Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for week of Nov. 12, 2017


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 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.

All schedules are subject to change and additional events may be added. Please check the church website or visit us on Facebook for updates.

The Free Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22 All take-out and deliveries can be called in between 1 and 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21. Deliveries will be made to the Greater Pittston Area only.

First Congregational Church U.C.C.

500 Luzerne Ave.

West Pittston, PA 18643

570-654-8052, leave message

A golf outing will be held May 14, 2018 at Huntsville Country Club in Dallas.

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.

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 parish is now conducting a Thanksgiving Food Drive. Non-perishable food items such as dry stuffing mix, gravy, cranberry sauce, soup, sweet potatoes, vegetables, rice are needed. They can be deposited in the designated containers located in the narthex. The CCD students are invited to participate and bring their donation to Monday evening class. Do not leave anything on the rectory back porch. The church is open daily until noon. Donations benefit the Greater Pittston Food Bank.

The Women’s Society Advent Pierogi Sale will take place Monday, Nov. 13 to Wednesday, Nov. 15. Both potato and cabbage pierogi will be available for $8 per dozen. It is important that you place any and all orders in advance so that the proper amount of ingredients can be ordered. Payment is made at the time of pick-up.

Thanksgiving Day Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23.

The parish Welcome Committee will host a “Cookie Walk” for the Christmas holiday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10 in the church hall. Homemade cookies, fudge and candies will be offered for $7 per pound. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be available.

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: $3,700. Airfare included. To register, call 855-842-8001.

St. Joseph Marello

237 William St., Pittston


The Annual Harvest Dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12. Take-outs begin at 11 a.m. and sit-down meals begin at 11:30 a.m. This year’s menu will be Italian roasted pork, mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes and gravy, and apple pie. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages six to 12. Children ages five under eat for free. Tickets can be purchased at the parish office, and limited tickets will be available at the door. Call the parish office for more information.

Anyone interested in helping the religious education program may 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, 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

Fellowship is before and after service.

Communion is the first and third Sundays of each month.

Planning Meeting will be held after service Sunday, Nov. 19.

Council Meeting will be held after Service Sunday, Nov. 19.

Week Day School Wednesdays are from 5:30 to 8 p.m. A child friendly dinner is held at 5:30 p.m. followed by interactive lessons and activities.

Sanctuary candles are on sale for $4 each. Call the church and leave a message if interested in purchasing one.

Members may pick up their fourth quarter church helper list and Portals of Prayer in the rear of the church at the beginning or end of service.

Sunday, Nov. 12 will be the church’s 160th anniversary. Worship service will be held at 1 p.m. followed by dinner at the Jenkins Township Hose Company from 3 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Ages 5 and under eat free. Deadline to register for the dinner is Sunday, Nov. 5. Call the church at 570-655-2505 or email for more information.

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 to non-members for events. Cost is $100 for three hours and $35 for additional hours, plus $100 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 is 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.

A homemade sausage and fettuccine dinner will be held Sunday, Nov. 12. Eat in is from noon to 5 p.m. and take outs are from noon to 4 p.m. (containers will be provided for take-outs). Donation is $10 and children ages 5 and under and under are free for eat-in only. Facilities are handicapped accessible. Ample and free parking. Raffles will be sold for our Specialty Baskets (value $150.+) during the Pasta Dinner. These baskets will be raffled off after our Craft Show, which is being hold the following weekend.

The Specialty Basket Raffle will once again be chanced off at the Craft Show Saturday, Nov. 18 and Sunday, Nov. 19. Donations such as gift cards/certificates to area restaurants, supermarkets, movie theaters, or stores like hardware stores, toy stores, car washes, bath & beauty stores, holiday items, etc. are needed from area businesses and parishioners. Donations of new items can be included in the baskets. Each basket will have a value of at least $150 so we do need a lot of donations. Tickets for the Specialty Baskets will be sold during the pasta dinner Sunday, Nov. 12, the week before the pasta dinner after all Masses and during the craft Show.

CCD Students schedule is as follow: 5th grade class Mass, Sunday, Nov. 19.

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

A stuffed chicken breast dinner will be held Sunday, Nov. 12 in the church hall. The dinner features baked stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetables, cake and a beverage. Takes-outs are available from noon to 1 p.m. and dine-in is from 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children and can be purchased at the door the day of the event. For more information, call Linda Hando, on Fridays only, at 570-654-4564.

Valley Alliance

317 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston

Pastor Shane M. Nichols

570-654-2500 or 570-654-7414

Service times: Faith & Family night, 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays; Sunday morning, 10:30 a.m.; Sunday evening (second and fourth Sunday of the month) 6 p.m.