The Diocese of Scranton reinstated the Mass attendance obligation on August 15, 2021, and Bishop Bambera continues to welcome home Catholics across all 11-counties. The celebration of the Mass is the center of our lives as Christians. It is where we are drawn close to Jesus and receive His body and blood – his very life – in the Eucharist.

The Diocese of Scranton continues to prioritize the health, safety and spiritual well-being of all parishioners. If you need to find a parish or Mass time near you, you can visit the Diocese of Scranton’s website at dioceseofscranton.org.

Guidelines for Christmas 2021

Guidelines for Faith Formation Programs in the Diocese of Scranton August 13, 2021

Updated Guidelines for Mass Beginning August 6, 2021

Bishop Bambera’s Letter to the Faithful regarding Delta Variant August 6, 2021

Statement of Bishop Joseph C. Bambera Regarding COVID-19 Vaccines March 4, 2021

2021 News Postings


July 21, 2021: Novena attendees joyful for return of revered summer devotion

June 17, 2021: Diocese of Scranton announces date for restoring Sunday Mass Obligation

June 17, 2021: Bishop to ordain Mark DeCelles to the Priesthood on June 26

June 17, 2021: Priests celebrating Ordination Jubilees to be honored at Cathedral Mass on June 24

June 17, 2021: Preparations underway for 97th annual Saint Ann’s Solemn Novena

June 14, 2021: Parishes begin planning for summer events, while stressing COVID safety

June 14, 2021: Married couples mark milestone anniversaries at Cathedral Mass

June 14, 2021: Cathedral deacon’s two books on suicide ministry merit awards

June 3, 2021: Saint Francis of Assisi Kitchen helps guests receive COVID-19 vaccines

May 27, 2021: On June 4, support Diocesan schools and ministries on NEPA Gives Day

May 27, 2021: Taste & See: Catholic Youth Center begins meal kit distribution

May 25, 2021: Diocese to celebrate annual Wedding Anniversary Mass June 6

May 24, 2021: Quo Vadis Days is back this summer!

May 20, 2021: ‘Inspiring Excellence’ nominations spotlight good work in Catholic Schools

May 19, 2021: Virtual learning tools help religious education program keep the ‘Faith Alive!’

May 18, 2021: First Holy Communions inspire love of the Lord

May 17, 2021: Women called to this year’s Catholic Women’s Conference“With Merciful Love”

May 16, 2021: Saint Francis of Assisi Kitchen director honored by Lackawanna Bar Association

May 12, 2021: Vocations Golf Tournament set for Monday, July 12

April 29, 2021: Support the Catholic Communication Campaign May 15 & 16

April 29, 2021: Catholic schools serve as benchmark during COVID-19 pandemic

April 29, 2021: World Day of Prayer for Vocations Mass held April 25 at Sacred Heart Parish in Peckville

April 22, 2021: Pope calls for monthlong global prayer marathon for end of pandemic 

April 22, 2021: Shrine prayer hotline spurred by pandemic is so successful, it’ll continue

April 8, 2021: Catholic coalition stresses importance of COVID-19 vaccine for all

April 8, 2021: Diocese to celebrate World Day of Prayer for Vocations April 25

April 5, 2021: Jesus provides the way forward amid pain and struggle, Bishop Bambera says at Easter Mass

April 1, 2021: Saint Vincent de Paul Kitchen holds Easter food distribution

April 1, 2021: Jesus takes on human suffering to draw even closer to people, pope says

April 1, 2021: Focus on the example of Jesus, Bishop Bambera says on Palm Sunday

April 1, 2021: Livestream Masses during pandemic keep connections alive

April 1, 2021: Priests praised for leadership during COVID-19 pandemic

April 1, 2021: With Easter joy, Diocesan faithful return to the pews for the holiest of seasons

March 25, 2021: Catholic Social Services serves as lifeline in year of COVID-19

March 24, 2021: Bishop Joseph C. Bambera to celebrate Holy Week/Easter Masses at Cathedral of Saint Peter

March 23, 2021: Give thanks for example of Saint Joseph’s life, his faith and his trust in God’s plan

March 18, 2021: Volunteers gather at Diocesan Pastoral Center to spread Irish cheer

March 17, 2021: Faith leaders recognized as having vital role in world’s pandemic response

March 10, 2021: Bishop Bambera to celebrate two Masses on Solemnity of Saint Joseph

March 10, 2021: Catholic Social Services providing help and hope to individuals and families this Easter

March 10, 2021: Holy Week/Easter Services Broadcast Schedule

March 10, 2021: Diocese of Scranton directives for Holy Week observances

March 10, 2021: ‘Living Way of the Cross’ from Nanticoke parish to be broadcast on CTV: Catholic Television

March 10, 2021: You can help the Diocesan Annual Appeal reach its goal

March 10, 2021: Parish provides space to pharmacy for COVID-19 vaccinations

March 10, 2021: Parishes modify Lenten food sales during pandemic

March 10, 2021: USCCB Administrative Committee’s pastoral message marks year of pandemic

February 25, 2021: Rite of Election brings dozens closer to full entry into Catholic Church

February 17, 2021: Ash Wednesday at the Cathedral of St. Peter

February 11, 2021: Bishop Joseph C. Bambera to celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass

February 11, 2021: Lent is time to grow in faith, hope, love and to share them, pope says

January 27, 2021: Diocesan schools prepare to celebrate Catholic Schools Week 2021

January 27, 2021: 14-nation survey shows U.S. faith has stayed strongest amid COVID-19

January 14, 2021: Popes Francis, Benedict receive their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine



Center for Disease Control

Pennsylvania Department of Health

USCCB Response to Outbreak of Coronavirus

Resources for Prayer and Encouragement during Coronavirus

Tips on Livestreaming the Mass

Faith on Facebook Toolkit