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)


Latest update from Bishop Bambera regarding COVID-19 – December 10, 2020

Late Thursday afternoon, Governor Tom Wolf and Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, held a news conference to announce new mitigation efforts in regards to COVID-19 that are expected to last for three weeks, through January 4, 2021.

For your convenience, I will highlight one section of the new Mitigation Order – which refers to indoor gatherings and events. While it is clear that churches are specifically excluded from the 10 person limitation for indoor events for worship – please make sure to follow these gathering limits for any other events that your parish might be planning (meetings, Christmas events, etc.)

Indoor Gatherings and Events

  • Indoor gatherings and events of more than 10 persons are prohibited.  
  • Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, and other places of congregate worship are specifically excluded from the limitations set forth above during religious services.  These institutions are strongly encouraged to find alternative methods for worship, as in person gatherings pose a significant risk to participants at this time. While this is an incredibly difficult recommendation to make, particularly at this time of year, faith leaders must carefully weigh the health risks to their congregants given the immense amount of community spread of COVID-19.


The Diocese of Scranton continues to closely monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation on a daily basis. At this time, Masses can continue to be offered in parishes under the guidelines currently established. Each parish must continue following all mandatory Diocesan guidelines, including wearing face masks, ensuring physical distancing, sanitization and other safety protocols. To date, these established Diocesan guidelines have allowed our churches to be open and have provided a safe environment for the faithful. We continue to urge any parishioner who is sick, or who may be caring for a sick relative, to remain home and participate in Mass through CTV: Catholic Television or any parish livestream Mass. The obligation to attend Mass also remains suspended.

If any additional guidance is necessary in the coming days, I will be sure to pass it along as appropriate. If you are interested in reading the full release from the PA Governor’s Office, you can view it at: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-sec-of-health-announce-new-protective-mitigation-efforts-to-put-pennsylvania-on-pause-through-early-january/

Faithfully yours in Christ,

†Joseph C. Bambera

Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L.

Bishop of Scranton


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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 or emailing at apskdp@nep.net.  You must wear a mask into church and follow all social distancing practices and procedures. 

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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 will remained staffed but closed to the public.                                                          If you need to conduct business, please call the office at 570-785-3838,                                            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”               

                               Click here to watch the 2020 Diocesan Annual Appeal Video                                    

                              If you haven’t yet made a donation to the Appeal, please consider going to:                                                                                https://annualappeal.org/donate-now/                                                                             to make your Appeal gift now and help our parish reach its Annual Appeal goal.                          A gift of any amount is welcome. Thank you.


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.