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800-963-5337 (Available in Spanish)

St. Jude Catholic Parish

We are a church that believes in Jesus, a church that loves God and people

We have a strong sense of community with parishioners.

Fr. Raúl Valdez

Pastor/Parochial Administrator

“We welcome visitors at our Church, St. Jude Catholic Parish and would love to have you join us for prayer this weekend. If you wish to serve God and people, please check out the ministries that have an immediate need for volunteers.

We invite anyone and everyone to attend our Sunday gatherings to celebrate God in song, scripture and prayer..”

Things Happening in the Parish

New Summer Hours

New Office Hours
Starting on Friday, May 27th the office will be closing at noon.  New hours are: Monday-Thursday 8:30AM-4:00 PM and Friday 8:30AM-12 Noon.

Our Catholic Appeal

Our Goal is $48,288


Do you have the gift of welcoming and serving?  If so, the Hospitality Ministry Needs You!  Hospitality Ministry’s next meeting will be Thursday, August 4th at 10AM in Room 4.  All men and women of the parish are welcome to join us. If you are unable to make the meeting but would like to help at the events, please call the office to volunteer.  Thank You

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More details on our website, or call the office for assistance.

Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary

Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary will meet every third Saturday of the month 10 AM at St Jude Catholic Community.

Small Christian Community

The group meets every Tuesday at 1:00 PM in conference room 4 at the parish center.  Masks and social distancing is required.  If you would like to host a Small Christian Community meeting in English or Spanish, please call the parish office.

Need Assistance?

St Jude Parishioners Needing Assistance
Dear Parishioners … please be aware that the St. Jude Food Pantry can assist you, our brothers and sisters in Christ, no questions asked. We all know that at various times we can find ourselves in need of assistance from one another. The St. Jude Food Pantry will prepare a food basket at a time that is convenient for you. All requests are confidential. Please contact the Parish Office.

Food Pantry

Food Pantry

Collection for the St. Jude Food Pantry Our parish has seen a large increase in the number of residents relying on assistance for food.
All non-perishable food items are needed: i.e., beans, tuna, and other canned meat, such as chicken, stew, chili, salmon or corned beef, canned fruit, applesauce, cereal, pancake mix and syrup, nonrefrigerated milk, coffee/tea, boxed or canned soups, boxed pasta dinners. Our clients are grateful for the work we do, and we are grateful to you for making it possible. Thank you for your love and support.

Parish Events Calendar

St. Jude Facilities Calendars 2023
It’s that time of year again, time to submit your calendar requests for all 2023 dates/times and meeting locations.  All ministries and organizations need to submit to, a complete calendar for 2023 indicating the name of the organization/ministry, the space requested, starting, ending times along with name and phone number of the contact person making the request.  Please do not assume that your meetings or events automatically make it to the calendar. If you have an event or meeting scheduled, please make sure a calendar has been submitted as ministries are growing here at St. Jude and there may be a time when space is not available. Please remember for all events, an events form must be completed and returned to the office before the event date. Deadline for all calendar and event information to be submitted is August 31st. Please send all submissions to Thank You!

RE Classes

St. Jude Religious Education Classes
All children, preteens and teens are invited to attend Religion Classes starting Wednesday, September 14 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Students who are preparing for the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation will come on Wednesdays as will children who are in grades K,1 ,2, 3,4,5,6.  If your child has already received the Sacrament of Confirmation, we are beginning a New Program for teens “Reach Out”. Teens are invited every other Saturday here at St. Jude to reach out to all God’s people in our parish, and as St. Francis says:” Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible”. Teens will love this faith in action program! Adults wishing to learn more about our Catholic faith are invited to join our RCIA Program (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). Registration papers for all our Religious Education Programs are available in the Main Office. Please return them to the Religious Education Office as soon as possible.

Angel Tree

The Angel Tree Ministry will be meeting in September to plan for this year’s Angel Tree. Sergio & Carmen Morales have graciously stepped forward to lead this ministry but need your help.  Toys from this year’s collection will go to needy families in our Parish, and our Food Pantry families.  Please email or call Sergio & Carmen,  (443) 857-2212 to help with this year’s Angel Tree.

Prayers for our Military

Prayers for our Military Service Men & Women
Do you have family members actively serving Please call or email the office with their name and branch of service. We will place the list in our weekly bulletin for the St Jude Community to keep them in prayer. 

This week please pray for:

ENS 1st Class Fidel Alfredo Lopez/USN
LT Pablo Morales/USCG
SN Dayna Rivera/USN
SN Geromy Rivera/USN
SN Karelys Reyes/USN
LT K.J. Taylor/USN

Thank You


St. Jude Gardens/Islands
Have you seen all the beautiful gardening being done on the parish grounds? We thank these volunteers for their time and talent making St. Jude Catholic community more beautiful. If you are currently taking care of one of the gardens and would like to recommit to another year, please contact the office and let us know. Do you have a love for gardening? If you would like to volunteer to help with the gardens/islands please call or email the office. Please call 352-347-0154 or email

Anointing of the Sick Mass

We invite you to participate in the Anointing of the Sick Mass which will be celebrated on the first Tuesday of every month at 5:00PM, our next Mass is on September 6th.  One may wonder what illnesses are considered serious enough to receive the Anointing of the Sick. Any physical, mental or spiritual problem are reasons to come receive the healing touch of the sacrament of the sick.  For more info call the parish office during normal office hours.

Mary's Garden

Mary’s Garden
Have you visited Mary’s Garden recently? One of our wonderful garden volunteers has been working hard on beautifying this area. Stop by to visit with our Blessed Mother and see the lovely gardenWe are still in need of volunteers for a few of our other garden areas. Please call the office to volunteer. Thank You

Mass Birthday Cards

Just ArrivedBirthday Mass Cards . . . Available at the Front Desk

Women's Circle News

St. Jude Women’s Circle News
St. Jude Women’s Circle has grown to 16 active members with 2 more to join in the Fall!! We have accomplished very much this year including having fun and making new friendships. We are so thankful for such a supportive parish. Thank you to those who joined us at Church and in your homes praying the Rosary for World Peace on May 9th. Since our members travel through the summer, we will not have any meeting at SJ Parish from June - September. We will continue to stay in touch by email to update and support one another. New members are always welcome!

Monthly Rosary

Monthly Rosary
The Knights of Columbus will be praying the rosary on the last Sunday of every month immediately following the 10AM Mass. All are invited to join us.

Cleaning Crew

Cleaning of the Church
We are in need of volunteers to help on Mondays after the 8AM Mass to clean the church. This is light cleaning, such as vacuuming, dusting and straightening any envelopes in the back of the pews. If you feel called to serve in this ministry, please come to the 8AM Mass on Mondays or call the office at 352-347-0154. We extend our gratitude to the ladies that take the time to clean the church for all of us.

Online Studies

Bored at Home - Take an Online Study - We have 6 studies now available on line. Gospel of John - Wisdom: God's Vision for Life - Biblical Walk Through the Mass - Fulfilled: Biblical Foundations of Catholicism - Why We Believe - Wives do What?!. This is your chance to learn more about your faith from the comfort of your couch. Just click the image above to get started.

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