Why Choose Saint Jude School
Academic Excellence and Gospel Values
St. Jude School opened in September 1950. It has been our tradition to provide an educational environment in which students are taught the Christian message and are given the opportunity to live what they learn, especially the Gospel values of love, respect and service to others.
Prayers are part of the daily activities in all classes. Prayers are said in the morning, afternoon, and at the end of each day. All students are expected to take Religion classes and participate in liturgies.
Mass AttendanceIt is important in a Catholic school that community prayer and worship be developed and nourished in students by parents. All Catholic students are encouraged to attend Sunday Mass with their families.
ReconciliationStudents in Grade 2 receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. Students in Grades 3 - 8 are given the opportunity to receive this sacrament during Lent and Advent.
First Holy Communion
Students in Grade 2 receive First Holy Communion in May. It is expected that the parents of these communicants help with their spiritual preparations at home. Parents of students preparing for Reconciliation and Communion will be expected to attend evening sessions for the sacraments to help in preparing their child at home.
The sacrament of Confirmation is offered every other year to seventh and eighth grade Catholic students. The candidate must submit a Baptismal certificate if he/she was baptized in another parish. Candidates must also participate in community service and in a summary interview prior to the reception of the sacrament.
Advent activities and/or prayer services are planned in preparation for the feast of Christmas.
The children will attend Stations of the Cross and participate in classroom activities involving prayer, sacrifice, and almsgiving.
Students in Grade 5--8 are given the privilege of serving as Altar Servers. When a student commits to being a server, he/she must understand that they will have to serve Mass on weekends and school breaks, year round, and may be called to also serve for funerals, weddings, etc. New students may be trained at the end of Grade 5.
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