We Welcome You!
On behalf of our parish family I wish to extend a warm welcome to you on visiting our website. It is my hope and prayer that St. Jude will be able to provide the support you need in your spiritual journey with our Lord. We are a vibrant, growing and engaged community with over 1300 registered households/ families.
So whether you are new to DeWitt, the greater Lansing area, new to our Church, new to anything Catholic, just visiting or already a member of our parish family, our hope & prayer is that you will find us supportive so that you become a dynamic Catholic in your spiritual life. Therefore we welcome all who are young or old, tall or short, heavy set or slim built, rich or poor, with or without hair, single, married or divorced, living alone or have a family with children of any age (especially to those who have babies that can't sit still or talk quietly).
We welcome those who are in need of prayer, a friend of faith to walk with, had religion shoved down their throat as a kid, not sure who God is for you, got lost in traffic and ended up in our parking lot by mistake or arrived through the grace of God. Also it doesn't matter if you are flexible or inflexible, tolerant or intolerant, like to laugh or have difficulty laughing in life...We Welcome You! Fr. Bob
Let the children come to me, he said, do not keep them back;
the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Our parish community believes that we need to teach our infants and young children about the Mass and the way we worship. Therefore
we invite all parents with little ones to relax! God put the wiggle in children; so don't feel you have to suppress it in God's house. We invite you sit up front in our worship space during our weekend liturgies (Masses) where it is much easier for your little ones to see and hear what's going on at the altar. They get lost and bored in seeing the backs of other's heads.
Sitting up front is a great way to quietly explain the parts of the Mass and actions of the priest, altar servers, choir as well as other ministers. Sing the songs and pray the responses for as you well know your little ones learn behavior by copying your behavior.
But parents, please, if your little one begins to act up, talk loudly consistently or cry uncontrollably, then simple get up and walk around the back of the Church or take them behind the glass doors and windows; but do come back once they have calm or quieted down. And finally remember the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to the Church, to God and to one another. Let all our children know that they are welcome in this house of worship.