Merry Christmas my friends! I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday surrounded by the people most important to you! As we prepare for the holiday, please schedule some time to celebrate the reason for the season.

The Rev. Duane Boyer and the congregation of the Independent Bible Church, 328 Main St., will host its Christmas Eve service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24.

The Rev. John V. Polednak, Deacon André Kabacinski and the parishioners of Nativity of our Lord Parish will have Christmas Masses at the church, 127 Stephenson St.: 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24; midnight, 9 and 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 25. Due to increased attendance at Christmas Masses and adherence to COVID-19 guidelines, please call the parish office at 570-457-3502 to make a reservation to attend church Christmas Day. Reservations for the 4 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass are filled.

The Rev. Carmen Bolock and the parishioners of St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will have Christmas Masses at the church, 200 Stephenson St.: St. Thomas the Apostle, 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 21; Christmas Eve Wigilia with blessing of Christmas trees, manger, 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24; Christmas Mass, 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 25; St. Stephen Deacon and Protomartyr, Holy Mass and symbolic stoning of Stephen with throwing of walnuts, 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 26; Solemnity of Humble Shepherds, Feast of St. John the Apostle, 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 27; Feast of the Holy Innocents, 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 28; New Year’s Eve, St. Sylvester, End of Year Mass, 8 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31; New Year’s Day, Circumcision of Our Lord, 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 1; Solemnity of the Holy Name of Jesus, 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, and Solemnity of the Holy Name Family, 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 3.

Drop off gently used clothing for men, women and children at the church until Thursday, Dec. 31. Call 570-457-2291 beforehand..

Sadly, due to the increase of COVID cases, the Brick United Methodist Church will not have services until Jan. 3 under the advisement of the United Methodist Church’s Susquehanna Conference.

On behalf of my family and me, I would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas! And, I would also like to wish everyone of the Jewish faith a happy belated Chanukah!

Holy Rosary news

Congratulations to the Holy Rosary School eighth-grade athletes who were honored recently during a special liturgy: Andrew Chase, Naalia DeSena, Dominick Ferentino, Brenley Harashinski, Morgan Hembury, Jack Hurst, Brooke Kroptavich, Calder Lehman, Joshua Lentowski, Evan Licari, Matthew Lyons, Connor Martin, Nicolas Mazzarella, Sara Nealon, Anthony Noll, Aubrey Perks, Anna Pietrowski, Jameson Sciandra, Taylor Skibitsky and Benjamin White.

During the Mass, the students received medals of St. Sebastian, the Roman Catholic patron saint of athletes, and participated in the Eucharistic celebration.

In other Holy Rosary School news, the school community extends their thanks to the family of Capt. Francis A. Hantz for the generous monetary donation they made to the school in his memory. Hantz was a member of Nativity of Our Lord Parish and an avid supporter of Catholic education.

The school will use this gift to update the computers and equipment in the school’s computer lab.

Collection schedule

Duryea Street Department collection schedule for the week of Dec. 20 is as follows: garbage, Monday, Dec. 21 and Tuesday, Dec. 22; plastic and glass recycling, Wednesday, Dec. 23; cardboard and paper recycling, Thursday, Dec. 24. Ashes will not be collected this week. For information, call the street department at 570-655-1299.

King of Wings contest

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 is participating in local radio station Rock 107’s NEPA King of the Wings contest now through Jan. 31. For a $25 fee, you will receive a ballot with a list of 15 participating restaurants and bars throughout the area. At each location, you will sample three wings, vote for your five favorites, return your ballot to one of the participating locations and receive a limited edition King of the Wings tour T-shirt. Purchase a ballot at rock107.com/king-of-the-wings or any of the participating locations including the Duryea VFW, 492 Stephenson St. The VFW is open 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Spin and Win

Phoenix Performing Arts Centre is hosting virtual Spin and Win raffles. The raffles, which will take place over several months, will include an array of prizes including designer purses, power tools, household goods, electronics, gaming systems, gift cards and more.

Visit the Spin and Win for Phoenix 2020 Facebook page for complete rules and payment information.

All proceeds will benefit the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre.

CEO food drive

Duryea Borough CEO Food Drive takes place on the second Monday of each month at Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave. Set up is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Food can be picked up from 2 to 3 p.m. Volunteers are always welcome.

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

If you would like to send a birthday, anniversary or get well wish or have your organization’s upcoming meetings, events or fundraisers listed in next week’s edition of the Duryea community news, please contact me.

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Duryea. To list an item, email jborthwickgalvin@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.

Holiday lights

Duryea Lions Club is conducting its annual Christmas light fund drive to help offset the costs of the lighted snowflakes and Christmas lights they post throughout town for the holiday season. To donate, please send a check or money order made payable to Duryea Lions Club, P.O. Box 2085, Duryea, PA 18642.

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