In addition to attendance in class there are several opportunities to live our faith through our actions. These “love” events of service are a way for our parish to learn together, pray together and get to know each other and celebrate who we are as Catholics and members of St. Jude Parish. As we gather together as a St. Jude parish family all that we do together will help us grow and come to know how God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit work in our lives. We are responding to God’s call to serve others. They are intergenerational gatherings of our parish family offered throughout the year.
We will offer a minimum of ten “LOVE” events during the year and each family enrolled in religious education is required to attend a minimum of five events each year. Children enrolled in the Home Study Program are required to attend a minimum of eight “LOVE” Events during the year. Everyone in the parish is welcome and encouraged to attend. Children do not attend these events alone, but with the entire family or at least one parent. These events are:
Parish Courtyard Carnival: Come and celebrate with your parish family. Volunteer to help with a game or booth.
The Living Rosary: We will enjoy a wonderful devotion to Mary on the feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. We will learn about the rosary and how to pray with it. Please bring your rosary.
Blessing of the Animals: October 1st at 9:15am in the Courtyard- look for all the animals!
Saints Alive: Sunday, October 27, Monday, October 28, Tuesday, October 29, and Wednesday, October 30- In honor of All Saints Day, students in the fifth and sixth grade from the RE classes are invited to write a story about their favorite saint, create a costume, and present their paper to other children during regular scheduled RE classes.
6th Grade Retreat: Saturday, November 12th, 9:30a.m. in Parish Hall.
Children's Adoration: Father will guide the children in a simplified Eucharistic Adoration in the main sanctuary three times during the year.
Children's Christmas Pageant Presentations: December 24th at the Children's Mass times. Attendance at the rehearsals is a requirement to participate in the presentations. The Mass attendance times are divided by the letters of the alphabet.
Choristers: This is ongoing and it is a great opportunity for children in 3rd-8th grade to participate in the Mass. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 5:00-6:00pmin the Theatre of the Administration Building.
Breakfast with St. Nick: December 3rd from 9:00a.m. in the Parish Hall (registration is required by November 28th)
Family Advent Traditions: December 3rd from 10a.m.-11:30a.m. in the Activity Center (Registration is required by November 28th)
Holiday Variety Show: December 3rd at 6:30p.m. in the Parish Hall
Stations of the Cross: Family Stations are offered on Thursday's in Lent from 5:00 - 5:30p.m. Regular Stations of the Cross with Benediction are offered on Friday's in Lent from 7:00-8:00pm.
Living Stations of the Cross: These Stations are performed by our youth group on the Friday before Palm Sunday. This is a wonderful opportunity to support the teens of our parish.
The Tridium: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil
Recitation of the Rosary before Sunday Mass: Families come 35 minutes before the Mass and check in at the desk in the Narthex. They pick up the rosary pamphlet and microphone. The family sits in a front pew and recites the rosary.
Family Attendance at Other Sacraments: Attending a Catholic Wedding or an Ordination as a family is a great learning experience and teaches the children about other sacraments.
Family Service Project: Since we are called by God to serve others this is a great way to put the words of God into action. As a family you may choose to visit the sick, or the elderly, you may serve a meal to the hungry-there are a number of ways to perform service. We teach our children by these acts of mercy how God wants us to treat others.
VBS: June 19th-23rd 8:45a.m.-12:00 noon