis’ endorsement of same-sex civil unions, the first time he’s done so as pontiff, while some prominent members including a bishop said Wednesday that he was blatantly contradicting church teaching. Bishop Thomas Tobin of ...

Footsteps to Follow: God is with us through it all

Recently, while traveling in the northern rural area of our state, I happened upon a bear. It appeared to me that he/she may have slipped down an embankment, landing alongside the road. The bear was obviously in a stressed, fearful state, clamoring and clawing its way with a strong desire to ...

Rosary rally

St. Joseph the Worker Parish with the Knights of Columbus Council #366 of Williamsport, recently held the 2020 Rosary Rally. The event, which coincided with the National Rosary Rally day, brought out dozens of parishioners to walk the 2.5 mile route. The event began at noon on the steps of ...

Four-day volunteer event aims to aid worldwide

MUNCY — When you give two hours of your time, you will help make an impact on thousands of lives for the sake of the gospel — do more to reach more! That’s the message shared by Experience Missions, a project working to bridge Christian ministries and community churches — this year, ...

Footsteps to Follow: Fact or fiction?

If you have a few minutes today, read Psalm 119. From start to finish, this chapter exclaims the theme of holding onto God’s word. I can think of no other time in our history when it is not more important to pray these Psalms and cry out to God for biblical wisdom. As I read verse ...

2020 Rosary Rally-Williamsport

St. Joseph the Worker Parish with the Knights of Columbus Council #366 of Williamsport, held the 2020 Rosary Rally on Saturday. The event, which coincided with the National Rosary Rally day, brought out dozens of parishioners to walk the 2.5 mile route. The event began at noon on the steps of ...

Blessing of the pets

The annual Blessing of Animals service was held Sunday at many churches locally and throughout the world. These photos were taken at St. Ann Catholic Church on Northway Road in Loyalsock Township, where the Rev. John Chmil, church pastor, conducted such a service, which included prayers, a ...

42nd annual CROP Hunger Walk to be held this weekend

The community’s 42nd annual walk to fight hunger, the CROP Hunger Walk, is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday. Organized walks will be held in four communities: the Greater Williamsport walk will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 142 Market St.; the Trout Run walk will start at ...

Faith Matters: Our perspectives enhance each other

Growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, I was in school when many of the firsts of the space program took place. Everything stopped in class, and we focused on the black and white televisions to watch those early forays into space. The pictures from those first flights that stay in my mind are the ...

‘Never really closed’: Bringing church outside its four walls

For many people, Saturday or Sunday morning means getting out of bed and heading for a house of worship, but during the pandemic, that house of worship may have been your home. “People have become comfortable worshipping in different ways now,” said the Rev. Gwen Bernstine, executive ...

The Rosary: A misunderstood devotion

What is the Rosary? Is it a tool for idolatry or worship of Mary, the mother of Jesus? The Bible explicitly states we are to worship the one God alone. Traditionally, Catholics celebrate a wide variety of special causes and devotions each month. October is the month of the Rosary and respect ...

Former school teacher works toward ordination

After teaching math for 35 years, all but one of those in the Loyalsock Township School District, Carol Johnson decided to retire two years ago, at least from the education profession. “It was a long time and overall a great career at Loyalsock,” she said. She thought, once she retired from ...

Daniel’s Closet open after months of closure due to pandemic

When Daniel’s Closet reopened its doors last month, it had been five months since their clients, or as they like to call them, their friends, had been allowed to visit the no-charge clothes closet to look for much needed clothing. What greeted them were the same smiling faces, this time ...

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church parish house celebrates 80 years

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church parish house is celebrating 80 years of service. Dedicated in 1940, the parish house was called “one of the best equipped and up-to-date parish and educational houses. The structure includes a large fellowship hall, several offices and lounges, and a library. ...

Footsteps to Follow: Beneficial conversations

Have you noticed our society seems unable to have beneficial conversations on controversial topics? There is a lot of yelling going on, both literally and figuratively, but not a lot of productive dialogue. Maybe you respond by just remaining silent, but I am not sure silence is always the ...

Bells of St. Ann’s

The following poem was written and submitted by W. Scott Schell. Sometimes when the wind blows You can hear the Bells of St. Ann’s Ringing from a distance Waking up the land On a cool September ...

What happens when a pandemic locks down a globe-trotting pope?

On the March day that Italy recorded its single biggest jump in coronavirus fatalities, Pope Francis emerged from lockdown to offer an extraordinary prayer and plea to his flock to reassess their priorities, arguing the virus had proved they needed one another. Francis’ words from the ...