St. Joseph Marello Parish

St. Joseph Marello Parish

A Roman Catholic community proudly served by the Oblates of St. Joseph.

St. Joseph Marello

Parish Schedule

Mass Schedule

Saturday Vigil: 4:00 pm
Sunday: 8:30 am, 10:30 am & 5:30 pm
Monday – Friday: 7:30 am & 11:30 am
First Saturday: 8:00 am
Vespers each Sunday at 5:00 pm


Monday – Friday: 11:00 am – 11:25 am
Saturday: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Devotions & Novenas

Tuesday 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Holy Hour
Tuesday after Masses: Miraculous Medal & St. Cabrini
Wednesday after Masses: St. Joseph & St. Joseph Marello
First Friday after Masses: Sacred Heart of Jesus
First Saturday after 8 am Mass: Immaculate Heart of Mary

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Do Turkey and Tinsel Drive You Nuts?

By: Jessie Tappel

The holidays are an exciting time of good cheer, warm family traditions, and spending time with friends. Or, are they? For many people, the idea of attending large family gatherings, numerous holiday parties, traveling to or from home can produce anxiety and stress. In fact, anxiety and depression are very common during the holiday season. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), three out of four people surveyed reported feeling anxious and/or depressed during the holiday season. The American Psychological Association also notes that the added stress of the holidays will increase a women’s reliance on unhealthy behaviors more often than men, placing them more at risk for effects of stress, both physically and mentally. Juggling work and added family responsibilities, such as planning for holiday gatherings, shopping for gifts and cooking, leave most women feeling like they can’t take time to relax during the crunch to get everything done. Where does this pressure come from?

We might think of the holidays as a magical time, one of rest and relaxation and filled with gratitude for all that we have. Hollywood paints a picture of what our holidays should look like, and there is undue pressure for everything to look as perfect as a Hallmark ad and for each of us to be on our best behavior, as if we are living a 1950s sitcom. Is this ever the reality? Nostalgia returns with every commercial of fireplaces, warm food, snow falling and opening presents on Christmas morning. We long for the day when we can return to the idyllic picture of no responsibility and the proposed meaning of relaxation. How is it possible to relax and enjoy the holidays when they are the busiest and oftentimes most stressful time of the year?

The holidays are a time that uncover memories of the past year or force reflection on the year’s accomplishments and events, either positive or negative. We self-evaluate how we did compared to those around us. Did we reach our goals or fail yet again to complete that pesky end-of-year resolution? The perceived societal pressures that naturally form throughout the holiday season can amplify these memories and expectations for the future. The unrealistic expectations that are placed on oneself can induce a greater anxiety in the present moment. How can it be like that Hallmark card when I feel stretched financially, my family is going through a difficult time, and I simply don’t feel up to the holiday spirit?

Comparing your life to those around you can be an additional, unnecessary stressor that leads to unrealistic expectations for you and your family. It is important to remember that everyone faces challenges throughout the holidays, in varying forms, sizes and intensity. The time of year is not all about carving turkeys, peppermint mochas and spiced candles.

It is easy to feel pulled in many directions over the holidays. Trying to set healthy boundaries in order to reduce stress and exhaustion can be difficult. It is important not to be focused on what the holidays are supposed to be like and how you are supposed to feel. What is the true meaning of the holidays? If you are comparing your experience to a greeting card ideal, you will fall short every time. Be realistic about what you can and cannot do. Remembering your limits is important. It is impossible to control everything that will happen these next months. Separating what events are in and out of your control is helpful in reducing anxiety and undue pressure to perform to a self-imposed standard.

Keeping in mind the reason for the holidays will refocus the concern and anxiety that you may feel. “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God” (Philippians 4:6). Anxiety and worry places the focus on the wrong issues and causes us to lose sight of the reason for which the holidays exist. Peace of mind is something that everyone desires. We all want to be able to rest and enjoy life, family, friends and work and not get caught up in the drama of the season.

Busyness breeds distraction. It is important that we focus on what the meaning of the season is rather than all the details that provoke anxiety. In the Gospel of Luke, the story of Mary and Martha gives an example of overcoming the self-imposed to-do list. Luke tells us that “Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.” Who was telling her that the preparations had to be done? Jesus calls Martha to come and spend time with him and break away from the obligations she felt she had to do.

During the upcoming holiday season spend some time reflecting what is truly important. Make a plan to overcome the stress and anxiety easily felt throughout these weeks and let us truly contemplate the words of the Gospel “Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.” (Luke 12:22)
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The Altar & Rosary Christmas Party will be held on Friday, December 4th at 6:00 PM in the Gramercy Restaurant, Main St., Pittston. Choice of Fish or Chicken will be available at $20.00. For reservations please contact Cathy Turonis at 570-655-1260 as soon as possible with your choice of meal.Reservations/payment must be made by December 1st. ... See MoreSee Less

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The mission of St. Joseph Marello Knights of Columbus Council 16071 is: To serve Christ through spiritual and corporal works of charity and service that will benefit our parish, our families, and our community. We stand in solidarity with our Brother Knights, Priests, Bishops and the Pope.
Save the date! Our Second Annual Children's Breakfast With Santa will be held Sunday, December 20, 2015. Details with be announced soon.
New members always welcome. Please contact Jim Nardone (570-299-0717) or John Bingham ( 570-947-4994) or email info@ for additional information
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2 weeks ago  ·  

A Rockin’ Holiday Performance inspired by the Trans Siberian Orchestra 2015 Tour. FREE to autistic individuals and their families!
Performing in Mt. Carmel Parish Hall, Sunday, December 6th at 7:00 PM.
To register, email the number of adult(s) and children attending, phone number and email address to:
Seating is limited so register at your earliest convenience. Sponsored by the Earthly Angels Autism Fund of the Luzerne Foundation.
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