Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for the week of May 21, 2017

May 19th, 2017 12:35 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.

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.

The church will sponsor its Sixth Annual Car Show Sunday, May 21 on the grounds of Holy Redeemer Church, Route 92, Harding. Registration is from 11 a.m. to noon and the show will wrap with the presentation of awards at 3 p.m. The event also includes music, food vendors, merchandise vendors and raffles. Local radio personality The Big Kahuna will serve as emcee. General admission is free.

The show will feature a competition for all makes and models of automobile and motorcycle. Registration on the day of the event is $15 per car. Trophies will be awarded for best-in-show, monsignor’s choice, people’s choice and the top 35 vehicles. A Hard Luck Award will also be presented. The first 150 vehicles to register will receive a dash plaque.

For more information, call Mike Flynn at 570-760-5704. Rain date is May 28.

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.

First United Presbyterian Church

Corner of Wyoming Avenue and Institute Street, Wyoming


Sunday, May 21: Sunday, School, 10:15 a.m.

Wednesday, May 24: St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen, 4 to 6 p.m.

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.

Feast Day of the founder, St. Joseph Marello, will be celebrated with a Triduum, or three days of prayers. Prayers begin Saturday, May 27 and will continue through Monday, May 29 with a Holy Mass at 7 p.m., followed by devotional prayers to Saint Marello and individual blessings with a first-class relic of the saint. Confessions will be heard before Mass and Holy Rosary will be recited. The feast will be Tuesday, May 30, with a Solemn Mass at 7 p.m. Serving as celebrant and homilist will be Bishop James Timlin, D.D. retired Bishop of Scranton. Following Mass, an outdoor reception will be held on seminary grounds.

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.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

215 Lackawanna Ave., Dupont


Rev. Thomas Petro, Pastor

The annual Women’s Society Mass will be held 10:30 a.m. May 28, with the annual brunch held at noon at Fox Hill Country Club,454 Tunkhannock Ave., Exeter. This event is free to all current members of the society. There is a $10 charge for guests.

On May 29, Fr. Petro will celebrate a 9 a.m. Memorial Day Mass for peace and justice in the cemetery chapel.

The annual parish quilt raffle is underway with a quilt made by parishioner Lorraine Harmanos. The quilt has 3 million stitches. Tickets are $2 each, or three for $5. Tickets can be purchased from Lorraine or members of the Women’s Society. The drawing for the quilt raffle will take place at the parish picnic Aug. 5.

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 $3,700. Airfare and all included. To register, call (855) 842-8001.

Second Presbyterian

143 Parsonage St., Pittston


Pastor: Rev. David Brague

Sunday, May 21: Christian Education, 9:30 a.m.; Children’s Day Worship, 11 a.m.

Monday, May 22: Fellowship Committee, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 23: AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 25: Weight Watchers, 6:30 p.m.

St. Barbara’s Parish

28 Memorial St., Exeter


The Men’s Holy Name Society, Christian Women’s Organization, and Social Concerns Committee announce the third annual dinner featuring Kundla’s BBQ chicken on Sunday May 21. The dinner consists of ½ BBQ chicken, salad, rolls, vegetables, and cake. Tickets are $10 per dinner and take-outs will be available at 11 a.m. while eat-in is from noon to 3 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Church Parish Center.

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 is closed for summer break

Council Meeting will be held Sunday, June 4 after Service.

Planning Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 5.

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

Hiwatha Paddle Boat ride will be Saturday, Aug. 19 at a time TBA.

Sunday, Nov. 12 will be the church’s 160th anniversary at the Jenkins Township Hose Company. A service of Thanksgiving and a dinner will be held from 3 to 6 p.m.

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.

The church’s altar and rosary organization is organizing a trip to Lancaster’s Sight and Sound Theatre for a production of “Jonah.” The $105 cost includes transportation, the show and a luncheon at Shady Maple, a Lancaster area restaurant. For more information and to reserve a spot, call Jean Mudlock at 570-654-9710.

St. Maria Goretti

42 Redwood Dr., Laflin


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

Thursday, May 25 is Feast of the Ascension and a Holy Day of Obligation. Vigil is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 24 and liturgy is 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday, May 25.

Designer Bingo is Saturday, May 20. Doors open at 11 a.m. and bingo will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Extra cards may be purchased, as well as tickets for a 50/50 raffle and a chance at door prizes. We will have a limited seating capacity of 300. Tickets can be purchased at the parish office during regular office hours or at 570-655-8956. 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.

The church’s flea market will be held the same weekend as Laflin Borough’s community yard sale. Family and friends can shop from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 2, while the public is welcome 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 3 and 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, June 4. Sunday is $1 bag or $2 box day.

St. Mary’s

Polish National

Catholic Church

200 Stephenson St., Duryea


Rev. Fr. Carmen G. Bolock


Ascension Thursday, which is a Holy Day of Obligation, will be observed at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 25.

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.