The most exciting weekend of the year in Mountaintop is almost here –the weekend of the St. Jude Parish Picnic. The picnic will be held in the parish grove on Friday and Saturday, August 8 and 9 from 4 p. m. until 11 p. m. and Sunday, August 10 from noon until 9 p. m.
The First Annual St. Jude Parish Rummage Sale will be held August 8, 9, and 10 in the St. Jude School gym during the picnic. The rummage sale will be limited to clean, usable household items, books, jewelry, toys, exercise items, furniture, and dishes. No clothing items will be available. The sale is being organized by Boy Scout Troop 60 Mountaintop. Contact Evette Koshinski at Evette1127@gmail.comor 570-793-1188 for info.
Musical entertainment at the picnic will feature Outta the Blue on Friday from 7 p. m. until 11 p. m., Farmers Daughter on Saturday from 7 p. m. until 11 p. m., and Flashback on Sunday from noon until 4 p. m. and Handsome Devils from 5 p. m. until 9 p. m. Beginning at noon on Sunday, an open pit BBQ chicken dinner will be featured.
The St. Jude Summer Picnic Raffle will feature a top prize of $10,000 with additional prizes of $1,000, $750, $500, and $250.
A Wine and Spirits Booth has been added to the picnic. Donations of various types of wine and levels of spirits are needed and may be dropped off at the Parish Center during regular business hours.
Grove clean-up will begin Mon., August 11 at 9 a. m. Volunteers are needed. Lunch will be provided.
Parishioners are invited to join the Social Action Committee at St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen in Wilkes-Barre on Thurs., Aug. 7 from 9 a. m. until 1 p. m. Carpools leave from the Parish Center at 8:45 a. m. Call Jody or Artie at 570-710-0137.
The Pilgrim Virgin Statue will be at the home of Christopher, Amanda, and Natalie Rebarchick through August 8. For more information, call Gloria at 868-5346.
The Spiritual Care team at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center will host two free “Living with Grief” support group series on Wednesdays during the afternoon from 2 p. m. until 3:30 p. m. or during the evening from 6 p. m. until 7:30 p. m. beginning August 6 in the Spiritual Center at Geisinger Wyoming Valley, 1000 East Mountain Blvd., Wilkes-Barre. It is recommended that participants attend all sessions to experience the full benefit of the group. The interactive sessions will be completely confidential. Light refreshments will be served. Topics and schedule are: Process of Grief & Bereavement; An Overview -Wed., Aug 6; Caring for Yourself; Recognizing Emotion & Types of Grief-Wed., Aug 13; Re-Socialization; Coping with Special Events-Wed., Aug 20; Guilt & Depression; Facing Emptiness ~ Wed., Aug 27; Anger -Wed., Sept 3; How to Keep Growing; Spirituality -Wed., Sept 10; Memorial Service -Wed., Sept 17 will be 6 p. m. until 7:30 p. m. only. If interested, call Geisinger at 570-808-5539 or sign up at www.geisinger.org/events.
Weekday Masses at St. Jude’s are Monday through Friday at 7 a. m. and Wednesday at 12:10 p. m. Weekday Masses at St. Mary’s are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 8 a. m. Saturday Vigil Masses are 4 p. m. at St. Jude’s and 5:30 p. m. at St. Mary’s. Sunday Masses are 7:30 a. m., 9 a. m., 10:30 a. m. and noon at St. Jude’s and 9 a. m. at St. Mary’s. For further information, call the Parish Center at 570-474-6315. Parish Center hours are Monday and Wednesday from 9 a. m. until 3:30 pm; Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a. m. until 1 p. m; closed on Friday.