Adult Faith Formation

Conversion is a lifelong process. Even if you were born and raised in the Catholic faith, even if you attended Catholic schools, even if you have a degree in theology… our responsibility to continue growing in faith and understanding only increases over time. Jesus reminds us in Mark chapter 12 that we are to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.

The Catholic faith is not about certificates or milestones, although sometimes we treat it that way (e.g., first communion, first reconciliation, Confirmation). An important aspect about our faith is building a relationship with Jesus that grows and deepens over time. Those “milestones” are not ends in themselves. Rather, they are beginnings; each Sacrament is a means to strengthen that relationship, to help us grow closer to Christ.

At St. Jude we want grow along with you as we all run the race (2 Timothy 4:7). Please explore the opportunities below and let us know if there’s anything more we can do to help you in your faith journey.

Becoming Catholic

If you’re an adult who is not Catholic but are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith and may be open to coming into full communion with the Catholic Church, the Order of Christian Initiation for Adults (OCIA) is where you belong. Please join us on this fantastic voyage.

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Returning Catholics

St. Jude Parish welcomes all returning Catholics! It is never too late to return home to the Church. All “reverts” are encouraged to journey through our OCIA program to learn about the faith anew.

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Women’s Bible Studies

The St Jude Women’s Evening Bible Study group gathers to share the Word of the Lord through scripture and life experience. We study scripture with the help of Bible Studies, with an emphasis on life application. We build great friendships and support each other through life’s ups and downs. We invite all women to join us in our continued spiritual education.

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Men’s Bible Study

The St. Jude Men’s Bible Study Fellowship is a Christ-centered ministry that aims to study the practical application of scripture, to build spiritual and individual relationships with other men and to experience encouragement and support from other men. We invite all adult men to become involved.

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Book Club

Join us for fellowship, faith and fun as we discuss topical books related to our faith.

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Men of Emmaus

The Men of Emmaus group meets on Tuesdays at 7:00pm in the Millennium Conference (by the parish office). The group is open to all men who are interested in fellowship and growing in faith.

Contact: John Brewster, (616)318-3301 EMAIL

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Small Groups

We’re always open to more small groups like the Bible Study Groups, Book Club and Men of Emmaus at St. Jude.

St. Jude’s small groups create an environment where people can connect, support one another, and share life – all while growing in their faith. Small groups can include a range of activities, from Bible studies to a common interest group where members connect outside of the church, such as in coffee shops, sporting events and members’ homes. No matter where you may be on your faith journey, having close relationships with others can be beneficial.

If you are interested in starting/leading a small group, please contact Martin Smith at



Women’s ‘Renew’ Retreat

Join women from around Grand Rapids for a few days of away from all of the craziness from daily life! This retreat is a great chance to increase your faith, relax, and enjoy some good community.

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Thaddeus Society (18-39)

The St Jude Thaddeus Society for Catholic young adults is a program geared toward 18-39ers that are looking to get more out of their lives by growing in their relationship with Christ and others in the community. This includes all single, married, religious, and divorced adults. The program is based out of St Jude Parish but is open to anyone.

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One of the scribes, when he came forward and heard them disputing and saw how well he had answered them, asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” Jesus replied, “The first is this: ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12:28-31