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.
Mary Franceschelli, Office/Bulletin
A native of Dunmore, now residing in Madison Township, I have been the secretary and bulletin editor at Saint Catherine’s since June of 2000. Prior to that time, I served as secretary and event scheduler 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 and Gina , and four awesome grandsons, Austin James , Patrick Michael, 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, Folk Group, Funeral Choir, and cantored at Funerals. Now I am the AM Coordinator for Eucharistic Adoration and serve as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.
I enjoy cooking, crafts, the outdoors, singing, reading anything I can get my hands on, animals (especially my dog, Sherlock, and our ducks) and iconography [not necessarily in that order]. But, most especially I love serving the people of St. Catherine’s, getting to know our parishioners, and their families.
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, and Andrew.
Katie Phillips, Coordinator of Youth Ministry
I joined St. Catherine’s Ministry team in November 2018.
I grew up in Blairstown, NJ and my family was very active in our parish, St. Jude’s. My sister and I even started our own youth group with our friends called the Catholic Student Association because our parish did not have a youth group, this is where my love for God was nourished and my interest in youth ministry began. My parish was my home away from home. I graduated from Pope John XXIII High School. While studying at Marywood University, I found that my religious studies courses interested me more than my Elementary Education ones did. I made the decision to switch my course of study to only Religious Studies. I even interned at Our Lady of Snows Parish in Clarks Summit and Immaculate Conception Parish in Scranton.
While my experience consists of Youth Ministry work, it also consists of many different experiences working with youth. My life has also been quite the journey over the past few years! I taught outdoor education and team building classes for a few years at a camp in New Jersey. I have taught swimming and water safety courses for many years. Most recently I was out teaching skiing for four years in Breckenridge, Colorado. Watching young people master the hockey stop or make it down from the top of the mountain for the first time were the most rewarding moments.
I am excited to bring my experiences and ideas to St. Catherine’s and want to keep learning as much as I can about the parish and what is important to you as a faith community! My priority is the safety of all young people and making everyone feel welcome and at home. Guiding young people to be active disciples of Christ, responsible community members, and the best version of themselves are so very important to me.
We will continue a lot of wonderful activities and programs that you have had in Youth Ministry here while adding new ones and building it up.
Thank you for making me a part of this beautiful faith community and I’m so happy to have a new parish family!
Sandra Czyzyk, Director of Religious Ed
Sandra Czyzyk comes to our parish with a BA in Education from Marywood University and an MA in Theology from Villanova. Her home parish is St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Scranton, but has formerly subbed with the North Pocono School District and worked with children with “special gifts” in its schools, through the Youth Advocate Program of which she is currently employed. She has been a DRE in several parishes in the Diocese of Scranton and formerly worked in the Office of Religious Education. Sandra is also a Secular Franciscan, in formation, in the Archdiocese of Washington.
Her main goal in the parish is to accompany the families, and catechists in their ongoing growth in faith that has been already nurtured by so many good DRE’s and Pastors in this parish.
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 KG to 5th grade, I directed and created programming material for the TV studio at George Bancroft, until the district did away with the elementary TV studios, and I have published articles about my work in the Scranton School District newsletter, which was distributed by the Scranton Times.
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 two Mass Settings: “Missa Benedicta,” named for Sr. Benedicta Berendes IHM, my music history teacher and advisor at Marywood, and “Missa Miriam,” named for Sr. Miriam Reinhardt IHM, my music theory teacher at Marywood. I also assist with the development & updating of our website.
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) from 1995 through 2011, when the program was discontinued.
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 at “Diva Theater” and continue to work as an independent musician for weddings, wedding receptions, etc.
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.
Besides my musical endeavors, I have achieved the rank of 4th Dan in the martial art Soo Bahk Do/Tang Too Do, and I enjoy keeping up on the happenings in the technology world.