Monday, March 18, 2013

First Communion Practice

Please note:  the First Communion practice for St. Joseph Parish for this evening Monday, March 18 has been cancelled, because of the weather.  The practice for Wednesday March 20th will be held as scheduled at St. Joseph Church at 6:30 pm.

Monday, January 28, 2013


2013 Calendar


  •     3rd Sun: Confirmation classes begin SJRA 9:00 – 10:15
  •  4th Mon: Confirmation classes begin McGinley Hall 6:00 pm
  • 10th Sun: Intergenerational Gathering:  Marriage and the Dating Game 3-5 pm SJRA Auditorium, Snack $5/family Registration due by 1/15. Limit 75 people
  •  12th Teaching Mass and Parent(s)' Meeting for First Communicants and their parent(S) at 6:00 pm Immaculate Conception Church
  • 13th Ash Wednesday
  •   24th Sun:  First day of Spring semester classes

·               6th Weds: Family Stations of the Cross IC Intergenerational Gathering 6:30 pm Stations, Snack, Donation SVDP Registration by 2/22.
·               10th Sun: No WCC 
·               17th Sun: First Communion Dinner for First Communicants and their parents (only) 3-5 pm Memorial Hal
·               18th Mon: SJ First Communion practice 6:30 pm SJ Students only
·               19st Tues: Lenten Penance Service Intergenerational Gathering  6:30 pm IC Church Donation to HCA
·               20th Weds: SJ First Communion practice 6:30 pm SJ Students only
·               23rd Sat: Confirmation Practice IC 9:00 am; SJ 11:00 am
·               24th  Sun: Last class for First Communion and Confirmation
·               28th  Holy Thursday
·               29th Good Friday Service
·               30th Easter Vigil, 8:00 p.m.
·               31st  Easter Sunday

·               2nd Confirmation IC 4:30 pm  
·               3rd Confirmation SJ 4:30 pm
·               6th  Sat, SJ First Communion Practice 10:00 am Church (Children & at least 1 parent))
·               7th: Sun, SJ First Communion 10:30 Mass
·               21st Sun: Intergenerational Gathering Vocations 3-5 pm McGinley Hall Snack Reg $5/family by March 18th Limit 50 people
·               24th Weds: IC First Communion Practice 6:30 pm (Only Children need to attend)
·               28th  Sun: Last day of the Spring semester

·               2nd Thurs: First Communion Practice IC 6:30 pm (Only Children need to attend)
·               4th Sat: IC First Communion Practice 9:00 am (Children and at least 1 parent)
·               5th Sun:  Immaculate Conception First Communion 10:30 Mass
·               9th Thurs: Ascension Thursday, Holy Day of Obligation

Other gathering will be added when dates have been decided.
Dates for summer WCC to be announced at a later time
Dates may be subject to change, please check bulletin for updated news.

Confirmation Classes

Confirmation Classes will begin on Sunday, Feb 3 at 9:00 am in the SJRA auditorium and on Monday, Feb. 4 at 6:00 pm in McGinley Hall Immaculate Conception.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Confirmation Information form

Due Date:  December 1, 2012  

Name in full:  ___________________________________

Confirmation Name:  _____________________________

Baptized:   (Date, Church, City, State) *


Father’s Name:  ________________________________

Mother’s Maiden Name:  _________________________

Sponsor:  _____________________________________

**If not baptized at St. Joseph’s Church or Immaculate 
Conception Church in Jim Thorpe, please supply a copy
 of Baptismal Certificate.



Confirmation Information

The following items need to be turned into the WCC Office:

  1. Baptismal Certificate, if you were not baptized at Immaculate Conception or St. Joseph’s Church in Jim Thorpe. Return by December 1, 2012
  2. Confirmation Information Form which includes: Confirmation Name, Sponsor. Return by December 1, 2012
  3. Acceptance Letter from Sponsor 
              Sponsor must be:  At least 16 yrs. of age;
                    Confirmed; Active practicing Catholic.
                    Does not have to be of the same sex.
                    May not be a parent or step-parent.
                    (Return by January 1, 2013)
  1. Sacramental Preparation fee: $25 which is due by December 1
                         (please make checks out to your parish)

Friday, October 26, 2012

First Penance letter

Jim Thorpe Regional Catholic
Whole Community Catechesis
Serving Immaculate Conception
and St. Joseph Parishes
Phone:  570-325-2791 email:

October 4, 2012

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Congratulations, your child is beginning a new and important phase in their faith journey! As parents or guardians of students in either St. Joseph Regional Academy or the WCC religious education program I would like to apprise you of important dates regarding your child’s First Penance and First Eucharist.  They are as follows:

Parents’ Meeting:  Immaculate Conception Church (for both parishes)
                            Parent(s)/Guardians only.
                            Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 6:30 pm

First Penance Retreat:  Saturday, Nov. 17, 9-12 am, Immaculate Conception Church

First Penance Practice:  Wednesday, Nov. 28, 6:30 pm, St. Joseph Church

First Penance:  Saturday, Dec. 1, 10:00 am at St. Joseph Church,
                            for both parishes (families should be at the church
                            by 9:45 am. we will begin promptly at 10)

Teaching Mass and Parents Meeting (for the First Communicants and their parents)         
                            Monday Jan. 28, 6:00 pm Immaculate Conception Church

First Communion Dinner (First Communicants and parents only): ****
                             Sunday March 17 3-5 pm Memorial Hall (mandatory)

First Communion: St. Joseph Church- Sunday April 7, 2013, 10:30 Mass
                                Immaculate Conception Church- Sunday May 5, 2013, 10:30 Mass

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  My phone number is 570-325- 2791 and my extension is 18.  My email address is


(Mrs.) Kathleen Daday Merkel
Coordinator of Religious Education

Friday, March 30, 2012

Day of Prayer & Fasting-March 30, 2012

Dear Parents and Friends: The Bishops of the United
States of America have declared Friday, March 30, 2012 a special day of Prayer
and Fasting for Religious Liberty in our County. This Lenten Friday, we
are not only to abstain from meat, but to Fast and pray so that
our government always remembers that we are guaranteed Religious Freedom in the
United States of America. Below is one of the prayers that they recommend
we say. There is more information on the USCCB website.
I would suggest that at dinner or at night when we say our evening prayers that
as a family you pray this together.

from your provident hand we have received
our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
You have called us as your people and given us
the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God,
and your Son, Jesus Christ.
Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.
We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience
of all people of faith.
Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome—
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be “one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and
justice for all.”
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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