Opening Mass

ST. JUDE STUDENTS CELEBRATE OPENING MASS -The beginning of a new school year is traditionally celebrated with a liturgy in the parish church. 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. This year, Rev. Jeff Tudgay, Assistant Pastor of St. Jude’s Church, was the main celebrant. Deacon Gene Kovatch, Pastoral Outreach at St. Jude Parish, assisted. In his first Mass with the student body of St. Jude School, Rev. Tudgay’s theme for the homily was igniting the fire of the Holy Spirit in the students. He stressed to the students the importance of growing in knowledge not only in math, science, social studies, etc., but most of all, growing in their love for Jesus and their faith. Shown, front from left: Camden Brownell, Payton Bayley, Maximus Bleiler, Reese Ann Tavella, Jenna Medvetz, Nora Jerabek, Jackie Gallagher, and Luke Gordon. Row two: Veronica Gorka, Joseph Kopko, Hillary Hoda, Rory Smullen, Caden Sparich, Jack Novelli, and Alex Martin. Row three: Anthony Limongelli, Anna Capaci, Francesca Basalyga, Anthony Nicotera, Natalie Hunsinger, Margaret Mary Ganter, and Sarah Stettler. Back: Kovatch, Tudgay, and Principal Sr. Ellen Fischer.