St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church
9150 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, LA   70810
(The corner of Highland Road and Gardere Lane)  phone: 225-766-2431;  fax: 225-766-0722


"If you want Peace, work for Justice." Pope Paul VI on the Day of Peace, January 1, 1972

If you have an item for this community outreach page, please email Charmaine Biossat.  Thank you for your response to these critical needs in our community!

These items can be brought to the Connections for Life Thrift Store in the shopping center at 3027 Nicholson Drive.  Please call the store at 379-3640 prior to dropping off items.


Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge

Apply for a home

If you have any questions concerning the upcoming build season, or would like to get involved, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Katie Paulson, 225.927.6651 or e-mail katie at .


Habitat for Humanity has opened a ReStore at 4301 Airline Highway (corner of Airline and Plank) which offers quality building materials at low prices.  Proceeds from the store allow Habitat of Greater Baton Rouge build simple, decent homes for qualifying low-income families.  We need your support to get the ReStore off the ground!  It is open Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 8:30am to 5pm except holidays.  We need volunteers to receive, sort, price and display merchandise.  We are also looking for businesses willing to place a 8 1/2 x 11" display with basic information about the ReStore.  If you can help, call 927-6651.  ReStore needs donations of building materials. 

Help the Blue Dog build a house!  Purchase a raffle ticket for $25 and be entered to win a framed "We are Marching Again: Blue Dog print signed by George Rodrigue.  Tickets are available at


St. Vincent de Paul:  Enter their site to learn about opportunities for donations and volunteering.  They especially need your help in this rough economy!

St. Vincent de Paul

Suggestions for donations

Our St. Vincent de Paul Stores need you!  Please consider volunteering at our store at 1871 Staring Lane - 819-0460.


Help kids start school with a new pair of kicks!  Email or phone 336-8700 to donate a new pair of shoes to a needy child.

Catholic Charities Foster Grandparent Program—Call 336-8700 for more information.

At Christmas, Catholic Charities helps families, who come to us in need of assistance, to experience the spirit of Christmas.  Our Community Comes Together for Christmas program serves an average of 300 families a year.  Over half of the people who sponsored families were parishioners.  We need help again this year.  Catholic Charities works with entire families to enroll them in the assistance program.  All individuals living in the household are eligible for sponsorship.  For more information on how you can sponsor a family, contact Maurice Velasquez or Louis Prejean at 336-8700 or .

You may bring cash donations to Catholic Charities, 1900 S. Acadian Thruway, or mail them payable to Catholic Charities, P. O. Box 1668, Baton Rouge, LA  70821.


The Pastoral Care Department of Our Lady of the Lake is seeking volunteers for two programs:

  1. Volunteers to make Communion calls to patients, and
  2. Volunteers for the Courtesy Visitors Program.

Anyone interested in either of these programs may call the Pastoral Care Department at 765-8896.


Volunteers needed!  Call Meg Perry, Volunteer Coordinator, 769-4810, for more information.

On Saturday, Apr. 28th, 2007, our parish community participated in the “Gardere Lane Initiative Encounter,” a gathering meant to make a difference in the lives of the residents in that area. 

Our St. Jude Church Knights of Columbus cooked and served over 350 plates of jambalaya during the four-hour event.   Our youth also sponsored a “face painting” tent, which seemed to be the busiest place during the whole event.

The Gardere Lane Initiative is comprised of area faith-based organizations, which provided food, health screenings,  a job fair, and networking opportunities for the Gardere Lane residents that day.