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Corpus Christi Parish will hold a Twilight Bingo at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Immaculate Conception Church Hall, 601 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston. The Bingo will feature cash prizes ranging from $150 to $1,000. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and include 15 free games with prizes of $150 cash for each game. There also will be five paid games/specials throughout the night with two prizes of $500, one prize of $750, and two prizes of $1,000 cash. Doors open at 5 p.m. and food and beverages will be available for purchase. The public is invited. Advance tickets are available before and after Mass. Volunteers with the bingo planning committee, first row, from left, are Jerry Demellier, Brian Devine, Joan Hennigan, co-chairman; Jackie Scalzo, co-chairman, and Cheryl Radkiewicz. Second row: Isabel Parry, Kim Rollman, Rosemary Stolarski, Margaret Rogo, Sally Demellier and Melissa Werner.

The longer nights and shorter days are officially here to stay. It’s the time of fall that I love, when daylight savings time begins. The leaves are crunchy under our feet. It’s the perfect weather to put on a nice pot of soup and relax with a book before the holiday madness truly sets in. As preparations start for the holiday season, it is very important to remember those who may be less fortunate. If you or someone you know will be needing help for Thanksgiving and Christmas, please call the rectory of Immaculate Conception Church at 570-654-2753 or email Joyce at The church needs a contact name, address and phone number. In the next few weeks, a member of the Social Concerns Committee will call you for Christmas gift ideas for your children, and to give you the time and date to pick up your Thanksgiving food gift boxes.

Corpus Christi news

Twilight Bingo will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, in Immaculate Conception Church hall. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the games begin at 6. Tickets will be available before and after Mass on Saturday. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, which includes 15 regular games where you can win $150 each. There will be five special games at an additional cost of $5 each. The specials will have two $500 winners, one $750 winner and two $1,000 winners.

The event will include a variety of homemade foods including pierogies, homemade chili, chicken salad on a croissant, hotdogs, hamburgers and a variety of home baked desserts. Feel free to BYOB. For reserved seating, call the rectory 570-654-2753 or email Joyce at If you are donating baked goods, please contact Teddy Rabel at 570-878-2008 or Baked goods may be dropped off at the hall Saturday.

The 10:30 a.m. liturgy on Sunday, Nov. 10, will be a celebration in honor of all veterans, living and deceased, and members of the armed forces and their families. Following Mass, everyone is invited to meet in the church hall for refreshments. Veterans and members of the armed forces attending this Mass are asked to sit in the pews reserved for the military. For information, contact Rosemary Gitkos at 570-954-2121

The parish’s next Family Mass and Donut Sunday will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. All boys and girls in sixth grade are welcome to participate in this Mass as lectors, ushers, heavenly hosts and gift bearers. To participate, please contact one of the following coordinators: Lisa Falzone at 570-237-2739 or; Sarah Konopka, 570-498-9304 or, or MaryAnn Oliveri, 570-357-1778 or

The Social Concerns Fall Food Drive is in full swing and is collecting non-perishable food for the Thanksgiving food gift boxes. The group is asking for donations of specific foods that make up a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, including turkey stuffing, boxed/canned potatoes/yams, canned vegetables/fruit, canned pumpkin, pie crust mixes, etc. Kindly leave your donations in the vestibules of the churches. Thank you in advance for your help!

The annual bereavement Mass and social will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in Immaculate Conception Church. All are welcome to gather at this beautiful Mass to honor the memory of parishioners, family members and dear friends who have been buried from the parish during this past year. Following the Mass, all are welcome for refreshments in the church hall. If you received a letter requesting a picture of your deceased family member or friend, please send it in as soon as possible.

First United Methodist Church pasty sale

First United Methodist Church of West Pittston will hold a homemade pasty sale Thursday, Nov. 7, with pickup times from 1 to 5 p.m. at 408 Wyoming Ave. Orders will be taken until Tuesday, Nov. 5. Pasty varieties come in meat with or without onions, vegetable with cheese, and sausage and pepper for $6 each. To order, contact the church at 570-655-1083 or Warren and Nancy Pollard at 570-654-4745.

Library news

West Pittston Library announces the following upcoming events:

Craft night DINO-vember — Monday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. Celebrate DINO-vember with a Jurassic-themed succulent planter. The $5 fee includes all materials. Registration required.

Giant Games — Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m. Celebrate International Games Week in a big way. Grab your friends and head to the library to play giant checkers, giant Connect Four, giant Scrabble, giant Jenga, giant Guess Who?, and giant card games! There’s some good ‘ol fashioned fun for everyone! All games are free but registration is required.

Eckley Miners Village Traveling Trunk — Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m. Learn about the lifestyles of a 19th century coal mining village with this hands-on, free presentation. As a preserved anthracite coal mining village, Eckley is a historic site demonstrating what home life was like for immigrant mining families beginning as early as 1854. The traveling trunk brings artifacts and replicas that represent Eckley Miners’ Village, along with a costumed interpreter to describe village life. Don’t miss this unique learning experience for all ages! Registration is required.

Registration for these events must be done in advance and can be done in person or by calling 570-654-9847. The library does not take registrations through Facebook.

John Bubul writes about West Pittston every week. To list an item, email or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.