First Posted: 7/9/2013

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

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

Sunday, July 28, will be “New Membership Sunday.” This Sunday will be dedicated to those who have expressed an interest in becoming members of the church. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a member of the United Methodist Church Pittston, please call 655-4340 leave a message and someone will return your call.


Phone: 655-4340

First United Presbyterian

West Pittston

Rev. James Thyren, pastor

Phone: 654-812

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

Sunday, July 14, 10 a.m. Worship

Vacation Bible School will beheld from Monday, July 15 through Friday, July 19. Early breakfast is held at 8:30 a.m. and the program runs from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Registration forms are now available at the church. More information: 655-1083.

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 David, pastor

Sunday Masses

8 a.m. – Traditional Mass

10:30 a.m. – Traditional High Mass

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

Independent Bible Church

328 Main St., Duryea


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

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

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 Lade of the Eucharist Parish

535 N Main Street, Pittston

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 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. and by appointment

Re-registration letters and forms are being prepared to be mailed to the parents of all those children enrolled in last year’s Religious Education Program. We ask that you complete the necessary paperwork and return the forms to the parish office by August 15th. Registration packets for those children who will be new to the program can be found at the back of the Church or may be accessed online at the parish webpage. We remind parents that Sacramental Preparation Programs are two years. Those children planning on receiving First Holy Communion must have been enrolled in Religious Education or attending a Catholic school during the 2012-2013 school year. If you have any questions with regard to the program, please call Sister Mary Ann at 654-0263.

St. Joseph Marello

William Street, Pittston


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, July 1 in the Parish Center. Picnic hours are 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday, 5 to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday 4 to 10 p.m.

A flea market will be included again this year in conjunction with the picnic. The church will begin collecting items this week.

Choir practice will be held at 7 p.m. on Mondays. Junior choir practice will be held at 5:30 p. m. on Tuesday.

Homebound parishioners who would like to receive the Sacraments may call the rectory at 654-6902.

Corpus Christi Parish

Immaculate Conception

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: 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.

Pittston Catholic Youth Group Weed of Service will be held from July 15-19. Anyone entering grades 9-12 are invited to work. Lunch will be provided daily.

Students will participate in the Light the Fire Rally at Misericordia University on July 17. For more information, callMarie Donnelly at 655-8878.

Sacred Heart of Jesus


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.

The annual parish picnic will be held on Aug. 1, 2 and 3 on the parish grounds. Donations of non-perishable food items and paper products are being sought for the Food Basket Stand. Donations may be left on the rear porch of the rectory., Anyone wishing to donate a theme basket or items for a theme basket is asked to contact Ann Marie Paddock at 654-0897 or the rectory at 654-3713.

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 and 11 a.m.

The annual picnic will be held Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21.

Flea market – The committee is collecting clean useable items. You can drop them off at the parish center by the side door facing Pride. Please, no computers, encyclopedias and text books, clothing or shoes.

Theme baskets – If you have donated a basket before, the committee asks you to please consider doing it again this year and if you have never donated, the committee is 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. Cooks, prep people and dishwashers are needed. If interested contact the parish office.

St. John the Evangelist

Parish Community

William Street, Pittston

The annual Novena to St. Ann will take place July 18 to 26.

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 on Wednesdays 9-11:30 a.m. and 5-7 p.m.

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

St. John’s Lutheran

7 Wood St., Pittston


Pastor: John Castellani

Organist: Marcia Colleran

Lay Reader: Dawn Perschau

Acolyte: Brooke Cherney

Greeter: Nancy Castellani

Ushers: Alan Drummond and Bill Givens

Service starts at 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.

Vacation Bible School is Aug. 5-9. The theme this year is Kingdom Rock…Where Kids Stand Strong For God. Volunteers are welcome and kids can get community service hours. Work sessions are Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m.

St. Maria Goretti

Laflin Road, Laflin

Pastor: Monsignor Neil Van Loon

The Combined Youth Ministry presents this Summer’s Youth Rally for Teens in 9th – 12th grades on July 17 at Misericordia University, Dallas. Registration open at 9 a.m. with a closing Mass at 7 p.m. celebrated by The Most Reverend Joseph Bambera, Bishop of Scranton. Cost is $25.

St. Maria Goretti Parish Festival will be held July 26, 27 and 28 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday’s Band: Grove Train. Saturday’s Band: Hillbilly D’Lux. Sunday’s Band: Double Cross. The bands will begin playing at 6 p.m. Fabulous ethnic Food, Bingo, Pony Rides, Great Prizes. Fun for ALL.

Golfers are still needed for the 5th Annual Holy Rosary Golf tournament September 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.

St. Mary’s Polish National

Catholic Church

200 Stephenson St., Duryea

Rev. Fr. Carmen G. Bolock, pastor

Phone 457-2291

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

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


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 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.

Light the Fire Youth Rally: Wednesday, July 17 at Misericordia University with Guest Speaker & Musician Steve Angrisano.

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


9 a.m. – Sunday School and confirmation classes

10 a.m. – Worship service

Queen of the Apostles

715 Hawthorne St., Avoca


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

A Catholic Charismatic Renewal Mass will be celebrated Sunday, July 21 at 7 p.m. at the church. The rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

An all-you-can-eat pig roast will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 21 on the grounds of St. Mary’s School, 742 Spring St. The menu includes roasted pig, hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, corn on the cob, desserts, soda and water. There will also be children’s games, basket and cash raffles, and a bake sale. Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 years of age and younger. Please call 457-3412 for tickets.

The buildings and grounds committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 29. The finance council will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30.

Second Presbyterian Church

143 Parsonage St., Pittston 18640

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.

Food Pantry: June items needed are peanut butter, crackers and soup. Gerrity’s gift cards, cash donations and other non-perishable foods also accepted.

Prayernetwork. Open to the public. Daily prayer for those with needs requesting prayerful support. Start Prayernetwork at parish office at 654-3261.

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 five accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Registration for special Summer Session now underway. For registration information, email

Giant neighborhood yard sales every first Saturday from now through September. More than 20 vendors, bake sale, food available. Vendor spaces available for $10 and reservations are required. Call 654-3261.

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