Saturday, August 13, 2016

Bulletin for the Week of August 14, 2016 and the Pastor's Corner


Festival de la Grande Eglise will be on October 1st!
Please mark your calendars for our annual "Festival de la Grande Eglise," which will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016.  We are very excited about this year's event after a very successful inaugural festival last year.  The festival is a celebration of our local community and its history, but it is also intended to be a fundraiser to help defray the costs of maintaining historic St. Landry Cemetery, which was built at a time when cemetery endowments did not exist (families generally cared for cemeteries and the tombs of their loved ones).  With over 4,000 tomb sites, maintenance is both difficult and expensive.  At the festival, not only is the local community invited, but we also reach out to all who have roots in our church community to “come home” and visit our beautiful and historic church and grounds.  If you know of anyone who might like to come, please be sure to let them know about the event and invite them.

As with any annual event, we hope to improve it each year, and some exciting changes will be made for this year's event.  The festival will "kick-off" on Wednesday, September 28th  with the "Nuit de la Comedie" featuring drinks, dinner, entertainment by comedian Kent Gonsoulin, and our silent auction.  The event will be held at the Delta Grand and should be fun for all.  On October 1st we will have our festival day on our grounds which will include a color run, children's area and petting zoo, a jumbalaya cook-off, bingo, church and cemetery tours, spaghetti dinners to go, concessions and a live band from 12-3pm.  The day will conclude at the 4pm Vigil Mass with our new bishop, Bishop Douglas Deshotel, as the main celebrant and homilist.  More details about the day's schedule and events will be published soon as well as how to purchase tickets for the various events.  Please make plans to come as it should be a good day for our community to enjoy Christian fellowship, food and fun while at the same time helping support the maintenance of our cemetery.

We thank you in advance for your support, and please keep the success of the festival in your prayers.  We'd also like to thank our sponsors who have committed to helping underwrite the cost of the festival and our volunteers who have been planning this year's festival since the conclusion of the festival last year.  We will acknowledge them individually at a later date, but needless to say, without them this day would not be possible.

Valentin Hall Construction
The construction on the second floor of Valentin Hall continues to run smoothly.  We will be starting another phase of construction very soon (if it hasn't begun already) on the parking lot.  This part of the project will primarily consist of installing an asphalt parking lot (expanded to accommodate approximately 35 parking spaces), a sidewalk connecting Valentin Hall to the church building, building a ramp for access to the building for those with mobility limitations, and reconfiguring our fence.  Our hope is that the parking lot will serve Valentin Hall, but also the church. During this phase of construction, which should last four to six weeks, (pray for good weather, as we hope to have the parking lot completed for the festival!) there may be some inconvenience for those wanting to visit the office.  We ask that if you plan to visit the office and the parking lot is unavailable for parking, then please park on Prudhomme Street or in the church parking lot to access Valentin Hall.  

New Financial Goal
The Finance Council has reviewed the financial statements of our community for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016.  We will be composing a financial statement to be published in the bulletin next month when I make the annual financial report to you.  Everything looks good, and thank you again for your generosity and support last year.  In light of our anticipated expenses for the coming year, the Finance Council set a goal for our weekly offertory, which is $9,000 per week.  If you are able, please consider increasing your weekly offering.  If all of us increase our offering by a small amount, it makes a big difference! 

Solemnity of The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary
Monday, August 15, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Usually it is a holy day of obligation, but since it falls on a Monday this year the obligation is suspended. As usual, we will have Mass that day at 12:05pm, but there will not be any additional masses to accommodate the increase attendance. 

Father James Brady

The bulletin for the week of August 14, 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.

Don't forget, we're also sending out live updates via Twitter. Our Twitter name is StLandryCath. You can see updates by clicking here.

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