Saturday, June 27, 2015

Bulletin for the Week of June 28, 2015 and the Pastor's Corner

The Pastor’s Corner 

The homily this weekend will focus on our young children.  It might be entitled, "Crying Babies, Crying Babies!  What to do?"  One of the joys of the growth of our parish has been our new parishioners who are parents of young children.  There is a certain "life" that is brought to a community when young children are present.  Many commented about their presence at our parish picnic and the joy that their presence brought to our hearts.  Our programs, such as Vacation Bible School, are growing each year (Reminder: Vacation Bible School registration is going on right now).  Pope Francis recently addressed the issue of crying children, referring to children’s tears as “the best sermon.”  The Pope also told parents of young children that “children cry, they are noisy, they don’t stop moving. But it really irritates me when I see a child crying in church and someone says they must go out. God’s voice is in a child’s tears: they must never be kicked out of church.” (emphasis added)

However, many parents of young children have asked what they should do if their child begins to cry at Mass?  The issue for them is to figure out how to be courteous and thoughtful of others during Mass, as well as reverent in the church.  That issue will be addressed in the homily this weekend, as well as how others in the congregation can respond in a charitable way by listening to what the Pope tells us is "the best sermon."  A good article on this was published last year in the Catholic Herald (UK) which is still available online.  I tried to get permission to reprint the article, but was unable to do so, so here's the link:

How Time Flies!
Last week marked my fifth anniversary of being your pastor. How time flies!! As with any church community, we've had our joys and sorrows over the last five years, as well as our successes and bumps in the road. Over that time we've said "good-bye" to people we love with the hope of seeing them again in Heaven, and we've welcomed with joy new members to community who were baptized into our church.  We've had all the experiences in between: First Confessions and Communion, Confirmations, Weddings, Anointings  of the Sick, etc.  My hope, as your pastor, is that in all these experiences, whether joyful or not, we've all grown closer to Jesus over the last five years as we ourselves continue our journey towards the destination of eternal life. In the end, that's all that really matters.

I want to thank all of you for making my job as pastor a joy. My assignment at St. Landry has been a great blessing to me. Your patience and support has been wonderful, and is very much appreciated. You all have made me a better person and priest over the last five years, and have taught me much. Our parish has changed much over this time, and my hope is our St. Landry Church community will continue to adapt to meet all your spiritual needs on your journey through life. Thanks again!

Sanctuary Project - Please mark the date!!
I am very excited to announce that we have a date for the installation of our new altar, and therefore a date for its consecration.  The altar will be installed during the week of August 3, 2015, and the consecration will take place at the 10am Mass on August 9.  Bishop Jarrell has graciously agreed to preside at the consecration.  A reception will follow the consecration Mass.  The following week, our new flooring will be installed in the sanctuary, the aisle and the foyer.  More information will be provided next week to update you on our Sanctuary Campaign construction.

Again, Many Thanks!  

      Father James Brady

The bulletin for the week of June 28, 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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