June 27th, 2015 1:40 am

First Posted: 6/10/2013

Bethel United Methodist

532 Main 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


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 handicapped accessible.

Worship service is at 11 a.m.

Everyone is welcome. Celebrate our 130 years of Faith with us.

First Presbyterian Church

14 Broad St., Pittston

Rev. William N. Lukesh

Worship service is at 11 a.m. with Holy Communion

United Methodist Church

Corner of Broad and Church Streets, Pittston

Rev. Susan Hardman-Zimmerman

Sunday worship 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


Phone: 655-4340

First United Presbyterian

West Pittston

Rev. James Thyren, pastor

Phone: 654-812

The Session of the First United Presbyterian Church of West Pittston announces

Sunday, June 23 - Worship, 11 a.m.

Sunday, June 30 - Worship, 11 a.m.; Church picnic at Camp Lackawanna, 2 p.m.

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

Wyoming Ave., West Pittston

Thursday, June 20 - 7 p.m., Weight Watchers

Sunday, June 23 - 10 a.m., Worshiop

Vacation Bible School will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. July 15-19. Early breakfast is held 8:30 a.m. Registration forms are available at the church. For more information, call 655-1083.

Full Gospel Chapel


Full Gospel Chapel of Avoca is sponsoring a St. Pauly Textile, Inc. used clothing shed in the church parking lot. Community members donate clothing by placing it in the shed. Receipts for tax deductions are stored in a mailbox on the shed. The clothing donations are distributed in the US and internationally. St. Pauly’s then gives funding in return for clothing collected in the shed. Be sure to donate good usable clothing.

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 David, pastor

Sunday Masses

8 a.m. - Traditional Mass

10:30 a.m. - Traditional High Mass

Daily Mass - 9 a.m., Tuesday through Friday

The 50th Annual Open Pit Chicken Barbecue will be held from noon-6 p.m. Saturday, July 13 on the church grounds. Donation is $9. Dinner includes half chicken, coleslaw, french fries, roll, cake and beverage. Tickets are available from Arnold Borc at 654-8175.

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


The Annual Parish Picnic will be held on Friday, July 12, Saturday, July 13 and Sunday July 14 this year. An organizational meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, July 1 in the Parish Center. The hours are Friday from 6-11 p.m., Saturday from 5-11 p.m. and Sunday from 4-10 p.m.

A Flea Market will be included again this year in conjunction with the picnic. We will begin collecting items this week.

Workers will be needed for the three nights of the bazaar. Call the rectory if you would like to help. A meeting for the picnic is scheduled for Monday, July 1 at 7 p.m.

June 23, A talk given by EWTN’s Msgr. Stewart Swetland at 5:30 p.m.; June 25 and July 2, holy hours; July 4, Concluding Mass at 10 a.m. at Oblate Seminary.

Join us in celebrating the Fortnight for Religious Freedom June 21 thru July 4. Dioceses across the Nation are organizing events to encourage people to think and pray about religious liberty along with other rights that are being infringed upon such as life and marriage. Please join us at the Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary on July 2 at 5:30 p.m., Holy Hours; July 4-Concluding Mass 10 a.m.

Choir practice will be held at 7 p.m. on Mondays. Junior choir practice will be held on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. New members are welcome.

Any Homebound parishioner who would like to receive the Sacraments may call the rectory at 654-6902.

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.

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: 8 a.m.

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions): Saturday from 3:30 to 3:45 p.m. and by appointment

First Communion and Confirmation pictures are available for pickup. Contact Sister Mary Ann.

Vacation Bible School is set for June 24-28. During Vacation Bible School, the children will be asked to bring in paper goods: paper towels, paper napkins, toilet paper and diapers - all of which will be donated to the Care and Concern Ministries at the Seton Catholic building. For more information, call Sister Mary Ann Cody, IHM at 654-0263 and leave your name and phone number if you can help any or all days.

Pittston Catholic Youth Group Weed of Service will be held from July 15-19. Anyone entering grades 9-12 are invited to work. Lunch will be provided daily. On July 17, the students will be participating in the Light the Fire Rally at Misericordia University. More information: Marie Donnelly at 655-8878.

Sacred Heart of Jesus


This week’s mass schedule: Monday through Friday at 7 a.m. (in the Sacred Heart Cemetery Chapel), Saturday at 4 and 6 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Weekday masses are celebrated in the Sacred Heart Cemetery Chapel. The Rosary will be prayed each day before the first mass in the month of June.

Members of the Holy Name Society will celebrate the 8:30 a.m. Mass and receive Communion as a group on Sunday, June 16 in honor of Father’s Day.

This past week a letter was sent to the home of all Confirmation candidates. If you did not receive a letter, call the rectory at 654-3713.

The church picnic will be held on Aug. 1, 2 and 3 on the parish grounds. Donations of canned goods and non-perishable food items, as well as paper products, are being sought for the Food Basket Stand. Items may be left on the rear porch of the rectory.

St. Barbara’s 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 and 11 a.m.

Farewell Mass

After 83 years, the priests of the Oblates of St. Joseph will no longer serve St. Anthony’s Church. A Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday June 23 at St. Anthony’s Church of St. Barbara Parish. His Excellency, Bishop Joseph Bambera, D.D.,J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton will be in attendance.

A social will follow until 2 p.m. in the parish center.

Our annual picnic will be held Friday July 19 thru Sunday July 21. Our next meeting will be June 19 at 6:30 in the parish center. Please plan to attend.

Flea Market – We are now collecting clean useable items. You can drop them off at the parish center by the side door facing Pride. We will not accept computers, encyclopedias and text books, clothing or shoes.

Theme Baskets – If you have donated a basket before, please consider doing it again this year and if you have never donated, we are always looking for new creative baskets. Baskets can be dropped off at the rectory any time. Donations for the “Basket of Cheer” can also be dropped off at the rectory. Cooks, prep people and dishwashers are needed. If interested contact the parish office.

Christian Women will hold a special end of the year dinner at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18 at Fox Hill Country Club. Cost is $25 per person. Payment is due with reservations. Place reservations/payment in Sunday collections or contact Loretta at 654-0936, Mary at 655-4744, Barbara at 654-8670 or Chip at 654-7480. Deadline is June 11.

St. John the Evangelist

Parish Community

William St. Pittston

Healing Hearts Support Group 7 - 8:30 p.m., June 25.

Baptismal Instruction will be held Tuesday, August 13 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Vacation Bible School will be held from 9 a.m. to noon June 24-28 at Our Lady of Eucharist and St. John Parishes. Call Sister Mary Ann Cody IHM at 654-0263.

Annual Care and Concern Free Health Clinic Golf Tournament will take place on Friday, July 12 at Emanon Country Club.

For more information, call Jim at 654-2585.

St. John’s Lutheran

7 Wood St., Pittston


Pastor: John Castellani

Organist: Marcia Colleran

Lay Reader: Dawn Perschau

Acolyte: Justin Peterson

Greeter: Cheryl Pipher

Ushers: Alan Drummond and Bill Givens

Communion Asstistant: Alan Drummond

June 18 - Planning Committee meeting, 6:30 p.m.

June 29 - Strawberry Social, 4 to 6 p.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

June 16 - Annual Parish Mission Appeal (La Salette Missionaries)

June 27 - St. Maria Goretti Novena

June 29 - Collection for Holy Father ( Peter’s Pence)

June 30 - Confirmation class, 6 p.m., Parish Center

The Combined Youth Ministry presents this Summer’s Youth Rally for Teens in 9th - 12th grades on July 17 at Misericordia University, Dallas. Registration open at 9 a.m. with a closing Mass at 7 p.m. celebrated by The Most Reverend Joseph Bambera, Bishop of Scranton. Cost is $25.

Community Flea Markets

The Laflin Community Flea Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 . Anyone interested in volunteering to set up a table for this event at St. Maria Goretti Parish is asked to call the parish office.

On this same day, a multi-vendor flea market will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gymnasium at St. Joseph’s Oblate Seminary in the Gymnasium, 1800 Highway 315, Pittston. Interested vendors may call Kathy at 885-5018.

Vacation Bible Camp

Vacation Bible Camp will be held July 8-12.

Vacation Bible School: Our Lady of the Eucharist, 535 N. Main St., Pittston, will host an Everywhere Fun Fair from June 24-28. Call Sister Mary Ann Cody, IHM at 654-0263 and leave your name and phone number if you can help out any or all days or if you wish more information regarding the VBS.

St. Mary’s Polish National

Catholic Church

200 Stephenson St., Duryea

Rev. Fr. Carmen G. Bolock, pastor

Phone 457-2291

Holy Mass Sundays 9:30 a.m. Daily Mass 8 a.m. Holidays 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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 p.m. at OLOS; Sunday: 8:30 a.m. at STJ; 11 OLOS

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

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

Vacation Bible School: Registration is now underway for St. Monica’s Summer Vacation School held June 24 - 28.

Holy Hour of Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday, June 30 from 5-6 p.m. A social Hour will follow in the Church Hall. Come and bring your family and friends.

Divine Mercy Youth Ministry: of St. Monica’s will be meeting every Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. For more information, call Jerry Bauman at 604-1122.

Light the Fire Youth Rally: Wednesday, July 17 at Misericordia University with Guest Speaker & Musician Steve Angrisano.

St. Peter’s Evangelical

Lutheran Church

100 Rock St., Hughestown


9 a.m. - Sunday School and confirmation classes

10 a.m. - Worship service

Queen of the Apostles

715 Hawthorne St., Avoca


Daily Masses: 8 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and at 7 p.m. on Wednesday

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

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

Healing Mass: First Friday of the month at 7 p.m.

Weekend Mass Schedule: 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.

Prayer Chain: 457-5867

“Fortnight for Freedom” will be held from June 21 through July 4. The parish will pray for St. Thomas More and a Prayer for Religious Freedom will follow Masses.

An all-you-can-eat pig roast will be Sunday, July 21 from noon to 4 p.m. on the grounds of St. Mary’s School, 742 Spring St. The menu includes roasted pig, hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, corn on the cob, desserts, soda and water. There will also be children’s games, basket and cash raffles, and a bake sale. Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for children 6-12, and free for children five and younger. Please call 457-3412 for tickets.

Second Presbyterian Church

143 Parsonage St., Pittston 18640

The Session of the Second Presbyterian Church announces the following schedule for the week of June 16:

Sunday, June 23-10 a.m., Worship and Holy Communion

Tuesday, June 25-7:30 p.m., AA meeting

Trinity Episcopal Church

of West Pittston

Spring Street and Montgomery Avenue

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

Spring Street and Montgomery Avenue

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

Food Pantry: June items needed are peanut butter, crackers and soup. Gerrity’s gift cards, cash donations and other non-perishable foods also accepted.

Prayernetwork. Open to the public. Daily prayer for those with needs requesting prayerful support. Start Prayernetwork at parish office at 654-3261.

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 five accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Registration for special Summer Session now underway. For registration information, email

Giant neighborhood yard sales every first Saturday from now through September. 20+ vendors, bake sale, food available. Vendor spaces available for $10 and reservations are required. Call 654-3261.