Links

Here you will find a small selection of links, as well as the hymn, novena and litany of St. Jude in collapsible text format.

St. Jude's Parish

You can follow us on Facebook.

St. Francis Xavier Catholic High School

Mr. Nicholas Ali, the school chaplain, has set up this website for prayer intentions, faith-based questions, reflections and links.

Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall

The website for the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall.

The Friday Facts newsletter.

The Unbound Ministry for deliverance and freedom.

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

The website for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).

The liturgical calendar for 2019-2020 (this year).

The liturgical calendar for 2020-2021 (next year).

Vatican

The website for the Holy See.

The Holy See archive, with links to the Bible, the Catechism, the Code of Canon Law, and Vatican II documents.

A great Apostolic Letter on the 1600th anniversary of the heavenly birthday of St. Jerome (30 September 2020), who translated the Bible from Hebrew and Greek into Latin. If you have never read anything by Pope Francis, this is a good place to start; he is very readable!

The latest Encyclical Letter, released on 4 October 2020, called Fratelli Tutti ("Brothers All"), on fraternity and social friendship.

Prayer

The Mass readings of the day, as provided by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). They use the New American Bible (NAB) instead of the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), so the translation is a little different than what you'll hear from our lectionary. However, their website allows you easily to get the complete readings for today or a different date.

The Breviary online. Clergy say the Breviary every day, but lay people are permitted the devotion as well.

A novena to St. Jude. You can use this anytime, but we will be starting this novena on 20 October and concluding on his feast day of 28 October.

Hymn of St. Jude - Collapsible Text

(Sung to the Tune of Ode to Joy)

Christ, who sent out your apostles
to proclaim to all the earth
God's good news and sin's forgiveness
re-creation and new birth:
For St. Jude, your friend and cousin
we give thanks and praise today.
Through his intercession help us;
lead us on your hope-filled way.

Christ, whose love is shown in healing
sick of body, mind and soul;
Who sent forth apostles, preaching
life restored, with you its goal.
For St. Jude, your friend and cousin,
we give thanks and praise today.
Through his intercession help us;
Lead us on your hope-filled way.

Novena to St. Jude - Collapsible Text

Opening Prayer

Most Holy Apostle, St. Jude Thaddeus, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor who delivered your beloved Master into the hands of his enemies has caused you to be forgotten by many. But the Church honours you, and we invoke you as the special advocate of those who are in trouble and almost without hope. Help us to realize that through our faith we triumph over life's difficulties by the power of Jesus who loved us and gave his life for us. Come to our assistance that we may receive the consolation and help of heaven in all our needs, trials, and sufferings, particularly for (here make your request), and that we may praise God with you and all the saints forever.

Litany

St. Jude, Apostle of the Word of God.
R. Pray for us.

St. Jude, Follower of the Son of God.
R. Pray for us.

St. Jude, Preacher of the love of God.
R. Pray for us.

St. Jude, Intercessor before God.
R. Pray for us.

St. Jude, Friend of all in need.
R. Pray for us.

St. Jude, pray for us:
R. And for all who invoke your aid.

Day One

St. Jude, you witnessed the healing power of our Lord Jesus. You saw his compassion for the sick and dying. You yourself touched the sick, shared the sorrows of the mournful, and encouraged the despairing. You received this authority and healing power to work wonders, to cure the incurable, to make people whole. We ask you to intercede with your brother, Jesus, to send his saving grace to heal the sick and suffering, to uplift their despondent spirits, and to instill hope in their hearts. Amen.

Day Two

St. Jude, through prayer you praised God for the wonderful works of Jesus. You asked God for the strength to meet the challenges of your apostolate. You put your trust in God's mercy, believing firmly that God loved you and understood your joys and sorrows, your hopes and fears, and your triumphs and failures. You understood that nothing is impossible for God. We ask you to pray for us now before the Most High so that we too might be filled with God's saving power, understand God's will for us and faithfully place ourselves in God's loving hands. Amen.

Day Three

St. Jude, you remained faithful to our Lord, even unto death. You gave your life so that others might live. You endured physical pain and emotional abandonment. But you gladly joined your sufferings to those of our Saviour, Jesus, and thus shared in the redemption of the world. We ask you now to intercede with your brother, Jesus Christ, so that we too might be faithful in the face of our suffering. Help us to trust in God and put our life in his hands. Amen.

Day Four

St. Jude, you courageously preached the Word of God in the most difficult situations. Like Jesus, you defended the poor and oppressed and challenged the rich and powerful. When threatened with death, you did not resort to violence or despair but recalled Jesus' words of peace and forgiveness. Hear our prayer, today, for peace and justice in our world. Ask the Lord to give us the courage to stand up for what is right. Pray that we be effective peacemakers like you, especially in the world where there is war and oppression, in our communities where there is violence and strife, and in our families where there is conflict and tension. Amen.

Day Five

St. Jude, although you were chosen by Jesus as one of the twelve apostles, you learned not to be proud, not to pursue honours or the highest places. Instead, you humbled yourself in the service of your sisters and brothers. We pray that you help us to serve with a more generous heart, to sacrifice our own interest for the good of others. Intercede for us with our crucified Christ, who humbled himself on the cross, who sacrificed his life that we might live. May we imitate him by a life of dedicated, selfless service to others. Amen.

Day Six

St. Jude, Apostle of mercy and reconciliation, help us to forgive one another. You understand the depth of God's compassion and our hesitancy to forgive. You learned how to be merciful from Jesus, the Son of God. He taught you how to forgive those who persecuted you and put you to death. Intercede for us now before our compassionate God that we might forgive those who have offended us. Help us to remove every trace of hatred, bitterness or revenge from our hearts. May we have the strength to forgive as God forgives. Amen.

Day Seven

St. Jude, you left home and traveled afar in order to bring the Good News of God's love to all the nations. You preached enthusiastically about what you learned personally from the words and works of our Lord, Jesus. You courageously faced criticism, rejection and eventually martyrdom. Ask the Lord to send us his Spirit so that we might be faithful messengers of God's love, forgiveness and justice to our selfish, violent and unjust world. Help us to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world by the loving and compassionate way we speak to and treat one another. Amen.

Day Eight

St. Jude, you are Jesus' cousin and friend. Accompanying him on his journeys and watching him cure the sick, you felt his infinite compassion and experienced his saving grace. You believed that he has the words of eternal life and power over sickness and death. Intercede for us now so that we might feel the comfort of his friendship, the warmth of his presence, and the healing power of his spirit.

Because nothing is impossible for our God, pray that the Spirit will make us whole in body and soul. Amen.

Day Nine

St. Jude, you traveled far and wide to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to all nations. You gathered people into communities of faith so that they might live the Gospel of the Lord, sharing their lives and resources, joining their hearts and minds in the Lord. You recognized the dignity of all, the diversity of gifts, and the equality among all God's children. Pray to the Lord to send his Spirit to our church leaders and to each of us so that we might create unity and equality amid the division and discrimination in our church communities. Help us overcome our own fear, our timidity or self-centeredness in order to place our gifts at the service of our sisters and brothers in our local church communities. Amen.

Closing Prayer

Humbly we resign ourselves to God's holy will, knowing that he alone knows what is best for us especially in our present needs and necessities. May we see God's good and gracious purpose working in all our trials. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.


Litany of St. Jude - Collapsible Text

Lord, have mercy on us.
R. Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.
R. Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.
R. Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ hear us.
R. Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of heaven.
R. Have mercy on us.

God, the Son, the Redeemer of the world.
R. Have mercy on us.

God, the Holy Spirit.
R. Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God.
R. Have mercy on us.

Hail Mary.
R. Pray for us.

St. Jude, relative of Jesus and Mary.
R. Pray for us.

St. Jude, while on earth deemed worthy to see Jesus and Mary and to enjoy their company.
R. Pray for us.

St. Jude, raised to the dignity of an Apostle.
R. Pray for us.

St. Jude, who had the honour of beholding your divine Master humble himself to wash your feet.
R. Pray for us.

St. Jude, who at the Last Supper received Holy Communion from the hands of Jesus.
R. Pray for us.

St. Jude, who after the profound grief which the death of your beloved Master caused you, had the consolation of beholding Him risen from the dead, and of assisting at his glorious Ascension.
R. Pray for us.

St. Jude, who was filled with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.
R. Pray for us.

St. Jude, who did preach the Gospel in Persia.
R. Pray for us.

St. Jude, who did convert many people to the faith.
R. Pray for us.

St. Jude, who did perform wonderful miracles by the power of the Holy Spirit.

R. Pray for us.

St. Jude, who disregarding threats courageously preached the doctrine of Christ.

R. Pray for us.

St. Jude, who did gloriously suffer martyrdom for the love of your Divine Master.
R. Pray for us.

Blessed Apostle, with confidence, we invoke you!
R. Pray for us.

St. Jude, help of the hopeless, aid us in our distress!
R. We beseech you, hear us.

That by your intercession both priests and people of the Church may obtain an ardent zeal for the faith of Jesus Christ.
R. We beseech you, hear us.

That you would defend our Sovereign Pontiff and obtain peace and unity for the Holy Church.
R. We beseech you, hear us.

That all unbelievers may be converted to the faith.
R. We beseech you, hear us.

That faith, hope and charity may increase in our hearts.
R. We beseech you, hear us.

That we may be delivered from all evil thoughts and from all the snares of the devil.
R. We beseech you, hear us.

That you would preserve us from all sin and from all occasions of sin.
R. We beseech you, hear us.

That you would deign to aid and protect all those who honour you.
R. We beseech you, hear us.

That you would defend us at the hour of death.
R. We beseech you, hear us.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.
R. Spare us O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.
R. Graciously hear us O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.
R. Have mercy on us.

Pray for us, blessed Jude:
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

St. Jude, glorious Apostle:
R. We invoke you as the patron of our parish church.

St. Jude, pray for us.
R. And for all who invoke thy aid.

Let us pray.

O God, who through your blessed Apostle Jude Thaddeus has brought us to the knowledge of your name: grant us, both to celebrate his eternal glory by making progress in virtues, and by celebrating his glory, to advance in virtue. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit are one God, now and ever and to ages of ages.
R. Amen.