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Until farther notice all official Holy Cross Fraternity, Secular Franciscan Order face to face gatherings are suspended due to COVID-19.  Our Council meetings and Initial Formation Meetings are being held via teleconference.  We will announce when this has changed. 

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Our Fraternity Reunions: Unless otherwise posted, our fraternity reunions are regularly held on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 1:00 PM.  We gather at Saint John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Parish in Lansford PA. 104 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, PA 18232.

Our Council Meetings: The Council of the Holy Cross Fraternity gathers each 1st Sunday of the month at Saint Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church Rectory, 621 W Mahanoy St, Mahanoy City, PA 17948 to have fellowship, pray and seek how best to animate and guide the fraternity on its Franciscan journey of faith.

Currently being held via teleconference calls

Initial Formation: The Holy Cross Fraternity Initial Formation gatherings are held as posted below.  For more information about joining the Secular Order please contact us:  Formation by clicking on the link.

Orientation Gatherings – To Be Announced

Inquiry Gathering – To Be Announced. 

Candidacy Gatherings – Second Saturday of the Month at 10:00 AM. 

Currently being held via teleconference calls


The Holy Cross Fraternity is helping several local ministries serving the needs of those less fortunate. For more information and needs, click their links below or contact us!


The Saint Vincent de Paul Society relies on donations from our parish family, members of the community, the Salvation Army, and other local organizations to help those in need. Throughout the Panther Valley area, we have posted flyers advertising our emergency food pantry services. Those in need simply pull a tab from the flyer and call the parish office. They will receive a return phone call from one of our members, who will assess their needs and deliver food to their door. For more information click: St Vincent de Paul  


Peaceful Knights is a not-for-profit corporation formed to help those in need to have temporary, safe shelter and access to local organizations that provide assistance.  We are assisting by working within our local communities to collect various items that are needed to support the ministry.  For more info Click Link: Peaceful Knights

FAMILY PROMISE of Carbon County PA
The mission of Family Promise of Carbon County is to provide temporary shelter, meals and friendship in order to meet the needs of families without permanent housing in Carbon County. Families will be educated, encouraged and empowered to be more self-reliant by support of faith community and other local services.  For more info Click Link: Family Promise

SERVANTS TO ALL of Schuylkill County
Servants to All seeks to create a vibrant, unified community by promoting the integral development and dignity of each of its member, especially the poor, homeless, and elderly in Schuylkill County. Our efforts concentrate on implementing programs which build partnerships, create community involvement, and ensure lasting resettlement of homeless families and individuals. The programs are structured to strengthen an individual’s internal mechanisms related to positive life choices in order to build bridges to sustainable independence. We believe every person has a God-given ability to benefit their community, and we offer support to identify, strengthen, and fully utilize these abilities.  For more info Click Link:  Servants to all

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