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Toronto Catholic District School Board

School History And Tradition

 

St. Jude Catholic School is part of a vibrant parish community. The school was first opened in 1960. By 1964, the school population had grown to such an extent that students attended school in two shifts: the morning shift 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the afternoon shift from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Some students were bussed to other schools while additions were being built. Eventually other schools--St. Jane Frances and St. Simon Catholic Schools--were built to accommodate the growing population in the area. At one time there were over 1,000 students enrolled at St. Jude. Additions to the school include the gym, library, staff room and the section added beyond the library.

 

Graduates from St. Jude include federal ministers, professionals, tradespeople and hardworking homemakers and community builders. Many of our students return to express their feelings of love and sense of community.

 

Our school is dedicated to St. Jude, one of the 12 Apostles. He has been known as the “helper of the hopeless” or the "saint of the impossible”. This year, our school commissioned an honour roll. It was installed in October and blessed by Auxiliary Bishop Prendergast S.J. on the occasion of his pastoral visit. Images of St. Jude and St. Francis are part of the honour roll which also includes a prayer to St. Jude and a prayer to St. Francis of Assisi in English, Spanish and Italian--constant reminders that all things are possible with God.