Pastor’s Corner – April 8, 2018
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. We are also blessed with threee deacons, Deacon Diesi, Deacon Joubert and Deacon Miller, who also took on extra duties joyfully and without reservation. Our parish staff, both office and maintenance, did an outstanding job in cheerfully handling the extra work that always comes during this time of year. If you have the opportunity, please express your appreciation to them.
However, without the support of so many of you, the celebration of Lent and Easter would not have been as beautiful and meaningful as it was. It began with Ash Wednesday and our Altar Society appropriately decorating our church. The Altar Society worked throughout Lent and Easter to make our church look more beautiful for our spiritual benefit. A generous parishioner provided the “Little Black Books” which so many of us found spiritually fruitful in preparing for Easter, and our Parish Advisory Board sponsored a “soup and bread” dinner after Stations of the Cross on Fridays. Our choir and music ministers did an outstanding job during the seasons, but especially during passiontide and the Easter Triduum. Our sacristans, altar servers, readers, and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion served reverently and competently. Some cut palms for Palm Sunday, while others cultivated our gardens around the church. Our suppliers ably and competently provided things we needed (obviously, we thank Jim Durio Florist for the beautiful flowers). So many people helped in so many ways. We thank and appreciate all of you!
I also want to thank all of you who participated in our liturgies and activities during Lent and Easter. Good attendance is usual during Lent at daily Mass and Stations of the Cross, especially at the beginning of the season. After a few weeks, however, attendance usually shrinks a bit. This year, though, attendance stayed steady over the season and even got bigger at the end of the season! Our confessional was very busy, enough so that despite expanded confession times, we many times heard confessions both before and after our daily Mass! Attendance for the Triduum and Easter Masses was significantly increased this year. These things indicate a healthy spiritual life within our parish and a living out of the Lent and Easter seasons within our hearts. It also encourages others by example and solidarity in our faith. This is most important to our community, and makes for a most joyful Easter in the most important way, in our hearts and souls!
Thanks again to all! May God Bless you during the Easter Season, Alleluia, Alleluia!!
First Communion Today!
This morning our children will receive their First Communion at the 10am Mass. It is my favorite day of the year. I am always moved by the excitement and reverence of our children in receiving First Communion. We should all be reminded that we ourselves should always be excited about the prospect of receiving the Grace of Christ in the Eucharist as well as the reverence that we also should show in receiving the Eucharist. Congratulations to the children and their families on this special day!!
Don’t Forget our Parish Picnic, April 22 after the 10am Mass! Please make plans to join us for our Community Easter Celebration