Matters of faith

June 27th, 2015 1:36 am

First Posted: 3/18/2013

Divine Mercy next Sunday

The Seventh Annual Celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday will be held April 7 at St. Maria’s Goretti Church, Laflin Road, Laflin. The celebration was moved from the Oblates because the congregation has been growing.

Cathy Mack is the coordinator of the feast and the Cennacle Leader of the Eucharistic Apostles of Divine Mercy. The theme centers on the celebration of the 75th anniversary of St. Faustina’s entering into Eternal Life.

Prior to the service, remarks and excerpts from the Diary of St. Faustina will be given by Cathy Mack.

The itinerary includes: 1 p.m. - Sacrament of Reconciliation with five priests; 2 p.m. - Veneration of the Image followed by the Holy Sacrifice of Mass; 3 p.m. - Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Chaplet of the Divine Mercy in song, individual blessing of the First Class Relic of St. Faustina.

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 Avenue, West Pittston PA

Rev. Joan Mitchell, Pastor

Sanctuary is handcapped accessible.

Sunday, 11 a.m. Easter Sunday Morning Worship

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 Worship Service 9:30 a.m.

Children’s Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.

Holy Communion: 1st Sunday each month

Choir Rehearsal: Thursday’s at 7 p.m. unless told otherwise

United Methodist Women: 2nd Monday unless told otherwise


Phone 655-4340 leave message

Saturday, April 20 - Family Style Roast Chicken Dinner and Bake Sale - Take outs start at 4:30 p.m. - seating from 5 to 7. Dinner includes 1/2 roast chicken - Family Style mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, pepper hash, dessert and beverage. For tickets call 603-1915 by Saturday, April 13th - please leave a message if no answer. Advance purchase of tickets is recommended - limited number of tickets at the door. Tickets for adults $9 and children under 10 - $5.

First United Presbyterian

West Pittston

Rev. James Thyren, pastor

Phone: 654-812

First United Methodist Church

West Pittston

April 1 - 7 p.m. Administrative Council

April 3 - 10 a.m., Mommy and Me; 6 p.m., Daisy Scouts; 7 p.m., Choir

April 4 - Spring tea

April 5 - Pizza sale

April 6 - 2 p.m., shower

April 7 - 10 a.m., sorship, Sunday School, confirmation

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

Easter Sunday, 7 a.m. Resurrection Mass with Procession; 10:30 a.m. Easter High Mass

Daily Mass, 9 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Sacrament of Confirmation will take place on April 14, at 10:30 a.m.

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: 4:00 pm Holy Rosary Church

5:30 pm Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

Sunday: 8:00 am Holy Rosary Church

9:30 am Holy Rosary Church

11:00 am Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

Daily (M-F): 7:00 am Holy Rosary Church

First Communion students will be attending a retreat at Fatima Center in Dalton next Sunday, April 7, from

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The bus will depart Sacred Heart Parking Lot at 9:30 a.m. and return at 3:30 p.m.

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

Please note: Saturday Masses will be at 7:OO p.m.

FIRST FRIDAY: Masses at 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. with devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

FIRST SATURDAY: Mass at 8:00 a.m. with prayers to the Blessed Mother. The First Saturday devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary consists in attending Mass and receive Holy Communion and recite the Rosary

Holy Name Society will meet on Monday, April 7, at 7 p.m. in the Parish Center. New members are most welcome.

St. Joseph Marello Altar & Rosary Society will meet on Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in Mt. Carmel Center. All tickets returns and gifts must be given at this meeting. Hostesses for this meeting are Donna Delmonte, Kathy Stella, Arlene Ardoline, Dolores McGill, Judy Samartzsis, and Theresa

Ormando. New members are most welcome.

Altar & Rosary Society of St. Joseph Marello Parish will be hosting a spring raffle on Sunday, April 14 in the Parish Center. Doors open at 1:30 p.m., the Raffle will be at 2:00 p.m.. Get your admission tickets or raffle tickets from any member, the rectory 654-6902 or at the door. Refreshments will be served.

Everyone is invited to attend this fun filled afternoon.

The Red Cross will be holding a Blood Drive in Mt. Carmel Center on Thursday, April 25 from 1:30 to 6:00 p.m.. Give blood.

St. Joseph Marello Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday, June 9th at the Wilkes-Barre Municipal Golf Course. Shotgun at 8:00 a.m.. Dinner followed at Mt. Carmel Center, William St. Pittston. Registration forms are at the entrance of the Churches.

**Reservation & Payment if received by May 25 only $75 per player or $300 per foursome.

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

Anyone interested in renting our Parish Banquet Hall or Meeting Room should call Christine Silinskie, Hall Manager at 704-8861 for details and/or a tour of the facility. Great for wedding receptions, bridal showers, graduations, bereavements, seminars, birthday parties, etc. Some 2013 dates are still available. Get yours now!

Corpus Christi Parish

Immaculate Conception

Holy Redeemer churches

Luzerne Avenue, West Pittston


Immaculate Conception Church

605 Luzerne Aven. West Pittston

Holy Redeemer Church

Route 92, Harding

Easter Sunday, March 31 - Mass, 7:30 a.m., Immaculate Conception Church; Mass 9 a.m., Holy Redeemer Church; Family Mass, 10:30 a.m., youth choir, Immaculate Conception Church

Our Lady of the Eucharist

535 N. Main St., Pittston

Mass Schedule

Saturday Vigil: 4 p.m.

Sunday: 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Daily Mass: 8 a.m.

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions)

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

Masses will be celebrated at 8:30 and 11 a.m. on Easter Sunday, March 31

School of Religious Education

Religious education classes will resume at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 7. For more information, call Sister Mary Ann at 654-0263.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Lackawanna Avenue, Dupont

This week’s mass schedule is: Monday through Friday at 7:00 a.m., Saturday at 4:00 p.m.and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m..

The rectory office will be closed on Monday, April 1 in observance of the Easter Holiday.

The Women’s Society will meet on Tuesday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the church hall.

The Holy Name Society will meet on Wednesday, April 3 at 6:30 the church hall.

The Choir will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, in the choir loft. The Women’s Society will hold their annual Bake Sale on April 13 and 14 following all weekend Masses. Donations of baked goods will be accepted in the church hall starting at 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 13. Monetary donations will also be accepted. All profits will benefit the parish.A Welcoming Mass will be held for all the new members of our parish on Sunday, April 7 at the 7:30 a.m. mass. Refreshments will be served in the church hall following the mass. Everyone is welcome to come and meet our newest parishioners.

CCD Calendar: April 1 - Easter Monday - classes cancelled; April 8 - Class and report cards distributed; April 15 - Class and signed report cards to be returned.

The Senior Outreach Committee will hold a Health Fair on Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21 following all weekend masses. All are invited to come and speak with a variety of medical professionals.


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

St. John the Evangelist

Parish Community

35 William St., Pittston.

Phone: 654-0053

April 2 – Baptismal instruction

Altar and Rosary Society meeting - April 8 at 2 p.m.

Holy Name Society meeting - April 14 at 11 a.m.

Applications for Holy Name scholarships are available at the parish center and must be received by April 7.

St. John’s Lutheran

7 Wood St., Pittston


Pastor: John Castellani

Organist: Marcia Colleran

Acolyte: Justin Peterson

Sunday service: 9:30 a.m.

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

Celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday April 7

The seventh annul celebration is being relocated from the Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary, Highway 315 to St. Maria Goretti Parish, Laflin Road, Laflin. By God’s good grace the congregation has been growing and a larger church is needed. Principal celebrant will be Rev. Richard Cirba, assistant pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Pittston. Cathy Mack is the coordinator of the feast and Cenacle Leader of the Eucharistic Apostles of Divine Mercy This year’s theme centers on the celebration of the 75th anniversary of St. Faustina’s entering into Eternal Life. Prior to the service, remarks and excerpts for the Diary of St. Faustina will be given by Miss Mack. Jesus stated in fourteen revelations to St. Faustina that the Sunday after Easter be celebrated as the Feast of Mercy.

1 p.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation; 2 p.m. Veneration of the image followed by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass; 3 p.m. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament ,Blessing of the First Class Relic of St. Faustina

March 31 EASTER SUNDAY - Masses: 8:30 & 11 a.m.

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church

200 Stephenson St.


Rev. Fr. Carmen G. Bolock, pastor

Phone 457-2291

March 31 - Easter Sunday, 6 p.m. Procession; 10 a.m., Mass

April 1 - 7 p.m., Mass

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: 4:00 p.m.@ OLOS ;Sunday: 8:30 a.m. @ ST J;

11:00 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 & Evening Masses at OLOS site.

March 31st - Easter Sunday Masses - 8:30 a.m. at SJ site & 11:00 a.m. at OLOS site.

Divine Mercy Ministry: of St. Monica’s will be meeting on Sunday Evenings from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 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.

Coming Events:

Year of Faith: Thursday, April 4th at 7:30 p.m., Deacon Bill Jenkins will give a presentation on the Divine Liturgy from the Second Vatican Council following the 7:00 p.m. Liturgy.

Youth Meeting: Saturday, April 6th at 11:00 a.m. in the Church Hall. All Junior High, High School Students and young Adults are welcome.

Divine Mercy Sunday: April 7th, Mass at 11:00 a.m.; from 12 - 2 p.m. break for lunch; at 2:00 p.m. there will be readings from the Diary of St. Faustian - Confessions will be available for this hour; at 3:00 p.m. the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be sung, the Blessing of the Divine Mercy Image - concluding with Veneration of the Image.

Bishop’s Award: Six young parishioners of St. Monica’s have been awarded the Bishop’s Youth Award. The awards will be presented by Bishop Bambera in St. Peter’s Cathedral in Scranton on Tuesday, April 16th at 7:00 p.m. to Gabrielle Alberigi, Emily Kneeream, Maria Marianacci, Jared Saporito, Teresa Toomey, & Ashley Vikara.

Healing Service: Father Pio Mandato and the Capuchin Sisters of Nazareth will be present at St. Monica’s for a Healing Service on Thursday, April 18th at 7:00 p.m.

Spring Sweepstakes: It’s time again for the Sweepstakes’ Tickets…They are in the mail. This is an important Fundraiser for the Parish and we appreciate your past participation. Tickets may be available at the Parish Office. More details will follow.

St. Peter’s Evangelical

Lutheran Church

100 Rock St., Hughestown


9 a.m. Sunday School and confirmation classes

10 a.m. Worship service

Easter, 9 a.m.

Queen of the Apostles

715 Hawthorne St., Avoce


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

Queen of the Apostles Parish’s Easter Sunday Masses will be celebrated today, March 31 at 8 and 11 a.m. at the church. The Mass of the Resurrection Mass will take place at 9:15 a.m.

The nine-day Divine Mercy novena will continue through Sunday, April 7. The novena will be prayed along with the Divine Mercy Chaplet in song after the weekday Masses from April 1-5. Novena booklets are available at the side entrance and vestibule for your use in continuing the novena at home.

There will be a pig roast planning meeting Wednesday, April 3 at 7:45 p.m. in the rectory

The pastoral council will meet Monday, April 8 at 7 p.m. in the rectory.

The women’s guild will meet Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in the rectory.

The social concerns/respect life committee will meet Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in the rectory.

The 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 parish will have a pig roast Sunday, July 21 from noon to 4 p.m. on the ground 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 every Tuesday at St. Mary’s Church, 715 Hawthorne St., following the 8 a.m. Mass. Throughout the Year of Faith, the chaplet of Divine Mercy will also be prayed.

At 7:30 p.m. the rosary is prayed 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., Pittston


Sunday, March 31 - 7 a.m. – Easter Sunrise Service; 11 a.m.- Easter Morning celebration

Trinity Episcopal

Spring Street and Montgomery Avenue, West Pittston

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

Easter Day, March 31, 11 a.m. Easter Sunday Holy Eucharist

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.

Music Together classes: Fun and music for infants and children through age 5 accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Spring semester of Music Together begins April 9.

For information email Dates are March 11, 18 and 25.