Sunday, January 4, 2015

Bulletin for the Week of January 4, 2015

The Pastor’s Corner 

"Happy Mary, Mother of God!!"  On this day, that sounds a bit strange, as opposed to "Happy New Year!!"  However, that is the feast day that we celebrate on January 1st each year.  The celebration is not as much about our Blessed Mother as it is about the fact that Jesus is indeed God in His Divine Nature.  Therefore, our Blessed Mother is the Mother of God.  The celebration of this feast is intended to strengthen our faith about the two natures of Jesus, both divine and human, to celebrate that God Himself has visited us on earth, and to properly understand the special role our Blessed Mother was given in God's plan of salvation.

As we continue to celebrate Christmastide this weekend, we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord this Sunday. Traditionally, this feast was celebrated on January 6, ending the "twelve days"  of Christmas.  However, we now celebrate it liturgically on the Sunday between January 2 and January 8.  "Ephiphany" comes from a Greek verb meaning "to reveal."

Therefore, the Epiphany celebrates God's revealing or manifesting 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 the identity of Jesus 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 Lord 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 not only with our words, but also by living our lives in the way Jesus taught us!

A Word of Welcome to Fr. Jerry Mesley

I am pleased to announce that Fr. Jerry Mesley will be coming to live at St. Landry for the next month or two prior to his departure to New Mexico.  Fr. Mesley is well known to many of you because of his many years of service to our area during his yearly trip to south Louisiana.  We are so pleased to have the blessing of Fr. Mesley's presence during his time here, and please be sure to welcome him when you see him around the church.

      God Bless

      Father James Brady

The bulletin for the week of January 04, 2015 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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