The summer isn’t entirely gone just yet, although I have no idea how we got to the middle of July already. I feel like yesterday was Easter then I blinked and here we are. Even though we are still social distancing because this pandemic doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to go anywhere anytime soon, we can still have fun and stay safe while doing so.

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 even 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. Don’t miss out on this fan favorite event. Fun is sure to be had by all.

In other Corpus Christi news, the 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 completely 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 in the sacristy, which is 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 the Sacrament of First Eucharist at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 18, and July 25 in Immaculate Conception Church. Thirty children will be receiving, so with social distancing, the church will be able to accommodate approximately 15 children and their immediate families per session. A brief practice for the children will be held at 6 p.m. the Thursday before they receive. A letter has been mailed to the parents and guardians of the boys and girls who are receiving First Eucharist.

Confirmation also will be celebrated on two dates, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 and Aug. 29, in Immaculate Conception Church. A letter will be sent out next week 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 570-654-2753 or jcecconi50@gmail.com.

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:

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.

Community garden

West Pittston Tomorrow is accepting applications for its community garden. Three plot sizes are available. A small 4-by-4 plot is $10. A 4-by-8 plot is $20 and a 6-by-12 plot is $40. To participate, make a check payable to West Pittston Tomorrow, 555 Exeter Ave., West Pittston.

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 the 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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