Parish Mission Statements 

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish

Humbly guided by the Holy Spirit, our mission is to help people:

  • Through prayer and worship, discover God’s desire to be in relationship with us;
  • Discover and develop the gifts and talents God has bestowed on each person;
  • Share our faith in Jesus Christ through a welcoming community, beautiful liturgy, and ongoing faith formation;
  • Be of service to one another, to the communities in which we live, and especially to those in need.


St. Elizabeth Church, Bear Creek        St. Mark Church, Thornhurst

St. RIta Parish

The mission of St. Rita Parish, Gouldsboro is to build a strong and vibrant community through the ministries of Word, Worship, Community and Service.  These ministries will help us to: facilitate the spiritual growth of every member of the parish through lifelong faith formation; build up the community by celebrating the sacred liturgy well; strengthen and support one another through works of charity; and act on our commitment to serve others.   We thereby enable each other to be a sign of God’s presence in the world.  

On the horizon

  • Continue implementation of the parish pastoral plan
  • Fully re-engage parish members post-Covid
  • Participate, with St. Rita Parish, in the partnership for faith formation with the neighboring parishes of St. Maximilian Kolbe and Most Holy Trinity
  • Participate, with St. Elizabeth Parish, in the Wilkes-Barre Deanery blueprint conversations
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