St. Jude’s Offering RCIAProgram

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Catholic, please attend an inquiry session for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) in the St. Jude School library on Sunday, September 11 at 1:30 p. m. Formation sessions for RCIA will begin on Sunday, September 18 and will continue weekly through the celebration of Easter. Please email Father Jeff Tudgay at jtudgay@stjc.orgor call him at the Parish Office with any questions.

Parishioners are invited to join the Social Action Committee at St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, September 8 from 9 a. m. until 1 p. m. Carpools leave from the Parish Office at 8:45 a. m. Call Jody or Artie at 570-710-0137.

The Youth Ministry is planning a new fundraiser. Vouchers from the Old Post Farms will be sold to help raise money for the Youth Ministry events. The vouchers are $10 and can be used to purchase items such as a large variety of fall mums, pumpkins, straw, cornstalks, perennials, and more. The vouchers can be used at Old Post Farms from Saturday, September 3 until Sunday, October 2 when the selection is the nest. The Farms are located on St. Mary’s Road in Mountain Top and are open 7 days a week from 9 a. m. until 5 p. m. Vouchers may be purchased from the Parish Office during regular business hours or from a Youth Ministry member the weekends of September 11 and 18 after all Masses. Proceeds help sponsor retreats, March for Life, service opportunities, and teen nights.

Religious Education is looking for a few teachers. We are in need of substitutes for the 2016-2017 school year. Substitutes must have all clearances and be willing to be added to our list for when catechists are unable to attend. Our catechists work so hard throughout the year. Please consider joining us to help them in their volunteer work. Please contact Erin O’Dea at eodeastjc@ stjc.orgor Carrie Grandzol at

Registration is underway for students who are in 7th and 8th grade and wish to take part in Religious Education classes in preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Parents may register their children by going to the parish website at www.stjc.organd clicking on Education, Religious Education, and then Register now. Students will not be able to start classes until they are registered. Questions about Confirmation may be directed to Pam Urbanski at the Parish Office.

St. Jude’s and St. Mary’s will be commissioning new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion on Sunday, October 9.

Those interested in being commissioned are required to attend three consecutive training sessions. All current Ministers are required to attend these sessions for continuing formation and adjusted serving procedures at both churches. Sessions will be September 13, 20, and 27 at 10:30 a. m. and 6:30 p. m. Each sessions is offered twice for convenience. Contact Fr. Jeff for further info.

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 Office 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, Saturday, and Sunday. The parish website is