Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for the week of March 20, 2016

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 with the exception of March 30 and April 6. Donations of clothing are accepted. Call for additional information.

Exercise classes are available at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evenings. Call 570-655-4791.

Holy Week Services will begin with Palm Sunday services at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 20. Good Friday service will be 7 p.m. Friday, March 25 and Easter Sunday services March 27 include a special Combined Departmental Sunday School Easter Program at 9:30 a.m. followed by Resurrection Day services at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. The services are open to the general public.

The church will hold “Five Nights For Christ” revival meetings at 7 p.m. from Wednesday, April 20 through Sunday, April 24 in the church sanctuary. These meetings are being held to encourage people to come close to Christ in very trying and uncertain days. The speaker for this event will be Rev. Terry Collins, president of Discipleship Ministries of Pittsburgh. Collins has been involved in pastoral ministries and holds credentials with the United Methodist Church. He is the founder and current president of Discipleship Ministries, helping people to grow in their knowledge of Jesus Christ. These meeting are open to the general public without regard to church affiliations. Doors will be opened at 6:30 p.m. and seating is on a first come, first served basis.

First Baptist Church

Water Street, Pittston


Rev. James H. Breese, pastor

Sunday Service, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.

Teen Sunday School and Adult Sunday School after service

Lenten Service Wednesday, 7:15 p.m.

Men’s Fellowship, 8:30 a.m., second and fourth Saturday of every month

Women’s Fellowship, 10 a.m., fourth Saturday of every month

Teen Fellowship, 10 a.m., second and fourth Saturday of every month.

All schedules are subject to change. Additional events may be added.

Wednesday Bible Study is held at 7:15 p.m. and will resume after Easter.

First United Presbyterian Church

326 Warren Street, West Pittston

Rev. James Thyren


Sunday, March 20: 9 a.m., Worship at Wyoming Presbyterian Church, corner of Wyoming Avenue and Institute Street, Wyoming; 10:15 a.m., Sunday School at the Institute.

Tuesday, March 22: 6:30 p.m., Choir rehearsal.

Thursday, March 24: 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday Service at Second Presbyterian, Pittston.

Friday, March 25: Noon, good Friday Service at the Methodist Church, West Pittston; 7 p.m., Good Friday service at the First Congregational Church, UCC, Luzerne Avenue, West Pittston.

Sunday, March 27: Easter Dawn between Elm Street and the West Pittston Cemetery across from 11 Susquehanna Ave.; 9 a.m., Easter Morning Celebration

Holy Mother of Sorrows PNCC

212 Wyoming Ave., Dupont

Very Rev. Zbigniew Dawid, pastor

There will only be one Mass at 9 a.m. on Sunday, March 20. There will be the Bunny Breakfast in the Frank Bednash Hall, afterwards. Admission for children is free, and cost for adults is $8 per person. The menu is chocolate chip pancakes or regular pancakes, ham, seasoned and unseasoned potatoes, scrambled eggs, assorted fruits along with drinks.

Easter Sunday Masses will be held at 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. on March 27.

Daily Mass: 9 a.m. Tuesday through Friday

All singers are invited to attend choir rehearsals every Wednesday after the Stations of the Cross. This is to prepare the Liturgy for the 100th Anniversary Mass.

The church will celebrate its 100th anniversary at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 3. A banquet will be held at the Hilton in Scranton. Donation per person for church members is $25 and $10 for children under the age of 12. The fee for the dinner is $35. Reservations can be made with Julie Slezak at 570-655-9359. Tickets must be purchased no later than March 1. Checks are payable to Holy Mother of Sorrows, PNCC and sent to Julie Slezak, 140 Jackson St., Dupont, PA, 18641. Selection of entrees are chicken Marsala, beef sirloin with a Cabernet reduction and broiled haddock. Appetizers are included and there will be a cash bar.

The parish community invites any parishioners, small business owners or corporate business owners to join in on the Anniversary Book. The book will commemorate the celebration of 100 years. For more information call 570-654-4262.

Lighthouse Fellowship Church

718 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston

Pastor Shane Nichols


Sunday: 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.

The schedule of weekly Lenten prayer and formation opportunities is as follows: Mondays from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays at 7 p.m.

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.

Stations of the Cross are celebrated at 7 p.m. on Friday evenings.

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

The adult choir will be practicing on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the church. For more information about the choir, call Michael Sowa at 570-881-2301 or e-mail

In addition to the regularly scheduled time for Confessions, during the Season of Lent, Father Walsh will be available in the church for the Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 14.

Approximately 12 Greater Pittston area priests will be available to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation at St. John the Evangelist Church on William Street in Pittston on Monday, March 21. Penance service will begin at 7 p.m. and the priest will be available for individuals after. The communal service concludes the Diocesan program, The Light is On for You.

The liturgical ministry schedule through Tuesday, May 31 has been posted on the parish website.

Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, and the Office for Parish Life wish to invite couples celebrating their 25th or 50th wedding anniversary in 2016 to a diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, June 5. The event includes a 2:30 pm Mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral followed by a reception.

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 a Breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 20 in the parish hall in the former St. Mary’s School, 742 Spring St., Avoca. The menu includes scrambled eggs, hash brown potatoes, sausage, ham, coffee and juice. The breakfast will be prepared by Gary Karpriskie of Gary’s Catering. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 3-9 and free for children under 3. For more information call the parish office at 570-457-3412 or Paul Franceschelli at 570-430-9015.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

215 Lackawanna Ave., Dupont

Mass schedule: Monday through Wednesday at 7 a.m.; Holy Thursday at 7 p.m.; Good Friday at 3 p.m.; Holy Saturday at 8 p.m.; and Easter Sunday 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed at 8 a.m. in the church each Sunday.

Confessions will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. every Monday during Lent.

Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 7 p.m. every Friday during Lent.

CCD class will be held on Monday March 21. There is no class on Monday, March 28. If a child can not attend CCD class for any reason, call 570-362-1900 to report them off.

Choir practice will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 21 in the choir loft.

The rectory office will close at noon on Thursday, March 24 and remain closed until Tuesday, March 29.

The church will be open until 10 p.m. for private adoration on Holy Thursday, March 24.

The Blessing of Easter Food will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the church hall on Holy Saturday, March 26.

The Children’s Choir will sing at the 9:30 a.m. Mass on Easter Sunday, March 27. The choir will practice following the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, March 20.

All young parishioners in grades 1-8 (Catholic and public schools) can participate in the Solemn Feast of Holy Thursday by attending Mass and being in the procession. Practice for Holy Thursday will take place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23 will last about 45 minutes. Meet in the church hall. On Holy Thursday, students are to meet in the church hall by 6:30 p.m. wearing their Sunday best. Mass starts at 7 p.m. All altar servers and communion ministers are asked to attend this mass in your robes and take part in the procession. Meet in the hall by 6:30 p.m.

Second Presbyterian

143 Parsonage St., Pittston

Rev. David Brague


Sunday, March 20: 9:30 a.m., Sunday School; 11 a.m., Palm Sunday Worship; 2 p.m., Easter Egg Hunt, rain or shine and will include crafts and food

Tuesday, March 22: 7:30 p.m., AA Meeting.

Thursday, March 24: 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday Worship.

Friday, March 25: Noon, Good Friday Service at First United Methodist Church, Wyoming Avenue, West Pittston; 7 p.m., Good Friday Service at First Congregational UCC, Luzerne Avenue, West Pittston.

Sunday, March 27: 7 a.m., Easter Sunrise Service; 11 a.m., Easter Morning Celebration.

St. Joseph Marello

237 William Street, Pittston


Holy Week Schedule

Monday, March 21: 7 p.m., Penance Service at St. John the Evangelist Church

Tuesday, March 22: 4 p.m., Chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton; 7 p.m., Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and confessions

Wednesday, March 23: 5:30 to 7 p.m., Confessions in the church

Thursday, March 24: 8 a.,m., Morning Prayers; 7 p.m., Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Silent Adoration until 10 p.m.

Friday, March 25: 8 a.m., Morning Prayers; 2 p.m., Passion of the Lord followed by confessions

Saturday, March 26: 8 a.m., Morning Prayer followed by confessions until 9 a.m.; noon, Blessing of the food baskets in the Parish hall; 8 p.m., Easter Vigil

Sunday, March 27: Masses at 6:30, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

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.

Anyone interested in renting the parish banquet hall or conference rooms, call the hall manager, Christine Silinskie at 570-704-8861 or e-mail

The parish office will close at noon on Good Friday, March 25 and remain closed until 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29.

The institution of the St. Joseph Marello Columbiettes Auxiliary No. 16071 is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. Anyone interested in joining and participating in the institution ceremony must have a completed application on file. All women who are at least 18 years of age and a practical catholic can join. To receive an application or further information, please contact Lisa Wallace at 570-840-0459 or email

The monthly meeting of the Josephite-Marellian Laity will be held at the Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary on Wednesday, April 6 after the 7 p.m. Novena Mass.

Fr. John and Deacon Santo will present Part II of the Symbolon Faith Formation Course every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. with the last course being held April 20. The courses will be held in the Meeting Room of the parish center.

Plans are underway for the annual Parish Picnic to be held on Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28 on the Parish grounds. If able to volunteer for the event, contact the parish office by emailing or calling 570-654-6902 during office hours.

Donations for the flea market should be clean, usable and workable. No clothes or shoes. No electronics such as TVs, computers, or printers. Items will be collected in the parish center lobby after the CCD year ends.

This year’s St. Joseph Marello Parish Golf Tournament will be held Sunday, June 12 at the Wilkes-Barre Municipal Golf Course with a tee off time of 8 a.m. The fee is $80 per golfer which includes golf, cart, dinner after the tournament and a variety of prizes. The event will feature two hole in one prizes — one for $10,000 sponsored by the law firm of Saporito, Falcone and Watt and the other a new two-year car lease from Coccia Ford Lincoln. Registration forms are now available on line at and paper applications will be available in the Church vestibule.

The Knights of Columbus Council 16071 will hold a steak and eggs breakfast at the parish center on Sunday, June 19. More details to follow.

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran

7 Wood St., Pittston


Facebook: stjohnslutheranchurchpittstonpa

Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.

Fellowship: 10 a.m.

Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Children Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, Palm Sunday. Details to follow.

No Sunday School on Palm or Easter Sunday, March 20 and March 27.

Sedar Meal Wednesday will be held on March 23 with communion.

Tenebrae Service will be at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 25.

A VBS Fun Shop will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 23.

Hiawatha Paddle Boat ride to Williamsport will be Saturday, July 16. The ride begins at 4 p.m. and will last about one hour. Each group must purchase their own tickets, prices are as follows: Children ages three to 12, $4.50; Adults ages 13 to 60, $8.50; Seniors ages 60 and older, $8. Groups must arrive 10 minutes early. Sign up sheet is in the Narthex of the church. Outside parties can sign up by calling 570-655-2505.

Pastor Brindle is trying to get a Bible Study starting in April the second and fourth Sunday after worship service. Book of Acts will be featured as the adult bible topic. Members or nonmembers can call the church, e-mail or register on Facebook.

St. John’s is now renting out the lower level 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.

The website www.lutheranonline/stjohn is no longer be in service A new website will be announced a a later date.

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. 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.

Lenten devotions will be held each Friday during Lent at 7 p.m.

Palm Sunday, March 20: 9:30 a.m. Solemn Blessing & Distribution of Palms, Procession outdoors (weather permitting) Holy Mass, Reading of the Passion.

Monday of Holy Week, March 21: 8 a.m. Holy Mass

Holy Thursday, March 24: 7 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Procession to the Repository, Stripping of the Altar, The Church will remain open until 10:30 p.m. for private prayer.

Good Friday, March 25, day of fast and abstinence: 3 p.m. church will open for private prayer; 7 p.m. Good Friday service Reading of the Passion, Veneration of the Cross, Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified, Burial of the Lord. Church will remain open until 10 p.m.

Holy Saturday, March 26: 10:30 a.m. Easter Vigil service, blessing of fire, Paschal Candle, reading of the 4 Lessons, blessing of water, blessing of Easter food.

Easter Sunday, March 27: 9 a.m. Solemn Procession of Resurrection outdoors (weather permitting) Mass of Resurrection, blessing of Easter food.

Monday of Bright Week/Easter Week, Dingus Day, March 28: 7 p.m. Holy Mass

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

Stations of the Cross, followed by Mass, will be prayed at 5 and 5:30 p.m. every Friday of Lent, with the exception of Good Friday. On Good Friday, the stations will be prayed at 6 p.m. There will be no 8 a.m. Liturgy on the Fridays of Lent.

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 annual Lenten “The Light Is On For You” Sacrament of Penance will be celebrated each Monday of Lent from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Those attending are asked to use the chapel only, for examination of conscience and prayers and penances, and use the confessional door from the Chapel to enter to go to confession.

The 10th annual celebration of the Divine Mercy will be held on April 3. Principal celebrant and homilist will be Father Pio Mandato, FMHJ. Sacrament of Reconciliation 1 p.m.; Blessing of Image of Divine Mercy, Mass, 2 p.m. and Exposition of Blessed Sacrament, 3 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Easter Lily flower memorials are available by filling out and returning the yellow envelopes found on either side of the inner doors. The information given on these envelopes will be used to create the bulletin insert for Easter Sunday. The requested offering is $15 per lily and they will be placed in the sanctuary as part of the Easter environment.

A homemade pasts and sausage dinner will be held from 12 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 10. Dinner includes salad, rolls, butter, beverage and dessert. Take outs 12 to 4 p.m., containers provided. Tickets available at the door for $11. Children 5 years and under are free for eat in only.

St. Monica’s Parish

363 W. 8th St., West Wyoming



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.

CCD classes for intellectually challenged adults is held on Wednesday in the church hall.

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.

JMJ Catholic Radio is now on 24/7 on 98.9 FM, 750 AM and is operated and managed by Ed and Carol Niewinski. To support this radio station, send donations to JMJ Catholic Radio, P.O. Box 851, Pittston, PA. 18640.

Holy Week Schedule:

Palm Sunday, March 20 – 8:30 and 11 a.m., Mass.

Holy Thursday, March 24 – 9 a.m., Morning Prayer; 7 p.m., Mass; 10 p.m., Night Prayer

Good Friday, March 25 – 9 a.m., Morning Prayer; 1:30 p.m., Passion of the Lord; 7 p.m., Stations of the Cross.

Holy Saturday, March 26 – 9 a.m. Morning Prayer; 10 a.m., Easter Egg Hunt; noon, Blessing of the Baskets; 8 p.m., Mass.

Easter Sunday,March 27 – 8:30 and 11 a.m., Mass.

The Second Annual Catholic Men’s Conference will be held on Saturday, April 23 with guest speakers Dr. Scott Hahn, Msgr. Charles Pope and Michael McGlynn at King’s College. Fee for the Conference is $20 with early registration of $15 before Friday, April 1. Register on the Diocesan website (

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

100 Rock St., Hughestown


Sunday Worship: 10 a.m.

Pastor Newman holds Bible Study Wednesday evenings at 7 pm. All are welcome.

The WELCA is selling potted plants for Easter. Lilies, hyacinths and tulips are available for $6 each and orders are being taken for the Lily cross. Cost is $2 per name.

Following service on Palm Sunday, March 20, Kim Knall, Rita Pahl and Leslie Sauers will sponsor refreshments in the fellowship hall.

Nut and poppy seed rolls pick up will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23.

Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services will be held at 7 p.m.

The annual Easter egg hunt for the Sunday school students will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 26.

Sunday school will not be held on Easter Sunday, March 27. Service will be held at 9 a.m. and Sunday School children will sing at the service.

The Sunday School Penny Auction will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10.

Vacation Bible School is scheduled for Sunday, June 19 through Friday, June 24.

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

“Summer Doo Wop Cavalcade Show” bus trip to American Music Theater in Lancaster will be on Saturday, June 18 for the 2 p.m. show. Cost is $108 which includes bus seat, driver tip, show ticket, dinner, all tips and taxes. Dinner is at the Shady Maple Smorgasbord following the show. Bus will be at the Pittston Plaza at 9:45 a.m. and will depart promptly at 10 a.m. Reservations must be made no later than March 31. To make a reservation, or for additional information, call 570-603-1915 and leave a message if there is no answer.

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