ST. JUDE STUDENTS CELEBRATE OPENING MASS

ST. JUDE STUDENTS CELEBRATE OPENING MASS-As has been the tradition for many years, the eighth grade class of St. Jude School accepted the responsibility of organizing the opening Mass and serving in the ministries of readers, gift bearers, cantors, and altar servers. The beginning of a new school year is traditionally celebrated with a liturgy in the parish church. This year, Rev. Joseph Evanko, Pastor of St. Jude’s Church, was the main celebrant. Deacon Gene Kovatch, Pastoral Outreach at St. Jude Parish, assisted. Rev. Evanko highlighted the eighth graders during the homily by calling them up near the altar and explained the importance of their new leadership position within the school. He challenged them to plant seeds of growth, water them, care for them, and use them as an example for others to follow. The entire student body was also reminded to keep Jesus at the center of their lives. Shown, front from left: Josh Gronka, Matthew DiGangi, George Strish, Tommy Shafer, Sean Murphy, and Ethan Hoda. Row two: Devyn Boich, McKaylia Ward, Valerie Soto, Emily Thomas, Taylor Josefowicz, Katie Wills, Dean Limongelli, and Bryce Zapusek. Row three: Madison Stoltz, Austin Kane, Matthew Hayden, Nathan Ragantesi, Alyson Rymar, Patrick Curley, Grace Dacey, and Principal Mrs. Jeanne Rossi. Back: Mr. Lester Kempinski, faculty; Kovatch, Dominic Capaci, Evanko, Nicholas Ganter, and Adam Mahler.