By Joan D. Warren
EAST SANDWICH — On Saturday, November 11, the relics of St. Jude the Apostle will be coming to the Diocese of Fall River for prayer and veneration. The event will take place at Corpus Christi Church, 324 Quaker Meeting House Road, in East Sandwich, with a special Mass celebrated seeking St. Jude’s intercession at 1 p.m., with public veneration of St. Jude relics immediately following, ending at 10 p.m.
The Church recently celebrated the Feast of St. Jude (and St. Simon) on October 28. The relics are on a nationwide tour, with Corpus Christi the only stop in the Diocese of Fall River.
The relic, an arm of the saint, was separated from the greater portion of his remains several centuries ago and placed in a simple wooden reliquary carved in the shape of an upright arm in the gesture of imparting a blessing.
One of the Church’s most beloved saints, St. Jude is the one to whom people seek intervention when they are desperate and have tried everything else. When things seem lost or unbearable, St. Jude can provide hope.
St. Jude was one of Christ’s most intimate collaborators, being part of a group of 12 men called Apostles, a Greek term meaning “one who is sent.” While Christ had many disciples (followers), the Apostles’ mission to carry the Christian message to the world was unique in the authority they held.
For more information on the life and ministry of St. Jude, go to: apostleoftheimpossible.com; or for event information call the parish at 508-888-0209.