St. Jude, known as Thaddaeus, was a brother of St. James the Less, and a relative of Our Savior. After preaching the Gospel in many lands, he returned to Jerusalem and assisted his brother's election, St. Simeon, as Bishop of Jerusalem. Saint Jude is cited in desperate situations because his
Saint Jude Mission is located on a lovely tree-lined street and can be easily spotted with the white mission building just next to the red brick center. The large white cross on top of the mission greets visitors passing by and beckons them inside. Just in front of the center there is a very nice large sign with the mission's name and schedule. There is street parking with a ramp or you can go up the four steps to get to the double glass doors that lead into the mission. Once into the mission, there is one main aisle that leads straight to the altar and two smaller side aisles. The pews are a variety of styles and the eclectic looks just adds to the charm of this mission. The white rafters above bring in more architectural detail and highlights the crucifix above the altar.
Stations of the cross are in groupings on the side walls along with a few small crosses. An abundance of light shine directly on the altar with the skylight above. The altar is draped in green, which is appropriate for Ordinary Time. The processional crucifix is to the right of the altar and there is a large double green cross panel just to the right of the crucifix hanging on the wall. To the left of the crucifix is the tabernacle and sanctuary lamp and the preparation table. The podium is to the left of the altar table and also has a green draped cloth. Just right of the altar area is the baptismal font and a large framed print of Our Lady of Guadalupe complete with kneelers and candles for adoration. A music area is to the left of the altar area along with beautiful carvings of Mary and Joseph. Saint Jude's statue is the back of the mission to watch over his parishioners.
I thank Fr. Murillo and the kind lady in the choir for welcoming this church-hopper to their parish. I thank you and God for the blessings bestowed upon me today. May God teach us what it means to love the stranger as we love ourselves. Amen