Holy Family Catholic Community

Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
Chapel One
724 Douhet Drive
Chapel Two
275 Barksdale Blvd. East
Important Notice during COVID-19 Quarantine:

Chapel 1 remains open 24/7 for uniformed personnel and base residents.  Fr Zach Kautzky will be available on Sunday from 1000-1200 for Reconciliations and if anyone would like to receive Communion.

  • Confession opportunities - there are 3 options:
    • Fridays 1130-1230 Chapel 1
    • Confessions by appointment
    • Fr Zach is willing to travel to your front porch if you would like a “screen door” confession

To schedule a visit, contact Fr Zach Kautzky

Latest News (as of 2020)

Fr Kautzky's Holy Week Reflection

"Watch and Pray"

In the Passion accounts, Jesus asks Peter, James, and John to pray with Him. But they sleep instead; maybe it’s the wine and food; most likely it’s their own human weakness. It is striking that although Jesus is clearly under extreme duress, his closest followers doze off. Their closest friend is in serious danger but it is too much for them to handle, so they tune out and sleep.

The Lord had warned them ahead of time to stay awake or they might give in to temptation, but they sleep anyway. Meanwhile, the wicked are wide awake and the threat to Jesus does not go away just because the apostles are out!

During the last few weeks it’s been easy to get spiritually sleepy. But Christ invites us to “stay up” with Him and enjoy his peace, His intimacy,

His joy, His very life. This comes through prayerful vigilance on our part.

Our challenge for Holy Week this year is to continue to watch and pray with the Lord! Even though we are physically unable to be together to participate in the liturgies, we can still be creative in our participation in Holy Week. We can be vigilant in a few practical ways: Prayerfully watching livestreamed or televised Masses, enjoying special meals, Meditating on Pope Francis’ Holy Week homilies, watching the Passion of the Christ film (for those old enough), being patient with loved ones, praying the Stations of the Cross and the Divine Mercy chapel, and even hanging a palm or small greenery branch on your front door.

Jesus invites us to “watch and pray.” Let’s do our very best to be vigilant this Holy Week in order to receive the graces that the Lord wants to give us during these days.

Other News:

  • Follow the Pope in daily prayer and Holy Mass: https://www.vaticannews.va/en.html
  • Attend Holy Week from St Joseph’s Live Feed: https://stjosephchurch.net/live-feed/
    • Holy Thursday - 7pm
    • Veneration of the Cross - 7pm
    • Easter Vigil - 8pm
    • Easter Sunday – 10am
  • Anointing of the Sick - contact Fr. Zach Kautzky if you or a family member are ill
  • Grocery or pharmacy errands - please contact Barb at (318) 934-2472 or barbara.schleben.2@us.af.mil
  • Rite of Christian Initiations of Adults (RCIA) & Religious Education: pre-K thru 8th grade classes. All RE Classes are cancelled until further notice. Contact Terry Goel for additional details.
  • Parents and students can access AMS Trivia and games on Catholic Teaching for FREE at: https://www.milarch.org/ams-family-faith-assessment/
  • Quarantined Bible Study: Find a study program or watch movies about the Saints on https://formed.org/ for FREE. Use Barksdale Holy Family for your parish.
  • For Families: there is great and easy-to-use weekly resources for Catholic Teaching! Visit https://www.holyheroes.com/.
Devoted
Devoted

Our Catholic Community is devoted to our faith, and our parishioners exemplify this devotion by their continuous participation in the various ministries.

Picture Courtesy of Terry Goel

Charitable
Charitable

Starting with our youth, charity is a large part of our contribution to the base and local community.  We provide assistance with food pantries, fund raising, and major city events like Shreveport's "Paint Your Heart Out".

Social
Social

We strive to make all our fellowship events memorable, while ensuring our social cohesiveness.

Picture Courtesy of Terry Goel

Faithful
Faithful

Members of our Catholic Community are strong in their faith and are always proud to show their unwavering resolve.

Picture Courtesy of Barksdale AFB Public Affairs

Vigorous
Vigorous

Our dedication and loyalty to our military veterans is the cornerstone of our local community outreach.  We provide assistance to local veteran organizations, especially those helping disabled, homeless, and elderly veterans.

Determined
Determined

Candidates in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) are determined to convert to Catholicism and become a fellow parishioner.

Picture Courtesy of Gregory DeWitt

Mission

Holy Family Community provides the full range of Catholic pastoral ministries and spiritual services to those in the United States Armed Forces and their families at Barksdale Air Force Base.

Vision

Ennobled wingmen who guide, educate, and offer direction with the fullness of the Christian faith, while providing comfort and strength to the military as they reflect upon the responsibilities and challenges they have taken to protect their fellow Americans.

Priorities

  • Relevant engagement with Airmen, their families, and the base community
  • Resource with chapel and other leadership to accomplish the mission
  • Ensure Catholic identity and presence under constitutional rights and freedoms
Holy Family Catholic Community is a component of Barksdale Chaplain Corps, commanded by 2nd Bomb Wing, & endorsed and sponsored by the Archdiocese of Military Services, USA

Points of Contact

  • Catholic Community Coordinator:
    Barbara Schleben, (318) 934-2472
  • Catholic RE Coordinator:
    Terry Goel,(318) 456-8845/393-3114
  • Accounting Technician:
    Megan Rolfe, (318) 230-0684
  • President Catholic Advisory Council:
    Vacant - Open for Active Duty
  • Vice Pres. Catholic Advisory Council:
    Vacant - Open for Active Duty
  • Pastoral Advisory Council Advisor:
    Catherine Vanderberry
  • Pastoral Advisory Council Advisor:
    Peter Fausto
  • Knights of Columbus (KoC):
    Allen Schaefer (Grand Knight)
  • Catholic Women of the Chapel:
    Frances Rowe, (318) 861-0397
  • Sacristans:
    Bob Blandin & Renee Fernandez
  • Mass Servers Schedulers:
    David Lay & Sally Robinson
  • Head Usher:
    Allen Schaefer
  • Sunday Choir POC:
    Beth Prest or Kenneth Hall
  • Saturday Vigil Music POC:
    Teresa Martignetti