MATTERS OF FAITH


First Posted: 7/29/2013

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 handicapped accessible.

Worship service is at 11 a.m.

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

United Methodist Women of Pittston will sponsor a bus trip to the “Miracle of Christmas” show at Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Price of the trip is $102 which includes bus seat, show ticket, dinner at Shady Maple and bus driver tip. For additional information or to make reservations, call 654-2310 or 654-8775. Reserve your seat soon as trip is expected to fill fast.

Website www.umcpittston.org

Phone: 655-4340

First United Presbyterian

West Pittston

Rev. James Thyren, pastor

Phone: 654-812

Sunday, Aug. 18: 11 a.m. worship service.; 12:45 p.m. RailRiders game

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

Wyoming Avenue, West Pittston

Today, Aug. 18 – 10 a.m. Worship, 11:15 a.m. Bible study

Tuesday, Aug. 20 – 6 p.m. Worship Committee

Thursday, Aug. 22 – 7 p.m. Weight Watchers

Sunday, Aug. 25 – 10 a.m. Worship; 11:15 a.m. Bible Study; Chior Picnic

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

10:30 a.m. – Traditional High Mass

Daily Mass – 9 a.m., Tuesday through Friday

The 37th annual Dozynki (Harvest Festival) will be coming up on Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to dusk.

The annual Giant Flea Market will be held on Sept.7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are looking for outside vendors as well as our parishioners to participate. The cost is only $10 per table. Our church provides tables and chairs.

If you are interested in renting a table call Alex Dubeck 954-0476 or M. Drost 654-1108 as soon as possible. All reservations have to be pre-paid. Make your check payable to Holy Mother of Sorrows and mail it to 212 Wyoming Ave., Dupont, PA. 18641. There will be food for sale on this day also. The usual pierogies, potato pancakes, hambergers and hot dogs. etc.

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.

Moosic Unitd Methodist Church

609 Main Street

Moosic

The church will be holding a chicken barbeque on Saturday, August 31. Pick up is noon until 2 p.m. Dinner includes 1/2 BBQ chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, roll and dessert. $9 per ticket.

Tickets on sale until August 24. Call 457-3217 or 457-6286.

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

Classes will begin on Sunday, Sept. 15 with Catechetical Sunday Mass at 9:30 a.m. Classroom and teacher assignments will take place at 10:30 a.m. in Holy Rosary School Gym.

Registration forms for those who were registered last year will be sent to the homes at the end of August or beginning of September.

Registration for first grade students and any new students in grades 1-7 will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22 in Holy Rosary Church Hall or by contacting Judy Lambert at 881-4974.

We are in need of student volunteers (those in grades 8 and up who have been confirmed) as aides. If interested, call Judy.

It is a requirement of the Scranton Diocese that students be enrolled in a Catholic School or religious education program for two years prior to reception of these sacraments: First Reconciliation (Confession), First Eucharist (Communion) and Confirmation.

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.

Our Lady of the

Eucharist Parish

535 N Main St., 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.

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

St. Joseph Marello

William Street, Pittston

654-6902

Saturday Eve: 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday: 8 – 9:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Daily Masses: Monday thru Friday: 7:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Novenas

Every Tuesday after 7:30 and 11:30 a.m. Masses novena to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and Mother Cabrini.

Every Wednesday after 7:30 and 11:30 a.m. Masses novena to Saint Joseph & St. Joseph Marello

Every Tuesday at 7 p.m. there is a Holy Hour.

The Holy Rosary is recited 20 minutes before all week day Masses and weekend Masses to honor our Blessed Mother. Come early and join us in prayer.

Our parish community will welcome our new pastor, Fr. Carlos Esquivel O.S.J.., and assistant pastor, ,Fr. John Shearer, O.S.J. at 4 p.m. mass on Saturday, Aug. 24. A stand-up reception open to everyone will immediately follow the Mass in our parish hall.

Procession of

St. Rocco

The Feast of St. Rocco will be celebrated today, Sunday, Aug. 18.

There will be a procession immediately following the 11:15 a.m. Mass. We will leave from Mt. Carmel Church by car and we walk through the streets of the Oregon section of Pittston as has been our tradition for many, many years.

Parishioners and friends are invited to participate in the procession honoring St. Rocco. After the procession a reception will be held at Mt. Carmel Parish Center Hall for all those who participate in the procession. Come and join us in this celebration

Junior choir is practicing on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. any child is welcome.

Any Home Bound Parishioner who would like to receive the Sacraments call the Rectory at 654-6902 and a priest will visit them.

Bus pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge MA will depart at 7 a.m. Saturday, October 5, from Oblates of St. Joseph, with estimated arrival at 11 a.m. Estimated departure from shrine for dinner at Michael’s Restaurant nearby. Bus strip, fee to Shrine, full course dinner and driver tip $57 per person. For reservations call 654-6063.

Corpus Christi Parish

Immaculate Conception

Holy Redeemer Churches

605 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston

Holy Redeemer Church

Route 92, Harding

Mass

Saturday vigil: 4 p.m.

Sunday: 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Daily Mass: 8 a.m.

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions): Saturday from 3:30 to 3:45 p.m. and by appointment

First Communion and Confirmation pictures are available for pickup. Contact Sister Mary Ann.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Dupont

This week’s masses: Monday through Friday at 7 a.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Weekday masses are celebrated at the Sacred Heart Chapel at the cemetary.

St. Barbara’s 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.

We are scheduling Masses for the months of October, November and December. Mass intentions are scheduled on a first come first served basis.

We still have First Communion pictures and DVDs in the office. They can be picked up in the rectory office between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. If you cannot pick them up during those hours, please call the rectory to make other arrangements.

Parish Social Concerns Committee will meet at the Catechetical Center on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. to begin plans for the upcoming year.

A Home Prayer Group has started. Come and pray the 15 Decade Rosary and the Divine Mercy every Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Contact Barbara at 693-3259 for more information.

St. John the Evangelist

Parish Community

William Street, Pittston

Beginning Sept. 8, a coffee hour will be held every Sunday following the 10 a.m. Mass

Bereavement Support Group will have their first meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 10 in the Parish Center

The Care and Concern Free Health Clinic is open Wednesdays with registration at 5:30 p.m. in the former Seton Catholic High School.

The free Pediatric Clinic is now open on the first and third Thursdays of the month. Registration is 4:3o to 5:30 p.m.

The Greater Pittston Kids Closet is open from 9 to 11:30 am. and from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Anyone in need of food is welcome to call the Food Pantry at 654-9923.

St. John’s Lutheran

7 Wood St., Pittston

655-2505

stjohnspittston@verizon.com

www.lutheransonline.com/stjohns18640

Service Starts at 9:30 a.m. Serving in the House of the Lord for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost

Pastor John Castellani

Organist Marcia Colleran

Reader Sharleen Palaima

Ushers Paul Laurie and Bill Givens

Acolyte Richie Drummond

Greeter Doris Mersincavage

Communion Assistant Alan Drummond

Coming this month is another event Muffins, Makeovers and Mimosas this event will be from 10 a.m. until noon. Its is free to the public of all ages. Jane from Merle Norman will be here with her Summer make up and skin care products to try and to purchase there will be a Paper Corsages & scrap book presentations. There will be raffle drawings and other prizes.

Acolyte Schedule for the month: 18 – Richard Drummond 25 – Emily Goyne

Anyone interested in obtaining a gift card to GL Scripps is asked to call Alan Drummond and Mary Ann Degman for a list of vendors.

St. Johns Happenings:

Pig Roast Sept. 7, 3 to 6 p.m.

Sept. 12 Hoagie Sale

Sept.29 Rally

Oct. 17 Week Day School will begin its fall session

Members, Family and Friends Of St. Johns if you would like to walk with us in the Pittston Tomato Festival please leave a message at the number listed above for Joe Mersincavage.

As you can see we are a busy congregations in this little section of town. Guests are welcomed to attend. If you have any questions or comments, or would like to volunteers Please use the links listed above to contact us and a member of our Church will get back to you.

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

Golfers are still needed for the Fifth Annual Holy Rosary Golf Tournament Sept. 15 at Pine Hill Country Club in Taylor. Registration is at noon with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Cost is $90 per player which includes lunch and dinner.

If any Altar Server has not turned in the Altar Server Questionnaire which was mailed to you, please do so within the next week or two. We will have a meeting soon for all servers and this information is vital for scheduling. Watch the bulletin for the date and time of the meeting.

Adult Choir will resume rehearsals on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. in the church. We will be preparing for Confirmation and the Christmas season. Anyone age 13+ is welcome. For anyone interested in participating in our Children’s Choir, we will have a brief meeting on Sunday, Sept. 8, immediately following the 11 a.m. Mass. Anyone interested in cantering or being an instrumental musician for Masses and special events, please contact Jenn Johnson at jmsjohnson7@gmail.com.

Annual Harvest Tea will be held on Oct. 9 in the Parish Center at 7 p.m. We need people to host a table of 10. Each table will have a special theme. Last year we had a marvelous turnout. We welcome our regulars and always look for new hostesses. Please give your name to Dorothy Shea Yazurlo, Chairperson, by calling 655-0200 or by calling the Parish Office at 655-8956.

It is time to plan for our school year and begin the preparation for our religious education program. Forms are available in the church foyer. All children enrolled in our program must complete a form. Please return the forms by Aug. 31. You may drop them in the collection basket or leave them at the Parish Office. Please include a fee of $25 per child or $35 per family with the registration form. Classes begin Sept. 8 9:30-10:45 a.m.

St. Mary’s

Polish National

Catholic Church

200 Stephenson St., Duryea

Rev. Fr. Carmen G. Bolock, pastor

Phone 457-2291

Email:padre@saintmaryspncc.org

Holy Mass Sundays 9:30 a.m. Daily Mass 8 a.m. Holidays 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Yard Sale – Sell you stuff, shop for bargains from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24 at the church, 200 Stephenson Street, Duryea. for $10 rent an 8 foot by 2 foot table space (you must bring your own table) to sell you un-wanted treasures. The yard sale is open to anyone. We will have food and beverages all day, as well as door prize and bake sale. Not open to vendors or crafters. To reserve a table space phone 457-2291.

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.

Divine Mercy Youth Ministry of St. Monica’s will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday. For more information, call Jerry Bauman at 604-1122.

A clothing drop-off is located in back parking lot next to the garage for gently used clothing. Please only clothing will be accepted – no household items. The project is sponsored by the youth group of the Parish.

St. Peter’s Evangelical

Lutheran Church

100 Rock St., Hughestown

Stpeters_elc@yahoo.com

654-1008

Summer schedule: Sunday – 9 a.m. Worship Service

Queen of the Apostles

715 Hawthorne St., Avoca

457-3412

stmarysavoca@verizon.net

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

Prayer Chain: 457-5867

The worship committee meeting has been rescheduled for Sept. 16. The building and grounds committee will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26.

Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) will have a regional prayer meetingat 6:30 p.m. today, Aug. 18 in St. Mary’s School auditorium, 742 Spring St.

Religious education classes begin Sept. 8. The registration forms for 2013-2014 were recently mailed. Please return them to the parish office by Sept. 2 via drop-off, mail, or weekend collection.

Second Presbyterian

143 Parsonage St., Pittston

Sunday Aug. 18: 10 a.m. Worship will be held with First Presbyterian Church, West Pittston at St. Cecilia’s Church, 1700 Wyoming Ave, Exeter.

Tuesday, Aug. 13: 7:30 p.m. – AA meeting

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.

All welcome: Worldwide Anglican Communion: ‘We believe in one holy, Catholic apostolic church.” Web of information and links at www.trinityepiscopalchurchwestpittston.org and www.diobeth.org.

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

Food Pantry: August items needed are cereal, pasta and sauces and six packs and cases of water. 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. For registration information email musicareproject@hotmail.com. Visit www.musictogether.com for information on Music Together. Next session starts September 18.

Giant neighborhood yard sales

every first Saturday from now through September. 20+ vendors, bake sale, food available. Vendor spaces available for $10— reservations required—654-3261.

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