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The Transfiguration                                                 August 6, 2017

     of the Lord


A Message from Fr. Fran:


 SEQ CHAPTER h r 1It’s remarkable that the Gospel for today recounts the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain before the Disciples. I wanted to share with you a few reflections about the Parish Food Stand ministry during the Solemn Novena in honor of Saint Ann feeding the pilgrims. Many pilgrims during the Novena had an experience of their faith that renewed and nourished their faith and brought them closer to God just like the Disciples on the mountain.

It is hard to believe that the Solemn Novena in honor of St. Ann is now over. It went by very fast. It was truly a hectic, but hopefully spiritually enriching, ten days for the parishioners and neighbors of St. Ann’s.

The Food Stand sponsored by the parish for the Novena went well. We had a large number of volunteers to staff the stand which made the work-load lighter on everyone. I estimate that it take close to 100 people per day to make the food stand run smoothly. There was plenty of food, except for the daily specials that sold out each day, and the comments about the food and service were very complimentary. My impression this year was that more people than expected attended the Novena and the Specials were so good that they sold out in the afternoon. Despite the fact that working the food stand can be very tiring, the workers seemed to enjoy themselves and their dedication was inspiring. We also had a number of young people working in the stand in order to fulfill the “service hours” requirement for their schools or confirmation programs. I was very pleased to see how well they interacted with the adults and with the customers. The volunteers were both from within and outside our parish. I want to thank all who contributed to the success of the Food Stand this year, many through direct service and many more through donations of paper goods, towels, napkins, cakes, etc. God Bless You All!

I hope that you will continue to enjoy the rest of the summer and I hope to see you all at the Car Show this Sunday. I hope that you will enjoy the delicious Chicken BBQ. And I hope that you have all purchased your Major $10,000 Raffle Ticket. The drawing will take place at the Car Show. And I also hope that you will enjoy the “Vienese Summer” violin recital presented by Brandan Bordick-Lesavage, our own violinist, on August 13th. (See the announcement in this bulletin).



A Bequest in your Will    A bequest in your will, no matter what the amount, will help the Parish continue its mission of serving God’s people. Such a decision could be for you a worthy and personally satisfying objective. Everyone should have a will, no matter what your financial circumstances. You need a will to assure you that your possessions will be distributed, as you desire. When making your bequest, please use the full legal name and address: St. Ann Basilica Parish, 1250 St. Ann Street, Scranton, Pa. 18504.


                        The Hosts and Wine for this weekend’s Masses have been donated in memory of 

Phyllis Napolitano

By: Napolitano Family  


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