First Posted: 2/3/2013

Bethel United Methodist

532Main St. Avoca

(570) 457-2566

Pastor Sharon Dietz

(570) 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.

1st Thursday of each month – food give-away 4 to 6 p.m. for needy of Avoca and Duryea.

Brick United Methodist

935 Foote Ave., Duryea

(570)457-4424

Pastor Sharon Dietz

(570) 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 Avenue

West Pittston

Meals will resume on January 7 at the Breaking Bread Soup Kitchen at the church.

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

First Baptist Church

Rev. James H. Breese, pastor,

Water Street, Pittston

Sunday 9:30 a.m. Worship and Praise Service/Children’s Sunday School, Adult/Teen Sunday School immediately following service.

Wednesday 7:15 p.m. Bible Study

First Congregational UCC

500 Luzerne Avenue

West Pittston

Rev. Joan Mitchell, Pastor

Sunday,11 a.m. Morning Worship

Annual meeting of the congregation will be held after service today in the Fellowship Hall, following a covered dish luncheon.

First Presbyterian Church

14 Broad Street Pittston

Sunday Worship 9:15 a.m. with Rev. William N. Lukesh.

United Methodist Church

Corner of Broad & Church Sts. Pittston

Rev. Susan Hardman-Zimmerman

Sunday Worship Service 9:30 a.m.

Children’s Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.

Holy Communion: 1st Sunday each month

Choir Rehearsal: Thursday’s at 7 p.m. unless told otherwise

United Methodist Women: 2nd Monday unless told otherwise

Website www.umcpittston.org

Phone 655-4340 leave message

First United Presbyterian

West Pittston

Rev. James Thyren 654-8121

Feb. 3 – 10 a.m. Sunday School; 11 a.m. Worship at St. Cecilia’s; 12:05 p.m. Annual Congregational Meeting.

Services are being held at St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church on 1700 Wyoming Ave, Exeter as the congregation recovers from the flood of September 2011. There is parking on Wyoming Avenue and in the parking lot behind the church.

First United Methodist Church

West Pittston

Feb. 4 – 7 p.m. Boy Scouts, Admin Council

Feb. 5 – 6 p.m. Brownies

Feb. 6 – 10 a.m. Mommy & Me, 6 p.m. Daisy Scouts, 7 p.m. Choir

Feb. 7 – 7 p.m. Class 18, 7 p.m. Weight Watchers

Feb. 10 – 10 a.m. Worship, Sunday School, 11:15 a.m. Confirmation.

Full Gospel Chapel

Avoca

Adult Sunday School, 9:30; Sunday morning worship at 10:30 a.m.

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 11 a.m. Church Service. Call 388-6534

Holy Mother of Sorrows PNCC

212 Wyoming Avenue, Dupont

Rev. Zbigniew Dawid, Pastor

Sunday Masses

8:00 a.m. Traditional Mass

9:15 a.m. School of Christian Living (SOCL) Confirmation Class, Coffee Hour

10:30a.m. Traditional High Mass

11:00a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Chicken Wing Sale

Daily Mass

9:00 a.m. Tuesday through Friday

Thursday at 4:45 to 5:30 First Holy Communion Class,

Today is Super Bowl Sunday and you can pick up your Chicken Wings at the church hall. This sale is a Fundraiser for the PTO for the Kids. If you did not preorder your Wings you still can pick some up by calling the church Hall at 654-0345 to make sure we still have some for sale.

Ash Wednesday – February 13, Masses with distribution of ashes will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

LENTEN FISH FRY Dinner sponsored by our YMS of R will be held on February 15, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dinner includes: Fish, fries, vegetable, coleslaw and dinner roll. Donation is $8.00.

Annual Parish meeting will be held on Sunday February 24. This meeting is open to all parishioners and takes place only once a year. Come and be part of every important decision. Please note that on this Sunday there will only be 1 Mass at 9:00 a,m.

Idependent Bible Church

328 Main Street, Duryea, PA 18642.

(570) 451-0346 Home/Office. JLaCava@TheBibleChurch.org

Inkerman Presbyterian

Main St., Inkerman

Services: Sundays, 9 a.m.

Langcliffe Presbyterian

1001 Main St Avoca

The Members of the Langcliffe Presbyterian Church announce that they will again share in Sunday worship services with the Moosic Presbyterian Church. The services will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Moosic Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Moosic. Services will be held at Moosic for one month up to and including Feb. 3. This is a biannual combining of worship and friendship that both congregations look forward to.

Moosic Alliance Church

608 Rocky Glen Road, Moosic

Pastor: Doug Jensen 457-6020

maccma2@verizon.net

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

Sunday morning Worship at 10:45 a.m.

Prayer meeting, Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

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

Nativity Of Our Lord

Stephenson St., 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

In preparation for the Lenten Season, Nativity of Our Lord Parish together with all the Catholic parishes in the Diocese of Scranton will be offering confessions from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on all the Mondays in Lent beginning with February 18. This outreach is called The Light Is On For You and is an effort on the part of the Diocese to highlight the importance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the life of Catholics and to make it as easy as possible for every Catholic to come or to return to this great source of God’s mercy and healing love. Note that the Monday Evening Confessions are in addition to normal Saturday afternoon confession times.

Oblates of St. Joseph

Highway 315, Laflin

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

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

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

Every Wednesday evening Mass is celebrated at 7 p.m. in conjunction with the Novena to St. Joseph & St. Joseph Marello.

St. Joseph Marello

William St., Pittston

THE ITALIAN FESTIVAL will be held at the Mt. Carmel Center on Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10. A Mass will be celebrated in Italian at 4:00PM on Saturday. A musical program will start at 3:15PM with the Senior Choir. Come and enjoy the religious music.

THE MENU will be pasta/meatball dinner with salad, roll, cake & beverage; tripe, polenta with sausage, porketta sandwiches, sausage & peppers sandwich, hot dog and pizza fritta will also be available.

A final meeting will be held in the parish center on Monday, February 4 at 7 p.m. for those interested in volunteering.

The Holy Name Society will meet on Monday at 7 p.m. in the Parish Center. New members are invited.

The Living Stations will be held on Good Friday. Any student, grades 6 to 12 ho wishes to participate, call the Rectory 654-6902 as soon as possible. Practices will be held on Sunday evenings.

The weekend Mass schedule is: on Saturday, Masses at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. On Sunday, Masses at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. The Holy Rosary is recited before all Masses.

Anyone interested in renting our Parish Banquet Hall or Meeting Room should call Christine Silinskie, Hall Manager at 704-8861.

Corpus Christi Parish Immaculate Conception and Holy Redeemer churches

Luzerne Ave., West Pittston

Youth Choir

The Youth choir meets for practice on Sundays at 5 p.m.

Our Lady of the Eucharist

535 N Main Street, Pittston

www.eucharist-pittston.org

Mass Schedule

Saturday Vigil: 4 p.m.

Sunday: 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Daily Mass: 8 a.m.

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions)

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

The parish will be sponsoring a Night at the Races on Saturday, February 9. Audra Casper and Cindy Vough will serve as chairpersons. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with post time at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Lackawanna Ave., Dupont

This week’s mass schedule: Monday through Friday at 7 a.m. Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. There will no longer be a 7:30 a.m. mass on Saturdays. With that in mind, there is an 8 a.m. mass celebrated at the Oblates of St. Joseph Chapel on Route 315 on Saturdays.

The Holy Name Society 300 Club for Spring 2013 will begin on Feb. 24. Five weekly cash prizes will be awarded. Tickets are available from any Holy Name Society member.

St. Barbara Parish

28 Memorial Avenue, Exeter

Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Evenings, by appointment.

Phone: 654-2103

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

St. Cecilia 5:30PM – Vigil Mass

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

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

Daily Masses: Monday & Tuesday: 7 a.m. & 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 7 a.m. & 11 a.m.

The Golden Age Club will hold their Valentine Party on Thursday, February 7 at 1:30 p.m. in the parish center. Hostesses are: Lena Seman, Rose Shurmanek and Ronnie Spliethoff.

St. Barbara’s Christian Women’s Organization will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the church hall.

MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION

St. Barbara’s parish is having a Mardi Gras celebration on Saturday, February 9 at the church hall from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost of the dinner buffet is $25 per person. Food to be catered by Maranacci’s Restaurant and DJ Mike Arcarese will provide the music. No one under 21 years of age. B.Y.O.B. (coffee & soda included with dinner).

Tickets on sale at the rectory, after each Mass or call Loretta Semenza 654-0936 or Barbara Russo 654-8670. Deadline for reservations is Monday, February 4.

Second Grade Parents: First Reconciliation will be on Saturday, February 16 at 9:30 am in St. Anthony’s Church. Parents are asked to attend

An important meeting for parents of 2nd graders (including those who attend parochial schools) is scheduled for Sunday, February 10 at 9:15 am in the Parish Center.

St. John the Evangelist Parish Community

35 William Street

Phone: 654-0053

Pittston.

Feb 4 – 1 p.m. Altar and Rosary Society meeting –Feb. 4

Feb 5 – 7 p.m. Bereavement Support group , Parish Pastoral Council

Feb 11 – 7 p.m. Liturgy Commission

Feb 12 – 7 p.m. Baptismal Instruction – Feb. 12 – in the parish center

Feb. 17 – Holy Name Society meeting – Feb 17 – 11 a.m.

The Free Health Clinic is open at 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday in the former Seton Catholic High School, first come first serve.

Greater Pittston Kids Closet celebrating its third anniversary provides new and gently used clothing. Hours are Wednesday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.

Pediatric Health Clinic is open on the first and third Thursday of the month.

Registration is held in the Seton building from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Bring child’s immunization records. All services are free.

St John’s Lutheran

7 Wood St., Pittston

570-655-2505, stjohnspittston@verizon.com

Pastor John Castellani

Organist Marcia Colleran

Acolyte Justin Peterson

Sunday Service 9:30 a.m.

First Quarter Portals of Prayers are available in the rear of the Church, while supplies are available..

Bulletin and Votive candle openings January 27. Please leave a message for Doris if interested.

Guests are welcomed to attend and perhaps join this family. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please call 655-2505.

St. John’s P.M. Church

316 Main St., Avoca

Pastor Rev. Dale E. Pepper
570-780-9587

Sunday Service 10 a.m.

Bible Study every other Thursday 6 p.m.

All are welcome.

St. Maria Goretti

Laflin Road, Laflin, PA. 18702

Pastor: Monsignor Neil Van Loon

42redwood@comcast.net

www.stmariagoretti-laflin.org

Each Wednesday, during Lent, a special service is held in one of the churches in the Deanery at 7 p.m.

February 20: Our Lady of the Eucharist, 535 North Main St., Pittston— Speaker: Reverend Steven Roth

February 27: St. Maria Goretti, 42 Redwood Drive., Laflin— Speaker: Reverend Jeffrey Tudgay

March 6: St. Mary’s, Queen of the Apostle, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca— Speaker: Reverend Philip Dabney, CSSR

March 13: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, St. Joseph Marello, 237 William St., Pittston Speaker: Reverend Philip Altavilla

March 20: St. John the Evangelist, 35 William St., Pittston Speaker: Reverend Philip Altavilla

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church

200 Stephenson St. Duryea

Rev. Fr. Carmen G. Bolock, Pastor Phone: 457-2291

Email: padre@saintmaryspncc.org

Website: saintmaryspncc.org

Holy Mass: Sunday 9:30 a.m.

Weekdays: 8 a.m.

Holy Days: 8 a.m. & 7 p.m.

St. Monica’s Church

363 West 8th Street, West Wyoming, PA 18644

Office Hours – 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mon. – Fri.

Phone: 570-693-1991

Email: olos363@verizon.net

www.stmonicanepa.com.

Father Leo McKernan, Pastor

Father Joseph Adonizio, Visiting Pries
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Mr. William Jenkins, Deacon

Mass Schedule:

Saturday Vigil: 4:00 p.m.@ OLOS

Sunday: 8:30 a.m. @ STJ

11:00 a.m.@ OLOS

New Daily Mass Schedule:

Daily Mass at OLOS– Tues, Wed., Fri. – 7:00 a.m.); Mon. & Thurs. – 7:00 p.m.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament–St. Monica’s Parish will be having Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Friday after the 7:00 a.m. Mass until 11:00 a.m.

Miraculous Medal Novena– after Monday Evening Mass

Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy -Before Morning & Evening Masses at OLOS site.

Bible Study and Night Prayer has started again, meeting after the 7:00 p.m. Mass on Thursday evenings and ending with Comp line, the night prayer of the Church at 9:00 p.m.

Pro-Life Essay Contest: Open to PA students in grades 7-12. Write an essay (500 words grades 7-9 & 750 words grades 10-12) about abortion, euthanasia or stem cell research, include a cover page with your name, address, phone number, grade and school and submit by March 1,2013. Send to 4800 Jonestown Rd. Suite 102, Harrisburg, PA 17109 or by computer tolifelines@prolife.org.

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

100 Rock Street, Hughestown

Stpeters_elc@yahoo.com

Sunday School 9 a.m.

Confirmation Classes 9 a.m.

Sunday Worship Service 10 a.m.

Feb. 13 Ash Wednesday Church Service 7 p.m. Cost is $7.00 a dozen donuts or a certificate for a dozen donuts. We are taking orders up to Feb. 3. Pick-up date is Feb. 10, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Call Leslie 762-1737, Pam 313-2829, Lois 654-4948

Queen of the Apostles Parish

715 Hawthorne St.

(570) 457-3412

stmarysavoca@verizon.net

www.stmaryavoca.4lpi.com

The worship committee will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4 in the rectory.

The social concerns/respect life committee will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 in the rectory.

The pastoral council committee will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11 in the rectory.

The parish’s First Communion Class will receive its First Penance at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16 in the church. There will be parents’ meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 in the church to discuss the special event.

The parish has exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and holy hour prayers every Tuesday at St. Mary’s Church, 715 Hawthorne St., following the 8 a.m. Mass. Throughout the Year of Faith, the chaplet of Divine Mercy will also be prayed.

At 7:30 p.m. the rosary is prayed before benediction and reposing of the Blessed Sacrament. Anyone who can spend one hour weekly at adoration on a regular basis is asked to call Ann Jake at 457-3521 or the parish office.

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.

Prayer Chain: 457-5867

Second Presbyterian

143 Parsonage St., Pittston

654-1411

The Session of the Second Presbyterian Church of Pittston announces the following schedule for the week of February 3, 2013

Sunday, February 3: 9:30 a.m., Sunday School; 11:00 a.m., Worship. Monday, February 4: 6:30 p.m., Fellowship Meeting. Tuesday, February 5: 6:30 p.m., Clean Plate Club at Bo Brothers in Wyoming; 7:00 p.m., AA Meeting. Wednesday, February 6: 6:30 p.m., Choir Rehearsal.

Trinity Episcopal Church

Spring Street and Montgomery Avenue, West Pittston

Web of information and links at www.trinityepiscopalchurchwestpittston.org and www.diobeth.org.

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

Ash Wednesday (February 13) Holy Eucharist with imposition of ashes 5:15 p.m.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake, Egg & Sausage Supper–Tuesday, February 12, 3:30-7 p.m., tickets $6 for adults, $4 for children ten and under. Call 654-3261 to order tickets—limited tickets available at the door.

Food Pantry: February items needed are cereal and macaroni and cheese. Gerrity’s gift cards, cash donations and other non-perishable foods also accepted.

Prayer network. 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. WOT Ministry Invitation. The Women of Trinity have undertaken a ministry to help support Good Shepherd Episcopal Church of Scranton in their outreach to the homeless of the region. Each month after enjoying a home cooked meal at Good Shepherd all who have needs may shop for necessities like clothing, shoes, and toiletries in a store-like setting in the church’s refurbished basement of donated items.

The Woman of Trinity has supported this ministry by delivering donations of clothing, new undergarments and socks and toiletries to the Scranton church. WOT will continue to collect trial size and hotel toiletries and invites the parish community to join with them in helping the less fortunate. Donations of trial size and sample size toiletries are welcome.

Party and Banquet Space. Newly renovated banquet room and kitchen. All Day Rental $100. Reservations at 654-3261.

Music Together Classes: Fun and music for infants and children through age five accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Spring semester of Music Together begins April 9.

For registration information email musicareproject@hotmail.com. Visit www.musictogether.com for information on Music Together.

SPECIAL FREE Music Together event: Music Around the World—international children’s music, activities and refreshments for children birth through age five and the grownups that love them.

Two sessions on March 3, 10 a.m. – noon and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Reservations required and limited to 20 children per session.

For info or reservations email: musicareproject@hotmail.com.

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