Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for the week of Jan. 24, 2016

January 21st, 2016 2:09 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.

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. - Immaculate Conception

8:30 a.m. - Holy Redeemer

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

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.

The Annual Meeting will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31.

First United Presbyterian Church

326 Warren Street, West Pittston

Rev. James Thyren


Sunday, Jan. 24: 9 a.m., Worship at Wyoming Presbyterian Church, corner of Wyoming Avenue and Institute Street; 10:15 a.m., Sunday School in the Institute

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. Tuesday through Friday

The annual PTO Super Bowl Chicken Wings sale will be held on Sunday, Feb. 7. Order forms are in the vestibule, or order by phone by calling Julie Slezak at 570-655-9359 or 570-466-4348. All orders are pick-up only and are available in quanities of 12, 36 and 75 with a variety of flavors such as plain, mild, hot, parmesan garlic, hot honey garlic, honey mustard and Cajun. Blue cheese and celery and extra sauce are available as well.

The church will celebrate its 100th anniversary at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 3. A banquet will be held at the Hilton in Scranton. Donation 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: 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.

A Men’s Breakfast will be held on Saturday, Jan. 30. Call for more 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.

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, 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. 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: 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 through Friday at 7 a.m.; Saturday, 4:30 p.m.; and Sunday 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

The rectory office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

CCD class will be held on Monday, Jan. 25. Report cadets will be distributed at this class. If your child can not attend CCD class for any reason call 570-362-1900 and report them off. Do not use the driveway between the rectory and the doctor’s office to drop off and pick-up on CCD nights. If school is cancelled due to severe weather, the CCD program will be cancelled for that night.

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.”

Bring old palms back to the church. There is a basket located in the lobby. Ash Wednesday is Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Church files are being updated. If you received envelopes in 2015 but did not use them, we will discontinue sending them to you unless you notify the rectory by Feb. 1.

Bishop Bambera and the Office for Parish Life invite couples celebrating their 25th or 50th wedding anniversary in 2016 to a Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, June 5. The event includes a 2:30 p.m. Mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral followed by a reception. A request for an invitation must be made through the parish office before March 7.

Interested in being a church greeter? Come to mass a little earlier, hand out bulletins, answer questions and make people feel welcome. If you are interested or would like more information contact Joann Zack at 570-603-7019.

Second Presbyterian

143 Parsonage St., Pittston

Rev. David Brague


Sunday, Jan. 24: 9:30 a.m., Sunday School; 11 a.m., Worship

Monday, Jan. 25: 6:30 p.m., Fellowship Committee

Tuesday, Jan. 26: 7:30 p.m., AA meeting

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.

The golf committee will hold its initial meeting for the 22nd annual St. Joseph Marello Parish Golf Tournament at 6:30 p.m. Monday Jan. 25 in the parish center conference room. Anyone interested in joining the committee is asked to attend. This year’s tournament will be held Sunday, June 12.

The Annual Pasta Dinner will be held in the banquet hall on from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with takeouts beginning at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31. The dinner will be a choice of either pasta with sausage and sauce or polenta with sausage and sauce, salad, roll and dessert. There will be beer, wine, soda and bottled water available for purchase. Pre-paid tickets will be made available inside the entrance of the hall upon arrival. This will be a served meal, so once seated, give your ticket to your server. Our parishioners will have received a letter and raffle tickets in the mail this past week. Make ticket returns no later than Monday, Jan. 25. Limited tickets will be sold at the door.

Volunteers are needed for all aspects of this event: set-up, ticket sellers and collectors, servers, bartenders, kitchen, and clean-up.

The parish is in need of additional lectors and Communion ministers. Anyone who has received the Sacrament of Confirmation, and if married, married in the Catholic church, is eligible to be a Communion minister. Those interested must contact the parish office at 570-654-6902.

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran

7 Wood St., Pittston


Facebook: stjohnslutheranchurchpittstonpa

Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.

Fellowship: 10 a.m.

Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Planning meeting will be held after service on Sundays, Feb. 7 and 21.

Council meeting will be held after service on Sunday, Feb. 14.

Ash Wednesday Service will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10.

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.

Blessing of candles will be held on at the 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Jan. 31. Father Carmen invites everyone to bring the candles they use for their dining room table and their prayer room for blessing.

Blessing of throats will be held following the 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Jan. 31, Wednesday, Feb. 3 following the 8 a.m. Mass and in the evening during the Service of the Word of God at 7 p.m. Father Carmen invites everyone to come.

A Pre-Lenten Breakfast will be held from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7 at the church, 200 Stephenson St.. Breakfast will feature eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, rolls with butter, juice, and beverage. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for 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 new manger has been professionally photographed. If there are enough people who are interested in purchasing one of them to be framed on your own, an order will be placed. There is a sign-up sheet in the daily mass chapel – on the pulpit, along with a copy of the picture for you to see. You will be required to sign your name along with your address, phone number and email. The price is $ 25.00 per photo.

There is a sign-up sheet in the sacristy of the church for Extraordinary Ministers of Communion Training. The Diocese has scheduled three consecutive Tuesdays in February. They are Feb. 2, 9 and 16 from 6:30 to 9 p.m at the Pastoral Life Center, the former Bishop Hannan High School.

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 at the church and is sponsored by the Christian Society. Walk-ins are welcome and tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children and children age six and under get in for free.

Deacon Bill Jenkins will lead Session Two of Symbolon from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27. Session Two is on the Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Christian Life and Session Three, which will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 3, on the Sacred Liturgy. The remaining sessions will continue after Easter.

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.

Jeans are being collected in January to be given to those in need. Food item collection continues throughout the month for the Souper Bowl of Caring food collection.

Pastor Newman holds Bible Study Wednesday evenings at 7 pm. All are welcome.