Welcome to St. Jude Parish website. St. Jude Parish is also known as St. Jude Catholic Community in the Catholic Diocese of Orlando, Florida.
ST. JUDE MISSION STATEMENT
To know God, to love Him, to serve Him. St. Jude Catholic Community is a place where God’s presence is made visible through spiritual formation, community life, service and stewardship.
JUDE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY, 443 MARION OAKS DRIVE, MARION OAKS (OCALA), FLORIDA
Marion Oaks was developed by Deltona Corporation and opened in 1973. Catholics in the community had to travel to St. Theresa in Belleview or Blessed Trinity in Ocala. There was also a retired priest, Fr. Bonamo, who celebrated Mass in his garage. This was attended by some.
1981-April 1 Rev. Vernon F. Uhran (pastor of St. Theresa) obtained a designated church
site on Marion Oaks Drive (formerly SW 42nd Ave. Rd.) from Deltona Corp. Site is 5.7 acres.
1981-September 23 First meeting of Catholic families at the old Community Center.
1981-October 15 First meeting of Core Building Committee.
1982-January 9 Building Fund Drive begins.
1982-April 11 Groundbreaking by Fr. Uhran following Easter Sunday Mass which
was held on the Country Club grounds.
1982-October 27 Contract to build multi-purpose building awarded. Architect was Edward
D’Avi & Co. Contractor was Cullison & Wright. Both of Ocala.
1983-August 21 Bishop Thomas J. Grady celebrated the first Mass in the new building and also blessed it. St. Jude Catholic Community became a mission of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Belleview under the leadership of Rev. James MacLoughlin. Fr. MacLoughlin celebrated one Mass per week on Saturday at 7:30 PM. Eucharistic Prayer Service held every Monday at 8:00 AM.
1985-December 8 St. Jude was established as a parish by Bishop Thomas J. Grady.
1985-December 26 Rev. Domingo N. Gonzalez was appointed Administrator. Masses celebrated Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM.
1986 – CCD Program started.
1987-April 24 Rev. Domingo N. Gonzalez was appointed Pastor. Spanish Mass at Noon added.
1988-February 20 Santos Santiago ordained as Deacon for our parish.
1989-May 13 Rev. Gonzalez transferred to St. Ann in Haines City.
1989-May 13 Rev. Edmund S. Czarnecki appointed as second Pastor.
Masses now Saturday 5:00 PM, Sunday 8:00 & 10:30AM and Noon.
1989-October 23 St. Jude Thrift Shop opens in Freeman Plaza on CR 484.
1990-April Rectory purchased on Marion Oaks Drive through the generosity of a deceased parishioner, Raymond Griswold.
1991-March 11 Bingo began on Mondays at 1:00 PM at old Community Center.
1991 Parish Council determined need for a parish hall w/classrooms.
Town meetings held to determine design, etc.
1991-September 22 Building Campaign “Kick-Off” wine & cheese party w/Bishop Grady.
1991-October 1 Bingo now held in multi-purpose building.
1991-November 3 House to house fund drive begins. “Tree of Life” installed to commemorate those donating $2000.
1992-August 2 Bishop Norbert M. Dorsey, C.P. celebrates Noon Mass and then presides at groundbreaking ceremonies. Reception for approximately 300 follows.
1992-September 1 Bids opened. Contractor is Emmett Sapp Builders of Fruitland Park.
Architect is Rick Swisher.
1992-September 13 Masses now Saturday 5:00 PM, Sunday 8:00 & 9:30 AM, Noon.
1992-November 16 Construction actually begins.
1993-May 29 Pews installed in multi-purpose building.
1993-June 11 Stained glass windows installed in sanctuary.
1993-June 12 Building blessed by Bishop Norbert M. Dorsey after 5:00 PM Confirmation Mass. Catered reception for approx. 300 follows.
1993-July 1 Rev. Czarnecki transferred to Blessed Sacrament in Cocoa.
1993-July 1 Rev. Anthony Palmese becomes our third Pastor.
1993-August 4 Certificate of Occupancy received for Parish Center.
1993-September 8 Stained glass windows installed in church and in St. Jude Shrine area.
1993-September 11 Bishop Thomas J. Grady celebrates 5:00 PM Mass. Blesses Christ & Children of World plaque. Dinner/dance for approx. 300 follows.
1997-August 1 Mass Schedule: Saturday 5:00 PM, Sunday 8:00 & 10:00 AM, Noon.
1997-August CCD Schedule Sunday 8:45AM to 9:50 AM
1998-August 1 Mass Schedule: Saturday 4:00 PM, Sunday 8:00 & 10:00 AM, Noon.
1998-August 16 CCD Schedule Sunday 10:50 AM to 11:50 AM.
2002-August New lighting installed in church, carpets removed in church and hallways and replaced with vinyl tile (hallways) and wood (church), pews were removed and replaced with chairs which increased seating capacity to 240.
2003 – March Thrift Shop moves to Marion Crossing Mall on CR 484
2003 – May Parish Center dedicated to Nick/Rita Lauer and Sanctuary to Fred/Teri Bigl
2004 – February (?) Candles in St. Jude Shrine area converted to two electric candle stands.
2004 – August 15 Electric memorial candles may be purchased to burn for one year.
2004- December Stained glass installed in reconciliation room door.
2005 – October Fr. Vicente Panaligan appointed as Parochial Vicar.
2006 – January Thrift Shop closes – lost lease in Marion Crossing
2007 – March Parish Center now being used as the church. Old church is now the Parish Hall.
2007 – August Fr. Panaligan transferred and Fr. Rodolfo Ramon appointed Parochial Vicar
2007 – September New CCD schedule – 8:45 AM-9:45 AM and 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
2009 – May Fr. Anthony Palmese retires.
2009 – June Fr. Lemier Guillaume appointed Parochial Administrator, Fr. Rodolfo Ramon transferred
2010 – June Fr. Guillaume resigns and Fr. Palmese returns as temporary Administrator
2010 – September Fr. Barthelemy Garçon appointed Parochial Administrator
2015 – November Sanctuary wall of Church refurbished with paintings provided by artist Margaret Watts.
2015 – November Chairs refurbished with new backs and seats.