St. Mary’s Religious Education Classes To Begin September 18

St. Mary’s of Dorrance is a welcoming church. The pastor of St. Mary’s is Reverend Joseph Evanko, and Rev. Jeffrey Tudgay, Reverend Assistant Pastor. The weekend Mass schedule is Saturday at 5:30 p. m. and Sunday at 9 a. m.

Religious Education-Classes for K -6th grade begin Sunday, September 18, immediately following Mass. The first class is for parents and students. Please gather in the Church. Registration forms are in the vestibule of church. Drop them in the offertory basket or mail them to the office. Registration fee is $20 for students K-6.

Grades 7 & 8 will be receiving information via mail from Mrs. Urbanski with parent meeting and class schedule dates.

Attention: All adults 18+ employees and volunteers who have direct contact with children are required to have background checks, mandated reporting training, and VIRTUS. Check the insert in the bulletin for information regarding these mandatory requirements.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming Catholic please for the inquiry session for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) in the Saint Jude School Library on Sunday, September 11 at 1:30 p. m. Formation sessions begin Sept 18 and will continue weekly through the celebration of Easter. Please call or email Father Jeff Tudgay at 570-474-6315-ext 226 or

org with questions. jtudgay@stjc.

Did you know....Father Jeff makes monthly home visits to home bound and ailing parishioners. Call the office with the person’s name and contact information to be added to the list. Calls are made prior to all visits.

Wedding Prep: You’re engaged! Now what? When planning your wedding your first phone call should be to Father Joe -before you set the date. You have to make sure the church and priest are available. Happy Planning!

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Training-St. Mary’s and St. Jude’s will be commissioning new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion on Sunday, October 9 at 9 am at Saint Mary’s and 10:30 am at St. Jude’s. Prior to the commissioning of new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, aspirants are required to attend three consecutive training sessions. These sessions will focus on the nature of lay participation in priestly ministry, the theology of the Eucharist, and the liturgical aspects of serving as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.

In addition to new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, all current Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are required to attend the three consecutive sessions for continuing formation and adjusted serving procedures at both parishes. Because the three sessions are consecutive and build on each other, attendance at all three for new and current Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion is mandatory.

The formation sessions for all current & new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion is Sept 13, Sept 20, and Sept 27 at 10:30 a. m. or 6:30 p. m. Each session is offered twice for convenience at Saint Jude Church. To register or for information: Father Jeff 570-474-6315 ext. 226 or

BackPack Meal Program-The CSD Elementary Schools BackPack Meal Program provides children who are in need with a bag of nutritious, easy to prepare food each Friday during the school year. BackPack meals are distributed discretely and the participants are confidential. Items needed include small size portions of raisin, vegetables with pop top lids, peanut butter, tuna or chicken, mac & cheese, soup, cereal, granola or Chex/Trail mix. No glass jars. Call Wende 570-760-3167.