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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.

2018 Vacation Bible School Announcement:
Our Vacation Bible School theme this year is called Shipwrecked. At Shipwrecked, kids discover that Jesus rescues them! Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play team building games, make and devour yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes with the Sail Away Send off that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned.

Who: Kindergarten-4th grade (2018-2019 school year)
When: June 4-8, 8:00am until 12:00pm
Where: St. Cecilia gym and campus

CONTACT
Cristy Savoie
Children's Faith Formation 1st-6th, Coordinator
337-837-1864, ext. 225
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education

1st-5th Grade Religious Education

 
 

Scripture and Tradition
Our generation will show that it can rise to the promise found in each young person when we know how to give them space. This means that we have to create the material and spiritual conditions for their full development; to give them a solid basis on which to build their lives; to guarantee their safety and their education to be everything they can be; to pass on to them lasting values that make life worth living; to give them a transcendent horizon for their thirst for authentic happiness and their creativity for the good; to give them the legacy of a world worthy of human life; and to awaken in them their greatest potential as builders of their own destiny, sharing responsibility for the future of everyone. If we can do all this, we anticipate today the future that enters the world through the window of the young. 
Pope Francis 7/22/13, Garden

General Information
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.” This vision, along with recent conversations with surrounding parishes, has led us to a new model for our 3rd-5th grade Faith Formation, now called Family Faith Formation (FFF). We are excited to move to a family catechesis program that empowers our parents to truly be the 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 we’re calling “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 your own personal faith. It is our hope to spiritually feed both child and parent to grow as a more powerful and faithful family. While it is a significant change from our former model, it is one that has proven to work. Some parent quotes from a neighboring parish were “I never opened a Bible with my 5th-grade son until this program.” “Our marriage got closer because we were doing these lessons together as a family.” “I love to see the awe in their faces.” What a wonderful way to intentionally bring God into family time!

When will it be?
The monthly FFF on campus class will take place at the same time as our previously scheduled Faith Formation classes, which is Sunday from 3:30-4:45. The first one is September 9. At this first FFF, students will meet their teacher and class while parents receive an orientation. This will also be a time for questions about the program and year. On campus FFF meetings for the year are: September 9, October 7, November 4, December 2, January 6, February 3, March 17, and April 14. All meetings will be from 3:30pm-4:45pm.

We look forward to seeing the beautiful fruits from this model as our families grow stronger together and with Christ. If you are interested in helping in this ministry, contact Cristy at dre@shbroussard.org.

Please note that 1st grade and 2nd grade are not part of this change. First grade will still have a year of CGS/classroom setting that will set a solid foundation to build upon. Second grade will still have 12 sessions of our new sacrament prep program as previously planned.

CONTACT
Cristy Savoie
Faith Formation 1st-6th, Director
337-837-1864, ext. 225
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sacrament

First Communion

Scripture and Tradition:
I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us (his) flesh to eat?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.
(John 6:46-58)

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 second grade year. Preparation of older children is done through a process of Christian Initiation for Children, 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 Blessed, a program created 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! 

Dates
Sacrament Dates: 1st Reconciliation: Novemeber 3; 1st Communion May 11
Class Dates: Sept: 16 (information meeting), 23, 30; Oct: 7, 14, 21, 28 Nov: 3 (First Reconciliation); January 13 (information meeting), 27; Feb. 10, 24; March 10, 24; April 7, 28(first communion practice); May 5(first communion practice) 

CONTACT
Cristy Savoie
Faith Formation 1st-6th, Director
337-837-1864, ext. 225
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EDUCATION

6th-8th Grade Formation: EDGE

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 6th, 7th & 8th grade students. 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
Jake  Etcheverria
Youth and Young Adult, Coordinator
337-837-1864, ext. 280
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EDUCATION

9th-12th Grade Formation: Life Teen

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 young 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 and Life Night to follow 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.

CONTACT
Jake  Etcheverria
Youth and Young Adult, Coordinator
337-837-1864, ext. 280
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Sacrament

Confirmation

Scripture and Tradition:
Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the holy Spirit, for it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.
Acts 8:14-17

Baptism, the Eucharist, and the Sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “Sacraments of Christian Initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “by the Sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed. 
CCC #1285

General Information
Confirmation is traditionally made during the 11th grade school year.  Confirmation meets every second Sunday from September through April, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the PLC.  If you have already completed your junior year of high school please reference the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) formation ministry. 

ADULT CONFIRMATION: CONTACT
Paul Hood
Evangelization, Director
337-837-1864, ext. 299
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TEEN CONFIRMATION: CONTACT
Jake  Etcheverria
Youth and Young Adult, Coordinator
337-837-1864, ext. 280
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Education and sacrament

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

General Information
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. The process of formation 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 to the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist at the Easter Vigil, at which time they become full members of the Roman Catholic Church. 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.

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

Young Adult

General Information
Sacred Heart has a passion for leading everyone into a deeper encounter with Jesus Christ.  The Young Adult Ministries of Sacred Heart exists to provide a communal life, prayer, and formation for those 18 to 30 of age. Our gatherings range from community dinner, guys/girls night out, prayer opportunities and catechetical formation.   

To learn more please contact Jake Etcheverria


CONTACT
Jake Etcheverria
Youth and Young Adult, Coordinator
337-837-1864, ext. 299
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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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