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The loss of a child is devastating and can be very hard to overcome by ourselves. But when we enlist God’s help and surrender ourselves to Him, we can accomplish what seems to be impossible. Small steps keep us moving forward – Community spreads the strength of God.

Join us in a night of remembrance of our loved ones, prayer, support and blessings in our journey of healing after the loss of a child. Whether the loss was recent or many years ago; whether the child was lost before birth, during birth, after birth, as a child or as an adult; whether the loss was because of complications or miscarriage, illness, disability, accident, abortion, suicide or drug overdose – the loss is just as painful and difficult to bear. This night of remembrance is a step in the healing process.

Monday, May 17, 2021 at 6:30 PM

There will be an opportunity to light a candle for in front of the altar, sign your child’s name in the “Book of Life”, and reflect before the service begins. The Rosary for Life will precede Mass, and then Father will offer some words of reflection and healing resources, followed by a time for reflection together with refreshments.


St. Vincent DePaul Baby Food Ministry

3rd Saturday of every month from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM in the church hall
Free baby food for children up to 1 year of age within the Tamaqua school district or members of St. John XXIII Parish.
Pre-registration is required monthly at least 3 days prior to distribution at: OR
(570) 225-8620 (Monday through Wednesday from 9 am until Noon)

Cemetery Clean-Up

Spring & Fall
Help with clean-up of St. Jerome’s New Cemetery, Jerome St. Tamaqua.

Night Fever

Twice a year, during Advent and Lent
A night of prayer, worship and healing through Eucharistic Adoration in a beautiful candlelit & reverent setting with alternating periods of quiet and background music. This is an open night, where you may come at any time during the specified hours and stay for as long as you desire or for the entire duration. During this time there are opportunities for the Sacrament of Penance, lighting a candle for a special intention, offering a special intention for prayers, and quiet reflection.

Mother’s Day Carnation Sale

Following each Mother’s Day weekend Mass
Carnations are available for a good-will offering to benefit Birthright in Frackville. Birthright is an organization that understands the challenges of an unplanned pregnancy, and provides services and support for these women and for life. Click here for more information on Birthright and the needed services it provides. The carnation is used as an outward acknowledgment of the role of mothers and honors their contributions. Symbolically, the red carnations signify respect for a living mother; the white carnations give honor to mothers who have passed away. Pink, according to most research, symbolizes gratitude and carries the meaning of a mother’s love.


Frequently Asked Questions

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