"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,  

IMG_8681It 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


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New APPortunity for St. Jude parishioners!

Parish App image 225Have you downloaded the St. Jude Parish APP yet?  By downloading the APP to your mobile device, you will be instantly engaged in the latest news and information about St. Jude, receive important emergency updates and have at your fingertips daily Mass schedules, scripture readings and prayers, ministry schedules, staff contact information, newsletters, bulletins and so much more!  To download the St. Jude Parish APP: If you are an Apple phone user, text the message "app23" to phone number 555888 (then follow the commands). If you are an Android phone user, text the message "app24" to phone number 555888 (then follow the commands). Be sure to allow "push notifications" to get text alerts for important reminders or emergency updates. For more information, contact Kim Pohovey.

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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


ALPHA – Answering the call for the New Evangelization 

Alpha logoYou're invited to an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open, and informal environment.  ALPHA is running all around the world, and we are going to have ALPHA here at St. Jude Church.  The format is simple: 10 Sessions and 1 retreat day exploring the Christian Faith – food, a film and discussion.  We’ll gather for a lite dinner, we’ll view the presentation, and then break into small groups for discussion. Beginning Sunday, Jan. 15, 6–7:30 p.m., and then continuing each Sunday evening (with the exception of Super Bowl Sunday) until April 2.  The Retreat Day will be on Saturday March 4.   All are welcome!  Come to all or as many sessions as you are able.  Registrations are appreciated but walk-ins will be welcomed as well. Child Care will available in the Family Youth Center for each session!  Click here for a registration form or find one at the Narthex Welcome Center.  For more information, contact Bil Danner at

Call to Stewardship

"Our total commitment as the Body of Christ, which gathers us into one enables us to serve the world though our various ministries." (St. Jude Mission Statement)  How will you answer your call?  Every adult parishioner of St. Jude (including hich school teenagers) is asked to recommit some portion of their time, talent and treasure to St. Jude Parish by participating in this year's Stewardship Drive.  For St. Jude School and Roncalli High School families, completing your pledge is a necessary witness to your active membership in the parish.

How to make your commitment:

Complete the online form: Clic Here  

Or return a paper family form in the collection basket at church.  (paper forms can be found in the back of church)

It is the work of many hands that make St. Jude the wonderful parish is.  Thank you for all you do for the parish.

Blood Drive

It's time to "roll up our sleeves" once again to save a life.  The Blood Drive will be taking place Sunday January 29th, from 7:30am-1:30pm in the school cafeteria.  We all know someone who has benefitted from the generosity of blood donors.  Please give in honor or memor of someone you love!  Any questions please contact Mary Ellen Morgan.

Prayer Shawl Ministry - Open House

Members of the prayer shawl ministry will be available on Monday, January 30, between 4:30-6:00 pm in the Parish Center to discuss this ministry.  Yarn, material and patterns will be available for pick up.  Prayer shawls and lap blankets are available without charge at the Welcome Center in church or the Praish Center for those who are ill, grieving, or going through difficult life events.  For more information catact Pat Delph at

Low Impact Exercise

Silver Sneakers Classic Mondays starting January 16 at 10:30 in the youth center.  This 45 minute class is desigend to increase strength and range of motion.

Silver Sneakers Yoga Wednesday starting January 18 at 10:30am (after Mass) in the Youth Center.  Move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses during this 45 minute class.

You do not have to belong to Silver Sneakers to attend.  Classes are $3 each.   

BodyPump Fitness Classes

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).




January Outreach: Cereal for Cathedral Soup Kitchen

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In January parishioners are asked to donate any kind of boxed cereal to benefit the Cathedral Soup Kitchen.  Please place these items in the buckets located next to the doors in church along with your non-perishable food donation.

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,