MATTERS OF FAITH: Greater Pittston church listings for the week of Nov. 8, 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 at 9:30 a.m.

Adult Sunday School following service.

Bible study, Wednesdays at 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.

Sunday School will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8.

Council and Diaconate meetings have been rescheduled to Sunday, Nov. 15.

Holy Mother of Sorrows PNCC

212 Wyoming Ave., Dupont

Very Rev. Zbigniew Dawid, pastor

Sunday Masses: 8 a.m., 9 a.m. coffee hour and School of Christian Living, 10:30 a.m. High Mass

Daily Mass: 9 a.m. Tuesday through Friday

Thanksgiving Food Drive for the Greater Pittston area will take place on Nov. 8, and 15. There is a need for stuffing mix, canned vegetables, cranberry sauce, soup, sweet potatoes, gravy and any other canned food that might be part of a holiday meal. Drop-off the food donations in the church’s vestibule.

Choir singers are invited for the rehearsals preparing for the Thanksgiving Service at HMSC at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17. These rehearsals will be together with the Sacred Heart Choir.

The Seventh Annual Community Thanksgiving Prayer Service will be held 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22. During the service a collection will be taken for the needy in the Greater Pittston area. Following the prayer service, all are invited to the parish hall for refreshments and fellowship.

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

Toys for Tots will be collected on the feast of St. Nicholas on Sunday, Dec. 6. There will be a box in our church vestibule — bring only new and unwrapped toys.

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 Lighthouse Fellowship Annual Pie Night will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20. Bring a friend and a pie to share.

The Men’s Meeting will be held on Friday, Nov. 13 and Saturday, Nov. 14 in Sayre.

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.

Prince of Peace Parish

123 W. Grace St., Old Forge


There will be a pre-Thanksgiving sale before and after all Masses on Saturday, Nov. 21 and Sunday, Nov. 22 at both worship sites.

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

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 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.

Children’s Choir will meet after the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Nov. 8 in the rectory meeting room.

CCD class will be held at 6 p.m. on Mondays, Nov. 9 and 16. Grades 6 and 7 are to report to the church for the Nov. 9 class. If your child can not attend CCD class for any reason, call 570-362-1900 and report them off.

The rectory office will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 11 for Veterans Day. Pastoral Council will still meet at 7 p.m. in the rectory room.

Pierogi making will begin at 8 a.m. continue to 4 p.m. each day through Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Bible Study will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12 in the rectory meeting room.

Food is being collected for the Greater Pittston Food Bank to help make holiday dinners. Offerings of dry food items and canned goods can be brought to mass the weekends each weekend until Nov. 15. CCD students can bring their offerings to class. Outside of mass times, leave offerings on the rear porch of the rectory.

Senior Outreach will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17 in the rectory meeting room.

The Sacred Heart Welcoming Committee will sponsor its annual Christmas Greens Sale. Items available will be wreath, wooden cross, cemetery cross, log bundle, planter and centerpiece. The sale will start on Saturday, Nov. 21 and end on Sunday, Dec. 6. Greens can be picked up the weekend of Dec. 14 and 15 after Masses in the church hall. Samples and order forms will be in the church lobby. Questions can be directed to Tammy at 570-457-3855.

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. 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.

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

Planning meeting will be held after Mass on Sunday, Nov. 15.

The Christmas Party will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. on 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.

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: Nov. 11 (closed Thanksgiving Week); Dec. 2, 16, 20 (special Sunday opening for Christmas).

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

Holy Mass, Sunday 9:30 a.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. holidays, 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The Duryea Community Thanksgiving Service will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday Nov. 24. The service is sponsored by the 4-Boro Ministerium. The guest homilist will be Father John Polednak Pastor of Nativity R.C. Church, Duryea. Clergy of the Ministerium will be taking part in the service. Those attending the service are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or monetary offering which will be donated to the food pantry at Moosic United Methodist Church. A social hour will follow the service.

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.

There will be a halupki dinner from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15, eat in or take out, at the church hall.

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.

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.

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

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

100 Rock St., Hughestown


Sunday Worship: 10 a.m.

A pork and sauerkraut dinner will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. with take outs from 4 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14. The pork will be cooked separately from the sauerkraut. Cost is $12 for adults at the door. Pre-ordered tickets for adults are $10, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children under age 5. Tickets may be ordered by calling Lois Pierce at 570-200-5017.

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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