Welcome to the March

St. Jude's Family Newsletter!

As we enter into the second week of Lent, let us focus on ways to prepare our minds and hearts for Jesus' passion and enter into this penitential season with a focus on prayer, fasting and almsgiving. "Lent is a time to try to be our best selves, to take up new practices that lead us toward God, and to leave behind practices that distract us from God.”
~Kendra Tierney, Catholic All Year Compendium
Heavenly Father, Draw us closer to your heart, so that we might know you better and understand you more completely. We pray that we would not only give things up for Lent but also give you glory through Lent, Lord. May our actions reflect our hearts, and may we worship you through all that we say and do throughout the coming weeks.

Important Upcoming Dates:

Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Religious Education 

5:00 pm, 6:30 pm

Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 29: Mary's Messengers Prayer Group

6:00 pm, Parish Center

Wednesday, March 1: Walking with Purpose Women's Bible Study

6:00 pm, Social Hall

Wednesday, March 1: Mother's Zoom Rosary

9:00 pm (email Jessica Iannotta for more information)

Friday, March 3: Walking with Purpose Women's Bible Study

9:30 am, Social Hall

Fridays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: First Friday Adoration and Stations of the Cross

7:00 pm

Link to a Children's Stations of the Cross

Fridays, March 3, 17, 31: Youth Encounter

7-9 pm, Social Hall

Saturday, March 4: First Saturday Rosary and Mass 

8:00 am Rosary, 8:30 am Mass

Saturday, March 4, 11, 18, 25: Ignatian Parish Pilgrimage

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Saturday, March 4: Keltic Kick

7 pm, Social Hall

Sunday, March 5, 12, 19, 26: Religious Education

8:30 am, 10:30 am  

Sunday, March 5: St. Jude's Kid's Club

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Social Hall 

Mondays, March 6, 13, 20: "Dash through the New Testament" Bible study

7:00 pm, Social Hall

Saturday, March 11: Columbiette's Soup Night

5:00 pm, Social Hall

Saturday, March 18: Knights of Columbus Movie Night

5 pm, Social Hall

Saturday, March 25: Choice Wine Couples Program Information Night

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

Monday, March 27: 50th Anniversary Parish Seder Meal

7:00 pm, Social Hall

RVSP and information HERE

Tuesday, March 28: Knights of Columbus Prayer Service

7:00 pm

Wednesday, March 30: Moms Group Meeting

7:30 pm, Social Hall

Coming Soon and Save the Date!

Living Stations of the Cross - Good Friday 4/17 at 7:30 pm

Family Service afternoon - coming soon!

May Mother's Rosary making - coming soon!

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

Registration now open - see below


Bring home Saint Jude's traveling statue of the Holy Family . Families are needed for April and beyond!

Materials will be included to do a Consecration to the Holy Family. To learn more, visit:


Rehearsals are under way for the Living Stations of the Cross, and we’re still looking for a few more actors, particularly teenagers who might be interested in the roles of Jesus or Blessed Mother Mary and girls of any age who may wish to play the Weeping Women of Jerusalem. (All acting parts are silent — there’s nothing to memorize!)

Rehearsals are on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. in the church, and the Living Stations will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Good Friday, April 7.

Email Peter Blair at [email protected] if you wish to join us.



REMINDER: All confirmand's sponsor forms are due by March 31st!

St Jude's religious gift shop has many beautiful communion items available for purchase. See list here. Contact Fran Cambra to purchase.

Attention Newly Married Couples & Young Families!

Do you want to have a superabundant marriage?

If so, come join us and meet other young couples 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 for couples will be an introduction and social night on Saturday, March 25 at 5:30 PM in the St Jude Social Hall. It will be a pizza and wine event!

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

Email: [email protected]

Please indicate if childcare needed at the event.


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 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.

Suggested Resource of the Month

The Amen app is the free Catholic prayer app that inspires a daily conversation with God through faithful meditations and nourishing Scripture. A perfect companion for the whole family this Lenten season!

Saint Trivia

This Blessed was born in Japan and educated by Jesuit missionaries who were all eventually exiled.

He traveled to Rome on foot when the Jesuits refused to ordain him. He traveled for years to make it to Rome in order to be ordained a priest.

He insisted on returning to Japan to minister to those in need and died a martyr faithful to Jesus until the end.

Scroll down for the answer below!

Mom's Group Updates

Join the email list here

Next meeting Thursday 3/30 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 - tonight 3/1 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

March Feast Day Resources

March 19 (transferred to March 20 this year since it falls on a Sunday):

The Solemnity of Saint Joseph

We celebrate the Saint Joseph, foster father of Jesus

March 25:

The Feast of the Annunciation

The angel Gabriel visited Mary and told her she would conceive a son

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

Saint trivia answer:

If you guessed Blessed Peter Kibe, you are correct!

His feast day is July 4. Bl Peter Kibe, pray for us!

Join the Kid's Club in our challenges this month inspired by Bl. Peter Kibe:

  • Learn and pray the surrender prayer
  • Think about what would you do for Jesus
  • Make a pilgrimage on foot
  • Discern religious life

Check out the Catholic Sprouts podcast to learn more about Bl. Peter!

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Monroe, CT 06468