Thursday, November 24, 2016

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


This weekend, we continue our journey towards Christ with the beginning of our liturgical year. Today, the 1st Sunday of Advent, marks our liturgical “New Year,” which appropriately begins with our preparation for and anticipation of receiving the gift of Jesus at Christmas. The Nativity of Our Lord marks the beginning of Jesus’ earthly life, the life of Our Savior that leads to the salvation of the world. The remembrance of these events is intended to help us all re-focus on Christ and His Church by entering more deeply into the mystery of the Incarnation, that is, the mystery of God becoming Man. The first step in preparing to receive Christ fully was heralded by John the Baptist, Jesus' forerunner, who preached repentance and forgiveness of our sins in order to "prepare the way of the Lord" in our hearts.

In that regard, the Diocese of Lafayette is once again sponsoring “The Light is on for You” campaign. During Advent, St. Landry Church will have its “light on for you” on Wednesdays from 6:30 until 8pm for Confessions. Confession is a beautiful sacrament often under-utilized by Catholics. Confession gives us an earthly and tangible experience of God's Divine Mercy, which is not only the forgiveness of our sins, but also the Grace to overcome them and live a life fully in union and in peace with Jesus. As the words of absolution say, God grants us "pardon and peace." Confession allows us to tangibly experience God’s mercy in the forgiveness of our sins, and His Grace gives us the strength to cast off the burden of sin to live in true freedom and know Him ever more deeply. Confession will prepare us to receive Jesus more fully at Christmas, so I hope we all take advantage of the Sacrament of Confession during the Advent Season. Please know of my prayers that all of us are blessed with the greatest gift of all at the end of this Advent Season, the gift of Jesus peace and a deeper relationship with Him!

Centennial Campaign Commitment Weekend
Finally, a reminder that our Centennial Campaign commitment weekend is next weekend, December 3rd and 4th. So far the campaign has gone extremely well, and we are moving nearly to our goals.  Many thanks to all of those who have given to the campaign!!  If you have not yet considered giving to the campaign, I ask that you do so during this week in preparation for next weekend.  As you know, the success of our campaign depends on all donations, and no donation is "too small."  Our Sanctuary Campaign was based on the same principle: that all of us have the same dignity and importance in our community; that all are loved and cherished; and that all have an obligation to participate in supporting our community to the extent that they can!

Again, Thanks to our Volunteers!
With the beginning of the new liturgical year, I want to once again thank all those who have helped at the church this year by volunteering to serve our community. Last weekend we had our annual appreciation dinner for our volunteers and ministers, which went very well. I want to especially thank Deacon Joubert and Yvonne Normand for coordinating the event. Without the generosity in time that our volunteers give, from the beginning of the week early on Monday morning to the closing of the church building after the 5pm Mass Sunday evening, our volunteers do so many things that help our church community. The variety of gifts and talents that have been given to our parishioners and then used to support our community is so important for our continued ability to thrive and live life in Christ. Please know of my appreciation for your dedication and generosity, and my hope that all of us will continue to be generous with the time, talent and treasure that God has given to us.

Fr. Brady

The bulletin for the week of November 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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