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SACRAMENTS & EDUCATION

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Sacraments and Education

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BAPTISMVACATION BIBLE SCHOOL1ST-5TH GRADE RELIGIOUS EDUCATIONFIRST COMMUNION6TH-8TH GRADE FORMATION: EDGE9TH-12TH GRADE FORMATION: LIFE TEENCONFIRMATIONRCIAYOUNG ADULTMATRIMONYVOCATIONSANOINTING OF THE SICKFUNERALS

Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law. There are seven: Baptism, Confirmation (or Chrismation), the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony. The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life: they give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian's life of faith. There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life. CCC #1210


Sacrament

Baptism

 
 

Scripture and Tradition
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

General Information
In asking that your child be baptized, the Church takes this as a pledge that you are committed to see to it that this Baptism bears fruit. Attendance at a class is necessary before the birth of your first child.

 

CLASS INFORMATION
Classes are held every even month (February, April, June, August, October and December) usually on the first Sunday of each month.

ADMINISTERING THE SACRAMENT
The Baptisms are normally held on the second, third, and fourth Sunday of each month.

CONTACT
Mona Tramonte
Sacraments and Parishioner Relations Coordinator
337-837-1864, ext. 223
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EDUCATION

K-4th Grade Vacation Bible School

General Information
Through educational, spiritual and creative activities children are presented with opportunities to grow in the knowledge of the Catholic Church and in their relationship with Jesus.

CONTACT
Katie Fontenot
Director of Faith Formation K-5th
337-837-1864, ext. 280
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education

1st-5th Grade Religious Education

 
 

1st Grade

We are proud to offer religious education through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) program for our 1st grade students. This interactive program is based off of the Montessori method of childhood education and is firmly committed to the beliefs of the Catholic Church. The children not only learn the basics of the faith but experience an authentic encounter with Jesus that remains with them as they grow in age. Due to limited space, we may not be able to offer this particular program to every single 1st grade student. For those 1st graders who are unable to participate in CGS, as well as for those who would prefer not to participate, the Family Faith Formation (FFF) model used by the 3rd-5th graders will be offered.

2nd Grade

To those students who participated in CGS in 1st grade, level 2 of CGS will be offered. For those who did not participate in CGS in 1st grade, or for those who would rather not continue with CGS formation, the Family Faith Formation (FFF) model used by the 3rd-5th graders will be offered.

Typically, children receive their First Communion during their 2nd grade year. First Communion prep is separate from and in addition to 2nd grade religious education.

3rd-5th Grade

The Catechism of the Church teaches that “parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children;” and “through the grace of the sacrament of marriage, parents receive the responsibility and privilege of evangelizing their children.” We are excited to implement this vision through our family catechesis program that empowers our parents to establish a Domestic Church, the Church at home.  

What does it look like?
Once a month, 3rd-5th-grade students and parents will attend class on campus. They will receive a unit from their book to take home and complete with their family. They will return the completed unit test at the next month’s Family Faith Formation date. They will also have time in class to complete projects related to the unit/season. The last part of the class will be spent in small faith sharing groups called “Grow Groups.” This is an opportunity for them to discuss their faith with peers, giving them the experience to express their relationship with God later in life.

While the students are in their class, parents will have the great privilege of listening to and talking with a dynamic speaker. Topics will focus on issues that parents with children face, as well as how to grow in their own personal faith.

19-20 Dates

Sept 15, Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 8, Jan 12, Feb 16, Mar 15, Apr 5

All FFF sessions will be from 3:30-4:45pm in the SCS gym.

CONTACT
Katie Fontenot
Director of Faith Formation K-5th
337-837-1864, ext. 280

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sacrament

First Communion

General Information
Preparation for First Eucharist is separate from, and in addition to religious education classes which occur either in a Catholic school or through our parish religious education program for public school students. The program is typically done in a child’s 2nd grade year. Preparation of older children is done through a process of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) and the Director of Faith Formation is to be contacted about these special needs.

Sacrament Prep is for ALL 2nd grade students whose parents are parishioners at Sacred Heart. This includes St. Cecilia students, public school students, non-Catholic private school students, and other Catholic school students.  We hope to provide meaningful opportunities for students and their families to grow in understanding of the sacraments while preparing to receive God’s mercy in Reconciliation and Jesus’ full loving presence in the Eucharist for the very first time. 

How do we plan to do this?
All 2nd grade candidates will participate in the Blessed program by Dynamic Catholic. Students and a confirmed adult (parent, godparent, grandparent, aunt, uncle) will attend sessions weekly for six weeks in the fall and six weeks in the spring. This time will consist of a lesson from the Blessed book, videos and discussion. These sessions will be on Sundays from 3:30-4:45 p.m. A confirmed adult must stay with the candidate for the duration of the session.  

Why does someone have to attend with my Child? 
It is important for our candidates to have support from their Domestic Church (the Church at home, the first teachers of the faith) during this preparation process. Research has shown that children tend to follow the faith habits of their caregivers. If faith is important to their caregiver, it becomes important to them. If it is an inconvenience to their caregiver, it becomes inconvenient to them. As parents, we do everything we can to maintain the physical health of our children. As guardians of their souls, we must nourish and nurture their souls just as much, even more! 

19-20 Dates

§  Sept 8- PARENTS ONLY (Turn in copy of Baptism certificate.)

§  Sept 22 (report to SCS gym)

§  Sept 29 (report directly to classroom)

§  Oct 6

§  Oct20

§  Oct 27

§  Nov 3- FIRST RECONCILIATION (9:00 a.m.)

§  Jan 5- PARENTS ONLY

§  Jan 19

§  Jan 26

§  Feb 9

§  Mar 8

§  Mar 22

§  Apr 19- PRACTICE

§  Apr 26- PRACTICE

§  May 2- FIRST COMMUNION (10:00 a.m.)


CONTACT
Katie Fontenot
Director of Faith Formation K-5th
337-837-1864, ext. 280

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EDUCATION

EDGE: 6th-8th Grade

Edge is a middle school catechetical formation program designed to meet the psychological, social, catechetical and emotional needs of middle school students.  Our goal at Sacred Heart is to allow our middle schoolers to begin the steps to start the journey of taking ownership of their faith and to build a strong community around them.

Edge Middle School Ministry is open to all public and private school students in 6th, 7th & 8th grade. Edge creates a foundation of faith with a large and small group community to support the middle school students on their journey of evangelization of faith and establishing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

CONTACT
Cristy Savoie
Director of Middle School Faith Formation
337-837-1864, ext. 225

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EDUCATION

Life Teen: 9th-12th Grade

As a Eucharist-centered movement within the Roman Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Life Teen leads teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. With the Blessed Virgin Mary as our intercessor and guide, Life Teen seeks to unleash the fullness of the sacramental power present within the youth of the Church.

Life Teen High School Ministry is open to all public and private high school students in grades 9th through 12th. Life Teen meets Sundays starting with 5:00pm Mass followed by a Life Night lasting until 8:00pm in the PLC. Life Teen assists teens in taking ownership of their faith, preparing them for a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ.

Cristy Savoie
Director of Evangelization Administration
337-837-1864, ext. 225

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Sacrament

Confirmation

General Information
Confirmation is typically made during the 11th grade school year. Seniors in high school who have not made their Confirmation are encouraged to receive the Sacrament with their peers.  If you have already completed high school, you are invited to participate in our Adult Confirmation program.

Dates

Sessions: Sept 15, Sept 29, Oct 13, Oct 27, Nov 10, Dec 1, Jan 26, Feb 9, Mar 1, Mar 15, Mar 29

Retreat: Jan 11-12

Ceremony: TBD (late Spring)

 

Requirements

All those to be confirmed must participate in our teenage Alpha program. This program consists of 11 sessions and a two-day retreat. The sessions will consist in food, fellowship, a short video presentation, small group discussion, and prayer.

All confirmation candidates are also strongly encouraged to participate in our Life Teen program, which takes place after most 5:00pm Sunday Masses. These Life Nights offer a meal and address relevant topics that our teens are wrestling with in a Catholic context. Life Nights are opportunities for your teen to grow in holiness and pave the way for them to have a lifelong relationship with Christ.  

Baptism Certificate
Please send a copy of your Baptism certificate to cristy@shbroussard.org or drop a copy off to the office by September 15, 2019.

Sponsor Eligibility
The person must be suitable for this role and have the intention of fulfilling it, be not less than sixteen years of age, be a Catholic who has received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation, is not the father or mother of the person being confirmed, and is attending Mass on a regular basis. If the sponsor is married, he/she must be in a valid marriage recognized by the Church. Ideally, one of the candidate’s baptismal sponsors would be selected, though this is not required. Only one sponsor is to be selected.

Ceremony Attire

The confirmation ceremony will take place at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church. Modest attire for the ceremony is required including suit and tie for guys and covered shoulders and knee-length dress/skirts for ladies.


Cristy Savoie
Director of Evangelization Administration
337-837-1864, ext. 225 

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Education and sacrament

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults/Adult Sacramental Formation)

The Catholic Church welcomes new members and tries to provide appropriate spiritual formation according to each person’s needs. Some who come to us have had little or no affiliation with, or religious training in, the Christian faith. Others have been baptized and have been active members of other Christian denominations. Either way, the process of formation for these individuals is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).  

RCIA is a communal process and involves a number of stages which lead the unbaptized, as well as baptized non-Catholics, to become full members of the Roman Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. The entire process takes several months or, for some, a few years, but participants are invited to proceed at a pace that individually suits them. Our RCIA group meets regularly throughout the entire year. It is never a bad time to join us.

CONTACT
Cristy Savoie
Director of Evangelization Administration
337-837-1864, ext. 225

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education and sacrament

Matrimony

Scripture and Tradition
But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother (and be joined to his wife), and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.
Mark 10:6-9

Sacred Scripture begins with the creation of man and woman in the image and likeness of God and concludes with a vision of “the wedding-feast of the Lamb.” Scripture speaks throughout of marriage and its “mystery,” its institution and the meaning God has given it, its origin and its end, its various realizations throughout the history of salvation, the difficulties arising from sin and its renewal “in the Lord” in the New Covenant of Christ and the Church.
CCC #1602

General Information
Marriage is a covenant of love and a sacramental bond between a woman and a man. It is also a legal contract. Both the state and the church, therefore, have laws and policies relating to marriage. State requirements may be discovered by contacting the Clerk of Court’s office. All couples wishing to celebrate the sacrament of Matrimony at Sacred Heart of Jesus are required to participate in a marriage preparation program. The complete details of preparing for this sacrament will be discussed at your first interview. This interview should be scheduled at least six months prior to your intended date of marriage. This is the policy of the parish as well as the Diocese of Lafayette. Weddings are scheduled either on Friday evenings, Saturday mornings, or Saturday afternoons no later than 1:00 p.m. No Saturday evening weddings.

CONTACT
Mona Tramonte
Sacraments and Parishioner Relations Coordinator
337-837-1864, ext. 223
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sacrament

Vocations

Scripture and Tradition
Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, His heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” Then He summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness.
(Matthew 9:35-10:1)

Holy Orders is the Sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to His Apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the Sacrament of Apostolic Ministry. It includes three degrees: Episcopate, Presbyterate, and Diaconate.
(CCC #1536)

General Information
If you would like to inquire about becoming a Roman Catholic Priest or Deacon or to become a religious sister or brother, please contact the parish office.

CONTACT
Mona Tramonte
Sacraments and Parishioner Relations Coordinator
337-837-1864, ext. 223
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sacrament

Anointing of the Sick

Scripture and Tradition
Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the Church, and they should pray over him and anoint (him) with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.
James 5:14-15

By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests, the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that He may raise them up and save them and indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and Death of Christ. 
CCC #1499

General Information
Contact the parish office when there is a need for the anointing of the sick for yourself or a loved one. If you are needing access to a priest during non-operating hours please call the 337-837-1864 and press 1.

CONTACT
Mona Tramonte
Sacraments and Parishioner Relations Coordinator
337-837-1864, ext. 223
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RITE

Funerals

Scripture and Tradition
I, John, saw a new heaven and a new earth.  The former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.  I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, God's dwelling is with the human race.  He will dwell with them and they will be His people and God himself will always be with them as their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away.

Revelation 21:1-5

General Information
We are sorry for your loss; we are here to serve you through this very difficult time. Our parish is able to assist you with making arrangements for the funeral and burial service, including help with cemetery and mausoleum reservations.

CONTACT
Mona Tramonte
Sacraments and Parishioner Relations Coordinator
337-837-1864, ext. 223
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