Saturday, February 20, 2016

Bulletin for the Week of February 21, 2016 and the Pastor's Corner

The Pastor’s Corner 

This weekend, we are happy to welcome Fr. Glenn LeCompte to introduce our annual Lenten Mission.  The title of the mission is:  "A Mission of Mercy:  A Lenten Parish Mission for the Year of Mercy."  Fr. LeCompte holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology with a focus on Sacred Scripture from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.  A former professor of Sacred Scripture and Director of Music at Notre Dame Seminary, Fr. LeCompte now serves the Diocese of Houma-Thibodeaux as Director of the Offices of Worship and Priest's Continuing Education.  An experienced retreat and mission presenter, Fr. LeCompte is also a published composer of original liturgical music and has provided guitar accompaniment on "Honoring Mary, Our Mother," a recording of Marian hymns by New Orleans mezzo-soprano, Megan Dearie.  In his retreats, Fr. LeCompte combines his rich background in Sacred Scripture with prayerful music.

Fr. LeCompte was one of my professors of Sacred Scripture while I was a seminarian at Notre Dame Seminary, and his classes on the Pentateuch, the Psalms and Wisdom books opened my eyes and heart to how God speaks to us, teaches us and leads us in the Bible.  I very much look forward to him leading on this mission and coming to better understand and more deeply appreciate God's Mercy.  I hope all of you are able to attend.  The mission will take place Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.  Mass will be at 5:30pm each night, and the mission talk will follow shortly thereafter.

Questions about Fasting and Abstinence 
Following up on the homily last weekend, the following is a brief explanation of the reasoning for fasting and for abstinence.

Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics in good health and who are 18 years of age but not yet 59. Those who are bound to fast may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to each one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. Some of the spiritual goals of Fasting are to remind us to create a place in our lives where we hunger for God and God alone, and to remind us that we are weak, mortal beings who are totally dependent on God and blessed and loved by him. The money saved from our fasting is also rightly given as alms to the poor and needy among us.

Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics in good health and who are 14 years or older on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and on all Fridays of Lent.  Abstinence from meat is not required on other Fridays during the year, but some form of penance or self-denial should be observed on Fridays in remembrance of Jesus' passion and death caused by our sins.  Abstinence from meat is meant to be a penitential practice, and the money saved in our simpler meals is also rightly given as alms to the poor and needy among us. 

Naturally, this determination of certain days as obligatory days of fast, abstinence and penance should not be understood as limiting the occasions for Christian penance during the season of Lent or through the rest of the year.

            Father James Brady

The Spiritual Works of Mercy: Counsel the Doubtful ✢ Instruct the Ignorant ✢ Admonish
Sinners ✢ Comfort the Afflicted ✢ Forgive Offenses ✢ Bear Wrongs Patiently ✢ Pray for the Living and the Dead

The Corporal Works of Mercy: Feed the Hungry ✢ Give Drink to the Thirsty ✢ Clothe the Naked ✢ Shelter the Homeless ✢ Visit the Sick ✢ Visit the Imprisoned ✢ Bury the Dead

The bulletin for the week of February 21, 2016 has been posted. Click here to see it.

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