PARISH MINISTRIES & ORGANIZATIONS
In thanksgiving for the gifts God has given us, we are called to return a portion of our Time and Talent to support His work. This is an offering of “first fruits,” a contribution by which we signify God’s priority in our lives.
Prayerfully go through these ministries offered by Cathedral Parish and indicate how you intend to take a step in faith in returning a larger portion of your time and talent to God.
Secluded and peaceful room for prayerful devotion. Open Daily 6:00 am - 6:00 pm in the Cathedral Center.
Carolyn Jourdan – Contact Chair
Scheduled weekly practice sessions and performance at 11:00 am Sunday Mass and annual liturgical services.
Tom Niel – Music Director
Adult Sacrament of Confirmation: see RCIA under Religious Education
Brittany Primeaux - Contact
Scheduled weekly assistance in the care of the church, sacred vestments, and the Sanctuary.
Peggy Hebert - Contact Chair
Youth and young adults who assist the priest during Mass, weddings, funerals, and other liturgical services.
Cathedral Center – Contact
Offering support to parishioners at the time of their loss--spiritual, emotional, practical including meals for the family.
Brady Leblanc - Contact
Cathechesis (Religious Eduction-CCD) - Elementary
Two-hour instruction on Wednesday evenings at Cathedral-Carmel School, September through December.
Brittany Primeaux – Contact Chair
Cathedral Gift Shop:
Selection, display, and maintenance of museum artifacts of the Cathedral and hosting of visitors to the Gift Shop.
Joan Landry - Gift Shop Manager
Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court #503:
The largest Catholic women's organization in the world that strives to embrace the principle of faith working through love in the promotion of justice, equality and the advancement of human rights and human dignity for all. The Court normally meets at the Cathedral Center from 6:00 to 7:00 pm on the 2nd Thursday of the month but visit our website for details [http://debra67.wixsite.com/cdacourt503]. Louisiana Catholic Daughters support the religious, the aging, Disaster Relief Services, and have instituted a program "CDA Kids," which helps children under the age of 12 that have a life-threatening disease.
Debra Billeaud, Regent @ 337-849-6354 or email@example.com – Contact Chair
Governing and decision-making committee for the maintenance and management of St. John Cemetery.
Brady LeBlanc – Cemetery Superintendent
Childrens Liturgy of the Word:
A children's bible program (3-5 year olds) during the 9:00 am Sunday Mass. Includes the daily Gospel reading and an activity. Supported by parents.
Brittany Primeaux – Contact Chair
Come, Lord Jesus:
A bible study and so much more! Come, Lord Jesus! is a program that specializes in assisting people to understand God's word as it is presented in the Sunday Reading.
Thursdays 10:30 am - Peggy Hebert - Contact Chair
Thursdays 6:00 pm - Gail Abshire - Contact Chair
Enfants de Marie (Children of Mary):
Following the model of the Universal Living Rosary Association of St. Philomena, the girls and their moms/guardians will pray together and learn about our Faith, earning twelve star badges along the way. In addition, Enfants de Marie will sing, serve the parish community, and have fun with crafts designed with young girls in mind. The girls will carry on the traditions of their great-grandmothers while forming new, supportive friendships. Enfants de Marie will meet at 10:00 am, at the Cathedral, on the first Saturday of each month, breaking for summer. If interested, Grades Pre-K-1st, please contact Claire Caffery by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (337) 349-0109. Grades 2nd-8th, please contact Tiffany Capps by
e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at (337) 552-7213.
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist:
Assist the priest in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass, bring the Eucharists to parishioners who are homebound, in nursing homes, and hospitals.
Please complete an online Ministry Information Form.
Cathedral Center - Contact
Plans, designs, and services parish social functions.
Gail Abshire & Carolyn Jourdan – Contact C0-Chairs
High School Ministry:
Scheduled activities and gatherings promoting a Catholic-Christian life, in preparation of and immediately following the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Holy Goats Men Ministry:
"Food, Fun and Fellowship!! 18 year old and older men who have a desire to be more Christ centered meet on the second Thursday of each month. There is lots of laughter, story telling and mixing with friends old and new. Following a delicious meal, there is an inspiring spiritual talk given by Father Chester or a guest speaker. The Holy Goats also get together to help others during different events in the parish such as the parish picnic, greeters, Seder Meal, special liturgical functions and other events.
Paul Prejean - Contact Chair
Personal visits to the sick, elderly, and handicapped for the distribution of Holy Communion.
Robert Guchereau – Contact Chair
Jr. High Ministry:
Held every other Tuesday, this ministry is for children in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.
Tommy DeBlieux - Junior High Ministry Director
Knights of Columbus #1286 & Auxiliary:
Catholic men’s fraternal benefit society chartered locally in 1908. Open to the men of Cathedral Parish, Lafayette Council #1286 meets the second Monday of every month. New members are welcome!
John Fruge' - Grand Knight
THE LAY CARMELITE ORDER OF THE BLESSD VIRGIN MARY (historically known as the Third Order) is an association mainly of laypersons. Its members, responding to a special call of God, freely and deliberately commit themselves, “to live in the following of Jesus Christ,” according to the charism, traditions and spirit of Carmel under the authority of the Prior General of the Carmelite Order. The members, though not in Religious Life, choose to live out their baptismal commitment according to the spirit of the Carmelite Order. Members are brothers and sisters of the Carmelite Family and sharers in the same call to holiness and in the same mission of the Carmelite Order.
Janell Venable – Community Director (337-654-2723) or JanellVenable@hotmail.com
Anne Guilliot – Formation Director (337-654-2309) or Amguillotte@gmail.com
Lay Carmelite Information Sheet
Lectors for Liturgy:
The reader reads from the ambo the readings that precede the Gospel. In the absence of a psalmist, the reader may also proclaim the Responsorial Psalm after the First Reading. In the absence of a Deacon, the reader may announce the intentions of the Universal Prayer from the ambo. If there is no singing at the Entrance or at Communion, the reader may read the antiphons given in the Missal at an appropriate time (cf. nos. 48, 87). (GIRM, nos. 196-198)
If you are interested in this ministry, please complete a Ministry Information Form [download here] and send to: Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 515 Cathedral St., Lafayette 70501
Museum Tour Guides:
Hosts and Tour Guides for guests and visitors to the Cathedral, Museum, and St. John Cemetery.
Janice McNeil - Museum Curator
Music Ministry - Cathedral Choir, Children's Choir, 6PM Liturgy Music Ministry
Tom Niel – Adult & Children's Choirs Contact
Melissa LaCour - 6PM Liturgy Music Contact
New Parishioner Welcome Ministry:
Cecil Fuselier - Contact
Elected officials who advise and recommend to the Pastor with awareness of the needs of parishioners and staff.
Gail Abshire – Council Chairman
Padre Pio Prayer Group:
Prayer group that gathers to pray the rosary in the Cathedral on the third Monday of each month at 11:20 am.
Rosa Gwin – Contact Chair
To promote a respect for the dignity of human life from conception to natural death.
Melinda Howze – Contact Chair
RCIA-Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults:
Adult religious instruction for converts, baptized Catholics in need of a Sacrament, or anyone interested in gaining more knowledge of the Catholic faith.
Brittany Primeaux - Contact
Senior parishioners (50+ years) enjoy monthly luncheons, field trips, and socializing.
Janice Cassidy & Sally Antoine – Contact Co-Chairs
St. Vincent de Paul Society:
Distribution of monetary assistance to the poor and needy of the parish.
Richard Walsh – Contact Chair
Fosters and affirms vocations to the ordained priesthood and vowed religious life in the Diocese, and through this ministry, our members' common Catholic faith.
Stuart Clark – Contact Chair
Vacation Bible School:
One week religious instruction program in mid-June for children 3 years old to 3rd grade.
Brittany Primeaux - Contact Chair
Hospitality ministers at all worship services of the Cathedral.
Joe Piccione – Contact Chair
Meets every Monday from 10 AM-11:15 AM with optional Holy Mass in the Cathedral at 12:05 PM. A gathering of ladies with a mutual desire to deepen their spiritual life through study and outreach. The group began a new book entitled, "Finding The Peace God Promises" by Ann Spangler on January 23, 2017.
For more information contact Betty Tujague at 337-280-7858.