Adoration Pot Luck Dinner will be at 5:30pm on Saturday, March 24. If you are involved in or interested in Adoration, please come. Adoration hours 12am-11am bring desserts. Hours 12pm-11pm bring sides. Meat and drinks are provided. Mark “Yes” by your name when you sign in or call the office, 838-1963 to RSVP.
If you were at the 8:30 Mass on Sunday, Feb. 18, you were able see an important ceremony for the RCIA class given by Fr. Jim and Mark Miller. Our catechumens (unbaptized) and candidate (baptized) with their sponsors all signed the St. Jude Book of Elect during their Rite of Sending.
The Book of Elect was then presented to Bishop Kemme that afternoon at the Cathedral church. Assisting in the ceremony at the Cathedal were Diana Wolfe, who read the names of the St. Jude class as each came forward to meet Bishop Kemme; and Chris Benefield, who helped as an Usher. Those from St. Jude who participated in these ceremonies were:
Catechumens: Fabiola Magana and sponsor Ricci Creekmore
Jesse Haskin and sponsor Joey Mies
Candidate: Mary Lue Calkins and sponsor Tom Depperschmidt
We ask the St. Jude parish family to surround the RCIA participants with prayers, so that our entire church can accompany them and help lead them to a strong and personal relationship with Christ. Thank you for your continued prayers.
Preschool, 3, 4 & 5 year olds. Now is the time to register for 2018/2019 school year. We offer; Tuesday/Thursday 3-4's 8-11am. Monday/Wednesday/Friday 4-5's 8-11am. Monday-Friday 4-5's 12-3pm. Please call the office 838-0800 or stop by for a registration form.
Sarah’s Hope 17th annual dinner and silent auction will be Friday, April 6 at St. Jude. Guest speaker is Susan Peters. Doors open at 6pm. Dinner by Ray’s Catering begins at 6:30pm. Cost is $20 per person. For reservations, to be a sponsor, or to donate to the auction, call 316-209-5029.
Attention men of St. Jude: do you desire to make a difference in the world? Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun was an ordinary man who made an extraordinary difference to the people around him, and he is a great example as to how we all can do the same. To help achieve this, St. Jude is starting a Kapaun’s Men group geared just to the men of the parish. The Kapaun’s Men Virtue Series features video on the life of Father Kapaun and opportunity to grow in friendship with your fellow men. It will be an 8-week series starting in late January. We will meet weekly here at St. Jude. Time and room is to be determined. Stay tuned for additional details in the weeks to come. Whether you know a lot or a little about Father Kapaun, we invite you to attend.
RCIA CELEBRATES FIRST RITE
On November 12 at the 8:30 Mass Father Jim conducted the Rites of Acceptance and Welcoming. Father was assisted by Mark and Loretta Miller, Directors of RCIA. Our Inquirers and their Sponsors participated in these special Rites together. The Inquirers are: Jesse Haskin and sponsor Joey Mies; Fabiola Magana and sponsor Ricci Creekmore; Mary Lue Calkins and sponsor Tom Depperschmidt; and Shaden Swaim and sponsor Alexis Cunningham.
Also attending RCIA to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation is Lorena Salazar. Her sponsor is Teresa Castellanos. Others attending the class are Pauline Lopez, Monica Lopez, and Cassandra Lopez.
November 12 was also 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 the 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.
RCIA is a class for anyone who would like to learn about the Catholic Church. Class meets every Tuesday evening from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. For information call Mark Miller, 518-4372. Please pray for our class and for those who are teaching them.
We are again collecting Leeker’s register receipts for the Leeker’s Apples For Students Program:. Receipts dated Sept. 1, 2017 - Mar. 3, 2018 are valid. Save your receipts. Send them to the school or drop in the box in the vestibule of the church.
We now have electronic doors located at the church main entrance and canopy entrance. They will be on and operating for all the weekday and Sunday Masses. We hope that our parishioners with canes, walkers and wheel chairs will find them to be helpful. Each electronic door is identified by the blue and yellow “Automatic Door” sticker. One may enter or exit by pressing slam plate marked “Push To Open”. Slam plates are located both outside and inside the church. When the slam plate is pressed the door will open for about 20 seconds.
There are two more things to keep in mind. First, after the door has been activated, it will close automatically. However, if it is set on “soft close” it may not latch. In this case, the door will have to be pulled shut if you entered or pushed shut if you exited.
Secondly, the doors will continue to be locked outside of the scheduled Mass or church service times. In this case, the e-door switch will be in the off position. Those who keep and adoration hour will still need to ring the doorbell to be let in. Check to make sure the door has latched behind you as you enter – and pull it shut if it has not. We cannot leave the power switch on with the doors locked, because activating the doors will stress the motor.
St. Jude part time Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten programs are having open enrollment for the 2017/2018 school year. Ages 3-5 year olds. Please contact the office at 838-0800, or Denice Seely at 641-1269 for more information or to get registered.
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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. There is no obligation involved for those who attend our casual and informal sessions. Our Inquiry Sessions begin Tuesday, Sept. 13, in St. Theresa’s Room.
Who is RCIA for?
Adults in need of Baptism.
Those baptized in another Christian tradition who desire to become Catholic.
Those baptized Catholics in need of First Communion and/or Confirmation.
Practicing Catholics who wish to learn more about their faith.
Catholics who have lapsed in their faith and want to return to good standing.
For more information call Diana Wolfe, 838-1113.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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Looking for a great stewardship project? Please consider working at the Diner. St. Jude’s day is the 4th Tuesday of each month. We have a few people who work the evening shift, but we don’t have anyone working the day shift. Call Diana Gasche at 641-5602 if you can help us out.