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July 2014

  • Happy 150th Birthday, Shamokin!

    Invitations Extended, Invitations Accepted! Our new bishop, Bishop Ronald Gainer, has graciously accepted my invitation to attend Shamokin's 150th Anniversary Parade, scheduled for Saturday, July 5th The parade is organizing in the famous "5th Ward" and step off time is 2:00PM. Having seen the list of parade participants, the parade will be a most memorable event! Bishop Gainer will be viewing the parade from the front steps as it passes Mother Cabrini Church.

    Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv., Minister Provincial of the Friars, has also expressed his intent to be with us that day.

    Stop by and say hello to our distinguished visitors!

    Fr. Martin


March 2014

  • Welcome to Our New Bishop!

    Bishop Ronald Gainer Installation Events:

      Tuesday, March 18, 7:00PM
    • Solemn Vespers
    • Holy Name of Jesus Church
    • 6150 Allentown Boulevard, Harrisburg, PA
    • Open to the Public
    • Reception to Follow

      Wednesday, March 19, 2:00PM
    • Installation of Bishop Gainer
    • St. Patrick Cathedral
    • 212 State Street, Harrisburg, PA

    Our Pastor, Fr. Martin will represent Mother Cabrini Parish at the installation.

    View the Installation Events of Bishop Gainer: The Installation of the Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer as the Eleventh Bishop of Harrisburg will be televised live on Broadcast TV, Cable TV and the internet at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19. WHTM ABC27, Harrisburg, will broadcast and stream it on their website. Captioning will be available on WHTM. The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) will also carry the Installation live; they plan to air a repeat at midnight. To find your local EWTN channel visit The Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) will live stream it on their website at As additional coverage is announced it will be listed with other Installation information at The Vespers service on Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. will also be streamed live on the Diocesan website.


December 2013

  • You Are Invited To A Christmas Season Concert

    On January 5th a special Christmas Concert will be held at Mother Cabrini Church located at 214 North Shamokin Street, Shamokin. Featured will be the award winning Archbishop Curley High School Boys Chorus and Handbell Ensemble of Baltimore, Maryland. The program will begin at 4:00PM. A free-will offering for the choir will be taken in lieu of an admission fee. This wonderful family event is open to the general public. So, save the date and join us in the New Year on Sunday, January 5th. Meet the Choristers at the post concert reception that will be held in the Church hall.


November 2013

  • Forty Hours Devotions

    The 40 Hours Eucharist Devotions at Mother Cabrini Church will begin this Sunday, November 10th after the 11AM Mass. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be held according to the following schedule: Sunday, Exposition after the 11AM Mass and all day with a Vesper Service and Benediction at 7PM; Monday, Exposition after the 8AM Mass and all day with a Vesper Service and Benediction at 7PM; Tuesday, Exposition after the 8AM Mass and all day with a Closing Vesper Service, Procession and Benediction beginning at 7PM.

    Our guest-preacher this year will be Fr. Conrad Salach, OFM Conv., former Director of Guidance and Instructor at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School (1978 - 1984). Opportunities for confession will be available and announced in next week's bulletin. Please mark your calendar to spend some time with the Lord during our beautiful Forty Hours Devotions.

    Fr. Conrad will be available for confessions: Sunday after the 7PM service; Monday at 7:30AM and after the 7PM service and Tuesday at 7:30AM.

    In this special Year of Faith, your attendance at our evening services is highly encouraged, especially for the Tuesday evening closing. A light reception will follow in the church hall following the Tuesday evening service where you can meet Fr. Conrad. All are welcome!


May 2013

June 2012

  • Fortnight For Freedom: Defending Religious Liberty

    Bishop Joseph P. McFadden has announced that the Diocese of Harrisburg will take part and be fully supportive of The "Fortnight for Freedom." This is a 14-day period of prayer, education and action in support of religious freedom, from June 21-July 4 that was called for by the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. It was instituted because of concerns over threats to religious freedom, both at home and abroad.

    In a letter sent to all priests Bishop McFadden said, "Without exaggeration, I tell you that we are engaged in one of the most important challenges of our lifetime. Every priest and deacon, every consecrated man and woman, every member of the laity needs to understand fully that the loss of this struggle is the loss of our personal and God-given right to practice our Christian faith in this country."

    The Bishop stressed that this is not a political effort but one that is motivated by faith. He called the faithful to take action in addition to prayer and fasting. He asked them to contact their elected officials and inform them that as believers it is vital that we are able to practice our faith in every dimension of our lives.

    Culminating on Independence Day, this special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action will emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty. Special events that support this great national campaign of teaching and witness for religious liberty have been scheduled.

    To view resources available for the Fortnight for Freedom, click on the "Fortnight for Freedom" menu above, or just click here.

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May 2012

  • Congratulations Father Adam

    The Mother Cabrini and Franciscan Communities give thanks and praise to God on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of Priesthood Ordination of Fr. Adam Ziolkowski, OFM Conv.

    Fr. Adam will celebrate his Anniversary Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at the 11:00AM Parish Mass.


October 2011


    On November 27, 2011, the first Sunday of Advent, a new English translation of the Roman Missal will begin to be used in every parish in the US. To help understand the changes, a new menu was added above with resources for the New Roman Missal. God bless!


June 2011


    The Mother Cabrini Father's Day Picnic is set for this weekend at the RCA Grounds in Ranshaw. The picnic will start Friday at 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 2 to 10 p.m. Pictured below from left making halushki are Tina Smith, Dorothy Hawk, Linda Bielski, Ann Kanaskie, Diane Knorr, Cynthia Washleski, Pat Boyle, Greg Scoviak, Dolores Scopelitti and Clara Bartlinski. The picnic will have ethnic foods including halushki, perogies, potato cakes hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage and more. There will be a basket raffle, kids games and live entertainment including DJ Soundwave all weekend and The Shoreliners from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday.


January 2011


    Our beloved Father Paul entered into eternal life on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, at the friary, following an extended period of illness. Please view the News Item link by clicking here for details on the viewing and funeral.

    The St. Anthony of Padua Franciscan Province sent the following notice on the passing of their brother Fr. Paul. You can view the document in PDF format here, or if you can't view PDF files, please click here.

    Mark Gilger, a fellow parishioner who writes for the News Item, has written a fine tribute to Fr. Paul. Please view the article by clicking the News Item link here.

    Please pray for the soul of Fr. Paul, and for comfort and strength for his family and friends, including his Franciscan brothers and sisters.

    Eternal rest grant unto Fr. Paul, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.


September 2010


    Mark Gilger, a fellow parishioner who writes for the News Item, has written a fine article on Fr. Martin Kobos as he begins his new assignment as pastor of Mother Cabrini. Please view the article here.



    Today, September 5th 2010, Father Martin Kobos was officially installed as pastor of Mother Cabrini Church in Shamokin, PA. Fr. Francis J. Karwacki, the pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the head of the Shamokin Deanery of Catholic Churches, officiated at the installation in the place of the Bishop of Harrisburg Joseph McFadden who was unable to attend today.

    All parishioners of Mother Cabrini welcome Father Martin, and pray that he will faithfully shepherd our parish as we with God's grace and through the intercession of our Blessed Mother and Mother Cabrini build God's Kingdom on Earth.


July 2010


    Today, July 31, is the feast day of the great Catholic saint and founder of the Society of Jesus otherwise known as the Jesuits. St. Ignatius, a nobleman and soldier who experienced a profound conversion to Christ and began the Society of Jesus, was a courageous defender and promoter of the Catholic faith in an age of turmoil and confusion. May God raise up in our current troubled age more saints like St. Ignatius. St. Ignatius, pray for us!

    Please find out more about this great saint here and here.



    Mark Gilger, a fellow parishioner who writes for the News Item, has written a fine article on Fr. Dennis on the eve
    of his departure to his new assignment. Please view the article here.



    The Feast of Portiuncula is on August 2, 2010. There will be a prayer service at Mother Cabrini the night of the Feast on Sunday August 2nd at 7pm, and a plenary indulgence (under the usual conditions, see link directly below for details) is offered to all Catholics on this Feast day.

    For more information on the Feast of Portiuncula event and the plenary indulgence available, click here.


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