Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for the week of Feb. 7, 2016

February 4th, 2016 3:05 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.

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.

Ash Wednesday Service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10.

First United Presbyterian Church

326 Warren Street, West Pittston

Rev. James Thyren


Sunday, Feb. 7: 9 a.m., Worship at Wyoming Presbyterian Church, corner of Wyoming Avenue and Institute Street, Wyoming; 10 a.m., Annual Congregation Meeting; 10:15 a.m., Sunday School in the Institute.

Tuesday, Feb. 9: 6:30 p.m., choir rehearsal; 7:15 p.m., Deacons at the Institute.

Wednesday, Feb. 10: 9 a.m., Morning Circle at Nance’s; 7 p.m., Ash Wednesday Worship at Wyoming Presbyterian Church.

Thursday, Feb. 11: 11 a.m., Lenten Soup and Sandwich at Second Presbyterian Church; 6:30 p.m., Lenten Study at the Institute; 8 p.m., Session.

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 quantities 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.

Mass with distribution of ashes will be held at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Lenten Fish Fry Dinner will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12. Dinner includes fish, french fries, vegetables, coleslaw and a dinner roll. Donation is $8.

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.

The parish community invites any parishioners, small business owners or corporate business owners to join in on the Anniversary Book. The book will commemorate the celebration of 100 years. For more information call 570-654-4262.

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.

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.

Nativity of Our Lord Parish will begin the Holy Season of Lent with Mass and Imposition of Ashes at 7 and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10. There will also be Services and Imposition of Ashes at noon and 4 p.m. all at Holy Rosary Church. For the convenience of the residents of Crossing Towers, an 11 a.m. Imposition of Ashes will also take place there.

The parish will once again hold its annual Lenten Food Sales at the parish hall at Sacred Heart, 529 Stephenson St., Duryea. The sales will be eat in or take out.

The dates of the two sales are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12 with potato pancakes as a featured item; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 18 with prepared pierogies as a featured item. Both Lenten sales will also include red clam chowder, seafood bisque, haluski, pizza, frozen pierogies (sold by the dozen), and a bake sale.

The schedule of weekly Lenten prayer and formation opportunities is as follows: Mondays from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays at 7 p.m.

Doors of Mercy Series: Participants will meet each week beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16 in the convent across from the school. There is a $15 registration fee to help defray the cost of the study guide and materials. Call the rectory to register.

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.

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.

The students in second grade will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7.

The Parish Pastoral Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8 in the parish hall.

Ash Wednesday is Wednesday, Feb. 10 and the opening of the season of Lent. Mass will be held along with the distribution of ashes at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Additional blessings and distributions of ashes will be held at noon and 4 p.m.

In addition to the regularly scheduled time for Confessions, during the Season of Lent, Father Walsh will be available in the church for the Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the following Mondays: Feb. 15, 22, 20, March 7 and 14.

Stations of the Cross will be celebrated at 7 p.m. on Friday evenings. The first Friday of Lent, Feb. 12 will be using Everyone’s Way of the Cross. On Feb. 19 everyone will gather for soup and bread at 6 p.m., followed by Stations of the Cross, which will be using Mary’s Way of the Cross.

The adult choir will be practicing on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the church. For more information about the choir, call Michael Sowa at 570-881-2301 or e-mail

Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, and the Office for Parish Life wish to 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 pm Mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral followed by a reception. Requests for an invitation, with a mailing address, should be made through Sister Mary Ann before Monday, March 7.

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

A Night at the Races will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, in the parish hall. The doors open at 5 p.m. and the races begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per person and includes food and beverages. Horse sponsorships are $10 each and sponsor of the winning horse wins $50. Registration forms are available in the church vestibule or the parish office and must be returned by Wednesday, Feb. 10. For information, contact the parish office at570-457-3412 or or email Jim McMahon

The annual parish mission will be held at the church beginning Saturday, Feb. 20 until Wednesday, Feb. 24. The mission services, which will be led by Rev. Sylvester Peterka, CM, are themed “Patient and Merciful” which is based on the theme of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

There will be a mission services during the weekend Masses at 4 p.m. on Feb. 20 and at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. on Feb. 21 as well as special services at the church at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 22 through 24.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

215 Lackawanna Ave., Dupont

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

Children’s Choir will practice after the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Feb. 7.

Pierogi making help is needed starting at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7 and continuing through Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10.

The Greater Pittston Food Bank is in great need of peanut butter, jelly and cereal. There are containers in the lobby on the weekend of Feb. 7. CCD students can brings the items to class. Donors can also leave items on the rectory’s back porch.

CCD calendar: Classes will be Mondays , Feb. 8, 22 and 29. On Sunday, Feb. 7, fourth grade students will help celebrate the 8:30 a.m. mass. Students are to be in the church hall at 8:10 a.m.. If a child can not attend CCD class for any reason, call 570-362-1900 to report them off.

Ash Wednesday is Feb. 10. Mass will be celebrated at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Liturgy of the Word will take place at noon and 4 p.m. Ashes will be blessed and imposed during each liturgy. All services will be held in the church.

Choir practice will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 in the choir loft.

Confessions will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. every Monday during Lent beginning Monday, Feb. 22.

Stations of the Cross will be prayed every Friday during Lent.

Second Presbyterian

143 Parsonage St., Pittston

Rev. David Brague


Sunday, Feb. 7: 9:30 a.m., Sunday School; 11 a.m., Worship.

Monday, Feb. 8: 6:30 p.m., Session.

Tuesday, Feb. 9: 7:30 p.m., AA Meeting.

Wednesday, Feb. 10: 7 p.m., Ash Wednesday Service at Wyoming Presbyterian Church.

Thursday, Feb. 11: 11 a.m., Lenten Study and Soup; 6 p.m., Soup and Lenten Study; 7 p.m., Healing Service.

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.

This year’s St. Joseph Marello Parish Golf Tournament will be held Sunday, June 12.

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.

Anyone interested in renting the parish banquet hall or conference rooms, call the hall manager, Christine Silinskie at 570-704-8861 or e-mail

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.

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

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

Kids Movie Night will be held Friday, March 4. Details to follow.

Pre-orders for Homemade Soup Sale of Tuscany tomato must be made by Sunday, March 6 with pick up being Sunday, March 13 after service. Cost is $7 per quart.

Good Friday Pizza Kit sign ups will run until Sunday, March 6 with pick ups Thursday, March 24. Cost is $10 per kit.

Children Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, Palm Sunday. Details to follow.

Sedar Meal Wednesday will be held on March 23 with communion.

A VBS Fun Shop will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 23.

Hiawatha Paddle Boat ride to Williamsport will be Saturday, July 16. Details to follow.

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 is no longer be in service 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. 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.

Ash Wednesday Feb. 10, the beginning of Great Lent. At 8 a.m. there will be a Mass with blessing and distribution of ashes.. Evening service with lenten devotions distribution of ashes and benediction will be held at 7 p.m.

Lenten devotions will be held each Friday during Lent at 7 p.m.

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.

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. 9 and 16 from 6:30 to 9 p.m at the Pastoral Life Center, the former Bishop Hannan High School.

Mass for the Road to Resurrection will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Refreshments will be served afterwards. There is a sign-up sheet in the vestibule of the church for those who wish to bring snack items, fruit and veggie trays and desserts. Items may be left in the parish center the afternoon of the Mass up until the Mass begins.

The tenth annual celebration of the Divine Mercy will be held on April 3. Principal celebrant and homilist will be Father Pio Mandato, FMHJ. Sacrament of Reconciliation 1 p.m.; Blessing of Image of Divine Mercy, Mass, 2 p.m. and Exposition of Blessed Sacrament, 3 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

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. Prayer Group will continue until Thursday, Feb. 18 when the Bible Study on Ephesians will begin. This will be a four week study.

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

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.

JMJ Catholic Radio is now on 24/7 on 98.9 FM, 750 AM and is operated and managed by Ed and Carol Niewinski. To support this radio station, send donations to JMJ Catholic Radio, P.O. Box 851, Pittston, PA. 18640.

Ash Wednesday is on Feb. 10. The Masses for the Rad to Resurrection are at the following parishes at 7 p.m.: Wednesday, Feb. 17 at St. Maria Goretti, Wednesday, Feb. 24 at Queen of the Apostles in Avoca, Wednesday, March 2 at St. Monica’s Wednesday, March 9 at Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Duryea, and Wednesday, March 16 at St. John the Evangelist in Pittston.

A Healing Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. after Mass on Thursday, Feb. 11.

Fr. Leo McKernan will lead a Scripture Study beginning on Thursday, Feb. 18 continuing for four weeks from 7:30 to 9 p.m. immediately after Mass. The study will be exploring Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. Those with their own bible’s are encouraged to bring them.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

100 Rock St., Hughestown


Sunday Worship: 10 a.m.

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

Bible Study is held at 7 p.m. on the first, third and fourth Wednesday of the month.

Sunday School will celebrate Super Bowl Sunday by collecting donations for The Souper Bowl of Caring following service.

Ash Wednesday Service will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10. Council meeting will follow the service.

Sunday School will be selling Valentines to support World Hunger.

Following service on Sunday, Feb. 14 a social will be held in the fellowship hall. Refreshments will be available.

On Sunday, Feb. 21 a dedication will occur during service for the Carillon, donated in memory of Warren Jenkes by The Hilda and Roy Stauffer Foundation.

The Annual Penny Auction will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 10.

United Methodist Church of Pittston

Corner of Broad and Church streets, Pittston

570-655-4340, leave message

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: Thursday at 7 p.m. unless told otherwise

United Methodist Women: Second Monday unless told otherwise

“Summer Doo Wop Cavalcade Show” bus trip to American Music Theater in Lancaster will be on Saturday, June 18 for the 2 p.m. show. Cost is $108 which includes bus seat, driver tip, show ticket, dinner, all tips and taxes. Dinner is at the Shady Maple Smorgasbord following the show. Bus will be at the Pittston Plaza at 9:45 a.m. and will depart promptly at 10 a.m. Reservations must be made no later than March 31. To make a reservation, or for additional information, call 570-603-1915 and leave a message if there is no answer.