First Posted: 1/6/2013
The Oblates of St. Joseph in Laflin bid a fond farewell to the seminary rector, Rev. Paul A. McDonnell, OSJ, who has been named temporary Administrator of St. Joseph Marello Parish, Granite Bay, CA.
Fr. Paul leaves this Thursday, Jan. 10 and will serve for an indefinite period of time until more permanent decisions are made by the future provincial superior of the USA province. The appointment of the new provincial superior by the Oblate Superior General in Rome is expected in a few weeks.
Local Oblate fathers and their parishioners wish Father Paul a safe trip to the West coast and many blessings in his priestly ministry as he serves the people of Granite Bay.
532Main 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.
1st Thursday of each month – food give-away 4 to 6 p.m. for needy of Avoca and Duryea.
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.
317 Luzerne Avenue
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.
Gently used clothing can be donated at any time by placing the items in the clothing shed in the church parking lot.
Both of these community services are offered to the general public free of charge.
For additional information or details contact the church office at 654-2500.
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
500 Luzerne Avenue
Rev. Joan Mitchell, Pastor
Sanctuary is handicapped accessible.
Sunday, 11 a.m. Morning Worship Service
The Rev. Gordon Wilson will lead the service today.
14 Broad Street Pittston
Sunday Worship 9:15 a.m. with Rev. William N. Lukesh.
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: Thursdays at 7 p.m. unless told otherwise
United Methodist Women: 2nd Monday unless told otherwise
Phone 655-4340 leave message
Next Hoagie Sale is Tuesday, Jan. 8.Choices are ham, salami and cheese or turkey and cheese with or without onion.
Price of hoagies are $4 each.
To place an order call 654-3936 or 693-1572 by Sunday, Jan. 6.
Ad Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.
All members are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
Rev. James Thyren 654-8121
The Session of the First United Presbyterian Church of West Pittston announces the following schedule for the week of Jan. 6:
Sunday, Jan. 6: 10 a.m., Sunday School; 11 a.m., worship, Holy Communion and ordination/installation of new officers; 12:05 p.m., choir rehearsal.
Tuesday, Jan. 8: 7 p.m., deacons.
Wednesday, Jan. 9: 9 a.m., Morning Circle at the home of Shirley Todd.
Thursday, Jan. 10: 7:30 p.m., Session.
Services are being held at St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church on 1700 Wyoming Ave, Exeter as we recover from the flood of September 2011.
There is parking on Wyoming Avenue and in the parking lot behind the church.
Jan 6 – 10 a.m. Worship, Sunday School
Adult Sunday School, 9:30; Sunday morning worship at 10:30 a.m.
105 Church Drive
Glendale/Pittston Township. Sunday Service 10:45 a.m.
RR 1 Box 187A, Falls
Sunday services: 10 a.m. Sunday School and 11 a.m. Church Service. Call 388-6534
212 Wyoming Avenue, Dupont
Rev. Zbigniew Dawid, Pastor
8:00 a.m. Traditional Mass
9:00 a.m. School of Christian Living (SOCL), Confirmation Class, and Coffee Hour.
10:30 a.m. Traditional High Mass
9:00 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday
4:45 p.m. Thursday Jan. 10, First Holy Communion Class.
Home Blessing and Visitation will be upon request or invitation only.
You can sign up by calling the rectory at 654-4262. or email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out a request form and drop it into the box in the church’s vestibule.
Or you can mail a request to the rectory at 212 Wyoming Ave., Dupont, PA 18641.
The parish will be having another Sermon, Soup and Sandwich event. It will be held on January 12, Saturday at Holy Mother of Sorrows at noon. Dr. Jim Ploskonka will have a presentation God & Finances in our church.
All are invited for this event free of charge.
328 Main Street, Duryea, PA 18642.
(570) 451-0346 Home/Office. JLaCava@TheBibleChurch.org
Main St., Inkerman
Services: Sundays, 9 a.m.
1001 Main St Avoca
Sunday Morning worship 11:15 am with Rev Joyce Warner
The Langcliffe Church is handicap accessible. Nursery is provided for children.
608 Rocky Glen Road, Moosic
Pastor: Doug Jensen 457-6020
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.
Stephenson St., Duryea
SCHEDULE OF MASSES
• Sunday, Epiphany of the Lord, Jan. 6:
8 a.m., Holy Rosary Church
9:30 a.m., Holy Rosary Church
11 a.m., Sacred Heart of Jesus Church
All CCD grades will return to class on Sunday, Jan. 6, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Holy Rosary School.
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. Facebook: www.Facebook.com/OBLATESOFSTJOSEPH; Twitter: @OblatesStJoseph
Every Wednesday evening Mass is celebrated at 7 p.m. in conjunction with the Novena to St. Joseph & St. Joseph Marello. Novena prayers and the blessing of the first-class relic of St. Joseph Marello, Founder of the Oblates of Saint Joseph Congregation, immediately follow the Mass.
All are welcome to participate.
The Josephite-Marellian Laity Association will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 9, following the 7 p.m. Mass/Novena to St. Joseph. Plans will be made for the upcoming feast of the Holy Spouses (Wed., Jan. 23).
Fr. McDonnell will speak to the members before his departure the following day for CA. New members are always most welcome.
Feast of the Holy Spouses, honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary & St. Joseph, will be held on Wednesday evening, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. in the seminary chapel. Principal celebrant will be Most Rev. James C. Timlin, D.D., Bishop Emeritus of Scranton.
A light reception will follow in the seminary community room.
The public is invited to participate at the Mass and the reception, which is being hosted by the Josephite-Marellian Laity of the PA province.
For more news and information about the Oblates of Saint Joseph locally and around the world, go to www.oblates-stjoseph.com.
William St., Pittston
HOLY NAME SOCIETY will meet on Monday, January 7, at 7 p.m. in the Parish Center. All men and young men of the Parish are encouraged to attend.
Couples celebrating their 25th or 50th year of marriage are invited to participate in the Diocese of Scranton’s Wedding Anniversary Celebration scheduled for June 16.
Eligible couples should give their names and a February mailing address to their pastor by February 8. The Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, will celebrate the 2:30 p.m. Mass on June 16 in St. Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton, where couples will renew their vows.
After Mass the Diocese will host a reception for the couples at the former Holy Cross High School Building.
The parish is closing the financial year of 2012. If you still have Church envelopes for 2012, please use them by January 13. After this date all envelopes 2012 will be posted as a donation for 2013.
If you need your individual financial statement for your tax purposes call the Rectory 654-6902 and it will be prepared for you.
CHURCH ENVELOPES 2013 These envelopes come through the mail every other month. Thank you for your generosity and dedication to the Church.
If you do not receive the envelopes, please call the rectory 654-6902.
CHILDREN’S ENVELOPES will be given to the children when they come for classes. Envelopes for teen-agers are available at the entrances of the Church.
Please fill out the form located on the table BEFORE taking a set.
Religious Education classes will resume on Wednesday, January 9 for all the students, kindergarten to grade 4. For the 5th & 6th graders
Classes will resume on Sunday, January 6.
The weekend Mass schedule is: on Saturday, Masses at 4 and 6 p.m. On Sunday, Masses at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. The Holy Rosary is recited before all Masses.
Any home-bound parishioner who would like to receive the Sacraments for Christmas, call the Rectory at 654-6902 and a priest will visit them.
The Mass Book for 2013 is available accepting Mass Offerings for the months of January and February ONLY. Due to the large number of families, offerings are on a first come, first serve basis by coming into the office during the hours of 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Contact the rectory at 654-6902 for more information.
The Volunteer Christmas party will be held on Friday, January 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall for lectors/commentators, choir members, Eucharistic Ministers, ushers, Religious Education teachers/aides, Festivals/Picnic volunteers For reservations please call the rectory 654-6902 before January 7.
Anyone who is having difficulty coming to the altar to receive Holy Communion may sit in the first pew. The Priest or the Eucharistic Minister will come to you.
Anyone interested in renting the Parish Banquet Hall or Meeting Room should call Christine Silinskie, Hall Manager at 704-8861 for details and/or a tour of the facility.
Great for wedding receptions, bridal showers, graduations, bereavements, seminars, birthday parties, etc. Some 2013 dates are still available.
Luzerne Ave., West Pittston
The Youth choir meets for practice on Sundays at 5 p.m.
535 N Main Street, Pittston
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
School of Religious Education
Religious Education Classes, grades 1-6 are held on Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Classes in preparation for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation are held on Sunday evenings from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Parents are reminded of their obligation to see that children attend weekly Religious Education classes.
If you have any questions with regard to the program, call Sister Mary Ann at 654-0263.
All Religious Education Classes resume this Sunday, January 6.
Lucky number calendar
Letters have been mailed to the sponsors of last year’s calendar as well as to those who participated in the 23rd Annual Lucky Number Calendar.
This is a major fundraiser for the parish. Please be advised that payments may be made in installments. If you would like and are able to participate this year, please fill out the form and place it in the collection basket or call the parish office.
Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish Community will offer Little Rock Scripture Study: Galatians and Romans.
Galatians and Romans are pivotal for those seeking to understand the faith and teaching of the Apostle Paul. Galatians addresses Paul’s understanding of Christian freedom and justification by faith. Justification comes through faith in Christ, who achieved our salvation by his sacrifice on the cross. Romans addresses the universal reality of sin in the world and the need for salvation in Jesus Christ.
Paul examines the new life attained in the Holy Spirit as God’s gift and proclaims the mystery of God’s plan to save Israel. The study will be broken into two programs, one for four weeks on Galatians and then resuming in the Spring with the section on Romans.
Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 8, and continuing until Jan. 29, there will be two sessions, one in the morning from 8:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. and one in the evening from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Both programs will be held in the Parish Hall. Father Thomas J. Maloney will direct the program. In order to be able to order the necessary materials, call the parish office (654-0263) or email@example.com register. The program is open to all.
Night at the Races
The parish will be sponsoring a Night at the Races on Saturday, Feb. 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. There will be an organizational meeting for volunteers on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. in the parish hall.
All parishioners are invited. More information will follow.
Children’s Offertory Envelopes
The parish’s children have been very faithful in their use of Offertory Envelopes during this past year.
The new Children’s Envelopes for 2013 are available for pickup in the back of the Church.
Liturgical Ministry Schedule
The new schedule for January 13 through April 28, 2013 has been mailed to all Liturgical Ministers and will be posted on the parish webpage.
Lackawanna Ave., Dupont
This week’s mass schedule is: Monday through Friday at 7 a.m., Saturday at 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Calendars for parishioners will be available in the church lobby following all weekend masses.
28 Memorial Avenue, Exeter
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Evenings, by appointment.
35 William Street
Knitting Ministry – Jan. 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Altar and rosary Society meeting will be held Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Tickets are available at the Parish Center for Feb. 2013 lottery tickets Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and in the vestibule of the church.
Lottery tickets are $10 each. Proceeds benefit the Holy Name Society projects.
Return before Jan 31 in order to register all tickets.
Baptismal Instruction Tuesday, Feb 12
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.
7 Wood St., Pittston
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.
Joe Mersincavage is trying to get a Saturday blood drive to come to St. Johns after the Holidays.
One of the stipulations is to see how many Church members and other donors the church can get to sign up before the Red Cross will come down to the Church and do a drive.
You can call the number listed below for your name to be added to our list or if you have any questions for Joe he will get back to you as soon as possible.
Facebook: wwwfacebook.com/StJohns LutheranChurchPittstonpa
Guests are welcomed to attend and perhaps join this family, If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please call 655-2505 and leave your name number and your message and a member of the church will get back to you and soon as possible.
316 Main St., Avoca
Pastor Rev. Dale E. Pepper
Sunday Service 10 a.m.
Bible Study every other Thursday 6 p.m.
All are welcome.
Laflin Road, Laflin, PA. 18702
Pastor: Monsignor Neil Van Loon
CCD class will resume January 6, at 9:30 am.
February 10 – CCD and Parents Meeting for Reconciliation 9:30 a.m.
March 5 & 7 – Practice for Reconciliation at 7 p.m. in the Church
March 9 – Reconciliation will take place at 11 a.m. in the Church
In case of bad weather, your teachers will be informed and they, in turn, will call you the night before or the morning of class.
Holy Redeemer high School
Grade 8 Placement/ScholarshipTest Result Night and Registration Night for incoming freshmen will be held on January 23 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.
Appointments for class scheduling for new students for the 2013-2014 school year will be held from February 4 to February 7 from 3 to 6 p.m.. Call Holy Redeemer High School’s Guidance Department at 829-2424 to set up and appointment.
The American Red Cross will hold its annual Blood Drive on Sunday, January 27, in the Parish Center from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Night at the races
Night at the Races will be held at Holy Redeemer High School on Saturday, February 2 with dinner at 6 p.m. and post time at 7:15 p.m.
All guests must be 21 years of age or older. Call Holy Redeemer High School at 829-2424 to sponsor a race ($100), buy a horse ($10).
200 Stephenson St. Duryea
Rev. Fr. Carmen G. Bolock, Pastor Phone: 457-2291
Holy Mass: Sunday 9:30 a.m.
Weekdays: 8 a.m.
Holy Days: 8 a.m. & 7 p.m.
363 West 8th Street, West Wyoming, PA 18644
Office Hours – 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mon. – Fri.
Father Leo McKernan, Pastor
Mr. William Jenkins, Deacon
Serving the Catholic Communities of Wyoming/West Wyoming
Regular Mass Schedule:
Saturday Vigil: 4 p.m. @ OLOS
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. @ STJ; 11 a.m. @ OLOS
New Daily Mass Schedule:
Daily Mass at OLOS – Tues, Wed., Fri. – 7 a.m.
Mon. & Thurs. – 7 p.m.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Friday after morning Mass until 11 a.m.
First Friday Adoration – after 7 p.m. Mass until Midnight.
Miraculous Medal Novena – after Monday Evening Mass
Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy – Before Morning & Evening Masses at OLOS site.
Something New in the Year of Faith: Beginning on Thursday, January 10 until March 21 there will be a time of prayer and teaching held in the Church Hall after the 7 p.m. Mass.
Each Thursday evening there will be a Catechesis (instruction be question & answer) on some foundation aspects of the Christian Faith. All are welcome.
Sweepstake Winners Announced: Congratulations and thanks to all who purchased tickets. 1st week: $50 – Phyllis Bella, Linda Hyzenski, $100 – Diane Jones, Ginger Menta, Dorothy Kanarr. $1000 – Dorothy Matani & Cynthia Sentigar. 2nd week: $50 – Jerome Silvi, Mike Podwika, Rosalie Kazokas, B & G Lawler, Donna Coles & Janet Wasson. $100 – Mary Hronich & Fred Matani. Two more weeks to be announced.
Men’s Retreat: At Mount Savior Monastery the weekend of Feb. 1-3.
The number attending is limited so anyone interested should contact Father as soon as possible for all details. Information is available from Fr. McKernan at 693-1991.
Monica Parish Web Site: www.stmonicanepa.com. There is a lot of information on the web and it’s growing daily. Keep posted on all the events of the Parish. Recently added was Father McKernan’s Pastoral letter on the Year of Faith.
The Deacon’s Nook has also been updated. Read the Gift of Faith, an article by Bishop William E. Lori.
There is also a site to request your own personal prayer requests.
There are links to the following: The Guild, JMJ Radio, EWTN Global Catholic Network and www.catholic.com. Like us on Facebook.
Google St. Monica of NEPA.
100 Rock Street, Hughestown
Sunday School 9 am
Worship service Sundays at 10 a.m.
Confirmation Classes Sundays at 9 a.m.
Jan. 13, at 10 a.m. Special service which is the beginning of the parish’s 150 Anniversary Celebration.
Following the service a pot-luck dinner.
If you plan to attend please call the church, leaving your name and the number of people attending and what you will bring for the pot-luck or there is a sheet in the back of the church where you can sign.
715 Hawthorne St.
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
The Rev. Phil Sladicka will be available to bless people’s homes for the New Year.
Please call the parish office at 457-3412 to arrange for a convenient time to have your home blessed.
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.
Eucharistic Adoration will resume on Jan. 8.
143 Parsonage St., Pittston
Spring Street and Montgomery Avenue, West Pittston
Parish Mission: To live and build holy community.
All welcome: Worldwide Anglican Communion: ‘We believe in one holy, Catholic apostolic church.
Web of information and links at www.trinityepiscopalchurchwestpittston.organdwww.diobeth.org.
Sunday Holy Eucharist: 11 a.m. every Sunday.
Food Pantry: January items needed are pasta and sauces, instant oatmeal and cereals.
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 Prayer network 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.
Winter semester of Music Together begins January 8.
or registration information call 6543261.
Visit www.musictogether.comfor information on Music Together.