Saturday, June 20, 2015

Bulletin for the Week of June 21, 2015 and the Pastor's Corner

The Pastor’s Corner 

Happy Father's Day! Many thanks to all our devoted father's who lead and guide their families by teaching and example.  The ultimate goal is to make our way to Christ, and thus to God, the Father. We pray that in their fatherly vocation they always stay focused on true good for their families, which is the salvation of the souls entrusted to their care. Again, Happy Fathers Day!

At St. Landry Church, our patron St. Landry serves as a "father" of sorts to our church family. We celebrated the feast of our patron, St. Landry, on June 10. He is a wonderful patron for us in both his teaching and example, and as we learn more about him, we can learn more about what our goals should be as a church community.  His life has a great similarity to what Pope Francis is calling us to be, servers of God's people, both in word and deed.

It is important to note that there were actually four St. Landrys: (1) Saint-Bishop Landry of Sées (c.405 – 480), in the Basse-Normandie region of France; (2) Saint Landry of (Soignies) Belgium also known as Saint Landry of Metz (c. 622 – 700); (3) Saint Landry of Savoy, (1012 – 1050) was a Benedictine monk of Novalise in Savoy; and (4) Saint Landry, Bishop of Paris, also known as St. Landry the Confessor. Our church in Opelousas is named after this fourth St. Landry.

In 650, during the reign of Clovis II, Saint Landry succeeded Audobertus as Bishop of Paris. During the famine of 650-51, Saint Landry sold all of his personal possessions, as well as some of the furniture and sacred vessels of the church, to feed the poor. In 651, Saint Landry, Bishop of Paris, founded a hospital, dedicated to St. Christopher, near the Cathedral of Notre Dame (which hospital later developed into the Hôtel-Dieu de Paris). This hospital is still in operation today, and on our parish pilgrimage two years ago we were able to see the building.  Shortly after our visit, it was decided that the building could no longer be used as a hospital, so it will serve another purpose in the future.

Saint Landry built the original church of St. Germain l'Auxerrois, which became the parish of the kings of France. Saint Landry served as Bishop of Paris until his death, which occurred in 661. He was buried in the Church of Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois in Paris, and today you can see his statue and frescos painted in St. Landry’s Chapel at Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois (we saw these on our pilgrimage, as well).

Let us remember to ask our patron to intercede for us in prayers for our church parish, as well call upon his intercession in time of need.  St. Landry, pray for us!!
 Father James Brady


The staff and parishioners welcome Mr. Michael Vidrine as our summer seminarian. Following is his brief bio.
I was born on April 10, 1996 to Darlene and Kirby Vidrine. I grew up in Palmetto, with 5 brothers and 3 sisters, attending St. John the Evangelist church parish in Melville. I was home schooled until high school, then I attended and graduated from John Paul the Great Academy in Lafayette. In the fall semester following my graduation from high school, I started at St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington, where I just completed my first year of seminary. If it is the Lord's holy will, I will be ordained a priest in the summer of 2022, but in any case, I am very grateful to be at the beautiful church of St. Landry for my first summer assignment.


This weekend marks the 5th anniversary of Father Brady as our Pastor and Shepherd. May the Lord continue to bless our parish with him as Pastor. Please join us for coffee, juice and donuts, in the south sacristy, after the 8:00 am and 10:00 am Masses. If you are not able to do so, then greet Fr. Brady outside the Church after all Masses.

      Father James Brady

The bulletin for the week of June 21, 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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