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2016 Lenten Opportunities - St. Anne and Diocesan

2016 Lenten Schedule

St. Anne’s Catholic Church Youngsville, LA  (337) 856-8212


The following activities will make up the special 2016 Lenten Schedule for our Parish.

             1. ASH WEDNESDAY         February 10, 2016 at 7:00 A.M. Mass 

            12:10 P.M. Word Service

                         6:15 P.M. Mass


            2. WEEKDAY MASS           Monday and Thursday at 5:30 P.M.

                                                      Tuesday and Friday at 8:30 A.M.


            3. WAY OF THE CROSS     Monday evening following 5:30 P.M. Mass

                                                      Friday morning following 8:30 A.M. Mass


            4. HOLY THURSDAY         March 24 Mass at 6:30 P.M.


            5. GOOD FRIDAY              March 25 Service at 3:00 P.M.


            6. EASTER VIGIL               March 26 Mass at 8:00 P.M.

            7. EASTER SUNDAY           March 27 Mass at  8:00 A.M. & 11:00 A.M.


            Lenten Mission –  “Merciful Like the Father” Fr. Chester Arceneaux

                   Monday – Wednesday, February 22, 23, & 24 at 6:00 P.M. in church




The following penance is Obligatory:

ABSTINENCE:          All those who are at least 14 years of age must abstain on ASH WEDNESDAY AND ALL FRIDAYS OF LENT.  Abstinence means not eating flesh meat in any form.


FASTING:                  All those who are at least 18 and not yet 59 years of age are obliged to fast on ASH WEDNESDAY and GOOD FRIDAY. Fasting means eating only one FULL MEAL and not having two other meals which together exceed a full meal. One who fast does not eat between meals.


OBLIGATION:          One is obliged to observe substantially the FAST and ABSTINENCE laws. One may not lightly excuse him/herself from this obligation.



The Triduum 2016


Meaning ‘three days’, the Triduum refers to the celebrations of the Church on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. These three evenings of special liturgy and worship are unique in the Church’s prayer, and together lead up to the high point of our celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection that we call Easter. Everyone should make every effort to attend.

The Triduum this year will be celebrated on March 24, 25, & 26.  Services on Thursday will be at 6:30 P.M. Services on Friday will be at 3:00 P.M. The Easter Vigil on Saturday evening begins at 8:00 P.M. There will be no other Church services on those days. Easter Sunday March 27 services are 8:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Please mark your calendars now!


Lenten Regulations

The current discipline of penance for the United States, in addition to the general character of the Lenten season, is as follows:



  1. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are abstinence from meat and also days of fast, that is, limited to a single full meal. Those who are bound to fast may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted, if necessary, to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.

With regard to Good Friday, the teaching of the Second Vatican Council should be recalled. “Let the Easter fast be kept sacred. Let it be celebrated everywhere on Good Friday and, where possible, prolonged throughout Holy Saturday, so that the joys of the Sunday of the Resurrection may be attained with uplifted and clear mind.”


  1. The other Fridays of the season of Lent are days of abstinence from meat.


  1. The Fridays of the year outside of Lent remain days of penance, but each individual may substitute, for the traditional abstinence from meat, some other practice of voluntary self-denial or personal penance. This may be physical mortification, temperance, acts of religion, charity, or Christian witness.

The determination of these days of obligatory penance should not be understood as limiting the occasions for Christian penance. The tradition of vigils, periods of special need, supplication, and above all, the season of Lent as a whole, should be maintained and respected.

The obligation to abstain from meat binds Catholics 14 years of age and older. The obligation to fast, limited to one full meal and two lighter meals in the course of a day, binds Catholics from the age of 18 to 59.


With regard to the obligatory days listed above, there is however, frequent question about the degree of seriousness of the matter. The teaching of Pope Paul may be simply paraphrased: The obligation to observe, as a whole or “substantially,” the penitential days specified by the Church is also serious. No one should be scrupulous in this regard. Failure to observe individual days of penance is not considered serious. People should seek to do more rather than less; fast and abstinence on the days prescribed, and works of religion and charity on the Fridays outside Lent, should be considered a minimal response to the Lord’s call to penance and conversion of life. 


Opportunities not on the flyer:
“Food for the Journey”
The Central Region of the Diocese of Lafayette presents “Food for the Journey”, a monthly lunchtime speaker series designed to help Catholics live out our faith in our daily lives.  Our speaker for March is Monsignor Ronald Broussard, Pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, Carencro, and Pastor of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, Scott.  “Food for the Journey” will be held on Tuesday, March 1, at Wyndham Garden Lafayette (formerly “Hotel Acadiana”), 1801 W. Pinhook Road, beginning at 12:00 noon.  An optional lunch buffet is available for purchase beginning at 11:30 a.m.  All are welcome to come “eat and be fed”- please bring a friend!  Pre-registration is not required.  For more information, please call Mary Bergeron (654-8682).
“Holy Hour for Vocations”
Please join us for our monthly “Holy Hour for Vocations and for the Spiritual Renewal of All Priests” on Monday, March 7, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 406 E. Pinhook Road.  Recitation of the Rosary begins at 5:30 p.m.  All are welcome to join in these prayers for vocations and perseverance of vocations to the priesthood and religious life, sponsored by the Serra Club of Lafayette.
“Lenten Day of Recollection” at St. Edmond
The St. Edmond’s Altar Society will host a “Lenten Day of Recollection” on Thursday, February 11, 2016 (the day after Ash Wednesday) at St. Edmond Catholic Church, Lafayette.  The event is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m.with registration starting at 8:00 a.m.  Coffee, donuts and juice will be served during registration, followed by recitation of the Rosary inside the church.  Other activities of the day include the celebration of Mass, the opportunity for Confession, meditation on the Stations of the Cross and Benediction.  Our retreat master this year is Rev. Mark Miley, Pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, Kaplan.  There will be five priests available for Confessions.  Tickets for the “Lenten Day of Recollection” are $12.00 per person which includes lunch.  Tickets must be purchased prior to February 6.  To obtain a ticket, please contact RaNelle Simon (337-232-2849) or send your check made payable to St. Edmond Altar Society, 116 Delmar Lane, Lafayette, LA 70506.  You may also pick up tickets at St. Edmond’s office, 4131 West Congress Street, Lafayette.
Theresians “Lenten Day of Reflection”
The Living Spirit of Acadiana District of Theresians International is sponsoring a “Lenten Day of Reflection” on Saturday, February 13, from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at St. Pius X Elementary School Theater, 201 East Bayou Parkway, Lafayette.  This year’s retreat, entitled “Rejoicing in God’s Mercy”, offers a day of prayer, song and reflection for women of faith.  For complete information, please visit www.louisianatheresians.com.
Two Additional “Annulments Workshops” Scheduled
“Annulments: What They Are and How to Go About It
(What the Church means by a Declaration of Nullity and how to petition for one)
Presenter:  Very Rev. Msgr. Robie Robichaux, JCL, VJ - Diocese of Lafayette
Monday, February 29, 2016 - 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church (Parish Ministries Building)
300 Pere Megret Street, Abbeville
Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
St. Mathilda Catholic Church (Church Hall)
800 East Laurel Avenue, Eunice
Lenten Mission – St. Anthony, Lafayette
St. Anthony Catholic Church, 615 Edison Street, Lafayette, will hold a Lenten Mission on March 7 & 8 at 7:00 p.m. The theme of the Mission is “Be Merciful Like Your Father is Merciful”.  Presenters will be Rev. Hampton Davis, Pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace – March 7; and Rev. Chester Arceneaux, Pastor of Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist – March 8.  For more information, please call the Church Office (234-5855).
“Food for the Journey Seminary Burse”
In celebration of the 10-year Anniversary of “Food for the Journey” and with great gratitude, the Central Region of the Diocese of Lafayette has created a “Food for the Journey Seminary Burse” through the Office of Vocations and Seminarians.  Donations for seminary burses are placed in a trust fund, with interest used to pay for the education of men preparing for the priesthood.  To contribute, please make check payable to “Diocese of Lafayette” (with notation “Food for the Journey Seminary Burse”) and mail to Office of Vocations, Diocese of Lafayette, 1408 Carmel Drive, Lafayette, LA 70501.  For more information, please call Mary Bergeron (654-8682).
Healing Hearts: A SUPPORT GROUP for women whose relationships have been affected by the pornography use or sexual addiction of a loved one: Highly confidential group. Confidentiality statement must be signed by all members before the place and time of meeting will be disclosed. Call 337-404-6113 to reach voicemail and the group facilitator will return your call as soon as possible.
Men struggling with sexual compulsivity and/or an addiction to pornography now have a confidential support group right here in Lafayette. Weekly meetings are held for an hour and fifteen minutes. STRICT CONFIDENTIALITY is observed by all members and a Confidentiality Statement is signed by each member after an initial meeting with the facilitator. Call and leave a confidential message at 337-944-9860 and the group facilitator will return your call and give you more information.

St. Anne to Build Catholic School

(Pictured left to right: Emma Broussard, Guy Broussard, John Broussard and standing Fr. Jason Mouton.)

After many, many years of meetings, deliberations, and much prayer to the Holy Spirit, generous donors (Guy, John & Emma Broussard) have stepped forward and the paperwork was signed, sealed, and delivered on December 23, 2015 to donate 15 acres of land for the construction of a Catholic School for our parish of St. Anne which will be named St. Paul Catholic School. The school's location will be off of Hwy 89 north in the Sable Palms subdivision (across from Cracker Barrel Gas Station).

This will be a three year process but it is imperative that families who would consider enrolling their children in our school formally register in the parish and begin contributing to have preferential option for enrollment.

The grade levels will be Pre-K thru 8th and will most likely be done in phases upon consultation with an Architect, the Diocese and Board of Directors (which will be appointed by Father Mouton after consultation with the Pastoral Council).  Any questions may be directed to Fr. Jason Mouton, Pastor ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Wynard Boutte' ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Pastoral Assistant. 

Great News of Great Joy!!!  A blessed Merry Christmas and a very joyful and prosperous New Year!!!

Year of Mercy Pilgrimage Sites

As we embrace this Jubilee Year of Mercy (Dec. 8, 2015 - Nov. 20, 2016), let us be "Merciful like the Father"!  These are Pilgrimage Sites within our Diocese that we may visit to receive a plenary indulgence.


Parishioners of St. Anne Church:

For the past few months preliminary conversations have taken place regarding the future of St. Anne Church.  There is no doubt that we are a growing and thriving parish, so again we are looking for viable options to meet the needs of our parishioners. 


This fall, a message in our church bulletin (dated September 13, 2015), promised open meetings in the near future to discuss ideas and changes we as a parish would like to see implemented. And just recently, Father Mouton received permission from Bishop Michael Jarrell to form an exploratory committee who would gather information relative to this task.  Our committee is a diverse group made up of pastoral council members, council trustees, contractors, finance committee and lay parishioners. In addition to the appointment of the exploratory committee, Mr. Fabian Patin, a local forensic architect, has been hired to conduct an analysis of our church buildings.  He will add an independent and unbiased professional opinion to our work so that the committee can make the best decision regarding the possibilities that we are facing in the months to come – to include the preservation, revitalization, renovation, reconstruction, repurposing, or new construction of our buildings, as options.

We are required to follow a process set forth by the Diocesan Building Review Board which may include town hall meetings, feasibility questionnaires and surveys, and feasibility interviews.  In speaking for the other members of the exploratory committee, we are appealing to all of our parishioners to pray for us as we move forward with this tremendous undertaking.

Those parishioners having copies of historical records, pictures, etc., are asked to be a part of the process by sharing these significant artifacts with the committee.  The information gathered will be made available in a professional publication, to be shared with all of you, our parish family.  We plan to give parishioners periodic updates as well as schedules of upcoming meetings.   Your views, comments, and responses to the work of this committee will be respected and will give urgency to our mission.



Stevie McBee Schwartzenburg and Virginia L. Rabalais


St. Anne Pastoral Council Members

APP Available NOW!!!






 We are pleased to announce the 

St. Anne App is now available for download!!


What can you do from the app??

* Website news

*See the parish calendar

* Hear readings of the day

*Our Facebook page

* Bulletins *Prayers

* Online giving

*Request Prayer

* Receive notifications

*Contact us

* And more……..


Search for St. Anne Catholic Church in the APP STORE or the GOOGLE PLAY STORE and download our app today!  You may also click on the App Store or Google Play Store above from your mobile device and begin the search.  If you have any trouble or would like some assistance, you may stop by the Church office during office hours or Wynard will be available immediately following the 11:00 a.m. Mass November 29th for assistance. 

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Make St. Anne Your Home

Catholics Come Home, Inc. is an independent non-profit Catholic apostolate that creates effective and compassionate media messages and broadcasts them nationally and internationally, in order to inspire, educate and evangelize inactive Catholics and others, and invite them to live a deeper faith in Jesus Christ, in accord with the magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. Visit the website at http://www.catholicscomehome.org.

Possibilities of what is to come!

Preliminary drawings of what the NEW St. Anne could look like as a TRADITIONAL Roman Catholic Church.  We would now be able to accommodate 800+ seating, have a larger sacristy, cry room, bridal room, Narthex (gathering space), more restrooms, 2 confessionals, Baptistry and more.  We would try to incorporate our current bell tower and as much of what we can of the contents into the project . Anyone wanting to see the larger prints are free to stop in the Parish Office during regular office hours to view them.  Please note that these are ONLY PRELIMINARY drawings!! We will have meetings in the very near future to discuss, comments, ideas and changes you would like to see implemented into the new church.  Please pray for this endeavor!

Boy Scout Troop #412

St. Anne would like to express a big THANK YOU to Paul Marty and to our Boy Scouts Troop #412 for their outstanding volunteer work in our Church Parish Hall. Over the weekend, the Scouts cleaned and painted the walls, door frames, trim and a/c vents. They are also working on replacing the rubber molding after the floors are waxed and some of our white boards in the classrooms. Again, thanks to Troop #412, their parents and other volunteers who donated their time to see this project through. Paul Marty completed this project as a final requirement in the Eagle Scout Rank. Congratulations Paul on a service project very well done!!


Let no one have contempt for your youth,* but set an example for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity. 1 Timothy 4:12

Exercise at St. Anne

The exercise class at St. Anne on Wednesday at 10:00 am. Come join, it's free and you don't have to be a senior citizen.  Any age, male and female are welcome to come.  Thank's to the ladies and gentlemen who are coming now.  We would like to see it grow.



From Our Pastor

Welcome, Bienvenue, Bienvenido, Chào Mừng!


My dear friends,

St. Anne Roman Catholic Church was established in 1859 under pontificate of Pope Pius IX, Archbishop Anthony Blanc of New Orleans and Fr. Etienne Jules Foltier, our first pastor.

We are a thriving community (1,900+ families) located in Youngsville, Louisiana about 10 miles south of Lafayette and having neighboring church parishes of Sacred Heart of Jesus in Broussard and St. Joseph in Milton.

Our stated mission is:  Inspired by our ancestral heritage, we the Roman Catholic Community of St. Anne, commit ourselves: to God oriented living, empowering Catholic Evangelization, to reaching to all people – active, inactive and non-Catholics, and respecting life from conception to natural death.  We pray that our faith continue to strengthen from generation to generation, through the intercession of St. Anne.  This is our mission!  This is our challenge!

There are many ministries that one can avail oneself of as our revamped website attests too; please consider giving your gifts of time, talent and treasure.

We appreciate you, love you, and will do all we can to aide you in your spiritual journey to the house of our Father.

Please join us for Sunday Mass as we experience the Table of God's Word and Eucharist.

In Christ,

Rev. Jason Mouton



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