Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus
1909 S. Ashland
Chicago, IL 60608


A Message From Father Bede
July, 1998
Dear Friends of St. Jude,

You who have been devoted friends of St. Jude over many years may know well the Dominican Friars. Or you may regard us generically as one of many religious orders and congregations in the Catholic Church.

In fact, each religious Order or congregation has its own distinctive role and charism that sets it apart. The Dominicans, since their founding by St. Dominic in the year 1216, have been called the Order of Preachers.

For us Dominicans, preaching the Word of God is our focus and our special ministry within the church.

The Dominican Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus, founded nearly 70 years ago, fits well with our vocation as preachers. We have five preached Solemn Novenas each year. We Dominicans are able to preach within the context of a ministry of prayer for all who seek assistance through the intercession of St. Jude Thaddeus. We earnestly solicit your financial gifts, as any donation you send, whether large or small, helps us in our preaching mission both here and overseas.
In Jesus' name,

Rev. Bede Jagoe, O.P., Director


The Buddha taught that "life is suffering." When he said this he wasn't trying to be morbid. He just noticed that when some things come, like a headache or an argument, it brings suffering and when some things go, like a friend or good weather, it brings suffering. And almost everything comes and goes!

Pain can be physical, like my left knee that predicts rain, or mental, emotional and even spiritual as when our feelings are hurt or we are experiencing hopelessness. Are there some skillful ways of dealing with pain?

Sometimes we can alleviate and even end pain just by doing something, but a kind of laziness takes over and instead we endure. I go through this every fall. I go to bed with my window open and by the middle of the night I'm freezing. All I would have to do is get up, close the window and get back into bed and that would be that. But do I? No! Instead I stay in bed shivering and not getting any sleep! Or maybe we've had a falling-out with someone. Many times a sincere "I'm sorry" would do the trick but instead we sit in our suffering.

I think of the teaching of St. James, "Act on the word, don't just be hearers." James 1:22. We have the words within us, "close the window," say I'm sorry," "talk to someone," but until we act, the pain goes on.

There is other pain that won't go away. Perhaps it is physical or a situation that is not going to change.

There is a mysterious intuitive wisdom that all the great religions have. It is the awareness of vicarious suffering. We are all profoundly interconnected and we can offer our suffering for the good of another. If I am suffering physically or emotionally, rather than just struggling with it, I can use it by offering it for another suffering person. We are part of an intricate eco-system and even our suffering can become purposeful when offered up for the well being of someone else.

Then the words of St. Paul have even deeper meaning: "All things work together for good for those who love God." Romans 8:28.

In Christ's love,
Fr. Richard de Ranitz

Father de Ranitz is a member of the Shrine of St. Jude Staff. He also gives retreats and workshops on physical, mental and spiritual health.


The Shrine of Saint Jude seems to be sprouting new “angelic” wings. Each day we receive by E-mail new patrons who wish to be listed among the “Friends of St. Jude”. Perhaps you may have a friend or relative who would like to be on our mailing list. We count among the Friends of St. Jude those who are ever faithful in coming to the Novena Masses and prayers during the year, as well as those who join the Novena by mailing in their petitions.

We are proud to have recently published a New Novena Prayer Book. It includes all the prayers said at the Shrine of St. Jude, and has special prayers for the time of Solemn Novena. This means that one who cannot attend the Solemn Novena at the Shrine will be able to pray the same prayers that are offered at the shrine on each of the nine days of Solemn Novena. The New Novena Prayer Book is in English or Spanish. It serves as an invitation to make more “Friends of St. Jude.”

The church of St. Pius V, where the Shrine of St. Jude is located, now has an elevator from the sidewalk on Ashland Avenue to the church for those who are physically challenged and would find climbing steps difficult.

We are happy to announce that on the last Friday of each month Novena prayers and Mass will be in Spanish at 7:00 p.m.

As devotion to St. Jude continues to grow we are pleased to count you among the many thousand of “Friends of St. Jude.”

Guest Preacher

The Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus is delighted to welcome Fr. Matt Walsh, O.P. as the preacher for the Solemn Novena of July 22-30, 1998. Fr. Matt has a distinguished career as a missionary in Nigeria, prior and novice master for the Dominicans, and best remembered by many of you, the former director of the Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus. Fr. Matt has gone overseas as a missionary once again, in the Solomon Islands.

F.S. Evergreen Park, IL
I give gratitude and thanks to God and St. Jude for favors granted - employment for my son after he became a victim of corporate downsizing. St. Jude also helped me fight off a siege of depression and an eye problem.

J.K. Tonawanda, NY
Thank you St. Jude for a successful surgery and good test results. T.S. California I have been a diabetic on insulin for 12 years with sugar levels that roller coaster up and down continuously. I have taken anywhere from 4 to 6 injections a day. My doctor finally told me to consider an insulin pump, which is as close to a pancreas as one can get. Trying to get insurance to approve pumps is a difficult and somewhat burdensome task. I was told it would take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks to get an approval and many times pumps are not approved by insurance companies. I asked St. Jude to help me with this whole process and within 2 days I received a call from my insurance approving the pump and asking what color I would like. I am thankful and grateful to St. Jude. He truly is the Saint of the impossible.

Many people write asking us to publish their thanks. So, please tell us your story of how St. Jude has helped you. We cannot publish all those letters that just say "thank you" without giving details. (Also, we do not publish anonymous stories.) It's your story that gives others hope!

St. Jude Legacy Club

The St. Jude Legacy Club is our special way of recognizing those people who have remembered us in their will.
These are our new members:

Kathlyn Harvey
Jane Kay

On the 28th of each month, all the members are remembered in a Mass celebrated at the altar of St. Jude in the Vatican.

If you have remembered us in your will and we have not listed you as a member of the St. Jude Legacy Club, please let us know. If you have not yet remembered us in your will but would like to do so, please contact us for details. Our legal title is:

Dominican Fathers
Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus

1909 S. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60608-2994
(312) 226-0020

Shrine Services
Rosary, Novena Prayer, Mass
Daily Services
Monday thru Saturday
(No Services on Sunday)

Perpetual Novena
6:30 p.m.

Solemn Novena
Monday thru Saturday
10:00 a.m.
6:30 p.m.

11:00 a.m. only

Come if you can -- or join in the
prayers in your home!

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