The Church of Saint Catherine of Siena           Moscow, Pennsylvania

                                                              . . . A Roman Catholic Parish Community in the Diocese of Scranton



Parish Staff

Fr. Bob Simon, Pastor

            Fr. Bob Simon began serving St. Catherine of Siena as pastor in July 2007. Ordained a priest of the Diocese of Scranton by Bishop James C. Timlin on June 30, 1990, he is a native of Plains, Pennsylvania. The son of Helen Marie Simon and the late Carl J. Simon, he is a graduate of North End Elementary Catholic School and Bishop Hoban High School. Fr. Simon earned his bachelors degree from the University of Scranton. Father Simon holds a Master of Divinity degree from Seton Hall University and a Master of Arts in Liturgical Theology from the University of Notre Dame. He has recently done additional graduate studies at The Liturgy Institute, Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois. Father Simon has served as Executive Director of the Office of Parish Ministries of the Diocese of Scranton and the Diocesan Pro-Life Director. He is a member of the North Pocono Ministerium and the Presbyteral Council of the Diocese of Scranton. He is a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. Prior to coming to St. Catherine’s, Father Simon has served as pastor in the Keyser Valley Section of Scranton, Old Forge, and Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. He has served as an Assistant Pastor at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton as well as parishes in Honesdale and Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania.

Donna Haran, Office/Bookkeeping

         Donna started working for St. Catherine's in April 2011.  

As a Parishioner of St. Catherine’s, I saw the need for a new Bookkeeper in the bulletin & in April 2011 I became an employee! I enjoy helping the church & meeting all the wonderful people of our Parish.

I attended the College of Insurance, a division of St. John’s University. I worked at the World Trade Center prior to having a family as a licensed broker and Supervisor of the Commercial Lines Division of Wm. H. McGee & Co., Inc.

I was blessed & fortunate to be a “stay at home” Mom while my children were growing up. I had my own children’s clothing business, did various consulting jobs, was a Girl Scout leader & did volunteer service in our Community during that time.

Originally from New York, and now a resident in the North Pocono community for the last 18 years, we can officially say that NEPA is home.

My husband Chris & I have 3 wonderful children, Sabrina & Julie, who both study at The University of Pittsburgh, & Andrew, who attends North Pocono High School.


Mary Franceschelli, Office/Bulletin

       A native of Dunmore, I have been the secretary and bulletin editor at Saint Catherine’s since June of 2000 and work on Mondays and Fridays. Prior to that time I served as secretary at Fatima Renewal Center for the Diocese of Scranton for 12 years. I am married to Deacon John and I am the mother of two terrific daughters, Melissa who lives with her family here in Moscow, and Gina who lives with her family in Stuttgart, Germany. I am also Mom-Mom to Austin James and Patrick Michael and Grandma to Samuel and Malin Aaron.

      As life circumstances change, so do the ways we serve our Lord. Through the years I have served our parish community as teacher for Summer Bible School, served as Youth Minister and High School Religious Ed Teacher for more than 10 years, and I sang with the Adult Choir. Now I am the AM Coordinator for Eucharistic Adoration, sing with the Funeral Choir, coordinate our annual parish blood drive and serve as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, and Reader.

I enjoy cooking, crafts, the outdoors, singing, reading anything I can get my hands on, animals (especially my dog, Barney) and iconography [not necessarily in that order].

Shannon Kowalski, Youth Minister

         I am a native of Glen Lyon, Pa and a 2008 graduate of Greater Nanticoke High School. I am the middle child and have two brothers; Jason works as a liscensed Social Worker and Nicholas is in high school. In May of 2012 I recieved a Bachelors of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, which encompasses a focus in Religious Studies and a minor in Social Work, from Misericordia University. Although I am a native member of Holy Spirit parish in Glen Lyon, I was heavily involved in the youth group of St. Faustina parish in Nanticoke while I was in high school and college. There I got to experience wonderful opportunities such as the National Catholic Youth Conference, The March for Life, Light the Fire youth rallies, and most recently, World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Spain. While being involved with the youth group in high school ignited my passion to serve God, my time at Misericordia ignited my passion to serve others. During my studies at Misericordia I was a member of campus ministry and served as an alternative spring break trip student coordinator and office intern. I spent three spring break trips in various parts of the country giving service to the less fortunate. I also had the opportunity to travel to Jamaica and Peru for mission trips sponsored by the school. The Mercy mission and the charisms of mercy, service, justice, and hospitality have defineitly become a part of who I am and how I minister to others. I hope to share my passion for service and for the Church with the St. Catherine's community - especially the youth. 

Kathleen Seibert, Catechesis, Director of Religious Ed

     I was born and raised in Moscow.  I received my sacraments of initiation at St. Catherine’s.  I graduated from North Pocono High School and from East Stroudsburg University with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education.  Then I got married and moved to Maine.  We lived there for six years.  I have been back in Moscow since 1995.  I have three children. Ryan attends Northeastern University in Boston.  Dana is in High School at North Pocono. John Paul is in pre-school.   My husband, Gary, is a pipe-fitter, he works mostly in Newark N.J.
      I started being active in my parish as a lector.  Then I taught CCD for two years to the confirmation classes.  In 2003 I became the co-coordinator of Eucharist I and II classes.  I also facilitated the children’s masses and I maintain the mass sign in books.  In 2009 I became the Director of Religious Education.  I am honored to be a senior altar server at funeral masses.  Recently I was elected to the Parish Council and most recently to the Core Implementation Committee.
     My life is filled with family and church.  I feel so blessed.

Paul Lukasiewicz, Worship/Liturgy

           I am a Scranton native and have been an elementary music teacher in the Scranton School District since 2002. In addition to teaching music to students in grades Pre-K to 5th grade, I also direct and create programming material for the TV studio at George Bancroft and produce the first and only podcast in the district. I have published articles about my work in the Scranton School District newsletter, which is distributed by the Scranton Times quarterly.

           I started at St. Catherine's as an organist for the weekend masses in 1991. Since that time, I became the accompanist for the Youth Choir, the Adult Choir, choir director, and as of July 2009, director of music. I have debuted many original musical works at our church, including settings for "Ave Maria" and "For the Beauty of the Earth," several instrumental pieces performed during the Christmas and Easter seasons, and parts of my mass, "Missa Benedicta," named for Sr. Benedicta Berendes IHM, my music history teacher at Marywood.

            I graduated from Marywood University in 1999 with a BM in Music Education and was awarded The Sister M. Clare Kelley Medal for Excellence in Music. In 2007, I received my MA, also in Music Education from Marywood. In addition, I have studied music technology courses during the summers at Villanova University and online through the University of Colorado and have completed my TI:ME (Technology Institute for Music Educators) certification. My TI:ME instructors have included Dr. Tom Rudolph, Dr. Floyd Richmond, Dr. John Kuzmich, Ken Peters, and Mike Fein. I have taught various music and technology classes at Marywood University's Vivace Music Institute (formerly known as the Summer Music Camp) since 1995. 

           I have performed in the pit orchestra of Marywood's major theatre productions, "Pippin," "A Chorus Line," "Guys & Dolls," and "Will Rogers Follies," and in the senior workshop production of "The Fantastics." I have also worked "behind the scenes," assisting with props, lighting, and sound for several music department productions. Several of my original pieces have been performed by the Marywood Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, and at the Vivace Music Institute. I have also performed in several musicals and cabarets with the former "Diva Theater" and continue to work as an independent musician for weddings and wedding receptions. I have been teaching private music lessons since 1997.

           I play the piano, organ, violin, and percussion, and have studied privately with Bob Manento, Sr. Immaculate Severino IHM, Steve Mathiesen, Mark Laubach, and Sophie Till.

          If you are interested in purchasing music I have written, please visit my website: http://www.musicofmoscow.com

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