Building and Grounds
Parish Community Life
Disaster Preparedness and
The St. Jude Parish Council is a
committee whose purpose is to oversee
parish business and operations. The
committee is made up of various
representatives who meet once a month.
These meetings are open to all members
of the parish.
during these meetings when, through the
establishment of an agenda, council
members review, govern and create
programs encompassing all areas of St.
Jude Parish Corporation.
The parish council was formed in 1970
with the first five officers assuming
duties in 1971. A constitution and
by-laws govern the council. Membership
of the Parish Council consists of: the
pastor, two lay directors, a Board of
Education representative, twelve lay
members who are elected for staggered
three-year terms, and two youth members
elected for two-year terms.
Listed below are the major committees
and sub-committees of the Parish Council
and their roles.
Board of Education committee is responsible
to plan and oversee the religious education of
children thru adults for all parishioners. The
Board operates under its own constitution and
Liturgy committee enhances liturgical
worship by planning and coordinating the
liturgies for Masses and special liturgical
Spiritual Growth subcommittee of the Liturgy
Committee provides opportunities for spiritual
growth through retreats, days of renewal and
Buildings and Grounds committee oversees the
needs of the church and school grounds and
buildings and makes all the recommendations for
improvements to the Council.
Parish Life committee is responsible for
parish coffees, receptions, potlucks and parish
dances. Their main goal is to promote a spirit
Welcome Committee is a part of the Parish
Life committee listed above.
Social Justice Committee receives an
allocation of the parish's contributions, and it
is their responsibility to allocate these
resources where there is the greatest need.
Disaster Preparedness and Response Committee -
The purpose of the Disaster Preparedness and
Response Committee is to prepare for disasters
and respond to whatever event may occur.
Parish Council meetings
are published in the weekly bulletin and are open to
The Finance & Administration Committee
plans and supervises the financial and
administrative affairs of the parish.
activities include: goal setting, budget
considerations, record keeping, the
promotion of financial giving and the
promotion of stewardship.
committee also makes recommendations to
the Parish Council regarding priorities
that affect St. Jude Church Corporation.
The Building and Grounds Committee, like
its name states, is responsible for the parish
buildings and surrounding grounds. This
committee is a Sub Committee to the Finance and
Administration Committee and makes recommendations
to the parish council for improvements, renovations
and/or adaptations of parish facilities.
In addition to regular maintenance, the
Building and Grounds Committee also
provides for snow and ice removal, and
maintains a list of parishioners who
have special talents in
If you would
like to offer your time and talent to this
committee, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Guided by the liturgical documents
of the Church and approved diocesan guidelines, the
Liturgy Committee coordinates the liturgical
life of the parish. The committee is responsible for
determining long range goals and specific
objectives, such as: ensuring proper training and
support for all liturgical formation in the parish,
and evaluating all liturgical events in the parish.
The committee welcomes new members at any time. For
more information, please contact Kristina Nienhaus at 390-3520.
The Haiti Committee was formed in July,
1986, as a subcommittee of the Social
Justice Committee, with a focus program to help Holy
Cross Parish in Fond Verrettes, Haiti.
committee is affiliated with the Haiti
Parish Twinning Program whose mission
encourage linkages between Catholic
parishes, institutions and
individuals in the United States and
Canada in their efforts to assist
the needs of Catholics in Haiti.
develop models for parish actions.
encourage prayerful solidarity with
our brothers and sisters in Haiti.
provide resources and support in
religious, educational, medical and
raise personal awareness of our
Gospel Call to help the needy.
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Parish Community Life
The Parish Community
Life Committee of St. Jude is geared to encompass
the programs and activities that strengthen our
Christian community and foster the community life of
committee plans special events such as:
functions enable parish members to come together in
a spirit of social sharing where we are able to
strengthen our membership through hospitality,
shared experiences, and friendship.
The purpose of this
committee is to promote and coordinate programs that
will guarantee justice and charity in full measure
to all of God's children. The Social Justice
Committee has the responsibility to enable
parishioners to respond to social problems,
especially those affecting the poor, the lonely, the
unborn, the aged, the oppressed and minority groups.
Spiritual Growth Committee
The Spiritual Growth Committee was developed to
give direction to the liturgical and worship
elements of the parish. The committee includes the
pastor, associate pastor, deacons, prayer group
members, and representatives from other
organizations in the parish.
committee members assist in planning programs such
as retreats, days of renewal and small prayer/study
Additionally, The Spiritual Growth Committee reviews
the effectiveness of spiritual growth programs in
the parish and promotes similar programs available
through the Archdiocese of Dubuque.
The St. Jude Rosary Society and Circles is an
organized group that supports church service
activities through sub-groups called "Circles".
There are usually four to five active circles. Each
circle offers a different focus and meeting times.
Some of the types of service work done by The Rosary
Society Circles are as follows:
Altar Linens Laundry Service
Fund-raising Bake Sales
Craft making for the Sweet Corn Festival Country
Annual Fund-raising Spaghetti Dinner (proceeds
from this event purchase St. Jude's altar
candles, wine and alter bread)
St. Jude Respect Life Organization is a part of the
Social Justice Committee. The focus of this
organization is to work in conjunction with the
Social Concerns Committee and to maintain an
awareness of issues and events pertaining to the
unborn. Our Respect Life Organization helps those in
need by offering information from a variety of
network resources. This assistance includes
providing clothing for mothers and their babies,
food, shelter, as well as financial assistance. If
you would like to participate in anyway,
please feel free to contact us!
Disaster Preparedness and Response Committee
purpose of the Disaster Preparedness and Response
Committee is to prepare for a disaster and response
for whatever event may occur. The Disaster
Preparedness and Response Committee was formed in
September of 2012 and consists of a coordinator,
co-chair and representatives of several standing
committees of the parish.
event of a disaster, trained members of the parish
will assist members of the parish to shelters or
evacuation from the building.
further information, please contact Walt Hartman,
Coordinator, at 396-5036, or Chris Moore, Co-Chair,