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Reunions and Gatherings:

Covid-19 modified Fraternity Reunions: Unless otherwise posted, our fraternity reunions will be regularly held on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 11:30 AM.  We gather at Saint Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church Fellowship Hall, 621 W Mahanoy St, Mahanoy City, PA 17948.  Father Carroll, OFM has invited the fraternity to join in celebrating the Divine Liturgy with the parish at 10:15.  By modified we mean there will be no refreshments after the gathering and if you are not immunized you must wear a mask. 

Covid-19 modified Council Meetings: The Council of the Holy Cross Fraternity gathers each 2nd Saturday of the month starting on 12 June 2021.  We will gather at 9:00 – 10:00 AM in the fellowship hall at Saint Joseph of the Panther Valley, 462 W. Ludlow St. Summit Hill, PA 18250, to pray and seek how best to animate and guide the fraternity on its Franciscan journey of faith. Masks are required if you are not immunized.

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 Gathering – Holy Cross Fraternity Candidacy gathering is each 2nd Saturday of the month starting on 12 June 2021.  We will gather at 10:15 – Noon in the fellowship hall at Saint Joseph of the Panther Valley, 462 W. Ludlow St. Summit Hill, PA 18250, to study and seek the Franciscan journey of faith. Masks are required if you are not immunized.

JUSTICE, PEACE, INTEGRITY OF CREATION (JPIC) AND ECUMENICAL ACTIVITIES

The Holy Cross Fraternity is committed to the concepts and mandate of the Franciscan Chrism of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation the list below shows several local ministries we support.

SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL

  • OF THE PANTHER VALLEY and
  • OF MAHANOY CITY

The Saint Vincent de Paul Society relies on donations from parish families, members of the community, the Salvation Army, and other local organizations to help those in need.

For more info Click Link: https://ssvpusa.org

PEACEFUL KNIGHTS, CARBON COUNTY, PA

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, 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, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY, PA

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

FAITH ALLIANCE FOR THE REVITALIZATION OF SHAMOKIN, PA.

Faith Alliance is managed by Conventual Franciscan Friars at the Franciscan Center in Shamokin.  It is a Franciscan based organization.

For more info Click Link:

https://www.franciscancenterpa.org/faith-alliance-for-revitalization-far

CARE NET OF CARBON COUNTY

 Care Net of Carbon County is a 501(c)3 organization that is fully funded by private donations from individuals and churches.  With the exception of our director, associate director, administrative assistants, and store manager, all of our staff are volunteers. Due to the recent growth, we have experienced, we prefer that clients make an appointment but anyone is welcome to walk in at any time. On an average week we will see 25 to 40 clients, while still having a waiting list. In addition to our daily appointments, there are groups that meet on a regular basis during the week. We are currently offering anger management, parenting, and couples’ classes, as well as a group for teen girls.  In our county, we have many “at-risk” young people, who don’t have positive role models or haven’t been taught life skills. Care Net is filling a definite void. We offer many different educational programs providing accurate information on pregnancy, fetal development, the options associated with pregnancy (parenting, adoption, or abortion), life skills, relationship issues, as well as much more. We also offer some tangible assistance such as free pregnancy test, baby clothing, baby furniture, diapers and formula.   

For more info Click Link: https://carenetcarbon.org/general/about-us/

CARBON COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER

The Carbon County Environmental Center does incredible work to support the environment and environmental education.  You can see what they do in the link below.  Remember, think Globally, Act Locally! 

For more info Click Link: https://www.carboneec.org/

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