News and Upcoming Events


This coming Tuesday, January 23rd, will be the 44th anniversary of the Roe versus Wade Supreme Court decision that, so far, has legalized the killing of 60,000,000 babies not yet born. Since that ominous date, science has proven that a unique human life begins at conception. The baby’s DNA is the same then as it will be throughout that person’s life. The only difference is the stage of development: whether a fetus, a newborn, a five year old, a teenager or an adult. Over those years, a lot of pro-life advocacy, prayers, and education has begun to change the tide but there is still much to do, much of which requires legislative action.

Last Friday, January 19th, thousands of pro-life supporters participated in the annual “March for Life” journey to Washington D.C. This peaceful demonstration showed our legislators and the general public that “we care” and are not giving up the fight for the lives of the unborn.

Baby Bottle Project

In the same spirit, we will continue our efforts to support mothers who chose life rather than abortion! The Knights of Columbus will be passing out Baby Bottles to collect donations for Birth Haven, Several Sources Shelters and Care Net Crisis Pregnancy Centers at all masses this weekend (January 20/21). Please support this effort to save human life.


Darlene Wade, Director of our Faith Formation Program recently received a Thank You letter from El Mundo de Colores Child Care Center in Paterson. The letter stated:

“Enclosed are Thank You Cards our children created as a small token of a very deep appreciation for St. Jude’s continued care and support in providing the Weekend Food Back Packs. St. Jude’s Parish has been one of the longest participants in this much needed program here at El Mundo de Colores. Your kindness and generosity mean a great deal to our families. Thank you on behalf of our children.”

The Thank You Cards from the children are located on the CCD Bulletin Board outside the Parish Center.


St. Therese School in Succasunna will be holding Open House on the following dates: Sunday, January 28th, from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm and Wednesday, January 31st, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. For more information, please visit their website at: or call Mr. Dunnigan, Principal at 973-584-0812.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Boonton has their Winter Open House on Sunday, January 28th, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. For more information, please visit their website at:

Catholic Schools Week Theme: Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed

This year’s national celebration of Catholic education begins on Sunday, January 28th.  Each day of the event-filled week provides students opportunities to share the joy and benefits of Catholic education in the Diocese of Paterson by honoring our communities: our parishes, our schools, and our nation. To learn more about activities scheduled around the Diocese, contact your local Catholic school or go to:


Saturday, February 10th, 7:45 am – 1:45 pm at the St. Jude Parish Center. Includes a pancake breakfast and Enzo’s $5 gift card or t-shirt. February is American Heart Month! Give the gift of life & donate blood! For more details, click here.


Morris Catholic High School is holding its 7th Annual Crusader Challenge 5k Run on Saturday, March 17, at 9:00 am at its Denville, NJ campus. Doors open at 7:30 am. Proceeds benefit the Morris Catholic scholarship and athletic programs and the Denville Public Assistance Fund. $25 registration fee up to March 9, 2018. $30 registration fee after March 9 and day of race. Details at: or contact


Remember us, O God; from age to age be our comforter. You have given us the wonders of time, blessings in days and nights, seasons and years. Bless your children at the turning of the year and fill the months ahead with the bright hope that is ours in the coming of Christ. You are our God, living and reigning, forever and ever. Amen.


Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness; joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

In Giving, We Receive

If you have not yet responded to the 2017 Bishop’s Annual Appeal, there is still time to do so as the 2017 Appeal funds are used to support ministries and programs through the end of the diocesan fiscal year on June 30, 2018. Your gift is a great blessing and valued so we can serve Christ by serving his people. For your convenience, you can make an online gift at


The St. Jude Spiritual Adoption Program started Sunday, October 29th. It is an invitation to individuals and/or families to spiritually adopt a child who is in danger of abortion. The purpose of the program is threefold:

  • To PRAY for unborn babies in danger of abortion and their mothers
  • To EDUCATE people about the development of the unborn child over the 9-month period before birth
  • To CHANGE the HEARTS and MINDS of those who would destroy the innocent life of a baby.

For more details, click here.


Heavenly Father, the beauty and dignity of human life was the crowning of your creation. You further ennobled that life when your Son became one with us in His incarnation. Help us to realize the sacredness of human life and to respect it from the moment of conception until the last moment at death. Give us courage to speak with truth and love and with conviction in defense of life. Help us to extend the gentle hand of mercy and forgiveness to those who do not reverence your gift of life. To all, grant pardon for the times we have failed to be grateful for your precious gift of life or to respect it in others. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


Our Lord reminds us of the abundant blessings that come from a generous heart. “Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.” When you give your time, talent and financial resources to our parish, it strengthens our faith community in so many wonderful ways!

Did you know that there are also opportunities to make a legacy gift to our Saint Jude Parish that will touch the lives of parishioners for generations to come? Please prayerfully consider remembering our parish in your will and estate plans. For more information, call our parish at 973-691-1561, Ext. 13 for further assistance and to discuss options that might work for you. Thank you so much for all you do for Saint Jude Church – now and in the future!


13 days: Pilgrimage to Central Europe, including Poland, Prague & Vienna: September 17- 29, 2018. Spiritual Directors will be Fr. Michal Szwarc of Good Shepherd Parish, Andover, 973-862-1883, and Fr. Przemyslaw Gawlik of St. Vincent Martyr Parish, Madison, 973-998-1878. $3,495 per person Round Trip Air from Newark, NJ. Brochures are located in the magazine racks in the Narthex. Additional information is available at


The Fourth Annual Men’s Cornerstone Experience is to be held at Sacred Heart Spirituality Center in Newton, NJ starting on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 6 pm and ending on Saturday April 28, 2018 at 8 pm. Please mark your calendar. For more information, please contact Dan Fuller on 862-432-5221 or Kip Troeder on 973-903-1445. Men’s Cornerstone is a 26-hour experience with one overnight stay and no outside interruptions. It is a time especially for you to take a step back from your daily routine to reflect on what matters most. It is a simple gathering of ordinary men coming together for an extraordinary experience while growing in faith and friendship in a welcoming, non-judgmental environment.


All children grades 1-8 who love to sing and can read a song lyric sheet are welcome to join us. Rehearsals are twice a month on Thursday evenings at 6:00 pm and run September through May. The group sings on the first Sunday of each month from October through June. Please contact Sherry Ottoson at 201- 874- 3522 or if your child is interested in joining.


What would you do if you were invited to someone’s home for dinner and, when you arrived, nobody welcomed you or greeted you as you entered? We, the parish family of St. Jude welcome people to our parish home for five Masses a weekend. Ideally, there should be a minimum of six people per mass in order to cover each door to greet people as they enter, and then (because our people do double duty as greeters and ushers), take up the collection. We need your help. The Hospitality Ministry is a ministry of evangelization and welcoming current parishioners and visitors to Mass and special liturgical events.

It is important that each person be greeted as the body of Christ gathers together. The welcome of a greeter sets a tone of love. It reminds people that they are entering a special time of worship, where they will experience God and God’s love. Maybe someone had a difficult week. A warm greeting can remind people that they are entering a place that will treat them differently than the way the world treated them. A warm greeting also reaffirms to each person that they belong. It’s a way of saying, “You belong here, and we are glad that you do.” After all, everyone is important to the Body of Christ.

Won’t you consider joining this ministry? Anyone over the age of 12 can help be a greeter, and those over 16 can also be an usher. If you are interested in joining this ministry, please sign your name and telephone number on the sheet in the Narthex. Someone will be in touch with you.


Please check the LOST and FOUND in the Narthex of the Church for items you might be missing.


Calling all Knitters and Crocheters 18 years old and older—Beginners to Experts. Come join the St. Jude Stitchers. The group meets every Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the St. Jude Parish Center. We make hats, scarves, shawls for Operation Chillout and for various other organizations. Have fun learning a new hobby. We provide the yarn and the laughter. For more information please contact:
Jean Maggipinto (973-691-3390) —or—
Elaine Pender (973-584-3159).


The Parish Information Office is open after all weekend Masses. Stop by for religious articles, Catholic literature, to register for the parish or to have questions answered. The Information Office is located in the Narthex of the church. See the Information Office page for more details.


The Contemporary choir is in need of more vocalists!! If you like to sing, please consider joining our group. We meet right before the noon Mass at 11:15 every Sunday to rehearse. All that is required is a love of music and the desire to have a lot of fun while giving praise to God through song! Please contact Sherry Ottoson at 201-874-3522 or if you are interested in joining us. Don’t be shy, everyone is welcome!!


Do you know an adult who has never been baptized, confirmed, or received First Eucharist? Is there a spouse or friend who has been pondering becoming a Catholic but needs a gentle nudge? Is there a possibility that you will be asked to become a godparent of a niece or nephew at Baptism or their Confirmation sponsor? Are you baptized but have had no religious education? Now is the time! The three sacraments of initiation, Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation, are required for a Catholic to be fully initiated into the Church. They are also required for someone to act as a godparent or sponsor for the Baptism or Confirmation of someone else. Our RCIA process is, above all, a tool of education and formation in the Catholic faith. Apart from preparation for the sacraments, anyone can join the classes to just brush up on Catholic teachings or to fill in the gaps on a particular topic. The Inquiry Phase of RCIA is due to begin in September. For more information, contact Deb at or call the rectory.


We are pleased to announce that Online Giving is available to our parish family. Online Giving is a convenient and safe way to make a one-time or recurring donation. Getting started is easy—just visit our website Home page and click the Online Giving link. We recommend using Internet Explorer or Firefox. When you participate, your gift will be securely transferred directly into the parish bank account. And you won’t have to remember to write a check or stop by the ATM on your way to Mass! If you still want to place something in the offertory basket, just pick up one of our “I Gave Online” cards on your way into church (table by the missalettes in the Narthex) and use that at offertory time. As always, thank you for your support of our St. Jude community.


We are not automatically stopping delivery of envelopes to those who have signed up for Online Giving. However, please be aware that if you wish to make all your gifts online and do not need envelopes anymore, it will save the parish printing and mailing costs. Please notify the parish office if you are willing to stop receiving monthly envelopes. Note that all our regular and special collections will be available for giving online. We appreciate your consideration.


For smartphones and tablets. For information about downloading and setting up the app, click here.


Out of town and need to find a local Catholic Church? Go to and click the State and then the city. You will find a list of all Catholic Churches.


The Quellen Spiritual Direction Formation Program is accepting applications from those individuals who may be called to the ministry of becoming Spiritual Directors. Our three year program is designed for mature adults seeking to deepen their own spiritual life, learning how to sharpen their skills in offering direction, and becoming a trained spiritual director. Classes are held each week from September to May excluding holidays at the Quellen Spiritual Center Mendham, NJ. A trained staff and other visiting presenters offer a wide range of topics designed to help the person grow in the area of spiritual direction. Applicants must be in spiritual direction themselves for at least one year. For more information visit our website at or call Sister Teresa at 973-543-6528 x 217.


The Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Paterson is seeking applicants for elementary, middle and secondary school teacher and staff openings for the current academic year. Information about openings as they become known can be found at:


Straight & Narrow, Inc., Paterson has positions open. Please see the following website for complete job descriptions: