Service

Service

Annulment Ministry

Filing for an annulment can be a painful and confusing experience. Support and prayer during this time are helpful and often become part of the healing process. If you have questions concerning an annulment and the procedures that need to be followed, please call. A trained person will assist you.

Annulment Ministry

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Childcare for Masses or Parish Activities

Childcare is provided for 5:00 p.m. Saturday Mass, 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Sunday Masses, and major liturgical services such as the Triduum, Lenten program, and Parish Mission as well as for other various parish activities.

Childcare

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Counseling Services

Through the coordination of Catholic Social Services, Mary Glowaski provides affordable personal and marriage counseling for members of Saint Jude Parish on a part-time basis.

Counseling Services

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Funeral Preparation and Meals

Members of the parish meet with grieving families to choose the readings and music for the funeral liturgy. After the funeral service, lunch is hosted by volunteers from the parish in the Parish Hall. Because of the large number of funerals conducted each year at Saint Jude, volunteers willing to provide food for a funeral dinner or to help serve the dinner are always needed.

For more information, please visit our Funeral Liturgies page

Funeral Preparation & Meals

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Giving Tree

Assist with Advent Giving Tree project by delivering gifts to nursing homes or homebound.
The Giving Tree started back in 1992 and every year since the parish has provided Christmas gifts for families needing the support of their parish. In 1993 we added gifts for the parishioners in Nursing Homes, Assisted Living facilities and home bound. In 2006 we added tags for “The Gift of Warmth”, tags for gasoline and groceries. The Gift of Warmth is a program to assist needy parishioners with assistance with utilities. The gasoline gift cards and grocery gift cards are distributed by the parish staff to needy parishioners thru the calendar year.
The work on the project starts in late September when the parish identifies the parishioners in nursing facilities and the facilities are contacted for gift ideas. The parish also identifies the home bound parishioners and their Eucharist Ministers are contacted for their gift ideas. Finally the parish families complete the necessary paper work and their gift requests are identified.
The giving tree tags are copied, cut and whole punched and given to Mrs. Stange’s class for “stringing”.  The tags are written with the requested item and separated evenly for each Mass so each Mass has an equal amount of Nursing Home, homebound, Family items, Gift of Warmth, gas and grocery items.
The Art and Environment committee places the tree in the back of church the weekend prior to Thanksgiving and we place the tags on the tree.
The parishioners select a tag from the Giving Tree and purchase the requested item(s). The giving continues when parishioners volunteer to assist in the moving and sorting of the gifts the first Sunday of December following the 11:00 A.M. Mass. The giving continues when parishioners volunteer to deliver gifts to the home bound or the nursing homes. Each year some of the gifts are not returned and we have parishioners that go purchase the desired item.
The gifts are many times the only gift the nursing home and home bound parishioners receive. Every year the parish receives thank you notes from the recipients after Christmas. Some of the notes are written by the children thanking for the toys they wanted so badly and received! One child also shared that their mother cried she was so happy. One of the home bound not only thanked the parish for the gift but also thanked the parishioners that took time to visit with them. One family expressed the fact that the year was so difficult and it was so nice to have a nice Christmas.
Time and time again we have had families that were early recipients now they are able to give to other fellow parishioners and vice versa some have given gifts for years and now they are recipients. Please help us provide a gift for a fellow parishioner by selecting a tag, purchasing the desired gift, wrapping it and returning it on or before the date on the tag. Please volunteer to help sort the gifts, or deliver the gifts to a homebound or nursing home parishioner.
Christmas cards are purchased and written for each parishioner in the Nursing facilities and homebound.

Giving Tree

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Grief Support

St. Jude’s offers grief support for people who are dealing with the loss of a loved one. The people who gather for the support group are people who are currently working through the pain and loss of death and who gather in the name of Jesus to draw strength from Him and from each other in prayer, reflection, discussion or just simply by being with each other. The group is not a professional counseling session. It is a gathering of grieving people who come together in the promise of God’s love.

Anyone working through grief is welcome to attend any or all of the group’s meetings. The Grief Support Group has been supported by the Social Action Committee, which has also begun to build a small resource center of books and reading materials for people in grief. These materials are available at each month’s meeting.

Grief Support

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Ministry to the Sick and Homebound

Parish Eucharistic ministers take Sunday communion to all sick and homebound parishioners, including those in nursing homes or hospitals. Communion is also taken monthly by one of the parish priests. Call the Parish Office if you know someone in need of this service. The parish needs more volunteers to participate in this ministry

Ministry to the Sick & Homebound

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Respect Life Committee

The Respect Life Committee helps the parish focus on greater respect for all life: the unborn, those with disabilities, and the elderly.

For more information, please visit our Respect Life page

Respect Life Committee

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Welcoming Committee

The Welcoming Committee calls new members of our parish and school. We welcome them to the St. Jude community, ask them if they have any questions or concerns and help guide them to the correct sources to answer their questions. You do not have to have the answers. You will be provided with a list of parish staff, school staff and committee heads. You simply provide them with the correct contact information.

Welcoming Committee

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Saint Vincent de Paul Society

The men and women in this society help the poor in our area with financial assistance and budgeting. They also deliver holiday food baskets, visit those in hospitals, nursing homes and the homebound. The Saint Vincent de Paul Society meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month.

The help is provided confidentially to recipients referred to the society by parish priests and their administrative assistants.

Anyone interested in helping the society with their work or suggesting people in need of help please fill out the form below

Saint Vincent de Paul

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Parish Pastoral Council

The Parish Pastoral Council consists of twelve elected parish members who serve for a two-year term in addition to the School Principal, the Pastoral Associate, the Pastor and other members that may be appointed by the Pastor. The Council meets each month on the first Wednesday of the month and deals with pastoral issues in an advisory role to the pastor, helping with important decisions facing the parish. Annual duties include review and endorsement of the budget along with review and endorsement of capital projects proposed by the building and grounds committee. The Council is included in the review of many issues of importance to the parish as they arise.

For more information, please visit the Parish Council page

Parish Pastoral Council

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Social Action Committee

The Social Action Committee seeks to practice the spiritual and corporal works of mercy by contacting newcomers, comforting the grieving, assisting the needy by administering the parish tithe. Members also strive to coordinate “hands-on’ service projects for those in need, organize blood donations, and educate the parish in areas of social justice. Monthly meetings often include speakers from local social service agencies.

Social Action Committee

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Transportation

The parish provides transportation for those who need it for Saturday evening and Sunday morning Masses and other parish functions.

Transportation

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Vocation Committee

Join us as we develop activities and programs to help call forth priests and religious sisters and brothers from among the faithful in the parish and affirm those who currently serve Saint Jude through prayer, awareness, affirmation and support.

Meetings: 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in Room C of the Parish Center

Vocation Committee

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TV Mass

Participate in the assembly when our priest presides at the TV Mass at 10:30 on a Sunday at the University of St. Francis; Serve as lector or server at the TV Mass

TV Mass

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Foccus Couple Volunteers

Foccus Couple volunteers are tasked with helping couples prepare for marriage. They become trained as FOCCUS Facilitators. The FOCCUS© Inventory is designed to help engaged couples appreciate their unique relationship, learn more about themselves, and discuss topics important to their lifelong marriage.

Foccus Couple Volunteers

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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