The beginning of Lent will be observed on March 5 with the celebration of Ash Wednesday. Ashes will be distributed at St. Jude Church as follows: 7 a. m. Mass, 8:45 a. m. Mass, 12:10 p. m. scripture service, 4 p. m. scripture service, and 7 p. m. Mass. Ashes will be distributed at St. Mary’s in Dorrance during the 8 a. m. Mass and 7 p. m. Mass.
The following fast and abstinence regulations are to be observed:
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence.
Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence.
All Catholics who have reached their 14th birthday are to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and on all Fridays during Lent.
All Catholics over 18 years of age to the beginning of their 60th year are bound to the obligation of fasting. Those bound by this rule may take only one full meal and two smaller meals unless dispensed or excused.
Parishioners are invited to join the Social Action Committee at St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, March 6 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 Michael and Justine Yeager and children through March 8. For information, call Gloria at 868-5346.
Parishioners are able to see a priest for confession any Monday during Lent in any Catholic parish in the Diocese of Scranton between 5:30 p. m. to 7 p. m. Visit www.dioceseofscranton.organd see The Light Is On For You page for resources about confession and a directory of parishes by location.
The Spiritual Care Team at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center will host a support group series on Wednesdays during the afternoon or evening. Afternoon sessions are from 2:00 pm. until 3:30 p. m. Evening sessions are from 6:00 p. m. until 7:30 p. m. All sessions are held in the Spiritual Center, 1000 East Mountain Blvd., Wilkes-Barre. The topics and schedule are: Anger -March 5; How to Keep Growing Spiritually -March 12; Memorial Service -March 19. Anyone interested in attending is asked to please call the Spiritual Care Department at 570-808-5539 or sign up online at www.geisinger.org/events.
A VIRTUS training session is scheduled on Monday, March 17 at Misericordia University in Dallas from 4 p. m. until 7 p. m. in McDowell Hall, Room 105. Call 570-674-6761to register and for directions. VIRTUS: Protecting God’s Children for Adults Program is a mandatory 3-hour training session for all employees and adult volunteers who work with children in the Diocese of Scranton. This training focuses on ways to make and maintain a safe environment for all children. Volunteers must also complete a background clearance.
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 9 a. m. -7 pm. on Mondays; 7:30 a. m. -4 p. m. on Tuesdays; and 9 a. m. -4 p. m. Wednesdays through Fridays.