About Us

Our Mission

To know God, to love Him, to serve Him. St. Jude Catholic Parish is a place where God's presence is made visible through spiritual formation, community life, service and stewardship.

Our Clergy

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

We have a strong sense of community with parishioners.

Rev. Raúl Valdez

Rev. Raúl Valdez

Pastor/Parochial Administrator

I was ordained on May 29, 2004 by Most Rev. Bishop Norbert Dorsey at the Diocese of Orlando FL. Serving at St Jude since August 1, 2020. 

Rev. Mr. Jose Serrano

Rev. Mr. Jose Serrano


I was ordained to the Diaconate at the Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Manhattan, New York on May 31, 1980. I live with my spouse, Blanca, and we have three children, José Jr., María and Verónica.

Rev. Mr. Santos Santiago

Rev. Mr. Santos Santiago


I was ordained a Permanent Deacon on February 18, 1988 at the Diocese of Orlando by Most Rev. Bishop Grady. I live with my wife Elba and I have two children Brian and Linnette.

Rev. Mr. Jose Pepe Bustillo

Rev. Mr. Jose Pepe Bustillo


I was ordained a Permanent Deacon on June 9, 2011 in the Archdiocese of San Juan, PR. Deacon Bustillo and Diana have two sons, José Ignacio Jr. and Francisco Javier.

It is not just our clergy who serve the people of St. Jude Catholic Parish, but a dedicated staff of workers. Everyday they work with our parish organizations and other parishioners to make sure the spiritual needs of each member of the community is met. Their work is usually behind the scenes and very rarely seen, but the results are seen in the smiles of our happy parishioners.

Our Staff

Noel Taylor

Noel Taylor

Office Manager

Welcome to St. Jude Catholic Community. We are a family of faith and we are here to help you.

Contact Email: ntaylor@judeparish.org

Mary Lynn Martin

Mary Lynn Martin

Faith Formation/Religious Education

Our mission is to teach parents and students how to deny themselves, carry their cross, and imitate Jesus to become holy.

Contact Email: religioused@judeparish.org

Adonis Felician

Adonis Felician

Building Maintenance

Assist in upkeep of the physical church building and church grounds.

St Jude History


Deltona Corporation developed Marion Oaks. The Catholics in the area had to travel about 15 miles every Sunday to attend Mass at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Belleview or to Blessed Trinity in downtown Ocala. 


The Diocese of Orlando obtained a 5.7 acre church-designated site on Marion Oaks Drive from Deltona. Catholic families in the community formed a Building Committee and funds raised to erect a multi-purpose building to be used for the celebration of Mass and social events. 

April 1982



In August, Bishop Thomas J. Grady blessed the new building and celebrated the first Mass. St. Jude Catholic Community became a mission of St. Theresa under the leadership of Rev. James MacLoughlin and Masses were celebrated once per week on Saturdays at 7:30 pm. 


Growth continued and requests were sent to Bishop Grady expressing the desire to become a parish. As a result, on December 8, 1985, St. Jude was established as a parish by Bishop Grady and a few weeks later he appointed Rev. Domingo Gonzalez as Administrator. The CCD Program began in 1986. In April of 1987, Rev. Gonzalez was officially appointed as our first Pastor. The Mass schedule was set for 5:30 pm on Saturdays, 9:00 am on Sundays and noon in Spanish. 


In February, Santos Santiago was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate and continues in service to the parish. 


In May, Rev. Gonzalez was transferred. The Mass schedule was changed to 5:00 pm on Saturdays plus three Masses on Sundays at 8:00, 9:30 and noon in Spanish. The first St. Jude Thrift shop opened in Freeman Plaza on CR 484. 


The Parish Council determined there was a need for a parish hall with classrooms for children's religious education and more room for social events. Again, town meetings were held to determine the design for the hall and a house to house fund drive began in November of 1991 and the 'Tree of Life' was installed to commemorate those donating $2,000. In August of 1992, Bishop Norbert Dorsey celebrated Mass and then presided at groundbreaking ceremonies.

Actual construction began in November 1992 and was completed in June of 1993 with dedication following the Confirmation Mass by Bishop Dorsey. Stained glass windows and pews were installed in the multi-purpose building which was then designated as a Church. Rev. Anthony Palmese became our third Pastor. 


Mass schedule again revised to Saturday at 4:00 pm, Sunday at 8:00 and 10:00 am, Spanish Mass at 12:30 pm and a Creole Mass at 5:00 pm on the fourth Sunday of each month. Thrift shop moved to Marion Crossing Mall on CR 484 for a little over two years until the lease expired. The Parish center was dedicated in honor to Nick & Rita Lauer, and the Sanctuary area was dedicated to honor Fred & Ted Bigl by Rev. Palmese for their dedication and service to the St. Jude Parish community. 


In October, Rev. Vicente Panaligan was appointed as Parochial Vicar to assist Rev. Anthony Palmese.


Started using the Parish Center as the "Church" in March due to influx of new parishioners. Old church is now the Parish Hall. In August, Rev. Panaligan was transferred and Rev. Rodolfo Ramon was appointed as the Parochial Vicar. 


Rev. Palmese retired in May and Rev. Lemier Guillaume was appointed June 1st as Parochial Administrator. Rev. Ramon was transferred effective June 1st. Rev. Guillaume established the Creole Mass on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.


Rev. Guillaume was reassigned and Rev. Palmese was Administrator for three months. On September 1st - Rev. Barthelemy Garcon, S.M.M. was appointed Parochial Administrator.


Rev. Barthelemy Garcon was transferred to St. Andrew’s in Orlando and Rev. Raúl Valdez was appointed Administrator of the parish.

St. Jude Catholic Parish

Evangelizing the cultures is the main challenge for the Church. The Church needs to be flexible, to know the different groups and entities that form the local community and then teach the values of the Gospel through that culture. We are a diverse community, close to 50% Caucasian, close to 46% Latino and the rest are Caribbean, Haitian and Filipino.

It is very interesting to have to deal with diversity. The challenge is to build a family of faith from the different cultures, respecting every single culture, but bringing us together as members of the same family, regardless of the culture, education, wealth, or social status, where we can trust each other and be happy to be here with others as a Christian family.

God is the Father and we are brothers and sisters, and we are educated as Mary our Mother.

Historial Memory

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