Pastor’s Corner – June 3, 2018
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. Benediction and reposition will take place at 4pm. I hope everyone is able to spend some quiet time in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament Sunday afternoon. The Eucharist is the “source and summit” of our sacramental faith, and our devotion to Jesus cannot be complete without devotion to His presence in the Blessed Sacrament.
In years past behavior in our churches generally reflected the reverence we should have when in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. It seems we were more properly attired, were quiet, and were attentive to the fact that we were in the presence of God when entering a Catholic Church. It was a good habit to practice reverence in the church building as a reminder of the Eucharistic Presence, but it is a habit many have abandoned in recent years. It was not long ago that leaving immediately after Communion was not proper, but rather taking some time to thank God after Communion was the norm, as was remaining after Mass in quiet prayer. Quiet reverence in the church building is also an act of good manners in that those praying would not be disturbed or distracted in their prayers. Reverent behavior is a reminder to us of the awe we should have in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament and God’s great love for us in giving us the Eucharist. This weekend, as we celebrate Corpus Christi, let us also reflect on our behavior in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament not only this weekend, but at all times we are in a church or chapel, and if we need, to adjust our behavior to properly honor and reverence the presence of God in the Eucharist.
Welcome Luke Johnson, Our Summer Seminarian We welcome our summer seminarian, Mr. Luke Johnson, this weekend. His home parish is Queen of All Saints in Ville Platte. He just finished his first year of philosophy studies at St. Ben’s Seminary in Covington. Please stop by and introduce yourself to him after Masses this weekend, and if you are attending the 8am or 10am Mass, visit with him over coffee and donuts in the south sacristy.
Upcoming Parish Events: Centennial Celebration and Ben Pitre Ordination
Next weekend we will have our parish celebration of the Centennial of our Diocese. June 10 is the feast of St. Landry, our patron saint. Our celebration will be marked by a celebration of our patron at Masses and in the homilies next weekend, as well as a reception after the 10am Mass in the Valentin Hall kitchen.
Our own Ben Pitre will be ordained a priest June 23 at 10am at St. John Cathedral in Lafayette. The following day, Fr. Pitre will celebrate his First Mass of Thanksgiving at the 10am Mass here at St. Landry with a reception to follow at the Opelousas Catholic gymnasium. It is a wonderful time for us, as this is the first priestly vocation from our parish in more than 50 years. I hope all of you are able to attend the 10am Mass on June 24 and celebrate with us after.
Annual Seminarian Benefit Banquet
The Annual Seminarian Benefit Banquet sponsored by The Most Reverend Bishop Jules B. Jeanmard 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Assembly will take place June 23, 2018 at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church Hall. Yours truly will be the guest speaker. Along with various recognitions of the seminarians from our region of the diocese, there is a very nice meal served as well as a Fellowship Hour from 6 to 7pm that evening. The tickets for the event are $10, quite a bargain (especially with such a quality meal and speaker!). You can obtain tickets by calling the office, and your support is very much appreciated for such a worthy cause.