Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bulletin for the Week of December 14, 2014 and the Pastor's Corner - and Christmas Season Schedule

The Pastor’s Corner 

Today, we celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent, also known as Gaudete Sunday. "Gaudete" is the Latin word for "rejoice." This weekend, we "lighten up" a little bit from the work of our Advent preparation to anticipate and rejoice the coming of the gift of The Incarnation at Christmas. This continuing gift of Christ is already present now in the lives we lead in imitation of Christ. The gift comes again this year in our continued change to more closely configure our lives to Jesus' life, that is, in our continuing conversion. To mark this celebration, in our liturgy lighter colored vestments can be used rather than the usual Advent violet, so rose colored vestments will be used this weekend.

Considering this is a time when we should rejoice because of the events that give rise to our salvation, it is good to remember that our goal is to live our Christian vocation with joy. At times, we might feel like our faith is a burden, but in reality it truly frees us from slavery to sin and frees us to grow closer to God. We should always rejoice and give thanks to God for the gift of faith that he has given to each of us in our journey of life!

New Memorial Plaques of Previous Pastors

Please note the two new bronze plaques that were recently installed in the vestibule of the church.  They honor two of St. Landry’s earlier priests who served the faithful of the Opelousas Post.  They honor Louis du bourg de Saint Sépulchre, a Capuchin friar from France who served from 1776 to 1778, and Louis Marie Grumeau, a French Dominican friar who served from 1779 to 1783.  Both died while at Opelousas and both were interred in the church.

These plaques join two other plaques that were installed in 1991 in honor of Father Louis Buhot, the first diocesan priest to serve St. Landry from 1801 to 1813, and Jean Michel Prudhomme, donor of much of the land for the 1798 church building.

Special thanks to John Harper for his research and design of the plaques and to the St. Landry Catholic Cemetery Tours Committee for generously financing this project!

      God Bless

      Father James Brady

Christmas Season Mass Schedule
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 @ 8:00am in Valentin Hall Chapel
(Regular weekday Mass)

Christmas Vigil Mass
4:00pm, Wednesday, Dec. 24 – Adult Choir
(Prelude music begins at 3:30pm)

Children’s Christmas Vigil Mass
6:00pm Wednesday, Dec. 24 – Youth Choir

Instructions for children bringing gifts:
Meet at the inside of the main entrance of the church at least 10 minutes before Mass to line up and process into church.
Please bring a new, unwrapped gift for a child.

Children will process in with Father Brady before Mass begins.
As the children come to the altar area, they bow before the altar, place their gift where shown,
and then return to the pew with their family.

Christmas Day
9:00am, Thursday, Dec. 25 - Cantor
Note:  This is the only Mass on Christmas Day

December 31, 2014, Wednesday @ 12:05pm
(Regular weekday Mass)

Feast of Mary, Mother of God Vigil Mass
December 31, 2014 Wednesday @ 4:00pm

Feast of Mary, Mother of God/New Year’s Day
Thursday, January 1, 2015 @ 9:00am and 5:00pm

The bulletin for the week of December 14, 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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