Our Lord assured us that those who mourn are blessed and that they shall be comforted. Seasons of Hope offers the bereaved an opportunity to come together to share God’s love. With the support of the faith community, we can give voice to our unique journeys of grief and find healing and spiritual growth. Seasons of Hope sessions help us explore mourning through scripture, prayer, reflection activities, and faith sharing, and is centered on Jesus Christ and grounded in the healing wisdom, traditions, and practices of the Catholic Church. Each year, many families face the loss of ones who are members of the parish. Our Catholic tradition provides funeral support. Seasons of Hope can now carry that caring spirit into the difficult period that follows when grief can overwhelm. It also serves those who mourn loved ones from outside our parish community. They too may feel isolated, empty, and broken-hearted. For more information, please contact Deacon Chris Evans at (330) 402-5450 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Caritas – St. Jude
Caritas of St. Jude is an apostolate that serves the needy in our parish and our community. We give assistance for utility, rent, or medical needs. We sponsor a community meal on the fourth Thursday of each month for people in need of food and /or fellowship. We maintain a food pantry that is stocked by donations from our parishioners. Food assistance is given when requested. We also distribute food boxes at the community meal and at Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you are interested in helping to meet the mission of this apostolate, please contact Nancy Tompkins at (330) 482-9330.
Women’s Guild – St. Jude
The Women’s Guild started in 1953 before there was a Catholic Church in Columbiana. The group’s primary purpose was to build a Christian fellowship. During the “mission” years of our parish, when Masses were held at the Joshua Dixon School, we took turns preparing the altar for Mass and laying out the vestments for the priests. Today, the Guild supports many charities in addition to the many projects done at St. Jude. Members meet the first Wednesday of the month in the St. Jude Activity Center. New members are always welcome.
Mothers Ministry – St. Jude
Our parish has formed the Mothers’ Ministry to promote community among families; to strengthen each other in our vocations of wives and mothers; and to build faith by sharing prayers, works, and experiences. We strive to follow in the words of St. Paul, “Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, as indeed you do.” (1 Thes. 5:11) What are we about?
- Lots and LOTS of coffee, tea, and chocolate. That is what moms run on after all.
- Fun play dates for both mothers and children of all ages.
- Rosary prayer groups.
- Devotional meetings with reflection and discussion.
- Family adoration for everyone.
- Time for religious study and learning.
- Family outings and pilgrimages.
Our group is an outreach for the spiritual work of mercy to pray with the sick or dying in order to bring God’s message of mercy to them. If you’d like a prayer team to pray with you or a loved one, call the parish office at 330-482-2351 or the Divine Mercy number at 330-426-9346. We meet on the second Monday of the month at 9:00 a.m. in Our Lady of Lourdes Church hall. If you are interested in being a part of this apostolate or would like to learn more about the Divine Mercy message, please join us. Lord Jesus, we place our trust in you.