COVID-19

UPDATES FOR PARISHIONERS

All public masses and previously scheduled on campus events are canceled until further notice​.

Online Masses, Devotions, Resources during quarantine

Message from Bishop Duca, May 11, 2020 including Mass Obligation, Celebrating the Eucharist, Reconciliation & other Sacraments

Some links originally included in the updates may be removed as they become outdated or no longer relevant.

COVID-19 UPDATE #10 Monday, May 11, 2020 @ 9:30 PM

 

PHASE 1 RE-OPENING - St. Aloysius Church

Dear friends,

 

By now you’ve probably seen or read the Governor’s announcement about Louisiana’s entry this coming weekend into the Phase 1 loosening of restrictions during this still very active coronavirus pandemic. On the homepage of the website of the Diocese of Baton Rouge is posted Bishop Duca’s “Statement on Re-Opening Churches for Congregational Worship.”

 

In his statement, Bishop Duca continues to dispense all Catholics in the diocese from their Sunday obligation indefinitely, and in doing so, especially urges everyone over 65 or with health conditions making them immuno-compromised and at higher risk of contracting coronavirus to stay at home and continue making Acts of Spiritual Communion.

 

Initially, St. Aloysius will resume our regular schedule of public Masses with our WEEKDAY MASSES beginning on MONDAY MORNING, MAY 18, 2020, AT 6:00 A.M. ALL MASSES WILL BE ONLY IN THE MAIN CHURCH. We plan to resume our regular schedule of Sunday Masses on the weekend of May 23 – 24, 2020.

 

Our regular scheduled CONFESSIONS will also begin on Monday morning, May 18, 2020. NOTE: During the Phase 1 Re-Opening, our church “CRY ROOM” has been re-configured as a RECONCILIATION room for the times of scheduled confessions, in which the social distancing precautions can be safely observed for both penitent and confessor.

 

As you’ve maybe observed in the information already published at other parishes, no two parishes are alike in how and when they are re-opening, as all the details to be considered vary in complexity with each parish. My first priority in implementing a re-opening process at St. Aloysius is the health, safety, and well-being of all our parishioners. I assure you that none of my decisions are being made ‘in a vacuum.’ I’m writing this having just concluded a 1 ½ hour conference call meeting with our Parish Pastoral Council.

 

‘Stay tuned’ in the next day or so for a very detailed message about our re-opening process.

 

Yours in our Good Shepherd,

Father Randy

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COVID-19 UPDATE #9 Thursday, April 30, 2020 @ 3:00 PM

Dear friends,

 

Since our statewide ‘stay at home’ orders have been extended to May 15, 2020, it looks to me like it will depend on how the ‘testing numbers’ pan out in the meantime as to when we can expect to safely move into the Phase One of the ‘re-opening’ process. But we’ve been forewarned not to expect too much change when Phase One takes effect. Whatever the Phase One conditions will be, they will be evaluated by Bishop Duca and he will issue the guidance for resuming public Masses and other scheduled services, which will certainly come with conditions and ongoing restrictions.

Consecration of the USA to Mary, Mother of the Church. Tomorrow, Friday, May 1, 2020, at 2:00 P.M. CDST, Archbishop Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will lead our nation in a prayer which consecrates the United States to Mary, Mother of the Church. Canada, too, has chosen this day to offer prayers and to consecrate their country to Mary, Mother of the Church. “This will give the Church the occasion to pray for Our Lady’s continued protection of the vulnerable, healing of the unwell, and wisdom for those who work to cure this terrible virus,” said Archbishop Gomez in a letter to the U.S. bishops. Each year, the Church seeks the special intercession of the Mother of God during the month of May. This year, we seek the assistance of Our Lady all the more earnestly as we face together the effects of the global pandemic. A guide with which to follow & participate from home in this liturgy and prayer will be available by tuning into the USCCB’s social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.For more information, please visit: http://usccb.org/news/2020/20-65.cfm.

“Sunday at Home” Resource for St. Aloysius Families – 4th Sunday of Easter, prepared by Ken Thevenet for use by our families at home this weekend, May 2 – 3, 2020:

 

Vatican Releases Digital Prayer Book. The Vatican has created a digital prayer book, Strong in the Face of Tribulation: The Church in Communion - a Sure Support in Time of Trial" (Click to Open / Download), to help Catholics seek divine assistance amid the current health crisis affecting our World. This digital prayer book includes a beautiful compilation of Pope Francis’ Homilies, Angelus and Regina Coeli Messages from March 9 through April 19, 2020.

St. Aloysius Has A NEW Website! Check it out! The address has not changed. It is still: www.church.aloysius.org. After several years, at long last, our new website is LIVE! We are grateful to the many long hours of work and expertise invested by staff and volunteers alike to enhance the appearance and functionality of our website using a new platform. Certainly, there will be ‘bugs to work out,’ so be ‘gentle’ with your reviews, and let us know what you think!

St. Aloysius Child Care Center to Re-open Monday, May 11th! Last night, our Child Care Center parents were advised of its re-opening, under very guarded conditions to ensure the safety and protection of children and staff. In addition to the extra precautionary measures under which operations will resume, we have had its HVAC system, including ductwork, thoroughly and professionally flushed and disinfected. (Actually, we’re having this done to the HVAC systems in all the facilities on our campus). And, all of our Child Care Center employees will be tested for COVID-19 next week, in anticipation and preparation for the May 11th re-opening.

Vacation Bible School Cancelled. Regrettably, the decision has been made to cancel Vacation Bible School, which was to be conducted this year the week of June 8th. This popular program which annually sees more than 300 children and almost 100 volunteers in-action, takes a LOT of advance ‘boots on the ground’ work, which the extended ‘stay at home’ orders will prevent this year.

On-Line Sunday Masses & Homilies. Be sure to visit our website or Facebook page this Sunday morning to watch our recorded Mass for this Sunday www.aloysius.org, as well as the audio-recordings of our homilies www.aloysius.org/homilies

Yours in Our Good Shepherd,

Father Randy and Father Ryan

COVID-19 UPDATE #8 Saturday, April 18, 2020

Dear friends,


I hope everyone had as Happy an Easter ‘Break’ Week as possible! We were certainly blessed with some beautiful spring weather!


Divine Mercy Sunday is upon us.

Confessions are available! In one of my earliest update messages, I stated that while scheduled confession times in our church Reconciliation Room were suspended along with the suspension of public Masses, we have been hearing individual confessions steadily by appointment, usually meeting in the church parking lot, maintaining social distancing rules. Just contact us through our church office weekday business hours, and we’ll be happy to contact you to set up an appointment for the Sacrament of Reconciliation!

Our Worship Director, Ken Thevenet, is happy to provide our families with a resource for families to celebrate this Divine Mercy Sunday at home.

Look for the postings of our homilies by tomorrow morning: WEEKLY HOMILIES. As well, look for the YouTube video posting of our Mass celebrated for this Second Sunday of Easter at our homepage and at our Facebook page.

Late-Breaking Cancellations and Postponements. Our Spring Senior Ministry Luncheon scheduled for May 5, 2020, has been postponed, and will be rescheduled after we know that public gatherings have resumed.

Our parish’s Pastoral Council continues to conduct special conference call meetings each Monday evening, to keep abreast of the many increasing ways our staff are working virtually to keep so many of our parish ministries engaged and connected in this difficult time. In lieu of scheduled monthly Servant Leadership Nights, even our Commissions are in the process of meeting virtually, and preparing reports for our Pastoral Council meeting on Monday evening, April 27th.
Thank you for the Easter greetings we received from so many! We really appreciate all your prayers and well wishes during this time of our physical separation. We miss seeing you! Know that each of you is in our daily prayers and are remembered in our private Masses.

Yours in our Good Shepherd,

Father Randy and Father Ryan

COVID-19 UPDATE #7 Wednesday, April 8, 2020, @ 3:00 PM

Dear friends,

 

Greetings during this blessed Holy Week, as prepare to enter into the sacred Triduum tomorrow!

 

I was delayed in getting out this message as I was waiting on some important information. Sources have informed me that the Easter Bunny is immune to the Coronavirus and will be making his scheduled rounds this weekend. However, he regrets that he may be delayed with his deliveries in some locales owing to delays he’s had in receiving supplies, baskets, cellophane wrap, and artificial ‘nesting’ straw or grass for his Easter deliveries. The manufacturers who normally provide him with these materials have converted to the temporary production of hand sanitizer and face masks due to the shortages and increased demand for these products to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus. He has given the assurance that if he misses deliveries this weekend he will be making them as soon as possible and without advance notice.

 

Our annual diocesan Chrism Mass which was originally scheduled to be at St. Joseph Cathedral this morning was not held, and will be rescheduled as soon as public Masses are again permitted.

The Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at Aloysius, which will be privately concelebrated by both Father Randy and Father Ryan, will be live-streamed at 7 PM tomorrow evening. To join the live-stream, click on this link Holy Thursday Mass.  YouTube Live can be accessed via web browser on any computer, tablet, smart phone or smart TV. For Cox Contour subscribers, YouTube can even be accessed under the “Apps” menu on any TV, smart or not! It is helpful to subscribe to the YouTube ‘channel’ (Fr. Ryan’s) on which our live-streams will be carried, and log-in to YouTube from whatever device you choose for viewing well in advance of the live stream.

On Good Friday, Stations of the Cross will be offered at 9 AM and at 3 PM. At the homepage of our website church.aloysius.org , scroll down to where instructions appear under ‘ Stations of the Cross Friday April 10 at 9:00AM and 3:00PM’ in order to join on-line or by telephone conference call. Under those instructions, one can also ‘open’ and print a ‘Stations of the Cross Guide.'

At 12 Noon CSDT on Good Friday, we are invited to join in a nationwide moment of prayer in this time of the coronavirus, at which USCCB President, Archbishop Jose Gomez will lead the recitation of the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus via live-stream at the Facebook® page of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops: www.facebook.com/usccb, and seek our savior’s healing and protection . A plenary indulgence is available for those who join Archbishop Gomez on-line in praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good Friday.

 

Our Good Friday Service of the Passion of the Lord at Aloysius, which will be privately con-celebrated by both Father Randy and Father Ryan, will be live-streamed at 7 PM on Friday evening. To watch the live-stream, click on this link Good Friday Service.

Without clicking on any of the menu links at the top of the homepage of our website, and under it are links to resources for families to use for celebrating Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday at home.

Father Ryan will be video-recording his private Easter Sunday Mass, and it will be available for viewing anytime on Easter Sunday at both our website and our Facebook® page.


The audio-recordings of both my Easter homily and Fr. Ryan’s Easter homily will be posted at the Homilies page at our website in advance of Easter Sunday morning.


Both Good Friday and Easter Monday are holidays for our Church staff, and our offices and facilities will be unstaffed on both days, and we’ll be unable to leave the church unlocked for private visits on either Good Friday or Easter Monday.

Our Parish Family Outreach initiative during this Coronavirus pandemic has been very successful, thanks to the almost 100 volunteers who’ve been helping us call and check on all our registered households, and any special needs they may have. We still need about 8 more volunteers who can each make 30 phone calls on our behalf, and all of our more than 3,100 households will have been contacted.

Late-Breaking Cancellations and Postponements

  • RCIA Rites of Baptism and Reception into Full Communion in the Catholic Church . Being unable to celebrate these rites at an Easter Vigil Mass this year, these rites have been postponed and will be rescheduled at another weekend Mass as soon as possible after public Masses resume.
     

  • Our Servant Leadership Night meetings of all our Commissions and Pastoral Council scheduled for April 28, 2020, has been cancelled, but virtual meetings are being planned by all our Commissions prior to a virtual meeting of the Pastoral Council on Monday evening, April 27, 2020.
     

  • Our Annual Ministries Appreciation Event – this year scheduled for Thursday, April 30, 2020, has been cancelled.
     

  • Because our First Eucharist Afternoon of Reflection & Parent Meeting scheduled on Sunday, March 22, 2020, had to be canceled, parents and children will participate and complete from home in a soon-to-be-released on-line version.
     

  • Our First Communion Weekend this year was to be May 2 – 3, 2020 . First Communions have been postponed and parents will be receiving information and re-scheduling our First Communions as soon as possible after public Masses resume. Parents will receive messages from Fr. Randy and our Children Formation Director, Mrs. Tricia Greely, explaining how they will be handled.

Our Neighborfest event in Valley Park scheduled for Saturday, May 30, 2020, has been cancelled.

April’s Baptism Seminar has been cancelled and an on-line Baptism Class for first-time parents and godparents has been developed and is now available at our website. Upon completion of the on-line version, parents and godparents can print and submit a certificate of completion.

Our parish’s Pastoral Council has been meeting virtually with Father Ryan and I every Monday, and providing wonderful reports of so many of our parish ministries remaining engaged and connected in this difficult time. I really appreciate their hard work, wise counsel and recommendations!


In your physical absence, we’ve been able to keep our Church staff working to keep our office operating, our ministries and parishioners connected, and our beautiful church and facilities operating and in good shape for whenever public Masses can resume and everything will be open again.

In my ‘update’ message of March 20, 2020, I said a little something about commitments to our Stewardship of Offering to St. Aloysius , which was prior to knowing that we’d be without public Masses indefinitely. So, I’ve been asked to summarily repeat that ‘plug’ again. I'm aware that with each passing day, many of our families are hard-hit by the temporary severity of the market drop and curtailment of their income livelihoods. If any become hard-pressed for necessities, do contact me personally. We are deeply grateful to many who...even in the midst of all their own personal anxieties and uncertainties... have reached out with concern for St. Aloysius, its staff, and its financial solvency. Without weekend Masses and the accompanying collections, our challenges and budget adjustments will not be unlike the challenges many of our parishioners will be facing. We are very blessed that so many our regular givers utilize twice-monthly ACH automated bank draft or EFT for their charitable contributions to our parish. Given our inability to 'pass the basket' at Masses, envelope users are welcome to drop their envelopes by---or send them in via USPS mail to--- our office, or temporarily create a profile at this link to utilize our account with Vanco Payment Solutions to securely process one-time or recurring contributions via a major credit card.

Thank you for all your prayers and well wishes during this time of our physical separation. Know that each of you is in our daily prayers and are remembered in our private Masses.


Yours in our Good Shepherd,
Father Randy and Father Ryan

COVID-19 UPDATE #6 Saturday, March 28, 2020, @ 3:00 PM


 Dear friends,
 
I don't know about you, but in only the second weekend of not offering public Masses, this Pastor is tempted to be less at peace. If you know me, you know that every opportunity to celebrate Mass with a gathered assembly energizes me more than all my other responsibilities as a Pastor combined! 'Private' Masses just don't 'do the trick' for me. So I've put daily reminders on my Outlook® calendar to unite myself with Jesus in his self-isolation in the desert for 40 days which we re-live each year in this season of Lent. I read a reflection this week which likened every day of our current social distancing measures to 'Good Fridays.'
 
I also know our human nature. Some may be happy about not needing temporarily to worry about going to Mass! Many others are experiencing in a very real way a grieving process of this temporary loss of a discipline vital to frequent nourishment of their personal relationship with Jesus. Fr. Ryan has written a reflection paper which I'd recommend for your reading, and which is posted at this link: Reflection on Public Mass Suspensions
 
As we are all aware from Bishop Duca's directives published on March 17, 2020, #9, clergy-and all extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion appointed by their pastors---are obliged to obey our bishop by the temporary cessation of distributing Holy Communion except in the extraordinary circumstances mentioned in said directives. While nothing can perfectly substitute or replace what is most central to the faith life of Catholics, we are all doing the best we can in these unprecedented and uncertain circumstances. The USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) has made available many Resources for Prayer and Engagement, including on-line Masses, Adoration, and Daily Mass Readings, during Coronavirus. They are readily available at this link: https://catholiccurrent.org/covid19/
 
Should more aggressive social distancing measures be imposed which prevent appointments with priests for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has this to say: https://www.instagram.com/p/B99orbHo-iR/?igshid=9olmuy5s8t8b
 
ALERT: Effective THIS COMING TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2020:
"LUNCH-FASTING BEFORE GOD ON TUESDAYS"


With Governor John Bel Edwards, Legislators, Members of Congress, 
Mayors, and other State and Local Officials
We all know that we are in a great war. In times like these, we are reminded that God, in His infinite mercy, has given us the most potent, spiritual weaponry. If you belong to Christ Jesus our Lord, this weaponry is in your hands. Now is the time to vigorously employ your armaments.
Would you please join Governor Edwards and other state and national government officials as well as religious leaders in "Lunch-Fasting Before God on Tuesdays"? On each Tuesday at noon for the next four weeks (and possibly longer), men, women, and young people through-out Louisiana will be uniting themselves in a fast from their midday meal and in earnest, private prayer in the presence of the Savior of the world.
In addition to your own participation, will you please, by every means possible, reach out to others and ask them to join you and our leaders in this united engagement in fasting and prayer?
 "Lunch-Fasting Before God on Tuesdays"will begin next Tuesday, March 31st.
Special note: If your health condition will not allow you to totally abstain from food at lunch,would you please consider fasting from "pleasant food" at noon on Tuesdays 
(Daniel 10:3)?
 
May each of us continue to do all we can to be agents of bringing an end to the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. May be continued to be united in prayer for all our health care professionals, all who are ill, and all who have died.
 
We're sure there is more news to come! Stay tuned!
 
Yours in our Good Shepherd,
Father Randy and Father Ryan
 
 

COVID-19 UPDATE #5 MARCH 27, 2020, 11:30AM

Dear friends,

TODAY: Pope’s Urbi et Orbi Blessing Streamed at Noon CDST. As you’ve probably read or seen, Pope Francis has called for a worldwide ‘Day of Prayer and Fasting” today to bring an end of the Coronavirus pandemic and healing to all who are sick. All of us are encouraged today to participate in a special prayer of our Holy Father Pope Francis today at 12 noon local time. During the Statio orbis, which will be streamed from the Vatican website at www.vaticannews.va, and perhaps carried live by multiple other Catholic media outlets, Pope Francis will grant to all participants the Plenary Indulgence before imparting the Urbi et Orbi Blessing.

More Parish Groups Actively Have WEB meetings. An increasing number of our reflection, study, and prayer & devotions groups are finding creative and innovative ways to continue their regular meetings on-line. Our Youth Minister, MacDougall Womack (himself somewhat of a techno-whiz) and youth group members have come up with ways to continue meeting and praying and having fun together on-line. Check out MacDougall’s recent posting  to our youth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN_Qp0Guzrc.  You’re invited to connect to our conference call recitation of the Rosary, Monday through Saturday, at 11:00AM and to our Stations of the Cross on Fridays (through Good Friday) at both 9:00AM and 3:00PM  at our website, there is a link to instructions to join these conference calls. 

Sunday Mass at Aloysius: Find our Mass for Sunday, March 29, 2020, posted at our Website and Facebook pages for viewing anytime, starting this Sunday morning.

Audio Recordings of Our Sunday Homilies. Listen to the homilies of both Father Randy and Father Ryan, for both last Sunday and this coming Sunday.

Bishop Duca’s private weekday Masses are available for viewing at the diocese’s Catholic TV channel 15 and on its YouTube channel: http://www.catholiclifetv.org/televised-liturgy/today-s-mass. Additionally, a number of our other local priests and parishes were pre-equipped or have been able to become equipped to live-stream regularly scheduled private Masses and other devotions via YouTube channels or other technology, and they are able to do so without the ‘close-quarters’ technical assistance of others.

In these ongoing uncertain days and weeks ahead, I wanted to share this story, which I originally remember seeing somewhere more than 20 years ago:

                                                                                                                Our Father Provides

One day, a little boy stood waving a smudgy red flag at the side of a railroad track. Off in the distance a freight engine and a single caboose were approaching slowly down the track. A man who stood watching all this was prompted to walk over and say to the boy. “You don’t think that train is going to stop for you just because you are waving that flag, do you?” Then he added cynically, “Don’t waste your time.” The little boy made no answer but kept on waving the flag. As the man looked on, to his utter amazement he saw the train slow down and finally come to a stop, just in front of the boy. The boy put the flag down and scrambled up the side of the engine into the cab. As he reached the top, the boy looked back at the man and said with a knowing smile, “The engineer is my father.” Sometimes, people chide us for praying to God as we do. They say, as the man said to the little boy, “Don’t waste your time,” but they forget that God is our Father.

Yours in our Good Shepherd,

Father Randy and Father Ryan

 

COVID-19 #4 UPDATE FOR ST. ALOYSIUS  – MARCH 24, 2020, 12 Noon

Dear friends,

Men’s ACTS retreat scheduled for April 16-19, 2020, has been postponed to the fall.

‘Grab ‘n Go’ drive-thru meal pick-up for students…only initiated last week..has been suspended until further notice at all school distribution sites locally, including St. Aloysius. Only after the sites were established and up-and-running were they informed of daily health screening and PPE required of food service personnel delivering the program, which sites were unable to requisition and acquire because the equipment is backordered and earmarked first for medical personnel. That factor, coupled with staffing issues at some sites owing to yesterday’s ‘stay at home’ order, resulted in suspension of the service. There is a chance that it may be resumed, so stay tuned.

Consistent with our bishop’s latest update this morning www.diobr.org, our St. Aloysius Pastoral Services Center building has been CLOSED to visitors. However, a skeleton crew of our Church staff is at work in the building and are able to receive and answer calls, or retrieve and return voice mail messages, as well as receive and reply to email messages.

http://church.aloysius.org/about/staff/  Staff who are able to work from home are doing so, and To drop off mail and deliveries during published weekday business hours, visitors are able to be ‘buzzed’ in to the lobby. If no reply is forthcoming from ringing the doorbell, call the Church office number: 225-343-6657.  All full time and part time >20 staff continue to receive their pay. Custodial and maintenance essential staff are working on-site on adjusted staggered shifts, observing social-distancing measures, and assuring the safety, security, operational readiness, and cleanliness of all our facilities.

Our Pastoral Council met again by conference call last evening to assess the progress made by our ministries in just the last week with initiatives to keep our parishioners connected and as active as possible in the activities and services of our ministries. Links have been posted at our website to sign up to help us reach out to all the households of our parish to check on them and see if they have needs with which we can help. .Many are gathering on-line in prayer and common recitation of devotions. Both Fr. Ryan and I will be posting the audio-recordings of our Sunday homilies to our website in advance of the weekend, and Fr. Ryan will be posting videos of his recorded Sunday Mass, albeit without the ‘bells and whistles’ to which we are accustomed at our in-person Sunday Masses.

On-line Baptism Seminars are in the works, as is the First Communion Retreat program for parents and our First Communion candidates. So….stay tuned as we continue to adjust to our new reality, still in hopes that it will be short-lived!

Yours in our Good Shepherd,

Father Randy and Father Ryan

 

COVID-19 #3 Friday, March 20, 2020, @ 7:30 PM

Dear friends, Additional Postponement Notice: Our annual St. Aloysius St. Vincent de Paul 'Fill Up the Truck" event, scheduled for Saturday, April 5, 2020, has been postponed indefinitely. What are we doing? Pastoral Council. We'll be meeting again by conference call this coming Monday evening, March 23, 2020. Church staff meetings. They are still being conducted weekly by conference call, and more frequently as circumstances arise. Finance Council. While 'face to face' monthly meetings have been temporarily suspended, members will be reviewing monthly Church, School, and Child Care Center finance reports and reviewing 2020-2021 preliminary budgets via email correspondence Stewardship of Offering. Speaking of finances, I'm aware that many of our families are hard-hit by the temporary severity of the market drop and curtailment of their income livelihoods. If any become hard-pressed for necessities, do contact me personally. We are deeply grateful to many who...even in the midst of all their own personal anxieties and uncertainties...have reached out with concern for St. Aloysius, its staff, and its financial solvency. Without weekend Masses and the accompanying collections, our challenges and budget adjustments will not be unlike the challenges many of our parishioners will be facing. We've planned for such contingencies, and with the ongoing vigilance of our Finance Council, limited operating reserves will keep us 'above water' for a while. We're also very blessed that so many our regular givers utilize twice-monthly ACH automated bank draft or EFT for their stewardship of offering. Given our temporary inability to 'pass the basket' at Masses, envelope users are welcome to drop their envelopes by---or send them in via USPS mail to--- our office, or temporarily create a profile at this link church.aloysius.org/give to utilize our account with Vanco Payment Solutions to securely process one-time or recurring contributions via a major credit card. Signing up for these messages. If you're reading this on Facebook® or at our website and not receiving it in your email, I suggested in my message yesterday that by contacting our office we can add you to our email list. Later I was reminded of an automated way to sign up yourself to receive our important update messages and bulletin by email, and that is by way of this link: www.tinyurl.com/AloysiusEmail Speaking of our website, with more and new information being posted daily, information on our homepage is in the process of being re-organized, with links to these update messages as well as the other provisional initiatives we are undertaking and still developing daily. Supporting the Missionaries of Charity Women's Shelter. Responding to a request from the sisters, St. Aloysius is helping supply them with numerous items for which they've been in short supply, including paper products, food, juice boxes, baby wipes, etc. Making an Act of Spiritual Communion. Finally, I'm sharing an excerpt from an on-line article at the Our Sunday Visitor website here:Making an Act of Spiritual Communion. I hope it gives some comfort in these days of Lent when we are unable to attend Mass and receive Holy Communion as we would like.

Yours in our Good Shepherd,

Father Randy and Father Ryan

COVID-19 #2 MARCH19, 2020 @ 6:00 PM

Dear friends: While we were trying to keep our Child Care Center open to help our parents who really needed its services, a 'perfect storm' scenario evolved yesterday and we had no choice but to close temporarily until further notice. With parents being encouraged to keep their children at home if possible and more parents being permitted to work from home, the number of children in our care dropped from almost 200 to 21 in a matter of days. In the same matter of days we went from being fully-staffed to 7 teachers yesterday evening when the CCC closed its doors. It became apparent that we would not be able to continue to be compliant with staffing standards. In accord with uniform diocesan personnel policies, all of our CCC full-time and part-time>20 employees who have either taken leave or are now not working because of the closure are being paid their full salaries by the CCC while it remains closed. All non-contracted SAS employees are also being paid their full salaries by our school while the school is closed. As our SAS parents know, our contracted SAS teachers are still teaching albeit using online platforms. All the aggressive government and Church measures which are resulting in indefinite suspensions, cancellations, and closures have one goal in mind: Minimize close proximate contact with others to 'flatten' the 'rate of spread' of the coronavirus until it is at '0' to contain and eradicate it. To the extent that we're not doing it voluntarily, we continue to lose our choices in the matter. Instead of looking for 'loop holes' to skirt social distancing directives, we need to be obeying the authorities. What are we doing? Our Aloysius Campus is closed for gatherings of any size until further notice, including playgrounds and sports fields. 'Grab 'n Go' Meals for Students: Until further notice, the loading dock behind the school cafeteria has become one of numerous local community sites for distribution of boxed/bagged FREE breakfasts & lunches being prepared and distributed only by employed school food service personnel and only for drive-thru pick-up between 10 AM - 1 PM, Monday thru Friday, for any out of school students, age 18 and under. (The to-go lunches and next morning breakfasts are distributed at the same time.). This service is being funded by federal government emergency grant. Private Visitation in Church: Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, until further notice, individuals may make private visits in church, Monday thru Friday, 9 AM - 3 PM, Saturday, 3 PM - 6 PM, and Sunday, 7 AM - 12 Noon. When individuals are in the church during these designated times, it is only for private silent prayer or devotions, observing social distancing rules, without any conversations or aloud recitations of prayers. Stay Connected: We are devising and implementing ways keep our parish family 'connected' and active in their ministries without being in each other's physical presence. Devotions: I'm already aware that some are creatively using technology to continue their prayer group meetings virtually via Skype and other on-line meeting platforms for common recitation of devotions, like the Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Stations of the Cross, and Novenas, such as the Novena to our Mother of Perpetual Help. This is a wonderful way for prayer, study, and support groups to continue their regular meetings. Adoration: Since all scheduled Adoration has been suspended in our diocese, personal commitments to the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament exposed in the monstrance can also be continued by opening on one's computer one of multiple live streams of the Blessed Sacrament exposed in various locations. Pastoral Services Center: Our Church office is remaining open as long as possible, and staff who can accomplish their duties from home are doing so. Parishioners are asked to conduct Church business by phone or email if possible because it may become necessary to close our main lobby. We have taken extra precautionary measures of sanitizing and disinfecting our workspace to keep our staff as safe as possible. Sacrament of Reconciliation and Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick: Fr. Ryan and I are accepting appointments for individual confessions. We will administer the Sacrament of Anointing according to the directives of Bishop Duca released this past Tuesday evening. Private Mass is being offered daily by Fr. Ryan or Fr. Randy for all our parishioners and for the intentions as published in our bulletin. If an intention for a scheduled Mass has been moved a day or so in either direction from the requested date, those who requested the intention will be notified. Our Sunday homilies will be recorded and posted at our website. Fr. Ryan may be posting a video-recording of his Mass (He is more techno-savvy and photogenic than Fr. Randy). As many already know, many priests are livestreaming their daily private Masses. If you're not receiving our emails, you're obviously not getting this one. For this reason, our messages are also being posted to our Facebook® page and website. Check your spam, junk, and clutter folders for our messages. If you ever 'unsubscribed' to our emails, that may also be a reason you aren't getting them. To be added to our email list, contact our office at info@staloysiusparish.com or call Aline Landry at 225-343-6657 ext 24. As we have learned, the information provided in this message today is subject to change by late-breaking new directives and may become obsolete five minutes or less from now. A brochure has been shared to print and use when following the Mass on TV or computer or other device. Click here to access the brochure.

Yours in our Good Shepherd,

Fr. Randy and Fr. Ryan

March 19, 2020 Video Message from Fr. Ryan

COVID-19 Update #1  March 16, 2020 @11:00 P.M.

Dear friends, ANY and all scheduled services in church tomorrow (Tuesday, March 17, 2020) are CANCELED. Following the significant provisions added today by Governor John Bel Edwards' recent Executive Order, and Bishop Duca's subsequent suspension this evening of all public Masses in any location within the 12 civil parishes compromising the Diocese of Baton Rouge until further notice, be advised that: ALL SCHEDULED MASSES & ADJACENT/ACCOMPANYING SERVICES IN ST. ALOYSIUS CHURCH ON BOTH WEEKDAYS AND WEEKENDS ARE CANCELLED BEGINNING TOMORROW, TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020, AND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. This includes all Lenten and Marian devotions and novenas heretofore scheduled for recitation in common/groups. Clearly, all activities heretofore offered in conjunction with any scheduled Mass are also suspended indefinitely, including the -Men's Reflection/Study Groups which normally meet after Wednesday morning's Mass, -Come Lord Jesus meetings and -Bible Study sessions, Thursday morning -Thursday morning & First Wednesday morning Adoration & Benediction. -3 rd Saturday Service of the Word and Adoration - Gonzaga Chapel -Sunday Nursery, Coffee & Donuts, & Children's Church ALL recurring ministry gatherings, regardless of size and scope of the event, are suspended indefinitely, including, but not limited to: -Choir and music rehearsals -Men's Club activities -Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts activities -Wholly Fit -RCIA sessions & rites -Youth ministry events & activities -Pray 'n Play -Musicmakers -St. Vincent de Paul meetings & home visits -Ministry to the Homebound -ACTS Retreat Teams Formation Meetings -St. Matthew's Guild The following upcoming events on our Church campus are also cancelled: 03/17/2020 -Leadership Night, Commission Meetings, and Pastoral Council Meeting 03/18/2020 -South Central Deanery Youth Ministers' Meeting 03/22/2020 -New Parishioners' Welcome Brunch -First Eucharist Parents' Retreat 03/24/2020 -Senior Ministry Lenten Morning of Reflection 03/25/2020 -Finance Council Meeting 03/29/2020 -Easter Egg Hunt NOTE: Not all cancellations are posted here. Other staff or ministry leaders have posted or otherwise already communicated other cancellations of their events and activities. Information posted in this message may be changed, reversed, or otherwise amended, based on new information as it is acquired. If you have access to any of our facilities, please do not use them without prior permission. As Bishop Duca's notice today mentioned, within the next several days we can expect direction pertaining to provisions for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the Sacrament of Marriage, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, Funeral Rites, and Baptisms Outside of Mass. Almost all of the above content was discussed in an emergency and lengthy conference call meeting earlier tonight with our Parish Pastoral Council. St. Aloysius keeps the he alth, safety, and security of our parishioners and assigned clergy at the forefront at all times. Out of an abundance of caution, we are following news and information about the spread of COVID-19 and will take all necessary actions to the best of our ability to ensure the physical, spiritual, and pastoral well-being of all. Ministry leaders will be devising means of keeping our parishioners 'connected' and our ministries active through more use of appropriate and existing electronic communications platforms, and collaborating to explore how we can best help our families who are most adversely impacted by measures being implemented to protect us all. Our Child Care Center remains open to help the parents it serves who need it the most, especially those themselves made unable to remain at home with their children by work obligations and are without family members who can do so for them. During this time, consider taking advantage of the subscription St. Aloysius has provided to all its families to all the resources for family members of all ages at the FORMED website, which can be accessed by the link posted at our website: www.church.aloysius.org. Check our Facebook® page, and our website for updates as the situation develops. I will be sending the same updates via more of these e-blast email messages as new information becomes available. In this time of upheaval in all our lives, we unite all our sacrifices and deprivations in this Season of Lent, identifying with time of isolation and trials of Jesus and his 40 days in the desert..over all of which He prevailed and was victorious! May God bless you and keep you safe! Yours in Our Good Shepherd, Father Randy

March 16, 2020 Bishop Michael Duca

The Diocese of Baton Rouge has announced, beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the suspension of public celebrations of Sunday and daily Masses in all parishes and Catholic institutions in the diocese. The suspension is in effect until further notice.    

MASS TIMES

SATURDAYS

  • 4:30 PM - Vigil

SUNDAYS

  • 7:00 AM​

  • 9:00 AM

  • 11:00 AM 

  • 5:30 PM

WEEKDAYS

  • 6:00 AM - Mon, Wed

  • 8:00 AM - Tue, Thu, Fri

CONFESSIONS

CHURCH CONFESSIONAL

  • 6:30 AM - Mon, Wed

  • 7:30 AM - Tue, Thu, Fri

  • 3:30 PM - Sat
     

BY APPOINTMENT

  • Email Fr. Randy or Fr. Ryan

  • Call 225-343-6657


 

Confessions at the scheduled times are offered only when the adjacent scheduled Holy Mass is celebrated

ALL ARE WELCOME

CHURCH
2025 Stuart Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

PARISH OFFICE 

Mon - Thu 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM; Fri 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

info@staloysiusparish.com

225-343-6657

225-344-6847 (fax)

For emergency calls after hours and on weekends

or holidays, please call 225-316-7027