The Diocesan Calendar lists events that are sponsored by the Diocese of Scranton, its parishes, schools and institutions, and other Catholic organizations in the Diocese. All submissions are subject to review before publication. To submit an item for consideration, please send an e-mail to Kevin-McDonnell@dioceseofscranton.org, fax to 570-207-2271, or call 570-207-2229. Thank you for your cooperation.
Bible Study Program
- “The Great Adventure — A Journey Through the Bible,” hosted by St. Monica Parish at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 363 West 8th, West Wyoming; program offered at 9:45 a.m. in the parish’s lower chapel. Presentations include the history of Biblical stories as part of God’s plan of salvation; God’s six covenants with humanity; 12 major time periods of the Bible; and a practical plan for reading the 14 narrative books of the Bible.
Outdoor Rosary Devotion
- sponsored by the Lay Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary; begins at 7 p.m. at the Fatima Grotto, North Main St., Wilkes-Barre (across from the Holy Cross Retirement Center). Devotion includes recitation of 15 decades of the Holy Rosary.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Rosary
- hosted by St. Lucy Church, 949 Scranton St., west Scranton; devotion held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the church or at the outdoor grotto (weather permitting) from April through November. Prayers offered for the special intentions of an end to abortion and for world peace, especially in the Middle East and Afghanistan. Devotion also includes recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet and prayer to St. Gertrude, piously believed to release 1,000 souls from purgatory.
Weekly Eucharistic Adoration/Holy Hour
- hosted by Holy Spirit Parish at St. Martha Church, 260 Bonnieville Road, Stillwater; exposition of the Blessed Sacrament begins following the 8:30 a.m. Mass. Devotion includes hymn, prayer for an increase in religious vocations, and Novena to St. Martha; silent adoration continues throughout the day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. A special Holy Hour for Priests is conducted during the first hour on the second or third Tuesday of each month. Rosary, Litany of the Most Precious Blood and intercessory prayers are offered for the sanctity of all priests and an increase in vocations to the priesthood. For more information, call Rebecca and Michael Micca, coordinators, at (570-256-7329).
- hosted at Gate of Heaven Parish, Dallas; devotions held in Gate of Heaven Church, 40 Machell Ave. Silent adoration held from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by music meditation from 6 to 7 p.m. Call the parish office (570-675-2121) for more information.
- hosted at SS. Peter & Paul Church, 1309 W. Locust St., west Scranton; devotion held from 7 to 8 p.m. Eucharistic adoration of the Blessed Sacrament includes prayers for priests and recitation of the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet.
- hosted by Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca; adoration held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca. For more information, call the parish rectory (570-457-3412).
Devotions to the Holy Face of Our Lord
- hosted at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, Bear Creek; following the 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Elizabeth’s.
Divine Mercy Devotion
- hosted at St. Lawrence Church, 380 Franklin St., Great Bend; devotions held at 3 p.m. Service includes exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; sung Divine Mercy Chaplet and praises to the Divine Mercy, Rosary recitation, silent meditation, Divine Praises and veneration of the relic of St. Faustina.
- hosted by Holy Family Parish, 828 Main St., Sugar Notch; exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is held following the celebration of the 7:30 a.m. Mass. Exposition/adoration of the Holy Eucharist continues throughout the day until 7 p.m.
- hosted by All Saints Parish in Plymouth; exposition/adoration of the Blessed Sacrament offered throughout the day from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the parish worship site of Nativity of the BVM Church, 66 Willow St., Plymouth.
Novena to St. Joseph
- hosted by the Oblates of St. Joseph at St. Joseph’s Oblate Seminary Chapel, Route 315, Laflin; Novena prayers to St. Joseph and St. Joseph Marello offered following the day’s Masses celebrated at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Recitation of the Rosary and confessions heard prior to each Mass. For more information, contact the OSJ seminary at (570-654-7542).
‘Flame of Love’ Devotion
- hosted at Queen of Peace Church in Hawley; devotion begins following the celebration of the 9 a.m. Mass. For more information, call Catherine Hansen (570-226-9281).
- hosted at Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church, 420 Main Road, Buttonwood section of Hanover Township; exposition of the Blessed Sacrament held from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon. For more information, call the rectory office (570-823-6242).
- hosted by St. Monica Parish at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 363 W. 8th, West Wyoming; exposition & adoration of the Blessed Sacrament begins following the celebration of the 12:10 p.m. Mass; adoration continues until 4:30 p.m., followed by the Divine Praises. For more information, call the parish office (570-693-1991).
- hosted by Immaculate Conception Church in the Hill section of Scranton; exposition of the Blessed Sacrament held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the church’s adoration chapel.
Holy Hour for Vocations
- hosted by the Little Sisters of the Poor at Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Ave., Scranton; begins at 4:30 p.m. in the residence chapel. Holy Hour includes recitation of the Rosary, evening prayer (vespers), and benediction.
Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Prayer Cenacle
- Family Holy Hour of Prayer gathering held at 6 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 414 Church St., Honesdale. For more information or a free copy of the “Flame of Love Diary” by Elizabeth Kindelmann, contact MaryAnn Cavanaugh at (570-228-8624) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- hosted at Queen of Angels Parish in Jessup; exposition & adoration of the Blessed Sacrament held from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Grunick Chapel, located adjacent to the parish worship site of St. Michael Church, 322 First Ave., Jessup.
- hosted by St. Matthew Parish, 200 Brodhead Ave., East Stroudsburg; daily exposition & adoration of the Holy Eucharist held Tuesday thru Friday from 12 noon to 6:30 p.m. Chaplet of the Divine Mercy is recited every Friday at 3 p.m.
Eucharistic Adoration for Vocations
- hosted by St. Ann Church, 1220 Northway Road, Williamsport; weekday adoration of the Blessed Sacrament held Monday through Friday, beginning at 6 a.m. and concluding at 7 p.m., for the special intention of an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious/consecrated life.
Pro-Life Rosary Gathering
- coordinated by St. Gabriel Church at Holy Annunciation Parish, Hazleton; held on the first Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. on the corner of Chestnut & South Wyoming streets in Hazleton. Public recitation of the Rosary is offered for an end to abortion. For more information, call Annette at (570-636-1353).
Filipino Community Monthly Mass
- hosted on the first Saturday of the month at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Scranton; Mass celebrated for the Filipino community and friends at 6 p.m. in the Cathedral church, 315 Wyoming Ave. Fellowship and social time follow in the Bishops’ Hall, lower level of the Cathedral rectory. For more information, call Michael Fajardo (570-876-4736).
Pro-Life Rosary Vigil
- sponsored by the Knights of Columbus; held on First Saturdays of the month outside the offices of Planned Parenthood, located at 316 Penn Ave., Scranton. Rosary offered to end abortion, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Gathering of “Helpers of God’s Precious Infants”
- pro-life Rosary apostolate; meets from 9 to 10 a.m. to pray for an end to abortion on the second Saturday of every month at the Allentown Women’s Center, 31 South Commerce Way, Bethlehem. Local transportation provided; rides available at 7:30 a.m. from Arby’s restaurant, Route 315, Pittston Township. For more information, contact Passionist Father Ed Buchheit at (570-347-5691).
Meeting of the St. Joseph Secular Franciscan Fraternity
- hosted at St. Joseph’s Oblate Seminary, Route 315, Laflin. Liturgy of the Hours recited at 1:30 p.m. in the seminary chapel. Fraternity meets regularly on the third Sunday of every month; all professed members of the Secular Franciscans and interested men and women are welcome. Anyone interested in attending may contact Jim Gaffney at (570-823-7660).
Gathering of the Secular Discalced Carmelites
- canonically established group of the Diocese of Scranton; group meets on the third Sunday of every month at Holy Annunciation Monastery in Sugarloaf, Luzerne County. All are welcome, especially those who feel called to a deeper consecration in life and wish to experience Carmelite spirituality and community. Call Ann Marie Fierro (570-454-4493) for more information.
Bereavement Support Group Meeting
- hosted at Our Lady of the Snows Church, 301 S. State St., Clarks Summit; group gathers on third Sunday of every month at 2 p.m. in the parish center. No registration required. For more information, call Nettie at (570-586-1741).
St. Thomas Aquinas Pro-Chapter of the Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic
- gathering held on the second Sunday of every month, following the Sunday morning Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church, Honesdale. All professed members, those in the process of formation or interested in deepening their faith by following the spirituality of St. Dominic are welcome. Gathering includes praying the Liturgy of the Hours and the Rosary. For more information, call Alexandra Ann Orvieto, a member of the Lay Dominicans, at (570-676-3499).
“40 Days for Life” Pro-Life Gathering — MARCH 20-APRIL 7, offered for the special intention of ending abortion; Rosary is prayed each weekday, Monday thru Friday, at 9 a.m. in front of the offices of Planned Parenthood, 63 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Pro-life campaign draws attention to the evil of abortion through prayer & fasting, constant vigil, and community outreach. For more information, visit: www.40daysforlife.com.
Weekly Novena to St. Anthony of Padua — MARCH 21-JUNE 13, hosted by Our Lady of Hope Parish, 40 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre; St. Anthony Novena devotion offered on 13 consecutive Tuesday evenings, beginning each week at 5:30 p.m. in the parish church. Novena theme: “The Life & Legacy of St. Junipero Serra, Patron Saint of Vocations: Ever Forward, Never Back.” All faithful are welcome to attend; for more information, call (570-824-7832).
Autism and Disabilities Awareness Mass — APRIL 2, hosted by St. John the Apostle Parish in East Stroudsburg; celebrated at 3 p.m. in St. John Church, 5171 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg. Principal celebrant: Father Gregory Reichlen, host pastor. Refreshments will follow; all faithful are welcome.
Monday Night Worship — APRIL 3, hosted by St. Faustina Parish in Nanticoke; monthly devotion held on Monday nights at 7 p.m. at the parish worship site of Holy Trinity Church, 520 South Hanover St., Nanticoke. All faithful are welcome to join together for a Holy Hour of praise and worship music. For more information, contact Paul Walters at (570-332-2963).
Padre Pio Prayer Ministry — APRIL 5, hosted by St. Faustina Parish in Nanticoke; begins with celebration of Mass at 6 p.m. in the parish’s Holy Trinity Church, 520 South Hanover St., Nanticoke, followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, intercessory prayers to St. Padre Pio, recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and benediction. All faithful are welcome.
Evening of Prayer with the Sisters of IHM — APRIL 5, sponsored by the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary; monthly prayer service held on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the IHM Center Chapel, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton (top of University Ave., beyond Marywood University). All faithful are welcome. For more information, call (570-346-5404).
Passion Play 2017: “Angels in Portraits of the Passion” — APRIL 7, presented by St. John the Baptist Parish in Larksville; performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in St. John the Baptist Church, 126 Nesbitt St., Larksville. Dramatic presentation tells of an art exhibit and a meditative journey of Angels in Jesus’ Passion threatened by two thieves. Original script written and directed by Father Gerald Gurka, host pastor. All are welcome; refreshments and fellowship follow in the church hall. For more information, call (570-779-9620).
First Friday Eucharistic Adoration — APRIL 7, hosted at St. Joseph Church, 1625 North Main Ave., Scranton; continuous exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from Friday at 4:30 p.m. until Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Begins with First Friday Holy Hour from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., followed by Evening Prayer and benediction. All faithful are welcome. For more information, call (570-343-0634).
Spiritual Support Group: Scranton Mental Health Ministry — APRIL 8 & 22, hosted by the Cathedral of St. Peter in Scranton; providing a safe, supportive space for individuals who are experiencing mental illness. Group meets at 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month in the Bishops Hall at the Cathedral Rectory, 315 Wyoming Ave. Meetings will be approximately 90 minutes; refreshments provided. Participating Scranton parishes include St. Peter’s; Mary, Mother of God; and Immaculate Conception. For more information, contact Deacon Ed Shoener (Cathedral), (570-344-7231); Deacon Jan Mroz (Mary, Mother of God), (570-342-4881); or Deacon Pat McDonald (Immaculate Conception), (570-961-5211).
Friday Pro-Life Rosary Vigil –– APRIL 21, sponsored by the Catholics Defending Life Prayer & Awareness Team; group resumes weekly gatherings every Friday (except on First Fridays) from 1 to 1:30 p.m. at the Pro-Life Monument located next to St. Peter’s Cathedral in Scranton (300 block of Wyoming Ave.). Recitation of the Rosary offered, along with pro-life meditations, Divine Mercy Chaplet and other prayer devotions for the respect and dignity of all human life from conception to natural death. Pro-life signs are welcome.
Lenten Friday Food Sale — MARCH 24 –APRIL 7, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Carbondale Council 329; held every Friday during Lent (except Good Friday) at St. Rose Family Center in Carbondale. Meatless food items for sale include homemade cabbage & noodles and Manhattan clam chowder. Cost: quart containers, $6 each; pint containers, $3. Sale is take-out only.
Lenten Weekend Food Sale — MARCH 25-APRIL 9, sponsored by SS. Peter & Paul Parish, 1309 W. Locust St., west Scranton; pierogi and clam chowder sold throughout Lent before and after all weekend Masses (Saturday, 4 p.m. & Sunday, 11 a.m.). Cost: pierogi, $7 per dozen; clam chowder, $7 per quart. To place orders, call the rectory office at (570-343-7015). Bake sale will be held at Masses during Palm Sunday weekend, April 8 & 9; basket raffle will be held on Palm Sunday following the 11 a.m. Mass.
70th Annual Authentic Italian Spaghetti Dinner — MARCH 29, hosted by St. Luke Church, 120 Kendall Ave., Jersey Shore; all-you-can-eat spaghetti supper served for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Take-out orders available all day. Includes homemade meatballs, tossed salad, Italian bread, dessert and beverage. Cost: adults, $9 (in advance) or $9.50 (at door); children (ages 6 to 12), $3.50. For advance tickets, call (570-398-0352 or 570-745-3301) or the parish office.
University of Scranton Performance Music Series: In Concert — APRIL 1, featuring the University of Scranton Jazz Ensemble, beginning at 7:30 p.m.; concert events are held in the University’s Houlihan-McLean Center on campus, corner of Mulberry St. & Jefferson Ave. Performances are open to the public free of charge.
ANNUAL BUNNY BREAKFAST – April 2, Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca, to Host Annual Bunny Breakfast
Queen of the Apostles Parish will have its annual Bunny Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 2, in the Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St., Avoca. The menu includes scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage, ham, coffee, tea, juice, rolls and butter all catered by Gary Kaspriskie. The breakfast is $10 for adults and$5 for children. Admission is free for children under 3. Photos are available at an additional cost. For more information, call the parish office at 570-457-3412.
“Soup for the Souls” Soup Sale — APRIL 6, sponsored by Exaltation of the Holy Cross Parish, 420 Main Road, Buttonwood section of Hanover Township; held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featured soup of the month: “piggie” soup. Cost: $8 each; pre-orders requested. For more information, call (570-825-6370 or 570-899-5080).
Free Community Luncheon — APRIL 8, sponsored by Holy Rosary Parish in Hazleton; lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 12 noon in the parish hall at 240 S. Poplar St., Hazleton. Meal is offered to the community free of charge. All are welcome.
Free Community Pancake Breakfast — APRIL 8, sponsored by Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Route 209, Gilbert (Brodheadsville), and served to those in need in portions of Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon and Monroe counties; breakfast is provided free of charge from 8 to 10 a.m. in the church’s McCawley Hall. For more information, call the parish office at (610-681-6137).
University of Scranton Performance Music Series: In Concert — APRIL 9, featuring a joint concert performance by the Manhattan School of Music Brass Orchestra and the University of Scranton Singers, beginning at 7:30 p.m.; concert events are held in the University’s Houlihan-McLean Center on campus, corner of Mulberry St. & Jefferson Ave. Performances are open to the public free of charge.
Free Community Sunday Suppers — APRIL 9 & 23, sponsored by Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Route 209, Gilbert (Brodheadsville), and served to those in need in the West End, Kunkletown, Kresgeville and Blakeslee areas; meal is provided free of charge from 3 to 4 p.m. in the church’s McCawley Hall. For more information, call the parish office at (610-681-6137).
In Concert: Brass Quintet — APRIL 18, featuring the award-winning Canadian Brass; hosted by Misericordia University in Dallas. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall on the Misericordia campus. Cost for premium seating is $30, including a wine and cheese reception prior to the performance; $20 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Misericordia Box Office at (570-674-6719) or online at: www.misericordia.edu/theartsandmore.
College Lecture: Russian Religious Liberty — APRIL 19, co-sponsored by the McGowan Center for Ethics and Responsibility and the Public Policy and Research Institute at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre; presentation hosted by King’s at 7 p.m. in the Burke Auditorium of the William G. McGowan School of Business, North River Street. Guest lecturer: Catherine Cosman, retired senior policy analyst for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; topic: “An (Un)Orthodox View: Religions and Politics in Russia Today.” Lecture is open free to the public. For more information, call (570-208-5900 ext. 5689).
Take-Out Roast Beef Dinner — APRIL 22, sponsored by Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary Parish, 624 Madison Ave., Jermyn; take-out dinners only, available from 1 to 5:30 p.m. in the parish church basement. Meal includes roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls and homemade desserts. Cost: adults, $10; children (under age 12), $5. For advance tickets, call the parish rectory (570-876-1061).
Variety Prize Bingo — APRIL 23, sponsored by the Social Concerns Committee at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 116 Hughes St., Swoyersville; held in the parish’s school gymnasium. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.; games begin at 1:30 p.m. Event also includes basket raffle and door prizes; lunch menu, refreshments and bake sale will be available. Admission cost: $5.
Book & Bake Sale — APRIL 27-29, sponsored by Exaltation of the Holy Cross Parish, 420 Main Road, Buttonwood section of Hanover Township; sale hours: Thursday & Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Taste of Italy” Dinner — APRIL 30, sponsored by Our Lady’s Guild of Our Lady of Victory Parish in Tannersville; served from 12 noon to 5 p.m. in the parish hall. Dinner includes freshly made baked ziti with homemade meatballs, full salad bar, homemade desserts and beverages; Italian music provided for dining pleasure. Cost: adults, $9; children (ages 5 to 12), $5. Raffle prize drawing will also be held. For more information, call (570-629-4572).
Parish Bus Excursion: Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe — MAY 11, sponsored by the Lady’s Guild of Our Lady of Victory Parish in Tannersville; featuring the music of Frank Sinatra performed by Tony Sands, and the comedic talent of Bob Goss. Bus departs the parking lot of Our Lady of Victory Church at 10 a.m. and returns at approximately 5:15 p.m. Cost per person: $60, includes bus transportation, show, home-style luncheon and gratuities. Reservations with $35 deposit required by April 1; balance due by May 1. For more information and reservations, call Marge at (570-629-0509).