History of St. Jude The Apostle Parish
St. Jude The Apostle Parish was established by decree of the Diocese of Baton Rouge on Sept. 9, 1966. For two years, Mass was celebrated in the auditorium of Magnolia Woods Elementary School. The first building on the property was the present-day Parish Hall and served as the Church for six years. The permanent church building was completed in late 1974. The original church and the altar, made then of Texas shell stone, was consecrated on August 22, 1975.
Several facelifts to the church and the grounds were made in the 1980s and 1990s including the building of a school which opened on Aug. 24, 1983. During the 1980s, the Church underwent a facelift and in 1992 stained glass windows were designed by artist Stephen Wilson and installed throughout the Church. In 1999, the present rectory was purchased and remodeled at 9137 Highland Road. The Administrative Offices on Highland Road opened in 2000.
Under the present leadership of pastor Fr. Trey Nelson, a major Capital Campaign was undertaken to modernize and expand St. Jude The Apostle Church. For most of a year, the congregation celebrated Mass in the Parish Activities Center while the Church building underwent renovation that was completed in the late spring of 2013. The Church expanded by some 200 seats and includes now a permanent baptismal font, video capabilities, a locally-crafted handmade Cypress altar and a spectacular back art window depicting “the tree of life.” Construction continues at St. Jude in 2014-2015 on a new Ministry and Administrative Building next door to the Church.