Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for the week of April 9, 2017

April 14th, 2017 6:15 am

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.

Corpus Christi Parish

605 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston


Weekday Celebration of Eucharist 7:30 a.m.

Weekend Celebration of Eucharist Saturdays 4 p.m., Sundays 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

First Baptist Church

Water Street, Pittston


Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday school 11 a.m.

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.

Easter Sunrise Worship will be at 7 a.m. and Easter Worship will be at 9:30 a.m. April 16.

First Congregational Church U.C.C.

500 Luzerne Ave.

West Pittston, PA 18643

570-654-8052, leave message

A Roast Beef Dinner will be held Saturday, May 6. For more information, call Jean Williams at 570-654-0588.

A Golf Outing at Huntsville Golf Club will be held Monday, May 15. For more information, call Dan Castner at 570-991-7474 or Melina Wisnosky at 570-388-2889.

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; 7:15 p.m., deacons

Wednesday: 9 a.m., morning circle

Easter sunrise service is 7 a.m. between Elm St. and West Pittston Cemetery. Easter worship is at 9 a.m.

For more information, call 570-609-5410.

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.

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.

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

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

Easter Sunday Masses will be at 8 and 10:30 a.m. April 16 with a resurrection service at 10:15 a.m.

The following meetings have been announced: Worship Committee, 7 p.m. Monday, April 17. Respect life committee 7 p.m. Thursday, May 4.Women’s guild 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 9. Community committee 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 18.

The parish will host its annual gold tournament at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 7. The cost is $80 per player.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

215 Lackawanna Ave., Dupont


Rev. Thomas Petro, Pastor

Easter Triduum Schedule is as follows:

Sunday, April 16, Easter Sunday — Easter Masses at 7:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

Tickets for the Women’s Society Spring Raffle have been mailed. Return sold ticket stubs to the Parish Office as soon as possible. Returns may be mailed, dropped off at the Parish Office, or dropped into the collection basket in a marked envelope. The drawing will take place Sunday, April 30 with first prize being $500, second prize being $250, third prize being $125 and fourth prize being $100.

Children from the parish will receive Our Lord of the Holy Communion for the first time at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 7. “May Crowning” of the statue of the Blessed Mother will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 14 by the First Communion children.

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.

Second Presbyterian

143 Parsonage St., Pittston


Pastor: Rev. David Brague

Sunday, April 16: Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m., Easter Worship at 11 a.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.

Easter Service will be at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, April 16.

Planning Meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 17.

AMPED will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18.

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.

This Easter, holy water may be taken home to be sprinkled and received during blessings either going in or coming out. Water will be moved to the sanctuary in front of the Paschal candle and made available until Sunday, April 23. Water may be placed in a recipient’s container or purchased in a small plastic bottle in the sacristy for a $2 offering. Those unable to give $2 may have a bottle.

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.

Designer Bingo is planned for Saturday, May 20. We will have a limited seating capacity of 300. Tickets can be purchased at the parish office during regular office hours or at 570-655-3333 (ask for Rosemary). Prizes include designer purses by Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Dooney & Bourke, Coach, Michael Kors and more. The kitchen will also be open, serving soups, meatballs, haluski, and more.

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.

Holy Week will be celebrated until Monday, April 17. The following events will be taking place throughout the course of those days.

• Sunday, April 16 — 9 a.m., Procession of Resurrection outdoors (weather permitting), Mass of Resurrection, Blessing of Easter food.

• Monday, April 17 — 7 p.m., Holy Mass.

A yard sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29 on the church grounds. Table space for 8-foot by 2-foot tables can be rented for $10, but vendors must bring their own table. Vendors and crafters are welcome and space can be reserved by calling the church. There will be feed and beverages all day.

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

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.

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

Zion United Methodist Church

1422 Mt. Zion Road, Harding

Members of the Mount Zion United Methodist Church are holding a spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22. Dinners will include spaghetti, meatballs, salad, roll, beverage and dessert. Adult tickets are $9 and children’s are $5. Tickets can be reserved by calling Karen Daniels at 570-885-1650. Everyone is welcome to good food and good fellowship.

Episode 127 of “Our Faith… Our Diocese” will air on Catholic Television (CTV) 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18; 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 19; 1 p.m., Friday, April 28.