Friday, January 17, 2014

Bulletin for the Week of January 19, 2014 and the Pastor's Corner

The Pastor’s Corner 

Last week we discussed our Baptism and what it means to us.  In our Baptisms, we are all given the Grace to live a good and holy life in Christ, and if we cooperate with that Grace, will receive the reward of Eternal Life in Heaven.  It does not mean that our life will be easy while we live on earth, but if we do live a good and holy life here then we will receive the gift of eternal joy and peace.  As we begin a new year and our children return to school, we are reminded of two things:  The gift that they are to us and the sanctity of life.

In that regard, I mentioned last week that we will be reconstituting our CCD program this Fall for our children in a format relying on home study and parental teaching, since it is the parent's primary duty to educate the children with whom God has entrusted them. It is in this way that we give our children an understanding of their faith, a gift that will last a lifetime.  Parents will be provided support from the church in monthly meetings, and weekly lessons will be taught by the parents in their home at a convenient time.  One benefit of the program is that the times are flexible and parents can choose the times that best fit their family schedule. The informational meeting for this program will be Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 2pm in Valentin Hall.  Some parents may feel that they are not suited well for this kind of instruction, however please do not be hesitant or intimidated.  God has placed your children in your care, so He certainly has confidence in your abilities.  So do we!  As a church community, we will provide the training and support needed.  The informational meeting on February 16 is just that, to provide information about the program.  Therefore, if you think you might be interested, please come and find out about it.

On Wednesday of this week we also will mark the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, which required states to legalize abortion.  Since that date, some 50 million children were never given the opportunity to be baptized and live the life God intended to give them, something we may take for granted.  Science is slowly but surely catching up to what we've always known in faith, that life begins at the time of conception and should be nurtured and protected, just like any human being who has been born.

None of us alone has the power to overturn the law, but we do have a vote and we can make our feelings known to others.  This week I will be travelling to Washington, DC with a group of Seniors from Opelousas Catholic to participate in the March for Life so that we can witness to the dignity of life, from conception to natural death.  Not all are able to make a trip to Washington, so there is an opportunity to witness at our local March next Saturday, January 25th, beginning at 10am at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church.  I will be back in time to participate in the local march, and I hope to see you there!

     Fr. James Brady

The bulletin for the week of January 19, 2014 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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