Parish Community of Saint John the Evangelist 35 William St. Pittston, PA

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2012 Voice Interview with

Monsignor John Bendik
Monsignor John Bendik is the pastor of St. John Parish Community of Pittston. Bendik, 70, attended West Side Central Catholic High School and graduated from St. Meinrad College in Indiana with a degree in philosophy. He received his master’s in divinity from the St. Meinrad School of Theology. He has a brother, Frank, and sisters, Dorothy, Helenanne and Maryrose. He lives in Pittston.
You recently celebrated the 47th anniversary of your ordination in May. What did that mean to you? “It was and is the proudest moment of my life. All of my last 45 years have been the proudest moments in my life. Every moment of my blessed life has been special.”
Forty-seven years ago you were ordained. What led you into priesthood? “It started within my family. I was very blessed to have such good parents and a loving family. All of my siblings are generous and reach out to serve others. I went into the seminary in 1959 at St. Meinrad with the intention of studying to be a priest. Intention is different than total commitment. I had done undergraduate work in philosophy so that gave me the opportunity to become a priest in eight years as opposed to 10 years. As I continued studying I became more excited about being a priest and it felt as if the grace of God was leading me to a firm commitment.”
Outside of studying, what were you doing during those eight years in Southern Indiana? “I was a chairman for Cooperative Action for Community Development. I would funnel out tasks with other chairmen to seminarians and they would in turn aid me in helping the poor and tending tIt was an opportunity to help people who may not have been paid attention to. Many times it would be individuals who were without a family. We would bring kids to skating rinks and other fun activities. It really sparked my interest even further in becoming a priest.”
Your caring contributions continued once you were ordained. Where was the next stop? “I was ordained in 1967 and was assigned to St. Matthews in East Stroudsburg. I was there from 1967 to 1981. In 1970 I was assigned full time to be the campus minister at East Stroudsburg University for the United Campus Ministry at the college. That kept me involved in the development of several programs while I was there. I worked with others in serving special needs kids and was active in the Big Brother/Sister program. We once mowed a field with kids from the projects so they could have a field to play ball on. There were “adopt a grandparent” programs in which people were assigned to the elderly, some in nursing homes. I fondly remember my time at East Stroudsburg. 
 I feel I reached many people. I remember the masses being packed at the campus on Saturdays and Sundays.”
Misericordia was next among my many assignments.  “I was chaplain at the university for two years before becoming the director of Campus Ministry in 1984. We did many of the same programs that I was involved with at East Stroudsburg. However, there was one that was very unique. We had a program called Luv-a-nun. Kids were assigned to retired nuns and both the women and the students looked forward to each others company. It was time well spent by all involved.
I spent a decade in Clarks Summit at Our Lady of Snows parish. What were some of your key achievements or memories while you were there? “I was involved with the development of religious education there and later, when the congregation grew, I helped create a new Church of St. Benedict on Newton Ransom Boulevard.”
My final stop is where I currently call home. Some fond memories, achievements and proud moments while I have graced the city of Pittston with charitable contributions and hard work? “There are four unique parishes that we combined back in 2006; St. John the Baptist, St. Casimir’s, St. Joseph’s, and St. John the Evangelist. It has been a privilege serving as pastor to this congregation through the years. In 2007 Seton Catholic High School closed its doors but a new opportunity opened up for the underprivileged the years to follow. In November of 2007 we opened a health clinic where people without insurance could get the care they need. We have helped over 2,500 people with medical issues, including 187 children in our pediatric department, get the attention they so desperately need. We have doctors, social workers, dentists and many volunteers and workers that make our efforts successful with over 5,500 office visits to our medical facilities at the building.”
Things outside of work that I enjoy participating in? “I was an avid racquetball player for over 40 years before some medical issues of my own. I enjoy time with family and friends very much.”
Where do you like to go when with friends or family? “I really enjoy the shore with friends and I used to go to a cabin in Michigan. Locally I like to go with friends to the restaurant Agolino’s.”
What is your favorite music? “I enjoy classical music and Johnny Mathis and the ’50s genre.”
 What type of books do you enjoy? “I really like any historical novels.”
Do you have a favorite quote or saying you live by? “Be what you is, because if you be what you ain’t, then you ain’t what you is.
 “Be what you is, because if you be what you ain’t, then you ain’t what you is."
 “Get out of your comfort zone and DO
whatever you can to help others.

Monthly prayer intention  from Pope Francais is:

​ Comfort for the Afflicted.

That all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.


 Our Pastor:
 Msgr. John J. Bendik

Priest in Residence:
 Rev. Leo McKernan

  Rev. Mr. David Marx
 Director Of Religious Formation
 Youth And Family Ministry

 Sister Kieran Williams IHM

Director of Music Ministry:
 Dr. Charles Stevens

Health Clinic 
3,896 Patients
12,892 visits

Pediatric Clinic
300 children

1,465 visits

Kids Clothes Closet
2,664 children

1,159 families
6.386 visits

Toy & Book Corner
127 Families
335 Children

Lent Begins.  .  .


There were 72 thorns in the Crown of the Passion; this number has liturgical significance - it symbolizes the 72 disciples of Jesus and the 72 books of the Bible; moreover, Our Lady was 72 when she entered eternity. The Crown of Thorns is celebrated on the First Friday of Lent.

The Cross of Jesus was fifteen feet high and eight feet wide; the length of the way to Calvary was one-half mile.

St. Veronica, who wiped Jesus' face with her veil was the same woman in Matthew 9:20 who was healed from twelve years of hemorrhaging.

March 25, the date of the Crucifixion is the same date as the Annunciation. And this is the date on which Abraham was asked to sacrifice Isaac. March 25 is also the date of the Passover of the Jews through the Red Sea.

God arranged it so that instead of the Cross, when raised, faced east, it faced west, thus Jesus turned His back to Jerusalem and instead faced the Gentiles and Rome when He die, where love of Him would not die.

The hill on which Jesus was crucified is the same hill under which Adam is buried. Noah brought the body of Adam with him, at the time of the flood and it was later laid to rest under the hill of Calvary. Jesus died at 3 in the afternoon, the same hour in which Adam sinned by partaking of the forbidden fruit.

The Seven last words of Christ from the Cross are in truth joyful, not only sorrowful, if we meditate upon them, for they brought us salvation. There are Seven Angels before the throne of God, Seven gifts of the Holy Ghost, Seven Sacraments;

Every instrument and item connected with the Passion of Our Lord are lovingly preserved to this day by Holy Mother Church:

The Crown of Thorns in Notre Dame, Paris; the sponge used to wipe Jesus' mouth is in St. John Lateran, Rome; Longinus' spear is maintained in the Vatican itself; The holy Robe of Christ is preserved at Treves, France. Relics of the Cross, which were found under the Hill of Golgotha or Calvary by Saint Helena in 326 are mostly preserved in the Church of the Holy Cross and in St. Peter's, Rome. Small fragments, carefully maintained in sealed reliquaries are in various churches and shrines throughout the world. The inscription which humg over Our Lord's Head is in the Church of the Holy Cross, Rome.

Jesus rose from the dead on March 27 and ascended into Heaven on May 5, the month of Our Lady. In the liturgical year, the Church has set the date of Easter Sunday thus:

The earliest Easter can occur is March 22, the Feast of St. Catherine of Sweden and the latest is April 25, the Feast of St. Mark. There are exactly 33 days in the cycle of Easter, a mystical number. The last time Easter occurred on March 22 was in 1818 and it will not reoccur on this date until 2085.


Free Health Clinic

Wednesdays......................... 5:30 PM
Founded - November 7, 2007

Food Pantry

Wednesdays......................9:30 AM
Founded - October 16, 2008
Kids Clothes Closet

Wednesday.................... 9 -11 AM

Founded - April 1, 2009 

Free Pediatric Clinic

First/Third Wednesdays...4:30 PM
Founded - July 25, 2010
Toy and Book Corner

Wednesdays ................ 5 - 7 PM
Founded - September 10, 2014