It's Time For Another Retreat
Registration for Vacation Bible School has now begun!
Who can attend? Children entering Kindergarten-6th grade.
Location: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School Site
Dates and Times: Monday, June 26th-Thursday, June 30th - 9:00 AM-3:00 PMand
Friday, July 1st - 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, with a performance at 11:30.
Registration: This year we are offering online registration for participants, parent volunteers, and teen volunteers!f We also have the links to forms for those who would prefer to print them out and sign up that way.
What is Vacation Bible School (VBS)?
VBS is a summer camp program that includes daily scripture review and activities about how God plays a role in our lives. This year we are excited because the children will learn a lot about Mary, and the Saints whom played an integral role as witnesses to the Marian Apparitions. There will be Bible study activities, arts and crafts, and outdoor games, as well as music and various other fun yet spiritual activities! Lunch is included.
Volunteers: In order for VBS to run smoothly, we need you to serve as volunteers! Volunteers are needed from any parent or teenager (9th-12th grade) as well as college students and adults out of college. There is also availability for 7th-8th graders to serve as junior volunteers.
Other Ways to Help: In addition to those who can volunteer during the week, we are also in need of volunteers who can give of their time to help out with Registration, Sign-in/Sign-Out during VBS, set-up in the weeks leading up to VBS, provide materials, or other logistics. Anyone who is unable to help during the week for VBS, as well as parents of children attending, as well as those who have already signed up to volunteer during the week, are invited to help as well in these other capacities. Experience has told us that the more volunteers we have helping out, the better the experience is for children and their families.
Interested? Sign up online, or if you would prefer, download and print out the appropriate form. Links to all forms are below.
You may also pick up a form in the back of church after Mass or stop by the Parish office during the week. Please bring completed forms back to Church or to Life Nights.
If you have already signed up for VBS, then you are set. We are happy you will be joining us this summer!
Contact: Jacques Delouche at firstname.lastname@example.org
OR Ryan Foulon at email@example.com for questions.
You may also call the Parish office at (504) 466-5016.
Thank you very much and hope to see many of you on this thrilling experience! God Bless You.
ONLINE REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT:
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL REGISTRATION Online
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL PARENT VOLUNTEER Online
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL VOLUNTEER Online
DOWNLOADABLE AND PRINTED REGISTRATION FORMS:
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL REGISTRATION FORM
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL VOLUNTEER FORM
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BLESSINGS ON THE BAYOU (June 22-26)
We're going on a local mission trip!! For the past 7 years St Philomena Catholic Church in Labadieville, La has hosted Blessings on the Bayou, a 5 day retreat experience for teens. This past June over 200 teens and adults encountered Christ within their community, themselves, and each other. They performed works of the hands and heart throughout Labadieville, Napoleonville, and Thibodaux. Make plans to join Divine Mercy LIFE TEEN this summer starting Wednesday, June 22, through Sunday June 26, 2016. Spaces are limited so register today to reserve your spot. Information and registration here.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (June 27-July 1)
SAVE THE DATE! VBS 2016 will be from June 27-July 1 at SEAS. The number of volunteers needed is limited! Registration for campers AND volunteers are available now. If you think you want to volunteer, go ahead and mark you calendar for a mandatory meeting for all volunteers on June 18th at 10:00 am-12:00 pm to review schedules, policies, assignments, etc. We will also host a Safe Environment training in June at the Parish Community Center; date TBA. Any volunteer who has not received a Safe Environment training in the last three years must attend that meeting as well. If you were previously a volunteer under 18 and are now 18 or older, you will have to attend the Safe Environment Training. If you are unable to make the June Safe Environment Training date, please visit the Safe Environment section of the Archdiocese of New Orleans website to see other available dates.
LIFE TEEN RETREAT AT ROSARYVILLE (Aug. 12-14)
Save the dates! You won't want to miss this one! If you have been to Rosaryville, then you know what's in store and how beautiful it is; and the swimming pool! Tell your friends! Registration coming soon! Mark your calendars now!
SUMMER THURSDAYS (6:30pm-8:30pm June/July)
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Last night we listened to the story of The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11). What a great story to revisit as we begin this Jubilee Year of Mercy! We heard from someone who has been in the shoes of the second son; the son who took his inheritance, squandered it, and returned home in need of mercy. The truth is, most of us have been there too. We all need forgiveness from time to time whether it's from God, a friend, a family member, or all three. One of the best parts of receiving forgiveness is the experience of joy that follows. We hear in the story that the father had the fattened calf killed, and they celebrated saying, "This son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found." What joy and relief this son must have experienced. This same joy awaits each of us in Reconciliation.
We also visited another story from Jesus that isn't as popular or easy to hear, The Unmerciful Servant (Matthew 18:21). We hear in this story an echo of that part of the Lord's Prayer, "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." We were challenged to write a letter to someone we need to forgive, seal it in an envelope, and keep it somewhere prominent to remind us of our call to be merciful. This was hard. For me, giving forgiveness is often more difficult than receiving it, and there are people in my life that I need to forgive. What about you? Is there anyone you need to forgive?
Last night at Life Night we identified qualities of a good friend and qualities of a bad friend. On the good list we found Loyalty, Honesty, and Prayer. On the bad list; Manipulation, Hypocrisy, and Negligence. We discussed the moments in our lives when we have experienced good friendships, and the moments when we have been a good friend. We also discussed the moments in our lives that we have experienced bad friendships, and the moments when we have been a bad friend.
Our lives are full of relationships, and the reality is, relationships are difficult sometimes. It's inevitable. We are going to be surprised with random acts of kindness. We are going to be comforted by someone in our moments of vulnerability or sadness. We too, at times, are going to be vessels of kindness and comfort. Unfortunately though, we will also experience moments of disappointment. Those who we think will always be there for us will let us down from time to time. Some of you have probably experienced this much more than you'd like. We too, at times, will disappoint or hurt someone. So what do we do?
Folks, we had another REALLY GOOD Life Night last night. Core Team member, Ruben, put it all together. After an intense game of what can best be described as "team dodge ball," he shared some of his testimony, and I'm happy to be able to share it with you.
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Ryan began using his gifts for the church shortly after high school starting with music ministry at his parish and then on to campus ministry at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has since also served as a parish youth minister and Coordinator of Adolescent Formation. Ryan shares the good news of the gospel hoping to compassionately inspire a response to Jesus’ invitation to follow Him and "become fishers of men." Ryan currently serves as full time Youth Minister here at Divine Mercy Parish.