The Office for Parish Life is offering a new resource from March 1, 2020 until at least February 28, 2021; it is a video streaming resource from Paraclete Press.*  This resource allows access to full-length videos offering compassionate wisdom and spiritual guidance through some of life’s most challenging issues, such as:

Grief and Bereavement
Social Issues
Faith Formation for Adults
Faith Formation for Children

Paraclete’s award-winning line of videos have garnered acclaim from experts in all of these fields. To learn more, click here.

*This resource requires a username and password in order to login. To obtain our Office for Parish Life login information, ​please email or call Jacki Douglas, jdouglas@dioceseofscranton.org, 570-207-2213 x 1100 or Jen Housel, jhousel@dioceseofscranton.org, 570-207-2213 x 1104.

 

Parishes with On-Site Grief Services:

 

  • Carbondale, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
    One-on-one support
    Sr. Jane Connolly, IHM
    For information call 570-282-5172
  • Clarks Summit, Our Lady of the Snows Parish
    Small group support
    First Wednesday of each month, 10:00 A.M.
    Third Sunday of each month, 2 P.M.
    301 S State Street/US 6 & 11
    Location: gathering room/lower level of the church
    For more information, call the Parish Center at 570-586-1741.
  • Pittston, Parish Community of St. John the Evangelist
    Healing Hearts – 6 week program
    Tuesday evenings, May & June, 7:00 P.M.
    Tuesday evenings, September & October, 7:00 P.M.
    Location: Parish Dining Room
    For information, call 570-654-0053
  • Pocono Pines, St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish
    Second Wednesday of every month,  10:00 A.M.
    Convenes in Our Lady of the Lake Hall, lower level of the Church
    For information, call Melissa Laverty or Lynnette Smith at 570-646-6424. It is not necessary to be a member of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish or even to be Catholic in order to attend this ecumenical group.                                                                   The format is open and ongoing (not limited to a fixed number of sessions) and the content of the meeting is selected to address the needs of those present.  Anyone who has experienced a loss due to death, divorce or separation is encouraged to attend.  Through the use of audio, visual and printed materials, the group offers information about the stages of grief and the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual effects that may be experienced by those who are grieving.  A lending library contains materials that are helpful for children, adolescents and adults.  The compassionate presence of people who have journeyed through the grieving process offers support for the newly bereaved and for those who may have delayed the process or who still need assistance.
  • Scranton, Cathedral of St. Peter Parish
    Support group, 5 week session
    Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30PMSpring 2020 Session
    March 4 – 25Summer Session
    June 24 – July 15Fall Session
    October 28 – November 18Location: Diocesan Pastoral Center, 330 Wyoming Ave.
    For more information, call: 570-344-7231
  • West Wyoming, St. Monica Parish
    Small group support
    Meets on the second Monday of each month
    West Eighth Street
    Location: church hall
    Our bereavement care sessions will be held on
    Mondays, October 22, 29, November 5 & 12.
    They are held from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    For information call Joanne Austin 570-288-6785.
  • Milford, St. Vincent de Paul Parish
    Weekly Bereavement Support Group Sessions
    JULY 22 – AUGUST 12, 2019, series of weekly meetings, addressing topics dealing with the grief process in order for participants to find healing; Bereavement Support Group meets on Mondays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 101 St. Vincent Drive (Route 739), Milford.  All are welcome; no registration is required. Men are also encouraged to attend as a men’s group will take place at the same time and place. For additional information, please contact the Parish Office at 570-686-4545.
  • Susquehanna  St. John the Evangelist, St. Lawrence, St. Martin’s
    Small Group support, 4 week sessions ~ spring and fall: Monday afternoons at the Parish Office Conference Room.
    Please call the office at 570-853-4634 for more information or to register.  Our office is located at 15 East Church St. Susquehanna.
  • Conyngham  St. John Bosco Church
    Bereavement Ministry
    Group Support: 7 week sessions, March – April and September – October, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
    Interdenominational gathering
    One-on-one support as needed.
    Monthly small group support, TBA
    Remembrance Mass on All Souls Day
    Contact: Marie Guza, 570-455-3874, etrn36@gmail.com
  • Lake Silkworth, Our Lady of Mount Carmel
    “Be Not Afraid, I Go Before You.”
    Please do not be afraid to take a small step toward healing.  OLMC Parish Grief Support  ministers will be there for you.  We will be on your side as you journey with Jesus toward healing.  A five week session will begin on Monday, September 16th from 7 to 8 pm in the Guardian Angel Room at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church at Lake Silkworth.  If you are suffering from the loss of a loved one, please join us.  For more information call Marianna Oplinger at 570-956-6983.  Co-facilitator is Tammy Bowen.
  • Hawley, Blessed Virgin  Mary, Queen of Peace & St. Veronica Parish
    ‘Season of Hope’ Bereavement Support Group
    If you’re in need of consolation after losing a loved one, this Christ-centered faith sharing group is for you. We gather to listen, care and understand each other in the process of grieving with prayer, scripture, faith sharing and fellowship as we journey through your grief.
    Our group meets for six Wednesday’s beginning Oct. 16, 2019 following the 9:00 a.m. Mass, in our Parish Hall at:
    Blessed Virgin Mary Queen of Peace
    314 Chestnut Ave.
    Hawley, PA
    For additional details please call Rosemarie Mazzotta at 570 390-4196 or the Rectory office at 570 226-3183.  Or
    email parishsecretary@queenofpeacehawley.com.

    If your parish has a grief support program that is not listed here, or if your parish would like to begin hosting a group, please contact the Office for Parish Life.