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EXETER: After 84 years, the Congregation of the Oblates of St. Joseph will no longer serve St. Anthony Church. A Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on June 23 at St. Anthony’s Church of St. Barbara Parish. His Excellency, Bishop Joseph Bambera, Bishop of Scranton, will celebrate the Mass. A social will follow until 2 p.m. in the parish center.


HONESDALE: St. Padre Pio Prayer Group will gather for monthly devotions at 2 p.m. on Sunday at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 416 Church Street. The Rev. William J. P. Langan, host pastor and spiritual director, will lead the faithful in prayer for all priests followed by the recitation of the rosary. Sister Elizabeth Brody will read from the sacred Scripture.


The Book of Special Intentions invoking the intercession of St. Pio will be presented and special intention prayers will be offered. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be administered to the seriously ill or those about to have surgery.


The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be chanted at 3 p.m., followed by vespers, benediction of the blessed sacrament and individual blessing with the relic of St. Pio. All are welcome.


HORSHAM: North Anthracite Council of the League of Ukrainian Catholics is sponsoring a bus trip to the 22nd annual Ukrainian Folk Festival at the Ukrainian American Sport Center, ‘Tryzub,’ on Aug. 25.


The event, which takes place from noon to 8 p.m., will highlight a concert of Ukrainian folk dancers and musicians from Ukraine and the United States. Ukrainian ethnic foods, standard picnic fare, baked goods, cool refreshments, Ukrainian arts and crafts bazaar and children’s fun area will be available.


The 55 passenger A.J. Limo Coach bus will pick up at 9 a.m. in Berwick; 9:45 a.m. in Edwardsville; and 10:15 a.m. in Scranton. Cost is $35 per person, which includes admission ticket to the festival. Full advance, nonrefundable payment reserves a seat.


For reservations contact Janina in Berwick at 759-2824 or Andrew in the Wilkes-Barre area at 822-5354.


MOUNTAIN TOP: St. Paul Lutheran Church will celebrate “Music Appreciation Sunday” on June 23. There will be one service only at 9:30 a.m.


A late spring church clean-up will take place at 9 a.m. today. Emphasis will be on cleaning the outside church property. A picnic-style lunch will be served for the volunteers after the clean-up. A sign-up sheet is available in the Fellowship Hall.


MOUNTAIN TOP: Christ United Methodist Church is holding a free children’s carnival from 3-6 p.m. on June 23 on the front lawn of the church, 175 S. Main Street.


The carnival is geared for children ages 3-10, but all are welcome. There will be face painting, carnival games, prizes, popcorn and a bounce house. The carnival is being held to jump start “Jesus Fun Fair,” the Vacation Bible School, which will be held 6-8:30 p.m. June 24-28 for all children ages 3 and potty trained to sixth grade.


The Vacation Bible School’s mission project this year is the Ronald McDonald House and a goodwill donation barrel will be available at the carnival.


For more information, call the church at 570-474-6060.


SHICKSHINNY: Patterson Grove, 1128 Bethel Hill Road, recently announced the following Sunday night vespers. All vespers begin at 7:15 p.m.


June 30, Jim Pall, SCI Dallas, Huntsville United Methodist Church; July 7, Karen Allen Urbanski, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Penn State campus ministry; July 14, Joe Kadke, executive director, prison outreach of Delaware, chaplain, Howard R. Young CI; July 21, Stevan Atanasoff, Williamstown United Methodist Church; Aug. 18, Daniel Dennis, Otterbein United Methodist Church, Carlisle; Aug. 25, Joe Buxton, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton district superintendent; and Sept. 1, Jay Saxe, Chapel.


For more information or directions, call Joan Franklin at 925-0244.


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