Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for week of Sept. 30, 2018


First Baptist Church

Water Street, Pittston


Sunday Morning worship, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday School for adults, teens and children, 11 a.m.

Wednesday Bible Study, 7:15 p.m.

Mens Fellowship, 8:30 a.m. the first and third Saturday of every month

Womens Fellowship, 11 a.m. the fourth Saturday of every month

Teen Fellowship, 10 a.m. the first and third Saturday of every month

First Congregational Church U.C.C.

500 Luzerne Ave.

West Pittston, PA 18643

570-654-8052, leave message

Sunday services are at 11 a.m.

Church Council meetings are held the second Sunday of each month.

Communion is the first Sunday of each month.

The Fall Roast Beef Dinner will be held Saturday, Nov. 3. The beef will be provided by Sabatelle’s Market in Pittston.

First United Presbyterian Church

Corner of Wyoming Avenue and Institute Street, Wyoming


Rev. James Thyren

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


Facebook page: Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca

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.

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

“Fatima Day” devotions to Our Lady of Fatima, Queen of the Rosary, will be held in Sacred Heart Church at 7 p.m. Saturday Oct. 13. The Legion of Mary will sponsor this holy hour which will feature the crowning of the statute of Our Lady of Fatima, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and the recitation of the rosary with other prayers.

A Senior Bingo sponsored by our Pastoral Outreach Apostolate will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 14 in the church hall. All who are 60 years of age and older are invited. Admission is free. Snacks and token prizes will be given.

The Novena to St. Jude will be prayed in Sacred Heart Church beginning Saturday, Oct. 20, immediately prior to the 4 p.m. Mass and conclude Sunday, Oct. 28, immediately prior to the 10:30 a.m. Mass. During weekdays, the novena prayers will be recited following Mass. Throughout the novena his statue will be placed in the sanctuary and a first class relic of St. Jude will be offered for veneration after each Mass.

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, 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. 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. 30 followed by 11 a.m. liturgy featuring the 7th grade students.

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