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It’s hard to believe that Lent is already upon us. When I was young I never really understood Lent. I got the basics, but the big picture was lost on me. The older I get the more important reflection becomes. We all celebrate the Lenten season differently. I use it as a time to reflect upon becoming a better person in all aspects of my life. Substantially different than counting down the days until I could gorge myself on peanut butter Smidgens.

There are plenty of opportunities in the community to get the most out of the season, including a Living Stations performed by the Corpus Christi youth group on Good Friday evening and a weekly scripture study.

Stay tuned for updated holiday Mass schedules.

Here’s what else is happening around town this week.

Corpus Christi Parish news

Corpus Christi Parish will celebrate the Sacrament of First Reconciliation at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at 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.

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 jklepadlo@wyomingarea.org.

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

Corpus Christi Church is looking for donations of any non-perishable foods to fill the food pantry shelves for spring. Canned fruits, vegetables and beans are especially needed. Donations may be left in the vestibules of the churches.

The parish’s daily Lenten Mass schedule began Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, and will continue with daily Masses at 7:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church; 8:30 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Church and 5:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church. To serve in the daily Mass during Lent, lectors should contact Paula Panzitta at 570-388-6129 or ppanzitta@msn.com and EMs should contact Teresa Crossin at 570-357-3985 or tacross5@comcast.net.

The public is invited to gather for Lenten Soup and Scripture programs as members of the parish enjoy a simple meal of soup and sandwiches provided by volunteers in various ministries of the parish. Each week, the meal will be followed by Lenten reflections from a guest speaker. Members of the following ministries are asked to cover the first session Tuesday, Feb. 20: Social concerns and finance committees provide soup and set up; ushers, Holy Name Society and liturgy will provide sandwiches and clean up. Please contact Joyce at 570-654-2753 or jcecconi50@gmail.com if you are able to participate.

Stations of the Cross will continue at 6 p.m. Friday evenings, March 2, 9 and 23 in Immaculate Conception Church. Families and/or individuals are welcome to participate in the Stations each week. If you wish to participate, contact Joyce at 570-654-2753 or jcecconi50@gmail.com.

In addition to the parish’s normal 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon confessions, during Lent, as part of the diocese’s The Light is on for You program, Monsignor John Sempa will be in the confessional at Immaculate Conception Church from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Mondays Feb. 19 and 26 and March 5 and 12 and at Holy Redeemer from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 19.

Save the date for these two upcoming events:

Social Concerns Committee is planning a homemade pasta dinner, “A Taste of Italy,” on Saturday, March 10, in Immaculate Conception Church hall.

The parish will hold its annual car show Sunday, May 27. Rain date is Monday, May 28.

Trinity Episcopal news

Trinity Episcopal Church will hold noon prayer every Wednesday in the lower level chapel during winter.

West Pittston First United Methodist Church news

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

Children and youth Sunday school is at 10:15 a.m.

Library news

West Pittston Library is hosting Movie Mania from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays. “The LEGO Movie” will be featured Saturday, Feb. 17, and “LEGO Batman” will be shown Saturday, Feb. 24.

LEGO Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27. Registration for this free event must be done in advance either in person or by calling 570-654-9847. The library does not take registrations through Facebook.

Kids in the winter reading program have been dedicated all winter long to reading and completing weekly LEGO challenges. In this last month, to wrap up the reading program, kids from the program only are invited to get together once a week to show off their mad LEGO skills. Each week will offer free play with project ideas and time at the end of class for show and tell. At the last LEGO Club gathering, the biggest reading and drawing winners of the winter reading program will be announced.

Lib Lab will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20. Library Laboratory is back to continue engaging kids ages 9 and older in science-based, hands-on learning activities. Measure, mix, compare, experiment and test in a fun environment. Who knew painting could be relaxing, creative and educational. By completing a tea-painted crocodile, watery whale and a salty dragon, participants will learn about chemicals that stain, a natural bleach, absorption and how dilution works. Class size is limited to the first nine kids so sign up early. Registration for this free event must be done in advance either in person or by calling 570-654-9847. The library does not take registration through Facebook.

DePrimo American Legion Post meeting

1st Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo American Legion Post 542 will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Ron Faust’s, 205 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston, with commander Ron Gitkos presiding. Food and beverages will be available. Contact Gitkos at 570-654-2261 or Faust at 570-814-7157.

Taxes

West Pittston Tax Collector George L. Miller wishes to inform property owners that the 2018 county and West Pittston Borough taxes have been mailed. Rebate period will end April 11. Anyone not receiving a tax bill should call the office and a new bill will be sent.

During the rebate period, office hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. For appointments, call 570-655-7782, ext. 232.

When mailing in the payment and a receipt is requested, please send the complete tax bill and a self-addressed envelope.

Recycling

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. To include an item in his column, email jbubul@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.