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.
Easter Sunday services on March 27 will 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
Easter Sunrise Service, 7 a.m.
Easter Service, 9:30 a.m.
Teen Sunday School and Adult Sunday School after service
Wednesday Bible Study, 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.
First United Presbyterian Church
326 Warren Street, West Pittston
Rev. James Thyren
Sunday, March 27: 7 a.m., Easter Dawn between Elm Street and the West Pittston Cemetery across from 11 Susquehanna Ave.; 9 a.m., Easter Morning Celebration; 10:15 a.m., Sunday School in the Institute.
Tuesday, March 29: 6:30 p.m., Choir rehearsal.
Holy Mother of Sorrows PNCC
212 Wyoming Ave., Dupont
Very Rev. Zbigniew Dawid, pastor
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.
Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish
535 N. Main St., Pittston
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Sacred Heart of Jesus Church
215 Lackawanna Ave., Dupont
Mass schedule: Monday through Friday at 7 a.m.; Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 and 10: 30 a.m. All masses are held in the church until Monday, April 4.
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed at 8 a.m. in the church each Sunday.
The Children’s Choir will sing at the 9:30 a.m. Mass on Easter Sunday, March 27.
There is no CCD class on Monday, March 28. If a child can not attend CCD class for any reason, call 570-362-1900 to report them off.
The rectory office will reopen Tuesday, March 29.
Bible Study will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30 in the rectory meeting room.
Chairpersons for the annual picnic will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30 in the church hall.
The Women’s Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5 in the church hall. New members are welcome.
The Holy Name Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6. New members are welcome.
143 Parsonage St., Pittston
Rev. David Brague
Sunday, March 27: 7 a.m., Easter Sunrise Service; 11 a.m., Easter Morning Celebration.
St. Joseph Marello
237 William Street, Pittston
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 email@example.com. 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.
Anyone interested in renting the parish banquet hall or conference rooms, call the hall manager, Christine Silinskie at 570-704-8861 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The parish office will reopen at 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.sjm-kofc.org/golf 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
Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.
Fellowship: 10 a.m.
Sunday Service: 11 a.m.
No Sunday School on Easter Sunday, March 27.
Congregational meeting will be held Sunday, April 3 after service.
A VBS Fun Shop will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 23.
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.
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.
St. John’s is 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.
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.
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
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 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.
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
Easter Sunday, March 27 – 8:30 and 11 a.m., Mass.
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, www.stmonicanepa.com, 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.
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 (www.BeAManConference.com).
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.
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 April 23. To make a reservation, or for additional information, call 570-603-1915 and leave a message if there is no answer.