Masses at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish will be held on Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24, at 2 and 4 p.m. Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25, Mass will be celebrated at midnight and 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Polish Christmas carols will be sung prior to Midnight Mass, beginning at 11:15 p.m.

At Holy Mother of Sorrows Church, Christmas Eve Masses at will be held at 4 and 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. Christmas Day Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 25. Everyone attending must sign up for the particular Mass of their choice. Face masks and social distancing are required, with only family members seated in the same pew. Christmas Eve Mass at 4 p.m. is already fully booked. Masses at 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve and at 10 a.m. on Christmas Day are still available. To register to attend a Mass, sign the list in the church vestibule, call 570-654-4262, or email holymofs@gmail.com.

Food drive date changed

The date of Dupont Lions monthly food drive has been changed to Tuesday, Dec. 22 The location is still at the Holy Mothers of Sorrows Church starting at 12 noon. All qualifying residents of Dupont and Suscon are eligible.

Clothing drives

A winter clothing drive sponsored by Holy Mother of Sorrows Parish’s Young Men’s Society of the Resurrection is being held through Dec. 31. Please bring clean, gently used clothing for men, women and children. You can drop off your items at the Frank Bednash Memorial Parish Hall from 7:30 a.m. to noon Sundays.

A sock drive for the Mother Teresa Haven, a homeless shelter program operated by the Diocese of Scranton’s Catholic Social Services, is being held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish. The fund drive is sponsored by the sixth grade CCD students of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish. They will be collecting socks for homeless men until Jan. 6. Items can be dropped off in the bin in the vestibule of the church or in the bin in the Sunday school.

Santa is coming!

I just received a call from our friends at the North Pole, informing me that Santa will be coming to Dupont on the afternoon of Saturday, Dec. 19. Santa will be chauffeured around town aboard a Dupont fire engine, spreading Christmas cheer all through town!

Borough notices

  • The 2021 refuse bags are on sale at the municipal offices. Residents can stop by to pay the fee and will be given their bags, window sticker and calendar. After December, any remaining bills not paid will be mailed to property owners. The fee is due by Jan. 31. Fees are $140 for residential/ family; $110 for seniors, and $175 for commercial. Due to renovations at the borough building, please follow the notices on the front door of the building, the borough website or Facebook for hours of operation. Anyone wishing to have their refuse bags delivered can call the office. Arrangements can be made to make payment at the time of delivery or if mailing in payment and requesting a delivery, attach a note to the payment and list a phone number so you can be notified of porch delivery.
  • Work is underway on demolition of the former Ben Franklin School building, which will become a three-story, 36-unit housing complex.
  • The borough will no longer accept glass for recycling beginning in January because the recycling center has increased the cost for recycling glass.
  • The borough snow ordinance requires that sidewalks must be cleared and snow should not be put onto roadways. In the case of snowstorms, there is a chance that both trash and recycling will move to another day for pickup.
  • Two projects were recently bid and pending award for the borough. One is the manhole replacement project along Main Street and other areas in town. The second is the Walnut Street culvert replacement project near the park and school. Residents will be notified of any road closures.
  • Delinquent notices for both refuse and sewer accounts for 2020 have been mailed. Payments is due upon receipt. Any question contact Patty during regular business hours at 570-655-6216.
  • Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all from the members of Dupont Council, the Mayor, Police, Department of Public Works and the Borough Secretary.

Police sign sale

Dupont Crime Watch is selling “Dupont — We Stand United” signs to support the Dupont Police Department. Signs are available for purchase during the day at the borough building. Signs are $10 each and all profits will support Dupont police.

Sacred Heart Flea Market

Save the Date. The Sacred Heart Parish annual Flea Market will be held April 24 and 25 in the church hall. Hold on to any items in good condition that you no longer want or need until March, when the parish will begin accepting donations. Acceptable items include household items, toys, holiday decorations and more. Electronics and clothing will not be accepted.

A Joyous and very Merry Christmas to all Dupont residents.

Annmarie Paddock writes about Dupont every week. To list an item, email dupont.news@comcast.net or call 570-407-0231 by Monday.

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