2021 Diocesan Annual Appeal

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 9am 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: 5:00-6:00pm at Gate of Heaven
First Friday of the Month: 8:30-9:00am at Our Lady of Victory
Friday: 2:00-3:00pm at Gate of Heaven

Schedule for January 17 – January 23:

Monday, January 17
6pm      NO Eucharistic Adoration at GOH
6:30pm     NO Rosary & Novena to the Miraculous Medal
7pm   NO Mass at Gate of Heaven
All activities canceled due to weather conditions

Tuesday, January 18
9am     Mass at Our Lady of Victory
10:30am     Mass at Meadows Manor for Residents
5-6pm      Eucharistic Adoration at GOH
7pm   Flame of Love Devotions at OLV

Wednesday, January 19
9am      Mass at Gate of Heaven
9:30am   Cenacle for the Marian Movement of Priests at GOH
6pm   Flame of Love Devotions at GOH

   Thursday, January 20
10:30am  Mass at Greenbriar for Residents

      Friday, January 21
9:00am            Mass at Our Lady of Victory
9:30am      Divine Mercy Cenacle
1:00-3:00pm    Pro-Life Living Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration at GOH

Saturday, January 22
12 Noon- 1pm     Confessions at Gate of Heaven

 4:00pm     Mass at Our Lady of Victory

5:30pm      Mass at Gate of Heaven

Sunday, January 23: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Livestream of Mass Available on Gate of Heaven Our Lady of Victory Facebook Page anytime after 10:30am Sunday
Regular CCD Schedule at both Parishes: 9-10:15am at OLV and 10-11:15am at GOH

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

Please Check Back for Updates on Resuming CCD Classes


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


Thank you to all of those people who made the Fatima Devotions possible this year.  We have faithfully honored Our Lady every 13th of the month from May through October.  We have responded to this pandemic with unity and prayer, compassion and tenderness.  We were able to continue the devotions in our Church this year as well as provide live streaming for those who could not be in attendance.

Renee Boland was devoted to getting the devotions out to the public by learning some very technical expertise and allowing people to participate remotely.

Father Toomey continued these devotions for 15 years after Father Kelly gave his approval in 2005.  Father Andrew continues our tradition of honoring Our Lady along with our Deacon John Jorda.

Helen provides the beautiful music and coordinates every little detail while Renee provides quality control and is always willing to help.

Ed and John made sure everything in the Church was operational and always checked last minute items.

There are so many people who honor Our Lady with their personal touch during these devotions, like Leah who greets you with a smile when you arrive at the Church and John who helps prepare the altar as well a helping the priest leading the devotions.

God bless all of the people who attended or watched the Fatima Devotions and to those responsible for making it happen.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

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

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