Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for week of July 8, 2018


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.

Prince of Peace Parish

123 W. Grace St., Old Forge


A Chicken BBQ and Basket Raffle will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12 in the parking lot of Arcaro and Genell Restaurant, 433 S. Main St. The dinner is take out with some limited outside seating. The dinner will be prepared by Arcaro and Genell and included in the $10 ticket price will be ½ BBQ chicken, corn on the cob, pasta salad, and a roll. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling the rectory at 570-457-5900 by Wednesday, Aug. 1. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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

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, July 11 in the church hall. Volunteers are needed. Anyone wishing to volunteer in any area of the picnic is asked to contact the parish office.

A Mass to consecrate the new altar will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14. Bishop Bambera will celebrate this first Mass in the newly renovated church. All are invited to attend this historic liturgy and see the new church interior for the first time. The final Sunday Mass in the church hall will be Sunday, July 8. The final weekday Mass in the cemetery chapel will be Friday, July 13. Minor work will continue throughout July.

Annual Novena in honor of St. Ann will begin Tuesday, July 17 and continue through Wednesday, July 26, the feast of St. Ann and Joachim, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Novena prayers will be said after all Masses.

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.

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.

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


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

The annual church picnic 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.

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

The Diocese of Scranton is offering the annual Mass in remembrance of victims of violent or tragic death. This Mass is offered for the families and friends of those who have died in tragedy, especially through murder, suicide, and accident. The Mass is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12 in the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 330 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. All persons who have lost a loved one through tragic and traumatic death are invited to this liturgy. The names of deceased loved ones are to be registered on registration forms which are available in the parish office or accessed on the Service and Social Concerns webpage on the Diocese of Scranton’s website, For more information, contact the Office for Parish Life at 570-207-2213. Registration forms must be received by Monday, July 9.

Church Festival will be Friday, July 27 to Sunday, July 29. Musical entertainment includes Sperazza Band on July 27, Flaxy Morgan on July 28 and Sweet Pepper and The Long Hots on July 28.

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.