MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR
"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: email@example.com (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,
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
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UPCOMING EVENTS & PROGRAMS!
New APPortunity for St. Jude parishioners!
Have 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 Kate Vannoy.
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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 is Monday at Noon for the upcoming weekend’s bulletin.
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.
Click here for websites.
Click here for apps.
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
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 ansComplete the online form: Click 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.
ALPHA – Answering the call for the New Evangelization
You'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. Each Sunday evening, 6–7:30 p.m., (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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE CHANGE: After much prayerful consideration, we have decided to make it so that no Alpha sessions will be interrupted or displaced by Spring Break. The current schedule has us with our last two sessions taking place on the first and last weekend of Spring Break...because of travel plans, etc. it seems that a lot of folks might have to miss one or both of these sessions and we don't want that to happen. What we've decided to do is to double up on the sessions on Sunday, February 26, Sunday, March 12, and Sunday, March 19 (we will not meet on March 5 since we are having the whole day together on March 4). On these three Sundays, we will start at 5pm instead of 6pm. We'll have video and discussion, dinner, and then a second video and discussion, still ending the evening at 7:30pm. Hopefully people can make this work in their schedules.
Mardi Gras 2017!
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, 6-11 p.m. in the St. Jude Gym. Join fellow St. Jude parishioners to celebrate Mardi Gras 2017 featuring an evening of food, drinks, music, games and fun! Free photo booth, "funny money" monte carlo, and musical entertainment. Be sure to wear your best Mardi Gras mask! Each guest will receive beads at the event. Advance sale dinner tickets are $12 ($13 at the door), $2 per beer ticket ($3 at the door), and $9 per bottle of wine ($10 at the door) Registration required. To purchase tickets online please CLICK HERE. For more information, please contact Mike Hinson at 407-0286.
Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John
Following Christ takes more than simply believing in him or doing what he asks of us. Jesus wants you to be more than just a believer - He wants you to be his disciples and friend. Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John is your guide to a personal encounter with Christ. As the Good Shepherd, Jesus seeks after us. He comes to meet us and beckons us to follow him. He calls ourselves to his merciful love, and to love others as he has loved us. Follow Me invites you to experience the jow of a renewed friendship with Christ. register online Starts the week of February 26th, Tuesday Evenings or Thursday Mornings
World Day of Prayer
SOCIAL JUSTICE & OUTREACH
SOCIAL JUSTICE & OUTREACH
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 or the Welcome Center in the Narthex 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
SOUTH DEANERY SUBSTANCE ABUSE MINISTRY (S.A.M.)
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, email@example.com, and Diane Shackelford is at 317-372-1525, firstname.lastname@example.org.