Ministries of Worship
The ministry of Worship focuses on the liturgy, the source and summit of Christian life, and the devotional life of the parish.
Ministries Of Worship
- Altar and Rosary Society
- Circle of Prayer
- Legion of Mary
- Our Mother’s Prayer Group
- Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration
Altar Servers (Adults)
These adults of the parish assist the presider at weekday Masses, funerals and weddings.
Contact: Fr. Andrew Hvozdovic, Pastor, 570-888-9641
Altar Servers (Youth)
Boys and girls of the parish in third grade and above who have received their first Holy Communion assist the presider at the liturgy. Preparation classes are held in the month of September.
Contact: Carol Meyer, 570-888-9594; Email Carol Meyer
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion
These men and women of the parish assist at Mass during the distribution of the Body and Blood of Jesus. They also bring Holy Communion to the homebound and to those in the hospital or convalescent homes.
Contact: Ralph Meyer, 570-888-9594; Email Ralph Meyer
A lector is instituted to proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture, with the exception of the Gospel. They may also announce the intentions for the Universal Prayer and, in the absence of a psalmist, recite the Psalm between the readings.
Contact: Tom Yonkin; 570-888-7573, [email protected]
“He who sings, prays twice.” Men and women of all ages, including parish youth, comprise the voices that make the Epiphany Parish choirs and any parishioner is welcome to join us in this ministry. The Epiphany Church Choir rehearses once a week and sings at the 9:00 am Mass from September through May. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Choir sings at the 6:00 pm Mass and rehearses after Mass. Cantors serve at weekend Masses. Organists and other instrumentalists provide accompaniment and enhance special celebrations. A Music Ministry Committee meets once a month to provide direction for the programs.
Contact: Joan Schoonover, 570-888-7460; Email Joan Schoonover
The presiders are our parish priests who lead us in worship at each liturgy.
Contact: Fr. Andrew Hvozdovic, 570-888-9641
Sacristans care for the linens and sacred vessels that are kept in the sacristy, ensure the cleanliness of the church and prepare the sanctuary for the liturgy.
Contact: Fr. Andrew Hvozdovic, 570-888-9641
Ushers and Greeters
These are parishioners who serve the community at Mass by welcoming them, seating them (if necessary), taking up the weekly offering and distributing bulletins.
Contact: Carter Lynch; 570-423-3988, [email protected]
Altar and Rosary Society
The purpose of the Altar and Rosary Society, an affiliate of the Diocesan Council of Women, is to praise and honor the Blessed Virgin Mary and to secure her patronage by the recitation of the Holy Rosary for the spiritual benefit of her members throughout the world and to promote and aid the parish spiritually by performing any activity for the care and well-being of the church, rectory and pastor. Money is raised by annual dues and fundraisers.
Contact: Kate Gabb; 570-888-6901, [email protected]
Circle of Prayer
Epiphany Parish has a Prayer Circle of devoted souls who will intercede each day with our merciful Lord for all your special needs. If you or someone you know has a problem, illness or an incident in life that would benefit from intercessory prayer, a phone call to the Prayer Circle is all that is needed for an intercession to begin immediately. No last names are used, so confidentially is maintained. All are welcome to join the Prayer Circle and become one of our “Prayer Warriors.” There are no meetings and no dues, only the rewarding opportunity to pray daily for the needs of others.
Contact: Renee Langan: 570-888-1297, [email protected]
Legion of Mary
The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s work. The unit of the Legion of Mary is called a praesidium, which holds a weekly meeting where the Rosary is prayed and reports are presented and discussed. Persons who wish to join the Legion must apply for membership in a praesidium, either as an active or auxiliary member. The Legion sees as its priority the spiritual and social welfare of each individual. The members participate in the life of the parish through visitation of families, the sick, both in their homes and in hospitals and through collaboration in every apostolic and missionary undertaking sponsored by the parish. Every legionary is required to carry out a weekly apostolic work in the spirit of faith and in union with Mary and all are encouraged to pray the Rosary daily.
Contact: Teresa Franko, 570-731-7107; Darcy Dibble, 607-529-3225
Our Mother’s Prayer Group
The Mother’s Prayer Group of Epiphany Parish is a group for mothers who want to learn more about our Catholic faith and grow spiritually through the Rosary, prayer, discussion, speakers and retreats. It is our hope that as we grow in our own faith and knowledge, we can help to strengthen the faith and love of the Church in our families. The group is open to any interested mothers and children are always welcome. The group meets twice a month in the morning at members’ homes.
Contact: Cathy Russo, 570-882-8607; Julia Brown, 570-888-3686
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration
Established in 1992, Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is a faithful response to the call of Jesus, “Could you not spend one hour with me?” Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is a devotion where people commit to spending an hour with Jesus in prayer and adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Adoration Committee members work as a team ensuring that all hours are filled 24/7; they meet monthly, excepting July and August.