MATTERS OF FAITH


First Posted: 4/1/2013

Divine Mercy Sunday today

The Seventh Annual Celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday will be held today, April 7, at St. Maria’s Goretti Church, Laflin Road, Laflin. The celebration was moved from the Oblates because the congregation has been growing.

Cathy Mack is the coordinator of the feast and the Cennacle Leader of the Eucharistic Apostles of Divine Mercy. The theme centers on the celebration of the 75th anniversary of St. Faustina’s entering into Eternal Life.

Prior to the service, remarks and excerpts from the Diary of St. Faustina will be given by Cathy Mack.

The itinerary includes: 1 p.m. – Sacrament of Reconciliation with five priests; 2 p.m. – Veneration of the Image followed by the Holy Sacrifice of Mass; 3 p.m. – Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Chaplet of the Divine Mercy in song, individual blessing of the First Class Relic of St. Faustina.

Bethel United Methodist

532Main 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

Sunday, 11 a.m. Sunday morning worship with Holy Communion

The Church Council and Diaconate will meet after service today, April 7.

First Presbyterian Church

14 Broad St., Pittston

Rev. William N. Lukesh

Sunday worship 9:15 a.m.

United Methodist Church

Corner of Broad and Church Streets, Pittston

Rev. Susan Hardman-Zimmerman

Phone: 655-4340

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 leave message

Saturday, April 20 – Family Style Roast Chicken Dinner and Bake Sale – Take outs start at 4:30 p.m. – seating from 5 to 7. Dinner includes 1/2 roast chicken – Family Style mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, pepper hash, dessert and beverage. For tickets call 603-1915 by Saturday, April 13th – please leave a message if no answer. Advance purchase of tickets is recommended – limited number of tickets at the door. Tickets for adults $9 and children under 10 – $5.

First United Presbyterian

West Pittston

Rev. James Thyren, pastor

Phone: 654-812

April 7 – 10 a.m. Sunday School; 11 a.m., worship; 12:05 p.m., choir rehearsal.

April 9: 7 p.m., Deacons,

April 10: 9 a.m. Morning Circle.

April 11: 7:30 p.m., Session.

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

First United Methodist Church

West Pittston

April 7 – 10 a.m., worship, Sunday School, confirmation

April 8 – 7 p.m., Boy Scouts

April 9 – 7 p.m., United Methodist Women

April 10 – 10 a.m., Mommy and Me; 6 p.m. Daisy Scouts; 7 p.m., choir

April 11 – 7 p.m., Class 18; 7 p.m., Weight Watchers

April 12 – Set up for clothing sale.

April 13 – 9 a.m., clothing sale; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., blessing of animals.

April 14 – 10 a.m., worship, Sunday School Confirmation

Full Gospel Chapel

Avoca

Adult Sunday School, 9:30; Sunday morning worship, 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 church service, 11 a.m. Call 388-6534

Holy Mother of Sorrows PNCC

212 Wyoming Ave., Dupont

Rev. Zbigniew Dawid, pastor

Daily Mass, 9 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Sacrament of Confirmation will take place on April 14, at 10:30 a.m.

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

First Communion students will attend a retreat from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, April 7 at Fatima Center in Dalton. The bus will depart Sacred Heart Parking Lot at 9:30 a.m. and return at 3:30 p.m.

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

Religious education classes are held on Wednesdays for all the students in kindergarten to fourth grade.

Classes are held on Sundays for fifth and sixth graders.

April 14 – 6 p.m., parents meeting for First Communion in the conference room of the parish center.

April 28 – 9:30 a.m., kindergarten graduation Mass; First Communion students (Renewal of Baptismal Vows); followed by breakfast in hall.

May 5 -1:30 p.m., First Holy Communion Mass

The Mass Book for 2013 is available. Mass Offerings accepted for the months of May and June only.

Holy Name Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 8 in the Parish Center.

St. Joseph Marello Altar & Rosary Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 in Mt. Carmel Center. All tickets returns and gifts must be given at this meeting. Hostesses for this meeting are Donna Delmonte, Kathy Stella, Arlene Ardoline, Dolores McGill, Judy Samartzsis, and Theresa Ormando.

Altar & Rosary Society of St. Joseph Marello Parish will host a spring on Sunday, April 14 in the Parish Center. Doors open at 1:30 p.m., the raffle will be at 2 p.m. Get your admission tickets or raffle tickets from any member, by calling the rectory at 654-6902 or at the door. Refreshments will be served.

The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 in Mt. Carmel Center.

Any homebound parishioner who would like to receive the Sacraments may call the Rectory at 654-6902 and a priest will visit them.

Corpus Christi Parish

Immaculate Conception

Holy Redeemer churches

605 Luzerne Aven. West Pittston

Holy Redeemer Church

Route 92, Harding

Our Lady of the Eucharist

535 N. Main St., Pittston

Mass schedule

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

School of Religious Education

Religious education classes will resume at 9:30 a.m. today, April 7. For more information, call Sister Mary Ann at 654-0263.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Lackawanna Avenue, Dupont

This week’s mass schedule is: Monday through Friday at 7 a.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m..

A Welcoming Mass will be held for all the new members of the parish at the 7:30 a.m. mass today, April 7. Refreshments will be served in the church hall following the mass.

April 8 – Class and report cards distributed; April 15 – Class and signed report cards to be returned.

The Women’s Society will hold its annual bake sale on April 13 and 14 following all weekend Masses. Donations of baked goods will be accepted in the church hall starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. Monetary donations will also be accepted. All profits will benefit the parish.The Senior Outreach Committee will hold a Health Fair on Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21 following all weekend masses. All are invited to come and speak with a variety of medical professionals.

Confirmation clarification: All students who are currently in sixth, seventh and eighth grades will receive Confirmation in the fall. All must complete their service hours and have received service hour logs for parents.

St. Barbara Parish

28 Memorial Ave., Exeter

Parish office hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 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.

Christian Women’s Organization upcoming meetings:

April 7 – recitation of the rosary before 10:30 Mass, meet at 10 a.m.

April 9 – monthly meeting starting at 6:30 p.m., upcoming events will be discussed.

Golden Age Club will meet on Thursday, April 11. Hostesses will be Susan Begliomini and Carol Burns.

The parish will hold a VIRTUS: Protecting God’s Children for Adults Program from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 14 in the Parish Center. Call 654-2103 to register and for directions.

Religious education classes resume this weekend.

St. John the Evangelist

Parish Community

35 William St., Pittston.

Phone: 654-0053

Altar and Rosary Society meeting – April 8 at 2 p.m.

Holy Name Society meeting – April 14 at 11 a.m.

Applications for Holy Name scholarships are available at the parish center and must be received by today, April 7.

Parish blood drive will be held May 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church hall.

St. John’s Lutheran

7 Wood St., Pittston

655-2505

stjohnspittston@verizon.com

Pastor: John Castellani

Organist: Marcia Colleran

Acolyte: Justin Peterson

Sunday service: 9:30 a.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

42redwood@comcast.net

April 7 – Divine Mercy Novena and Mass, 8th Spiritual Life meeting, 6:30 p.m., parish office

April 16 – Parish Ministry Night, 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Center

April 21 – Talent Show, 7 p.m. in the Parish Center

April 22 – Pastoral Council meeting, 6:30 p.m. in the Parish office

April 29 – Finance Council meeting, 6:30 p.m. in the Parish office

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 & Evening Masses at OLOS site.

Divine Mercy Sunday: Today, April 7, Mass at 11 a.m.; from noon to 2 p.m. break for lunch; at 2 p.m., there will be readings from the Diary of St. Faustina – Confessions will be available for this hour; at 3 p.m., the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be sung, the Blessing of the Divine Mercy Image – concluding with Veneration of the Image at 3:15 p.m.

Divine Mercy Ministry of St. Monica’s will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

Bishop’s Award: Six young parishioners of St. Monica’s have been awarded the Bishop’s Youth Award. The awards will be presented by Bishop Bambera at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16 in St. Peter’s Cathedral in Scranton to Gabrielle Alberigi, Emily Kneeream, Maria Marianacci, Jared Saporito, Teresa Toomey and Ashley Vikara.

Healing Service: Father Pio Mandato and the Capuchin Sisters of Nazareth will be present at St. Monica’s for a Healing Service at 7 p.m. on on Thursday, April 18.

St. Peter’s Evangelical

Lutheran Church

100 Rock St., Hughestown

Stpeters_elc@yahoo.com

654-1008

9 am Sunday School and confirmation classes

10 am Worship service

April 13 at 5 p.m. Old Fashioned Night

There will be food, fun and games.

Selling wimpies and hot dogs for 25¢ each and potato pancakes for 10¢ each

Make your own sundae or root beer float for 50¢ and visit the “Penny Candy” Store

Queen of the Apostles

715 Hawthorne St., Avoce

457-3412

stmarysavoca@verizon.net

Queen of the Apostles Parish’s Pastoral Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 8 in the rectory.

The Women’s Guild will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9 in the rectory.

The Social Concerns/Respect Life Committee will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 in the rectory.

The Buildings and Grounds Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 29 in the rectory.

The Finance Committee will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30 in the rectory.

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

The Sixth Annual St. Mary’s Classic Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday, May 5 at the Pine Hills Country Club, Taylor. Registration is at noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m

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

The rosary is prayed at 7:30 p.m. 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 to 3:45 p.m.; anytime upon request by calling 457-3412.

Second Presbyterian

143 Parsonage St., Pittston

April 7 – 9:30 a.m., Sunday School; 11 a.m., worship

April 8 – 6:30 p.m., Session

April 9 – 7 p.m., AA ,eeting

April 10 – Worship Committee, 6:30 p.m., choir rehearsal

April 11 – Noon, Sisterhood of Divine Diners Glenmaura Country Club

Trinity Episcopal

Spring Street and Montgomery Avenue, West Pittston

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

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 5 accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Spring semester of Music Together begins April 9.

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