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
This week of vacation has been great, although the thunderstorms have been looming around some of my favorite fishing spots. Nevertheless, we had some really good fishing days and hopefully will have a few more good trips before returning home for next weekend. Many thanks to Fr. Marcin Surga of the Redemporists for giving the mission appeal last weekend, and thanks to you for your generous response!
Valentin Hall Construction and Dedication
As you may already be aware from previous bulletin articles, we are happy to welcome Bishop Deshotel in two weeks for the dedication of the newly renovated Valentin Hall.… Read More
This weekend and next I will be out of town on vacation. This is the time of year where I change from a “fisher of men” into a “fisher of fish.” Know of my prayers for you all while I am away, and please keep me in your prayers as well. I look forward to seeing you upon my return.
Mission Priest This Weekend
As was mentioned in last week’s Pastor’s Corner, this weekend we will have a mission priest preaching at all the Masses. This is the weekend of the year when our parish participates in the
diocesan Mission Cooperative Plan.… Read More
Spirituality is not religion. And conversely religion is not spirituality. Perhaps there was a time in your life when someone asked you, “What religion are you?” And you replied, “I am Catholic.” But has anyone ever asked you about your spirituality?
Though separate the two get mixed.
Spirituality is essential to the human experience. It rises up naturally with awareness; awareness of something beyond. It’s a life force like breath; it’s something I notice first in someone else. Nevertheless if I give this something time . . . it comes to me, speaking and inspiring, bestowing gifts of honesty, forgiveness, gratitude.… Read More