through April 2014. St. Mary’s Knights Plan Sweetheart

Wednesdays through Fridays. St. Mary’s of Dorrance is a welcoming church. The pastor of St. Mary’s is Reverend Joseph Evanko, and Reverend Gerald Shantillo, Assistant Pastor. The weekend Mass schedule isSaturday at 5: 30 p. m. and Sunday at

9 a. m. The St. Mary’s parish community will recite the rosary on the first Saturday of the month at 5 pm in the Church. Questions? Call MicheleClarkat

570-868-0168. The next Knights of Columbus meeting is Wednesday, February5 at 7: 30 pm in the social hall. For information on becoming a member call Tony 868.8401,

or John 379.3721. The Knights of Columbus will have their annual Sweetheart Dance on Saturday, February8 from 6-11 pm.Tickets are $ 17.50 per person. Please call Marc Mickowski for tickets or for

more information 570.868.8566. The next meeting of St. Theresa’s Guild will be held Sunday, February 9, in conjunction with the Valentine Luncheon. To join the Guild or for more information please call JuliaVencakat

570-379-3034. The ladies will have their Annual Valentine Luncheon on Sunday, February 9 at 1 pm at Sand Springs in Drums. The cost of theluncheon is $ 22. Please RSVP to Molly 868.5855 or 262.4628 by February 2. Remember your secretpal gift ($25). Optional $ 5 edible or drinkable exchange. Dues willbe collected ($

5 per year). Altar & Rosary Society Communion Sunday is February 16 at 9 am. The next meeting is Monday, February 17 at 7pm in the dining room. All ladies of the parish are invited. Questions? CallMicheleat

570-868-0168. Youth Group updates can be found on our Facebook page; St. Mary’s Dorrance Youth Group. This is

San Damiano Icon The Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D. D., J. C. L., Bishop of Scranton, invites couples celebrating their 25th or 50th year of marriage to participate in the Diocese of Scranton’s Wedding Anniversary Celebration on June 22,2014 at 2: 30 pm. Eligible couples should give their names and an April mailing address to their parish office by February 10, 2014. After Mass the Diocese will host a reception for the couples at Saint Mary’s Center, 320

Mifflin Ave, Scranton. The next meeting of our newly established Social Justice Program is Wednesday, February 12 at 7pm in the meeting room.

All are invited!! The Rosary Makers will meet this month on Tuesday, January 28 at 6 pm. The date was changed due to the conflictwith the “ Movie of the Quarter.” The group makes Cord and chain Rosaries. All are invited. Supplies provided. For more information please contactSandyat 570-868-5795 or

Wende at570.868.3151. Crochet Group-The cold weather is here! Learn something new in the New Year. Learn to work in the round. Granny Square, hats, and mittens. Meetings are Sundays at 6 P. M. Sandy 570.868.5795orWende

570-868-3151. Weis Markets Gift Cards are available indenominations of$ 25, $50, & $ 100. Use same as cash. Our parish receives 5% of all sales. Call the office to order your cards and pick them

up after Mass. St. Mary’s is participating in the Baby Bottle Project tobenefit the Pro-LifeCenter in Wilkes-Barre. Please return all bottles by February2. The Pro-Life Center is in need of hand made white baby blankets to be given to babies for their Baptism. They may be dropped off at the Church

or the Center. Our parish if participating in the Loaves and Fishes Program to benefit the Saint Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen. This month’s item is Baked Beans. Donation baskets

are in Church. Members of Girl Scout Troop 33320 are currently working on their Bronze Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting. With the help of the community, they will be collecting household items to be placed in gift baskets. The baskets will then be gifted to the women of Ruth’s Place, an emergency housing shelter for homeless women in Luzerne County, upon successful attainment of their own housing. Items needed include brooms, laundry baskets, cleaning supplies, clothes hangers, etc. The collection will continue

Dance Feb. 8 Lecture on the Damiano Cross-The icon is called The Christ of San Damiano because for ages it was hung in the little church of Assisi named San Damiano. The young St. Francis was praying before this image when he heard a voice coming fromthe crucifix. “ Francis, go, repair my house, which as you see, is falling into ruin.” Francis took the words literally and began to repair the little chapel where he prayed. Later he understood that it was the great Church of Jesus that he had to repair. This presentation will examine the icon’s wealth of rich teachings, past and present on Wed., February5, at 6: 30 pm, and St. Mary’s Church on Tues.,February 11at 6: 30 pm at