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As Lent begins this week, Nativity of Our Lord Parish and St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will host several Ash Wednesday services for the community.

Nativity of Our Lord Parish’s services will take place at the church, 127 Stephenson St., at the following times: 7 and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., Mass with distribution of ashes, and noon and 4 p.m., Liturgy of the Word with distribution of ashes. There also will be a Liturgy of the Word with distribution of ashes at 11 a.m. at Crossin Towers.

To enhance the community’s Lenten journey, the parish also will host Stations of the Cross Fridays at 1 p.m. with Holy Rosary School students and at 7 p.m.

Beginning Monday, March 11, and continuing each Monday during Lent, the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the church.

Also, Eucharistic Adoration will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and conclude with Benediction at 6:30 p.m. every Monday.

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will have blessing and distribution of ashes at the church, 200 Stephenson St., at the following times: 8 a.m., Holy Mass with blessing and distribution of ashes, and 7 p.m. Lenten devotions, distribution of ashes with benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

The parish also will have Lenten devotions at 7 p.m. Fridays during Lent.

Nativity Lenten food sales

Nativity of Our Lord Parish will have Lenten food sales from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., or until sold out, Fridays, March 15 and 29 and April 12, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Hall, 529 Stephenson St.

The March 15 sale will feature homemade Manhattan (red) clam chowder, seafood bisque soup, homemade haluski, prepared or frozen pierogi, pizza and a bake sale.

The March 29 sale will feature potato pancakes, homemade frozen pierogi, baked and unbaked pizza and a bake sale.

The April 12 sale will feature homemade Manhattan (red) clam chowder, seafood bisque soup, homemade haluski, prepared or frozen pierogi and a bake sale.

St. Mary’s breakfast

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will have a pre-Lenten breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 3, in the parish hall, 200 Stephenson St. The menu will feature eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, rolls with butter, juice and a beverage. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Takeout meals will be available, too.

Please note, there will be a limited number of tickets available at the door.

Holy Rosary news

Congratulations to the following Holy Rosary School students who were finalists in the annual National Geographic GeoBee competition: Avery Becker, Jacob Carden, Carsyn Cole, Brycen Martin, David Perks, Henry Rosen, Chase Sciandra, Max Schupp and Matthew Volpitta.

Speaking of students doing a great job, several Holy Rosary School students recently participated in the school’s “Kids Who Collect” program. The program encourages students to collect or sell items to benefit local charities and teach children about the importance of helping others in need. The following list includes the students who participated in the program and their selected charity: Kyle Skutack collected canned goods for the Pittston Food Pantry; Anna Pietrowski made and sold bracelets to benefit The Ronald McDonald House; Karli Mahasky collected coats for The Family to Family Organization; Ethan Licari collected children’s toys for the Janet Weiss Children’s Hospital; Paige Skibitsky collected jewelry for the Dress For Success Organization, and Sarah Lyons sold pink items to benefit Paint Pittston Pink.

Events scheduling

Organization leaders are reminded to contact the mayor’s office with the date and time of any events your group is hosting to avoid double bookings.

Tax reminder

Duryea Borough Tax Collector Martin Hanczyc announces the Luzerne County/Duryea Borough tax bills can be paid from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St.

If you are mailing your tax payment and need a receipt, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and the complete bill. Also, write your phone number on the bill in case Hanczyc needs to reach you.

If you did not receive your tax bill, please call 570-457-2482. Bills are sent directly to taxpayers by the county.

Willy Wonka at Phoenix

Phoenix Kids will present, “Willy Wonka — Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” at 7 p.m. Saturdays, March 2 and 9, and Friday, March 8, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, March 3 and 10, at the Phoenix Performing Arts Center, 409 Main St.

Tickets, which are $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 and younger, can be purchased at the door or by calling the box office at 570-457-3589 to make a reservation. Handicap seating and children’s booster seats are available.

Sewer authority meeting

Duryea Borough Sewer Authority will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, March 4, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public is invited to attend.

Council meeting

Duryea Borough Council will meet Tuesday, March 12, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public work session is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7.

Excelsior Night at the Races

Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 will host its annual Night at the Races on Saturday, March 30, at the Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the races begin at 7.

There will be plenty of food, refreshments and raffles.

The cost of a horse is $10. Admission is $3. Each attendee must purchase a minimum of one horse. You do not have to be present to win.

For information, contact the department at 570-457-2233 or send a message to Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 Duryea Pa. on Facebook.

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery will meet from 5:45 to 7 p.m. weekly on Mondays at Nativity of Our Lord Parish Hall, (formerly Sacred Heart Hall), 529 Stephenson St. SMART Recovery’s 4-point Program, based on CBT, supports anyone seeking change.

Al-Anon meetings

Al-Anon meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Brick United Methodist Church, 935 Foote Ave. This is an anonymous 12-step program of recovery for families and friends of addicts and alcoholics.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to Peter Guitson, who will celebrate his special day Tuesday, March 5.

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 for Greater Pittston Progress. To list a news item in her column, email her at jborthwickgalvin@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.