We are a Eucharistic Community, a people diverse in background united 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.

Fun and food for all the family! Our Summer Fest ’22 will have delicious ethnic and American foods, variety booths, bingo, children’s games, and baked goods. Entertainment by Reel in the Years Trio on Thursday, Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots on Friday, and Flaxy Morgan on Saturday. Special appearances by the Emerald Isle Dancers on Friday and Pat Ward’s Magic Show on Saturday. Our Summer Fest will be held in the parking lot at the corner of Church and Broad Streets and in the Msgr. Bendik Pastoral Center.

Memorial Garden

Our memorial garden is shaping up! The landscaper will be here any day now to add the finishing touches to this area where already many have been remembered or memorialized by the placement of a brick with their name on it.  These make excellent and long-lasting memorials to our family, friends, and anyone you wish to honor, living or deceased.  For more information on how to obtain a brick in the memorial garden, please call the rectory.  There are many available, and this will be an ongoing way to pay tribute to loved ones, living and deceased.

Help support our parish Concert Series!

In April, our combined parishes of St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph Marello began the inaugural season of our parish Concert Series! More information will follow as each event approaches, but below is a schedule of events, as well as a downloadable form you may fill out if you wish to support our parish Concert Series. Additional events may be added to our series at any time.

Friday, October 21, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. (SJE)

Organ Recital with Greg Zelek, Principal Organist of the Madison Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. (SJM)

Concert with the Beverly Trio (Viola, Cello, and Oboe)

Friday, December 2 – Saturday, December 3 (SJM)

A Weekend with Liturgical Composer Dan Schutte (concert on Friday evening; workshop on Saturday morning)

Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. (SJE – to be confirmed)

An Advent/Christmas Concert with the Catholic Choral Society of Scranton

Saturday, February 4 – Sunday, February 5, 2023 (SJM)

A Weekend with Liturgical Composer Sarah Hart (workshop on Saturday morning; concert on Sunday evening – times to be confirmed)

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 Youth and Family Ministry Tommy Flynn

Director of Music and Liturgy/Pastoral Associate
Michael Sowa

Associate Director of Music Dr. Charles Stevens

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Or by appointment

Contact Us

St. John the Evangelist

35 William Street

Pittston, PA 18640

Phone – 570.654.0053

Fax – 570.654.3751