St. Jude shrine

StJudeShrineCCTXI finally went in search of the St. Jude shrine in Corpus Christi and discovered a part of the city I’d never known was there.


For months the St. Jude prayer card piqued my interest.  All along I’d thought that Steven had given it to me, so I had it with the rest of my stash— prayer booklets and cards I keep in a five by twelve wooden crate on my computer workspace— but he told me just recently that he’d never seen it before.

St. Jude’s card had me wondering about the shrine; but, having had no vehicle since giving mine to William last year, I hadn’t thought to look for the place.  At least, not until almost two weeks ago when I drove Steven’s palomino to see about getting my new pair of glasses adjusted.

St. Jude Shrine

Being that I’m not all that familiar with Corpus, I looked online for directions to the shrine.  Good thing, too, or I would’ve passed it up had I not envisioned just a little to the right of Weber Road on Saratoga to match what I’d seen on Yahoo maps.

I’d expected a sign announcing the shrine, but there wasn’t one; so I’m glad my instincts told me to turn onto the small parking area to the right of the church sign.  Still, I wasn’t sure, until I read below the name of the church.

Looking at the place, I was awestruck.  Lush grounds, massive building, gold dome.  Absolutely stunning.  With its own school, too. 

I grabbed my Coolpix and went in search of treasure. 

Shared space

I had no idea that I’d meet a very nice woman, Ramona from Dallas, who, like me, had stopped by on a whim and was already at the chapel. 

What great stories she had to share, too!









Links of interest…  Most Precious Blood Church: address (map) / parishes online / website…  No matter where I am, a Catholic church is always home…  Why Catholics should love our parishes

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May flowers


Unperturbed by Sunday morning visitors, bees and butterflies in the meditation garden feast on floral delicacies basking in the sun as we honor Mary within our sacred space.

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“The flowers appear on the earth, the time of pruning the vines has come, and the song of the dove is heard in our land” (Song of Songs 2:12).

If God can clothe in such splendor the grass of the field, which blooms today and is thrown on the fire tomorrow, will he not provide much more for you….  Stop worrying, then….  Your heavenly Father knows all that you need.  Seek first his kingship over you, his way of business, and all these things will be given you besides (Matthew 6:30-32).

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Child’s prayer…  Dear blessed Mother Mary, help my mom to be a good mother.  Give her peace and wisdom, strength and courage, grace and happiness.  Be nearby when she needs help.  Keep her close to your son, Jesus.  Help me to always show my mom how very much I love her.  Amen.

Mary, our mother, I come to you with my needs and beg you to help me.  I honor you as my mother and helper and trust in your love for me.  Lead me on the path of virtue and preserve me from every evil.  Let me enjoy your protection and walk in your love and peace.  Guide me closer to Jesus who gave you to me to be my mother.  Amen.

Oración del niño  Querida y bendita Madre María, ayuda a mi madre a ser una buena madre.  Dale paz y sabiduría, fuerza y ​​coraje, gracia y felicidad.  Esté cerca cuando necesite ayuda.  Mantenla cerca de tu hijo, Jesús.  Ayúdame a mostrarle a mi mamá siempre cuánto la amo.  Amén.

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Contact information…  The May Procession leaflet is from the Association of the Miraculous Medal, 1811 West Saint Joseph Street, Perryville, MO 63775-1598; the prayer card, gifted by Fr. Acosta at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Brownsville, TX from James A. Doherty Company, 1416 Penn Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509-2327; and the leaflet with the litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary (and the prayer for the beatification of Fr. Casey), from the Fr. Solanus Guild, 1780 Mt. Elliot, Detroit, MI 48207-3485.

May 15, 2015

“When we see a beautiful object, a beautiful garden, or a beautiful flower, let us think that there we behold a ray of the infinite beauty of God, who has given existence to that object” (St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori).

September 12, 2016

“All my own perception of beauty, both in majesty and simplicity, is founded upon Our Lady” (J. R. R. Tolkien).

December 14, 2016

“God passes through the thicket of the world; and, wherever his glance falls, he turns all things to beauty” (St. John of the Cross).

St. Jude Shrine – Pallottines – Baltimore, MD


Mother Julia’s chapel & museum – 408 East Richard Avenue – Kingsville, TX

Links of interest…  Behold your Mother…  Blue: May tribute to Our Lady…  Five commonplace sights to remind you of Our Lady this May / flowers connected to the Virgin Mary…  For beauty & prayer plant a Mary garden…  God’s favorite garden…  Mary: celebrating May / devotion / everyday things named in her honor / flower of Maygate of heaven / litany / meditations / mother / prayers (novena – queen of angels) / untier of knots…  May: crowning, corniness, & the 4-H fairfive ways to honor Mary / for Mary…  Our Lady of Corpus Christi (OLCC) website…  Powerful crown of thorns…  Prayers to the Blessed Virgin for every day of the week…  Prepare your garden…  Rosary: album treasure / best prayer for men…  True mark of a great mother…  the Word among us

WP posts…  Faces of Mary…  Lady of sorrows…  Lingering memory…  Little gifts…  Lourdes novenas…  Marian devotions…  Mary’s miraculous medal…  Mary’s seven joys…  Marytown shrine…  My Franciscan Crown…  Our Lady…  Repeated prayers…  St. Mary Cathedral…  St. Mary revisited…  St. Mary’s