Spiritual Life


“Come to me all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28

At Saint Jude the Apostle Catholic School, parents, students, faculty, and staff are all part of Spiritual Life.  This unique program was started in 1983 by Saint Jude parents, as a way for the school and parent communities to share in the faith formation of our children.  Our faith comes alive through classroom activities, parent rosaries, and fellowship with one another.

Please contact us if you would like more information about any of these aspects of Spiritual Life.  We are excited for you to find out which part of Spiritual Life appeals to you and would love to have you join in and experience all that Spiritual Life has to offer your family!

Louise Hamrick and Rubi Peterson
Co-Vice Presidents Spiritual Life 2018-2019

2018-2019 Ministries

“Adopt” a Seminarian / Elijah Cup – Classes provide support for our Archdiocesan Seminarians through prayers and letters of encouragement.  Classes pray for vocations through the Elijah Cup program.

Eighth Grade Rosaries – Every year PTA Spiritual Life gives beautiful, handmade, knotted rosaries to the 8th grade graduates.  These special rosaries are made by volunteers with prayerful, loving hearts – full of hope for the graduates' bright futures.  No experience is necessary – we are happy to teach anyone who wants to learn how to make them!

Family Day of Service – On a Sunday afternoon in January, families participate in a school-wide service project.

Fathers in Faith – Two morning programs focus on our fathers growing in their faith and fellowship with one another.  

First Communion Gifts – Every year PTA Spiritual Life gives the 2nd Grade First Communicants a special gift to commemorate this important Sacrament and milestone in their Catholic faith journey.

Lenten Lunches (6-8) – On three Fridays during Lent, Middle School students will have a light lunch as a reminder of our Lenten promises.  The amount of money students would normally spend on lunch is donated to the Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl.  Parent volunteers donate, prepare, and help serve the food, while students set the tables, serve the meal, prepare/lead prayer, and clean up.

Live Your Faith (6-8) – Middle School students have various opportunities to grow in their faith throughout the school year – grade-level retreats, Rosary Guild, Seder meal, Lenten lunches, 8th grade Archdiocesan Mass, grade-level service projects, etc.  Spiritual Life sponsors a speaker(s) to connect with these students on an age-appropriate topic and help guide them in the ways of our faith.

May Crowning – Our May devotion to our Blessed Mother, begins with a rosary procession at the school and continues into the church.  Classroom bouquets of flowers are placed around the statue of Mary, and eighth grade students crown Our Lady with a beautiful flower crown.  Our school community enjoys a special ceremony of music, readings, and prayer, to honor Mary.

Mothers’ Retreat – A unique opportunity for school mothers to gather on a morning in the spring at a fellow mother’s home.  Mothers will enjoy Mass, a speaker, beautiful music and reflection, and lunch.  

Nativity Sets – Spiritual Life parent volunteers started this special program in 2000, and the tradition continues today.  During Spiritual Life lessons in December, students in K-5th grade create and add pieces to their own personal Nativity Sets – Kindergarten (Jesus, Mary, and Joseph), 1st grade (the Three Wise Men), 2nd grade (the Shepherd and the Sheep), 3rd grade (the Angel), 4th grade (the Camel), and 5th grade (the Stable).

Parent Rosary – Parents gather once a month to pray the Rosary for the intentions of our students and staff.  Rosary dates/times are listed on the school calendar and can also be found in the Spiritual Life section of SchoolSpeak.  As part of our devotion to Mary during the month of May, students will bring home a class Rosary bag to pray with their family.  Prayer is the greatest gift of love and support that we can share.  

Prayer Angels – Students, faculty, and parents are invited to offer a special intention to our patron, Saint Jude, at the beginning of the school year.  Prayer Angels are displayed at a selected school Mass offered for those intentions.

Seasonal Spiritual Life (K-5) – A team of 12 parent volunteers for each classroom rotate visiting the class several times throughout the school year to lead a craft or activity with the children.  Step by step instructions are given to the volunteers and all activities are pre-planned.

Student Prayers – Throughout the year, each student has the opportunity to write a prayer and read it during the Saint Jude morning news show.  Families are encouraged to join their child as his/her prayer is read.

Sunshine – Parent volunteers in each class coordinate assistance for the families of students and staff members during a time of illness or need.  Assistance varies by the situation and may include providing meals, childcare, or other support.