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
Here is the link to access Father Sibley’s Mission talks:
Thanks You Father Sibley!… Read More
Today we celebrate the 3rd Sunday of Lent, and the focus this week is on our faith. As we hear in our Gospel reading this week from St. John, Jesus threw the money changers out of the Temple in Jerusalem because they were making His Father’s House a marketplace. After the Resurrection the apostles recalled Jesus’ words as well as the prophecy of the Old Testament predicting this event and came to believe in what Jesus had spoken. Many in Jerusalem at the time of Jesus entrance also began to believe when they saw the signs he was doing. Jesus, however, did not entrust himself to them because “he knew them and didn’t need anyone to tell him about human nature, as he understood it well.” The same people would soon call for Jesus’ crucifixion.… Read More
St. Landry Church Parish Mission
March 5th, 6th and 7th at 6pm (Mass at 5:30pm)
“Finding God: A Primer on Prayer”
Presented by Fr. Bryce Sibley
Fr. Bryce Sibley is a priest of the Diocese of Lafayette. He received his Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree from the Angelicum and his Licentiate from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family, both in Rome. He was ordained to the priesthood in the year 2000 and has served in various parish teaching assignments, as well as being active and renown as a speaker, writer, and blogger.… Read More
Today we celebrate the 2nd Sunday of Lent, and our Gospel reading of the day is “The Transfiguration.” The Transfiguration represents many things, including Jesus’ fulfillment of the teachings of the Law and the Prophets and the glory that is to come. However, this weekend, the focus relates to last weekend’s theme of repentance, or “change.” We must first be open to change our lives to conform with the teachings of Jesus. If we do not, then we have what is referred to as a “hard heart.” God cannot work with a hard heart because we are free to accept or reject His Grace, so if we have already decided not to change our lives, then God will not force us to change, as that would impair our freedom. … Read More
On this First Sunday of Lent, we hear the words of Jesus after His forty days in the desert: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” Today, we focus on Jesus’ command to repent and believe in the gospel. The word “repent” is used in common parlance as meaning sorrow for one’s sins. However, there are several nuanced meanings of “repent,” which is used to translate a Greek word in the bible. The original Greek word also means “to change,” especially to change one’s mind or to change the “inner person,” particularly in accepting the will of God. … Read More