Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for the week of June 19, 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.

Corpus Christi Parish

Immaculate Conception

Holy Redeemer Churches

605 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston

Holy Redeemer Church, Route 92, Harding

The sixth annual bazaar will be held from Thursday, June 23 to Saturday, June 25. Hours of operation for each day will be 6 to 10 p.m. June 23 and 24, and 4:30 to 10 p.m. June 25. The bazaar will feature a full menu of ethnic and traditional foods, beer and wine, a basket raffle, children’s games, a giant flea market, and live entertainment from local bands. The live entertainment will be featured from 6 to 10 p.m. each day and the schedule includes Handsome Devils on June 23, Iron Cowboy on June 24 and the Sperazza Band on June 25.

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.

Holy Mother of Sorrows PNCC

212 Wyoming Ave., Dupont

Coffee hour/School of Christian Living/Centennial Committee meeting, 9 a.m.

The 53rd Annual Open Pit Chicken Barbecue will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 16 on the church grounds. Take-outs are available and donation is $12. Dinner includes half a chicken, coleslaw, french fries, roll, cake and beverage.

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.

Nativity of Our Lord Parish

127 Stephenson St., Duryea

Masses held at Holy Rosary Church


The annual bazaar will be held from Friday, July 8 to Sunday, July 10 at the parish picnic grounds. Hours are 6 to 11 p.m. on July 8 with music by Group Du Jour from 7 to 11 p.m.; 5 to 11:30 p.m. July 9 with music by The Sperazza Band from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.; and 4 to 10 p.m. July 12 with music by Hometown Boyz from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be a giant indoor flea market, cash raffle, beautiful baskets and variety stands. There will also be children’s games and other various games of choice. Ethnic and picnic foods include wings, hand-dipped ice cream and a bake sale with homemade potato pancakes.

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

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


Members of the Holy Name Society will receive as a group at the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, June 19 in honor of Father’s Day.

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.

Creative and artistic parishioners are asked for donations of theme baskets. Monetary donations or individual items to be used for creative baskets will work, too. For more information, contact Ann Marie Paddock at 570-407-0231 or the rectory office at 570-654-3713.

Help is needed before, during and after the picnic. Kitchen help is needed from 4 p.m. to midnight on the nights of the picnic. Duties include heating food, and washing pots and pans. Contact the rectory to sign up.

Second Presbyterian

143 Parsonage St., Pittston


Sunday, June 19: Holy Communion and Member of the Year, 10 a.m.; Adult Education, 11 a.m.

Tuesday, June 21: AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m.

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. 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 flea market, Manning’s Ice Cream and more. The schedule 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

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

Sunday School for Summer Break: Fellowship begins at 10 a.m. and Service starts at 11 a.m.

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

Council will meet before service on Sunday, July 10.

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.

Family Outdoor Movie Night will be Saturday, Aug. 6. Cars can begin parking around 6:30 p.m. and the movie will start at 8:30 p.m. Rain date will be Saturday, Aug. 20.

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. John the Evangelist Parish Community

35 William St., Pittston

The Greater Pittston Kids Clothes Closet is open on Wednesdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.

The Care and Concern Free Health Clinic is open every Wednesday and is free of charge. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. in the former Seton Catholic High School and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Patients for The Pediatric Health Clinic are now being seen on the first Thursday and third Thursday of the month at Dr. Imbrogno’s office at 570-855-6035 until further notice. Children’s immunization records are required upon registration. Parents or guardians must be present to have their child examined. All services are free and confidential.

The food pantry always in need of the following items: cereal, tuna, peanut butter, jelly, canned fruit, soups, vegetables, canned hams and other non-perishable items. Call 570-654-9923 for more information.

The annual bazaar will be held from Thursday, Aug. 4 to Saturday, Aug. 6 on the church grounds. Hours of operation are from 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 4 and 5 and from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 6. Food includes halushki, potato pancakes, hot dogs, hamburgers, cheesesteaks, porketta, pulled pork, apple pie, fried dough and funnel cake. There will be live entertainment each night, children’s games and a holiday booth that includes decorations for different holidays such as Christmas, Easter, Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day and others.

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.

Vacation Bible School will be held Monday, July 11 to Friday, July 15. More details coming soon.

The annual bazaar will be held from Friday, July 22 to Sunday, July 24 on the church grounds. Hours of operation are 5 to 10 p.m. July 22 and 23 and from 4 to 9 p.m. on July 24. Gift Baskets, bingo, raffles, bake sale, pony rides will be available. Entertainment includes Sweet Peppers and the Long Hots on July 22, Flaxy Morgan on July 23, and Picture Perfect on July 24.

St. Mary’s

Polish National

Catholic Church

200 Stephenson St., Duryea



The annual yard sale will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20 at the parish grounds. Setup time will be at 8 a.m. and vendors can call the parish at 570-457-2291 to rent 8-by-2 -foot table space for $10. Vendors/crafters must bring their own tables. Food and beverages will be available.

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. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church

205 N. Main St., Pittston


Rev. Gary J. Mensinger

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

The annual flea market will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7 at the church. There will also be a ziti dinner and bake sale from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 6 and a ziti dinner from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 7. Other foods will include hot dogs, piggies, pierogies and halushki.

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.

Steubenville Youth Conference will be held until 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. until 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



There will be no bible study this Wednesday, June 22.

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. The theme is Barnyard Roundup: Jesus Gathers Us Together.

A social fellowship will be held following service on Sunday, June 26.

The WELCA Rummage Sale will be held from Thursday, Aug. 4 to Saturday, Aug. 6. Hot dogs, wimpies, beverages and cupcakes will be available for purchase.

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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