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

A Message From Father Bede
March 1999

Dear Friend,

The precious relic of the bone from the arm of St. Jude Thaddeus was permanently put on display at the Shrine. Judging by the many who come to view and venerate this relic we cannot fail to notice a wider and greater devotion to the saint of hopeless cases as pilgrims come from near and far to the Shrine at the church of St. Pius V, on Ashland Ave. Chicago. There seems to be a whole new atmosphere of deeper faith and prayer permeating throughout our daily devotions. One could only presume that the relic of St. Jude brings us into greater intimacy with him.

On recent travel I am very much amazed at the number of institutions that are named after St. Jude. There is the famous hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, named by Danny Thomas as St. Jude Hospital. There is a marina on Long Island, New York, named after St. Jude. Everywhere one goes one hears of a hospital, clinic, or care center named after him. It shows the extent of his veneration, and we feel it is continuing to grow.

Recently I came upon a book entitled, JUDE, A PILGRIMAGE TO THE SAINT OF LAST RESORT, by Liz Trotta. The hardcover copies sells for approximately $24 and is published by Harpers of San Francisco, Its ISBN number is 0 068274 4. I believe it is also in paperback. You might inquire at your local library. It is well worth reading and our Shrine of St.. Jude Thaddeus is mentioned several times.

With the season of Lent let us prepare ourselves to enter the life of Jesus, through his suffering and death, to the glory of the Risen Lord. We might accept suffering as a way of joining ourselves to the suffering of Jesus. Our death can be death to sin so to live for God and for one another. Know that the prayers from the Shrine of St. Jude are with you always.

In Jesus' name,    Rev. Bede Jagoe, O.P., Director

Mass Intentions:
Please note that the Shrine of St. Jude welcomes your Mass intentions. Please send them on to us and we will see that they are fulfilled by our Dominican priests, either here or overseas.
Thank you!


Sometimes Catholicism is criticized for being a religion where Bible reading is not adequately emphasized. These critics might want to remember that the first part of the Mass is called the Liturgy of the Word and centers precisely on our pondering the Scriptures as they are proclaimed and preached upon. Since the Second Vatican Council there also has been steady encouragement given to Catholics to have a Bible of their own and to read it and pray with it frequently.

I have met Catholics who are hesitant to read the Bible because they still have memories of the Bible that used to be in their homes when they were children. The language was oldfashioned and at times difficult to understand. Today that problem is long gone. The language is current and clear. Another wonderful thing about our Bibles today is that they have helpful introductions and footnotes. These really aid the reader in understanding what the author was talking about.

One very helpful Bible I would suggest getting is: The New American Catholic Bible: Personal Study Edition. I would also recommend owning the Dictionary of the Bible by John L. McKenzie, S.J.

Many times Catholics feel inferior when they are with non-Catholics. Catholics will say: "They know the Bible so much better than I do." The only way I know to solve that is: "read it!" But knowing the Bible means more than knowing Bible quotations. It means knowing the meaning of the original words; the kind of literature a certain passage exemplifies; the historical situation a passage is addressing; and the level of spiritual development the people were at during the time it was written.

That is why being part of a Bible Study Group means more than just reading the Bible together. That is most important, but the group must also study how the Bible came to be, and what the intentions of the individual authors were. Only then can the Bible be known in all of its depth and breath.

That is why I recommend getting a good current Catholic Bible that gives the necessary background. Studying the Bible is a magnificent adventure that brings us closer to God. I invite all of you who are not yet Bible readers to begin the adventure!

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.

     Paschal Mystery     

Dear Friend,
The Holy Season of Lent is not a time of bitter sorrow. Unlike the disciples of Jesus, we already know that suffering and dying will end in the risen life of the Lord Jesus who bestows on us newness of life. Yet through our remembrance of Jesus' victory over sin and death, we must enter into his passion to the best of our ability and die to ourselves as Jesus did to gain our victory over the death of sin and begin to live for God and for one another.

How wonderful a mystery we are called to share in! It is named by the Church as the Paschal Mystery. Paschal comes from the hebrew word for Passover. Jesus is the Paschal Lamb that is slain. The Paschal Mystery begins at our baptism and continues to be remembered in the celebration of the Eucharist and in our very lives. Suffering and dying brings new life. As a seed planted in the soil dies, sends forth a shoot and finally a full grown plant, so we too die to ourselves so that others may live.

St. Jude celebrated the Paschal Mystery in his own life. His ministry as an Apostle of Jesus meant that the many years of preaching to those who did not know Jesus, the physical hardship of travel, the dangers that accompanied his journeys and his martyrdom, all spoke of his entry into the Paschal Mystery of Jesus.

As St. Jude once led people to God by his preaching, now we ask that he pray for us and intercede for us before the throne of God. This Lenten season is a time for us to commit ourselves, as we do by receiving ashes, to the journey of denial and hardship, to reap the reward of a new life in Jesus. Let us beg St. Jude to help us in this pursuit. St. Jude come to my aid during this season of Lent!

Fr. Ray Corr, a native of Philadelphia, PA, Fr. Corr served in the U.S. Navy during W.W. II, graduated from Villinova U. in 1948, entered the Province of St. Albert the Great in 1948 and was ordained a Priest in 1956. He has served as a Vicar Provincial in Peru, as Pastor at St. Joseph Church in San Angelo, TX, past director of the Dominican Global Mission office and presently resides at St. Ann's Church in San Antonio, TX.


M.R.Glendale, AZ
I lost a very valuable article and after praying to St. Jude I found it. Thank you St. Jude!

A friend's daughter was not taking nourishment and was losing weight. I started praying to St. Jude and in eight days she started taking her mother's milk and is now adding ounces. My prayers to St. Jude continue for his help to straighten the baby's legs and feet.

B & D.H.
Our eldest son and we (his parents) were estranged for seven years. We prayed to St. Jude daily and our prayers were so beautifully answered.

Thanks to God and St. Jude for finding a job for my son after a long period of unemployment.

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. 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 - Friday
Saturday 10 A.M.

Perpetual Novena
6:30 p.m.

Solemn Novena
Monday - Saturday
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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