New High School Religious Education ProgramAt St. Jude’s

A new, exciting, non-traditional religious education program, entitled Altaration, will be underway soon at St. Jude Parish.

The program will be held three times a year. The first session will last five weeks and will be held on Wednesday evenings beginning October 7 and continuing October 14, 21, 28 and November 4 from 7 p. m. until 8:15 p. m. in the school. The first session, lead by Fr. Jeff, will help young people answer the question, “Why do I have to go to Mass?” Parents are asked to encourage their high school sons and daughters to attend this program, remembering at religious education does not end with Confirmation, but is a life-long process. Registration may be completed online at www.stjc.organd click on high school religious education. The cost for the entire year is $30. Contact Pam at the Parish Center for information.

The Social Action Committee is sponsoring Saucy Sunday (and Saturday too) on Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4. Spaghetti sauce is a much needed commodity used in preparing meals at the St. Vincent DePaul Kitchen in Wilkes-Barre. Parishioners are asked to donate spaghetti sauce, preferably in cans or plastic containers. and place donations in the marked containers in the church.

The Living Rosary will be held

on Sunday, October 4 at 1:00 in the church. All parishioners are invited to attend. This prayer-filled experience is a way to come together as a parish family and begin the month of Mary focusing upon the mysteries of the rosary. Families are encouraged to participate as a group.

The next Parent Faith Discussion group will meet on Sunday, October 4 at 10:15 a. m. in the school library. Parents are invited to come and learn about their faith along with other parents struggling to raise Catholic children in a not so Catholic world.

The Fall Adult Faith Formation Series will begin on Sunday, October 4 at 2 p. m. and Monday, October 5 at 6:30 p. m. in the church. The topic for session one is The Life of the Liturgy -where you will explore how God makes Himself present to us in and through the liturgy and how we share in His life. Session two will be held October 11/12 and session three will be held October 18/19.

A new kids club is coming. This will be an experience for students in second through sixth grade. They will meet on the first Wednesday of each month in the school cafeteria from 4 p. m. until 5 p. m. for food, fun, and service activities. Parents are welcome to attend with their children. The goal is to introduce the children to small acts of kindness. The first meeting is Wednesday, October 7 at 4 p. m. Please contact Carrie Grandzol if interested at

Little Lambs is a program for the youngest parishioners six months to preschool age. The program will feature an hour of songs, stories, a craft, and playtime. The group will meet Mondays and/or Thursdays at 9:30 a. m. in the Parish Center. Children and their caregivers may come both days or choose just one. Contact Carrie Grandzol at cgrandzolstjc@gmail.comfor information or to register.

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 information, call 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 Friday and Saturday; Sunday from 8:30 a. m. until 12:30 pm.