Saturday, February 21, 2015

Bulletin for the Week of February 22, 2015 and the Pastor's Corner

The Pastor’s Corner 

This week we begin the season of Lent on Ash Wednesday.  Lent is a time when we reflect on our struggles to follow The Way of Jesus in this life, and we watch Jesus show us The Way to eternal life so that we can imitate it in our own lives.  I once again look forward to making this Lenten Journey with you.

Lent recognizes the reality that we still struggle in our earthly life despite the fact that our Savior died and rose from the dead.  Salvation is ours, but we still struggle in this life to be rid of sin and to do good.  We will have this struggle our entire lives.  The reason for this is that God will not impair our freedom and make us follow Him.  Our love of God and our neighbor is a choice, and a choice is no choice if we are not free to make it.  In our Fallen Nature, we struggle with making the right choices.  Scripture tells us that we are all sinners, and our sins always affect us and others negatively.  Sin produces our struggle in this life, whether it be our own sins or the sins of others that affect us, directly or indirectly.

During Lent, we will have many activities to help with our prayer, our relationship with God.  In this bulletin is an insert for your review containing the many activities we have during the Lenten Season which provide opportunities for prayer, study and fellowship.  For families, some of these activities are perfect for a Lenten family activity, such as the Stations of the Cross and the Soup and Bread Dinner.  Other things are more individual.  It is up to you to seek to examine your life and what is needed for increased "prayer, almsgiving and fasting" in you or your family's life.  Finally, please mark your calendar for our Lenten Parish Mission, which will be given by Mr. Paul George, Campus Minister at ULL and renowned speaker.  The Mission will be on March 9, 10 and 11 at 6pm in the church. Mass will precede the Parish Mission presentations at 5:30pm for those who may not have had an opportunity to attend Mass during the day.

We hope that these activities can help all of us grow closer to Jesus during the season of Lent so that we can celebrate the joy of Easter more deeply.  In recognizing our own sinfulness during Lent, we better understand the gift of the life and death of our Savior, so that in His Resurrection that we celebrate at Easter we can better appreciate the gift of eternal life despite our unworthiness.  Hopefully, we will then be more open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit to live better lives! Praise to our Lord Jesus Christ!!

      God Bless

      Father James Brady

The bulletin for the week of February 22, 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.

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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