Friday, March 25, 2016

Bulletin for the Week of March 27, 2016 and the Pastor's Corner

The Pastor’s Corner 

Alleluia, Alleluia!! The Lord is Risen! 
We rejoice today because of God's goodness to us in giving us the gift of eternal life. We now celebrate Easter for 50 days, 10 more than Lent, because we are an Easter people, living in the hope of the Resurrection! While we acknowledge the struggle of our earthly life during the 40 days of Lent, we now celebrate the gift of eternal life for the 50 days of Easter. We especially celebrate Easter during this coming week, which is referred to the Easter Octave. The Easter Octave ends next Sunday, which is commonly referred to as Divine Mercy Sunday.

Fittingly, during the Easter Season we will celebrate two of the sacraments of initiation, First Communion and Confirmation, and we will celebrate the Easter Season as a community with our parish picnic. Please be sure to keep our candidates for these sacraments in your prayers as they make their final preparation for the reception of these sacramental signs of God's Love for them. First Communion will be next week at the 10am Mass, and Confirmations will be May 15 (Pentecost Sunday) at our 5pm Mass.  Finally, as previously announced, our annual parish picnic will take place on May 1, 2016 after the 10am Mass. It is our community's way of celebrating God's Easter gift to us. Please be sure to mark your calendars and join us for theses celebrations!

Let us enjoy this season, and let the promise of eternal life fill our lives with joy!! Alleluia, Alleluia!!

Construction Updates
Thanks for being so patient in our construction process!  There are a couple of updates of which I would like to inform you.

As you know, we have been trying to get the new lighting for the church sanctuary installed for some time now, and obviously we were not able to finish it before Easter Sunday (today).  This is the last of our Sanctuary Campaign projects.  The equipment for the lights is still in transit, and we hope to receive and have it installed in the very near future.  We are all anxious to complete the project, so please keep its success in your prayers.

On the Valentin Hall construction, the window work will begin in the very near future.  The contract for this work has been signed and the initial order of windows has been made and should be arriving shortly.  Work will begin as soon as possible after the windows come in.  

On the rest of the Valentin Hall construction, we received the hard numbers for the construction costs and they exceeded our budget for the work.  Therefore, we are consulting with the contractor, the architect and the diocese to re-work the construction and financing plans for the construction.  We will consult with the Finance Council and Parish Advisory Board this week on any changes that are proposed.  I am hopeful that we will begin construction before the end of the school year and work throughout the summer months.  Again, please keep the success of this work in your prayers.

The Statue of Our Blessed Mother Returns Today
The last of the five large statues in the church, namely The Sacred Heart of Jesus, Our Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, St. Jude, and St. Anthony have been restored.  The statue of Our Blessed Mother has now been cleaned and restored like the others, and is unveiled this weekend.  As with the other four statues, I think her statue turned out beautifully.  The artist who did the restoration would like to remain anonymous, but certainly we thank her and her family for giving their time, talent and treasure to complete the project and support them in our prayers.  In cleaning our Blessed Mother, she noted that this is apparently the third time the statue has been painted, each time using a different set of colors.  I am sure the previous colors she wore were beautiful and spoke to the people of their time, just as I am sure that the new colors will speak to us and those devoted to Jesus through her intercession.

Father James Brady

A city-wide penance service will be held here @ St. Landry on Monday, 3/21/16 (6pm – 7pm)

Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7PM
Good Friday Passion of the Lord – 3PM
Easter Vigil – 8PM
Easter Sunday Masses – 8AM, 10AM, & 5PM

The bulletin for the week of March 27, 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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