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

All Public Masses, Services and Meetings are

Suspended temporarily until further notice. 

Watch for updates in Announcements below .


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


  • May 30-31: Weekend Masses Resume, --- and Masses on Weekdays Re-scheduled at new times



    “Green Phase”  Conditions, Limitations,  and Opportunities

    Complete details in pages 5-6 of bulletin 5/31/20 (Pentecost)


     Mass Schedule:We will continue to follow this trial day/time schedule through the month of June – except June 29 -30, 2020 when Fr. Ed will be away.

     Monday 8:30 am                    

    Tuesday & Wednesday 5:00 pm

    Thursday:  No Mass                        

    Friday 12:10 pm

    Saturday Vigil  5:00 pm                       

    Sunday 8 am  and 11:00 am


    Sunday Mass obligation remains suspended and vulnerable individuas should remain at home for their own safety.  


    We are also going to video the Saturday 5pm Vigil Mass and livestream this Mass on Sunday.  You are able to view this Mass ANYTIME  at  https://youtu.be/mXf2NuR5mYM


    Reservations: Being limited to 25% of occupancy and appropriate social distancing needing to be maintained, the weekend Masses may create an attendance scheduling challenge.  Use the reservation system for attending the weekend Masses.        Possibly consider coming to Mass during a weekday,  especially on Tuesday and Wednesday at 5 pm if you are not able reserve a weekend day/time..

    Using the reservation system, you will be able to reserve a place throughout the month.  Please be respectful of other’s desire, as well as your own desire, to come to a weekend Mass.


    For Reservations, you can go to    

    https://tableagent.com/scranton/sts-peter-and-paul/   and create an account — then follow the directions to make or to cancel your reservation.


     Or, if you are not computer savvy or do not have access to a computer, or would prefer to use a phone,

    CALL Kathleen 570-364-5996 ONLY on Thursday or Saturday.



    How to prepare to come to church and what to expect  -  please see details in May 31 bulletin on this website, pages 5-6.




  • May 26: Bishop Bambera Message to Faithful on Churches Re-opening

    A reminder that the Sunday Mass obligation remains suspended and that vulnerable individuals should stay home for their own health and safety.

    See the complete message from the Bishop on video at


  • Jun 5: First Friday Mass 12:10 pm

  • Jun 6: First Saturday Mass 8:30 am

  • Jun 13: St. Agnes School Yard Sale and chicken BBQ

    St. Agnes School will hold a Yard Sale and Chicken BBQ on Saturday, June 13, 2020, on the school grounds.  The yard sale includes lots of household and game items, equipment, and other treasures.

                 The Chicken BBQ will be available from 11 am to 12 noon so it is strongly advised to pre-order the Chicken BBQ for pick-up that morning – 400 halves are being prepared at a cost of $7.50 @ half.


    St. Agnes School Chicken BBQ – Pre-Order Saturday June 13, 2020    11 am – 12 noon


    Complete and mail in or drop off  to the School Office or call the office  570-265-6803


    Name ____________________________   Phone ______________ E-mail _______________________


    Estimated time of pick-up between 11 am – 12 noon    _____  in the church parking lot.


    Only 440 halves are available.  Each half is $7.50.  All proceeds go to St. Agnes School

    Everything (chicken, materials, preparation) is being donated to the school.


    I would like to pre-order   ________   BBQ Chicken halves @ $7.50   Chicken Total   $ _______


    Optional Donation to purchase a new school furnace $  _______


    Final Total         $ _______

    Cash or checks made out to St. Agnes School with the Memo:  “Chicken BBQ”


  • Jun 29-30: No weekday Masses

  • Masses online or televised

    Saturday Vigil Mass at SS Peter & Paul Church, Towanda, is now livestreamed anytime on  https://youtu.be/mXf2NuR5mYM

    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




  • 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).

  • 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.  

  • Masses at TheDivineMercy.org

    Please join the Marian Fathers each day as we livestream the Masses and prayers needed to supply you with the necessary grace to help get you and your loved ones through this time of difficulty and health concerns.

    Daily from the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy we will livestream the following spiritual activities on our Facebook page
    Divine Mercy (Official):


    • At 9 a.m. EST we will bring you the Most Holy Mass, including the prayer to make a Spiritual Communion so you can receive the graces as if you received our Lord sacramentally in Most Holy Communion;


    • At 3 p.m. EST we will broadcast the Novena and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, followed by Benediction and a blessing with the first-class relic of St. Faustina;


    • At 5 p.m. EST please join the Marian Fathers in prayer as we recite the Most Holy Rosary; and


    NOTE: We will also post these on our website TheDivineMercy.org.


    We hope you will join us to receive these special graces that the Church allows during this time of the coronavirus. Thank you and God bless!

  • Do You Miss Holy Communion?

    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




  • March 10, 2020: 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.

  • 2019 Jan. 22: Diocese Launches Independent Survivors Compensation Program

    Dear Friends,

    As you may be aware, today the Diocese of Scranton launched its Independent Survivors Compensation Program to compensate survivors of child sexual abuse.

    This Program comes on the heels of the Grand Jury report, and is the latest step the Diocese has taken as we work to support survivors of abuse and eradicate abuse from the Church altogether. As you likely know, our Victim Assistance Coordinator helps to provide emotional, psychological and pastoral care to survivors of abuse, and survivors will now have the option to file a claim for compensation. We adhere to a strict zero tolerance policy on abuse, and have a number of prevention initiatives including extensive training and background checks. As we continue to improve our policies, launching this Program was a natural next step.

    Today Bishop Bambera shares a video address with the faithful of our church. I encourage you to view this video via the link noted below and also on our website. I hope this video answers your questions about the Program launch. However, I welcome you to reach out to me should you have any further questions. I would be happy to speak with you.

    Thank you for your continued support of the Diocese of Scranton.


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