June 27th, 2015 1:28 am

First Posted: 4/14/2013

Bethel United Methodist

532Main St., Avoca


Pastor Sharon Dietz


Sunday – Worship service, 11:15 a.m.

Communion first Sunday of each month – non-perishable food items will be collected. Mondays – Bible study, 6 p.m. alternating each week with Brick UM Church, Duryea.

First Thursday of each month – food give-away, 4 to 6 p.m. for the needy of Avoca and Duryea.

Brick United Methodist

935 Foote Ave., Duryea


Pastor Sharon Dietz


Sunday worship service, 9:45 a.m.; Sunday School, 10:15 a.m. during morning worship services for ages 3-12

Communion first Sunday of each month – non perishable food items will be collected.

Mondays – Bible study, 6 p.m. alternating each week with Bethel UM Church, Avoca; Miracle of Awareness – coffee time, 6 p.m.; meeting, 7 p.m.

Thursday – New beginnings meeting, 7 p.m. third Thursday of each month – United Methodist Women – 6:30 p.m.

Christian and

Missionary Alliance

317 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston

Meals have resumed at the Breaking Bread Soup Kitchen at the church.

Christ Community Clothes Closet will be open from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

First Baptist Church

Water Street, Pittston

Rev. James H. Breese, pastor

Phone: 654-0283

First Congregational UCC

500 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston

Rev. Joan Mitchell, Pastor

Sanctuary is handcapped accessible.

Worship service is at 11 a,m. Everyone is welcome!

Next Saturday is the UCC Roast Beef Dinner with take-outs starting at 4 p.m. and seated serving at 5 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church

14 Broad St., Pittston

Rev. William N. Lukesh

Sunday worship 9:15 a.m.

United Methodist Church

Corner of Broad and Church Streets, Pittston

Rev. Susan Hardman-Zimmerman

Phone: 655-4340

Sunday sorship service 9:30 a.m.

Children’s Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.

Holy Communion: First Sunday each month

Choir Rehearsal: Thursdays at 7 p.m. unless told otherwise

United Methodist Women: Second Monday unless told otherwise


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First United Presbyterian

West Pittston

Rev. James Thyren, pastor

Phone: 654-812

April 21 - 10 a.m., Sunday School; 11 a.m., worship; 12:05 p.m., choir rehearsal; 3 p.m., confirmation class.

April 24 - 7 p.m., Meeting of session and trustees at CPST.

Services are being held at St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church, 1700 Wyoming Ave., Exeter. There is parking on Wyoming Avenue and in the parking lot behind the church

First United Methodist Church

West Pittston

Full Gospel Chapel


Adult Sunday School, 9:30; Sunday morning worship, 10:30 a.m.

Glendale Gospel Church

105 Church Drive

Glendale/Pittston Township Sunday service, 10:45 a.m.

Harding Church

of Christ

RR 1 Box 187A, Falls

Sunday services, 10 a.m.; Sunday School and church service, 11 a.m. Call 388-6534

Holy Mother of Sorrows PNCC

212 Wyoming Ave., Dupont

Rev. Zbigniew Dawid, pastor

Sunday Masses

8:00 a.m. Traditional Mass

9:15 a.m. - First Holy Communion exam and coffee hour

10:30 a.m. - Traditional High Mass

Daily Mass -9 a.m. Tuesday through Friday

May Devotions will begin at 7 p.m. on May 1 and will be celebrated at 7 p.m. every Wednesday in May

First Holy Communion will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 5

The Youth Club is having a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 to benefit the Convocation Fund. Dinner includes spaghett5i, meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12 years.

Independent Bible Church

328 Main St., Duryea


Inkerman Presbyterian

Main Street, Inkerman

Services: Sundays, 9 a.m.

Langcliffe Presbyterian

1001 Main St., Avoca

Moosic Alliance Church

608 Rocky Glen Road, Moosic

Pastor: Doug Jensen 457-6020

Sunday morning Sunday School for all ages, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday morning worship, 10:45 a.m.

Prayer meeting, Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

Celebrate Recovery Ministry, Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.

Nativity Of Our Lord

Stephenson Street, Duryea

Mass Schedule:

Saturday: 4 p.m., Holy Rosary Church

5:30 p.m., Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

Sunday: 8 a.m., Holy Rosary Church

9:30 a.m., Holy Rosary Church

11 a.m., Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

Monday - Friday: 7 a.m., Holy Rosary Church

Oblates of St. Joseph

Highway 315, Laflin

Masses are held at 7 a.m. daily (Monday through Friday) in the seminary chapel and at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. There are no weekend Masses.

Confessions are heard daily from 9 a.m. to noon and from 3 to 6 p.m.

Office hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; evenings and weekends by appointment. Office phone number is 654-7542.

Mass is celebrated at 7 p.m. every Wednesday in conjunction with the Novena to St. Joseph and St. Joseph Marello.

St. Joseph Marello

William Street, Pittston

Religious education classes are held on Wednesdays for all the students in kindergarten to fourth grade.

Classes are held on Sundays for fifth and sixth graders.

April 28 - 9:30 a.m., kindergarten graduation Mass; First Communion students (Renewal of Baptismal Vows); followed by breakfast in hall.

May 5 -1:30 p.m., First Holy Communion Mass

61st Annual Communion Breakfast

The Parish Community is invited to attend the Altar & Rosary Society 61st Annual Communion Breakfast following the 8 a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 19 in the Parish Center.

The St. Joseph Marello Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday, June 9 at the Wilkes-Barre Municipal Golf Course with an 8 a.m. shotgun start and dinner following at the parish hall.

Choir practice will resume on Monday, April 22, at 7:00 p.m. New members are most welcome

The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 at Mount Carmel Center.

Any homebound parishioner who would like to receive the Sacraments call the Rectory at 654-6902 and a priest will visit them.

Please support our parishioners, the Frushon Family, at a benefit pasta dinner for Joey Frushon, 10. He is the son of Joe and Colleen^

Corpus Christi Parish

Immaculate Conception

Holy Redeemer churches

605 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston

Holy Redeemer Church

Route 92, Harding

Our Lady of the Eucharist

535 N. Main St., Pittston


Saturday vigil: 4 p.m.

Sunday: 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Daily Mass: 8a.m.

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions)

Saturday from 3:30 to 3:45 p.m. and by appointment

School of Religious Education

Religious Education classes meet from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Sundays until April 28. For more information, call Sister Mary Ann at 654-0263. Confirmation pictures are available after Mass from either Sister Mary Ann or Father Tom.

Vacation Bible School - June 24-28.

Scripture Study will begin Tuesday, April 23 and conclude on Tuesday, June 18. Sessions will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. amd from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. We will study St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans. To register for the course, call the parish office at 654-0263.

Fun Fair

There will be a planning meeting for all adult high school age volunteers for Fun Fair on Monday, April 22 in the Religious Education Center building.

Bishop’s Youth Awards

Congratulations to the following young people from our parish who were recipients of the Bishop’s Youth Awards at the Cathedral of St. Peter: Adam Casper, Jordan Cumbo, Vienna Donnelly, Genevieve Frederick, Victoria McNulty, Joseph Robert, Jillian Scanlon, Morgan Tomaszewski, Christopher Smitley and Miranda Warunek.

Mother’s Day breakfast

Tickets for the Mother’s Day Family Breakfast on Sunday, May 12 are now on sale. Breakfast will be served in the parish hall from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The menu consists of ham, eggs, potatoes, fruit cup, juice, danish, rolls, butter, jelly, coffee and tea.Ticket cost is $10 for aduls, $5 for children to age 12 and free for children under 5 years of age. Tickets will be available after all weekend Masses or can be ordered by calling the parish office at 654-0263. Tom Tigue is serving as chairperson for the event. There are signup sheets at the back of the church for youth volunteers to help with serving and clearing dishes, etc.

Volunteers needed

At the Parish Pastoral Council Meeting held Monday, April 15, the decision was made to create a Volunteer Maintenance Committee. Dennis Grimes has agreed to serve as chair of this newly-formed committee. Some items which need to be addressed are painting the foundation wall of the church, scraping, priming and painting the side porch of the Religious Education Center, replacing the front porch of the Religious Education Center, painting the black railings on the church and work on the steel flashing on the Religious Education Center. There is a form in the bulletin to volunteer or call the parish office at 654-0263. There is no requirement for age or gender.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Lackawanna Avenue, Dupont

This week’s mass schedule is: Monday through Friday at 7 a.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m..

The Senior Outreach Committee will hold a Health Fair following all masses today, April 21.

Confirmation clarification: All students who are currently in sixth, seventh and eighth grades will receive Confirmation in the fall. All must complete their service hours and have received service hour logs for parents.

St. Barbara Parish

28 Memorial Ave., Exeter

Parish office hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and evenings by appointment.

Phone: 654-2103

Weekend Masses: Saturday – St. Anthony 4 p.m. – Vigil Mass

St. Cecilia 5:30 p.m. – Vigil Mass

Sunday - St. Anthony 7:30 and 10:30 a.m.

St. Cecilia 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Daily Masses: Monday and Tuesday, 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 7 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Christian Women’s Organization - Spring Tea news

Beginning Wednesday, May 1 we will schedule Masses for the months of July, August and September. Mass intentions are scheduled on a first-come/first-served basis.

The Golden Age Club will meet on Thursday, April 25. Hostesses are Josephine DelPriore and Netta Deeb.

St. Barbara’s Parish Youth Night will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 4 at St. Barbara’s Parish Center. All students in eighth to 12th grades are invited. Call or text Mike at 212-2692;,Moyra at 690-7507 or Kristen at 313-2881 with questions.

St. John the Evangelist

Parish Community

35 William St., Pittston.

Phone: 654-0053

Daily Mass - Monday through Friday 7 a.m.

Saturday - 4:30 p.m.

Sunday - 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

Parish blood drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 19 in the church hall.

Healing Hearts Bereavement Support Group will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on May 14 in the parish center.

St. John’s Lutheran

7 Wood St., Pittston


Pastor: John Castellani

Organist: Marcia Colleran

Acolyte: Justin Peterson

Sunday service: 9:30 a.m.

Greeter - Doris Mersincavage

Ushers - Jim Fox and Joe Mersincavage

Communion - Assistant Alan Drummond

Our prayer list for January - government officials, military personnel and their families, David Morgan, Richard and Bobby Drummond, Gerd Zimmerman, Lucille Chapman,B renda Lispi, ob Schumaker, Karen Korney,H oward Weislogel, Al Palaima, Margaret Borget, Ray Morgan, Emalee Kachurka, Leonard Peterson, Gene Rooney, Charles Barone, Barb Mizenko, Janet Lasko and Tom Tratthen. Ou shut-ins are Mary Agnes Mangle,Ted Burkel, Donna Capobianco, Elaine Proietto, Donna Bobbouine and Gladys Bowman

Acolyte schedule for April 28: Mackenzie Goyne

Acolyte schedule for May: 5m Brooke Cherney; 12, Emily Goyne; 19 (Pentecost and conformation), Katie Colleran; 26 ,Mackenzie Goyne

Altar Guild for April is Mary Ann Degman, Nancy Castellani and Sarah Garron. Altar Guild for May is Tracy Drummond, Carolyn Blockus and Doris Mersincavage

St John’s happenings for the remaining days of April:

April 25 - 5:30 p.m., Weekday School

April 26, Game Night Starting at 6 p.m.

April 30 , 6:30 p.m., Planning Committee

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please call us at 655-2505.

St. John’s P.M. Church

316 Main St., Avoca

Pastor: Rev. Dale E. Pepper 780-9587

Sunday service, 10 a.m.

Bible Study at 6 p.m. every other Thursday.

St. Maria Goretti

Laflin Road, Laflin

Pastor: Monsignor Neil Van Loon

Tonight—Sunday, April 21, the Laflin Follies 7 p.m. in the Parish Center, free admission, light refreshments will be served after the show.

April 22 - Pastoral Council meeting, 6:30 p.m. in the Parish office

April 28 Children’s Liturgy 2nd Grade - Last Day of CCD

April 29 - Finance Council meeting, 6:30 p.m. in the Parish office

Calendar of Religious Education events for St. Maria Goretti Parish

May 1 - Practice for First Communion

May3 - Practice for First Communion

May 5 - First Holy Communion 11am Mass

July 8 to 12 -Bible Camp



22 - Pastoral Council Meeting 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Office

28 - 2nd Collection Catholic Home Missions 29th Finance Council Meeting 6:30 p.m. in theParish Office


5 - First Communion - 11 a.m. Mass

8 - Vigil of the Ascension - 5:30 p.m.

9 - Ascension Thursday - 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. (Office Closed)

13 - Festival Meeting 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Center

14 - Healing Mass - 5:30 p.m.


The Sacrament of Anointing and Eucharist will be offered at St. Maria Goretti Parish this year on May 14 at 5:30 p.m. As always, we will host a pot-luck supper after the Mass. Sign-up sheets are available in the foyer of the church for anyone wishing to bring a covered dish. Our food presentation is always outstanding as our parishioners respond in their usual generous manner by bringing their favorite recipe to share with everyone. Please sign-up and let us know what you will bring.

We are in need of donations for our Summer Festival. We are looking for a donation of new girls and boys 20-inch bicycles to chance off at the Festival.

St. Mary’s Polish National

Catholic Church

200 Stephenson St., Duryea

Rev. Fr. Carmen G. Bolock, pastor

Phone 457-2291

St. Monica’s Church

363 W. 8th St., West Wyoming

Office hours - 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

Phone: 693-1991


Father Leo McKernan, pastor

Father Joseph Adonizio, visiting priest

William Jenkins, deacon

Mass schedule:

Saturday Vigil: 4 OLOS; Sunday: 8:30 a.m. at STJ; 11 a.m. at OLOS

Daily Mass schedule: Daily Mass at OLOS – Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – 7 a.m.; Monday and Thursday – 7 p.m.

Mass Schedule:

Saturday Vigil: 4 p.m.@ OLOS ; Sunday: 8:30 a.m. at STJ;

11 a.m.@ OLOS

Daily Mass Schedule: Daily Mass at OLOS – Tues, Wed., Fri. – 7:00 a.m.; Mon. & Thurs. – 7:00 p.m.

Miraculous Medal Novena – after Monday evening Mass. Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy - Before morning and evening Masses at OLOS site.

Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament is held after the 7 a.m. mass each Friday until 11 a.m. On First Friday, it is held after the 7 p.m. Mass until midnight.

Guardian of the Redeemer Catholic Men’s Fellowship will host a Eucharistic Holy Hour for Life, Family and Religious Freedom at 5 p.m. on April 28 at St. Monica’s Parish, 363 W. 8th St., West Wyoming. Rev. Eric Bergman, pastor of St. Thomas More Catholic Parish will offer a meditation on marriage. Light refreshments will be served during a time of fellowship after the Holy Hour.

Our New Chapel in the basement of Our Lady of Sorrows Church will be dedicated to Our Lady of Mercy after the 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday, April 28. The Divine Mercy Youth Ministry will host the event. N

Divine Mercy Youth Ministry of St. Monica’s will meetfrom 6 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday. The mission of this youth group is to lead our young people into a loving, trusting relationship with God through the Merciful Heart of Jesus and His Church. For more information, call Jerry Bauman at 604-1122.

Pizza Fundraiser - Divine Mercy Youth Ministry will kick off its pizza fundraiser on Sunday, April 28. Teens will sell pizza certificates at the door after Mass and then work at Dino’s Pizza that Sunday evening. Michael Buonsante and his family, owners of Dino’s Pizza, have been a great support for this project.

Father McKernan will continue the study of Vatican II Documents with “On the Church” after the 7 p.m. Mass on May 2 in the church hall.

St. Monica’s will have an outing to Montage on Wednesday, June 5 for a baseball game. Our choir will sing the national anthem.

Trip to Stockbridge (Divine Mercy Shrine) on Saturday, June 15. Transportation will depart at 8 a.m. and return at 10:30 p.m. For more information, call Jerry Bauman at 604-1122.

Chris and Joan Bell will visit the parish again on June 22 and 23 (weekend Masses.) They run homes for unwed mothers in the New York City Metro area. We plan on visiting them in the summer (July 16.) Call the rectory if you are interested.

St. Peter’s Evangelical

Lutheran Church

100 Rock St., Hughestown


9 am Sunday School and confirmation classes

10 am Worship service

Queen of the Apostles

715 Hawthorne St., Avoce


The Buildings and Grounds Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 29 in the rectory.

The Finance Committee will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30 in the rectory.

The Sixth Annual St. Mary’s Classic Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday, May 5 at the Pine Hills Country Club, Taylor. Registration is at noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m

Blessed Sacrament and holy hour prayers are held following the 8 a.m. Mass every Tuesday at St. Mary’s Church, 715 Hawthorne St. Throughout the Year of Faith, the chaplet of Divine Mercy will also be prayed

The rosary is prayed at 7:30 p.m. before benediction and reposing of the Blessed Sacrament. Anyone who can spend one hour weekly at adoration on a regular basis is asked to call Ann Jake at 457-3521 or the parish office.

Daily Masses: 8 a.m. (Wednesday at 7 p.m.)

Eucharistic Adoration: Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Miraculous Medal Novena: Wednesday following the 7 p.m. Mass

Weekends Masses: Saturday at 4 p.m.; Sunday at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

Confession: Saturdays 3 to 3:45 p.m.; anytime upon request by calling 457-3412.

Queen of the Apostles Parish’s buildings and grounds committee will meet Monday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the rectory.

The finance committee will meet Tuesday, April 30 at 7 p.m. in the rectory.

The Enthronement of the Sacred Heart Guild will have a Mass celebrated at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14 at the parish. The Sacred Heart Singers will begin a prelude at 6:45 p.m. The Enthronement Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Daniel Toomey, spiritual moderator of the Enthronement Guild, and by the Rev. Phillip Sladicka.

Those who wish to have their homes enthroned may call Ann Jake at 457-3521 or Kim Lastauskas at 569-2662 to pre-register. Registration will also take place after the weekend Masses on April 27 and 28.

The parish will have a pig roast from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 21 on the grounds of St. Mary’s School, 742 Spring St.

The parish will have the Sixth Annual St. Mary’s Classic Golf Tournament Sunday, May 5 at the Pine Hills Country Club, Taylor. Registration is at noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

The format is captain and crew. Awards will be given for Circle of Gold, low score, closest to the pin, multiple flight winners, longest drive (men and women) and hole in one (cash prize). All tournament registrations must be accompanied with payment in order to ensure a full field.

The parish has exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and holy hour prayers following the 8 a.m. Mass every Tuesday at St. Mary’s Church, 715 Hawthorne St. Throughout the Year of Faith, the chaplet of Divine Mercy will also be prayed.

The rosary is prayed at 7:30 p.m. before benediction and reposing of the Blessed Sacrament. Anyone who can spend one hour weekly at adoration on a regular basis is asked to call Ann Jake at 457-3521 or the parish office.

Second Presbyterian

143 Parsonage St.,


Sunday, April 21 - Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m.

Tuesday, April 23 - Meatball making, 6 p.m.; AA meeting

Wednesday, April 24 - Choir rehearsal, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 24 - Spaghetti dinne, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; takeouts, 5 to 7 p.m. Adults $8.50, children $4

Trinity Episcopal

Spring Street and Montgomery Avenue, West Pittston

Sunday Holy Eucharist: 11 a.m. every Sunday.

Youth Program: 10:45 a.m. every Sunday.

Parish Life Events Team: Bi-monthly first Sundays.

Parish Council: Every second Sunday.

Women of Trinity: Every third Sunday.