Parish Lay Organizations
The Second Vatican Council called on all Catholics to live out a "Universal Vocation to Holiness." For the laity, that vocation is lived first and foremost in the world by personal efforts to sanctity... Basically, you need to be trying to become a saint. The Sacraments and a life of virtue are the beating heart of that effort. In addition to the personal effort to holiness, each Christian ought to offer in charity, time, talent and financial assistance to the Church. Not every Catholic is called to be active in a parish organization - but every Catholic is called to ask the Lord to light his path. If the Lord is leading you to be a part of a parish organization, courage is required to respond to that summons.
Listed are our presently functioning parish lay organizations
The Knights of Columbus #1357
The Knights of Columbus is a men's fraternal organization dedicated to civic responsibility and virtuous Catholic fatherhood. Members attend a monthly meeting and are asked to assist with fund-raising and occasional work projects as needed by local Churches and organizations. Members need not be parishioners at the Minor Basilica. For more information, contact Dennis Thompson, (318) 352-3422.
The Catholic Daughters of America, Court Regina Pacis
Under the patronage of the Blessed Mother, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas are united by their faith in Jesus Christ, in their devotion to the church and the Holy See. The Catholic Daughters of the Americas is one of the oldest and largest organizations of Catholic women in the Americas. They donate to charities, administer scholarship programs and strive “to be helping hands where there is pain, poverty, sorrow or sickness.”
The Vocations Club of Natchitoches
The Vocations Club of Natchitoches is committed to encouraging and fostering vocations through personal prayer and monthly events. The club meets on the first Saturday of every month for the 8am Mass followed by a breakfast with a speaker. Members need not be parishioners at the Minor Basilica. For more information, contact Louis Lowrey, (318) 352-7982 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ladies' Altar Society of St. Therese
The Ladies' Altar Society of St. Therese cares for the Sanctuary of the Minor Basilica as an exercise in love for the Church and the Lord. Members are asked to encourage one another in personal holiness and to volunteer to assist with the care of the sanctuary. Members also meet monthly for prayer and organizational logistics. For more information, contact Carol Green, (318) 352-7707.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Members of the Society of St.Vincent de Paul (or "Vincentians" ) are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need. We are young and old. Our members come in every shade of skin color. Some of us are wealthy, some are financially poor, but all of us are blessed with an awareness that our blessings (time, talent or treasure) are to be shared with our brothers and sisters in need. For more information, contact Carol Green, (318) 352-7707.
Choirs & Scholae Cantorum
The Minor Basilica currently operates three choirs. Membership in the parish choirs is open to all parishioners, but real natural or trained vocal or instrumental talent is a necessity. Membership in parish choirs is limited to parishioners but membership in the Basilican choir is open to all Catholics in good standing. For more information on any of our choirs, contact our office at (318) 352-3422.