Teen Timeline Bible Study

This Wednesday we’re starting the Teem Timeline Bible study, at 7PM in Saint Jane Hall. We’ve had a lot of enthusiasm about this program, and look forward to it’s getting underway!

For more information, just contact anyone at the office.

Noted Pro-Life Speaker Cody Reed coming to St. Jane on Saturday, June 8.

Want to know more about how to get involved in the Pro-Life movement?  Join us Saturday, June 8 from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm in St. Jane Hall for a workshop given by Cody Reed, Youth Programs Coordinator for Louisiana Right to Life.  Mr. Reed is a dynamic speaker who trains others to engage in pro-life apologetics and equips them to engage in productive dialogue on life issues.  He organizes youth and college educational outreach programs throughout the year, including Louisiana Camp Joshua and Geaux Forth. The workshop is open to anyone ages 14 (rising high school sophomore) and above. Adult participants are encouraged to attend as well. A suggested donation of $10 is asked to cover the cost of training materials.  For more information and to sign up, please contact the parish office at 892-1349.

Camp Joshua for High School Students Interested in the Pro-Life Movement

Joshua Leadership Institute will be held July 14 – July 18 at the Bishop Robert Tracey Center in Baton Rouge.  JLI is open to rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, as well as rising college freshmen.  JlI is a weeklong program designed to equip you with education on ALL life issues and give you the chance to dialogue with new friends and some of the top pro-life leaders of the nation!  For more information visit http://www.campjoshuala.org.  A limited number of scholarships is available through the parish for students with a demonstrated commitment to becoming active leaders in the pro-life movement.

Camp Philomena returns this summer!

Camp Philomena is returning to St. Jane de Chantal this summer!  This special camp is for girls ages 10 – 13 who want to incorporate a meaningful spiritual journey into their summer plans.  Camp Philomena uses Endow’s “Girl Genius” program written especially for preteen girls to discover just what it means to be a girl in God’s eyes.  Camp Philomena will be held the week of June 24 – 28 from 8:00 am – 11:30 am.  The fee of $40 covers the cost of the Girl Genius workbook.  A limited number of scholarships is available for girls with a demonstrated financial need.  Registration is due by June 14.  Please call the parish office at 892-1439 for additional information or to request a registration form.  Registration forms are also available in the back of the church.

St. Jane Vacation Bible School

Make plans to attend St. Jane’s Vacation Bible School, SonWest Roundup,  the week of June 17 – 21 from 9am – 12pm.   Vacation Bible School is open to kids ages 4 through entering fifth grade in the fall.  Fees for VBS are 1 child $25, 2 children $35, 3 plus children $40 per family.   Students entering grades 6 and up are also needed as helpers and counselors the week before and the week of VBS.  Registration for both campers and volunteers is due by May 31.  Please call the parish office at 892-1439 for more information or to request a registration form.  Forms are also available in the back of church.

An Afternoon Lugging Water

1Alison and Brad etcThe town of Abita Springs, Louisiana was built in the early 1700’s around the healing spring waters that naturally flowed from the ground there.

On March 3, 2013, a group of young girls from the St. Jane de Chantal Catholic Church’s CA.T.F.I.S.H. Club sought to bring life-giving water to the village of Rabachea, Ethiopia, over 8000 miles away. CA.T.F.I.S.H., which stands for “Catholic T’weens Faithful in Serving Him”, is comprised of children in grades 4, 5, and 6 who want to actively live out their Catholic faith through service to God and their community at large.
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The girls had been learning about the work of missionaries at their meetings, so it was only natural that their efforts become directed toward the global community. What touched their hearts the most was the fact that girls their own age lacked many of the things they take for granted, such as clean water and access to healthcare and education simply because of where they were born.

Out of this awareness the group’s Lenten Solidarity Walk “Carry My Bucket” was created. Members, their families, and parishioners, including St. Jane’s CYO Group and Respect Life Group, formed teams.

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Each team was asked to commit to walking the same number of miles with the same amount of water that the average girl in an undeveloped country carries daily, approximately 40 lbs over a distance of 4 miles. Fifty people turned out for the walk and as a whole, the group carried 508 pounds of water over a distance of 163 miles.

A simple meal of beans, rice, and water was shared at the end. Parishioners and members of the community at large who were unable to attend the walk made contributions as well.

When all was said and done, the CA.T.F.I.S.H. Club was proud to be able to raise $2267.00 for the water improvement projects being completed by Catholic Relief Services  in Rabachea.

CRS Relationship Manager, Martha Gaynoe, who happened to be in the nearby town of Covington to speak at St. Joseph’s Abbey on March 15 , was able to visit with the girls and talk further with them about the work that CRS does.

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