The Confraternity of Christian Mothers of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Swoyersville, will hold its annual Rummage Sale on Monday, Oct. 10, and Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in the School Gymnasium, 116 Hughes Street. Lunch will be available as well as a bake sale. Tuesday will also be $2/bag day.
Committee members include, first row, from left: Theresa Schaeffer, treasurer; Susan Bayer, president; Theresa Yurko, vice president; Liz Zdancewicz, secretary; and Mary Zukosky.
Second row, from left: Margaret Bassolino, Maureen Salley, Mary Ann Romamoski, Mary Gaiteri and Arlene Adamchak.
Back row, from left: Mary Jean Simpson, Pat Quinn, Marion Pecovsky, Paula Matthews and Donna Gustave. Other members, but not pictured, include, Judy Bankus, Trudy Brown and Lori Raymond.
All people of goodwill are invited to participate in a Mass celebrating the centenary of the Little Sisters of Saint Francis (LSOSF) on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. at Christ the King Parish in Archbald.
The Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton, will serve as the principal celebrant and homilist.
The Little Sisters of Saint Francis are a missionary community of Catholic sisters who reach out in service to the poor and the marginalized in society. The religious congregation has convents in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and America.
Two sisters, Sister Nancy and Sister Julietha, are both currently living in the convent at Our Lady of Czestochowa in Eynon and are serving local missions that benefit many people in the Scranton area.
Sister Nancy is the National Superior of the Little Sisters of Saint Francis and is the Director of Development of ASEC (African Sisters Education Collaborative) at Marywood University, which raises funds to provide tuition for religious sisters in Africa to do undergraduate and graduate work to deepen their service of the Church locally and abroad. In addition to her work in Scranton, Sister Nancy oversees communities in five other parts of the United States, including Binghamton N.Y., Williamsburg, Va., Milwaukee, Wis., Brooklyn, and Springfield, Mo. Many of the sisters from those communities will be travelling to Archbald to attend Saturday’s centenary Mass.
Sister Julietha serves selflessly in pastoral ministry at Saint Joseph’s Center.
Mother Kevin Kearney founded the Little Sisters of Saint Francis, a fully-fledged religious congregation, in 1923. In 2016, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints officially accepted the Cause for the Beatification of Mother Kearney and she was declared a ‘Servant of God.’
Please join us and guests from all over the world, on Oct. 1 as we give Glory to God for the gift of the Little Sisters of Saint Francis.
WASHINGTON (CNS) – It’s too early to tell the extent of the damage in the Catholic dioceses of Venice and St. Petersburg in Florida following a direct hit Sept. 28 by Hurricane Ian, one of the most powerful hurricanes the state has seen.
However, organizations such as Catholic Charities USA said they have their response teams in place to deal with the aftermath of the massive Category 4 storm that lashed western and central Florida with winds of more than 155 mph Sept. 28 and 29.
Even in a state used to powerful storms, Ian’s destruction managed to shock, leaving mementos of its might in the form of cars battered by winds and water, left floating in flooded city streets next to uprooted trees and parts of roofs torn from buildings in the cities of Fort Myers, Tampa and Punta Gorda.
Dioceses that include those areas closed their churches, schools and other gathering centers. The Diocese of Venice posted a video of the Servant Sisters of the Virgin of Matara Sept. 28 as volunteers helped board up windows at St. Michael Church in Wauchula in the northern part of the diocese.
There were no updates on social media or on the websites of those dioceses early Sept. 29.
Bishop Gregory L. Parkes of St. Petersburg, which includes Tampa, and Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice had asked for prayers, knowing their diocesan territories were in the crosshairs of the storm.
Some other U.S. bishops kept an eye on the hurricane and offered solidarity with the people of Florida.
“We pray for all people in Florida, especially for people’s lives affected,” wrote Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller of San Antonio on Twitter just before the hurricane made landfall. “May you, Lord, be their strength! We do not control everything.”
More than 2.5 million were left without electricity as the hurricane, downgraded to a tropical storm early Sept. 29, headed north toward Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Family members desperately posted on Twitter asking for updates on conditions in places such as Venice, close to where the storm made landfall and where many remain without communication.
Authorities began to survey the damage early Sept. 29, looking for those who had not managed to leave before the hurricane hit, but so far no fatalities were reported. They asked those who stayed in their homes to remain indoors as officials were conducting water rescues but still struggling to make their way amid debris and remaining flooding and wind.
Catholic Charities USA said in a statement that its disaster response teams “have a long history of mobilizing quickly to meet the needs of those affected by catastrophic events in the U.S. and its territories.”
The organization encouraged donations at https://ccusa.online/Ian for efforts to help those dealing with the storm’s destruction.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Sept. 28 that recovery efforts need financial assistance, and asked people to refrain from sending items, such as clothes, to Florida and send economic help or volunteer instead.
He also said he asked President Joe Biden for a major disaster declaration for the federal government to pay for recovery efforts in the state.
SCRANTON – Daria Dolhy felt blessed being able to join with more than 150 other people during a prayer service for an end to the war in Ukraine on Sept. 25, 2022.
“It was beautiful and all the prayers go straight up to heaven and help with, hopefully, stopping the war and securing peace for everyone,” the Scranton woman said.
Dolhy, a parishioner of Saint Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church of Scranton, was happy to visit the Cathedral of Saint Peter for the prayer service.
“It gives me goose pimples whenever I go to something like this,” she said.
Father Myron Myronyuk, Pastor, Saint Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church of Scranton, who has several family members still living in Ukraine and fighting in the Ukrainian military, led the prayer service along with the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton.
“It was a beautiful event and I think it brought everyone together to share in the need for prayer to stop the war in Ukraine,” Mary Beth Carson of Scranton said.
As the Russian invasion of Ukraine reached its seven-month mark, Carson said she continues to have concerns about how long the war will last.
“I do have concerns about how the people of Ukraine will continue to be able to sustain themselves against the enemy,” she added. “That just underscores why we need to be here and we do need to work together in prayer.”
As he welcomed the crowd to the Cathedral, Bishop Bambera noted that with the passage of time many people have become “desensitized” to the ongoing war.
“We must continue to be vigilant,” the bishop noted. “Perhaps this is the most appropriate time to storm heaven with our hopes, our prayers and most especially our trust in God’s mercy.”
The Russian invasion of Ukraine began on Feb. 24. Thousands of Ukrainians have been killed in the conflict and many others, including civilians, have been wounded.
Father Myronyuk expressed his deep appreciation and gratitude for everyone who has been praying for his motherland.
“What is clear is that great suffering and a heavy cross have been placed upon many innocent people, who in all truth, have nowhere to turn expect to God – God, who is the comforter of the afflicted, the refuge of the storm,” he said.
The Ukrainian pastor said his brother, who is a member of the Ukrainian military, has gotten all of his fellow soldiers to pray. He said they have no fear in repelling their Russian aggressors.
“They all pray. They pray the rosary. Most of them, they don’t pray often but they know they need the help,” Father Myronyuk recounted.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion, Father Myronyuk noted that people in Lackawanna County have donated $200,000 to help Ukraine, including medications, winter pants, boots and much more.
“Churches, schools, hospitals, homes, orphanages, cultural centers, libraries, roads, bridges and parks are being destroyed,” he said. “But you know, because of your holy prayers, Ukraine is still standing!”
The prayer service came during a pivotal time. Just days prior, in a prerecorded video message, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial military mobilization that would call up roughly 300,000 reservists to the military. During the address, Mr. Putin also challenged the West over its support for Ukraine.
“Today, Ukraine is fighting for every nation’s right to exist,” Father Myronyuk added.
SCRANTON – Eight faith-filled men will take a step toward ordination as permanent deacons for the Diocese of Scranton during a Mass on Oct. 1, 2022, at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Scranton.
The Mass, which will be celebrated at 12:10 p.m. by the Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton, will include the Rite of Candidacy.
During the Rite of Candidacy, Bishop Bambera will accept the men to formally enter the diaconate formation process as Candidates. Over the next four years, these men will receive spiritual, theological and pastoral formation, and upon completion, will be called to ordination as permanent deacons.
The Rite of Candidacy is the first official recognition of the positive signs of a man’s vocation to the permanent diaconate.
The men who will be participating in the Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders on Oct. 1 are:
Fernando B. Alves – Saint Luke Parish, Stroudsburg
Ernesto A. Capo, Jr. – Saint Ann Parish, Shohola
Michaelangelo J. Colaneri – Cathedral of Saint Peter Parish, Scranton
Frank A. Fanelli – Saint Ann Parish, Shohola
Joel Marte – Saint Matthew Parish, East Stroudsburg
Jorge A. Roca – Saint Matthew Parish, East Stroudsburg
Rafael Sánchez Velásquez – Saint Matthew Parish, East Stroudsburg
Christian D. Saunders – Saint Paul Parish, Scranton
A ninth man, Francisco Castelan, has been accepted this year into this formation class, but he has already received the Rite of Candidacy in 2013 in the Diocese of Brooklyn.
All are invited to attend Saturday’s Mass. For those unable to attend in person, CTV: Catholic Television of the Diocese of Scranton will broadcast the Mass and there will be a livestream available on the Diocese of Scranton website, YouTube channel and links available on all Diocesan social media platforms.
WILKES-BARRE – Three educators and two administrators in the Diocese of Scranton Catholic School System are being recognized for their commitment to Catholic Education and sharing the love of Christ with young people.
During the Diocesan Teachers’ Institute Mass, held Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, at Saint Nicholas Church, each honoree received the Saint John Paul II Award for 25 years or more of dedicated service to Catholic Education in the Diocese of Scranton.
The recipients include Diane Centrella of Notre Dame Elementary School in East Stroudsburg; Alisia McNamee of Saint John Neumann Regional Academy in Williamsport; Jennifer Olmstead of Notre Dame Jr./Sr. High School in East Stroudsburg; Ann Marie Rogers of Saint Clare/Saint Paul School in Scranton; and Christopher Tigue of Saint Nicholas/Saint Mary School in Wilkes-Barre.
Olmstead, who teaches French to students in seventh thru 12th grade, reflected on what her teaching profession has meant after accepting her award.
“My school is like a family. When we walk in the door, we know that our kids are part of our extended family. Their families are also a part of it,” she said. “The teachers at my school are some of my dearest friends. The administration is supportive, so there is a lot that brings us back year after year.”
Centrella is now in her 26th year teaching kindergarten.
“I’m always honored to teach the littlest ones. I’ve learned so much and they’re great teachers,” she explained. “Every day is different. It is creative and full of God.”
Centrella said her students get excited to learn about God.
“It is their favorite subject. They want to hear about Jesus every day. They want to hear stories, they want to talk about what Jesus would do,” she added.
After teaching at La Salle Academy in Jessup for nearly two decades, Rogers moved to Saint Clare/Saint Paul School six years ago. She has taught art, pre-school and first grade during all that time. She also coached track and field and cross-country at Holy Cross High School for more than a decade.
“I have been able to combine my love for Jesus with my daily work,” she said. “It’s nice to see the kids that you’ve had grown up and all their accomplishments, getting married. I now have kids of kids that I’ve taught in school!”
After starting his teaching career in Hazleton, Tigue spent time in Scranton and Dunmore before ending up in Wilkes-Barre. He is currently the principal at Saint Nicholas/Saint Mary School.
“We not only teach excellence, but we teach faith and passing that on is really what the mission is all about,” he said.
While all the educators receiving the Saint John Paul II Award have seen changes in technology, instruction methods and security, Tigue said one thing has not changed.
“The core values that we have haven’t changed,” he said.
That is a sentiment that McNamee, the current principal at Saint John Neumann Regional Academy in Williamsport, agreed with wholeheartedly.
“I am a product of Catholic education, actually in the buildings I teach in and lead right now,” she said. “The faith, morals and values are needed so much in today’s world and society.”
While she laughed while explaining that some of her former students are now part of her teaching staff, McNamee said one of the best parts of the job are when former students reach out and explain the lasting impact she has had on them.
“When they come up to you and tell you what you have meant in their life, it’s really overwhelming,” McNamee ended by saying.
SCRANTON – October is Respect Life Month and the first Sunday in October is designated as Respect Life Sunday. The Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton, will celebrate Respect Life Sunday Mass on Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Scranton.
The Mass is open to the public. Faithful from across the Diocese of Scranton are invited to attend the Respect Life Sunday Mass and focus on God’s precious gift of human life and our responsibility to care for, protect and defend the lives of our brothers and sisters.
As Catholics, we are called to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end, and at every point in between. During the month of October, the Church asks us to reflect more deeply on the dignity of every human life.
During this special month, the faithful are encouraged to pray for the wisdom and courage to lovingly protect God’s gift of human life at every stage, in sickness and in health.
The faithful are also asked to pray for women and men suffering after abortion. Through Christ’s endless mercy, we ask that they find peace and healing, especially with the assistance of the Church’s abortion healing ministry, Project Rachel.
The faithful are also asked to pray for those nearing the end of life, that they receive care that respects their dignity and protects their lives as they place their hope in the promise of eternal life.
Students from the Diocese of Scranton Catholic School System and parish youth ministries have been invited to participate in the Respect Life Mass on Oct. 2 as readers, gift bearers and altar servers.
For those unable to attend in-person, the Mass will be broadcast live on CTV: Catholic Television of the Diocese of Scranton and the Diocese of Scranton’s YouTube Channel. The Mass will also be livestream on the Diocese of Scranton website with links provided on the Diocese of Scranton social media platforms.
A $1,000 contribution was recently presented to Saint Francis of Assisi Kitchen in connection with the Dunmore Community Charity Bowl.
From left are: David Hollander, Saint Francis Advisory Board President, Jackie Ruddy of Century 21 Jack Ruddy Real Estate, and Elyse Lexxus of Ricardo’s Market.
For information about volunteer opportunities or the donation needs of the St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, call (570) 342-5556.
St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen recently installed a new member and officers to its advisory board.
Shown, from left: Judge Julia K. Munley, past board president, who swore in the new member and the new officers; Paola Giangiacomo, the newest addition to the Saint Francis Advisory Board; David Hollander, incoming advisory board president; Maria McCool, incoming advisory board secretary; Michele Bannon, incoming advisory board vice president.
For information about volunteer opportunities or the donation needs of the St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, call (570) 342-5556.
The A.O.H. Paul “Hook” O’Malley Division Four has been keeping the memory of their Vice President Kevin Shaughnessy alive through the annual scholarship fund. This year‘s recipients were Allie Romanchick and Andrew Watter.
They are eighth grade students at All Saints Academy in West Scranton and will each receive a check for $500 for their high school education. Andrew will be going to Scranton Prep and Allie will be going to Holy Cross.
They are two fine young students who are going to do great things in their lives.