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Parish Ministries



The principal mission of the Church where the priest leads the entire congregation to worship God and participate in the Eucharistic meal. It is the source and summit of the entire Catholic faith.

Sacrament of Baptism
Baptism is the initiating rite of the Church.  It is available for children and adults.  Anyone interested in becoming a Catholic through baptism please call the main office to make an appointment.


Sacrament of Matrimony

Matrimony is a sacrament in which a couple vows to be in a covenant with God.  It is a lifelong sacrament that can only be found in the presence of God and his church between a man and a woman.  For couples who are interested in becoming married in the Catholic Church, you must contact the parish office before any other plans are made.

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

A ministry radically centered around the Eucharist. It involves distributing the Eucharist at the masses and making home visits for those too infirmed to attend the mass.



A ministry radically centered around the word of God.  People will proclaim the scriptures from the pulpit during mass.

Fifteen minutes before every mass or by appointment with one of our priests, Catholics who wish to reconcile their relationship with God participate in the sacrament of reconciliation.  In this rite, an individual can come to find peace with themselves and God to continue their life in peace and harmony.


In a prayerful environment, these parishioners help set up for mass, assist liturgical worship, and close the church after mass and other various worship services.



We have the exposition of the blessed sacrament (the Eucharist exposed in a monstrance) at 3:00pm on Saturday, 9:30am on Sunday, 6:30pm on Sunday and 8:30am Thursday.  This is a form of prayer where saints of the church found communion with God. It lasts for no more than 45 minutes, combining contemplative and communal prayer.


 Stations of the Cross

Every Friday at 3:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross. The stations grew out of imitations of Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem which is believed to be the actual path Jesus walked to Mount Calvary.

Apostolate of Divine Mercy
Meeting every Saturday at 3:00, the Apostolate of Divine Mercy worships Jesus and the mercy he has to give to the world. Based on the devotion of Sister Faustina, it hopes to bring people to a more intimate relation with Christ.

The rosary is recited on Thursdays after morning mass and Saturdays at adoration.
For more information contact Wanda at 504-417-9615

St. Michael's Chapel

Dedicated to the intercession of St. Michael. Located in the back of the church, there is a bulletin honoring the men and women who serve this country. Also, there is a prayer book for anyone to write down any prayer for any reason.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen


Sacred Heart Enthronement

This is a devotion and a way of life that radically transforms your family. With a formal ceremony, your house will be enthroned to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. A team of trained promoters will come to your home, offer formation on the devotion and conduct a ceremony. Contact Amanda at 504-875-8440


Holy Week


Adult Choir
A ministry for adults that take great joy in singing and playing music. Meeting once a month to practice hymns and pieces of music, the adult choir gathers in the church to plan music liturgy. It also enjoys events such as Holy Week and Christmas. Contact Linden at 337-254-5780


Adult Formation

Mater Dolorosa has ample opportunity for adults to find greater fulfillment in their faith.  We offer parish missions, concerts and educational series to provide peace and enlightenment.  Those looking for a bit more can discover it at such missions and reflections.

Knights of Columbus
A fraternal organization for practical Catholic men ages 18 and older who wish to take a servicing role in their church. For men wanting to combine faith and action, the Knights of Columbus is an excellent organization to join a band of brothers for the sake of Christ.


RCIA - Right of Christian Initiation for Adults
Meeting Sunday morning from 9 to 10:30, allows adults who are inquiring about the Catholic faith to take a year long journey.  This journey can lead an individual to become Catholic or continue studying the faith.  It is a sacred time of exploration and discovery. Contact Arthur at 504-915-5893

The Enlightened Sages
This is a ministry for our parishioners at 60+ years of age.  We meet the 1st Thursday of every month at 2:00p.m.  There is faith sharing and fellowship.  There is also an occasional field trip for enrichment.  If you are interested please contact the office or Fr. Herb (504-866-3669)


Lord Teach Me to Pray
Prayer groups were adults learn to pray base on the prayer life of St. Ignatius.


Altar Servers
A ministry for children between 3rd grade and 12th grade who have made their first communion.  Alter servers enjoy becoming part of a team that rotates between various masses to serve God.  Also parents can participate by going with the alter servers to various fields trips and adventures. Contact Steve at 504-339-5149

Parish School of Religion (PSR)

Meeting on Sunday morning from 9 to 10:30, the PSR seeks to teach children PK to 12 the basic tenants of the faith. The children enjoy learning their faith in a safe environment.
Maria "Song" Opplinger 504-866-3669


Our mission is to inspire at-risk children to a future of excellence through educational, spiritual and social resources.

 Family and Friends 

Community Outreach

Working in partnership with Rebuilding Together, the parishoners of Mater Dolorosa help in renovating a home in our parish. Usually sometime in October, we experience a fun-filled day of repairing and rebuilding.

Christ and Coffee

Meeting weekly in the rectory parlor, members of the congregation get together to have coffee and chit-chat. This occurs Tuesday morning after the 8:00 mass. Anyone is invited.


Family Day

The last weekend of September, the entire parish of Mater Dolorosa comes together to celebrate family. Hosted by the Knights of Columbus, it is our parish picnic of free food and fun games.

Beer and Brats

Fish Fry

During Lent, the Knights of Columbus host three evenings of fish-fry dinners. Occurring after the Way of the Cross, in the backyard of the rectory, we have a great time with family and friends building relationships and eating delicious food.

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