About Us

Our Mission

To know God, to love Him, to serve Him. St. Jude Catholic Community 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 29th 2004 by Most Rev. Bishop Norbert Dorsey at the Diocese of Orlando FL. Serving at St Jude since August 1st 2020. 

Rev. Mr. Jose Serrano

Rev. Mr. Jose Serrano

Deacon

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

Deacon

I was ordained to the Diaconate 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. Edward Wilson

Rev. Mr. Edward Wilson

Deacon

I was ordained on October, 11, 1986 at the Archdiocese of Detroit, MI. I live with my spouse Kathleen and we have two children Edward and Sharon.

It is not just our clergy who serve the people of St. Jude Catholic Community, 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


Office Manager-TBD (To be determined)

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

Betty Rodriguez

Betty Rodriguez

Religious Education

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

Evan Hendricks

Evan Hendricks

Building Maintenance

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


St Jude History

1973

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. 

1981-1982

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

Groundbreaking. 

1983

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. 

1985-1987

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. 

1988

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

1989

In May Rev. Gonzalez was transferred and Rev. Edmund Czarnecki became our second Pastor. The Mass schedule was changed to 5:00 pm on Saturdays plus 3 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. 

1991-1993

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. In July 1993 Rev. Czarnecki was transferred and Rev. Anthony Palmese became our third Pastor. 

2003

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. 

2005

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

 2007

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. 

2009

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 411i Sundays of each month.

2010

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.

2020

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


Historial Memory

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