Pastor’s Corner from September 10, 2017
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. Porrier; the lay liturgical ministers, including the sacristans, lectors and altar servers; and the various service groups who were in attendance (Catholic Daughters, Knights of Columbus, Knights of Peter Claver and Military Honor Guard). We especially thank the Friends of Fr. Lafleur, coordinated by Richard and Carrol Lafleur, for helping to cultivate devotion to Fr. Lafleur and promote his cause for sainthood. Through the efforts of the Friends of Fr. Lafleur, which is active all year long, our St. Landry Church community better understands our rich history. Through the good example of those who came before us, we are inspired to live our lives more firm in our faith!
As usual, we have a busy September and October here in our parish. We will begin with our annual financial report on the weekend of September 24th. The following week Ben Pitre will be ordained a transitional deacon in Rome on September 28, and many of you as well as myself will be travelling to Rome to attend the ordination and celebrate with Ben and his family. Our annual Festival de la Grande Eglise will kick off Wednesday, October 4th with an evening of entertainment and silent auction at the Delta Grand, followed by the festival day itself on Saturday, October 7th here on the church grounds. We then move to our annual Cemetery Tours. The Cemetery tours will take place the weekends of October 14/15 and 21/22. This year’s theme is “Leaders and Legends.” Please mark your calendar for one of the tours, which will take place Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon of both weekends.
Like last year, many volunteers will be needed on the festival day, and there are sign-up sheets in the back of the church for those who are able to help. Please be generous with your time and any help you can give. Even an hour or two at the festival is very helpful and very much appreciated! We should also take this opportunity to thank the volunteers who have been working all year to plan the festival. The chair of the festival is Deacon Dwayne Joubert, and the Festival Executive Committee members are Yvonne Normand, Sharon Ortego and Harry Ragas. There are many other sponsors and chairs of the different events for the festival, and we thank each of them for their willingness to help!
From the office of the Vicar General, Diocese of Lafayette:
“Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel informs all clergy and lay faithful of the Diocese of Lafayette that Mr. Thomas “Mac” Smith is prohibited from speaking, disseminating any printed materials, or exercising any ministry or apostolate in any parish, school or Catholic institution in the Diocese of Lafayette. In particular he is not to promote alleged spiritual messages, “soaking prayer,” apparitions, locutions, or visions etc. by means of any Catholic entity in the Diocese of Lafayette. All clergy and lay faithful who are in communion with the Church are to abstain from participating in those activities and from any involvement in the spreading of Mr. Thomas “Mac” Smith’s writings, teachings or alleged spiritual messages. For those who are disappointed by this decision, I encourage you to seek security in Jesus Christ, the Sacraments, and the Scriptures.”