St. Jude’s Presenting Vatican II Lecture Series

Fr. Jeff will begin an Adult Faith Formation series on Sunday, February 21 from 4 p. m. until 5:30 p. m. in the St. Jude School cafeteria and Tuesday, February 23 from 6:30 p. m. until 8 p. m. at St. Mary’s in Dorrance for four consecutive weeks. The topic is “The Church According to Vatican II”. All parishioners are welcome.

During Lent, the following fast and abstinence regulations are to be observed: Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence. Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence. All Catholics who have reached their 14th birthday are to abstain from eating meat on all Fridays during Lent. All Catholics over 18 years of age to the beginning of their 60th year are bound to the obligation of fasting. Those bound by this rule may take only one full meal and two smaller meals unless dispensed or excused.

Confessions will be held on Mondays during Lent in any Catholic parish in the Diocese of Scranton between 5:30 p. m. and 7 p. m. Visit www.dioceseofscranton.organd see The Light Is On For You page for resources about confession and a directory of parishes by location.

In preparation for Easter, women of the parish are invited to a special evening for a journey of renewal and hope. This event, Lent by Candlelight, will be held March 4 beginning at 6:30 p. m. until 8 p. m. in the St. Jude School cafeteria. To register, contact Theresa Kline at 570-239-0959 or Suzanne Modrovsky at 570-578-3986.

On June 5, the Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D. D., J. C. L., Bishop of Scranton, will celebrate the Wedding Anniversary Mass at 2:30 PM in the Cathedral of Saint Peter, Scranton, for couples celebrating their 25th or 50th year of marriage in 2016. Couples will have the opportunity to renew their marriage vows. A reception will follow in the Diocesan Pastoral Center, where anniversary couples will be able to have their picture taken with the Bishop. Eligible couples should give their names and an April mailing address to the Parish Center (570-474-6315) by March 7.

The following items are needed for the Mt. Top Food Bank: boxed soup instead of Ramen noodles, noodles, cream soups, baked beans, jelly, peanut butter, canned fruit, tuna, mayonaisse, pudding, jello, sugar, hot chocolate and coffee. Please drop off the items in the annex part of our church. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Anyone who is planning on being a part of the Vacation Bible School team this summer and is 18 years of age and over, must have the following information in to Carrie in order to volunteer: Child Abuse Clearance, Criminal Background Check and (if living outside the state in the past ten years) Fingerprinting, as well as have completed VIRTUS training. Please contact Carrie at cgrandzolstjc@gmail.comif you are thinking about volunteering or if you need more information.

The 2016 Paschal Candle will be purchased at a cost of $650. If anyone is interested in donating the candle in memory of a loved one, contact Tracie 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