To all our friends of the Dominican Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus:
As the nation and world contend with the challenges of the Covid 19 virus, we pray for all those who have been impacted. May the hope that is at the forefront of our beliefs as Christians bring light where there is darkness, joy where there is sadness, healing where there is suffering, and belief where there is doubt. Today, we pray especially for the intercession of St. Jude Thaddeus, our patron.
During this unprecedented time, it is with regret that we must postpone the distribution of the blessed Oil of St. Jude. We have not done so lightly. The health and safety of our staff, coupled with the imposition of a Stay-at-Home order by the Mayor of Chicago and Governor of Illinois, temporarily restricts our ability to fulfill requests for this comforting, hope-filled blessed Oil of St. Jude. When the Stay-at-Home order is lifted, we will fulfill requests as soon as possible thereafter.
With our deepest gratitudefor your support, please know you remain in our daily prayers.
Fr. Patrick Tobin, O.P. Mr. Bob Dixon Ms. Gracie Alfaro
New options! In addition to our 0.5oz glass bottle with a plastic medallion of St. Jude we are also offering a 2oz glass bottle with a metal medallion of St. Jude.
Each decorative bottle contains oil that has been blessed using the Relic of St. Jude at the Shrine. From the earliest days of Christianity, the popular (from populus meaning “of the people”) practice of using oil which had been in contact with the saints’ remains was present in the church. We continue this ancient and venerable practice today with the use of St. Jude Oil. This is a practice that, like all sacramentals, can be performed by the laity, even at home as another way of bringing the incarnational or sensate aspects of the saints to the people.
We are not selling this blessed article but asking a suggested donation. In fact, the donation covers the cost of the glass bottle emblazoned with the image of St. Jude as well as a contribution toward postage.
The prayer commonly used with this blessing is: “Through the powerful intercession of St. Jude, apostle and martyr, may you be delivered for all hopelessness and despair and may God grant you every healing of body and soul, in the name of the Father+, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” (The proper gesture for making the sign of the Cross for lay people during a blessing is to make a small Cross on the forehead of the person being blessed.) A printed copy of the blessing is included with each bottle of oil. A printable card is also found here should you wish to download and print it yourself.
The Shrine of St. Jude strives to provide its members with bottles of St. Jude Oil that are of the highest quality, yet also economical. Please note the changes below in suggested donations. We charge a flat fee of $5 per order for shipping and handling.
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