Prison Ministry - Rayburn

The prison ministry team for Rayburn Correctional Center in Angie is a group of dedicated men from Mary, Queen of Peace who visit the Catholic congregation at Rayburn for two hours every other Wednesday evening. They bring the Eucharist for the large Catholic inmate population. Following the service, there is an hour of Scripture study, instructional videos and other media. Donations of Catholic books, pamphlets, and Bibles are accepted from parishioners for distribution to the inmates. For more information, contact ministry leader Mike Holland at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 626-5066.


Haiti Partnership

The Haiti Solidarity Partnership Program’s goal is to establish a long-term relationship between Mary, Queen of Peace and a parish in Haiti, specifically St. Benoit in Dessources. The program emphasizes the relationship through ongoing mutual giving and receiving, while respecting the local church organization and planning.

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Contact Tony Pastorello
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Heritage Manor

The objective is to pray with and encourage the lonely, sick and dying to embrace the cross and to assure them of God’s love and mercy and the joy we anticipate. This ministry distributes the Holy Eucharist on Sundays to approximately 70 extended members of Mary, Queen of Peace. On three Fridays each month a communion service is conducted and we visit the rooms of those who do not attend the service. Ministry members also assist the priest on one Friday per month with Mass at Heritage Manor.
Contact Elizabeth Bellipanni

Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus

Mary Queen of Peace Council 12072

Established October 1997


The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic Men’s Fraternal Service organization

Our order was founded in 1882 by a Catholic priest – Fr. Michael J. McGivney and espouses the Christian values of-





Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with the community; it is supporting the local Catholic Church, while enhancing one's own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing ones family life.

Our council meets every third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM in the school cafeteria and has a free meal. We have an annual dues of $50. No other financial obligation is required.  You receive the national publication COLUMBIA magazine, and a council produced monthly e-news letter.

Why Join the Knights of Columbus?

Imagine being part of an organization that fills your heart and mind with the joy of giving to others and the feeling that comes with making a difference.

What do we do?

We conduct various charitable efforts for MQP and our greater Catholic community. Our funds are primarily derived from dues, and  main fundraisers:

Ø  Super Bowl Gumbo Sales

Ø  Lenten Fish Fries on Fridays

Ø  Can Shakes

What do we do with money raised?

·         Back to School shopping in August for needy children.  

·         Christmas Shopping at Wal-Mart in December for needy children.

·         Contributions to Youth Groups for assistance provided at our events.

·         Provide Easter Baskets for Abused Children.

·         Financial aid for individual students to attend  various youth conferences.

·         Financial assistance to Parish families with financial difficulties.

·         Sponsor Easter Egg Hunt during Easter for the young children of our community.

What do we do for our Parish and community?

Ø  We identify projects to assist MQP. Our past projects include financial assistance for:

o        - ice maker in cafeteria

o        - cafeteria tables

o        - Right to Life Monument

o        - Ten Commandments Monument

Ø  We “shake cans” for (2) statewide programs

o   Mental Disability Fund (MDF)

o   Youth Expansion Program(YEP)

Ø  We support pro-life -baby bottle fund-raiser and a baby shower.

Ø  We assist at MQP Ministry Fair & Fleur de Fall

Ø  We assist other ministries as needed ..... "such as the Haiti Solidarity Partner Ministry"

Ø  We adopted part of West Causeway Approach – our part to “Keep Mandeville Beautiful”.

Ø  Abbey Flood Restoration Fundraiser shrimp boil

Ø  Persecuted Christians Fundraiser

Ø  Baton Rouge Flood Victims help

Knights of Columbus State - sponsored programs -

·         Youth Soccer challenge

·         Youth Basketball Free throw contest

·         Youth Poster contest for Substance Abuse

·         Youth Essay contest for 8th and 12th graders

·         Catholic Youth Leadership Award( CYLA) for 12th graders

What do we do for our Church?

·         We pray the Rosary before each meeting.

·         We have a Family Mass each quarter.

·         Attend Monthly Eucharistic Adoration.

·         We have a Day-of-Reflection for Men.

·         Install Keep Christ in Christmas” sign at MQP.

·         We assist the altar society decorate the church for Christmas and Easter.

·         We help whenever there is need at the Parish or in our community

We have “Socials” with our wives and families!

·         Installation of Officers dinner in June.

·         Family Christmas party in December.

·         We encourage Knights and their wives to work our fundraisers together. This turns out to be the best way for us to get to know each other’s families.

We are an active council! We ask  members to -

·         Attend at least two monthly meetings, contribute ideas, and get involved.

·         Volunteer to organize or join a committee.

·         Assist at our fund-raisers – include your wives and children as well.

·         Support our fund-raisers by promoting,  selling tickets, and coming to events

·         Attend our social events.

·         Pray for those in need.

·         Recruit new members.


With regard to participation, what is done as a member is done as a Christian man. Christianity is a faith of action. Everything done in the church and community (Eucharistic Ministry, Ushers, Habitat for Humanity, Youth Leader, etc) is done in His name.

Together we can do even greater things.




Nick Lonergan, Membership Director

       (985) 727-3600     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mike Cradeur, Grand Knight

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Consider Joining the Knights of Columbus



The Knights currently meet on the third Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m.


Mike Cradeur

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Dexter Williams
4th Degree

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Meals and More

Meals and More is a service organization whose members prepare meals for individuals or families within our parish community who are in need of short term assistance due to a birth, death, illness or other hardship.  We receive referrals and requests from the church office, deacons, other ministry leaders, and parishioners concerning families or individuals in need.  Although assistance is usually in the form of meals, prepared and delivered by volunteers, our ministry also includes transportation (e.g., for doctors’ appointments) and short term adult sitting services.  For help with meals after the birth of a child, please contact Megan Baham (504-237-7432) or Karen in the church office (626-6977). To request assistance due to death, illness or other hardship, please call Sandy Dombrowski (951-9661), Cindy Carroll (792-7089), or Karen in the church office (626-6977).

Contact   Martha Osborne
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Megan Baham
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Health Ministry

Parish Health focuses on the physical, psychological, spiritual and social health of the Faith Community. Integrating the care of body, mind and spirit, optimizes health and well-being so that individuals can experience greater fullness of life at all levels. A registered nurse leads the ministry with the help of the pastor and a health committee.  Health education, one on one health counseling, advocacy and referrals, CPR classes and distribution of Prayer Shawls are some of the services of this ministry.

Contact Brandi Talamo
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Prison Ministry

The Prison Ministry is composed of men and women of Mary, Queen of Peace Parish who, along with volunteers from other surrounding Catholic Parishes and with many other Christian denominations, visit St. Tammany Jail and Rayburn Correctional Center on a regular basis. These volunteers bring God’s Word and the love of Jesus Christ through the distribution of Bibles and other materials, which are read and discussed during the visits. The Eucharist is made available on special occasions.

Contact Deacon Timothy Jackson
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SAM (Substance Addiction Ministry)

The Substance Addiction Ministry (SAM) is a team of parishioners dedicated to offering hope and healing to parishioners, family and friends touched by alcohol or drug abuse and/or addiction. Addiction is a progressive, physical, emotional and spiritual illness that disconnects a person from self, loved ones, and God. Family members and loved ones are affected and troubled as substance abuse escalates. The goal of SAM is to provide confidential help through education, prevention, family support, treatment referrals, and spiritual guidance.

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Samaritan Center

The Samaritan Center provides services to the poor in the Mandeville-Lacombe area and is sponsored by 19 local Christian Churches. On the first weekend of each month, parishioners of Mary, Queen of Peace have the opportunity to donate non-perishable food items and toiletries for the Samaritan Center’s Food Pantry. These items may be brought to the Parish Center, where they are collected on Monday morning by parishioners who volunteer to bring the items to the Samaritan Center. The Samaritan Center is always looking for volunteers in a number of areas.
Contact Tom Fitch
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St. Vincent de Paul

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic organization of lay persons who provide assistance to persons in need. Placed under the patronage of St. Vincent de Paul, the Society derives its inspiration from his thinking and work and seeks in a spirit of justice and charity, by a person-to-person involvement of its volunteer members, to help those who are needy and suffering. This ministry encompasses every form of aid that alleviates suffering and serves everyone regardless of church affiliation. Conference members meet at 7:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month to pray, meditate on a scripture reading, and discuss client cases. All client information is strictly confidential. It is said those who see in the poor the face of Jesus understand the Vincentian spirit.

To learn more, click here for the website.

Contact 985-630-0256