Saint Jude Church


The exterior of the building features a stone and cedar facade with several pitched roofs. A cupola and cross crown the steeple.

The Altar is the primary sign of Christ within the building, and is the true cornerstone. The wood altar was brought over from the parish center which served as the church for sixteen years.

Directly behind the Altar is the reredos (stone wall) from which hangs the carving of Christ in Glory. The carving was inspired by a stained glass window in the Chapel of Saint Francis of Assisi, Italy.

To the left of the Altar is the Eucharistic Shrine. The reception of the Eucharist has been, and will ever continue to be, vital to Catholics as the Food that sustains them, a bond of union with the Lord they follow. Early in the Church's life, it became necessary to reserve some portion of the Eucharist so that those who were ill could also share in the family meal of Christians. The Eucharist was kept in a small cabinet that became a permanent fixture in churches.

The Sanctuary Light is a lamp found burning before the tabernacle, a custom that goes back over 700 years as a mark of honor to the Divine Presence, present in the Holy Eucharist.

The Baptismal Font is located to the right of the Altar. After Holy Eucharist, the Sacrament of Baptism is held in highest honor by the Catholic Church. It is here that the Christian dies with Christ and rises with new life.

We honor the Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph with statues adorning either corner of the church. Both statues, as well as the carving of Christ in Glory, were hand carved by Moroder in Ortiesi, a small town in northern Italy.

The Sacristy is located at the rear of the church and although it exists as a practical necessity for vesting, it symbolizes preparedness for heaven. More than just a gathering place, it is a place of preparation for worship, a place of prayer.

The Reconciliation Room located within the nave of the church is the place where the Sacrament of Reconciliation is received. The purpose of this sacrament is to reconcile the sinner to God, to renew the baptismal commitment to avoid sin and live Christ's life. A recent trend has been to small rooms, with chairs for the priest and penitent, where a face-to-face encounter can take place.

Our Lady Of Peace,
an original watercolor painted by
Alex Ross of Ridgefield, Connecticut,
graces our Reconciliation Room.

The Memorial Tree
is displayed in the vestibule.

Holy Water Fonts are located in the vestibule. Thus, upon entering the church, Catholics dip the fingers of the right hand into the water, tracing the Sign of the Cross upon the forehead, breast, and then left and right shoulder, while saying, "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit", reminding himself or herself of their own baptism.

A day chapel dedicated to Saint Jude is located within the church but outside the nave area. It is here that daily Mass is celebrated.

The Risen Christ
by David Wanner
of Heartland Wisconsin

The interior of the church reflects the natural setting of the rural site. The roof is supported by four large laminated wood beams with wood decking for the ceiling. The cupola with four sunburst windows allows natural light to flood the church, while sixteen oak and brass chandeliers illuminate the interior.

We know that all things work for good for those who love God,
who are called according to His purpose.

-Romans 8:28

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