Good Friday – EYC Meeting and Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt

We will have an EYC Meeting this Friday (Good Friday) from 6-8pm at Tucker Hall where we will have our monthly EYC meeting as well as a “Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt” with candy and special prizes.  Make sure everyone brings a flashlight or cell phone (with light).  It’s sure to be lots of fun!

I will need a few parents to help hide eggs while we have our meeting. Please let me know if you can help.

Please let me know ASAP if you will be attending so I can prepare accordingly.  We will enjoy Nachos & Cheese.

Saturday night is the Easter Vigil where Charles & Emma will be confirming, it would be great for us all to attend and show our support!

Live, Laugh, Love…
Becky M. Becnel, Director

SMEC Youth Christian Formation
Cell 985.860.5047

Join Us for Holy Week

What the Triduum means to the Episcopal Church:

A period of three days of preparation for a feast day. The term is most frequently used for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, the three days prior to Easter Sunday that are the concluding days of Holy Week, also known as the Easter Triduum. Other usage for the Easter Triduum reckons the days from the evening of Maundy Thursday through the evening of Easter Day. The term may indicate any three-day period of preparation for a feast.

What it means at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Houma, La, in the eyes of one humble parishioner:

This year will be the first time since the fire we will be able to celebrate and revere the Holy Week. There are special services for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and, of course, Easter. Thursday evening and Friday morning will be time for silent introspection and worship at the cathedral as we support the vigil. And the Mass on Saturday evening will be presided over by Bishop Thompson as he welcomes several people into the church as well as confirming several more.

This is a time for reverence of the Lord as well as celebration for our congregation.

Holy Week and Easter are the cornerstones of my faith. Celebration, death, mortal sorrow, and celebration again that our sins are forgiven. It symbolizes the struggle within each one of us at failing and getting another chance. — Jay C. Theriot

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Houma, La, welcomes you to the table, to the reverence and celebration that is Holy Week.

Episcopal Youth Messaging App Providing Security and Ease of Communication

The following was written by Becky Becnel, Youth Coordinator:

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Youth Community (EYC) has just started using the Remind app as a way to communicate with our youth and their parents to remind them of meetings, fundraisers, mission trip details, etc. Its a free and simple way for Becky Becnel and Jennifer Dalferes to conveniently reach out to everyone involved with our youth program.

Youth and parents can receive notifications by text message, through the app, on the web, or by email without being required to have the app installed on their device.

With Remind, it allows for safe communication as personal phone numbers and messages are never shared as it would be with group text messaging. Anyone wanting to be included in these notifications should contact Becky Becnel at 985-860-5047 or

For more information please see Remind’s official website: or watch their video at the end of this post.

The usage increase of technology in our society can be feared or embraced.  At the SME Tech Guild, we seek to embrace technology and make it work for the good of our congregation and those not yet a part of our congregation.

If you have an idea, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, on how we can further our outreach using technology, or improvements to current systems, please, share.


Jay C. Theriot
Computing Through Christ, because
“I can do all things through Christ” Philippians 4:13, NKJV ||

SME App in progress

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Technology Guild has currently engaged in the development of a smartphone/tablet application to serve the congregation as well as foster outreach.  Below are screenshots of the work-in-progress.

The five images below will be the opening screens of the application.

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These two shots are of the “loading screen” and the application icon which will appear once it is installed on your device.

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The following was taken from The Church Solutions website and outlines the possible capabilities of the application: Continue reading