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Everybody may be getting ready for the Super Bowl. But are you also getting ready for the Souper Bowl of Caring?

This national event uses the energy around America’s largest sporting event to inspire youth to fight hunger and poverty. The Souper Bowl of Caring has 39 participating groups worldwide that have collected more than $305,000 in cash and food items.

You have the opportunity to participate in this great charity event here in West Pittston.

By participating, you will help the youth of Corpus Christi Parish develop a stronger connection to our community as they collect food and raise money which will be used to fill the church’s food pantry shelves.

Just bring canned goods or a $1 donation. Donations will be accepted at all Masses the weekend of the Super Bowl, Sunday, Feb. 4.

Here’s what else is happening.

Corpus Christi Parish news

Corpus Christi Parish will celebrate the Sacrament of First Reconciliation at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, in Holy Redeemer Church. The Sacrament of First Eucharist will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, in Immaculate Conception Church.

All boys and girls in second grade and older who are students in a Catholic school or are attending religious education classes in the parish are eligible to receive these sacraments.

Family Mass and Donut Sunday will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 4. Boys and girls in third grade are welcome to participate as lectors, gift bearers, heavenly hosts and ushers or take part in a skit.

If your child would like to participate, please contact Lisa Falzone at 570-237-2739 or; Sara Konopka at 570-498-9304 or; or MaryAnn Oliveri at 570-357-1778 or

Following Mass, all are welcome in the church hall for coffee and donuts.

The parish youth group presents Living Stations on Good Friday evening. Participation is open to boys and girls of all ages. There are both speaking and nonspeaking parts.

If you are interested in participating in Living Stations, you must contact Jule Anne Klepadlo at 570-430-1470 or

The 2018 parish calendars can be found in the vestibules of the churches.

West Pittston First United Methodist Church news

West Pittston First United Methodist Church will hold Sunday worship at 10 a.m.

Library news

Movie Mania — 1 p.m. Saturdays during January and February. Spend those cold winter weekend afternoons at your cozy local library enjoying a movie.

“Mulan,” Jan. 27; “Beauty and the Beast” animated, Feb. 3; “Beauty and the Beast” live action, Feb. 10; “LEGO Movie,” Feb. 17 and “LEGOBatman,” Feb. 24.

Sew Your Own Monogrammed Felt Banner — 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5. Work on your hand sewing skills while creating a wonderful monogrammed felt banner for your home or to give as a gift. Participants will cut out felt letters and use a running stitch to connect them to a banner attached to a dowel rod so it will be all ready to display as soon as you get home. If you are feeling ambitious, add buttons or sew your own creation of flowers, leaves or dinosaurs to personalize your banner even more. Cost is $5.

Cherry Blossom news

West Pittston Cherry Blossom Festival will be selling banners as a fundraiser.

New banners cost $150 and to renew your present banner costs $50.

Make checks payable to West Pittston Cherry Blossom and contact Toni Valenti, treasurer, at 570-655-0416. Checks also can be mailed to Valenti at 316 Damon St., West Pittston, PA 18643. Include the name you want printed on the banner.

All funds collected go to the Borough of West Pittston and to help fund the West Pittston Cherry Blossom Festival.

A planning meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at Corpus Christi School Building in West Pittston. All committee members are asked to attend.

Pictures will be taken at the meeting, so come early and wear Cherry Blossom attire.


Recycling containers at the Public Works Building on Delaware Avenue are open to the public Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon.

Curbside collection of recyclables remains the first and third Thursday of each month. The Public Works Department asks residents to place recyclables in front of their homes Wednesday evening prior to recycling collection Thursday morning.

See you around town.

John Bubul writes about West Pittston every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To include an item in his column, email or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.