Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for week of Feb. 11, 2018


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.

Langcliffe Presbyterian Church

1001 Main St., Avoca

Pastor Alex Becker


The annual Easter Egg Hunt 5K will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24. Runners and walkers will collect Easter eggs along the course, and each egg takes off seconds from their finishing time. The race is a fundraiser for the Avoca Hose Company and Ruth’s Place women’s shelter. Last year, $2,000 was raised to keep the community safe and help the homeless. There will be appearances by Alt 92.1, Tux the Penguin, and the Easter Bunny.

Nativity of Our Lord Parish

127 Stephenson St., Duryea

There will be no sale on Ash Wednesday, as it is being moved to the following Friday, Feb. 16, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or until sold out. Available foods include homemade potato pancakes, homemade red clam chowder and seafood bisque, along with homemade haluski and frozen pierogi, pizza (baked or unbaked) and a bake sale.

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.

A Night at the Races will be held Saturday, Feb. 17, in the parish hall. The doors open at 5 p.m., and the races begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per person and includes food and beverages. Horse sponsorships are $10 each. The sponsor of the winning horse wins $50. Sponsorship registration forms are available in the church vestibule or the parish office. Also, food and baked goods donations are welcome. For information, contact the parish office at 570-457-3412 or

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

215 Lackawanna Ave., Dupont


Rev. Thomas Petro, pastor

A Healing Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12 in observance of the 26th World Day of Sick. During the Mass there will be a communal celebration of the Sacraments of the Anointing of the Sick.

Ash Wednesday lithurgical schedule for Wednesday, Feb. 14 is as follows: 7:30 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Raffle tickets for the Holy Name Society “300 Club” are available from any Holy Name member. There are a limited number of tickets. Drawings will take place during Lent.

A flea market will be held Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, in the church hall. Beginning in April, items in good condition will be accepted in the church hall. Donated items that will be accepted include household items, kitchen items, toys, holiday decorations, books, jewelry, furniture and more. Electronics and clothing will not be accepted.

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.

We are looking for contractors who do work in stain glass repairs.

Council meeting will be held after service Sunday, Feb. 11.

Krispy Kreme donuts fundraiser will have pick ups after service Sunday, Feb. 11

Ash Wednesday will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14.

Maundy Thursday will be held at 7 p.m. at Immanuel.

Good Friday Tenebrae Service will be held at 7 p.m.

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. Joseph Marello

237 William St., Pittston


The annual pasta dinner will be held Sunday, Feb. 11. This one-day fundraiser will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with take-outs beginning at 11 a.m. The dinner will be a choice of either pasta or polenta with meatballs, salad, garlic bread sticks, and strawberry shortcake. Soda and coffee are included. There will be beer and wine available for purchase. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Parish Office at 570-654-6902.

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. Maria Goretti

42 Redwood Dr., Laflin


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

Ash Wednesday services on Feb. 14 will be held at 8 a.m and 6:30 p.m. There will also be a “Liturgy of the Word” with ashes at noon.

St. Mary’s

Polish National

Catholic Church

200 Stephenson St., Duryea


Rev. Fr. Carmen G. Bolock


A pre-lenten breakfast will be held from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 11 at the church. Menu features eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, roll with butter, juice, beverage. Tickets are $1 for adults, and $5 for children 12 and under. There will be limited tickets at the door. For advance tickets, call the church. Take-out is available.

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


A Pre-Lenten Pierogi Sale will be held Saturday, Feb. 24 with for pick-ups being available either before or after 4 p.m. Mass. Order forms are located at both entrances of the Church or by calling Maria Parra at 570-709-2335.

St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church

320 Vine St., Old Forge


The Annual Ham Bingo will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 18. Theme baskets, door prizes, and various bingo specials will be available throughout the afternoon. The kitchen opens at 11 a.m. and a variety of food items and refreshments will be available. The church will also sponsor a bake sale during the bingo. Admission is $3 per person.

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.