WHEN YOU VISIT
Visiting a new church can be intimidating: What should I wear? Where do I park? Where do my kids go? We understand the many thoughts that can come from visiting a new church, so we want you to feel completely comfortable when you visit. Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us or talk with an usher when you visit.
It is important to note that our church does not necessarily look like a church. Our sanctuary is a two-story plantation-style building with a wrap-around balcony. We have several buildings on our campus. The one-story brick building on the east side of the campus is our fellowship hall, also known as the Burleigh Center.
WHEN IS CONFESSION AVAILABLE?
The Sacrament of Reconciliation offered on Saturdays and Sundays, with additional times available in Lent and Advent. Confessions are also available by appointment.
- Saturday: 4:00-4:30 PM
- Sundays: 10:00 - 10:45 AM
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
We want you to feel comfortable. After all, we are thrilled that you're joining us and want you to be more focused on the service than what you're wearing. In the summertime, it's not uncommon to see people wearing sandals, shorts, and a shirt. Others prefer to still put on their "Sunday best," and that's fine too! However, we do request that shorts be of a conservative length (no “short-shorts”) and that in general, clothing be respectable and conservative.
HOW DO I GET TO ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON CHURCH?
Our Parish is located at
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
522 East Flournoy Lucas Road
Shreveport, LA 71115
WHERE SHOULD I PARK?
We have three main parking lots on the campus - one directly in front of the sanctuary (the building with the balcony), one to the west side of the sanctuary and one on the far east side at the Burleigh Center. You may park in any available spot. There is no reserved parking except for the ample handicapped-accessible spots on the west side of the church building. We ask that you never park in fire lines or on the grass.
WHERE DO MY CHILDREN GO?
We believe it is important for children of all ages to attend Mass with their families. Children's Liturgy is available at the 11:00 AM Mass on Sundays, in which children are dismissed as a group to the chapel where our catechists share age-appropriate readings with them. A nursery is available at the 8:15 and 11:00 Sunday morning Masses. In the absence of a traditional "cry room," our sound system projects into the lobby so that parents who need to step out with their children do not miss what is being said on the altar.
I’M NOT CATHOLIC ... SO, HOW DO I KNOW WHEN TO SIT, STAND AND KNEEL?
There’s no need to be self-conscious about the postures and responses used during worship. Most visitors just follow the lead of our parishioners. However, we do have worship aids located in each pew that provide you with the order of the Mass, the postures, and the words to each prayer. If you don't see a worship aid in your pew, ask an usher, and they will be happy to bring you one.
I'M NOT CATHOLIC ... IS IT OK FOR ME TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNION?
Communion, or The Eucharist, is the most intimate expression of our faith. Catholics believe that the host is literally the body of Christ, transformed from bread by the priest presiding over the service. Most evangelicals think of Communion as symbolic, so it makes sense that they are not as strict about having the right relationship to it as Catholics and Orthodox Christians who believe it is a sacrament and the true presence of Christ. So, if you are not Catholic, we ask that you not receive communion. However, those not receiving the Body of Christ and Precious Blood are invited to come forward with their hands crossed over their chests for a special blessing.
AM I EXPECTED TO PUT MONEY IN THE OFFERING?
If you are visiting with us, we don't expect you to put money in the offering basket, and you are welcome to just let it pass you by. If you consider our parish your church home, we'd love for you to prayerfully consider giving on a weekly basis. You can give by check or cash during the service, or you can sign up for online giving here.
I HAVE A HEARING PROBLEM. IS THERE ANY SPECIAL ASSISTANCE?
Yes! For those who are hearing impaired, we have special hearing devices that you can wear that will allow you to control the volume. If you think this would be beneficial to you, please ask one of the ushers located at the back of the church to provide you with a headset.