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Catholic Community of St. Jude at 801 North Bridge Street, DeWitt, MI 48820 US - Home

Welcome


My friends of St. Jude
Next weekend at all the masses, I will be speaking about the works and needs of his Mission Diocese in India. The Latin Archdiocese of Trivandrum has about 27,000 Catholics. 90% of them are traditional fishermen who depend in fishing for their livelihood and 10% are farm workers who are recent converts from low caste Hindus. “Harvest is plentiful but laborers are few!” Unemployment and poverty are most rampant in this community. The Archdiocese depends on outside assistance to support its clergy, seminarians and Catechists and to continue its Spiritual, Educational and Economic developmental programs for this community. Many coastal villages of the Archdiocese are still struggling to recover from the recent Tsunami Destruction which destroyed many lives, homes and fishing equipment. We are making progress! Yet one of our challenges is to find safe land away from the sea to build homes for the victims. Won’t you be as generous as you can in the second collection? Your sacrifice for the Missions is very much appreciated and may God bless you. Looking forward to visiting you.                  
                                Yours gratefully Rev. Raju B. Pilla
 
Meet our new Religious Formation Coordinator


Please note a change for this fall:  due to low registration numbers we will no longer offer a 4:30PM class on Wednesdays. 
 

Would you like to know more about the Catholic Faith?
Do you have family members who are Catholic and yet you have never taken steps to get to know the Catholic Church or to become Catholic? Are you someone who is seeking a church and a faith tradition that makes sense to develop your relationship with God? Have you been interested in the Catholic Church for a long time? YOU are invited to find out more about what Catholics believe by participating in the Inquiry Sessions beginning Sunday, September 14 following the 8:30AM. Mass. We will meet in the NEW adult ed/youth room (the old nursery) to answer your questions and share what it means to be Catholic. Call Terry Humenik 669-8335 ext. 18 for more information.
 
New this Fall from Fr. Bob. . .

6:00 PM Tuesday Evening Mass
              Last Lenten season, I offered a 6:00 pm Tuesday evening mass which appeared to be well received and attended. Some have asked whether I will do this again. With that said, I will again be offering these (6:00 pm) Tuesday evening masses throughout the school year! These will begin on Tuesday, September 2ndand then every Tuesday evening until the end of May.
 
First Friday—Stations of the Cross
I believe that praying the Stations of the Cross can be a valuable devotion and that they shouldn’t be prayed just during Lent. Therefore to make this devotion more available they will be prayed every First Friday of the month throughout the school year, beginning on Friday, September 5thuntil the end of May after the morning mass. Of course during Lent, they will be prayed every Friday. I am seeking and am in need of volunteers who would like to lead these Stations on a Friday when I am not available as well as to assist me when I am here.
 

 



A vision of Heaven
As Dale McKay was facing death, he spoke to writer Nancy Schertzing about his feelings and his hopes for heaven. Later, Nancy spoke with Dale's widow, Ellen, who shared the joy of their marriage and the moving experience of Dale's death. Their story is filled with love and hope that speaks to all of us.
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Part 4: How to Be a Dynamic and Evangelizing Parish
Two very different parishes show what it takes to be both energetic and spiritual.
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