‘Mass Of Dedication’ To Be Celebrated In St. Jude’s New Church September 17
ST. JUDE’S NEW CHURCH TO OPEN-Father Joe Evanko stands before St. Jude’s new church, planned for years and scheduled to open Sept. 17. The features of the new church include a pitched floor, seating for 750 parishioners, and the incorporation of historical elements from other Catholic parishes in the diocese that have since closed.

As a pure, white cross sits atop a steeple piercing the perfect blue sky and antique, stained-glass windows filled with history and wonder glisten in the sunlight, God’s newest house on the mountain is nearly ready to serve its purpose. In just a few weeks, on Sept. 17, these walls of worship will be filled with joyous parishioners, giving thanks for a larger, more modern place to pray, one that would not be there without the dedicated efforts of many.

The priest who spent nearly a decade making St. Jude’s new church a reality, Father Joe Evanko, beamed proudly as he stood before the $9 million architectural work of art. With construction crews still working on a “punch list,” that is, all the small, finishing touches that come with such a major project, and with Father Joe immersed in last-minute decisions and details, the pastor’s attitude was only of gratitude and exhilaration.

“There is a tremendous feeling of joy to be at this point,” he related. “We have a spirit-filled community that’s celebrating an important, happy time in our history as a parish.”

Since ground broke in May of last year, residents of Mountaintop have watched in fascination as the new church slowly took shape on the corner of Route 309 and Church Road. With no hiccups in the construction process, to which Father Joe thanks God, the opening of the church is expected to be on time and within its budget.

A Sept. 17 “mass of dedication” for the church will be held at 3 p. m., but Father warned that seating capacity will be reached as St. Jude’s has already received an overwhelming response from parishioners planning to attend. After that mass, however, the church will remain open throughout the evening and, of