Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for week of March 411, 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 at Huntsville Country Club in Dallas.

First United Presbyterian Church

Corner of Wyoming Avenue and Institute Street, Wyoming


Rev. James Thyren

The Session of the First United Presbyterian Church of West Pittston worshiping at Wyoming Presbyterian Church, Wyoming announces the following schedule for the week of March 11:

Sunday, March 11

9 a.m., worship

10:15 a.m., Sunday School in the Institute

2 p.m., Confirmation/Commissioning class

Tuesday, March 13

6:30 p.m., Choir rehearsal

7:15 p.m., Deacons

Wednesday, March 14

9 a.m., Morning Circle

Thursday, March 15

6:30 p.m., Lenten Soup and Study in the Institute

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.

Oblates of St. Joseph

Highway 315, Laflin


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


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

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


Facebook: stjohnslutheranchurchpittstonpa

Sunday service 8 a.m.

Fellowship is before and after service.

Communion is the first and third Sundays of each month.

Council meeting March 11 after service

Planning meeting March 18 after service

Palm Sunday breakfast March 25 after service

Family Easter Party March 25, 3 to 5 p.m.

Maundy Thursday (March 29) 7 p.m. at Immanuel

Good Friday Tenebrae (March 30) service 7 p.m. with no Pastor Z

We have a surplus of Sanctuary candles. You can purchase them for $4 each. Contact the church and leave a message if your interested in purchasing.

Outside of Council, all events open to the general public. Times and dates subject to change.

Two of our Church Members Mary Ann and Alan sell GLS Scripts (gift) card for that special somepone who is hard to get a gift for any occasion.

We have off street parking, handicapped parking next to the building, enclosed chair lift.\

St. Joseph Marello

237 William St., Pittston


The Altar & Rosary Society of St. Joseph Marello Parish, William St., Pittston will hold a Penny Auction Sunday, March 11 in the parish hall. Admission is $1. The doors will open at 1:30 p.m. and the auction begins at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served together with some door prizes.

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.

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.

The Catholic Charismatic Renewal will celebrate a Mass with Prayers for Healing at 7 p.m. Sunday , March 11 at St. Mary’s Church, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca. Rev. August Riccardi will be the celebrant, and there will be a Recitation of the Rosary beginning at 6:30 p.m. with prayers for healing following the Mass. The evening is hosted by Diving Mercy Prayer Group of Archbald, and refreshments will be served.

Girl Scout Troop 32109 is collecting non-perishable food items to benefit local food banks. A collection bin will be placed in the vestibule until March 19.

If you wish to purchase a raffle ticket, visit our office during regular office hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Tickets are $20 pre-sale or $25 at the door. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Doors will open at 11:00 a.m. for an opportunity for you to treat yourself to a wonderful lunch and just relax, have a good look at our basket raffle and visit with your friends prior to the bingo which will begin at 1 p.m.

A chicken dinner will be held from noon to 4 p.m. with takeouts from 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday, March 8 at Queen of the Apostoles. 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca. Menu includes traditional half chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetable, coleslaw, roll, homemade dessert and beverages. Grand raffle at the conclusion of the dinner will include (5) $200 cash prizes. Chances on the raffle are a book of three for $5.

A pasta and sausage dinner will be held from noon to 5 p.m. with takeout from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 8 at St Maria Goretti. Menu includes salad, beverage, dessert, rolls and butter (containers will be provided for take-outs) Children 5 years and younger eat in free. Donation is $12.

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


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 Lenten Food Sale will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. every Friday through March (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


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


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.