St. Jude’s Offering Family Of God Medals

Classes will soon begin for the Diocesan Religious Award called “The Family of God.” This award is for third grade Catholic boys and girls. They will meet approximately six times. The medals will be awarded in June during Mass at St. Jude Church. To sign up for this medal or request further information, please call the Parish Center.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word, CLOW, only took place on April 19 this month. The program will be offered May 10th to end of June.

First Communion prayer partners are asked to have all cards, well wishes, etc. for their child at the Parish Center by Thursday, April 23.

The 2015 First Annual Catholic Men’s Conference will be held at King’s College on April 25. The theme will be “Be a Man, Becoming the Man God Created You to Be.” Men of the parish are invited to experience a prayerful, spirit-filled, life changing day. Reconciliation opportunities will be available. Bishop Bambera will celebrate closing Mass. Eucharistic Adoration will be at 6 a. m. Registration/ continental breakfast at 7 a. m. The main conference and Mass will be from 8 a. m. until 2:45 p. m. Cost is $35, $30 for early birds, $15 for students. Register online at

The Spiritual Care team at Geisinger Wyoming Valley medical center is offering a free bereavement support group series on Wednesdays during the afternoon and evenings beginning May 6. Call 570-808-5539 for further info.

If anyone is interested in learning more about the Catholic faith, or perhaps has been baptized, but never completed the sacraments, please contact Sr. Ellen about joining the 2015-2016 RCIA class. Also, if anyone is interested in being a part of the RCIA team, please contact Sr. Ellen at the Parish Center.

The parish staff has made some changes to the Religious Education experience. This year, we are going to move forward with our online registration process. To make things even easier and more convenient for you, we are revising our fee schedule. Students in a sacrament year (2nd and 8th) will have a flat fee upfront of $75.00. Instead of paying a registration fee and a sacramental fee later in the year, you will only have a one-time fee. Any students in a non-sacramental year will pay a $40 flat fee to equal no greater than $100.00 total for your family. Since early registration benefits everyone, if you register by June 15th, you will save $5 per child. Registering after July 15th will result in a late fee of $10 per child. Registration is quick and easy on our website at click on the Education tab and follow the link to Religious Education. You are able to make your payment directly online, as well. Any questions can be directed to Erin O’Dea at the Parish Center or always, any concerns or financial hardships can be discussed with Father Joe: jevanko@stjc.orgor Father Jerry: gshantillo@stjc.orgor by calling the Parish Center at 570-474-6315.

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 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 and Saturday; Sunday from 8:30 a. m. until 12:30 pm.