Friday, July 15, 2016

Bulletin for the Week of July 17, 2016 and the Pastor's Corner


This weekend and next I will be out of town on vacation.  This is the time of year where I change from a "fisher of men" into a "fisher of fish."  Know of my prayers for you all while I am away, and please keep me in your prayers as well.  The next two weekends our deacons will be guest columnists in The Pastor's Corner and they will preach at all the Masses.  I look forward to seeing you upon my return.

Fiscal Report
We are on a fiscal year that runs from July 1 through June 30.  Therefore, our fiscal year ended at the end of last month.  As usual, we will provide a detailed budget and income statement in September during our annual financial talk.  However, I do want to let you know that we made our goal for the regular offertory and exceeded our total budgeted income (by a small amount) for the year.  Our actual expenses were pretty much in line with the anticipated expenses we published in the budget last year.  For now, we are progressing nicely with the Valentin Hall renovation and our hope is that it will be completed before Thanksgiving.  Thanks so much for your generosity, and please keep the success of the renovation and the safety of the workers in your prayers.

The Diocesan Centennial Campaign
As many of you know, the Diocese of Lafayette has begun a capital campaign called "The Centennial Campaign."  It celebrates the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Diocese of Lafayette, which will occur in 2018.  Several other parishes, including church parishes located in and near Opelousas, have already participated in the campaign.  I am very excited about the campaign as it has the potential to help our parish both in the short term and the long term.

The five areas where the campaign funds will be used are as follows:

1.  The local church parish (in our case, for St. Landry).
2.  Priest welfare and retirement.
3.  Seminarian Education.
4.  The poor and those in need.
5.  Our college campus ministries, particular Our Lady of Wisdom at ULL and the chapel at LSU-E.

We have discussed the campaign in Finance Council and Parish Advisory Board meetings and it was met with approval.  Our hope is that a large number of us will be contributors (yes, including the pastor!) of a reasonable amount, and if so, we should be able to reach our goal without problem.  Upon my return from vacation, I will provide more details about the campaign and how it can help St. Landry both in the short and long term (actually, it is already helping us with our construction projects!).  For now, we will need some volunteers to help with the campaign.  If you are interested in helping (there are many different tasks, and we can assign one with which you are comfortable), please call the office and let Priscilla Guidroz or Lois Joubert know and you will be contacted upon my return.  Also, please mark August 9, 2016 at 6:30pm on your calendar as that is the initial volunteer meeting at the new Holy Ghost Parish Center.

I look forward to seeing you in two weeks.  Take care and God Bless!

Father James Brady

The bulletin for the week of July 17, 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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