Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for week of Sept. 23, 2018


First United Presbyterian Church

Corner of Wyoming Avenue and Institute Street, Wyoming


Rev. James Thyren

Sunday, Sept. 23: Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday School Kick-off Brunch, 10:15 a.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 25: Choir Rehearsal, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 27: Chain Gang Needleworkers & Crafters, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 30: Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday School (Class for all ages), 10:15 a.m.

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.

A Healing Mass will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. A musical prelude of Contemporary music will begin at 2:30 p.m. by Ernie Pappa and the Sacred Heart Singers who will also provide music for the Mass. An anointing will take place during Mass for all who seek healing of body, mind or soul. Contact the Seminary at 570-654-7542 for more information.

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

The Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux is celebrated Monday, Oct. 1. She was known as the “Little Flower” and died of tuberculosis in France at the age of 24. All the faithful will be blessed with her relic at the conclusion of the 7:30 a.m. Mass on Oct. 1. Her relic will be offered for individual veneration after Mass. The Legion of Mary will distribute St. Therese chaplets at the end of the Mass.

The Church celebrates the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Thursday, Oct. 4. Fr. Petro will administer a special blessing to all pets at 6 p.m. near the front steps of Sacred Heart Church. Parishioners and friends of our parish are invited to bring their animals to the church to pray for the intercession of the saint who loved nature and all of God’s creatures. To provide a safe environment for all who attend this event, please be sure that all pets are properly restrained

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.

Weekday School Wednesday begins Sept. 26.

Planning Meeting will be held after service Sunday, Oct. 7.

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. 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. If interested, contact Shannon Kowalski, Coordinator for Youth & Young Adult Ministry at 570-207-2213 ext. 1155 or email