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MINISTRIES

"However small you may feel your gift is, it will be multiplied as it is shared." Mt. 5:14-16

For information about St. Jude's ministries, click on the subjects below.  For further information, call the Parish Office at 766-2431 or email Charmaine Biossat, Director of Ministries.

On-line Signup for St. Jude Ministries 

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Altar Servers Altar Society Art & Environment
Athletic Association Bereavement Blood Drive Catholic Daughters
Children's Liturgy of the Word Choir Collection Counters Confirmation Team*
Council of Finance Disaster_Preparedness_Team DMA (DON'T MENTION AGE) Eucharistic Ministers*
Faith Sharing (formerly SCC) Greetings by Mail Hospitality Kaycee Auxiliary
Knights of Columbus  Marriage Encounter Marriage_Preparation_Ministry* Mass Greeters
Men's Club Ministers of the Word (LECTORS)* Parish Fair Parish_Office_Volunteers
Prayer Line Prison Outreach P.S.R. Teachers/Assistants RCIA/RCIC (RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION)*
RCIA Sponsors Respect For Life St. Anne (to welcome new infants) St._Martha (knit Prayer Shawls for the sick)
St. Vincent De Paul Scouts Spiritual Direction Sunday Nursery/Sunday School
TLF (young families) and Play & Pray Ushers Vacation Bible School Visitation
Vocations Committee Welcoming_New_Parishioners Youth Ministry (needs your help!)  

* Please note:  To be involved in the * Ministries, you must be over the age of 16, be previously Confirmed, in a valid Catholic Marriage (if married), and be practicing and registered at this parish.

ADMINISTRATION

Collection Counters-Members in this ministry meet weekly to count the church collection.  Ministry chairperson provides schedule for all counters.

Council of Finance-(Appointed by Pastor) A board of six including two trustees, men/women, who meet with the pastor on financial needs of the parish.

Parish Office Volunteers

Welcoming New Parishioners

 

EDUCATION

Confirmation Team*-Confirmed Catholics who are willing to walk the faith journey with 11th graders.  Meets two times monthly.  For more information, email the Director of Religious Education.

P.S.R. ( Teachers/Assistants-The task of PSR teachers is to teach, proclaim, and witness the "good news" of God's love and mercy to all our children (grades K to 11) who attend public/private school.  Elementary PSR meets Wednesdays from 6-7 pm during the school year.  High School PSR meets once a month on Wednesday from 7:15-9 pm.  All teachers work under the supervision of the Director of Religious Education.  For more information, email the Director of Religious Education.

Sunday Nursery/Sunday School-Nursery:  caring for our parish infants and toddlers (6 months to 3 years) during the 9:45 am Mass.  Sunday School:  teaching 3, 4, and 5 year-olds during the 9:45 am Mass.  Lesson plans are provided.  For more information, email the Director of Religious Education.

Vacation Bible School-A summer program for children from K-8th grade.  Volunteers are needed to help coordinate educational, spiritual and creative activities.  For more information, email the Director of Religious Education.

 

FAMILY AND COMMUNITY

Athletic Association-A support body for all athletic activities for both school and parish/youth and adults.

DMA (DON'T MENTION AGE)-For parishioners 50+ years.  The mission of this group is to support one another socially and spiritually, and to assist shut-ins.

Hospitality-Be available to offer assistance with parish receptions and/or other social events.  Share your talents of cooking, being hosts/hostesses, offering a friendly smile, etc.

Marriage Encounter-Couples gather to enrich good marriages through improved communication and Catholic values.  The format is spiritual, relationship-building and social.  For more information call 1-800-586-5469 or visit www.wwme.org

           

Marriage Preparation Ministry*-Assist pastor in meeting with couples preparing for Sacrament of Marriage, completing paperwork, wedding planning, etc.

Parish Fair -Composed of a large group of people who come together from all areas of talents.  Steering committee begins planning well in advance of the actual fair date.  All ministries contribute to the Fair; those joining this ministry help to facilitate the overall coordination of this major parish event.  Join the Parish Fair on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/stjudefair 

Fair Photos are available at http://www.cheryns.smugmug.com/

Scouts-Boys and girls scouting troops are very active as they continue to develop Christian ideals and values.  

Boy Scout Troop 103 meets every Sunday at 6:00-7:30 pm in the Parish Hall unless there is an out-of-town campout.  Troop 103 is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.  Visit the Boy Scout Web site .

         

TLF (TENDER LOVING FAMILIES)-Families with young children share in activities, social and spiritual.  They also take part in service projects for our parish/community.  The Play and Pray Group, a subministry of TLF, is made up of parishioners and their children, ages 4 an under, who meet every second and fourth Friday from 9:30-11:30am in the Parish Hall for play, stories, prayer, singing, and crafts.  Visit the TLF Web site.

Youth Ministry-WE NEED YOUR HELP TO START THE YOUTH MINISTRY AT ST. JUDE!  Young people grow in fellowship and prayer by participating in spiritual, social and service activities on a parish and community level.  For youth in the parish grades 9-12.  This Ministry also includes adults willing to work with our youth serving as advisors and chaperones. 

LITURGY AND SPIRITUAL LIFE

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament-Commitment to spend time in prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.  Members of this ministry pray together each Tuesday evening.

Altar Servers-Boys and girls who assist the priest at Mass on Sundays, Holy Days and special occasions.  Membership is open to all boys and girls in the parish who are entering the fourth grade or older.  Altar servers who attend St. Jude School also serve during school Masses.  A mandatory workshop is held for all new servers.

Altar Society-Members take great pride in their role of service to the parish.  They keep an inventory of supplies and linens, clean and sew linens, and keep the church clean for our Liturgies.

Art & Environment-Any person with artistic talent (writing, painting, drawing, calligraphy, flower or interior design, decorative effects or ideas) can assist in our liturgical life!  Members sew banners, provide flower arrangements, decorate the church for the season, and maintain the St. Jude Web site.  In addition, anyone who would like to help with setting up decorations is most welcome.  Email Patricia Moroney for details.

 

Children's Liturgy of the Word-Children from grades K-3 are invited to hear the readings read on their level during the 9:45 am Sunday Mass, followed by a homily or activity suited to them.  Children return to the church for the remainder of the Mass with their families.  For more information, email the Director of Religious Education.

Choir-St. Jude is blessed with beautiful choirs, composed of parishioners.  We have two choirs that invite and welcome your musical talents.  Those interested audition for the choir director; numbers are limited.  Each choir has a director who coordinates music for each liturgical celebration.

Eucharistic Ministers*-(Appointed by Pastor)-Men and women who assist the priest in distribution of the Eucharist.  They also bring the Eucharist to parishioners who are unable to attend Sunday Mass.  A mandatory workshop is held before appointment.  Schedule for Eucharistic Ministers

Mass Greeters-This is a great ministry for parishioners who want to help us make all of our parishioners and visitors feel welcome when attending Mass, while fostering the St. Jude 'Faith, Family and Fellowship' motto. .Parishioners of all ages are invited to join this important ministry. Members are asked to get to the church 15 minutes before the Mass begins, put their name badge on, then welcome parishioners as they enter the church through the front church doors.  Parishioners are allowed to choose their regularly attended Mass time and a schedule is made. You are notified by email of the date and time you serve.  It is a ministry that does not take a lot of your time, but is important to help our church grow in the right direction. You can join this ministry by going to our website at www.stjudecatholic.org, or by calling the parish office at 766-2431 and speaking to Charmaine Biossat or Claudette St. Amant.

Ministers of the Word*(LECTORS)-Catholic adults who proclaim the Liturgy of the Word at Sunday Mass, Holy Days and other special Liturgical functions.  A mandatory workshop is held for all readers.

Men's Club-Any male parishioner is invited to join to assist and support the parish and school in projects, programs, events, grounds keeping, etc. 

The St. Jude Men's Club is open to any and all members of the St. Jude the Apostle Church who are at least 18 years of age and are looking for a way to be involved in the parish. The SJMC is NOT a "dad's club" or a select group of friends. The SJMC is a growing ministry that embraces diversity and encourages men of all ages to participate in our band of merriment. To join, please contact the parish office or contact any one of the board members.
We have two primary ways of support the church, school, athletics and of the other ministries:
1. Labor - we can provide the manpower to achieve short term projects
2. Money - Through our grant program, we can fund different opportunities to help all of the ministries across the parish.  We have four general meetings a year, usually on a Thursday night. At these meetings we usually serve food, beverages and have a guest speaker, all done in a Christian environment.  Web site: 
St. Jude Men's Club

Prayer Line-Brings people of St. Jude together in prayer for the needs of fellow parishioners of anyone requested.  Prayer requests are called in and passed on to other members who pray for those needs at a time of their own choosing.

RCIA/RCIC *(RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION)-A process of conversion for those seeking baptism in the Catholic Church or for those belonging to another Church but wishing to become members of the Catholic Church.  The program begins in September with weekly gatherings until Easter.  After meeting all requirements, candidates are usually accepted into the Church at the Easter Vigil.  For more information, email the Director of Religious Education

RCIA Sponsors-A sponsor who is a practicing Catholic and is a regular member of St. Jude attends the RCIA sessions with the person who is planning to become a Catholic and is a supportive spiritual friend, walking closely with the candidate on his/her faith journey.  For more information, email the Director of Religious Education.

St. Anne-Members welcome newly baptized infants in our community and support their families by sending cards and/or visiting.

Faith Sharing (formerly SCC)-Various programs are offered to support one's spiritual life, and to provide understanding and formation in Scripture, our Christian tradition, and our Catholic beliefs.  Participants have the opportunity to meet together in small group settings for prayer reflection and thoughtful discussion using prepared materials.  On occasion the members of all SCC's meet as a group for input and to enjoy fellowship. 

Spiritual Direction-Spiritual Direction is available in two different formats:  individualized and dream/spiritual direction groups.  Spiritual Direction in both forms allows one to have insight into one's growth in their relationship to God.  For information or to make an appointment, contact Mary Ann Culotta, Director of Spiritual Formation, at the Parish Office.

Ushers-Those who volunteer their services to assist in celebration of Mass on Sundays, Holy Days and special occasions.  Ushers have the opportunity to welcome individuals attending Mass and aid in the seating of the congregation, collecting the offering and tidying the church after service in preparation for the next celebration.

Vocations Committee-Promoting vocations to the priesthood and religious life through organizing and directing the following programs:  Parish and School education and awareness, traveling vocations statue, Eucharistic adoration and Parish Prayer.

 

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Bereavement-Members serve as facilitators between the grieving family, the Church office, and the parish community.  Members visit and offer emotional, spiritual and practical help to the family in their time of grief.

Blood Drive-Bi-annual drive allows St. Jude parishioners to donate their blood for the good of the St. Jude and larger communities.  Coordinated with Our Lady of the Lake Blood Bank.

Catholic Daughters-Join a group of ladies who truly reach out and care.  Catholic women's (18 or older) fraternal organization providing individual and corporate social and spiritual service on the parochial, diocesan, state and national levels.  A group of ladies who truly reach out and care.

Disaster Preparedness Team-Make and implement a plan for the parish to deal with hurricanes and other natural disasters.

Greeting by Mail-Mails cards to St. Jude parishioners in area hospitals.  Get-well, sympathy, etc. are gladly sent upon request.  A beautiful expression of saying "We Care"!

Kaycee Auxiliary-Ladies promote fellowship through religious and social activities by assisting our Knights of Columbus in all of their endeavors.

Knights of Columbus-A Catholic, family-oriented, fraternal organization.  The Knights work toward the Christian goals of unity, fraternity and charity.  They endeavor to set examples of Christian charity and promotion of Catholic values both in the church parish and in the community.  Any adult male who is a practicing Catholic and is 18 or older is eligible for membership.

Prison Outreach-Group of men who volunteer their time once per month to bring Eucharist to Maximum Security Inmates at Angola.  Currently expanding ministry to include RCIA and Small Faith Communities programs.  A chance to make a real difference in a person's life.

Respect For Life-Men and women actively promoting a universal respect for human life-from its earliest beginnings at conception, throughout pregnancy, birth and maturation, to its transition through a natural death-as set forth in the Church's Gospel of Life.

St. Martha-Join others who would like to create hand-knitted or crocheted "Prayer Shawls" to send to those in need in our community.  Your handiwork can mean a gift of comfort, hope and peace.  The prayer shawl ministry is one of love and outreach to those who need prayers.  If you know of any parishioner who is suffering from a debilitating disease, having a problem pregnancy, is a shut-in with no family, undergoing cancer treatment or in a severe state of depression, please pass these names to Mary at the parish office, 766-2431.  This ministry will pray for them and try to make shawls, lap quilts or hats for them all.  Prayer Shawls can be knitted and/or crocheted at home.  Join us:  on the first Tuesday of the month, we will meet in the St. Michael Room, off the Parish Hall, at 10:30 AM.  The first Wednesday of the month, we will meet in the St. Michael Room, at 6:30 PM. Please call Mary Rogers at the parish office, 766-2431 for more information. St. Martha Ministry Schedule  

St. Vincent De Paul-Men and women show dedicated love and care in personal service to the poor.  The members of this ministry conduct independent interviews with each applicant at the parish office.  Assistance is provided on the basis of need after screening of applicant.  They also prepare and distribute Christmas and Thanksgiving baskets to the needy each year. Active Members participate fully in serving the needy person-to-person, regularly attend meetings of the Conference, pray with fellow members and confidentially review the situations of those in need, participate in the celebration of the Eucharist and foster growth in Vincentian spirituality.  Associate Members accept the Society's basic principles and participates actively in the works of the Conference.  Attendance at meetings is optional.  These members are sometimes 'on call' for ensuring the completion of various activities.  Contributing Members provide financial support share items like food, clothing, furniture, special services (repair, legal, pharmaceutical, medical or healthcare assistance) engagement in the work of the Society is not required.  Help is needed with our Food Pantry, client visits, home visits, annual prescription fill, annual Souper Bowl, Uniforms for Kids, and the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store on Staring Lane.

Visitation-This group visits St. Jude parishioners in area hospitals and will do home visits upon request.  A smile, prayer and comforting hand is a must to be a part of this ministry.