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2020 Wall Calendar - Architecture, History, Ethnicity & Religion

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DIG IT! publisher Mary Jasch and partner, Julian Sparacino, published their 3rd annual wall calendar this year. The 2020 calendar features religious architecture in Lackawanna County, PA, and beyond, with an introduction by architect Richard Leonori, who has designed restorations and modernizations of such.

The independently published calendar, places of worship, features fourteen churches for their beauty, architecture and heritage. From two room country churches that recall their New England roots to the elaborate and sometimes flamboyant city counterparts that speak to European ethnicity and faith.

Not a religious calendar, its topic was chosen for the sheer, astounding numbers of steeples and spires rising above all else in every vista and skyline. They captured the attention of the publishers, especially Mary's, because she had never seen so many in a given area.

The unique design and history of each church is described beneath its full-page color photo. Additionally, a montage of colorful domes and spires displays the abundance and variety of religious buildings in Northeastern PA. Architect Richard Leonori, AIA, hemmler+camayd architectural firm in Scranton, wrote the introduction, marrying the region’s industrial history with churches.

The Calendar is published by FOTO FACTORY, a collaboration between Sparacino, photographer and musician, and Mary Jasch, freelance writer, author, and publisher of DIG IT! Magazine.

**The calendar is available in Scranton, PA, at Library Express (Steamtown Mall), Vincenzo’s Pizzeria, Judge Lumber, Lackawanna River Conservation Assoc., Vitali’s Market, Caitz Cuttz (1022 S. Main Ave.), Lafayette Deli, Lackawanna Valley Heritage Authority and in Forest City at The Forest City News office! Also hand-delivered locally or available by mail. ($12 + $3.50 S&H) Please contact

* Top photo: St. Mary of the Assumption Byzantine Catholic Church, Scranton, is the Mother Church of Eastern Rite in the Scranton area. The original wooden church of 1891 was replaced in 1930 with the current brick Greek style building.
****All photos copyright 2019 Julian Sparacino

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published January 23, 2020

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Front Cover: Lake Sheridan Bible Chapel, Nicholson, declares its rustic nature with a simple house form and 8-foot cross made of grape vines.

Back Cover: St. Lucy’s Church, Scranton, is known as The Mother Italian Church with an imported Italian marble façade and stained glass from Germany

Built in the classical style of Renaissance, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Olyphant, is cruciform in shape with the crossing beneath the great dome.

A montage of spires and domes that decorate the skyline everywhere

Covenant Presbyterian Church, Scranton, is listed in Lackawanna County Historical Society’s Registry of Historic Places. In the Classical style, it has flying buttresses, 19 stained glass windows by renowned artists such as Louis Comfort Tiffany.

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