Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for the week of June 5, 2016

Editor’s note: The Sunday Dispatch will no longer print weekly mass schedules in this section. We will continue to publish changes to mass schedules or dates of special masses, along with church news items as sent in by the Greater Pittston church community. Readers can contact churches directly for mass times. Any questions or comments can be directed to the editor, Sarah Hando, at Thank you.

Christian and Missionary Alliance

317 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston

570-654-2500 or 570-654-7414


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


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

corner of Wyoming Avenue and Institute Street, Wyoming

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

Wednesday, June 8: Morning Circle at Agolino’s Resturant, 9 a.m.

Thursday, June 9: Set up for Strawberry Festival and Flea Market, 6 to 8 p.m.

Friday, June 10: Set up for Strawberry Festival and Flea Market, 1 p.m.

Saturday, June 11: Strawberry Festival and Flea Market, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost per space is $30. For more information contact BJ Ahearn at 570-954-0033 or email

Lighthouse Fellowship Church

718 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston


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


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 practice at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the church. For more information about the choir, call Michael Sowa at 570-881-2301 or e-mail

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

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.

There will be a Divine Mercy enthronement service following the 7 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, June 29. This act of consecration and enthronement of a family to the Divine Mercy is a way to publicly acknowledge Jesus as King of Mercy in their parish and home. In the next few weeks, parishioners and friends are invited to register for an enthronement package, which contains further information about the Divine Mercy and the enthronement process along with a certificate of consecration of family members, living and deceased.

The parish will hold its fifth annual all-you-can-eat pig roast from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 17, on the grounds of the parish hall in the former St. Mary’s School, corner of Hawthorne and Spring streets. Takeout dinners will be available all day. The event will take place under a tent and in the school auditorium. The menu includes roasted pig on the spit, wimpies, hot dogs, corn on the cob, salads, desserts, soda, and water. There will also be a cash prize grand raffle, basket raffle, children’s games and a bake sale. Tickets, which are $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children ages 5 and younger, are available in advance or at the event. For more information and advance tickets, call the parish office at or visit the Facebook page.

Queen of the Apostles parishioners will make a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Divine Mercy, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, with the Oblates of St. Joseph Laity Association on Monday, Aug. 22 to celebrate the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy and the Feast of the Queenship of Mary. The bus leaves at 7 a.m. from the Oblates of St. Joseph, 1880 Highway 315,Pittston, and departs at 5 p.m. from the shrine. The cost is $40 per person which includes driver gratuity, donation to the shrine, coffee, tea, pastries and bottled water. To make a reservation, call Carl Angelella at 570-885-5908 or 570-654-6459. Pay in advance on a first come basis.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

215 Lackawanna Ave., Dupont


Choir practice will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9 in the choir loft. New memebrs are welcome.

The Picnic Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 16 in the church hall.

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 new pastor, Fr. Thomas Petro, will arrive Wednesday, July 6.

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.

St. Barbara’s Parish

28 Memorial St., Exeter


The annual bazaar will be held from Friday, July 15 to Sunday, July 17 on the parish grounds, 28 Memorial St., Exeter. The event will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. July 15 and 16 and from 4 to 9 p.m. July 17. There will be homemade ethnic foods such as red and white pizza, potato pancakes, funnel cakes, an air conditioned fleamarket, Manning’s Ice Cream and more. The scehdule for live music is as follows: Jeanne Zano Band, Friday; The Sperazza Band, Saturday; and Something Else-Guy Fasciana, Sunday.

St. Joseph Marello

237 William Street, Pittston


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

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


Facebook: stjohnslutheranchurchpittstonpa

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.

St. Maria Goretti Church

42 Redwood Drive, Laflin


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. 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



For the months of June, July and August, Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. This schedule will be in effect until Sunday, Sept. 4.

St. Monica’s Parish

363 W. 8th St., West Wyoming



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 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.

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

100 Rock St., Hughestown



Bible Study is held at 7 p.m. Wednesday evenings. 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. Friday, June 24.

United Methodist Church of Pittston

Corner of Broad and Church streets, Pittston

570-655-4340, leave message

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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