Listen to the Homily: May 22, 2016

Listen to the Homily: May 15, 2016

Listen to the Homily: May 8, 2016



Dear St. Jude Parishioners,  

DSC_5169It 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




Memorial Day

Monday, May 30 - Parish Center closed

Youth Group Bonfire/Tie-dye shirts

Sunday, June 5, 6-10 p.m., Pavilion More info

Young at Heart Lunch & Speaker

Friday, June 10, 11 a.m., Parish Center Assembly Room

Youth Group Rascal's Fun Zone

Sunday, June 12, 5-7 p.m. More info

Vacation Bible School

June 13-16, 9 a.m.-Noon Register/Volunteer

30th Anniversary Summer Festival

June 23-25, Volunteer

Youth Group Movie Night

Sunday, June 26, 6-9 p.m., Youth Center More info

Youth Group Holiday World

Saturday, July 9, Registration deadline June 25 More info

Youth Group Indianapolis Zoo

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

Youth Group Canal Bike Ride

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



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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. 

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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


Volunteer for our 30th Anniversary Summer Festival - June 23-25

2016 Festival logoSummer Festival volunteer online sign-ups are now live!  Click here to find the perfect slot or booth for you to help us make this the best festival yet!

Back by popular demand—Festival Take a jar, fill a jar!

Help us creatively fill jars for our Craft/Jar Wheel booth.  Take a jar from the Narthex, fill it with your family’s favorite craft, hobby or family fun activity and return it as soon as possible to the bins in the Narthex.  Have FUN and decorate your jar, but make sure what’s inside is easily visible.  We appreciate your help!

St. Jude Men’s Club

The St. Jude Men’s Club will meet this Thursday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pavilion.  All are invited for prayer and fellowship.

First Friday Coffee Club

Join us for the First Friday Coffee Club following the 8:15 a.m.  Mass on Friday, June 3 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.

Young at Heart

Young at Heart imagePlease join us for our monthly meeting on Friday, June 10 at 11 a.m.  We will meet in the Assembly Room of the Parish Center.  Bring a brown bag lunch.  Drinks and desserts will be provided.  Barbara Cliff, RN, PhD, St. Jude parishioner, will be our speaker. Her topic is :  “Voicing Your Choices about Advance Directives.” It is important to have your preferences documented if you are faced with a serious accident or illness because end-of-life situations can happen at any age at any time. This discussion will focus on how to get the care you want when you need it most.

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.

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.  

BFF - New Special Needs Parents; Night Out

BFFBFF, Buddies in Faith and Friendship, is a new ministry at St. Jude. This is for families of children with and without special needs who are interested in developing friendships and social activities. Parents get to relax for the night while the BFF committee hosts a safe night of fun and games. This event is for parish elementary aged children with special needs and their siblings (entering Kindergarten – 8th grade).  The ministry will kick off with a parents’ night out on…Friday, June 17 from 6 to 10 p.m.  Parents must RSVP and register online by June 13.  Contact Kelly Yohler with questions: or 317-702-7852.

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 

Call-out for Battle of the Bands at Summer Festival 2016

battle of the bandsPlease contact Nick Haggenjos at 317-753-0866. We are still looking for a couple more bands (not individual singers) to participate in this year’s event at the St. Jude Festival on the evening of June 23.  This is a great opportunity for a band to get heard in front of your local St. Jude parishioners and community. We will be looking for a variety of music.  Winner will be determined by amount of donations obtained from the audience during a set of up to 50 minutes.  All donations will go to St. Jude.  Winner and runner-up will receive plaques.  Please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested throughout the St. Jude and Roncalli family and have them contact Nick so he can collect more information.

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!

Spiritual Adoption —Months 7 & 8: Developing Baby 

baby from GodYou are in the home stretch with your spiritually adopted baby.  He/she is completely formed, and has been since 8 weeks.  All he/she is doing now is gaining weight  - and making his/her mother uncomfortable.  But mother is not worried, in a short time, her baby will be born.  Your baby’s mother appreciated the prayers you have said. They have given her the grace she needed to bring her baby to term.


Social Justice and Outreach: Birthline

diapersDuring the month of May, we are asking for donations of diapers, especially newborn size and the next size up.  We are also in need of diaper wipes and diaper cream.  All donations received will be delivered to the Birthline organization of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.  Birthline is a service for pregnant women and young mothers with new babies that may be in crisis.  Through a network of volunteers, pregnant women experiencing a crisis pregnancy can receive immediate assistance by trained counselors via the telephone.  Birthline also helps new mothers who may need material assistance, such as diapers, clothes for their babies, and formula.  St. Jude accepts donations of material assistance for Birthline throughout the year, but at this time we are going to make a special effort to collect diapers for which there is always a great need.  

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