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Join us every weekend for Mass: Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. and Sundays at 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 12:00 noon.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 215-822-0179 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to meeting you.
Monday-Friday: 6:30 AM & 9:00 AM
Saturday: 9:00 AM & 5:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 & 10:00 AM and 12 PM
Saturday: 3:30-4:30 PM
Sunday: 9:15-9:45 AM
St Jude Parish
News & Events
Announcement from Msgr. Beach View
St. Jude Parish
321 West Butler Avenue, Chalfont, PA 18914
October 14, 2016
Dear Parishioners and School parents/guardians:
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, stated, when discussing Catholic Education:
"When we all come together to educate our children, we will be one step closer to creating a World of good.... We provide the values and support that can help people, especially young people, develop concern for the poor and for justice, and to contribute to the common good.”
St. Jude Parish remains committed to these ideals, recognizing the criticality of parochial Schools to not only parish life but to the world at large. As St. Jude parishioners, you have no doubt witnessed the treasure that our school is and the gift that it is for our community. We are extremely blessed and equally proud to have a Parish school that educates, nurtures and develops our students both spiritually and educationally, St. Jude School Continues to remain a vibrant, award-winning, faith-based School. As such, we are very excited to share some wonderful news regarding actions our parish will be taking to further support and strengthen our Parish school.
As you know, over the past 5 years, many parochial Catholic schools have had to close or have been consolidated. As a result, the pastors and principals of Bucks County formed the Bucks County Education Advisory Council to determine what proactive actions can be taken to assist our parish Schools. The Board analyzed the many challenges facing area Catholic education such as declining birth rates and changing demographics.
As a result, in collaboration with the Office of Catholic Education, the Board strongly recommended that all parish elementary schools form a "Board of Limited Jurisdiction" for the future sustainability of our schools. The primary goal of this Board is to invite parishioners and those Committed to Catholic education to become more involved in the planning and support of our parish elementary Schools.
As such, our schools will benefit from greater lay involvement and ownership. This will not diminish the ultimate responsibility and authority of the Pastor, in collaboration with the Principal, for the success of our Schools.
The role of a Board of Limited Jurisdiction includes setting non-curriculum policy for the school and is responsible to develop a strategic plan for the future of the school, including:
- Institutional Advancement, which includes development, recruitment, retention, marketing/communications, strategic planning, alumni/ae relations.
- Financial oversight, which includes budgets, tuition, financial aid, annual giving and endowments,
Over the past six months, we have reviewed this recommendation with our Parish Leadership Committee, Finance Council and Pastoral Council, who have been unanimous in their support.
We are pleased to announce that we have formed a Steering Committee to establish a Board of Limited Jurisdiction for St. Jude School. The members of the Steering Committee include: Monsignor Francis Beach, Sister Elizabeth, Deacon Tim and members of the St. Jude community: Mrs. Kathy Fuehr, Mrs. Kathy O'Neill, and Mr. Ed Wild.
We anticipate that the Board will be operational in early 2017.
Please keep us in your prayers as we continue in our efforts.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Monsignor Francis W. Beach, Sister Elizabeth Marley, R.S.M.
40 Hours Devotion October 23, 24 &25 View
These grace-filled devotions established here in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia by St. John Neumann, are a marvelous opportunity to deepen our love for Jesus present in
the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar and to recommit ourselves to Him as our Savior and Lord through a renewed faith and service to others. We Welcome Father Thomas Viviano, personal secretary to Archbishop Chaput, as our Guest Homilist each evening at 7:00 PM.
St. Jude Parish Bible Study View
WHAT: A relaxing, welcoming 7 Week Bible Study focused on
The Prophets; Messengers of God's Mercy!
WHEN: Every Wednesday from Oct. 5th through Nov. 16th (7:00pm - 9:15pm)
WHERE: St. Jude Cafeteria
HOW IS THIS BIBLE STUDY RELEVANT TO ME: Through a review of the prophets
and their message you can discover how you can become closer to God.
HOW MUCH IS THE BIBLE STUDY? $23.00 a person. This covers the cost of the materials. Checks can be
sent to the rectory.
HOW DO I REGISTER? Go to https://study.ascensionpress.com/redeem. Fill in your email address, name, and
the invite codeW1B0E2. . Once completed, you will be asked to either log in or create an account. At this point
you will be registered for the bible study! Please Note: Workbooks have been pre-ordered so there is no need for
you to order one for yourself.
Weekend Retreat at St. Jude Parish View
MEN’S RENEWAL WEEKEND: November 5-6
To learn more, contact Earl Kelly at
email@example.com or 248-946-1946
WOMEN’S RENEWAL WEEKEND: October 22-23
To learn more, contact Donna Cushing at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 267-664-3336
Saint Jude Parish has just been FORMED....
There is no financial obligation to register - only if you wish to purchase items from the program.
Pope Francis' Year of Mercy View
THE JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY STARTS TODAY!
Seeing a great need for mercy and healing in the world, Pope Francis called for the Year of Mercy. This is a special time for us as individuals and as a Church to take an entire year to study and reflect on mercy, receive mercy, and be merciful towards others.
At Dynamic Catholic, we are passionate about helping you grow spiritually. That’s why we have put together 8 simple yet powerful ways to experience the Year of Mercy. Check out all our great resources for the Year of Mercy at DynamicCatholic.com.
JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY
Archdiocese of Philadelphia—archphila.org/mercy
Theme for February 2016:
Confession, Sacrament of Mercy
“Through the ministry of the Church, may God give you pardon and peace…”
Each time the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Penance is celebrated, the priest begins the formula of absolution with these words. They express the profound reality that is taking place. First, there is the recognition that the Church mediates God’s loving activity of forgiveness of sins. Jesus intentionally created the Church to extend his victory over sin. Second, this Sacrament, like all the others, begins with God’s initiative. Long before we recognize our need for God’s mercy, he is already calling us to him, extending his offer of grace. That, of course, is what the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Penance is all about: God’s love which overcomes even our sins. There is nothing that we can do in life that will cause God not to love us. As Pope Francis has said so well, it is not God who tires of forgiving us; rather, it is we ourselves who tire of asking for forgiveness! But we never should give up on our desire for holiness. God will forgive us if we approach the Sacrament with sincere contrition. There is no need to be afraid!
In this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has called on the Church to throw open the doors of mercy, to show the vultus misericordiae – the face of mercy – to all those who need it. Whether one receives this Sacrament regularly (a commendable practice) or has not been to Confession for many years, let this Year of Mercy be a time in which we take
advantage of this generous offer of “pardon and peace.” –Eric Banecker, Seminarian, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary Quote from Catholic Tradition: “In the life of the body a man is sometimes sick, and unless he takes medicine, he will die. Even so in the spiritual life a man is sick on account of sin. For that reason he needs medicine so that he may be restored to health; and this grace is bestowed in the Sacrament of Penance.” -St. Thomas Aquinas “When you approach the confessional, know this, that I Myself am waiting there for you. I am only hidden by the priest, but I Myself act in your soul.” -Jesus to St. Faustina, Diary of St. Faustina 1602
To continue reflecting on this theme, consider:
Recommended Book for the Month: 7 Secrets of Confession, Vinny Flynn
Parish Financial Report View
St. Jude Children's Choir View
St. Jude Children's Choir - Sing a Joyful Song - The St. Jude Children's Choir invites all children of the parish in grades 3 through 6 to join us as we praise God through song. No experience necessary- we will teach you all you need to know.If interested, please come to choir practice from 6 pm until 7 pm in the church choir loft or after school from 3:30 until 4:30 pm in Mr. Meade's Music Room.