Please make plans to come our third annual “Festival de la Grande Eglise,” which will be held next Saturday, October 7, 2017. We are very excited about this year’s event after a very successful festival the last two years. The festival is a celebration of our church and local community and their history, but it is also intended to be a fundraiser to help defray the costs of maintaining historic St. Landry Cemetery, which was built at a time when cemetery endowments did not exist (families generally cared for cemeteries and the tombs of their loved ones). With over 4,000 tomb sites, maintenance is both difficult and expensive. … Read More
In this weekend’s bulletin is our annual financial report for fiscal year 2016-2017 (side by side with the budget published last year). On the flip side of the page is our budget for the upcoming fiscal year, 2017-2018. I have worked with the Finance Council to provide you with an understandable presentation of our church finances. As pastor, I am accountable to you for the proper use of the offerings given to support church ministry and operations, and the report is a way to keep you informed of the financial status of parish. Overall, our financial status continues to be stable, and I thank you for your support over the last year.… Read More
Festival de la Grande Église
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Silent Auction & Live Jazz Music
Featuring Jeremy “JB Saxx” Benoit
5:30 Cash Bar / Silent Auction, 6 PM Meal & Entertainment
Sponsored by: Dupre’ Carrier Godchaux Agency
Location: Delta Grande, Downtown Opelousas
Saturday, October 7, 2017
St. Landry Catholic Church, Opelousas
Begins at 7 a.m. Judging begins at 11:30 AM.; Awards at 3 p.m.
Sponsored by: Tony Chachere’s Foods
2 Mile Color Run
Registration begins at 8 a.m. Race begins at 9 a.m.
Sponsored by: Iggie Castille Insurance
Tours of Historic St.… Read More
Diaconate Ordination of Benjamin Pitre
On September 28, 2017, our very own parishioner of St. Landry, Benjamin Pitre, will be ordained to the transitional diaconate at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy. Many of you will be travelling to Rome for the ordination, as will I. It is a wonderful day for our parish, as it will be the first ordination to the transitional diaconate since Bishop Jarrell, who recently celebrated the 50th Jubilee of his ordination.
We also look forward to Benjamin’s priestly ordination, which is scheduled for June 23, 2018 here in the diocese. He will celebrate his first Mass of Thanksgiving here at St.… Read More
This week we will begin presentations on my sabbatical in Rome during the first 4 months of this year. Last weekend we published a tentative schedule. Unfortunately, I got confused on some of the dates/days, so the schedule will have to be re-worked a bit in the coming weeks. My goal is to schedule the presentations at a time when it will not interfere with other parish activities, such as bible studies, service group meetings and administrative meetings. A new schedule will be published in the coming weeks.
For now, we will have the first two presentations this week and the third in the second week of September on the 13th (the topic will be The Holy Land). … Read More
Our annual Memorial Mass for Lt. Fr. Joseph Verbis Lafleur will take place this week on Thursday, September 7 at 6:30pm. The main celebrant and homilist for the Mass will be Fr. Brad Guillory, a military chaplain from our diocese. His unique insight into Fr. Lafleur’s life from his perspective as both a priest and chaplain should provide fruitful reflection on the extraordinary life of Fr. Lafleur, a life worthy of emulation in his holiness, selflessness, and dedication. Fr. Lafleur has been an inspiration for me since my arrival here at St. Landry, and being able to celebrate his life in this way makes the Memorial Mass a very special time for me. … Read More
Many thanks to all those who helped with the beautiful liturgy at the Fr. Lafleur Memorial Mass last Thursday evening. We very much appreciate Fr. Brad Guillory for his willingness to travel here and be the main celebrant and homilist. As usual, it was a very beautiful liturgy, and we thank him for his willingness to be with us for this very special event in the life of our parish. We also give our heartfelt appreciation to all who participated in the liturgy: The priests and deacons who served and attended; Deacon Joubert, who coordinated the liturgy; the choir and its director, J.P.… Read More
This weekend we welcome Bishop Deshotel at the 4pm Saturday evening Mass and the dedication of the Valentin Hall renovation immediately following. Bishop Deshotel will be the main celebrant and homilist at the Mass and will lead the prayers of dedication.
The completion of the renovation is certainly a milestone for our parish community. As many of you know, Valentin Hall was built to house approximately 30 Marianites of the Holy Cross whose primary duty was service as teachers at AIC and Opelousas Catholic. Built in 1953, Valentin Hall housed the good sisters until the summer of 1982. Many of you have fond memories of the sisters who lived there and were positively influenced by them not only in your quality education, but in the strong faith the sisters instilled.… Read More
It’s good to be home! As always, many thanks to those who helped to hold down the fort in my absence while on vacation, namely Msgr. Melancon and Fr. Leger, our deacons and our staff. My vacation went well and was thoroughly enjoyable, although I did miss being here and am happy to be back.
As was mentioned in last weekend’s Pastor’s Corner, we will have the dedication of the newly renovated Valentin Hall next weekend after the 4pm Saturday Mass. Bishop Deshotel will be the main celebrant and homilist for the Mass and will lead the dedication prayers. After the dedication, there will be a reception in Valentin Hall and an “open house” for all to see areas that might not be accessible under normal circumstances.… Read More