First Holy Communion Mass May 18At St. Mary’s Church

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

The next meeting of the Youth Group is Wednesday, May 14 at 6 P. M. We will be planting flowers in the Prayer Garden. Updates can be found on our Facebook page; Saint Mary’s of Dorrance Youth Group.

Our students will be traveling to West Virginia to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. Students will leave on Sunday, July 20 and return on Saturday, July 26. Cost of the trip is $400. Saint Mary’s students will pay $150 with fundraising. Applications are available. Questions or concerns: Molly 570.262.4628 or Becky 570.868.

First Holy Communion students have their final practice on Saturday May 17. First Holy Communion is on Sunday, May 18 during 9:00 A. M. Mass.

Saint Mary’s Choir will be singing for the First Holy Communion Mass on Sunday, May 18 at 9 A. M. Practice will be Tuesday, May 13 at 6 P. M. in the church.

If you have not already done so, please return your registration forms as soon as possible for next year’s religious education program. We need to get a count to order books for next year. Registration forms are in the file folder in the front vestibule. Questions: Mrs. Heller 570.379.2647.

Saint Mary’s Community Outreach Team will meet Wednesday, May 14 at 7 P. M. in the meeting room. Rosaries are made prior to the Wednesday meetings beginning at 6 P. M. The Crochet Group meets on Sundays at 6 P. M. Questions regarding the Team Michele: 570.868.0168. Questions for crochet or rosaries: Sandy: 570.868.5795 or Wende: 570.868.3151.

The next meeting or the Altar & Rosary Society is Monday, May 19 at 7 P. M. in the meeting room. Members are asked to bring donations of kitchen/baking items for the Theme Basket Raffle for our church bazaar. Donations are needed by June 8.

The next Bazaar Meeting is Monday, May 19 7 P. M. in the dining room. Thank you for your monetary donations to help fill the “Truckload of Groceries.” We collected $510.00

We are currently accepting “Business Stand Sponsors.” For more information please call the parish office.

Everyone should have received their spring Raffle Tickets. If you have not please call the parish office to update your information. Return your chances by June 4 to be included in the “Early Bird” raffle. Winner receives $100.

Our parish is participating in the Loaves and Fishes Program to benefit the Saint Vince de Paul Soup Kitchen. This month’s item is Non-dairy Creamer. Baskets are in Church.

Knights of Columbus are meeting Wednesday, June 4 at 7:30 P. M. in the social hall. For information on becoming a member call Tony 868.8401, or John 379.3721.

Saint Theresa’s Guild will meet Tuesday, June 10 at 7 P. M. in the dining room. To join the Guild or for more information call Julia 570.379.3034.

When a loved one dies, a support group setting offers many healing benefits. The Spiritual Care team at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center will host two free “Living with Grief” support group series on Wednesdays beginning May 14 through June 18. One of six topics will be discussed each week. Sessions are from 2-3:30 P. M or 6-7:30 P. M.

All sessions are held in the Spiritual Center, 1000 East Mountain Blvd, Wilkes Barre. It is recommended that participants attend all sessions in the complete series to experience the full benefit of the group.

If you are interested in attending either the day or evening series, please call the Spiritual Care department at 570-808-5539 or sign up online at

Saint Jude School in Mountain Top is continuing to accept registrations for the 2014-2015 school year for three-year-olds through eighth grade students during the regular school hours of 8 A. M. to 3 P. M.

The three-year-old program will be full days on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The four-year-old prekindergarten students may choose either three full days on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays or five full day sessions. Parents/guardians need to bring the students’ social security card, birth certificate, immunization records, and a non-refundable $100 registration fee.

Orientation for three-year-olds, four-year-olds, and kindergarten students will be held Wednesday, June 11 beginning at 9 A. M. in the school cafeteria. Important information will be presented by the administration, the early childhood faculty, and the Parent Teacher Guild concerning the policies and procedures of St. Jude School. For further information or to schedule a tour, please contact the school at 570.474.5803.