Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Bulletin for the Week of November 03, 2013 and the Pastor's Corner

The Pastor’s Corner 

This weekend, we celebrated the Solemnity of All Saints on Friday and the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day) on Saturday.  These celebrations remind us of our connection with those who have gone before us and who now intercede for us while we continue our earthly journey.  These days remind us of Jesus' triumph over death in His Resurrection, and give us the basis of the Theological Virtue of Hope, that is, our desire to be in union with God and all the faithful departed at the end of our earthly life.  While we are indeed saddened by the pain of physical separation caused by earthly death, we remember that for Christians life is changed, not ended, and we are reborn into eternal life.

This year, we had a special Memorial Mass on All Souls Day for the intention of those of our community who entered eternal life over the past year.  Those remembered at the mass were members of our parish community at St. Landry, family members of our parishioners, and anyone for whom St. Landry provided a funeral mass or service.  The memorial mass was intended to include prayers for all our dearly departed, regardless of their faith tradition, denomination or church parish affiliation.  It also provided an opportunity for those who may not have been able to attend a funeral of a friend or loved one due to work or other circumstances.  We did our best to notify in writing all families of which we were aware who lost a loved one, and in the bulletin invited all to attend the Memorial Mass and to let us know of anyone who wished to be included.  It is my intention to make this Memorial Mass an annual event for our community.

Much work went into notifying as many as we could about the Memorial Mass as well as planning the liturgy.  Deacon Joubert headed up the project, and we thank him for his good work.  Our office staff, especially Priscilla Guidroz and Lois Joubert, worked to make sure notifications were sent out to families, and our choir eagerly volunteered to provide the beautiful music at the mass.  Ray Dupree and Lafond Ardoin Funeral Home provided assistance with obtaining the display of those specifically remembered.  We thank them and all those who volunteered as ministers for the mass!

Please know of my continued prayers for all our dearly departed and their families.  My hope is that this month of November may be a time of remembrance, consolation and prayer.  The display of those specifically remembered will remain in the church near the statue of our Blessed Mother, the Mother of Consolation, until the Solemnity of Christ the King, our celebration of Jesus' triumph over sin and death.

           God Bless!

           Father James Brady

The bulletin for the week of November 03, 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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