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).
Monthly Afternoon of Recollection for Women — FEB. 18, hosted on the third Saturday of the month by St. Joseph Melkite Greek-Catholic Church, 130 North St. Frances Cabrini Ave., Scranton; afternoon of reflection and discussion of topics of interest and Scripture begins at 2:30 p.m. in the church. Recollection concludes at 3:45 p.m. in the church hall with refreshments and chapter review of the book “Three Steps to Sanctity” by Father Albert Shamon. Guest presiding priest for February: Father Paul Fontanella, assistant pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Carbondale. All women are welcome. For more information, contact the rectory office at (570-343-6092) or email@example.com.
Bible Study Series: “Book of Deuteronomy” — MARCH 7, hosted at St. Ann’s Shrine Basilica, west Scranton; weekly presentations held at 7 p.m. For more information, call (570-347-5691). Same program series will also be offered on Saturday mornings, beginning March 4, at St. Gabriel’s Retreat House, Clarks Summit. For more information, call (570-586-2791). Registration fee is $5 per session.
Padre Pio Prayer Ministry — MARCH 8, 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.
Rummage Sale — FEB. 17 & 18, sponsored by St. Lawrence Parish in Great Bend; held in the Trinity Center church hall, 380 Franklin St., Great Bend. Sale hours: Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday (Bag Day), 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Halushki and homemade soups will also be available for sale. Public is welcome.
Night at the Races — FEB. 18, sponsored by Queen of the Apostles Parish at St. Mary Church, Avoca; held at the parish hall in the former St. Mary School, 742 Spring St., Avoca. Doors open at 5 p.m.; races begin at 7 p.m. Admission cost: $5 per person, includes food and beverages. Horse sponsorships available for $10 each; event program forms required by Feb. 10. Donations of food and baked goods are welcome. For more information, contact the parish office at (570-457-3412) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Parish Breakfast — FEB. 19, sponsored by the Women’s Guild of Divine Mercy Parish, Minooka section of Scranton; served from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the parish center. Featured menu items include cooked-to-order omelets, homemade Belgian waffles, home fries, sausage, bacon, homemade coffee cakes, breads and pastries. Cost: adults, $8; children (under age 12), $4. Advance tickets available after all weekend Masses and at the parish office. Tickets will also be sold at the door.
Sunday Buffet Breakfast — FEB. 19, hosted by St. Eulalia Church, 214 Blue Shutters Road, Elmhurst (Roaring Brook Twp.); serving from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon in the parish hall. Featuring full breakfast menu, including made-to-order eggs, home fries, ham, sausage, pancakes, rolls, toast, juice, coffee & tea. Cost: adults (age 12 to 64), $7; seniors (age 65 & older), $6; children (age 6-11), $3; children age 5 & under admitted free. Public is invited; tickets at the door.
Seventh Annual Mardi Gras Wine Tasting — FEB. 25, hosted by Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Dickson City; held from 5 to 8 p.m. in the parish center, 625 Dundaff St., Dickson City. Event features a variety of wines produced from local vintners and light fare, including foods prepared by St. Mary’s Visitation parishioners. Musical entertainment provided by Sarah Marie and Joseph. Cost per person: $20, in advance; $25, at the door. Admission fee for designated drivers is $10, available at the door only. Reservations are limited. For advance tickets, contact the parish office at 1090 Carmalt St., Dickson City, or call (570-489-2091).
Ash Wednesday Clam Chowder & Tuna Hoagie Sale — MARCH 1, sponsored by Prince of Peace Parish in Old Forge; pre-orders prepared for pickup on Ash Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the church auditorium on the corner of Grace and Lawrence streets, Old Forge. Cost: Manhattan clam chowder, $6 per quart; tuna hoagie (12-inch), $6 each. Orders needed by Feb. 18 by contacting the parish rectory (570-457-5900) or Francis Riviello (570-451-0112); provide name, phone number and hoagie preference (plain or tomato/lettuce). Payment due upon pickup.
Ash Wednesday Fish Dinner — MARCH 1, sponsored by St. Andre Bessette Parish in Wilkes-Barre; served from 4 to 6 p.m. in the parish’s Father Zolcinski Hall, 668 North Main St., Wilkes-Barre (take-our orders available). Cost: $9 per dinner. Advance sales only; to obtain tickets, call Mary at (570-823-4988). All proceeds benefit the St. Andre Bessette Parish Social Justice Ministry.
Lenten Friday Food Sale — MARCH 3, sponsored by Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Duryea; hosted from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall at Sacred Heart, 529 Stephenson St., Duryea. Featured food items include potato pancakes, homemade red clam chowder, seafood bisque, halushki, pizza, frozen pierogi, and a bake sale. Both eat-in and take-out service provided. For more information, call the rectory office (570-457-3502).
Annual Chili & Salsa Cook-Off — MARCH 4, hosted by Most Holy Trinity Parish in Cresco; held from 12 noon to 3:30 p.m. at Monsignor McHugh Elementary School in Cresco. Event includes taste-tasting competition of local entries of chili and salsa dishes; live musical entertainment, Knights of Columbus-sponsored video horse racing games, raffle drawings, children’s magician, and bake sale. Admission cost: $5; other foods and drinks available for purchase. Anyone interested in entering the cook-off for chance to win a prize, contact Chuck at (570-242-2431). Prize sponsorships available for local organizations and businesses.