Spiritual Life

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Parishioners of all ages are encouraged to spend time in quiet personal prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament once a week on Tuesday nights between 6:00pm – 7:30 pm. Adoration is a powerful way of enhancing your prayer life and bringing you closer to our Lord. Consider praying as a family, strengthening your core family closeness.

Contact: Charmaine Biossat, 225-766-2431 or charmaineb@stjudecatholic.org

Always Our Children: A Support Group for Parents of Gay children

Always Our Children is a new support group, facilitated by our pastor, Fr. Trey Nelson, for parents of gay children. The group meets in the former St. Jude Administration Building (offices), located at 9150 Highland Road, usually on Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm. This is an opportunity for parents of gay children to share their questions and ideas in a confidential setting. While the sessions consist, primarily, of group conversation and prayer, the group does from time to time review helpful books and articles. For more information, visit us at www.stjudecatholic.org.

Contact: Fr. Trey, 225-766-2431 or fathertrey@stjduecatholic.org

Bereavement and Loss Support Group

The Bereavement and Loss Support Group is an opportunity for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one to gather for sharing and conversation, to hear occasional guest speakers, and to pray together in support of one another. The group also shares in an annual holiday time potluck supper. Meetings take place in the former St. Jude Administration Building (offices), located at 9150 Highland Road, usually on Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm. For more information, visit us at www.stjudecatholic.org.

Contact: Charmaine Biossat, 225-766-2431 or charmaineb@stjudecatholic.org

College-Age Fellowship and Sharing Group

The College Sharing Group is for young people ages 18 to 23, whether they attend school or not. The group is led by our pastor, Fr. Trey Nelson and 2 other adults and meets once a month on Sunday evenings from 6:30pm - 8:30pm at the St. Jude Rectory. The Rectory is located directly across from the St. Jude Parish Office at 9137 Highland Road. Each session consists of good food, usually prepared by Fr. Trey, and the opportunity for group discussion of topics important to the participants and always ends with a brief night prayer. Again, the group is open to young people ages 18 to 23, whether they are members of St. Jude Parish or not and whether they are in school or not. For our schedule of meetings or more information, visit our parish website at www.stjudecatholic.org.

Contact: Fr. Trey, 225-766-2431 or fathertrey@stjduecatholic.org

Funeral Rosary Ministry

Members of this ministry provide spiritual and emotional support to fellow parishioners by saying a rosary prior to a funeral Mass held at St. Jude.

Contact: Charmaine Biossat, 225-766-2431 or charmaineb@stjudecatholic.org

Marriage Encounter

Couples gather to enrich good marriages through improved communication and Catholic values. The format is spiritual, relationship building, and social. This ministry hosts an annual marriage anniversary celebration and Mass each year.

Contact: Charmaine Biossat, 225-766-2431 or charmaineb@stjudecatholic.org

Prayer Line

Parishioners and their children aged 4 and under meet every other Wednesday in the parish hall from 9:30am - 10:30am, following the school schedule. The parents pray together as their children play, listen to biblical stories, sing or do crafts.

Contact: Charmaine Biossat, 225-766-2431 or charmaineb@stjudecatholic.org

Respect for Life

Respect for Life members are men and women who actively promote a universal respect for all human life, from its earliest beginnings at conception, throughout pregnancy, birth & maturation, to its transition through a natural death. The ministry gathers annually to promote Right to Life laws and follows the legislative processes in support of reversing any anti-life affirming laws. (Abortion, Euthanasia, Nursing Home & Elderly Services, etc.)

Contact: Charmaine Biossat, 225-766-2431 or charmaineb@stjudecatholic.org

Small Christian Communities/Faith Sharing

Faith Sharing Communities are offered to support one’s spiritual life and to provide understanding and formation in Scripture, our Christian tradition, and our Catholic beliefs. Groups offer an opportunity to meet together in small group settings for prayer, reflection, and thoughtful discussion using prepared materials. On occasion the members of the groups will meet together as a group for ministry outreach and to enjoy fellowship.

Contact: Charmaine Biossat, 225-766-2431 or charmaineb@stjudecatholic.org

Vocations Committee

Our parish Vocation Committee is devoted to celebrating all vocations: priesthood, deacon, religious life (brother and sister), marriage, and the single life. The Committee meets throughout the year to discuss ways to develop an understanding of what a vocation is and ways in which families, individuals, and couples can assist in a promotion of this understanding.

Contact: Fr. Trey, 225-766-2431 or fathertrey@stjduecatholic.org