Listen to the Homily: June 26, 2016

Listen to the Homily: June 19, 2016

Listen to the Homily: June 12, 2016



Dear St. Jude Parishioners,  

IMG_4433It 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




4th of July

Monday, July 4, Parish Center closed

Men's Club meeting

Thursday, July 7, 7:30 p.m., Pavilion

Young at Heart lunch & speaker

Friday, July 8, 11 a.m., Parish Center Assembly Room

Youth Group Holiday World

Saturday, July 9, Registration deadline June 25 More info

St. Jude School Uniform Swap

Sunday, July 10, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Gym upstairs

Junior High Summer Dayz

Wednesday, July 13 - Friday, July 15 More info

Youth Group Indianapolis Zoo

Saturday, July 16, 9 a.m. More info

St. Jude Singles Group

Saturday, July 16, 6:30 p.m., Parish Center Oratory Room

Food Allergy Families meeting

Tuesday, July 19, 7 p.m., Parish Center Oratory Room

Parish Council meeting

Thursday, July 21, 7 p.m., Parish Center Oratory Room

St. Jude School New Family Orientation

Thursday, July 21, 7 p.m., Cafeteria

Youth Group Canal Bike Ride

Sunday, July 24, 11 a.m. More info

Youth Group Summer Pool Party

Friday, July 29, 5-9 p.m., Location TBD


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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. 

 Click here for websites. 

 Click here for apps.


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


The Parish Center will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Turn in those Box Tops before they expire!

box topsSt. Jude School benefits greatly from the efforts of ALL our parish community turning in Box Tops, however, our contributions are down this year. Many Box Tops will expire at the end of June. If you have Box Tops at home, please turn them in before they expire either at the Parish Center or in the Box Tops basket at the Welcome Booth in the Narthex. Simply put them in a Ziploc bag or use the form found on the school website:

First Friday Coffee Club

Join us for the First Friday Coffee Club following the 8:15 a.m.  Mass on Friday, July 1 in the CLOW Room at church.  Currently, we are studying the series, “Come Follow Me: Six Responses to the Call of Jesus” with Albert Haase, OFM.

Ushers Needed

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  

Embracing Christ and His Parish: Baptism

The next parents’ class for infant baptism will be on Wednesday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Oratory Room at 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 or 786-4371.

Happy Birthday!

baby from GodThe Birth Day Celebration for the Spiritual Adoption Program will be the weekend of July 9 and 10 after all Masses.  We will have a table set up in the Narthex to collect your baby items (baby shower type gifts of any kind - diapers, wipes, new clothing, bottles, pacifiers, etc.) donated in honor of your adopted baby.

Ushers Needed

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  

2016  Girls Fall Kickball Update

Registration for fall kickball will close on July 17.  In order to try out, all girls will need to be registered  and have the fee paid.  All girls will need a physical completed and turned in to practice/ play the season.  Registration and physical forms can be found on the cyo website:  Tryouts will be held the following days:

July 14 and 20:     5th/6th grade:  5-6:30 p.m.  /  7th/8th grade:  6:30-8 p.m.

July 19: 3rd/4th grade:  5:30-7 p.m.

Contact Lori Curtis with questions:

New bulletin submission information

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

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.

CYO Day at Kings Island

kings island logoCYO Kings Island Day is scheduled for Wednesday, July 20.  Tickets are available for $34.00 for ages 3 and up through the CYO Office.  This is a savings of $30.00 per ticket.  Please call (317) 632-9311 for further information.  All families are encouraged to be a part of the CYO Day.  Tickets will be sold up to 4 p.m. on July 19.

Breakfast Volunteers needed this summer at Anna's House!

Great opportunity for 8th grade and high school students to jump start their service hours! The Summer Breakfast Program at The Lord's Pantry at Anna' House begins June 13 and St. Jude has signed up to cover Mondays from 8 to 11 a.m. during June and July.  If you are interested in helping with this program, click here to sign up or email Lyn Shonk at LSHONK0744@AOL.COM or call/text her at 317-371-7655.

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@ or 786-4371. 

Important Cherub Church announcement

Regular Cherub Church (Sunday morning preschool program) will be suspended starting after May 22 due to a lack of participation.  The good news is that the age range for the Sunday morning parish nursery which meets during 10:30 a.m. Mass in the basement of the Parish Center has increased to age four (infant-4).  And of course we have Children’s Liturgy of the Word which is for ages 5-9, so all little ones have an age appropriate program in which to grow in faith.  While Cherub Church will no longer meet weekly, watch the bulletin for special Sunday morning events for preschoolers.  We look forward to offering Cherub Church in the future with a more convenient location.  

cyo_logoCYO Sports 2016-2017 

Registration for 2016-17 CYO sports is now open. Sign up at For any registration questions, please contact David Tillar or (317) 809-9390.  Deadlines for registering for fall sports are as follows…

  • Cheerleading--August 1
  • Football--July 1
  •  Kickball--July 19
  • Cross Country, Girls BB--August 2
  • Girls high school VB--August 16
  • Boys BB-grade school and high school--August 31 

Introducing a NEW St. Jude Fitness Class - CPY (Cardio Pilates Yoga)!

CPY is now being offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 5:15-6:15 a.m., in the Upper Gym.  Cost is $3 per class or 10 classes for $25.  No equipment necessary - just wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle.  Cardio Pilates Yoga or CPY combines the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of yoga. And, we crank up the speed to deliver a true fat-burning, low-impact workout that leaves your body looking long, lean, and incredibly defined. No weights, no jumps, just hard core results.  For more information, contact instructor Jeanette Wagoner at 317-502-7514.

BODY PUMP Summer Hours

Body Pump logo

Beginning Monday, May 9, Body Pump class times will change slightly.  Please note the following schedule:  Morning classes remain the same on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 5:15 a.m. and the evening classes will now be on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.  In the Upper Gym.  Come get in shape for the summer!


Social Justice and Outreach: Ecuador Mission Trip

mission tripAs a component of our “Connected in the Spirit” initiatives with Nativity Parish, we are very pleased to announce that the parishes have combined efforts and will be heading on a construction Mission Trip to the Guayaquil region of Ecuador this coming July – 16 people from St. Jude and Nativity Parishes will be leaving on July 2 and spending two weeks working on various construction projects to help stabilize and enhance the mission outreach of the Catholic Church in that area.  Please keep this mission trip in your prayers! 

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 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