400 South Adams Ave. Rayne, La 70578


St. Joseph Ministries

Social Justice  Education  Evangelization  Management And Finanace  Liturgy And Worship

The ministries of the Parish are divided into five commissions: Social Justice, Education, Evangelization, Management and Finance, and Liturgy and Worship.  A current member of the St. Joseph Parish Pastoral Council is actively involved in the work of the commissions and regularly reports back directly to the Parish Pastoral Council.


Social Justice

Social Justice Commission Chairpersons:
Chuck Peltier, Luke Beslin and Liz Zaunbrecher

The purpose of this commission is to call the parish community to the social teachings of the Church on the life, dignity, and rights of the human person, as well as a respect for creation and the goods of the earth. It calls the parish to serve the poor and vulnerable, and to build bridges of solidarity among peoples with different backgrounds.

Daily Manna Christian Service Center
The Daily Manna Christian Service Center is a center that provides food, clothing, toys, bedding, furniture, dishes, and other necessities. The center is open to people of all faiths and welcomes the least among us. In the past few months the center has become a significant source of charity in our local community. St. Joseph is an active supporter of this center and is working with other organizations for the ongoing success and growth of this ministry.

Phone: 337-393-2146

Divine Mercy Ministry For the Dying
For those interested in joining the Divine Mercy Ministry for the Dying, please call Cathy Breaux at 337-501-1404 cell.

Compassionate Prayer (wakes)
The prayers and support of the community after a loved one passes consoles and aides in the grieving process. The Ministry of Compassionate Prayer seeks to love and support the family of the deceased by visitation prior to the funeral service (wake). With this visitation comes compassion and prayers including but not limited to the Rosary, individual prayers with the immediate family, and the simple support of being present in a time of need. The deceased and family are remembered through prayers at mass, and the family is given a blessed Rosary for continued prayers.

Contact: Delores Deville

LAMS Missionaries
Latin America Mission (LAM) is a non-profit mission agency formed in 1985. LAM believes God created the church as the vehicle to heal our world. Its purpose is to assist in whatever way we can in developing countries. Over the years, it has assisted the Missionary of Charity Sisters (Mother Teresa’s) organization in Peru, Honduras, and Haiti.

LAM travels to the mission once a year, bringing much needed medicine and supplies. Volunteers are always welcome to come and experience a mission trip, as the more volunteers we have, the more supplies we can bring.

Contact: Reno LeBlanc
Phone: 337-581-4405
Email: enroblanc@yahoo.com

Our Pro-Life Ministry is an outreach ministry designed to get information to individuals about the effects of Abortion and to support and care for those who are considering or who may have already had an abortion. The Pro-Life group actively listens, loves, and learns. They also pray for the many unborn to be safely delivered and cared for.

Contact: Tyler and Ashley Primeaux

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St. Isidore Farmers Group
Since 1989, the St. Isidore Farmers Group has celebrated Spring with an outdoor farmer’s mass honoring the patron saint of farmers, St. Isidore. The mass takes place on a Saturday morning nearest the Feast of St. Isidore on May 15th, and celebrates new life in the fields and new life within the church. It is a call to remember how mightily our farmers depend on God, and how farmers work hand-in-hand with God to produce from their fields. The mass celebration gives thanks to God for the gifts of wind, rain, and sun.

During the 3 days preceding Ascension Thursday, a priest blesses the farmer’s fields, which is known as Rogation. The word “Rogation” comes from the Latin verb rogare, meaning “to ask”, which reflects the beseeching of God for protection..

Contact: Margaret Zaunbrecher
Phone: 337-334-4235

St. Joseph Altar
The tradition of St. Joseph’s Altar, which dates from the Middle Ages, honors St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus Christ and patron of the Universal Church.

In Sicily, a St. Joseph’s Table was primarily meant for feeding the poor as a form of communal or public charity, in thanksgiving for the end of a severe drought. Three of the poorest of the village, dressed as Mary, Joseph, and Jesus, reenact the Holy Family seeking lodging. The family finds shelter and food at the home of the family hosting the table. The “saints” are seated at the table and are served a substantial meal. A statue of St. Joseph with the baby Jesus is the centerpiece of the table. Breads, vegetables and sweets decorate the table. Because the celebration occurs during Lent, no meat is present. A large red fish placed on the table is a symbol of Christ, and an olive branch is hung on the door to welcome all. At the St. Joseph Altar, you may find Italian delicacies, pastries, breads, flowers and a spaghetti dinner. Tradition holds that the Altar be so full as to not see the Table Cloth beneath the various dishes and offerings.

When: Feast of St. Joseph March 19th
Where: Family Life Center
Contact: Linda Ancona
Phone: 337-660-5314
Email: lancona@diolaf.org

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Education Commission Chairpersons:
Leah Guidry, Connie Speyrer and Josh Peltier

The primary purpose of the Commission is to insure quality Religious Education for the entire parish community, all ages and all cultures. The commission fosters cooperation between members of the education groups and other segments of the parish. The commission allows each educational group to share its plans and activities and enables all to work together to ensure that educational needs of the parish are met.

Baby Berries
The mission of the Babyberries is to provide the children of St. Joseph Parish with a foundation in the Catholic faith, including Scripture and traditions while building community. Caregivers and children ages 0 – 5 are invited to enjoy story time with prayer, music, and crafts. Please bring a blanket to sit on.

When: 9am-10am on Thursdays (during School Year)
Where: Family Life Center
Contact: Leah Guidry and Valerie Louviere
Phone: 337-334-2193

Baptism Preparation
Baptism Preparation is for all parents seeking to have their child Baptized. A few short courses are offered to help teach of the importance of the Baptismal Rite, the requirements set by the Catholic Church regarding God-Parents, and the explanation of actions made during the Rite.

When: 4th Sunday of the month after 10 a.m. mass
Where: Cry room
Contact: Parish Office
Phone: 337-334-2193

CCD (1st-5th Grade)

The mission of the CCD program is to provide the children of St. Joseph Parish with a foundation in the Roman Catholic faith including God’s word, sacraments, 10 commandments, prayers, and the tradition of our Catholic faith. Registration begins in August.

For Registration, Calendar, and More Information: Faith Formation

When: During the regular school year at 8:30a.m. to 9:30a.m. on Sunday mornings.
Where: Rayne Catholic Elementary Campus
Contact: Josette LeBlanc
Phone: 337-334-2193
Email: josette@stjoerayne.org

Confirmation (11th Grade)
Confirmation, together with Baptism and Eucharist, form the Sacraments of Initiation that are all intimately connected. In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is “sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit” and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.

Jesus’ entire mission occurred in communion with the Spirit. Before he died, Jesus promised that the Spirit would be given to the Apostles and to the entire Church. After his death, he was raised by the Father in the power of the Spirit.

Those who believed in the Apostles’ preaching were baptized and received the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands. The Apostles baptized believers in water and the Spirit. Then they imparted the special gift of the Spirit through the laying on of hands. “‘The imposition of hands is rightly recognized by the Catholic tradition as the origin of the sacrament of Confirmation, which in a certain way perpetuates the grace of Pentecost in the Church’” (CCC, no. 1288, citing Pope Paul VI, Divinae Consortium Naturae, no. 659).

For Registration, Calendar, and More Information: Faith Formation

When: September – March
Contact: Megan Richard
Phone: 337-735-1870
Email: megan@stjoerayne.org

Edge (6th-8th Grade)
Are you on the EDGE? Middle school is a time of transition and transformation, moving from elementary school and getting ready for high school all at the same time. EDGE is a welcoming, exciting, fun community of sixth, seventh and eighth grade youth who gather weekly for friendship, fun, formation and service. Join us as we learn together how to better love God, our neighbors and ourselves through study of Scripture, knowledge of our faith tradition and our commitment to discipleship deeds.

We believe that God made each and every one of us unique and interconnected parts of the same body of Christ. We ask that all the youth who attend our ministry make a commitment to coming regularly and participating. That way when you leave at the end of the night, you know more than when you came in and are ready to turn that knowledge into acts of love in your daily life.

You don’t have to be perfect to be loved by a perfect God!

For Registration, Calendar, and More Information: Faith Formation

When: Sundays 6:30-8 pm during school year
Where: Youth Hall
Contact: Shelby Fuselier
Phone: 337-334-2193
Email: shelbystjoerayne@gmail.com

Life Teen (9th-12th Grade)
As a Eucharist-centered movement within the Roman Catholic Church, St. Joseph 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 is an international Catholic movement that serves the Church by providing resources and faith experiences that help lead teens closer to Christ. This is accomplished through a vibrant Eucharistic spirituality, meaningful catechesis, outreach to the poor and needy, relational ministry and by creating widespread opportunities for teens to grow in their faith.

For Registration, Calendar, and More Information: Faith Formation

When: Sundays 6:30-8 pm during school year
Where: Family Life Center
Contact: Megan Richard
Phone: 337-735-1870

Rayne Catholic Elementary
Rayne Catholic Elementary is a Private Elementary School offering Pre-K through Eighth Grade Education. Rayne Catholic believes that Catholic Education is the unifying force that builds and develops a whole person, spiritually, intellectually, morally, and socially. We base this on the premise that each individual is of supreme worth and dignity.

The success of RCE educational endeavors is dependent upon participation by parents, students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. We consider ourselves a family who works and prays together, who contributes the unique gifts and talents given to each of us by God, to provide for each child’s growth and development. Throughout the academic year each of us will be called upon to participate in school activities. We invite all parents to accept the challenge of moving a very good education system beyond greatness to excellence.

The faculty and staff of Rayne Catholic are committed to the educational excellence of each child. We function as a family of Christ. Our commitment is to prepare children to accept the differences of one another, to realize that life is precious and to provide experiences in the educational processes that will bring out the best in each child.

Office: 337-334-5657
Fax: 337-334-3301
Website: raynecatholic.org

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.

When: Beginning Wednesday August 16, 2017 6:30 pm
Where: Family Life Center
Contact: Randy Bertrand
Phone: 337-356-1909
Email: rnjbert@gmail.com
Sign Up: stjoerayne.org/rcia

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Evangelization Commission Chairpersons
Andre Landaiche and Connie Speyrer

The purpose of the Evangelization Commission is to enable all parishioners to see themselves as disciples, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with active Catholics, inactive Catholics, and the un-churched.

Catholic Daughters of America
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA) is one of the oldest and largest organizations of Catholic women in the Americas. Catholic women 18 and over are eligible to join the CDA. The program includes concerns of today’s church and society as well as issues that affect the well-being of women and children. CDA 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 CDA motto is “Unity and Charity.”

Court Rayne members enjoy each other’s company at meetings and work hard together for their parish and community. They donate to charities on local, state and national levels, sponsor scholarship programs and strive “to be helping hands where there is pain, poverty, sorrow or sickness.”  Court Rayne has an annual Salad Bingo in the Spring and, when needed, in the Fall, to fund the projects and charitable works of the Court.

National Catholic Daughters of the Americas
Louisiana Catholic Daughters of the Americas
Court Rayne No. 844

When:  6 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday of each month, except July and August
Where: Knights of Columbus Hall – 158 W South 1st St, Rayne LA
Contact: Bernardine Stewart, Regent
Email: cda.rayne844@gmail.com
Mail: PO Box 199, Rayne LA 70578

Elderberries is a ministry designed for the involvement of Seniors in the Parish. The Elderberry group meets for fellowship, dancing, quilting, card and bingo playing. The group takes trips a few times throughout the year to sight-see, experience productions, or to simply have fun together at a tourist attraction. No Registrations, No Dues:  Come and See, Stay and Play!

When: Wednesday Mornings
Where: Family Life Center
Contact: Carrol Menard
Phone: 337-334-5359

Joe’s is an outreach ministry of Rayne Edge where 6th-8th graders are invited for a night of games and fellowship with their peers in a safe, Christian environment. Led by the Rayne Youth Ministry Core Team and parent volunteers, Joe’s is held in the Youth Hall (behind the Family Life Center) on select Friday nights throughout the school year. See our Joe’s page for more information.

If you are a parent and would like to volunteer, please reach out to the contact below.

Schedule: stjoerayne.org/joes

Where: Youth Hall
Contact: Shelby Fuselier
Phone: 337-334-5359

Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal benefit society which holds true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity. The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

When: 1st Tuesday of each month—officers meeting – 2nd Tuesday of each month—council meeting
Where: Knights of Columbus Hall
Contact: Daniel Simoneaux
Phone: 337-581-2306

Lay Carmelites
The Lay Carmelite Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary (historically known as the Third Order) is an association mainly of laypersons.

A candidate must be a Catholic in good standing who feels called by God to live more deeply her or his baptismal vocation according to the spirit of the Carmelite Order.

Being a Lay Carmelite is not just a devotion added to life; it is a way of life; it is a vocation.  By entering the Order, the Lay Carmelite takes upon himself or herself the Carmelite charism, which is profoundly marked by personal and liturgical prayer.

Contact: Cathi Breaux

Prayer Blanket Ministry
Blankets are lovingly hand made by members of the Prayer Blanket Ministry, and are then blessed by the pastor of St. Joseph Church. When the need arises, the blessed blankets are delivered to the sick or ailing, and prayers are shared with the sick and their families.


Prison Ministry
The Prison Ministry brings the Word of God to the local Acadia Parish Prison and is actively participating in visiting, praying and listening to prisoners from all backgrounds. The prison ministry provides Bibles, prayer Cards, and other literature as requested. Masses and confession are offered to the prisoners as well.

Phone: 337-334-2193

Monday Rosary Group
The mission of Rosary Group is to offer up prayers and petitions for causes that impact the community and the world. The Rosary Group also spends time listening to each of the members wonderful stories and catch up on community news by fellowship.

When: Mondays 9:00 a.m.
Where: St. Joseph Church Cry Room

St. Joseph Rosary Makers
St. Joseph Rosary Makers is a group which makes and donates rosaries to those in need. Volunteers are welcome.

Contact: Debra Fusilier
Phone: 337-334-4375
Email: debra3757@aol.com

St. Joseph Society
St. Joseph Society is the oldest men’s society at St. Joseph church. The men pray to St. Joseph for our local church parish and the universal church. St. Joseph Society members assist the church as they are asked and in any fashion that they can.

When: 1st Wednesday of every month. 6:30am in Church
Where: Church
Contact: Deacon Barry LeBlanc

St. Joseph Coed Ultreya
Ultreya is a continuation of Cursillo. To join the Cursillo movement an individual must inquire and then get a sponsor to attend a retreat weekend. Once the Cursillo has been made, Ultreya involvement is suggested.

When: Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Rosary, meeting begins at 7:00
Where: St. Joseph Church Cry room
Contact: Dr. Neil Duhon
Phone: 337-334-2057
Email: nduhon@msn.com

Witness to Love
Tyler and Ashley Primeaux

Cub Scouts
Contact: Nick Granger and Richie Colona
Phone: 337-658-2100 – 337-789-1120

Vacation Bible School
The mission of Vacation Bible School is to provide the children in the community of Rayne and surrounding areas the opportunity to learn more about the Bible and the stories from the Bible while having fun and being in fellowship with their brothers and sisters in Christ.

When: Summers in early June
Where: Rayne Catholic Elementary
Phone: 337-334-2193

Vocations Committee
This Committee provides information on different vocations one may be interested in.

Contact: Andre’ Landaiche
Phone: 337-250-1332
Email: alandaiche@gmail.com

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Management and Finance

Management and Finance Commission Chairpersons
Jack McIntyre, Parish Council President

Parish Trustees
Fred Gossen and David LeBlanc

The primary concern of this commission are parish resources, parish budget, and the effective use and maintenance of parish facilities, so that parish ministries will have funds, personnel and facilities needed to carry out their goals.

Bishop Service Appeal
The Bishop Service Appeal is an Annual Collection to offset the necessary costs the Diocese of Lafayette incurs maintaining its services, ministries and seminarians. The collection also aides in funding the various support offices the Diocese has in place.

Contact: Louis Nugent
Phone: 337-334-4421

Cemetery Board
Cemetery Board Members meet as needed to oversee the maintenance, upkeep, and repair of St. Joseph Cemetery #1 & #2.

When: As needed
Where: Rectory
Contact: Jimmy Prevost
Phone: 337-334-5152
Email: jimmy@prevostinsurance.com

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Liturgy and Worship

Liturgy and Worship Commission Chairpersons
Cathy Breaux, Marlon Leger Leah Guidry

The purpose of this commission is to foster quality liturgical celebrations in the parish through education, planning, evaluation, and community involvement. This provides opportunities for spiritual renewal. To help guide the planning and coordination for liturgical celebrations. The commission also educates themselves on liturgical life of the church.

Adoration Chapel
The Adoration Chapel is a place of worship and reflection. Open 24 hours, the Chapel is there for the individual as they need. Parishioners are also asked to offer one hour a week to spend time in the Presence of the Holy Eucharist.

Where: St. Joseph Church
Contact: Cathy Breaux
Phone: 337-501-1404
Email: cathyrbreaux@gmail.com

Altar Servers
Altar servers enjoy the privilege of helping facilitate the celebration of the Mass, the greatest form of prayer and worship enjoyed by Catholics.  It’s the goal of St. Joseph Parish that altar servers enlighten their faith, all the while, learning important character traits such as responsibility, reverence, leadership, friendship and virtue.  Hopefully, our altar servers will treasure their experiences, and be further molded into responsible adults and stewards of our great church. Altar servers have always played a valuable role in assisting the Priest as necessary in celebrating the Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist.

Contact: Andre Landaiche
Phone: 337-250-1332

Carpenters Choir
The Carpenters Choir leads the assembly in song and adds beauty through choral music to the Sunday Eucharistic celebration. The Choir is made up of individuals from all backgrounds and ages. An organist, flutist, pianist or percussionist may also be heard as the music requires.

Where: St. Joseph Church
When: 10:00 a.m. Mass

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion

Extraordinary Minister of Communion are charged with the great task of bringing the Precious Body and Blood to the congregation during Holy Communion. A Extraordinary Minister of Communion must be a fully initiated Catholic, having celebrated the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist. They are also to be reverent in touch and motion as well as compassionate to those who come to receive the Body and Blood of Christ. They may also be called upon to say a prayer of blessing over non communicants.

Contact: Andre Landaiche
Phone: 337-250-1332

St. Benedict says in his Rule: “They should not presume to read who by mere chance take up the book . . . Only those are to discharge these duties who can do so to the edification of the hearers.” When one answers the call to be a minister of the word, one enters a deeper relationship with the word of God as revealed in sacred scriptures. The lector takes upon themselves the duty and privilege of bringing the printed word to life—making it flesh. The ministry as a lector gives voice to God’s healing and challenging words as it goes forth irrevocably to the ends of the earth, achieving the purpose for which God sent it.

Contact: Andre Landaiche
Phone: 337-250-1332

Linen Cleaning
Linen Cleaning is a vital ministry in which one has the duty and privilege of caring for the Corporals, Purificators, and other linens used by the Priest during Mass. Special care is given to these linens as it is possible these cloths came into contact with the Precious Body and Blood. Further, these linens are to be brought back in an appropriate time and are to be folded and pressed according to a model set by the Priest.

Contact: Joan Mouton
Phone: 337-334-7240
Email: jmouton@ndpios.com

Our sacristans are zealous in their commitment to foster good worship. Sacristans are responsible for setting up the liturgical elements; these include vessels used for Eucharist, altar linens, candles, to name a few. Sharing the responsibility for worship is also a part of the sacristans’ mission; to make children and adults comfortable with their specific roles like being an altar server or a Eucharistic Minister. Sacristans may be of any age or either gender. They need to be fully initiated Catholics which means they need all three Initiation Sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. We have a few part time employed sacristans who serve and a number of volunteer sacristans.

Contact: Flo Broussard
Phone: 337-334-3273

Ministers to the Home-bound
Ministers to the Shut-ins are those who go out to the sick and home-bound to bring the Eucharist to them and also to share in prayers and community.

Contact: Deacon Denis LaCroix
Phone: 337-334-2193

The Usher Ministry serves the assembly by providing a welcoming, hospitable atmosphere and assuring order during the liturgy.

The Usher Ministry finds it roots in Hebrew scripture. The Second Book of Kings speaks of the “doorkeepers” who collected money offerings from the people (2 Kings 22:4).

Ushers are liturgical ministers, assuring the comfort of the assembly in the worship space and performing various functions during the liturgy. Ushers help people sit together, if someone is sick or needs emergency care, they can count on the ushers to help quickly and with professional care. Ushers take up the collection and manage the Gift Bearers for the Preparation of the Gifts. They manage the flow of the Communion procession. The usher is often the last liturgical minister one encounters as one exits the church as he or she distributes the bulletins and wishes you a fond farewell until next we meet. Some ushers have served the community for decades, while others have joined the ministry fairly recently. Under the leadership of a Head Usher, usher teams serve at all weekend Masses and at other services, such as First Eucharist and Confirmation, Holy Days, Holy Week, Easter, and Christmas.

Contact: Jack McIntyre and Andy Richard
Phone: 337-334-2193
Email: jmcintyreii@hotmail.com

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