Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for week of March 4, 2018

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Corpus Christi Parish

605 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston

570-654-2753

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

570-654-0283

www.fbcpittston.com

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

570-457-4477

pastor@langcliffeavoca.church

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.

Oblates of St. Joseph

Highway 315, Laflin

570-654-7542

The Annual Solemn Novena to St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, will begin Saturday, March 10. Masses are celebrated daily at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., followed by Novena prayers and individual blessing with the first-class relic of St. Joseph Marello, Founder of the St. Joseph Oblates Congregation. Each Novena Mass is preceded by an opportunity for Confessions and recitation of the Holy Rosary.

The Feast of St. Joseph will be celebrated Monday, March 19 with a solemn Mass at 11 a.m. with His Excellency, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, as principal celebrant and homilist. The Oblate priests and Diocesan clergy will concelebrate. At the conclusion of the Holy Mass, St. Joseph’s Bookmarks will be blessed and distributed. There also will be a Holy Mass at 7 p.m.

Deepen your Lenten devotion on at 6 p.m. every Monday evening until March 26 — Monday of Holy Week. The evenings will include the Rosary with newly composed scriptural Sorrowful Mysteries by Ernie Pappa, Fatima prayers, the Litany of the Most Precious Blood and Lenten songs. Participants will assist in leading the prayers and decades of the rosary.

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

570-457-3412

stmarysavoca@verizon.net

www.queenoftheapostles.weconnect.com

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

570-654-3713

Rev. Thomas Petro, pastor

shojesuschurch@gmail.com

www.sacredheartdupont.com

Stations of the Cross will be prayed in common each at 7 p.m. Friday evening throughout Lent. Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament will occur immediately after the Stations.

On Mondays of Lent, Confessions will be heard from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the church.

Gorzkie zale, the traditional Polish-language Lenten devotion known as the “Bitter Lamentations,” will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 18. The devotion is a sung reflection on the Passion of Christ and his Sorrowful Mother. The choir of Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Duryea will join in the singing. Fr. Gregory Finn, OSJ, will be the guest homilist. A light reception will follow in the church hall. All are invited to attend.

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

570-655-2505

stjohnsllutheranchurch@aol.com

Facebook: stjohnslutheranchurchpittstonpa

Fellowship is before and after service.

Communion is the first and third Sundays of each month.

Planning will meet after service Sunday, March 4.

Council will meet after service Sunday, March 11.

A Palm Sunday breakfast will be held after service Sunday, March 25.

A Family Easter Party will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 25.

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

Maundy Thursday will be held at 7 p.m. March 29 at Immanuel.

Good Friday Tenebrae Service will be held at 7 p.m. March 30 with no Pastor Z.

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. Joseph Marello

237 William St., Pittston

570-654-6902

office@sjmparish.org

www.sjmparish.org

St. Joseph Marello Parish presents a teaching and exposition of Sacred Relics at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6. Father Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross will be here with his very special ministry to teach about these holy objects. He will bring with him over 150 relics, some as old as 2,000 years. Among the treasures will be relics of St. Maria Goretti, St. Therese of Lisieux (the “Little Flower”), St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Faustina Kowalska. In addition, there will also be present a portion of the veil of Our Lady, as well as one of the largest remaining pieces of the True Cross in the world. Those in attendance will be able to examine and venerate each relic. Parishioners are encouraged to bring articles of devotion (such as rosaries, holy cards, etc.) and pictures of ill friends/family members which you will be able to touch to the reliquaries as a means of intercession.

Anyone interested in helping the religious education program may email the director, Alicia Hintze, at ccd@sjmparish.org. 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@ sjm-koc.org 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 parishcenter@sjmparish.org.

St. Maria Goretti

42 Redwood Dr., Laflin

570-655-8956

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

All of St. Maria Goretti’s young adults (grades 8 through 12) are invited and encouraged to attend a Youth Group meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 11 in the parish center. We are looking forward to planning some events for the future and would like your input.

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

Email: 363monicast@comcast.net

www.stmonicanepa.com

St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church

205 N. Main St., Pittston

570-654-4564

The Very Rev. Gary J. Mensinger

Secondary Site – St. Nicholas Byzantine – 570-714-8411

A Lenten Food Sale will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. every Friday through March (9, 16, and 23). Foods this year include pizza, fish sandwich with slaw and homemade soup. Orders can be made by calling 570-905-7387. Orders are for take-out only.

St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church

320 Vine St., Old Forge

570-457-3042

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.

United Methodist Church of Pittston

Corner of Church Street and Broad Street, Pittston

570-655-4340

A bus trip to the American Music Theater in Lancaster to see “Songs of the Silver Screen” will be held Saturday, May 19. Following the show will be dinner at the Shady Maple Smorgasbord with time to visit their gift shop. Cost of the trip is $100 per person and includes show, dinner, bus seat, taxes and tips – all inclusive. Bus leaves from the Pittston Plaza at 11 a.m. For additional information or to reserve a seat, call Cathy at 570-603-1915.

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