Saturday, January 4, 2014

Bulletin for the Week of January 5, 2014 - and the Pastor's Corner

The Pastor’s Corner 

As we continue to celebrate Christmastide this weekend, today we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord. Traditionally, this feast was celebrated on January 6, ending the "twelve days" days of Christmas. We now celebrate it liturgically on the Sunday between January 2 and January 8.

"Epiphany" comes from a Greek verb meaning "to reveal." Therefore, the Epiphany celebrates God's signs revealing to us Jesus' identity as true God, Messiah, and Savior of the world. It not only commemorates the fact that Jesus appeared to save us, but that God revealed Jesus' identity to the world. The Gospel reading for the day is from the second chapter of Matthew, where the magi from the east seek the newborn king of the Jews, and of course, find Him and pay Him homage.

As we continue to celebrate the joy of Christmas for the remaining time in the Christmas season, we are reminded in the Epiphany that God not only sent his Incarnate Son as our God and Savior, but that He did so in a way that we could recognize, understand and follow Him in the way of truth and peace. Like the magi, our mission is to seek Him, come to know Him, and pay homage to Him by living our lives in the way Jesus taught us.

Next weekend, we will celebrate the Baptism of our Lord after which we will return to "Ordinary Time" liturgically. With the beginning of Ordinary Time, we thank all those who made our celebration of Christmas so beautiful here at St. Landry. The music was wonderful throughout, and we thank our musicians and singers: The Adult Choir and their director J.P. Porrier, Curt Miller, and Marla Faust/Megan Wilkes. Our Altar Society did a wonderful job in decorating the church, and they were coordinated by Deacon Joubert and Betty Foret. We thank our various ministers at the liturgies, our readers, extraordinary ministers, servers and sacristans who volunteered their time and made adjustments to their personal schedules to serve us. We thank those who donated to the flower fund, making it possible to beautifully decorate our sanctuary and church. Our suppliers could not have been easier to work with or more helpful in every way: Jim Durio Florists and Lastrape's Nursery. And of course, our wonderful office staff and maintenance crew did a wonderful job over the course of the holidays. Thanks to all!!

     Fr. James Brady

Special Thanks

     Special thanks to the American Bank and Trust Company for providing our parish calendars. They have been doing this for years!!

     Please remember to thank them whenever you can.

The bulletin for the week of January 05, 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.

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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