Blessing of the Boats
June 26, 2022

Welcome to our new Pastor,
Rev. Andrew S. Hvozdovic!

Get to know Father Andrew

  • Son of Margaret (Louise) Balint and the late Andrew Joseph (Butch) Hvozdovic
  • Born May 10, 1961 at Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • Member of the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Slovak Church, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • Graduated from the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Elementary School, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • Graduated from the former Bishop Hoban High School, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • Graduated from the former St. Pius the X Seminary, Dalton, PA/University of Scranton, Scranton, PA with a BA in Philosophy
  • Graduated from Immaculate Conception Seminary/Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ with a M.Div. in Theology and a minor in Church History
  • Deacon at St. John the Evangelist Church, Honesdale, PA
  • Ordained a Priest on Saturday, September 5, 1987
  • Assistant Pastor: Epiphany Church, Sayre, PA
  • Assistant Pastor: St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston, PA
  • Assistant Pastor: St. Joseph Church, Hazelton, PA
  • Pastor: St. Luke the Evangelist Church , Jersey Shore, PA
  • Pastor: Epiphany Church, Sayre, PA
  • Current Pastor: Gate of Heaven Church, Dallas/Our Lady of Victory Church, Harveys Lake
  • Current Scranton Diocesan Coordinator of Pilgrimages
  • Current Chaplain of the North End Slovak Citizen’s Club, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • Current Supreme Chaplain Slovak Catholic Sokol, Passaic, NJ
  • Current National President Slovak Catholic Federation, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Mass, Confession & Adoration Times


Saturday Vigil
4:00pm at OLV
5:30pm at GOH

7:30am at OLV
9:00am at GOH
10:30am at OLV

Monday 7pm at GOH
Tuesday 9am at OLV
Wednesday 9am at GOH
Friday Noon at OLV


Saturdays from Noon until 1pm
Odd Months at Gate of Heaven
Even Months at Our Lady of Victory

Eucharistic Adoration 

Sunday: 3:00-5:00pm at Gate of Heaven
Monday: 6:00-7:00pm at Gate of Heaven
Tuesday: 4:00-5:00pm at Gate of Heaven
First Friday of the Month: 11:30am -Noon at OLV

Every Friday: 2:00-3:00pm at Gate of Heaven

Schedule for September 26 – October 2

Monday, September 26
6:00pm    Eucharistic Adoration at Gate of Heaven
6:30pm   Rosary at Gate of Heaven
7:00pm   Novena & Mass at Gate of Heaven

Tuesday, September 27
9am     Mass at Our Lady of Victory
4-5pm   Eucharistic Adoration at Gate of Heaven
7:00pm   Flame of Love at Our Lady of Victory

Wednesday, September 28
9am      Mass at Gate of Heaven
9:30am   Cenacle for the Marian Movement of Priests at GOH
6pm  Eucharistic Adoration & Flame of Love Devotions at GOH

   Thursday, September 29
No Masses

   Friday, September 30
11:15am   Divine Mercy Cenacle at Our Lady of Victory
12:00pm    Mass at Our Lady of Victory
2:00-3:00pm    Eucharistic Adoration at Gate of Heaven

Saturday, October 1

10:00am Blessing of the Animals at GOH in stone parking lot
10:30am  Blessing of the Animals at OLV in cry room parking lot

Noon- 1:00pm  No Confessions this week

4:00pm     Mass at Our Lady of Victory

5:30pm    Mass at Gate of Heaven

Sunday, October 2: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Livestream of Mass Available on Gate of Heaven Our Lady of Victory Facebook Page anytime after 10:30am Sunday
CCD : OLV 9:00am – 10:15am
GOH 10:00am – 11:15am

7:30am  Mass at Our Lady of Victory

9:00am   Mass at Gate of Heaven

 10:30am  Mass at Our Lady of Victory  (Public & Livestream)

3:00-5:00pm   Eucharistic Adoration at Gate of Heaven



We will begin hosting Fatima Devotions every 13th of the month from May through October.  Services begin at 7pm and include: Fatima prayers, the Rosary, and Marian hymns.  Light refreshments will be served again this year after the devotions. The public is welcome to attend and celebrate Our Blessed Mother.

We will continue to livestream the Devotions for those who are unable to attend in person.

Upcoming Dates:
Thursday, October 13

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Every Saturday from Noon – 1pm

Confessions are heard at Gate of Heaven during the odd Months (January , March, May, July, September & November) and at Our Lady of Victory during the even months (February, April, June, August, October & December).

We have resumed using the proper confessionals for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Monthly Parish Prayer Hour

Monthly Parish Payer Hour will be discontinued going forward

Although we will no longer meet to pray,  you may continue to pray for our parishes and parishioners at home.  The Parish is always in need of prayer, but now even more.  Prayer allows us to open ourselves up to God’s action in our lives.  Prayer is a time when we humbly approach our Lord and submit our lives, intentions and plan for his guidance, insights, strength and providence.

Please download, print, and bring with you the Prayer Packet below.



In preparation for the live stream of the Holy Mass on Sunday

The following prayer is very important to help you enter into the communion part of the Mass…so as to experience a spiritual communion with the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.

You may pray it when I am receiving the Body and Blood of Christ at the altar, just before I purify the vessels. 

Act of Spiritual Communion

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 into 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.

After Spiritually receiving the Graces of Holy Communion you may pray the following prayer

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Permit me not to be separated from you.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to you
That with your saints I may praise you
For ever and ever. Amen.





“May we pray for the wisdom and courage to embrace not merely the story of Jesus’ birth but especially his life, death and resurrection – at the heart of which we discover the surest means of achieving life and lasting peace.”
Bishop Joseph C. Bambera