Christmas Eve Mass Schedule, December 24th: 3:00 pm - Christmas Concert followed by 4:00pm Vigil Mass, 5:30pm - Prelude Music followed by 6:30pm Vigil Mass. Christmas Mass Schedule, December 25th: 8:00am and 9:45 am Mass (No 11:30am Mass) The parish office will be closed December 24-26, 2018. Have a Merry Christmas!

Education/Faith

Baptism Preparation

Seminars are held every other month starting in July 2018. Seminars are held in the Ministry Building in room 124 on Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm. Visit our website www.stjudecatholic.org for scheduled dates.

Contact: 225-766-2431

Confirmation

Confirmation is only to be received after the child makes the decision to be confirmed in the 11th grade. Confirmands and their sponsors will meet with the formation team for several months prior to receiving the sacrament.

Contact: Michaelyn McGinnis, 225-766-2431 or Michaelynm@stjudecatholic.org

First Eucharist

This sacrament is usually received in the second grade, after receiving First Reconciliation. Children must be in at least their second year of Religious Education in order to prepare for and receive the Sacrament of First Eucharist. Children and parents go through a formation process prior to receiving the sacrament.

Contact: Michaelyn McGinnis, 225-766-2431 or Michaelynm@stjudecatholic.org

First Reconciliation

This sacrament is usually received in the second grade. Children and parents go through a formation process as a group prior to sacrament reception. Parental involvement is a very important part of the preparation process.

Contact: Michaelyn McGinnis, 225-766-2431 or Michaelynm@stjudecatholic.org

Marriage Preparation

Couples wishing to marry must contact the pastor at least 6 months in advance of the scheduled wedding date. You can find wedding guidelines on www.stjudecatholic.org.

Contact: 225-766-2431

Parish School of Religion (PSR)

Parish School of Religion (PSR) provides catechetical instruction to children and youth (Kindergarten-10th grade) who attend public or charter schools, so that young people can grow in intimacy with Jesus, be knowledgeable about their faith, and integrate the teachings of the Gospel into their lives. Parish religion programs also prepare young people for the reception of first sacraments.

Contact: Michaelyn McGinnis, 225-766-2431 or Michaelynm@stjudecatholic.org

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults/CIC (Christian Initiation of Children)

Each year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil Mass, thousands are baptized into the Catholic Church in the United States. Parishes welcome these new Catholics through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).The RCIA process is open to: 1) Those seeking baptism in the Catholic faith; 2) Those who were baptized in another Christian faith and who are interested in converting to Catholicism; 3) Adults already baptized as Catholics but never received the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist or Confirmation. The RCIA process helps them to complete their initiation into the Catholic Church. If you know someone who may be interested in learning about our faith or possibly converting, invite them to “inquire”. There is no obligation. RCIA sessions begin in September and continue through Easter. Sessions are held on Wednesday nights in the Ministry Building.

Contact: Deacon James Morrissey, 225-766-2431 or deaconjmorrissey@gmail.com

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Sponsors

A sponsor is a practicing Catholic and a regular, practicing member of St. Jude. The responsibility of a Sponsor is to help the person who is going to be received into the Church to lead a good Catholic life. The Sponsor is entrusted to be an example and lead a Christian life that reflects the spirit and teachings of our Catholic Religion. Sponsors attend the RCIA sessions with their candidate and serve as a supportive, spiritual friend, walking closely with and praying for the candidate on his/her faith journey.

Contact: Deacon James Morrissey, 225-766-2431 or deaconjmorrissey@gmail.com