Pastor’s Corner – October 29, 2017
Although the weather got shaky last weekend, our Cemetery Tours were once again a great success. There was much preparation and hard work put into this year’s tours by many people. We thank the Cemetery Tour Committee and all those who supported, assisted and helped in making this year’s tours such a great success. We also want to thank all who came and took the tour, both parishioners of St. Landry Church and our visitors. Proceeds from the tours are used for tomb repair. Traditionally, in October and November we remember and reverence those who have gone before us and have handed down to us their faith, culture and wisdom.
In that regard, the beginning of November is especially the time of year when we remember those who have passed into the next life before us. We especially remember our deceased loved ones on All Saints Day, which is November 1, and All Souls Day, which is November 2. Two things we should be reminded of during this time. First, if you have family members who are buried in St. Landry Cemetery, please check on their tombs, and if necessary, spruce them up or repair them. Our cemetery is beautiful, and we hope to maintain that beauty through the continued effort to maintain the tombs properly. We hope that families will continue the tradition of reverencing their ancestors by proper maintenance of their tombs. Second, our cemetery was built at a time when families maintained the tombs of their family members as well as the grounds. Because of this, cemetery endowments were not deemed necessary, so our cemetery has no endowment for perpetual maintenance. As a church parish, we maintain the cemetery without charge of a cemetery maintenance fee, and the cost of maintaining the grounds for some 4,000 tomb sites is, to say the least, substantial. The Festival de la Grande Eglise was established to help offset these costs. If you were unable to support the festival, please consider a donation for cemetery maintenance. Thanks so much!
Please also note the upcoming special liturgies we will have this week. Our annual Cemetery Blessing will take place this week on Wednesday, November 1 (All Saints Day) at 5pm. Of course, November 1st is All Saints Day and a holy day of obligation, meaning that we attend Mass just as if it was a Sunday. We will have a vigil Mass on Tuesday, October 31st at 5:30pm and will have Masses on November 1st at 8:40am (OCS Mass), 12:05pm and 5:30pm. Please make every effort to attend this wonderful celebration of all the saints God has created and who have brought the Light of Christ into our world. Finally, our annual All Souls Day Memorial Mass will be at 6pm on November 2, where we especially remember those who have died in the last year and pray for the consolation of their families. As usual, we have prepared a display with the names of all our loved ones in front of the Marian altar for remembrance and prayer.
Baby Bottle Campaign
This weekend we have the collection of the baby bottles for the Baby Bottle Campaign. Boxes have been placed at each of the doors for the bottles. Thanks so much to everyone who supported the campaign, which supplies needs to women and children in need. The campaign helps support women to choose life by showing our support of life! Thanks again!!