We are a Eucharistic Community, a people diverse in background united together as Catholic Christians around the altar of the Lord.  We are nurtured by the Sacraments and sustained by prayer.  Our mission is to fulfill our Baptismal promises by proclaiming the message of the Gospel in our lives by our commitment to faithfully love and serve the Lord and one another.

Organ Rededication Recital

On Sunday, October 24 at 3:00 p.m., we will welcome organist Mark Laubach to our parish to play the Rededication Recital for our three-manual, 31-rank Kilgen pipe organ which was refurbished as part of the 2020 church restoration.  Mark is the Organist and Choirmaster of Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre and Professor of Organ at Marywood University in Scranton.  Mark received a Bachelor’s Degree in Church Music from Westminster Choir College and a Master’s Degree in Organ Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester. He served for one year as Fellow in Church Music at Washington National Cathedral.  He has recorded three critically acclaimed compact discs and has performed throughout the United States and Europe.  Our parish organist, Mike Sowa, has had the privilege of studying organ with Mark.  A free-will offering will be accepted.  We hope you will be able to attend!

November 2021 “Harvest of Prizes”

We invite our parishioners and friends to enter our “Harvest of Prizes” fundraiser which will begin on Monday, November 1. Please check below for a downloadable form with entry slips and prize calendar. Entries are $10 each and due by Sunday, October 31. As before, there will be surprise gifts awarded on random days throughout the month. Enter today…you won’t want to miss out on the fun!

Care and Concern Health Clinic Seeking Positions

We are currently seeking the following positions to be filled in an attempt to reopen our Care and Concern Free Health Clinic, located at 37 William Street in the former Seton Catholic High School building. Our clinic would be open one evening per week.


The clinic director would oversee the clinic environment and volunteer staff. The Director would schedule medical and general staff, have a working relationship with St. John the Evangelist Parish, area hospitals, and the community at large. He or she would handle publicity and act as a patient advocate. Medical experience is not required, but would be of great assistance to anyone interested in this position.


We are in need of nursing staff – R.N.’s , L.P.N.’s, and nurses’ aides – who would take information and vital signs of patients who visit us, and assist physicians while they are with patients.


Lay volunteers are needed to staff areas such as reception, office, and clerical work and general running of the clinic. Training will be provided. It would be a very rewarding experience to help our neighbors and friends who visit us and are very much in need of the free services offered by the Care and Concern Free Health Clinic.

If you are interested in any of these positions, please call Saint John’s Parish Office at 570-654-0053 no later than Friday, September 17 to schedule an interview with Father Joseph Elston, Pastor. We would be very happy to discuss the much-needed and very much-appreciated help you could provide to our keeping this essential ministry going. It will be a rewarding opportunity to serve our friends in need of medical care in our local area.

Weekend Mass – Livestreamed on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m.


We are continuing to livestream our 4:30 p.m. Saturday Vigil on our Facebook page, which can be found by clicking the above link. Please note that St. John’s Facebook page is a public page, so a Facebook account isn’t needed to view this video.

Clergy and Staff

Rev. Joseph P. Elston

Assistant Pastor
Rev. Jackson Pinheiro, OSJ

Pastor Emeritus
Msgr. John J. Bendik

Deacon David Marx

Director of Religious Education
JoAnne McHale

Director of Music Ministry
Dr. Charles Stevens

Pastoral Associate, Organist, and Youth/Young Adult Ministry Michael Sowa

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00am – 4:00pm
Or by appointment

Contact Us

St. John the Evangelist

35 William Street

Pittston, PA 18640

Phone – 570.654.0053

Fax – 570.654.3751