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Family Promise

St. Jane Parish, as part of our social outreach, will be taking part in the Family Promise program, which is endorsed by Catholic Charities, our Archbishop, and is associated with many dioceses, and denominations, across the country. Take a look at an introductory video. More information will be coming soon.

Via the Northshore Foundation:

Did you know:

*There are 1250 children in the St. Tammany Parish public-school system (May 2014) indentified as homeless. Over 80% of these families are without a home of their own and are living “doubled up” with family and friends.

*On an average night in St. Tammany parish, there are 61 persons comprising 17 families who are homeless.

*At this time there are NO shelters in St. Tammany parish where families can be housed together.

Family Promise of St. Tammany is a program that relies on an interfaith blend of denominations that offer their facilities and their congregations to support these families with children during difficult times. The lifeblood of the program is the volunteers and their love, compassion and giving spirit.

These components are what make the 182 affiliates across the country successful. These are the ingredients that have inspired our faith-based community in St. Tammany to commit to helping our homeless families with children in need.

In order to meet these needs, Family Promise of St. Tammany will…

*Recruit a minimum of 13 Congregations to host and feed 3-4 families for one week at a time no more than 4 times per year.

*Will recruit a minimum of 25 Community, Family and Business Partners to help support Family Promise.

*Open a Day Center where families will get help from existing community services to resolve issues with employment, housing and other barriers to independence.

*We will own a 15 passenger van to use to transport families to and from the host congregations.

*We will graduate families from the program into long term permanent housing.

Family Promise of St. Tammany will provide the opportunity for churches and their members to exercise their faith and outreach mission right in their own four walls.

The End of the Christmas Season

St. Jane Church As we move on from Christmas, we find ourselves looking to the Baptism of the Lord this Sunday.

Parish life resumes as usual, with Parish School of Religion, regular Council meetings, and Fr. Kevin’s Bible Study on Wednesday evenings at 7PM, in the Church in Abita.

Stay tuned for further updates.

Christmas Schedule

Behold, our Christmas Schedule.

Christmas Schedule to Print

Conversely, it can be Downloaded Here.

We will also be having a 4:00pm Mass on December 31st at St. Michael’s in Bush.

Our office will be closed from Noon, Wednesday, December 24th, until 8:30AM, Monday, December 29th.

Merry Christmas!

Third Sunday of Advent

St. Jane at Dusk

Coming Up!

  • Monday, December 15 – Advent Mass for Parish School of Religion, is at 6:15pm.
  • Wednesday, December 17 – a Parish Evening of Reflection will be conducted by Fr. John Payne, JSL. It will begin at 7:00pm, after the 6:30 pm Evening Mass.
  • Thursday, December 18 – the Deanery Wide Reconciliation Service will be held at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Mandeville. The Prayer will start at 7:00 pm, followed by Confessions.
  • Monday, December 22 – Our Parish Reconciliation Service will be held at 6:30 PM. We will have a reconciliation service, followed by Confessions.
  • Advent ends on the evening of December 24th. Our Christmas Mass Schedule is as follows; 4PM at both St. Michael Mission and St. Jane Church. 6PM at St. Jane and Midnight Mass at St. Jane.
  • Christmas Morning Masses are at 7:30AM, 9AM and 11AM. (Please note that the 7:30am Mass will have mo music.)

Healing MassFr. Kevin Delerno, our Parish Associate has a long standing interest in the healing ministries of the Church.

He will be celebrating a special Mass for Healing this Friday evening at 7:00pm. Call the office for more details, Fr. Kevin’s extension is #308. We hope to see you there.

Advent Calendar

  • On Wednesdays in Advent we will be having an evening Mass at 6:30pm. Confessions will be from 5:45-6:15pm, on 12/3, 12/10 and 12/17.
  • Icon Workshop – an Icon Workshop is being held from December 8-12 in St. Jane Hall.
    Call the office for more details.
  • Friday, December 12 – a special Healing Mass will be held, with Fr. Kevin Delerno presiding.
  • Monday, December 15 – Advent Mass for Parish School of Religion, is at 6:15pm.
  • Wednesday, December 17 – a Parish Evening of Reflection will be conducted by Fr. John Payne, JSL. It will begin at 7:00pm, after the 6:30 pm Evening Mass.
  • Thursday, December 18 – the Deanery Wide Reconciliation Service will be held at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Mandeville. The Prayer will start at 7:00 pm, followed by Confessions.
  • Monday, December 22 – Our Parish Reconciliation Service will be held at 6:30 PM. We will have a reconciliation service, followed by Confessions.
  • Advent ends on the evening of December 24th. Our Christmas Mass Schedule is as follows; 4PM at both St. Michael Mission and St. Jane Church. 6PM at St. Jane and Midnight Mass at St. Jane.
  • Christmas Morning Masses are at 7:30AM, 9AM and 11AM. (Please note that the 7:30am Mass will have mo music.)

The Archdiocese of New Orleans is putting out a weekly series during Advent. Be sure to check it out!

the Immaculate ConceptionMonday, December 8, is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.

It’s one of the Holy Days of Obligation.

The Office of Worship recently published this information regarding Mass attendance on Sunday evening:

Monday, December 8, 2014 is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. As the Patronal Feast of the United States, December 8 is always a Holy Day of Obligation.

However, because Sundays in Advent take precedence over Solemnities, all Masses celebrated on Sunday, December 7, 2014 are to be the Mass of the Second Sunday of Advent. This includes all Masses celebrated on the evening of Sunday, December 7.

All Masses celebrated on Monday, December 8 are to be for the obligatory celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.

Although anticipated/vigil Masses for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception are not permitted this year, it should be noted that the Code of Canon Law 1248 §1 states: “A person who assists at a Mass celebrated anywhere in a Catholic rite either on the feast day itself or in the evening of the preceding day satisfies the obligation of participating in the Mass.”

In other words, in this case, participation in the Sunday evening Mass satisfies the obligation. However, the faithful are encouraged to attend Mass on Sunday and Monday.

So… See you at Mass.

On Monday, December 8. we will have Masses at 8AM and 7PM, which is our ordinary schedule for holy Days. At Noon we will have a special Hour of Grace, during which we will pray the Rosary7 and offer other prayers for our nation. We hope you can join us.