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Join us for a free 20 minute workshop presented by Dr. Josh May, D.C. on stress, the effect it has on the body, and ways to effectively manage it. Meet on Wednesday, August 24th at 7:00pm in St. Mary’s Hall. Refreshments will be provided. Managing stress is important because when you are less stressed, you are more able to love and serve God and the people in your life!
Blood Drive- August 1
Monday, August, 1: Red Cross Blood Drive will be Monday, August 1st from 2:30pm - 6:30pm on the Red Cross Bloodmobile. If you would like to donate blood and haven't received a call please call 1-800-Red Cross to schedule an appointment.
Early voting begins July 20th for the August 2nd primary. To avoid long lines you may vote early. The primary election is so important!
Mass Times Change for Totus Tuus Week
Daily Mass time will change for the week of July 18-22 only. It will be at 11:30am. There will be no Wednesday evening Mass.
Midwest Catholic Conference
Interested in RCIA?
Interested in Learning about the Catholic Faith? If you or someone you know is curious about the Catholic Church or interested in becoming a Catholic, our Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process you need. Current Catholics are also welcome to learn more about their faith. Call Diana Wolfe for information, 838-1113. Please pray for our future RCIA class members.
Help Needed at Lord's Pantry
Lord's Pantry is in need of persons that can help unload the food trailer and move goods to the pantry basement. Items may weigh up to 50 lbs. If you can help do this please come to the rectory basement on Monday mornings at 9 am and find Sharon.
Do You Have Any St Jude Sports Uniforms?
Parents, please check closets and drawers!! We are missing some St. Jude sports uniforms. Please bring them to the school office as soon as possible.
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.
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