Friday, January 24, 2014

Bulletin for the Week of January 26, 2014 - and the Pastor's Corner

The Pastor’s Corner 

We hear today in our Gospel reading from St. Matthew the call of first apostles.  It brings to mind God's call to vocations in general, that is, to both marriage and religious vocations, but also more specifically vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.  Over the last several decades there was a decline in the number of men and women entering into these vocations in the more developed parts of the world. However, the number of vocations have been generally good in the less developed parts of the world. More recently, for us in Louisiana and in the United States, the number of vocations have generally increased, and that is a good sign. In our parish we are blessed to have a seminarian studying for the priesthood, Ben Pitre. Please keep him in your prayers.  Although God is the One who calls people to a particular vocation, one sign of a healthy parish community is that it provides fertile ground for religious vocations.

It should be remembered that every person entering a religious vocation comes from a family. Although the call to a religious vocation is ultimately made by the Holy Spirit, families provide the fertile soil where consideration of a vocation can take place and develop. In a very real way, the priests and religious you encounter are a reflection of our families and our society. This is why a strong and devout family life, beginning with healthy marriages and good parental example, is so important. One problem with religious vocations is that many of our young people never consider it, as they are not encouraged to do so within the family. That is a shame, as the religious life, from my experience, is a wonderful life-giving gift and can provide great joy and peace to the person living it. In our prayers for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life, let us all be reminded of our duty to provide fertile soil and proper encouragement by both word and deed in helping to cultivate religious vocations.

There will be a vocations supper for men considering the priesthood on February 26 at 6:30 pm in Lafayette at the diocesan offices.  If you know of someone interested in the priesthood, please encourage them to attend the dinner by calling me at the parish office, or if they would like, I am most happy to meet with them and answer any questions they have.

     Fr. James Brady

The bulletin for the week of January 26, 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.

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