MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR
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MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR
Dear St. Jude Parishioners,
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
UPCOMING EVENTS & PROGRAMS!
Youth Group Summer Pool Party
Friday, July 29, 6-9 p.m., McNulty's Home - 5704 Beisinger Place
St. Jude School starts
Wednesday, Aug. 3
St. Jude Back to School Night
Thursday, Aug. 4, 6:30 p.m., Church
Men's Club meeting
Thursday, Aug. 4, 9 p.m., Pavilion
Youth Ministry laundry soap sales
August 6/7, after all Masses, Narthex
Young at Heart lunch
Friday, Aug. 12, 11 a.m., Parish Center
Feast of the Assumption / 58th Anniversary of the Parish
Monday, Aug. 15 - Mass at 6 p.m., Reception following
Parish Council meeting
Thursday, Aug. 18, 7 p.m., Oratory Room
St. Jude Singles Group
Saturday, Aug. 20, 6:30 p.m., Oratory Room
Blood Pressure Screenings
August 20/21, after all Masses, Hospitality Room
Parish Blood Drive
Sunday, Aug. 21, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Cafeteria
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Church
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Prayer warriors make a difference
The 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 email@example.com or call Joan Cahill at 317-919-3201 and we will set God’s network in action.
PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
Gracious 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?
WORD OF GOD SPEAK
Delve 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.
To 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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GET AWAY - LOCAL RETREATS & WORKSHOPS
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
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
St. Jude School news
Back to school packets will be available from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. in the school office on Thursday-Friday, July 28/29 AND on Monday-Tuesday, August 1/2. They will also be available in the school office from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, July 31. Individuals may only pick up packets for their own family. Please bring any medication your child needs during the school year when you pick up your packet. If you ordered school supplies from 1st Day School Supplies, those orders will be available for pick-up during the same dates and times that packets are available. Back to School Night for ALL grades, K-8, will be held on Thursday, Aug. 4 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Church. This is a parent only meeting. There will be a Kindergarten meeting at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 31.
Changes to Daily Mass schedule and Evening Rosary
In order to accommodate the children’s school schedule more efficiently, effective August 10, our Mass on Wednesday will move to 9 a.m. and our Mass on Thursday will be held at 5:30 p.m. followed by our weekly Rosary. The School Mass will now be celebrated on Wednesdays. Please mark your calendars.
Embracing Christ and His Parish: Baptism
The next parents’ class for infant baptism will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Center. This is a required gathering for all parents wishing to have their children baptized at St. Jude. Contact Tammy Stewart to reserve your space at firstname.lastname@example.org or 786-4371.
First Reconciliation and First Eucharist Prep
If you have a child in second grade and you have not received information in the mail regarding the sacramental prep program which begins on August 14, or if you have a child in third grade or older who has not yet received his/her sacraments, please contact Tammy Stewart at 786-4371 to discuss how to get your child enrolled in a sacramental prep program.
33rd Annual Golden Wedding Jubilee—August 14
The office of Pro-Life and Family Life invites all married couples of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis who will celebrate 50 years of marriage in 2016 to this special Mass and Celebration on Sunday, August 14 at 2 p.m. at Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral. Mass will be followed by reception across street at the Catholic Center Assembly Hall. Registration is required by August 1. Bil Danner will be mailing registration forms to all parishioners celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2016. For more information about the event, please call Bil at 317-786-4371.
The word usher means “gate or door keeper,” one who welcomes and assists as people come to Mass. Our parish is in need of additional Ushers, especially for the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Sundays. If you want to help, giving a small part of your time, please contact Joan McKinley for training and scheduling at 786-4371 or email@example.com.
Religious Ed Catechists needed for 2016-17!
At the heart of our Religious Ed program is the dedication of catechists and their willingness to share their faith with the children of St. Jude. We have teaching opportunities for Kindergarten-2nd grade. Religious Ed is in session 9:45-11:45 a.m. from August 28 to November 20 and January 22 to April 30. We follow the Perry Township balanced calendar, so we are also off for fall and spring breaks. Contact Tammy Stewart to find out more information on how you can be a witness of faith to the youth of our parish at firstname.lastname@example.org or 786-4371.
Adult Volunteer Coordinators needed for Cherub Church/Parish Nursery
We need an adult volunteer coordinator to join our Cherub Church team during the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Coordinators take turns being on site to set up, register new participants, show volunteers how to teach the various stations and help children get settled in. These coordinator positions are a great way to get to know and minister to young families, especially since these programs will be located in the church starting after Labor Day. Contact Tammy Stewart to volunteer at 786-4371 or email@example.com.
Volunteers needed for Sunday Morning Young Children’s programs starting in the fall
Cherub Church is our Sunday school preschool program which is offered during the 10:30 Mass and will be located in the Children’s Liturgy of the Word room beginning in September. We use art, games and music to help children ages 3 and 4 connect with the story of God. We will also offer a nursery during 10:30 a.m. Mass in the church mother’s room for ages infant-2. Volunteers 18 and over are needed to lead these programs. Lesson plans and materials are provided for the preschool program. Reliable teens are needed to help as well. Contact Tammy Stewart to volunteer or to ask questions: tstewart@ stjudeindy.org or 786-4371.
Has your teen been Confirmed?
High School students in grades 10 through 12 who have not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation are invited to register for St. Jude Confirmation Program beginning this Fall. If you did not receive a registration packet in the mail, you can find registration information on the website at: www.stjudeindy.org ~ Youth Ministry ~ Confirmation or find registration forms at the Parish Center. Cost for the program is $85. The first Confirmation meeting with parents and candidates will be on Sunday, Aug. 21 following Noon Mass in the Gym. For more information, please contact Tammy Stewart at 786-4371 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CYO Sports 2016-2017
Registration for 2016-17 CYO sports is now open. Sign up at http://cyoarchindy.org/Athletics_ParticipantRegistration.aspx. For any registration questions, please contact David Tillar email@example.com or (317) 809-9390. Deadlines for registering for fall sports are as follows…
- Cheerleading--August 1
- Cross Country, Girls BB--August 2
- Girls high school VB--August 16
- Boys BB-grade school and high school--August 31
Cross Country Parent Meeting— Wednesday, Aug. 3
Meeting for all Cross Country runners and parents at 6 p.m. in the Pavilion. We will have practice following the meeting until 7:45 p.m. Please register your child for Cross Country at www.cyoarchindy.org. The deadline for registering has been extended. Cross Country is open to all boys and girls in grades 3-8. Cross Country is good conditioning for other sports especially basketball. Please contact Barry Howard with questions or further information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 694-1786.
Register now for CYO girls basketball
The 2016 CYO Girls basketball season is rapidly approaching. The CYO has moved the season two weeks earlier in order to accommodate families’ fall break plans. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, Aug. 2. If you have a daughter in grades 4-8 who is planning on playing basketball this season, please register at the CYO website. You must be registered to attend tryouts. If you have any questions regarding registration or the upcoming season, contact David Tillar at email@example.com.
St. Jude Parish Annual Golf Outing—September 10
Hosted by the St. Jude Men’s Club, the St. Jude Parish Annual Golf Outing benefits the St. Jude School Technology Department. Join us on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Valle Vista Golf Club for a great day of golf and fellowship. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. Tee-off at 1:30 p.m. with a shot-gun start. Format is a four-person scramble. Cost is $75 per player; $300 per foursome—single players welcome! Price includes greens fee, drinks, dinner and prizes! Sponsorships are a great way to introduce your company to everyone! Hole sponsor: $100; Event sponsor: $500; Drink cart sponsor: $200. Contact Ryan Snyder at 317-294-7566 or firstname.lastname@example.org for registration and/or sponsorship assistance. We would greatly appreciate donations of golf gifts, gift certificates or prizes as well!
St. Jude Men’s Club Basketball attendance has been light so we are changing some things up to involve more of you. We are looking at having two leagues (one full court and one half court). If you played before or just want to dust those shoes off. We play on Sunday’s nights at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. during the school year. We will be dividing teams up in August so email email@example.com if you are interested. We are having free open gyms Fridays in July from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Roncalli Bubble for all Men in the parish.
New bulletin submission information
Please note that there is a new email address for submitting information for the parish bulletin: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for all submissions remains Monday at Noon for the upcoming weekend’s bulletin.
BODY PUMP Summer Hours
(*Please note: No Body Pump classes the week of July 18 - the gym will be closed for cleaning.) Morning classes are held on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 5:15 a.m. and the evening classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. In the Upper Gym. Come get in shape for the summer!
SOCIAL JUSTICE & OUTREACH
Social Justice and Outreach Highlight: School Supplies
It’s hard to believe it will soon be time to think about going back to school! During the month of July, we will once again be collecting school supplies to benefit St. Philip Neri. Pencils, pens, notebooks, rulers, paper, glue sticks, scissors, even backpacks, etc. would be appreciated. Please place your items in the bins at church and thank you for your great generosity.
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
During 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
St. 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 to pick one up and deliver it to a person in need.
Community service opportunities
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