Friday, January 22, 2016

Bulletin for the Week of January 24, 2016 and the Pastor's Corner

The Pastor’s Corner 

With the beginning of the new year, a spring time of sorts comes early to our parish - the beginning of sacramental preparation of our children for their First Confession and First Communion, and of our young adults for their reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. We have approximately 20 of our children preparing for their First Confession and First Communion, and about 30 or so of our young adults preparing for Confirmation. This time of year is a good time for us a parish community to reflect on the goodness of God in giving us the gifts of the sacraments, which are channels of grace that help us to live the Christian vocation and mission given to each of us. Please remember in your prayers all those preparing to receive sacraments this year, their families and our church community, as these times are definitely times of great joy and thanksgiving for all of us!

There are several other upcoming activities about which you should know. We will administer the Anointing of the Sick at the 4pm Mass Saturday, February 6 in connection with the World Day of the Sick (which is The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on February 11). Please see the announcement below for details about it. Anointing of the Sick, of course, is also available at any time for those in need. Just call the office to set up a time for a visit.

Lent is also just around the corner (Ash Wednesday is February 10), so we should be making preparations for our prayer, almsgiving and fasting. Weekly activities that we currently have at St. Landry that can help us with our prayer life during Lent, or any other time of year, are:

       Mondays at 10am and 6pm Bible Study
      Tuesdays at 6pm: Come, Lord Jesus! (Prayer and Scripture Study focused on Sunday's Gospel Reading);
    Wednesdays at 5:45am: That Man Is You! (Presentation and Discussion on Men's Spirituality);
    Wednesdays at 5:15pm: Come, Lord Jesus! (Prayer and Scripture Study focused on Sunday's First Reading).

Finally, for those baptized adults who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation, we will have an Adult Confirmation Class led by Deacon Diesi on Monday evenings, with Confirmation taking place at the Easter Vigil on March 26, 2016. Please call Deacon Diesi at the office for more details. Let's hope that in these activities we can come to greater knowledge and love of Our Savior during the Lenten Season.

World Day of the Sick 

February 11, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, is designated as World Day of the Sick. The focus of this remembrance is prayer for healing and the redemptive value of suffering. In conjunction with this day, we will offer Anointing of the Sick at the 4pm Mass on February 6 for those who suffer from a serious illness or are infirmed due to age. If you or someone you know would like to receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, please make plans to come to this Mass. If one is unable to walk up to Communion at regular Masses, then they should sit in the pews marked and reserved at the front of the church. This is a wonderful way for us as a community to support and pray for those who suffer from illness or the burden of years, and for them to receive the Grace of strength to bear their burden in the light of the salvation of the world and the hope for eternal life. 

            Father James Brady

The bulletin for the week of January 24, 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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