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Final Mass at Saints Peter & Paul Church, Avoca

Priests Concelebrating, left to right, Rev. Edward Scott, Rev. John Polednak, Rev. Joseph Horanzy, Rev. Phillip Sladicka, Pastor, Rev. Joseph Brozena, Msgr. Bendik, Rev. Joseph Verespy.

Photos by tony callaio

Eucharistic Ministers Peg Kreisewicz, left, and Ann Jake, right, strip the altar.

Regina Bartish, longtime Pastoral Associate and Sacristan, affixes a purple ribbon to the front door signifying the closing

Youth Group members Amy Hoover, Marie Cary (holding chalice) and Ali Quinn transfer the original chalice of the SS. Peter & Paul Church in procession to St. Mary’s Church.

Veronica Seber, cantor.

Jean Kosierowski presents the original chalice to Fr. Sladicka.

Rev. Joseph Horanzy, former pastor, reads the Gospel.

Saints Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Church, Main Street, Avoca, closed its doors for the final time with a closing liturgy and ceremony on Sunday, October 2. Rev. Phillip Sladicka, pastor, celebrated the Mass and conducted the ceremony.

Following the service, Regina Bartish, longtime Pastoral Associate and Sacristan, affixed a purple ribbon to the front door signifying the closing SS. Peter and Paul Church and a procession was conducted to St. Mary’s Church, also of Avoca.

The two parishes merged and will be known as Queen of the Apostles.

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