By the Grace of God

I Am What I Am

1st Black Catholic Women’s Conference
St. Genevieve Middle School Cafetorium
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 – 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Registration ($30) required by Oct. 1st
More details and the registration flyer available here.

ANNULMENT PROCESS WORKSHOP

October 16, 2018, the Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of Lafayette, Msgr. Robie Robichaux, will be presenting workshops on Declaration of Nullity and what is needed to begin the process.  Two workshop times are offered:  10:00 am – noon, or 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, at the Diocesan offices, Immaculata Center, 1408 Carmel Drive, Lafayette, LA.  All are invited to attend.  Prior to attending one of the sessions, please register by calling 261-5623, or via email to catrahan@diolaf.org.  There is no charge for this workshop.

A Prayer in the Storm

God of the Universe, at the dawn of creation, your Spirit breathed on the waters, making them the wellspring of all holiness. You created the oceans and rivers, and all that dwell within them, and at your word the wind and the waves were born.

The seasons follow your plan, and the tides rise and fall on your command. In both calm and storm, you are with us.

On the Sea of Galilee, even when the disciples began to fear, Jesus showed that he was Lord over the waters by rebuking the storms, so that all would know that even the wind and the waves obey him.

Creator God, we ask you to calm the wind and the waves of the approaching hurricane, and spare those in its path from harm. Help those who are in its way to reach safety. Open our hearts in generosity to all who need help in the coming days.

In all things and in all times, help us to remember that even when life seems dark and stormy, you are in the boat with us, guiding us to safety.

Amen.

Transitions through Grief

The Center for Loss & Transition at Hospice of Acadiana is offering a FREE 6-week workshop for those grieving the loss of a loved one.  Details are:

When:  Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Dates:  October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 November 7
Where:  Hospice of Acadiana, Center for Loss & Transition
2600 Johnston St., Lafayette, LA 70503
Topics will include:  Common grief reactions, the impact of loss, and self-care
Facilitated by:  Alyssa Barras, MSW
Flyer attached with full details – please feel free to share with others!

Please RSVP with Alyssa Barras, MSW at 337-232-1234 or via abarras@hospiceacadiana.com.

Food for the Journey

The Central Deanery of the Diocese of Lafayette presents “Food for the Journey”, a monthly lunchtime speakers series designed to help Catholics live out our faith in our daily lives. Our speaker for September is Sister Mildred Leonards, Sisters of the Divine Providence, Lafayette. “Food for the Journey”will be held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018at River Oaks Catering and Event Center Lafayette, 520 East Kaliste Saloom Road, beginning at 12:00 noon. An optional buffet is available for purchase beginning at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome to come “eat and be fed” – please bring a friend! Pre-registration is not required.  For more information, please call Danielle Huval (232-1322).

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Readings

The weekly Bulletin and the bulletin article are available.

You can listen to the Gospel and Sunday homily here.

The Bishop’s letter can be found here.

Pennsylvania Grand Jury report

Pope Francis: Letter to the People of God (full text)

Pope Francis has responded to new reports of clerical sexual abuse and the ecclesial cover-up of abuse. In an impassioned letter addressed to the whole People of God, he calls on the Church to be close to victims in solidarity, and to join in acts of prayer and fasting in penance for such “atrocities”.

 

Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis
To the People of God

“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Cor 12:26).  These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons.  Crimes that inflict deep wounds of pain and powerlessness, primarily among the victims, but also in their family members and in the larger community of believers and nonbelievers alike.  Looking back to the past, no effort to beg pardon and to seek to repair the harm done will ever be sufficient.  Looking ahead to the future, no effort must be spared to create a culture able to prevent such situations from happening, but also to prevent the possibility of their being covered up and perpetuated.  The pain of the victims and their families is also our pain, and so it is urgent that we once more reaffirm our commitment to ensure the protection of minors and of vulnerable adults. Continue reading “Pope Francis: Letter to the People of God (full text)”