Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for week of Dec. 17, 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.

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.

First United Presbyterian Church

Corner of Wyoming Avenue and Institute Street, Wyoming


Rev. James Thyren

Sunday, Dec. 17: Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday School, 10:15 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 19: Choir, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 21: Longest Night/Blue Christmas Service, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 23: Christmas Caroling, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 24: Worship, 9 a.m.; Christmas Eve Covered Dish, 6 p.m.; Christmas Eve Worship, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 25: Christmas Morning Worship, 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, DEc. 31: Combined Worship, 11 a.m.

Nativity of Our Lord Parish

127 Stephenson St., Duryea

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

Christmas Mass Schedule is as follows:

Sunday, Dec. 24 — 4 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 25 — Midnight, 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Polish-language carols will be sung by the choir in the church prior to Midnight Mass at 11:30 p.m.

The Women’s Society Wafer Dinner will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7 at Arturo’s Restaurant, Main Street. Reservations may be made by contacting Diane at 570-654-6639.

Sacred Heart Parish will soon begin again the Polish custom of kolęda, or the annual blessing of homes. This is a pastoral visitation to your home by the priest which takes place during January, usually near the Solemnity of the Epiphany. If you would like your home blessed in the new year, then please complete the registration form in the church bulletin.

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


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, Dec. 17.

Christmas Eve Service on Sunday, Dec. 24 will be at normal time.

Planning meeting will be held after service Sunday, Jan. 7.

Council Meeting will be held after service Sunday, Jan. 14.

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 first quarter church helper list for 2018 and Portals of Prayer for 2018 in the rear of the church at the beginning or end of service.

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

On Monday, Dec. 18, approximately twelve priests from the Greater Pittston Area will be available to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession). Beginning with a Penance Service at 7 p.m., the priests will then be available for individuals to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This communal service provides an opportunity for the faithful to prepare for the celebration of Christmas. All are welcome to participate in this celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

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.

The Rec Board will hold its annual Christmas Party at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17 in the church banquet center.

Sacrament of Penance: Pittston Deanery Communal Penance Service will be held at St. John the Evangelist Church, 35 William Street, Pittston at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18. There will be 12 to 15 confessors.

Schedule for the Christmas and New Year’s Masses:

Sunday, Dec. 24, Christmas Vigil (Please note that through our now operable closed circuit feed, the 4 p.m. liturgy can be seen in the parish hall as our overflow space. Communion will also be distributed in the parish hall.) — Liturgies, 4 and 10 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day — Liturgy, 10 a.m.

Sunday, Dec. 31, New Year’s Vigil —Liturgy, 4:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 1, New Year’s Day — Liturgy, 10 a.m.

St. Mary’s

Polish National

Catholic Church

200 Stephenson St., Duryea


Rev. Fr. Carmen G. Bolock


Sunday, Dec. 24 — 10:15 p.m., Special Music; 10:30 a.m., Procession to the Manger, Blessing of Crib, Christmas Trees, & Christmas Candle, Pasterka Shepherd’s Mass. Everyone Welcome to the Rectory, following Holy Mass, 10:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 25 — 9:30 a.m., Mass of Christmas Day, Benediction, Christmas Breakfast at the Rectory.

Tuesday, Dec. 26 — 7 p.m., Holy Mass Symbolic Stoning of Stephen, throwing of walnuts at the priest.

Wednesday, Dec. 27 — 8 a.m., Mass.

Thursday, Dec. 28 — 8 a.m., Mass.

Friday, Dec. 29 — 8 a.m., Mass

Sunday Dec. 31 — 9:30 a.m., Mass ad Distribution of wine from St. John’s Day

Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 — 9:30 a.m. Holy Mass. Everyone welcome to the rectory following Holy Mass.

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 “Cookie Walk” will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until all cookies are sold, Sunday, Dec. 17 in the Church Hall. Information can be found on the church website: Tables will be set up displaying all the varieties of cookies and participants take “the walk” around the tables selecting the cookies they like into a container the church provides. The cost is $8 per pound. Kinds of cookies will includeKolachi, Italian ricotta, peanut butter, chocolate chip, linzer, cherry winks, Russian tea cakes, butterscotch scotchies, gingerbread, nut and fig filled cookies, fudge, and many more. In addition to the Cookie Walk, A Christmas Basket Raffle will be featured with gifts and surprises in each basket. For more information, contact Linda at 570-905-7387. All proceeds benefit St. Michael’s Church.

St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church

320 Vine St., Old Forge


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.