About Us

Priests

fr celestinoRev. Celestino Gutierrez

Named founding Pastor at St. Jude Parish on May 28, 2006 by Bishop John J. Nevins.

He is a native of Bercimuel in the province of Segovia, Spain where he was educated and ordained on June 24, 1964.

He served as a missionary in Guatemala for 17 years and was assigned to St. Martha’s in Sarasota in 1985.

Father Celestino serves as Director of Spanish Ministry for the Diocese of Venice.

fr robertRev. Robert L. Tatman,  Parochial Vicar


A Floridian who attended Christ the King Seminary in Buffalo, NY and was ordained October 25, 2004 in the Diocese of Venice.

Served as Associate Pastor of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Richmond, VA .

Priest- in- Charge at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church in Bokeelia, Fl.

Fr. Oscar Juan Mendoza Maya, Parochial Vicar

A native Peruvian, the oldest of five brothers.  Attended Seminary in Peru and in Colombia.

Ordained  January 6, 1999.

Previously served in Oklahoma and as Parochial Vicar at St. Teresa de Avila Church in Savannah, Georgia

Deacons

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Humberto Alvia

Deacon Humberto was born in Ecuador and later relocated to the Bronx, NY where he attended High School and College.

He served with the U.S. Marine Corps for 3 years and worked in construction while in New York.

Deacon Humberto and his wife Pia have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.

Ordained in 1998 in Brooklyn, NY, he later served at St. Martha’s in Sarasota and has been at St. Jude Church since 2006.

 

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Walt Brady

Deacon Walt has served at St. Jude Church since 2007.

His home base is Brooklyn, NY. He is a graduate of St. John University, he retired from New York Life Insurance Company, and he was ordained at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

Deacon Walt and his wife Dorothy Ann have seven children and 16 grandchildren, and he played professional baseball for the Boston Red Sox.

 

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Leonardo Pastore

Born in Domodossola, Italy and raised in Long Island, NY.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and a Master’s degree from Barry university.

Deacon Leonardo and his wife Blanca have been married since 1987.

He was ordained on June 4, 2011 at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice and has served at St. Jude Church since 2006.

 

Music Directors

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Alison Wilson

A native of England who re-located to the U.S.A. 21 years ago with husband,Jack.

Alison has been Music Director for the English masses at St. Jude since August, 2008.

She studied piano at the London College of Music and organ at the Royal College of  Organist and brings a different dimension to the music with her British heritage.

 

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Fernando Rivera


Fernando L. Rivera was born in Puerto Rico and moved with his family to Sarasota in 1990.

Upon meeting Fr. Celestino at St. Martha’s Church, he offered to help as organist for the Spanish masses.

When St. Jude Church was founded, he continued his volunteer service as the first Music Director for the Spanish masses.

Fernando is married to Ivelisse and they have two children.

 

Office

Office Hours/Horas de Oficina:   Mon-Fri/Lunes-Viernes 9 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1:00-5:00 p.m.

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Francis Verdoni

Parish Secretary/Religious Education Director

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Wendy Barroso

Bookkeeper 

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Rebecca Verdoni

Office Assistant

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Miki DeLong

Office Assistant

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Ana Maria Wissing

Sacristan

 

St. Jude recognizes the challenges of its community during difficult economic times. Assistance is available for qualified parishioners. Contact the Parish office for more information.

Office Hours/Horas de Oficina:   Mon-Fri/Lunes-Viernes 9 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Saint Jude Catholic Church
3930 17th Street
Sarasota, FL 34235

(941) 955-3934

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