MATTERS OF FAITH: Greater Pittston church listings for the week of Nov. 22, 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.

The First Baptist Church of Pittston will serve a free Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25. The dinner will include turkey and all the trimmings and everyone from the Greater Pittston Community and all surrounding communities are invited to attend. Delivery will be available, limited to the Greater Pittston area. For delivery or take outs, call the church at 570-654-0283 between 1 and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

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.

Sanctuary is handicap accessible.

First United Presbyterian

West Pittston

Rev. James Thyren, pastor


Sunday, Nov. 22: Worship, 9 a.m. at the corner of Wyoming Avenue and Institute Street, Wyoming; 10:15 a.m., Sunday School for all ages.; 3 p.m., Community Thanksgiving Services at St. Barbara’s Parish/St. Anthony’s Church, Exeter.

Tuesday, Nov. 24: Choir rehearsal, 6:30 p.m.

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

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.

Thanksgiving Mass will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

ANS Pierogie Sale: Contact Carol Bondurich after every Sunday Mass in the hall or call her at 570-654-8991.

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.

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 Parish Thanksgiving Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 27. All parishioners are invited to begin this holiday by celebrating at the Eucharistic Table. Note that Mass on Friday will also be at 9 a.m.

All children from the parish are invited to visit with St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children after the 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Dec. 6. Each child is asked to bring an unwrapped gift which will be donated to our Parish Giving Tree Project. Forms may be found at the back of the Church and should be returned no later than Dec. 1 by dropping it in the collection basket during Mass, returning it to the child’s Religious Education teacher or by calling the parish office.

The Parish Giving Tree will be placed in the sanctuary for the First Sunday of Advent. This year, Eric Trasciatti, raised in foster care until adopted by Gino and Michele Trasciatti, has undertaken the setup of the Giving Tree. In gratitude for the gift of his adoption, along with that of his two sisters, Eric is looking to provide gifts to those children still in the foster care system. All gifts should be returned to the tree unwrapped no later than the weekend of Dec. 12 and 13.

Adult Choir rehearsals are held each Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. in the church, unless otherwise noted. All elementary and high school students of the parish are invited to join the Youth Choir, which will once again participate in the 4 p.m. Christmas Eve Liturgy. The choir will present a series of preludes and lead singing during the liturgy. Rehearsals will be held in the church from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on the following days: Monday, Nov. 30, Wednesday, Dec. 9, Wednesday, Dec. 16, and Monday, Dec. 21. Contact Michael Sowa after Mass or call him at 570-881-2301 with any questions.

Baskets will be placed at the entrances to the church for the November/December Food Drive. Place non perishable food items in the baskets. All food will be donated to the Greater Pittston Area Food Pantry. Carl Boos will see that all these items are delivered.

Letters will soon be mailed to the sponsors of last year’s calendar as well as to those who participated in the 26th Annual Lucky Number Calendar. This is a major fundraiser for the parish. Payments may be made in installments. To participate this year, call the parish office.

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 following meetings will be held at these respective times: building and grounds committee, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23; rectory and finance committee, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, rectory.

The parish will have a Polish Mass and luncheon on Monday, Nov. 30. Mass will held at noon.

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.

Thanksgiving Mass will be at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26.

Choir practice will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24 in the choir loft.

The Children’s Choir will meet after the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Nov. 22.

The Holy Name Society Installation Dinner will take place on at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2 in the church hall. Call Jerry at the rectory at 570-654-3713 to sign up.

The rectory office will be closed from Thursday, Nov. 26 through Monday, Nov. 30.

CCD class will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday Nov. 23 and Dec. 7. If your child can not attend CCD class for any reason, call 570-362-1900 and report them off. In case of school closing or early dismissal due to severe weather, the program will be closed for that night.

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. 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.

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 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.

A Christmas Sing-a-long will be held in church at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6. Refreshments will be served. For more information call the rectory at 570-654-3713.

Second Presbyterian

143 Parsonage St., Pittston

Rev. David Brague


Sunday, Nov. 22: 9 a.m., Sunday School; 11 a.m., Worship; 3 p.m., Community Thanksgiving Service at St. Barbara’s Parish/St. Anthony’s in Exeter.

Monday, Nov. 23: 5 p.m., Fellowship Committee Decorating Church

Tuesday, Nov. 24: 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.

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.

Congregational meeting will be held Sunday, Nov. 22 after service.

Hanging the Green will take place during the Sunday, Nov. 29 service.

The Christmas Party will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. More details to follow.

If you would like to order homemade vegetable soup, the last date to order is Saturday, Dec. 5. Soup will be made Saturday, Dec. 12 and pickup after is service on Sunday, Dec. 13. Cost is $7 per quart. Call the church at 570-655-2505 to order.

Planning meeting will be held Sunday, Dec. 6 after service.

Council meeting will be held Sunday, Dec. 13 after service.

The Children Christmas Play will take place during service on Sunday, Dec. 20.

Christmas Eve service will be held at 10 p.m.

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: 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.

Holiday craft and gift fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. There will be 30 plus vendors in the upstairs hall. 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.

Holy Mass for Thanksgiving Day will be celebrated at 8 a.m. Father Carmen invites everyone to come and give thanks to God for the blessings you have received this year.

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 including St. John’s Primitive Methodist Church, Avoca 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.

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

There will be no Mass on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

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 and Night Prayer.

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.

The St. Monica Parish website,, is currently being updated by a new Web Master. We thank our parishioners for your patience during this transition and we look forward to a new and improved web full of many church activities. It should be done soon.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

100 Rock St., Hughestown


Sunday Worship: 10 a.m.

Poppy seed and nut roll orders can be picked up from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23.

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

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