Thursday, September 29, 2016

Bulletin for the Week of October 2, 2016 and the Pastor's Corner

PASTOR’S CORNER:

This weekend we welcome Bishop Deshotel to our 4pm Mass concluding the Festival de la Grande Eglise. We are so happy that he is able to attend the festival, enjoy good food and fun, and of course we're honored that he agreed to be our main celebrant and homilist at the Mass. We hope that the festival was a good experience for all who attended and for the many volunteers who made the day possible. We will be listing a number of people to whom we owe a debt of gratitude in the bulletin next weekend, but for now we would like to thank the following sponsors without whose support the festival would not have been possible.  Please patronize them whenever you are able:

Major Sponsors
American Bank and Trust
Bellevue Animal Clinic
Courvelle Toyota
Dupre Carrier Godchaux Insurance Agency
Friends of Fr. Lafleur
Gaiennie Lumber Company
Going, Sebastien, Fisher Le Bouef LLP
Ignatius "Iggie" Castille State Farm
Lafond Ardoin Funeral Home
Mama's Fried Chicken
Ortego Oil
Roy Motors
Sandoz Law Offices
Tony Chachere's

T-Shirt Sponsors
Circle H Welding
LHC Group
Piggly Wiggly
Lafleur Estate Sales
Ventura Foods 

Many, many thanks to our sponsors!

Upcoming Special Activities for October and November
Just a reminder that October and November are months devoted to our appreciation of those who have gone before us into the next life. The Cemetery Tours will begin next weekend and continue the weekend after. Our celebrations will culminate with All Saints Day on November 1st and All Souls Day on November 2nd. We will have our annual blessing of the cemetery on October 29th after the 4pm Mass, and our annual Memorial Mass for those recently deceased on Wednesday, November 2nd at 6pm (All Souls Day), at which we will remember some 50 or so of our brothers and sisters who departed this life over the last year. Please mark your calendar and plan to join us!!

October is also a month devoted to our Blessed Mother, the Mother of Consolation. We know of her many sorrows throughout her life, but especially in the suffering and death of her Son, Jesus. We also know of her consolation in Jesus' Resurrection and her Assumption into heaven. We ask her for her intercessory prayer of consolation during this month for those mourning the death of a loved one. Special Marian prayers this month include a rosary each Monday at 5:15pm at the grotto sponsored by the Catholic Daughters. As usual, there will also be a rosary prayed at the Fr. Lafleur Monument at 6pm on Mondays. These rosaries make for a wonderful family activity.  Please make plans to join us in prayer! 

Fr. Brady

Festival de la Grande Eglise – Sat. 10/01 ALL DAY!



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The bulletin for the week of October 02, 2016 has been posted. Click here to see it.

The calendar on the website has been updated with all events for the coming week along with prayer intention information and information on the second collection for all of the masses. Take some time to look at our calendar here.

Updates are also being made to our St. Landry Catholic Church blog. You can get to the blog from the church home page under the Bulletins and News section or you can just click here to go to it.

Don't forget, we're also sending out live updates via Twitter. Our Twitter name is StLandryCath. You can see updates by clicking here.

And we're also on Facebook --- friend us! You can see our updates on our page SaintLandryCatholicChurch.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Homily

Homilies are now available to download and listen to!

As part of our answering the challenge of the Holy Father to go out and evangelize utilizing new technologies, we're now offering the homily each week for download. Clicking the link to the homily should download it and automatically start it playing in whatever music player your computer is set up with.

On the technical side, the file sizes are about 5 megs which means it may a minute or two to download on slower Internet connections. It is also an MP3 formatted file which means that these are essentially podcasts. Don't worry if all the technical words don't mean much to you. It means we're using the latest in technology in order to make sure our church parish can reach the most people.

The current week's homily is available on a link on the front page of the website next to the link for the current week's bulletin. On the page with the prior bulletins, the corresponding homily will be sitting side by side with its bulletin. We started on the anniversary of the start of the Catholic Church, Pentecost Sunday --- over seven years ago. This mass, Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, is our four hundred sixty second podcast to be posted. The homily is given by Father James Brady

So, take a listen and let us know what you think. Click here to download the homily from St. Landry Catholic Church, Opelousas, Louisiana.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

2016 Color Run - 2 Miles

The 2 Mile Color Run, part of our Festival de la Grande Eglise, is Saturday, October 01, 2016, 9:00 AM at St. Landry Catholic Church, 1020 N. Main St., Opelousas, LA.  Click the link here to register:  https://register.cajuntiming.com/Search/event.aspx?id=38639

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Bulletin for the Week of September 25, 2016 and the Pastor's Corner

PASTOR’S CORNER:

In this weekend's bulletin is our annual financial report for fiscal year 2015-2016 (side by side with the budget published last year). On the flip side of the page is our budget for the upcoming fiscal year, 2016-2017. I have worked with the Finance Council to provide you with an understandable presentation of our church finances. As pastor, I am accountable to you for the proper use of the offerings given to support church ministry and operations, and the report is a way to keep you informed of the financial status of parish. Overall, our financial status continues to be stable, and I thank you for your support over the last year.

The budget for fiscal year 2016-2017 assumes that we will operate at or near the amount budgeted for our regular offertory and the offertory for repair and maintenance. Our goal this year is to average $9,000 per week in our regular offertory, and in an effort to keep you informed of our financial status throughout the year, we will continue to publish in the bulletin the amount of the average weekly offertory needed to meet our budget as well as the actual average for the fiscal year to date.

As you know, we are now in the midst of renovating Valentin Hall to better serve the needs of our community.  The financing for the Valentin Hall renovation did not require a formal capital campaign, but rather through savings and a legacy gift, as well as a diocesan loan, we will be able to pay for the renovations by use of the funds we already have on hand if we maintain the level of our regular offertory and meet the goal we have set. We ask that you please consider increasing the amount of your offering so that we can reach our goal. In determining the amount one should offer, the following criteria may be useful:

1. The offering should be thoughtful and made after prayerful consideration, as opposed to arbitrary.
2. The offering should be generous, as it is only giving back what has already been received.
3. The offering should be substantial (as opposed to a token), showing the value we place on our spiritual life.
4. The offering should be appreciative, giving thanks to God for the gifts He has given to us.
5. The offering should be regular and disciplined, habitually keeping in our mind God's gifts to us.
6. The offering should be sacrificial (it is good if we can point to something we gave up to make the offering).
7. The offering should be in joyful spirit, in other words, we are "glad to do it."
8. The offering should not prevent us from meeting our obligations or cause undue hardship.

Also please be reminded of the impact legacy gifts have on our community. The work we are going to do on Valentin Hall would not have been possible without legacy gifts our church has received over the last few years. These gifts are a way to express gratitude for the service the church has provided to us and our community, and they help to perpetuate the mission of the Church for future generations. There are many ways one can provide a gift to the church in their estate planning, including wills, bequests, trusts, and life insurance policies, or the gift of stocks or a family home. If you are so moved, please remember the church in your estate planning. If you have any questions we can certainly help you with obtaining further information.

Thanks again for your generosity over the past year and your continued support! God Bless!!

Fr. Brady

THIS WEEK!
Nuit de la Comedie – Wed. 9/28 @ 6pm!
Festival de la Grande Eglise – Sat. 10/01 ALL DAY!



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The bulletin for the week of September 25, 2016 has been posted. Click here to see it.

The calendar on the website has been updated with all events for the coming week along with prayer intention information and information on the second collection for all of the masses. Take some time to look at our calendar here.

Updates are also being made to our St. Landry Catholic Church blog. You can get to the blog from the church home page under the Bulletins and News section or you can just click here to go to it.

Don't forget, we're also sending out live updates via Twitter. Our Twitter name is StLandryCath. You can see updates by clicking here.

And we're also on Facebook --- friend us! You can see our updates on our page SaintLandryCatholicChurch.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Homilies are now available to download and listen to!

As part of our answering the challenge of the Holy Father to go out and evangelize utilizing new technologies, we're now offering the homily each week for download. Clicking the link to the homily should download it and automatically start it playing in whatever music player your computer is set up with.

On the technical side, the file sizes are about 5 megs which means it may a minute or two to download on slower Internet connections. It is also an MP3 formatted file which means that these are essentially podcasts. Don't worry if all the technical words don't mean much to you. It means we're using the latest in technology in order to make sure our church parish can reach the most people.

The current week's homily is available on a link on the front page of the website next to the link for the current week's bulletin. On the page with the prior bulletins, the corresponding homily will be sitting side by side with its bulletin. We started on the anniversary of the start of the Catholic Church, Pentecost Sunday --- over seven years ago. This mass, Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, is our four hundred sixty first podcast to be posted. The homily is given by Deacon Dwayne Joubert

So, take a listen and let us know what you think. Click here to download the homily from St. Landry Catholic Church, Opelousas, Louisiana.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Bulletin for the Week of September 18, 2016 and the Pastor's Corner

PASTOR’S CORNER:

Jesus' words after the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper, and after he had washed His disciples feet: [If] I washed your feet...then you must wash each other's feet....What I just did was to give you an example: as I have done, so must you do." Jn 13: 14-15. As Jesus teaches us, our worship of God in the Eucharistic celebration does not end after Mass, but rather is just beginning. We receive in the Eucharist the grace to live our Christian lives in serving God and each other. This service extends outside the walls of our church to our neighbors. We help others by serving in our church and helping those in need. Thus, our worhsip of God and our spiritual lives are incomplete without this service. Traditionally, we have categorized service in the gifts of "time, talent and treasure." This weekend, we will conduct our annual Ministry Fair, when we focus on "time and talent."

Our annual Ministry Fair is an opportunity to learn the various ways we can serve here at St. Landry and to consider giving our time and talent for the church's ministry, whether the ministry is within the church building or out in the community. In supporting our church community, everyone who is able should have some service to our church in order to fully participate in our parish life. For families, what a great way for parents to teach their children the importance of service in following Jesus. In our parish, there are opportunities for service individually and in a group or social setting. There's something for everyone. Since service is the primary function of a deacon, Deacon Joubert will preach the homily this weekend about the importance of service in our spiritual life.

One special area of need for our parish this year is preparation for The Festival de la Grande Eglise as well as volunteers for the festival itself, which takes place October 1.  I hope you can make the time to pitch in, as well as volunteer to work during the festival. There are sign up sheets in the back of the church with festival committee chairs to answer any questions you may have. Please help...we need it!!

Orphan Train Musuem-The importance of history
In order for us to understand where we are, we have to understand what came before us.  I was blessed to be asked recently to do the invocation at the Orphan Train Museum annual gathering as well as to bless the building and grounds.  I had been to the museum several times in the past for brief tours, but had never spend a lot of time there or met the people who are descendants of the orphan train riders.  Without going into great detail, it struck me how many people in our area have family roots recorded in the museum, as well as the wonderful fruit produced by the acts of charity of parents who were willing to give their children up for a better life and those willing to take the children in to provide that life.  Our church, St. Landry, under the leadership of our then pastor, Msgr. John Engberink, was a crucial cog in helping to facilitate the travel and adoptions.  It reminds us of how blessed we are and how many people have given in the past to give us the life we have today. 

Father Brady


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The bulletin for the week of September 18, 2016 has been posted. Click here to see it.

The calendar on the website has been updated with all events for the coming week along with prayer intention information and information on the second collection for all of the masses. Take some time to look at our calendar here.

Updates are also being made to our St. Landry Catholic Church blog. You can get to the blog from the church home page under the Bulletins and News section or you can just click here to go to it.

Don't forget, we're also sending out live updates via Twitter. Our Twitter name is StLandryCath. You can see updates by clicking here.

And we're also on Facebook --- friend us! You can see our updates on our page SaintLandryCatholicChurch.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Homilies are now available to download and listen to!

As part of our answering the challenge of the Holy Father to go out and evangelize utilizing new technologies, we're now offering the homily each week for download. Clicking the link to the homily should download it and automatically start it playing in whatever music player your computer is set up with.

On the technical side, the file sizes are about 5 megs which means it may a minute or two to download on slower Internet connections. It is also an MP3 formatted file which means that these are essentially podcasts. Don't worry if all the technical words don't mean much to you. It means we're using the latest in technology in order to make sure our church parish can reach the most people.

The current week's homily is available on a link on the front page of the website next to the link for the current week's bulletin. On the page with the prior bulletins, the corresponding homily will be sitting side by side with its bulletin. We started on the anniversary of the start of the Catholic Church, Pentecost Sunday --- over seven years ago. This mass, Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, is our four hundred sixtieth podcast to be posted. The homily is given by Father James Brady

So, take a listen and let us know what you think. Click here to download the homily from St. Landry Catholic Church, Opelousas, Louisiana.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Homily for Father Lafleur Memorial Mass

Homilies are now available to download and listen to!

As part of our answering the challenge of the Holy Father to go out and evangelize utilizing new technologies, we're now offering the homily each week for download. Clicking the link to the homily should download it and automatically start it playing in whatever music player your computer is set up with.

On the technical side, the file sizes are about 5 megs which means it may a minute or two to download on slower Internet connections. It is also an MP3 formatted file which means that these are essentially podcasts. Don't worry if all the technical words don't mean much to you. It means we're using the latest in technology in order to make sure our church parish can reach the most people.

The current week's homily is available on a link on the front page of the website next to the link for the current week's bulletin. On the page with the prior bulletins, the corresponding homily will be sitting side by side with its bulletin. We started on the anniversary of the start of the Catholic Church, Pentecost Sunday --- over seven years ago. This mass, Father Lafleur Memorial Mass, is our four hundred fifty ninth podcast to be posted. The homily is given by Father James Brady

So, take a listen and let us know what you think. Click here to download the homily from St. Landry Catholic Church, Opelousas, Louisiana.

Bulletin for the Week of September 11, 2016 and the Pastor's Corner

PASTOR’S CORNER:

We have a very busy couple of months coming up at St. Landry!  

Initially, over the next two weekends we will have our annual Ministry Fair September 17-18 and annual Financial Report September 24-25.  The following week is our annual Festival de la Grande Eglise which kicks off September 28 with "Nuit de la Comedie" featuring Cajun humorist Kent Gonsoulin with dinner and a silent auction, followed by the festival day Saturday October 1.  We then move into our Cemetery Tours and preparation for All Saints and All Souls Days in October/November.  
The festival will include all the favorite events and activities from last year as well as some new ones, including the Nuit de la Comedie, a spaghetti dinner, and live music from 12-3pm.  Bishop Deshotel will be the main celebrant and homilist at the 4pm Mass that evening to conclude the festival.  Tickets for the spaghetti dinner and Nuit de la Comedie are limited and on sale now, so please be sure to get yours!  More information on the festival can be found at www.festivaldelagrandeeglise.com.  

Like last year, many volunteers will be needed on the festival day, and there are sign-up sheets in the back of the church for those who are able to help.  Please be generous with your time, and any help, even just an hour or two, is very much appreciated!  We should also take this opportunity to thank the volunteers who have been working all year to plan the festival.  The chair of the festival is Yvonne Normand, and the Festival Executive Committee members are Deacon Dwayne Joubert, Sharon Ortego and Harry Ragas.  There are many other sponsors and chairs of the different events for the festival, and we thank each of them for their willingness to help!

Many, Many Thanks for the Fr. Lafleur Memorial Mass!

We thank all of those who helped with the beautiful liturgy at the Fr. Lafleur Memorial Mass. It was very special that our new bishop, Bishop Deshotel, was able to attend for the first time.  We thank him for his willingness to be with us for this very special event in the life of our parish.   We also give our heartfelt thanks to all who participated in the liturgy: The priests and deacons who served and attended; Deacon Joubert, who coordinated the liturgy; the choir and its director, J.P. Porrier; the lay liturgical ministers, including the sacristans, lectors and altar servers; and the various service groups who were in attendance (Catholic Daughters, Knights of Columbus, Knights of Peter Claver and Military Honor Guard). We especially thank the Friends of Fr. Lafleur, coordinated by Richard and Carrol Lafleur, for helping to cultivate devotion to Fr. Lafleur and promote his cause for sainthood.  Through the efforts of the Friends of Fr. Lafleur, which is active all year long, our St. Landry Church community better understands our rich history and through the good example of those who came before us, are inspired to live our lives more firm in our faith! 

St. Landry Centennial Campaign

In July we announced in a Pastor's Corner that we would begin our portion of the Centennial Campaign this month. The Centennial campaign is a diocesan campaign celebrating the 100th Anniversary of our diocese. We have now begun the campaign here at St. Landry. You should have received a letter from myself and Bishop Deshotel about the campaign. If you did not, then please let us know as you may not be registered in the parish. The campaign begins with in-home visits to our parishioners. Obviously, this is a big effort requiring much time, and I am happy to say that we have approximately 20 volunteers who have joyfully embraced the task of helping to make the in-home visits. I hope that all of us, including myself, will open our doors and hearts to the volunteers and the campaign. As you know, we have begun to do much needed renovation and updating of our campus buildings, beginning the the church 2 years ago and now in Valentin Hall. We've been moving along as our finances have permitted. The success of the campaign has the potential to help us complete the needed repairs and updating not only of Valentin Hall, but also the remaining work on the rectory and the church. Let us all pray for the success of the campaign!

Valentin Hall Construction

Finally, Valentin Hall Construction is moving along nicely, although the parking lot work was delayed a bit due to the weather.  Parking lot construction was scheduled to begin last week and will continue for the next 3 or 4 weeks.  Please be aware of the construction when visiting the church.  If you need to visit the office during the week, please park on Prudhomme St.  It may be more convenient during construction to take care of anything that can be by phone or email.  In the end, we are very excited about the design of the new parking lot, as it will service both Valentin Hall and the church building, will provide handicapped access to Valentin Hall, and will certainly make our campus more functional and beautiful.  Thanks again for all your support to help make this project possible!


Father James Brady



The bulletin for the week of September 11, 2016 has been posted. Click here to see it.

The calendar on the website has been updated with all events for the coming week along with prayer intention information and information on the second collection for all of the masses. Take some time to look at our calendar here.

Updates are also being made to our St. Landry Catholic Church blog. You can get to the blog from the church home page under the Bulletins and News section or you can just click here to go to it.

Don't forget, we're also sending out live updates via Twitter. Our Twitter name is StLandryCath. You can see updates by clicking here.

And we're also on Facebook --- friend us! You can see our updates on our page SaintLandryCatholicChurch.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Homily for the Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Homilies are now available to download and listen to!

As part of our answering the challenge of the Holy Father to go out and evangelize utilizing new technologies, we're now offering the homily each week for download. Clicking the link to the homily should download it and automatically start it playing in whatever music player your computer is set up with.

On the technical side, the file sizes are about 5 megs which means it may a minute or two to download on slower Internet connections. It is also an MP3 formatted file which means that these are essentially podcasts. Don't worry if all the technical words don't mean much to you. It means we're using the latest in technology in order to make sure our church parish can reach the most people.

The current week's homily is available on a link on the front page of the website next to the link for the current week's bulletin. On the page with the prior bulletins, the corresponding homily will be sitting side by side with its bulletin. We started on the anniversary of the start of the Catholic Church, Pentecost Sunday --- over seven years ago. This mass, Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, is our four hundred fifty eigth podcast to be posted. The homily is given by Monsignor Louis Melancon

So, take a listen and let us know what you think. Click here to download the homily from St. Landry Catholic Church, Opelousas, Louisiana.