Screenshot 2016-08-15 07.43.07   Screenshot 2016-08-09 08.48.28







Dear St. Jude Parishioners,  

IMG_9519It 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


New to St. Jude?  Please click here for more information



Thinking about Becoming Catholic? RCIA Info Session

Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. RSVP

Men's Club meeting

Thursday, Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m., Pavilion

First Friday Coffee Club

Friday, Sept. 2, following 8:15 a.m. Mass, CLOW Room

St. Jude Annual Golf Outing

Saturday, Sept. 10, 12:30 p.m., Valle Vista More info/Register

Fall Scripture Study: Galatians - Set Free to Live

Tuesdays at 7 p.m./Thursdays at 10 a.m., starting September 13 RSVP

That Man is You!

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6 a.m., Cafeteria RSVP


Update your email address with the parish

Help us communicate more effectively with you via email and update our parish database.  Click here to provide your current email address.

Friend us on Facebook at:

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. 

 Click here for websites. 

 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


The Parish Center will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

THINKING ABOUT BECOMING CATHOLIC?  R.C.I.A.  (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

becoming CatholicHave you or has anyone you know ever thought about becoming Catholic?  For anyone who may be interested in learning more about joining the Roman Catholic Church, the Rite of Christian Initiation program (R.C.I.A.) is just for you!  Our program officially starts on the Sunday after Labor Day, September 11 and meets each Sunday through the following Easter.   Classes will meet on Sunday Mornings from 9:45—11:45 a.m. in the basement of the Parish Center.   There will be an RCIA Information Session for anyone interested in learning more about the program - scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m.  Contact Bil Danner at 786-4371 or for more details.

First Friday Coffee Club

Join us for the First Friday Coffee Club following the 8:15 a.m.  Mass on Friday, Sept. 2 in the CLOW Room at church.  Currently, we are studying the series, “Priest, Prophet, King” with Fr. Robert Baron.

Join us for the September Men’s Club meeting

All men of the parish are invited to the next Men’s Club meeting on Thursday, Sept. 1 beginning with the Rosary at 7:30 p.m. in the Pavilion.  Come make new friends and find out how you can get involved in the parish.

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.  Peace, Fr. Steve

Young at Heart September Outing

Please join us Thursday, Sept. 22 as we travel to Franklin for a free viewing of Hoosiers at the Artcraft Theatre and stop at the Williard for a cool drink before traveling back north. Our tickets are courtesy of Schwartz Family Community Mortuary in Franklin. Meet at St. Jude near the SVDP bin at 1 p.m. to carpool. Call Patti Collins at 317-507-3190 with any questions.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Blessed Prayer Shawls and Lap Blankets are now available for you to pick up at the Welcome Booth in the Narthex and also at the Parish Center. Please feel free to take shawls or blankets to help warm anyone you know who is ill or grieving a loss.

Adult Volunteer Coordinators needed for Cherub Church/Parish Nursery 

We need an adult volunteer coordinator to join our Cherub Church team during the 10:30 a.m. Mass.  Coordinators take turns being on site to set up, register new participants, show volunteers how to teach the various stations and help children get settled in.  These coordinator positions are a great way to get to know and minister to young families, especially since these programs will be located in the church starting after Labor Day.  Contact Tammy Stewart to volunteer at 786-4371 or

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).

St. Jude Fall Scripture Study – GALATIANS: SET FREE TO LIVE

GalatiansOur Fall Scripture Study will once again be offered on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. starting on September 13 and 15.  This Fall, we’ll have an 8-session study on Paul’s Letter to the Galatians.  Paul’s letter to the Galatians speaks directly to the heart of Christians and addresses the most important question we can ask: “What must we do to be saved?” This fascinating letter reveals the merciful love that God the Father has for us, his children. It speaks of the extraordinary gift of salvation that Jesus has won for us, and it explains how we can unite ourselves to Christ’s redeeming sacrifice through faith and love. Galatians is a study that will reignite your love for God as you learn of the astonishing love God has for you.  The cost for the materials will be $25 and registration is open now.  Click here for registration form or pick one up at the Welcome Center in the Narthex.  For more information, please contact Bil Danner at 786-4371 or

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!

CYO Basketball registration

Attention All St. Jude Parishioners interested in Coaching or Playing CYO Grade School Boys Basketball or High School Boys or Girls Basketball.... show your Raider spirit and sign up today!  To Register to Play, go to:  Registration deadline is September 8 for Grade School & High School participants.  To Register to Coach and to find forms for physicals, concussions and sudden cardiac arrest, go  ALL Grade School Players MUST have their PHYSICALS, CONCUSSION & SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST papers turned in prior to their first practice.  All Coaches (including assistants) must be Safe & Sacred Certified before the 1st practice. Grade School tryouts will be held on Mondays, Sept. 12 and Sept. 19 at the St. Jude gym.  September 12: 4th Grade—4:45-6 p.m.; 5/6—6:15-7:45 p.m.; Cadet—8-9:30 p.m.  September 19: 5/6—5-6:30 p.m.; Cadet—7-8:30 p.m. Boys & Girls High School Games BEGIN the week of November-14. If you have any questions, contact Jasen Owen at: or call 317-753-0741.

St. Jude Parish Annual Golf Outing—September 10

golf 1Hosted by the St. Jude Men’s Club, the St. Jude Parish Annual Golf Outing benefits the St. Jude School Technology Department.  Join us on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Valle Vista Golf Club for a great day of golf and fellowship.  Registration begins at 12:30 p.m.  Tee-off at 1:30 p.m. with a shot-gun start.  Format is a four-person scramble.  Cost is $75 per player; $300 per foursome—single players welcome!  Price includes greens fee, drinks, dinner and prizes!  Sponsorships are a great way to introduce your company to everyone! Hole sponsor: $100; Event sponsor: $500; Drink cart sponsor: $200.  Contact Ryan Snyder at 317-294-7566 or for registration and/or sponsorship assistance.  We would greatly appreciate donations of golf gifts, gift certificates or prizes as well!




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