Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for week of Sept. 16, 2018


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.

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.

A takeout pasta dinner and canoli sale along with a sauce and meatballs sale will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. The dinner menu includes salad, bread, pasta, meatballs and dessert. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 3 to 12. The quarts of sauce are $5 each and the quarts of sauce with meatballs are $7 each. The homemade canoli are $3 each. To purchase tickets and pre-order quarts of sauce with or without meatballs and canoli, call the parish office at 570-457-3412 by Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

215 Lackawanna Ave., Dupont


Rev. Thomas Petro, pastor

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


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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 Sundays, Sept. 23 and Oct. 7.

Weekday School Wednesday begin Sept. 26 at a time to be announced.

AMPED will meet Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Council will meet Sunday, Oct. 14.

St. John the Evangelist Church

35 William St., Pittston

A new weekend Mass schedule is as follows: Saturday, 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 9 and 11:30 a.m.

A chicken dinner will be held Sunday, Oct. 7. Takes-outs are from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and eat-in is from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Adult dinners include 1/2 chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, cole slaw, bread, cake and a drink. Children’s dinners include three chicken tenders, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, cole slaw, bread, cake and a drink. Adult meals are $10 and children’s meals are $5. Call the parish office to reserve a spot before Monday, Oct. 1.

St. Joseph Marello

237 William St., Pittston


Weekend Mass schedule is as follows: Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 8 and 10:30 a.m.

An after-school choir program for young people in grades 4 through 12 beginning Monday, Sept. 24.

Rehearsals will be held from 5:45 to 7 p.m. Mondays and will begin with a simple meal followed by a music rehearsal. There will be opportunities to sing at Masses, concerts, and choral festivals in the near future. Instrumentalists are also invited to share their talents. There is no cost to participate; registration is open to all regardless of parish affiliation.

For more information or to register, contact the parish office.

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. 16 and 23 and regular class will be held Sept. 30 followed by 11 a.m. liturgy featuring the 7th grade students.

There will be a meeting/information session for all students and their parents who are interested in becoming altar servers at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 23. Students should be in third grade or older and have received First Holy Communion. Those who are enrolled in CCD will be excused from class that Sunday—attendance will be taken and forwarded to your teachers.

A bus pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy of Faustina in Stockbridge, Massachusetts 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.

The Harvest Tea will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 in the Parish Center. This tea raises money for the Msgr. Philip Gay Awards which are presented to high school seniors from St. Maria Goretti Parish. Hostesses are needed who will decorate a table, invite 10 people, and provide food and beverages for their table. for more information, contact Dorothy Shea Yazurlo, Chairperson, at 570-655-6200. Cost for each guest attending is $10.

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 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


The church is conducting a pastie and mac and cheese sale. All orders must be in by Wednesday, Sept. 19 and may be picked up at the church between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 Prices are $7 for pasties and $5 for mac and cheese. To place an order, call 570-603-1915.