St. Jude’s Travel Group Planning Event

Everyone is invited to join Fr. Jerry Shantillo in Europe to explore and experience the religious and cultural sites of Portugal and Spain as well as Lourdes in France. There will also be visits to historic Catholic shrines and famous pilgrimage sites while enjoying the art and culture of Western Europe. The trip will be October 13-25, 2014. The cost is $3,485 per person, based on double occupancy, which includes 13-day tour with air, transfers, travel insurance, guided sightseeing, daily breakfast, 7 dinners, daily Mass, and more. For details, visit online or contact the tour organizer Bobbi-Jo at Bright Life Travel: 570-503-7575, or

The Pilgrim Virgin Statue will be at the home of Deborah and Joseph Morgan through February 22. For more information, call Gloria at 868-5346.

The Spiritual Care Team at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center will host a support group series on Wednesdays during the afternoon or evening. Afternoon sessions are from 2:00 pm. until 3:30 p. m. Evening sessions are from 6:00 p. m. until 7:30 p. m. All sessions are held in the Spiritual Center, 1000 East Mountain Blvd., Wilkes-Barre. The topics and schedule are: Re-Socialization: Coping with Special Events -February 19; Guilt and Depression: Facing Emptiness -February 26; Anger -March 5; How to Keep Growing Spiritually -March 12; Memorial Service -March 19. Anyone interested in attending is asked to please call the Spiritual Care Department at 570-808-5539 or sign up online at

A VIRTUS training session is scheduled on Monday, March 17 at Misericordia University in Dallas from 4 p. m. until 7 p. m. in McDowell Hall, Room 105. Call 570-674-6761to register and for directions. VIRTUS: Protecting God’s Children for Adults Program is a mandatory 3-hour training session for all employees and adult volunteers who work with children in the Diocese of Scranton. This training focuses on ways to make and maintain a safe environment for all children. Volunteers must also complete a background clearance.

If any parishioner or a loved one is hospitalized or homebound and he/ she would like a pastoral visit from the clergy, please call the Parish Center.

Parishioners are invited to choose

time as an individual or group in the Eucharistic Chapel. Parishioners may choose moments for rest and calm, experience silence and be refreshed by committing to an hour of prayer on a weekly basis or at least an occasional time of peace. Anyone who is interested in making reservations for either an hour or to have occasional access to the Eucharistic Chapel is asked to call Gloria at 868-5346. Though the church is locked at night, the Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel is accessible 24/7.

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 9 a. m. -7 pm. on Mondays; 7:30 a. m. -4 p. m. on Tuesdays; and 9 a. m. -4 p. m. Wednesdays through Fridays.