St. Jude the Apostle Parish is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge. The parish was established in 1966 and sits on ten acres of land off Highland Road near Gardere Lane. Father Trey Nelson, two permanent deacons and seven lay staff, currently serve our parish.
There are almost 3000 families in the St. Jude Parish, and we are the most culturally and economically diverse parish in the diocese. St. Jude is also the youngest parish in the diocese with an average age of 69% of our parish is under the age of 55. Within the parish encompasses 68 different ministries.
Throughout our history because of the sacrifice of many we have been able to minister effectively to the changing needs of our parishioners. This past year, our former office complex was dedicated to our young people as the St. Jude Youth House.
The largest ministry of St. Jude the Apostle parish is St. Jude the Apostle School. Our school was recently recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, as a National Blue Ribbon School in the category of Exemplary High Performing Schools for 2020. The school was founded in 1983 through the Diocese of Baton Rouge to provide quality Catholic education to the children of St. Jude Parish. The school, as a ministry of St. Jude the Apostle Church, works closely with the Parish to minister to the academic, spiritual, and social needs of the students.
Parish Mission Statement
The mission of Saint Jude the Apostle Parish is to instill hope in the hearts of all of our brothers and sisters by embracing one another and our diversity with a compassionate and welcoming spirit, guided by our faith in Jesus Christ and the traditions of our Catholic faith.