SCRANTON – More than  23,000 parishioners and friends contributed to the 2019 Diocesan Annual Appeal: Serving in Faith with Hope and Gratitude raising $4,117,000 in gifts and pledges for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Thirty-seven parishes surpassed their parish goal for the Annual Appeal. A final Appeal report listing all parish results is included in the June 25th edition of The Catholic Light newspaper.

“I am grateful to everyone who donated to the Diocesan Annual Appeal and to our pastors, parish staffs and volunteers who join us in assisting the Diocese in this effort each year. This commitment to our local Church makes it possible for our Diocesan ministries to positively impact thousands of lives each year,” Bishop Joseph C. Bambera said. “The generosity of our parishioners is especially impactful at this time as our parishes and Diocese respond to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.”

The 2019 Diocesan Annual Appeal surpassed last year’s totals of $3.74 million and 19,500 donors and reached 82% of the goal of $5 million.

Gifts to the Diocesan Annual Appeal support the following ministries:

  • Catholic Social Services kitchens, food pantries, shelters, relief assistance and social justice efforts in our parishes that compassionately provide to those most in need in our community.
  • Catholic education in our parishes and schools that prepare children for fulfilling, responsible and faith-centered lives.
  • Support and care for our retired and ill  priests and for our seminarians preparing for the priesthood.
  • Parish life, ministry and faith formation programs that strengthen our parish communities.
  • Catholic communication programs that spread the Gospel and build up the body of Christ.



Calling all students in fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades!

The Up & Over Junior High School Retreat is going virtual this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic! The retreat team has been working hard to take the best aspects of Up & Over and turn them into a virtual experience at home.

Once a student registers, they will get access to the virtual camp website where they will find a suggested schedule and videos from our team members walking them through each activity.

Resources needed for each activity will be mailed home, so a participant will have everything they need!

The Up & Over Junior High Retreat is open to students in fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade during the 2019-2020 academic year.

The registration fee is $20 and includes access to the virtual camp website and mailed home resources.

For more information, contact Shannon Kowalski at or visit: to register your child.


His Excellency, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, announces the following appointments, effective July 1, 2020:

Reverend Jonathan P. Kuhar, to Assistant Pastor, Saint John Neumann Parish, Scranton. 

Reverend Kevin M. Miller, to Assistant Pastor, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Carbondale, and Saint Rose of Lima Parish, Carbondale.

Reverend Shawn M. Simchock, to Assistant Pastor, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Lake Silkworth, and Saint Faustina Kowalska Parish, Nanticoke.