This weekend we celebrate the 4th Sunday of Easter, commonly referred to as “Good Shepherd Sunday.” It is called “Good Shepherd Sunday” because of the Gospel readings of the day (there are three readings that are rotated each year) are taken from the 10th chapter of St. John’s Gospel. In the 10th chapter of John’s Gospel, Jesus describes Himself as the Good Shepherd who will lay down His life for His sheep. He also tells us that He knows His sheep and they follow Him, that He will give them eternal life, and that no one can take them out of His hand. … Read More
DUE TO PREDICTED RAINS THIS WEEKEND, OUR PARISH PICNIC HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR NEXT SUNDAY, APRIL 29TH FOLLOWING 10AM MASS! Look forward to seeing everyone then! … Read More
With Divine Mercy Sunday last weekend, we ended the Easter Octave and now enter into the regular Easter Season, which will last until Pentecost Sunday, May 20, 2018. Last weekend was highlighted by our children receiving their First Holy Communion at the 10am Mass. The liturgy went beautifully, and we are reminded that God teaches us by our children. Our children reminded us last week how special the Eucharist is and the reverence with which we should approach the Blessed Sacrament. Our children were dressed for the occasion, had their hands folded and approached their First Holy Communion with reverence and awe. … Read More
Today is Divine Mercy Sunday, marking the end of the Easter Octave. The Easter Octave is the eight day celebration of Easter from Easter Sunday until today. We continue the Easter season until Pentecost Sunday in May. Looking back over the last couple of months, we have so much to be thankful for as a church parish, especially to those who made our Lent and Easter so beautiful and spiritually meaningful. We are blessed to have Msgr. Melancon living in our parish. He took on extra duties during Lent here at St. Landry and at Opelousas Catholic, helping to lead both us and our children through Lent.… Read More
Alleluia, Alleluia!! The Lord is Risen!
Today is Easter, the most important celebration in our Church and in our lives! We rejoice today because of God’s goodness to us in giving us the gift of eternal life. We now celebrate Easter for 50 days, 10 more than Lent, because we are an Easter people, living in the hope of the Resurrection! While we acknowledge the struggle of our earthly life during the 40 days of Lent, we now celebrate the gift of eternal life for the 50 days of Easter. We especially celebrate Easter during this coming week, which is referred to the Easter Octave.… Read More
Schedule for the Easter Triduum:
Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7:00pm (Followed by Eucharistic adoration until 10:00pm)
Friday – The Lord’s Passion – 3:00pm
Saturday – Easter Vigil – 8:00pm
Easter Sunday Masses – 8:00am, 10:00am, 5:00pm
HAPPY EASTER!!!… Read More
Today we celebrate Passion Sunday, also known as Palm Sunday. It marks the beginning of “Holy Week,” our remembrance of the events that give rise to our salvation: Jesus’ Passion, Death and Resurrection. Last week, we covered our statues and other holy images in violet representing sorrow and repentance, a theme that continues this week. However, this week the covers are red to signify our salvation won by our Savior Jesus Christ by the shedding of His Most Precious Blood. This week there are several special events here in the church as well as our Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil) liturgies Please check the insert in this bulletin for our Holy Week schedule.… Read More
This Fifth Sunday of Lent marks the beginning of the special sub-season called “Passiontide,” which extends up until Holy Saturday. During this time the Church’s liturgy becomes more somber and a sorrowful mood is reflected in the various practices that occur in the liturgy. The most obvious example of a more somber mood is the veiling of statues and images, which remains an optional practice in the United States and a practice that we have adopted at St. Landry.
Some have asked why we cover the statues in the church during this time? The reason for the tradition is that in His sorrowful Passion, Jesus’ face and whole body were so disfigured by the blows and scourges he received that he was scarcely recognizable. … Read More
Today is Laetare Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Lent. It marks the “half-time” in our yearly Lenten journey. Laetare means “to rejoice,” and this Sunday is a time when we, in the middle of our Lenten journey, joyfully anticipate the Easter mystery celebrated in the liturgies of the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter). The priests and deacons wear rose colored vestments this weekend, “lightening up” the Lenten violet.
During this midpoint of Lent, we should reaffirm our commitment to our Lenten disciplines of prayer, almsgiving and fasting. If we have been successful in our Lenten goals, then we should thank God for the Grace to succeed and to continue to recognize that with the help of God’s Grace we can overcome sin and temptation and follow His Will in our lives.… Read More