Feast Day Fun: St Jude

St Jude October 28 is the Feast Day of St Simon and St Jude, both Apostles of Jesus.

This time around, I’m going to focus on St Jude. Once I gather more information about St Simon, I will post a separate Feast Day Fun edition and probably focus on activities about the Apostles.

St Jude is the patron saint of hopeless cases (and not to be confused with Judas the Traitor who was also an Apostle of Jesus). A legend recounts that St Jude took a cloth that had a perfect imprint of Jesus’ Face on it, to heal King Abgar.  St Jude is usually pictured holding something that looks like a medallion with Jesus’ Face on it.

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Excerpts from A Treasure Chest of Traditions for Catholic Families , various posts at Equipping Catholic Families and our Saint Scripts Craft Kits (Series ONE and TWO). Prayer Boards 1 St Jude is the patron of hopeless cases.

We are encouraged to pray for his intercession for our biggest, most stressful concerns.

Prayer Board 2 Families often have a number of special intentions to keep praying for, throughout family prayers. Sometimes people ask others to pray for them. Sometimes we are made aware of a tragedy or critical health scare concerning people we don’t even know.

Prayer Boards are helpful for both “desperate cases” for St Jude’s attention and the everyday concerns, offering an excellent expression and reminder of the current family prayer petitions.

Don’t forget All Souls! (November 2…and the dedication of the month of November) Pray for loved ones and all those who have died…for an accelerated path to Heaven!



Prayer-Loom Prayer Book Check out Easy Prayer Boards or The Pinterest Prayer Book or the Prayer-Loom Prayer Book for other prayer-based family traditions here at Equipping Catholic Families!

    dotella prayer jar 2 The DoTella Prayer Jar FREE Printable is another neat prayer activity, similar to the God Box in A Treasure Chest of Traditions for Catholic Families

It’s designed to get kids expressing their concerns and offering their special prayers in a fun new way.   St Jude 3

Add to your collection of Wooden Painted Saints with St Jude! Here’s our Wooden Painted Saints Tutorial.


4 Don’t forget this classic prayer, calling on the intercession of St Jude!

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St. Jude, glorious Apostle,

faithful Servant and Friend of Jesus.

The name of the traitor

has caused you to be forgotten by many,

but the True Church invokes you universally

as the patron of things despaired of.

Pray for me, who am so miserable:

Pray for me, that finally I may receive the consolations

and the aid of heaven

in all my troubles, tribulations and sufferings,

particularly _________________

and that I may bless God

with the elect throughout Eternity. Amen.

(assumed public domain)

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 St Jude, pray for us!

Do you have your own family activities, traditions, crafts or celebrations to share for this special Feast Day? Don’t forget to add it at the Celebrate the Saints Link-Up…or pick up an idea or two for your family to enjoy! Treasure Chest and Saint Scripts Kits

This is the another edition of Feast Day Fun…offering excerpts from

A Treasure Chest of Traditions for Catholic Families

and Saint Scripts Craft Kits (Series ONE and TWO).

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