• Labor Day 2020 cemetery Mass; photo by Charlotte Adams
  • Mass 7/26/20 @ French Azilum - 1793 Site, First Catholics in Bradford County.'; photo by Rachel Lee
  • 2020 World Marriage Day Celebration; photo by Maggie Frawley
  • Longest-Married Couple Paul & Lena Kingsley 67 Years Together
  • Saints Peter and Paul Church, founded in 1841
  • Eucharistic Adoration in Grotto Hall Chapel
  • SS Peter & Paul Rectory and Parish Office
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto
  • St. Agnes, the patroness of our school.
  • Ice Cream Social St. Agnes School 140th Anniversary May 6, 2018
  • Studying the St. Agnes School 140th Anniversary Exhibit
  • Rally for Life January 17, 2016 at Bradford County Courthouse and SS Peter & Paul Church
  • "Father Toner" and Father Ed join in the dance
  • 175th Anniversary Mass with Bishop Bambera June 22, 2016
  • Blessing Pets Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
  • Advent Wreath-craft, Food, for 3 generations; Photo Dominic Tavani
  • SSPP Feast Day Breakfast 2019; photo by Dominic Tavani
  • Success at Fish-0-rama 2019, photo by Trudy Ventello
 

Welcome

Welcome to Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Towanda!

Green Phase Re-opening of Church for Mass:  All services require face masks, social distancing, sanitizing; if sick, stay home.   Reservations required for weekend Mass at:  HTTPS://TABLEAGENT.COM/SCRANTON/STS-PETER-AND-PAUL/  or phone only Thursday or Saturday between 12-3 pm to Kathleen 570-364-5996.  

Mass Schedule:
Saturday (Vigil) 5 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m., 11 a.m.Weekday Masses  8:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday; confessions by appointment 570-265-2113.  See Announcements for any updates.

Holy Day Masses: Vigil 7 p.m.
Holy Day 8:30 a.m., and 12:10 pm

 

Contact Us

Saints Peter and Paul Church Rectory

106 3rd St.
Towanda, Pennsylvania 18848
Phone 570-265-2113
Fax 570-265-2114

Announcements

  • VERY IMPORTANT VOTING ISSUES FOR CATHOLICS - VIDEO

  • Oct 25 Vigil Mass on youtube from SS Peter & Paul Church, Towanda

  • Weekday Masses Schedule

    8:30 AM on Mon./Tues./Wed./ Fri ; no Mass on Thursday.

    (There will be No weekday Mass  Oct. 30, 2020)

    Face masks, designated seating, social distancing, hand sanitizing are required. Reservations not needed.

  • Sunday Masses by Reservation only


    Saturday Vigil 5 PM;  Sunday 8 & 11 AM  BY  RESERVATION  ONLY:

    Make a reservation at 

    http://tableagent.com/scranton/sts-peter-and-paul/

    and select day/time for your reservation and number in your group.


    OR  you may call Kathleen ONLY between 12-3 PM on Thursday or Saturday at 570-364-5996 with day,time, & number coming.

    Masks must be worn; assigned seating; social distancing shall be maintained at all times inside and around the church.

  • Do You Miss Holy Communion?

    Spiritual Communion Prayer

    SPIRITUAL  COMMUNION  PRAYER

    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 in 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.

     

  • Difficult to Get to Confession? * * *

    Act of Perfect Contrition

    first is to pray an act of contrition "out of love for God," Father Pietrzyk said. Being sorry out of love for God has often been described as having a desire to be reunited to God because of who he is-- because of God's perfect love for us, and because of sorrow for having offended God by sin. It means wanting to live in unity with God, and to put aside the sins that stand in the way. There is no set formula for making an act of contrition, but a common one reads as follows: “My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against You, whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with Your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.”

     

    Second, a Catholic must make a firm commitment to go to confession when that becomes possible.

    1. Pietrzyk explained that an act of perfect contrition is not a replacement for the sacrament of penance— far from it. “Even perfect contrition is never separated from the sacrament, at least in intention...if one makes a perfect act of contrition, it's not 'Oh, I don't have to go to confession any more.' Quite the opposite," Pietrzyk said. "The person who says: 'I have perfect contrition, but I'm not going to the sacrament' does not in fact have perfect contrition," he said.

    The sacrament of penance remains the sole, ordinary means for the forgiveness of mortal sins after baptism, Father Pietrzyk said. Contrition is about conversion, he said, which means turning away from attachment to sin, and turning toward the sacraments.

    ~ Johan McKeown quoting Father Pius Pietrzyk, OP; Catholic News Agency.com, Mar. 27, 2020, © CNA.com

     

    ***A Private Confession may be arranged by calling Father Ed at

    570-265-2113.

     

     

  • Sep 27: Kick-Off Sunday for Diocesan Annual Appeal

    Video from Bishop Bambera:

    https://youtu.be/IZ2HQX3efhM

  • Masses online or televised

    Saturday Vigil Mass at SS Peter & Paul Church, Towanda, is now on youtube to view on Sunday: new link each week posted above.

    Daily 8 AM, Noon, and 7 PM on EWTN television station

    Sunday 8 AM and Noon on EWTN television station

    Weekdays 12:10, 3:30 and 7 PM on CTW; also streamed on website www.dioceseofscranton.org; and on Diocesan facebook, twitter, instagram and youtube

    Saturday Vigil 4 pm on CTW and streamed on Diocesan website www.dioceseofscranton.org and Diocesan facebook, twitter, instagram and youtube

    Sunday 10 am on CTW and streamed onDiocesan websiter www.dioceseofscranton.org and Diocesan facebook, twitter, instagram and youtube

    Weekdays 9 AM livestream at TheDivineMercy.org facebook page

    Weekdays 7 pm in Spanish at LaDivinaMisericordia (Official) facebook page

     

     

     

  • Diocesan Mass Televised Schedule and online access

    A pivate Mass will be celebrated daily in the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Scranton, and made available on CTV: Catholic Television of the Diocese of Scranton.

    On weekdays, the Mass will be broadcast at 12:10 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

    On weekends, the Saturday Vigil Mass will be broadcast at 4:00 p.m. and rebroadcast on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m.

    The Masses will also be streamed on the Diocese of Scranton’s website (www.dioceseofscranton.org), made available on the Diocese of Scranton’s social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and will be accessible on the Diocese of Scranton’s YouTube channel.  

  • EWTN Mass Schedule

    Daily Mass is available on EWTN (Comcast channel 63). 

    The schedule is 12:00 a.m. (midnight), 8:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. (noon), and 7:00 p.m.

    Sunday Mass is on EWTN at 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. (noon).

  • Oct. 25: Social Justice Grants video link

  • Nov 1: Diocesan Appeal Video

  • Oct. 26-30: No weekday Masses this week

  • Oct. 28: Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

    Both Simon and Jude were ordinary men who were chosen by Jesus himself to teach others about God’s love and to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Their lives help us to understand that even the most average people can become saints when they decide to follow Jesus.
                 Both of these men were known by other names during their lives. Simon was often called “the Zealot.” A zealot is a person who is strongly committed to something.  In Simon’s case, he firmly believed in the

    importance of people’s following Jewish law.  Once he met Jesus, his life was changed and he became

    convinced that the most important thing was to follow Jesus and his teachings.  We believe that another reason Simon had a nickname was to keep people from confusing him with the other apostle named Simon, the one Jesus called Peter.
    Jude was also known as “Jude Thaddeus.” People used this formal title so that he was not confused with Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus and handed him over to be arrested. Jude is the patron saint of hopeless cases and desperate situations.  People often pray to Jude when they feel that there is no one else to turn to.  They ask Jude to bring their problem to Jesus.  Because Jude had such great faith, we know that

    nothing is impossible for those who believe in the Lord.
    Simon and Jude traveled together to teach others about Jesus.  Because of their eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ miracles and his death and Resurrection, many people became believers and were baptized.  Simon and Jude died for their faith on the same day in Beirut.  Jude’s body was later returned to Rome where it was

    buried in a crypt under St. Peter’s Basilica.
    These two saints remind us to learn all we can about Jesus and to share it with others, as they did.

    RCL Benziger :  saintsresource.com

     

  • Oct. 29: Blessed Chiara Luce Badano

    In 1971, after praying and hoping for a baby for more than 10 years, Ruggero and Teresa Badano of Sassello, Italy, welcomed a little girl whom they named Chiara.                
                 Even at the age of four, Chiara seemed aware of the needs of others. She would sort through her toys to give some to poor children, and she would never give away just the old or broken ones. She invited less-fortunate people into the family’s home for holidays and visited the elderly at a retirement center. When other children were sick and confined to bed, Chiara visited them. She loved the stories of the Gospel and loved to attend Mass.
    When she was 9, Chiara became involved with the Focolare movement and its branch for young people. Focolare emphasizes brotherhood and unity among all people.
    Chiara was very popular. She had a lot of friends, she played sports, and she loved to sing and dance. But when asked, she said she did not try to bring Jesus to her friends with words. She tried to bring Jesus to them with her example and how she lived her life.
    When she was 17, Chiara learned she had a very serious form of bone cancer. Treatments were painful and unsuccessful.  She became paralyzed.  One day someone asked her if she hoped to walk again, and her answer was no. When she suffered, she felt closer to Jesus. She even refused to take pain medication that would make her too sleepy to continue to live her life.

    Despite her illness and being confined to bed, Chiara wrote letters and sent messages to others. She attended Focolare youth meetings. She inspired everyone who she encountered with her faith and love for others. She gave all her savings to a friend who was becoming a missionary in Africa. When her life was nearly at an end, she said, “I have nothing left, but I still have my heart, and with that I can always love.”   Chiara died in 1990. Within nine years, the bishop of her diocese began the work on her cause for canonization. Pope Benedict XVI declared her “Blessed” in 2010. “Only Love with a capital L gives true happiness,” and that’s what Chiara showed her family, her friends and her fellow members of the Focolare movement, the pope said, “She was a normal, everyday girl, and possibly a normal, everyday saint.  Chiara’s brief life showed us how much one person can accomplish in God’s name.”                      

    ~RCL Benninger.   Connecting to Be My Disciples® Grade 6, chapter 20

     

  • October 31: Eve of All Saints (Halloween)

    Daylight Saving begins tomorrow at 2 AM.  Set your clocks back one hour tonight.

  • Nov. 1: Feast of All Saints

  • Nov. 2: All Souls Day 8:30 am Mass

  • Nov. 3: VOTE

    Take an Informed Catholic Conscience to the Polls

                 As Catholics approach the polls, we are asked to weigh many important issues. “The U.S. bishops have reaffirmed that ‘the threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority because it directly attacks life itself,

    because it takes place within the sanctuary of the family, and because of the number of lives destroyed.’

    While they did warn us not to ‘dismiss or ignore other serious threats to human life and dignity such as racism, the environmental crisis, poverty, and the death penalty,’ they did give priority to upholding and

    defending our brothers’ and sisters’ most basic right—to live.”

    ~ Most Reverend Joseph F. Naumann, Chair of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities

    “Priorities at the Polls” citing Introductory Letter to “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship”

     

     

     

  • Nov. 6: First Friday 8:30 am Mass followed by Eucharistic Adoration

    Eucharistic Adoration until 9 pm

    sign up for a specific hour; or drop in to meditate and pray anytime;  face mask, social distance, sanitizing, required.

  • Nov. 7: First Saturday Mass 8:30 am

  • Nov. 15: World Day of the Poor

  • Nov. 21-22: Campaign for Human Developent

    Annual Diocesan Collection

  • Nov. 26: Thanksgiving Day Mass 9:00 AM

  • Nov. 29: First Sunday of Advent

  • March 10, 2020: Continuing Restricted Visitation to Health Facilities

    Religious services and communion calls have been restricted effective immediately until further notice, by the relevant health care providers, including the Bradford County Manor, Towanda Personal Care Home, Towanda Skilled Nursing.  Emergency calls for the sacraments by the priest will be allowed.

  • "FORMED" on-Line Resources - easy access

    Registering for FORMED is easier than ever:

    1. Go to formed.org/signup
    2. Select your parish (search zipcode or parish name)
    3. Register with your name and email address
    4. Check that email account for a link to begin using FORMED

    Enjoy DVD's, CDs, Programs,  books and more, for a variety of ages and interests.

  • Diocese of Scranton Notice Regarding Sexual Abuse of a Minor

    It is the policy of the Diocese of Scranton to report any allegation of sexual abuse of a minor to law enforcement.  If you are a victim of sexual abuse committed by a priest, deacon, religious or lay employee or volunteer of the Diocese of Scranton, you a re encouraged to immediately report the matter to law enforcement.  If any priest, deacon, religious, lay employee or volunteer of the Diocese of Scranton has cause or reason to suspect that a minor has been subjected to any form of abuse, including child sexual abuse, the matter will be reported to law enforcement.  It is also the policy of the Diocese toadhere to all civil and state regulations.  In accordance with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Child Protective Services Laws, reports of suspected child abuse should also be made immediately by phone to the 24-Hour Child Abuse hotline (ChildLine) at 1-800-932-0313 or electronically at www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis.  To this end, the Diocese is equally committed to adhering to the norms of the Code of Canon Law and to upholding the tenets of the USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and YToung People, which includes supporting victims of sexual abuse in their pursuit of emotional and spiritual well-being.  As such, information regarding an ellegation of sexual abuse of a minor shoulc also be reported to the Victim Assistance Coordinator, Mary Beth Pacuska at 570-862-7551.

    Aviso al Respecto de Reportar el Abuso Sexual de Un Menor de Edad Ed la norma de la Doceses de Scranton reportar cualquier alegacion de abuso sexual de un menor de edad a las autoridades.  Si usted ed una victima de abuso sexual cometido por un sacerdote, diaconon, religioso o empleado laico, o voluntario de la Diocesis de Scranton, usted esta obligado a reportar el asunto immediateamente a las autoridades de la ley.  Si algun sacerdote, diacono, religioso, empleado laico o voluntario de la Diocesis de Scranton tiene sospecha de que un menor de edad ha sido sujeto a cualquier forma de abuso, inluyendo abuso sexual de menor de edad, el asunto sera reportado a las autoridades de la ley.  Es la norma de la Diocesis defender todas las regulaciones civiles y del estado.  De conformidad con la Comunidad de los Servicios de Proteccion Infantil de Pennsylvania Leyes, informes de sospecha de abuso de ninos tambien debe hacerse inmediateamente por teefono las 24 horas maltrato infantil hotline (ChildLine) al 1-800-932-0313 o electronicamente en www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis.  Al fi n de que la Diocesis este comprometida igualmente a defender las normas del Codigo de Derecho Canonico y defender los principios de la Carta Para la Proteccion de Ninos y Jovenes (Conferencia de los Obispos Catholicos de los Estados Unidow), lo cual incluye apoyar a las victimas de abuso sexual en pos del bienesar emocional y espiritual.  Por eso, informacion respecto a una alegacion del asunto sexual de un menor de edad, debe ser reportada a la Coordinadora Diocesana de Asistencia para Las Vctimas, Mary Beth Pacuska, a 570-862-7551.

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