Stewardship is something we do, and there are a number of ways to share time and talent with the Church. The following groups and committees are just a few of the many ways to participate in the life of the parish; please contact the parish office for a Time & Talent handout for a complete and updated listing of parish groups.
The Pastoral Council is the primary strategic body of St. Jude. The council provides a voice for parishioners and serves as a consultative body for the pastor through meetings typically on the second Thursday every other month or as needed. Pastoral Council members are appointed by the pastor.
Being an altar server is a great way for youth to participate actively in Mass, take a leadership role in the church, and serve the parish and the priest. The ministry of altar serving gives our youth a way to increase their faith, their knowledge of Mass and the Eucharist, and their understanding of what it means to be a Catholic. The altar servers at St. Jude find great satisfaction in being a part of Mass and find deeper meaning in serving God and the Church. If you are interested in learning more about being an altar server, contact the office.
Justice and Peace
Here at St. Jude the Justice and Peace committee works to educate our members and parish in the area of Catholic Social Teaching and how this effects our daily lives locally and globally. Justice and Peace works closely with our local ministries to assist with help where its needed. As Catholic Christians we are called to promote justice and peace in our daily lives many times in the Bible. It is our responsibility to respond to that call with dignity and respect. We raise awareness and help with topics such as abortion, capitol punishment, euthanasia, hunger, poverty, religious liberty, unemployment and many other issues that are locally and globally faced on a daily basis. The justice and peace committee meets every month and we invite you to join us to help evaluate these social concerns as well as keeping God's work alive in our daily lives as Catholics.
Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary ministers assist with distribution of the Eucharist at Mass, and may be asked to bring Communion to the homebound or sick. Training is provided; one must have received the Sacrament of Confirmation and at least 16 years old or older to be eligible.
Parishioners with the ability to speak out clearly and proclaim the readings during the Liturgy of the Word. Training is required and provided, one must must have received the Sacrament of Confirmation and be at least 16 years old or older.
The choir is a vital aspect of music ministry whose primary purpose is to enhance worship. All parishioners with an interest in singing or instrumental performance are invited to ask about joining the choir.
Volunteers review and discuss the parish budget, financial statements, and advise the pastor. Finance Council works with other parish committees and makes financial recommendations and oversees fund drives. The council meets every other month (and only once during the summer).
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus are Catholic gentlemen committed to the exemplification of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. St. Jude Council 11639, with over 50 members, meets monthly for dinner at the homes of members. Being a Knight involves a commitment to our community, St. Jude Church, and our families. We welcome Catholic men 18 years of age and older. To learn more about our council, feel free to attend one of our monthly meetings.
The Liturgy Committee's function is to ensure the celebration of Mass is reverent and that it elevates the worship of parishioners. The committee works with the pastor in planning and execution of the Mass and other liturgical activities in accordance with national and diocesan guidelines and rubrics. Committee members also decorate the church based on the liturgical season.