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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,  

14642240_10157849821025713_853428004117129577_nIt 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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Diaconate Information meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., Parish Center Assembly Room

Sacramental Prep Parent/Child Reflection

Thursday, Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m., Church

Young at Heart outing to John Michael Talbot concert

Thursday, Oct. 27, meet at St. Jude at 6:15 p.m. near SVDP bin

Cub Scout Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, Oct. 30, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Cafeteria

All Saints Day Masses

Monday, Oct. 31, 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Caregiver Support Group meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m., Hospitality Room

All Souls Day Mass & Reception

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 6 p.m.

Reverse Raffle

Saturday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m., Gym

United Catholic Appeal Intention Weekend

November 12/13, at all Masses

Donut Sunday

November 13, after 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Masses



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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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 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


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.

Young at Heart monthly meeting

Mark your calendar for this Thursday, Oct. 27 when Young at Heart members will attend the John Michael Talbot Concert at Saints Francis & Clare of Assisi Church. If you would like to join us, please meet at St. Jude at 6:15 p.m. near the SVDP bin. It should be a fun evening of praise and fellowship. Please contact Patti Collins at 317-507-3190 or to RSVP.

Memorial Cloth

Our annual Family Memorial  Altar Cloth will be available in the Narthex the weekend of October 30 on which families may place the names of deceased loved ones.  It will then be placed on the Altar beginning with our All Saints and All Souls Masses and throughout the month of  November, honoring all who hold a special place in our hearts. 

Cub Scout Pancake Breakfast

Hosted by Pack 51 is next Sunday, Oct. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the St. Jude cafeteria. All parishioners are invited.  The scouts just ask for a free will donation.  Come join us for some good food and fellowship.

St. Jude Monthly Caregiver Support Group 

The group will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. after the All Saints Mass in the Hospitality Room at church.  The topic this month is Ducks in a Row- Assembling and Understanding Key Documents.  Monica Woodsworth who facilitates the monthly Archdiocese Caregiver Group at St. Mark's will be available for discussion. Please join us for soup, dessert and support.  Contact Pat Delph at or 317-902-2868 for questions.

All Saints Holy Day of Obligation—Tuesday, Nov. 1

The Anticipation Mass will be held on Monday, Oct. 31 at 6 p.m.  Holy Day Masses will be hold on Tuesday, Nov. 1 with the school children at 9 a.m. and in the evening at 6 p.m.  The Holy Day collection will benefit St. Philip Neri Parish.

All Souls Memorial Mass and  Reception—Wednesday, Nov. 2

St. Jude Ministry of Fellowship and Hope invites all families of those who have lost a loved one, especially  within this past year, to our Memorial Mass at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2. You are welcome to invite family members and friends who might also wish to attend. Immediately following the Mass, there will be a reception for everyone in the Narthex.

Flag Retirement Ceremony

Boy Scout Troop 51 is planning a Flag Retirement Ceremony.  Donations of American flags that need to be retired would be appreciated.  The flags can be left in a marked box in the foyer of the Family Youth Center.  If you have any questions, please contact Theresa Nees at 317-783-6852.

Job opening: St. Jude Communication Coordinator

St. Jude Parish seeks a fulltime Communication Coordinator.  The primary function of this position is to creatively maintain the quality and branded image of parish. It is the duty of this position to work in collaboration with all parish staff and ministry leaders to effectively communicate the mission, activities and programs of the entire parish community in a timely manner.  This individual will act as writer, editor, photographer and designer for parish newsletters and weekly parish bulletin, act as webmaster for the parish website, and oversee parish social media.  He or she maintains parish photography, creates video elements for collaborative parish projects and maintains the parish image archives.  This individual must be self-motivated, creative, have excellent written and verbal skills, able to work as a team member, exhibit time management skills and possess the ability to meet deadlines and multi-task.  The position requires website management experience, Microsoft Office proficiency, photography skills, video production and desktop publishing experience.  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in communications, marketing or related field preferred.  Three to five years’ experience in a Catholic Church, education environment or related experience preferred.  Knowledge of Catholic parish life either through work or volunteer experience helpful.  For more information or to submit a resume, contact Fr. Steve Banet at or St. Jude Parish, 5353 McFarland Road, Indianapolis, IN 46227.

Exercise for Seniors

Low impact exercise that is geared for Seniors, but open to all ages for only $3.00 per class—starting October 17.  Silver Sneakers Classic will be offered on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. in the Youth Center.  This 45-minute class offers a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength and range of motion.  Elastic tubing with handles and a ball are offered for resistance, and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support. Silver Sneakers Yoga will be offered on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. (after Mass) at the Youth Center.  Move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses during this 45-minute class. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement and final relaxation exercises will promote stress reduction.  All equipment provided.  Bring water to drink and pay for each class as you come.  For more information, contact Pat Delph at

Job Opening: St. Jude Administrator of Volunteer Services

St. Jude parish is actively seeking a fulltime Administrator of Volunteer Services.  The Volunteer Administrator will provide direction, coordination, and consultation for all active members of the parish.  This person will help identify parishioners  who want to actively serve the parish of St. Jude and connect them with the appropriate parish ministries.   This will require a strong understanding of database structures, use and manipulation.  This individual will also need to be comfortable with online communication tools and working in the cloud.  Education Associates Degree in Database Management or demonstrated job experience.  Working in this position will require some nights and weekends.  For more information or to submit a resume, contact Annette Calloway at the Parish Center at, or St. Jude Church, 5353 McFarland Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46227. 

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 every month. We will meet  again on November 7 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

United Catholic Appeal

Screenshot 2016-10-17 13.53.34Families 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.

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

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!

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:



Hygiene Items for the Poor

toilet paperDuring the month of October, we are collecting hygiene items for Holy Family Shelter, Beggars for the Poor, St. Vincent de Paul and Anna’s House. Please consider donating the following: toilet paper, Kleenex, shampoo, deodorant, feminine products, bars of soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razor blades and laundry soap.  Please continue to place the items along with a donation of non-perishable foods in the bins at each door.

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,