Thursday, July 25, 2013

Bulletin for the Week of July 28, 2013 - and the Pastor's Corner

The Pastor’s Corner 

Over the last several weeks we have had a bulletin announcement seeking volunteers to help distribute Holy Communion to our parishioners at Heritage Manor Nursing Home on the first Tuesday of each month.  What a wonderful response we have had!  We thank those who responded to this request and are able and willing to serve those in need.  With the generous response of these volunteers, we will begin the ministry in August, led by Deacon Diesi, who we also thank for his work in coordinating the program.

There are two nursing homes in our geographical parish, Heritage Manor and Our Lady of Prompt Succor.  Senior Village is also located in our Opelousas community.  We minister at all three nursing homes, but there was a need at Heritage Manor to provide Holy Communion for our parishioners who are unable to attend weekly Mass due to their physical limitations.  In the spirit of St. Landry, we as a parish are imitating his willingness to follow Christ by reaching out and ministering to those who are in need.  Bringing Holy Communion to our fellow parishioners at Heritage Manor unites us as a parish in the Eucharist and also brings the ministers great benefit by being exposed to the resident's wisdom and their ability to live in an institution, often under very difficult circumstances and with great suffering due to their physical condition.  It is in this service to them that we ourselves learn more about Jesus in their suffering and example.  Thus, they minister to us!

Whenever visiting nursing homes, I am always struck by the care and love given by those who work there, as their work affirms the dignity of every human being.  On our part, we can witness to that dignity by providing them the sacraments, reminding them that they are part of our parish and our Church community, and showing them the love and care that Jesus requires of us.    This can also be done by a simple visit.  I encourage all who have family members or friends living in a nursing home to visit when you can.  It is always appreciated and always fruitful.

Thank you again for your response to this call to love as Christ has loved us.

           God Bless!

           Father James Brady

The bulletin for the week of July 28, 2013 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.

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