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

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



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

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

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



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Resources for Prayer and Encouragement during Coronavirus

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