Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for the week of May 1, 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.

First United Presbyterian Church

326 Warren Street, West Pittston

Rev. James Thyren


Sunday, May 1: Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday School in the Institute, 10:15 a.m.

Monday, May 2: Spirit, Special & Service Fellowship, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 3: Choir rehearsal, 6:30 p.m.; Trustees, 7:15 p.m.

Thursday, May 5: Chain Gang (needlework group) at the Institute.

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

May Devotions will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4 and will be celebrated every Wednesday in May.

Mother’s Day Mass will be at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 8 and will be the only Mass for the day. There will be a Mother’s Day Breakfast in the Frank Bednash Memorial Hall afterwards.

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


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

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.

First Communion will take place during the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 1.

The Women’s Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the church hall on Tuesday, May 3.

The Holy Name Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4.

May Crowning will be held during the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 8. Practice for the May Crowning will take place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4 in the church.

Choir practice will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 4 in the choir loft.

Reservations for the Women’s Society Annual Brunch are due by Sunday, May 8.

The Women’s Society Annual Brunch will be held at noon on Sunday, May 15 at Fox Hill Country Club. The cost is $10 per person with reservations due by Sunday, May 8. Include your name, telephone number and check in an envelope and send to the rectory or drop it into the collection basket.

Second Presbyterian

143 Parsonage St., Pittston

Rev. David Brague


Sunday, May 1: Sunday School, 9:30 am.; Worship, 11 a.m.

Monday, May 2: Christian Education, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 3: Clean Plate Club, 6 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.

Sunday, May 29, Memorial Day Mass: The rosary will be recited at 3 p.m. in St. Rocco Cemetery.

Monday, May 30, Feast Day: Masses will be celebrated at 7:30 and 10 a.m. There will be no 11 a.m. Mass.

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

The first meeting of the Columbiettes Auxiliary 16071 will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 1.

The last day of CCD will be Monday, May 2. Practice for First Communion students will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The class will receive First Holy Communion at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7.

The Altar & Rosary Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 in the Parish Hall.

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 can be dropped off starting Wednesday, May 11 and ending Tuesday, May 24. Items 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. The menu will includes steak, cheese omelette, potatoes, and beverages. Tickets will be available from any Knight or at the rectory and cost $15 for adults and $8 for children under age 12.

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.

Pastor Brindle is leading a Bible Study the second and fourth Sunday after worship service in April. 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.

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.

Ascension Thursday will be observed with Holy Mass celebrated at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5 at Ascension Thursday is a Holy Day of Obligation.

St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church

205 N. Main St., Pittston


Rev. Gary J. Mensinger

Secondary Site – St. Nicholas Byzantine – 570-714-8411

Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 5 p.m. on Saturdays and at 8:30 a.m. on Sundays. Confession will be from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. on Saturdays and from 8 to 8:15 a.m. on Sundays or by appointment, 570-654-4564. Weekday Liturgies are at 9 a.m.

There will be a “Trunk Sale” from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 in the church parking lot. Pre-paid spots are $10 each and limited space is available. To reserve a spot, call 570-905-7387 or e-mail Rain date is Saturday, June 11.

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.

Prayer Group Ministry with Fr. Leo McKernan, spiritual moderator, is held on Thursday after the 7 p.m. Mass. Guitar music is led by Ted and Ann Mike and song books are provided. A Life in the Spirit Seminar is also being planned soon. Watch the paper for details.

Silent Men’s Retreat will be held at Mt. Savior Monastery in Elmira, New York from Friday, June 10 to Sunday, June 12. If interested contact Ted Mike by email at or by calling 570-406-6163.

Steubenville Youth Conference will be held Friday, June 17 to Sunday, June 19. All students in high school, or entering high school in the fall, are eligible to attend. This year’s theme is “Thirst”, based on Romans 5:8. Space is limited, so contact Francis or Darlene Zelinka to reserve at

Urgency of the New Evangelization will be held at the parish on Saturday, Oct. 22 with special guest speaker Dr. Ralph Martin, a professor at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. He has written extensively and hosts a National TV Show. More information will follow as the event gets closer.

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.

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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