Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Readings

The weekly Bulletin and the bulletin article are available.

You can listen to the Gospel and Sunday homily here.

U.S. Bishop’s statement on proposed health care legislation:

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is examining very closely the new Senate “discussion draft” introduced today and will provide more detailed comments soon.

It must be made clear now, however, that this proposal retains many of the fundamental defects of the House of Representatives-passed health care legislation, and even further compounds them. It is precisely the detrimental impact on the poor and vulnerable that makes the Senate draft unacceptable as written.

An acceptable health care system provides access to all, regardless of their means, and at all stages of life. Such a health care system must protect conscience rights, as well as extend to immigrant families. Continue reading “Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Cajun Camp 2017

Just a reminder:  Registration is now underway for Cajun Camp 2017 for children 5-13 years old who are deaf, deaf-blind, hearing disabled, or for hearing children who want to learn sign language.  Cajun Camp will be held July 10-14 and July 17-21, and the cost is $100 per week.  Deadline to register is June 30.  Call the Deaf Action Center at 337-232-3463 for more information.

Against Racism

We commend the Southern Baptist Convention for the resolution passed at their Pastor’s Conference, entitled “On the Anti-Gospel of Alt-Right White Supremacy”.  You can read the entire statement here.  In part the statement reads:

WHEREAS, Racism and white supremacy are, sadly, not extinct but present all over the world in various white supremacist movements, sometimes known as “white nationalism” or “alt-right”; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, June 13–14, 2017, decry every form of racism, including alt-right white supremacy, as antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we denounce and repudiate white supremacy and every form of racial and ethnic hatred as a scheme of the devil intended to bring suffering and division to our society; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we acknowledge that we still must make progress in rooting out any remaining forms of intentional or unintentional racism in our midst; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we earnestly pray, both for those who advocate racist ideologies and those who are thereby deceived, that they may see their error through the light of the Gospel, repent of these hatreds, and come to know the peace and love of Christ through redeemed fellowship in the Kingdom of God, which is established from every nation, tribe, people, and language.

Remember:  The Alt-Right is Wrong.

Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

 

Readings

The weekly Bulletin and the bulletin article are available.

You can listen to the Gospel and Sunday homily here.

Pope Francis at the Angelus, speaking for this Feast:

Today’s evangelical page, written by Saint John, is part of the discourse on the “bread of life” (Cf. 6:51-58). Jesus affirms: “I am the bread which came down from Heaven. [. . .] and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh” (v. 51). He wishes to say that the Father has sent him to the world as food of eternal life and, therefore, He will sacrifice Himself, His flesh. In fact on the cross Jesus gave His Body and shed His Blood. The crucified Son of Man is the true paschal Lamb, which makes one come out of sin and sustains one on the way to the Promised Land. The Eucharist is the Sacrament of His flesh given to make the world live; whoever eats this food remains in Jesus and lives for Him. To assimilate Jesus means to be in Him, to become children in the Son. Continue reading “Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ”

Fete-Dieu Du Teche-2017

 

The 3rd Annual Eucharistic Procession is set for August 15, 2017, Feast of the Assumption.  Boat Registrations are currently being accepted for this pilgrimage down Bayou Teche, from Leonville to St. Martinville.  More information is available online here or in the flyer available here.

Feast of Pentecost

Readings

The weekly Bulletin and the bulletin article are available.

You can listen to the Gospel and Sunday homily here.

Pope Francis’ homily on Pentecost:

Today concludes the Easter season, the fifty days that, from Jesus’ resurrection to Pentecost, are marked in a particular way by the presence of the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit is in fact the Easter Gift par excellence.  He is the Creator Spirit, who constantly brings about new things.  Today’s readings show us two of those new things.  In the first reading, the Spirit makes of the disciples a new people; in the Gospel, he creates in the disciples a new heart. Continue reading “Feast of Pentecost”

Mayor Landrieu — The Truth

On May 19th, 2017, Mayor Moon Landrieu gave a speech on the occasion of the removal of four Confederate statues for the city of New Orleans.  It is worth reading, laying bear the truth that the Confederacy, in its support of slavery “was on the wrong side of history and of humanity”.  The text of his speech follows:

 

Thank you for coming.

The soul of our beloved City is deeply rooted in a history that has evolved over thousands of years; rooted in a diverse people who have been here together every step of the way — for both good and for ill. It is a history that holds in its heart the stories of Native Americans — the Choctaw, Houma Nation, the Chitimacha. Of Hernando De Soto, Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, the Acadians, the Islenos, the enslaved people from Senegambia, Free People of Colorix, the Haitians, the Germans, both the empires of France and Spain. The Italians, the Irish, the Cubans, the south and central Americans, the Vietnamese and so many more.

You see — New Orleans is truly a city of many nations, a melting pot, a bubbling caldron of many cultures. There is no other place quite like it in the world that so eloquently exemplifies the uniquely American motto: e pluribus unum — out of many we are one. But there are also other truths about our city that we must confront. New Orleans was America’s largest slave market: a port where hundreds of thousands of souls were bought, sold and shipped up the Mississippi River to lives of forced labor of misery of rape, of torture. America was the place where nearly 4000 of our fellow citizens were lynched, 540 alone in Louisiana; where the courts enshrined ‘separate but equal’; where Freedom riders coming to New Orleans were beaten to a bloody pulp. So when people say to me that the monuments in question are history, well what I just described is real history as well, and it is the searing truth.

And it immediately begs the questions, why there are no slave ship monuments, no prominent markers on public land to remember the lynchings or the slave blocks; nothing to remember this long chapter of our lives; the pain, the sacrifice, the shame… all of it happening on the soil of New Orleans. So for those self-appointed defenders of history and the monuments, they are eerily silent on what amounts to this historical malfeasance, a lie by omission. There is a difference between remembrance of history and reverence of it.

Continue reading “Mayor Landrieu — The Truth”

Fete-Dieu du Teche

Registrations are now being accepted for boats to participate:

Come let us adore Him! Fȇte-Dieu du Teche, Eucharistic Boat Procession down
Bayou Teche, will take place on the Feast of the Assumption, Tuesday, August 15. All
are invited to a Mass in French at 8am at St. Leo the Great in Leonville to begin the
day. Bishop Douglas Deshotel will preside and give the homily. At the end of Mass,
there will be a procession from Church with the Blessed Sacrament to the boat landing. Continue reading “Fete-Dieu du Teche”