Welcome to the April

St. Jude's Family Newsletter!

As we enter into Holy Week and the Triduum and prepare for Easter, you will find resources to help you through the season. In addition, we have many wonderful activities going on this month. We also pray for all of our young parishioners who will be receiving First Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation this month.
Lord Jesus Christ, we are profoundly grateful for Your Passion and Death and for Your Resurrection to new life on Easter Sunday. Bless our Parish families as we contemplate the ultimate cause for our joy to one day be with You in heaven for eternity, Amen.

Important Upcoming Dates:

Wednesday, April 5: Tenebrae Service

8:00 pm

Thursday April 6: Holy Thursday

7:30 pm, Mass of the Lord's Supper

Friday, April 7: Good Friday

10:00 am Outdoor Stations of the Cross Followed by Divine Mercy Chaplet

3:00 pm Passion of the Lord

7:30 pm Living Stations of the Cross Presentation

Saturday, April 8: Holy Saturday

10:00 am Blessing of Food

Saturday, April 8: Easter Vigil

8:00 pm

Sunday, April 9: Easter Sunday

7:30 am, 9:30 am, 11:30 am Masses

Monday - Friday, April 10-15: Divine Mercy Novena

After 9 am Mass & after 4:30 pm Mass on 4/15

Fridays, April 14, 28: Youth Encounter

7-9 pm, Social Hall

Saturday, April 15: Knights of Columbus Pasta Dinner

5:00 pm

Sunday, April 16: Divine Mercy Sunday

Divine Mercy Chaplet before Masses

3:00 pm Prayer Service and Holy Hour with Confession and Reception afterwards in Social Hall 

Tuesday, April 18: Confirmation Rehearsal

5:00 pm, 6:00 pm 

Wednesday, April 19: Reconciliation Rehearsals

Thursday April 20: Confirmation

5:00 pm, 7:00 pm

Saturday, April 22: First Reconciliation

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Sunday, April 23: Music Ministry Movie

3:00 pm

Wednesday, April 26: First Communion Rehearsals

Wednesday, April 26 and Friday April 28: Walking with Purpose - "Reclaiming Friendship" launches - Six week study

Wednesdays 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Fridays 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Register and order materials here

Thursday, April 27: Moms Group Meeting

7:30 pm, Social Hall

Saturday April 29, Sunday April 30: First Communion Masses

Sunday, April 30: Choice Wine Couples Program

5:30 pm, Social Hall (see info below)

Coming Soon and Save the Date!

Women's Rosary Making Night - Thursday May 25, 7:00 pm

Camp Adore Vacation Bible School ~ June 26-30th 8:30 am - 12:30 pm.

Registration now open - see below


June 26-30, 2023 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

for children entering Grades 1-6.

This year's theme is "Summer with the Sacred Heart"

Registration is now OPEN and filling up! click here to register.

We need volunteers! Email Jessica Iannotta if you are a virtus trained adult or teen interested in volunteering or helping with preparations/food donations.

Attention Young Married Couples & Families!

Come and learn 7 Steps to a Superabundant Marriage. We invite you to join us in a series of talks to enhance your marriage and your spirituality. There is no cost. First meeting will be Sunday, April 30 at 5:30 PM in the St Jude Social Hall. 

RSVP: Mike Bonomo phone/text 203-257-3224. 


Please indicate if childcare needed at the event.

Suggested Resources of the Month

Triduum: A Spiritual Pilgrimage is a beautiful, 30 minute contemplative documentary that cinematically walks through the locations of the Holy Week story in the real and sacred places of the Holy Land bringing us tangibly nearer to the story, the landscape, and the reality of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Laugh and Grow Bible for Kids on has episodes on the Last Supper and Jesus' Death and Resurrection.

Check out this comprehensive list of Sacrament Resources available!

Check out the many great Holy Week Resources on!

Saint Trivia

This Saint was a peasant girl who led the French Army to Victory over the English in the Hundred Years War.

She was captured by the English and died a martyr's death.

Just before she died she kissed a rough crucifix and said "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!"

Scroll down for the answer below!

Mom's Group Updates

Join the email list here

Next meeting Thursday 4/27 at 7:30 pm.

To join our monthly Mother's Zoom Rosary, on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 9 pm, e-mail Jessica IannottaNext Rosary - 4/5 at 9 pm.

Our next book study will be 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley. To learn more or order a book, e-mail Jessica Iannotta

Easter and Divine Mercy Resources

Check out the wealth of Easter Resources for families on

Check out last year's Easter Family Newsletter for some great additional resources that were featured there and the Institute for Catholic Formation's extensive Lent/Easter Resource Guide!

Learn and celebrate the great graces of Divine Mercy Sunday by visiting and viewing the wealth of resources on or our newsletter archive!

Saint trivia answer:

If you guessed Saint Joan of Arc, you are correct!

Her feast day is May 30. St Joan of Arc, pray for us!

Join the Kid's Club in our challenges this month inspired by St Joan of Arc:

  • Learn and pray the concluding prayer to the Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • Fight for good as we are all called to be warriors for Christ!
  • Commit to praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • Pick a special Saint to be your friend to pray to

Check out the Saints Alive podcast to learn more about St Joan of Arc!

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