The Great Novena To
St. Jude

In honor of St. Jude, let’s do a little Saint Quiz! The correct answers are on the back page but don’t look until after you have guessed at the answer!

First Question:
In a vision, the title “Patron of the Impossible” was given to St. Jude by?
A. The Blessed Mother
B. St. Bridget of Sweden and St. Bernard
C. St. Francis of Assisi

Second Question:
St. Jude was martyred around 65 AD in?
A. Persia
B. Rome
C. Ephesus

Third Question:
Why do the Gospel writers always call this Miracle-Worker “Jude Thaddeus” instead of just “Jude?”
A. The Gospel writers would have been anxious to distinguish him from “Judas Iscariot” by affirming that he was “Judas Thaddeus.”
B. It is a Jewish custom to call someone from St. Jude’s hometown by their first and middle name.
C. Thaddeus is his last name. I hope you did well on the quiz, but even

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I hope you did well on the quiz, but even if you didn’t know these facts about St. Jude, I know you have felt his gentle and loving presence in your life throughout many good times as well as life’s struggles. (Quiz answers can be found at the bottom of this page).

From the time I was little, I remember looking up at the statue of St. Jude as he stood faithfully on my mother’s dresser. As a Franciscan Friar, I have called on him many times when I needed hope and support.

Here is one example of how he helped me: about ten years ago, one of my nephews lost his job. He was unemployed for several weeks, and it was a very difficult time for his young family in every way.

He had two young children and they were expecting their third. The longer he went without employment, the more challenging life became for his family. Even food became scarce for them until my brothers stepped in to help.

I tucked one of my mother’s St. Jude holy cards into my prayer breviary and placed this petition for my nephew and his family into St. Jude’s hands.

Two days later, during this difficult time, I received a phone call from a parishioner friend of mine. He asked if I knew anyone who was looking for a job in sales. My nephew was a salesman, and I couldn’t believe our luck – then I realized it wasn’t luck – it was St. Jude!!

My nephew got the job, and he and his family are doing very well! Thank you, St. Jude!

Prayers to St. Jude were called for again the next week.

One of the nuns who works in our office, Sister Mary Francis, was diagnosed with cancer. Her doctor told Sister that any hope for a cure or remission was “nearly impossible.” Sister then told her doctor that “with St. Jude and God – nothing is impossible!”

We all rallied around her with care, love, support, and prayers to St. Jude.

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One of the nuns who works in our office, Sister Mary Francis, was diagnosed with cancer. Her doctor told Sister that any hope for a cure or remission was “nearly impossible.” Sister then told her doctor that “with St. Jude and God – nothing is impossible!” We all rallied around her with care, love, support, and prayers to St. Jude. She told me that one day during this difficult time, she received a small box in the mail. The box contained a beautiful St. Jude medal, with a card that read:

“This Saint Jude Medal was requested as a gift for you by a dear friend of yours who wishes to remain anonymous. It has been a pleasure to send this medal to you. May St. Jude grant every blessing to you now and always,” With Care, The Franciscan Store

Sister Mary Francis told me she was so touched by the beautiful gift and its timing that she was moved to tears. Within three weeks, Sister began the chemotherapy treatments that stopped her cancer which remains in remission.

Thank you, again, St. Jude!

One day last month, a woman stumbled upon our St. Jude Shrine here in New York City. It was within walking distance of her room at the Hope Lodge which is operated by the American Cancer Society. We are only around the corner! Now she comes in every day to pray to St. Jude!

Again, St. Jude had made himself known. He seems to take special delight in aiding desperate souls. What were the chances that, in finding a hospital that would agree to treat this woman, despite her advanced diagnosis, she would be in the city of his Shrine? And within walking distance of it? There are no coincidences.

The Shrine is a remarkable place. Masses and novenas take place daily. Catholics and non-Catholics alike visit to sit in quiet prayer. People come to light vigil candles and leave prayer intentions and thanksgiving notes.

You too can be a part of our Shrine by going to our www.stjudeprayforme.org/Light-A-Candle website, where you will be able to light a virtual candle to St. Jude.

When we feel overwhelmed with difficulties and impossible situations and relationships, prayer to St. Jude can give us what we need to feel God’s unconditional love. St. Jude can attain for us the courage, strength, and peace, to move forward. We can go to him in prayer, knowing that no need is entirely desperate. Join the Great Novena to St. Jude and be a part of the prayer of the Franciscan Friars and the people of the Shrine. The power of prayer to St. Jude is amazing! This Great Novena is bringing our prayers right up to the Miracle-Worker’s Feast Day on October 28th! Be with us for his Mass and all the prayers leading up to his Feast Day. Be a part of this Great Novena and all the friars will be praying to St. Jude with you and for you!

St. Jude is no ordinary advocate, and this is no ordinary Novena – this is the Great Novena leading up to his Feast Day. He was the close companion of Jesus and spread hope in the early Church during times of horrific suffering. He continues to help us today, especially during our own sufferings, through this Great Novena!

Never be afraid to go to St. Jude. Remember what Sister Mary Francis said: “With St. Jude and God – nothing is impossible!”

Your prayers and donations help to support the Franciscan Friars and our work with those in need. Each year, the friars serve over 2 million people who come to us for food assistance, shelter, clothing, and other services provided by our numerous outreach facilities. Please help us to help them.

Without you we can do nothing.

Please ask St. Jude to always be with you, join with us in this Great Novena to St. Jude, and see what our Miracle-Worker will do for you!

First Question Answer:
A. St. Bridget of Sweden and St. Bernard
Jesus instructed both St. Bridget of Sweden and St. Bernard, in visions, to pray to St. Jude and honor him as “the Patron Saint of the Impossible.” The Lord said: “In accordance with his surname, Thaddeus, the loving, will show himself most willing to give you help.”

Second Question Answer:
A. Persia
After the Ascension of Jesus, St. Jude traveled, preached, instructed, and encouraged the persecuted Christians. He was martyred in Persia around 65 AD, but he exhorted believers to stand strong in their faith. The loss of his presence was such a cause for despair in Christian communities that some historians think it might be another explanation for his patronage of desperate causes. His body was eventually brought back to Rome and placed in a crypt below St. Peter’s Basilica, where it resides today.

Third Question Answer:
A. The Gospel writers would have been anxious to distinguish him from “Judas Iscariot” by affirming that he was “Judas Thaddeus.”
They needed to distinguish between them because “Judas Iscariot,” was the apostle that betrayed Jesus at the Last Supper.

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