Use your change to make a change with Queen of the Apostles Parish.

Queen of the Apostles Parish is participating in the Pennsylvanians for Human Life, Wilkes-Barre chapter’s baby bottle coin collection campaign. Anyone who chooses to participate will receive a baby bottle, supplied by the Wilkes-Barre chapter, to fill with spare change, cash or a check.

Once the bottle is filled, it can be placed in the basket in front of the baptismal font in the church, 715 Hawthorne St., during any weekend Mass or dropped off at the rectory. Returns are due by Father’s Day, June 18.

All proceeds will benefit the chapter’s work in providing supplies to mothers and their newborn children, supporting women in crisis pregnancies and distributing pro-life literature to the community.

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day! Whether you’re a mom, grandmother, godmother, aunt, sister, fur baby mom or simply a wonderful woman, today is your day! Enjoy it and treat yourself to something special today!

I’d like to wish my mother, Lorraine, a very happy Mother’s Day! Mom, as I continue to grow in my role as a mother I develop a deeper appreciation for everything you did for Tom and me when we were kids. Balancing working with motherhood and family life is a delicate dance, but you performed it beautifully! You always were and continue to be an inspiration to me. I love you very much! God bless you!

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at Bethel United Methodist Church, 532 Main St. The public can pick up food, provided by the CEO Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank, at the rear entrance of the building. If you can volunteer to unload and distribute food, please arrive at the church at 1:30 p.m. For information, please call Jim at 570-921-9899.

Knights of Columbus Mass for veterans

Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Assembly Redemptoris Custos ASM 3755 will honor all veterans at a special Mass at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 27, at Queen of the Apostles Parish, 715 Hawthorne St.

Light refreshments will be served following the Mass.

The group’s next meeting will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at the rectory. This will be the election meeting for the upcoming fraternal year.

Queen of the Apostles golf tournament

Queen of the Apostles Parish will host its annual golf tournament Sunday, June 4, at the Pine Hills Country Club, 140 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor. This year’s tournament will be played in loving memory of Patrick Shotwell Sr.

Registration for the tournament begins at 7:15 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 $90 per golfer and includes prizes and a dinner following the tournament. There are also several types of sponsorships available, which are great advertising vehicles or a wonderful way to honor a loved one.

The parish also needs basket donations for the basket raffle. Chances for the basket raffle will be on sale one week before the tournament.

For information, contact Paul Franceshelli at 570-430-9015 or

Yard waste

Yard waste is collected Tuesdays. Each household may place up to three containers curbside. The containers must not weigh more than 30 pounds each. Branches must be cut to 3 feet in length and a half-inch in diameter. Rocks, pet waste and plastic bags will not be collected.

Tax payments

Residents may pay their Luzerne County/Avoca Borough tax bill at the Avoca Municipal Building, 950 Main St., from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays.

Residents also may mail their tax bill and payment to Tax Collector Therese Wrubel’s home, 129 Factory St., Avoca, PA 18641, or place them in the lock box at her residence. Anyone choosing either of these options should include both parts of the tax bill and a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

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 an item, email or call 570-301-2171 by 6 p.m. Sunday.

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