June 27th, 2015 1:43 am

First Posted: 4/22/2013

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 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.

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 28: 10 a.m., Sunday School; 11 a.m., worship; 12:05 p.m., choir rehearsal; 3 p.m., confirmation class.

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

April 29 - 7 p.m., Boy Scouts, make Welsh cookies

April 30 - 6:30 p.m., VBS meeting, make Welsh cookies

May 1 - 10 a.m., Mommy & Me; 6 p.m., Daisy Scouts; 7 p.m., choir

May 2 - 7 p.m., Weight Watchers

May 3 - Pizza sale

May 5 - 10 a.m., Worship, Sunday school, confirmation

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 Dawid, pastor

Sunday Masses

8 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

NFirst Holy Communion will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on May 5.

Mother’s Day Breakfast will be held following the 8 a.m. Mass on May 12.On this day, we will celebrate only one Mass at 8 a.m. There is no charge for the breakfast. Our Parish YMS of R is sponsoring this event and the breakfast is a gift to all mothers. All mothers, grandmothers, aunts and godmothers of the parish are invited.

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

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Forty-nine youngsters will receive Our Lord in the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist for the first time during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 4 in Holy Rosary Church. The children are Ashley Leanida Abplanalp, Shelby Lynn Ardo-Boyko, Kaitlin Victoria Avvisato, Kayleigh Marie Avvisato, Nina Balchune, Shane Christian Balchune, Andrew Michael Bender, Emily Renee Bryan, Logan Patrick Bryan, Brianna Siena Carrozza, Jeremy Cawley, Nicholas Anthony Robert Cerasaro, Carsyn Leigh Cole, Abigail Maria Davitt, Joshua Anthony DeSanto, Gisele Elise Falzone, Bianca Rose Fortini, Nicholas Anthony Franchetti, Nakya Nicole Grumblis, Hailey Lynn Halagarda, Mark Gerald Korea, Raymond Joseph Kresefski, Paige Jordan Kroptavich,William Stanley Kucharski III, Matthew James Lenceski, Ethan David Licari, Kevin Lockett III, Sarah Ann Lyons, Karli Marissa Mahasky, Aiden Gaetano McCoy, Alexander James Michaylo, Michael Robert Nowakowski, Michael O’Malley, Alexandra Grace Osborn, Jessica Lynn Ostrowski, Rheanna Elizabeth Pesotine, Karl Nicholas Polt, Andrew Eugene Santarsiero III, Brielle Avery Scheland, Lauren Kimberly Shay, Paige Lauren Skibitsky, Kyle John Skutack, Matthew Christopher Stetz, Gloria Rose Tabone, Hailey Marie Walling, Sierra Lynn Walling,Justin Welter, Francis Leo Williams and Catherine Zaladonis.

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, Kindergarten to grade 4th.

Classes are held on Sundays for the 5th & 6th graders.

First Holy Communion: Next Sunday, at 1:30 p.m. Mass. The First Holy Communion Children will crown the Blessed Mother next Sunday.

Sofia Gonzales will crown the Blessed Mother. Jacob Granahan is the crown bearer.

Practice for all children in the First Holy Communion Class, Catholic and Public Schools: Friday, April 26, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 29, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Friday, May 3, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

On Sunday, May 12, Mother’s Day, the High School Young Ladies are asked to participate in the crowning of the Blessed Mother during the 9:30 a.m. Mass. Any girl, grade 7th thru 12th, is invited to be present. Please, call the Rectory at 654-6902 or Denise Adams at 239-3585, fill the form below. Call by May, 1.

The Parish Community is invited to attend the Altar & Rosary Society 61st Annual Communion Breakfast on Sunday, May 19th in the Parish Center following the 8:00 AM Mass. This year’s Keynote Speaker, Jane Adonizio Lukas, is an Executive Producer at FOX 56 TV. Toastmaster will be Maria C. Montante. Catering by John Bingham includes a fresh fruit cup, scrambled eggs, a berry crepe and breakfast ham, rolls, breakfast pastry, juice, coffee & tea. Tickets will be available at the Parish Office through May 14th at a price of $12.50 for adults /$4 for children under 12 yrs of age. Reserved seating provided.

St. Joseph Marello Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday, June 9th at the Wilkes-Barre Municipal Golf Course with a 8:00 AM Shotgun start and dinner following at the parish Hall. Make checks payable to St. Joseph Marello Parish. (Green fees and cart, dinner & refreshments, gifts for flight winners all included.) *Reservation & Payment if received by May 25th ONLY $75 per player or $300 per foursome** Registration forms can be found at the entrances of the church, the rectory or by emailing

CHOIR PRACTICE will resume on Monday, April 22, at 7:00 PM. New members are most welcome

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

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

Our School of Religious Education closes this weekend. We are grateful to Cindy Lynn, Diane Morris, Sandra Cherkauskas, Elizabeth Covert, Samantha Scalzo, Lori Scalzo and Joanne Robert for serving as catechists. We also thank Joseph Robert who served as a CCD aide throughout the school year. Confirmation pictures are available after Mass from either Sister Mary Ann or Father Tom.

First Holy Communion Celebration

Nine children from our parish community will celebrate their First Holy Communion at the 11 a.m. Mass on May 5.

Vacation Bible School June 24-28

Everywhere Fun Fair takes children to a global celebration with the look and feel of a world’s fair. Children will make friends with neighbors around the world and discover that God’s love can be found everywhere, including their own neighborhoods. Everywhere Fun Fair VBS addresses and represents the whole spectrum of people in the human family, including different age levels, racial and ethnic groups, learning capacities and styles, stages of development, and the variety of abilities and disabilities. We are also looking for volunteers to assist with the program. Students entering grades 6 and higher can serve as small group leaders. High school students can serve as assistant site directors. (You can receive 15 hours of service time.) Adults can help as storytellers, crafts directors, games coordinators and other areas. Call Sister Mary Ann Cody, IHM at 654-0263 and leave your name and phone number if you can help any or all days.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Lackawanna Avenue, Dupont

There are no morning masses this week. Weekend masses are 4 p.m. on Saturday and 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The Scranton Chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life will conduct its annual Mother’s Day Sale after all of the Masses on May 11 and 12. Donation is $1 per carnation.

The Women’s Society is sponsoring a Mother Daughter Breakfast for members after the 10:30 a.m. mass on May 19 in the church hall. Cost is $10 per person. Reservations are due by May 6. You can drop your reservation and payment in the collection basket in an envelope labeled “Mother/Daughter Breakfast” or send it to the rectory.

Today marks the final CCD Mass of the year. Next Monday is the last CCD class. All students are asked to bring few cans if food (their favorites). These cans will be used for our Parish Picnic - for the Food Baskets Stand. Please be sure that the cans will not be outdated by August.

Report cards for CCD students are due back on Monday. Students enrolled in our Confirmation program ( girls and boys in grades 5 and up) and our First Communion Students are encouraged to participate in our May Crowning Ceremony. May Crowning will take place at the 10:30 a.m. mass on Sunday, May 12. Practice for May Crowning for all participating will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7. A May Queen or King will be randomly picked from our Confirmation Class

First Communion Practice will be held from 6 to 7 p. m. on Monday, April 29 and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1 and includes a pizza party for all First Communion candidates. Candidates will be presented their scapulars and other items on Saturday, May 4. Religious items will be blesses and practice will be held with parents on May 4. Parents are to be seated in their candidate’s pew. Children are to meet in the vestibule of the church. Everyone is asked to be in place by 10 a.m. Any candidate who did not make their second confession will be able to receive the Sacrament at this time. (Confession is for candidates only.) First Holy Communion will take place at the 10:30 a.m. mass. on Sunday, May 5. Children are to meet in the church hall at 10:10 a.m. Parents should proceed directly to their child’s assigned pew.

Second Penance for the 1st Communion candidate encourages a “Family Experience.” One or both parents are encouraged to bring their child to Confession on Friday, May 3. Father will be available to hear your confession as well as your child’s confessions from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Communion kits are now available for $25. The kit includes a prayer book, rosary, First Holy Communion pin, rosary pouch and purse (for girls) and tie (for boys). Your child will receive their kit when payment is received. Please send payment in an envelope labeled with your child’s name. Any checks should be made out to Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish.

The Women’s Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. on May 7 in the church hall. The Holy Name Society will meet at 7 p.m. on May 1 in the church hall. The Choir will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the church.

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.


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

St. Barbara’s Christian Women Organization will meet on Tuesday, May 14 at the church hall. Wyoming Area Baccalaureate Breakfast and June dinner meeting will be discussed. Reservations will be taken at the meeting for the June 11 dinner meeting at Fox Hill. Cost is $25. Hostesses for the meeting are Chip Clarke and Barbara Pazdziorko.

Religious Education News

Reminder: Our second-graders will receive First Holy Communion at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. Pictures will be at noon. Picture forms were sent home several weeks ago and more are available in the Religious Ed office on Sunday mornings. Practice for all students, public and parochial schools, have been scheduled for 9 to 10:15 a.m. today, April 28. Practice will begin and end in the classroom in the parish center. Practices for all students have also been scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1 and Friday, May 3. These practices will begin and end in the church. Call 655-8952 or 650-5278 for more information.

Bishop Timlin will confer the sacrament at 5 p.m. on Oct. 24. Seventh and eighth-grade parents are asked to quiz their candidates on the questions to make sure they learn them.

St. Barbara’s Parish Youth Night is from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 4 in St. Barbara’s Parish Center. All students in grades 8-12 are invited. Call or Text Mike at 212-2692, Moyra at 690-7507 or Kristen at 313-2881 with any 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 tody, 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 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


The Sacrament of Anointing and Eucharist will be offered at St. Maria Goretti Parish at 5:30 p.m. on May 14. 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.


There will be a festival meeting at 6:30 p.m. on May 13 , in the Parish Center for anyone who would like to attend and get more information about helping out at this year’s festival. Our festival will be held from t to 10 p.m. July 26, 27 and 28 .


We are in need of donations for our summer festival. We are looking for a donation of a new girl’s & boy’s 20-inch bicycles to chance off at the Festival.


We are also looking for band sponsors. If anyone is interested in sponsoring a band, please contact the Parish Office at 655-8956

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


Guardian of the Redeemer Catholic Men’s Fellowship will host a Eucharistic Holy Hour for Life, Family and Religious Freedom at 5 p.m. today, 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.

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. today, April 28. The Divine Mercy Youth Ministry will host the event. New literature on the ministry and books will be available for parents and teens.

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

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

Year of Faith: 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. More information will be available from Jerry Bauman at 604-1122.

Good counsel to visit: Chris and Joan Bell visit the parish again on June 22nd and 23 (weekend Masses.) The yrun the homes for unwed mothers and the New York City Metro area.

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., 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 buildings and grounds committee will meet Monday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the rectory, 715 Hawthorne St.

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

Beginning Wednesday, May 1, the Rosary will be recited after the 8 a.m. daily Mass during the month of May.