Thursday, August 29, 2013

Bulletin for the Week of September 01, 2013 - and the Pastor's Corner - August 29, 2013

The Pastor’s Corner 

Happy Labor Day to all!  As Christians, we especially celebrate this weekend because we recognize our labor as something redeemed by Christ.  In other words, labor is not just toil and sweat that is a result of our fallen world, but in being redeemed labor also has a salvific effect.  Put simply, work done well is good for the soul.  There are no bad jobs, only jobs done badly.  Let us thank God for the dignity of labor and always strive in our endeavors to do the best job possible with the talents God has given us!

Below you will find the announcement for our annual Lt. Fr. Joseph VerbisLafleur Memorial Mass next Saturday at 10:30am.  I hope you are able to attend.

See you there!

           God Bless!

           Father James Brady


The ‘Friends of Lt. Fr. Lafleur’ request your presence to commemorate the 69th Anniversary of the death of Lt. Father Joseph Verbis Lafleur, Chaplain-United States Army Air Corps, on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 10:30am Mass at St. Landry Catholic Church, Opelousas, LA. The Celebrant and Homilist will be Very Rev. James A. Wehner, S.T.D., Rector/President of Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans, LA.

Joseph Verbis Lafleur was born in the Louisiana town of Ville Platte on January 24, 1912. Later, he would move with his family to nearby Opelousas, where he faithfully served as an altar boy at St. Landry Church during his youth; and where he also celebrated his first Solemn Mass following his ordination to the priesthood for the Diocese of Lafayette in 1938. Fr. Lafleur’s first and only diocesan assignment was to St. Mary Magdalen Church in Abbeville but he soon joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and was sent to serve at Clark Field in the Philippine Islands before the United States entered the War.

During his service, Father Lafleur was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Purple Heart, and Bronze star for his valor. He was taken as a prisoner of war by the Japanese, and on September 7, 1944, he and several hundred other prisoners were killed when the ship upon which they were being transported was torpedoed. Father Lafleur's body was never recovered, but memories of survivors report that he was last seen aiding others to escape the sinking ship. The year 2013 marks the 69th anniversary of his death.

All are invited and encouraged to attend the Memorial Mass on September 7th. Learn more about Father Lafleur by visiting for further information and by purchasing the newly published book "But He Dies Not” available in Catholic bookstores in Lafayette.

The bulletin for the week of September 01, 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.

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.

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