About St Jude’s Church
The Church / Shrine of St Jude, Rawang is one of the pioneering Catholic churches in Malaysia built in 1957 to provide opportunities for people of all ages who are seeking meaning and purpose in their lives to learn more about what it means to be a Christian in our society and to respond, as a caring fellowship of Christian people, to the needs of others in our parish and beyond. Before the Church was built, the Catholic community gathered in their homes and estates and a Priest would come to celebrate Mass and to proclaim God’s justice, love and mercy.
Today, we have grown into a welcoming congregation of faith-filled people from all walks of life regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability or socio-economic conditions. We are a community church with vibrant worship, exciting music and great fellowship that are rooted in our common beliefs and respect for each other, and even in our differences, we are all one in Christ.
Our pilgrim Church is very popular among Catholics and non-Catholics worldwide and is one of the most venerated sites in Malaysia. Tens of thousands of pilgrims visit the Church / Shrine of St Jude, Rawang annually for special blessings, healings and also to fulfill their vows for the prayers answered. The highlight of the church is the St Jude’s feast which is grandly celebrated on 28th October every year with novenas and masses and food contributions by parishioners and well-wishers from all over Malaysia and Singapore.
JUDE, the Apostle
St. Jude Thaddeus, who has been named tenth and eleventh in the list of apostles by St. Mathew and St. Luke, is the cousin of Jesus ( Mathew 13 : 55 ). He is the son of Cleophas and Mary Cleophas who is the sister of the Virgin Mary (John 19: 25). The evangelists St. Mathew and St. Mark call him as ‘Thaddeus’, not to mix up with the betrayer Judas Iscariot. The popular name ‘Thaddeus’ is a Greek name, which means ‘great hearted one’. True to his name, the world celebrates him today as “The Saint of the Impossible”.
St. Jude is traditionally depicted carrying the image of Jesus in his hand. It represents the imprint of the Divine Countenance that was entrusted to him by Jesus. King Abagar of Edessa in Syria asked Jesus to cure him of leprosy and also sent an artist to bring him a drawing of Jesus Christ. Impressed with King Abagar’s great faith, Our Lord pressed his face on a cloth and gave it to St. Jude to take to Abagar and cure him. The King was cured and converted to Christianity along with most of his subjects.
JUDE, the Saint
After the martyrdom, pilgrims came to his grave to pray and many of them experienced the powerful intercessions of St. Jude. Thus the title, ‘The Saint for the Hopeless and the Despaired’. St. Bridget of Sweden & St. Bernard had visions from God asking him to accept St. Jude as ‘The Patron Saint of the Impossible’. In 1548, Pope Paul III declared the feast of St. Jude to be celebrated on ‘October 28’ every year. In the 18th century, the popular devotion of St. Jude was strengthened in France and Germany. Today, more than ever before, the world is witnessing St. Jude’s powerful intercessions on behalf of the helpless and the devotion to St. Jude is spreading with the blessing of our living God.
The Apostle Saint Jude Thaddeus is “The Miraculous Saint,” the Catholic Patron Saint of “lost causes” and “cases despaired of”. When all other avenues are closed, he is the one to call upon, and his help often comes at the last moment.
Dressed in green and white Biblical-era clothing — for he was one of the Disciples of Jesus — he is distinguished by the fact that he often wears and holds a golden metal pendant of the type carried by people seeking his aid. Additionally, in some images of Saint Jude, there is a small flame atop his head, signifying the Baptism by Fire (also known as the Baptism of the Holy Ghost) which was received by the Disciples of Jesus at Pentecost. Saint Jude is one whose aid is sought when all hope is lost, especially in grave health matters and life-and death situations.
After the death of Jesus, St. Jude traveled throughout Mesopotamia, Libya, and Persia with St. Simon preaching and converting many people to Christianity. He is believed to have been martyred in Persia or Syria. The axe that he is often shown holding in pictures symbolizes the way in which he was killed — truly, he paid the ultimate price for his faith. After his death his body was brought back to Rome and was placed in a crypt beneath St. Peter’s Basilica.
In the Middle Ages, St. Bernard of Clairvaux (France) was a renowned devotee of St. Jude, as was St. Bridget of Sweden who, in a vision, was encouraged by Jesus to turn to St. Jude with faith and confidence. He told her that, in accordance with Jude’s surname, Thaddeus (which means generous, courageous, and kind), “he will show himself to be the most willing to give you help.”
Novena to Saint Jude
WHAT IS A NOVENA?
A novena is the reciting of powerful prayers and devotions for a special request over nine consecutive days. Traditionally, a novena includes praying, fasting, and meditating.
Most holy Apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you universally, as the patron of difficult cases, of things almost despaired of, Pray for me, I am so helpless and alone.
Intercede with God for me that He bring visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly –
(make your request here) – and that I may praise God with you and all the saints forever. I promise, O Blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor granted me by God and to always honor you as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you. Amen
May the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, and loved in all the tabernacles until the end of time. Amen.
May the most Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised and glorified now and forever. Amen
St. Jude pray for us and hear our prayers. Amen.
Blessed be the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Blessed be the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Blessed be St. Jude Thaddeus, in all the world and for all Eternity.
(say this prayer, followed by the Our Father and the Hail Mary)