Children & Youth
Children's Liturgy of the Word
Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLW) is an age-appropriate Liturgy of the Word offered for ages Kindergarten - second grade at the 9:45am Mass during the school year. No pre-registration is necessary. All children are welcome and encouraged to attend. During this special time, the volunteer teacher leads the children through prayers, songs and readings that are simplified for children. The children learn about the same Scripture readings as the rest of the assembly. They are taught a simplified main message of the readings and are encouraged to share that message with their parents after Mass. Volunteers are needed to teach the lessons each week, as well as to assist with the supervision of the children. This is a great opportunity for adults and middle school/high school youth to help these eager youngsters better understand the scriptures.
This is an interactive program for parents (or caregivers) and their children, aged 6 months to kindergarten, where the parents and children learn to make “joyful noise,” singing religious songs together and playing simple instruments. They meet every other Wednesday immediately following Play and Pray from 10:30am - 11:30am.
Parishioners and their children aged 4 and under meet every other Wednesday in the parish hall from 9:30am - 10:30am, following the school schedule. The parents pray together as their children play, listen to biblical stories, sing or do crafts.
Cub Scouts, Webelos, Boy Scouts, Daisies, Brownies and Girl Scouts are just a few of the scouting organizations who are affiliated with St. Jude. Boys and girls scouting troops are very active as they continue to develop ideals and values.
Our Parish Nursery is available during 9:45am Mass each Sunday. It is staffed by loving volunteers, and intended for children six-months to three year olds. Volunteering in this ministry is easy and fun! Please consider giving just one hour every two to three months, so that parents of young toddlers can fully participate in the Mass.
This program provides bible stories, art projects and various activities while creating a safe environment for your preschool and kindergarten aged child (three and four year olds) during the Sunday 9:45am Mass during the school year. Check the parish bulletin for the schedule.
Opportunities for fellowship, spiritual growth, and service offered to youth in grades 5 through 12. There are 3 separate tracts of youth ministry in St. Jude Parish. They are: Pre-Teen Youth Ministry (Grades 5-6), Junior High Youth Ministry (Grades 7-8), and High School Youth Ministry (Grades 9-12).
Vacation Bible School
St. Jude hosts a five-day Vacation Bible School program during summer months for children PreK - 5th Grade. Our Vacation Bible School is based on the teachings of Christ and his Church. It builds up the knowledge of God’s Word, but also gives the youth the opportunity to respond to His truth by living out their Catholic faith. Each year a different set of bible stories, selected saints, sacraments and themes are used to teach the children how their lives can be transformed by God’s great love for them. Bible stories, scripture memory verses, skits, movies, games, snacks, crafts, music and much more will fill each exciting day of VBS! Our Vacation Bible School is staffed entirely by volunteers.