New Year's Blessing from the Cathedral

Updated: Jan 14

From our Parish family and friends to your family and loved ones, we wish you abundant blessings in the new year!

Also celebrated today is the 51st World Day of Peace. Pope Francis has chosen the theme "Migrants and Refugees: Men and Women in Search of Peace." To find resources regarding the World Day of Peace, visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website.

Prayer for the New Year:

Dear Lord, at the beginning of this New Year,

I remember that you are a God of beginnings and endings.

You created the world, with all its eternal patterns.

Winter begins in frost, and ends in Spring's thaw.

Spring begins in new, green life, ending in Summer's heat.

Summer begins in sunshine, and ends in Autumn's breezes.

And Autumn's color leads to the white of Winter again.

As another year ends and begins in our lives,

help us to remember that you have made a world of cycles.

When fortune turns to trials, or hardship turns to joy,

help me take delight in the life I've received from you.

Remind me that I will one day pass from this world

and enter a new life like those who've gone before me.


Please note the follwoing schedule changes at the Cathedral for Monday, January 1st:

  • The Parish Office is closed. It will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2nd.

  • Mass will be offered at the Cathedral for the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God at 6:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.

  • There is no 8:00 a.m. or 12:10 p.m. Mass and confessions will not be heard.


The Cathedral of Saint Peter is the Mother Church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton. The Cathedral has been serving the faithful of the diocese and beyond since 1853.


Tel: 570-344-7231

Fax: 570-344-4749


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Scranton, PA 18503  

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