This event combines the best of family partnership with community spirit. “The Race” itself (as we call it for short) is a one hour walk-a-thon style event where families are asked to provide names and addresses for 5 or more family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, or community acquaintances who will make a flat donation (pledge) on their behalf. Once we have that information,the HASA Board, Race coordinator, and volunteers take care of the rest. For those veteran families who have participated in the Race for Education in past years, here are some things that will be different this year due to the school closure and business disruptions caused by COVID-19:
• The Race itself will be held “virtually” during a date range we will later announce. This means that families (or at least the students) will agree to conduct and certify that they participate in one hour of continuous activity such as walking, running, or biking. We may add some fun elements such as a way to share photos of your family doing this together.
• There will be no sticky label sheets to fill out and return. (Hopefully most will find this to be a plus).We will provide access to an online submission form to provide your donor names and addresses.
• Mailing of pledge forms will be handled by volunteers only. Instead of students writing a customized message during school, we will print the pledge cards with a message that you provide during the label submission. This too should come as a relief to families. (We are going to stay traditional with the mailing, however; as it adds a genuine touch for the donor and avoids the risk of emails to donors becoming labeled as junk if we were to attempt an online only campaign.)
• We are reducing the required number of labels from 15 to 10 for students to qualify for the prize drawings. This is to allow families more discretion to omit names they may have submitted in thepast if their contacts are experiencing financial distress. We will also add language to the pledge cards to ensure donors know we are grateful for their prayers and support, even if a financial contributions is not within their ability this year.
In light of suspension of the Holy Mass and other public liturgical services as we wait out the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Jude has established a YouTube channel for live streaming and recording its services. We are excited to announce that parishioners may also register to attend limited seating weekend Masses starting on May 23-24. USE THIS LINK TO RESERVE YOUR MASS TIME NOW. (Please carefully read and review all restrictions and limitations and make sure that you fully agree to the rules before submitting your registration.)
Indiana's School Choice legislation now makes it possible for qualifying students in Grades K-12 to attend St. Jude and receive significant financial support. For example, a family of 5 making less than $85,100 may qualify for at least 50% of their tuition paid. A family of 5 earning less than $113,500 may qualify for an SGO scholarship. There are many pathways for students to qualify. Visit the DOE website for details about the program and eligibility requirements. Be sure to schedule a personal visit if you would like to discuss enrolling at St. Jude. Our annual lottery date is May 1 or the first business day thereafter.
The Young Vincentians of St. Jude School are collecting travel-sized toiletries. The children are going to pack them into care bags to be distributed to the homeless. Please help by bringing in items and placing them in the box in the lobby. This is a great time to clean out all of those “unopened” shampoo, lotion, and soap bottles that you have collected from traveling. Other items of interest are toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, razors, etc. The children are also creating prayer cards to go into the bags.
Participate in a live Stations of the Cross with Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades on Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m. All are encouraged to "join in this great prayer which our diocese will offer up to the Lord for an end to the coronavirus epidemic, relief for those who are afflicted, and eternal salvation for those who the Lord has called to Himself."-Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades. To join, visit the Diocese of Fort Wayne South Bend You Tube or Facebook pages. Search"@diocesefwsb." or click on one of the links below: YouTube
Mark your calendars for a SVdP Stuff-A-Truck event at St Jude the weekend of March 28th and 29th. The St Vincent DePaul Society of St Joseph County works in collaboration with Goodwill Industries to provide clothing and household items at no charge to the clients of SVdP. Please begin collecting your unused clothing and household items now and help us stuff this truck for a worthy cause.
You are invited to participate in Catholic Relief Services’ Operation Rice Bowl! Please take home a Rice Bowl packet located in the vestibule of either church and follow this simple yet powerful Lenten practice.