Neighboring Parish & Community Events

THE LIONS CLUB and the Mid-Valley Leo Club will conduct their annual “White Cane Days” on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6. Please be generous.


A special mass for all those who have been “Touched by Addiction” will be celebrated at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Peckville on Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 PM. You are invited to join us in prayer for all those who are hurting because of addiction. We pray for the addict, their family members, and their friends. We pray for those who were enablers and co-dependents. All are welcome!

QUEEN CITY HOSE COMPANY #8 will hold a “Designer Purse Bingo”

Saturday, October 12 at the Scott Township Fire Hall, Montdale. Doors open at 5 PM and Bingo starts at 6 PM. Tickets are $20.00 presale and $25.00 at the door. Tickets include 16 games and door prize entry. Food will be available and a basket raffle .Currently they are planning to run a free bus from Olyphant to the bingo and back. Seating on a first come basis. For details please call 570-510-4060.


– Classes at 6:30 PM, September 19 & 26 and October 3 & 10, VNA, Delaware Avenue, Olyphant. Living without your loved one is difficult. Everything is changed and you feel sad, alone and confused. Learn how to cope and manage with these changes while meeting others who are living through the same experiences. Support is so important. Let us help. Call 570-383-5180 with questions or just to let us know you are coming.


The University, a nationally recognized Jesuit university in northeast Pennsylvania will host two Open House events for prospective students and their families. At the Open House participants can learn about the 68 undergraduate majors, meet faculty, students, admissions counselors and financial aid representatives. Tours will be conducted. Open house includes a complimentary brunch for students and their families. Registration and campus tours begin at 9 AM. For information please call 1-888SCRANTON or visit


Saturday, October 5; bus leaves at 7:00 AM from the Oblates of St. Joseph, 1880 Highway 315, Pittston. Estimated arrival at the shrine is 11:00 AM. All events take place at the Mother of Mercy Outdoor Shrine. Cost is $75.00 per person which includes snack items, water, bus trip, Shrine fee, bus driver’s tip and a full course meal at Cork’N Hearth Restaurant in Lee, MA. Trip coordinator Cathy Mack for reservations 570-654-6063.


Sale will be held Friday September 13th and Saturday September 14th in the Parish Center which is located at 1215 Prospect Ave in Scranton. Each day, the sale will run from 9am – 2pm.


The fundraiser is set for September 20-22 from 9am – 6pm in the Church’s school gym (133 River Street, Olyphant). Furniture, household goods, tools, books for adults and children, games, holiday décor, gardening supplies, jewelry, handbags, and luggage are just some of the items you will find at the rummage sale. Raffle baskets, Ukrainian and American homemade food, and refreshments will also be available.

THE CATHOLIC CHORAL SOCIETY will begin its 71st year

on Tuesday, September 3 with rehearsals on Tuesday evenings from 6:15 to 8:30 PM at the IHM Center at Marywood University.

New members are welcome and no auditions, excepting for voice placement, are required.

The first concert will be on Sunday, November 10 at 7:00 PM when the chorus will host regional choral groups from elementary school through college at Holy Rosary Church in Scranton. Additional choral programs are scheduled for the Advent, Christmas and Lenten and spring sessions. For further information please see or call 570-575-1040.

CATHEDRAL OF SAINT PETER is sponsoring its inaugural Harvest Moon Dance

at La Buona Vita, Dunmore on Saturday, October 26 from 6 to 10 PM for delicious appetizers, dinner, drinks, and dance the night away to your favorite songs from the 50s, 60s, and 70s by Rick the DJ from EJ the DJ. The dinner buffet: chicken marsala, roast beef, potato, vegetable, penne with vodka sauce, salad, dessert, soda, coffee and tea.

Early Bird Discount! Purchase your tickets before Monday, September 16 and save $5.00 per ticket. Cost $70 per couple and $35 per single. Reservations are being accepted for tables of 8 or 10 people.

For more details please visit online at or call the Parish Office at 570-344-7231.


The Cathedral of Saint Peter Parish will once again hold a Grief Support group program for people in our community who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Our ministry is not confined to Parish members only and is available to anyone in the community who feels the need to participate in a Grief Ministry Program that offers spiritual as well as emotional support during the weeks, months or years following the death of a close family member or friend. The next support group will meet weekly for 4 weeks starting Wednesday, September 25 and ending on Wednesday, October 16, from 6:30 to 7:30 PM in the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 330 Wyoming Avenue. If you would like more information please contact the Cathedral Parish Office at 570-344- 7231.

ST. GABRIEL’S RETREAT CENTER Will hold a Women’s Retreat Weekend

September 6 – 8. Retreat begins Friday 7:00 PM – departure after the Noon meal on Sunday. Cost-$140 per person, deposit is required. No meals are served Friday evening. To register or for more information call the Retreat Office 570-586-4957 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Preached retreats consist of conferences on the spiritual life, time for personal reflection, prayer service, opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Liturgy.


“Jesus is the Good Shepherd…The One who heals.” - Pope Francis

The conference includes: inspired speakers, contemporary praise and worship, youth and children’s tracks, Eucharistic Adoration, healing ministry, Mass with Bishop Bambara.

Both weekend and day registrations are available. For more information please go to www.CCRSCRANTON.ORGor call 570-344-2214 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Wednesday August 7th at The Villa of Our Lady Retreat House, 245 Meadowside Road, Mount Pocono from 8:30am – 3pm. Monsignor Vincent Grimalia, Coordinator for Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations, will conduct the retreat. The theme of the day-long event is “Works of Mercy”, and will include mass, confession, private time, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Additionally, a continental breakfast and luncheon will be served. All Catholic women are invited to attend.

Reservation deadline is July 30th. The cost is $35, and please make checks payable to Scranton DCCW. Any additional information/questions please contact Helen Oravec 570-489-5231 or Judy Poltanis 570-470-1536.

Send reservation and payment to:

Helen Oravec

814 Theresa St.

Peckville, PA 18452


Friday and Saturday, August 9th and 10th at 5pm. Sunday, August 11th following mass and procession at noon. The festival will be held at St. Rocco’s Church Grounds, 122 Kurtz St. in Dunmore. There will be food, games, and live entertainment. Dunmore Marching Band and Cheerleaders plus Picture Perfect perform on Friday. Holy Cross High School Cheerleaders and Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots perform Saturday. The Luongo Brothers Band and Take Three will perform Sunday followed by fireworks at 9pm.


St. John Vianney Parish BBQ & 50/50 Raffle at St. Pius X Parish Grounds, 3615 SR 106, Clifford Twp., Saturday, August 10, Noon to 5 PM. $10 Raffle Ticket: $10 Chicken Dinner Ticket. Music, Basket Raffle, Bingo, Bake Sale, Refreshments.


Saturday August 10th 10am – 2pm. The open house will include tours, demonstrations, vendors, raffle baskets, a bounce house, prizes, games, and a concession stand. All proceeds from this event will benefit a local child’s wish through Make-A-Wish of Greater Pennsylvania. Any questions or for more event details, please contact Chris Chang at 570-290-4235.


Sunday August 11th 11am-2pm. $10 buys you ½ BBQ chicken, corn on the cob, pasta salad, a roll, and dessert. All dinners can be picked up in the parking lot of Arcaro and Genell’s on Main St. in Old Forge. Call Francis at 570-451-0112 by August 1st for tickets. Walk-Ins are limited.


a team building and problem solving retreat for middle school students in grades 6, 7, 8. It’s guaranteed to be a weekend of fun, friendship, and faith at the beautiful wooded Camp Orchard Hill in Dallas, PA. Participant will spend time outdoors, meet new friends & learn how their God-given gifts can be used when you work with others as a team! Built into the weekend are opportunities to deepen your faith and a number of fun activities and events including weekend mass, a movie, free time and an outdoor obstacle course! Students arrive at 7 PM on Friday, September 27 and depart at noon on Sunday, September 30. Cost for the weekend is $140.00. Register on line at For more information call 570- 207-2213.


Active Duty, Reserves, Retired—or just served one enlistment period or more…No matter whether you served during war time or peace time. Please join us as we thank you for your service to our country with a free meal and to meet new people. We meet every second Tuesday of the month at 5:00 PM at the Valley Community Library, 739 River Street, Peckville. Please call 570-489-1765 if you are interested in joining, so we can have enough supplies for reach month.


The American Cancer Society needs volunteers to drive cancer patients in our community to and from their treatment appointments. To learn more about how you can get involved and help make a difference in someone’s life, please call 1-800-227-2345 or visit


Volunteer OMBUDSMAN are community neighbors who are specially trained to help clarify responsibilities and rights of all residents that reside in our area nursing homes and personal care homes. If you are available a few hours a month, over 18 years of age, concerned about rights of nursing home and personal care home residents and interested in making a difference then you would be perfect for the volunteer OMBUDSMAN Program. The program is through the Office of Serving Seniors, Inc. Please call Linda at 570-344-7190 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

THE LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR are now offering a short-term rehab program at Holy Family Residence.

The program features: physical, occupational and speech therapy; private furnished room with half bath; 24 hour nursing care; home cooked meals planned by a registered dietitian and tailored to meet your needs; coordinated discharge planning; continuity of care available in your home following your short-term stay. For more information please call 570-343-4065.


Do you know that Telespond offers a no-cost program to help qualified older adults who want to remain independent in their own homes as long as possible? This is a FREE service to residents of Lackawanna County. For more information call Kathy Coyne at 570- 347-7911.

SENIOR COMPANION: Are you 55 years of age or older? Do you reside in Lackawanna County? Do you enjoy spending time with older adults? As a Senior Companion Volunteer you will receive many benefits including: a tax-free stipend, paid holidays and vacation time. If you are interested please call Kathy Coyne at 570-347-7911.


SACRED HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY, JERMYN invites you to their Bingo which is held the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. Doors open at 5:00 PM with 20 regular games beginning at 6:00 PM. The church basement is handicap accessible.


As you may know, Make-A-Wish grants wishes for children with critical illnesses. Since 1988 they have granted 261 wishes for children living in Lackawanna County. A child with a critical illness who is between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 at the time of referral is potentially eligible for a wish. For more information please call Lily Nardozzi at 1-800-480-9474 or write to 327 North Washington Avenue, Suite 501, Scranton, PA 18503.


is offering a support group for people who are feeling alone or struggling to find companionship in their lives. This group offers the opportunity to meet new people and make connections with others who are struggling to find friendship and companionship. The group is being offered on Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 PM at the 516 Fig Street office. For more information please contact Peg Mahoney, LCP: 570-207-2283X2130.


Do you have an hour a week to spare? The VNA is seeking caring, compassionate, and dynamic individuals to join their volunteer team. The volunteer would share their unique skills and talents to enhance the patient’s quality of life.

Currently they are seeking individuals to provide companionship services for their patients, caregiver relief and supportive services and in-office volunteer time. The volunteer visit would be either in the patient’s home or in a facility or at the office 301 Delaware Avenue.

If you would like more information please contact Marina Suche Pambianco at 570-383-5180.


Friends of the Poor is seeking additional volunteer drivers to help with its expanding program. Need a Ride provides free transportation to medical appointments and medical procedures for patients who live in the Carbondale area (Zip Code 18407). For more information please call 570-877-4045.


Sacred Hearts of Jesus and March Church, 624 Madison Avenue, Jermyn, holds bingo nights on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Doors open at 5:00 PM, early bird games 6:00 PM, regular games at 6:30 PM. Admission is free. Homemade food will be on sale. There will also be specialty games, door prizes and a progressive jackpot. Call 570-876-1061 for more information.

Hospice of the Sacred Heart is looking for Volunteers

Hospice of the Sacred Heart is looking for Volunteers for their new inpatient unit located at 100 William Street, Dunmore. Opportunities range from visiting with patients, providing a caring presence by quietly sitting at bedside, meal preparation, and clerical tasks. Anyone with previous healthcare experience is encouraged to request specialized training. For more information please contact Ann Seechock at 800-657-6405 or 570-706-2400.

The Call to Carmel

If you desire a deeper prayer life with the support of a loving community, perhaps Our Lady is calling you to Carmel. If so, you maybe interested in the Lay Carmalities who strive to develop a deeper understanding of prayer. Greater love of God and neighbor, community and apostolic work. Being good standing Catholics, we seek God’s will in ordinary circumstances of the day. If you are interested, please contact: Rose Bordi @570-445-5457.


At Visitation BVM Parish Center

In LaSalle Academy Primary Campus

625 Dundaff St., Dickson City, PA

Progressive Jackpot

Admission Package includes 27 Games!

Prize of $100 per game!

$150 prize for specials!

Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

Early Bird at 6:40 p.m.—Regular Games at 7:00

Kitchen opens at 4:30 p.m.

Offering a variety of Foods and Beverages.

Homemade pizza available after 7:30 p.m.

McDonnell Family Fundraiser

Kathleen McDonnell has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Kathleen and her family are actively involved within the Diocese of Scranton. The McDonnell family are members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Dunmore. The McDonnell children attend Holy Cross High School and Kevin McDonnell is employed by the Diocese. We hope that our parish communities will be able to support this cause.

To make a donation please call 570-489-5794 & leave a message; or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Marywood University Aphasia Group

Marywood University Aphasia Group is a free community service support group that is made up of people living with stroke at any stage of their recovery, in addition to family members and caregivers. Our aphasia group encourages individuals affected by stroke to come together in a warm and accepting environment. Through group discussion and organized language and literacy activities, we aim to encourage independence and to maximize speech, language, and reading skills. New members are always welcome. For more information please contact Marla Kovatch, SLP and Clinical Supervisor at 570-348-6299, extension 2259.

JMJ Catholic Radio Boosts Power and Expands to 24-Hour Programming on 98.9 FM to Meet Public Interest

In response to public interest, JMJ Catholic Radio proudly announces it is now available 24 hours a day on 98.9 FM to a wider audience of listeners. Prior to this new and improved capability, the station operated exclusively at 750 AM from sunrise to sunset and also streamed online on the station’s website Combining their current 750 AM frequency with a boosted power signal and the new 98.9 FM channel, an increased amount of listeners can now receive the best of local Catholic programming as well as an expanded roster of syndicated programs from leading Catholic media outlet EWTN.

Just a few of the programs now available include local favorites “Building a Kingdom of Love with Msgr. John Esseff,” “In Love of Christ with Jerome Gilmartin,” “Reflections with Fr. Leo McKernan,” “Novena from St. Ann’s in Scranton,” “Novena to St. Joseph,” “The Catholic View,” as well as national favorites “Holy Rosary with Mother Angelica and the Nuns of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery,” “Daily Mass from EWTN’s Our Lady of the Angels Chapel,” “Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo,” “Women of Grace with Johnnette Benkovic,” and “Sunday Night Prime with Fr. Benedict Groeschel."

For more information or to learn how you can support Catholic radio, please contact the station at (570) 287-4670, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or P.O. Box 851, Pittston, PA 18640.

Altar Bread Department

The Passionist Nuns of Saint Gabriel’s Monastery/Retreat Center are hiring trainees for work in the Altar Bread Department at their facility in South Abington Township. Please call Barbara or Sister Teresita at 586-2791 for inquiries or an interview.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Help for Seniors

Genevieve Lupini, Tax Collector for Jessup Borough will be available to assist any qualifying senior citizen with their 2013 State Property Tax/Rent rebate. Eligibility Guidelines and assistance can be obtained by contacting the Jessup tax office. Call 383-1217 for appointments.