St. Joseph Marello Parish
237 William Strret, Pittston, PA
Good Friday Service of Our Lord’s Passion – Available after 2pm on April 10
Good Friday Reflection – Available after 8am on April 10
Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper
Palm Sunday Mass of Our Lord's Passion
All Masses and Other Parish Activities Suspended
Most of us have probably been following the development of the corona virus over the past few weeks. Now, we find ourselves at the center of a whole new way of going about living our lives to insure the safety and well being of all. Our parishes, St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph Marello are complying with the instructions provided by the Diocese and our Bishop during this important time. Those instructions are listed in the letter from our Bishop included in this bulletin. You can also find times for the celebration of the Mass on television or on the internet. I know it is certainly not the same but hopefully, abiding by these guidelines and temporary changes, we can return to normal sooner, when indeed it is safe for all. Fr. Jackson and I will be celebrating private masses each day, satisfying the Mass intentions you see in our weekly bulletin. We will be evaluating these measures as we go along and new information comes from the government and our Diocese. Your patience and understanding is so very much appreciated and contributes greatly to the safety of all. It is my hope and prayer that if these directives are followed and we respond to the sacrifices made by all people, this will begin to resolve sooner than later. We always rise to the occasion through the grace of God and the kindness and generosity of many people! We will do the same this time! Our Pastoral Center will remain closed during this period. Our offices in both parishes will remain OPEN, but you are asked to keep face-to-face visits to a minimum and call the office or e mail if possible.
As a reminder, the contact information for the parish is as follows:
Weekend Mass will be celebrated by either Father Elston or Father Jackson and will be broadcast through video on our social media and website platforms, including Facebook and YouTube. There will be more information on this within our bulletin. Furthermore, we will have a daily posting on both YouTube and our Facebook page with a message, scripture reading, and brief reflection with updates from Father Elston.
The weekly bulletin will continue to be printed and be made available online or as a physical copy in the Church.
Please keep in mind that these policies, office hours, and open church hours are subject to change rapidly, as is the nature with these uncertain times. We will continue to update our website and social media accounts frequently. Furthermore, we will continue to print and publish our weekly bulletin as we normally do. Even though we are in the midst of a troubling and unprecedented period, we can, and will, all get through this together!
May God bless you and your families both now, and always!
A Letter to the Faithful from Bishop Bambera
March 16, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Effective immediately, and until further notice, I have suspended the celebration of Masses open to the public and all public gatherings in all diocesan parishes, worship sites, college campuses, chapels and health care facilities in the eleven counties of the Diocese of Scranton.
Churches of the Diocese will remain open daily for individual private prayer. The timeframe for each parish is to be determined by its pastor or parish life coordinator. The dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass during this time remains in effect.
Scheduled sacramental celebrations such as weddings, baptisms or funerals will be permitted, but attendance will be limited to immediate family members and follow any guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The sacraments of the Anointing of the Sick and Reconciliation will be available, when requested individually, by the faithful in cases of serious need.
It deeply saddens me to take this temporary action, knowing the depth of your faith and your desire to celebrate the Holy Eucharist on a regular basis. In light of continued concerns surrounding COVID-19, and upon the advice of medical experts, it is clear that we, as a faith community, must do our part in order to help slow the spread of this virus.
The number of faithful souls who filled our churches this past weekend, even with the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass, was deeply consoling to me. As you always have, so many of you are turning to your faith as the surest place where we will find God’s peace, consolation and hope.
Unfortunately, the presence of such great numbers of worshippers in our churches is not serving our efforts to help mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus. In an effort to prevent overwhelming our hospitals and health care facilities, national, state and local leaders have urged people to avoid large gatherings of people and keep appropriate social distancing from one another.
As your bishop, in addition to the care of souls, the safety and health of all of our faithful parishioners, friends and those we welcome through our outreach and service, is of utmost importance to me. As such, the decision that I have announced, while difficult, is the best way for us to work together to serve the common good of all, both in our parishes and in our communities.
During these challenging times, it is also crucial that we not forget who we are as Christians. May we continue to offer, in whatever way we can, care and concern for those who are most vulnerable, including the poor, our senior citizens and those who are ill. I also urge those who can do so to maintain support for your parishes during these difficult days in order to sustain the ministries and outreach services for parishioners and those most in need.
Despite the suspension of public Masses, a private Mass will be celebrated daily in the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Scranton, and made available on CTV: Catholic Television of the Diocese of Scranton. On weekdays, the Mass will be broadcast at 12:10 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. On weekends, the Saturday Vigil Mass will be broadcast at 4:00 p.m. and rebroadcast on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. The Masses will also be streamed on the Diocese of Scranton’s website (www.dioceseofscranton.org), made available on the Diocese of Scranton’s social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and will be accessible on the Diocese of Scranton’s YouTube channel.
Additional resources for individual parishioners to deepen their faith during Lent are also available on the Diocese of Scranton’s website.
During this sacred season of Lent, we are being asked to sacrifice more than ever before – particularly with the loss of cherished religious practices, most especially the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. May we do so mindful of the selfless sacrifice of Jesus and for the sake of our brothers and sisters who are most vulnerable and in need of our help.
The Diocese of Scranton continues to monitor the rapidly evolving health situation regarding the coronavirus. We are constantly monitoring directives from national, state and local officials. This policy will be reassessed on a regular basis, in addition to the plans for Holy Week and Easter.
God bless you and keep each of you in His care. Let us continue to pray for one another.
Faithfully yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L.
Bishop of Scranton
Holy Week Virtual Schedule
Holy Thursday – April 9 at 7pm
Good Friday Service – April 10 at 2pm
Easter Basket Blessing – April 11 at 12pm
Easter Vigil – April 11 at 8pm
Easter Sunday – April 12 at 9am
St. Joseph Marello Parish
237 William Street
Pittston, PA 18640
Fr. Joseph Elston, Pastor
Fr. Jackson Pinhero, OSJ, Assistant Pastor
Deacon Santo Agolino
Christine Silinskie, Business Manager/Secretary
Alicia Hintze, Religious Education
Brandon Jopling, Sacristan and Publication Manager
Steve Wallo, Director of Youth Ministry
Raphael Micca, Music Director & Organist
Parish Hall Inquiries, please contact Christine