Happy Easter!!

On behalf of Fr. Toomey, Deacon John, Deacon Tom
and the staff at both Our Lady of Victory and Gate of Heaven,
we would like to wish you, and your family, a joyous and wonderful Easter Season.
We thank you for all your patience and kindness as we continue to make our way through the pandemic and all
the obstacles it has brought into our lives.
May the Light of the Resurrection open our hearts as we now await the coming of the Holy Spirit!

Mass, Confession & Adoration Times

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

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

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


Saturdays from 2:00-3:30pm

Odd Months at Gate of Heaven
Even Months at Our Lady of Victory

Eucharistic Adoration 

Sunday: 3:00-5:00pm at Gate of Heaven
Tuesday: 5:00-6:00pm at Gate of Heaven
First Friday of the Month: 8:30-9:00am at Our Lady of Victory

Schedule for the Week of May 10- May 16:

Monday, May 10
6:30pm     Rosary and Novena Prayers
7:00pm     Mass at Gate of Heaven

Tuesday, May 11
9am     Mass at Our Lady of Victory
5-6pm      Eucharistic Adoration at GOH
7pm  Flame of Love Devotions at OLV

Wednesday, May 12
9am      Mass at Gate of Heaven
6pm  Monthly Parish Prayer Hour
7pm  Vigil Mass for Ascension at OLV

   Thursday, May 13
9am  Mass of the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord at OLV
7pm   Mass of the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord at GOH
7pm  Fatima Devotions at OLV: Reservations required: please call (570)639-1535

    Friday, May 14
9:00am       Mass at Our Lady of Victory

Saturday, May 15
2-3:30pm   Confessions at Gate of Heaven
Please enter through Sacristy Door

 4pm      Mass at Our Lady of Victory

5pm     Mass at Gate of Heaven

Sunday, May 16:  7th Sunday of Easter

8:00am  Livestream of Mass on Gate of Heaven Our Lady of Victory Facebook Page

9:30am   Mass at Gate of Heaven

 10:30am  Mass at Our Lady of Victory

12:00 Noon  Distribution of Holy Communion in Gate of Heaven Parking Lot

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

      2020 Diocesan Annual Appeal
      “Bound Together in Hope”

Please Check Back for Updates on Resuming CCD Classes


Please complete the CCD registration for either GOH or OLV programs.

Any One of Us

Any one of us, could decide one day to attend a Mass to praise and worship our Lord the way the Apostles taught us.

Any one of us, could have been at the Mass on August 22, 2020 at 1 pm at Gate of Heaven Church.

Any one of us, after following all the CDC guidelines for a safe and healthy Mass, could go home at the end of the day… to our own home… and receive a phone call from a friend.

Any one of us, at any time, could hear from a friend; and hear them tell us that they are COVID positive. At that moment, any one of us could realize that you were with that friend a few days ago.

Any one of us, could have to muster the courage to be honest and call the pastor to inform him that you were at Mass that day and now must be tested to see if you have COVID 19.

Any one of us, could have to wait a day or two, or more, to find out the results of the test; knowing that the results might affect the emotional and physical lives of many others.

Any one of us, could receive a negative test result and be able to go back to life as usual…with that anxiety as a wound…maybe having a sense of empathy that you did not have before.

Any one of us, could receive a positive test result and have to again muster the courage to face the world and be honest and upright…knowing people might be upset…but knowing you will be taking care of people by being honest. Any of one us, could have to call the pastor and tell him, knowing that he must take care of his flock.  You feel guilty because you know it will be difficult for him.

Any one of us, could have to bear the scars of people’s self-righteous, insensitive anger and judgements…trying to convince yourself that you did not do any of this to hurt anyone…trying to realize that something happened to you that you had no control over…you did everything right the way you should, yet you hear blame from everyone…

Any one of us could be YOU.

Please be kind and caring with your remarks, your assumptions, your presumptions, your projections and your opinions.

May we all be in prayer and conscientious about all our words and thoughts.

Father Daniel Toomey


Each year, on the 13th of the month from May through October, Our Lady of Victory hosts Devotions to Our Lady of Fatima.
Last year, due to COVID restrictions, we were only able to host the Devotions through a virtual platform on Facebook Live.

We are happy to announce that in addition to the streaming on Facebook, we will open the Church up to public attendance.

However, RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED to attend in person.
You must call (570)639-1535 to make your reservation.

We will maintain proper social distancing guidelines, and must know how many people will be attending.
Masks will be required at all times.
Doors will open 30 minutes prior to start.
Fatima Booklets will be handed out as you enter the door.  You will be required to keep the booklet and bring back it back
each time you attend the Devotions.

You may also print out your own copy of the prayers here: https://www.goholv.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Fatima-Prayer-Packet.pdf

In order to maintain proper protocols, we will not be holding any type of fellowship in the hall after Devotions.

We hope to see you there!

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

Distribution of Holy Communion from Gate of Heaven Parking Lot

We will still be live-streaming Masses on Sundays at 8am on our Facebook Page.   You are welcome to receive Holy Communion after watching the live stream.

Everyone has the opportunity to receive Holy Communion in the Gate of Heaven parking lot at Noon on Sunday Mornings.  Please note the start time change due to the commencement of Religious Education for the school year.  Do not arrive early, as CCD will be dismissing students at 11:30am.

Please go to the parking area near Spring Street and receive instructions.  Upon directions from the staff, you will leave your car and proceed to the spot where communion is distributed.  Please wear a mask and social distance from people in other cars.

Confessions Every Saturday from 2 – 3:30

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be held at Gate of Heaven during the odd Months (January , March) and at Our Lady of Victory during the even months (February, April).  Please enter through the Sacristy Door at GOH and the Cry Room Door at OLV.

A Note from the Pastor regarding the Parish Prayer Hour

At our Parish Prayer Hour, we pray for our parishioners and all that we do as a parish.  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.

The Parish Prayer Hour rotates between Churches (odd months at GOH and even months at OLV) on the second Wednesday of each month at 6pm.  It is open to the public and does not require a reservation.  Please download, print, and bring with you the Prayer Packet below.


Guidelines for Returning to Mass


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