From the Desk of Msgr. Harrington….
We are pilgrims on a journey. We walk side-by-side and hand-in-hand with each other and with Jesus, Our Savior. Our Baptism reminds us that we were welcomed into the Church to make this journey together. The cross of Jesus is signed on our foreheads to welcome us into the family, to seal us in His name and to empower us with abundant grace. We profess that we believe in the communion of saints, the great family of God who shadows us along the journey and reminds us that we are more than just ourselves. We are His and one another’s.… Read More
Opelousas – A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 for Reverend Monsignor Louis J. Melancon at St. Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas. Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel will officiate the Mass. Rite of Committal will follow at Bellevue Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at St. Landry Catholic Church on Monday, July 2, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. A Rosary will be prayed at 6:00 p.m. by Deacon Sammy Diesi. Visitation will resume on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 in the church from 8:00 a.m. until the time of Mass.
Reverend Monsignor Louis J.… Read More
A message to us from newly ordained Fr. Ben Pitre:
Dear St. Landry Parish Parishioners and Friends,
If someone had proposed to me ten years ago that I would be here on the brink of ordination to the priesthood, I would have laughed incredulously; it is truly hard to believe that this moment has arrived. When I look at how much my life has changed in such a short time, I am struck by God’s overabundant care and concern for our good. It is clear that he cannot be outdone in generosity and that his gifts far surpass any good that we could give to ourselves and our neighbors. … Read More
Happy Father’s Day!!
Happy Father’s Day! Many thanks to all our devoted father’s who lead and guide their families by teaching and example. The ultimate goal is to make our way to Christ, and thus to God, The Father. We pray that in their fatherly vocation they always stay focused on true good for their families, which is the salvation of the souls entrusted to their care. Again, Happy Fathers Day!
Msgr. Russell Harrington
Speaking of Father’s, we will welcome a new “spiritual father” to our parish in two weeks. As I promised last week, here’s a little more information about Msgr.… Read More
We wish Father Brady the best in his new assignment @ St. Pius in Lafayette and look forward to welcoming Msgr. Harrington as our new pastor here @ St. Landry!
Effective July 2, 2018:
Reverend James Brady, JCL, has been appointed as Pastor of Saint Pius X Parish in Lafayette for a period of six (6) years. Father Brady is currently Pastor of St. Landry Parish in Opelousas.
FATHER JAMES BRADY, JCL
Reverend Monsignor Russell J. Harrington has been appointed as Pastor of Saint Landry Parish in Opelousas for a period of six (6) years. Msgr. Harrington is currently Pastor of Saint John Berchmans Parish in Cankton.… Read More
This weekend, as part of our Diocesan Centennial Celebration, we celebrate as a parish the 100th Anniversary of the creation of our diocese, The Diocese of Lafayette in Louisiana. Here at St. Landry Church our patron, St. Landry of Paris, serves as a “father” of sorts to our church family. The feast of St. Landry is today, June 10, so we decided to celebrate it today in conjunction with the Centennial Celebration. There will be a reception in the Valentin Hall kitchen after the 10am Mass, and I hope that you are able to come and celebrate the rich history of our church parish and diocese.… Read More
Deacon Benjamin J. Pitre will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Priesthood on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in Lafayette. He cordially invites everyone to his 1st Holy Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, June 24 at 10AM here at St. Landry. A reception will follow at the OCS Gym. Deacon Pitre is the son of Ben & Sue Pitre. He is a lifelong parishioner of St. Landry Catholic Church, a 2002 graduate of Opelousas Catholic School, a 2006 LSU graduate, served in the Navy as a nuclear engineer officer for 5 years. He entered seminary formation in 2012 at St.… Read More
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, commonly referred to as “Corpus Christi.” In this solemnity, we celebrate the continuing gift God gives to us in the Eucharist, the gift of His very own Presence and Grace, the gift that feeds us and strengthen’s us to cooperate with His Grace to live a Christian life.
Sunday after the 10am Mass we will have a special devotion to the Eucharist in celebration of this feast. Following Mass we will have a Eucharistic procession in the church and then silent Eucharistic adoration for the afternoon.… Read More
This week, we returned to what is known as “Ordinary Time.” The primary liturgical color returns to green and the paschal candle will be moved back to the baptistry area to be used for baptisms and funerals. The term “ordinary” is not meant to diminish this time of year as if it is not important to our spiritual growth. Rather, it simply indicates that we are not in one of the special church seasons that has a particular emphasis on some aspect of the life of Christ, such as Advent and Christmas (The Incarnation), and Lent and Easter (The Paschal Mystery).… Read More
This weekend we celebrate “Pentecost Sunday.” Pentecost is our celebration and remembrance of the coming of the Holy Spirit into the world to and for each of us, giving us the Grace to imitate Jesus in our lives. The Holy Spirit is also the heart of our One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church (See Acts 15:28, describing the Council of Jerusalem and its decisions being that not only of the Apostles, but of the Holy Spirit as well).
Jesus told the Apostles that he would send His Spirit, Who would teach and remind them of all the things He taught.… Read More