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Oblates will celebrate Triduum and

Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

The Oblates of St. Joseph Fathers will hold the annual Triduum and Feast of St. Joseph the Worker.

The Triduum (three days of prayers) will be held through Sunday, Sept. 3, at the Oblates of St. Joseph Chapel, Route 315, Laflin, with a Mass at 7 p.m. followed by special prayers to St. Joseph. Confessions and the Holy Rosary will precede the Mass.

The feast will be celebrated on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4, with a Solemn Mass at 11 a.m. Bishop John M. Dougherty, D.D., auxiliary bishop emeritus of Scranton, will serve as celebrant and homilist. St. Joseph’s bread will be blessed and distributed following the Mass as a “symbol of the fruit of our labor.” Special intentions for the triduum celebration include: workers’ thanksgiving, the unemployed, special blessings for students, teachers and administrators and staff as they are entering a new school year, for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and religious life, for peace and prosperity in our families and for peace in the world.

U.M. Church of Pittston plans holiday

theater trip to ‘Miracle of Christmas’

United Methodist Women of the United Methodist Church of Pittston will sponsor a holiday bus trip to Sight and Sounds Theater in Lancaster to see “The Miracle of Christmas” on Wednesday, Nov. 8, for the 3 p.m. show.

Bus will be at the Pittston Plaza at 8:15 a.m. and will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Price of the trip is $115 per person and includes bus seat, show ticket and lunch at the Shady Maple Smorgasbord.

Deposits are past due. To check if seats are still available, call Lorraine at 570-654-3755 or Charlotte at 570-655-2189.

St. Peter’s pipe organ turns 100

The community is invited to a 100th birthday celebration for the M.P. Möller pipe organ at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Rock and Center streets, Hughestown, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. Visiting organist Michael Sowa will play works by past and present composers of organ music on the 100-year-old instrument, which was rebuilt in 1994. 

A reception will follow the program.

Contributions to the organ fund will be accepted during the event.

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church announces upcoming events

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7 Wood St., Pittston, announced the following activities:

Planning will meet after service Sunday, Sept. 3 and Sept. 17.

The church will hold a community picnic from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9.

Council will meet after service Sunday, Sept. 10.

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church will celebrate its 160th anniversary Sunday, Nov. 12, with a dinner at the Jenkins Twp. Hose Company.

The anniversary celebration will include a service of Thanksgiving and a dinner from 3 to 6 p.m.

More details about the anniversary celebration will be announced. Sharleen Palaima is planning committee chairwoman.

Outside of council meetings, all events are open to the public.

The church is renting out its lower level for $100 for three hours and $35 for each additional hour, plus $100 returnable security deposit. The hall can accommodate a maximum of 50 people. Email the church to receive photos of the space.

The church has gift cards available for a variety of area locations and in a variety of denominations. See Mary Ann Denman or Alan Drummond after any of the services for information.

The church has off-street parking, with handicap parking next to the building. There also is an enclosed chair lift.

For information, visit Facebook, call 570-655-2505 or email

Mount Zion United Methodist Church

plans 26th annual chicken barbecue

Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 1422 Mount Zion Road, Harding, will host its 26th annual chicken barbecue Saturday, Sept. 9. Takeout dinners will start at 4 p.m., with sit down service from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6.50 for kids.

St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic

Church plans annual flea market

The Rev. Eduard Shestak and the parishioners of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, Old Forge, are having their annual flea market from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Sept. 16, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17.

The event will be held rain or shine at the church hall, 320 Vine St., Old Forge.

Antiques, jewelry, household items, furniture, children’s clothing, toys and much more will be available.

A variety of ethnic food items, baked goods and refreshments also will be featured at the flea market.