As part of the ongoing process of my departure from the Parish on July 24 to assume new duties as the Provincial Director of Formation of Seminarians, we will be welcoming this weekend, Fr. Mariusz Beczek, OSJ who will eventually take over as Pastor of Holy Annunciation Parish. Fr. Mariusz is originally from Poland and joined the Oblates of St. Joseph there. While still a seminarian he volunteered to come to the Oblates of St. Joseph in the United States and complete his training, make his final Vows and be ordained a priest in 1998. After serving as an assistant pastor in the Oblate led parish of St. Joachim, Madera, CA, he was assigned to the formation of our initial entry seminarians at Loomis, CA and then of the more advanced and professed seminarians in Oxnard, CA. While there he obtained his doctorate in Moral Theology and was head of the faculty of Moral Theology at the seminary of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He has most recently been the Provincial Director of Formation and Rector of our House of Studies in Bala Cynwyd PA, where he just obtained a certification in Parish Administration from Villanova University. Fr. Mariusz brings with him a wealth of experience from around the world and helping in parishes on both coasts, as well as a fluency in Spanish that will be very useful in working with the Hispanic component of our Parish. He will be together with me for the next couple of weeks to become acquainted with all that we do here in Hazleton and the basics of our Parish procedures, getting to know everyone before formally taking charge on July 31. Please welcome him warmly to our midst! PARISH NEWS
The Little Sisters of the Poor, who recently were at our Parish to beg for our kindness in assisting their work with the elderly and the poor send their heartfelt thanks for donations of $2000 which came from our parishioners. They are remembering us in their prayers and with a special Mass in thanks for our generosity.
to make use of the parish website and the parish Facebook page making use of the information on the cover of the bulletin. Schedules and current events of our parish can be readily found there!
Mass in Remembrance of Victims of Violent or Tragic Death
The Diocese of Scranton is offering the annual Mass in remembrance of victims of violent or tragic death. This Mass is offered for the families and friends of those who have died in tragedy, especially through murder, suicide, and accident.
The Mass is scheduled for Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in Saint Peter's Cathedral, 315 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton. All persons who have lost a loved one through tragic and traumatic death are invited to this liturgy.
We ask that the names of deceased loved ones are registered on registration forms which are available in the parish office or accessed on the Service and Social Concerns webpage on the Diocese of Scranton’s website, www.dioceseofscranton.org. Questions concerning this Mass may be directed to the Office for Parish Life at 570-207-2213.