A Fond Farewell --
After 106 years Holy Family Parish was re-created. Established in 1903 as a Polish parish serving the immigrants from Europe, the new Holy Family Parish was officially established as a territorial entity for the borough of Sugar Notch, Pa. by decree of the Most Reverend Joseph F. Martino, D.D., Hist. E.D. effective May 24, 2009. The official paperwork (Decree) was received in September, 2009. The context of this event was the Scranton diocesan process entitled Called to Holiness and Mission initiated in 2005. That Mission encompassed present and future attempts at living and spreading the word of God (evangelization), and our need for growth in spirituality and holiness at the individual and community level. The first phase of this process involved parish restructuring.
Parish restructuring actually began in Sugar Notch on July 7, 1992 when Rev. John S. Terry was appointed the sixth pastor of Holy Family Parish. At the same time he would assume the pastorate of St. Charles Borromeo and Sts. Peter & Paul churches. This was the first time that one priest would be given responsibility for the entire Catholic population of this community that historically embraces three (3) heritages: Polish, Irish, and Lithuanian.
During the pastorate of Rev. Vincent Dang (2004-09) consolidation would move forward. St. Charles Borromeo would be suppressed as a territorial parish on the day it would celebrate its closing Liturgy (Sunday, May 24, 2009).
Holy Family Parish has been blessed with a wonderful group of women – the Confraternity of Christian Women (CCW). They cooperate with the local Knights of Columbus Council and the Lions Club of the community. All of the above groups have collaborated in a variety of social concerns projects and endeavors.
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration (PEA) was part of our weekly experience over the last 10+ years. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament was available every Wednesday.
Hats off to our Fund Raising Committee, Parish Pastor Council, CCW, Religious Education Staff and so many Parish Volunteers and other groups for all their hard work and dedication. We were blessed with many memories from social activities like Movie Nights, Summer Festivals (the pierogi & potato pancake making), Night at the Races, Bingos, Dinners and so much more. All of your hard work has been deeply appreciated.
Holy Family Parishioners can be rightfully proud of our clean, well kept, modern facilities which at the same time have kept the flavor of past generations of faithful Catholic worshipers.
Rev. Joseph R. Kakareka has guided, instructed and supported Holy Family Parish for the last 12 years and been a devoted priest & good listener and an insightful teacher to so many. Blessings of good health and happiness as Fr. Joe retires on September 15, 2021.
May God's Blessings be upon Holy Family Parishioners as their parish comes to its closure on September 19, 2021.