One of my favorite parts of the summer is the part we are in right now. The dead middle. It simply can’t be beat. This summer my family and I are truly making the absolute best of our Saturday nights. My brother is in town with us and we always have a family meal that I’m actually able to take part in because I’m not working until 9 p.m. on weekends. During the week, my brother and I are a bit like two ships passing in the night. I’ll come outside on my break usually around 7 or 7:30 p.m. and he’ll be distanced from my parents in the driveway eating whatever my mother served up that particular evening. I’ve mentioned it before, but food wise, she’s been absolutely hitting it out of the park during quarantine. And she shows no sign of slowing down. She continues to amaze me every day.

This past Sunday we had steaks on the grill. Sunday is more fine dining. Saturday is reserved for burgers, hot dogs, the occasional sausage. And there was a moment at Sunday dinner that I look forward to all summer. My mom made some green beans for us. They were fresh picked from the garden. The first torrential wave of food made fresh right in the garden has arrived. And I couldn’t be happier.

Some things this summer are different. I’m grateful that some things remain the same though. Things like family, the satisfaction of a burger on a Saturday night, and fresh food from the garden. Some things even in the most turbulent of times stay constant. And thank God for that.

Here’s what else is happening around town:

Corpus Christi news

Corpus Christi Church has welcomed back parishioners. Daily Masses will be held at 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday at Immaculate Conception Church and at 8:30 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Church. Weekend Masses are Saturday at 4 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church and 5:30 p.m. at Holy Redeemer. Sunday Masses are at 7:30 and 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception and at 9 a.m. at Holy Redeemer. Admittance is on a first come, first served basis. Church members are advised the obligation to attend Mass and the sacraments remains suspended. The elderly and others at high risk of infection should consider staying home.

The churches will be sanitized after every Mass, baptism, funeral and wedding.

Masks must be worn by all throughout the entire Mass. You can only take off your mask when receiving communion, but must put it back on immediately as you prepare to leave church. Social distancing will be observed at every Mass. Assigned seating will be directed by the ushers and you will not be able to select your seat. You will be directed to receive Holy Communion at the end of Mass and then be directed to exit the church. If you choose to receive Holy Communion by mouth, you must remain in your seat until after everyone has received then approach the minister.

Confession will be held in the Immaculate Conception Church sacristy, on the tabernacle side of the sanctuary. Confessions will be held from 3:30 to 3:50 p.m. Saturdays.

The parish has begun taking Mass requests for 2021. To schedule Masses, please call Dorothy at 570-654-2753 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The parish will celebrate it’s second Sacrament of First Eucharist at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 25, in Immaculate Conception Church. Thirty children received this year, so to allow for social distancing, the church divided the group into 15 and 15 to accommodate the children and their immediate families per session. The first celebration was held July 18.

Confirmation also will be celebrated on two dates, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 and Aug. 29, in Immaculate Conception Church. A letter has been sent out to the eighth grade students who are registered in the confirmation prep class. If your son or daughter is a Catholic school student and is not registered in the parish’s Religious Education program, please contact Joyce at 570-654-or jcecconi50@gmail.com.

Corpus Christi Parish is proceeding with its annual car show. All are welcome to attend the 10th annual car show on Sunday, Aug. 16. Car registration begins at 11 a.m. Donation is $10 prior to Aug. 16 or $15 the day of the event. Come see antiques, classics, customs, street rods, low riders and motorcycles. There will be food trucks, car corral, give-a-ways and music all day. They will have prizes and awards that will be given out in the categories of Best in Show, Monsignor’s Choice, People’s Choice and Hard Luck Award.

If you purchased tickets or gave a monetary donation to sponsor the parish bingo or the Holy Name breakfast, call the rectory 570-654-2753 or send in your tickets with your name and address and the church will gladly refund your money.

Library news

West Pittston Library will offer the following activities:

Porch Pickups — West Pittston Library is open for porch pickups. Call 570-654-9847 to request up to five items and schedule a 15-minute window to pick up your items between 2 and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday through Saturday.

Virtual Story Time — Miss Summer performs her regular Friday classes on Facebook so everyone can join in from the comfort of their homes. Mother Goose on the Loose is held at 10:30 a.m. for toddlers. This program is full of songs and nursery rhymes. To fully participate, please have on hand: a rattle, shaker or bell (a small plastic container with rice will work), a piece of material for each of you, such as a small scarf, dish towel or hanky, and a drum-like instrument like a pot or plastic bowl. Kindergarten Readiness, for pre-K aged children, is held at 1 p.m. This will be an abbreviated version of Miss Summer’s regular class but will still include your favorite songs, great books and maybe some other fun activities.

Talisman Wall Hanging — Thursday, July 30, from 6 to 7 p.m. Imagine your story while you make a woven wall hanging/dream talisman to help you focus during meditation. This class is $5 and includes all materials. Call the library for details. The group will be meeting through Zoom. The link will be provided at the time of registration.

Honor a veteran

Purchase a banner for a friend or loved one who is a West Pittston veteran past or present on West Pittston Tomorrow’s website www.wptomorrow.com. Banners purchased now will be hung in May 2021. Initial cost per banner is $200, which includes production, installation and removal and storage of the banner. Annual renewal fee of $25 will go toward putting up and taking down the banners in November.

John Bubul writes about West Pittston every week. To list an item, email jbubul@pittstonprogress.com or call Monday.

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