Monday, January 2, 2017

Bulletin for the Week of January 1, 2017 and the Pastor's Corner


"Happy Mary, Mother of God!!" On this day, that sounds a bit strange, as opposed to "Happy New Year!!" However, that is the feast day that we celebrate on January 1st each year. The celebration is not as much about our Blessed Mother as it is about the fact that Jesus is indeed God in His Divine Nature (Jesus has two natures, both human and divine). Because Jesus is God, our Blessed Mother is the Mother of God. The celebration of this feast is intended to strengthen our faith about the two natures of Jesus, both divine and human, to celebrate the fact that God Himself has visited us on earth, and to properly understand the special role our Blessed Mother was given in God's plan of salvation.

As we continue to celebrate Christmastide this weekend, we will celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord next Sunday, January 8. Traditionally, this feast was celebrated on January 6, ending the "twelve days" days of Christmas. However, we now celebrate it liturgically on the Sunday between January 2 and January 8. "Epiphany" comes from a Greek verb meaning "to reveal."  In Jesus' life, God has given to us the fullness of Divine Revelation.

Therefore, the Epiphany celebrates God's revealing or manifesting Jesus' identity as true God, Messiah, and Savior of the world. It not only commemorates the fact that Jesus appeared to save us, but that God revealed the identity of Jesus to the world. The Gospel reading for the day is from the second chapter of Matthew, where the magi from the east seek the newborn king of the Jews, and of course, find Him and pay Him homage.

As we continue to celebrate the joy of Christmas for the remaining time in the Christmas season, we are reminded in the Epiphany that God not only sent his Incarnate Son as our Lord and Savior, but that He did so in a way that we could recognize, understand and follow Him in the way of truth and peace. Like the magi, our mission is to seek Him, come to know Him, and pay homage to Him not only with our words, but also by living our lives in the way Jesus taught us!


Many thanks again for the generosity of all who pledged donations to the Centennial Campaign!  Due to the overwhelming response to the campaign across the diocese, the processing center for the pledges and setting them up for reminders has gotten behind in their work.  Therefore, many of us who set up our pledged donations to begin early in 2017 may not receive reminders for a couple of months.  I want you all to be aware of this in case you are expecting confirmations and/or reminders this week, and also to ask for your patience as the processing continues.

Next week we will provide instructions on how to make your donation without reminders until the pledge reminders can be sent (and make sure it is credited to both your pledge and St. Landry Church!) if you would like to do so.  If you choose to wait until reminders are sent, then your first reminder will have the total pledged up until the time of the reminder (for example, if your pledge was $50 per month to begin January of 2017, and your reminder cannot be set up and sent until February 2017, then the reminder will contain the donation for January and February, that is, $100). Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause, and thanks again for your patience!!

Fr. Brady

The bulletin for the week of January 01, 2017 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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