Students Celebrate Service Day
SERVICE DAY PARTICIPANTS-St. Jude School students recently participated in a special day set aside of service to others. Shown, kneeling: Connor Spencer, Lauren Puharski, and Dillon Skupski. Back: Josh Gronka, Eckert, Kovatch, and Tommy Shafer.

Students at St. Jude School were reminded of their responsibility as members of God’s family to be of service to others during a special day set aside for that purpose. A special assembly was held to educate the students about the ministries performed by the Social Action Committee of St. Jude Parish and to share the experiences of a student’s service project.

Deacon Gene Kovatch, Pastoral Outreach at St. Jude Parish, explained to the students how the Social Action Committee continues to do the work that Jesus did through spreading the Good News, various parish projects, bereavement ministry, and hospital visits. He stressed the importance of service to others.

Sixth-grade student Mary Grace Eckert spoke about her Cards to Heroes project. During a few weeks before Christmas, Mary Grace sold Christmas cards for $1 each to students at the school and set up a stand in a few area businesses that were also supportive of her efforts. The signed cards, many with personal words of thanks, were then delivered personally by Mary Grace to veterans at the Walter Reed National Military Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. Eckert also raised $3,565.50 in donations for the PA Wounded Warriors.

Principal Jeanne Rossi informed the students that they had collected $250 thus far for the Penny Power Program being conducted to support the parish building fund and $238 for the missions from the tissue paper valentine project.