First Posted: 5/13/2013
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 handcapped accessible.
Worship service is at 11 a.m
The Rev. Gordon Wilson will lead our worship today.
First Presbyterian Church
14 Broad St., Pittston
Rev. William N. Lukesh
Worship service is at 11 AM with Holy Communion
A luncheon for the congregation celebrating the 130th year of our church will be held in the Fellowship Hall immediately after the worship service.
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 Sept. 21 at the American Music Theater in Lancaster for the 2 p.m. show. Price of the trip is $96 which includes bus, ticket to show, dinner after show at Shady Maple’s famous smorgasbord and bus driver tip. Call Cathy at 603-1915 for further information or to reserve a seat.
Trip is being sponsored for the Flower Fund 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 May 19:
May 19 – 10 a.m., Sunday School; 11 a.m., Pentecost Worship; Confirmation and Holy Communion; 12:05 p.m., Choir rehearsal.
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.
First United Methodist Church
May 19 – Confirmation Pentecost Sunday, 10 a.m. Worship, Sunday school
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 Dawid, pastor
8 a.m. – Traditional Mass
9:15 a.m. – First Holy Communion exam and coffee hour
10:30 a.m. – Traditional High Mass
Daily Mass -9 a.m. Tuesday through Fridayw
Memorial Day Mass at our Parish cemetery will be offered at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 27. If it should rain, the Mass will be in the church.
The PTO would like to sponsor an end of year closing of Sunday School, including the Confirmation Class and the First Communion Class.
The PTO would like to take them to Lahey Family Fun Park on the Morgan Highway in Scranton from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. The children can bring one friend. The PTO needs a count, so please RSVP no later than May 31 to Julie Slezak at 655-9359.
May Devotions will be celebrated at 7 p.m. every Wednesday in May
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
Memorial Day is a day to remember in a special way the men and women who gave their lives so we could enjoy freedom. This Holiday reminds us of the need to eliminate war and violence from this world. It inspires every person to respect and treat others with dignity. Let us take the time to remember all our deceased in our prayers. It is because of them that we may become a better people.
The Rosary will be recited in St. Rocco Cemetery on Sunday, May 26, at 3:00 p.m..
On Monday, Memorial Day, at 10:00 a.m., we ask you to join us in the celebration of the Mass at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, St. Joseph Marello Parish. The Oblate Fathers will concelebrate this Mass, which will be offered for all our deceased buried in St. Rocco and Mt. Carmel Cemeteries and all our Parishioners and friends, brothers and sisters. May they rest in peace.
On June 9, we are inviting all High School Seniors who are graduating, parishioners and non parishioners to attend the 9:30AM Mass.
A special blessing will be bestowed upon them. You are invited to wear your cap and gown if you choose to do so. Please, kindly return this form below via the collection basket, mail, or by bringing it to the rectory, no later than Thursday, June 6. We are looking forward to seeing all of our Graduates and together we will thank God for all of your High School Years as you will start a new chapter in your life.
The Altar & Rosary Society will process in a body, crown the Blessed Mother, and attend the Communion Breakfast immediately following the 8 a.m. Mass today, May 19.
The Parish Community is invited to attend the Altar & Rosary Society 61st Annual Communion Breakfast today, May 19.
This year’s keynote speaker, Jane Adonizio is an executive producer at FOX 56 TV.
Toastmaster will be Maria C. Montante. Catering by John Bingham includes a fresh fruit cup, scrambled eggs, a berry crepe and breakfast ham, rolls, breakfast pastry, juice, coffee and tea.
Tickets will be available at the parish office only through May 14 at a price of $12.50 for adults and $4 for children under 12 years of age. Reserved seating provided.
The Altar & Rosary Society will sponsor a bus trip to “Woodloch Pines” on Sunday, Aug. 4. Contact Cini DiGennari at 654-2876 for reservations and details.
St. Joseph Marello Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday, June 9 at the Wilkes-Barre Municipal Golf Course with a 8 a.m. Shotgun start and dinner following at the parish Hall.
Make checks payable to St. Joseph Marello Parish. *Reservation and payment if received by May 25 is $75 per player or $300 per foursome** Registration forms can be found at the entrances of the church, the rectory or by email@example.com.
The Annual Parish Picnic will be held on Friday, July 12, Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14. An organizational meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, May 13 in the Parish Center.
Choir practice is 7 p.m. on Mondays.
Home Bound Parishioners who would like to receive the Sacraments call the Rectory at 654-6902 and a priest will visit them.
Anyone interested in renting our 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. Get yours now!
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: 8a.m.
Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions)
Saturday from 3:30 to 3:45 p.m. and by appointment
First Holy Communion Celebration
Vacation Bible School June 24-28
White Water Rafting
The Pittston Catholic Youth Group is planning a white water rafting trip on May 25 on the Lehigh River in Jim Thorpe.
The cost is $40 and students must pack a lunch. For more information and to sign up,call Marie Donnelly at 655-8878.
on Memorial Day
Due to pastoral circumstances, we will not be able to have Masses celebrated in our parish cemeteries this year.
Instead, we will celebrate Mass at 9 a.m. in the church with the intention being for all those buried in our parish cemeteries, along with all our deceased relatives, friends, and fellow parishioners.
Little Rock Scripture Study of Paul’s Letter to the Romans
Scripture Study is being held from 8:30 to 11 a.m.and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. We are studying St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans.
Altar Server Preparation Classes
Now that our parish has celebrated First Holy Communion we will be forming an instruction class for new altar servers. All young people, grade 2 and up are eligible to be altar servers. If you are interested in this Liturgical ministry, please let Father Tom or Sister Mary Ann know.
Sacred Heart of Jesus
Mass Schedule – Monday through Friday at 7 a.m. , Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.. The morning masses will be held in the Sacred Heart Chapel at the cemetery. The Rosary will be prayed each day in May before the first mass.
May Crowning will take place today at the 10:30 a.m. mass today.
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated at 5 p.m. on Oct. 28 . All candidates will receive letters before school’s end.
The Pittston Area Leo’s Club is collecting old/used glasses. There is a basket in the church lobby as well as on the rear porch of the rectory.
Members of the Women’s Society will attend the 10:30 a.m. Mass as a group today, May 19. The Rosary will be recited prior to the Mass. Members are to meet at 9:45 a.m. in the lobby of the church. After mass, a reception will follow in the church hall for those who made a reservation.
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.
AND OPEN HOUSE
A farewell Mass of Thanksgiving for the 80 years of service provided for the Parish by the Oblates Of St. Joseph will be celebrated on June 23, at the 10:30 a.m. Mass followed by an open-house reception in the Parish Center.
Bishop Bambera will be present for the Mass. All former Altar servers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors and anyone who was in a leadership role over the years are welcome to participate in the Mass. Due to the shortness of time, please contact Peter Lello or the Parish Office and inform us how you would like to participate. As part of the tribute to the Oblates, a display of photos etc. is being planned. Anyone with photos and other items who would be willing to share for the display, please contact Maureen at the Parish Office.
Monthly Anniversary Mass
Our May Wedding Anniversary Mass will be held on Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m. All couples celebrating their wedding anniversary in the month of May are invited to come and receive a special blessing.
Mark your calendar and save the dates! Our annual picnic will be held Friday July 19 thru Sunday July 21. Our next meeting will be Monday May 20 at 6:30 in the parish center. Please plan to attend.
Flea Market – Spring cleaning? Overwhelmed with everything that you have accumulated over the years? Our ever popular flea market is in need of your unwanted treasures. We will start collecting clean useable items after Memorial Day. You can drop them off at the parish center by the side door facing Pride. Please do not put anything in front of the door. Do not bring donations on a day it is suppose to rain. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. We will not accept computers, encyclopedias and text books, clothing or shoes.
Theme Baskets – Once again, the bazaar will feature our “Theme Basket Raffle”. Over the years, this has been very popular. The baskets that have been donated are always beautiful. 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.
The Social Concerns meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, May 21 has been canceled since the parish center will be used as a polling place. The meeting scheduled for June 18th has also been canceled. Meetings will resume in August.
DATE CHANGE…Christian Women’s Organization will hold their end of the year dinner on Tuesday, June 18 at Fox Hill Country Club at 6:00 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. Payment is due with reservations. Deadline June 11. Contact Loretta Semenza 654-0936 or Mary King 655-4744.
The Golden Age Club will meet on Thursday, May 23 at 1 pm. Hostesses are: Toni Hall and Josephine Fasciana.
Memorial Day Celebration
Memorial Day, Monday, May 27: Recitation of the Rosary will be held at St. John the Baptist Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Celebration of the Mass at St. Cecilia’s Church at 10:00 a.m. All veterans are invited to attend the Mass. (there will be no 7:00 p.m. Mass at St. Anthony’s).
9:30 a.m: Rosary
10:00 a.m.: Mass
(No 7:00 p.m. Mass at St. Anthony’s)
St. John the Evangelist
Baptismal Instruction – June 4, 7 p.m. parish center
St. John’s Lutheran
7 Wood St., Pittston
Pastor: John Castellani
Organist Marcia Colleran
Lay Reader Brooke Cherney
Acolyte Brooke Cherney
Greeter Joe Mersincavage
Ushers Alan Drummond & Frank Capobianco
Communion Assistant Jim Fox
Prayer list – Government officials military personnel and their families, David Morgan, Richard and Bobby Drummond, Gerd Zimmerman, Lucille Chapman, Brenda Lispi, Bob Schumaker, Karen Korney, Howard Weislogel, Al Palaima, Margaret Borget, Ray Morgan, Emalee Kachurka, Leonard Peterson, Gene Rooney, Charles Barone, Barb Mizenko, Janet Lasko and Tom Tratthen. Our shut-ins are Mary Agnes Mangle,Ted Burkel, Donna Capobianco, Elaine Proietto, Donna Bobbouine and Gladys Bowman Conformation Day will be held on Pentecost Sunday, May 19. There will be a family dinner celebration when week day school closes for the season.
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
SPRING CHOIR CONCERT
The concert is presented by St. Maria Goretti Parish Choir under the direction of Jennifer Johnson at 3 p.m. today, May 19. Admission is free. Refreshments will follow.
Festival dates are: July 26, 27 and 28. We need some help with chairpersons for the Festival. We are especially in need for people for the BIG 6 and the instant Bingo stands. Our next scheduled meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on June 3 in the Parish Cente.
Anyone whowould like to sponsor a band is asked to contact the office at 655-8956. The bands for this year’s Festival are Groove Train , Hillbilly D’Lux and Double Cross.
Donations of gift cards (preferably $25) for our Gift Card Booth are needed. This booth was one of the biggest successes last year. The gift cards can be put in the collection basket or dropped off at the Parish Office.
Call for thefollowing: regular brand name sodas, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Caffeine-Free Pepsi, Caffeine-Free Diet Pepsi, Coke, Diet Coke Caffeine-Free Diet Coke ,Caffeine-Free Coke, Sprite, Diet Sprite and Brisk Iced Tea.
Theme basket ideas are welcome. This is another great fundraiser at the festival. All “theme baskets” must have a value of $50 or more. Do not confuse with the “Fill-A-Bucket” where you fill a bucket provided by the parish. Please call Dorothy Yazurlo at 655-0200 or the Parish Office with the name of your theme.
& AWARDS MASS TODAY
The 11 a.m. Mass today will be dedicated both to recognizing all our seniors and to presenting the Monsignor Gray Awards and the James Fisher Award to the winners. All seniors are invited to attend this Mass even if they did not submit an application for these awards.
Cub Scout pack, Pack 485, needs additional boys to sign up to maintain its current charter with the Boy Scouts of America. Contact Ed Daveski directly at 466-6025 for information regarding Cub Scouting at St Maria Goretti. Boys entering first through fifth grades in the Fall of 2013 are asked to join today.
Please remember in your prayers the souls of our recently departed parishioners and their families.
• Anne Brazinski
• Robert Novicenskie
• Veronica Ungvarsky
• Lillian Answini
May their souls and all the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace.
St. Mary’s Polish National
200 Stephenson St., Duryea
Rev. Fr. Carmen G. Bolock, pastor
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.
• An Evening of Reflection: Monday, May 20 at St. Monica Parish, 363 W. 8th St., West Wyoming, The Capuchin Sisters of Nazareth will be present. Mass will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a Conference at 7 p.m. given by the Sisters. There will be a Social in the Church Hall sponsored by the Christian Mothers of the Parish. The final blessing will be Night Prayer at approximately 8:45 p.m.
• Divine Mercy Youth Ministry: of St. Monica’s will be meeting every Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. The mission of this youth group is to lead our young people into a loving, trusting relationship with God through the Merciful Heart of Jesus and His Church. Come join in fun and help people in need through the works of Mercy. Sign-up and be a leader. For more information call Jerry Bauman at 604-1122.
• Guardian of the Redeemer – Catholic Men’s Fellowship invites you to a Men’s Prayer Breakfast from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on May 25, at St. Monica’s Parish. (Doors open at 8 a.m.) Guest speaker is Msgr. John Esseff. No charge, but voluntary donations are welcome. Fathers are encouraged to bring their sons. Call the parish pffice at 693-1991 or email the Parish at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Let’s Play Baseball! – St. Monica’s will have an outing to Montage on Wednesday, June 5 for a baseball game. Our choir will sing the National Anthem. Cost is $8 per person and seats are on the third base line.
• Trip to Stockbridge (Divine Mercy Shrine) on Saturday, June 15. Transportation will depart at 8 a.m. and return at 10:30 p.m. For more information, contact Jerry Baumanat 604-1122.
• Good Counsel to Visit: Chris andJoan Bell will visiting the parish on June 22 and 23 ( weekend Masses.) The run the homes for unwed mothers and the New York City Metro area. We plan on visiting them in the summer (July 16.) Call the rectory if interested.
St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
100 Rock St., Hughestown
9 a.m. – Sunday School and confirmation classes
10 a.m. – Worship service
Queen of the Apostles
715 Hawthorne St., Avoce
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.
The Rosary and Litany of Our Blessed Mother will be prayed weekdays after the 8 a.m. Mass during the month of May.
There will be a Catholic Charismatic Renewal Mass at 7 p.m. on Pentecost Sunday, May 19, at the church. The rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. The worship committee will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 20 in the rectory.
Memorial Day Mass and Services:
St. Mary’s Cemetery, Avoca: 9 a.m. , V.F.W./American Legion Services immediately followed by Mass.
SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Moosic: 9:30 a.m., V.F.W./American Legion Services, 10 a.m. Mass.
Langcliffe Presbyterian Church, Avoca: 10 a.m., V.F.W./American Legion Services
American Legion, Avoca: 11 a.m. service
The buildings and grounds committee meeting which was scheduled to take place Monday, May 27 will now take place at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 3 in the rectory.
The finance council will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28 in the rectory.
The parish will have an all you can eat pig roast from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 21 . on the grounds of St. Mary’s School, 742 Spring St. The menu includes roast pig, hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, corn on cob, desserts, soda, and water. There will be children’s games too. Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for children 6-12, and free for children 5 and younger.
Second Presbyterian Church
143 Parsonage St., Pittston
The Session of the Second Presbyterian Church announces the following schedule for the week of May 12:
Trinity Episcopal Church of West Pittston
Spring Street and Montgomery Avenue
Sunday Holy Eucharist: 11 a.m. every Sunday.
Food Pantry: May items needed are peanut butter and. 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. Registration for special Summer Session now underway. For registration information email email@example.com. Visit www.musictogether.com for information on Music Together.
GIANT NEIGHBORHOOD YARD SALES every first Saturday from May through September. 20+ vendors, bake sale, food available. Vendor spaces available for $10. Reservations required. Call 654-3261.