Who We Are
How We Got Here
St. Jude Catholic Parish
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.
We are a church that believes in Jesus, a church that loves God and people. We have a strong sense of community with parishioners. We are led by Holy Men of God.
Rev. Raul Valdez - Pastor
Rev. Mr. Santos Santiago
Rev. Mr. Jose (Pepe) Bustillo
Rev. Mr. Jose Serrano Deacon
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.
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. (Retired from active ministry in the parish.)
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.
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.
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.
Mrs. Mary Lynn Martin - Faith Formation/RE
Mr. Adonis Feliciano - Building Maintenance
St. Jude History
A brief History of our parish. It is a roadmap of our faith journey. Our path is not finished. We are still on our journey.
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.
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 and then made Pastor.