History of St. Jude Parish
St. Jude parish was canonically erected on July 23, 1962. Our first pastor, Fr. Richard Krapfl, along with his associate, Fr. James Flanagan, took up residence on August 8, of that year, and the first Sunday Mass was offered on August 12 in the southwest wing of the school. Masses were held there until the summer of 1966. The parish center was opened at that time.

The land had been purchased some years earlier by Fr. Donald Peters, then the administrator of St. Patrick's parish. Fr. J. Robert McDonald was responsible for the construction of St. Jude School. Our present parish rectory at 3601 First Avenue, SW was purchased in 1984. Our new church was dedicated in March of 1989. The former LaSalle high school property was purchased in 1999 to be used as part of our Holy Family School consolidation.

Fr. John Gregory was our second pastor from 1968 to 1976. Fr. Eugene Kutsch served this parish from 1976 to July, 1987, Fr. Donald Bruggeman served from 1987 to 1999, Fr. Richard Ament served from 1999 - July, 2005.  Our present Pastor, Fr. Mark Reasoner, arrived in July 2005.

Our boundaries include the area of Cedar Rapids west of 18th Street west, south of the Cedar River, north of 33rd Avenue SW, and east of West Post Road.

A "Bit" of History About Saint Jude

Saint Jude was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. Little is written and recorded about him. It has been said he was almost forgotten for centuries after the death of Christ. Some believe this was because his name, St. Judas Thaddeus was often confused with Judas Iscariot the apostle who betrayed Christ.

Thus, people were afraid to seek intercession for fear of confusing the two.

Centuries passed before people began to recognize St. Jude. It is speculated that many thought he may have had some "stored-up" power from all the time when he was forgotten and he has since become known as the saint to petition for hopeless causes.

Today, there are numerous schools, churches and hospitals that use his name. And it is common to see classified publications of with testimonials thanking St. Jude for prayers answered via his intercession.

Prayer to St. Jude

Glorious Apostle, St. Jude Thaddeus, I salute you through the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Through His Heart I praise and thank God for all the graces He has bestowed upon you. I implore you, through His love to look upon me with compassion. Do not despise my poor prayer. Do not let my trust be confounded! God has granted to you the privilege of aiding humankind in the most desperate cases. Oh, come to my aid that I may praise the mercies of God! All my life I will be your grateful client until I can thank you in heaven.

St. Jude, pray for us and for all those who invoke your aid. Amen.

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