A $1,000 contribution was recently presented to Saint Francis of Assisi Kitchen in connection with the Dunmore Community Charity Bowl.

From left are:  David Hollander, Saint Francis Advisory Board President, Jackie Ruddy of Century 21 Jack Ruddy Real Estate, and Elyse Lexxus of Ricardo’s Market.

For information about volunteer opportunities or the donation needs of the St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, call (570) 342-5556.



St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen recently installed a new member and officers to its advisory board.

Shown, from left: Judge Julia K. Munley, past board president, who swore in the new member and the new officers; Paola Giangiacomo, the newest addition to the Saint Francis Advisory Board; David Hollander, incoming advisory board president; Maria McCool, incoming advisory board secretary; Michele Bannon, incoming advisory board vice president.

For information about volunteer opportunities or the donation needs of the St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, call (570) 342-5556.


Left to right front row: President Patrick O’Malley, Allie Romanchick, Andrew Watter, Joseph Shaughnessy (brother of Kevin). Second row: Magistrate Terry Gallagher, Mark McDade, 2022 Man of the Year John Fletcher, Father Richard Fox of St. Patrick’s Parish, Patrick Tobin, Kieth Oleski, Matt O’Malley, and Kevin Donnavan.

The A.O.H. Paul “Hook” O’Malley Division Four has been keeping the memory of their Vice President Kevin Shaughnessy alive through the annual scholarship fund. This year‘s recipients were Allie Romanchick and Andrew Watter.

They are eighth grade students at All Saints Academy in West Scranton and will each receive a check for $500 for their high school education. Andrew will be going to Scranton Prep and Allie will be going to Holy Cross.

They are two fine young students who are going to do great things in their lives.




All people of goodwill gathered at the Cathedral of Saint Peter, located at 315 Wyoming Avenue in Scranton, for a special Prayer Service for an End to the War in Ukraine on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 2:30 p.m.

During the Prayer Service, everyone in attendance was invited to offer prayers for peace in Ukraine and for the innocent people who continue to suffer in the country.

Fr. Myron Myronyuk, Pastor, St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church of Scranton, and Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton, led the Prayer Service..

A goodwill offering for those on the ground helping the Ukrainian people was collected at the conclusion of the Prayer Service.


On Thursday, September 8, 2022, nearly a thousand students, faculty and staff from the University of Scranton gathered at the Byron Recreation Complex for the school’s annual Mass of the Holy Spirit.

The Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton served as the principal celebrant and Rev.  James F. Duffy, S.J., M.D., the new superior for the Scranton Jesuit Community delivered the homily.




The Mass of the Holy Spirit is a tradition among Jesuit academic institutions dating back to the 16th century, in which the community gathers to thank God for the gifts of creation and salvation and to seek the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit in the coming school year.


Jenn Witner, artist and John Frank, Fundraising Chairperson

John Frank, chairperson of the VOICE of JOHN’s 2022 Christmas Card Contest announced that this year’s contest is opening to all students in Grades 7 – 12.  The Christmas Card features the beautiful artwork of Jenn Witner.   The front of the Christmas Card depicts Our Blessed Mother looking upon the face of her child, Jesus.

Our local parishes and schools will receive a copy of the artwork to inspire the verse within the card.  All entries must be received no later than October 11th: the winner will be announced on October 14th.  The author of this year’s verse will receive a $100 prize.

Maryann Lawhon, president of PHL and director of the VOICE of JOHN,  encourages participation from CCD, homeschool, public and private school students in this year’s event.

John Frank, from Holy Rosary Parish in Hazleton, a member of Pennsylvanians for Human Life, serves the VOICE of JOHN as the spokesperson for Down Syndrome.  John is featured in a video podcast on the VOICE of JOHN website and will be a guest on an upcoming radio program, JMJ Catholic Radio’s weekly program The VOICE of JOHN with Maryann Lawhon.  He will be joined by his sister Amanda Frank during the month of October, which is designated as Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

Jenn Witner is a local artist who has gifted the pro-life ministry with her immense talent, designing last year’s first ever Christmas Card, and again this year, designing the magnificent portrayal of Mary, holding her child Jesus, as the flow of her veil resembles the child in the rose, the theme of the prolife movement.

All entries are to be submitted by October 11th, mailing your entry to:

103 John’s Jog
Drums, PA 18222


Left to right: Grand Knight Tony Dalasio, Financial secretary Duane Valance, Bill Asinari and Deputy Grand Knight Steve Guza

The Knights of Columbus Abington Council 6611 recently presented Seminarian Bill Asinari with a $500 check to further his vocational studies toward the priesthood.


Please ask your PA senator and representative to contact the PA Department of Education to encourage them to process textbook orders for our Catholic schools in a timely fashion.

For whatever reason, this is not happening and does not seem to be a priority with PDE officials. Classes have already started for many of our schools and are very close to beginning for the rest.

Thank you so much!

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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
https://ccrscranton.org/conference or via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CCRScrantonDiocese),
CALL 570-344-2214, or EMAIL office@ccrscranton.org.

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