Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for week of Sept. 9, 2018


Holy Mother of Sorrows PNCC

212 Wyoming Ave., Dupont

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


Holy Hour is held every Wednesday from 6 to 7 p. m. followed by the Mass and the novena prayers to St. Joseph and St. Joseph Marello.

The Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held from 6 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 aides are needed. Anyone interested should contact Elaine Starinski, DRE, at 570-362-1900, or the parish office. CCD registration forms are 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.

The 20th annual pasta and meatball dinner, hosted by the Holy Name Society will be held Saturday, Sept. 15 in the church hall. Take-out will be 3 to 5 p.m. and eat-in dinners 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from members of the Holy Name Society as well as at the parish office at a cost of $9 for adults and $4 for children under 12.

A Pro-Life “Baby Shower” sponsored by the Pastoral Outreach Apostolate will be held the weekend of Sept. 22 and 23 to benefit the Wyoming Valley Chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life. As of now, members will collect baby items (new, not used) such as sleepers, blankets/afghans, quilts, wash cloths and towels, baby clothing (sizes newborn – 12 months), disposable diapers, etc. Donations may be dropped off before or after Masses and can be placed in the play pen located in the church narthex. Monetary donations will also be gratefully accepted and can be placed in the collection basket or sent to the parish office in a marked envelope indicating a donation to the Baby Shower. The Pastoral Outreach Apostolate invite all to attend a mock baby shower to be held in the church hall on Sunday, Sept. 23 after the 10:30 a.m. Mass.

St. Barbara’s Parish

28 Memorial St., Exeter


A pasta dinner will be held at the St. Anthony Center, 156 Erie Ave., 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


Facebook: stjohnslutheranchurchpittstonpa

Sunday service 8 a.m.

Fellowship is before and after service.

Council meeting will be held Sunday, Sept. 9 after service.

Communion is the first and third Sunday of each month.

Weekday School Wednesday will begin either Sept. 19 or Sept. 26. Time TBA.

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 Sept. 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.