Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for the week of Aug. 28, 2016


    Christian and Missionary Alliance

    317 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston

    570-654-2500 or 570-654-7414

    [email protected]


    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 Presbyterian Church

    Corner of Wyoming Avenue and Institute Street, Wyoming


    Thursday, Sept. 1: 6:30 p.m. Chain Gang Needlework Group

    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


    [email protected]

    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 [email protected]

    Queen of the Apostles

    715 Hawthorne St., Avoca


    [email protected]

    Facebook page: Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca

    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


    All weekday masses are now 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.

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

    The officers of the Holy Name Society will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30 in the church hall.

    Adult choir practice will resume at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1. Children’s choir will practice after the 10:30 a.m. Mass Sunday, Sept. 11. New members are invited to join both choirs. For more information, contact David Hunisch at 570-575-2223 or see him after Mass.

    A special Labor Day mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 5.

    The Women’s Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6 in the church hall. New members are welcome.

    The Holy Name Society will meet on at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7 in the church hall. Plans will be discussed for the ziti dinner Wednesday, Sept. 24.

    Members of the Holy Name Society will attend the 4 p.m. Mass Saturday, Sept. 10 and receive as a group.

    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.

    The parish Pastoral Outreach Apostolate (former Senior Outreach) will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 in the church hall. New members are welcome.

    Picnic chairpersons will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 in the church hall. The volunteer appreciation dinner will take place on Sunday, Sept.18. More info will follow.

    The Welcoming Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 in the church hall.

    Second Presbyterian

    143 Parsonage St., Pittston


    Sunday, Aug. 28: 11 a.m. Adult Education

    Tuesday, Aug. 30: 7:30 p.m. AA meeting

    St. Joseph Marello

    237 William St., Pittston


    [email protected]

    Anyone interested in helping the religious education program can email the director, Alicia Hintze, at [email protected] 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 [email protected].

    St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran

    7 Wood St., Pittston


    [email protected]

    Facebook: stjohnslutheranchurchpittstonpa

    Sunday School for Summer Break: Fellowship begins at 10 a.m. and service starts at 11 a.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. John the Evangelist Parish Community

    35 William St., Pittston

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

    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-served 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


    Email: [email protected]

    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

    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.

    Email: [email protected]

    “Urgency of the New Evangelization: Answering the Call to Announce Jesus” is a seminar by Dr. Ralph Martin, an internationally known speaker and professor at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. Martin has written extensively and hosts a national TV show. He will be at St. Monica’s from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Cost is $15 by Sept. 15 and $25 after Sept. 15. Register by mail: Send name, address and name of home parish along with a check made out to St. Monica Parish, 363 W. 8th St., West Wyoming, PA 18644. Register online at

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

    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


    Email: [email protected]

    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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