FORMED The Catholic Faith on Demand

The Ministry of Mercy is pleased to announce accessibility to a wonderful online resources called FORMED.  FORMED is an online resource that helps you learn and enjoy your faith every day by offering different digital formats for you to Study, Watch, Listen, and Read.  There are several video series for Bible study, movies, podcasts, and a virtual library of ebooks.  There are also resources in Spanish and for children.

FORMED is accessible on a personal computer, tablet, or as an app on any smart phone.  Signing up is free, but you must have an email account.  Go the website: or search for See bulletin for Sunday Sept. 8th

or call the parish office for the Code you need to enter in the Get Started section.  Informational fliers have been placed in St. Mary’s and in the education building at St. Joachim’s.  Yellow cards with the FORMED website login information and parish code are posted with the fliers.  Please take one home with you!

Bible Study will begin the evening of Monday, September 9 at the St. Mary’s parish office.  We will be studying the Gospel of Mark utilizing the FORMED study guide.  Going to miss a Bible study class or unable to attend Bible study in person? Follow along on the FORMED website under the Study section: Lectio Mark!  There are 14 video sessions that run only about 30 minutes each about St. Mark the Evangelist.

This free gift to the Parish has been made available by the Ministry of Mercy who would like to thank Father Peter for supporting and encouraging this new resource!  If you have any questions or have any feedback, please contact Robyn Kennedy through the Parish office.


TITULUS CRUCIS is the name for the sign that was nailed above Jesus on the cross. Another engaging talk will be given by Alex Piechokie about the sign at the top of the cross. If you went to Alex’s previous talk on the Shroud of Turin, you know it will be another great evening. The talk will be held Tuesday, September 24th at 6:30pm in St. Mary’s Hall. Light refreshments will be served.


This year’s Back Pack Program is in Full swing. Your one time gift of $60.00 dollars feeds one child every weekend for an entire year!

The program sends a child in the Wyalusing School District home with a back-pack every week filled with food for an entire weekend! In our community, you would think there is not that much need for this sort of program. Yet the fact is that last year 225 students took advantage of the program! We cannot feed the entire world but we can help wipe out hunger in our own back yard. All it takes is people who care.

Please make checks payable to “Helping Hands Food Pantry”
Please put “back-pack program” in the memo section.
You can mail in your check to:
Helping Hands Food Pantry
P.O.Box 233
Wyalusing PA 18853.

Or you may drop it off at the Food Pantry directly located at 137 Main St. Wyalusing. The pantry is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Phone 570.746.1384

                                     FOOD PANTRY NEEDS **UPDATE
This week the pantry needs Pancake Mix and Mayonnaise.

The Pantry is also asking all gardeners to bring over any extra produce from their gardens they may have, whether fruit or vegetables. Cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes etc. Whatever you have.
                                        All donations are appreciated


Religious education classes will begin September 15.  Classes at St. Joachim’s will start after Mass on Sundays at 10am in the education building.  Classes at St. Mary’s will start before Sunday Mass at 9:30am in the Parish hall.  All CCD students are required to complete a registration form each year.  Hard copies will be made available in both churches.  Please return registration forms to the Parish office (Attn: Robyn Kennedy) or put the form in an envelope addressed to Robyn’s attention and place in the collection basket by September 15.  Please consider financially supporting our program with the yellow Religious Education envelope dated September 8 in membership boxes.  Any questions, please contact Robyn Kennedy through the Parish office. Download a printable CCD Registration form here.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TEACHERS NEEDED Do you like working with children?  Would you like to share your talents teaching our CCD students?  St. Mary’s and St. Joachim’s churches are looking for teachers to share their gifts with our youth on Sunday mornings beginning in September.  Classes typically conclude the end of April with no classes being held on major holiday weekends.  We encourage you to consider giving your time even on a part time or as needed basis!  Assistance for all paperwork will be handled by Robyn Kennedy. Please contact Robyn at 717-385-2985 or any CCD instructor for further information.


will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 8am to 3pm at Holy Redeemer High School, 159 South Pennsylvania Ave. Wilkes Barre, PA 18701.

This will be a most important day for the future of our faith, our families and our Church.  Our fantastic lineup of speakers includes Fr. Philip G. Bochanski, the executive director of Courage International, EWTN TV host, Dr. Ray Guarendi and motivational speaker, apologist, and TV host of “Battle Ready”, Doug Barry.  

There will be opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration, the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation as well as Rosary. Additionally, exhibitors will be present with a full array of Catholic books, publications, CDs and ministry opportunities.  Bishop Joseph C. Bambera will celebrate the closing Mass.   

Fathers, sons, grandsons and friends are all most welcome to register for the event.

First 10 Sign-ups ride the bus Free!

The cost of the conference is $40.00 regular, $30 for early birds(until 4/1/19), and $15 for Students.

Register on line at:  call 570-207-2213 (Diocesan Pastoral Center) or mail the completed conference brochure application with your check to Attn: Men’s Conference, Office for Parish Life, 330 Wyoming Ave, Scranton,  PA. 18503 

Do You Want to Know More About the Annulment Process?

In the Diocese of Scranton, the annulment process is now more “user friendly” than you might expect, and there is no longer a processing fee.  Please contact your pastor or the Diocesan Tribunal Office (570-207-2246) to begin a conversation.  It is possible to get clear answers to these questions and to renew your connection with the Church.



The following CCD students have completed the

 requirements outlined by the National Federation of

Catholic Youth Ministry in conjunction with Girl

Scouts USA to earn their Family of God medal,

Our Lady of Guadalupe patch, and Our Lady of

Fatima patch which will be presented at Mass on

March 17, 2019: Portia Kennedy Maddy Phillips

Madison Ryan and Katelyn Trowbridge

Please join us after Mass on Sunday, March 17 in the Parish Hall to congratulate these students and enjoy Girl Scout cookies and refreshments.  

Operation Rice Bowl


Rice Bowls will be distributed in time for Lent. Please save your change from the money saved by your fasting and abstinence during Lent. Rice Bowl money will be collected at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday.

Ministry of Hospitatily


A Hospitality Ministry is needed in our parish with the help of members from both churches. This ministry is needed for the several (and exciting) social and religious functions and dinners planned for this year.

Individuals are needed for the following:

Decorate and set up tables and chairs as needed at both Church halls.

People to plan for and cook the meals events/

People to help clean up after the meals. If you can only partially be involved in this ministry, individuals are needed who are willing to cook a dish to pass, or a soup, or make a salad or perhaps bake cup cakes or cookies etc. on an as needed basis with advance notice of course. If you do not wish to attend meetings but would like to help cook that is also acceptable.

If you can help please notify the office right away.

Lenten Worship Schedule



12 noon Mass with distribution of Ashes at St. Mary of the Assumption  Wyalusing

5:30 pm Mass with distribution of Ashes at St. Mary of the Assumption  Wyalusing

7:30 pm Mass with distribution of Ashes St. Joachim Church Meshoppen

Please remember that Ash Wednesday is a day of both Fasting and Abstinence from meat. And that every Friday during Lent are days of Abstinence.

Fasting means only one good meal may be eaten. Two smaller meals not to equal one meal may also be eaten. The norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59.


Sunday March 31   2:00 pm Wyalusing

                               4:00 pm Dushore

Sunday April 7,      2:00 pm Canton

                               4:00 pm Towanda

Sunday April 14     3:00 pm Sayre


Liturgy of the Word with Stations of the Cross and Communion:

5:30 pm SM———-7:00 pm SJ

Friday: March 8th, March 15th and March 22nd

Mass with Stations of the Cross

5:30 pm SM———–7:00 pm SJ

Friday: March 29th, April 5th, andApril12th