Welcome to Holy Week, my friends. There are numerous Holy Week and Easter services taking place in town this week. Read on for all of the details.
The Rev. Phillip J. Sladicka and the parishioners of Queen of the Apostles Parish at St. Mary's Church, 715 Hawthorne St., invite the community to their Holy Week and Easter services.
Palms will be blessed and distributed at the 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Masses today, April 1. The 11 a.m. Mass will also include a procession.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4.
Father Phil will celebrate the Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7 p.m. on Holy Thursday, April 5. This Mass will include a procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the Altar of Repose for adoration. The church will remain open for Eucharistic Adoration until 10 p.m.
Parishioners will commemorate the Lord's Passion and Death with liturgy of the word, veneration of the cross and Holy Communion beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Good Friday, April 6. The youth of the parish will present the "Living Stations of the Cross" at 8 p.m.
Father Phil will bless Easter baskets at noon and 4 p.m. on Holy Saturday, April 7. The Easter Vigil Mass will take place at 8 p.m., which will include the blessing of fire, the paschal candle and holy water.
The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 8.
The Rev. Rich Rock and the congregation of St. John's Primitive Methodist Church, 314 Main St., invite the community to their Holy Week and Easter services.
Palms will be distributed during the 10 a.m. service today, April 1.
A service, including Holy Communion, will be held at 7 p.m. on Holy Thursday, April 5.
The congregation will participate in the Good Friday service from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 6 at the Langcliffe Presbyterian Church.
A sunrise service will be held at 7 a.m. and a regularly scheduled service will be held at 10 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 8.
The Rev. Joyce Warner and the congregation of the Langcliffe Presbyterian Church, 1001 Main St., invite the community to their Holy Week services.
The congregation will have a joint service of Tenebrae at 7 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, April 5 with the congregation of the Moosic Presbyterian Church, 625 Main St., Moosic. Holy Communion will also be offered.
The church will host a joint ecumenical service from noon to 3 p.m. on Good Friday, April 6. During this time, several pastors from churches located in Avoca, Duryea and Moosic will offer special meditations in approximately half-hour intervals. The service is purposely scheduled this way to provide attendees with the convenience to arrive or leave at any time during the three-hour service.
A regularly scheduled service will be held at 11:15 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 8.
The Pittston Area Leo Club would like to thank the community for supporting its recent clothing and shoe drive. They collected 4,980 pounds of items. Fiber of the Earth, a recycling company, paid the Leo Club a designated dollar amount for each pound collected. The Leo Club will use the funds to plant trees and clean the area of Wyoming Avenue, Dupont, located between Sacred Heart Cemetery and Interstate 81.
Queen of the Apostles Parish youth group will meet at 6:30 p.m. today, April 1 and Sunday, April 22 in St. Mary's School auditorium, 742 Spring St. New members are always welcome. For more information, contact Lori Ostrowski at 457-8840.
The Ladies Auxiliary to V.F.W. Post 8335 will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 2 in the post home, 915 Main St. Following the regular meeting, officers will be elected for 2012-2013. President June Fitzgerald will preside over the meeting and Mary Starinsky and Mary Orluk will host it.
Avoca Borough will have yard waste collections on Tuesdays, April 3 and 17, weather permitting. In addition to collecting grass clippings and leaves, the borough workers will also collect other yard waste, including shrubs, hedge clippings and tree limbs. Grass clippings and leaves can be placed in the same container; however, brush must be placed in a separate container.
The tree limbs should not exceed three feet in length and one-half inch in diameter. Rocks, stones, dirt and animal waste are not acceptable forms of yard waste and will not be collected.
A maximum of three open containers, not exceeding 30 pounds, will be allowed per collection. Please do not put your collection items in plastic bags.
Collection items should be placed curbside by 8 a.m. on the collection date.
The Avoca Lions Club will have its monthly food giveaway from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5 at the Bethel United Methodist Church, 532 Main St. Volunteers are needed to unload the truck at 1:30 p.m.
For more information, call Mary Ann at 457-7619.
Queen of the Apostles Parish will have its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 7 on the grounds of Kiesinger Funeral Services, Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea. Attendees are asked to arrive by 9:45 a.m. and bring an Easter basket. To register, call Erin Berlew at 654-2429.
Anyone who would like to donate candy for the event that would fit inside a traditional plastic Easter egg can place it in the box located in St. Mary's Church, 715 Hawthorne St.
Volunteers are needed to help fill eggs at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 2 in St. Mary's School auditorium, 742 Spring St. This is a great opportunity to earn service hours for Confirmation, Scouting or other social groups. To help, call Berlew at 654-2429.
Tracey's Hope Hospice Care Program and Rescue for Domestic Animals, Inc., Duryea, will do face painting and sell raffle tickets for a flat screen HDTV and four adult passes to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom at Thomas' Barbecue's Easter Bunny lunch from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 at the restaurant, 4810 Birney Ave., Moosic. For more information, call Denise at 457-1625.
In observance of Easter, Queen of the Apostles Parish will not have religious education classes on Sunday, April 8 or Monday, April 9. Classes will resume Sunday, April 15.
Queen of the Apostles Parish women's guild will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10 in St. Mary's Rectory, 715 Hawthorne St.
The Avoca Fire Department will have its annual comedy show on Friday, April 13 at the West Side Social Club, 700 McAlpine St. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. The show will feature three stand-up comedians. Tickets, which are $20, can be purchased by calling John at 451-2681 or the fire department at 457-2894. The admission price includes beer, soda, chips and pretzels.
Queen of the Apostles Parish pastoral council will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 16 in St. Mary's Rectory, 715 Hawthorne St.
Queen of the Apostles Parish social concerns committee will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 in St. Mary's Rectory, 715 Hawthorne St.
Tracey's Hope Hospice Care Program and Rescue for Domestic Animals, Inc., Duryea, will have a pet hospice volunteer training class from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 in St. Benedict's Church basement, 155 Austin Ave., Wilkes-Barre. To register, call Denise at 457-1625.
Queen of the Apostles Parish finance council will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24 in St. Mary's Rectory, 715 Hawthorne St.
Avoca V.F.W. Post 1227 will have a spaghetti and meatball dinner from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at the post home, 915 Main St. Takeouts will be available. Tickets are $7 each and can be purchased at the post or by calling 457-7673.
Queen of Apostles Parish will have the Fifth Annual St. Mary's Classic golf tournament at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 6 at Pine Hills golf course, Taylor. This year's tourney will be played in memory of Tom Bennie Sr. The cost, which is $80 per player, includes golf, food and prizes. For more information, contact the parish office at 457-3412, Jimbo McMahon at firstname.lastname@example.org or John Soy at email@example.com .
2012 Avoca Borough garbage stickers are still available. Stickers can be purchased from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and from 6 to 7 p.m. on Fridays at the Avoca Municipal Building, 752 Main St. The fee schedule for purchasing the sticker in order to have up to three bags collected weekly is as follows: $170 if purchased by April 21, $180 if purchased between April 22 and May 21 and $190 if purchased between May 22 and June 21. Delinquent accounts will be referred to district court after June 21.
Residents unable to stop by the municipal building to purchase a garbage sticker can mail a check made payable to Avoca Borough and a self-addressed stamped envelope to Avoca Borough c/o Therese Wrubel, 129 Factory St., Avoca, PA 18641. For additional information, call Wrubel at 457-4891.
Avoca Borough will have an ash collection every Wednesday.
Berkheimer Associates recently sent notices to all Avoca Borough residents who did not pay their 2011 sewer bills. Property owners are responsible for paying the bills. If the bills were not paid in full by December 31, 2011, they were turned over to Creditech. All accounts delinquent $70 or more for more than one year will be placed on a water shutoff list. Property owners are also responsible for water shutoff and restoration fees which total $60. For more information, call Creditech at 1-800-555-5695.
Avoca residents are invited to recycle newspaper and commingled glass, plastic and metal bottles, cans and jars every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Moosic Recycling Truck at the Avoca Municipal Garage, 1106 Plane St. Please note all lids should be removed and disposed in your home trash. Containers should be rinsed, plastics and metals should be flattened and glass should not be broken. Newspaper should not be placed in bags. All recyclables should be placed in the appropriate compartment of the truck.
Avoca residents can also recycle corrugated cardboard from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month in the Moosic Recycling Truck at the Avoca Municipal Garage. Corrugated cardboard is cardboard with a ribbed section between two heavy layers of cardboard. All pieces should be collapsed and flattened. This collection does not include food contaminated non-corrugated or coated cardboard such as pizza, cereal or soda boxes.
The recycling area will be monitored and violators can be fined or banned from future recycling privileges. Recycling calendars are available in the lobby of the Avoca Municipal Building and at the recycling truck.