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 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

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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.

                                               The Parish Office is now open to the public.                                                                             If you need to conduct business, please ring the doorbell to enter.                                                                      Masks must be worn at all times while in the office.                                             The office hours are Monday – Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM.  The office is closed from Noon to 1 PM.    We encourage parishioners to continue to put items you are dropping off through the mail slot at    612 Hudson Street, Forest City, PA 18421. Thank you for your cooperation. 

                                               Diocese of Scranton                                                                                                                                    2020 Diocesan Annual Appeal                                                                             “Bound Together in Hope”               2

2020 Diocesan Annual Appeal Video



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.