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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

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

December 17, 2020: Pastors prepare messages of hope for a Christmas unlike any other

December 17, 2020: Christmas Broadcasts on CTV

December 16, 2020: 10,000+ toys distributed to families in need this holiday season

December 15, 2020: Parish provides holiday assistance to refugee families

December 15, 2020: Bishops: Getting COVID-19 vaccine is ‘act of charity,’ supports the common good

December 14, 2020: Mary’s words are powerful reminder to all, bishop says on Guadalupe feast

December 10, 2020: Diocesan organizations receive grants from charitable foundations

December 7, 2020: Mid Valley Outreach meal returns to Carbondale

December 4, 2020: Making a difference, one meal at a time

November 30, 2020: Newly ordained deacons reminded of need to be servants to others

November 26, 2020: Bishop Bambera’s Message for Thanksgiving 2020

November 25, 2020: Assistance requests triple at Catholic Social Services Thanksgiving food distribution

November 19, 2020: Diocese of Scranton to conduct Online Commitment Weekend for 2020 Diocesan Annual Appeal

November 18, 2020: Parishes plan to celebrate Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

November 17, 2020: Catholic Youth Center meeting critical need during pandemic

November 15, 2020: Diocesan Annual Appeal helps parish food pantries meet critical needs

November 12, 2020: Cross blessing concludes Phase I of parish renovation project

November 9, 2020: Despite pandemic, Leave a Mark Mass still connects young adults

November 6, 2020: Young adults being honored with Bishop’s Youth Awards

November 3, 2020: Bishop Bambera to ordain eight Permanent Deacons

October 15, 2020: Nine men installed in the Ministry of Lector

October 15, 2020: Priests navigate through pandemic to bring spiritual healing to the sick & dying

October 15, 2020: Bishop Bambera’s Letter for World Mission Sunday

October 15, 2020: Scranton Serves offers resources to make a difference

Bishop Bambera’s Update on COVID-19 October 9, 2020

October 1, 2020: Saint Francis Free Clothing Store to resume services 

September 16, 2020: Bishop thanks priests for extraordinary and heroic efforts during pandemic

September 15, 2020: 2020 Diocesan Annual Appeal to Begin September 26 and 27

September 14, 2020: Worship in the open air

Evening Prayer II for the Feast of The Exaltation of the Holy Cross September 14, 2020

September 13, 2020: Back to school for Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Scranton

September 12, 2020: Diocesan Annual Appeal assists parishes in community outreach efforts

September 3, 2020: Catholic ministry addresses pandemic’s toll on mental health

September 1, 2020: Williamsport HOPE event

August 28, 2020: Parish welcomes Father Fidel home after five months

August 13, 2020: Schools preparing for safe return to in-person intstruction

August 11, 2020: With opening day approaching, teachers energized to return to the classroom

August 9, 2020: Religious education programs taking shape for the fall

August 7, 2020: Joyful celebrations of First Communions, Confirmations & Sacraments of Initiation underway

August 5, 2020: Parishes renovate, revitalize their houses of worship throughout the Diocese

July 31, 2020: The Together Project brings young adults together during pandemic

July 29, 2020: Catholic Social Services’ emergency food distribution helps hundreds of families

July 27, 2020: Bishop Bambera spreads message of hope during closing Mass of 2020 Solemn Novena to Saint Ann

July 24, 2020: Saint Francis Of Assisi Kitchen To Resume Evening Meals

July 21, 2020: Holy Cross graduates urged to put Jesus’ message of love into action 

July 16, 2020: Diocesan Catholic Schools working on safe reopening plan

July 16, 2020: No Liturgical Changes in Light of New Restrictions

July 15, 2020: Preachers poised to inspire for ‘revamped’ 96th Solemn Novena to Saint Ann

July 14, 2020: Bishop stresses continued vigilance regarding safety measures at Mass

July 10, 2020: Federal loan program helps parishes, schools and ministries continue vital services

July 9, 2020: Williamsport parishioners come to aid of ‘stranded’ Lycoming College students

July 9, 2020: Holy Redeemer Class of 2020 celebrates graduation at PNC Field

July 2, 2020: Three local men describe ‘overwhelming joy’ in being ordained to the Priesthood

July 1, 2020: Up & Over Retreat Going Virtual

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

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 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

Bishop Bambera Announces Gradual Reopening of Additional Parishes May 27, 2020

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



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Guidelines for Safely Returning to Mass PDF June 2020

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USCCB Response to Outbreak of Coronavirus

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