Saturday, June 6, 2015

Bulletin for the Week of June 7, 2015 and the Pastor's Corner

The Pastor’s Corner 

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, commonly referred to as "Corpus Christi." In this solemnity, we celebrate the continuing gift God gives to us in the Eucharist, the gift of His very own Presence, His very own self.  It is the gift that feeds us and strengthens us to cooperate with His grace to live a Christian life.

Sunday after the 10 am Mass we will have a special devotion to the Eucharist in celebration of this feast. Following Mass we will have a Eucharistic procession in the church and then silent Eucharistic adoration for the afternoon. Benediction and re position will take place at 3:45 pm. I hope everyone is able to spend some quiet time in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament Sunday afternoon. The Eucharist is the "source and summit" of our sacramental faith, and our devotion to Jesus cannot be complete without devotion to His Grace and presence in the Blessed Sacrament.

It is also significant to note that in years past behavior in our churches generally reflected the reverence we should have when in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. It seems we were more properly attired, were quiet and were attentive to the fact that we were in the presence of God when entering a Catholic Church. This reverence was also an act of good manners in that those praying were not disturbed or distracted in their prayers by others. Reverent behavior is a reminder to us of the awe we should have in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament and God's great love for us, His creatures, in calling each of us to live a life in Christ. This weekend, as we celebrate Corpus Christi, let us also reflect on our behavior in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament not only this weekend, but at all times we are in a church or chapel, and if we need, to adjust our behavior to properly honor and reverence the presence of God in the Eucharist.


As many of you know, all bishops, upon their 75th birthday, must submit a letter of resignation.  Bishop Jarrell, a native son of St. Landry Church and bishop of our diocese, turned 75 last month and has submitted his letter of resignation.  For now, nothing will change until the letter of resignation is accepted, and we do not know exactly when that will be.  It is a good time for us to reflect on the gift that the apostolic tradition and episcopacy is to us in general, but also specifically the gift that Bishop Jarrell has been to us and our diocese.  He has guided our diocese with a steady hand for some 13 years, exhibiting both prudence and wisdom.  His love for the people entrusted to him has been evident in his tireless devotion year in and year out.  Every now and then I get a glimpse of his life and schedule when trying to schedule something with him, and wonder how he does so much with both vigor and good cheer.  Despite the demands on him, he has always been generous with his time and service.  He will be greatly missed by our diocese and by me personally.  One particular gift  to me was my assignment here at St. Landry, for which I will always be grateful to him.

For now, Bishop Jarrell still has work to do until his resignation is accepted.  However, during this time we should thank God for the gift that he has been to us and pray for his smooth transition when the time comes.  We should also keep in prayer during this time our new bishop as yet unknown.

      Father James Brady

The bulletin for the week of June 07, 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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