"However small you
may feel your gift is, it will be multiplied as it is shared." Mt.
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
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.
Counters-Members in this ministry meet weekly to count the church
collection. Ministry chairperson provides schedule for all counters.
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
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.
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
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
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
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY
support body for all athletic activities for both school and parish/youth and
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.
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
Ministry*-Assist pastor in meeting with couples preparing for Sacrament
of Marriage, completing paperwork, wedding planning, etc.
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:
Photos are available at
Scouts-Boys and girls
scouting troops are very active as they continue to develop Christian ideals and
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
with young children share in activities, social and spiritual. They also
take part in service projects for our parish/community.
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
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.
AND SPIRITUAL LIFE
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.
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.
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.
& 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
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.
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.
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
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
or by calling the parish office at 766-2431 and speaking to Charmaine Biossat or
Claudette St. Amant.
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
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
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.
St. Jude Men's Club
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
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
of Religious Education.
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
of Religious Education.
Anne-Members welcome newly baptized infants in our community and support
their families by sending cards and/or visiting.
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.
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,
Mary Ann Culotta,
Director of Spiritual Formation, at the Parish Office.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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"!
Auxiliary-Ladies promote fellowship through religious and social
activities by assisting our Knights of Columbus in all of their endeavors.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.