Carpentry

Do you have time? Talent? Or are you blessed with both? If so, please consider becoming a member of St. Jude’s Carpentry Ministry. The Ministry provides light maintenance and repairs to members of our parish who are unable or incapacitated to do repairs themselves. Only specific repairs will be served.

Steve Rudewicz, Sr.

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Bereavement Support Group

The St. Jude Grief Support Group offers support to parishioners and the extended community in a warm and welcoming atmosphere to those who have lost a loved one.

The Bereavement Support Group also dedicates an annual Memorial Mass for all our parishioners’ loved ones who have died that year.

The group meets weekly on Tuesday nights from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in Conference Room #2 in Mt. Carmel Hall.

Dorothy Strelitz

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Homebound Care

Visitation of the Homebound

Our priests and Eucharistic Ministers visit those who are homebound. This assures those unable to be physically present in our parish that they are not forgotten and are an important part of our community.

Visitation of Nursing Homes

St. Jude Eucharistic Ministers provide Communion and solace to Catholics who are no longer able to come to Church for Mass. Ministers visit these Catholics individually on Sundays and conduct Communion-Prayer services during the week. Priests from St. Jude offer Mass weekly at most of these facilities. Presently, St. Jude services ten Nursing-Retirement homes within its boundaries, including Whitehall, St. Andrews, Regents, and Edgewater Pointe. Visits are made to Boca Raton Community Hospital and West Boca Hospital upon request. There is always a need for volunteers to assist in this compassionate ministry.

Terry Leavitt

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Hunger Program

The St. Jude Hunger Program is one of the first ministries established during the inception of St. Jude Parish. The committee consists of volunteers with 100% of the donations given to the poor. Our mission is to serve as a bridge between the parishioners of St. Jude Catholic Church and those in need. Money and food are collected and distributed to various projects to help sustain life and to assist in the building of mind and body so as to promote self-sufficiency wherever possible.

LOCAL PROJECTS:

Broward Outreach - Pompano Beach Holy Cross Service Center - Indiantown LifeNet4Families - Lauderhill Our Father's House Soup Kitchen - Pompano Beach San Isidro Food Ministry - Pompano Beach St. Mary's Catholic Church - Pahokee

INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS:

Elijah's Bread - Trinidad Our Lady of Sorrows - Philippines St. Francis Outreach - Jamaica Mission Possible - Peru El Nino Jesus - Peru San Martin d Porres - Peru

The Hunger Program has semi-annual food drives to support the local projects and each project receives a quarterly check to support their food ministry. Donations are made through periodic Sunday 2nd collections, donations from memorials, regular supporters of the Hunger Program and the annual Oktoberfest.

The Hunger Program meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in Mt. Carmel Hall.

Bob Giesen

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Journey to Justice

An arm of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Journey to Justice is a hands-on ministry to the working poor in our area.

The Journey to Justice Process is designed to effect a conversion of heart, a growth in compassion and a sensitivity to the needs of our brothers and sisters in want. Journey to Justice sets the groundwork for building solidarity between those who are poor and those who are economically advantaged. It is a solidarity that at the end of the journey creates communities that truly reflect the biblical principles of jubilee justice.

The Journey to Justice Ministry at St. Jude Parish has enjoyed a personal relationship with a nearby community of farm workers since 1991. Aware that low levels of English literacy and inadequate housing are major obstacles in the movement of poor immigrants into the mainstream of American life, our members participate in adult education programs, a homework help program for children, and preparation for first-time home ownership. We help manage St. Jude’s Christmas Gift Giving Trees to encourage parishioners to share Christmas with over one thousand children each year. We meet on the first and third Mondays of each month for scriptural prayer and reflection and to plan and evaluate our activities. We invite you to join us on our journey.

Pat Torres

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Parish Nurse

Apart-time registered nurse serves both parishioners and non-parishioners in our community. In addition to providing holistic health assessments, patient education, and community referrals to individuals and families, the parish nurse also collaborates with volunteers to present health programs for our community. The St. Jude Parish Nurse program has many programs for all ages such as a hand-washing program for preschoolers, a “Baby-Sitter Class” for eleven- to thirteen-year old children, and the St. Jude Annual Health Fair, just to name a few. The Parish Nurse Ministry offers free blood pressure screenings after the Masses on certain Sundays. These screenings are done by doctors and nurses from our parish who volunteer their time to our program.

The Parish Nurse Ministry is also responsible for bringing the Blood Mobile to St. Jude every eight weeks—and our number of blood donors continues to increase. This ministry also schedules the Wellness Van to come to St. Jude throughout the year for free cholesterol and glucose screenings.

Dolores Hughes

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our mission

St. Jude Parish is a Catholic Community of God’s People of the Diocese of Palm Beach located in Boca Raton, Florida, founded in June, 1979. We are a people of diverse backgrounds and ethnic origins united by God, formed by the Gospels, strengthened by the Sacraments and the teachings of the Catholic Church.

We seek to deepen our personal union with Jesus Christ and to grow as a faith community. We seek to enrich our heritage of care and concern for all by sharing God’s love and healing with the world around us.

Guided by the Holy Spirit, we pledge ourselves to pursue this mission by participation in the liturgical, educational, and social ministries of the Church. We recognize that to be effective, these ministries require spiritual, physical, and financial resources, and we accept our responsibility as Christian Stewards to provide these resources.