August 4, 2022

His Excellency, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, announces the following appointments, effective August 16, 2022:

Reverend Andrew Amankwaa, from Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Snows Parish, Clarks Summit, to Parochial Vicar, Most Holy Trinity Parish, Susquehanna and St. Brigid Parish, Friendsville.

Reverend David W. Cramer, from Pastor, Most Holy Trinity Parish, Susquehanna, to Pastor, St. Eulalia Parish, Elmhurst.

Father Michael Amo Gyau, from the Diocese of Sunyani, Ghana, to Parochial Vicar, Christ the King Parish, Archbald.

Father Paschal Mbagwu, from Nigeria, to Administrator, St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Pocono Pines.

Reverend Kevin M. Miller, to Administrator, Most Holy Trinity Parish, Susquehanna.  He will continue to serve as Pastor, St. Brigid Parish, Friendsville.


Deacon John C. Jorda, to diaconal ministry, Our Lady of Victory Parish, Harvey’s Lake.  He will continue in diaconal ministry, Gate of Heaven, Dallas.

Deacon Ronald D. Maida, to diaconal ministry, St. Brigid Parish, Friendsville.  He will remain in diaconal ministry at Most Holy Trinity Parish, Susquehanna.



Reverend Edward Michelini said his final morning Mass at Peter and Paul Church in Towanda, Pennsylvania on July 27th, 2022.

Faithful members of his daily congregation gathered after the Mass for a photo with their devoted pastor who will be dearly missed.



Scranton Catholic Charismatic Conference
Celebrates Its 40ᵗʰ Year!
August 5 -7ᵗʰ

The Scranton Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) is proud to announce that the
Catholic Charismatic Conference, celebrating its 40ᵗʰ year, will be held IN PERSON at the
University of Scranton August 5, 6, 7ᵗʰ! Anointed worship, inspiring speakers, mass, Eucharistic
adoration, and fellowship will make up the weekend culminating with the closing liturgy by the Most
Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton.

Weekend speakers include Father Anthony Mario Ozele, PhD, Alice Hartle, Bob Valiante, and Father
Trevor Nathasingh. Registration is available for the entire weekend ($65 total) or individual
sessions (see day rates and schedule below). Adults are welcome to attend any or all of the
sessions. Covid vaccination is recommended but not required.

“If anyone needs to experience the love of God, I encourage them to come! We expect a Spirit-filled
weekend of Praise and Worship, Signs and Wonders,” says Karen McLain, CCR Liaison and Coordinator.

For more information about CCR and to register for the Catholic Charismatic Conference, VISIT or via Facebook (,
CALL 570-344-2214, or EMAIL

Speaker Bios:
Father Anthony Mario Ozele, PhD was for many years a Parochial Vicar, as well as a professor of
Religion at Saint Francis College, in Brooklyn, New York. He is presently the Director of
Evangelization, and Pastor of St. William’s Catholic church in his home diocese of Warri, Nigeria.
Rev. Ozele is the author of such books as Why Catholics Honor Mary, Christian Maturity (Dynamics of
Growing in the Faith), Secrets of Effective Prayer, Victorious Living in a Dangerous World, and
most recently, Return to the Altar
He is involved with organizing workshops on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA),
Catechetical Seminars, Retreats, Revivals, Bible Study Sessions, and preaching at Conferences
around the world. In 2006,

Rev. Anthony Ozele was featured in Fishers of Men, an 18-minute DVD that is a major resource in a
vocational recruitment project sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
(USCCB), and the winner of the 2007 Gabriel Award.

Alicia Hartle serves as executive director of Pentecost Today USA (the National Service Committee
of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the US) and is a founding member of an ecumenical household,
Oakland Prayer Group, Abba’s House, Unbound Pittsburgh-Greensburg, and Catholic Women’s Fellowship
ministries. Born into the fire of Renewal in the Pittsburgh area, she has worked in ministry and
business development on local, national, and international levels. Knowing God and making Him known
are her greatest passions.

Bob Valiante and Sue Valiante have been married for fifty-nine years; they are parents of one
child, Maria. The Valiante’s live in Moosic, Pa. Bob has been involved in the Charismatic Renewal
of the Catholic Church for forty-nine years. In that time, he has served in various capacities. He
is a past coordinator of the Service Team for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Diocese of
Scranton, a founder and former coordinator of the annual Catholic Charismatic Conference of the
Diocese of Scranton, which is in its fortieth year. Bob served as Pastoral Associate in his parish
for seven years. A frequent speaker at days of renewal, conferences, retreats, parish missions, and
regional gatherings; Bob shares his gift of exhortation. He is a former Liaison to the Bishop and
Coordinator of the Charismatic Renewal for the Diocese of Scranton, and a former member of the
Service Committee of the Association of Diocesan Liaisons.

Father Trevor Nathasingh was called to conversion, from a Hindu/Muslim background, over 30 years
ago, Fr. Trevor Nathasingh joined the Catholic Church and was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on
June 18th, 1989 for the Archdiocese of Port of Spain. Fr. Trevor, as he is fondly called, currently
serves as the Parish Priest of The Laventille/Morvant Pastoral Area, in the North West of Trinidad.

The seeds planted during his period of conversion as a covenanted member of a Lay Charismatic
Community and his years in the Seminary have begun to bear fruit. Fr. Trevor’s charism of teaching
and preaching throughout his home country of Trinidad, the Caribbean Islands, North and South
America, Africa and the United Kingdom at crusades, missions, revivals and Life in the Spirit
Seminars have made him one of the most outstanding Caribbean Catholic Evangelists.

Fr. Trevor remains committed to the growth of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, for the building up
of the people of God. Fr. Trevor continues to dedicate himself to a life of service in order “to
proclaim without compromise the action of the Holy Spirit at work in the Church today.”

Day Rates:
Friday night $15 Saturday
All Day $35
Morning $15
Afternoon $10
Evening $10 Sunday $15


August 5 to 7, 2022

5:00 pm TRAVELERS’ MASS in Byron Center.
Fr. Gus Ricciardi: Celebrant and Homilist
6:00 pm EXPOSITION begins in the Moskovitz Theatre, 4th Floor of the
DeNaples Center. 5:00-7:00 pm DINNER DeNaples Center
7:00-7:30 pm MUSIC MINISTRY leads and teaches songs. 7:30-8:45 pm Prayer and Praise
8:50-9:45pm SESSION I – Rev. Anthony Ozele

6:30 – 9:00 BREAKFAST
9:00-9:30 am PRAYER AND PRAISE – Deacon Poyo, leader 9:35-10:20 am SESSION II – Alicia
10:35-11:20 am SESSION III – Rev Trevor Nathasingh
11:30 – 2:00 pm LUNCH
2:00- 2:30 pm Prayer and Praise
2:30-3:15 pm SESSION IV – Rev. Anthony Ozele
3:15-3:30 pm` TRANSITION – PRAISE
3:30 pm LITURGY – Celebrant … Rev. August RIcciardi
Homilist … Rev. Trevor Nathasingh


7:30–8:25 pm Prayer and Praise
8:25-9:40 pm SESSION V – Alicia Hartle – and Team Ministry
RECITATION of Rosary; approx. ½-hour after closing session. Location is in front of library: (in
case of rain, it will be held in the Byron Center)

7:00 am TRAVELERS’ MASS John Long Center: Celebrant & Homilist: Rev.
Anthony Ozele
6:30-9:00am BREAKFAST
9:00-9:30am Prayer and Praise
9:30-10:10am SESSION VI – Rev. Trevor Nathasingh
10:25-11:00 am SESSION VIII – Bob Valiante
11:05-1:30 pm LUNCH
1:30 – 1:45 pm Prayer and Praise
1:45 pm LITURGY: Celebrant & Homilist….Bishop Joseph Bambera


July 25, 2022

His Excellency, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, announces the following appointments, effective as indicated:

Reverend Arun Lakra, from Parochial Vicar, St. Rose of Lima Parish, Carbondale, and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Carbondale, to Administrator, Ascension Parish, Forest City, and Saint Katharine Drexel Parish, Pleasant Mount, effective July 19, 2022.

Reverend Jeffrey D. Tudgay, J.C.L., to Administrator pro tem, St. Eulalia Parish, Elmhurst, effective July 26, 2022 to August 16, 2022.  He will remain Pastor, Cathedral of St. Peter, Scranton.

Reverend Shinu Vazhakkoottathil John, from the Diocese of Kottapuram, India, to Parochial Vicar, Epiphany Parish, Sayre, effective July 26, 2022.



Last week, dozens of young people learned more about their faith during Vacation Bible School at St Catherine of Siena Church in Moscow. The theme for this year’s camp was “Rocky Railway…Jesus’ Power Pulls Us Through.”

The parish invited CTV: Catholic Television to learn more about the week’s interactive program, which all of the students enjoyed.


On Sunday, July 17th, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Carbondale celebrated its 50th annual Feast of the Lady of Mount Carmel.

Following the feast day Mass celebrated by Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was carried through the streets of Carbondale’s Westside.

The parish holds this procession each year to bring Our Lady of Mount Carmel out for the entire community to see, especially for those living in nursing homes and those who are homebound.

The procession on Sunday marked the end of the parish’s weekend-long festivities leading up to the feast day procession.


On Sunday, July 10th, members of the Mary, Mother of God Parish Community in Scranton gathered on the Rectory lawn to celebrate “Glad to Be…MMOG”.

The Family Picnic was a time to enjoy some great food and fellowship, but at the same time it was a chance for parishioners to learn more about the various ministry opportunities that the parish offers.


July 6, 2022

His Excellency, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, announces the following appointments, effective as indicated:

Reverend Andrew Amankwaa, to Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Clarks Summit, effective July 6, 2022.  He will temporarily continue in Residence, Christ the King Parish, Archbald.

Reverend Sean G. Carpenter, from Pastor, Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Pocono Pines, to Pastor, Resurrection Parish, Muncy, effective August 16, 2022.

Monsignor Michael J. Delaney, from Pastor, Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Clarks Summit, to Administrative Leave of Absence, effective July 1, 2022.

Reverend John M. Lapera, to Administrator pro tem, Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Clarks Summit, effective July 1, 2022. He will continue to serve as Pastor, Saint Gregory Parish, Clarks Green.



The Feast of Corpus Christ  Members of the Polish Community celebrated the Solemnity of Corpus Christi (The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ) on June 19th at St Luke’s Parish in Stroudsburg.  After the celebration of the Mass in Polish, the community honored the Blessed Sacrament with a procession and prayers of thanksgiving.

In other countries like Poland, Austria, and Germany, this feast is celebrated on June 16th but in the United States, the date has been changed to the Sunday after Trinity Sunday. The people of the Polish community remembered their Catholic heritage in Poland and processed around the Church building stopping at altar shrines to pray.

Before Mass, members of the congregation made four altars each honoring the Body of Christ. Each of these altars were beautifully decorated with many flowers, banners, and pictures meant to honor Jesus Christ in this sacrament of the Eucharist. Many ethnic groups from Poland came to the celebration with their respected attire from each region as Polish Highlanders or Cracovian.

The Mass ended with all congregants walking in procession to each of the altars, ringing bells and throwing flower petals as they solemnly moved along.  Father Sylwester Pierzak, a Polish priest from the Diocese of Paterson, NJ, presided at Mass and led the procession while carrying the Monstrance which enshrined the Blessed Sacrament.  He is one of a small team of Polish priests who come to serve the growing Polish population in the Poconos.

We are happy to have our parish home in St. Luke’s Church.  The doors of the church are open to us by our pastor, Father Michael Quinnan, Deacon Phil Zimich and entire pastoral  staff.







Marcin Bienias Student of Jan Paul II  Polish School, Stroudsburg, PA


June 29, 2022

His Excellency, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, announces the following appointments, effective as indicated:

Monsignor Dale R. Rupert, from Pastor, Cathedral of St. Peter, Scranton, to Senior Priest and Pastor Emeritus, Cathedral of St. Peter, Scranton, and Diocesan Master of Ceremonies, effective July 26, 2022.

Reverend Jeffrey D. Tudgay, J.C.L., from Pastor, St. Eulalia Parish, Elmhurst, to Pastor, Cathedral of St. Peter, Scranton, effective July 26, 2022.  He will continue to serve as Judicial Vicar and Vicar for Canonical Affairs.

Reverend Shawn M. Simchock, to Parochial Vicar, Holy Family Parish, Luzerne, effective July 1, 2022.  Father will continue to serve as Parochial Vicar, Saint Ignatius Loyola Parish, Kingston.

Reverend Sudhir Toppo, from Heralds of the Good News Mother Theresa Province, India, to Parochial Vicar, Saint John Bosco Parish, Conyngham, effective June 28, 2022.

Reverend Binesh Joseph Kanjirakattu, from Heralds of the Good News Mother Theresa Province, India, to Parochial Vicar, St. Boniface Parish, Williamsport and St. Lawrence Parish, South Williamsport, effective June 28, 2022.

Permanent Deacons:

Deacon Walter G. Janoski, to diaconal ministry, Corpus Christi Parish, West Pittston, effective immediately.  He will continue in diaconal ministry, St. Barbara Parish, Exeter.

Deacon James R. Meizanis, to diaconal ministry, St. Barbara Parish, Exeter, effective immediately.  He will continue in diaconal ministry, Corpus Christi Parish, West Pittston.

Deacon Frank H. Hine, to diaconal ministry, All Saints Parish, Plymouth, effective July 26, 2022.  He will continue in diaconal ministry, St. John the Baptist Parish, Larksville.

Deacon Gerald P. Pernot, to diaconal ministry, Holy Family Parish, Luzerne, effective July 1, 2022.  He will continue in diaconal ministry, St. Ignatius Parish, Kingston.