BEGINNING JULY 18-19, 2020



RECONCILIATION:    Every Saturday 2:00 – 3:30 pm – in the parking lot

Gate of Heaven – odd months (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov)

Our Lady of Victory – even months (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec)



4:00 PM      Our Lady of Victory – open to the public with reservations
5:00 PM      Gate of Heaven – open to the public with reservations


8:00 AM   Live Streaming of Mass –  (will rotate a broadcast between OLV & GOH)
Facebook Page:  Gate of Heaven and Our Lady of Victory
9:30 AM – Gate of Heaven – open to the public with reservations
10:30 AM – Our Lady of Victory – open to the public with reservations

Distribution of Communion – 11:30 AM  –  Gate of Heaven parking lot only, for those who are unable to attend any of the weekend or weekday Masses.

While we are in the Green Phase, we must still follow all the guidelines set forth by our Bishop for social distancing.  This will affect the number of people allowed at each Mass.  Attendance will be limited.

RESERVATIONS:  are a MUST for Saturday and Sunday Masses.   To make a reservation call the office of the church you want to attend.

GOH – 570-675-2121, ext 105
OLV – 570-639-1535

Online:  Website: www.goholv.org     Click on the reservation link

Reservations must be received by Thursday at 3 pm prior to the weekend Mass you wish to attend in order to receive a confirmation of your reservation.


Monday   7:00 PM – GOH
Tuesday   7:00 PM –  OLV
Wednesday   9:00 AM – GOH
Friday      9:00 AM –  OLV

          Reservations are NOT needed for the weekday Masses. 


  1. The Bishop has made it clear that NO lists will be given to the CDC. These lists were not and will not be used for contact tracing.  We are a life sustaining entity like the food stores and drug stores who also do not register their customers.  The lists are for the convenience of the staff to set up social distance seating in the churches for the public Masses.
  1. The reservation process is to prevent people from being disappointed by being turned away from a full social distanced seating Mass. Reservations will insure all parishioners will have the opportunity to attend Mass.  The social distance seating capacity at GOH is 50 and OLV 40.

We will continue to live-stream Sunday Masses following our posted schedule, we don’t expect to stop this in the near future.  Bishop Bambera continues to extend the dispensation of the obligation for Catholics to attend Sunday Mass.    Please follow the CDC guidelines: if you are in an ‘at-risk’ category, we encourage you to stay home and join us online.

Confession will available Saturdays, beginning June 13th from 2:00 – 3:30pm, at Gate of Heaven on the odd months; and Our Lady of Victory on the even months.  We will have drive-up confessions.  Please follow the signs and directions.  During inclement weather, indoor confessions at Gate of Heaven will use the GOH school lobby and you will enter through the old school entrance. For Our Lady of Victory, we will use the OLV auditorium and you will use the kitchen door entrance in the back of the church.  Masks will be worn by the priest and the penitent.  Even though this sacrament will now be available, the faithful are encouraged to follow the directives of the Holy See regarding perfect contrition, if they cannot make it to confession.

We will still be offering private prayer times.   Eucharistic Adoration will now be provided during some of these prayer times.  The gathering should not exceed 25% of the capacity of the church at any one time.  We will continue to sanitize each of the pews as they are used.  Masks must be worn and social distancing of six feet must be maintained (except for those living within the same household).

The private prayer times are:


Monday and Thursday: Noon – 2pm
Tuesday:  5 – 7 pm (Eucharistic Adoration)
Sunday: Noon – 2 pm (Eucharistic Adoration)


Wednesday: 5 – 7 pm (Eucharistic Adoration)
Friday: Noon – 2 pm
Sunday: Noon – 2 pm (Eucharistic Adoration).


Guidelines, procedures and critical insights for attending Mass.

Attending public Mass might be a little different now. You will enter through one door and exit through a different one.   Seating in pews will be marked, spaced appropriately to allow proper social distancing.  There will be no hymnals or missalettes (you may bring your own material and prayer books).   Holy Communion will be distributed after the conclusion of Mass.  There will be markings on the aisle floors for proper spacing while in line for Holy Communion.  You will exit directly after receiving.  There will be no social gatherings in the parking lot or on any church property.

Bring your own hand sanitizer for your personal use.  Do not bring items that contain bleach into the church as this will damage the pews.

Upon submitting your reservation, you will be issued a written confirmation either by email or USPS.  Please bring this with you when attending Mass.  A list of the attendees will be at the door and your confirmation will provide proof that you are at the correct Mass.  Your confirmation will prevent any upsetting discussions that may arise.  The doors will be open 15 minutes before Mass begins.  Please have your mask on when you arrive and before entering the church.  Social distancing must be observed outside as well – please do not form a line outside the door.   Once entering the church, you will be seated by an usher. If you would like to light a vigil candle a volunteer will be available in the church before Mass to assist you.  The volunteer will light the candle for you.  We ask that you place your monetary donation in an envelope and hand it to them.

Households may sign-up and sit together; this will be only the immediate family (parents and children: some exceptions when assisting the handicapped).  Social distancing will be required between the households not within the households.   No physical contact for the sign of peace, except between members of households.

Please use hand sanitizers immediately before you receive communion.  Please wear your mask up until the moment you receive communion, and then of course put it back on.  You may receive communion in the hand or on the tongue; but it is strongly advised to receive communion in the hand in keeping with the guidance of the health professionals.

Gate of Heaven Instructions:

  • Park in the big lot near Spring Street
  • Those who are handicapped should park is in the lot near the old school entrance in the back.
  • The entrance for Mass will be the old school entrance
  • Everyone will exit through the front doors of the church on Machell Ave, except those who are handicapped who will leave through the old school doors near their cars.

Our Lady of Victory Instructions:

  • Please enter through the front door. You will exit through the stained glass door on the side of the church after communion.
  • Those who are handicapped will enter and exit through the stained glass door on the side of the church or the back kitchen door.

Donations and weekly envelopes may be put in a basket at an identified location at the end of Mass.

We will continue to implement cleanliness and sanitation practices, including disinfecting the pews and high-use areas after every Mass.    For sanitation purposes, we strongly discourage the use of the restrooms.  Your cooperation is this matter is appreciated and please only use them if it is unavoidable.

Making Your Mass Reservation:

You may submit your reservation on this website at the end of this form.  You can also call one of the churches.  Leaving a voicemail does not constitute a reservation for a Mass.

We will begin the registration on Monday June 1, 2020.  We will create a joint list of parishioners who want to attend Mass.   A joint list will allow us to ensure that we have an even distribution of parishioners from each church attend Mass every week.  As a pastor, I am aware that many of you attend Mass at both churches.  A joint list allows this option to still exist for you, and will allow us to effectively use the benefits of the large seating space at Gate of Heaven.

Confirmation: We will notify you with a confirmation, so that it will be very clear what Mass you may attend.  You will receive a confirmation in either of two ways:  1) through email;  or 2) a telephone call along with a note sent in the mail.   As we manage reservations, we will be sensitive to trying to provide a space for representatives of the family for whom a Mass intention is offered.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together to provide everyone the opportunity to experience the Holy Mass and receive Holy Communion.

Now you can submit you registration below, or call our churches.

Mass Reservation Form

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • For the health and safety of all who attend the Mass, please provide the following answers: