St. Jude’s Youth Group Selling Poinsettias

The High School Youth Group will be selling poinsettias after all Masses the weekend of December 12/13. The beautiful flowers will be available in large size pots for $10 each and extra large pots for $15 each. The colors are red, pink, and white. Proceeds will go to the Youth Ministry events and projects.

Women of the parish are invited to Advent by Candlelight. This Advent journey will feature an evening of fellowship, spiritual reflection, and desserts in an elegant setting lit only by candle light. This is an opportunity to relax and refocus on the season of Advent. There is no cost for this event. It will be held Friday, December 11 from 6:30 p. m. until 8:00 p. m. in the school cafeteria. Terry Tokach, founder of Mountain Yoga, will present the Advent reflection. RSVP to Theresa Kline 570-239-0959 or Suzanne Modrovsky at 570-578-3986.

The next Teen Mass is Sunday, December 13 at 6 p. m. followed by Teen Nite. The teen Christmas party will include reindeer games, Christmas movies on the big screen, good food, Minute to Win It Christmas games and more. The evening ends at 8:30 pm. the cost is $5.

Confessions will continue every Monday night during Advent. The schedule is as follows: December 14 and 21 at 7 p. m. Parishioners are encouraged to come before the last Monday in order to avoid waiting in long lines. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience peace and quiet before the Blessed Sacrament.

Oplatki (Christmas Wafers) are available. They are located by the Baptismal font. The suggested donation is $3.

The 9th Annual Lessons and Carols Concert will be held on Sunday, December 20 at 4 p. m. in the church. The concert tells the story of salvation history in Christ and features the music ministry. There will be guest instrumentalists. A light reception will follow in the school cafeteria. Snow date is December 27.

All St. Jude Church contributions for 2015 must be received or postmarked by December 31, 2015 in order for your tax deductible contributions to show on your 2015 statement. Your continued use of our envelope system or online giving is the only method we have to correctly itemize your gifts.

Online giving is available for St. Jude Parish. This system provides parishioners with the opportunity to give to special collections in addition to regular offerings. You may choose to do a One Time Gift or a special remembrance, or you can set up regularly scheduled contributions that are withdrawn on the date you specify in the system. Even if you typically use your offering envelopes, you may wish to contribute online to a particular collection. It’s safe, easy and convenient. Go to our parish website at www.stjc.organd select Online Giving to sign up. Additional information is available by contacting Tracie Machalick at the Parish Center.

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. The parish website is