Together With Christ, For Our Future
The State of Louisiana is in COVID-19 Phase 3 (modified).
Bishop Duca has issued a statement about COVID-19 protocols for the Diocese of Baton Rouge in response to Governor Edward’s decision to remove the 75% limitation on worship services. This is the first paragraph of Bishop Duca’s letter:
Given Governor Edwards’ recent announcement and changes to COVID guidelines in the State of Louisiana, a variety of questions have arisen because he has lifted the capacity limits for houses of worship (even though he has done so with the understanding that physical distancing and the wearing of masks will continue). Despite these new recommendations from Governor Edwards, it is my desire that our current protocols regarding pastoral life and worship remain the same. These include continued adherence to mask wearing, practicing physical distancing (accomplished by using every other pew), and retaining current protocols for hand and building sanitization as has been done over the course of this past year.
Therefore, by direction of Bishop Duca, no changes are being make to our parish protocols at this time.
The complete letter from Bishop Duca can be read here.
Current protocols can be found in All Things Covid.
Confession 7:00 - 7:50 AM
Mass 8:00 AM
Confession 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Vigil Mass 4:00 PM
Mass 10:00 AM
Mass 6:00 PM
Confession 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Mass 5:00 PM
Our Lady of Prompt Succor Chapel
3250 Louisiana Avenue
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 7:00 AM (Lutcher)
Wednesday 5:30 PM (Lutcher)
News & Events
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St. Joseph Cemetery Crucifix Restoration project is underway. Please click the link to read Fr Vincent's appeal for support.
The Catholic Church in East St. James is announcing a Adult Bible Study on the Consecration to St. Joseph during this Declared Year of St. Joseph. Anyone interested in participating ishould contact Deacon Sam at the Pastoral Center. Start date would be February 15th with the Consecration taking place at the Mass on the Solemnity of St. Joseph on March 15th. This will be an individual home study program and may include a virtual platform. MIf you are participating in this study, books and ebooks can be purchased from several online resources. If you are participating in this study, books and ebooks can be purchased from several online resources. More details outlined in the flyer found here.
ST. MICHAEL GROTTO
We are happy to announce that we are able to reopen St. Michael’s Lourdes Grotto for more regular visits. Now, on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 9:00am to 4:00pm, people will be able to visit the Grotto at St. Michael. Please remember to use the handicap ramp side door to enter and exit the church. The number in the Grotto at any one time must remain limited to four (4) people maximum. With the extra hours of availability, we hope regular visitors will find a good time each week for their visit.
Our Perpetual Adoration Chapel has reopened at Prompt Succor Chapel. Friday mornings, 6 hours, from 1am to 7am, the Chapel will be closed for lack of Committed Adorers. If you or someone you know would be willing to sign up for one of those hours, please contact Jason Amato, Bobby Lear, or Seth Bourgeois.
The Racial Harmony Commission of the Diocese of Baton Rouge in collaboration with Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University, and the Southern University Law Center, invite you to a virtual lecture by Dr. Shannen Dee Williams of Villanova University
The title of Dr. Williams' presentation will be "Black Catholic Historical Truth Telling: An Essential Practice for Reparative Justice."
You may register for the presentation at SULC.EDU/RACIALHEALING
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Further Information about religious services to parishioners:
Baptisms can be scheduled on a “family-by-family” outside of Masses currently. Please contact Mrs. Missy Laurent at the Pastoral Center
Please contact your Funeral Home and the Pastoral Center to coordinate these services. Find the PROTOCOLS here.
Please contact Deacon Alfred Adams for details.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK / COMMUNION TO THE HOME-BOUND
Please contact the Pastoral Center for a priest to address these needs.
Pastoral Center Office Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8:00am to 4:00pm. The Pastoral Center is closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Saint Vincent de Paul GLP has partnered with the Baton Rouge Food Bank to offer food distribution to St. James Parish residents on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.
“Food boxes are being distributed to anyone who needs it. All are welcome, there are no income limits or restrictions.”
The distribution is being held at the Sacred Heart PSR center located behind Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 616 E. Main St. in Gramercy. The event is schedule from 9 AM until all boxes have been distributed or by noon.
St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Stores in Lutcher will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 10 AM to 2 PM, as long as help is available. MASK ARE REQUIRED.
We will strive to operate our Food Pantry on our designated days taking into account the health and well-being of our volunteers and clients. We will continue to provide emergency services as need through the Catholic Church Pastoral Center at 225-869-5751 or St. Vincent DePaul at 225-869-1078 leaving a message.
Sacred Heart Church is in need of volunteers to clean the church. Anyone interested should contact the Pastoral Center, 225-869-5751.
Is your marriage going down the right road . . . or is it a little off track? Life can be difficult, and so can the challenges you face in marriage.
Does the distance between you seem wide? Are you already separated? Looking for a better way? Retrouvaille can help and offers hope for a better relationship. Retrouvaille is a peer ministry of volunteer couples that can help you learn the tools of healthy communication, build intimacy and heal, just as they have done in their own marriages. Retrouvaille is Christian-based, and Catholic in origin, but welcomes couples of all faiths as well as non-religious couples. Retrouvaille can help get your relationship back on track. The next Retrouvaille Weekend in the Diocese of Baton Rouge will be September 11-13, 2020. (All COVID-19 precautions will be in place). For more information, contact: Bill and Missie @ 985-232-5963 or visit our website: HelpOurMarriage.org.
Are you between the ages of 18-30 and have been longing for a deeper relationship with God, but don't know where to start or searching for friends with the same passion for Christ?? Join the River Road Catholics Young Adult Ministry for an opportunity to grow closer to God through prayer, worship, community, bible study, service, and friendship. Visit our Facebook for more information: River Road Catholics YAM.
For the Stewardship of Ministry page click here
You can now learn about and join the Knights of Columbus online at KofC.org/JoinUs
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Our Mailing Address
PO Box 129
2130 Rectory Street
Paulina, LA 70763-0129
- Fr. Vincent Dufresne, Pastor
- Deacon Alfred Adams, SM HS PSR/Marriage Prep/Lay Ministry Coordination
- Deacon Sam Sammartino, Social Responsibility/Marriage Prep/Tribunal Advisor
- Mrs. Paula Poche, St. Peter Chanel Principal
- Gordon Jenkins, Facilities Administrator
- Mrs. Missy Laurent, HS/Confirmation/Youth Ministry/Lay Ministry Coordinator/ Bapt. Prep.
- Mrs. Harriet Melancon, SH Elementary PSR/Bulletin Editor
- Mrs. Donna Waguespack, SJ Elementary PSR/SPC Liason
- Ms. Carol Ann Rome, SM Elementary PSR
- Mrs. Sherry Bourgeois, HR/Payroll/SM Finance
- Mrs. Tammy Martin, SJ & SH Finance
- Ms. Allison Badeaux, Receptionist/Secretary