St. Jude’s Parish Plans International Festival

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. featuring delicious ethnic foods and entertainment. 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.

A new feature this year is that the first row of booths will be dedicated to children. “Kids World Walkabout” will entertain and delight and provide a magical experience ... literally. Damian the Magician will be in the grove on Sunday, June 1 from 2 p. m. until 4 p. m.

There will also be face painting, popcorn, ice cream and more. Barnes and Noble will be there to share international books.

Theme basket donations may be dropped off in the Parish Center parking lot on Thursday, May 22 between 7 p. m. and 8 p. m.

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.

The Spiritual Care Team at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center will host two free “Living with Grief” support group series on Wednesdays during the afternoon or evening. All sessions will be held in the Spiritual Center, 1000 East Mountain Boulevard in Wilkes-Barre. It is recommended that participants attend all sessions in the complete series to experience the full benefit of the group. If interested in attending, please call the Spiritual Care Department at 570-808-5539 or sign up online at afternoon sessions will be from 2 p. m. until 3:30 pm. All evening sessions will be from 6 p. m. until 7:30 p. m.

The topics and schedule are as follows: Re-Socialization: Coping with Special Events -May 21 -afternoon or evening; Guilt and Depression: Facing Emptiness -May 28 -afternoon or evening; Anger -June 4 -afternoon or evening; How to Keep Growing Spiritually -June 11 -afternoon or evening; Memorial service -June 18 -evening only.

The Pilgrim Virgin Statue will be at the home of Clara and Fred Bocklage, Sr. through May 23. For more information, call Gloria at 868-5346.

Parishioners are please asked

to note the change in the hours of operation of the Parish Center. The new office hours are: Monday and Wednesday from 9 a. m. until 3:30 pm; Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a. m. until 1 p. m; closed on Friday.

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.