Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for week of Oct. 14, 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. Beef will be provided by Sabatelle’s Market in Pittston.

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


Facebook page: Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the rectory.

The Women’s Guild will host its fifth annual authentic Polish dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. The menu includes kielbasa, piggies, haluski, pierogi, cabbage and red beet salad, coffee and tea. Guests may bring their own alcoholic beverages. Tickets, which are limited to 175 sit-down dinners, are $10 for adults and $5 for children age 10 and younger. One hundred takeout dinners will be available too for $10 each. For tickets, call the parish office at 570-457-3412, Jeannette at 570-457-7804 or Jane at 570-335-8678. Please note, tickets will be limited at the door.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

215 Lackawanna Ave., Dupont


Rev. Thomas Petro, pastor

A Senior Bingo sponsored by our Pastoral Outreach Apostolate will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 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.

The annual Pastoral Outreach Bake Sale will be held the weekend of Oct. 27-28 in the church hall after all Masses. A theme basket and 50/50 raffle will also be available. Donations of baked goods can be dropped off in the church hall beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

The Women’s Society Advent Pierogi Sale will take Wednesday, Nov. 7 to Wednesday, Nov. 14. Orders will be taken the weekend of Oct. 20 and 21 after all Masses. Potato and cabbage pierogi will be available. $8 per dozen. Call the Parish Office to place an order. Payment is made at the time of pick-up.

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran

7 Wood St., Pittston


Facebook: stjohnslutheranchurchpittstonpa

Sunday service 8 a.m.

Fellowship is before and after service.

Communion is the first and third Sunday of each month.

Council will meet Sunday, Oct. 14.

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. the following Sundays: Oct. 14, 21 and 28.

A Halloween party will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 in the church hall. This party is open to children and grandchildren of Laflin residents with children ages 12 and under invited.

All Souls Day will be celebrated Friday, Nov. 2. A liturgy will be celebrated at 8 a.m,. and again at 5:30 p.m. Candles in memory of those who has passed away since Nov. 2, 2017 will be carried to the sanctuary where their name will be read and the candle will be placed in a special place near the special stand containing the memorial envelopes for the November month of souls. Letters of invitation have been mailed to the families of those who have passed.

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