Parish Community of St. Eulalia

214 Blue Shutters Road
Roaring Brook Twp.,
Pennsylvania 18444-7615

Rev. Jeffrey D. Tudgay, J.C.L., Pastor
pastor@saint-eulalia.com
570-842-7656

Mass and Confession Schedules

Confession & Adoration:
Mon. 5:30-7:00pm or by request

Weekday Mass:
8:00am (Mon-Th)

Weekend Masses:
Sat. 4:00pm
Sun. 8:00am, 10:05am (livestream), 12:00pm

Holy Days:
Vigil - 5:30pm
Feast Day - 8:00am & 7:00pm

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Office Hours

Mon.-Th. 9:00am to 3:00pm
Fri. 9:00am to 12:00pm

Please note, our offices have moved into the Conlan Center. Please enter using the doors to the right of the parish hall.


E-mail: secretary@saint-eulalia.com
Phone: 570-842-7656
Fax: 570-842-7193

Lenten Reflections Project

As we enter into Lent 2021, and all the unknowns, we have decided to try something new to create community while we remain apart. We will publish short, daily reflections written by parishioners on our website and Facebook page each Monday-Friday from Ash Wednesday (2/17) to the Friday before Holy Week (3/26).

<< Previous Week Reflections Feb. 17, 18, 19 

 

February 22, Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle -- Daily Readings

What do Lincoln Logs and the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle have in common? For many, nothing; for me, everything. As a young kid, I remember dumping all of my wooden logs on the floor so I could quickly find the odd shaped, cut-in-half pieces. While there were only a few flat logs in the box, their imperfect shape made them the perfect foundation to stack every other piece, including the green roof slats and plastic yellow chimney.

As a rough-around-the-edges fisherman who denied knowing Jesus on three separate occasions, Peter in his imperfection, would become the perfect rock upon which Jesus would build His church. Today, we honor his leadership as the first Pope by reflecting on a magnificent wooden relic and work of art that resides inside Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, The Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle.

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to see the Chair of Saint Peter during a tour of the Basilica. Being there created so many emotions in my heart it literally sent chills down my spine. A pillar of my faith that I have only read about was right in front of my eyes. In addition to looking at what is believed to be the Throne of Saint Peter, I was standing in the same location where Peter is buried. WOW, I was overwhelmed in the peaceful presence of a Saint who was friends with Jesus! Saint Peter knew Him, walked with Jesus, broke bread with Him, and now I was there looking at his throne and honoring his burial site. I could feel the Holy Spirit alive inside me.

It is my hope and prayer this Lent, that when my imperfections try to get in the way of following the footsteps of Jesus and Peter, I will reflect on how these imperfections can be a source of strength and faith. Yes, I will think of Lincoln Logs and smile, but I will also look at the stained glass above Saint Peter’s Chair and ask the Holy Spirit to guide me. We are all perfect in the eyes of God, even with our imperfections.

- Jerry Mahon



February 23, Tuesday of the First Week of Lent -- Daily Readings

The Gospel reading for today is Matthew 6:7-15.

At first I thought what can I say that would touch people? I kept reading and reading and I thought of the Pandemic and the world we are living in today. I’m sure we could all express our sufferings, losses, and challenges in our daily lives, which always leads us to Prayer.

We try to do God’s will and sometimes it’s very difficult. Being in prayer is a way to know what God’s plan is for us. Forgive others as God has forgiven us, being kind, understanding, and compassionate to one another.

The Lord’s Prayer focuses our thoughts on what is important in life! Accept His will, know he loves us no matter what. When a disciple of Jesus asked the Lord to teach them to pray, Jesus responded with the Lord’s Prayer. This is how we should live our lives. God is always with us and in spirit. I know I’ve asked God for strength to follow his will, not mine, many times and he has walked with me on my journey.

The Lord’s Prayer is a very Powerful Prayer, especially if recited slowly. God hears our prayers in what we ask and he listens. Praising “God” with your own words magnifies goodness.

- Eileen Williams


February 24, Wednesday of the First Week of Lent -- Daily Readings

“Footprints in the Sand” is a poem that seems to resurface at times when I need a reminder of God’s presence in my life. I remember reading it on the wall in high school. I’ve seen it on the cover of greeting cards. I’ve seen it on social media. Every time it pops up, it seems like God is saying, “I didn’t go anywhere, I’ve got you!”.

When our family prays before a meal, we also say one thing we are grateful for. Amazing ski conditions, our dog, food, family, good health, have been some recent gratuities. It’s so easy to be grateful for the obvious good things, but, we don’t thank God for carrying us through the lows of the day. In reflecting on this poem, I’m reminded that this is when we need to be most grateful.

Everyone can understand the difficulty of this past year. Many know of someone who has endured “the virus”. Some have lost a loved one. The anxiety of deciding to send kids back to school or to keep them “virtual”, is a struggle many parents are dealing with right now. The fear of getting the vaccine, with so many conflicting reports about why we should or shouldn’t get it, can keep many up at night. Some days, it feels like life is spinning out of control. It’s easy to wonder where God is; where has He been. In times like these, we have to trust that God is with us, especially in the thick of the low. Many times, after coming out on the other side of a difficult time, I find myself thinking that if it weren’t for that hard time, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I can’t help to realize that it was during such times of trial, that God carried me.

“The Lord replied: “My son, my precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.” – Footprints in the Sand

Lord, thank you for your ever-present love, thank you for giving us strength at times when we aren’t strong enough to ask for it. Thank you for carrying us through our difficult times. Amen.

- Rena Wilson


February 25, Thursday of the First Week of Lent -- Daily Readings

Today’s psalm: “ Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me” as well as today’s Gospel, taken from the Sermon on the Mount, illustrate the importance and the power of prayer.

Have you ever prayed and wondered if God is really listening?

This Lenten season, try to look for God all around you. Feel Him so close to you that prayer becomes a natural conversation about all your daily joys, sorrows and challenges.

End each prayer with “ Thy will be done” so you can surrender all things to Him and the burden of carrying all that weight is lifted. Know that your prayers will be answered, according to the will of the Father, and see how God maybe asking you to be instrumental in answering the prayers of others.

Set aside quiet time each day for prayer. Be patient and listen for the whispers of God. Open your eyes and your heart to see how God may have already answered your prayers, always in a way bringing glory to His Kingdom here on earth.

Continue to ask, to seek, to knock and to pray and above all be thankful, patient and hopeful. You are never alone if God is a constant companion in prayer.

What a comforting thought!

- Lisa Cummings



February 26, Friday of the First Week of Lent -- Daily Readings

As we celebrate this Lenten season, we are afforded an opportunity to be at peace with God and grateful for his ability to forgive. Both of today’s readings provide a strong sense of the impact our earthly decisions have on our relationship with God, while also assuring us that God never closes any doors on his people. We live in an age in which there are so many avenues leading to undesired choices and actions but the road back home to God is always clear.

Ezekiel’s scripture highlights God’s forgiveness. In the instance of the wicked man who turns from sin, the reading offers, “none of the crimes he committed shall be remembered against him; he shall live because of the virtue he has practiced.” Man’s willingness to change his ways and repent will always be rewarded. God does not remember the sin; God solely focuses on an individual’s desire to repent. This offers great hope to all of us that may fall off the beaten path at times.

Matthew’s Gospel message is especially appropriate for parents trying to raise young children. My wife and I preach the importance of kindness and forgiveness to our daughters. Today’s reading begs the question about opposite traits, “as a society are we driven by anger and resentment?” In the current climate of social media, these corrupting qualities are viewed as justified or acceptable far too often. Harboring anger and resentment should not be the norm. We need to live with the understanding that God will forgive our transgressions and he calls us to extend mercy and forgiveness towards those who cause harm and grief. In turn, we need to reconcile differences with those we may have hurt. Matthew concludes our reading by telling us, “you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.” Erasing all resentments, anger and evil is the only true way to be at peace with God.

Once we have rid our hearts of evil, God will set us free and fill us with his love and truth. We have the great fortune of an ever-loving and forgiving God who loves us so much that he gave us his own Son to die for our sins.

- Brian and Kristen Jardine



March 1, Monday of the Second Week in Lent -- Daily Readings
March 2, Tuesday of the Second Week in Lent -- Daily Readings
March 3, Wednesday of the Second Week in Lent -- Daily Readings
March 4, Thursday of the Second Week in Lent -- Daily Readings
March 5, Friday of the Second Week in Lent -- Daily Readings
March 8, Monday of the Third Week of Lent -- Daily Readings
March 9, Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent -- Daily Readings
March 10, Wednesay of the Third Week of Lent -- Daily Readings
March 11, Thursday of the Third Week of Lent -- Daily Readings
March 12, Friday of the Third Week of Lent -- Daily Readings
March 15, Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent -- Daily Readings
March 16, Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent -- Daily Readings
March 17, Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent -- Daily Readings
March 18, Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent -- Daily Readings
March 19, Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary -- Daily Readings
March 22, Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent -- Daily Readings
March 23, Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent -- Daily Readings
March 24, Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent -- Daily Readings
March 25, Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord -- Daily Readings
March 26, Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent -- Daily Readings

 

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