The obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Masses on Holy Days will be reinstated on Sunday, August 15, 2021.

Weekend Mass Schedule

Saturday Vigil:
4:00 p.m. St. Joseph, Forest City (Directions)

Sunday Masses:
8:00 a.m. St. Juliana, Rock Lake (Directions)
9:30 a.m. St. Joseph, Forest City (Directions)
11:00 a.m. St. James, Pleasant Mount (Directions)


Ascension Parish 2021 Raffle  

$50,000 in Cash Prizes   

 Drawing will be held on October 11, 2021  

 Price per ticket: $100.00

1st Prize: $15,000      2nd Prize: $10,000      3rd Prize: $5,000

4 thru 13: $850     14 thru 23: $650   

Click here for ticket information. 




The Rock Lake Picnic is Saturday, August 21st from 11 AM to 7 PM at 2048 Creamton Dr. Pleasant Mount.  As always, we are in need of new hands on deck and for folks to step up to help.  We will need people to help to assist with the picnic before, during, and after.   We also hope that folks might step up to provide sponsorship for various aspects of the Picnic.  Sponsorship Opportunities are available for the Chicken BBQ, Beverages, Refreshment Stand, Games, Tents, Flea Market, and Advertisement.  If you’re not able to enjoy the picnic in person, perhaps this will be your way of helping to make this annual fundraiser successful.  Please call Rose at 798-2539 or the Parish Office at 785-3838 for more details. 

                                                             Each family is asked to donate any of or all of the following:                                                                      $10 Chicken Donation to defray costs.                                                                                                             PIE/BAKE SALE – Calling all bakers.  Please take items to the stand the morning of the picnic.                                                 PRIZES – Anyone interested in donating a basket/gift certificate or prize to be raffled off and/or an item for the basket of                                                                                              cheer contact Rose @ 798-2539.                                                                                Here is what else is happening at the picnic:                                                                       50/50 TICKETS are available for $20.  Tickets are being sold after Mass.  Volunteers are needed to sell the 1,000 tickets.  800 tickets must be sold to award the $10,000 Prize.  All tickets should be returned as soon as possible.  Anyone needing tickets contact                 Paul @ 570-798-2189, Gerard @ 570-448-2674.                                                                                                                                   Chicken BBQ- Starting @ noon until sold out.  Menu of takeout includes half of a chicken, macaroni salad, bake beans, picnic coleslaw, roll, and dessert. Eat on the grounds or take home.  Cost $12. Advanced tickets available after mass or contact Patsy @                                                                      570-798-2113.  Advanced tickets available until August 14th.                                                                     PIEROGIES – Bring your coolers to take home some of St. Katharine Drexel Altar & Rosary Society’s famous pierogies that will be sold the day of the picnic.  No advance orders.                                                                                                                                               LABOR DAY RAFFLE TICKETS – Sponsored by the SKD Altar & Rosary Society will be on sale.                                                     Saturday, August 14th @ 9 AM – work/set up day.  There will be cleaning of the hall & grounds.                                                  Friday, August 20th @ 9 AM – Preparation of food & setting up the stands.                                                                                 Saturday, August 21st – Rock Lake Picnic Day 11 AM – 7 PM.  Chicken BBQ starting at noon until sold out.  Takes outs only – sit down or take home.  Flea Market doors open at 10 AM.  Pieorgie/pie/bake sale, Big 6, kids’ games, prizes, instant bingo, food, refreshments.  Mass celebrated at 7:30 PM.                                                                                                                                          Sunday, August 22 @ 9 AM – Cleanup of grounds and hall.  Hopefully there will not be much to get cleaned up with the new picnic format, but your help is still needed. 

                                                                Rock Lake Flea Market                                                                   Click Here for Flea Market Donation Information 


        We now have Online Giving. 

 Follow the link at the top of the page!


  Message from Bishop Bambera

July 15, 2021

Click here to read message


The Pennsylvania Department of Health ended its mask mandate as of Monday, June 28, 2021. People who are not vaccinated from COVID-19, or are not fully vaccinated, are still strongly encouraged to wear masks indoors and outdoors when around others but are no longer required to do so. This means that in the parishes and institutions of the Diocese of Scranton, there is no requirement for face coverings or masks.

Any individual is welcome to continue wearing masks at Mass if desired for personal protection and/or comfort. People are asked to be respectful of a person’s choice to wear a face covering or mask in churches throughout the Diocese of Scranton.

Parishioners who have a pre-existing medical condition or are taking medications that weaken the immune system, should talk to their healthcare provider to discuss their activities. They may need/want to continue wearing masks and taking precautions while attending Mass.

Please use hand sanitizer upon entering the church.

The Sign of Peace is to be celebrated without physical contact between non-family members. 

Distribution of the Precious Blood remains suspended at this time. 

Liturgical singing can take place without any restrictions. Cantors, quartets and choirs may be used without any restrictions.

While ongoing progress is being made to address the spread of COVID-19 with vaccinations, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Masses on Holy Days remains suspended until Sunday, August 15, 2021. Every parish is encouraged to continue welcoming the faithful back.

To view the full Diocese of Scranton Guidelines for Public Masses

During the COVID-19 Pandemic Effective June 28, 2021

Click Here  

Watch daily Masses from the Cathedral of St. Peter. 

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An Act of Spiritual Communion 

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.  I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.  Since I cannot at this moment 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.            


Filled with faith, hope and charity, the faithful of Ascension and Saint Katharine Drexel parishes are united as disciples of Jesus Christ. With Christ and under the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to continue to celebrate the faith and traditions of the Catholic Church. We seek to inspire others to build a closer relationship with God by reaching out in love through worship, prayer, fellowship, and sharing the Gospel.