Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and the International Shrine of St. Jude is the oldest standing church here in New Orleans. It was built in 1826 in order to serve those who had died from yellow fever. Later it became a sanctuary during the Civil War. Its long history takes us back to when it was called St. Anthony’s Italian Church staffed by the Dominicans. In 1916, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate were invited to staff the church and its name became—Our Lady of Guadalupe. In 1935 the church began the popular St. Jude’s Novena. To this day, it is often referred to as St. Jude’s.
St. Jude was one of the twelve apostles. In the scriptures he is referred to as Thaddeus. Looking at his statue or a picture, you notice a flame above his head. This flame was a reminder that he and others were on fire in spreading the Gospel of Jesus.
Today, at Our Lady of Guadalupe/St. Jude Shrine we continue to be on fire with God’s Love and Message. Our mission is to serve our community in worship but also in serving the needs of the poor especially through the St. Jude Community Center.
In order to keep the flame burning we need your assistance. We are beginning an increased offertory campaign. Your help with one, or five, or fifteen dollars or more will enable us to keep the flame burning.
You have all been so supportive to assisting us. Please consider increasing your offertory giving.
God bless you and may St. Jude, Saint of those in desperate situations intercede for you.
Fr. Tony Rigoli, OMI