Sunday, December 11, 2016

Bulletin for the Week of December 11, 2016 and the Pastor's Corner


Today, we celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent, also known as Gaudete Sunday. "Gaudete" is the Latin word for "rejoice." This weekend, we "lighten up" a little bit from the work of our Advent preparation to anticipate and rejoice the coming of the gift of The Incarnation at Christmas. This continuing gift of Christ is already present now in the lives we lead in imitation of Christ. The gift comes again this year in our continued change to more closely configure our lives to Jesus' life, that is, in our continuing conversion. To mark this celebration in our liturgy, the ministers will wear lighter colored vestments rather than the usual Advent violet, so rose colored vestments will be used this weekend.  Considering this is a time when we should rejoice because of the events that give rise to our salvation, it is good to remember that our goal is to live our Christian vocation with joy. At times, we might feel like our faith is a burden, but in reality it truly frees us from slavery to sin and frees us to grow closer to God.  So while remembering and preparing for the joy and peace of our life in Christ, let us be sure to continue to be vigilant and to make spiritual preparations for His coming at Christmas!!  We should always rejoice and give thanks to God for the gift of faith that he has given to each of us in our journey of life!

Speaking of "Rejoicing," Many Thanks for Your Generosity in The Centennial Campaign!
As you all know, last weekend was "commitment weekend" for the Centennial Campaign.  Your generosity exceeded all expectations!!  Shame on me for underestimating our ability and willingness.  It is amazing when we all choose to do what we can and not worry about what we cannot!  Last weekend, we received $168,000 in pledges and donations to the campaign, bringing the total for the campaign to $528,000!!  I can't thank you all enough for your support of the many good things the campaign contributions will bring to both our diocese and our church community here at St. Landry.  Next weekend, in preparation for my sabbatical we will talk about our community and where we hope to go from here when I return in May.  I do believe there are many wonderful things that our parish can do to serve all of you better and for us as a church to serve all our brothers and sisters around us.  As you know, no matter what happens we can always grow closer to Jesus in our minds, hearts, bodies and souls in every experience in life, good or bad.  For now, let's enjoy this good experience!!

For your information, the Centennial Campaign volunteers will continue to follow up with those who requested more information and those who have not yet been able to make a decision.  The formal active phase of the campaign will end on December 31, 2016.  Thanks again!!

Fr. Brady

The bulletin for the week of December 11, 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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