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Archbishop Alfred Hughes

Archbishop Alfred Hughes

Monday Tuesday and Wednesday of this week we will be having a Lenten Mission, with Archbishop Alfred Hughes leading us.

Mission Schedule – 6:30-7:30pm, Monday – Wednesday

  • Monday – Holy Hour with Mission Talk: The Difference God’s Word Makes
  • Tuesday – Confessions with Penance Service: The Difference our Repentance and God’s Forgiveness Make
  • The Holy Mass: The Difference the Eucharist Makes

Archbishop Hughes

Archbishop Hughes was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Boston in 1957. After serving in two parishes, he secured a doctorate in Spiritual Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.

He then served sequentially as professor, spiritual director and rector of St John’s Seminary, Boston.

Pope John Paul II appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of Boston in 1981; Bishop of Baton Rouge in 1993; Archbishop of New Orleans in 2002.

Since retirement in 2009, Archbishop Hughes has served as Adjunct Professor and Adjunct Spiritual Director in residence. He has published four books, numerous articles and talks.

When and Where?

All evenings begin at 6:30pm, in St. Jane Church in Abita Springs.

Fish Fry CrewIf it’s Lent, then it’s time for the Friday night Fish Fries!

Goofballs It’s a time of community and shared penance for everyone!

Dinner is served from 5:00pm until 8:00pm, and the price is a bargain at $8.00 a plate.

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross are at 7:00pm in St. Jane Church.

Lenten Mission

Archbishop Hughes will be preaching at all Masses this weekend. He will also be conducting our Lenten Mission next week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm each night.

  • Monday night will be a Holy Hour, with a reflection on the Eucharist.
  • Tuesday Evening will be a Penitential Service with opportunities for the Sacrament of Confession.
  • Wednesday Evening will be a Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Hughes.

Parish Picnic

We have a Parish Lenten Picnic scheduled for March 8 in Abita Park. We’re blessed to be able to experience the beauty of our long spring seasons during Lent, and have decided to take advantage of the moderate weather in March for a Lenten Picnic. Dinner and drinks will be provided, as will coffee and desserts. Just bring a side dish if you are able.

Ash Wednesday Schedule

Ash WednesdayOur Masses on Ash Wednesday will be at 8AM and at 7PM. We will also have a service at Noon if anyone wishes to receive ashes but is not able to attend Mass.

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, yet is not a Holy Day of Obligation.

Confessions will be from 6-6:50pm Wednesday evening.

Family Promise Info

As mentioned before, Family Promise will soon be opening doors in St. Jane Parish.

Family Promise will provide ways for us to work together to help homeless families. We will provide overnight lodging and meals for three to five families (up to 14 persons) for one week each, two or three times per year.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Family Promise and there are many ways that you can help. Whether you provide part of a hot meal, arrange activities for children, or stay overnight, you can make a difference in the lives of families who have lost their home and are on the road to regaining independence. St. Jane de Chantal is proud and excited to be a part of this opportunity to live out the corporal and spiritual works of mercy in a practical and life-affirming way.

Informational Meeting

Monday, February 9th at 6:30 – St. Joseph Hall

We encourage everyone interested in participating in St. Jane Family Promise to make every effort to attend this meeting. We will be presenting volunteer opportunities and identifying who will need Safe Environment Training and Background Checks.

Volunteer Opportunities

We will have 4 main teams: Fellowship, Innkeepers, Meals, and Laundry / Housekeeping.

  • The Fellowship Team will be responsible for evening fellowship. (7:00 PM – 9:00 PM)
  • The Innkeeper Team will stay overnight and help serve breakfast in the morning. Innkeepers may leave after the Family Promise van has picked up the guest families. (8:30 PM – 6:00 AM)
  • The Laundry/Housekeeping Team will divide the linens after the families leave, wash them, and return them to St. Jane. They will set up and take down the guests beds. They may also be called upon to assist with setting up dining tables in the Barre kitchen prior to the guests arrival and taking them down once the week is over.
    – Laundry Volunteer – Wash Linens
    – Sunday Afternoon Volunteer (4:00 PM – 6:00 PM)
    – Sunday Morning Volunteer (7:00 AM)
  • The Meals Team will be responsible for providing meals: Breakfast and Dinner. Meals can be broken down into entrees, sides, drinks, and dessert and may be provided by two or more persons or a specific ministry / group.
    – Breakfast Volunteer (6:00 AM – 7:00 AM)
    – Evening Meal Volunteer (5:30 PM – 7:00 PM)
    – Donate Food / Desserts

Click here to sign up for more information.

A Few Updates

Parish Picnic

We’re having a Parish Picnic on Sunday, March 8. We were aiming for Laetare Sunday on March 15th, however Abita Park is all booked on that day. Nonetheless, an early spring afternoon’s gathering of spirits and hearts, for fellowship, is always a good idea.

Family Promise

The dates for Family Promise have been finalized! St. Jane Parish is hosting the weeks of May 17-23, and then again on August 30-September 5. We’ll be having more information as we can. There is an informational meeting on the evening of February 9, at 6:30pm.

Bible Study

Fr. Kevin’s Bible Study still has a few more weeks to go, and newcomers are always welcome. Bring your Bible’s Wednesday evenings at 7PM in St. Jane Church for a study of the Mass in Sacred Scripture.

That’s it for now. As always, stay tuned…

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.