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On Saturday, December 4, Bishop Bambara of the Diocese of Scranton celebrated Mass at St. John the Evangelist, Susquehanna, with all the Catholic parishes of the county. Fr. David Cramer, host Pastor, welcomed the Bishop and remarked, “We welcome you as those before us welcome St. John Neumann many years ago to our area.”
Clay Weaver, from St. John, served as master of ceremonies through the celebration, and a joint choir of 42 members, under the direction of Holly Snitzer (St. Lawrence) and Kathy Matis (St. John), provided hymns of the Advent Season. Martina Lingobardo (St. Martin) served as the congregational cantor. Area Knights of Columbus escorted the Bishop into the church, decorated with Advent banners, highlighting each of the parishes in the county.
Assisting the Bishop were Fr. Washington and Fr. Clarke from the Diocesan Offices. Altar servers included Luke Yavorski (Ascension), Charles Mulligan and Ambrose Mulligan (St. John), Dominck Madia and Mary Mangel (St. Lawrence), Emily Frye and Olivia Rockwell (St. Martin).
The Liturgy of the Word was proclaimed by Ed DeWitt (Holy Name of Mary), Carol Jackson (St. John), Irene McCarthy (St. Lawrence), Theresa Whitehead (St. Martin), and Fr. Alfhones Perikala (Assistant Pastor).
In his homily, Bishop Bambara praised the parishioners for involving so many of the area parishes and the Catholics of Susquehanna, “where many parishes began long before the founding of the Diocese of Scranton.” Dating back to the early 1800s many Catholics gathered and began to build churches, “it is upon that faith that we must continue to build the diocese.”
Following the Mass, all were invited to the church hall for refreshments and a chance to meet the Bishop face to face. Many families and individuals had their pictures taken with Bishop Bambara, who thanked all for their warm welcome and hospitality.
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