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The ministry of Lectors is one of proclaiming the word of God. This blessed inheritance is found in the scripture of the Old and New Testaments. The core purpose of this ministry is to give meaning and life to the scripture readings, so that the congregation can experience the Word of God through these readings.

Deacon Leonardo Pastore Coordinates the English Lectors

Deacon Humberto Alvia Coordinates the Spanish Lectors


A ministry directed to assist the priest in the distribution of Holy Communion. Visits to the hospitals, nursing facilities, homebound are an important part of the assignments.


As a ministry of fellowship, the group meets on Monday, Wednesday, Friday following the 7:30 a.m. mass for prayer and supportive companionship. The group is available to host funeral receptions at St. Jude.

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Knights of Columbus – Blessed Carlos Manuel Council 14391

Chartered on October 15, 2007 with the purpose of serving the Church through both spiritual and material support. They sponsor devotional services, promote prayer vigils, raise funds for Church projects, provide wholesome fraternity and social venues to its members and their families.

Ed Eagan, Grand Knight


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The Ladies Auxiliary provides volunteer services to help with the Hispanic Festival, food trailer , Christmas Toy Program for the needy, Toys 4 Tots, the Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfasts, decorating the church for the holidays, pot luck dinners, Pro Life Walks at Planned Parenthood in Sarasota, and support for the Knights of Columbus with the Tootsie Roll, and Keep Christ in Christmas Campaigns.Fundraising events have provided Advent vestments, Rectory fountain, a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and donations for Marian feast days and holy days.

Many of the ladies are active in other church ministries such as Eucharistic Ministers, Cantor, choir members, lectors, greeters, and teacher's aide for religious education.

All Business Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:30 pm starting in September at St. Jude Catholic Church in Room A1 unless otherwise noted.

President: Debra Johnson


St. Jude Parish provides religious activities for migrant workers who cannot travel to Sarasota or the closest local church. They receive religious education, the Eucharist, penance service, preparation for Baptism and the sacrament of Baptism, all near their homes. Quinceañeras and other religious traditions are celebrated. Most activities are held on Sundays after 4:30 p.m. The young adults work with the youth community and help with the Eucharist.


This Ministry serves as a liaison with the Diocesan Respect Life Office. They initiates prayer and activist events, including: monthly holy hour on the first Friday of the month, 40 Days for Life fall event; January prayer walk and Florida Legislative Day. We collects funds for women and babies in need. Our Mission is to educate people about abortion through study of Church documents and informing the community of relevant legislation.

Denise Rosier and Cristina Valdez, Coordinators


St. Jude Parish serves the jail population in Sarasota County and Port Manatee. Prisoners are visited inside their cells to bring the Word of God and Hope to their lives. The clergy provides spiritual guidance and consolation, listening to their stories, praying with them, bringing them back to the Lord.

Deacon Humberto Alvia


LEGION OF MARY – Spanish Speakers

The Legion of Mary is a world-wide organization of the lay apostolate in which Catholic men and women sanctify themselves through prayer and spiritual work in union with Our Lady under the guidance of the clergy. Meetings are each Saturday, at St. Jude Church, 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Julio Gonzalez, President, 379-9285

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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