Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for the week of Feb. 21, 2016

February 18th, 2016 2:32 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.

First United Presbyterian Church

326 Warren Street, West Pittston

Rev. James Thyren


Sunday, Feb. 21: 9 a.m., Worship at Wyoming Presbyterian Church, corner of Wyoming Avenue and Institute Street, Wyoming; 10:15 a.m., Sunday School in the Institute.

Monday, Feb. 22: 7 p.m., Spirit, Social & Service meeting at the Klaproths.

Tuesday, Feb. 23: 6:30 p.m., Choir rehearsal.

Thursday, Feb. 25: 11 a.m., Lenten Soup and Sandwich at Second Presbyterian Church; 6:30 p.m., Lenten Study at the Institute.

Friday, Feb. 26: 7 p.m., Spirit, Social & Service Mixer for the congregations of First & Wyoming at the home of the Zeiglers.

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

Sermon, Soup & Sandwich will be held in the church at noon on Saturday, Feb. 20 and then food will be available afterwards in the church hall. The event is free of charge and Mr. John Kuligowski will be the speaker and the topic will be “Who was Kosciuszko?” The lecture will address the great Polish and American hero

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.

Langliffe Presbyterian Church

1001 Main St., Avoca

Pastor Alex Becker


Langcliffe Presbyterian Church is hosting its first-ever Easter Egg Hunt 5K for the community at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 12. It’s a 3.1 mile run/walk around Avoca Borough where participants can collect Easter eggs along the course, then open the eggs at the end to see how much their finishing time gets reduced.

There will be prizes for different categories and a pasta lunch afterwards at noon that’s open to the public.

The goal with this 5K is to raise funds for the Avoca Hose Company and Ruth’s Place (, a women’s shelter in Wilkes-Barre; all proceeds will go to these organizations.

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.

“Beat the Blues” Coffeehouse will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26 at the church.

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church

1244 Mt. Zion Road, Harding, PA 18643

Pastor Ruth Liples

Worship service at 11 a.m. each Sunday.

An All-You-Can-Eat Soup and Salad Supper will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 5. A variety of soups, chili, several salads, breads, beverages and desserts will be available. Cost to attend for adults is $7 and children’s meals cost $4.

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.

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 date for the next sale is 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.

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 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

Stations of the Cross are celebrated at 7 p.m. on Friday evenings. Everyone’s Way of the Cross will be held on Friday, Feb. 26.

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. 22, 29, March 7 and 14.

Parish University will continue at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9 a for Smart Phones 101 by Angela Greco. This course will teach the basics of using an iOS (Apple) or Android (Samsung) device.

• Kinds of Smartphones: iOS, Android

• Data and Wifi: Data usage, data plans, wifi vs. Your phone plan

• Applications: What are apps? What kinds of cool apps can I use? How to download and update applications

• Safe & Secure - Configuring settings: How to configure settings on an iPhone, How to configure settings on an Android, Common settings to change

• Phone Shortcuts: How to use touch shortcuts to get the best use out of a phone.

The liturgical ministry schedule for through Tuesday, May 31 has been posted on the parish website.

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

The annual parish mission will be held at the church 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 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.

The parish will have its annual chicken dinner from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 13, in the parish hall in the former St. Mary’s School, 742 Spring St. The dinner includes a 1/2 chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, homemade cole slaw, rolls, dessert, and beverages. Takeouts will be available beginning at 11 a.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 12 and younger. To purchase tickets, call the parish office at 570-457-3412. In addition to the dinner, there will also be a cash and theme basket raffles.

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.

CCD calendar: Classes will be Mondays, Feb. 22 and 29. If a child can not attend CCD class for any reason, call 570-362-1900 to report them off.

Adult volunteers are needed to join the SPRED staff. The group meets every other Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. On the off week, the adult volunteers meet in Wilkes-Barre for prayer and reflection on the upcoming parish group session. For more information, contact Elaine Starinski at 570-654-6953 or

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

The “Road to Resurrection Mass” will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at Queen of the Apostles Church, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca.

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

Second Presbyterian

143 Parsonage St., Pittston

Rev. David Brague


Sunday, Feb. 21: 9:30 a.m., Sunday School; 11 a.m., Worship.

Tuesday, Feb. 23: 7:30 p.m., AA meeting.

Thursday, Feb. 24: 11 a.m., Lenten Study and Soup; 6 p.m., Soup and Lenten Study.

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.

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

First Penance for second grade students will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21.

The annual Smoker will be held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 13. tickets are available from the parish office during offices hours or from any Alter & Rosary Society member.

Fr. John and Deacon Santo will be presenting Part II of the Symbolon Faith Formation Course every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. with the last course being held April 20. The courses will be held in the Meeting Room of the parish center.

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

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 Sunday, Feb. 21.

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. The ride begins at 4 p.m. and will last about one hour. Each group must purchase their own tickets, prices are as follows: Children ages three to 12, $4.50; Adults ages 13 to 60, $8.50; Seniors ages 60 and older, $8. Groups must arrive 10 minutes early. Sign up sheet is in the Narthex of the church. Outside parties can sign up by calling 570-655-2505.

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.

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

Four-boro Lenten services, Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

Feb. 23: Moosic Assembly of God; Homilist Pastor Dale Pepper

March 1: Queen of Apostles Roman Catholic Church; Taize Service

March 8: Full Gospel Church, Avoca; Homilist Deacon Andre F. Kabacinski

March 15: Moosic Presbyterian Church; Homilist Pastor Tracy Hornton

In case of inclement weather the service for that Tuesday will be cancelled. The weekly collections will benefit our emergency fund.

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

Stations of the Cross, followed by Mass, will be prayed at 5 and 5:30 p.m. every Friday of Lent, with the exception of Good Friday. On Good Friday, the stations will be prayed at 6 p.m. There will be no 8 a.m. Liturgy on the Fridays of Lent.

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 annual Lenten “The Light Is On For You” Sacrament of Penance will be celebrated each Monday of Lent from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Those attending are asked to use the chapel only, for examination of conscience and prayers and penances, and use the confessional door from the Chapel to enter to go to confession.

The 10th 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.

The Masses for the Road to Resurrection are at the following parishes at 7 p.m.: 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.

Fr. Leo McKernan will lead a Scripture Study from 7:30 to 9 p.m. immediately after Mass after Thursday until March 10. 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.

Sunday School will sell valentines to support World Hunger.

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.