MATTERS OF FAITH: Greater Pittston church listings for the week of Oct. 25, 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.

First Baptist Church

Water Street

Pittston, PA 18640

Rev. James. H. Breese

Services and Children Sunday School 9:30 a.m.

Adult Sunday School following service.

Bible study, Wednesdays 7:15 p.m.

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.

Sunday School at 10:15 a.m.

A roast beef dinner will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7.

First United Presbyterian

West Pittston

Rev. James Thyren, pastor


Sunday, Oct. 25: 9 a.m., worship at Wyoming Presbyterian Church; 10:15 a.m., Sunday School for all ages in the Institute; 3 p.m., Halloween event for church and family

Tuesday, Oct. 28: 6:30 p.m., Choir rehearsal

Holy Mother of Sorrows PNCC

212 Wyoming Ave., Dupont

Very Rev. Zbigniew Dawid, pastor

Daily Mass: 9 a.m. Tuesday through Friday

All Souls Day Cemetery Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1 at the parish cemetery. If it rains, prayer will be in the cemetery chapel.

The Ladies ANS are selling potato-cheese pierogies. They can be picked up after Masses on Sunday in the church hall.

Langcliffe Presbyterian

1001 Main St., Avoca

Sunday worship, 10 a.m.

Nursery school is provided for young children; Handicap accessible.

The annual Trunk or Treat celebration will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. All kids are invited to come in costume to “trunk” or treat around the parking lot in a safe environment with candy, warm drinks and music. For more information, call Pastor Alex Becker at 570-457-4477.

Lighthouse Fellowship Church

718 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston

Pastor Shane Nichols


Sunday Morning:

9:15 to 9:45 a.m., Prayer; 10 a.m., Worship.

10:45 a.m., Children’s Sunday School. Nursery available.

Wednesday Bible Study and Prayer will be at 6:30 p.m.

First and third Friday Morning Bible Study will be at 10 a.m.

The Fall Harvest Outreach to children and parents will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. Chili, doughnuts, snacks and refreshments will be available.

During the morning service on Sunday, Nov. 1, Dennis Farrell will be sharing about his missionary trips to Israel with Jews for Jesus.

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.

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.

Religious education classes are held from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. All children enrolled in public or private schools, as well as home schools, are invited to participate. The celebration of All Saints Day will be held at the 4 p.m. mass. Students should arrive dressed in costume. There will be treat bags for each participant.

The 58th Annual St. Jude Novena will be held through Wednesday, Oct. 28 at Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish (St. Mary, Help of Christians Church), 535 N. 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: 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.

Starting in November, there will be food drive baskets placed at the entrance of the church for the Greater Pittston Food Pantry.

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

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 $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.

The Women’s Guild will host its Second Annual Polish Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, in the parish hall in the former St. Mary’s School, 742 Spring St. The menu includes piggies, pierogies, haluski, kielbasa, salads, a vegetable, bread, butter, dessert and beverages.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased after all weekend Masses or by calling the parish office at 570-457-3412, Jeanette Gronski at 570-457-7804 or Cookie Coleman at 570-343-5080. Tickets are limited.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

215 Lackawanna Ave., Dupont

Mass schedule: Monday through Friday, 8 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.

The rosary will be prayed before the first mass each day in October.

There is a meeting for all parents of the children interested in a children’s choir after the 10:30 a.m. mass today, Oct. 25 in the choir loft.

The CCD calendar: Classes will be held at 6 p.m. on Oct. 26. On Sunday, Nov. 1, students will gather in the church for mass with sixth grade students helping celebrate the Feast of All Saints.

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.

The Women’s Society meeting for Nov. 3 has been cancelled.

The Holy Name Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4 in the church hall.

SPRED will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 in the rectory meeting room.

The Senior Outreach Bake Sale will take place on Saturday, Oct. 31 and Sunday, Nov. 1 after all masses in the church hall. Baked good donations will be accepted in the hall at 1 p.m. on Oct. 31. Cash donations are also appreciated.

Cemetery Sunday will be observed on Sunday Nov. 1. All prayers will be offered in church at 1 p.m. After prayers, Father Verespy will go through the cemetery (beginning in the chapel area around 1:45 p.m.) and bless the games with holy water.

Following the 10:30 a.m. mass on Nov. 1, the Blessed Sacrament will be on the altar in the St. John Paul Chapel for private prayer and adoration. Following the Blessing of Graves, around 2:30 p.m., Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will be celebrated in the Chapel. Participants are asked to sign the “adoration” sheet in the church lobby to ensure that someone is present in the chapel between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Once again, all are invited to bring a framed photo of a deceased loved one to church, where it will be placed near the baptismal font for Cemetery Sunday. Photos are to be brought to the church or the rectory before Oct. 30. There will be a table in the lobby until then. Please be sure the photo is in a free standing frame and labeled with a name and phone number so that it can be returned.

Food items for the Greater Pittston Food Pantry will be collected. Bring donations to mass on weekends. Outside of mass times, offerings may be left on the rectory’s back porch.

The seventh annual community Thanksgiving Prayer Service will be held at Our Holy Mother of Sorrows Church at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22. The two parish choirs will join forces and voices in songs of praise. Practice will take place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 and 17 at Holy Mother of Sorrows. Father Verespy will be the homilist for the service. During the service, a collection will be taken for the Greater Pittston Food Pantry. A social will be held in the Holy Mother of Sorrows Church hall following the service.

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.

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.

Reformation Breakfast will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25.

Trunk or Treat will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25. If you would like to participate by decorating your car stop by. Monetary gifts will also be accepted. All neighborhood children are welcome to attend. Costumes for children are a mus. Hot dogs, sloppy joe’s, chips and hot chocolate will be served.

Planning meeting will be held after Mass on Sunday, Nov. 1.

Sunday School resumes at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1.

Council meeting will be held after Mass on Sunday, Nov. 8.

The Christmas Party will be held Saturday, Dec. 5. More details to follow.

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.

Altar and Rosary Bus Trip to Hunterton Hill Playhouse, NJ, Wednesday, Nov. 4. Includes bus, full course meal and dinner show A Playhouse Christmas.. Cost is $90. For more information and reservations call Jean, 570-654-9710 or Nancy 570-654-0053.

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: Oct. 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

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.

Homemade pasta and sausage dinner will be held from 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8. Includes salad, roll, beverage, dessert. Take outs 12 to 4 p.m. containers provided. Tickets available at door for $11 adults, children 5 and under free for eat-in only.

Holiday craft and gift fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. There will be 30 plus vendors in the upstairs hall both days and in the downstairs classrooms on Saturday only. Handmade crafts and unique gift ideas such as jewelry, soaps, chocolates, gingerbread houses, Irish embroidery, wood crafts, and much, much more. a raffle for baskets and gifts valued at over $200 will be held, tickets $1 each or 6 for $5. Food will be available. Free admission.

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church

200 Stephenson St., Duryea


Rev. Fr. Carmen G. Bolock, pastor

The All Souls Day Cemetery Service will be held in St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Cemetery located on Pettebone Street, Duryea at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1

Holy Mass for the observance of All Souls Day will be held at the following times. Holy Mass 8 and 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Nov. 2. At the conclusion of the evening Mass prayers for the departed at the Catafalque, followed by the Reading of Remembrance of the Faithful Departed.

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.

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

Autumn Vacation Sweepstakes: Twice a year St. Monica’s Parish has a sweepstakes fundraiser based on the Big Four Number from the evening drawing of the Pennsylvania Lottery from Monday through Saturday. For a donation of $20 you have a number for the month of December. Call Howard at 570-693-1521 for all the details (number pays on exact and numerous other ways). Your favorite Big Four Number may still be available. Deadline for the purchase/and or return of tickets is Sunday, Nov. 22. In the past four years a total of over $23,000 has been paid out to persons purchasing tickets.

Symbolon & RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a program dealing with knowing the faith. The sessions will be Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 beginning Wednesday, Sept. 16. The first 10 sessions will focus on the “big picture” of the Catholic Faith; the next 10 on the sacramental life of the Church. The sessions will be led by Deacon Bill Jenkins. Each session has a video presentation and then a discussion period. More information will follow.

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

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

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.

St. Monica Parish website is When traveling and looking for a church to attend Mass on Sunday, visit

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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