MATTERS OF FAITH


First Posted: 4/29/2013

Moms will be honored in a special way on Mother’s Day at St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church. The day will begin with Holy Mass at 9:30 a.m. The Reading of Remembrance of deceased moms will be read at the begining of Holy Mass. During Mass, the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be crowned by the one of the little girls of the parish. Following Holy Mass, moms and their families will be hosted to a breakfast. Anyone who would like to attend the breakfast must make reservations by today, May 5.

Bethel United Methodist

532 Main St., Avoca

457-2566

Pastor Sharon Dietz

282-0104

Sunday – Worship service, 11:15 a.m.

Communion first Sunday of each month – non-perishable food items will be collected. Mondays – Bible study, 6 p.m. alternating each week with Brick UM Church, Duryea.

First Thursday of each month – food give-away, 4 to 6 p.m. for the needy of Avoca and Duryea.

Brick United Methodist

935 Foote Ave., Duryea

457-4424

Pastor Sharon Dietz

282-0104

Sunday worship service, 9:45 a.m.; Sunday School, 10:15 a.m. during morning worship services for ages 3-12

Communion first Sunday of each month – non perishable food items will be collected.

Mondays – Bible study, 6 p.m. alternating each week with Bethel UM Church, Avoca; Miracle of Awareness – coffee time, 6 p.m.; meeting, 7 p.m.

Thursday – New beginnings meeting, 7 p.m. third Thursday of each month – United Methodist Women – 6:30 p.m.

Christian and Missionary Alliance

317 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston

Meals have resumed at the Breaking Bread Soup Kitchen at the church.

Christ Community Clothes Closet will be open from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

First Baptist Church

Water Street, Pittston

Rev. James H. Breese, pastor

Phone: 654-0283

First Congregational UCC

500 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston

Rev. Joan Mitchell, Pastor

Sanctuary is handcapped accessible.

Worship service is at 11 a.m

The Rev. Gordon Wilson will lead our worship today.

First Presbyterian Church

14 Broad St., Pittston

Rev. William N. Lukesh

Worship service is at 11 AM with Holy Communion

A luncheon for the congregation celebrating the 130th year of our church will be held in the Fellowship Hall immediately after the worship service.

United Methodist Church

Corner of Broad and Church Streets, Pittston

Rev. Susan Hardman-Zimmerman

Sunday Worship Service – 9:30 a.m.

Children’s Sunday School – 9:30 a.m.

Holy Communion – First Sunday each month

Choir Rehearsal – Thursdays at 7 p.m. unless told otherwise

United Methodist Women – Second Monday unless told otherwise

Website www.umcpittston.org

Phone: 655-4340

There will be a Strawberry Shortcake Social from 4 to 7 p.m. on June 15. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children – ticket includes cake, strawberries or peaches, ice cream and a beverage. Lunch menu will also be available. For tickets or additional information, call 655-0677 or 654-8775. The event is being sponsored by the United Methodist Women.

A Fall Doo Wop Trip is scheduled for Sept. 21 at the American Music Theater in Lancaster for the 2 p.m. show. Price of the trip is $96 which includes bus, ticket to show, dinner after show at Shady Maple’s famous smorgasbord and bus driver tip. Call Cathy at 603-1915 for further information or to reserve a seat. Trip is being sponsored for the Flower Fund United Methodist Church Pittston.

First United Presbyterian

West Pittston

Rev. James Thyren, pastor

Phone: 654-812

The Session of the First United Presbyterian Church of West Pittston announces the following schedule for the week of May 12:

Sunday, May 12 – 10 a.m., Sunday School; 11 a.m., Worship; 12:05 p.m., choir rehearsal.

Tuesday, May 14 – 2 p.m., Presbytery meeting at Clarks Summit; 7 p.m., Deacons.

Wednesday, May 15 – 6 p.m., Women’s Association covered dish at St. Cecilia’s.

Services are being held at St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church on 1700 Wyoming Ave, Exeter. There is parking on Wyoming Avenue and in the parking lot behind the church.

First United Methodist Church

May 19 – Confirmation Pentecost Sunday, 10 a.m. Worship, Sunday school

Full Gospel Chapel

Avoca

Full Gospel Chapel of Avoca is sponsoring a St. Pauly Textile, Inc. used clothing shed in the church parking lot. Community members donate clothing by placing it in the shed. Receipts for tax deductions are stored in a mailbox on the shed. The clothing donations are distributed in the US and internationally. St. Pauly’s then gives funding in return for clothing collected in the shed. Be sure to donate good usable clothing.

Glendale Gospel Church

105 Church Drive

Glendale/Pittston Township Sunday service, 10:45 a.m.

Harding Church of Christ

RR 1 Box 187A, Falls

Sunday services, 10 a.m.; Sunday School and church service, 11 a.m. Call 388-6534

Holy Mother of Sorrows PNCC

212 Wyoming Ave., Dupont

Rev. Zbigniew Dawid, pastor

Sunday Masses

8 a.m. – Traditional Mass

9:15 a.m. – First Holy Communion exam and coffee hour

10:30 a.m. – Traditional High Mass

Daily Mass -9 a.m. Tuesday through Fridayw

Sunday Mass – MOTHER’S DAY

Mother’s Day Breakfast will be held following the 8 a.m. Mass today, May 12. On this day, we will celebrate only one Mass at 8 a.m. There is no charge for the breakfast. Our Parish YMS of R is sponsoring this event and the breakfast is a gift to all mothers. All mothers, grandmothers, aunts and godmothers of the parish are invited.

The Girl Scout Junior Troop #33589 is inviting everyone to the showing of Wild Animals in the church hall on Saturday, May 18 2:00 p.m. There will be refreshments available afterwards. Also all that we ask is that you bring any item listed below as your entrance fee because Pocono Wildlife is a non-profit organization for animals that solely depends on donations to keep their center up and running. The List is the following; liquid laundry detergent, tissues, paper towels, tall kitchen drawstring garbage bags. Cherrios (any brand) fresh and frozen fruit; clumping cat litter; gift cards for gasoline, groceries and home centers; Scotchbrite scrubby sponges; Chlorox Greenworks all purpose cleaner

Memorial Day Mass at our Parish cemetery will be offered at 9:00 a.m. Monday May 27. If it should rain the Mass will be in the church.

The PTO would like to sponsor an end of year closing of Sunday School including the Confirmation Class and the First Communion Class. The PTO would like to take them to Lahey Family Fun Park on the Morgan Highway in Scranton on Saturday, June 8 from 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. The children can bring one friend, The PTO needs a count, so please RSVP no later than May 31 to Julie Slezak at 655-9359. Thank you and hope to see you there!

May Devotions will begin at 7 p.m. will be celebrated at 7 p.m. every Wednesday in May

Independent Bible Church

328 Main St., Duryea

451-0346

Inkerman Presbyterian

Main Street, Inkerman

Services: Sundays, 9 a.m.

Langcliffe Presbyterian

1001 Main St., Avoca

Moosic Alliance Church

608 Rocky Glen Road, Moosic

Pastor: Doug Jensen 457-6020

maccma2@verizon.net

Sunday morning Sunday School for all ages, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday morning worship, 10:45 a.m.

Prayer meeting, Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

Celebrate Recovery Ministry, Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.

Nativity of Our Lord

Stephenson Street, Duryea

Mass Schedule:

Saturday: 4 p.m., Holy Rosary Church

5:30 p.m., Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

Sunday: 8 a.m., Holy Rosary Church

9:30 a.m., Holy Rosary Church

11 a.m., Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

Monday – Friday: 7 a.m., Holy Rosary Church

Oblates of St. Joseph

Highway 315, Laflin

Masses are held at 7 a.m. daily (Monday through Friday) in the seminary chapel and at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. There are no weekend Masses.

Confessions are heard daily from 9 a.m. to noon and from 3 to 6 p.m.

Office hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; evenings and weekends by appointment. Office phone number is 654-7542.

Mass is celebrated at 7 p.m. every Wednesday in conjunction with the Novena to St. Joseph and St. Joseph Marello.

St. Joseph Marello

Pittston

654-6902

May Crowning will take place during the 9:30 a.m. Mass today, May 12. The children of the First Communion class and the young ladies of the parish will stand as honor guard for the crowning. Megan Ostrum will crown the Blessed Mother. Amanda Stella is the crown bearer. A special thanks to Denise Adams, our Religious Education coordinator.Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Gubitoso for donating a beautiful religious article to the First Communion Children.

The Altar & Rosary Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 16 in the Parish Center. The remainder of the Communion Breakfast tickets will be turned in, reservations for the June dinner/meeting will be collected and new officers will be discussed. Hostesses for this meeting are Betty DeGennaro, Frances Fasciana, Marie Vennarucci, Mickie Musto Lucy Singer and Helen Pisano. Theresa Mulesky will preside.

The Society will process in a body, crown the Blessed Mother, and attend the Communion Breakfast immediately following the 8 a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 19.

The Parish Community is invited to attend the Altar & Rosary Society 61st Annual Communion Breakfast on Sunday, May 19. This year’s keynote speaker, Jane Adonizio is an executive producer at FOX 56 TV. Toastmaster will be Maria C. Montante. Catering by John Bingham includes a fresh fruit cup, scrambled eggs, a berry crepe and breakfast ham, rolls, breakfast pastry, juice, coffee and tea. Tickets will be available at the parish office only through May 14 at a price of $12.50 for adults and $4 for children under 12 years of age. Reserved seating provided.

The Altar & Rosary Society will sponsor a bus trip to “Woodloch Pines” on Sunday, Aug. 4. Contact Cini DiGennari-654-2876 for reservations and details.

A Golf Committee meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 13 in the Parish Center.

St. Joseph Marello Annual Golf Tournamen will be held on Sunday, June 9 at the Wilkes-Barre Municipal Golf Course with a 8 a.m. Shotgun start and dinner following at the parish Hall. Make checks payable to St. Joseph Marello Parish. *Reservation and payment if received by May 25 is $75 per player or $300 per foursome** Registration forms can be found at the entrances of the church, the rectory or by emailingepg14@verizon.net.

The Annual Parish Picnic will be held on Friday, July 12, Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14. An organizational meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, May 13 in the Parish Center.

Choir practice will be held at 7 p.m. on Mondays.

Corpus Christi Parish

Immaculate Conception

Holy Redeemer churches

605 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston

Holy Redeemer Church

Route 92, Harding

Our Lady of the Eucharist

535 N. Main St., Pittston

Mass

Saturday vigil: 4 p.m.

Sunday: 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Daily Mass: 8a.m.

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions)

Saturday from 3:30 to 3:45 p.m. and by appointment

First Holy Communion Celebration

Vacation Bible School June 24-28

White Water Rafting

The Pittston Catholic Youth Group is planning a white water rafting trip on May 25 on the Lehigh River in Jim Thorpe. The cost is $40 and students must pack a lunch. For more information and to sign up,call Marie Donnelly at 655-8878.

Cemetery Masses on Memorial Day

Due to pastoral circumstances, we will not be able to have Masses celebrated in our parish cemeteries this year. Instead, we will celebrate Mass at 9 a.m. in the church with the intention being for all those buried in our parish cemeteries, along with all our deceased relatives, friends, and fellow parishioners.

Little Rock Scripture Study of Paul’s Letter to the Romans

Scripture Study is being held from 8:30 to 11 a.m.and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. We are studying St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Mass Schedule – Monday through Friday at 7 a.m. , Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.. The morning masses will be held in the Sacred Heart Chapel at the cemetery. The Rosary will be prayed each day in May before the first mass.

May Crowning will take place today at the 10:30 a.m. mass today.

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated at 5 p.m. on Oc. 28 . All candidates will receive letters before school’s end.

The Pittston Area Leo’s Club is collecting old/used glasses. There is a basket in the church lobby as well as on the rear porch of the rectory.

The Senior Outreach Committee will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14 in the lower level of the rectory. The Parish Pastoral Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14 in the lower level of the rectory.

Members of the Women’s Society will attend the 10:30 a.m. Mass as a group on Sunday, May 19. The Rosary will be recited prior to the Mass. Members are to meet at 9:45 a.m. in the lobby of the church. After mass, a reception will follow in the church hall for those who made a reservation.

St. Barbara Parish

28 Memorial Ave., Exeter

Parish office hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and evenings by appointment.

Phone: 654-2103

Weekend Masses: Saturday – St. Anthony 4 p.m. – Vigil Mass

St. Cecilia 5:30 p.m. – Vigil Mass

Sunday – St. Anthony 7:30 and 10:30 a.m.

St. Cecilia 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Daily Masses: Monday and Tuesday, 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 7 a.m. and 11 a.m.

St. Barbara’s Christian Women Organization will meet on Tuesday, May 14 at the church hall. Wyoming Area Baccalaureate Breakfast and June dinner meeting will be discussed. Reservations will be taken at the meeting for the June 11 dinner meeting at Fox Hill. Cost is $25. Hostesses for the meeting are Chip Clarke and Barbara Pazdziorko.

Bishop Timlin will confer the sacrament at 5 p.m. on Oct. 24. Seventh and eighth-grade parents are asked to quiz their candidates on the questions to make sure they learn them.

St. John the Evangelist

Parish Community

Baptismal Instruction – June 4, 7 p.m. parish center

St. John’s Lutheran

7 Wood St., Pittston

655-2505

stjohnspittston@verizon.com

Pastor: John Castellani

Organist Marcia Colleran

Lay Reader Brooke Cherney

Acolyte Brooke Cherney

Greeter Joe Mersincavage

Ushers Alan Drummond & Frank Capobianco

Communion Assistant Jim Fox

Prayer list – Government officials military personnel and their families, David Morgan, Richard and Bobby Drummond, Gerd Zimmerman, Lucille Chapman, Brenda Lispi, Bob Schumaker, Karen Korney, Howard Weislogel, Al Palaima, Margaret Borget, Ray Morgan, Emalee Kachurka, Leonard Peterson, Gene Rooney, Charles Barone, Barb Mizenko, Janet Lasko and Tom Tratthen. Our shut-ins are Mary Agnes Mangle,Ted Burkel, Donna Capobianco, Elaine Proietto, Donna Bobbouine and Gladys Bowman

Week day school schedule will meet Thursday, May 16. Conformation Day will be held on Pentecost Sunday, May 19. There will be a family dinner celebration when week day school closes for the season.

St. John’s P.M. Church

316 Main St., Avoca

Pastor: Rev. Dale E. Pepper 780-9587

Sunday service, 10 a.m.

Bible Study at 6 p.m. every other Thursday.

St. Maria Goretti

Laflin Road, Laflin

Pastor: Monsignor Neil Van Loon

42redwood@comcast.net

CUB SCOUT PACK 485

Cub Scout Pack 485 needs additional boys to sign up to maintain its current charter with the Boy Scouts of America. Please contact Ed Daveski directly at 466-6025 for information regarding cub scouting at St. Maria Goretti. We need you to keep the program alive. Boys entering 1st thru 5th grades in the Fall of 2013 are eligible to join.

HEALING MASS

The Sacrament of Anointing and Eucharist will be offered at St. Maria Goretti Parish this year on Tuesday, May 14th, at 5:30 p.m. The homilist this year is the Rev. Shane Kirby, Priest Student at the Catholic University. As always, we will host a pot-luck supper after the Mass. Sign-up sheets are available in the foyer of the church for anyone wishing to bring a covered dish. Our food presentation is always outstanding as our parishioners respond in their usual generous manner by bringing their favorite recipe to share with everyone. Please sign up and let us know what you will bring.

SPRING CHOIR CONCERT

Presented by St. Maria Goretti Parish Choir under the direction of Jennifer Johnson will be on May 19th at 3 p.m. in the church. Admission is free. Refreshments will follow.

SENIOR RECOGNITION & AWARDS MASS

The 11 a.m. Mass on May 19 will be dedicated to recognizing all our seniors and also to present the Monsignor Gray Award and the James Fisher Award to the winners. All seniors are invited to attend this Mass even if you did not submit an application for these awards.

St. Mary’s Polish National

Catholic Church

200 Stephenson St., Duryea

Rev. Fr. Carmen G. Bolock, pastor

Phone 457-2291

Email:padre@saintmaryspncc.org

St. Monica’s Church

363 W. 8th St., West Wyoming

Office hours – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

Phone: 693-1991

Email: olos363@verizon.net

Father Leo McKernan, pastor

Father Joseph Adonizio, visiting priest

William Jenkins, deacon

Mass Schedule:

Saturday Vigil: 4 p.m. at OLOS; Sunday: 8:30 a.m. at STJ; 11 a.m.at OLOS

Daily Mass Schedule: Daily Mass at OLOS – Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – 7 a.m.; Monday and Thursday – 7 p.m.

Miraculous Medal Novena – after Monday Evening Mass. Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy – Before morning and evening Masses at OLOS site.

• An Evening of Reflection: Monday, May 20 at St. Monica Parish, 363 W. 8th St., West Wyoming, The Capuchin Sisters of Nazareth will be present. Mass will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a Conference at 7 p.m. given by the Sisters. There will be a Social in the Church Hall sponsored by the Christian Mothers of the Parish. The final blessing will be Night Prayer at approximately 8:45 p.m.

• Divine Mercy Youth Ministry: of St. Monica’s will be meeting every Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. The mission of this youth group is to lead our young people into a loving, trusting relationship with God through the Merciful Heart of Jesus and His Church. Come join in fun and help people in need through the works of Mercy. Sign-up and be a leader. For more information call Jerry Bauman at 604-1122.

• Guardian of the Redeemer – Catholic Men’s Fellowship invites you to a Men’s Prayer Breakfast from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on May 25, at St. Monica’s Parish. (Doors open at 8 a.m.) Guest speaker is Msgr. John Esseff. No charge, but voluntary donations are welcome. Fathers are encouraged to bring their sons. Call the parish pffice at 693-1991 or email the Parish at olos363@verizon.net.

• Let’s Play Baseball! – St. Monica’s will have an outing to Montage on Wednesday, June 5 for a baseball game. Our choir will sing the National Anthem. Cost is $8 per person and seats are on the third base line.

• Trip to Stockbridge (Divine Mercy Shrine) on Saturday, June 15. Transportation will depart at 8 a.m. and return at 10:30 p.m. For more information, contact Jerry Baumanat 604-1122.

• Good Counsel to Visit: Chris andJoan Bell will visiting the parish on June 22 and 23 ( weekend Masses.) The run the homes for unwed mothers and the New York City Metro area. We plan on visiting them in the summer (July 16.) Call the rectory if interested.

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

100 Rock St., Hughestown

Stpeters_elc@yahoo.com

654-1008

9 a.m. – Sunday School and confirmation classes

10 a.m. – Worship service

Queen of the Apostles

715 Hawthorne St., Avoce

457-3412

stmarysavoca@verizon.net

Daily Masses: 8 a.m. (Wednesday at 7 p.m.)

Eucharistic Adoration: Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Miraculous Medal Novena: Wednesday following the 7 p.m. Mass

Weekends Masses: Saturday at 4 p.m.; Sunday at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

Confession: Saturdays 3-3:45 p.m.; anytime upon request by calling 457-3412.

The pastoral council will meet Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m. in the rectory.

There will be an Enthronement Mass Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. at the church, 715 Hawthorne St. The Sacred Heart Singers will begin a prelude at 6:45 p.m. The Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Daniel Toomey, spiritual moderator of the Enthronement Guild, and by the Rev. Phillip Sladicka. Individuals and families who desire to have their home enthroned to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary may do so at the Mass.

The Enthronement of the Sacred Heart Apostolate works to bring awareness to Catholics regarding the Enthronement of homes to the Sacred Heart which enables families to offer devotion and seek the protection of Jesus and Mary within their own home environment. Those who wish to have their homes enthroned may call Ann Jake 457-3521 or Kim Lastauskas 569-2662 to pre-register. Registration will also take place after the weekend Masses on April 27 and 28.

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be given Thursday, May 16 at the church.

The worship committee will meet Monday, May 20 at 7 p.m. in the rectory.

The buildings and grounds committee will meet Monday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the rectory.

The parish will have a pig roast Sunday, July 21 from noon to 4 p.m. on the ground of St. Mary’s School, 742 Spring St.

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Second Presbyterian Church

143 Parsonage St., Pittston

The Session of the Second Presbyterian Church announces the following schedule for the week of May 12:

Sunday, May 12: 9:30 a.m., Sunday School; 11 a.m. worship

Monday, May 13: 6:30 p.m. – Session

Tuesday, May 14: 6:30 p.m. – Relay for Life Meeting; 7 p.m. – AA Meeting

Wednesday, May 15: 6:30 p.m. – Choir Rehearsa

Saturday, May 18: 4 p.m. – Relay for Life

Trinity Episcopal Church of West Pittston

Spring Street and Montgomery Avenue

Sunday Holy Eucharist: 11 a.m. every Sunday.

Food Pantry: May items needed are peanut butter and. Gerrity’s gift cards, cash donations and other non-perishable foods also accepted.

Prayernetwork. Open To public. Daily prayer for those with needs requesting prayerful support. Start Prayernetwork at parish office 654-3261.

Youth program: 10:45 a.m. every Sunday. Weekday special events and service projects as announced.

Faith Forum for Adults: Enrichment for adults seeking spiritual renewal and opportunities for ministry and volunteerism.

Parish Life Events Team: Bi-monthly first Sundays.

Parish Council: Every second Sunday.

Women of Trinity: Every third Sunday.

Music Together Classes: Fun and music for infants and children through age five accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Registration for special Summer Session now underway. For registration information email musicareproject@hotmail.com. Visit www.musictogether.com for information on Music Together.

GIANT NEIGHBORHOOD YARD SALES every first Saturday from May through September. 20+ vendors, bake sale, food available. Vendor spaces available for $10. Reservations required. Call 654-3261.

TRINITY’S ANNUAL PASTA DINNER will be held from 3:30 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. Generous portions of pasta with homemade sauce and meatballs, salad, roll, beverage and dessert for $7 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. Advance tickets available from any parishioner and tickets will be available at the door while the pasta lasts. For more information, contact 654-3261.

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