Will be prayed on Fridays throughout Lent after the after the 8:00 AM Mass and at 5:15 PM with Our Lady of Sorrows Rosary recited afterwards. The 6th, 7th and 8th grade students will present the Living Stations on Good Friday, time to be announced.


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Tuesday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM




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St Patrick and St Joseph Celebration

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First Reconciliation

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Adoration hours are Tuesdays, 9:30 am to 8:00 pm. Rosary and benediction begin at 7:30 pm.  If you have any questions or would like to verify your hour, please contact Ann Jake @ 570-457-3521.  If you would like to be a Eucharistic Adorer for any hour on Tuesdays or would like to consider being a backup adorer when we are in need, please contact Ann or the Parish Office at #570-457-3412.  The Knights of Columbus will pray the Rosary for Life every second Tuesday of the month from 7:00-8:00 pm. Please pray for all prayer intentions for this day.

We request that all adorers practice social distancing and sanitary practices.


COVID-19 Protocol

The Diocese of Scranton has relaxed the mask mandate in accordance with the CDC.  As of March 6th masks during Mass are optional, however this may change as this is an ever evolving fluid situation.  In any event, please refrain from attending Mass if you or your family has any symptoms of Covid or do not feel well.

The Diocese of Scranton continues to monitor the rapidly evolving health situation regarding the coronavirus. We are constantly monitoring directives from national, state and local officials. This policy will be reassessed on a regular basis.


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VISIT: Formed.org to claim your free content. Log in using your PARISH CODE: 18641. You’ve been given unlimited access to the best eBooks, talks, and videos in the Church today.


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All are Welcome!
For further information, on the Cursillo Movement please visit
the Cursillo website:
School of Leaders: March 4, Holy Name of Jesus,
West Hazleton
Ultreya: Sunday, February 19, 2:00 pm, St. Thomas
Aquinas, Archbald

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

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Annual Queen of the Apostles Easter Egg Hunt

Queen of the Apostles, Kiesinger Funeral Home, and The West Side Social Club are happy to announce that they will once again have their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8th at 9:30AM.

The event will take place behind Kiesinger Funeral Home, 255 McAlpine St., Duryea. To register for this event, call the parish office at 570-457-3412 or Robin Kiesinger at #570-357-0370 and leave the name(s) of the child(ren) attending. PLEASE INDICATE IF THE CHILD HAS A PEANUT ALLERGY. A
return call is not necessary. If you leave a message, your child is registered for the Egg Hunt. Please have children bring a basket or bag the morning of the hunt.

There is an Easter box in the vestibule of the church for donations of plastic eggs and candy that will fit inside of a plastic egg. We are also accepting items that we can give away as prizes to the children. All donations are appreciated.

We are in need of volunteers to help fill the eggs on Wednesday, April 5th, from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall. If you are free, we would love to have your help. Also, if you have a child looking for service hours, this is a great and fun way to earn time! Many hands make light work. We always have a good time and good group.

Volunteers are also needed on the day of the Egg Hunt,Saturday, April 8th from 7:00am - 10:00 am. Please call Robin at the above telephone # to sign up.

Thank you for your continued generosity and we look forward to seeing you at the Egg Hunt!

We Share On-line Giving

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Several months ago, Queen of the Apostles enrolled in an online giving option called We Share. This is an excellent way to make your weekly contributions and have it come right out of your bank account or credit card each week. This provides our parish with consistent support that lets us better plan and budget our expenses. It is very easy to enroll. Simply press the donate now button on the right of this screen and fill in the information. You can also call the Parish Office to speak with someone directly.

To make a secure, one-time or recurring gift, click the link and follow the simple instructions! For enhanced security, you’ll verify your identity with your cell phone number. All sensitive financial information is stored with the highest bank level security. Your phone number will never be sold, traded, or given to third
parties. You will only be texted to confirm your giving.

Click here for more information and Donor Support


The Women's Guild would like to thank everyone for support their Ash Wednesday Soup and Hoagie Sale. It was great to see everyone and it was a great success.  Thanks again!


Jane Maxwell - 570-335-8678

The Women's Guild meetings are rescheduled to 10:30 AM on the second Tuesday of each monthin the Rectory

New Members Always Welcome


Children Faith Formation | St. Paul Catholic Church

Classes for Kindergarden, 1st grade, and 3rd thru 7th grades are held on Sunday morning from 9:00 to 9:45 AM.

PLEASE NOTE: 2nd grade students will have class from 9:00 to 10:15 am in order to prepare for First Communion.

Confirmation Class meets every other Sunday from 6:00 - 7:00 PM.

Students are asked to go directly to their classrooms. We welcome all teachers, aides and volunteers interested in working with our Religious Education Program. Please call the Parish Office or Debby Yuschovitz if you can help in any way.

The Social Concerns/Respect Life Ministry will conduct a Lenten Food Sale on Friday, March 31 to benefit the Ministry’s projects. The following will be available for Pre Orders only:

Red or White Clam Chowder $10 Quart
Vodka Sauce $10
Haluski  $7 Quart

Orders can be placed by calling Carol Wood at #5704578843 or Ruth Lee at #5704572111. Deadline
for placing orders will be Sunday, March 26. Pick up on Friday, March 31 will be from 11:00 am  2:00 pm and 4:30 pm  6:00 pm. 

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The Social Concerns/Respect Life Ministry will be conducting their Easter Basket project for those parishioners who are in need. Baskets provide food for the Easter Sunday meal. The baskets will be blessed on Holy Saturday, April 8 at 12:00 Noon. Anyone who is in need of a basket or knows of someone who would be in need of one, please contact the parish office at #570-457-3412.
Deadline for submissions is April 2.

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Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus John O’Connor Council 12967, Avoca, PA offers a Unique Opportunity for Prayer and Reflection Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca, PA. We can all attest that days of reflection can rejuvenate our spirituality. A retreat leaves a lasting impact on participants’ relationship to their faith. Part of Council12967 program is to provide support in Faith. We call it Faith in Action.

Fr. Sy Peterka, CM will be the Retreat Director for the day. This day will include a 9am welcome with donuts and coffee followed by an opening talk by Rev. Peterka. There will be quiet time before the Blessed Sacrament in Church with an opportunity for Reconciliation (Confession). At Noon we will
have lunch followed by the second talk and then Rosary and quiet time in the Church. The day is concluded at 3pm with benediction. The regular parish Saturday Vigil Mass will be at 4pm. Fr. Peterka will celebrate the Mass and preach.

Again, the Day of Reflection, @ 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca, PA will be held from 9am to 3pm on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Queen of the Apostles Parish. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you then and growing in faith together. To register call Phil Rodney, GK @ 570-862-8776 or Queen of the Apostles Rectory @ 570-457-341


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Do you like to sing?  Do you enjoy hymn and liturgical music?  Did you know it has been proven that music enhances the meaning of the Word?  After all, God gave us Music so we could pray in song.

The Choir is seeking new members, all voices.  No tryouts or pressures to cantor, all you have to do is climb the stairs.  Men and women are welcome.  Please consider joining us.

Choir practice Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m.  Senior choir sings at 4 pm Mass on Saturdays and for special Masses and Holidays.


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Andrew P. Adonizio earned the rank of eagle scout last Sunday at Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall. Andrew and his twin brother, Jacob, are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Adonizio. Andrew's project was to repair and replace Duryea’s town welcome signs and benches. Andrew was the 21st. scout to achieve the Eagle Scout Award for Troop 316 sponsored by Queen of the Apostles Parish.

Congratulations to Andrew and his family.


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Cub Scout Pack 316, Avoca participated in a ‘Here for a Reason’ event—they packaged 3000 meals for children in our immediate area facing food disparity. They did a wonderful job!


Scouts placed flags on graves of local Veterans on Memorial Day 2022.


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Troop/ Pack 316 Blue and gold dinner 4/7/22

Four young men in black scarfs crossed over into Boy Scout Troop.  Congratulations to  Brayden Bender, Lucas Lokuta, William Aruscavage and Alexander Orluk 


Nordic bishops issue letter affirming Church teaching on human sexuality

Bishop Erik Varden O.C.S.O, of the Catholic Territorial Prelature of Trondheim, Norway, at the vespers at Santa Maria dell'Anima in Rome. / Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

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Pope Francis accepts resignation of vice president of German bishops’ conference 

Bishop Franz-Josef Bode of the Diocese of Osnabrück served as vice president of the German bishops' conference from 2017 to 2023. / Courtesy of Synodaler Weg/Maximilian von Lachner

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Pope Francis extends ‘Vos estis’ decree to counter both lay and clerical abuse

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News Flash • Cottage Grove, WI • CivicEngage

The Avoca Food Pantry is open on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month for anyone in need. Pickups can be made @ 4:00PM at the rear of the Bethel United Methodist Church, 532 Main St. distribute food from 1:30PM.  Come join us and your help will be greatly appreciated! We are a community helping one another in need.

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Al-Anon meetings are held every Thursday night at 7 PM, at the Brick United Methodist church on Foote Ave., Duryea. This is an anonymous 12-step program of recovery for families and friends of addicts & alcoholics. There are no dues or fees and meetings last approximately one hour and are open to anyone.


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AA Helpline:                                                                      1-800-640-7545

Al-Anon -- Friends & Family of those addicted            1-800-339-9006

Bread Basket of NEPA                                                       570-343-2324

Consumer Credit Counseling Service                            1-800-602-2227

Catholic Social Services Wilkes Barre                             570-822-7188

Catholic Social Services Scranton                                   570-207-2283

Greater Pittston Food Pantry (St. John’s/Seton)            570-654-9923

National Hotline for Abortion Recovery                         1-866-482-5433

PA 24-Hour Child Abuse Hot Line                                   1-800-932-0313

Pennsylvanians for Human Life, W-B Chapter               570-826-1819

Rachel’s Vineyard-Post Abortive Healing                       1-877-467-3463

St. Joseph’s Center-Mother Infant Program                   570-207-6677

Parish Hall

Our parish hall is open and ready to serve you! We still have prime dates available for 2021. Consider Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall for your upcoming graduation, birthday, or any other occasion event needs!
For information, please call Paul at (570) 430-9015 or Kathleen at (570) 457-3412. Thank you!