Edith Stein Lay Carmelites

The Edith Stein Lay Carmelites provide a community for lay persons affiliated with the Carmelites (Third Order Secular) throughout South Florida. They gather for meetings, prayer, Scripture study, retreats and to recruit professions.The Edith Stein Lay Carmelites seek the intensity of the divine presence and the sweetness of the glory of heaven.

Meetings are held at St. Jude Catholic Church in east Boca Raton the third Sunday of each month from 1:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. They also meet the second Saturday of each month for Scripture study and twice per year for retreats.

Lerna A. Awit - Director


Haydee Rodriguez - Ministry of the Sick
Trica Mancini - Formation Director
Dr. Aurea Tomeski - Planning Coordinator
Lerna Awit - Treasurer


This Charismatic Prayer Meeting is open to all parishioners of St. Jude and welcomes visitors from other surrounding churches.

The theme of H.O.P.E is our focus: "He Opened Paradise to Everyone!" Please bring your bible and join in the Praise and Worship of the Holy Trinity as we join together in joyful prayer.

The H.O.P.E. ministry meets Tuesdays at 7:00pm in the church.

Fr. Richard Champigny:


Oil of St. Therese

The Carmelite saint most identified with roses is the Little Flower, St. Therese of Child Jesus, who often employed the imagery of nature in describing her relation to the Lord. Her last known photograph depicts her sitting in a wheelchair before the clister garden where she was assigned to care for as a novice, but now weakened by the advanced stage of tuberculosis at a tender age of 24, she utters a silent prayer as she slowly peels away at a rose allowing each petal to touch the crucifix which now lays on her lap.

It was on her deathbed where she uttered the most memorable analogous phrase with reference to the rose; she "would spend her heaven doing good upon earth...by letting fall from heaven a shower of roses."

From this legacy evolved a short but powerful aspiration, "St. Therese, the Little Flower, please pick a rose from the heavenly garden and send it to me wiht a message of love. Ask God to grant me the favor I thee implore {state intention here}, and tell him I love him each day more and more." Tradition holds that if you say this short novena prayer, followed by five Our Fathers, five Hail Mary's and five Glory Be's each day for five days, you will receive a host of roses on the fifth day.


Order Information

The suggested minimum donation is $5.00 plus shipping and handling

1-50 bottles $5.00 each plus shipping and handling

51-more bottles $2.50 each plus shipping and handling

Priority Mail Online Shipping Rate

Small Box 3 - 4 bottles = $7.15

Medium Box 5 - 25 bottles = $13.60

Large Box 26 - 100 bottles = $18.85

Please make check payable upon receipt to:

Memo Line: Oil of St. Therese

St. Jude Catholic Church
21689 Toledo Road
Boca Raton, FL 33433

Women of Grace

The Women of Grace Ministry helps Catholic Women renew and grow in their faith.

Women meet weekly, for nine weeks, in small goups to study, share, worship and learn more about their faith. The study uses the Catechism of the Catholic Church, music, text and the "Women of Grace" Study Guide.

Evening sessions meet on Mondays at 7:00pm in Room 6B, and afternoon sessions meet on Wednesdays at 12:30pm in the Conference Room.

Registration is required and space is limited.

Judy Yeager


Knights of Columbus

The St. Jude Council of Knights of Columbus (#13172) is an organization of Catholic men who are dedicated to the protection of family life as well as service to their priests, parishes, communities and country.

Members have the opportunity to enjoy fraternal benefits through a unique insurance program and social events. Knights have a special mission to protect widowed mothers and children from hardship.

They join in projects and prayer to protect the lives of the unborn and to help the mentally and physically handicapped. Moreover, the Knights sponsor intellectual and athletic activities for youth.

Membership is open to men 18 years of age and older who are practicing Catholics. We sponsor various events throughout the year, including pancake breakfasts, retreats, dinners and dances.

Board meetings are held the last Thursday of each month, and the Council meets the first Thursday of each month.

Rick Versace


Respect Life

We would like to welcome you to the Respect Life Ministry at St. Jude Catholic Church. We are a group of people of all different ages, backgrounds and professions and talents who share the common goal of promoting the culture of life set forth by the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

We are committed to working together as part of the Body of Christ to oppose those aspects of society that legally permit one to take the life of another whether it is through abortion, capital punishment or euthanasia. We strive to serve as a light to the rest of the community through prayer and education.

We also offer help to women in crisis pregnancies and healing to women who have been hurt through abortion with a counseling program called Project Rachel. Project Rachel teaches women that through God's mercy they can be restored and receive forgiveness.

We also provide instruction for Natual Family Planning, a safe and natural way to plan children that has no harmful side effects; and, more importantly, cooperates with God's plan for procreation.

Please feel free to call with any questions regarding the ministry. We invite you to join us as we need the special talents you have to offer!

Lisa Oweis


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.