In Brief

June 23rd, 2015 8:03 pm

First Posted: 10/16/2013

AVOCA: Queen of the Apostles Parish’s Social Concerns/Respect Life committee is sponsoring a movie night at 6 p.m. on Friday in the parish hall, 742 Spring Street. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. The featured presentation is “October Baby,” an American, Christian-themed dramatic film rated PG-13. It focuses on a young woman who learns that she was almost aborted as a baby and then embarks upon a road trip to understand the circumstances of her birth.

A light dinner fare will be served before the movie. Tickets are free and can be reserved by calling the parish office at 570-457-3412. Donations will be accepted and will benefit the committee’s project loving care program which provides handmade blankets and afghans to the home bound of the parish.

HONESDALE: The St. Padre Pio Prayer Group will meet on Sunday at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 416 Church Street. The day will start with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 2 p.m. The Rev. William J.P. Langan, host pastor and group spiritual director, will lead the faithful in offering prayers for all priests. The rosary will be prayed and scriptural readings will be given by Mercy Sister Elizabeth Brody. The Book of Intentions will be presented and special prayers invoking the intercession of St. Pio will be offered. The sacrament of the anointing of the sick will be administered to the seriously ill and those due to undergo surgery. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be chanted at 3 p.m., followed by vespers, benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and closing with the individual blessing with the relic of St. Pio. All are invited.

HUGHESTOWN: St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Rock and Center streets, is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Parishioners and friends are invited to participate in the celebration to be held on Sunday at LaPalazzo, Birney Avenue, Moosic. Social hour will be held from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 1:30 p.m. Donation is $20 for adults; $6 for children younger than 10; and free for children younger than five. For more information call the church at 570-654-1008 or Pam at 570-313-2829.

NANTICOKE: A Christian contemporary service will be held at 4 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church of Nanticoke, 267 E. Main Street. There will be praise and worship music along with a short message of faith. Everyone is welcome. For more information contact Steve at 570-899-2264 or visit

NANTICOKE: A World Community Day, sponsored by the Church Women United of Wyoming Valley, will be held on Nov. 1 at St. Faustina Church’s alternate site at St. Mary’s Church, South Hanover Street.

Registration will begin at 11:15 a.m. The annual business meeting will take place at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m. A coin offering will be taken during lunch. Cost of lunch is $7.

Worship service will be held at 1 p.m. Betty Swithers is the song leader and James Ruck is the accompanist. Speaker will be Kristen Topolski, director, Ruth’s Place. The theme of the presentation is “Walking through the Doors of Opportunity.”

Reservations and payments should be made with Ruth Gavenus, treasurer, 373 Rutter Ave., Kingston, PA 18704. Call 570-288-5374. Deadline for reservations is Friday.

OLYPHANT: To celebrate its 125th anniversary, SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church is hosting Ukrainian Cultural Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 26 in the school gym, 133 River Street. The event will feature Ukrainian heritage, Ukrainian Church Choir CDs, jewelry, art and crafts, books, pysanky, food and more. There is no cost for the event and parking is free. For more information contact Lauren Telep at 570-383-0319.

The anniversary celebration will continue on Oct. 27 with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 3 p.m., attended by Stefan Soroka, Philadelphia, the Ukrainian Archbishop of the USA-Metropolitan, at the church, 135 River Street.

The anniversary banquet will take place from 5-9 p.m. at Fiorelli Catering, Peckville. The dinner includes the History of our Church DVD, the church choir and Kazka Ukrainian Folk Ensemble dancers. Tickets are $40 per person and $12 for children. For more information contact Sandra at 570-383-9487 or the Rev. Nestor Iwasiw, pastor, at 570-489-2271.

SCRANTON: North Anthracite Council League of Ukrainian Catholics will meet on Nov. 3 at St. Valdimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 430 N. Seventh Avenue. Moleben prayer service will be served at 2:30 p.m. and a business session will take place at 3 p.m., followed by reception and fellowship. Main agenda items include findings and recommendations of the national convention which was held Oct. 4-6 in Cheektowaga, Buffalo, N.Y. All members are reminded to renew their annual membership. For more information contact Dorothy Jamula, president, at 570-822-5354 or any LUC member.

SPRINGVILLE: The Chi Rho Singers will peform at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Springville United Methodist Church, 12112 state Route 3004W. The evening will include music by approximately 40 pastors. A free will offering will be taken.

WILKES-BARRE: The Christian Women of Our Lady of Hope Parish, 40 Park Ave., will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in the rectory. All women of the parish are welcome.

Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. John Terry, moderator, and the Blessed Mother statue will be crowned by Sophie Wajda, attended by Bernice Ihnat.

A covered dish supper will follow a brief meeting during which nominations will be presented for election of officers for the coming year.

Reservations can be made for the Christmas dinner to be held at 1 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Ramada on Public Square, Wilkes-Barre.

To participate in the covered dish supper or attend the Christmas dinner, contact Evelyn Evans at 570-829-5433 or Peggy Jones at 570-822-4780 for information.

WILKES-BARRE: St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 56 S. Hancock St., is holding a bazaar starting at 3 p.m. on Nov. 2. There will be baked goods, handmade items, a mini flea market, a lollipop tree and food, including hot dogs, pierogies, haluski, turkey barbecue sandwiches and potato pancakes.

Chances to win a trip to Atlantic City, dinners, groceries and more will be available for purchase. Door prizes will be awarded every half hour.

WILKES-BARRE TWP.: St. John’s Guild of St. John’s Byzantine Catholic Church is hosting a special rummage/bake/jewelry sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 30 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 31 in the parish hall, 756 E. Northampton Street.