Parish Community of St. Eulalia

214 Blue Shutters Road
Roaring Brook Twp.,
Pennsylvania 18444-7615

Rev. Jeffrey D. Tudgay, J.C.L., Pastor

Mass and Confession Schedules

Confessions:
Sat., 3:15 PM - 3:45 PM, or by request

Weekday Mass:
8:30 AM

Weekend Masses:
Sat., 4:00 PM,
Sun., 8:00 AM, 10:05 AM, 11:30 AM

Holy Days:
5:30 PM Vigil, 8:00 AM & 7:00 PM

Office Hours

M-Th, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Fri, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

E-mail address: secretary@saint-eulalia.com
Phone: 570-842-7656
Fax: 570-842-7193

Welcome to Saint Eulalia's Website

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

            Four weeks ago today, Lent began with the celebration of Ash Wednesday and its cherished invitation to rend our hearts and return to the Lord. We embraced this holy season of penance, sacrifice and conversion, hoping and praying that as Lent annually carries us to Holy Week and Easter, our lives of faith would be renewed and reflect a bit more clearly the life and love of Jesus. On Ash Wednesday, none of us could have imagined the depth of sacrifice that the current health crisis would demand of us.

            On March 16, 2020, I suspended the celebration of all public Masses in the eleven counties of the Diocese of Scranton. While so many of you expressed how heartbroken you were with this decision, you embraced it willingly in a spirit of faith and self-sacrifice in order that the Church could do its part in mitigating the spread of the coronavirus.

            Today, sadly, we are called to sacrifice even further for the sake of serving one another in our battle against this dreaded disease. The cherished Liturgies of Holy Week and Easter – Palm Sunday, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, the Great Vigil of Easter and Easter Sunday Masses – will all be celebrated privately, without all of you, the blessed faithful who make up the Diocese of Scranton – filling our churches as you have always done during these most sacred days. The Chrism Mass will be deferred to a later date when the current health crisis has passed.

While this ongoing pandemic is calling us to be socially distant from one another, it does not mean we need to be spiritually distant. I invite you and your family to join me in prayer as we renew our efforts to turn to the Lord. While not open to the public, all of our Holy Week liturgies at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Scranton will be broadcast on CTV: Catholic Television and live-streamed on the Diocese of Scranton’s website and social media platforms. Many parishes will also plan to broadcast their own Masses.

            As we seek to come to terms with this latest casualty of the coronavirus, I want to share with you a recent encouraging directive of the Holy See regarding the Sacrament of Reconciliation, firmly rooted in the traditions of our Church. With the increasing difficulty for individuals to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation due to the current health crisis, the faithful are reminded that by having perfect contrition, one can receive the forgiveness of sins apart from going to confession.  Perfect contrition requires the following three things: a love of God above all else; a sincere desire for the forgiveness from sin; and the resolution to go to confession as soon as possible when this health crisis subsides. Please take consolation in knowing that while you may not have access to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the power and love of God is far greater than we can imagine. For all who sincerely express contrition, your sins are forgiven.

            My friends, in so many respects, it seems that the disciplines of Lent will last a bit longer this year as we continue to sacrifice, to pray and to serve in unimaginable ways. Yet, through God’s grace, I hope that we can begin to see one of the blessings of this difficult moment in our lives. In the midst of this crisis, so many of you are responding generously and courageously to the Gospel invitation to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, sacrificing our own well-being and serving selflessly the lives that God places in our own.

            As we confront the uncertainty of our future, may we recognize that our greatest hope has always been rooted in our embrace of the mystery of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection – the heart of our faith as Christians. Good Friday, with its suffering and pain, always yields to power of Easter and its promise of life and peace! So too will this moment in our lives.

May God continue to bless you and your family and keep you safe.

Saint Joseph, pray for us!

 

Faithfully yours in Christ,

†Joseph C. Bambera

Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L.
Bishop of Scranton


Hello Everyone.

For the past two days, I celebrated mass privately in our daily mass chapel. I have to say, it was a strange feeling to celebrate mass without anyone in the chapel with me. But there was something beautiful, too, because I knew instinctively that, in reality, I was not alone. Because I was praying and celebrating mass for all of you, I knew that the celebration of the mass was deeply connected to you and your prayer in your homes.

The connection between my celebration of the mass and your prayer in your homes in these times of uncertainty is our new reality as Catholics. This is an adjustment that is new and different and unfamiliar and it’s a challenge to the norm. But like all challenging times, this is a moment that will define us.

Our Gospel passage for this upcoming weekend is Saint John’s account of the man born blind. The verse that is ordinarily sung during the Gospel acclamation says, “I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows me will have the light of life.” The apostles are astonished by the man whose sight is given to him – something that is new to him because we are told that he was blind from birth. They are astonished that Christ was drawn to him, a beggar who was regarded as insignificant by most. It was to this person that Christ extended his light…and his eyes were opened, and his vision was now the vision of Christ.

The man in this upcoming Sunday’s Gospel provides an important disposition during these times. His eyes are those of Christ even when he wasn’t believed by the scribes and pharisees. He isn’t intimidated. His persistence is driven not only by what he sees, but how he sees. He sees as Christ does and this new reality for him forms his proclamation of the Good News, even if it falls on deaf ears.

In these times, we are also called to be prophetic. How? Because our homes have now transitioned to be the place where we live, work, and pray, and we engage all of these aspects of life with the confidence that Jesus Christ is present and we see with his eyes and look at the world with his vision. And this is the vision of Hope.

How do we continue to nourish this hope in our homes? How do we sustain our faith now temporarily as a ‘digital domestic’ Church? First, Saint Eulalia Church is open from 8 am through 8 pm for personal prayer. Feel free to stop in any time for some conversation with Christ. Bring your fears and uncertainties to him…he cares and wants to continue to “open our eyes” to see his presence in our world, now! The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provides daily readings for daily mass – which I am still celebrating for all of you – at www.usccb.org. You can click on the daily readings and meditate on the Scriptures.

As we continue to draw near to Christ during these unprecedented times, our eyes will continue to be opened to not only see his presence in our homes, but to be prophetic in hope. Please continue to pray for our world, our country, our diocese, and our parish.

 

Sincerely,

Father Jeff Tudgay, Pastor


Dear Friends in Christ,

As the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to impact our daily lives, and in light of the indefinite suspension of public masses, I want you to know about the modifications to parish life here at Saint Eulalia’s.

For starters, I want to express my deepest belief that this time of challenge will be a defining moment for us not only as individuals, but as Catholics. We will come through this together. Christ walks with us through this.

What about life here at Saint Eulalia’s? How we continue to remain connected to one another and to Christ during this challenging time?

First of all, the ‘Church’ isn’t limited to the building on Blue Shutters Road where we worship every Sunday. The Church begins in the place that is so familiar to all of us: the Church begins in your home, the ‘domestic Church’. During these times, we’re not able to gather for mass for the celebration of the Eucharist. That is a difficult reality that weighs heavily on my heart, and it will be particularly difficult for me to celebrate mass without you in person. However, the Church is present in your house when you, as a family, gather to pray. This fact is our defining characteristic as Christians and it is the most profound way that we express hope in our world during these unsettling and turbulent times.

Things will be a little different for a while and we don’t know how long these measures, which I support, will last. However, in the absence of being able to worship Christ at the mass together, I will be livestreaming mass every Sunday at 10:05 am on our parish Facebook page. For those of you who can watch via your tablet or smart phone, I would ask that you watch mass as a family, rather than as individuals on different devices in different rooms.

Additionally, because our School of Religion has transitioned to a homeschool model for the time being, I would like you to consider using the 9 o’clock hour as the time for your in-home CCD class. This could then transition into 10:05 mass, which keeps some rhythm of familiarity in our lives. Remember, parents, you are the primary catechists for your children – you are the ones whom God has entrusted to teach them the Catholic faith. Be confident!

As we go forward, know that all of you will remain in my prayers. Our parish will temporarily become a ‘digital’ parish. Please check in on our website and on Facebook for information that is important during this time. As always, you can call or email me any time.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Jeff Tudgay, Pastor


St. Eulalia's Parish located in Roaring Brook Township, Pennsylvania is a vibrant and growing community of faith who believes and professes the gospel of Jesus Christ in the living tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. Click here to read our Mission Statement.

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Spotlight on our Vacation Bible Camp Committee
Spotlight on our Religious Education Ministry
Spotlight on our Parish Pastoral Council
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