Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for the week of Dec. 6, 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. with the exception of Dec. 28. Call Toni Davis at 570-760-4830 to donate food or call the church at 570-654-2500 for more information.

Ventriloquist Susan Klein and a “Family of Friends” will present a special Christmas program at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6 at the church This program is open to the general public free of charge. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. and doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

“A Dramatic Christmas” will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13 in the church sanctuary. The program will include shorts skits and sketches, readings and carols, portraying various aspects of the Christmas experience, both humorous and dramatic, by the Children’s, Youth, and Adult Departments of the Sunday School. This annual heartwarming event prepares the heart and mind for the real meaning of Christmas.

This special Christmas event is open to the general public free of charge. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and seating is on a first come, first served basis.

The Adult Choir of The Christian and Missionary Alliance Church will present a Christmas Cantata, entitled, “Celebrate! The Joy and Wonder of Christmas”, written by Marty Parks, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20.

The Annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service will be held at 11 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24.

Christ’s Community Clothes Closet will be open on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. from Dec. 17 until Jan. 5.

First United Presbyterian

West Pittston

Rev. James Thyren, pastor


Sunday, Dec. 6: 9 a.m., Worship and Holy Communion at Wyoming Presbyterian Church; 10:15 a.m., Sunday School for all ages.; 12:30 p.m., Women’s Association Christmas Tea in the Institute

Tuesday, Dec. 8: 6:30 p.m., Choir Rehearsal; 7 p.m., Deacons

Thursday, Dec. 10: 7:30 p.m., Session

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

There will be only one mass this Sunday, Dec. 6. The mass will be held at 10 a.m.

Advent Penitential Service will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11.

The Christmas Mass will be held at 4 and 10 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24 and at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 25.

The ANS Pierogi Sale is currently ongoing and will be available after each Mass on Sundays. For more information call Carol Bondurich at 570-654-8991 or Matilda Drost at 570-654-1108.

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.

Women of the Word Ministries will go to Wesley Village at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9 to bless female residents by singing Christmas carols and serving homemade cookies and punch. They will also give arm pillows crocheted by church women to the women in wheelchairs. Cards signed by the Children’s Ministries will be presented.

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.

The Men’s Society will sponsor an early Christmas breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13 at Sacred Heart Hall, 529 Stephenson St. The menu includes scrambled eggs, potatoes, ham, pancakes, roll and beverages. Tickets are available in advance by calling the rectory or by filling out the form in the parish bulletin. Forms may also be purchased at the door. The cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

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.

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, Erik 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: 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 27th 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.

In celebration of the Year of Mercy, Dec. 8, 2015 through Nov. 20, 2016, the church will have Eucharistic Adoration on Fridays after the 8 a.m. Mass. Adoration will be held on Dec. 11, and 18.

Join the church at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9 for the Parish University Series. Sheri Ratchford, owner of Sheri Pilates Studio in Kingston, holds a master’s degree in exercise science and numerous other certifications.

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 will have its children’s Advent Mass at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

The parish will host a Taize Service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at the church. Rob Yenkowski, music director at King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, and some of his students from the college will lead this evening of meditative style of communal prayer.

The women’s guild will have its annual Christmas party at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13 at Lucca Restaurant and Catering, Taylor. Cost is $25 per person. Call Arlene at 570-346-8060 or Cookie at 570-343-5080 by Wednesday, Dec. 9, to make a reservation and payment.

The pastoral council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, in the rectory.

The parish will sponsor Santa’s Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20, in the parish hall. The menu includes all you can eat pancakes, sausage, ham, coffee, tea, juice and homemade baked goods. Children will receive coloring books with crayons and candy. Pictures with Santa will be available too. Tickets, which are $6 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under, can be purchased after all weekend Masses or by calling the parish office at 570-457-3412. Children under 2 will be admitted for free.

Tickets are available for the Pot of Gold Stocking Stuffer raffle. Tickets, which are $10 each, offer a chance to win $75 daily and $100 on Fridays throughout January, as well as $250 on Jan. 10 and 24 and $500 on Jan. 1 and 31. For more information or to purchase a ticket, contact the parish office. The daily winning number must match the state lottery’s evening Pick 3 number.

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.

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.

CCD class will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, 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 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.

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.

New members of the Knights of Columbus Council 16071 are always welcome. Contact Jim Nardone at 570-299-0717 or John Bingham at 570-947-4994 or email info@ for additional information.

Confessions for Advent will take place on Monday, Dec. 7 for grades 3 and 4, and Monday, Dec. 14 for grades 5 and 6.

The next regular business meeting for the Knights of Columbus Council 16071 will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9 Prior to the meeting, attendees will pray the Rosary beginning at 6:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Dec. 12 the “Light Up For Christ” tree lighting ceremony will be held immediately following the 4 p.m. Mass.

The Knights of Columbus Council 16071 Christmas Party will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12 at Cafe Rinaldi. Tickets are $20 and will be available at the Dec. 9 Council meeting.

The sung Christmas Novena will be held at noon each day from Wednesday, Dec. 16 until Thursday, Dec. 24. The only exception will be on Saturday, Dec. 19 and Sunday, Dec. 20 as it will be held at 5 p.m.

The Second Annual Breakfast with Santa will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20 with Santa arriving at 10 a.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and admission is free for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the rectory office or from any Council 16071 Knights of Columbus.

Parish penance service for Advent will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22 during our regularly scheduled Holy Hour.

Volunteers are needed tohelp with the annual Christmas Pageant to be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23. Children from the CCD classes are asked to participate. Parents are needed to volunteer for the various committees. The committees we are seeking help with are rehearsals, costume committee and phone committee for the party that follows the play. Rehearsals start on Wednesday, Dec. 9 and are held from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran

7 Wood St., Pittston


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Sunday School and Fellowship: 10 a.m.

Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

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

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. 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.

The scouts are accepting enrollment for the New Year. If interested, contact Ed Daveski at 570-466-6025. The scouts will be available in the foyer of the church after the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Masses this weekend and next weekend to answer any questions about scouting.

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 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.

Prayer Group is held in the Chapel at 7:30 p.m. after the 7 p.m. Mass. Bring a Bible if you have one. Guitar Music and songs will be led by Ted, Mike and Anna.

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. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church

320 Vine St., Old Forge


The church is having a Cookie Walk Sale from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19. All cookies are homemade and will include anise, wedding, pepper, thumbprint, ricotta, chocolate chips, peanut butter kisses, nut, rugelach, and linzer cookies. Fill the box with cookies and pay $8 per pound.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

100 Rock St., Hughestown


Sunday Worship: 10 a.m.

New/unwrapped toys are being collectted to donate to “Toys for Tots.” Monetary donations are also being accepted.

The church will be decorated for Christmas the first weekend in December. Anyone wishing to help is welcome.

The WELCA will sell poinsettias for Christmas. More information will follow.

Church council will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Poppy seed and nut roll order deadline is Dec. 13. Donation is $8.50. Call Pam 570-313-2829 or Carolyn, 570-654-1849. Pick up will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22.

The WELCA will hold a Christmas Potluck Dinner at 6 p.m. on Dec. 14. New members are welcome.

The Sunday School Children’s Christmas Program will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20. A Christmas Party will be held for the children immediately following the program.

Christmas Eve Services will be held at 4 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Pastor Newman will hold Bible study at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

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