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



May 21st is Ascension Thursday.  Join Mass on CTV: Catholic Television from the Cathedral of Saint Peter at 12:10 p.m.  The Mass will be rebroadcast at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.












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Planning for the Future:

What to Expect When Public Masses Resume



As time unfolds, people coming back into normal activities

is probably going to happen a little more slowly than some might expect.

We will do all that we can to facilitate our return to Mass,

but ultimately must provide for the safety of the people God has given to our care.”

—Bishop Joseph C. Bambera—



With the national and statewide conversation regarding the  COVID-19  pandemic now focused on “reopening” businesses, many people in the Diocese of Scranton are wondering when the suspension of public Masses will be lifted.

While thankful for the technology that has kept parishes connected for the

last six weeks, the Diocese of Scranton fully recognizes the faithful’s strong desire to return to parishes and to receive the Eucharist – which is our Spiritual life-blood.

Diocesan leadership is currently discussing ways to safely return to sacramental life – even if on a limited basis. Relying on guidance from the state and federal governments, as well as healthcare professionals, we are committed to safely and prudently resuming worship.

While specific details of “when” and “how” public Masses will resume are still being determined, the following things will be important for parishioners to consider:


The general dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation will remain in place.

Regardless of when restrictions are lifted in a specific region of Pennsylvania, there will understandably be people, especially people in vulnerable or at-risk groups, who will feel it is safer to stay home than attend Mass. Potential limits on crowd sizes that are allowed in parishes will also play a part. The faithful are encouraged to keep the Sabbath holy by participating in a parish livestream Mass or utilizing Catholic Television. 


Livestreaming opportunities should continue due to attendance limitations.

Recognizing that as regions of the Commonwealth initially transition from Governor Tom Wolf’s “red phase” to “yellow phase,” there will still be guidelines on the attendance numbers for any public gatherings. No one should expect to be  able  to attend Mass with regularity, so parishes that are currently livestreaming Masses will be encouraged to continue doing so.


Social distancing will be maintained.

Expect that the recommended social distancing guideline of six feet will need to be respected when entering and leaving a church, as well as in regards to seating and a potential Communion procession. As required by Pennsylvania state guidelines, parishioners would be required to wear a mask and anyone who is showing any symptoms of sickness will be told to stay home.

Social gatherings before or after Mass will also not be permitted.


Liturgical changes will be in place.

Just like when the coronavirus started surfacing in Pennsylvania in March, the Diocese of Scranton established guidelines for the distribution of Holy Communion and exchanging the Sign of Peace without physical contact. Similar guide- lines will also be established as any individual church would be allowed to begin worship again.


Safety concerns, in addition to the virus itself, will determine

the timeline.

During Mass on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, Pope Francis prayed for prudence as com- munities begin lifting their lockdowns. The Holy Father said, “At this time, when we are beginning to receive instructions for coming out of quarantine, we pray that the Lord would give his people – all of us – the grace of prudence and obedience to the instructions so that the pandemic does not return.” As this process unfolds, there will

certainly be challenges but the safety of our community will remain the benchmark. As the Diocese moves forward it requests that parishioners stay informed and stay flexible to any updates.


By working together, the Diocese of Scranton is hopeful that people will soon be able to re- turn to our churches, even if in a limited capacity, with the important understanding that things will not immediately be going back to normal.




You can view Bishop Bambera's latest message by clickiing

the link below






For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. (Luke 12:34)

Sunday Giving comprises 96% of St. Paul’s operating budget. Everything we do here from liturgy and music to educating our youngest members to our Service initiatives to Pastoral Care, is made possible by your generous support of Sunday Giving. Please continue to give as generously as you are able so that, together, we will ensure the vibrancy of St. Paul’s here and now. Mailing gifts, or signing up for Online Giving at stpaulscranton.org website can help us with immediate salary, utility and maintenance needs. Thank you





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!



Notice to our families,  In compliance with the directive by President Trump and Governor Wolf as per the "stay at home" directive until 4/30/2020 and the ongoing concern and directive of Bishop Bambera that our worship sites will remain closed to public reception of the sacraments so that we can wait until a safer time for public gatherings, please consider BOTH the Sacraments of Confirmation on 4/24 and Communion on 5/2 as being postponed until further instructions come from the Diocese on when worship sites are safe to reopen for public services.  When that happens, we will address and come up with a timetable as to when these important Sacraments can be safely administered as they happen with large groups of people in attendance.  We thank you for your understanding during this ever evolving and changing dynamic we are experiencing with this medical crisis.  






http://Bishop Bambera’s Video Announcing Coronavirus Emergency Fund https://youtu.be/1LXaLrDWgmc




With the increasing difficulty for individuals to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation due to the current health crisis, the faithful of the Diocese of Scranton are reminded that by having perfect contrition one can receive the forgiveness of sins, apart from going to confession. 

Perfect contrition requires the following three things:

· A love of God above all else

· A sincere desire for the forgiveness from sin

The resolution to go to confession as soon as possible when this health crisis subsides



His Holiness, Pope Francis, has also granted a plenary indulgence under specific conditions.

The faithful who qualify for a plenary indulgence during the coronavirus pandemic:

· Those suffering from the coronavirus illness

Health care workers, family members, and others caring for those with the coronavirus (exposing themselves to the virus)

The faithful must do at least one of the following:

· Unite yourself spiritually through the media in the celebration of the Holy Mass

· Recite the Rosary

· Pious practice of the Way of the Cross (or other forms of devotion)

Recite the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and a Hail Mary

The faithful must be willing to perform all of the following as soon as possible: (considered the three usual conditions for a plenary indulgence)

· Going to Confession

· Receiving Holy Communion

· Praying for the intentions of Pope Francis



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.












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