Dear Parishioners and Friends of Saint Jude the Apostle Parish
At our parish’s inception in 1928, our founding members were at the brink of the Great Depression and fourteen years later were sending their husbands and sons off to war. The faithful of Saint Jude’s, during those frightening and uncertain times, implored his intercession for safety and protection from our dear Lord. As we do now during this global pandemic. Let us pray for the world’s people, for our country and our communities, and for all we hold dear. I pray for you and keep you in my heart.
Gracious and caring God, You are with us always. Deliver us from this present danger,
during this time of trepidation and uncertainty.
Help us to remember your love and to live in hope,
for we place our trust in you.
We ask you this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Liturgical and Sacramental Celebrations
On March 24th, priests and various staff members received another directive from Archbishop Listecki regarding liturgical and sacramental celebrations. Understandably, the Archbishop needed to make the following difficult and unfortunate decisions: “The suspension of public daily and Sunday Mass throughout the archdiocese continues in place. Public celebrations for Holy Week, Holy Thursday and Good Friday are cancelled in all parishes. The suspension of public celebrations of the Eucharist continues for Easter Sunday. Confirmation and First Communion celebrations are now postponed until the health crisis has passed.”
These are great sacrifices for us all. It grieves me to not be able to gather with you for liturgical prayer especially for the high holy days, the Sacred Triduum. But this is a genuine time of crisis in our community and our world. God is with us! I hold you in deep prayer and love.
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
Tosa Food Pantry Needs Financial Aid
The Tosa Food Pantry is unable to accept food donations from outside sources but would greatly appreciate monetary donations to help pay for purchased food. Meijer is approved to supply the pantry with needed food, but money is becoming scarce to pay for it. The pantry now hands out pre-packed boxes of food in the parking lot to clients as they drive through.
Checks should be made out to Tosa Community Food Pantry and sent to:
Tosa Community Food Pantry
c/o St. Bernard Parish
7474 Harwood Ave., Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Thank you so much for any help you can offer!!!
Updates from the School to Our Saint Jude Community
We want to update our Saint Jude Parish community about what the school has been doing during this world-wide health crisis. Last week, to help our students continue in their Lenten faith journeys and their academic education, we moved to long-distance learning. In anticipation of this situation, our teachers were prepared with various technological tools of communication in order to implement daily instruction/lessons. The majority of our students were able to take all of their text books and materials home and through advanced technology we are able to stay connected. We invite everyone to check out our Facebook postings under Saint Jude Parish and School to see how our students are progressing.
Each month our school has a character-building theme. This month we are focusing on teamwork. Surely there has never been a time when we have all had to work together in such a way.
We continue to take all of our directives from the government, Archdiocesan leaders and the Department of Public Instruction.
In the days ahead, may we be strong in body, mind and spirit. Let us pray for each other, and may God bless us all with strength, wisdom and good health.
God's blessings to all,
Catherine LaDien Principal
The Saint Jude Thrift Shop Is Closed for the foreseeable future due to the Coronavirus situation.
NO DONATIONS CAN BE ACCEPTED. PLEASE DO NOT ABANDON ITEMS OUTSIDE THE SHED
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 over the past week, 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,
I’m a nun and I’ve been social distancing for 29 years. Here are tips for staying home amid coronavirus fears.
Sister Mary Catharine Perry, a cloistered nun with the Dominican nuns in Summit.
By Sister Mary Catharine Perry, as told to Cassidy Grom
For the past 29 years, I’ve chosen to practice social distancing.
Of course, I and the 17 other nuns I live with don’t call it that.
We are formally called cloistered sisters, meaning we never leave our walled-off monastery in Summit except for doctors’ visits or perhaps shopping for a specific item. We don’t go to parties or weddings or out to eat with friends. I often go months without leaving our 8-acre home. The coronavirus is forcing many people in New Jersey and across the world to stay home, limit outside contact — and in a way, start living life like cloistered nuns.
Of course, this virus is not good. Sickness never is. And I understand that this sudden shift in our society is frightening. As someone who has lived a life of separation, I’d like to share from my experience how you can make the best of it.
First, you need to establish structure.
Your normal day-to-day lives have structure imposed on them from the outside; you have to catch the train at a certain time to go to work, you have school recess at the same time every day. These things give you a sense of consistency and rhythm.
Now that you are stuck at home, create a schedule for yourself and your family. At the monastery, we wake up at the same time every day and get fully dressed (no pajamas). We have planned time for prayer, worship, work, eating and fun. Our days usually have a peaceful rhythm. This might take some experimentation; each household is different and for many, it might be the first time they spend an extended period of time with roommates or family.
Second, be intentional and love others.
It is easy to get caught up in making sure you and your loved ones are safe and your needs are met. We are in uncharted territory and these reactions are understandable. However, we should fight against self-centered urges. Call older people in your neighborhood and ask how they are doing, if they need anything.
Give the gift of your time. Cook meals with your family and play games. It is interesting that a lot of people are frightened by this extended time at home because the core structure of society is the family unit. Maybe this is a good opportunity for all of us to strengthen those family bonds, and our efforts will have an effect on the wider community.
Don’t hide from roommates under the guise of needing to work; get to know them and learn to enjoy their company. At the monastery, the prayer bell rings and it forces me to stop working and to focus on why I’m really here. It reminds me to leave the project at hand (whether that is making candles or soap, operating our gift shop, gardening or working in the kitchen), and join my sisters. The projects that I am working on aren’t bad; they are good, but sometimes I can allow myself to be too busy.
The monastery is not an apartment complex. We are an intentional community and it takes work to become one. It takes a deliberate way of life. It means learning to listen, forgive and accept each other.
Third, use this time for self-reflection and relaxation.
“I need a vacation to recover from my vacation!” people say. Well, this could be it. These weeks are your opportunity for a more quiet, simple life. Every day after lunch, my sisters and I take a 90-minute break of “profound silence.” We don’t move around the building or talk. We stay still. We read, pray or reflect. Sometimes, we will do a hobby quietly. Sometimes, we nap.
People say they want peace and quiet. Then when it is thrown in their lap, they panic. They don’t know how to be alone. They are afraid to confront their “shadow side,” the hard truths about themselves that they don’t like. They fill their lives with noise to run away from their emotions. Life isn’t meant to be rushed. Use this time to get to know yourself.
Stop. Be still. You can either waste this period of social-distancing and be frustrated, or you can choose to make it the best it can be.
Sister Mary Catharine Perry has been a cloistered nun with the Dominican nuns in Summit for 29 years. This opinion piece was based on conversations as told to NJ Advance Media reporter Cassidy Grom. It was edited for length and clarity. Cassidy Grom may be reached at email@example.com Follow her on Twitter @cassidygrom.
Prayer for Holy Week
Lord and Savior, as we undertake this journey, we seek to know your merciful love in al that you have done for us. May we face our shortcomings, assured that you know and love us as we are. May we always be confident that your mercy is far more powerful than our sins. Help us to turn to you in our sorrows and in our joys, knowing that you hold all things in your hand. Amen.
Parish YouTube Channel
With the kind assistance of our parishioner, Bill Armstrong, we now have our own YouTube Channel. Please spread the news. The first episode is a message from Father Charlie. Additional Holy Week and Easter services are also posted. When you log onto the YouTube link, if you then press the subscribe box you should receive a notice when further episodes appear.
Parishioner E-Mail Address Questionnaire
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
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Readings for the Palm Sunday