The News Events of this past weekend:  have left us all very saddened, angry, remorseful, devastated, and the list of adjectives goes on.  One young person, anywhere, is one too many, as we would all agree, but the numbers released by the AG and media regarding Pennsylvania, dating all the way back to WWII, were indeed overwhelming to all, and not least of all, the many, many good priests and religious around the world who serve the Church well and have for decades.  These are very hard and difficult days for all of us who proudly bear the name Catholic and know of the immense good the Church has done since the beginning of Christianity.  

SaintJude icon 2About Saint Jude

St. Jude is sometimes called Thaddeus, which means “the brave one.” He is known for the question he asked the Lord at the Last Supper. Jesus had said: “Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.” St. Jude wanted to know: “Lord, how is it that you are about to reveal yourself to us and not to the world?” Jesus gave him the answer: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him” (Jn 14:23).

St. Jude is often called the saint of “desperate or impossible cases.”

People pray to him when things seem hopeless. Often God answers their prayers through the intercession of this beloved apostle.

St. Jude is traditionally depicted carrying the image of Jesus in his hand or close to his chest. This idea comes from a Biblical story in which King Abgar of Edessa (a city located in what is now southeast Turkey) asked Jesus to cure him of leprosy and sent an artist to bring him a drawing of Jesus. Impressed with Abgar's great faith, Jesus pressed his face into a cloth and gave it to St. Jude to take to Abgar. Upon seeing Jesus' image, The King was cured and he converted to Christianity along with most of the people under his rule. This cloth is believed to be the famous Shroud of Jesus which is currently on display in Turin, Italy.

St. Jude is often shown in paintings with a flame around his head. This represents his presence at Pentecost, when he received the Holy Spirit with the other apostles.

Welcome-MatWhether you are a parishioner or someone seeking to know us better, we thank you for visiting this website.  We are a welcoming faith community that gladly accepts you as you are and rejoices in the many gifts that you bring to us.  In turn, we offer our gifts to you.  We commit ourselves to deepen and intensify our faith in God and to live in a communion of faith, hope, and love with all of God`s people.

We hope you will look through our website, find out more about us, and join us as we worship. We invite your involvement in our many ministries and service opportunities and look forward to seeing you at one of our Masses.

If you would like to register here at St. Jude, download the registration form here.  After filling it out, just send it in to the parish office, give it to Father while introducing yourself after Mass, or give it to an usher.

Rev. John H. DelaneyDear Parishioners and other guests to our Parish web site,

St. Jude Parish has enjoyed a rich history of being a personal and family-oriented faith community for the south side of South Bend, with parish boundaries to include south of Donmoyer, east of Mayflower, west of SR331 and as far south as Roosevelt Road; a good-sized area, and some very lovely housing areas for our residents. We are proud that so many of our members have this feeling about our parish.

Along with our fine Pre-K through 8 school, smaller in size and therefore personal attention offered to students, we also have a very active Faith Formation Program, which provides ongoing spiritual growth opportunities for our members. Small faith-sharing groups have been encouraged and have enjoyed good participation for a number of years and have participated in programs such as Disciples in Mission, Arise, various Bible studies, multiple offerings by Fr. Robert Barron, and much more.

There are many other forms of parish ministry too, to which your involvement could provide wonderful personal rewards spiritually. We have one of the largest and most active St. Vincent de Paul conferences in the city, feeding and providing for the needs of the poor in our area. We have an active choir and music program to include all ages, ministry to the homebound, as well as opportunities to be involved in the school through mentor programs or other volunteer positions.

If you are considering a parish home due to a move to our area or if you would like to know more about the Catholic Faith and are considering membership in the Church, or if you would just like to visit, we heartily welcome you! We would love to have you join us and we feel certain that you would find our parish community as warm and inviting, respectful of the level of your desire to become involved.

In Christ,

Rev. John H. Delaney