Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for week of June 24, 2018


First United Presbyterian Church

Corner of Wyoming Avenue and Institute Street, Wyoming


Rev. James Thyren

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, 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

A special Mass for Independence Day will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 in the cemetery chapel.

The 71st Annual Parish Picnic will take place Thursday, Aug. 2, Friday, Aug. 3 and Saturday, Aug. 4 on the church grounds. 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.

Congretional Meeting will be held after service Sunday, June 24.

Planning Meeting will be held after service Sunday, July 1 and Sunday, July 22.

Council will meet after service Sunday, July 15.

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

Planning Meeting will be held after service Sunday, July 17.

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.

The annual will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 12, Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14. The picnic will feature ethnic foods, children’s games, large indoor flea market, basket raffles and more. Saturday night is the drawing for four cash prizes: $1,000, $500 and two $250. Nightly entertainment includes Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots on July 12, Flaxy Morgan on July 13 and Pop Star Drive on July 14. Contact the rectory 570-654-6902 or Frank Sciabacucchi 570-954-0092 for cash prize raffle tickets.

St. Maria Goretti

42 Redwood Dr., Laflin


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

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

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

There will be an overnight retreat at Holy Family Spiritual Renewal Center in Nanticoke. It will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, June 29 and end at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 30. The topic is “Explorations in Prayer” and the retreat director is Lynn Marie Busch (Doctoral Candidate in Sacred Theology). Friday evening snacks and three meals on Saturday are included along with room and board. The cost is $60 per person. Call Lynn Marie at 570-675-0212 ext 104 for more info or to register.

Parish Feast Day Mass will beFriday, July 6.

Vacation Bible School will be held Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13. Children ages 4 to 12 are invited. This year’s theme is “Shipwrecked”. Parishioners and non-parishioners are welcome. Registration forms with full details of the vacation bible school are available in the foyer of the church or online at

Church Festival will be Friday, July 27 to Sunday, July 29.

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.