Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for the week of March 19, 2017

March 17th, 2017 1:23 pm

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. 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 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 Congregational Church U.C.C.

500 Luzerne Ave.

West Pittston, PA 18643

570-654-8052, leave message

First United Presbyterian Church

Corner of Wyoming Avenue and Institute Street, Wyoming

Sunday: 10:15 a.m., Sunday school

Tuesday: 6:30 p.m., choir

For more information, call 570-609-5410.

Langcliffe Presbyterian Church

1001 Main St., Avoca


Langcliffe Presbyterian Church will host its second Easter Egg Hunt 5k at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25.

Runners and walkers will collect Easter eggs along the course, and each egg takes off seconds from — or adds a second onto — their finishing time.

The race is a fundraiser for Avoca Hose Company and Ruth’s Place women’s shelter. Last year the race raised thousands of dollars. This year there will be a new and improved course, a one mile fun run/walk, timing done by Scranton Running Company and special appearances by FUZZ 92.1, Tux the Penguin and, of course, the Easter Bunny.

Registration between before Friday, March 24 is $25, while day-of registration is $30. Register early at

The race begins at 11 a.m., with lunch starting at noon.

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.

Nativity of Our Lord Parish

127 Stephenson St., Duryea

Masses held at Holy Rosary Church


For more information, call the rectory at 570-457-3502 or Judy Lambert, coordinator, at 570-881-4974.

The church will sell homemade red clam chowder, seafood bisque, homemade haluski, pierogi, pizza (bakes and unbaked) and hold a bake sale from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., or until sold out, on Friday, March 31.

Oblates of St. Joseph

Highway 315, Laflin


Every Wednesday Novena prayers to St. Joseph and St. Joseph Marello after the 11 a.m. and 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 Feast of St. Joseph will be celebrated on Monday, March 20 with a Mass at 11 a.m. with Bishop Joseph C. Bambera as principal celebrant and homilist. The Oblate priests and Diocesan clergy will concelebrate. At the conclusion of Mass, St. Joseph’s bookmarks will be blessed and distributed. There also will be a Mass at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

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.

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

Queen of the Apostles

715 Hawthorne St., Avoca


Facebook page: Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca

New weekend Mass Schedule: 4 p.m. Saturdays and 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the rectory.

The parish will pray the Stations of the Holy Cross at 7 p.m. every Friday during Lent. Prior to the Stations, Our Lady of Sorrows prayer group will recite the Our Lady of Sorrows rosary at 6:30 p.m..

As part of the Diocese of Scranton’s “The Light is on For You” Lenten reconciliation program, the parish will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 5:3o to 7 p.m. Mondays during Lent. The sacrament will still be available from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. on Saturdays.

Queen of the Apostles Parish will hold its annual Spring Chicken Dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 19, in the parish hall, 742 Spring St., Avoca.

The dinner includes a 1/2 chicken, mashed potatoes, a vegetable, coleslaw, roll, homemade dessert and beverages. Beginning 11 a.m., takeout will also be available.

In addition to the dinner, there will also be a cash raffle and themed basket raffles.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger. To purchase advance tickets, call the parish office at 570-457-3412. Tickets will also be available at the door.

The following meetings have been announced and will all be held in the rectory:

Worship Committee — 7 p.m., Monday, March 20.

Buildings and Grounds Committee — 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 27.

Finance Council — 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

215 Lackawanna Ave., Dupont


Rev. Thomas Petro, Pastor

Confessions are heard during Lent on Mondays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 3:15 to 3:50 p.m.

Stations of the Cross will be prayed on Fridays during Lent at 7 p.m. in the church. They will be followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Travel with Fr. Petro to Slovakia and Poland, June 16 to June 26, 2018. Visit Bratislava, Sastin, Levoca, Krakow, Zakopane, Lagiewniki, Auschwitz, Czestochowa and Warsaw. Cost is $3700. Airfare and all included. To register, call (855) 842-8001.

Gorzkie zale, the traditional Polish language Lenten devotion known as Bitter Lamentations, will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, April 2. The devotion is a sung reflection on the Passion of Christ and his Sorrowful Mother. The choir of Duryea’s Nativity of Our Lord Parish will join Sacred Heart’s choir in singing. A light reception will follow. All are invited.

Second Presbyterian

143 Parsonage St., Pittston


Pastor: Rev. David Brague

Sunday, March 19: Adult Lenten Study, 9:30 a.m.; Christian Education, 9:30 a.m.

Monday, March 20: Session, 6:30 p.m.; Deacons, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 21: Mission Committee, 6:30 p.m.; AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m.

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

Week Day School will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday Night.

Planning Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 20.

AMPED will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21.

Council will meet after service Sunday, April 2.

Planning Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 3.

An Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 2 p.m, Sunday, April 9.

Vacation Bible School will be held Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21. This year’s theme is “Destination: Peru.”

November 2017 will be the church’s 160th anniversary.

St. John’s is renting out the lower level for non-members for events. Cost is $100 for three hours and $35 for additional hours, plus $100 per returnable security deposit. For more information, call the church.

St. John the Evangelist Church

35 William St., Pittston

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

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-served basis.

Patients for The Pediatric Health Clinic opens at 4:30 p.m. on the first Thursday and third Thursday of the month at the Care and Concern facility, 37 William St. 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.

St. Maria Goretti

42 Redwood Dr., Laflin


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

The 11th annual celebration of the Divine Mercy will be held Sunday, April 23. The itinerary for the celebration is as follows: 1 p.m., Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Holy Rosary recited by Legion of Mary and remarks by Cathy Mack, coordinator and EADM cenacle leader. 2 p.m., Blessing of the image of Divine Mercy, followed by Holy Mass. 3 p.m., Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Divine Mercy Chaplet in song, benediction and blessing with the first class relics of St. Faustina.

The Third Annual Catholic Men’s Conference will be held on May 6 at King’s College, Scandlon Physical Education Center, 149 North Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Eucharistic Adoration, Rosary will be at 6 a.m.; the registration/Continental Breakfast will be held at 7 a.m. and the conference will run from 8 a.m to 3:30 p.m.

Mass for the Road to Resurrection will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, May 8. There is a sign-up sheet in the vestibule of the church for those wishing to bring food. Snack items, fruits, vegetable tray and desserts can be brought.

St. Mary’s

Polish National

Catholic Church

200 Stephenson St., Duryea


Rev. Fr. Carmen G. Bolock


Lenten Devotions will be held at 7 p.m. every Friday during Lent.

The 4-Boro Ministerium Ecumencial Lenten Services will be held at 7 p.m. every Tuesday until April 4. The service will be held each week in different member Parish of the Ministerium, with a guest homilist each week. The offering taken up each week will be donated to the support of the Food Pantry at Moosic United Methodist Church. Should bad weather happen on a Tuesday the service for that evening will be cancelled.The schedule is as follows.

• March 21 — Brick UMC, Duryea, wiith Homilist Pastor David O’Brien.

• March 28 — Queen of the Apostles R.C., Avoca, with music of Taize & Meditation.

• April 4 — Nativity of Our Lord R.C., Duryea, with Homilist Fr. Carmen Bolock.

St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church

205 N. Main St., Pittston


The Very Rev. Gary J. Mensinger

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

Five Byzantine Catholic Churches of Wyoming Valley are joining together for Interparish Vesper Services, held weekly Sunday afternoons during Lent. Each service begins at 3 p.m. and the schedule is as follow.

• Sunday, March 19 — St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 271 Tripp St., Swoyersville.

• Sunday, March 26 — St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, 695 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre.

• Sunday, April 2 — St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, 321 Chestnut St., Kingston.

The church will hold pizza and soup sales Fridays during Lent. Baked pizzas are $12 a tray or $7 for a half tray and unbaked pizzas are $10 a tray or $6 for a half tray. Add onions to a tray for $1 or half tray for 50-cents Soups will change weekly and are $8 a quart or $4 a pint. Call 570-905-7387 to place an order. Pick up orders on Fridays from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the rear door of the Church. Homemade pirogi will also be available for $8 a dozen. All proceeds go to the church.

St. Monica’s Parish

363 W. 8th St., West Wyoming

Phone: 570-693-1991

Rev. Peter A. Tomczak, Pastor

William Jenkins, Deacon

Nancy Beccaloni, Secretary

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


Prayer and Praise Group meets at 7 p.m. for one hour of prayer and music. Guitar music is provided by Ted and Anna Mike. Song books and Bibles are available and all are welcome.

The Road to Resurrection will once again be held on Wednesdays of Lent. On Wednesday, March 22 by Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Dupont with Father Thomas Petro as homilist. On Wednesday, March 29 the Mass will be held at 7 p.m. at St. Monica’s in Wyoming, with Father Chase Pepper, C.S.C. as guest homilist. The last step on the Road to Resurrection will be hosted at 7 p.m. by St. John the Evangelist Parish on Wednesday, April 5 with Father Joseph Mosley as guest homilist.

St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church

140 Church St., Old Forge

The church will host ham bingo April 2. The kitchen opens at 11:00 a.m., with games starting at 1 p.m. Door prizes will be awarded. A donation of $3 is required, with all proceeds benefiting the church.

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

100 Rock St., Hughestown



Bible Study is held at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening.

Pastor Newman will start a Bible study entitled The Divine Drama. Classes will be held Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. and Sunday mornings following service.

The year 2017 marks the 500th Anniversary of The Reformation. The church is beginning to plan events for a Martin Luther Reformation Celebration. Various committees are forming. Sign up sheets are available in the rear of the church.

Committee sign up sheets for the Martin Luther Reformation Celebration are available on the desk in the back of the church.

Anyone interested in joining the choir is asked to see Kim.

United Methodist Church of Pittston

Corner of Broad and Church streets, Pittston

570-655-4340, leave message

A bus trip to the “Summer Doo Wop Cavalcade” at the American Music Theater in Lancaster will be Saturday, June 10 for the 2 p.m. show. Cost is $115 per person which includes bus seat, driver tip, show ticket, dinner, all tips and taxes. Reservations must be made on or before Friday, April 7. Dinner is at the famous Shady Maple Smorgasbord following the show. Performers scheduled are The Duprees, The Happenings, Brian Hyland, Jay Siegel’s Tokens, The Classics, and The Capris. The bus will be at the Pittston Plaza at 9:45 a.m. and departs promptly at 10 a.m. For more information, call Cathy at 570-603-1915 and leave a message if there is no answer.