• Ice Cream Social St. Agnes School 140th Anniversary May 6, 2018
  • Studying the St. Agnes School 140th Anniversary Exhibit
  • Parent and Child Dance at Mardi Gras Party
  • "Father Toner" and Father Ed join in the dance
  • Grotto in Autumn Splendor photo by John Engel
  • Blessing Pets Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
  • Parish Pilgrimage to Scranton Cathedral Jubilee Year of Mercy
  • Labor Day Mass State Road Ireland Cemetery (photo JH Engle)
  • 175th Anniversary Mass with Bishop Bambera June 22, 2016
  • Full Armor Band provides liturgical music at Mass prior to concert May 14, 2016
  • Ss. Peter and Paul Church
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto
  • Grotto 100th Anniversary Procession from church
  • Lourdes History from Fr. Ed, Grotto History from Henry Farley
  • Grotto 100th Anniversary Fr. Ed sprinkles holy water
  • Ice Cream Social at Grotto 100th anniversary celebration


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

Mass Schedule:
Saturday (Vigil) 5 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m., 11 a.m.

Weekday Mass at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday

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

Confessions heard daily before Mass at 8 a.m. and Saturdays at 4:15 p.m.

Contact Us

Saints Peter and Paul Church Rectory
106 3rd St.
Towanda, Pennsylvania 18848
Phone 570-265-2113
Fax 570-265-2114


  • Aug. 14: Bishop's Message on Grand Jury Investigation
  • Rev. Ronald J. Hughes

    We just received word that Fr. Ronald J. Hughes, our Pastor of SS Peter & Paul from 1996-2005, died this past week at Little Flower Manor in Wilkes-Barre. His funeral liturgy was celebrated by Bishop Bambera in Dunmore this past Friday, July 20,

    Father Ron came to us after 5 years at St. Ann in Bentley Creek; he served as Dean of the Bradford-Sullivan Deanery from 1996 through 2003. From our parish, he was appointed Pastor for St. Ann in Tobyhanna in 2005; in 2006, Assistant Pastor at St. Thomas Aquinas, Archbald & St. Mary Czestochowa, Eynon; in 2008, to St. Rose, Carbondale & St. Pius X, Royal until May 2008, appointment as Administrator at St. Joachim, Meshoppen; and then in October 2008 to Assistant Pastor at St. Lawrence O’Toole/St. Mary/St. Michael, Old Forge. He was granted early retirement in 2016 for reasons of health. If you remember, he always had a story for us, and a hug! May he rest in peace.


  • A Message From Bishop Bambera, the Diocese of Scranton

    As you may already know from media reports, the Diocese of Scranton has been the subject of a statewide Grand Jury investigating child sexual abuse in six of the eight dioceses in Pennsylvania. Public release of the report is expected in the coming weeks.
    I want to take this opportunity to offer my deepest apologies to the victims of such abuse, to their families, to the faithful of our Church and to everyone impacted by the behaviors described in this  report. While difficult to face, this is the only way for us to move forward in a more positive way as  we learn from the past.
    You will be kept apprised of new developments through various channels of communication as more information is released. Once again, I am deeply sorry for these past actions and the pain caused by the behaviors described in the report, and I will continue to do all that I can to ensure the safety and well-being of our children.

  • "FORMED" on-Line Resources available

    Log in :  formed.org

    Click on bottom right  on screen "Register" - sign up using parish Code

    Enter Parish Code RZ8ZR8 (case sensitive) and your email address

    Complete your information for our parish

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

  • Sept. 16-18 Parish Mission "The Story of Faith"

    Saints Peter & Paul Parish presents Frank Runyeon and “The Story of Faith”


    Mark Your Calendars for Sunday through Tuesday, September 16-18, 2018.


    6:30 pm Sunday: The Gospel of Luke Reception before and after

    6:30 pm Monday: The Sermon on the Mount Reception before and after

    6:30 pm Tuesday: Faith and Hollywood Reception before and after


    Frank Runyeon has won national acclaim for his work as a translator and performer of Biblical texts over the past 25 years.

    He has performed the gospel for hundreds of thousands of people in almost every state in America, earning rave reviews from critics, scholars, and church leaders of every denomination.

    He is regularly reviewed as “the best speaker we have ever heard” by students and faculty at private and public schools across the nation.

    He is perhaps still best known, however, for his many roles on television.

    He starred for seven years as Steve Andropoulos on As the World Turns opposite Meg Ryan, a storyline that garnered the second highest ratings in the history of daytime television. He next appeared for four years as Father Michael Donnelly on the Emmy award-winning Santa Barbara, and as tycoon Simon Romero on General Hospital, opposite Emma Samms. Frank has also guest-starred in recurring roles on Falcon Crest as chess genius Jovan Dmytryk, on Melrose Place as Father Tom, on All My Children as Forrest Williams, and on L.A. LAW as talk-show host Brooks Tapman.


    He was recently nominated for a Daytime Emmy for his guest-starring role as Angel on The Young & the Restless.
    Frank also starred as Detective Marty Lowery in the feature film Sudden Death, and as Pierre Lyon in Bolero. He appeared to rave reviews on the New York stage as Hercules in Aristophanes' The Birds, and in

    regional theater as Clifford in Deathtrap and Oliver Costello in The Spider's Web.

    1. upcoming September 16-18th Parish Mission evening events are well worth attending, and should be a most enjoyable, entertaining, and learning experience. This is a family-oriented event for all ages. If you know neighbors, relatives, or friends that you feel would enjoy attending, please do invite/bring them. If you feel you might need it, babysitting will be available in Grotto Hall downstairs during the performance in the church upstairs.

    More details will be provided in future bulletins and is available at runyeonproductions.com.


  • Parish historical deck of cards are available now; also mugs, wineglasses & historical booklet

    Price is $8 per deck; check made out to SS Peter & Paul Church 175thk.  Mugs $5; wineglass $2; Historical Booklet $5

    Parish office hours 9 am - 3 pm Monday through Thursday; phonw 570-265-2113; email stppp@epix.net

    Order may also be submitted from History button on this website

  • Apr 1, 2016: Statement from Bishop Bambera

    The Diocese of Scranton encourages anyone who has been sexually abused by a member of the clergy or anyone else, to immediately notify local law enforcement authorities; and to contact Joseph DeVizia,Victim's Assistance  Coordinator, at 570-862-7551; or Monsignor Thomas M. Muldowney, vicar General of the Diocese of Scranton, at 570-207-2269.  We also urge anyone to report incidents of child abuse immediately to Pennsylvania ChildLine; the toll-free number is 1-800-932-0313.

    The Diocese of Scranton is committed to protecting children and to providing support to victims of sexual abuse.  In acknowledging the pain suffered by survivors of abuse, the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton, requests the faithful of the Diocese to join him in praying for the healing of all who have been harmed by abuse, for the countless lives affected by such actions, and for the many priests of the diocese of scranton who have been faithful to their vocation and the people they serve.


  • Aug. 20-24: No Weekday Masses this week

    church carpet cleaning

  • Aug. 20: 7 pm Musicians' Planning Meeting in Grotto Hall
  • Aug 23: Widows' Support Group Luncheon

    Noon @ Villa Sena  call Connie Gerrity for reservations 570-265-5400

  • Aug. 25: 9 am Breakfast @ Bishop's
  • Sep. 6: Eucharistic Adoration begins 9 am

    Thursday morning through Friday afternoon.  Please consult the schedule in the back of the church; sign up for an hour, if you can.  Try to spend at least some time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

  • Sep. 7: First Friday Mass 8:30 am; 10:15 am Mass at Bradford County Manor
  • Sep.8: First Saturday Mass 8:30 am
  • Sep 16-18: "The Story of Faith"

    Well-known actor Frank Runyeon presents:

    Sunday:  "The Gospel of Luke"

    Monday "The Sermon on the Mount"

    Tuesday "Faith and Hollywood: The Struggle to Live Faithfully in the Media Age"

    Frank Runyeon has won national acclaim for his work as a translator and performer of Biblical texts over the past 25 years.  He has also starred in several television dramas, a feature film, in plays onstage,  on radio as host, co-host, as well as being guest and or expert on various radio and television programs.

  • Sep. 16: The Gospel of Luke 4:00 pm

    In an evening that is both entertaining and eye-opening, Runyeon performs the famous parables in Luke's travel narrative, and then pauses to reflect on how we hear each story--and perhaps miss what it is really saying.


    In many ways, we are much like Luke's first audience--affluent Greeks raised on academics and theater. It's hard for us to "have ears to hear" these stories. So Runyeon does what Luke himself did. He starts with Jesus speaking in the synagogue at Nazareth, and takes us on a journey to Jerusalem, so we can hear these famous stories in order, and begin to hear what Jesus was really saying.


    As Jesus said in the synagogue, "This Scripture is fulfilled, as your ears hear it." But how do we hear Scripture? All too often, as stories about other people, way back

    then--or as fables in a storybook— rather than as stories told in the tradition of the prophet Nathan, stories about our lives here and now.


    Sharing stories from his own life and his friends' lives that are both funny and deeply touching, Runyeon helps us to see what we have been missing. And he encourages us to respond to these parables by entering the story God is telling right now, and coming to know the joy that Luke wrote about in his

    Gospel: the joy of becoming a story He is telling, out there, on the road.

    Rreception before and after presentation by Frank Runyeon; free childcare in Grotto Hall.

  • Sep. 17: The Sermon on the Mount 6:30 pm

    Reception before and after the presentation by Frank Runyeon.

  • Sep. 18: Faith vs. Hollywood:

    Reception before and after presentation by Frank Runyeon.

  • Sep 22: Pilgrimage of Faith

    17th Diocese of Scranton Pilgrimage of Faith -

    “The Journey Makes Us One"

    1. Scranton Diocese, as part of its 150th Anniversary year-long celebration, is hosting a Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, September 22, 2018. If fifty (50) parishioners sign up, we will have our own bus from our own church; smaller numbers will be combined with other parishes and at other points of departure. $55 fee should accompany your registration. Inquiries or registrations should go to our parish coordinator, Nancy Barrett, 570-721-1062; she is usually in the parish office on Tuesdays, 570-265-2113. Watch future bulletins and the Catholic Light for more details. Diocese is also offering an overnight option from the Scranton area; contact Nancy if you are interested in that option as well.


  • Sep 27: Widows' Support Group Luncheon

    Noon @ Towanda Country Club  For reservations call Kathie DeWan 570-265-3231