First Posted: 6/3/2013
Bethel United Methodist
532 Main St., Avoca
Pastor Sharon Dietz
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
Pastor Sharon Dietz
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
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
First Congregational UCC
500 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston
Rev. Joan Mitchell, Pastor
Sanctuary is handicapped accessible.
Worship service is at 11 a.m.
Everyone is welcome. Come and help us celebrate our 130 years of Faith
Church Council and Diaconate meetings will be held today after worship service.
First Presbyterian Church
14 Broad St., Pittston
Rev. William N. Lukesh
Worship service is at 11 a.m. with Holy Communion
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
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 and 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 the 2 p.m. show on for Sept. 21 at the American Music Theater in Lancaster. Price of the trip is $96 which includes bus, ticket to show, dinner after the show at Shady Maple’s famous smorgasbord and bus driver tip. Call Cathy at 603-1915 for further information or to reserve a seat.
The trip is sponsored by the Flower Fund of the United Methodist Church Pittston.
First United Presbyterian
Rev. James Thyren, pastor
The Session of the First United Presbyterian Church of West Pittston announces the following schedule for the week of June 9:
Sunday, June 9: 11 a.m., Worship.
Tuesday, June 11: 7 p.m., Deacons.
Wednesday, June 12: 9 a.m., Morning Circle meeting at Agolino’s; 6 – 8 p.m., flea market set up and drop off. Thursday, June 13: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., flea market set up; 6 – 8 p.m., flea market set up.
Friday, June 14: 10 a.m., Flea Market Set up.
Saturday, June 15: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Strawberry Festival and mini flea market at St. Cecilia’s RC Church, Wyoming Avenue, Exeter.
Services are being held at St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church at 1700 Wyoming Ave., Exeter. There is parking on Wyoming Avenue and in the parking lot behind the church.
The Session and Deacons of the First United Presbyterian Church of West Pittston are planning their annual Strawberry Festival and Mini-Flea Market on Saturday, June 15 at St. Cecilia’s, 1700 Wyoming Ave., Exeter. The Flea Market and Strawberry Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.
Tickets for the strawberries and ice cream are available at the door.
First United Methodist Church
Wyoming Ave., West Pittston
Monday, June 10 – 7 p.m. Boy Scouts
Tuesday, June 11 – 6 p.m. UMW; 6 p.m., finance committee
Wednesday, June 12 – UMW bus trip
Thursday, June 13 – 6:30, Class 18; 7 p.m. Weight Watchers
Cooperative Vacation Bibile School will be held Monday, June 15 to Friday July 19. Early breakfast is held at 8:30 a.m. with program from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Registration forms are available at the church. For more information, call 655-1083.
Full Gospel Chapel
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 David, pastor
8 a.m. – Traditional Mass
10:30 a.m. – Traditional High Mass
Daily Mass – 9 a.m., Tuesday through Friday
Independent Bible Church
328 Main St., Duryea
Main Street, Inkerman
Services: Sundays, 9 a.m.
1001 Main St., Avoca
Moosic Alliance Church
608 Rocky Glen Road, Moosic
Pastor: Doug Jensen 457-6020
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
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
William Street, Pittston
Father’s Day cards are available at the entrances of the Church. Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16.
The Altar & Rosary Society will hold a Prayer Service in church prior to their brief meeting and dinner social to close out the year on Thursday, June 20. Members and guests are asked to prepay for this reservation no later than June 15 with payment payable to the Altar & Rosary Society in the amount of $13 per person. For more information, contact Theresa Mulesky, president at 655-2006 or the rectory office at 654-6902.
Oblates of St. Joseph Convocation – Oblate Fathers will be away during the week of June 10-14 for their yearly Convocation and Retreat. There will only be 11:30 a.m. Masses that week.
The Annual Parish Picnic will be held on Friday, July 12, Saturday, July 13 and Sunday July 14 this year. An organizational meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, July 1 in the Parish Center.
A Flea Market will be included again this year in conjunction with the Picnic. We will begin collecting items this week.
Workers will be needed for the three night of the bazaar. Call the rectory if you would like to help.
June 21, Outdoor Mass, 7 p.m.; June 23, A talk given by EWTN’s Msgr. Stewart Swetland at 5:30 p.m.; June 25 and July 2, holy hours; July 4, Concluding Mass at 10 a.m. at Oblate Seminary.
Choir practice will be held at 7 p.m. on Mondays.
Any Homebound parishioner who would like to receive the Sacraments may call the rectory at 654-6902.
Corpus Christi Parish
Holy Redeemer churches
605 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston
Holy Redeemer Church
Route 92, Harding
Our Lady of the Eucharist
535 N. Main St., Pittston
Saturday vigil: 4 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 and 11 a.m.
Daily Mass: 8 a.m.
Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions)
First Communion and Confirmation pictures are available for pickup. Contact Sister Mary Ann.
Vacation Bible School is set for June 24-28. During Vacation Bible School, the children will be asked to bring in paper goods: paper towels, paper napkins, toilet paper and diapers – all of which will be donated to the Care and Concern Ministries at the Seton Catholic building. For more information, call Sister Mary Ann Cody, IHM at 654-0263 and leave your name and phone number if you can help any or all days.
Sacred Heart of Jesus
This week’s mass schedule: Monday through Friday at 7 a.m. (in the Sacred Heart Cemetery Chapel), Saturday at 4 and 6 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Weekday masses are celebrated in the Sacred Heart Cemetery Chapel. The Rosary will be prayed each day before the first mass in the month of June.
Members of the Holy Name Society will celebrate the 8:30 a.m. Mass and receive Communion as a group on Sunday, June 16 in honor of Father’s Day.
This past week a letter was sent to the home of all Confirmation candidates. If you did not receive a letter, call the rectory at 654-3713.
The church picnic will be held on Aug. 1, 2 and 3 on the parish grounds. Donations of canned goods and non-perishable food items, as well as paper products, are being sought for the Food Basket Stand. Items may be left on the rear porch of the rectory.
St. Barbara’s Parish
28 Memorial Ave., Exeter
Parish office hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and evenings by appointment.
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 and 11 a.m.
FOR JUNE 10 –14
Fr. Ray and Fr. Phil will be away with the rest of the Oblates of St. Joseph from June 10 – 14. We will NOT have a 7 p.m. Mass on Monday & Tuesday. We will NOT have our 11 a.m. Mass on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. On Tuesday & Wednesday at 7 a.m. we will have a Communion Service only – no Mass. Masses for that week will be held on Monday, Thursday & Friday at 7 a.m. On Tuesday & Wednesday we will have a Communion Service at 7 a.m.
After 83 years, the priests of the Oblates of St. Joseph will no longer serve St. Anthony’s Church. A Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday June 23 at St. Anthony’s Church of St. Barbara Parish. His Excellency, Bishop Joseph Bambera, D.D.,J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton will be in attendance.
A social will follow until 2 p.m. in the parish center.
Our annual picnic will be held Friday July 19 thru Sunday July 21. Our next meeting will be June 19 at 6:30 in the parish center. Please plan to attend.
Flea Market – We are now collecting clean useable items. You can drop them off at the parish center by the side door facing Pride. We will not accept computers, encyclopedias and text books, clothing or shoes.
Theme Baskets – If you have donated a basket before, please consider doing it again this year and if you have never donated, we are always looking for new creative baskets. Baskets can be dropped off at the rectory any time. Donations for the “Basket of Cheer” can also be dropped off at the rectory. Cooks, prep people and dishwashers are needed. If interested contact the parish office.
Christian Women will hold a special end of the year dinner at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18 at Fox Hill Country Club. Cost is $25 per person. Payment is due with reservations. Place reservations/payment in Sunday collections or contact Loretta at 654-0936, Mary at 655-4744, Barbara at 654-8670 or Chip at 654-7480. Deadline is June 11.
St. John the Evangelist
Healing Hearts Bereavement Support Group will meet from 7 to 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11 in the Parish Center. For more information, call 654-0053.
Vacation Bible School will be held from 9 a.m. to noon June 24-28 at Our Lady of Eucharist and St. John Parishes. Call Sister Mary Ann Cody IHM at 654-0263.
Annual Care and Concern Free Health Clinic Golf Tournament will take place on Friday, July 12 at Emanon Country Club For more information, call Jim at 654-2585.
Today, June 9 we honor graduating seniors who have faithfully been involved in liturgical ministries as altar servers, lectors and cantors.
St. John’s Lutheran
7 Wood St., Pittston
Pastor: John Castellani
Organist Marcia Colleran
Lay Reader Doris Mersincavage
Acolyte Sarah Ciesia
Greeter Joe Mersincavage
Ushers Jim Fox & John Peterson
10 – Church Council meeting, 6:30 p.m.
12 – Vacation Bible School meetin, 6:30 p.m.
18 – Planning Committee meeting, 6:30 p.m.
29 – Strawberry social, 4 to 6 p.m.
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
June 16 – Annual Parish Mission Appeal (La Salette Missionaries)
June 27 – St. Maria Goretti Novena
June 29 – Collection for Holy Father ( Peter’s Pence)
June 30 – Confirmation class, 6 p.m., Parish Center
The Combined Youth Ministry presents this Summer’s Youth Rally for Teens in 9th – 12th grades on July 17 at Misericordia University, Dallas. Registration open at 9 a.m. with a closing Mass at 7 p.m. celebrated by The Most Reverend Joseph Bambera, Bishop of Scranton. Cost is $25.
Community Flea Markets
The Laflin Community Flea Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 . Anyone interested in volunteering to set up a table for this event at St. Maria Goretti Parish is asked to call the parish office.
On this same day, a multi-vendor flea market will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gymnasium at St. Joseph’s Oblate Seminary in the Gymnasium, 1800 Highway 315, Pittston. Interested vendors may call Kathy at 885-5018.
Vacation Bible Camp
Vacation Bible Camp will be held July 8-12.
Vacation Bible School: Our Lady of the Eucharist, 535 N. Main St., Pittston, will host an Everywhere Fun Fair from June 24-28. Call Sister Mary Ann Cody, IHM at 654-0263 and leave your name and phone number if you can help out any or all days or if you wish more information regarding the VBS.
St. Mary’s Polish National
200 Stephenson St., Duryea
Rev. Fr. Carmen G. Bolock, pastor
Holy Mass Sundays 9:30 a.m. Daily Mass 8 a.m. Holidays 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
The Rt. Rev. Bernard J. Nowicki, Bishop Ordinary of the Central Diocese of the Polish National Catholic Church, will administer the Sacrament of confirmation at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11. Those to be confirmed are Anthony Nicholas Arthur DeMark, son of Peter Kimberly Demark, and Malcolm John Joseph Sciandra, son of Joseph and Lisa Sciandra. Also in attendance will be the Most Rev. Anthony A. Mikovsky, Prime Bishop of the Polish National Catholic Church, as well as clergy of the Scranton Seniorate of the Central Diocese, clergy from Duryea, Rev. Fr. Carmen Bolock is Pastor of St. Mary’s.
St. Monica’s Church
363 W. 8th St., West Wyoming
Office hours – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Father Leo McKernan, pastor
Father Joseph Adonizio, visiting priest
William Jenkins, deacon
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.
Vacation Bible School: Registration is now underway for St. Monica’s Summer Vacation School held June 24 – 28.
• Divine Mercy Youth Ministry: of St. Monica’s will be meeting every Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. For more information, call Jerry Bauman at 604-1122.
Light the Fire Youth Rally: Wednesday, July 17 at Misericordia University with Guest Speaker & Musician Steve Angrisano.
St. Peter’s Evangelical
100 Rock St., Hughestown
9 a.m. – Sunday School and confirmation classes
10 a.m. – Worship service
Queen of the Apostles
715 Hawthorne St., Avoca
Daily Masses: 8 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and at 7 p.m. on Wednesday
Eucharistic Adoration: Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Miraculous Medal Novena: Wednesday following the 7 p.m. Mass
Healing Mass: First Friday of the month at 7 p.m.
Weekend Mass Schedule: 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
The Pastoral Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 10 in the rectory.
The Women’s Guild will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11 in the rectory.
The Church Environment Committee will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 17 in the rectory.
Queen of the Apostles Parish will honor Pastoral Associate Sr. Jane Mary Duke, IHM on Saturday, June 22 at the 4 p.m. Mass at the church.
Second Presbyterian Church
143 Parsonage St., Pittston 18640
The Session of the Second Presbyterian Church announces the following schedule for the week of June 9
Sunday, June 9: 10 a.m., Worship and Graduate Sunday
Monday, June 10: 6:30 p.m., Session
Tuesday, June 11: 7:30 p.m., AA Meeting
Thursday, June 12: Noon, Sisterhood of Divine Diners Perugino’s restaurant in Luzerne.
Trinity Episcopal Church
of West Pittston
Spring Street and Montgomery Avenue
Sunday Holy Eucharist: 11 a.m. every Sunday.
Spring Street and Montgomery Avenue
Sunday Holy Eucharist: 11 a.m. every Sunday.
Food Pantry: June items needed are peanut butter, crackers and soup. Gerrity’s gift cards, cash donations and other non-perishable foods also accepted.
Prayernetwork. Open to the public. Daily prayer for those with needs requesting prayerful support. Start Prayernetwork at parish office at 654-3261.
Youth Program: 10:45 a.m. every Sunday.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Giant neighborhood yard sales every first Saturday from now through September. 20+ vendors, bake sale, food available. Vendor spaces available for $10 and reservations are required. Call 654-3261.