Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Adult Choir

Scripture and Tradition
The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as a combination of sacred music and words, it forms a necessary or integral part of solemn liturgy. The composition and singing of inspired psalms, often accompanied by musical instruments, were already closely linked to the liturgical celebrations of the Old Covenant. The Church continues and develops this tradition.
CCS #1156

Address . . . one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart. 
Ephesians 5:19

He who sings prays twice.
St. Augustine

General Information
Sacred Heart of Jesus Adult Choir is a weekly commitment and leads worship during the 9:00am Sunday Mass.

CONTACT
Margaret Montz
Choir Director
337-365-2600
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Altar Server

Scripture and Tradition
Serving at the Altar is a privileged way to draw closer to Jesus, which in turn, enables you to open yourselves to others, to journey together, to set demanding goals and to find the strength to achieve them. The closer you are to the Altar, the more you will remember to speak with Jesus in daily prayer, the more you will be nourished by the Word and the Body of the Lord, the better able you will be able to go out to others, bringing them the gift that you have received, giving in turn, with enthusiasm and the joy you have received.
Pope Francis, address to Altar Servers 2015

Here I am. Send me.
Isaiah 6:8

Saint Thomas said, "The celebration of the Holy Mass is as valuable as the death of Jesus on the Cross." The primary duty of an Altar Server is to assist the priest, as a representative of the people of the parish, in a visible manner, as the mystery of Calvary unfolds on the Altar. What an honor to serve our Lord at this most praiseworthy gift of love.

General Information
Sacred Heart of Jesus Altar Servers is four-fold. Scheduling servers by teams on a rational basis ensures that all routine Masses have appropriate coverage and skill. Second, scheduling for the majority of weekends (except holiday weekends) minimizes the burden on family life as it relates to travel and commitments on special occasions while providing an opportunity for server to volunteer to serve to our community. Third, scheduling ensures equal opportunity for all servers to gain the necessary experience to develop in this ministry. Fourth, scheduling defines the minimum number of servers needed to support our priests and deacons. Any person who is past the 4th grade and has made their First Eucharist is able to serve the Church in this way.

 

CONTACT
Steve and Doris Bodin
Altar Server Coordinators
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Eucharistic Minister

Scripture and Tradition
I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.
John 6:35

While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is My body."
Mathew 26:26

The Holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.
CCC #1322

General Information
Any person who has been confirmed and is in good standing in the Catholic Church is able to distribute Holy Communion.

CONTACT
Colette Anzalone
Ministry and Volunteer, Coordinator
337-837-1864, ext. 227
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Ushers

Scripture and Tradition
Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock of which the Holy Spirit has appointed you overseers, in which you tend the Church of God that He acquired with His own blood.
Acts 20:28

The ministry of ushers is the oldest lay ministry in the Catholic Church. The ushers of today are descended from a long line of people of God who have gone before them. During the time of Christ, the doorkeepers of the temple numbered in the hundreds and were the forerunners of today's ushers. Contribute to the needs of the holy ones, exercise hospitality.
Romans 12:13

Happy the one who listens to me, attending daily at my gates, keeping watch at my doorposts.
Proverbs 8:34

General Information
The ushers offer the first greeting and welcome to all worshippers entering God's house. They are also responsible for gathering the offering for presentation at the altar and assist communicants in moving in to place for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. They are an expression of God's desire to welcome us into His presence and participate in worship.

CONTACT
Rod Touchet
Usher Coordinator
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Lector/Reader/Commentator

Scripture and Tradition
Departing, they began going throughout the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.
Luke 9:6

...who wills everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:4

Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture, then, are bound closely together, and communicate one with the other. For both of them, flowing out from the same divine well-spring, come together in some fashion to form one thing, and move towards the same goal. Each of them makes present and fruitful in the Church the mystery of Christ, who promised to remain with his own "always, to the close of the age".
CCC #80

General Information
Any person who has been confirmed in the Catholic Church is able to proclaim the Word of God during the Holy Mass.

CONTACT
Colette Anzalone
Ministry and Volunteer, Coordinator
337-837-1864, ext. 227
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Welcome Commitee

Scripture and Tradition
So we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
2 Corinthians 5:20

Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels.
Hebrews 13:2

General Information
Sacred Heart is home to many. To ensure all of our parishioners and guests feel invited to be a part of this family, we have formed a Welcoming Ambassador Committee whose purpose is to welcome guests into our church.

CONTACT
Paul Hood
Evangelization, Director
337-837-1864, ext. 299
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Liturgy Committee

Scripture and Tradition
Liturgy is the primary and indispensable source from which the faithful are to derive the true Christian Spirit...the entire celebration is planned in such a way that it leads to a conscious, active and full participation of the faithful, both in body and mind. 
The Roman Missal #17

The liturgy is the summit towards which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the font from which all her power flows. 
Ian Rutherford Parish Liturgical Renewal

General Information
If we think of Sunday Mass as a sacred drama with two or three acts, several scenes, numerous props and a cast composed of presider, deacon, assembly, servers, lectors, Eucharistic ministers, hospitality ministers and a choir, it is easy to see the reason for the rise and spread of parish liturgy committees since the Second Vatican Council. Someone has to plan and put all this together in accordance with the church’s norms and the people’s needs. But the church’s worship is not just a set of texts and rubrics. Liturgy committees exist principally to enhance the living experience of the people of God as they come together in yearning to sustain the vision of a kingdom come in Jesus Christ.

The Liturgy Committee collaborates with the Pastor, the Sacred Heart of Jesus Pastoral Council, and the Office of Worship of the Diocese of Lafayette. It develops and establishes objectives to accomplish for the parish, with attention to the specific needs of our faith community and with fidelity to Roman Catholic norms.

CONTACT
Deacon Robert Klingman
Liturgy Committee, Coordinator
337-837-1864
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