St. Jude Youth Ministry Candle, Poinsettia Sale December 9, 10

St. Jude’s Catholic Church services are Saturday: 4 p. m. and Sunday: 8:30 a. m. and 11 a. m.

Parish office hours are Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a. m.-3 p. m.; Friday and Saturday: closed and Sunday: 9:30 a. m.-12:30 p. m. The Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8, is a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass will be celebrated Friday, Dec. 8 at 7 a. m., 1:50 p. m. and 7 p. m.

The Mountain Top Area Knights of Columbus will recite the rosary on Thursday, Dec. 7 after the 5:45 p. m. Mass.

Parishioners are needed to light the Advent wreath at all weekend Masses during Advent: Dec. 9 and 10, 16 and 17, and 23 and 24. To sign up for any Masses on those weekends, please contact Carrie at

The Youth Ministry Candle and Poinsettia Sale will be held after all Masses on Saturday, Dec. 9, and Sunday, Dec. 10.

The Giving Tree remembers the shut-ins of the parish and the less fortunate of the community. The tree has tags requesting gifts and plants. Please select a tag, purchase and wrap your gift (unless otherwise requested), and then label the gift with the same tag. Please cover all plants to protect them from the cold. The gifts must be placed under the tree by Sunday, December 10. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Ayers at 570-760-3716 or

Diocesan Religious Medals-Classes will begin soon for “Family of God” medal for 3rd grade students, “I Live My Faith” medal for 6th grade students, “Mary, the First Disciple” for 7th through 9th grade students, and “Spirit Alive” for 10th through 12th grade. The medals are for both boys and girls. Please call Anna Kittrick at 570-466-4387 for more information.

St. Jude Parish Christmas Pageant will be held Sunday, Dec. 17 at 4:30 p. m. to coincide with Lessons and Carols Concert. All children age 4 through high school are invited to take part in this new St. Jude tradition. Practices will be held each Saturday in December. Parents and teens are needed to help with costumes, staging, and practices. Please contact Carrie at cgrandzol@ stjc.orgif interested.

Bambinelli Sunday, a tradition started by St. John Paul II, will be celebrated at St. Jude parish Sunday, December 17th at 8:30 a. m. Mass.

Children are invited to come and create their own Nativity scene prior to Bambinelli Sunday on Sunday, December 10 at 10:45 a. m. nor 12 noon in the Day Room at St. Jude School. They can bring their own newly made baby Jesus with them on December 17th for the blessing.

‘Keepers of God’s House’-Please consider volunteering a few hours a month to maintain our church beauty by becoming a “Keeper of God’s House”. This is a new ministry for both men and women. Contact Maureen Rushkowski at 570-262-1834 for more information.

The annual Cookie Walk to benefit the Youth Ministry Program is scheduled Sat., Dec. 16 from 9 a. m. to 1 p. m. In order for the Cookie Walk to be a success, parishioners are asked when baking cookies for Christmas please bake a double or triple batch to be sold at the Cookie Walk. Drop off is Friday, Dec. 15 from 4-7 p. m. in St. Jude School Day Room. Please drive behind the school and use the Day Room doors.

St. Jude’s 11th Annual Lessons & Carols Concert will be held Sunday, December 17th at 4 p. m. in the church. The concert tells the story of our salvation history in Christ and features the church Music Ministry and Christmas Pageant, guest instrumentalists and a light reception to follow in the cafeteria.

If a parishioner or loved one is hospitalized or homebound and he/ she would like a pastoral visit from the clergy, please call 570-474-6315.