Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for the week of Jan. 3, 2016


Christian and Missionary Alliance

317 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston

570-654-2500 or 570-654-7414

cmaofwestpittston@juno.com

Website: www.cmawp.com

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.

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 Methodist Church

408 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston

Rev. James Thyren

570-655-1083

A pizza sale will be held Friday, Jan. 8. Pizza is baked or unbaked, with or without onions. Cost for a tray is $11. Toppings $2 each. Specialty pizzas, broccoli and cheese, tomato and garlic, vegetable, $14 per tray. Vegetable pizza with cheese $15. Call to order 570-655-1083 or walk in.

First United Presbyterian

West Pittston

Rev. James Thyren, pastor

570-654-8121

Sunday, Jan. 3: 9 a.m., Worship at Wyoming Presbyterian Church; 10:15 a.m., Sunday School in the Institute.

Holy Mother of Sorrows PNCC

212 Wyoming Ave., Dupont

Very Rev. Zbigniew Dawid, pastor

Sunday Masses: 8 a.m., Feat of the Holy Family; 9 a.m. Coffee hour, 10:30 a.m. High Mass.

Daily Mass: 9 a.m.

Lighthouse Fellowship Church

718 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston

Pastor Shane Nichols

570-883-9755

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

570-457-5302

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

570-654-7542

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

www.eucharist-pittston.org

www.facebook.com/OLEPARISH

570-654-0263

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.

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.

Prince of Peace Parish

123 W. Grace St., Old Forge

570-457-5900

The parish will hold its Mardi Gras beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6 at Arcaro and Genell Banquet Room, Main Street.

The menus includes hors d’oeurves and a full course dinner with one choice of four menu items — stuffed pork chop, roast beef, chicken francaise or haddock baked Italian style. Refreshments of beer, wine and soda are included.

Cost to attend is $30 per person and reservations close Tuesday, Jan. 25 and seating is limited to 125 people.

For reservations call the rectory or email to mjriviello@icloud.com

Queen of the Apostles

715 Hawthorne St., Avoca

570-457-3412

stmarysavoca@verizon.net

www.queenoftheapostles.weconnect.com

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 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. 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, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 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.

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

CCD Class will take place on Mondays, Jan. 4, 11 and 25. There is no class Jan. 18 for Martin Luther King Day.

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.

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

Parish Pastoral Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12 in the rectory meeting room.

Senior Outreach will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19 in the rectory meeting room.

The Welcoming/Hospitality Committee will sponsor Winter Wonderland Social from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30 in the church hall. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The cost is $15 per person and includes food, soda, water, dancing and DJ Fast Freddie. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Reservation forms are available in the church vestibule and are due by Sunday, Jan. 24. They can be dropped off in the collection basket or sent to the rectory by Jan. 24. Make checks payable to “Sacred Heart Church.”

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

Second Presbyterian

143 Parsonage St., Pittston

Rev. David Brague

570-654-1411

Sunday, Jan. 3: 11 a.m., Worship and Holy Communion.

Tuesday, Jan. 5: 7:30 p.m., AA Meeting.

St. Joseph Marello

237 William Street, Pittston

570-654-6902

office@sjmparish.org

www.sjmparish.org

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 ccd@sjmparish.org. 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@ sjm-koc.org for additional information.

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran

7 Wood St., Pittston

570-655-2505

www.lutheransonline.com/stjohns18640

Facebook: stjohnslutheranchurchpittstonpa

stjohnspittstonpittston@verizon.com

Fellowship: 10 a.m.

Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Sunday School is currently on Christmas break and will resume at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10.

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

Planning committee will meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16.

Interim Pastor Murray Brindle will be installed by District President Pastor Wicher during the Jan. 17 service.

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

570-693-1991

Email: 363monicast@comcast.net

www.stmonicanepa.com

Father Leo McKernan, pastor

Father Joseph Adonizio, visiting priest

William Jenkins, 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, www.stmonicanepa.com, 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

570-654-1008

Stpeterselc@yahoo.com

Sunday Worship: 10 a.m.

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

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

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