Mother Jessie St. Jude in Lafayette Hill
MOTHER JESSIE IS EXPANDING HER OUTREACH MINISTRY FROM THE CHURCH OF THE CRUCIFIXION IN SOUTH PHILLY TO ST. JUDE IN LAFAYETTE HILL.
The Free Market at The Church of the Crucifixion is still open Tues. and Fri. and joyously accepts
Donations from St. Martin’s, collected every Fri., 8:45 -9:15
Mother Jessie’s new position will open opportunities for the people of St. Martin’s to
work with Mother Jessie, with whom many of us have bonded, and perhaps find ways
to interact with the Parish of St. Jude, which is 15 minutes from St. Martin’s.
When Mother Jessie opened the Church of the Crucifixion, just one month after her ordination, the church had been closed for 8 years. She not only opened it for services in Spanish and English, she founded a Free Market during Covid to serve the people in the church’s neighborhood and then expanded the Markets to serve North Philly and Norristown. She has also expanded her church programs to include yoga, music, education, and many more. Since 2020 her Free Markets have served over 11,000 people. Every Friday since 2020 St. Martin’s parishioners and many other supporters have collected diapers and other basic necessities for Mother Jessie’s Free Market at the Church of the Crucifixion. During the past six months, despite the loss of kitchen and bathrooms to construction, Mother Jessie has continued the Free Market, Tues. and Fri., and has been filling her Sunday services with parishioners from North and South Philly and as far away as Bethlehem PA, Brooklyn NY, and Delaware. In addition, she leads House Church in the homes of her parishioners Wednesdays and Sundays at 8 pm in South and North Philly.
The Church of the Crucifixion is about to be closed for 9 months for renovations, which has opened a wonderful opportunity for Mother Jessie and her ministry. With the enthusiastic consent of her Church of the Crucifixion parishioners, she has accepted the appointment by Bishop Daniel Gutiérrez to expand her ministry to St. Jude, Church of the Nativity, 203 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill. Her far flung congregation is eager to drive to beautiful St. Jude to maintain their pastoral relationship with Mother Jessie, and there are many in Norristown who are equally eager to join.
Mother Jessie will open the doors at St. Jude on Dec. 11 with a joyous celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a 1600’s Mexican Saint, who has become the patron saint for the poor and dispossessed throughout the Latin world. Mother Jessie will conduct Bilingual Services and the warmth of her leadership will bring together the congregations of South and North Philly with Norristown.
Mother Jessie sees St. Jude as an extension of her work with the Church of the Crucifixion.
As she says, “I believe that God is expanding us to continue to bring the Good News everywhere and to everyone. The Good News is that folks feel that there is a central place where all our diverse communities gather to be served.”
Certainly, these Free Markets deserve our continued support during the steep rise in the
cost of living. We will continue to collect diapers and any other necessities every Fri. from
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