Sunday, January 8, 2017

Bulletin for the Week of January 8, 2017 and the Pastor's Corner


We come to the end of the Christmas Season on Monday of this week when celebrating the Baptism of the Lord. The Baptism of Jesus reminds us of our own baptism. By our Baptism the Gates of Heaven are thrown open to us and we receive the Grace to live a Christian Life. However, we must cooperate with our Baptismal Grace, that is, we must accept the Grace and act upon it. God never forces Himself into our lives. The heart of our life as Christians is that we freely give ourselves to God for His purpose.

Although Grace is a free gift given by God and as such it is nothing that we merit or can earn, we can dispose ourselves to receive fully His Grace by undertaking prayer, the study of our faith and practicing virtue. In this way, we are "formed" into the life of Christ. Christian Formation is a combination of study, prayer and worship (both formal at church and in the lives we lead) that directs and leads us towards Christ.

Our church parish provides opportunities for such activities. We have two Come, Lord Jesus! groups that meet on Tuesday's at 6pm and Wednesday's at 5:15pm. These groups combine prayer and scripture study that focuses on the Mass readings for the following Sunday. For men, we have "That Man is You," a program directed by Deacon Joubert that meets Wednesday mornings at 6am. We also have a formal bible study directed by Deacons Joubert and Diesi which meet at 10am and 6pm on Mondays respectively. Also, I highly recommend a yearly retreat for all as part of our continuing formation. It is a time of quiet and reflection, something critical to a good spiritual life. A men's retreat from our parish is held each year at Our Lady of the Oaks in Grand Coteau (usually at the end of March), and there are woman's retreats as well. In addition to these things, we also have charitable and fraternal organizations, such as The Catholic Daughters and the Knights of Columbus who provide plenty of opportunity to put our faith into action in activities such as the monthly breakfast at New Life Center. We all should have activities that help us continue to learn about Jesus and express our beliefs in our actions.

Many, Many Thanks!!
With the beginning of Ordinary Time this week, we again thank all those who made our celebration of Christmas so beautiful here at St. Landry. The music was wonderful throughout, and we thank our musicians and singers: The Adult Choir and their director J.P. Porrier, the Youth Choir and their director, Rafael Henry; and Marla Faust, Stacey Caffery and Millie Boudreaux. Our Altar Society did a wonderful job in decorating the church, and they were coordinated by Deacon Joubert and Jane Savoy. We thank our various ministers at the liturgies, our readers, extraordinary ministers, servers and sacristans who volunteered their time and made adjustments to their personal schedules to serve us. We thank those who donated to the flower fund, making it possible to beautifully decorate our sanctuary and church. Thanks to all!!

Centennial Campaign Follow Up
Last week I indicated that instructions for pledge payments would be provided in THIS WEEK’S Pastor’s Corner. Unfortunately due to holiday closures we were not able to obtain the instructions. PLEASE see next week’s bulletin for the instructions. Again, our apologies for any inconvenience!

Fr. Brady

The bulletin for the week of January 08, 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.

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