Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for the week of May 29, 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 Baptist Church

Water Street, Pittston


Rev. James H. Breese, pastor

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.

The Annual Community Outreach Picnic will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 26.

First United Presbyterian Church

326 Warren Street, West Pittston

Rev. James Thyren


Sunday, May 29: Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday School, 10:15 a.m.

Tuesday, May 31: Choir rehearsal, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 1: Chain Gain Needlework Group, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 2: Session, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 4: Community Yard Clean-up, 9 a.m.; Community Picnic and Campfire in the church grove, 6 p.m.

The church will be hosting a Community Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 11. Cost per space is $30. For more information contact BJ Ahearn at 570-954-0033 or email

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 be celebrated at 7 p.m. every Wednesday in May.

There will be one Mass at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 29 for Corpus Christi Sunday with procession to the four altars around the church. There will be no coffee hour or School of Christian Living. As part of continuing the 100th year anniversary celebration, parish veterans will be honored at the flag pole with a solemn ceremony.

Memorial Day Mass will be offered at 9 a.m. Monday, May 30 at the parish cemetery. If it rains, Mass will be celebrated in the cemetery chapel.

Oblates of St. Joseph

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 Feast of St. Joseph Marello, the founder of the Oblates of St. Joseph, will be celebrated Monday, May 30 with a special Holy Mass at 7 p.m. with the Most Reverend James Timlin, retired Bishop of Scranton. An open air reception on the seminary grounds will follow immediately the Mass. A Triduum, three days of prayer, will be held with holy Mass at 7 p.m. each day from Friday, May 27 to Sunday, May 29. Blessing with the relic of St. Joseph Marello will be held before the Feast Day.

The Blue Army will celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Friday, June 3. The Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. during which time Confessions will be heard. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., music ministry will be provided by the Sacred Heart Singers, under the direction of Ernie Pappa and Jennifer Michel. At 8 p.m., a Holy Mass in honor of The Sacred Heart of Jesus will be celebrated by Fr. Joseph Sibilano, director of the OSJ Seminary. The First Friday Reparation Vigil will include the usual devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Our Lady of Fatima.

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 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 p.m. 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 honor the Blessed Mother throughout May by praying the rosary daily following the 8 a.m. Mass.

The parish has several dates available in May, June and July for hall rentals. For information, call the parish office at 570-457-3412.

In a continuing effort to promote a culture of life, Queen of the Apostles Parish’s Social Concerns/Respect Life Ministry are providing prayer cards and medals to expectant mothers or women who are having difficulty conceiving. Anyone who would like a card for themselves or someone else can contact the parish office at 570-457-3412.

The following meetings will take place throughout the month of May: Buildings and Grounds, 6:30 p.m., Monday, May 30 in the rectory; Finance Council, 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 31 in the rectory.

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.

A “Food, Friendship and Farewell for Father Verespy” will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 3 in the church hall. Reservation forms can be found on the church bulletin and returned to the rectory.

The annual parish picnic will take place from Thursday, Aug. 4 to Saturday, Aug. 6 on the parish grounds. Non-perishable food items and paper products to be used in the Food Basket stand are being collected. Containers have been placed in the church vestibule for items and collection of items will end Sunday, July 10.

Second Presbyterian

143 Parsonage St., Pittston

Rev. David Brague


Sunday, May 29: 10 a.m., Worship time for the summer

Tuesday, May 31: 7:30 p.m. AA meeting

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. The Parish office will also be closed.

Confessions: 2:30 to 3:30 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

A farewell/thank you reception for Father Carlos will be held in the lobby of the parish center following the Corpus Christi procession on Sunday, May 29.

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 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


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Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.

Fellowship: 10 a.m.

Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Planning meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. before service Sundays, June 5 and 19.

Council will meet after service Sunday, June 12.

Council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 13.

Congregational meeting will be after service Sunday, July 10.

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.

Vacation Bible School will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. from Monday, July 18 to Thursday, July 21 for children ages 3 to 13. this year’s theme is “Expedition Norway.” A family friendly dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. each day and family members and friends are encouraged to join in daily for a closing celebration starting at 7:50 p.m.

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.

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. 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.

A flea market will be held from Friday, June 24 to Sunday, June 26. Those interested in volunteering to help out by setting up or working the days of the Flea Market can call the office at 570-655-8956. Another drop-off is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 4. Do not donate any items which are not in working or re-sale condition.

St. Mary’s

Polish National

Catholic Church

200 Stephenson St., Duryea


Rev. Fr. Carmen G. Bolock, pastor

Holy Mass, 9 a.m. Sundays, 8 a.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. holidays

For the months of June, July and August, Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. The daily Mass and Holy Day Mass will remain as they are. This schedule will be in effect until Sunday, Sept. 4.

Holy Mass for Memorial Day will be celebrated in the chapel at St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Cemetery, Pettibone Street, Duryea. The Legions will honor our war dead at about 8:45 a.m. Holy Mass will follow at 9 a.m.

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. 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.

Life in the Spirit Seminar will take place on Thursdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Call the rectory to register. There is no fee.

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

Vacation Bible School will be held Monday, June 20 through Friday, June 24. Volunteers are needed from Junior High and High School as well as adults. Contact Lillian Dominici at 570-693-6227 for more information. Registration will begin soon.

Oremus for Women will be presented on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning Monday, June 11 and concluding Monday, Aug. 29. Registration fee is $20 and includes a workbook used in small group discussions, inspiring readings and reflections for each day. For more information, contact Michelle Martin at or 570-357-3938.

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 Evangelical Lutheran Church

100 Rock St., Hughestown


Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. with a church social, sponsored by the Sunday School, being held following the service.

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

Vacation Bible School is scheduled for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 19 through Thursday, June 23 with a closing program to be held at 7 p.m. on 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

The Doo Wop Bus trip to American Music Theater in Lancaster will be on Saturday, Sept. 17 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 famous 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. To make a reservation or for additional information call 570-603-1915 please leave a message if no answer.

The “Samson” Bus trip to Sight & Sound Theater in Lancaster is on Tuesday, Nov. 1 for the 2:45 p.m. show. Cost is $118 which includes bus seat, driver tip, show ticket, dinner, all tips and taxes. Dinner at Shady Maple’s famous Smorgasbord after the show. In addition to the regular buffet, it is Seafood Night. Bus will depart promptly at 11 a.m. from Pittston Plaza. To make a reservation or for additional information Cathy at 570-603-1915 please leave a message if no answer.
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