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There are so many ways to prepare for Easter next weekend, and Queen of the Apostles Parish is hosting several services and events this week to put your heart into the spirit of the season.

Queen of the Apostles

holiday schedule

The Rev. Philip Sladicka, Deacon Jim Rose and the parishioners of Queen of the Apostles Parish will have Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter Sunday services at the church, 715 Hawthorne St.: Palm Sunday, April 14, 8 and 10:30 a.m. Masses. The 10:30 a.m. service will include a procession with palms; Holy Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m., Mass of the Lord’s Supper with procession to the repository. The church will remain open until 10 p.m. for private prayer; Good Friday, April 19, 1:30 p.m., Liturgy of the Passion and death of the Lord; 8 p.m., Living Stations of the Cross; Holy Saturday, April 20, noon and 4 p.m., blessing of baskets, and 8 p.m., Easter Vigil Mass, and Easter Sunday, April 21, 8 and 10:30 a.m. Masses with a resurrection service at 10:15 a.m.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available at 7 p.m. Monday, April 15, at the Pittston Deanery’s Penance Service at St. John the Evangelist Parish, 35 William St., Pittston.

Easter egg hunt

Queen of the Apostles Parish’s annual Easter egg hunt in memory of Pat Shotwell will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20, on the grounds of Kiesinger Funeral Home, 225 McAlpine St., Duryea. Participants are asked to bring a basket or bag the morning of the hunt.

To register for this event, call the parish office at 570-457-3412 or Robin Kiesinger at 570-862-5462 and leave the name(s) of the child(ren) attending. Indicate if the child has a peanut allergy. A return call is not necessary. If you leave a message, your child is registered for the egg hunt.

Anyone who would like to donate plastic eggs and candy for the hunt may place them in the Easter box in the vestibule of the church. Please be sure that the candy will fit inside of a plastic egg.

Anyone who would like to help fill the eggs is welcome to join in the fun from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, in the Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St. All ages are welcome and service hours will be given.

Volunteers are also needed on the day of the hunt from 7 to 10 a.m. Please call the parish office or Robin to sign up.

Queen of the Apostles golf

Queen of the Apostles Parish will have its 12th annual St. Mary’s Classic golf tournament Sunday, May 5, at the Pine Hills Country Club, 140 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor. Registration for the tournament begins at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

The format is captain and crew. Singles will be placed on a team.

The cost is $85 per golfer and includes prizes and a dinner following the tournament at the parish hall, 742 Spring St., Avoca. There are also several sponsorships available, which are great advertising vehicles or a way to honor a loved one.

For information, contact the office at 570-457-3412, Jim McMahon at or John Soy at

Avoca/Dupont Little League meeting

Avoca/Dupont Little League will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the Avoca Borough Municipal Building, 950 Main St. The agenda includes opening day, the hit-a-thon fundraiser, continuing combining the league with Pittston City and Duryea and regular league business. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Bethel United Methodist Church, 532 Main St. Food can be picked up in the rear entry of the building.

Volunteers are needed for unloading and distribution at 1:30 p.m.

Taxes, refuse bill reminders

Avoca Tax Collector Therese Wrubel announces Luzerne County/Avoca Borough taxes are due and refuse fees are past due.

 Residents can pay each of these bills from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays. Residents also can pay via mail by sending separate checks to Therese Wrubel, 129 Factory St., Avoca, PA 18641. If you need a receipt, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and the complete bill. Also, write your phone number on the bill in case Wrubel must reach you.

The refuse fee to have up to three bags collected weekly is: $175 if purchased by April 20; $185 if purchased between April 21 and May 20, and $195 if purchased between May 21 and June 21. After June 21, all unpaid refuse bills will be turned over to the magistrate.

Yard waste collections

Yard waste collection for the 2019 season will begin Tuesday, April 16.

Yard waste will be collected every week on Tuesday.

The following items will be collected: grass clippings and leaves, shrubs, hedge clippings and tree limbs not exceeding 3 feet in length and half-inch in diameter.

The following is not accepted: rocks, stones, dirt and/or animal waste.

A maximum of three open, standard sized garbage cans, not exceeding 30 pounds will be allowed per collection. Please do not use 55 gallon drums, large wheeled garbage cans, large plastic storage totes, or plastic bags.

Place yard waste curbside by 7 a.m. every Tuesday to ensure. Call 570-451-0625 for information.

Greater Pittston Little League news

Greater Pittston Area Little League, consisting of leagues from Avoca/Dupont, Duryea and Pittston City, will hold its opening day ceremonies Saturday, April 27, at the Duryea Little League field, 700 Foote Ave. The festivities begin at noon with a parade from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227, 492 Stephenson St., Duryea, to the Little League field. The other activities include a hit-a-thon fundraiser and a basket raffle.

Greater Pittston Area Little League will have its annual cash bingo fundraiser Saturday, June 8, at the former Seton Catholic High School Hall, 37 William St., Pittston. Doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo begins at 7. Admission is $25 in advance and includes 20 regular games of bingo. Each regular game is worth $100. Multiple winners share the prize. There also will be special games worth $150 and a coverall worth $250. These games are sold separately. Additionally, there will be a basket raffle at the event and food and beverages for sale.

For tickets, call Gary at 570-540-0649, Lori B. at 570-877-4361 or Sue S. at 570-407-2035.

Touch a Truck

Save the date! The Avoca Fire Department will have its annual Touch a Truck event from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, in the parking area at 824 McAlpine St. Entrance fee is $5 per person.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Queen of the Apostles rectory basement, 715 Hawthorne St. Use the sunroom entrance.

That’s about it for this week, my friends.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Avoca every week. To list a news item, email her at or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.