Information and Cancellations at SEAS as response to Coronavirus
"Bishop Malone has clarified that Catholic churches are not to have Sunday and weekday Masses until otherwise notified. Sorry for the confusion." - Fr. Mark Watson
Fr. Mark and Fr. Seby are prepared to assist individuals in emergency situations following the “lockdown” mandate of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards.
The Sunday obligation to attend Mass is dispensed, effective immediately, for the remainder of March and April. All Sunday and weekday Masses are hereby cancelled.
Bishop Malone advises that all non-essential gatherings at all parishes for the remainder of March and April be cancelled or postponed. This includes Stations of the Cross on Fridays, the Lenten Mission scheduled for March 29-31, and our Living the Eucharist study groups. Members of the LTE groups are invited to continue studying the LTE materials throughout Lent for their personal spiritual benefit.
The following gatherings will continue to be held as previously scheduled at SEAS:
RCIA meetings on Sunday mornings at 11:00 via Zoom - participants will be emailed the meeting code
While our physical gatherings have been suspended, some groups that were meeting before the Coronavirus outbreak have adjusted to virtual meetings using tools such as Zoom or Google Hangouts.
Current Cancellations and/or Changes to Events at SEAS: Last updated 7:33 PM Saturday, March 28
Masses, although closed to the public, will be celebrated privately and live-streamed on Facebook and posted to our website. (You may also reach this page any time by clicking Live Masses in the main menu.) Our schedule for streamed Masses is as follows:
5:00 PM Mondays during Lent
9:00 AM Tuesday through Friday (This time adjustment is a recent change from 7:30 AM and is only applicable to private, live-streamed daily Masses. We will resume 7:30 AM daily Masses when we are able to fully celebrate together again.)
9:30 AM Sunday
Confessions will be held on Saturday at 3 PM, Sunday at 11 AM and by appointment.
SEAS sanctuary will be open Monday through Friday (10 am to 4:30 pm) and on Sundays (11 am to 5 pm).
The church office is closed through April 12 in accordance with the Louisiana Governor's request that residents shelter at home. Church staff are working from home to maintain necessary operations and keep parishioners informed of changes as they occur. Our weekly bulletin will be produced electronically.
Holy Week Masses and Services will be live-streamed on our Facebook Page and later placed on our website. The schedule for Holy Week at SEAS can be found HERE.
Baptismal Preparation Classes are suspended until further notice.
Confirmation Mass has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. Families are encouraged to text Amy Dean (318-455-0606) for the latest Confirmation Prep videos to be accessed from home.
First Communion Mass has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. Families are encouraged to access the OSV Free Online curriculum at www.osvcurriculum.com to continue sacramental preparation with your children from home.
Graduation Sunday Mass has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.
Friday Stations of the Cross are cancelled.
Friday Fish Fry dinners are cancelled.
Living the Eucharist small group Lenten study is cancelled. Again, members are encouraged to continue their progress through the materials for spiritual benefit. Any groups who would like to schedule virtual meetings are encouraged to contact Claire Bissell at [email protected] for help in setting up Zoom meetings.
SEAS Lenten Mission scheduled for March 29-31 is cancelled.
The St. Patrick's Day Dance scheduled for Saturday, March 14 is cancelled. See Theresa Gill for refunds.
High School Youth Group is utilizing Zoom meetings at this time. Please text youth minister Amy Dean at 455-0606 to receive each week's meeting link.
LSU-S: Due to changes to student classes at LSU-S, Masses at the college for March and April are cancelled.
Nursing Homes: Communion will not be distributed and Mass will not be offered at the nursing homes which St. Elizabeth serves until visitor restrictions are lifted. This includes The Glen, The Oaks of Louisiana, Heritage Manor and Montclair.
Our ministry to hospital-bound patients will continue. Extra-ordinary ministers with underlying health conditions are encouraged to postpone their participation in this ministry.
Our Mothers' Day Out program, following instruction from the State of Louisiana, will be closed through April 13.
PSR classes are suspended until further notice. Families are encouraged to access the OSV free online curriculum at https://osvcurriculum.com/ to continue religious education with your children from home.
As more changes are determined, this page will be updated.
Other items to note:
Our baptism font and holy water fonts have been drained.
Hand sanitizer bottles have been placed in the foyer of the church and on the tables at the back of the pews. Touchless hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed inside the men's and women's restrooms in the foyer of the church.
Please pray for all people affected by this disease and other illnesses, that our Lord will comfort them and sustain us all in hope.
For more detailed information on protecting yourself from Coronavirus (Covid-19), please see the Center for Disease Control's website.