Bishop Bambera’s Message to the Faithful July 1, 2020

Bishop Bambera Announces Gradual Reopening of Additional Parishes


Guidelines for Safely Returning to Mass

Detailed Liturgical Norms for the Green and Yellow Phases with Gradual Re-Opening

As counties move from yellow into green phase, please be reminded that all of the Diocesan Liturgical Norms during the Pandemic remain in place.  All of the safety practices must be continued until further notice from the CDC.  For parishes in green counties, it may be more possible to resume some other types of parish activity, while still respecting social distancing, use of masks, and proper sanitization. 

Ongoing Liturgical Norms for Red Phase with Stay at Home Orders

Decision Tree for Readiness

Workbook to Assist Pastors and Parish Leadership Teams to Prepare for Gradual Return to On-Site Ministry and Worship


July 1, 2020: Up & Over Retreat Going Virtual

June 26, 2020: During troubled times, turn to Jesus, Bishop Bambera tells Catholic school students

June 26, 2020: Saint Ann’s Solemn Novena will be held, with changes

June 25, 2020: Bishop to ordain three men to the Priesthood on June 27

June 21, 2020: Couples celebrate wedding anniversaries; share wisdom with others

June 19, 2020: 11th Vocations Classic postponed to 2021

June 17, 2020: Young adults learn how to make ‘Bold Choices’ during virtual retreat

June 5, 2020: Three men to be Ordained to Diocesan Priesthood June 27

June 4, 2020: Parishioners Thankful As Many Public Masses Resume

May 31, 2020: On your mark, get set, graduate! Notre Dame graduates cross finish line at Pocono Raceway

May 29, 2020: “Our class is a family”: Saint John Neumann Regional Academy graduates told to serve generously

May 24, 2020: Leaning on the Lord: During pandemic, Mark DeCelles ordained to the Diaconate

May 14, 2020: Parishes in four counties may gradually resume public Masses beginning May 18

May 14, 2020: Diocesan seminarian to be ordained Transitional Deacon

May 13, 2020: ‘Sew’ Be It: Mask making ministries cover vital need

May 12, 2020: Coronavirus Emergency Fund helps those in need

May 12, 2020: It’s full ‘STREAM’ ahead – at home – for Catholic School students

May 12, 2020: Saint Francis Commons goes ‘extra mile’ to ensure safety during COVID-19

May 11, 2020: Catholic youth group serves up surprises to public servants – with a side of prayers

May 3, 2020: God is calling, even in the midst of a global pandemic

May 1, 2020: Bishops Reconsecrate U.S. To Mary Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

April 30, 2020: Bishop’s Video Message to the Faithful, Planning for the Future: What to Expect When Public Masses Resume

April 24, 2020: Diocese begins planning for time when restrictions are lifted

April 24, 2020: Pastors Spread Messages of Easter Hope Via Livestreaming

April 24, 2020: Donors responding generously to Coronavirus Emergency Fund

April 24, 2020: Religious Education Directors and youth ministers stay connected

April 24, 2020: During time of crisis, CSS responds to need

April 24, 2020: Parish food pantries seeing new faces, meeting needs across Diocese

April 24, 2020: Living their Faith, Catholic School students make masks to help community

April 24, 2020: Catholic School update

April 24, 2020: April Child Abuse Prevention Month Message amid COVID 19 pandemic

April 2, 2020: Bishop’s Video Message to the Faithful, Holy Week Services 

March 30, 2020: Diocese of Scranton Coronavirus Update

March 25, 2020: Bishop’s Video Message to the Faithful 

March 25, 2020: Bishop Bambera’s Letter to the Faithful, Holy Week Services will be celebrated privately

March 23, 2020: Diocese of Scranton Coronavirus Update

March 17, 2020: Bishop’s Video Message to the Faithful, Urging faithful to heed warnings of government and health officials

March 17, 2020: Diocese of Scranton Coronavirus Update

March 16, 2020: Diocese of Scranton Coronavirus Update

March 12, 2020: Diocese of Scranton Coronavirus Update



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