A Clarification Concerning Weekend Masses
Several parishioners have raised some questions and concerns which prompt me to offer some clarification.
Please be reassured that the safety procedures and precautions which we have put in place will continue for the foreseeable future. For example: the requirement to wear masks; the spacing of available pews, effectively maintaining social distancing which necessarily limits our church capacity; ministering the Eucharist by coming to you at your pew; cleaning/sanitization before and/or between Masses.
I wish to emphasize the need for pre-registration for weekend Masses on Sign-Up-Genius. If you are not able to do so that preferred way, please call the parish office during the sign-up period (Wednesday 10:00 AM through Friday 12 noon). I really appreciate your doing this.
Pre-registration allows us to assign pews with a specific number of people in each seating area and thus control the number for our limited seating capacity. If the number of persons who choose to walk-in without pre-registering exceeds the number of our allowed capacity, we would need to turn people away, which we truly wish to avoid doing and would be sorry to have to do.
If pre-registration numbers exceed our limit for a requested Mass on a given weekend, you may be invited to participate in a less occupied Mass that weekend. If numbers warrant it, we may need to add another Mass.
Even though the Archbishop has not extended the dispensation from the obligation, these are extraordinary times and we are still in a pandemic; but my primary concern is for your health, safety, and protection. Let your conscience be your guide. Please do not feel any pressure to return for Sunday Eucharist until the time is right and safe for you. Our Lord loves you just as much if you decide it best to stay home.
If you are unsure whether your circumstances excuse you from the obligation to attend Mass, please discuss this with me personally. I am happy to provide individual dispensation if this supportive affirmation is of help to you.
Saint Pope John XXIII in his opening address of the Second Vatican Council on October 11, 1962, stated – “Today, however, the Spouse of the Church prefers to use the medicine of mercy rather than of severity.” How very much we need the medicine of mercy as well as a vaccine.
Prayers for you always,
Mass Time Changes
We have found that the cleaning and sanitization process between Masses on Sunday mornings does not take as much time as we expected. Therefore, beginning Sunday, August 30th, the first Mass will be at 8:30 AM instead of 8:00 AM. Hopefully the faithful will find this Mass time more accommodating.
Weekday Mass Time
With the resumption of school, there is a need for multiple drop off locations for the students with varied times. Because of this, the Friday morning Mass will begin at 9:00 AM. The Wednesday morning Mass time continues to be 6:45 AM.
You must pre-register to attend one of the weekend Masses. Registration opens on Wednesday at 10:00 AM & closes on Friday at noon. Go to Sign-Up Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044eaeae2caaf58-saturday
Safety Volunteers Needed. To Volunteer go to this link at anytime: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044eaeae2caaf58-safety
If you have any issues getting to the website by clicking the link, please copy the web address and paste it directly into your browser. If you have questions about signing up through Sign-Up Genius, feel free to contact Liz Bergan at email@example.com
See the following for more information:
Father Charlie's Letter, "Resuming Masses"
Mass Participation Guidelines
Church Seating Plan
You Tube Video "Resuming Mass at Saint Jude's
Support Our Parish
Support Your Parish
Dear Parishioners, I ask and encourage you to continue to support our wonderful parish either through online giving (on the top heading of our website homepage, go to “Support Us,” then to Online Giving and then press “We Share”) or by mailing your contributions to the parish office. Every contribution, no matter the size, is needed and appreciated.
Friends in Christ,
I have a deep respect for Fr. Jerry Herda, the Archdiocesan Vicar for Clergy. Some of you may remember him as the chaplain and a teacher at DSHA from 1995-2002. In the July 16th issue of the Catholic Herald, Fr. Jerry has a very nicely written article on the Church’s response to the pandemic. He gave me permission to offer it to you. Fr. Charlie
An Invitation to Help Make Homemade Face Masks
Archbishop Listecki invites all who have the gift of sewing and crafting to make homemade facemasks for our local healthcare systems. Please visit the Archdiocese of Milwaukee website – Homemade Masks to learn how you can help our local healthcare systems in this effort.
Tosa Food Pantry
We are resuming our monthly food pantry collections for the House of Peace and Tosa Food Pantry. Non-perishable items may be placed in the collection baskets located near the south entrance of the church. Our boxes for monetary donations will be located on the communion rails at the Masses on the first full weekend of September.
The Tosa Food Pantry also welcomes perishable fruits/vegetables from your garden. Please drop off your perishable items directly at the pantry located at Saint Bernard Parish, on Saturdays at 9:00 AM or on Mondays at 1:00 PM.
If you wish to offer further monetary assistance by writing a check, please make it out to Tosa Community Food Pantry c/o Saint Bernard Parish, 7474 Harwood Avenue, Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Thank you for your generosity!
A note from our Director of Liturgy & Music--
At this time of uncertainty and natural anxiety we are strangely deprived of one of our deepest comforts—coming together to worship at Mass. This beautiful setting by the late Stephen Paulus of a very familiar text by St. Teresa of Avila has been a comfort to me and to members of the choir and I hope that it speaks to you as well. We are never alone, even when it most feels like it. As an inscription at St Swithun's shrine in Winchester Cathedral says: Whatever partakes of God is safe in God. As we partake of God in our hearts and homes in these coming weeks, I pray that we would all know the safety of God's love. Alone God sufficeth.
Praying with you, and with the prayers of Mary our mother,
Parish YouTube Channel
The Liturgy of the Word for each Sunday will continue to air on our parish YouTube channel. Other episodes include Exploring the Pipe Organ with Crawford Wiley. We are grateful to Bill Armstrong for producing all of these. You’ll find the link to our channel at
Readings for the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Additional daily readings can be found on the following link.
Our virtual Sweet 16 Gala on October 24th is just around the corner, and we are still looking for great auction items and underwriting sponsors. This year, more than ever, every donation is crucial to the success of our parish and school. A big thank you to those who have already contributed; your generosity is sincerely appreciated.
Wondering how you can help? We are always looking for fun, creative, think-outside-the-box experiences. Is there a special talent you could share, or a unique connection to a person or place?
In case you are not feeling inspired, we have made your shopping easier. We have created an Amazon Wish List of items for your consideration. Please visit the following link:
*When purchasing from the Amazon Wish List, please include your name to ensure a receipt is generated for tax purposes.
If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Gala coordinators, Terri or Lisa at
or Gala Acquisitions Chairs, Shannon or Annie at
We hope you'll be able to join us virtually on Saturday, October 24th. Watch for more details in upcoming communications. Our sincere thank to all for prayerfully considering how you can support our mission.
In an effort to build communication with all parish members through e-mail, we are trying to update and secure all the e-mail addresses of our parishioners. We already have addresses for our school parents, our religious education program parents, the various groupings of liturgical ministers and the pastoral
Thank you! Fr. Charlie
Parishioner Email Address Questionnaire
Open in Forms
Parishioner E-Mail Address Questionnaire
Saint Jude the Apostle Parish and School truly is our "Faith Family". With that in mind, we have initiated a new scholarship fund to provide financial support in our school community to those who have been impacted by Covid-19.
Our new Lighting the Way Educational Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to those families in need -helping our current Saint Jude students remain in our school.
We recognize this is a difficult time for all. However, we also know that some individuals, some companies, and some organizations are still in a position to support others financially.
You can donate to the Saint Jude Lighting the Way Educational Scholarship by clicking on the Support Us tab of this web site. Go to Online Giving and click on We Share. You can also donate by sending a check payable to:
Saint Jude the Apostle School, 800 Glenview Avenue, Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Please mark Lighting the Way Educational Scholarship in the memo notation.
Special Hours for Saint Jude Thrift Shop
The Thrift Shop will offer limited shopping hours the first and third Wednesdays of the month. For October, the dates are the 7th and the 21st, from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Families needing to shop outside of these hours can call or text Roberta at 44-659-9513.
Since space for additional donated items is limited, please deliver your donations during open shop hours on the designated Wednesdays. Home decor, linens and household small appliances are especially welcome.
Though limited, we're pleased to be able to offer these opportunities. Covid-19 protocols will be practiced.
Saint Jude Parish Safety and Security
Unfortunately, here at Saint Jude the Apostle, we are unable to have the parish church unlocked for private prayer because of security and safety issues.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
If you desire to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, please call the parish office/rectory to make an appointment and arrangements will be made for either Father Charlie or one of the resident Nigerian priests to assist you.
Saint Jude Parish Office Hours
Until further notice, office hours will be intermittent. Parish Office: 414-258-8821.