On December 21, 1967, Saint Jude Parish purchased a ten acre site in Lakewood for a church. On November 6, 1968, construction began on a 900 seat church with three separate naves facing the altar. Archbishop Casey dedicated the new church on April 5, 1970. The Saint Jude Youth Center was constructed in August, 1974. Father John R. Slattery was appointed pastor in 1976.
In 1993, Father Michael Gass was appointed pastor and installed new outer church doors, each one symbolizing a sacrament. Father J. Darrell Schaffer was appointed pastor in 2005 and in 2007, the parish celebrated its 40th anniversary. Since that date, the parish has remodeled the sacristy and dedicated a grotto to honor Mary, Our Lady of Hope.
South facing windows
The ship – A ship was assigned to the apostle Jude as he traveled far on missionary journeys in the company of Simon. The ship is also the symbol of the Church. St. Hippolytus, in the third century, wrote, “The world is a sea in which the Church, like a ship, is beaten by the waves, but is not submerged.”
North facing windows
Triangle and eye (God, the omniscience of God) – For they shall see God. “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”
Chi Rho – A monogram of the first two letters, Chi and Rho, of the Greek word for Christ