Pastor’s Corner – June 10, 2018
This weekend, as part of our Diocesan Centennial Celebration, we celebrate as a parish the 100th Anniversary of the creation of our diocese, The Diocese of Lafayette in Louisiana. Here at St. Landry Church our patron, St. Landry of Paris, serves as a “father” of sorts to our church family. The feast of St. Landry is today, June 10, so we decided to celebrate it today in conjunction with the Centennial Celebration. There will be a reception in the Valentin Hall kitchen after the 10am Mass, and I hope that you are able to come and celebrate the rich history of our church parish and diocese.
St. Landry is a wonderful patron for us in both his teaching and example, and as we learn more about him, we can learn more about what our goals should be as a church community. His life has a great similarity to what Pope Francis is calling us to be, servers of God’s people both in word and in deed. History is an important thing for us to remember. It reminds us of where we came from and can keep us rooted in the things that are truly good and time tested, and helps us not to repeat the mistakes of the past. Below is a summary of the life of St. Landry, our beloved patron.
Speaking of History – Our Patron, St. Landry There are actually four St. Landrys: (1) Saint-Bishop Landry of Sées (c.405 – 480), located in the Basse-Normandie region of France; (2) Saint Landry of (Soignies) Belgium, also known as Saint Landry of Metz (c. 622 – 700); (3) Saint Landry of Savoy (1012 – 1050), who was a Benedictine monk of Novalise in Savoy; and (4) Saint Landry, Bishop of Paris, also known as St. Landry the Confessor, who died in 661 after serving as Bishop of Paris for some eleven years. Our church in Opelousas is named after this fourth St. Landry. In 650, during the reign of Clovis II, Saint Landry succeeded Audobertus as Bishop of Paris. During the famine of 650-51, Saint Landry sold all of his personal possessions, as well as some of the furniture and sacred vessels of the church, to feed the poor. In 651, Saint Landry founded a hospital, dedicated to St. Christopher, near the Cathedral of Notre Dame (which hospital later developed into the Hôtel-Dieu de Paris). This hospital was still in operation on our parish pilgrimage several years ago, and we were able to see the building on the pilgrimage. However, shortly after our visit, it was decided that the building could no longer be used as a hospital, so it will serve another purpose in the future. Saint Landry built the original church of St. Germain l’Auxerrois, which became the parish of the kings of France. Saint Landry served as Bishop of Paris until his death, which occurred in 661. He was buried in the Church of Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois in Paris, and today you can see his statue and frescos painted in St. Landry’s Chapel at Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois (we saw these on our pilgrimage as well). Let us remember to ask our patron to intercede for us in prayers for our church parish, as well call upon his intercession in time of need. St. Landry prayers cards are located at the doors of the church for your use in prayers. St. Landry, pray for us!!