Faith Formation

Faith Formation

Why Catholic?

Participation in the ARISE three-year process has led thousands in the diocese to put the Gospel faith into action in daily life, confidently witnessing to their faith and evangelizing others through their actions.
To continue the formation of these and all others interested in growing their faith, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades has invited all parishes in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend to offer “Why Catholic?/¿Por qué ser católico? Journey Through the Catechism” as a comprehensive, innovative adult formation program starting this fall.
“Why Catholic? /¿Por qué ser católico? Journey Through the Catechism” is based on the four pillars of Catholic faith as presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and offers insight into prayer, core beliefs, the sacraments and morality. Developed, as was the ARISE process, by RENEW International, the four-year program includes workshops, faith enrichment events and prayerful small group discussions that help parishioners relate Catholic teaching to their everyday lives.
Participants in “Why Catholic? /¿Por qué ser católico? Journey Through the Catechism” will begin in the fall by exploring Christian prayer during the first year of the program. The following year is dedicated to delving into the Creed: the core beliefs of the Church. Then participants will go deeper into the sacraments, followed by the study of Christian moral teachings. The materials and format are designed to create an environment where members can reflect and share, as each session also includes relevant Scripture references, reflection questions and prayers.

 

Saint Jude Men's Ministry

The Bible states that to remain strong in the Lord, we must fellowship with like believers. Our group brings together men for scripture reading, fellowship, and prayer. We are also committed to daily prayer for our priests, parish and each other. Please join us at anytime, as our meetings are open to all men. We gather every other Monday from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the north reconciliation room of the church. Reminders are in the bulletin.

Saint Jude Men's Ministry

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Christ Renews His Parish - CRHP

Deepening personal faith and evangelization of one another through the sharing of faith stories and prayer is the gift of a Christ Renews His Parish weekend. Groups of people (men and women separately) spend a weekend in intense sharing of experiences, personal and community prayer, an opportunity for reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and participation in Sunday Mass. Several weeks after the experience each participant is asked to make a commitment to “be on team,” which means to prepare and host the next Christ Renews His Parish weekend. These retreats are held each spring and fall. The next weekends are: Women – September 9-10, 2017 / Men –  September 23-24, 2017. Visit the CRHP web page for more information and online registration

CRHP

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First Saturday Men's Prayer Breakfast

On the first Saturday of each month, men of Saint Jude parish gather to share prayer, scripture and good food. All men of the parish are invited to gather after the 6:15 a.m. Mass in the Parish Hall to hear the pastor’s prayer intentions and share prayer.

First Saturday Men's Prayer Breakfast

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Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

Saint Jude Church enjoys a Chapel of Perpetual Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Entrance to the Chapel is on the north side of the Parish Office Building. The Perpetual Adoration Society has the responsibility of making sure that at least two adorers are present at every hour of the day and night. Visit the Perpetual Adoration web page for more information

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Prayer E-Line

Join us as we pray for the needs of the parish and special intentions. Prayer requests are forwarded to E-Line team members via email as visitors post them to this page. Team members are encouraged (though not required) to respond to prayer requests via email with an acknowledgment that they will be praying for the intention. Visit the Prayer E-Line web page for more information

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Pray for St. Jude Parish

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RCIA

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the standard process used throughout the world to initiate adults and children into the Roman Catholic Church. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the Catholic Church, or if you would like to sponsor someone, please fill out the form at the bottom of this description. A sponsor is a person who is a practicing Catholic who walks this journey with a Catechumen (a person not baptized)or Candidate (someone who is baptized). In the process the sponsor’s faith, too, is strengthened. The RCIA is a faith journey for those desiring to enter the Catholic Church and for those who wish to complete their initiation into the Church. The “Inquirers” include non-baptized persons, people baptized in another Christian tradition and those Catholics baptized but never catechized. There are several stages in the process. Each is marked by a Rite celebrated with the Catholic Community at a weekend Mass. The Precatechumenate (also called Inquiry) is a time to ask questions about the Church and experience with Catholics how they live their faith through Scripture, prayer, and faith sharing. Celebration/Rite: The Church celebrates the “Rite of Acceptance in the Order of Catechumens” for the unbaptized and “Rite of Welcoming the Candidates” for those who are baptized during a 9:00am Sunday Mass in the Fall. The Catechumenate is a period of deepening faith and understanding of the Church that focuses on prayer, worship, catechesis (teaching), service, and community. Participants also “Break Open the Word” each Sunday during 9:00am Mass Celebration/Rite: Celebration of the “Rite of Election” for the unbaptized and “Rite of Calling to Continuing Conversion” for those who are baptized takes place at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception the first Sunday in Lent. That morning at 9:00 Mass the parish celebrates a Rite of Sending the Candidates to the Bishop at the Cathedral. Purification and Enlightenment: This is the time of final preparation by prayer and fasting to receive the Sacraments of Initiation. During this time there is a Lenten Retreat the third weekend in Lent at which those who are Baptized receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. a Penitential Rite of prayer for the Baptized the second Sunday in Lent at 9:00 Mass and Scrutinies prayed for the unbaptized the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays at 9:00 Mass. Celebration/Rite: At the Easter Vigil unbaptized individuals receive Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist. Those Baptized in another Christian Faith receive Confirmation and Eucharist. Those Baptized Catholic will later be Confirmed by Bishop Rhoades. If they have not yet received the Eucharist, they will receive the First Holy Communion at the Easter Vigil.

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Retreats

In addition to the Christ Renews His Parish weekends and the Order of Christian Initiation of Adult retreats, Saint Jude parishioners have arranged times for private retreats at Gethsemani and other locations.

Retreats

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Rekindle The Fire

“Were not our hearts burning within us”   Luke 24:32 These words were spoken by the disciples who’d walked with the risen Jesus on the road to Emmaus. They were changed through the time they’d spent together. Was your heart on fire your CRHP (link) weekend? Were you changed? What was your personal commitment to Christ that weekend? As you journeyed through RCIA (link) or Remembering (link)? What have you been doing to continue that commitment? Is it time to rekindle that fire in Christ? Women meet the third Monday each month at 7:00pm in the Parish Center.

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Retrouvaille

The Retrouvaille program is designed to help, heal and renew troubled marriages. The word means “Rediscovery.” This program offers you the chance to rediscover yourself, your spouse, and a loving relationship in your marriage. If your marriage has become unloving and uncaring or has little meaningful communication, we believe Retrouvaille can help. For more information call 485-1944. All inquiries are kept confidential.

Rosary Society

All women of the parish are invited to join the Rosary Society. Directed by a steering committee, the Rosary Society sponsors two potluck meetings a year, one Day of Recollection, and a Christmas party for its members. Members are invited to give time and talent by cleaning the church, saying the rosary for deceased parish ladies at the funeral home, providing funeral meals for grieving families, hosting parish receptions, and providing food and volunteers for parish events. The Rosary Society supplies three scholarships to graduating Saint Jude Parish eighth graders who will attend Bishop Dwenger High School the following year.

Rosary Society

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Shared Faith Communities

YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN SHARED FAITH COMMUNITIES at St. Jude Church “They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers.” Acts 2: 42  The early Church lived the faith within home-based communities small enough to allow a deep sharing of life and faith. As the size of the churches grew, some of the benefits of small communities including mutual sharing, support, and a true sense of knowing one another and being known were lost. Today larger parishes like St. Jude’s have within them smaller groups accountable to one another, to the Word of God, to the parish and to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Within these small communities we learn with and from one another as we pray and come together to live and share the Gospel. A Shared Faith Community is

  • ideally a group of eight to twelve people who
    • gather in homes to discuss and apply Gospel values to their daily lives
    • share their faith through prayer, scripture reading, reflection, friendship and service
    • become a church family, helping one another, praying together and serving the needs of one another and the wider community
  • not a Bible Study. Bible study is an academic endeavor. It’s good to know some background of the scriptures, but the purpose of faith sharing is to understand from God’s message how we are to live in light of the scriptures.

A Model Meeting

  • lasts 1 ½ to 2 hours. Agree on a time frame and honor it
  • respects confidentiality
  • stays on topic or the facilitator gently pulls them back.

Format for your meeting:

  • Gathering: briefly touch base socially
    • What’s happened in your lives since you last met?
    • How did you live out the message you discussed at your last gathering?
  • An opening prayer or song sets the tone and invites the Holy Spirit’s presence and inspiration.
  • Scripture Reading and reflection:
    • allow a time for silence, let the message speak to your heart
    • look for themes
    • share thoughts and ideas
  • Discussion and application:
    • Use “I/me” language, not “we/us”
    • Ask:
      • How does this message touch my life today?
      • What is God calling me to do? the group to do?
      • What is God calling me/us to stop doing?
      • How do I/we put the message into action?
      • How do I/we live out the message until we meet again?
  • Closing prayer suggestions:
    • use shared prayer; giving thanks and/or asking God’s help
    • restate the message you heard tonight
    • pray the Lord’s Prayer together
  • Refreshments are optional and are best served following the closing prayer

Visit the Shared Faith Communities web page for more information.

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Women's Bible Study

The Women’s Bible Study provides a great opportunity to strengthen your faith through scripture, prayer, and fellowship. Whether you feel you know nothing about the Bible, or if you have been in a previous Bible study, everyone will find something that will speak to them personally. The Bible Study meets on Mondays, in the Parish Hall, during the school year from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Childcare is provided.

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Moms' Bible Study

The Moms’ Bible Study is a wonderful opportunity for Mom’s to get together and recharge through Bible study and fellowship. The group meets every 3rd Thursday of the month in the morning at the parish center. They do not meet in the summer. Childcare is available.

Moms' Bible Study

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Youth Ministry

Saint Jude Youth ministry is built on the National Conference of Catholic Bishops’ comprehensive model of youth ministry. The three goals of that model are 1) to empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today, 2) to draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic Faith community, and 3) to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person. Youth Ministry at Saint Jude offers activities for both junior high (grades 6-8) and senior high (grades 9-12).
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St. Jude Catholic Church
2130 Pemberton Drive
Ft. Wayne, IN 46805
(260) 484-6609

St. Jude Catholic School
2110 Pemberton Drive
Ft. Wayne, IN 46805
(260) 484-4611

Parish Office Hours
8 am - 4 pm Mon-Fri

Music Ministry
(260) 484-6609

Convent
(260) 484-4985