Relic Tour to Make a Stop at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Scranton

web1_St.JeanVianneyRelicPhoto-640x381As parishioners spend time in prayer for the season of Lent, the Diocese of Scranton has announced that it will host the incorrupt heart of Saint Jean Vianney at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Scranton in April.

The major relic is currently in the midst of a nationwide tour, visiting cathedrals, churches and chapels throughout the United States through June 2019.

The relic will be welcomed to the Cathedral of Saint Peter on Saturday, April 13, with the celebration of Morning Prayer at 8:30 a.m. It will remain on display for private prayer and veneration through 3 p.m. The Daily Mass will be celebrated at 12:10 p.m. and the Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be offered from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

The Shrine of Ars, France, made the relic available for its national tour, which is being hosted nationalwide by The Knights of Columbus. Before stopping in Scranton, the relic will have already visited Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.

Born in France in 1786, Jean Vianney suffered through the dark years of the French Revolution. He undertook a life of penance and prayer to draw people away from sin and closer to God. Known for his wise spiritual counsels, Father Vianney would hear confessions for up to 18 hours a day. Jean Vianney died on August 4, 1859, and was canonized by Pope Pius XI on May 31, 1925.

As the patron of parish priests, the faithful are asked to pray for their most heartfelt needs and intentions, as well as for healing within the heart of the Church.

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Bob Roche to be Honored by Knights of Columbus

By Steve Svetovich

The Dunmore Knights of Columbus No. 3635 will be honoring Bob Roche, 96, for 75 years of service at its annual Christmas party at La Una Banquet Hall, located 429 East Drinker St. in Dunmore.

The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 19, with cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. dinner.

Roche, 96, who has been married to his wife Elizabeth for 70 years, joined the Knights of Columbus Council No. 280 in Scranton Jan. 1, 1940. He later joined the Dunmore Knights of Columbus No. 3635. He remains a member there.

Roche, who still gets around well and will be present at the annual Christmas party, served as Grand Knight for six years and district deputy for three years. He is a fourth degree Knight.

He is a member of Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Church.

Dunmore Knights of Columbus Grand Knight Pat Mandarano and Dennis Lalley are co-chairpersons of the annual Christmas party. Those who wish to attend can contact Mandarano (570-344-3491) or Lalley (570-342-5496) by December 12.

Joe Ehnot, 93, is next in line with years of service at 61 years and running.

Lalley commended Roche for his remarkable 75 years of service. “Bob has always been a dedicated Knight and strong supporter of the Knights of Columbus.

“He is a former very successful business owner in Scranton. He owned and operated Roche Tires.

“He is a fine, outstanding gentleman and family man. He still gets around and continues to support the Knights of Columbus. He will be present at the Christmas dinner to accept his award and recognition.

“As always, we look forward to the annual Christmas party which is going on now for over 25 years. We are looking forward to honoring Bob Roche, a very good man.”

The Dunmore Knights of Columbus held a Halloween party for local children 12 and under from 1-3 p.m Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Dunmore Community Center.

John Pugliese was chairperson for that event.