This is an attempt to collect information for victims of the floodwaters, and for volunteers (updated-2016-08-24)
Lafayette Parish Donation & Distribution Sites (2016-08-22):
- Lafayette United Way of Acadiana 215 E Pinhook Road, Lafayette 8am – 6pm
- Lafayette Eagle Wholesale Building 413 Coolidge St., Lafayette 9:00 am until 7:00 pm
- Youngsville Bead Busters 2034 Bonin Road, Youngsville 10:00 am until 7:00 pm
FEMA has started going door to door, offering the assistance they provide. More info on their flyer here. Those with losses should register with FEMA at 1-888-621-FEMA, or at www.disasterAssistance.gov.
Disaster Food Stamps: for those impacted by the flood, or lost wages from low-to-moderate-income households — Pre-register at www.dcfs.louisiana.gov/preregister or call 1888-LAHELP-U. Those already receiving SNAP need not re-apply. KATC has more information here, as well as information on Disaster Housing options.
Continue reading “Flood Assistance Resources”
St. Mary, Mother of the Church (419 Doucet Road, Lafayette) invites all women to a “Women’s Prayer Breakfast” on Saturday, September 10, from 9 a.m.-12:00 Noon in the parish hall. A presentation on “Forgiveness and the Year of Mercy” will be given by Mary Bergeron. St. Mary Altar Society is sponsoring this event that includes food, fun, faith with friends. Registration is required by August 25 with a donation of $10.00. For more information, please call JoAnn LeJune (337-981-3379).
In the Midst of the Floods
Merciful God, we pray with and for those who are suffering from the effects of flooding.
We hearken to the words of Psalm 69.
Reader: (Psalm 69:14-18, 34-37)
I pray to you, Lord, for the time of your favor.
God, in your great kindness answer me with your constant help.
Rescue me from the mire; do not let me sink.
Rescue me from my enemies and from the watery depths.
Do not let the floodwaters overwhelm me,
nor the deep swallow me,
nor the mouth of the pit close over me.
Answer me, Lord, in your generous love;
in your great mercy turn to me.
Do not hide your face from your servant;
in my distress hasten to answer me!
… For the Lord hears the poor, does not spurn those in bondage.
Let the heavens and the earth sing praise,
the seas and whatever move in them!
God will rescue Zion, rebuild the cities of Judah.
God’s servants shall dwell in the land and possess it;
it shall be the heritage of their descendants;
those who love God’s name shall dwell there. Continue reading “In the Midst of the Floods”
From Bishop Deshotels:
Dear Friends, as we gather for prayer this weekend and in the coming days, especially as we Catholics remember the Assumption of the Holy Mother of God on Monday, we join our hearts and prayers with all believers on behalf of the saturated and flooded communities of Louisiana and of our beloved Acadiana in particular. We pray in gratitude for first responders who have rescued our citizens and also for neighbors who continue to help neighbors meet the challenges of these torrential rains. We urge everyone to remain attentive to the directives of our civil officials. Let us continue to pray for the Lord’s protection and remember the words of the prophet Nahum, “The LORD is good to those who wait for him, and a refuge on the day of distress, taking care of those who look to him for protection.” (Nahum 1:7)
“All are reminded that Church teaching (Catechism, 2183), and canon law (canon 1248, §2) excuse weekend Mass obligation in the case of grave inconvenience. Weather conditions are different in various areas of the Diocese. The faithful are advised to follow the directions and advice of local civil authorities. A pastor may cancel or reduce the Mass schedule only in those places where grave conditions make that necessary. When participation at Holy Mass is precluded, the faithful are to devote appropriate time to personal or family prayer, e.g. reflection on the Sunday readings, praying the rosary or mental prayer. In any case, the Lord’s Day remains holy. Please pray for the safety of all affected by this major weather event.”
This Sunday’s Readings
of Fallen Baton Rouge Police Officers
Fatima Troop 446 will be hosting a Car Wash fundraiser to help raise money for the families of the Fallen Baton Rouge Police Officers on Saturday, August 6, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Our Lady of Fatima Church parking lot at 2319 Johnston Street, Lafayette. Please come help us honor our Heroes.
Along the Bayou Teche
Monday August 15th – Feast of the Assumption
In Honor of the 251st Anniversary of the Arrival of the Catholic Faith to Acadiana
0 Begins with French Mass by Bishop John Douglas Deshotel, D.D., Bishop of Lafayette,
at St. Leo’s in Leonville at 8:00 am
0 Procession to Landing 9:00 am, Boat Procession departs at 9:30 am
0 Stops at Each Church on the Bayou: Arnaudville, Cecilia, Breaux Bridge, Parks for
Rosary and Benediction
0 End up in the evening at Evangeline Oak in St. Martinville
0 Disembark and Process into Notre Dame for Benediction
0 Process to St. Martin de Tours for Benediction
0 Process Down Main St. to Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel for Vespers and Benediction
0 Confessions will be Available at All Stops Along the Teche
Flyer available here.
We regret to announce that this date has been cancelled. A new date will be set for this event in the near future.
Join Jim Schellman for a day of formation for married couples to deepen their marriage covenant in Jesus Christ. Inspired by the Catechumenal Model of adult formation, couples will have the opportunity to focus their hopes, dreams, worries and sufferings on Christ. The full day of workshop will be held at St. Pius X Parish Life Center on Saturday August 27, 2016 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm with the option to attend Mass at 5 pm. The cost of the retreat is $75 which will include your lunch and all supplies. Please pre-register through our website, www.diolaf.org/marriage-enrichment. Deadline to register is August 19th.