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Closing Mass celebrated at St. Mary’s

Makes way for Queen of the Apostles

Dr. Lewis Druffner presents the Baptismal register of St. Mary’s Parish to Kelly and Erin Schmidt during the closing Mass of St. Mary’s parish.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters Katie Gilvary and Ann Marie O’Brein present an IHM banner during the St. Mary’s Parish closing Mass as a symbol of the 80 years the Sisters served in St. Mary’s School.

Ann Brennan and Robert Joyce Sr. present the gifts during the closing Mass of St. Mary’s Parish.

Father Phil Sladicka, pastor of St. Mary’s/SS. Peter and Paul’s Parish; Father Joseph Brozena, assisting parish priest; and Father John Polednak, Episcopal Vicar of Southern Region of the Diocese of Scranton, prepare the gifts during the closing Mass of St. Mary’s Parish.

Mary Clare Gibbons prepares to tie the purple ribbon on the handles of the doors formally closing St. Mary’s Parish in Avoca. The first Mass of the new Queen of the Apostles parish was celebrated last Sunday at the former St. Mary’s.

St. Mary’s Church, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca, closed Sunday, Oct. 16.

The newly formed parish of Queen of the Apostles, a combination of the parishes of St. Mary’s and SS. Peter and Paul’s Churches, officially opened last Sunday, Nov. 6.

Photos of the opening Mass appear in the main section of today’s Sunday Dispatch.

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