The entire mass and awards presentations can be viewed here.
58:30 Faculty Brotherhood/Sisterhood and Mother Seton
1:03:00 Claire Goudeau Awards
Our daughter Claire was in the fourth grade in 2000 and in October of that year, she was
diagnosed with an inoperable brain stem tumor. Claire died just before the end of the school year on May 2, 2001. It was the day of the school mass just as it is today. The Claire Renee Goudeau Memorial Scholarship was established to honor Claire’s memory by dedicating funds for scholarships to St. Jean Vianney Catholic School. We are thankful to have the prayers and support of the SJV community. You have and continue to bless our lives in so many ways.
We give these awards in Claire’s memory but we also give in honor of St. Jean Vianney Catholic Church and School, the greater Baton Rouge community, our state, and across the country. It’s about honoring those who helped us when we couldn’t help ourselves. It’s our way of saying “thank you” for prayers and donations. CRGMF was our promise to do something good in the midst of heartbreak. So, we did, but not alone.
Some of the beautiful things St. Jean Vianney did for us was to let us know how much the entire community was thinking of us by way of prayers, cards, letters, pictures, a smile, a nod, a hug, attending or volunteering for Pancakes for Claire, and sometimes a loving chat. During the month of May, it’s a regular occurrence to get a message that someone is thinking about us. All of these things mean so much when you’re hurting. Even now years later, when the pain is not so sharp, we feel the love of Jesus through you. These are gifts to us and to anyone who has suffered a loss or sad event.
We thought we would read a few of hand-made cards we received:
We award the scholarship based on personal characteristics including love of school, love of others, and commitment to excellence in school and personal life, doing what you have to do even when you don’t feel like it and doing it the best you are able.
We thank the principal Mrs. Ross, Mrs. Robinson, the 4th grade teachers, Ms Calix and Ms. Stafford for their support and Fr. Tom for his spiritual guidance. Our board of directors went through a process of prayerful consideration for the final selections and found the selection process difficult when presented with the high level of candidates here at St. Jean Vianney.
This year each recipient will receive the following:
When we call your name, please remain here so we can get a group photo:
The 1st Scholarship goes to
The 2nd Scholarship goes to
The 3rd Scholarship goes to
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5/16/2020 - Claire's Example by Thomas Gibbs
5/8/2020 - Childhood Memories by Jade Gaudet Gautam
4/29/2020 - Present by Jimmy Goudeau