Pastor’s Corner – January 28, 2018
With the beginning of the new year, a spring time of sorts comes early to our parish – the beginning of sacramental preparation of our children for their First Confession and First Communion, and of our young adults for their reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. We have seven of our children preparing for their First Confession and First Communion, and about 25 of our young adults preparing for Confirmation. This time of year is a good time for us as a parish community to reflect on the goodness of God in giving us the gift of the Sacraments, which are channels of grace that help us to live the Christian vocation given to each of us. Please remember in your prayers all those preparing to receive sacraments this year, their families and our church community, as these times are definitely times of great joy and thanksgiving for all of us!
Getting Ready for Lent
Lent is also just around the corner (Ash Wednesday is February 14), so we should be making preparations for our prayer, almsgiving and fasting. Weekly activities that we currently have at St. Landry that can help us with our spiritual life during Lent, or any other time of year, are:
- Mondays at 10am and 6pm Bible Study (Systematic course of study of Sacred Scripture);
- Tuesdays at 6pm: Come, Lord Jesus! (Prayer and Bible Study focused on Sunday’s Gospel Reading);
- Wednesdays at 6am: That Man Is You! (Presentation and Discussion on Men’s Spirituality);
- Wednesdays at 5:15pm: Come, Lord Jesus! (Prayer and Scripture Study focused on Sunday’s Gospel Reading).
In addition, on Thursdays during Lent, I will lead a Bible Study using a modified Come, Lord Jesus! format that will focus on the Gospel reading for each Sunday during Lent. It will begin at 6pm and will last about an hour. It is a great way to be introduced to group bible study in an informal setting and start the habit of regular study of Sacred Scripture. Our Lenten Mission will take place on March 5, 6, and 7, 2018 and will be presented by Fr. Bryce Sibley, Pastor of Our Lady of Wisdom Church in Lafayette. Other Lenten activities will be Friday Stations of the Cross at 5:15pm and our Soup and Bread dinner after sponsored by our Parish Advisory Board. A full listing of Lenten activities will be published in a bulletin insert the Sunday before Ash Wednesday.
Finally, for those baptized adults who have not yet received the sacrament of Confirmation, we will have an Adult Confirmation Class during Lent, with Confirmation taking place at the Easter Vigil on March 31, 2018. Depending on the number of participants, the instruction will be either individual or in a group. Please call the office if you would like to participate.
Let’s hope that in these activities we can come to greater knowledge and love of Our Savior during the Lenten Season that changes our lives for the better!
Centennial Celebration for our Diocese
The beginning of 2018 also marks the beginning of the Centennial Year for our diocese. The 100 years of ministry began in 1918 under the episcopacy of Bishop Jeanmard, a native of Breaux Bridge, and of course we now are shepherded by Bishop Douglas Deshotel. We have had the privilege of giving the diocese Bishop Michael Jarrell, who served as our bishop until 2016 and is now serving the people of Sts. Peter and Paul in Scott. Part of the Diocesan Centennial Celebration is a Mass in each region at an historic church, and I am happy to announce that St. Landry was chosen to be the site of the Mass for our region. The Mass will take place on the evening of March 23, 2018 and will be followed by a reception. Bishop Deshotel will be the main celebrant and homilist, and Bishop Jarrell will be in attendance as well. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend this very special event for our parish community!