St. Judes' Shrine is located in the city limits of Jhansi ,at a distance of 2 km from Jhansi Junction. This Roman Catholic Latin Rite shrine is devoted to St. Jude Thaddaeus and it is a part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jhansi.
The devotion to St. Jude Thaddeus was started by the late Bishop F. X. Fenech. It is believed that the bone of St. Jude is buried in its foundation. The well painted statues in the shrine depict the great story of Jesus Christ. There is also a separate shrine for mother Marry in its premises.
The shrine was built in 1947 as a temporary chapel. With visitors pouring in from all round the globe, the need to have a bigger church was felt. St. Jude was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ chosen to spread the gospels of Christianity. He had spread the gospels in Syria, Mesopotamia, Beirut, Persia and Lybia before he became a martyr in Armenia which was then under the rule of Persia. It is also believed that he had suggested to Jesus Christ to manifest on the people of earth after assuming resurrection at the Last Supper. He invoked the principles that faith should persevere even in times of difficulty, harshness and suffering. It is believed that he could have possibly become a martyr along with St. Simon near Persia.
St. Jude's feast is celebrated on 28th October every year which attracts large number of devotees from far places. It is celebrated with a week-long fair and procession on the last day with great enthusiasm. The fair is attended bypeople of different religions.
St. Judes' Shrine is one of the holiest places in Jhansi mainly for Catholic Christians and also one of the popular places to visit in Jhansi. Service timings at the thrine - Mass on Sundays is at 6:30 AM, 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM. The Daily Mass is at 7:00 AM, 8:30 AM and at 5:00 PM. During Lent on Fridays and Saturdays the mass is at 6:00 AM - 6:30 AM. St. Judes' Shrine can be visited during timings 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM.