Friday, March 28, 2014

Bulletin for the Week of March 30, 2014 and the Pastor's Corner

The Pastor’s Corner 

This weekend, we welcome Fr. Tom Bouterie from Food for the Poor.  During Lent, we practice "almsgiving," which includes any charitable act towards those in need.  This weekend we are given the opportunity to practice "almsgiving" for those who are in most need.  Food for the Poor serves our brothers and sisters who, through no fault of their own, are unable to meet their basic needs.  This is often due to a lack of resources, development, education or drought.  We are so blessed to have been born or to live in a society that is able to provide these resources or the opportunity to obtain them.  Imagine a society without adequate water, or no schools, or no hospitals?  This weekend provides an opportunity to practice what we preach, and we welcome Fr. Bouterie and thank him for giving us this opportunity.

On another note, last week I sent a letter to all families whose children attend Opelousas Catholic regarding attendance at Sunday Mass.  The letter is included as an insert in this bulletin.  Although written to the parents, it certainly applies to all of us and is a reminder of how important our Sunday worship and reception of the Eucharist is to our spiritual life.  I hope you take time to read it and then share it with our brothers and sisters who may not be attending Mass each week.

Finally, a safety concern.  Our church building, including the bathrooms, is open to the public during Mass.  Therefore, anyone can enter them.  Although it is best to take care of any anticipated bathroom needs prior to Mass, the need to use the bathroom facility does occur.  In order to access the bathrooms, one must go outside and walk along the south side of the church, and the entrance is close to a public street.  Parents of young children are reminded of this, and we strongly recommend, for reasons of safety, that they escort their children to the bathroom if a need to use it occurs during Mass.

     Fr. James Brady

This coming week, on April 2, it will be the 105th Anniversary of the first Mass in our current church building. In 1900 a temporary church was completed. In 1902 the task of removing and clearing away the old church was started. In 1903 the foundation was formed with concrete and brick from the old church. On August 8, 1908 the cornerstone was laid. During the winter of 1908-1909 construction of the walls continued and was completed and occupied. On April 2, 1909, the first Friday of April, the first mass was said in the current St. Landry Church. The interior of the church was not completed. Father John Engberink was our pastor who built the church. Father Engberink is buried in the floor of the church near the sanctuary. Monsignor Albert Benedict Colliard followed Father Engberink as Pastor. Monsignor Colliard completed the interior. Monsignor Colliard is buried in St. Landry Cemetery near the cross. Monsignor Broussard was the pastor following Monsignor Colliard. Monsignor Broussard in 1963 had the interior of the church redecorated and air conditioned. We thank all our ancestors in faith who helped to make our worship in our beautiful church possible through their time, talents and financial support!

St. Landry Church Lent Activity Schedule

Weekday Mass Schedule
Monday – Friday at 12:05pm; Saturday 8am (Church)
Confession Schedule
Monday – Friday from 11:30am to 12pm
Saturdays from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Sundays 4 to 4:45pm
Citywide Penance Service – Monday, April 14, 6-7pm
Stations of the Cross
Fridays at 5:15pm in the Church
Followed by soup and bread dinner in Valentin Hall **********************************************
Additional Weekly Activities
All Activities are in Valentin Hall

Tuesdays at 6pm – Lenten Gospel Study. The study is in a modified “Come Lord Jesus!” format designed for Lent.

Wednesdays at 6am – “That Man is You!”

Wednesdays at 5:15pm – “Come Lord Jesus!” Group

Adult Confirmation Class – Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation for adults (21 years of age or older) will be provided on Monday evenings.  The Sacrament will be administered at the Easter Vigil (April 19 at 8pm).  Please call Deacon Diesi at the office (942-6552) for more details.

The bulletin for the week of March 30, 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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