by Apostoli_Viae


Saint Jude - Novena to the Patron Saint of Desperate Situations and Hopeless Cases

The traditional day to begin the Novena to St. Jude is Saturday, October 19th, and his feast day is on October 28th.

Novena to St. Jude

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 all the needs offered in the Fr. Rick Hartley Chapel and (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.


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. 

Our Father... Hail Mary...

More About St. Jude

St. Jude, also known as St. Jude Thaddeus, is known and loved throughout the world as the Patron Saint of Hopeless Causes. He was one of the twelve Apostles and a cousin of Jesus Christ. He courageously preached the Gospel, often in the most difficult circumstances.

St. Jude is often shown carrying an image of Jesus. Tradition tells us that this recalls a miracle when a king, afflicted with leprosy, was cured of this horrible disease after St. Jude gave him a cloth that had been pressed to the face of Christ.

Over the ages, many people in desperate need have turned to St. Jude in prayer. St. Bridget of Sweden said she was directed in a vision to pray with deep faith and confidence to St. Jude. She stated that Christ told her, “In accordance with his surname, Thaddeus, the amiable or loving, St. Jude will show himself most willing to help.”

In the Americas, it was the Dominican Friars who helped spread devotion to St. Jude, particularly in the United States. In 1903, Father Thomas Lorente, O.P., and members of the Spanish Dominican Province came to New Orleans and were asked to take care of the oldest church building in New Orleans, the Mortuary Chapel, now called Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. By 1935, Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel began a public novena to St. Jude.

Today, St. Jude continues to be one of the most popular and beloved Saints, a trusted heavenly intercessor for all those seeking God’s assistance during times of family crisis, sickness, and trouble, especially when all hope seems lost.



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  • Joe Leal

    Joe Leal

    Thank you Dan so many loat causes, very helpful.
  • Diane Roe

    Diane Roe

    Two years ago I had given up hope that my marriage would ever be convalidated. I reached out to St Jude and on the ninth day of the novena my husband announced he had an appointment with our priest and two hours later he gave his permission for us to start the procedure. Thank you St Jude and praise be to God who is so loving and merciful.
  • Dan Burke

    Dan Burke

    @Diane - that is an awesome testimony
  • Susan Mulski

    Susan Mulski

    Diane, thank you for sharing.
  • Susie Melkus

    Susie Melkus

    I will be praying this novena for our family. We are all in need of healing of our broken hearts, from the hurts we've inflicted on one another, consciously or not. Jesus mercy. And for the salvation of those in my family who seem at this time, "hopeless." But there is always hope. Jesus I trust in You and Saint Jude, your intercession is greatly desired for my loved ones. Thank you.
  • Kathleen Kane

    Kathleen Kane

    That Stephen and Jimmy will come back to the church.
  • Kim Pizzuto

    Kim Pizzuto

    Please pray for my sister in law Trina, and my daughter Allie
  • Barbara Schmidt-Runkel

    Barbara Schmidt-Runkel

    So many lost cuases! My husband and I are the only believing Christians in the whole extended family. Pray for all of them! Also, for enough income as a freelance translator to pay our bills. Thank you!
  • Nina Cardillo

    Nina Cardillo

    I will be praying this novena for healing in family relationships, and for hardened hearts to be blessed with humility and hope. And for all your intentions! God bless you
  • Denise Skrocki

    Denise Skrocki

    I will pray this novena for the return of my husband and children to their faith and for our grandchildren as well. I will also pray in thanksgiving for Diane's wonderful story and her encouragement to stay the course!




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