Friday Night Fish Fries – Lent

Friday Night Fish Fries – Lent

The answer is YES!  Yes, we are having our annual Lenten Fish Fries every Friday during Lent (Good Friday is not during Lent, it is during the Triduum, so no Fish Fry on Good Friday.)

Time is from 5-8pm.  Cost is $8, shrimp or fish, with fries and drink.   Desserts are optional *But well worth the $1.00!)

Stations of the Cross are at 7:00pm.

 

Mardi Gras Food Drive for the Northshore Foodbank

Mardi Gras Food Drive for the Northshore Foodbank

The Northshore Foodbank, formerly known as the Covington Foodbank, is actively seeking donations of Oatmeal, and Boxed Rice Dinners.

So, bring them to the Church or the office as you’d prefer, and we will make sure they get to the Foodbank.

As you know this year we’ve had our share of natural calamities along with an economy which has left many people suffering from a lack of even the basics at times.

So consider performing one of the Corporal Works of Mercy, by Feeding the Poor, and donating a simple container of Oatmeal or a Boxed Rice Dinner, which will greatly serve those in need.

We hope to deliver much food to the foodbank on the Friday prior to Mardi Gras, which is February 24.

Oatmeal

Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week

Although we don’t maintain a Parochial School here at St. Jane, many of our Parishioners do attend Catholic Schools. We also enjoy a thriving Parish School of Religion, and a host of other educational opportunities. So this week as we celebrate Catholic School’s Week, we are mindful of the continued need to support and promote an authentic Catholic teaching and Culture.

Louisiana Life March South

Louisiana Life March South

This coming Saturday, January 21, 2017, the Louisiana Life March will again take place in our state capitol, Baton Rouge.

The Knights of Columbus have a 55 person bus rented, which always accommodates our group generously.

The cost for the bus transportation is $10 per person; if you’re unable to afford the $10, please let us know. The Bus leaves promptly at 8AM, so be sure to be present at 7:30 AM for some coffee, donuts, and to make sure you get one of the best seats in the house.

Our contacts are available on flyers in the Church, and via the Office, at (985) 892-1439.

We hope to see you there!

Deacon Frans to Retire

Deacon Frans to Retire

In a surprising development which has taken shape over the last several months, Deacons Frans is retiring from Active Duty at St. Jane De Chantal Parish at the end of the Christmas Season.

The end of the Christmas Season is in the ordinary, of course, as Monday, January 9, 2016, with the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord, Jesus Christ.

On Sunday, January 15, we will have Deacon Frans’s retirement Mass at 10AM, which will be followed by, as Deacon Frans puts it, “one of our gourmet receptions.”

After his retirement, Deacon Frans will be no stranger to us here. Like his Brother in Law, Monsignor Louis LeBourgeois, Deacon Frans will retain his faculties and will be able to perform all the duties of an active Deacon. We have spoken at length, and I have assured him that he is always welcome here at St. Jane, and can continue doing just about everything he is now doing, with the freedom of schedule he perceives wisest.

The Parish owes a great debt of gratitude to both Deacon Frans and to his wife, Del. While his retirement is on occasion of retrospection and some sadness, it is also an acknowledgement that time moves on, and we move with it.

The news is late in coming out due to several reasons; mainly due to the bulletin schedule over Christmas and New Years, and making sure of the details with the Office of the Permanent Diaconate. (I had suggested that the end of June might be better, but they assured me that this is not an unusual occurrence.)

Please come out as we pay our respects to Deacon Frans. While he is famous for writing beautiful poems when others retire, or move, or join us, we are no actively searching for someone to take up the mantle and write a poem for Deacon Frans’s “farewell” luncheon.

And we certainly hope to see him at Daily Mass the next day, or very soon thereafter.

“Giving Tuesday” UPDATE

“Giving Tuesday” UPDATE

Thanks to your generosity, we added another $2,000 to our Debt Reduction Efforts.

We learned a lot of lessons in this nascent effort;  and look forward to discerning and articulating future needs more clearly.   Many thanks to all of you who continue to contribute to our debt reduction, which supports our ongoing missions here, both in Religious Education, and in Priest housing. All of which contribute to the Worship of Our Lord Jesus Christ!

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I Give Catholic is an opportunity for Catholic Organizations to earn funds for much needed efforts.

Started last year, millions were raised across the country to help fund Parishes, Schools, Charities for the Poor, etc.

And and all funds collected by St. Jane de Chantal Parish will be used for our Debt Reduction, which is currently in the $150K range.

Whether it’s $1, $5, $10, or $150,000, every amount helps!

It’s our first time participating. So we’re looking forward to more participation in the future.