Thursday, September 12, 2013

Bulletin for the Week of September 15, 2013 - and the Pastor's Corner

The Pastor’s Corner 

For the next two weekends, we will have our annual stewardship reports and information on service opportunities. Next weekend, September 21st and 22nd, we will begin with my annual report to you regarding the state of our church community, publication of our financial report and budget, and our goals for this coming year. The following weekend, September 28th and 29th, we will conduct our annual ministry fair, coordinated by our deacons, which will provide information regarding our service and social groups within the parish, and provide an opportunity to join those groups in their service to God and neighbor.

Please know of my appreciation to all of you for your support of St. Landry in time, talent and treasure during the last three years. So many of you have generously given and entrusted the gifts with which God has blessed you to St. Landry for the work of ministry. This year, besides our usual financial reports and guidelines for discernment of monetary gifts to the church, we also provide information regarding other ways to give, including memorials gifts. The following is intended to provide information about the nature of a memorial gift (especially as it enhances our spiritual life), and to provide examples of some of the recent memorial gifts that have been given.

Memorials are tangible gifts given in response and remembrance to a gift first given from God to us, usually a person or an event that has touched our lives and helped us to know Jesus more closely. It is a way to thank God for that gift in a tangible way, and to perpetuate the spiritual legacy of the person or event. There are memorial gifts in our church building in many places, from the beautiful stained glass windows to the statues of saints, which remind us of specific events of theological significance such as The Resurrection of Our Lord (the center stained glass in the sanctuary) or saints who have shown us how to live a life in Christ (the various saint statues in the church). These things remind us how we can live a life in Christ by the events or people they depict.

Over the last few months, we have received several memorial gifts for beautification or preservation of our church and liturgy, and these memorial gifts have enabled us to either restore items we use in worship or administration of the church, or to obtain items used for more beautiful worship. Recent memorial gifts include the badly needed restoration of our older and historical sacramental books from the Doucet Family in memory of their beloved sister, Cecile, who passed away last year. The children of Ed and Martha Moise provided the gift of the beautiful restoration of our altar and paschal candle stands, which had not been professionally cleaned in some 50 years, in thanksgiving for Ed and Martha's 50 years of marriage. The estate of Aline Lafond, who recently passed away, provided a memorial gift for her "beloved St. Landry," which will enable us to restore our processional cross and the six candleholders we use during the high liturgical seasons, thus completing the restoration of all of our candle holders. We have recently received a memorial gift for beautiful Sunday vestments which we hope to begin using in the near future. We have also received money donations in memory of a person, which we note in the bulletin if the donor permits, for use by the church as she may need.

These memorials have enabled us to more beautifully worship God, while at the same time acknowledging the gift that God first gave to us in the person or event remembered. It also helps to support the church by providing for things that we would not usually include in our regular budget. Many thanks to all those who have helped St. Landry in this way, be they an individual or family. If you or your family need information on how a memorial might be given, or for memorial ideas, simply call the office and we will be happy to assist.

           God Bless!

           Father James Brady

The bulletin for the week of September 15, 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.

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