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St Jude The Apostle Catholic Church
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St Jude The Apostle
49 George Street, Scoresby, Vic 3179
(03) 9763 7302
Tue, Wed, Thu – 9:15am to 2:45pm (Please note the Parish Office is closed indefinitely. However; we can be still contacted during office hours via email or phone)

History

Saint Jude

Most holy Apostle St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor who delivered the beloved Master into the hands of His enemies has caused you to be forgotten by many, but the Church honours and invokes you universally as the patron of hopeless cases, of things despaired of.

Pray for me who am so miserable; make use, I implore you, of this particular privilege accorded to you, to bring visible and speedy help, where help is almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need, that I may receive the consolations and succour of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly here God with you and all the elect forever.

I promise you, O blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favour, and I will never cease to honour you as my special and powerful patron and to do all in my power to encourage devotion to you. Amen. St. Jude, pray for us and all who invoke thy aid. Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory Be. St. Jude, model of humility, mirror of patience, lily of chastity, flame of divine love, intercede for us. Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory Be. St. Jude, comfort of the sorrowing, refuge of sinners, helper of the distressed, special patron in hopeless cases, intercede for us. Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory Be.

The Leadlight Cross

The head of the cross depicts the Trinity. The eye represents God the Father, all-seeing, all-knowing. The red symbolises his ever present love, the yellow his power and energy. The cross symbolises Jesus. The two blues represent his divinity and his humanity. 

The dove portrays the Holy Spirit and is placed over the cross to remind us that Jesus said, 'I will ask the Father and he will give you another Helper, the spirit of truth, to stay with you forever.' (John 14:16) 

The two arms embody the community. The three Parish schools - St. Jude's, Holy Trinity and St. Mary's are represented. The apples remind us that Scoresby had its origins in orchards and market gardens. 

'Let the children come...' is taken directly from Scripture, Matthew 19:14. What better way to focus on the youth of the parish. 

In early times, Christians identified each other by the sign of a fish. Here the fish identifies the Christian community of St. Jude's. 

Just as the central panel is the heart of the cross, the Eucharist is the core of the Parish Liturgy. 

From the chalice, the water and wine, now Christ's Blood, flow into the final panel. 

The three groups of circles summarise the life of St. Jude's Parish - from bottom to top - past, present and future, all leading to the Eucharist. 

The concentric circles focus on the continuity of the life cycle - birth, growth, death. 

Just as the youth of the Parish are remembered, so too are the adults, the parents. The circles represent the wedding rings exchanged, the promises made, the continuous years of dedication and hard work, the family. 

In the background, the blood of Christ is a life-line between the past, the present and the future; the pulse of the parish. 

Designer and Maker - Sylvia Ballerini

Stations of the Cross

Pope Benedict XVI has spoken often in recent times of very important times in lives of all of us to renew our faith in Christ and His ways. One such time is the holy season of Lent.


The 400 metre journey of Christ to His death on the Cross, is above all, the proof that we are loved and precious to Him. Meditating on this journey, may help us respond to His love for each and every one of us, as the Pope says, when we can renew our faith in a God Who loves us.

 

Stations of the Cross Windows

The Stations of the Cross stained glass windows were commissioned at St Jude's Parish Church Scoresby in December 2008. It is with thanks to the generosity of all parishioners at St Judes in the Thanksgiving Offering and other fundraising efforts that we are now able to journey with Christ through our Stations of the Cross during Easter. We hope that they will help give us a more meaningful and prayerful experience throughout the Lenten Season and Holy Week.

 

St Jude's Parish Stations of the Cross were designed by John Kelly and made by Brian Turner of Victorian Leadlights. We thank John and Brian.

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