A Letter from your Pastor:

My dear Parishioners:

As you know, Luzerne County progressed from the RED to the YELLOW Phase on Friday, May 29. In order to be properly prepared, I have designated Tuesday, June 9 as the date when we can return to celebrating daily mass and the sacraments.

We will continue to live-steam the mass on Sunday mornings at 10:00 A.M.

It goes without saying that there is much to be done in order to secure the safety of those attending mass in the days and weeks ahead.  This is and will continue to be our top priority.

Because we are limited by government regulations to gatherings of 25% of seating capacity or less, (which equates to 40 people in our Church building), those wishing to attend a Tuesday 9:00 A.M. mass at Saint Frances Cabrini will be welcomed on a “first come, first served” basis.

Participants will be required to enter the Church through the rear entrance, (no earlier than 8:30 A.M.), wear a mask, take their temperature before leaving home, and observe social distancing by following the direction of the attendant when being seated upon entrance to the Church, and when approaching the altar for Holy Communion. Participants are not to congregate before or after mass.  The pews, handrails, door plates/handles and restrooms will be sanitized before and after each Tuesday morning service.

Regarding the sacraments, Confessions will be heard in Saint Therese’s Church on Mondays between 4PM and 5PM., beginning on June 15th. Please contact Father Paisley at 570-696-1144 (Extension 17) to make an appointment.

Baptisms, Funerals and Weddings can be celebrated, but only if government regulations for social distancing are strictly adhered to and followed. Please contact Father Paisley for details and to schedule your service.

Given the unpredictable nature of this pandemic, please remain open to the possibility that some of our policies and practices may need to be altered on occasion.

I ask your patience, understanding, and cooperation during these uncertain times. We are doing our best to re-open the doors of our Church slowly, methodically, and with your safety and well-being as our priority.

It is my hope that we will be able to schedule a weekend mass in the not too distant future.  Meanwhile, please be considerate of others by attending mass on occasion and not every Tuesday. The obligation to attend Sunday mass remains suspended.

I am most grateful for your continued financial support of our parish.  We rely on your generosity in order to meet our monthly expenses during this pandemic. Your kindness to me over these past few months has touched my heart and is more appreciated than you will ever know.

I continue to hold you close in prayer and ask the same of you. Stay safe and rooted in your faith until we can be together again.

Sincerely yours,

Father Jim

Checklist for attending Tuesday morning mass:

  • Wear a mask.
  • Check your temperature at home.
  • Arrive no earlier than 8:30 A.M.
  • “First come, first served”. 40 person limit.
  • Enter through the rear doors only.
  • Observe Social Distancing at all times.
  • Wait to be seated.
  • Wait to be directed to Communion.
  • Exit through either door.
  • No congregating before or after mass.

Bishop Bambera’s Message on the gradual reopening of Additional Parishes
May 27, 2020

A Message from our Pastor

“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