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It might not be St. Patrick’s Day, but Queen of the Apostles Parish is celebrating the Irish side of its history by honoring another popular Irish saint this weekend.

Queen of the Apostles Parish will honor St. Brigid at all of its weekend Masses on Jan. 26 and 27 with a special prayer and hymn in her honor. Following the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Jan. 27, the parish will host a tea in the parish hall, 742 Spring St.

In addition to serving tea, there will be scones, Irish soda bread, Welsh cookies and Irish coffee. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Queen of the Apostles news

Queen of the Apostles Parish will have its annual Night at the Races on Saturday, Jan. 26, in the parish hall, 742 Spring St. The doors open at 5 p.m., food will be served at 6 and races begin at 7.

Admission is $10 per person and includes food and beverages. Horse sponsorships are $10 each. The sponsor of the winning horse wins $50. Guests are invited to bring snacks for their table. The event is BYOB.

For information, contact the parish office at 570-457-3412 or

In other parish news, the Rev. Phil Sladicka and Deacon Jim Rose will bless throats in honor of the Feast of St. Blaise following the 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Feb. 2, and the 8 and 10:30 a.m. Masses on Sunday, Feb. 3, at the church, 715 Hawthorne St.

Feb. 2, the parish also will celebrate Candlemas. Blessed candles will be available following all of the weekend Masses.

The parish announces the following meetings in the rectory: buildings and grounds committee, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, and finance council, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Greater Pittston Little League sign-ups, Night at the Races

Online registration for the Greater Pittston Area Little League’s spring season, which includes Avoca, Dupont, Duryea and Pittston City, is now available through the Greater Pittston Area Little League Facebook page and T-ball registration is free; coach pitch is $45 and minors and majors are $75. The family maximum is $110. There will not be any ticket raffle this year.

Greater Pittston Area Little League will have a Night at the Races on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the former Seton Catholic High School, 37 William St., Pittston. Doors open at 6 p.m. and races begin at 7. Admission is $5 at the door and includes food and non-alcoholic beverages. This is an adult only BYOB event. Children are not permitted. In addition to the horse racing, there will be a basket raffle and 50/50 drawing.

Hibernians meeting

Avoca Ancient Order of Hibernians will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the West Side Club, 711 McAlpine St. All members are asked to attend.

Scout Sunday Mass

Avoca Scout Troop 316, Cub Scout Pack 316 and Venture Crew 3701 will celebrate Scout Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Feb. 3, at Queen of the Apostles Parish, 715 Hawthorne St.

Following the Mass, the Troop will host the Best Chili in Town contest and bake sale at 11:30 a.m. in the Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St. Ribbons and bragging rights will be awarded in the following categories: best overall, hottest, best professional recipe and best homemade chili.

VFW Auxiliary news

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8335 Auxiliary will not meet in January. The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at the post home, 915 Main St. President June Fitzgerald will preside.

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 7 and 21, at Bethel United Methodist Church, 532 Main St. Food can be picked up in the rear entry of the building.

Volunteers are needed to unload and distribute food at 1:30 p.m.

Phoenix fundraising cabaret

Phoenix Performing Arts Center will present “Let’s Go to the Movies,” a cabaret show, from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St.

The show will include vocal, dance and instrumental performances along with acted scenes from various movies. Several acts are booked, but people of all ages are welcome to participate in the show. There is no auditions or participation fee, but performers do have to buy a ticket to the event.

Tickets, which are $20, include a full course meal and beverages. The buffet-style dinner includes salad, chicken, beef, pasta, potato, vegetable and dessert. This is a BYOB event for guests 21 and over.

To purchase tickets, please call or text message Lee LaChette at 570-991-1817, by Thursday, Jan. 31. To register to perform in the show, contact LaChette by Saturday, Jan. 26. Performers must provide a back track or music they plan on performing. All music must come from the movie soundtrack.

All proceeds will benefit the Phoenix Performing Arts Center’s scholarship fund for children.

Avoca/Dupont Little League meeting

Avoca/Dupont Little League will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Avoca Borough Municipal Building, 950 Main St. The agenda includes spring registration, player evaluations, opening day ceremonies, combining with the Pittston City and Duryea Little Leagues and regular league business. The public is invited to attend.

Refuse bills

Refuse invoices for 2019 have been mailed to residents. The fee schedule to have up to three bags collected weekly has not increased this year. It is as follows: $160 if purchased by Feb. 20; $165 if purchased between Feb. 21 and March 20; $175 if purchased between March 21 and 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 bills will be turned over to the magistrate.

Residents can pay their bill 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays in the Avoca Municipal Building, 950 Main St. Residents also can pay the fee via mail by sending a check made payable to Avoca Borough, c/o Therese Wrubel, 129 Factory St., Avoca, PA 18641.

Beginning Thursday, Feb. 7, Wrubel will have office hours from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays.

White goods, bulk item


Avoca Borough encourages residents to mark the following dates on their calendars: Wednesday, July 10, white goods collection, and Monday, Sept. 23, bulk item/furniture pick up.

If you need to dispose of a white goods item before or after the pickup date, please call 570-451-0625 or 570-457-4947.

If you need to dispose of a bulk item that is not normally collected with weekly garbage, please call J.P. Mascaro directly at 1-800-243-7575. Couches, chairs, tables, etc. left curbside will not be collected unless arrangements are made with Mascaro.

Alcoholics Anonymous

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

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday to Lenny Ferlick, who will celebrate his special day Sunday, Jan. 27.

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.