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40 Days for Life

Remember that we’re in the midst of the 40 Days for Life, which is from September 24 through November 2. It’s never to late to join in prayer.

Synod on the Family

Everything you’d like to know about the upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family, can be found at the US Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Website.

The Synod will be meeting from October 5-19, 2014, in Vatican City, and will be discussing matters considered vital to the Christian Formation of Families and the spread of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Remember to pray the Prayer for the Synod.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendor of true love,
to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer.

We read in 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Let’s take that to heart.

Announcements

  • Respect Life Sunday is next weekend. We ask that you please consider joining us spiritually through a commitment of fasting and prayer for the entire 40 Days of Life. Prayer and Fasting Commitment Cards are available at the entrance tables in Church.
  • There is a Parent Meeting for the 9th and 10th Grades of the Parish School of Religion, on Tuesday, September 30, at 6:30pm in St. Jane Hall. For further details contact Mrs. Phyllis Richards.
  • The St. Joseph Guild will have a Pot Luck Luncheon on Thursday, October 2, at 12:30pm in St. Jane Hall. Come on out and bring your favorite dish!
  • Next Sunday is our Monthly Debt Reduction Collection. Please be as generous as you can.
  • Also next Sunday, St. Jane’s Coffee and Donut Social is after the 9:00 am Mass. All are welcome!
  • The Respect Life Committee Meeting will be next Sunday, after the 9:00am Mass, in the Barre Center Library.

Remember that tomorrow, Saturday, September 27, our Parish is involved in two very important endeavors.

Friends of the Poor WalkFirst, the St. Vincent de Paul National Friends of the Poor Walk, from 8AM – Noon at the Lakefront in Mandeville. If you drive down to the lake in Hwy 59, the street turns into Girod St in old Mandeville, and ends at the Lakefront. Take a left and you can’t miss everyone, a few blocks down, towards the Yacht Club.

40 Days for LifeAlso, our Pro-Life Team, working with the Forty Days for Life, have been coordinating prayer volunteers, to pray around the Abortion Clinic in Metairie. We’ll be praying with time slots from 7AM – 7PM, and are very thankful to Mrs.Loretta Naquin for helping to coordinate our efforts here.

The St. Jane CYO is taking part in the prayer vigils, from 3:00-5:00pm. Check out their flyer for more details.

Via the Louisiana Site for the 40 Days:

The Three Pillars of 40 Days for Life

Prayer & Fasting to End Abortion:

  • The power of prayer cannot be overstated in this work. Encourage your group members to commit to a daily prayer and fasting during the 40 days (Ask about our prayer commitment cards and prayer cards.)
  • Whenever you meet as a church/group, pray the 40DFL prayer on the prayer cards.

Peaceful & Compassionate Presence

  • Getting out of our comfort zones: Today there are over 7,536 children and women who have been spared the pain of abortion because of the prayer and presence at 40DFL campaigns around the world. However, 40DFL does cause us to leave our comfort zone. That is actually the very thing that makes this campaign so powerful. It causes us, our friends, our family, and our community to confront the reality that abortions are happening every single day in our back yard, and there is a great joy and peace in taking this leap of faith.
  • Adopt-a-Day: Visit our calendar to view available dates, or email us at 40daysforlifenola@gmail.com. Most coordinators pick one meeting or weekend of church services to speak to their groups about signing up for individual hours of the campaign.

Outreach

  • We do all we can to promote awareness and education in the community.

40 Days for Life

Catechetical Sunday

This Sunday we observe Catechetical Sunday, an annual time of remembrance and prayer for all of those involved in Christian formation, which is of course all of us.

But in a special way we pray for those who will be working in our Parish School of Religion as Catechists, that they may be bold witnesses to the Faith and Tradition which we profess in Christ Jesus.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has this to say:

“This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 21, 2014, and will focus on the theme “Teaching About God’s Gift of Forgiveness.” Those whom the community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith.”

May the Lord always bless and uphold our Catechists. And may He help us all to profess our Faith in all that we say and do.

Announcements

  • St. Jane de Chantal picture directory will be given out, to those individuals and families who purchased pictures, after all the Masses in St. Jane Hall.
  • The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Blood Drive on Sunday, September 21, from 9:30AM until 1PM. The Blood Mobile will be parked by St. Joseph Hall. Come donate and give the gift of life.
  • Due to the Priest Convocation, on Tuesday September 23rd, the 6:30PM Mass at St. Michael’s will be a Communion Service only. Also on September 24th and 25th at St. Jane’s, there will a Communion Service only.
  • We ask that you join us spiritually through a commitment of prayer and fasting for the entire 40 Days for Life. Prayer and fasting commitment forms, and prayer cards are available at the entrance tables in Church.
  • Come join us at the Lakefront for the St. Vincent de Paul Walk/Run, for fun, food, music and socializing on Saturday, September 27th. It will begin at 8am. It is not too late to sponsor someone to walk/run for you. Bring the Family! It is also St. Vincent de Paul’s feast Day.
  • St. Michaels’ Feast Day Pot Luck Celebration will be after the 4PM Mass on Saturday, September 27th, at St. Michael’s Mission in Bush. Bring your favorite dies and desserts, the main dish ahs been provided. All Are Welcome!