The Church's love for the poor....is a part of her constant tradition." This love is inspired by the Gospel of the Beatitudes, of the poverty of Jesus, and of his concern for the poor. It is by what they have done for the poor that Jesus Christ will recognize his chosen ones. Outreach extends not only to those who are materially in poverty but also to many forms of cultural and religious poverty. C.C.C. 2344-45
Communion Minister to St. Elizabeth Hospital
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist bring Communion to the Catholic patients at St. Elizabeth Hospital. New volunteers can be appointed as a Communion minister by the Bishop, but must be a practicing Catholic to receive this honor. Your hospital visits are according to your availability. Contact - Lisa Babin at (225) 673-8307, Extension *811
Communion Minister to the Homebound
Communion Ministers are assigned one parishioner to whom to bring Holy Communion weekly. As with hospital ministers, a new volunteer can be appointed by the Bishop as a Communion minister, but must be a practicing Catholic to receive this honor. Visits are done according to your availability. Contact - Ashley Bourgeois at (225) 673-8307, Extension *823
Food for the Bereaved or Ill
Teams of several volunteers provide food, on a rotating basis, for funerals or parishioners upon immediate release from the hospital. Each team will be called several times a year as needed. Contact - Ashley Bourgeois at (225) 673-8307, Extension *823
Food Pantry Volunteer
Donated food left in church after the weekend Masses or brought to the church office are moved by volunteers to the food pantry and sorted. The work is done on weekday mornings. Contact - Jean Achord at (225) 673-8537
Assists with the process of providing holiday food and gifts for the needy.
- Coordinate applications and delivery for baskets.
- Give financial donations for baskets
- Deliver baskets to the needy
Contact - Ashley Bourgeois at (225) 673-8307, Extension *823
Members prepare dishes and serve a meal at one of the St. Vincent de Paul overnight shelters on a monthly basis. Contact - Joy Fonseca at (225) 673-2223
Approximately 35 St. John Parishioners journey to the Olancho Aid Mission in Honduras to assist the needy by repairing schools, building and painting houses, delivering medicine and clothes, etc. The trip follows shortly after the mega-garage sale fundraiser in early to mid-June each year. Expenses are met and donations raised by group fundraisers throughout the year. Contact - Lisa LeBouef at (225) 938-3252 or visit our Facebook page
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Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW) Prison Ministry
Those serving in this ministry visit LCIW weekly to minister with and mentor inmates and participate in Saturday 9:30 AM Mass. Volunteers must attend a November state certification training session.
- Visitation Team
- Musicians for Saturday 9:30 AM Mass
Contact - Deacon Randy Clement at (225) 673-8307, Extension *827
Hunt Correctional Prison Ministry Team:
Volunteers must attend the state certification training session before obtaining access to the prison. Join other parishioners and Catholic inmates for:
- Recitation of the Rosary on the fourth Wednesday of each month for what is actually a live radio broadcast at 7:00 PM
- Faith sharing and discussion on Thursday evenings at 6:30 PM
- Mass at 5:30 PM on Fridays
- Male Communion ministers monthly bring the Holy Eucharist to the cell blocks on Sunday morning.
Contact - Chaplain Jules Tolivar at (225) 329-7279
Social Responsibility Committee
Will meet monthly to organize and coordinate new social outreach ministries for the parish.
Contact - Mary Bourgeois at (225) 673-6726
Respect Life Team
Team coordinates and carries out pro-life programs including white crosses on the church property in January, participation in Bishop Respect Life Rally and LA Life March, 40 Days for Life Prayer Service, Support for the Pregnancy Problem Center, etc. Contact - David Gregory at (225) 673-9592