Welcome to St Paul's Parish

A Parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania

St. Paul’s Parish is a faith community located in Scranton PA since 1887.  Our parish family embraces people of every age, race, culture and social background.  Singles, families, old and young - all are welcome to share our faith in God and to serve one another in the spirit of the Gospel

 

St. Paul Church 

1510 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA

570-961-1549

 

 

St. Paul Church is now open for masses with limited

social distancing seating.

Mass Schedule

8 am Mass Monday-Saturday

4:30 pm Saturday

 Sunday 8 am; 10 am; 12 noon 

Confessions By Apointment

 

Click her to view our Live Streamed Sunday Mass 

 

The Rectory office is open for business, for Phone Calls Only.

Mon-Thurs. 8:30 am to 2:30 pm

Friday 8:30 am to 12 noon

 

 

2021 MASS BOOK INTENTIONS

Praying the Mass and offering Masses for our loved ones ~ living or deceased, is a great gift especially for the souls of the faithful departed.

Although it is our usual practice to open the mass book in July, we will not be opening the 2021 mass book at this time.  We are in the process of reviewing the weekend mass schedule for 2021.

We will announce the new date through the bulletin, Facebook and our stpaulscranton.org website.  Please call the rectory at 570-961-1549 if you have any questions or concerns.

 

 

 

Pastoral Plan Launched:

 

My friends, you may recall that in the Fall of 2019 we began a program of pastoral planning in the parish as directed by the Diocese of Scranton.  You may recall that the plan was to reflect Bishop Bambera’s Pastoral Letter:  “Wounded and Loved, Regathering the Scattered.”  We made inquiry among you at mass concerning the four pillars of the letter:  Word, Worship, Community and Service.  Under the direction of the Diocesan Office of Parish Life our Parish Pastoral Council reviewed your input and developed the plan that appears below.  The plan will be archived on the Parish Web Page along with the Bishop’s Pastoral Letter for your reference.  Once we emerge from under the strictures of the Covid Pandemic, our Pastoral Council will look toward addressing the plan.

 

St. Paul’s Parish Report:

Survey Results and Vision/Goals

 

Parish Mission Statement:

Saint Paul Parish is a welcoming faith community sharing Word, Worship, Service and Community with an open heart in the Roman Catholic tradition.

 

Word

From the survey, we heard that:

The parish is doing a great job.

But we could improve by:

Offering bible studies, study groups, speakers, retreats, and structured learning experiences.

Better relating sermons to personal lives and modern times.

For you said:

“Hold bibles studies, monthly reflection groups, and something for our youth.”

“Homilies should be more relevant to today’s problems.”

Our goal, as a parish, is to:

Create faith formation opportunities for all ages and walks of life.

Use our website and social media to complement sermons and faith formation programs.

We acknowledge parishioners’ comments about the homilies, which comport with the homily directory from the Vatican. ‘It is very appropriate for homilies to relate among other things events of the day to scripture readings.  But it is no substitute for the true purpose of homilies.  The homily is 1 of 3 integral parts of the dynamic in Mass.  That is, the readings and homily proclaim Christ; Christ becomes present at the Consecration; members of our community receive Christ and transform their lives to His Gospel.’

Worship

From the survey, we heard that:

Parishioners feel engaged, content, and satisfied.

But we could improve by:

Upgrading the sound system.

Choosing music that is more familiar and livelier.

For you said:

“The microphone and sound system drop some words.”

“(I wish) the sound system was better.”

“(I wish the) music was more familiar and easier to sing, but not too old.”

Our goal, as a parish, is to:

Upgrade the sound system using the money collected from the Wish List Collection on the 3rd Sunday of every month.

Every endeavor will be made to encourage singing by the congregation during the Mass.  Familiar songs had and will continue to be chosen, especially for traditional liturgies.  Other songs will be selected based on the readings.  Newer songs will be chosen for variety and appropriateness, recognizing that some parishioners desire and have suggested rehearsing them before Mass.

Community

From the survey, we heard that:

Our parish is friendly and welcoming.

But we could improve by:

Enhancing our hospitality

Creating a Welcome Committee for New Members

Scheduling social events and get-togethers.

For you said:

“Greet parishioners before Mass.”

“Create a welcoming committee for new parishioners.”

“Parish needs more social events.”

Our goal, as a parish, is to:

Foster a welcoming atmosphere for parishioners in church and during parish activities.

Discover ways for parishioners to become more involved.

Service

From the survey, we heard that:

The Food Pantry is beneficial, and volunteers are ample.

But we could improve by:

Tapping into the many parishioners, who indicated that they would like to be of service, if asked.

Reaching out to homebound and the poor.

Creating more service opportunities.

Exploring organizations to partner with.

For you said:

“(I will help in) any way I can.”

“(I will) help at the Food Pantry.”

“Visit the homebound.”

“Help the homeless and hungry.”

“(Provide) Drug Counseling for the young.”

“(Hold a) diaper Collection for St. Joseph Center’s Baby Pantry.”

“Adopt a Center like Green Ridge Manor and provide clothing, religious articles, bible readings.”

 

Our goal, as a parish, is to:

Identify new faith formation and social justice services that our parish could provide and request parishioners to help fill those needs.

 

 

Mass in Remembrance of Victims of Violent or Tragic Death 

The Diocese of Scranton is offering the annual Mass in remembrance

of victims of violent or tragic death. This Mass is offered for the

families  and friends of those who have died in tragedy, especially through

murder, suicide, and accident. This year we keep in our hearts

those who lost their struggle with COVID-19.

The Mass is scheduled for Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in Saint Peter’s Cathedral, 315 Wyoming, Scranton.  All persons who have lost a loved one through tragic and traumatic death are invited to this liturgy. Seating is limited to 70 people. Please call the Office for Parish Life 570-207-2213 ext 1102 to reserve a seat.  

The mass will be televised on CTV.

We ask that the names of deceased loved ones are registered on registration forms which are available in the parish office or on the Diocese of Scranton’s website,

             www.dioceseofscranton.org. All forms must be received

by July 13, 2020.

 

MESSAGE FROM BISHOP BAMBERA 

https://youtu.be/MDl2nRgpTHQ

(Click on the link, it will bring you to a youtube message from Bishop)

 

 

 

FOOD PANTRY - CLOSED 

Due to COVID-19 the Food Pantry will be closed until further notice.  Thank you to all our volunteers and those that donated during this difficult time!

 

 

 

Prayer for Spiritual Communion

When participating in the Mass at home through media, consider offering this prayer attributed to St. Alphonsus Ligouri during Holy Communion: My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there, and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.

 

 

 

Bishop Bambera's Pastoral can be found at:

https://www.dioceseofscranton.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/BishopBamberaPastoralLetter-FINAL-062711.pdf

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

 
     

 

 

 

 

ST. PAUL PARISH

 

Rectory Office Hours 

Monday - Thursday

8:30 am to 2:30 pm

 and

Friday 8:30 am to

12 Noon

For Emergencies call

570-961-1549

 

St. Paul Church Mass Schedule

 

Confessions

By Appointment Only

 

 Saturday Mass

4:30 pm

 

Sunday Mass

8 am; 10 am;

12 noon

 

FOOD PANTRY

TEMPORARILY CLOSED 

 

 

 

Diocese of Scranton website

www.diocesesofscranton.org

 
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