Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for week of Aug. 26, 2018


Holy Mother of Sorrows PNCC

212 Wyoming Ave., Dupont

A flea market will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 on the church grounds. Anyone interested in selling items can reserve a table for $15. Call Lois at 570-603-9633 for more details.

The 42nd annual Harvest Festival or “Dozynki” as it is known, will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 on the parish grounds. Polka Punch will begin providing entertainment at 1:30 p.m. The blessing of the Harvest Wreath will be at noon. In addition to our popular basket raffles and games we will have face painting, storytelling and a bounce house for the children.

Oblates of St. Joseph

Highway 315, Laflin


The Oblate of St. Joseph Fathers will hold the annual Triduum and Feast of St. Joseph the Worker.

The Triduum (three days of prayers) will be held on Friday, Aug. 31, Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2. with a Mass at 7 p.m., followed by special prayers to St. Joseph. Confessions and the Holy Rosary will precede the Mass.

The Feast will be celebrated on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3 with a Solemn Mass at 11 a.m.. Serving as celebrant and homilist will be Bishop John M. Dougherty, D.D. auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Scranton. St. Joseph’s Bread will be blessed and distributed following the Mass as a “symbol of the fruit of our labor.

The special intentions for the triduum celebration include: for all employed and unemployed, for students, teachers, administrators, and staff, for peace and prosperity in our families, for peace in the World and for an increase of vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life to serve Jesus’ Church.

The Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held from 67 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday in the seminary chapel at St. Joseph’s Oblate Seminary. It includes recitation of the Rosary and opportunity for confessions. Holy Mass is celebrated at 7 p.m., followed by Novena prayers to St. Joseph and St. Joseph Marello, founder of the Oblates of St. Joseph religious congregation. For more information, contact the OSJ seminary.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

215 Lackawanna Ave., Dupont


Rev. Thomas Petro, pastor

In preparation for the 2018-19 school year, adult volunteer catechists and classroom aids are needed. Anyone interested should contact Elaine Starinski, DRE, at 570-362-1900, or the parish office. CCD registration will take place in the church hall from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday Aug. 18 and from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday Aug. 26. CCD registration forms are also available in the narthex and on the parish website. CCD Classes for the 2018-19 school year will begin on Sunday, Sept 9. Classes will be held from 9:20 to 10:20 a.m.

St. Barbara’s Parish

28 Memorial St., Exeter


A pasta dinner will be held at the St. Anthony Center, 156 Erie Avenue, Exeter from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. The dinner includes pasta and meatballs, salad, roll, beverages, and dessert. Take outs will be available. Cost is $10 per dinner, $5 for children under 12 years old. Dinner benefits the Men’s Holy Name Society programs. For more information, call the rectory.

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran

7 Wood St., Pittston


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Sunday service 8 a.m.

Planning meeting will be held after service Sunday, Aug. 26.

Fellowship is before and after service.

Communion is the first and third Sunday of each month.

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

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

St. Maria Goretti

42 Redwood Dr., Laflin


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

CCD classes will be held from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in the lower level of the church. Regular classes will be held Setp. 9, 16 and 23 and regular class will be held Sept. 30 followed by 11 a.m. liturgy featuring the 7th grade students.

A bus pilgrimmage to the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy of Faustina in Stockbridge, Massachuesetts will be held Friday, Oct. 5. The bus leaves at 7 a.m. from the back section of the parish parking lot. Cost per person is $67 and includes complimentary snack items, water, bus trip, shrine fee, and a full course meal at Bogie’s Restaurant in Barrington, M.A. The estimated time of return is 1 p.m. Contact Cathy Mack at 570-654-6063 for a reservation.

World Youth Day will be held in Panama City, Panama from Jan. 22-27, 2019. World Day is an initiative from St. John Paul II to gather Young Catholics of the world every two to three years in a celebration of faith and culture. The World Youth Day events gather millions, including Pope Francis, young Catholics, clergy, and religious brothers and sisters.

The Diocese of Scranton is sponsoring two separate pilgrimage packages for young adults ages 18-35. In interested, contact Shannon Kowalski, Coordinator for Youth & Young Adult Ministry at 570-207-2213 ext. 1155 or email

St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church

320 Vine St., Old Forge


The annual flea market will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. The event will be held rain or shine at the church hall. Antiques, jewelry, household items, furniture, children’s clothing, and toys and much more will be available for purchase. A variety of ethnic food items, baked goods, and refreshments will also be available.

United Methodist Church of Pittston

Corner of Church Street and Broad Street, Pittston


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.