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"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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Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Thursday, Dec. 8, Masses at 6 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday

Women's Club Christmas Dinner

Thursday, Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m., Napoli Villa - Beech Grove RSVP

Young at Heart meeting

Friday, Dec. 9, 11 a.m., Parish Center Assembly Room

Advent Scripture Reflection Day

Saturday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m., Parish Center RSVP

Return Giving Tree gifts

Sunday, Dec. 11 - help sort gifts at 1 p.m. in Church

Advent Penance Service

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m., Church

Blood Pressure Screenings

December 17/18, after all Masses, Hospitality Room


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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 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


United Catholic Appeal

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A HUGE thank you to all who  have helped St. Jude Parish exceed our United Catholic Appeal goal To date, we have received $150,013 in pledges which is 121% of our total goal of $123,927.  Your donation to the United Catholic Appeal impacts lives throughout our community and we thank you for your amazing generosity.  Click here to view the United Catholic Appeal video which beautifully illustrates the many ways your donation impacts lives throughout our community.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception—Holy Day of Obligation

Mass times: Anticipation Mass—December 7 at 6 p.m.; School Mass—December 8 at 9 a.m.; Evening Mass—December 8 at 6 p.m./Rite of Welcome for RCIA.  The collection will benefit our sister parish of St. Philip Neri. The Rite of Acceptance for our RCIA Class will take place at the 6 p.m. Mass on December 8.  This brief ceremony serves as an introduction of our Catechumens and Candidates to the Parish. December 8 is also the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and is a Holy Day of Obligation. We will host a small welcoming reception in honor of our RCIA class in the Narthex after Mass.  Please come and show your support for our RCIA Class on December 8. You can receive a weekly email reminder to pray for them by sending an e-mail to

Job Opening: St. Jude Young Adult and Youth Minister

St. Jude Catholic Church seeks a fulltime Young Adult and Youth Minister (YAYM).  The position is responsible for developing a parish-based pastoral ministry for young adults (ages 18+) and high school youth (grades 9-12).  Responsibilities include recruiting and supervising ministry volunteers and engaging in ongoing professional formation by attending deanery and archdiocesan events and other continuing education.  In order to foster future participation in high school ministry, this position also requires participation in Junior High events.  The candidate must be available to work evenings and weekends and must be a practicing Roman Catholic in good standing with experience in the field of catechesis, planning, and program development.  This position also requires strong oral and written communication skills and proven administration skills, including interpersonal relations, budget preparation, and leadership skills.  The candidate should be skilled in recruiting, supporting, and managing volunteers and possess the ability to work in collaboration within the parish, with other parishes, and with the Archdiocese to communicate and implement guidelines and policies.  Additionally, this position requires knowledge of Microsoft Office software (i.e. Word, Excel, Powerpoint), ability to work independently and as part of a team, capability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, and experience with social media and ability to post original content on a consistent basis.  A college degree with some theology or certificate in pastoral ministry a plus.  For more information or to submit a resume, contact Fr. Steve Banet at, Tammy Stewart at, or St. Jude parish, 5353 McFarland Road, Indianapolis, IN 46227. 

Caregiver Support Group

The next Caregiver Support Group will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Hospitality Room of church.  Our topic is “Ducks in a Row- Understanding and Assembling Key Documents.”  Deacon David Henn who is an attorney, will also attend to answer questions. Join us for soup and dessert as we support each other in our caregiver journey.  For more information, please contact Pat Delph at 317-902-2868.

Women's Club Christmas Dinner  - Thursday, Dec. 8

Join us for the annual Women's Club Christmas Dinner at Napoli Villa in Beech Grove, Thursday, Dec. 8—6:30 p.m.  Dinner is provided and will include tea/ water, soda, wine and alcohol can be purchased at an additional fee.  We will have an optional Christmas gift exchange for those who want to participate ($20-25 max).   Please sign up by November 30 at Text or call Vicki Morgan at 317-507-7285 with any questions. Hope to see everyone there for some Christmas cheer!

Young at Heart upcoming events

Young at Heart imageOur next lunch will be Christmas Party dinner/game night on Friday, Dec. 9 from 6 to 9 pm.  We decided to do an Asian theme for dinner (as everyone will be tired of turkey and ham). So please bring an appetizer (U-Z), side dish (A-E), Entrée (M-T), dessert (F-L), your favorite cookies, and adult beverage to share. As our group service project was pulling doilies and purchasing gifts for seniors from Perry Senior Center, don’t forget to bring your wrapped gift to the Christmas Party or drop it at the Parish Center for me. RSVP to Patti Collins at 317-507-3190.  We will be visiting the Eiteljorg Museum to enjoy the Jingle Rails and Titans of the West (The Adams Collection of Western & Native American Art) on December 12. We will leave St. Jude at 9:30 a.m. and return by 2:30 p.m. Cost is $9 each, plus your meal in the Café where we’ll eat lunch. Please use our registration forms at the Welcome Booth or print one on-line at ( to RSVP. Please call Patti Collins, 317-507-3190, with any questions.

Advent Scripture Reflection Day – Saturday, Dec. 10

Advent image"The Three Kings - Led by a Star to the Savior"  In song and story, it is one of our most endearing traditions to celebrate the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child… What Nativity Scene in our homes would be complete without the inclusion of the three kings and their loyal camels adoring Jesus in his manger?  Indeed, our celebration of the beautiful season of Christmas includes and then concludes with the Solemnity of Epiphany.  The Gospel of Matthew, the second chapter specifically, is our main source for this story so we’re going start there and then follow the clues given to discover the story of the Wise Men anew—in the larger Biblical context.  Please join us on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to Noon, as we closely examine this story within its rich Biblical context and symbolism.  Our goal will be to explore and see how the wisdom contained within pertains to our lives of faith today.  All are welcome!  Click here for registration form or find one at the Welcome Center. Please contact Bil Danner at 786-4371 of for more information. 

Advent Penance Service

forgiveAs we prepare for the coming of the Christmas Season , are we pre-occupied with shopping, decorating, planning and such? Are we to stopping to  prepare ourselves; ‘Giving’ over to God the things in our lives that prevent us from being truly ready for Christ’s coming? On Tuesday, Dec. 13 , we will have 11 priests available for us to make our preparation truly complete with our Parish Reconciliation Service beginning at 7 p.m.

Church Decorating

We would like to form a structured church decorating committee that would be responsible for decorating the church throughout the year with Seasonal Art & Environment beginning with Christmas. The members would set up and tear down for the seasons of Advent/Christmas, Lent and Easter, Ordinary Time, etc.  The committee will need both men and women as there are ladders to climb and things to hang. If interested in leading this group, being a member or wanting more information, contact Joan at the parish center or jmckinley@stjudeindy.orgWe will decorate for Christmas on December 21 following the 9 a.m. Mass and will need many volunteers to help.

End of the year giving opportunities at St. Jude

The Charitable IRA Rollover is now permanent. This allows you to make a tax-free gift to the Catholic Community Foundation (CCF) from your IRA today and for years to come. You may transfer up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to the CCF without owing income taxes.  In the past, there has been legislation that has allowed individuals 70 1/2 and older to make transfers of up to $100,000 annually ($100,000 each for spouses maintaining separate accounts) from a traditional IRA or Roth IRA to one or more qualified charitable organizations. The transfer does not result in a charitable tax deduction benefit for the donor, but is free from federal income tax due (traditional IRA's) and counts toward the required minimum distribution (RMD).  The gift must be a direct transfer from an individual account and cannot be first received by the individual and then given to charity.  Take advantage of this tax savings benefit by transferring required minimum distributions from retirement plans directly to the Archdiocese of Indianapolis  Catholic Community Foundation to support a parish, school, agency, or ministry important to you!  Click here for more information.

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.

Zumba Fitness at St. Jude!

zumba yellowZumba fitness classes will be held every Thursday in December. Come check it out! Your first class is free. Join in at 7 pm in the school cafeteria for an hour of fitness and fun. Bring water and be ready to move! All fitness levels welcome, age high school and up. Cost is $3 per class or purchase a 10-class card for $25. Any questions, contact Zumba Instructor Christie Denzer at

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

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

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).

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!



December Outreach: Food baskets for the needy

thanksgiving food basketDuring the Christmas holiday season, parishioners are asked to donate any of the food items listed below for our St. Vincent de Paul Christmas baskets

Boxed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing mix, soups, cake mixes and icing, jelly and sugar. Also needed: bar soap, toilet tissue, shampoo, tooth brushes and laundry soap. Canned foods such as: chili, stews, vegetables, fruits, spaghetti and sauce, cereal, oats, and peanut butter. Please place your donations in the food containers by the church entrances.

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,