Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Bulletin for the Week of January 3, 2016 and the Pastor's Corner

The Pastor’s Corner 

As we continue to celebrate Christmastide this weekend, we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord today.  Traditionally, this feast was celebrated on January 6, ending the "twelve days" days of Christmas.  However, we now celebrate it liturgically on the Sunday between January 2 and January 8.  "Epiphany" comes from a Greek verb meaning "to reveal."  Therefore, the Epiphany celebrates God's revealing or manifesting Jesus' identity as true God, Messiah, and Savior of the world.  It not only commemorates the fact that Jesus appeared to save us, but that God revealed the identity of Jesus to the world.  The Gospel reading for the day is from the second chapter of Matthew, where the magi from the east seek the newborn king of the Jews, and of course, find Him and pay Him homage.

As we continue to celebrate the joy of Christmas for the remaining time in the Christmas season, we are reminded in the Epiphany that God not only sent His Incarnate Son as our Lord and Savior, but that He did so in a way that we could recognize and understand, and therefore follow Him in the way of truth and peace.  Like the magi, our mission is to seek Him, to come to know Him, and to pay homage to Him not only with our words, but also by living our lives in the way Jesus taught us.

Giving Thanks and My Particular Thanks for You and Your Generosity at Christmas!

Last week we celebrated the secular New Year, and at this time of year it is appropriate to reflect and give God thanks for the gifts he has given to us, the first and foremost being His Son, the source of all grace and the source of our salvation.  We should also take into account the particular gifts we have received in the past year and thank God for them.  Each and every one of us has at least been blessed with the gift of living another year here on earth, with the opportunity to grow in our knowledge and love of God.

In my case, there is the specific gift that St. Landry Church and its people have been to me.  I want to thank all of you for your support of me in my vocation and as your pastor. The last five and a half years have been a joyful time for me, and I am lucky to be here.  You have been supportive in every initiative we have undertaken, and have been patient with me when I make mistakes.  I know that you have helped me to become a better priest and pastor.  The longer I am here, my appreciation for God's gift to me of being your pastor only deepens. I want to especially thank our staff, who have been absolutely wonderful in their help to me and our parish.

I also want to thank you for your generosity, especially over the last few weeks and during Christmas.  The number of cards, the amount of food, and the Christmas gifts you have dropped by is both generous and humbling.  I will try to thank you individually when we see each other.  In the meantime, please know of my thanks and appreciation for the Christmas gifts and for all you have done for me and our parish, not only during the past few weeks, but ever since I arrived.

Thanks again, and may God Bless you in this Christmas Season, that you may receive the Grace God the Father gives to you in the Incarnation of His Son, that you may cooperate with that Grace through the power of the Holy Spirit, and that you may come to know Him ever more deeply in the upcoming year.

            Father James Brady

The bulletin for the week of January 03, 2016 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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