Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for the week of July 17, 2016


    Christian and Missionary Alliance

    317 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston

    570-654-2500 or 570-654-7414


    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. on Wednesdays. Donations of clothing are accepted. Call for additional information.

    First Baptist Church

    Water Street, Pittston


    Sunday Service schedule can be found on the website or by calling the church.

    Wednesday Bible Study, 7:15 p.m.

    Men’s Fellowship, 8:30 a.m., second and fourth Saturday of every month.

    Women’s Fellowship, 10 a.m., fourth Saturday of every month.

    Teen Fellowship, 10 a.m., second and fourth Saturday of every month.

    First United Methodist Church of West Pittston

    408 Wyoming Ave.,West Pittston

    The United Methodist Women will hold a bus trip Wednesday, Sept. 14 to see “Samson” at the Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster. Cost for the trip including a stop for a meal at Shady Maple Smorgasboard, bus, and show is $110. For more information and reservations call Doris Dushok at 570-654-2689.

    Holy Mother of Sorrows PNCC

    212 Wyoming Ave., Dupont

    Coffee hour/School of Christian Living/Centennial Committee meeting, 9 a.m.

    The 53rd Annual Open Pit Chicken Barbecue will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 16 on the church grounds. Take-outs are available and donation is $12. Dinner includes half a chicken, coleslaw, french fries, roll, cake and beverage.

    Lighthouse Fellowship Church

    718 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston


    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.

    Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish

    535 N. Main St., Pittston


    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 practice at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the church. For more information about the choir, call Michael Sowa at 570-881-2301 or e-mail

    Prince of Peace Parish

    123 W. Grace St., Old Forge


    The church will sponsor a Chicken BBQ and Basket Raffle from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14 in the parking lot of Arcaro and Genell Restaurant located on Main Street. The dinner is take out with some limited outside seating and will be prepared by Arcaro and Genell. Tickets are $10 and will purchase 1/2 a barbecue chicken, pasta salad, corn on the cob, a roll and dessert. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the rectory at 570-457-5900 by Friday, Aug. 5.

    Queen of the Apostles

    715 Hawthorne St., Avoca


    Facebook page: Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca

    The parish will hold its fifth annual all-you-can-eat pig roast from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 17, on the grounds of the parish hall in the former St. Mary’s School, corner of Hawthorne and Spring streets. Takeout dinners will be available all day. The event will take place under a tent and in the school auditorium. The menu includes roasted pig on the spit, wimpies, hot dogs, corn on the cob, salads, desserts, soda, and water. There will also be a cash prize grand raffle, basket raffle, children’s games and a bake sale. Tickets, which are $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children ages 5 and younger, are available in advance or at the event. For more information and advance tickets, call the parish office at or visit the Facebook page.

    Queen of the Apostles parishioners will make a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Divine Mercy, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, with the Oblates of St. Joseph Laity Association on Monday, Aug. 22 to celebrate the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy and the Feast of the Queenship of Mary. The bus leaves at 7 a.m. from the Oblates of St. Joseph, 1880 Highway 315, Pittston, and departs at 5 p.m. from the shrine. The cost is $40 per person which includes driver gratuity, donation to the shrine, coffee, tea, pastries and bottled water. To make a reservation, call Carl Angelella at 570-885-5908 or 570-654-6459. Pay in advance on a first come basis.

    Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

    215 Lackawanna Ave., Dupont


    All altar servers are to robe 10 minutes before Mass in the sacristy and see Father for instructions.

    The Annual Novena in Honor of St. Ann will begin on Sunday, July 17 and run through Tuesday, July 26, the Feast of St. Ann and Joachim. The Novena prayers will be said after all masses.

    There will be a combined special meeting of the Pastoral Council and Finance Council at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19.

    The Youth Group will meet at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 23 in the church hall. Food and drink will be provided. For more information, contact Kathryn at 570-479-2674.

    The annual parish picnic will take place from Thursday, Aug. 4 to Saturday, Aug. 6 on the parish grounds. Non-perishable food items and paper products to be used in the food basket stand are being collected. Containers have been placed in the church vestibule for items and collection of items will end Sunday, July 10.

    Volunteer opportunities are available for students in grades five and up for the annual parish picnic. Credit hours will be given if needed. The sign up sheet is located at the back of the church or on the rectory’s back porch.

    Volunteers are needed as kitchen help for the nights of the picnic. Duties include heating food in the kitchen that will go up to the picnic grounds and cleaning pots and pans as they return. Call the rectory to sign up.

    Waiters and waitresses are needed for the evenings of the picnic. Hours are 5:45 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4 and Friday, Aug. 5 and from 4:45 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6.

    Father Petro will be officially installed as the new pastor during the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Aug. 14.

    Creative and artistic parishioners are asked for donations of theme baskets. Monetary donations or individual items to be used for creative baskets will work, too. For more information, contact Ann Marie Paddock at 570-407-0231 or the rectory office at 570-654-3713.

    Second Presbyterian

    143 Parsonage St., Pittston


    Sunday, July 17 – Adult Education Class, 11 a.m.

    Tuesday, July 19 – AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m.

    St. Barbara’s Parish

    28 Memorial St., Exeter


    The annual bazaar will be held from Friday, July 15 to Sunday, July 17 on the parish grounds. The event will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. July 15 and 16 and from 4 to 9 p.m. July 17. There will be homemade ethnic foods such as red and white pizza, potato pancakes, funnel cakes, an air conditioned flea market, Manning’s Ice Cream and more. The schedule for live music is as follows: Jeanne Zano Band, Friday; The Sperazza Band, Saturday; and Something Else-Guy Fasciana, Sunday.

    St. Joseph Marello

    237 William St., Pittston


    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

    St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran

    7 Wood St., Pittston


    Facebook: stjohnslutheranchurchpittstonpa

    Sunday School for Summer Break: Fellowship begins at 10 a.m. and service starts at 11 a.m.

    Vacation Bible School set up will be held after service Sunday, July 17.

    Vacation Bible School will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. from Monday, July 18 to Thursday, July 21 for children ages 3 to 13. this year’s theme is “Expedition Norway.” A family friendly dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. each day and family members and friends are encouraged to join in daily for a closing celebration starting at 7:50 p.m. There will be a staff meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 30.

    Planning committee will meet at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, July 24, Aug. 7 and Aug. 21.

    Family Outdoor Movie Night will be Saturday, Aug. 6. Cars can begin parking around 6:30 p.m. and the movie will start at 8:30 p.m. Rain date will be Saturday, Aug. 20.

    A special start time for service with communion will be at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 21.

    The Neighborhood Cookout will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. Hot dogs, hamburgers, soda and water will be provided. There will be a theme basket raffle. A free will offering will be accepted. The event is open to the public.

    St. John’s is renting out the lower level 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.

    St. John the Evangelist Parish Community

    35 William St., Pittston

    The Greater Pittston Kids Clothes Closet is open on Wednesdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.

    The Care and Concern Free Health Clinic is open every Wednesday and is free of charge. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. in the former Seton Catholic High School and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    Patients for The Pediatric Health Clinic are now being seen on the first Thursday and third Thursday of the month at Dr. Imbrogno’s office at 570-855-6035 until further notice. Children’s immunization records are required upon registration. Parents or guardians must be present to have their child examined. All services are free and confidential.

    The food pantry always in need of the following items: cereal, tuna, peanut butter, jelly, canned fruit, soups, vegetables, canned hams and other non-perishable items. Call 570-654-9923 for more information.

    The annual bazaar will be held from Thursday, Aug. 4 to Saturday, Aug. 6 on the church grounds. Hours of operation are from 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 4 and 5 and from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 6. Food includes halushki, potato pancakes, hot dogs, hamburgers, cheesesteaks, porketta, pulled pork, apple pie, fried dough and funnel cake. There will be live entertainment each night, children’s games and a holiday booth that includes decorations for different holidays such as Christmas, Easter, Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day and others.

    St. Maria Goretti Church

    42 Redwood Drive, Laflin


    The annual bazaar will be held from Friday, July 22 to Sunday, July 24 on the church grounds. Hours of operation are 5 to 10 p.m. July 22 and 23 and from 4 to 9 p.m. on July 24. Gift Baskets, bingo, raffles, bake sale, pony rides will be available. Entertainment includes Sweet Peppers and the Long Hots on July 22, Flaxy Morgan on July 23, and Picture Perfect on July 24.

    St. Mary’s

    Polish National

    Catholic Church

    200 Stephenson St., Duryea



    The annual yard sale will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 at the parish grounds. Setup time will be at 8 a.m. and vendors can call the parish at 570-457-2291 to rent 8-by-2 -foot table space for $10. Vendors/crafters must bring their own tables. Food and beverages will be available.

    For the months of June, July and August, Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. This schedule will be in effect until Sunday, Sept. 4.

    St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church

    205 N. Main St., Pittston


    Rev. Gary J. Mensinger

    Secondary Site – St. Nicholas Byzantine – 570-714-8411

    The annual flea market will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7 at the church. There will also be a bake sale from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 6 and a ziti dinner from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 7. Other foods will include hot dogs, piggies, pierogies and halushki.

    St. Monica’s Parish

    363 W. 8th St., West Wyoming



    New parish hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

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

    Prayer Group Ministry with Fr. Leo McKernan, spiritual moderator, is held on Thursday after the 7 p.m. Mass. Guitar music is led by Ted and Ann Mike and song books are provided.

    Oremus for Women will be presented on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. until Monday, Aug. 29. Registration fee is $20 and includes a workbook used in small group discussions, inspiring readings and reflections for each day. For more information, contact Michelle Martin at or 570-357-3938.

    Urgency of the New Evangelization will be held at the parish on Saturday, Oct. 22 with special guest speaker Dr. Ralph Martin, a professor at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. He has written extensively and hosts a National TV Show. More information will follow as the event gets closer.

    St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

    100 Rock St., Hughestown



    Bible Study is held at 7 p.m. Wednesday evenings. All are welcome.

    The WELCA Rummage Sale will be held from Thursday, Aug. 4 to Saturday, Aug. 6. Hot dogs, wimpies, beverages and cupcakes will be available for purchase.

    United Methodist Church of Pittston

    Corner of Broad and Church streets, Pittston

    570-655-4340, leave message

    The Doo Wop Bus trip to American Music Theater in Lancaster will be on Saturday, Sept. 17 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 famous 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. To make a reservation or for additional information call 570-603-1915 please leave a message if no answer.

    The “Samson” Bus trip to Sight & Sound Theater in Lancaster is on Tuesday, Nov. 1 for the 2:45 p.m. show. Cost is $118 which includes bus seat, driver tip, show ticket, dinner, all tips and taxes. Dinner at Shady Maple’s famous Smorgasbord after the show. In addition to the regular buffet, it is Seafood Night. Bus will depart promptly at 11 a.m. from Pittston Plaza. To make a reservation or for additional information Cathy at 570-603-1915 please leave a message if no answer.
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