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Eucharistic Minister Training 7:00pm
Altar Society • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Letter for Confirmation
The date of your Confirmation is rapidly approaching! As we prepare for this joyful occasion, we wish to make known to you some important, upcoming events, and remind you of a few you should already know about.
You should have chosen a sponsor, selected a Saint’s name, and if you were not baptized at St. Jude, provided proof of baptism to the parish office. If you have not yet done this, please do so immediately!
You should have completed your projects. Remember, you are expected to complete 2 hours of stewardship, 2 hours of service, 4 hours of spiritual activity and 3 hours of evangelization.
If you had not yet written your letter to Fr. Mainzer requesting the reception of Confirmation, you must complete it and present it to Father by November 22.
On Dec. 2, at 7:00pm, there is a mandatory Confirmation practice. Your sponsor is required to attend.
Confirmation Mass will be Dec. 3rd at 6:30pm. Students arrive at 6:00pm. Meet in the Parish hall. A reception with cookies and punch will be in the hall after Mass.
Dec. 6 Breakfast with Santa
Saint Jude Knights of Columbus is hosting Breakfast with Santa on December 6th. Hours are 8:30am - 12:30pm for breakfast and a visit with Santa. Menu is pancake, eggs, ham, and hash browns. The proceeds go to help in the support of our Seminarian and Mission family.
St. Jude Knights of Columbus-November 2015
In October, we had our annual drive for the Intellectually Disabled. With your help and support we collected $3,384.58 over the two weekends. This money will be divided among State Council for the Basketball Tournament in Hays, New Hope, Starkey, A.R.C. of Sedgwick, and the Ministry with Persons with Disabilities. We held a breakfast and with your support we gave $120 to each Sarah’s Hope, Gerard House, and Better Choice. Two dates to reserve, November 15 is a breakfast to support our Seminarian and our Missionary Family, and December 6 is the Breakfast with Santa. At the November 15 breakfast, we will have a car from Rusty Eck Ford. Tickets will be $10.00 each, the drawing is in December, and the winner gets to choose a car from the 5 different car dealers. In October, Supreme sent me a booklet called “Building the Domestic Church; The Family Fully Alive.” It has a prayer, Meditation, Family Project, and Scripture Reading of the Month. This is the Meditation and Scripture for December: “From Pope Francis’ homily proclaiming the Jubilee dedicated to Divine Mercy. As the Apostle Paul reminds us, God never ceases to show the richness of His mercy throughout the ages. The transformation of the heart that lead us to confess our sins is ‘God’s gift,’ it is ‘His work’ (cf Eph 2:8-10). To be touched with tenderness by His hand and shaped by His grace allows us, therefore, to approach the priest without fear for our sins… [and to] find the certainty of forgiveness. The greater the sin, so much the greater must be the love that the Church expresses toward those who convert. Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought about how the Church might make clear its mission of being a witness to mercy. It is a journey that begins with a spiritual conversion. For this reason, I have decided to call an extraordinary Jubilee that is to have the mercy of God at its center… This Holy Year will begin on the coming Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will end on November 16, 2016, the Sunday dedicated to Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – and living face of the Father’s mercy.” The Scripture Reading of the Month is Psalm 103: 1, 3, 10-12. Hope to see you at the breakfasts. The Knight of the month for October is Randy Dick and the family of the month for October is Dan and Angela Riggs, Gabriel, Aaron, and Julian. Vivat Jesus, Alex Federico, FS
RCIA CELEBRATES FIRST RITE
On November 15 at the 8:30 Mass Father Jim will conduct the Rites of Acceptance and Welcoming. Our Inquirers and their Sponsors will participate in these special Rites together. The Inquirers are: Frances Rathbun, Maya Maddox, Jonathan Denning, and Holly Smith.
Nov. 15 will also be the beginning of the “Breaking Open the Word” phase of the R.C.I.A. process, every Sunday at the 8:30 Mass. The Inquirers will be dismissed after Father Jim’s homily to further discuss the message of that week’s Liturgy of the Word. To “Break Open” God’s Word means to discover newness or a beauty in Scripture that we never saw before. Our Breaking Open the Word sessions do two important things: 1) learning the content of our readings to teach us to know God; 2) this deeper friendship with God pushes us to act and live these readings during the coming week.
What is SCRIP?
SCRIP is a fundraising method popular with non-profit organizations. With SCRIP, retailers offer gift certificates/cards to non-profits at a discount. The non-profits sell the gift cards to families at full face value. The families redeem them at full face value, and the discount or rebate is retained by the non-profit organization as revenue. The parish/school office has SCRIP available to local grocery stores, restaurants and department/retail stores. Purchasing SCRIP is easy. You choose the gift cards you want to purchase and pay either by check or cash. As each gift card is sold the school receives a percentage of the sales. The percentage may be as small as 1% or as large as 16% depending on the retailer. Every little bit adds up. The profits from the sale of SCRIP go to the PTO account to be used for funding of events, repairs and purchases for the school. So next time you read the Bulletin and see, “We sold $5,175.00 last week for a profit of $204.77; with 20 families participating”, you may understand a little more what it means.
New Church Bulletin
The new Church Bulletin starts in October. If you submit items for the bulletin, they will need to be in the office by 9am on Monday mornings.
HOW DID THE RCIA PROCESS HELP YOU IN YOUR FAITH JOURNEY?
I asked this question of RCIA members, and here are some of their responses:
“Spiritually I am now a soldier of Christ whereas before I was not.” R.R. 2015
“The RCIA class was a wonderful thing the church provides. It teaches you the truth about the faith, and explains why we believe what we do, and clears up any misconceptions. My experience with Protestant churches had been just say you wanted to join and you were in. No training on what that denomination believed and why. I love the Catholic Church. When we are out of town and cannot attend mass at St. Jude, we always attend where we are, and feel like a part of that church while attending mass, not a visitor. It is truly heartwarming.” J.W. 2015
“My deepening dating relationship with my fiancé, the pull of Reconciliation, the beauty of the Mass itself and the fact that I was actually feeling spiritually FED…all these things pulled me in to RCIA. RCIA isn’t a one-lane, no-stops trip to becoming a Catholic. It’s part of an inquiry process, and there’s no “obligation” to join at the end if you’re still of inquiring mind. But I knew—at least for me—that once I was in, I was a goner for the Church.” A.R. 1998
“The RCIA program has been what I hoped it would be. The entire team has been great and full of knowledge. They are all able to clarify questions or confusion. We have a lot of great resources available to us. Thanks to everyone on the RCIA team who has been committed to make this a positive and wonderful experience.” C.T. 2013
“RCIA has been helpful to me for many different reasons. The different parts of the Mass have been broken down for us. We learned how the Catholic Church is organized. Knowing that so many volunteers are prepared and waiting for us every class night helps keep me motivated to learn. My daughter and I both make sacrifices every week so that I can attend RCIA, but I walk out of class feeling that those sacrifices are worth it.” J.M. 2013
“RCIA ushered me into falling in love with the Church. Some of the relationships that began in those weekly classes are still very precious to me and have helped me realize how lucky I am to be a Catholic woman. I have made lifelong connections, and they are not of the shallow variety that life so often presents us with. The dedication of the volunteers and teachers is a powerful testimony to how beloved our faith is, and also illustrates what a gift it is to be the recipient of the knowledge, humor, support, love and guidance of all the wonderful people who serve with RCIA. I LOVE my Church. I would not be making it through these hard, long days caring for my very seriously ill Mom without the faith cradling me and helping me pray when I don’t have words.” B.L. 2015
Interested in Joining the Catholic Church?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process established for the universal Church for individuals to become Catholic and receive the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. The Rite speaks of conversion as a “spiritual journey.” Centered on fostering a deep relationship with Jesus and the Church He founded, this journey takes place through distinct stages over a period of time suitable to bring about a significant experience of the parish community, and commitment to the liturgical and moral life of being a Catholic. Our Inquiry Sessions begin Tuesday, Sept. 15, in St. Theresa’s Room.
Who is RCIA for?
1. Adults in need of Baptism.
2. Those baptized in another Christian tradition who desire to become Catholic.
3. Those baptized Catholics in need of First Communion and/or Confirmation.
4. Practicing Catholics who wish to learn more about their faith.
5. Catholics who have lapsed in their faith and want to return to good standing.
For more information call Diana Wolfe, 838-1113.
Dillon’s Community Rewards Program
Replacing the current Dillon’s Reloadable Cards: Beginning Feb. 1, you will be able to use your Dillon’s Plus Shoppers Card to support St. Jude Catholic School.
1) Go to www.dillons.com/communityrewards
2) Sign in or create an account
3) Enroll your Plus Shoppers card. There is a 12 digit
number on the back of the card or you can use your
alternate ID (which is your 10 digit phone number.)
4) Select number 10422 to support St. Jude Catholic
1) Call customer service at 1-866-221-4141
2) Give them your Plus Shoppers card number
3) Ask them to select number 10422 to support St. Jude Catholic School.
Thank you for taking the time to enroll. Each time you use your Plus Shopper’s card, Dillon’s will give back to St. Jude Catholic School a percentage on a quarterly basis. Some restrictions apply.
Great Websites to Strengthen Marriages and Families
National Marriage Week: http://www.nationalmarriageweekusa.org/
Marriage-Unique for a reason: http://www.marriageuniqueforareason.org/
Amazing Parish-Marriage and Family Resources: http://amazingparish.org/marriage-family