Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for the week of Sept. 11, 2016

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 Presbyterian Church

Corner of Wyoming Avenue and Institute Street, Wyoming


Tuesday, Sept. 13: 7:15 p.m. Deacons

Wednesday, Sept. 14: 9 a.m. Morning circle at the Institute

Thursday, Sept. 15: 6 p.m. Women’s Association Covered Dish Dinner

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.

Holy Mother of Sorrows PNCC

212 Wyoming Ave., Dupont

Very Rev. Zbignew Dawid, Pastor

Sunday Mass 8 and 10:30 a.m.

The 40th Dozynki Harvest Festival will be held at 11 a.m. to dusk Sunday, Sept. 11, with a 2 p.m. blessing of the harvest wreath in the church. There will be homemade pierogies, piggies, haluski and potato pancakes as well as hamburgers, hot dogs and sausage. Music provided by the Polka Punch Band. There will be a raffle, games, a fresh produce stand, homemade baked goods and relishes, arts and crafts.

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.

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. and 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.

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

The church will open its speaker series at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 when Fr. Jeffrey J. Walsh, V.E., Sacramental Minister at Our Lady of the Eucharist and Vicar for Clergy for the Diocese of Scranton, will speak about his participation in World Youth Day Krakow 2016. Walsh will share his pictures and reflect on his opportunity to visit the Divine Mercy Shrine and the burial site for St. Faustina, the birthplace of Pope St. John Paul II, the town of Zacopane where Pope John Paul II loved to hike and ski, the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camps of World War II, and the site where St. Maximillian Kobe died.

Queen of the Apostles

715 Hawthorne St., Avoca


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.

Rehearsal for the Children’s Choir will be held after the 10:30 a.m. mass Sunday, Sept. 11.

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.

Choir practice will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 in the choir loft.

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.

A confirmation candidate retreat will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. in the church hall on Saturday, Sept. 17.

The Picnic Appreciation Dinner will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 at the Dupont Hose Company. Reservations are due by Wednesday, Sept. 14.

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

The Holy a Name Society Ziti Dinner will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 in the church hall. Take-out orders from 3 to 5 p.m. and served dinners from 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Tickets are available from any HNS member or at the parish office. The “meatball brigade” will gather at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23 in the hall.

The Legion of Mary start-up meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. Membership is open to all men and women of the parish of all ages and backgrounds and stages of spiritual development. Members from other parishes will be present to answer questions and initiate the procedures for founding a group in our parish. Visit the website for more information.

Youth Group will meet at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 in the church hall.

Second Presbyterian

143 Parsonage St., Pittston


Sunday, Sept. 11: 9 a.m., Serving breakfast to first responders

Monday, Sept. 12: 6:30 p.m., Session

Tuesday, Sept. 13: 7:30 p.m., AA meeting

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

St. John the Evangelist Parish Community

35 William St., Pittston

The Altar & Rosary Society will resume meetings Monday, Sept. 12. Members are invited to meet at 11:30 a.m. to pray the rosary in the Chapel and the meeting will follow at noon in the church hall. Amy Alpaugh and members of her St. Ignatius group will serve as hostesses. Jean Mudlock is President. New members are welcome.

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 opens at 4:30 p.m. on the first Thursday and third Thursday of the month at the Care and Concern facility, 37 William St. 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


Rev. Fr. Carmen G. Bolock


Sunday Mass time will return to 9:30 a.m. beginning Sunday, Sept. 11.

St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church

205 N. Main St., Pittston


The Very Rev. Gary J. Mensinger

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

A trunk sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 with a rain date of Saturday, Oct. 22. in which participants can bring a trunk full of unwanted items to the church parking lot to sell. Pre-registration is required at $10 per spot. Set up will be at 7 a.m. and food will be available. For more information, call 570-905-7387.

St. Monica’s Parish

363 W. 8th St., West Wyoming

Phone: 570-693-1991

Rev. Peter A. Tomczak, Pastor

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.


“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 church will host its annual flea market from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 at the church. The event is rain or shine. There will be antiques, jewelry, household items, furniture, children’s clothing, toys and much more. A variety of ethnic food 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 evening. The schedule will change to 7 p.m. on Tuesday evenings, beginning after Sunday, Sept. 18. All are welcome.

Effective Sunday, Sept. 18, the weekly schedule will be as follows: 9 a.m., Sunday School; 10 a.m. Worship Service; 11 a.m., Bible Study.

Worship service will be held at 10 a.m. at the Hughestown Pavilion. The Sunday School Potluck Picnic/Rally Day will be held following service.

The WELCA will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12.

Pastor Newman will start a Bible study entitled The Divine Drama. Classes will be held Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. and Sunday mornings following service. The classes will meet beginning Tuesday, Sept. 13 and Sunday, Sept. 18.

The year 2017 marks the 500th Anniversary of The Reformation. The church is beginning to plan events for a Martin Luther Reformation Celebration. Various committees are forming. Sign up sheets are available in the rear of the church.

Church council will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 14.

Sunday school will resume at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. Worship Service will resume with the fall schedule and will be held at 10 a.m. weekly.

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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