Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for the week of Aug. 21, 2016

Editor’s note: The Sunday Dispatch will no longer print weekly church service schedules in this section. We will continue to publish changes to service schedules or dates of special service, along with church news items as sent in by the Greater Pittston church community. Readers can contact churches directly for service 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


Sunday Service schedule can be found on the website or by calling the church.

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.

First United Methodist Church of West Pittston

408 Wyoming Ave.,West Pittston

The United Methodist Women will hold a bus trip Wednesday, Sept. 14 to see “Samson” at the Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster. Cost for the trip including a stop for a meal at Shady Maple Smorgasboard, bus, and show is $110. For more information and reservations call Doris Dushok at 570-654-2689.

Langliffe Presbyterian Church

1001 Main St., Avoca

Pastor Alex Becker


The church is teaming up with the Wyoming Valley Art League present a two-day art exhibit called “Day of the Dead: A Celebration of Life and Cultures” that will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 and Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the Wyoming Valley Art League, 130 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. This all-inclusive, non-denominational event will include an art exhibition, guest speakers, TED talk video screening, poetry readings and traditional ofrendas (or altars) created by the community. This event is free and open to the public, and for more information, visit the Wyoming Valley Art League’s website at or find this event on Facebook at

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


CCD (Religious Education) classes for the upcoming school year will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 in the Holy Rosary School. New students registering for classes for the first time can pick up a Registration Packet in the vestibule of Holy Rosary Church on the weekend of Aug. 20 and 21 or by calling the rectory.

Any child in grades kindergarten to eighth, from Nativity Parish or with the permission of their pastor of another parish and not enrolled in a Catholic school, can enroll for religious education classes by completing the form and returning it to the rectory, by way of the collection basket or mailing it to Judy Lambert. All forms and fees are due on Sept. 11 with checks made payable to Nativity of Our Lord Parish.

All former students will receive a registration form in the mail by the beginning of September. If you do not receive one, contact the rectory.

For more information, call the rectory at 570-457-3502 or Judy Lambert, coordinator, at 570-881-4974.

Oblates of St. Joseph

Highway 315, Laflin


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 Oblate of St. Joseph Fathers will hold the annual Triduum and Feast of St. Joseph the Worker.

The Triduum (three days of prayers) will be held on Friday, Sept. 2 through Sunday, Sept. 4 with a Mass at 7 p.m. followed by special prayers to St. Joseph for workers and the unemployed. Confessions and the Holy Rosary will precede the Mass.

The feast will be celebrated on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5 with a Solemn Mass at 10:30 a.m. Serving as celebrant and homilist will be Bishop John M. Dougherty, D.D. auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Scranton.

The special intentions for the triduum celebration include: workers’ thanksgiving, the unemployed and special blessings for students, teachers and administrators and staff as they are entering a new school year.

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

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.

A “Super Craft Fair” will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 in the church auditorium. The event is sponsored by the Queen of Apostles Social Concerns Committee. For more information, call 570-335-8678.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

215 Lackawanna Ave., Dupont


Effective Monday, Aug. 22, all weekday masses will be offered at 7:30 a.m. in the church.

All altar servers are to robe 10 minutes before Mass in the sacristy and see Father for instructions.

The book for 2017 mass intentions and sanctuary candles is now open. Parishioners can use the mass intention envelopes found in the church lobby, visit the parish office or mail your request. The stipend for a mass is $10 and the donation for sanctuary candles is $10. Jerry, the parish secretary, will record requests.

All current altar servers, lectors, and Eucharistic Ministers are required to attend a training session. Altar servers are to attend a training session at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21. Lectors and EMS are to attend a training session after the 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Aug. 20. All training sessions will last approximately 45 minutes. The sessions will provide the new liturgical guidelines. You will also complete a new contact information/preference sheet. All “new recruits” must attend one of these training sessions.

Registration for the 2016-17 CCD program will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22 in the church hall. The blessing of students and catechisms will take place during the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Catechetical Sunday, Sept. 18

The Parish Finance Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30 in the church hall.

CCD class will begin Monday, Sept. 12. The blessing of students and catechists will take place during the 10:30 a.m. Mass Sunday, Sept. 18. All students in public and Catholic school, and teachers, are invited to attend the back to school blessing.

Helpers are needed for the CCD program. Contact Father Petro or Elaine Strinski at 570-654-6952 in interested in being a catechists, a classroom aide of phone mother.

Second Presbyterian

143 Parsonage St., Pittston


Sunday, Aug. 21: Adult Education, 11 a.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 23: AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m.

St. Joseph Marello

237 William St., 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

CCD registration forms and fees are due no later than Monday, Aug. 22. New forms can be obtained on the parish website or in the church lobby. There will be one registration session from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 22 in the conference room.

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 committee will meet at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 21.

A special start time for service with communion will be at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 21.

The Neighborhood Cookout will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. Hot dogs, hamburgers, soda and water will be provided. There will be a theme basket raffle. A free will offering will be accepted. The event is open to the public.

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.

St. Maria Goretti Church

42 Redwood Drive, Laflin


Bus pilgrimage on Feast of St. Maria Faustina will leave for Divine Mercy Shrine at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Oct 5. and arrive at the shrine at 11 a.m. Cost is $65 per person. For information and reservations call Cathy at 570-654-6063.

St. Mary’s

Polish National

Catholic Church

200 Stephenson St., Duryea



For the month of 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

Phone: 570-693-1991

Rev. Peter A. Tomczak, Pastor

William Jenkins, Deacon

Nancy Beccaloni, Secretary

New parish hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

New Mass schedule: Mondays through Wednesday, 8 a.m.; Thursdays, no Mass; Fridays, 12:10 p.m. with Adoration until 4:30 p.m.; Sundays and holidays, no change; Saturdays, confession only from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.


Check out the updated website for upcoming events, important links, and schedules for services, a photo gallery and more.

Oremus for Women is presented on Monday evenings after the 7 p.m. Mass until 9 p.m. through Aug. 29. A registration fee of $20 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.

St. Monica Parish Fourth Annual Golf Outing and dinner will be held at Emanon Country Club on Sunday, Aug. 28. The event begins with registration at 1 p.m. with a 2 p.m. start. Cost is $65 per person and $260 per foursome which features dinner, raffles and prizes, plus on-course refreshments. Registration is held every weekend following each Mass. Registration and payment are due by Tuesday, Aug. 23. For more information, contact Howard Kelley at 570-574-1677; John Piszak at 570-313-8586 or Frank Casarella at 570-313-5515. Proceeds benefit Parish Christian Society.

Urgency of the New Evangelization will be held Saturday, Oct. 22 with internationally known speaker and professor at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, Dr. Ralph Martin. More information will be provided at a later date.

Prayer and Praise Group meets after the 7 p.m. Mass every Thursday in the chapel. Guitar music is provided by Ted and Ann Mike.

St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church

320 Vine St., Old Forge


The parish will hold its annual giant flea market from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. The event will be held, rain or shine, at the church hall. A variety of ethnic foods items, baked goods and refreshments will also be available.

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

100 Rock St., Hughestown



Bible Study is held at 7 p.m. Wednesday evenings. All are welcome.

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 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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