Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for the week of Dec. 27, 2015


    Christian and Missionary Alliance

    317 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston

    570-654-2500 or 570-654-7414

    [email protected]


    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 Mondays 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.

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

    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, Dec. 27: 9 a.m., Worship at Wyoming Presbyterian Church.

    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. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Thursday, Christmas Eve, Mass will take place at 4 p.m. for children and 10 p.m. for adults. Friday, Christmas Day, Mass will take place at 10 a.m.

    Sunday, Dec. 27: Solemnity of Humble Shepherds/St. John the Apostle. Distribution of wine from St. John’s Day. Collection for Savonarola Seminary – 9:30 a.m. Holy Mass

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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. Rehearsal will be held in the church from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21. Contact Michael Sowa after Mass or call him at 570-881-2301 with any questions.

    In celebration of the Year of Mercy through Nov. 20, 2016, the church will have Eucharistic Adoration on Fridays after the 8 a.m. Mass.

    Liturgy for the Solemnity of Mary, New Year’s Eve/Day will be celebrated at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31 and at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 1. Note that there will only be one Mass celebrated on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

    Letters have been 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. Call the parish office for more information.

    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.

    Queen of the Apostles

    715 Hawthorne St., Avoca


    [email protected]

    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

    Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, which is a holy day of obligation, will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 1, at the church. The vigil Mass will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31.

    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.

    The parish announces the following upcoming meetings: Social concerns/Respect Life committee, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, rectory; pastoral council, 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, rectory; women’s guild, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, rectory; worship committee, 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, rectory; building and grounds committee, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, rectory; finance council, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, rectory.

    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.

    Mass schedule: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 a.m.; Christmas Eve, 4 p.m.; Christmas Day 12 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; Saturday, 4 p.m.; and Sunday 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

    Daily mass will be celebrated in the church until Jan. 11.

    The rectory office will close at noon on Friday, Dec. 31 and will be closed on Friday, Jan. 1.

    The Women’s Society Christmas Wafer Dinner will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10 in the church hall. The cost is $10 payable with reservation. Reservation deadline is Sunday, Dec. 27. Payment can be dropped in the collection basket labeled “Women’s Society Dinner” or mailed to the rectory. You can contact Diane Skrzysowski at 570-654-6639, Liz Kaminski at 570-655-0201 or Carolyn Klimek at 570-299-5676 for more information. The dinner will be catered by Cooper’s of Scranton. The dinner choices are: baked stuffed chicken breast, roast stuffed pork loin or cheesy dill orange roughy.

    CCD – There will not be class on Monday, Dec. 28. Class will take place on Mondays, Jan. 4 and 11.

    Mass for New Year’s feast of Mary, Mother of God will be celebrated at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31 and 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 1.

    Children’s choir will resume practice after the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Jan. 3.

    Holy Name Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6 in the church hall.

    Choir will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7 in the loft.

    Christmas wafers and church calendars are available in the lobby of the church.

    Student envelopes for 2016 are available in the church lobby. For more information, call the rectory at 570-654-3713.

    Help is needed to take down Christmas decorations on Sunday, Jan. 10 after the 10:30 a.m. Mass.

    A Winter Wonderland Social will take place on Saturday, Jan. 30. More information will follow.

    St. Joseph Marello

    237 William Street, Pittston


    [email protected]

    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 [email protected] 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.

    St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran

    7 Wood St., Pittston


    Facebook: stjohnslutheranchurchpittstonpa

    [email protected]

    Sunday School and Fellowship: 10 a.m.

    Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

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

    Council meeting will be Sunday, Jan. 10 after service.

    Planning committee will meet after Service on Sunday, Jan. 17.

    St. John’s is now renting out the lower level beginning in January for non-members for events. Cost is $25 per hour plus a $25 per hour security fee. Cost for members of St John’s is $12.50 per hour and a $12.50 Security Deposit, maximum four hour limit.

    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.

    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


    Email: [email protected]

    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 on Thursday evening. 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.

    A pasta dinner will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24 and will be sponsored by the Christian Society. Tickets are $8 for adults $5 for children over age 6 and free for children 6 and under.

    The St. Monica Parish website,, has undergone changes. Check it out for upcoming events, important links, schedules for services, a photo gallery and so much more.

    A Night at the Races will be held on Friday, Feb. 5 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church Hall, 363 W. Eighth St., West Wyoming. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a post time of 7 p.m. Admission is $10 per person and only 175 seats will be sold. Horses can be purchased for $10. There will also be a Chinese auction, basket raffles, food and beverages. For more information, contact Tom Tomsak at 570-237-2188.

    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

    100 Rock St., Hughestown


    [email protected]

    Sunday Worship: 10 a.m.

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

    The WELCA will hold a Christmas Potluck Dinner at 6 p.m. on Dec. 28.

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

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