Welcome to Holy Week, my friends! There are numerous services taking place in town this week to mark this holiest time on the Christian calendar. I wish a very blessed conclusion to the Lenten season to those individuals and families observing these holy days. And, I would also like to extend a happy Passover greeting to anyone who will observe that holy season beginning at sundown Saturday, March 28.

Brick United Methodist Church will have its Palm Sunday service at 9:45 a.m. March 28 at the church, 935 Foote Ave. The congregation will celebrate Easter at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, April 4, at the church. Both services will be broadcast live on the Brick United Methodist Church Facebook page.

The Rev. John V. Polednak, V.E., Deacon André Kabacinski and the parishioners of Nativity of our Lord Parish will have Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter services at the church, 127 Stephenson St.: Palm Sunday, March 28, 8 and 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Masses; Holy Thursday, April 1, 7 p.m., Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Church will remain open for adoration until 10 p.m. when night prayer begins; Good Friday, April 2, 8 a.m., morning prayer, 2 p.m., commemoration of the Lord’s Passion, and 7 p.m., Stations of the Cross. The church will be open for private prayer during the day. Holy Saturday, April 3, 8 a.m., morning prayer, 2 and 4 p.m., blessing of Easter baskets, outdoors, weather permitting or in the church, and 8 p.m. Easter Vigil Mass. The church will be open for private prayer during the day. Easter Sunday, April 4, there will be Masses at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. and evening prayer at 6 p.m. There will not be a 7 p.m. Mass on Easter.

All events will be live-streamed on the parish’s Facebook page. Due to COVID restrictions, seating will be limited at all Masses. Call the parish office at 570-457-3502 to make a reservation. Reservations are not needed for morning and night prayer, stations or the basket blessings.

Reconciliation will be available from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 29; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, and 10 to 11 a.m. on Good Friday.

The Rev. Carmen Bolock and the parishioners of St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will have the following services for Holy Week and Easter at the church, 200 Stephenson St.: Palm Sunday, March 28, 9 a.m., blessing and distribution of palms, procession, Holy Mass and the reading of the Passion; Holy Thursday, April 1, 7 p.m., Mass of the Lord’s Supper, procession to the repository, stripping of the altar. The church will remain open until 10:30 p.m. for private prayer; Good Friday, April 2, 3 p.m., the church will open for private prayer; 7 p.m., Good Friday service, reading of the Passion, Veneration of the Cross, Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified and Burial of the Lord. The church will remain open until 10 p.m.; Holy Saturday, April 3, 6 p.m., blessing of fire, paschal candle, reading of the four lessons, blessing of water and blessing of Easter food; Easter Sunday, April 4, 9 a.m., solemn procession of Resurrection, Holy Mass of Resurrection and blessing of Easter food; and Dingus Day/Holy Day, Monday, April 5, 7 p.m., Holy Mass.

Student achievements

Congratulations to C.J. Stevenson, a fourth grade student at Holy Rosary School, who recently won the school’s spelling bee. On March 7, he competed in the Diamond City Regional Spelling Bee at the F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre, with 28 fourth through eighth graders from Pennsylvania and New Jersey. C.J. finished in fifth place at the regional competition.

Also, congratulations to Paul Stevenson, a freshman at Wyoming Seminary, who recently participated in the school’s oratorical contest and tied for second place with his topic of euthanasia. Paul also competed in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Regional Competition where he earned a first award for his research on building a circuit to measure the ripeness of fruit. He advances to the state level in May.

Great job, boys!

Collections scheduled

Duryea Street Department collection schedule for the week of March 28 is: garbage, Monday, March 29, and Tuesday, March 30; plastic and glass recycling, Wednesday, March 31, and, cardboard and paper recycling, Thursday, April 1. For information, please call 570-655-1299.

History photos

Bernie Stiroh and Mike Lizonitz, founders and moderators of www.duryeapa.com, are offering the public the opportunity to have their Duryea-related black and white photos colorized for free. The photos must be from 1960 or earlier and focus on stores, saloons, farms, fire companies, police officers, the Lackawanna River and bridges, street scenes, schools, coal mines, miners, sporting events, churches, church picnics, carnivals, parades, etc. Family photos also may be submitted if nearby Duryea streets or houses are in the background. Photos should be scanned and saved as jpeg files and then emailed to duryeacolorphotos@gmail.com. Upon receipt, they will be colorized and returned.

Stiroh also will conduct free genealogical research for Duryea families. He has access to databases and research tools, including census, birth, marriage and death records, and newspapers from the late 1800s.

VFW horseshoe league

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will begin its spring horseshoe league at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St. The team sign-up sheet is posted in the bar area at the post.

Anyone who is interested in playing and is not a member of the VFW is welcome to become a social member.

For details, please call the post at 570-457-9946.

Tax payments

Tax Collector Martin Hanczyc reminds residents taxes are now due at the rebate amount. Office hours during the rebate period are from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St. Taxes also can be mailed to or dropped off at 79 Main St. in the tax collection container. Anyone who needs a receipt should include the complete bill and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Payments must be made by check or money order. For information, please call Hanczyc at 570-457-2482.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to Joe Korea Jr., who celebrated March 26, and to his son, Kaleb Joseph Korea, who will celebrate March 28.

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

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

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

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