MATTERS OF FAITH: Greater Pittston church listings for the week of Sept. 20, 2015

Christian and Missionary Alliance

317 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston

570-654-2500 or 570-654-7414


Sunday prayer, 9 a.m.; Worship, 10:30 a.m.; Evening service 7 p.m.

Wednesday prayer and praise, 7 p.m.

Bible study all ages Thursday, 7 p.m.

The Breaking Bread Soup Kitchen is serving meals from 5 to 6:30 p.m. every Monday at the church. The meal is being served without charge to interested individuals and families in the community.

Christ Community Clothes Closet will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Donations of clothing are accepted. Call for additional information.

Exercise classes are available at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evenings. Call 570-655-4791.

Breaking Bread Soup Kitchen will be held Monday’s from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Call Toni Davis at 570-760-4830 to donate food or call the church at 570-654-2500 for more information.

The church’s annual Missions Conference will be held at the church from Wednesday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 4.

Wednesday, Sept. 30, will be “Short Term Missions Night.” The rally will begin at 7:15 p.m. and featured speaker will be Mr. Dwaine Flemmens, a layman from York County.

At 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, “Ethnic Outreach Night” will be held and featured speaker will be Rev. Abraham Sandler, of the “Awake O Israel” Jewish Ministry who will share work that is currently taking place in sharing Jesus with Jew and Gentile alike, here and abroad.

At 7:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, “Eastern PA Church Planting Night” will be held. Rev. Alan Rathbun, Director of Eastern PA Church Planting will lead a video tour of the 15 churches that are currently in some process of being started in Eastern Pennsylvania.

Saturday, Oct. 3 will be “World Missions Day” and will feature Rev. Jordan and Heather Irvin, career missionaries in Russia. The events of the day begin with a men’s breakfast at 8:30 a.m., with Rev. Irvin as the speaker. At noon the women will have a luncheon with Mrs. Irvin. There will be an adult/teen challenge at 5 p.m. with the Great West Pittston Bible Challenge, moderated by Anne Marie Roberts. Teams of men, women, and teens will take the challenge. There is also a children’s rally with Rev. and Mrs. Irvin. A “Build-Your-Own Burger” meal will follow at 6 p.m. The evening rally will be held at 7 p.m. featuring Rev. and Mrs. Irvin, along with special music and drama. At 8:30 p.m. there will be a teen afterglow when the teens can interact with the missionaries.

Sunday, Oct. 4 will be the closing events at 10:30 a.m. with the children and teens participating in a “Parade of Nations” in full costume. Speakers for this rally will be Rev. and Mrs. Irvin. The rally will include special music and drama, a visit from some puppets, and excerpts from the Alliance Video Magazine of missions work that is taking place around the world. The conference will close with an “international covered dish dinner” with everyone bringing a favorite dish from their ethnic background to share. There will be child-care provided during the evening and Sunday morning rallies.

Interested persons in the general public are invited to attend all events. Additional information on the conference can be obtained by calling the church office at 654-2500 or by going on the web at

First Congregational Church U.C.C.

500 Luzerne Avenue

West Pittston, PA 18643

570-654-8052, leave message

Rev. Joan Mitchell, Pastor

Morning worship at 11 a.m.

Communion service held first Sunday of every month.

Diaconate and council meetings held second Sunday of every month at the conclusion of church services.

Sunday School will be held on second and fourth Sundays at 10 a.m.

Sanctuary is handicap accessible.

First United Methodist Church

408 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston

Rev. James Thyren


The church will hold a pizza sale on Friday, Oct. 2. Pizzas can be ordered baked or unbaked, with or without onions. Cost is $11 a tray and toppings of sweet red peppers, pepperoni or sausage can be added for $2. Specialty pizzas such as broccoli and cheese or tomato and garlic are $14 per tray. We also offer a vegetable pizza for $14 which includes tomatoes, onions, broccoli, red peppers and mushrooms with no cheese. A vegetable pizza with cheese is $15. Call the church office to order.

First United Presbyterian

West Pittston

Rev. James Thyren, pastor


Sunday, Sept. 27: 9 a.m., Worship at Wyoming Presbyterian Church, corner of Wyoming Avenue and Institute Street, Wyoming; 10:15 a.m., Sunday School for all ages; 7 p.m., Dessert Social at the home of the Klaptorth’s.

Holy Mother of Sorrows PNCC

212 Wyoming Ave., Dupont

Very Rev. Zbigniew Dawid, pastor

Sunday, Sept. 27: 8 a.m. Mass of Spojnia; 9 a.m. Coffee hour and School of Christian Living; 10:30 a.m. Mass for the intentions of all parishoners.

Daily Mass: 9 a.m. Tuesday through Friday

PTO Trip to Roba’s Tree Farm will be from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17. Contact Julie Slezak at 570-655-9359 to reserve a ticket. Bring a covered dish for everyone to share. The PTO will supply coffee, hot chocolate, donuts, water, soda, hot dogs and buns plus all the condiments.

Inkerman Presbyterian

Main Street, Inkerman

Services: Sundays, 9 a.m.

A rummage sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2. Cost for clothes is 25 cents per piece while costs for books is 50 cents per book, or $1 for three books.

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church

1244 Mt. Zion Road, Harding, PA 18643

Pastor Ruth Liples

Worship service at 11 a.m. each Sunday.

Beginning in September, there will be a worship on each third Saturday of the month.

The church will be hosting a soup and salad dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

100 Rock St.


All-you-can-eat pasta dinner will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. with take-outs from 4 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children age 5 to 12 and children under 5 eat free.

Pork and saurkraut dinner will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. with take-outs from 4 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14. Cost is $12 for adults at the door and $10 for adults, advance tickets, $5 for children age 5 to 12 and free for children under 5. For tickets for both of these events, call Crystel Ardo at 570-954-8477 or Lois Pierce at 570-200-5017.

Nativity of Our Lord Parish

127 Stephenson St., Duryea


Mass Schedule all to be held at Holy Rosary Church

Saturdays – 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Sundays – 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Confessions: Daily from 6:40 to 6:55 a.m.; Saturday from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m.

Daily Masses: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.

Oblates of St. Joseph

Highway 315, Laflin


The office is open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Holy Mass is celebrated every day, Monday through Friday at 7 a.m., Saturday at 8 a.m. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered every day from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Every Wednesday Novena prayers to Saint Joseph and St. Joseph Marello after the 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Masses. Confessions before Masses.

Thursday, First Thursday of the month, Holy Hour for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life at 7 p.m. Come and join in prayer to ask the Lord to send young and less young people to serve the Holy Church in the Priesthood and in the Religious Life.

Friday, First Friday of the month, Mass at 7 and 11 a.m. with devotion prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. At 8 p.m. the Blue Army Vigil to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Holy Hour and confessions at 8 p.m. and a special Holy Mass at 9 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Saturday, First Saturday of the month, Mass at 8 a.m. with devotion prayers to the Blessed Mother.

A bus pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts in celebration of the Feast Day of St. Mary Faustina will take place on Monday, Oct. 5. The bus will depart from the Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary at 7 a.m. with an estimated arrival time of 11 a.m. to the shrine. Cost is $63 per person and will include the bus trip, entrance fee to the shrine, a full course dinner at Michael’s Restaurant and the bus driver’s tip. For more information, or to reserve a spot, call Cathy Mack at 570-654-6063.

Our Lady of the

Eucharist Parish

535 N. Main St., Pittston


Mass Schedule

Saturday Vigil: 4 p.m.

Sunday: 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Weekday Mass: 8 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday,

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions): 3:30 to 3:45 p.m. and by appointment Saturdays.

Little Rock Scripture Study will have two programs on Tuesdays, one from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and one from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Both programs will be held in the parish hall at Our Lady of the Eucharist. The title of this study will be Life Eternal. There will be six sessions. In order to be able to order the necessary materials, call the parish office or e-mail to register. The program is open to all from the Greater Pittston area. Sessions will be held on Sept. 29 and Oct. 6, 13. Scripture books are available for pickup in the sacristy.

Our Religious Education Program has begun. Classes for students in grades 1 through 7 are held from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. All children enrolled in public or private schools along with those being home schooled should participate in religious education classes.

Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish will be host an event on Drug and Alcohol awareness geared towards adolescents and adults at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Guest speaker will be Meredith Cosgrove, Licensed Social Worker and Certified Addictions Counselor.

The 58th Annual St. Jude Novena will be held from Monday, Oct. 19 through the Wednesday, Oct. 28 at Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish (St. Mary, Help of Christians Church), 535 North Main St., Pittston. There will be two services daily.

Mass, followed by novena prayers and veneration of the relic of St. Jude, Patron Saint of Hopeless Cases and Things Despaired Of will be celebrated Mondays through Fridays at noon and at 7 p.m., Saturdays at noon and at 4 p.m., and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. The Rosary will be recited before all services and Confessions will be heard prior to all services, except on Sunday. The following guest homilists are scheduled for the novena: Monday, Oct. 19, Fr. John Shearer, OSJ; Tuesday, Oct. 20, Fr. Seth Wasnock; Wednesday, Oct. 21, Fr. Jeffrey Tudgay; Thursday, Oct 22, Fr. Duane Gavitt; Friday, Oct. 23, Fr. Louis Grippe; Saturday, Oct. 24, Fr. Thomas Maloney; Sunday, Oct. 25, Fr. Jeffrey Walsh, V.E.; Monday, Oct. 26, Fr. Donald Williams; Tuesday, Oct. 27, Fr. Brian J. T. Clarke.

Fr. James Alco will celebrate the Closing Liturgy at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 28. while Fr. Jeffrey Walsh will celebrate the Closing Liturgy at 7 p.m.

For additional information, call the parish office at 570-654-0263.

Queen of the Apostles

715 Hawthorne St., Avoca


Facebook page: Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca.

Daily Masses: 8 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; 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 570-457-3412.

Prayer Chain: 570-457-5867

The parish’s senior choir has resumed its weekly rehearsals from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays in the choir loft at the church. Use the side entrance. The senior choir will return to sing at Sunday Masses on Oct. 4.

Tickets are now available for the Fall Harvest Pot of Gold tickets. Tickets, which are $10 each, offer a chance to win $75 daily and $100 on Fridays throughout October as well as $250 on Oct. 4 and 18 and $500 on Halloween. For more information or to purchase a ticket, contact the parish office. The daily winning number must match the state lottery’s evening daily number.

Queen of the Apostles announces the following meetings: buildings and grounds committee, 6:30 p.m., Sept. 28, rectory; finance council, 7 p.m., Sept. 29, rectory.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

215 Lackawanna Ave., Dupont

Mass schedule: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.; Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Daily Mass is held at St. John Paul Chapel.

CCD class will be held from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28. Students are to go directly to their classrooms. The following will serve as CCD teachers and aides: Grade 1 – Barbara Melnick/Debbie Egan, Grade 2 – Elaine Starinski, Grade 3 – Becky Kobi/Theresa McDonald, Grade 4 – Sharon Stefanowicz/Jessica Wesolowski, Grade 5 – Nicole Kozak, and Grades 6 and 7 (Confirmation)- Liz Kaminski/Jerry Stanco.

The CCD calendar: Sunday, Oct. 4, CCD Mass, 8:30 a.m. (students meet in church hall by 8:10 a.m.), Oct. 5, 19, 26., classes for all at 6 p.m. There will be no class on Oct. 12.

Parents of students in grades 6 and 7 confirmation class will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28 in the church.

Parents of students in grade 2 will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5 in the church.

The CCD program is looking for volunteers to serve as classroom aides, substitute teachers or to make phone calls for the program. Contact Elaine at 570-654-6952 or estarinski@ for more information or to volunteer.

Choir practice will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1 in the choir loft. New members are welcome.

The Women’s Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6 in the church hall. New members are welcome.

The Holy Name Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7 in the church hall.

The Blessing of Animals in honor of St. Francis will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4 in the church parking lot. Come prepared to “curb” your pet.

Second Presbyterian

143 Parsonage St., Pittston

Rev. David Brague


Sunday, Sept. 27: 9:30 a.m., Sunday School; 11 a.m., Worship

Monday, Sept. 28: 6:30 p.m., Christian Ed Committee; Fellowship Committee

Tuesday, Sept. 29: 7:30 p.m., AA Meeting

St. Joseph Marello

237 William Street, Pittston


Mass schedule: 7:30 and 11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday; 4 p.m. Saturday; 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Solemn Vespers at 5 p.m.

Confessions: 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday; 11 to 11:25 a.m. Monday-Friday.

Office hours: 1:30 to 4 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 12:30 to 1 p.m., closed for lunch.

Novenas: Every Tuesday after 7:30 and 11:30 a.m. Masses novena to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. Every Wednesday after the 7:30 and 11:30 a.m. Masses novenae to St. Joseph and St. Joseph Marello.

Holy hour is offered every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in the church.

From noon to 5 p.m., First Friday Adoration: An afternoon of Silent Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Adoration will begin at noon (end of mass) and end with Solemn Benediction at 5 p.m.

The parish will have Solemn Vespers every Sunday before the 5:30 p.m. Mass. The psalms will be chanted, and prayer booklets will be provided.

If you have an “active” member of the military in your family, send a small photo with the name written on the back to the rectory office. The church is placing photos on a special prayer board so we can acknowledge service members and pray for them. The board will be located in the corridor between the church and parish hall.

Due to changes at area hospitals, it has become increasingly difficult to know when a member of the parish has been admitted to the hospital. Parishioners are asked to have someone contact the parish office if they wish a clergy visit. Also, notify the church at any time of the seriously ill, hospitalized or those needing anointing.

Anyone interested in helping the religious education program can email the director, Alicia Hintze, at Volunteers, including teenagers, are needed to serve as teachers, substitute teachers, classroom helpers, etc.

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran

7 Wood St., Pittston


Facebook: stjohnslutheranchurchpittstonpa

Sunday School and Fellowship: 10 a.m.

Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Planning meeting will be held after service on Sunday, Oct. 4.

Council meeting will be held after service on Sunday, Oct. 11.

Sunday School will resume at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18.

Trunk or Treat will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25.

GLC Scripts Gift Cards are currently for sale. There are many cards and price ranges to choose from. See Mary Ann or Allan to make a purchase.

When coming to a worship service or church function park in the lot. If a handicap spot is needed, use the driveway located right next to the church.

St. John the Evangelist Parish Community

35 William St., Pittston

The Greater Pittston Kids Clothes Closet is open on Wednesdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.

The Care and Concern Free Health Clinic is open every Wednesday and is free of charge. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. in the former Seton Catholic High School and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Patients for The Pediatric Health Clinic are now being seen on the first Thursday and third Thursday of the month at Dr. Imbrogno’s office at 570-855-6035 until further notice. Children’s immunization records are required upon registration. Parents or guardians must be present to have their child examined. All services are free and confidential.

The food pantry always in need of the following items: cereal, tuna, peanut butter, jelly, canned fruit, soups, vegetables, canned hams and other non-perishable items. Call 570-654-9923 for more information.

The Toy & Book Corner is open from 5-7:30 p.m. every other Wednesday as follows: Sept. 30; Oct. 14 and 28; Nov. 11 (closed Thanksgiving Week); Dec. 2, 16, 20 (special Sunday opening for Christmas).

The Altar & Rosary Society of St. John the Evangelist Church is hosting a bus trip to the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse for the performance of “A Playhouse Christmas” on Nov. 4. The trip is open to the public. Cost of trip is $90. For further information and reservations, call president Jean at 570 654-9710 or past president Blanche 570 654-2613.

St. Maria Goretti

Laflin Road, Laflin

Rev. James J. Walsh, J.C.L., pastor

Mass schedule: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.; Saturday, 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Holy Days of Obligation: 6 p.m. vigil

Beginning the week of Sept. 28, new hours for the parish office will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The office will be closed on Tuesdays. The pastor is off Fridays. Calls will not be returned, but messages will be taken on Fridays.

There are still a few seats available for the bus trip to the statue of St. Maria Faustine on Monday, Oct. 5. Cost is $63. Contact Cathy Mack at 570-654-6063 for more information.

The Annual Harvest Tea will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14 in the banquet center. Cost is $10. Proceeds benefit the Monsignor Philip Gray Merit Award which allows the parish to bestow a scholarship to two graduating seniors each year. The chairperson is Dorothy Yazurlo who can be contacted at 570-655-0200.

St. Mary’s

Polish National

Catholic Church

200 Stephenson St., Duryea


Rev. Fr. Carmen G. Bolock, pastor

The blessing of animals for the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi will be held from 6:15 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct 5.

A chicken barbecue will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17. There will be a new chef this year. Dinner features a half chicken, baked potato, green beans, roll and cole slaw. Tickets are $12 and take-out only. Tickets may be pre-ordered by phoning 570-457-2291 and will be available at the door. A door prize raffle will also be held.

St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church

205 N. Main St., Pittston


Rev. Gary J. Mensinger

Secondary Site – St. Nicholas Byzantine – 570-714-8411

Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 5 p.m. on Saturdays and at 8:30 a.m. on Sundays. Confession will be from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. on Saturdays and from 8 to 8:15 a.m. on Sundays or by appointment, 570-654-4564. Weekday Liturgies are at 9 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays.

The Eastern Pa. Chapter of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society will present a discussion on Carpatho-Rusyn history, traditions and life in the northern anthracite coalfields of Pennsylvania on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the church. For more details:; or phone 610-759-2628.

St. Monica’s Parish

363 W. 8th St., West Wyoming



Father Leo McKernan, pastor

Father Joseph Adonizio, visiting priest

William Jenkins, deacon

George Mochin, Jr., deacon

Diana Loftus, secretary

Office hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

Mass Schedule: Saturday Vigil, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m

Daily: Monday and Thursday, 7 p.m.; Tuesday, 7 a.m.; Wednesday, No Mass; Friday, 12:10 p.m. followed by Eucharistic Adoration until 6:45 p.m. with Benediction and Divine Praises.

Beginning on Friday, Oct. 2, Mass will be at 12:10 p.m. and will be followed by Eucharistic Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 6:45 p.m. Benediction and Recitation of the Divine Praises will follow.

Sacrament of Reconciliation is available each day before daily Mass, as well as 3 to 3:50 p.m. Saturday and anytime by appointment.

Student Bible Study is held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday evenings in the church hall. All students are invited to attend and discover how to read and interpret the Bible as Catholics.

Prayer Group/Bible Study is held at 7 p.m. on Thursdays in the church hall. Participants are asked to bring a Bible.

Great Adventure Bible Study is held at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday in the lower chapel.

CCD classes for intellectually challenged adults is held on Wednesday in the church hall.

Adult Catechesis on the Christian Life, which began on Sept. 15, will continue each Tuesday and Thursday for about a month. The Pope highly encourages it! It is a way to re-discover your faith and to find happiness in your life. Ages 13 years and older are invited to come and listen. For more information call 570-693-1991 or email

Pro-Life: Pray the five decades of the Rosary at 9 a.m. Monday thorough Friday beginning until Friday, Oct. 30 in front of Planned Parenthood in Wilkes-Barre, 63 Franklin St.

“Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path of Knowing & Following Jesus,” a seminar presented by Sherry A. Weddell, author, will be presented on Saturday, Oct. 24 in St. Monica’s Church hall. Registration before Thursday, Oct. 1 is $25 and $30 after that date. The day will begin with coffee and pastries from 7 to 8 a.m. The seminar will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 3:40 p.m. with lunch included. You can register on the Diocese of Scranton web site, go to Parish Life Office and click on the icon of Forming Intentional Disciples. Call the Office at 570-693-1991 for any additional information. This is open to any interested people in the Diocese.

United Methodist Church of Pittston

Corner of Broad and Church streets, Pittston

570-655-4340, leave message

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: Thursday at 7 p.m. unless told otherwise

United Methodist Women: Second Monday unless told otherwise

A bus trip to Hunterdon Hills Playhouse will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 11 to see “A Playhouse Christmas.” Price of the trip is $95 which includes the bus, show, lunch and driver tip. Lunch includes a selection of entree, a mixed garden salad plus a dessert buffet. For additional information or to make a reservation, call 654-3755 or 654-8775. The trip is sponsored by the Women’s Group of the United Methodist Church, Pittston.

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