St. John the Baptist church, school to be memorialized

June 27th, 2015 1:48 am

First Posted: 5/20/2013

Soon the special place that once was the St. John the Baptist Church, school, convent, rectory, library, and the Monsignor Super Sports Center will be marked with a special monument when a memorial marker is placed near the site of St. John’s Church.

Were you one of the thousands of students who attended St. John’s School? Were you baptized, married, confirmed in St. John’s Church? Were you a parent, grandparent or friend who attended a basketball game or play in St. John’s Athletic Center?

Then you will want to be aware of the monument that will be dedicated to all the Slovak people, priests and nuns who had a positive effect throughout the area.

The memorial marker will consist of a granite cross centered between two black granite stones. One stone will have a picture of the church and one will have a picture of the school. Contributors’ names and dedication date will be on the back of the market.

Also noted will be the founding site of the PA Slovak, Roman, and Greek Catholic Unionin 1893. This union was a fraternal designed to help and assist the many Slovak immigrants who labored in the mines. The Pennsylvania Slovak Union is now incorporated with the First Catholic Slovak union.

Dedication is planned for June 23 and 24, the Feast of St. John the Baptist.

For any additional information, donation names or to make a donation, contact Monsignor Bendik at 655-0053.

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 handcapped accessible.

Worship service is at 11 a.m.

Everyone is welcome. Come and help us celebrate our 130 years of Faith!

First Presbyterian Church

14 Broad St., Pittston

Rev. William N. Lukesh

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

A luncheon for the congregation celebrating the 130th year of the church will be held in the Fellowship Hall immediately after the worship service.

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

There will be a Strawberry Shortcake Social from 4 to 7 p.m. on June 15.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and includes cake, strawberries or peaches, ice cream and a beverage. Lunch menu will also be available.

For tickets or additional information, call 655-0677 or 654-8775. The event is being sponsored by the United Methodist Women.

A Fall Doo Wop Trip is scheduled for Sept. 21 at the American Music Theater in Lancaster for the 2 p.m. show. Price of the trip is $96 which includes bus, ticket to show, dinner after show at Shady Maple’s famous smorgasbord and bus driver tip. Call Cathy at 603-1915 for further information or to reserve a seat.

Trip is being sponsored for the Flower Fund United Methodist Church Pittston.

First United Presbyterian

West Pittston

Rev. James Thyren, pastor

Phone: 654-812

Sunday, May 26: 10 a.m., Sunday School; 11 a.m., worship; 12:05 p.m., choir rehearsal.

Tuesday, May 28: 7 p.m., trustee meeting at the manse.

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

First United Methodist Church

Wednesday, May 29 - 7 p.m., choir

Thursday, May 30 - 7 p.m., Weight Watchers

Sunday, June 2 - 10 a.m., worship, picnic

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 Fridayw

Memorial Day Mass at our Parish cemetery will be offered at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 27. If it should rain, the Mass will be in the church.

The PTO would like to sponsor an end of year closing of Sunday School, including the Confirmation Class and the First Communion Class.

The PTO would like to take them to Lahey Family Fun Park on the Morgan Highway in Scranton from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. The children can bring one friend. The PTO needs a count, so please RSVP no later than May 31 to Julie Slezak at 655-9359.

May Devotions will be celebrated at 7 p.m. every Wednesday in May,

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 Rosary will be recited in St. Rocco Cemetery at 3 p.m. today, May 26.

Join us in the celebration of the Mass at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, St. Joseph Marello Parish at 10 a.m. on Monday, Memorial Day. The Oblate Fathers will concelebrate this Mass, which will be offered for all our deceased buried in St. Rocco and Mt. Carmel Cemeteries and all our Parishioners and friends, brothers and sisters.

Feast of Saint Joseph Marello (Founder of The Oblates of Saint Joseph)at the Oblates of St. Joseph Chapel, Route 315.

Triduum (three days of prayers) May 27, 28 and 29 at 7 p.m.

First Saturday: Mass at 8 a.m. with prayers to the Blessed Mother.

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.

A procession with the Blessed Sacrament will take place inside the church at the conclusion of the 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, June 2.

We invite all high school seniors who are graduating, parishioners and non parishioners to attend the 9:30 a.m. Mass on June 9.

Choir practice is 7 p.m. on Mondays

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

First Holy Communion Celebration

Vacation Bible School June 24-28

White Water Rafting

Cemetery Masses on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, we will celebrate Mass at 9 a.m. in the church with the intention being for all those buried in our parish cemeteries, along with all our deceased relatives, friends, and fellow parishioners.

Save the date for Vacation Bible School - June 24-28. call Sister Mary Ann Cody, IHM at 654-0263 and leave your name and phone number if you can help any or all days.

First Communion and Confirmation Pictures are available for pickup. Please contact Sister Mary Ann.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

This week’s mass schedule: Monday at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday through Friday at 7 a.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Please note that all weekday masses are said at the Sacred Heart Chapel at the cemetery.

The rosary will be recited before the first Mass each day in May and June.

Rectory office will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

The dates for the annual Sacred Heart Parish Picnic are Aug. 1, 2 and 3 on the parish grounds. Donations are being accepted until July 7 for the food baskets stand. Non-perishable food items and paper goods are being accepted.

Please check the expiration dates of donated items. Items may be left in the church lobby or 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 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

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

Daily Masses: Monday & Tuesday: 7 a.m. & 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 7 a.m. & 11 a.m.

Memorial Day Celebration

Memorial Day, Monday, May 27: Recitation of the Rosary will be held at St. John the Baptist Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Celebration of the Mass at St. Cecilia’s Church at 10 a.m. All veterans are invited to attend the Mass. (There will be no 7 p.m. Mass at St. Anthony’s).

9:30 a.m: Rosary

10 a.m: Mass

(No 7 p.m. Mass at St. Anthony’s)

Monthly anniversary mass

Our May Wedding Anniversary Mass will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28. All couples celebrating their wedding anniversary in the month of May are invited to come and receive a special blessing.

Date Change

Christian Women’s Organization will hold its 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. Deadline is June 11. Contact Loretta Semenza 654-0936 or Mary King 655-4744.

St. John the Evangelist

Parish Community

Baptismal instruction - June 4, 7 p.m. parish center

Kids Clothes Closet is seeking donations of new or gently-used clothing for kids sizes newborn to 14/16.

Memorial Day Mass - Monday, 9 a.m.

Parish office will closed Monday May 27. Call 654-0053 in the event of emergency and leave message.

Healing Hearts will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28 and continue from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday evenings.

Meeting for the parish bazaar will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 3 in the parish hall.

St. John’s Lutheran

7 Wood St., Pittston


Pastor: John Castellani

Organist Marcia Colleran

Lay Reader Brooke Cherney

Acolyte Brooke Cherney

Greeter Joe Mersincavage

Ushers Alan Drummond & Frank Capobianco

Communion Assistant Jim Fox

Prayer list - Government officials military personnel and their families, David Morgan, Richard and Bobby Drummond, Gerd Zimmerman, Lucille Chapman, Brenda Lispi, Bob Schumaker, Karen Korney, Howard Weislogel, Al Palaima, Margaret Borget, Ray Morgan, Emalee Kachurka, Leonard Peterson, Gene Rooney, Charles Barone, Barb Mizenko, Janet Lasko and Tom Tratthen. Our shut-ins are Mary Agnes Mangle,Ted Burkel, Donna Capobianco, Elaine Proietto, Donna Bobbouine and Gladys Bowman Conformation Day will be held on Pentecost Sunday, May 19. There will be a family dinner celebration when week day school closes for the season.

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 Feast of St. Joseph Marello, Founder of the Congregation of the Oblates of St. Joseph, will be celebrated this Thursday, May 30, in the Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary Chapel,

Winners of our Monsignor Philip A. Gray Merit Awards were awarded to Marissa Durako and Corwyn Maslar.


Festival dates are: July 26, 27 and 28. We need some help with chairpersons for the Festival. We are especially in need for people for the BIG 6 and the instant Bingo stands. Our next scheduled meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on June 3 in the Parish Centee.

All “theme baskets” must have a value of $50 or more. Call Dorothy Yazurlo at 655-0200 or the parish office withyour theme.

Cub Scout Pack 485 needs additional boys to sign up to maintain its current charter with the Boy Scouts of America. Contact Ed Daveski directly at 466-6025 for information regarding Cub Scouting at St Maria Goretti.

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 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.

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

• Let’s Play Baseball! - St. Monica’s will have an outing to Montage on Wednesday, June 5 for a baseball game. Our choir will sing the National Anthem. Cost is $8 per person and seats are on the third base line.

• 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, contact Jerry Baumanat 604-1122.

Light the Fire Youth Rally: On Wednesday, July 17th 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., 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.

Congratulations to the following women who were elected as officers of the Queen of the Apostles Parish Women’s Guild: Jeanette Gronski, president; Camille Coleman, vice president; Arlene Markiewicz, secretary; and Chris Martin, treasurer.

The Rosary and Litany of Our Blessed Mother will be prayed weekdays after the 8 a.m. Mass during the month of May.

Memorial Day Mass and Services:

St. Mary’s Cemetery, Avoca: 9 a.m. , V.F.W./American Legion Services immediately followed by Mass.

SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Moosic: 9:30 a.m., V.F.W./American Legion Services, 10 a.m. Mass.

Langcliffe Presbyterian Church, Avoca: 10 a.m., V.F.W./American Legion Services

American Legion, Avoca: 11 a.m. se rvice

The buildings and grounds committee meeting which was scheduled to take place Monday, May 27 will now take place at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 3 in the rectory.

The finance council will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28 in the rectory.

Second Presbyterian Church

143 Parsonage St., Pittston 18640

The Session of the Second Presbyterian Church announces the following schedule for the week of May 26

Sunday, May 26: 11 a.m., worship

Tuesday, May 28: 7 p.m., AA meeting

Wednesday, May 29: 6:30 p.m., choir rehearsal

Starting on June 2, worship time for the summer is 10 a.m.

Trinity Episcopal Church of West Pittston

Spring Street and Montgomery Avenue

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

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

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

Youth program: 10:45 a.m. every Sunday. Weekday special events and service projects as announced.

Faith Forum for Adults: Enrichment for adults seeking spiritual renewal and opportunities for ministry and volunteerism.

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 Visit for information on Music Together.

GIANT NEIGHBORHOOD YARD SALES every first Saturday from May through September. 20+ vendors, bake sale, food available. Vendor spaces available for $10. Reservations required. Call 654-3261.