ST. JUDE STUDENTS AID LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR-St. Jude School National Junior Honor Society members recently completed another service project to help the elderly who are living at the Holy Family Residence in Scranton. The home is run by the Little Sisters of the Poor, who have been providing for the elderly in northeastern Pennsylvania since 1908. The residence offers independent living and skilled nursing to elderly with limited funds. The sisters are counting on community support now more than ever before. Personal care items, paper goods, and food were collected by the students and donated to the facility. Shown from left with some of the collected items are: Tommy Shafer, Ethan Hoda, Kaylee Kotsko, Dominic Capaci, Sean Wills, Christopher Kocon, Brianna Phillips, Sean Murphy, and Morghan Murphy.
St. Jude’s Supporting Pro-Life Center

On May 10 and 11 the parish will be supporting the Pro Life Center in Wilkes-Barre with a carnation drive. Parishioners are asked to purchase a carnation for $1. They will be available at the church doors. Carnations may be placed on the altar in honor or memory of a loved one.

The Pilgrim Virgin Statue will be at the home of Laura, Leonard, and children Baylee and Ejay through May 9. For more information, call Gloria at 868-5346.

A Healing Mass will be held at St. Maria Goretti Church, 42 Redwood Drive, Laflin on Tuesday, May 13 at 5:30 p. m. The public is invited to attend for this Sacrament of Anointing and Eucharist. Rev. John Shearer, OSJ, from the Oblates of St. Joseph, will be the main celebrant as he is joined with clergy from the greater Pittston/Plains area. A pot luck supper will follow. Please bring your food to the Parish Center of St. Maria Goretti Church.

The St. Jude Parish International Fest will be held Saturday, May 31 from 4 p. m. until 11 p. m. and Sunday, June 1 from noon until 9 p. m.

A food drive is being instituted as part of this year’s festival. Everyone who attends is encouraged to bring a can of food to the event to benefit those in need in our area.

Everyone is also encouraged to purchase or sell raffle tickets for a Dream Vacation. Tickets are $5 each or six for $25. The raffle is an easy way for everyone to support the parish. Ticket stubs and corresponding funds may be returned by mail, dropped off at the Parish center, or placed in the collection basket. The winner will have a choice of one of the following: 7 day trip for 2 to Ireland, 8 day trip for 2 to Italy, 8 day cruise for 2 thru Venice and Greece, create your own Dream Vacation of a $5,000 value, or $5,000 cash. The winner will be drawn on June 1 at 9 p. m.

Anyone who owns or works for a business who would like to be involved in the festival is asked to call the Parish Center. Many volunteers are also needed in a variety of areas.

Theme Baskets are needed for this event. Please contact Mimi Murphy or call the Parish Center to discuss ideas or donations.

The following items are needed for the Mt. Top Food Bank: canned fruit, jelly, mayonnaise, peanut butter, carrots, coffee, tea, noodles, syrup, jello, popcorn, and macaroni and cheese. Please drop off the items in the annex part of our church. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

The Social Action Committee is collecting Pack-N-Plays, baby swings, high chairs, bath tubs, gates, and clothes up to 2 years old for Pennsylvanians for Human Life. No other items can be accepted. Anyone who would like to donate is asked to contact the Parish Center ext. 250 and leave a message.

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 information, call the Parish Center at 570-474-6315. 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.