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New "Ask Father" column

As pastor, I'm often asked questions about our faith, rituals of the Mass or specific questions about our St. Jude Parish.  I thought it would be beneficial for all parishioners, including our teens and young children even, to create a space for open dialogue to answer such inquiries.  So please, I welcome questions from all our parishioners, even teens and young children.  Submit them in writing either by email at: (please include "Ask Father" in the subject line) or you may submit your question in the box located at the Welcome Center in the Narthex.  As space allows, I will try to answer your questions in the timely manner in upcoming bulletins. 


Dear St. Jude Parishioners,  

1172 (1)It is often said that a person's first and lasting impression of what "Church is" comes from one's parish experience. While news headlines and official documents might impact us, still 'what happens in the life of the parish' is where our relationship with God unfolds. How we experience God's presence in prayer and interaction with others in parish settings reveal the depth of our faith. The foundation of a parish stands upon Christ and His Gospel, lived out in the traditions of our faith. However, a foundation is "underground". What is built upon it reveals what is underneath. So the testimony that a parish is truly founded upon Christ and His Gospel remains with its parishioners. They are who reveal "the face of God."

Since my arrival at St. Jude in September 2002, I have many times seen this "face of God" reflected to me. The warmth, openness, willingness to forgive and generosity of giving, volunteering and supporting those in need have shown me that St. Jude's is truly founded on the principles of what a parish is called to be. I feel gifted to be a part of this community.

A number of years ago, parishes, organizations, companies and almost every 'group' of people were directed to develop a Mission Statement to describe who they are and how they want to be known by others. Following this lead, I developed a Mission Statement with a "Vision" to implement it for myself. These are my statements:

MISSION: "As a Christian, priest and pastor my goal is to live the Gospel by living to make a difference."

VISION: "I want to grow into a willingness to lose my life for the sake of the Gospel. As a pastor, I want to aid people of the Church to face the future. I want to do this by not blaming others for why things are not the way they might be, but by using the talents given me by God to spread love rather than hate, to grow in wisdom by intellectual reflection and listening to others, to be active in offering solutions to problems, to seize opportunities and to learn to live happily with uncertainties. I want to live the example of Christ, His love and His good news by being involved with parishioners and in the community in which I live. I dedicate myself to do this by being a person of integrity and aiming to live generously rather than greedily, to be loving, compassionate and forgiving."

In trying to live out these words, some days are better than others; however, this is my vision of how I feel called to serve the parish community of St. Jude's. I call upon God's grace to assist me and parishioner's prayers to truly be a person of integrity in sharing in this ministry of Christ.

May everyone coming to our doors feel  welcome. May everyone feel valuable and a living part of the Body of Christ incarnated in the parish community of St. Jude. I invite you to browse and travel through this Parish Website. Check us out! Click on the various ministries and activities the parish offers. Also, I invite you to visit us at 5353 McFarland Road and check us out in person!      

Sincerely yours in Christ,                                                             




Fr. Steve Banet


New to St. Jude?  Please click here for more information



Anointing Mass

Sunday, Oct. 2, Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, 8:30 a.m., Church

Respect Life Sunday Life Chain

Sunday, Oct. 2, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Meridian Street, downtown Sign up

Caregiver Support Group

First Tuesday of month, starting October 4, 6:30 p.m., Hospitality Room RSVP

Beloved: Finding Happiness in Marriage

Mondays, starting October 10, 7 p.m., Parish Center RSVP

Baptism Prep Class

Monday, Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m., Parish Center RSVP

Young at Heart Mystery Bus Trip

Monday, Oct. 10, deadline to register is Sept. 26, Call 507-3190


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Bulletin submission information

Please note that there is a new email address for submitting information for the parish bulletin:  The deadline for all submissions is Monday at Noon for the upcoming weekend’s bulletin. 

Prayer warriors make a difference

prayer requestsThe power of prayer can lead to healing and miraculous change in people's lives. Join with the St. Jude community to pray for those in need of our prayers.The St. Jude Prayer Line is a great way to contribute to the needs of our fellow  parishioners.  It requires very little time and you do not need to leave your home, but it does demand a sincere desire to pray for others.  We e-mail the intentions to you.  We ask that you remember your intentions at your convenience…during your morning devotions, on your lunch hour, or before you retire for the evening.  What a great service to do as a family!  If you are interested in becoming a member of St. Jude’s Prayer Line or would like to request a special intention, please send an email to or call Joan Cahill at 317-919-3201 and we will set God’s network in action.



vocations 4Gracious God, we thank you for calling men and women to serve in your Kingdom as priests, deacons, and consecrated persons.  Send your Holy Spirit to help others to respond generously and courageously to your call.  May St. Jude Parish support vocations of sacrificial love in our youth and young adults.  We ask this in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.

For more information, please click here to go directly to the Vocations page.  Remember, everyone has a vocation, what’s yours?


bible studyDelve into God's Word by studying daily scripture readings and video reflections provided by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Click here to access the site and click on the appropriate calendar date.



cell phoneTo provide you with additional information and aid in your prayer life, we have assembled a list of Catholic websites and smart phone apps you might find useful. 

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Be still Click here for St. Meinrad Guest House & Retreat Center Retreats

 Click here for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Retreats & Workshops

 Click here for Our Lady of Fatima Retreat Center Programs


Men’s Club Football Social

Join friends and football fans at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30 at the Pavilion for a pre-game party prior to the Roncalli vs. Martinsville Homecoming game. Bring your own drinks and a side dish or dessert to share.

Rosary Makers Gathering

Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.  Come join us in the Hospitality Room at Church to make rosaries for the missions throughout the world, helping to spread devotion to the Blessed Mother.

Young at Heart Mystery Trip!

Mark your calendar for our 1st MYSTERY TRIP on Monday, Oct. 10. We will depart St. Jude at 8 a.m. by bus and arrive back at St. Jude by 7 p.m.. The day’s events will include a mystery tour guide, tour of mystery location, lunch, gift shop, and some added surprises, plus drinks and snacks during the bus ride. The cost for this exciting day will be $32/per person and is payable to St. Jude YAH via envelope in basket at Mass (clearly marked), dropped off at Parish Center. We need to have payment no later than Monday, Sept. 26. Please contact Patti Collins at 317-507-3190 for more information.

Respect Life Sunday/Anointing Service

October is Respect Life Month and on Sunday, Oct. 2 at the 8:30 a.m. Mass only, anyone wishing to be anointed, especially those recovering from or facing surgery, the elderly, those dealing with medical or other health issues, will be invited to come forward during Mass to be anointed. Those needing to remain seated, as you come to Mass, please sit in the reserved seating that will be available in the front rows and Father will come to you at the anointing time.

Respect Life Sunday Life Chain—Sunday, Oct. 2

baby feetWe have been invited as a parish to participate in the INDIANAPOLIS LIFE CHAIN to help mark Respect Life on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016.  The Life Chain is an impactful “one hour-once a year” interdenominational prayer, forming a 3-mile tall cross in the heart of Indianapolis.  We have been assigned an established place for parishioners and friends of St. Jude to stand along the sidewalks of Meridian Street in prayerful and peaceful vigil for one hour from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.  Our established place is between the corners of 35th and 36th Streets along Meridian Street.  Signs will be provided and all ages are welcome to participate.  The life chain is a peaceful and non-confrontational show of support and prayer for the cause of saving the unborn from abortion.  We hope to have a great and strong showing for this very important cause – if you would like to participate with St. Jude, click here to sign up online or there will also be a place to sign-up to participate at the Welcome Center in the Narthex of the church- you can indicate your intention to participate either way.

Caregiver Support Group forming

The role of an unpaid family caregiver can be confusing and isolating whether the family member lives with the caregiver or in a health facility. St. Jude will begin offering a monthly Caregiver Support Group on the first Tuesday of the month beginning October 4.  We will meet in the Hospitality Room of the Church from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and begin with a light supper.  We will use the 6-part video series developed by CICOA called Help and Hope for Family Caregivers.   This 6-part video series offers practical advice from subject matter experts and real-life family caregivers to help you meet the emotional, physical and logistical demands of caregiving.  Please consider joining us to support each other in this caregiver journey.  For more information, please contact Pat Delph at 317-902-2868, or

Spiritual Adoption Program Signups—October 1/2

Members of St. Jude parish family will have the opportunity to “spiritually” adopt a child. Not all newly conceived babies are allowed to be born.  More than 4,000 babies lose their lives to abortion each day.  It is these babies you are asked to “adopt”. You may “adopt” a child individually or as a family by signing up at adoption table in the Narthex next weekend.  You will be asked to name the child for whom you will be praying thereby giving the baby the humanity he or she deserves.  You will be asked to pray for your unborn child and for all unborn children.  You will receive monthly reports through the parish bulletin and website describing your baby’s development. Your child will be born in July 2017.  At that time, you will have the opportunity to celebrate your baby’s birth with baby gifts that will be donated to St. Elizabeth/Coleman Adoption Center or Birthline.

United Catholic Appeal

Families will soon receive this year’s Archdiocese of Indianapolis United Catholic Appeal mailing.  This appeal allows members of our parish to directly aid the Archdiocese’s efforts in fostering Catholic education and lifelong faith formation, encouraging vocations by educating our seminarians and deacons, providing retirement benefits for our priests, and caring for people most in need throughout our community.  November 12/13 is our Intention Weekend for you to return your commitment card. Our parish goal is the same as last year, $123,927, and we are proud to say we have surpassed it for the last three years.  Thank you for supporting the Archdiocese.  Please prayerfully consider your gift to this year’s appeal.

Zumba Fitness at St. Jude!

zumba dance partyYou're invited to the dance party!  Zumba class will be held on Thursdays in the cafeteria at 7 p.m. Bring water and be ready to move! All fitness levels welcome, age high school and up. Cost is $3 per class and your first class is free. Any questions, contact Christie Denzer at

BodyPump Fitness Classes time changes ...

Body Pump logoCome Join Us!  With school back in session and fall activities underway, we encourage you to join us for some fun, fitness and fellowship!  Build strength and friendships.  BodyPump is offered to accommodate both the early risers with classes on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (note the change of days) at 5:15 a.m. and those that prefer to exercise at the end of the day with evening classes on Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.  Classes accommodate all fitness levels.  BodyPump is a recognized and worldwide class offered at many gyms and fitness center.  Volunteer instructors Debbie, Jen, Kathy and Alice have offered  it right here at St. Jude for nearly 3 years.  Fee is $3/class or 10 passes for $25.  Equipment is provided.  Contact Alice Susemichel with any questions (979-4363).

That Man is You!

That man is youAttention ALL men of St. Jude Parish!  Year Two of the men’s  spirituality program called That Man Is You! is set to begin on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 6 a.m.  Each Tuesday morning for 13 weeks in the Fall and then 13 weeks in the Spring, men of the parish will gather together for breakfast, prayer, fellowship, and great spiritual content from the Paradisus Dei organization.  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN YEAR 1 TO PARTICIPATE IN YEAR 2!  All men are welcome, even if you are brand new to the program.  If you have any questions or just want to know more, you are welcome to contact Bil Danner in the Parish Office (786-4371) or  Please consider becoming a part of this men’s spiritual revolution this Fall!

St. Jude Fall Scripture Study – GALATIANS: SET FREE TO LIVE

GalatiansOur Fall Scripture Study will once again be offered on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. starting on September 13 and 15.  This Fall, we’ll have an 8-session study on Paul’s Letter to the Galatians.  Paul’s letter to the Galatians speaks directly to the heart of Christians and addresses the most important question we can ask: “What must we do to be saved?” This fascinating letter reveals the merciful love that God the Father has for us, his children. It speaks of the extraordinary gift of salvation that Jesus has won for us, and it explains how we can unite ourselves to Christ’s redeeming sacrifice through faith and love. Galatians is a study that will reignite your love for God as you learn of the astonishing love God has for you.  The cost for the materials will be $25 and registration is open now.  Click here for registration form or pick one up at the Welcome Center in the Narthex.  For more information, please contact Bil Danner at 786-4371 or

Introduction to World Religions Study – Tuesday Mornings, 10 a.m.

world religionsOften times while doing Catholic Scripture studies, various belief systems of the world are encountered and discussed, especially Judaism and Islam.  To aid our study as Catholics, it’s important that we are informed about these varying religions so we can discover differences, and sometimes even similarities, between them and Catholicism.

Have you ever wondered about all the other religions that are in the world?  Would you like to have an understanding of some of the basic tenets of such religions as Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and even various Christian denominations?  Then please join us for an 8-part series where we’ll look at these and other belief systems with the goal of gaining a better understanding of their origins and practices.  Click here for the registration form or call Bil Danner at 786-4371 or  Please know you are welcome to join the study at any time, even after our start date!


Connected in the Spirit— Adult Faith Formation with our friends at Nativity Parish…

In an effort to boost our connectedness with one another and the wider community, St. Jude and Nativity Parishes want to extend invitations to members of both parishes to attend any of our Faith Formation programs.  Check out these links for information about programming offered at Nativity Parish:

BELOVED: Finding Happiness in Marriage - Registration open!

Part 1 - Six Sessions on Monday nights, 7-8:30 p.m., beginning on October 10

Part 2 - Six Sessions on Monday nights, 7-8:30 p.m., starting February 6

Beloved 2What if marriage is more than a simple contract between two people, based on romance, mutual fulfillment, and basic attraction? What if woven into the very design of your humanity is a purposeful desire for you to be united with your beloved, creating something new, mysterious, and holy? What if your marriage is designed to be a vital part of God’s work in the world?   In 12 sessions, Beloved explores the essential realities of marriage, dealing with the deepest spiritual, emotional, and practical aspects of what the sacrament means for those preparing to get married as well as those who yearn for a richer married life. Through Scripture, Tradition, and Church teaching, God’s plan for marriage will come alive.  You’ll see firsthand how to experience the mystery, happiness, and joy of this sacrament—from that first “I do” through the rest of your lives. Informative and inspirational, Beloved will help you live out the Sacrament of Marriage more profoundly, so that your love story is drawn ever more into the greatest love story of all… God’s own love for us.  For more information, please contact Bil Danner, 786-4371 or  Click here for the registration form.

Ministry of Mothers Sharing (MOMS) 

Pulled in too many directions?  No time for your own spirituality?  Want to connect with other women who understand where you are?  The St. Jude Ministry of Mothers Sharing group helps women rediscover the sacred vocation of motherhood while learning to nurture their spiritual lives and support one another.  In a small group setting, mothers of all ages, in all stages of life, will develop new friendships, strengthen their relationships with God and their families, and renew their own spirituality.  During 8 weekly sessions, you will gather with your group for two hours for prayer, journaling and sharing with others. A team of trained facilitators will lead you through the sessions with discussions from the book MOMS: A Personal Journey. Sessions are held on Tuesdays starting January 17, 2017 in the Children’s Liturgy of the Word Room in church. Choose from the morning session beginning at 9 a.m. or the evening session at 7 p.m. Childcare is available during the sessions.  

Registration fee: $30.00.
Make your check payable to: St. Jude Parish
Mail registration with payment to: Jennifer Kolb, 9327 E. McGregor Rd, Indpls 46259
Registration Deadline: December 31, 2016
Questions? Contact: Jennifer Kolb at: jenniferkolb3@gmailcom or 317-502-6879 with questions.

Click here for the MOMS 2016-17 session Registration Form




Beggars for the Poor—Undy Sundays

briefs underwearDonations needed for a homeless men's ministry that falls under the umbrella of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. We are calling on St. Jude to help us, by donating men’s underwear (sizes 32-38), and also men's t-shirts. Our numbers have grown considerably in the past couple of years. We are serving anywhere from 150-225! We REALLY need your help! There will be tubs at all the entrances to the church for you to drop your donations. Thank you so much for all you do to help us help the poor.

Immediate need for Anna's House

Anna's House is in need of single-serve meals such as microwavable Chef Boyarde entrees.  Please drop your donations in the buckets at the church entrances and thank you for your kindness. 

Immediate need for Birthline

Birthline is in immediate need of newborn diapers— sizes 3, 4, 5 Please drop them in the crib at the back of church. As a reminder Birthline cannot take large furniture, including cribs (portable cribs are accepted). Please donate furniture and large cribs to St.Vincent DePaul at 1201 E Maryland downtown (687-1006).  In addition, Birthline cannot take car seats or bumper pads.  These items can be donated to Goodwill. Thank you for all your generous donations.

Immediate need for St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul has an immediate need for underwear for boys and for men in small/medium sizes.  Please drop off your donations in the containers at the entrances to church or use the new dropbox in the parking lot.

SVDP Dropbox for Clothing/Shoes donations

SVDP BOXDuring these winter months, please remember that there are many folks in our community who can use your gently used warm clothing and shoes.  Simply drop your donations in the new SVDP box conveniently located in the parking lot near the rectory.  Thank you for your generosity!

Ongoing: Food Items

Parishioners are also asked to donate any of the food items listed below anytime.  Canned foods such as: chili, stews, soups, vegetables, fruits, spaghetti and sauce, cereal, oats, peanut butter and jelly, cake mixes, icings. There is also a need for laundry detergent. Please place your donations in the containers by the church entrances.  Thanks for your generosity!

Prayer Shawls available for sick/homebound

prayer shawl ministrySt. Jude’s new Prayer Shawl Ministry has lovingly handmade prayer shawls for parishioners or their loved ones who are sick or homebound.  If you know someone who might benefit from one of these blessed shawls, please stop by the Parish Center or the Welcome Center in the Narthex to pick one up and deliver it to a person in need.


Food items always needed: canned foods such as meats, sweet potatoes, fruit, chili, stews, soups, fish, peas, boxed mashed potatoes, spaghetti & sauce, cereal, oats, cake mixes and icings.

St. Vincent de Paul Helpline: 317-687-0169

Pick-up or Donation Line: 317-687-1006


If you have been affected, directly or indirectly, by drugs or alcohol, the Substance Abuse Ministry (SAM) wants to help.  Tim Shackelford is available at 317-626-8293,, and Diane Shackelford is at 317-372-1525, ?

  • September is RECOVERY month.  Join us to in prayer for the many individuals whose lives are afflicted and affected by alcoholism and addictions.

               Date: Thursday’s, September 15 & 22     

               Time:  7 p.m.

               Location:  St. Barnabas Church in the Adoration Chapel

               8300 Rahke Rd, Indpls 46217