Mass Schedule Still Celebrating
Monday, Wednesday & Friday - 9:00 am
Tuesday & Thursday - 12:00 noon
Saturday - 4:00 pm Contemporary Music
6:30 pm - Spanish Mass
Sunday - 8:30 am Traditional Music
11:00 am Contemporary Music & Choir
Confessions - Saturday - 3 - 4:00 pm
or by appointment
* Monday, Wednesday, and Friday - 9:00am
*Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 noon
* Saturday - 4:00pm and 6:30pm (6:30 in Spanish)
* Sunday - 8:30am and 11:00am
Monday & Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 700 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Adorers are Needed!!
If you would like to spend an hour a week with Jesus,
these hours are needed.....
Tues - 1-2:00pm
Wed. - 10:00am, 11:00am & 1:00pm
If you can commit to one of these hours
please call the parish office at 570-223-9144.
Analia Kolakowski, Director of Religious Education
570-223-9144 ext. 6
Passing along the teachings of Christ to our young people is an essential ministry at St. John's.
Early registration is encouraged in preparation for the September start of classes. Please call the office at 570-223-9144 for more information.
In accordance with Scripture and Tradition, our Faith Formation Program recognizes Jesus Christ—who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life—as the first and last point of reference of what is taught.
*Please note: There is a mandatory two year preparation for both First Holy Communion and Confirmation.
The Church of Saint John is the faith anchor of our diversified, multicultural community.
We are welcoming, supportive, and reconciling, encouraging all to put forth their gifts and talents.
Our parish comes together with this wealth for the purpose of spreading the
Word and fulfilling our Church mission :
Love God, Love People, Make Disciples
As Catholic Christians, we are given the strength to evangelize and teach through the sacraments, especially
the Holy Eucharist. We promote strong ministries that enrich parish life through prayer, worship,
education, family life, community, and charitable outreach. In doing so,
we reflect the joy of the Risen Christ who dwells in each of us.
Co-VID 19 Updates - At this time all Baptisms have been
postponed until further notice.
Please call the office for more info & someone will
return your call as soon as possible.
Jesus was baptized and taught his Apostles to do likewise. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons and daughters of God. We become members of the Body of Christ as we are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission.
We can’t wait to welcome your child into the life of Christ and our Church through Baptism.
St. John's offers family baptisms on the second weekend of each month. We can accommodate up to 4 families at 12:00 noon on Saturday & 2:30 pm Sunday.
To get started, please contact the parish office (570) 223-9144 to begin the necessary arrangements.
For adults who wish to receive baptism, check out our
*One of the child’s sponsors (Godparents) must be a practicing Catholic, while one may be a Christian witness from another Christian faith tradition.
Sponsor forms must be signed and dropped off or sent to the parish office. Any sponsor who is not a member of our parish must have a statement sent from his or her pastor noting that he or she an active member of their church.
Participation in a parish Baptismal Preparation Program is required for first time parents; it is strongly recommended that this be done during the pregnancy.
Baptismal Prep classes are usually held on the first Monday of the month.
Kindly pre-register at the parish office at 570-223-9144.
Eucharist – The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it, for in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ Himself, our Pasch (Catechism #1324).
As Jesus is made present to us through the Holy Eucharist,
parishioners are encouraged to actively participate in the liturgy
and to receive the Sacrament regularly.
Children in second grade are prepared for First Holy Eucharist in our religious education program. First Communion is usually celebrated in May at our church.
This year's dates - TBA
The reception of First Eucharist is part of the Sacraments of Initiation, which adults receive at the conclusion of our RCIA program.
Weekly Mass Times
Reconciliation – Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against Him and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion (Catechism #1422).
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (sometimes called Penance or Confession) is an objective encounter with the boundless mercy of God. For more information about this Sacrament see here.
All Catholics are encouraged to go to Confession every few months, and at least once a year. If you have not gone to confession for a long time, do not be afraid.
You are very welcome at any time!
In order to prepare for the Sacrament, a person should thoroughly examine his or her conscience. A few helpful guides are found here.
Weekly Confession Schedule:
Saturday 3 to 3:45 PM
Monday through Friday: before or after daily Mass by request.
During the seasons of Advent and Lent, our parish and other nearby Catholic churches hold communal penance services. During these seasons there are also extra opportunities for individual confession. Please consult the weekly bulletin for all special services.
"The Light is On for You": Confessions Mondays during Lent from 6 to 7 PM.
Anytime by appointment - please call our parish office at 570-223-9144.
Children in second grade and above who are in their second year of religious education are candidates for First Penance, which in our parish is usually held around March.
For information about your child receiving First Penance, check out our
Faith Formation Program, and for more information
please talk to Analia Kolakowski, our Director of Religious Education
570-223-9144 - Ext #6
Every baptized Christian shares in the priesthood of Jesus Christ.
Some men are called to share in the distinct ministerial priesthood through the Sacrament of Holy Orders,
which has three ranks: bishop, priest, and deacon.
The Second Vatican Council has restored the permanent diaconate
as an aid to our churches.
If you feel called to the priesthood or diaconate, do not be afraid! Ordination to the priesthood is always a call and a gift from God.
Speak to one of our parish priests.
For further information or to recommend a possible candidate in the
Diocese of Scranton,
Holy Matrimony – The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament (Catechism #1601).
If you are recently engaged, congratulations!
Couples planning to be married in our parish must contact our pastor at
least six months in advance.
It is strongly urged that this be done prior to making any other
arrangements (the reception venue, etc.).
Every couple is required to participate in a
(PreCana or Engaged Encounter Weekend)
which serves as an enhancement of their preparation to receive the Sacrament.
For further questions or to make an appointment to meet with Fr. Reichlen,
please contact our office
Anointing of the Sick – The Anointing of the Sick is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive has already arrived (Cat. #1514).
This Sacrament is administered to provide healing, both physically and spiritually, to those who are seriously ill, chronically ill, or advanced in age. The Sacrament is not just administered only to the dying.
Terms such as “extreme unction” and “last rites” are generally outdated
and no longer used after Vatican II, although Anointing is administered
to the dying along with Confession and Holy Communion.
Family members and members of our Christian community are called
on to encourage and sustain all sick persons.
Our church has prayer books on the
left side of the church where a person
may request prayers for the sick.
Occasionally our parish offers the
Sacrament of the Sick
in conjunction with Mass or another devotion
If you or a loved one would like to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, please call Fr. Reichlen through the parish office at 570-223-9144.
For emergency calls after office hours, please call the number given.
Note that the priests and office staff do not always know whether a person is in the hospital because of confidentiality laws – therefore please call.
A Blessing Prayer for Those Who Are Sick
Excerpts from the English translation of Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum © 1982, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. All praise and glory is yours, Lord our God, for you have called us to serve you in love. Bless N., so that he/she may bear this illness in union with your Son's obedient suffering. Restore him/her to health, and lead him/her to glory. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Blessing Prayer for An Elderly Person Who is Sick
Excerpts from the English translation of Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum © 1982, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. All praise and glory is yours, Lord our God, for you have called us to serve you in love. Bless all who have grown old in your service, and give N. strength and courage to continue to follow Jesus your Son. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer of the Elderly, Bl. Pope John Paul II, 1999
Grant, O Lord of life, That we may savor every season of our lives as a gift filled with promise for the future. Grant that we may lovingly accept your will, and place ourselves each day in your merciful hands. And when the moment of our definitive “passage” comes, grant that we may face it with serenity, without regret for what we shall leave behind. For in meeting you, after having sought you for so long, we shall find once more every authentic good which we have known here on earth, in the company of all who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith and hope. Mary, Mother of pilgrim humanity, pray for us “now and at the hour of our death.” Keep us ever close to Jesus, your beloved Son and our bother, the Lord of life and glory. Amen!
Prayer For All About To Die
Lord Jesus Christ, as you stood by the bed of good Saint Joseph and gently led him home to heaven, so shepherd every soul about to die to a paradise of perfect peace. Let the tears we shed upon their passing stand witness to our love for them and the depth of our thanksgiving for the gift of their lives and the grace of a good death. For you are Lord, forever and ever. Amen