About Saint Jude Catholic Church in Fredericksburg:
The Diocese of Arlington created the parish of Saint Jude as a mission church in 2003, gathering first in a funeral home and then later in a vacated gymnasium and then in an empty warehouse.
They have now moved on to build one of the newest (and most beautiful) churches constructed in the U.S. It has the beauty and reverence that used to be taken for granted before the excesses of the 1960’s and 70’s, when many new churches (and some re-designed old ones) seemed to more closely resemble bomb shelters rather than sacred places of worship. Here, you will immediately know that you are entering a Catholic church.
Four indoor statues depicting Jesus, Mary, St. Joseph, and St. Jude were hand-carved by master craftsmen in Austria. They are carved in lindenwood, full round, and antiqued with traditional colors and gilded accents. In addition, there are magnificent stained glass windows, created by Beyer Studio of Philadelphia.
Perhaps most interesting is the altar: all 12 apostles are depicted at the base, carved in marble, and the relics of all twelve apostles are within it. The cloistered sisters of the Church of Santa Lucia in Selci, who have the honor of caring for and distributing relics for the Diocese of Rome, have entrusted to St. Jude Church the sacred relic containing the bones of each of the twelve apostles. It will be visible to everyone through a small window in the rear of the altar.
Relics of the apostles in the altar:
• Saint Peter
• Saint Jude Thaddeus
• Saint John
• Saint Matthew
• Saint Philip
• Saint Thomas
• Saint James, Son of Zebedee
• Saint James the Less
• Saint Andrew
• Saint Bartholomew
• Saint Simon
• Saint Matthias (in place of Judas Iscariot)
Traveling to Saint Jude Catholic Church:
Address: 3501 Lee Hill School Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Tel: +1 (540) 891-7350 Fax: +1 (540) 891-1810
Click here for the official website of Saint Jude Catholic Church in Fredericksburg.