Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for week of June 10, 2018


First United Presbyterian Church

Corner of Wyoming Avenue and Institute Street, Wyoming


Rev. James Thyren

Throughout the remainder of the year, there will be special monthly events at the Institute. The next event will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 13 with Luzerne County Disaster Commission Member Janice Thyren to discuss the status of recovery from the flood of 2011 and how the commission is preparing for possible future disasters in the area.

Oblates of St. Joseph

Highway 315, Laflin


Our Lady of Fatima is calling to Pray for Peace in the World and Meditate on the Mysteries of the Rosary. In response to her call, a monthly evening of prayer and song will be held in the chapel. The evenings will be led by Ernie Pappa and will include hymns and Fatima prayers, the Rosary, scriptural mysteries in song, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Prayers will be at 6 p.m. Monday, June 18; Monday, July 16.

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.

The annual all-you-can-eat pig roast will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 8. Takeout dinners will be available all day. Additional seating will be available under an outdoor tent. The menu includes roasted pig on the spit, wimpies, hot dogs, corn on the cob, salads, desserts, soda, and water. There will also be a cash prize grand raffle, basket raffle, children’s games and a bake sale. Tickets, which are $20 for adults, $10 for children 6-12, and free for children 5 and younger, are available in advance or at the event. For more information and advance tickets, call the parish office or visit the parish Facebook page.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

215 Lackawanna Ave., Dupont


Rev. Thomas Petro, pastor

Travel with Fr. Petro to Slovakia and Poland June 16-26. Visit Bratislava, Sastin, Levoca, Krakow, Zakopane, Lagiewniki, Auschwitz, Czestochowa and Warsaw. Cost: $3,700, airfare included. To register, call 855-842-8001.

The 71st Annual Parish Picnic will take place Thursday, Aug. 2, Friday, Aug. 3 and Saturday, Aug. 4 on the church grounds. The next picnic meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13 in the school. Anyone wishing to volunteer in any area of the picnic is asked to contact the parish office.

Theme basket donations are now being accepted to be raffled off at this year’s picnic. For purposes of uniformity, a minimum value of $35 per basket is requested. All items must be unused.

Non-perishable foods and paper goods are being collected for the food baskets. Donations should be brought to the church hall. Anyone wishing to donate a prize for any of the stands is welcome to do so. Please be sure to designate for which stand the prize is being donated.

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran

7 Wood St., Pittston


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Sunday service 8 a.m.

Fellowship is before and after service.

Communion is the first and third Sunday of each month.

Council will meet after service Sunday, June 10.

Ship Wrecked Vacation Bible School will be held July 9-13.

Weekday School Wednesday is held at 6 p.m. every Wednesday.

AMPED meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

St. John the Evangelist Church

35 William St., Pittston

A new weekend Mass schedule has begun and is as follows: Saturday, 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 9 and 11:30 a.m.

St. Joseph Marello

237 William St., Pittston


A new weekend Mass schedule has begun and is as follows: Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 8 and 10:30 a.m.

St. Maria Goretti

42 Redwood Dr., Laflin


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

A Prayer Breakfastwill be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 16 at Al Mia Amore, 280 Main St., Dickson City. Fred Natale of the Divine Mercy Prayer Group will give his witness and Fr. Bill Corcoran will provide the teaching. There will be time for worship and song, a great catered breakfast, and wonderful fellowship. The cost is $10 payable at the door. Reservations are required by Tuesday, June 12. This is sponsored by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the Diocese of Scranton.

The First Catholic Women’s Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 23 at The University of Scranton, Byron Complex. The conference, intended to inspire women at all levels of faith, will include several noted speakers, uplifting music, the Sacrament of Penance, Eucharistic Adoration and a Mass with Bishop Joseph C Bambera. Participants can also enjoy a continental breakfast, lunch and shopping at the Catholic Vendor Marketplace. The keynote speakers are Judy Landrieu Klein, a speaker, theologian and author; and Father Richard McAlear of Ministry of Hope and Healing. Megan Murphy, a local speaker, teacher and evangelist, will serve as master of ceremonies. The conference will also feature the Christian music group, “His Own,” from Nashville, Tenn. Xost is $50. Student tickets are $20. For registration and information, go to:

The Fourth Annual Quo Vadis Days will be held Sunday, June 24 to Wednesday, June 27 at Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. This camp is for young Catholic men in grades 9 through 12 to deepen their faith, learn more about all vocations, and better discern God’s call in their lives. Cost to attend is $40. For more information and register, visit vocations,

Light the Fire will be held Wednesday, June 27 at Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Cost to attend is $30.

United Methodist Church of Pittston

Corner of Church Street and Broad Street, Pittston


A bus trip to see “Nunsense” starring Joyce DeWitt, known from the classic television sitcom “Three’s Company,” at Hunterdon Hills Dinner Theater will be Wednesday, July 25. Cost of the trip is $100, all inclusive. To make a reservation or for additional information, call Cathy at 570-603-1915.

A bus trip to the American Music Theater Lancaster for the Fall Doo Wop Cavalcade will be Saturday, Sept. 29. Showtime is 2 p.m. and cost for the trip is $118. The bus will leave the Pittston Plaza at 10 a.m. To reserve a seat or for information, call Cathy at 570-603-1915.