Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for the week of Jan. 10

January 7th, 2016 2:11 pm

Christian and Missionary Alliance

317 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston

570-654-2500 or 570-654-7414


Sunday prayer, 9 a.m.; Worship, 10:30 a.m.; Evening service 7 p.m.

Wednesday prayer and praise, 7 p.m.

Bible study all ages Thursday, 7 p.m.

The Breaking Bread Soup Kitchen is serving meals from 5 to 6:30 p.m. every Monday at the church. The meal is being served without charge to interested individuals and families in the community.

Christ Community Clothes Closet will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Donations of clothing are accepted. Call for additional information.

Exercise classes are available at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evenings. Call 570-655-4791.

Christ’s Community Clothes Closet will be open on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. until Jan. 5.

Corpus Christi Parish

Immaculate Conception

Holy Redeemer Churches

605 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston

Holy Redeemer Church, Route 92, Harding

Weekend celebration of the Eucharist

Saturday, 4 p.m. - Immaculate Conception

Saturday, 5:30 p.m. - Holy Redeemer

Sunday, 7:30 a.m, 10:30 a.m. - Immaculate Conception

Sunday 9 a.m. - Holy Redeemer

Weekday celebration of the Eucharist

7:30 a.m. - Immacualte Conception

8:30 a.m. - Holy Redeemer


Saturday from 3 to 3:30 p.m. - Immaculate Conception

The Parish will sponsor a Small Games of Chance Information Meeting from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20. The meeting is open to the public and is free to attend. Registration is required by contacting Lori Kasisky at or call 570-654-2753 by Wednesday, Jan. 13.

First Congregational Church U.C.C.

500 Luzerne Avenue

West Pittston, PA 18643

570-654-8052, leave message

Rev. Joan Mitchell, Pastor

Morning worship at 11 a.m.

Sunday School at 10:15 a.m.

Sanctuary is handicap accessible.

Council and Diaconate Meetings have been postponed until Jan. 17.

First United Methodist Church

408 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston

Rev. James Thyren


Sunday, Jan. 10: Worship, Holy Communion and Ordination/Installation of Officers 9 a.m. at Wyoming Presbyterian Church; 10:15 a.m. Sunday School

Tuesday, Jan. 12: Deacons, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 13: Morning Circle at the Institute, 9 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 14: Session, 7:30 p.m.

Holy Mother of Sorrows PNCC

212 Wyoming Ave., Dupont

Very Rev. Zbigniew Dawid, pastor

Sunday Mass, 8 a.m.; Coffee hour/School of Christian Living, 9 a.m.; 10:30 a.m. High Mass.

Daily Mass: 9 a.m.

The church will celebratw its 100th nniversary at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 3. A banquet will be held at the Hilton in Scranton. sonation per person for church members is $25 and $10 for children under the age of 12. The fee for the dinner is $35, Reservations can be made with Julie Slezak at 570-655-9359. Tickets must be purchased no later than March 1. Checks are payable to Holy Mother of Sorrows, PNCC and sent to Julie Slezak, 140 Jackson St., Dupont, PA, 18641. Selection of entrees are Chicken Marsala, Beef Sirloin with a Cabernet Reduction and Broiled Haddock. Appetizers are included and there will be a cash bar.

Lighthouse Fellowship Church

718 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston

Pastor Shane Nichols


Sunday morning: 9:15 to 9:45 a.m., Prayer; 10 a.m., Worship; 10:45 a.m., Children’s Sunday School. Nursery available.

Wednesday Bible Study and Prayer will be at 6:30 p.m.

First and third Friday Morning Bible Study will be at 10 a.m.

“Beat the Blues” Coffeehouse at 7 p.m. Jan. 22. Call for details.

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church

1244 Mt. Zion Road, Harding, PA 18643

Pastor Ruth Liples

Worship service at 11 a.m. each Sunday.

The first “All You Can Eat” Soup and Salad Supper of 2016 will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6. A variety of soups, chili, several salads, breads, beverages and desserts will be available. Cost is $7 for adult meals and $4 for children’s meals. For more information, contact Karen Daniels at 570-885-1650.

Nativity of Our Lord Parish

127 Stephenson St., Duryea


Mass schedule, all to be held at Holy Rosary Church:

Saturdays - 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Sundays - 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Confessions: Daily from 6:40 to 6:55 a.m.; Saturday from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m.

Daily Masses: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.

Oblates of St. Joseph

Highway 315, Laflin


The office is open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Holy Mass is celebrated every day, Monday through Friday at 7 a.m., Saturday at 8 a.m. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered every day from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Every Wednesday Novena prayers to Saint Joseph and St. Joseph Marello after the 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Masses. Confessions before Masses.

Thursday, First Thursday of the month, Holy Hour for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life at 7 p.m. Come and join in prayer to ask the Lord to send young and less young people to serve the Holy Church in the Priesthood and in the Religious Life.

Friday, First Friday of the month, Mass at 7 and 11 a.m. with devotion prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. At 8 p.m. the Blue Army Vigil to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Holy Hour and confessions at 8 p.m. and a special Holy Mass at 9 p.m.

Saturday, First Saturday of the month, Mass at 8 a.m. with devotion prayers to the Blessed Mother.

The parish will host the Annual Feast of the Holy Spouses, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, on Sunday, Jan. 24 with a special Holy Mass at 2 p.m. at the Oblates of St. Joseph Chapel, Route 315, Laflin. A light reception will follow in the seminary community room for all to enjoy.

A triduum (three days of prayers) will be held at 7 p.m. from Jan. 21-23. The Holy Rosary and Confessions will be before the Holy Mass.

Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish

535 N. Main St., Pittston


Mass Schedule

Saturday Vigil: 4 p.m.

Sunday: 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Weekday Mass: 8 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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

Religious education classes are held from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. All children enrolled in public or private schools, as well as home schools, are invited to participate.

In celebration of the Year of Mercy through Nov. 20, 2016, the church will have Eucharistic Adoration on Fridays after the 8 a.m. Mass.

Prince of Peace Parish

123 W. Grace St., Old Forge


The parish will hold its Mardi Gras beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6 at Arcaro and Genell Banquet Room, Main Street. The menus includes hors d’oeurves and a full course dinner with one choice of four menu items — stuffed pork chop, roast beef, chicken francaise or haddock baked Italian style. Refreshments of beer, wine and soda are included. Cost to attend is $30 per person and reservations close Tuesday, Jan. 25 and seating is limited to 125 people. For reservations call the rectory or email to

Queen of the Apostles

715 Hawthorne St., Avoca


Facebook page: Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca.

Daily Masses: 8 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; 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 to 3:45 p.m.; anytime upon request by calling 570-457-3412.

Prayer Chain: 570-457-5867

Tickets are available for the Pot of Gold Stocking Stuffer raffle. Tickets, which are $10 each, offer a chance to win $75 daily and $100 on Fridays throughout January, as well as $250 on Jan. 10 and 24 and $500 on Jan. 31. For more information or to purchase a ticket, contact the parish office. The daily winning number must match the state lottery’s evening Pick 3 number.

The parish announces the following upcoming meetings: Pastoral council, 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, rectory; women’s guild, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, rectory; worship committee, 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, rectory; building and grounds committee, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, rectory; finance council, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, rectory.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

215 Lackawanna Ave., Dupont

Mass schedule: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 a.m.; Saturday, 4:30 p.m.; and Sunday 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Daily mass will be celebrated in the church until Jan. 11.

CCD Class will take place on Mondays, Jan. 11 and 25. There is no class Jan. 18 for Martin Luther King Day.

Help is needed to take down Christmas decorations today after the 10:30 a.m. Mass.

The Women’s Society Wafer Dinner will be held at 2 p.m. today in the church hall for those who made reservations.

Parish Pastoral Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12 in the rectory meeting room.

Senior Outreach will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19 in the rectory meeting room.

The Welcoming/Hospitality Committee will sponsor Winter Wonderland Social from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30 in the church hall. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The cost is $15 per person and includes food, soda, water, dancing and DJ Fast Freddie. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Reservation forms are available in the church vestibule and are due by Sunday, Jan. 24. They can be dropped off in the collection basket or sent to the rectory by Jan. 24. Make checks payable to “Sacred Heart Church.”

Christmas wafers and church calendars are available in the lobby of the church.

Student envelopes for 2016 are available in the church lobby. For more information, call the rectory at 570-654-3713.

Second Presbyterian

143 Parsonage St., Pittston

Rev. David Brague


Sunday, Jan. 10: 9:30 a.m., Prayer Group; 11 a.m., Worship

Monday, Jan. 11: 6:30 p.m., Session

Tuesday, Jan. 12: 7:30 p.m., AA Meeting

Saturday, Jan. 16: 9 a.m., Fellowship Breakfast at Big Earls

St. Joseph Marello

237 William Street, Pittston


Mass schedule: 7:30 and 11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday; 4 p.m. Saturday; 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Solemn Vespers at 5 p.m.

Confessions: 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday; 11 to 11:25 a.m. Monday-Friday.

Office hours: 1:30 to 4 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 12:30 to 1 p.m., closed for lunch.

Novenas: Every Tuesday after 7:30 and 11:30 a.m. Masses novena to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. Every Wednesday after the 7:30 and 11:30 a.m. Masses novenae to St. Joseph and St. Joseph Marello.

Holy hour is offered every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in the church.

From noon to 5 p.m., First Friday Adoration: An afternoon of Silent Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Adoration will begin at noon (end of mass) and end with Solemn Benediction at 5 p.m.

The parish will have Solemn Vespers every Sunday before the 5:30 p.m. Mass. The psalms will be chanted, and prayer booklets will be provided.

Anyone interested in helping the religious education program can email the director, Alicia Hintze, at Volunteers, including teenagers, are needed to serve as teachers, substitute teachers, classroom helpers, etc.

New members of the Knights of Columbus Council 16071 are always welcome. Contact Jim Nardone at 570-299-0717 or John Bingham at 570-947-4994 or email info@ for additional information.

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran

7 Wood St., Pittston


Facebook: stjohnslutheranchurchpittstonpa

Fellowship: 10 a.m.

Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Sunday School is currently on Christmas break and will resume at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10.

Council meeting will be Sunday, Jan. 10 after service.

Planning committee will meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16.

Interim Pastor Murray Brindle will be installed by District President Pastor Wicher during the Jan. 17 service.

St. John’s is now renting out the lower level beginning in January for non-members for events. Cost is $25 per hour plus a $25 per hour security fee. Cost for members of St John’s is $12.50 per hour and a $12.50 Security Deposit, maximum four hour limit.

GLC Scripts Gift Cards are currently for sale. There are many cards and price ranges to choose from. See Mary Ann or Allan to make a purchase.

Our website www.lutheranonline/stjohn will no longer be in service beginning Jan. 31. A new website will be announced a a later date.

When coming to a worship service or church function park in the lot. If a handicap spot is needed, use the driveway located right next to the church.

St. Mary’s

Polish National

Catholic Church

200 Stephenson St., Duryea


Rev. Fr. Carmen G. Bolock, pastor

Holy Mass, Sunday 9:30 a.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. holidays, 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

A Pre-Lenten Breakfast will be held from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday Feb. 7 at the Church, 200 Stephenson St. Duryea. Featuring; Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, Potatoes, Rolls with butter, Juice, & Beverage. Ticket price $10 for adults and $5 children 12 and under. To purchase tickets call 570-457-2291. Limited number of tickets at the door. Take-out available.

St. Maria Goretti

Laflin Road, Laflin

Rev. James J. Walsh, J.C.L., pastor

Mass schedule: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.; Saturday, 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Holy Days of Obligation: 6 p.m. vigil

New hours for the parish office will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The office will be closed on Tuesdays. The pastor is off Fridays. Calls will not be returned, but messages will be taken on Fridays.

The scouts are accepting enrollment for the New Year. If interested, contact Ed Daveski at 570-466-6025. The scouts will be available in the foyer of the church after the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Masses this weekend and next weekend to answer any questions about scouting.

St. Monica’s Parish

363 W. 8th St., West Wyoming



Father Leo McKernan, pastor

Father Joseph Adonizio, visiting priest

William Jenkins, deacon

Diana Loftus, secretary

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

Mass Schedule: Saturday Vigil, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m

Daily: Monday and Thursday, 7 p.m.; Tuesday, 7 a.m.; Wednesday, No Mass; Friday, 12:10 p.m. followed by Eucharistic Adoration until 6:45 p.m. with Benediction and Divine Praises and Night Prayer.

Sacrament of Reconciliation is available each day before daily Mass, as well as 3 to 3:50 p.m. Saturday and anytime by appointment.

Prayer Group is held in the Chapel at 7:30 p.m. after the 7 p.m. Mass on Thursday evening. Bring a Bible if you have one. Guitar Music and songs will be led by Ted, Mike and Anna.

CCD classes for intellectually challenged adults is held on Wednesday in the church hall.

A pasta dinner will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24 and will be sponsored by the Christian Society. Tickets are $8 for adults $5 for children over age 6 and free for children 6 and under.

The St. Monica Parish website,, has undergone changes. Check it out for upcoming events, important links, schedules for services, a photo gallery and so much more.

A Night at the Races will be held on Friday, Feb. 5 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church Hall, 363 W. Eighth St., West Wyoming. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a post time of 7 p.m. Admission is $10 per person and only 175 seats will be sold. Horses can be purchased for $10. There will also be a Chinese auction, basket raffles, food and beverages. For more information, contact Tom Tomsak at 570-237-2188.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

100 Rock St., Hughestown


Sunday Worship: 10 a.m.

New/unwrapped toys are being collected to donate to Toys for Tots. Monetary donations are also being accepted.

Pastor Newman will hold Bible study at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Wyoming United Methodist Church

376 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming


There will be a soup sale from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15 at the church. Cost is $8 per quart and $4 per pint. There will be free delivery to local businesses. Call 570-693-2821 to preorder.