A Message from Father Marshall
Dear St. Jude Community,
As we process the news of schools in Marion County being, once again, shut down, our hearts are heavy. We are tired, anxious, and impatient. Into this space, God speaks. The still, small voice of His spirit calls us to new levels of faith, hope, and love. His mercies are new every morning, and they are not delayed by pandemics, politics, or discouragement. God remains on His throne, and He continues to care for us. Just today, I received word that a parishioner is buying Christmas cards for every resident of the nursing homes to which we minister. This generous impulse is surely a response to the invitation that God gives each one of us - to live in love of God and our neighbor. The South Deanery priests met on November 12th and discussed how we can continue to minister to you and your families in this time. Our staff is moving to continue being able to care for our parish community. We will continue to offer Masses and other ministry-related events. I encourage you to join in prayer, particularly now. Things may look dark today, but God's light of love continues to pierce all darkness.
If you find yourself in need at this time, please reach out and let us know. Being part of a parish community means that we all hurt with you and truly want to help as we can. We do not want you to feel alone or forgotten.
In two weeks we will celebrate the Feast of Christ the King (November 22nd). We are planning some special liturgical ways to mark that day, including some amazing music. As we prepare for that day, let us work to acknowledge the Kingship of Christ in every area of our lives. Is Christ the King of my heart when I get bad news? Is Christ the King of my heart when I am afraid? Is Christ the King of my heart when I am frustrated by decisions beyond my control? The answer is yes...if we allow Him to be.
Brothers and sisters, let us together submit our wills to His and give witness to our world that truly, Christ is our King. Truly, we are not afraid. Truly, we are a people of faith, hope, and love.
Fr. Peter Marshall