CARITAS is the Latin word for love, more specifically, a selfless love which manifests itself by reaching out to others. St. Jude Caritas members minister to the needy, elderly and shut-ins by distributing food baskets during the holidays, visiting homes and assisting in any way they can.

SIGN-UP: Caritas maintains a food pantry for New Lenox residents. Food is distributed on Fridays to families on a once per month basis. To sign up for groceries, call the Parish Office (815-485-8049) the week before the food is needed.  Please call if you or someone you know is in need of any service.

DONATE: We accept daily donations of non-perishable foods. Caritas has grocery carts available in the West Narthex to hold all donations.  Please be generous, we have a large number of families that depend upon us.  Watch the bulletin for our current list of the most needed food items.  Grocery Gift Cards are also welcome.  There are three ways to donate gift cards: drop them in the offering baskets at Mass, place them in the poor box at the front door of the Church or drop them off at the Parish Office. 

MEMBERS: Caritas members meet on the third Monday of each month in Franciscan Hall. Check the bulletin for times and dates or call the Parish office at 815/485-8049.

Click here for a complete list of regularly needed items,

We are very grateful
All the parishioners who give so generously throughout the year with donations of money, food, and gift cards to our Caritas Ministry.The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of New Lenox and the St. Jude Youth Ministry who collected food through their Food Drive and Scavenger Hunt.The many other organizations that give to the pantry throughout the year.The Jewel on Nelson Road and Berkot's Grocery Stores that donate food to the local pantries. God bless you for your generosity.


"Truly, I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers
and sisters of mine, you did for me."    Matthew 25:40