Saturday, February 27, 2016

Bulletin for the Week of February 28, 2016 and the Pastor's Corner

The Pastor’s Corner 

As I mentioned last weekend, we have a new bishop!  Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, last week named the Most Reverend J. Douglas Deshotel the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette.  Bishop Deshotel has been serving as Auxiliary of the Diocese of Dallas since 2010.  We are sincerely grateful for the devoted service of Bishop Michael Jarrell who has served as our Ordinary for the last fourteen years, and we are very excited to welcome our new shepherd.

Bishop Deshotel was born on January 6, 1952 in Basile, Louisiana, as the third of eight children to Welfoot Paul Deshotel and Luna Marie Manual.  After attending Immaculata Minor Seminary High School in Lafayette, he went on to attend Holy Trinity Seminary in Texas, where he earned a B.A. in Philosophy, and a Masters of Divinity from the University of Dallas.  On May 13, 1978, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Dallas by Bishop Maurice Schexnayder in his hometown church of St. Augustine’s in Basile. On April 27, 2010, he was ordained as Auxiliary Bishop of Dallas by Bishop Kevin J. Farrell in the Cathedral Shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Guadalupe.

Bishop Deshotel's assignments have included associate pastor and pastor of various church parishes throughout the Diocese of Dallas, as well as Vice Rector of Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving, Texas. Additionally, he has served on the Diocesan Presbyteral Council; Diocesan Priests’ Personnel Board; Diocesan Finance Council; Bishop’s Senior Staff; Diocesan Review Board; Diocesan College of Consultors; and Region X Chairman, USCCB.

"24 Hours for the Lord" 
In conjunction with our celebration of "The Year of Mercy," we've been asked to have a special celebration next weekend entitled "24 Hours for the Lord."  It is intended, during this season of Lent, to help us focus on God's Mercy in a special way.  The Gospel reading next Sunday is "The Prodigal Son," a most beautiful passage that exemplifies God's passionate love for us and His desire that we "come back to him."  Not only are our sins forgiven if we do, but we are restored to the full dignity God intended for us from the very beginning.

Besides our usual First Friday Eucharistic Adoration (NOTE:  Adoration will be in the church instead of Valentin Chapel), we will have several additional opportunities for prayer and worship.  The prayers and activities include additional time for Confession, The Rosary, Stations of the Cross, and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.  The bulletin insert this week contains the schedule of events, all of which will be in the church.  It is a great way for families to come and pray together, especially our young children, who may not experience as much as they should the traditional prayers of the church.  I hope you are able to make some of the activities.

The Statue of St. Joseph and Our Blessed Mother 
The statue of St. Joseph has been restored and returned to its proper place in the church.  I think by all measures the work done has turned out beautifully.  We want to thank the volunteer and her family for donating their time and talent for the restoration of our statues.  All they ask is that we keep them and their family in our prayers, which I hope we all will do.

The new colors on the statues are intended to more closely follow the color scheme of our stain glass windows.  Our Blessed Mother statue is currently being worked on, and some have asked about how she will look when completed.  She will look much like she does in the stained glass windows.  The statue should be quite beautiful when completed.  For now, we have moved the Blessed Mother statue from the Valentin Hall Chapel to the church while we await the return of the newly restored Blessed Mother statue.  Thanks again to those who helped make this possible!

            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 28, 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.

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