This is our Home!
On May 25, 1978, the name of St. Jude Thaddeus was chosen for the first Catholic Church to be built in Beaumont in over 50 years.
With the name chosen by Bishop Bernard Ganter the parish was officially established on June 15, 1978, with a membership of approximately 300 families and Rev. Salvador J. Culotta serving as its founding pastor. Mary Jo Canizaro became the first parish secretary and served in that capacity for 13 years. A steering committee of 14 parishioners was appointed with Alex Broussard serving as chairman, Gene Landry as co-chair, and Mary Ida Laurent as secretary.
Parish offices were set up in a house on Stacewood, purchased with, and adjacent to ten acres that would become the holy ground for this Catholic community and on June 17, 1978, members of this newly formed parish came together to celebrate its first Mass at Monsignor Kelly High School. The school would serve as home to the parish until the church was built and dedicated.
On that very day, Tony Tortorice and Kathy Trial were united in the first marriage celebrated in the parish. Fr. Culotta officiated and the wedding took place at St. Anne Church. With that, the parish began its task of becoming one of the fastest growing and most progressive parishes in the Diocese of Beaumont.
A Religious Education Program for the youth of the parish was established with Carol Haysley as coordinator and on September 10, the first classes were held. Ground was broken on January 28, 1979, and during the year that followed the parish celebrated the sacrament of First Holy Communion with twenty-three children on March 25, and on May 5, thirty-two people received the sacrament of Confirmation.
Dedicated on July 18, 1980, the original parish complex consisted of a church, parish hall, religious education building with classrooms, offices and a workroom, as well as a rectory with a parish office. Original art and statuary for the parish was designed and executed by local artist David Cargill. With construction complete, the parish grew even more rapidly than expected. It grew not only in numbers but in ministries offered to parishioners for their involvement. In less than 15 years, the parish outgrew the original Education Building and on September 18, 1994, a newly constructed section of the Education Building was dedicated adding 11 classrooms, 4 meeting rooms, and an art room to the complex. In February, 1996, construction began on the Chapel of the Visitation of Mary with sculpture and artwork designed by Sister Mary Peter Tremonte, O.P. On September 22, 1996, the chapel was dedicated by Bishop Joseph A. Galante. August 11, 2001, found the parish once again breaking ground--this time for a Family Life Center. The completed structure is a two-story building approximately 22,000 square feet in size, housing a large activity room which serves as a gymnasium or gathering room for large meetings, receptions, etc. The room seats 480 people banquet style and 800 auditorium style. In addition, there is an office, catering kitchen, full kitchen, six meeting rooms, a Youth Room, and maintenance shop.
The faith community has been pastored by Rev. S. J. Culotta, founding pastor (May 25, 1978--May 28, 1990), Msgr. Richard Destafano (May 29, 1990--May 31, 2000), and Rev. John H. Hughes (June 1, 1990--present). Serving as associate pastors have been Rev. James Engle, Rev. Clement Iglesias, O.S.A., Rev. Tim Deeter, Rev. Nolan Gouthier, Rev. Jeremiah McGrath, Rev. Sinclair Oubre, Rev. Khanh Ho, Rev. John H. Hughes, Rev. Michael Baluyot, Rev. Sebastian Abraham, C.M.I., Rev. Khue Bui, Rev. David Placette and Rev. Michael Strother.
The parish is spiritual home to approximately 1892 families involved in over forty ministries "...standing firm in one spirit..." (Philippians 1:27).
Only conduct yourselves in a way worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear news of you, that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind struggling together for the faith of the gospel, not intimidated in any way by your opponents. (Philippians 1:27)