Diocesan Annual Appeal 2020

Guidelines for Returning to Mass

Sunday Mass Schedule

Like everyone else, I don’t know what tomorrow will bring.

We may be told by the State and the Diocese that our Churches can once again be filled to capacity for mass, or that we need to reduce our current numbers in order to prevent the return of COVID-19.

Regardless of the impact of the virus, it is time for me to adjust our Sunday morning mass schedule at both Saint Frances Cabrini and Saint Therese’s. Please allow me to explain why.

As you are aware, Father John Albosta is no longer able to assist us. His health does not allow him to do so. Because it is becoming increasingly difficult, if not impossible, to find a priest to assist with mass on Sunday, it is necessary to adjust the mass schedule. I am no longer able to cover the 7:30, 9:00, 10:00 (SFC) and 11:00 o’clock masses by myself when the need arises.

As such, beginning on Sunday, July 12, 2020, our mass schedule at Saint Therese’s will be 8:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. For the time being, the 8:00 A.M. mass will be live-streamed with a congregation in attendance. REMINDER: The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended.

Also beginning on July 12, Sunday mass will be celebrated at Saint Frances X. Cabrini at 9:30 A.M. instead of 10:00 A.M. This will allow me to cover all of our Sunday morning masses, (when help is not available), without having to dash from one mass to the other.

The Saturday evening mass schedule will remain intact: 4 PM (SFC) – 5PM (St. T).

ST. FRANCES CABRINI: Because seating is limited due to social distancing, Reservations for one or the other of the weekend masses will be taken on the Thursday before by calling Diane at 570-696-3737 between 10:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M. This begins on Thursday, July 9.

ST. THERESE: Reservations for any one of the three weekend masses will be taken on the Friday before by calling 570-696-1144 (Ext. 20) between 10 A.M. and 1 P.M. Seating is limited due to social distancing. This begins on Fri. July 10.

Please feel free to make a Mass reservation for your respective parish only!

As always, I rely on your cooperation and support as we navigate through these challenging and unprecedented times.
Father Jim

Bishop Bambera’s Message to the Faithful
July 1, 2020

“May each of us who seek something more in our lives than this world can provide, come to experience that mercy as a blessing that, as our Holy Father tells us, ‘knows no bounds and extends to everyone without exception. No one is excluded from God’s mercy.’”

Bishop Joseph C. Bambera

“I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its center the mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the light of the word of the Lord: ‘Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful’ (cf. Lk 6:36). And this especially applies to confessors! So much mercy!”

Pope Francis

“I will go anywhere and do anything in order to communicate the love of Jesus to those who do not know Him or have forgotten Him.”

St. Frances X. Cabrini