Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for the week of April 17, 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. on 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.

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 United Presbyterian Church

326 Warren Street, West Pittston

Rev. James Thyren


Sunday, April 17: Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday School in the Institute, 10:15 a.m.

Thursday, April 21: Choir Rehearsal, 6:30 p.m.

Holy Mother of Sorrows PNCC

212 Wyoming Ave., Dupont

Very Rev. Zbigniew Dawid, pastor

Sunday Mass, 8 a.m.; Coffee hour/School of Christian Living/Centennial Committee Meeting, 9 a.m.

Daily Mass: 9 a.m. Tuesday through Friday

Books for the 100th Anniversary are available for purchase for $10 each. Contact Carol Bondurich at 570-654-8991 or Julie Slezak at 570-655-9359 for more information.

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.

Special guest speaker Bob Walls will speak at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 24.

Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary

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.

Saturday, First Saturday of the month, Mass at 8 a.m. with devotion prayers to the Blessed Mother.

The Oblates of St. Joseph Laity Association will hold a pasta dinner from noon to 4 p.m., with take outs starting at 11 a.m., on Sunday, April 17 at St. Joseph Marello Parish Center, 237 William St., Pittston. Cost to attend is $10 for adults, $5 for children under ages 6 to 10 and free for children ages 5 and younger. Tickets are available at the door. Food includes pasta and meatballs, salad, dinner rolls, and beverages.

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.

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

Choir rehearsals for First Holy Communion will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 and Tuesday, April 26. Call Michael at 570-881-2301 for more information.

The Tom and Dianne Tigue Annual Family Breakfast will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, Mother’s Day. The ticket cost for adults is $10, $5 for children ages 6 to 12 and children under the age of 5 are free. The menu consists of ham, eggs, potatoes, fruit cup, juice, danish, rolls, butter, jelly, coffee and tea. Tickets will be available after all weekend Masses or can be ordered by calling the parish office at 570-654-0263.

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.

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.

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

CCD Classes will be held on Mondays, April 18 and 25. CCD Mass will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 24 and first grade students are to meet in the church hall by 8:10 a.m as they are assisting. If a child can not attend CCD class for any reason, call 570-362-1900.

Senior Outreach will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19.

The parish would like to begin having Communion in both kinds at masses. More Eucharistic Ministers are needed. If interested, or know someone who is, call the rectory at 570-654-3713 by Friday, April 22. There will be a meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday April 26 in the church hall.

Second Presbyterian

143 Parsonage St., Pittston

Rev. David Brague


Sunday, April 17: Sunday School, 9:30 am.; Worship, 11 a.m.

Monday, April 18: Deacons, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 19: Mission Committee, 6:30 p.m.; AA meeting, 7:30 p.m.

St. Joseph Marello

237 William Street, Pittston


Mass schedule: 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.

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

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.

Planning will meet temporarily at 6 p.m. on Monday April 18.

A Vacation Bible School 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 non-members can call the church, e-mail or register on Facebook.

The Altar and Rosary Society is sponsoring a bus trip to Sight and Sound Theatre for the world premiere of Samson on Wednesday, June 8. Reservations are required as soon as possible. Checks made payable to St. John’s Altar and Rosary for $103 includes, show, bus, tip and lunch at Shady Maple Restaurant. Send checks to the office or drop in collection basket. Deadline for reservations is April 6. For more information call Jean 570-654-9710.

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.

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.

A yard sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Rental is $10 for an 8-by-2-foot table space (must bring your own table). Vendors and crafters are welcome. There will be food and beverages, door prizes and bake sale. To reserve table space, call 570-457-2291.

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. Tune in every Tuesday and listen as Fr. Leo McKernan offers practical spiritual insights into God’s Word.

Life in the Spirit will follow 7 p.m. Mass on Thursdays, April 21 and 28.

The Second Annual Catholic Men’s Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 with guest speakers Dr. Scott Hahn, Msgr. Charles Pope and Michael McGlynn at King’s College in the Scandlon Physical Education Center. Registration fee is $35 and students’ fees are $15 while Priests, Seminarians and Deacons are free. For more information, or to register, call 570-207-2213 or visit

Vacation Sweepstakes Fundraiser for the Month of May is now underway. The purchase price of the ticket is $20. The winning numbers are based on the evening drawing of the Pennsylvania Big 4, Monday through Saturday. Call Howard Kelley at 570-693-1521 or the parish office at 570-693-1991. Deadline for the request and return of tickets is Sunday, April 24.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

100 Rock St., Hughestown


Sunday Worship: 10 a.m.

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

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.

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