Why Choose Saint Jude School


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Academic Excellence and Gospel Values

St. Jude School opened in September 1950. It has been our tradition to provide an educational environment in which students are taught the Christian message and are given the opportunity to live what they learn, especially the Gospel values of love, respect and service to others.


Spiritual Growth


Praying HandsDaily Prayers

Prayers are part of the daily activities in all classes. Prayers are said in the morning, afternoon, and at the end of each day. All students are expected to take Religion classes and participate in liturgies.

Mass Attendance
It is important in a Catholic school that community prayer and worship be developed and nourished in students by parents. All Catholic students are encouraged to attend Sunday Mass with their families.

Students in Grade 2 receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. Students in Grades 3 - 8 are given the opportunity to receive this sacrament during Lent and Advent.

 First Holy Communion

/files/Z - Katie Files/For JPG Gallery/images/communion.jpgStudents in Grade 2 receive First Holy Communion in May. It is expected that the parents of these communicants help with their spiritual preparations at home. Parents of students preparing for Reconciliation and Communion will be expected to attend evening sessions for the sacraments to help in preparing their child at home.


The sacrament of Confirmation is offered every other year to seventh and eighth grade Catholic students. The candidate must submit a Baptismal certificate if he/she was baptized in another parish. Candidates must also participate in community service and in a summary interview prior to the reception of the sacrament.


Advent activities and/or prayer services are planned in preparation for the feast of Christmas.


The children will attend Stations of the Cross and participate in classroom activities involving prayer, sacrifice, and almsgiving.

Altar Servers

Students in Grade 5--8 are given the privilege of serving as Altar Servers. When a student commits to being a server, he/she must understand that they will have to serve Mass on weekends and school breaks, year round, and may be called to also serve for funerals, weddings, etc. New students may be trained at the end of Grade 5.


More Saint Jude School Advantages

  • One school for Preschool through Eighth Grade
  • Small class sizes ensure individual attention
  • Daily prayer, weekly church attendance, social functions
  • Netbooks for 5th - 8th grade students
  • Computer lab with internet access
  • Highly trained, dedicated staff who care about students
  • Emphasis on developing Christian character
  • Strong ties among school families
  • Great communication between school and student families
  • Involved clergy guidance and religious instruction
  • Cooperative programs with area high schools
  • Graduates who achieve success in high school & college
  • Spanish language program in grades K-3rd
  • New Science lab facility
  • Full day Kindergarten
  • Curriculum that meets or exceeds Illinois State standards
  • Fully accredited by the State of Illinois & the Joliet Diocese
  • Class field trips tied to the classroom program
  • All faiths and denominations welcome

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