Becoming a Member
Hello and welcome! We’re excited you’re here and would like to help answer any questions you may have about joining the parish. We here at St. Jude the Apostle Parish belong to the Erie Roman Catholic Diocese. St. Jude Parish has much to offer individuals and families wherever they may be on their spiritual journey. By registering in a parish, you are declaring your desire to be part of a Catholic faith community. We look forward to the opportunity to meet you and hope you will join us at activities, programs, and special celebrations. Most of all, we look forward to seeing you at Mass!
But wait, I’m not Catholic (yet)…
We welcome those interested in joining the Catholic faith who might be from another Christian tradition, another religion, or perhaps even fallen away from the faith over time! We have a wonderful program to get you started on a journey into full communion with the Catholic Church. It’s called OCIA: the Order of Christian Initiation for Adults.
More about Membership in the Catholic Church
Registration enables the parish pastor and staff to get to know you better, and helps them be able to communicate with you by sending you mailings and connecting via social media and email. Once you are registered, please notify the parish office of any changes in address or phone number. Members can expect pastoral care from their parish, including baptisms, anointing of the sick, and funerals. Being part of the parish community allows the Body of Christ to grow and help one another through this journey of faith.
What is expected of Parish Members
Members are asked to participatate at Mass on Sundays and on the Holy Days of Obligation.
Members are asked to attend the Sacrament of Reconciliation at least once a year.
Members are asked to receive Communion at least once a year during the Easter season.
Members are asked to join in fasting, almsgiving, & abstinence during the Lenten season.
Members are asked to find a parish ministry that they connect to which will help build our community.
What about adult Children who are 18 Years of Age or Older?
Children are considered members with their parents until they turn 18 years old. Once they are 18, it is their own responsibility to attend church and to register as a member independent of their parents. This can be done by stopping in to our office, calling, or emailing anyone from our team.