Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings week of July 15, 2018


First United Methodist Church

143 Harrison St., Old Forge

A strawbeerry social and bake sale will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 28. Ticket cost is $5 which includes a strawberry dessert (cake, strawberries, ice cream, whipped cream) and a beverage. Lunch items, including hot dogs, wimpies and baked goods, will be available. Tickets will be available at the door or by calling Doris at 570-457-5059.

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


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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

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.

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 22.

Council will meet after service Sunday, July 15.

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. Maria Goretti

42 Redwood Dr., Laflin


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

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 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.