Church Affiliated Organizations

Christian Experience Weekend

Christian Experience Weekend is a renewal weekend for adults, designed to enable you to more deeply 'experience' yourself as well as your relationship with God and the Christian Community. 

The CEW weekend begins on Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. and ends at about 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.  In order to maximize the CEW community experience, all participants spend the entire time together, in one building, sleeping on cots and air mattresses and using sleeping bags. (Website)

Knight of Columbus Annimated GifSt. Jude Knights of Columbus
Msgr. Daniel Lenihan
Council 5544~Dist. 23
St. Jude Church
50 Edgewood Rd. NW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52405

Our Knights of Columbus council, chartered on April 13th, 1965, voted to honor Msgr. Daniel Lenihan as the person whom we'd like to name our council after.

Msgr. Lenihan had served the Knights of Columbus on both state and local levels, and he also served in World War I as a military chaplain. He was a long time pastor here in Cedar Rapids, and assisted in acquiring the land where St. Jude Church is now erected. Known to be a determined man, he strongly promoted growth here in the Northwest side of the city.

Our council is proud to remember him.

Our council is also proud to host a variety of activities such as the following:
  • Blood Donation drives
  • Steak and Fish Fries
  • Pro-Life activities
  • St. Jude New Year's Eve dance
  • Prayer and financial support to seminarians
  • Christmas parties for children and for the elderly
  • Annual Tootsie Roll Sales Drive for the mentally impaired

In addition to the above activities, we offer our councilmen fellowship, and the opportunity to serve our church community through repair projects, building projects, and other support efforts.

Our meetings are held monthly-usually on the 2nd Wednesday of each month-in The St. Jude Parish Center. We welcome new members and hope you will consider joining us.

If you are unfamiliar with our organization and would like more information about Supreme Council Knights of Columbus, please visit our site here: Knights of Columbus. Or, feel free to contact us!

St. Jude Men of Action
The St. Jude Men of Action group meets in the St. Jude Parish Center on a weekly at 8:30 pm on Wednesday evenings. The group is comprised of men from various parishes around Cedar Rapids who share Christian values and who offer a variety of support to one another. The main focus of our Men of Action group is outlined below.

Vision Statement

We envision a Christ centered community of Catholic men. . . .

  • in which COVENANT with God the Father is embraced and made real.
  • in which FORMATION of faith and spirituality is rooted in the teachings of Christ the Son.
  • in which MINISTRY is initiated and fulfilled through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Mission Statement

  • Together, we embrace God's covenant with us as we challenge each other to strengthen our commitment to family and neighbor.

  • Together, we strive to be formed in the image of Jesus through prayer, study and celebration of the sacraments.
  • Together, we encourage each other to discern God's unique call to active ministry in our families, churches and communities.

If you would like more information, please  Dan Rouse at 364-8588 or Email Dan Rouse.
We welcome your interest and hope you will consider joining us!

St. Jude Mother's Group
JPEG of Mother & BabyThe Mother's Group of St. Jude Parish was founded as a support chain and information exchange for Mothers and their children in 1996. This group brings parish Moms of all ages together in an atmosphere of sharing and affords play group time where children can interact with other parish children.

The group is informal and meets twice a month in the mornings.

JPEG of Children PlayingIn the summer, most meetings are held in a local park where older school children can be entertained and offered an opportunity to spend time together while still under their mother's supervision.

During the winter, the meetings are held in the Parish Center or in restaurants like McDonalds where an indoor playground is available.

Join us? We welcome all Mothers-- Grandmothers too!

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