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 and St. Katharine Drexel Parishes

Now that we have moved into green phase, Bishop Bambera has advised us that all of the Diocesan Liturgical Norms during the pandemic remain in place, and all of the safety practices must be continued until further notice from the CDC.  As Ascension and St. Katharine Drexel Parishes continue to celebrate Masses, we again share a few reminders and announcements for our parish communities.

Now that we have implemented the guidelines and established our new routine for attending Mass, we announce that we are increasing our attendance to up to 25% of capacity, as space allows, maintaining proper social distancing at all times.  Please note that while the capacity limit at each church may technically be able to increase, we can only allow as many people into the churches that proper social distance allows.  Bishop Bambera has stated that all parishes are able to celebrate Masses only if we can safely and consistently follow and adhere to all the guidelines set forth by the Diocese of Scranton to ensure the safety and health of all that attend Mass.

We would also like to share some reminders at this time to all our parishioners as you attend Mass:

  1. Please remember to sign up to attend Mass.
  2. You must wear a mask to enter the church, and keep it on for Mass.
  3. Please keep a safe social distance while seated and follow the markings for available seats.
  4. Please do not return to your pew after communion, and exit the church after you have received.
  5. Please remember not to congregate and gather with each other outside of the building, before or after Mass.


Please call the office at 570-785-3838 or email at apskdp@nep.net if you have any questions.

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      All Masses are have returned to our regular Mass schedule before the quarantine had started.   We are increasing our attendance to up to 25% of capacity, as space allows, maintaining proper social distancing at all times.  Please note that while the capacity limit at each church may technically be able to increase, we can only allow as many people into the churches that proper social distance allows.  You must make a reservation for Mass by calling the office at 570-785-3838.  You must wear a mask into church, follow all social distancing practices and procedures in

 Father Stephen’s letter to the parishioners. 

Click here to read Fr. Stephen’s letter

Bishop Bambera’s Message to the Faithful – July 1,2020

Click Here to Read Message

Click here for Video Message 

Watch daily Masses from the Cathedral of St. Peter.


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.

First Communion Classes/Confirmation Class

We are happy to announce the dates for First Penance, First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

                                                      First Penance & First Holy Communion                                                                                                         St. Katharine Drexel Parish at St. James Church                                                                              August 1, 2020 @ 12:30 PM:  First Penance with First Holy Communion Mass to follow. 

                                                                                    Ascension Parish at St. Joseph Church                                                                                    August 8, 2020 @ 12:00 PM First Penance with First Holy Communion Mass to follow. 

                                                      Confirmation                                                                                     Ascension & St. Katharine Drexel Parishes at St. Joseph Church                                                            August 15, 2020 at 1:00 PM  

                                   Unfortunately, all celebrations are not open to the public. Social distancing protocol must be                                                                                                  adhered to including 6-foot distancing and wearing of masks.                                                                Detailed information to the families will follow.

                                                         ROCK LAKE PICNIC CANCELED                                                          It is with great sadness that we have decided to cancel the Rock Lake Picnic this year.  In light of   the current COVID-19 Pandemic, the St. Katharine Drexel Parish Finance Council and the Picnic Committee have made this difficult decision. We do not feel we could maintain the safety guidelines required to hold the picnic and keep our workers, parishioners, family, and friends safe.  Thank you for your support in the past.  We look forward to seeing everyone next year. 

The Parish Office will remain staffed but closed to the public from 10 AM to 2 PM.  If you need to conduct business, please call the office.  Please put items you are dropping off through the mail slot.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.