Food for the Journey

fftj logo-txThe Central Region of the Diocese of Lafayette presents “Food for the Journey”, a monthly lunchtime speaker series designed to help Catholics live out our faith in our daily lives.  Our speaker for December is Rev. C. William “Billy” Massie, Associate Pastor of St. Genevieve Catholic Church, Lafayette.  “Food for the Journey” will be held on Tuesday, December 6, at Wyndham Garden Lafayette (formerly “Hotel Acadiana”), 1801 W. Pinhook Road, beginning at 12:00 noon.  An optional lunch 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 Mary Bergeron (654-8682).

Holy Hour for Vocations

20160326_090606-EditPlease join us for our monthly “Holy Hour for Vocations and for the Spiritual Renewal of All Priests” on Monday, December 5, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. here at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 406 E. Pinhook Road. Recitation of the Rosary begins at 5:30 p.m.  All are welcome to join in these prayers for vocations and perseverance of vocations to the priesthood and religious life, sponsored by the Serra Club of Lafayette.

The Gracious Gift of the Never-Ending Presence of God

Holy Cross Catholic Church, 415 Robley Drive, Lafayette, is hosting a Labyrinth Presentation, Evening Reflection and Labyrinth Walk on Thursday, December 1, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Mission Hall, Building M (gym).  Please park by Norbert Luke Drive near the Knights of Columbus Hall.  For information, please call 984-9636.

St. Mary Bus Trip to San Antonio

St. Mary Mother of the Church is hosting a Bus Trip to San Antonio on December 10-12, 2016, to celebrate the Christmas Season in colorful, Mexican-American style and to attend Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Mass and Celebration.  This 2-night trip includes easy access to San Antonio’s Downtown Riverwalk where you will find Holiday Boat Caroling, Arts & Crafts, Fiesta de las Luminaries, shopping, restaurants, the Rio San Antonio Cruise (tickets paid individually), and more.  Over 70,000 Christmas lights and 2500 luminaries “light the way” along the River.  On Sunday, December 11, a local guide will lead us as we visit the Missions, the Alamo, and other “local treats”; we will also visit and tour the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower.  On Monday, December 12, we will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with special services.  For complete details and registration information, please contact Barbara Thibodeaux (337-235-3240) or JoAnn LeJune (337-981-3379).

Solemnity of Christ the King

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Readings

The weekly Bulletin and the bulletin article are available.

You can listen to the Gospel and Sunday homily here.

The starting point of salvation is not the confession of the sovereignty of Christ, but rather the imitation of Jesus’ works of mercy through which he brought about his kingdom. The one who accomplishes these works shows that he has welcomed Christ’s sovereignty, because he has opened his heart to God’s charity. In the twilight of life we will be judged on our love for, closeness to and tenderness towards our brothers and sisters. Upon this will depend our entry into, or exclusion from, the kingdom of God: our belonging to the one side or the other. Through his victory, Jesus has opened to us his kingdom. But it is for us to enter into it, beginning with our life now—his kingdom begins now—by being close in concrete ways to our brothers and sisters who ask for bread, clothing, acceptance, solidarity, catechesis. If we truly love them, we will be willing to share with them what is most precious to us, Jesus himself and his Gospel. — Pope Francis’ Homily: 23 November 2014

Unpacking the Emotional Booksack

Healing Tools for Grieving Children and Teens

Sponsored by the West Deanery of the Diocese of Lafayette, this workshop will offer tools for parents, educators, social workers or any other individual that may assist children and teens find a new normal after experiencing loss and bereavement.  Special attention given to the complicated forms of loss which often accompany physical death by suicide/murder/catastrophic events as well as non-death/secondary losses and their related bereavement tasks.  DeAnn Kalich, Ph.D., F.T. (Professor and Department Head of Sociology, Anthropology & Child and Family Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette), will offer some compassionate tools to assist with this process.  Dr. Kalich will speak at St. Therese of the Child Jesus Holy Family Center at 101 N. Leonard Street in Abbeville from 6:30 p.m.–8:50 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.  No registration or fees.  Contact information:  Janeth Harrington @ 337.258.0073 or JHarrington@diolaf.org.  Catechist Certification:  Level IV, V or VI:  Elective, 3 credits, 2 hours.