Novena to St. Joseph begins Saturday

First Posted: 3/4/2012

The Oblates of Saint Joseph Seminary Chapel, Route 315, Laflin, will be the setting for the annual Novena to St. Joseph, starting Saturday, March 10. Masses will be held every day at 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., followed by novena prayers and the blessing of the relic of St. Joseph Marello, founder of the Oblate Congregation. Confessions will be heard before all Masses.

The novena will continue up until Sunday, March 18.

Preaching this year's novena is Father Robert D. Dwyer of the Diocese of Syracuse, NY. He is a native of Utica, NY and was ordained a priest in 1962. He has served in various capacities throughout his priesthood as pastor, teacher, guidance counselor, chaplain for the New York State School for the Deaf, diocesan director of the permanent diaconate program and as a missionary in the Diocese of Nakuru, Kenya and with the Glenmary Missionaries in Mississippi.

The novena is a spiritual preparation for the liturgical Feast of Saint Joseph, which will be celebrated on Monday, March 19th. There will be Masses on that day at 7:00 and 10:30 a.m. and a solemn Pontifical Mass at 7:00pm by the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., JC.L., Bishop of Scranton. Concelebrating with Bishop Bambera will be the Oblate Fathers and invited diocesan clergy.

Rev. Paul A. McDonnell, OSJ, rector of the Oblates Seminary, invites all the area faithful to participate in the annual novena and Feast Day celebrations. For more information, contact the seminary office at 654-7542.

Pancake supper

The Mt. Zion United Methodist Church will hold their all you can eat annual Pancake Supper on Mar. 17 at the church on Mt. Zion Road, Harding. Take-outs are at 4 p.m. dinner served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Cost is adults $8 and children 5 to 12 years of age are $5. For advance tickets, contact Carole 388-6565 or Bob 823-2484.

Pasta and sausage

St. Maria Goretti Churchon Laflin Road will sponsor a pasta and sausage dinner from noon to 5 p.m. today, Mar. 4, at the church hall on Laflin Road. Tickets are available at the door for $9. Children 5 years of age and under are free for eat-in only. Facilities are handicapped accessible with ample free parking.

Pierogie sale

St. Michael's Church, Church and Winter streets, Old Forge, is hosting a pierogie sale. The cost is $6 per dozen. Orders due by March 9. Orders may be picked up from 2-5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, in the church hall. Call Dorothy: 562-1434, Sandra: 457-9280 or Church Hall: 457-2875

St. Joseph's Table

St. Joseph's Senior Social Club will set "The St. Joseph's Table" in honor of St. Joseph, patron saint, at their regular scheduled meeting on Thursday, March 15, at 2:00 p.m. in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel's Church Hall.

"La Tavola di San Guiseppe," an ancient Sicilian tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, was brought to New Orleans by Sicilian immigrants in gratitude to St. Joseph for answering prayers for deliverance from a severe draught that resulted in countless number of deaths due to famine.

A three tier altar representing the Holy Trinity and Holy Family will be assembled with various foods such as breads, pasta, fruits, vegetables, pastry and the fava bean. In Sicily, the fava bean was grown for fodder for cattle but because of its resilience it became the sustaining food during the famine.

Rev. Joseph Sibliano, pastor of St. Joseph Marello Church, honored guest, will bless the altar, tables and bread that will be distributed to the attendees.

Peter, Alicia and Joseph Adonizio will represent the Holy Family. Members of the club and attendees named Joseph or Josephine will be recognized in honor of their feast day.

The food for the altar and luncheon is being prepared by members and guests. Attendees are asked to bring canned food or dry staples to be placed at the foot of the altar. According to custom the food will be used to feed the hungry. The collected items will be donated to St. John the Evangelist Church, Greater Pittston Food Pantry.

Danny Argo and Friend Frankie will provide music.

The public is invited to attend. Reservations must be made by calling Maria Capolarella Montante at 655-2398 or Theresa Ormando at 654-2967.

Members of the St. Joseph's Senior Social Club will attend Mass on Monday, March 19, the feast day of St. Joseph, at the Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary in Laflin at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Paul Mc Donnell will offer the mass. A luncheon at Perkins will follow.

Ham and cabbage

A ham and cabbage dinner will be served on Saturday, March 10, at Wyoming United Methodist Church, 376 Wyoming Avenue.

Serving is 4-6:30p.m. Cost: Adults $9.00 and Children (5-12) $5.00. Take-outs will be available.

Nut and poppy seed

The Women of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 100 Rock St., Hughestown, are selling nut and poppy seed rolls at &8 each.

Call Pam 655-0043, Lois 654-4948, or Margaret 451-0526 for orders. Last date to order is March 18. Pick-up date is April 4, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Lenten retreat

The Josephite-Marellian Laity Association will host a Lenten Retreat, next Sunday, March 4, at the Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary, Route 315, Laflin. The retreat begins at 2:00 p.m. with a talk by Sr. Redempta Sweeney, IHM, followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, confessions, Stations of the Cross and the celebration of Holy Mass (suffices the Sunday Mass obligation). The retreat is free and open to the public.

Pediatric Clinic

The Care and Concern Pediatric Health Clinic, located in the former Seton Catholic School building on William Street in Pittston, will be open the first and third Thursday of each month.

Free health care is provided for infants through age 11. Registration is from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Participants should bring your child's immunization records with them. Parents or guardians must be present to have their child examined. All services are free and confidential.

The clinic is sponsored by the Care and Concern ministries of the Parish Community of St. John the Evangelist, Msgr. John Bendik, Pastor. For more information call 855-6035.

Reformed Presbyterian Church of Wyoming Valley

1700 Wyoming Avenue, Forty-Fort

Pastor Rev. R.F. Dymond

Morning Worship: 10:30 a.m. Bible School: 11:45 a.m.

Wednesday evening prayer service: 6:30 p.m. every other Wednesday

Visitors are welcome. For additional information call 570-693-1918

Bennett Presbyterian

501 Bennett Street, Luzerne

Everyone is welcome. The church is handicap accessible.

Bethel United Methodist

Main St., Avoca

11:15 a.m. Worship

Brick United Methodist

905 Foote Ave., Duryea

Pastor Michael Shambora

Service: Sunday 9:45 a.m.

Christian and Missionary Alliance Church

Luzerne Ave. and Parke Street

West Pittston

Origins – The Foundation of Creation and Man Part will be held from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Mar. 4 through May 13. The study is open to Bible students and well as interested individuals. Pre-registration is recommended by calling the church office 654-2500.

The 9th Annual Sportsman's Beast Feast will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 24, at the church. A buffet of wild game and domestic offerings are featured. Event is open to the public and free of charge. For reservations call the church office at 654-2500 by Monday, Mar. 19.

Christ's Community Clothes Closet will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursdays. The closet will be closed on days that Pittston and Wyoming Area School Districts are closed due to weather or holidays. There are clothes for men, women and children.

This ministry is open to the public free of charge. For more information, call 654-2500.

First Baptist Church

Rev. James H. Breese, pastor,

Water Street, Pittston

Sunday 9:30 a.m. Worship and Praise Service/Children's Sunday School, Adult/Teen Sunday School immediately following service.

Rev. James H. Breese, pastor, will conduct a series of Community Lenten Services every Wednesday during Lent at 7:15 p.m. The message will be "The Suffering Servant." Everyone is welcome and invited to attend. For more info, call 654-0283.

First Congregational UCC

500 Luzerne Avenue

West Pittston

Rev. Joan Mitchell, Pastor

Sanctuary is handicapped accessible.

Sunday Worship Service 11 a.m. with Communion.

Tuesday, 7 p.m. Diaconate Meeting; 7:30 p.m. Church Council Meeting

First Presbyterian Church

14 Broad Street Pittston

Sunday Worship 9:15 a.m. with Rev. William N. Lukesh.

First United Presbyterian Church

West Pittston

Rev. James Thyren


Mar 4– 10 a.m. Sunday School, 11 a.m. Worship, 12:05 p.m. choir rehearsal

Mar 6 – 7 p.m. Trustees

Mar 8 – 11 a.m. Scripture study, soup and sandwich at Second Presbyterian Church 7:30 p.m. Session

Services are being held at St. Cecilia's Roman Catholic Church, Wyoming Ave., Exeter, as the church recovers from the flood of September 2011.

There is parking on Wyoming Avenue and in the lot behind the church.

Full Gospel Chapel


Adult Sunday School, 9:30; Sunday morning worship at 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday evening Bible study and prayer service at 7:00.

The church also hosts the Rose of Sharon Church with Rev. Vincente Torres on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. for the Hispanic community.

Glendale Gospel Church

105 Church Drive

Glendale/Pittston Township

Sunday Service 10:45 a.m.

Harding Church of Christ

RR 1 Box 187A, Falls

Sunday services: 10:00 a.m. Sunday School and 11:00 a.m. Church Service.

Call 388-6534

Holy Mother of Sorrows PNCC

212 Wyoming Avenue, Dupont

Rev. Zbigniew Dawid, Pastor

Sunday Mass schedule: 8:00 a.m. Traditional Mass; 9:15 a.m. School of Christian Living (SOCL) and Confirmation Class; 10:30 a.m. Traditional High Mass

Daily Mass 9:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

Lenten Devotions, Stations of the Cross will be held at 7:00 p.m. every Wednesday.

Bitter Lamentations will be celebrated every Friday at 7:00 p.m.

Lenten Potato Pancake and Clam Chowder Dinner will be held on Friday, March 23. Serving will be 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Takeouts are available from 1:00 p.m. Donation is $7.00 which includes pancakes, soup, dessert and beverage. For dinner tickets you can contact Arnold Borc at 654-8175.

Potato cheese pierogie are still available and can be purchased after Masses on Sunday at the church hall.

Independent Bible Church

328 Main Street

Duryea, PA 18642

(570) 451-0346 Home/Office

[email protected]

Inkerman Presbyterian

Main St., Inkerman

Services: Sundays, 9 a.m.

Langcliffe Presbyterian

1001 Main St Avoca

Sunday worship 11:15 a.m.

The Langcliffe Church is handicapped accessible. Nursery is provided for children during worship.

The Care for Soldiers program continues. To date, over 50 care packages have been sent to servicemen and women overseas.

Moosic Alliance Church

608 Rocky Glen Road, Moosic

Pastor: Doug Jensen 457-6020

[email protected]

Sunday morning Sunday School for all ages at 9:30 a.m.

Sunday morning Worship at 10:45 a.m.

Prayer meeting, Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Celebrate Recovery Ministry, Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.

Oblates of St. Joseph

Highway 315, Pittston

Masses are held daily in the seminary chapel at 7:00 a.m. (Monday – Friday) and on Saturday mornings at 8:00 a.m. There are no weekend Masses.

Confessions are heard daily from 9:00 a.m. – noon and from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Office hours are Monday – Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., evenings and weekends by appointment. Office phone number is 654-7542.

Mass is celebrated at 7 p.m. every Wednesday in conjunction with the Novena to St. Joseph & St. Joseph Marello. Novena prayers and the blessing of the first-class relic of St. Joseph Marello, Founder of the Oblates of Saint Joseph Congregation, immediately follow the Mass. All are welcome.

Living the Eucharist for Teens is set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. on March 5, 12, 19, and 26, (Mondays) at the seminary. Kathy Yaklic, theology teacher at Holy Cross High School, Dunmore, will be the presenter. The $20 fee includes cost of the workbook. Five or more students from one parish or school can attend for a total of $75. To register for the above program, call 207-2213, ext. 1107.

The province and seminary website will soon be undergoing a complete revamping in the weeks and months ahead. You can follow the changes just by clicking on to

Tune into Catholic Radio 750 AM. The radio studio is located in the seminary building and is broadcast daily from dawn to dusk. For more information about this station, contact Ed Niewinski at 287-4670.

A Lenten Retreat will be held this afternoon, at our seminary, hosted by the Josephite-Marellian Laity Association. The retreat begins at 2:00 p.m. with a talk by Sr. Redempta Sweeney, IHM, former Congregation Administrator of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Scranton) and currently a spiritual director in Wilmington, Delaware. Following the talk, there will be adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, an opportunity for confessions, Stations of the Cross and the celebration of Holy Mass, which fulfills the Sunday Mass obligation. The retreat is free and open to the public.

Oblate Fathers of the Pittston Area and Hazleton will be holding their monthly retreat this Thursday, March 8, from 1:30 – 5:00 p.m. at the seminary.

For more news and information about the Oblates of Saint Joseph locally and around the world, turn to

St. Joseph Marello Parish Our Lady of Mt. Carmel St. Rocco's


Lenten Schedule

Daily Masses: Monday thru Friday: 7:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. there is a Holy Hour at Mt. Carmel Church.

Stations of the Cross are every Friday at Mt. Carmel Church after 11:30 Mass and at 5:00 p.m. with the Eucharistic Benediction and at St. Rocco's Church every Friday after 11:30 Mass.

The Annual Novena to St. Joseph will begin at the Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary, Route 315, Laflin. Masses are held daily at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. novena prayers following. Preaching this year's novena is Father Robert D. Dwyer from the Diocese of Syracuse. The novena ends on the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19, with a solemn Mass at 7 p.m. by Bishop Joseph C. Bambera.

Welcome to a new Parish Family member: Carmella Maria Caridi, daughter of Dennis and Alissa (Timko).

Today the new Altar Servers will be vestured during 11:00 a.m. Mass. They are: Michael Branley, Brooke Costanzo, McKayla Kathio, Joseph Keska, and Joseph Ranieli.

The Josephite-Marellian Laity Association will host a Lenten Retreat,today, Sunday, March 4, at the Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary beginning at 2:00 p.m. with a talk by Sr. Redemta Sweeney, IHM, followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, confessions, Stations of the Cross and the celebration of Holy Mass (suffices the Sunday Mass obligation). The retreat is free and open to the public.

The Holy Name Society will meet on Monday, March 5, at 7 p.m. in the parish center. The upcoming smoker to be held on Sunday, April 1, in the parish center will be discussed. Any members with "Lottery" returns should bring them to the meeting. Tickets for both events are also available at the rectory office. New members are welcome.

The Altar & Rosary Society of St. Joseph Marello Parish will be hosting a Penny Auction on Sunday, April 22, in the Parish Center. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the auction will be at 2:00 p.m. Get advance admission tickets or raffles tickets from any member, the rectory or at the door. Members are reminded that all returns must be made by the April 19 meeting.

The Second stop of the The Road to Resurrection 2012 is at Our Lady of the Eucharist, Pittston on Wednesday, March 7 with Holy Mass at

The Third stop is at the Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca on Wednesday, March 14 with Holy Mass at 7 p.m.

The Fourth stop is at Mt. Carmel on Wednesday, March 21 with Holy Mass at 7 p.m.

The Fifth stop is at St. John the Church, Pittston on Wednesday March 28 with Holy Mass at 7 p.m.

The second collection at the weekend masses on March 17-18 is for Catholic Social Services.

St. Joseph Marello Parish Raffle is now underway. Buy your tickets now for a chance to win 2012 Chevrolet Cruz or $20,000.

Donations are $20.00 each and only 2,000 tickets to be sold. Seller of the winning ticket receives $500.00. If you would like to sell tickets call Frank Sciabacucchi 655-6125, Pena Hansen-332-5989, or the rectory office-654-6902. Get yours before it's too late

Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish

535 N Main Street, Pittston

Mass Schedule

Saturday Vigil: 4:00 p.m.

Sunday: 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Daily Mass: 8:00 a.m.

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions)

Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. and by appointment

All Religious Education classes are held for Grades 1 thru 7 from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the Religious Education Center. Next Sunday, March 11, the children in the Religious Education classes will celebrate the Stations of the Cross in the Church immediately following the 8:30 a.m. Mass. All parishioners are invited to participate.

Stations of the Cross will be celebrated every Friday in Lent at 7:00 p.m. This week we will be using Everyone's Way of the Cross. All are invited to participate in this time of prayer and reflection. This coming Friday, March 9, all will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the parish hall before Stations to share soup, bread and fellowship.

During the season of Lent the Parish Community will be collecting non-perishable food and grocery items for the needy in the local area. All donations will be taken to the Pittston Area Food Pantry, housed in the Seton Catholic building. Donated items may be placed in the baskets at the entrances to our Church.

Rehearsals for the Adult Choir will be held on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Michael Sowa, Director of Music Ministry, invites all current members as well as those who are interested in joining for the first time. The Adult Choir will sing for the "Road to the Resurrection" Mass on Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m., as well as the Masses and services during the Easter Triduum. Rehearsals for the Children's Choir will be held on Sunday mornings immediately after the 10:30 a.m. Mass.The Children's Choir will sing for the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Easter Sunday. If you have questions about either the Adult Choir or Children's Choir, please see Michael after any Mass or call him at 881-2301.

The next meeting for the Pittston Catholic Youth Group will be next Sunday, March 11, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Religious Education Center. All youth of the Greater Pittston Area are invited to participate in the youth group.

The dates, sites and speakers are now in place for Road to Resurrection. The second step on our journey will be this Wednesday, March 7, at Our Lady of the Eucharist with Fr. Joseph Elston, Chaplain, Holy Redeemer High School. The journey will continue on Wednesday March 14, at Queen of the Apostles, Avoca, with Fr. Edward Buchheit, CP from St. Ann's Monastery; on Wednesday, March 21, at St. Joseph Marello Parish, Our Lady of Mount Carmel worship site with Fr. Louis Grippe, Most Precious Blood, Hazelton; and the final step will be on Wednesday, March 28, at St John the Evangelist with Fr. Philip Altavilla, St. Peter's Cathedral. All Masses begin at 7:00 p.m. and all are invited.

Introductory Yoga classes will be offered free of charge to determine if there is interest. Call the parish office at 654-0263 for more information.

Total yoga for Strength & Relaxation: this class offers a comprehensive yoga "experience" and is ideal for those with some yoga background. Bring a yoga mat and blanket. Open to all ages. Class date: March 15. Class time: 7-8:30 p.m.

Gentle Yoga is for seniors. Learn to breathe, move, strengthen, renew, relax. Join us for this gentle yoga practice designed to increase awareness, flexibility, strength and relaxation. Bring a yoga mat and blanket. No prior experience needed. Class date: Monday, March 19. Class time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.

All children of the parish are invited to meet the Easter Bunny and participate in an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 31, at 10:00 a.m. Carolyn Moscatelli has volunteered to chair this event. Registration forms have been distributed at Religious Education Classes as well as being available in the back of the Church for those children not yet in school or who are enrolled in parochial or private school. There will be a planning meeting on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall. All are welcome.

The address for the parish webpage is: You will find links to the Schedule for Liturgical Ministers, our weekly bulletins, monthly calendars, upcoming events and additional information. We hope that you will find the information useful and easily accessible.

Check out the parish Facebook page for all the latest information. The address is

On the first Friday of each month Communion is brought to those who are unable to participate in Sunday Mass because of age or health. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is celebrated with anyone seriously ill, anticipating a serious operation, or quite elderly. Please notify the parish office of anyone desiring these Sacraments, as well as anyone in the hospital or a nursing home.

Prince of Peace Parish

Old Forge

St. Mary's Church, Lawrence Street, Saturday Vigil 4 p.m. Sunday, Mass 8 and 10 a.m.

St. Lawrence Church, Main Street, Saturday Vigil 5:30 p.m. Sunday Mass 11:15 a.m.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Lackawanna Ave., Dupont

The mass schedule for the week is Monday through Friday at 7:00 a.m., Saturday at 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

CCD classes will be held on March 5, 12 and 10. In case of school closing or early dismissal due to severe weather, the CCD program will be closed for that night. If there is a late start to school classes, CCD classes will take place as scheduled.

The Holy Name Society's Spring 300 Club will start today, March 4. Five weekly prizes will be awarded. Tickets are $10 each and are available from any member or by calling the rectory. The Holy Name Society will meet on Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m. All outstanding 300 Club returns are to be made at this time.

The Choir will meet on Thursday, March 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the choir loft. New members are welcome. If you would like to become part of the choir, just come to practice. Bible Study will be held on March 14 at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the rectory.

St. Barbara Parish

28 Memorial Avenue, Exeter

Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Evenings, by appointment.

Phone: 654-2103

Stations of the Cross are every Friday at 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. after Mass.

A Biblical Walk Through the Mass will be held at St. Anthony's Hall of St Barbara's Parish hosted by Fr. Phil, Fr. Leo, Rocco Yanora, Barbara Russo and Ray Pasavage during Lent on Wed. evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center thru March 28. Those attending are asked to bring a bible.

The Golden Age Club will meet on Thursday, March 8 at 1:30 p.m. at the parish center. Hostesses are Netta Deeb, Josephine Delpiore and Mary Dirhan.

The Christian Women's Organization will hold their next monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30pm at St. Anthony's hall with the recitation of the rosary.

The Christian Women's Organization is currently selling lottery tickets. If you have any unsold tickets please return them as soon as possible.

Parishioners are invited to bring items such as cereals, pasta, peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned fruit, and condiments to Church for needy families. There are containers in both churches for your donations.

St. John the Evangelist Parish Community

35 William Street

Phone: 654-0053


St. John The Evangelist Parish Community will hold the annual Ethnic Heritage Dinner from 1:30 to 4 p.m. March 18 at the Seton Catholic cafeteria. Parishioners are invited to prepare foods representative of their ethnic background to be served. This can include salads, appetizers, main entr

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