Italian Festival set at Mt. Carmel

First Posted: 1/20/2013

The annual Italian Festival will be held in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Center, William St., Pittston, on Saturday, Feb. 9 and Sunday, Feb. 10.

A Mass will be celebrated in Italian at 4 p.m. on Saturday in conjunction with the Festival.

Bethel United Methodist

532Main St. Avoca

(570) 457-2566

Pastor Sharon Dietz

(570) 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.

1st Thursday of each month – food give-away 4 to 6 p.m. for needy of Avoca and Duryea.

Brick United Methodist

935 Foote Ave., Duryea


Pastor Sharon Dietz

(570) 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 Avenue

West Pittston

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.

First Baptist Church

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

First Congregational UCC

500 Luzerne Avenue

West Pittston

Rev. Joan Mitchell, Pastor

Sanctuary is handicap accessible.

Sunday,11 a.m. Morning Worship

First Presbyterian Church

14 Broad Street Pittston

Sunday Worship 9:15 a.m. with Rev. William N. Lukesh.

United Methodist Church

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: Thursday’s at 7 p.m. unless told otherwise

United Methodist Women: 2nd Monday unless told otherwise


Phone 655-4340 leave message

First United Presbyterian

West Pittston

Rev. James Thyren 654-8121

Sunday, Jan. 20: 10 a.m. Sunday School; 11 a.m. Worship; 12:05 p.m. choir rehearsal.

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 Ave. and in the parking lot behind the church.

First United Methodist Church

West Pittston

Jan. 22 – 7 p.m. Trustees

Jan. 23 – 10 a.m. Mommy and Me, 6 p.m. Daisy Scouts, 7 p.m. choir

Jan. 24 – 7 p.m. Weight Watchers

Jan. 27 – 10 a.m. Worship, Sunday School

Full Gospel Chapel


Adult Sunday School, 9:30; Sunday morning worship at 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 11 a.m. Church Service. Call 388-6534

Holy Mother of Sorrows PNCC

212 Wyoming Avenue, Dupont

Rev. Zbigniew Dawid, Pastor

Sunday Mass

8 a.m. Traditional Mass

9 a.m. School of Christian Living (SOCL), Confirmation Class, and Coffee Hour.

10:30 a.m. Traditional High Mass

Daily Mass

Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m.

Jan. 24 – Thursday at 4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. First Holy Communion Class.

Pierogi for Lent. The ANS Society will make pierogi on the 1st and 2nd days of February. For orders call Mrs.Regina Bahaley at 457-2378. Help is needed for both days, Friday – preparations and Saturday – pierogi making. Order chicken wings for your Super Bowl Party. This is a pick up only fund raising event on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb 3 at the church hall sponsored by PTO kids. Order can be placed by email to

Independent Bible Church

328 Main Street, Duryea, PA 18642.

(570) 451-0346 Home/Office.

Inkerman Presbyterian

Main St., Inkerman

Services: Sundays, 9 a.m.

Langcliffe Presbyterian

1001 Main St Avoca

New must run: The Members of the Langcliffe Presbyterian Church announce that they will again share in Sunday worship services with the Moosic Presbyterian Church. The services will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Moosic Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Moosic. Services will be held at Moosic for one month up to and including Feb. 3. This is a biannual combining of worship and friendship that both congregations look forward to.

The Langcliffe Church will also hold their annual congregational meeting/dinner on Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. in the private dining room of Grande’s Pizza in Moosic.

Moosic Alliance Church

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.

Nativity Of Our Lord

Stephenson St., 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

Oblates of St. Joseph

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.

Every Wednesday evening Mass is celebrated at 7 p.m. in conjunction with the Novena to St. Joseph & St. Joseph Marello.

St. Joseph Marello

William St., Pittston

Mass of the Holy Spouses—The Oblates of St. Joseph Fathers and their Lay Associates are hosting their annual Mass honoring the Holy Spouses, the Blessed Virgin Mary & St. Joseph, on Wednesday, Jan. 23, with a 7 p.m. Mass in the Seminary Chapel, Route 315, Laflin. Principal celebrant and homilist will be the Most Reverend James C. Timlin, D.D., Bishop Emeritus of Scranton. The public is invited to participate, Following the Mass, a reception will follow in the seminary community room for all to enjoy.

On Saturday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. a special Mass to celebrate this Feast of the Blessed Mother. A candlelight procession will be held in Church. All Children from Catholic and Public Schools are invited to attend. All parents and everyone is invited. After the Mass, the blessings of the throats will be held in conjunction with the Feast of St. Blasé, Sunday, Feb. 3.

Italian Festival will be held in Mt. Carmel Center on Saturday, Feb. 9 and Sunday, Feb. 10.

A Mass will be celebrated in Italian at 4 p.m. on Saturday in conjunction with the Festival. Parishioners will be receiving something in the mail within the next few weeks.

Anyone wishing to bake or give a monetary donation may do so. Contact the Rectory at 654-6902.

There will be a meeting on Monday, Jan. 28 at 7p.m. in the Parish Center. Come and offer your talents, opinions and new ideas.

If you still have Church envelopes for 2012, please use them by January 13th. 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. Thank you for your cooperation.

Religious Education classes on Wednesday for all the students, kindergarten to grade 4. For the 5th & 6th graders classes on Sunday at 8:45 a.m.

The weekend Mass schedule is: Saturday, Masses at 4and 6 p.m. Sunday, Masses at 8, 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

accepting Mass Offerings for the months of January and February only. Due to the large number of families, we accept offerings on a first come, first serve basis by coming into the office during the hours of 9a.m.-5p.m. Contact the rectory at 654-6902 for more information. Thank you for your co-operation.

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 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.

The week of Jan. 18 to 25 has been designated as a week of prayer for Christian Unity.

Corpus Christi Parish Immaculate Conception and Holy Redeemer churches

Luzerne Ave., West Pittston

Youth Choir

The Youth choir meets for practice on Sundays at 5 p.m.

Our Lady of the Eucharist

535 N Main Street, Pittston

Mass Schedule

Saturday Vigil: 4 p.m.

Sunday: 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Daily Mass: 8:00 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, 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 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. We remind parents of their obligation to see that children attend weekly Religious Education classes. If you have any questions with regard to the program, please call Sister Mary Ann at 654-0263. Due to the Martin Luther King Holiday, there will be NO Religious Education Classes this weekend.

Annual 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 our parish. We would encourage those who have not participated in the past to consider participating this year. 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 Offers Little Rock Scripture Study: Galatians and Romans

Scripture Study continues on Tuesdays. There are two sessions, one in the morning from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. and one in the evening from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Both programs will be held in the Parish Hall. Father Thomas J. Maloney directs the program. Come and join us and learn to make the real connection between your faith and your everyday life! The program is open to all.

Night at the Races

Our parish will be sponsoring a Night at the Races on Saturday, February 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. A mailing has been sent to all parishioners.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Lackawanna Ave., Dupont

This week’s mass schedule: Monday through Friday at 7 a.m. Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. There will no longer be a 7:30 a.m. mass on Saturdays. With that in mind, there is an 8 a.m. mass celebrated at the Oblates of St. Joseph Chapel on Route 315 on Saturdays.

Rectory office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21 in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

There will be a basket placed in the church lobby for the old dried out palms from last year, so that ashes can be prepared for Ash Wednesday.

The Parish Finance Council will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 23 in the rectory at 7 p.m.

The Choir will meet on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the choir loft.

The Holy Name Society 300 Club for Spring 2013 will begin on Feb. 24. Five weekly cash prizes will be awarded. Tickets are available from any Holy Name Society member.

In case of school closing or early dismissal, due to severe weather, the CCD program will be closed for that night. If there is a late start to school, CCD classes will be held as scheduled. Students will attend the 8:30 a.m. mass on Jan. 20. Students are to meet in the church hall by 8:10 a.m. Grade 6 will serve as ministers of the Mass. There will be no class on Jan. 21. Class will be held on Jan. 28. Report cards will be distributed at this class.

St. Barbara Parish

28 Memorial Avenue, Exeter

Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Evenings, by appointment.

Phone: 654-2103


Saturday – St. Anthony 4 p.m. – Vigil Mass

St. Cecilia 5:30 p.m. – Vigil Mass

Sunday – St. Anthony 7 & 10:30 a.m.

St. Cecilia 9 a.m.& 7 p.m.

Daily Masses: Monday & Tuesday: 7 a.m.& 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 7 & 11 a.m.

The office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Fr. Phil & Fr. Ray will be available for emergencies.

Monthly Anniversary Mass

January Wedding Anniversary Mass will be held on Monday, the Jan 21 at 7 p.m.

Holy Hour

Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 5:30 p.m. we will have a Holy Hour of prayer and adoration for the healing and conversion of our nation.

January Movie

We will be showing the movie The Way starring Martin Sheen on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. in the church hall.

St. Barbara’s parish is having a Mardi Gras celebration on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the church hall from 7 to 11:00 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost of the dinner buffet is $25.00 per person. Food to be catered by Maranacci’s Restaurant and DJ Mike Arcarese will provide the music, so get ready to do the Mardi Gras Mambo! Let the Good Times Roll No one under 21 years of age. B.Y.O.B. (coffee & soda included with dinner). Tickets on sale at the rectory, after each Mass or call Loretta Semenza 654-0936 or Barbara Russo 654-8670. We will reserve a table if you have a group of 8 or 10. Deadline for reservations is Monday, Feb. 4.

We will be scheduling Masses for 3 months at a time. Beginning Friday, February 1 we will be scheduling for the months of April, May and June.

If you still have Church envelopes for 2012, please use them by January 20. After this date all envelopes for 2012 will be posted as a donation for 2013

Sunday Classes start promptly at 9 a.m. In light of recent world events, doors will be locked at 9 when classes begin. If you need to come in after 9 a.m., please knock on the door.

We will have a special Mass for all students at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Feb. 24. Teachers will walk the children from the Parish Center to the church. Students will serve as readers, gift bearers and will sing. Classes will sit together. Parents are encouraged to attend if possible. We will forward more information in the coming weeks.

We have not yet received a date for confirmation, but over the next few weeks will schedule retreats for the 6th grade and 7th and 8th grade students. We will also be scheduling one special class each month in June, July and August for all Confirmation students. We will have that schedule within the next week.

St. John the Evangelist Parish Community

35 William Street

Phone: 654-0053


Holy Name Society Meeting – Sunday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m. Altar and Rosary Society members are invited to attend to finalize plans for the Night at the Races. New members are welcome.

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 are available Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and in the vestibule of the church. 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.

St John’s Lutheran

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.

Guests are welcomed to attend and perhaps join this family. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please call 655-2505.

St. John’s P.M. Church

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.

St. Maria Goretti

Laflin Road, Laflin, PA. 18702

Pastor: Monsignor Neil Van Loon

Jan. 26- Mandatory Confirmation Retreat in the Parish Center from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Jan. 27-Children’s Liturgy 11:00 Mass Meeting for Confirmation Class 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Feb 10- CCD and Parents Meeting for Reconciliation 9:30 a.m.

Mar. 5 and 7- Practice for Reconciliation at 7:00 p.m. in the Church

Mar 9- Reconciliation will take place at 11:00 a.m. in the Church.

The Saint Thomas More Society of the Legal Profession is sponsoring an End of Life Issues Presentation by Father Tad Pacholczyk of the National Catholic Bioethics Center at Saint Maria Goretti Church Hall, Laflin Road, Laflin, PA at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24

This meeting is open to the general public as well as the members of the Saint Thomas More Society.

Father Tad Pacholczyk is a renowned authority on timely life issues. From stem cell research to organ donation, abortion to euthanasia, he offers a clear and compelling analysis of modern bioethical questions. He has given presentations and participated in roundtables on contemporary bioethics throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Please RSVP your attendance as soon as possible

Blood drive

The American Red Cross will hold its annual Blood Drive on Sunday, Jan. 27in the Parish Center from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Contact or call 823-7164 ext.2144 or 793-1831 if you would like to donate platelets. There is a great need for donors at this time.

The scouts from Troop 485 will be passing out order forms after each of the Masses this weekend for their Super Bowl hoagie sale. Completed forms will be collected immediately or after Masses the following week. Payment can be made when hoagies are picked up.

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church

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.

St. Monica’s Church

363 West 8th Street, West Wyoming, PA 18644

Office Hours – 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mon. – Fri.

Phone: 570-693-1991


Father Leo McKernan, Pastor

Mr. William Jenkins, Deacon

Serving the Catholic Communities of Wyoming/West Wyoming

Mass Schedule:

Saturday Vigil: 4 p.m. at OLOS

Sunday: 8:30 a.m. at STJ

11 a.m. at 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–St. Monica’s Parish will be having Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. each FridayExcept 1stFriday of the Month – Adoration will be after 7p.m. Mass until Midnight.

Miraculous Medal Novena– after Monday Evening Mass

Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy -Before Morning & Evening Masses at OLOS site.

Pastoral Council Meeting: Sunday, Jan. 20ththe Pastoral Council will meet in the Parish CCD Center building at 6 p.m. This is a closed meeting for PPC members only.

New Altar Server Classes beginning: Began on Jan. 19 but it is not too late for anyone interested in serving the Parish as an Altar Server. Both Boys and Girls in Grades 3rdthru High School may sign up. Call the Rectory at 693-1991.

Bible Study and Night Prayer: has started again, meeting after the 7:00 pm Mass on Thursday evenings and ending with Comp line, the night prayer of the Church at 9:00 p.m.

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

100 Rock Street, Hughestown

Sunday School 9 a.m.

Confirmation classes 9 a.m.

Sunday Worship Service 10 a.m.

Last Sunday was the kickoff to a year of fun events for our St. Peter’s Family and friends.

St. Peter’s is selling Krispy Kreme Donuts. Cost is $7.00 for a dozen donuts or a certificate for a dozen donuts. We are taking orders up to Feb. 3rd Pick-up date is Feb. 10 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Call Leslie 762-1737, Pam 313-2829, Lois 654-4948

Queen of the Apostles Parish

715 Hawthorne St.

(570) 457-3412

Queen of the Apostles Parish at St. Mary’s Church

715 Hawthorne St., Avoca

(570) 457-3412

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.

The worship committee will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 in the rectory, 715 Hawthorne St.

The building and grounds committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28 in St. Mary’s School auditorium, 742 Spring 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.

Second Presbyterian

143 Parsonage St., Pittston


The Session of the Second Presbyterian Church announces the following schedule for the week of January 20, 2013:

Jan. 20 – 9:30 a.m. – Sunday School, 11:00 a.m. Worship

Jan. 22: – 7 p.m.– AA Meeting

Jan. 23 – 6:30 p.m. – Choir Rehearsal

Trinity Episcopal Church

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

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.

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. Donations of trial size and sample size toiletries are welcome.

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 for information on Music Together.

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