Sunday, December 6, 2015

Bulletin for Week December 6, 2015 and the Pastor's Corner

The Pastor’s Corner 

Today we celebrate the Second Sunday in Advent as we continue to prepare and anticipate the coming of our Lord at Christmas, which is the "The Mystery of the Incarnation."  In our Gospel reading today, John the Baptist heralds the coming of the Lord, exhorting us to prepare the way for Him by repentance and the forgiveness of sins.  If we allow God to forgive our sins and to heal the wounds our sins have caused us, then there is "more room" to receive fully the Spirit of Jesus.  Obviously, Sacramental Confession is highly recommended during Advent, and we will continue to have not only our regularly scheduled times for Confession, but also an additional time each Wednesday evening from 6:30 pm until 8 pm.  I hope you are able to do a thorough examination of conscience and to receive the fullness of God's Mercy in the Sacramental Graces given in Confession.

This Tuesday is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and is a holy day of obligation.  It also begins the "Year of Mercy" declared by Pope Francis, a time we are to celebrate God's goodness to us not only in forgiving our sins, but in showing us the way to salvation.  Masses for The Immaculate Conception will be Monday evening with the vigil Mass at 5:30 pm, and then Tuesday at 8:40 am (Opelousas Catholic School Mass), 12:05 pm and 5:30 pm.

Finally, don't forget that boxes are out for collection of food, clothes and toys for those in need.  Your generosity, whether by way of material goods or a monetary donation, is very much appreciated!

Accounting for Sanctuary Campaign
The Sanctuary Campaign has ended, and nearly all the work is done.  We only have left to install new lighting for the sanctuary (which we hope will be installed this week), and all of the expenses we will incur have been paid.  The campaign was a great success, and we were able to accomplish not only the stated goals, but also do the work needed on the sound system, lighting, pews and sacristy.  As a matter of accountability and transparency, below is a summary of the contributions and expenses of the campaign.

Contributions:                                                 $151,500

Altar and Installation                                        $ 17,408
Flooring (Tile and Carpet)                                $ 55,351
Sound                                                                $ 17,406
Bathroom and Pew Construction                      $ 11,698
Air Conditioning                                               $   9,510
Sacristy Renovation                                          $ 15,378
Miscellaneous/Administrative                         $   3,539
Diocesan Assessment                                       $ 21,210

Total Expenses:                                               $151,500

Note:  we will receive an assessment credit for nearly all the Diocesan Assessment.  The credit we receive will be used to repair the roof for the north and south sacristies.

Again, many thanks to all who supported the campaign, whether by way of time, talent, donations or prayer.  All were necessary to the success of the campaign, and all are appreciated!                        

God Bless

            Father James Brady

The bulletin for the week of December 06, 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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