Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for week of Dec. 24, 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

Christmas Eve Candle Light Serive will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24. The Lords supper will also be celebrated.

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. 24: Fourth Sunday of Advent 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.

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 oplatki, the traditional Easter European Christmas Eve Wafers, are available in the church narthex for an offering of $2 per envelope.

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.

Lenten Pierogi orders will be taken by the Women’s Society after all Masses the weekend of Jan. 13 and 14.

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. 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.

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

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.

Schedule for the Christmas and New Year’s Masses:

Sunday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve — Sunday Obligation, 8:30 and 11 a.m.; Christmas Obligation, 4 and 10 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day — Christmas Obligation, 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.

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.