Queen of the Apostles Parish


Office Hours

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


Congratulations to our First Communion and Confirmation students who received the Sacraments on May 6th and April 26th respectively.  Thank you to the teachers and parents who guided them through their preparation. Everyone did an excellent job.  Please keep these students in your prayers.

New Acolytes

Two young men from the First Communion class elect to become Altar Servers, pictured here with one of the older servers. Any student who has received First Communion may begin to server. Call the Parish office for more information and to begin training.


Our beautiful, annual May Crowning was held on May 7th. Thank you to the member of the First Communion Class for serving in the court along with the young ladies from the Confirmation class. Jesenia Kester was May Queen, Maisie Barnic and Makenzie Foley were crown carriers.






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2023 Marion Award

Congratulations to our graduating High School seniors who will receive the Marian Award at ... Read More »

First Communion Retreat

All students in First Communion Class will attend the annual First Communion Retreat on ... Read More »

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Queen of the Apostles, Kiesinger Funeral Home, and The West Side Social Club are ... Read More »

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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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All are Welcome!
For further information, on the Cursillo Movement please visit the Cursillo
School of Leaders: Saturday, June 3rd., 9:30 am, St. John Neumann,
Ultreya: Saturday, June 17, 1:303:30 pm, St. Matthew’s,
East Stroudsburg


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


Jane Maxwell - 570-335-8678

The Women's Guild meetings are scheduled to 7 pm on the second Tuesday of each month in the Rectory

New Members Always Welcome


Children Faith Formation | St. Paul Catholic Church

Religious education classes have ended for the school year.  Hope everyone has a fun and safe summer. Registration forms for the 23-24 school year will be mailed in August. If you are not on the church mailing list or have a child entering kindergarten in September 24 please let us know.

Remember First Communion and Confirmation preparation classes are 2 year programs.  Children must attend 1st and 2nd grade and 7th and 8th grade, respectively.

Thank you to all who accepted a baby bottle to be filled with donations to the WilkesBarre Chapter of the Pennsylvanians for Human Life. If you are in need of a baby bottle, there are still are a few left in the vestibule and at the side entrance. Deadline for bottle return will be Father’s Day, June 18. Please return all filled bottles in the basket in front of the Baptismal Font which will be available at the weekend Masses. Bottles can also be returned at the Parish Office. Please do not leave filled bottles in the boxes with the empty bottles. Thank you, again


Knights of Columbus


A special Mass will be held 9:00AM on Saturday, May 27th at Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca. Please bring a picture on your Veteran that will be placed on our Memorial Poster. Light refreshments will be served following the Mass. Our next meeting will be held on May 22 at 7pm at Queen of the Apostles Rectory. This will be the election meeting for the upcoming fraternal year. Please make every effort to attend. Reminders about the above will be sent in the coming weeks.

In preparation for the Mass to honor our veterans as noted in above announcement, our Worship Committee is planning to exhibit a banner with the pictures of all veterans associated with our parish families and friends. Please submit the veteran’s picture by May 19 in order for it to be included on the banner.

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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 


And they’re off! National Eucharistic Pilgrimage routes begin with Holy Spirit-powered send-offs

Bishop Andrew Cozzens of Crookston, Minnesota, blesses the crowd with the Eucharist in a monstrance during an outdoor Pentecost Sunday Mass on May 19, 2024, in Bemidji, Minnesota. The Mass at the headwaters of the Mississippi River marked the start of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage, a four-route trek consisting of Eucharistic processions, community service, and other events that culminates in July at the National Eucharistic Congress in Indianpolis. / Credit: Gianna Bonello/CNA

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Pope Francis on Pentecost: The Holy Spirit’s work in us is powerful

Pope Francis participates in Mass on the solemnity of Pentecost, May 19, 2024. / Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

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Over 1,000 attend Washington, D.C., Eucharistic procession despite rain

More than 1,000 Catholics attend the Eucharistic procession in Washington, D.C., on May 18, 2024, to celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph / Credit: Tyler Arnold/CNA

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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!


Congratulations to the eighth-grade class at Holy Rosary Duryea for such a beautiful presentation of The Living Stations on March 31st at Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Duryea. We are especially proud of our parishioner, Thomas Gilchrist, who portrayed Jesus in the program. All of the students who took part in the presentation and the youth choir who accompanied them did an excellent job. Their performances touched many hearts and brought us closer to the true meaning of Christ's passion and death.
May God continue to bless the lives of all the children, teachers, and staff of Holy Rosary School.