I Lived on Parker Avenue

A Short Documentary Film About Adoption
Adopted at birth and raised in Louisiana, David Scotton is on a journey to Indiana to meet the birth parents he’s never known. His tattooed birth mother, Melissa, and reserved birth father, Brian, anxiously wait for him, concerned David will reject them for decisions they made before he was born. I Lived on Parker Avenue is a short documentary about a mother’s agony in choosing what’s best, the joy of a couple starting a family, and young man’s search for where his life began.

Canadian Catholic Youth Choir

Les Jeunes Chanteurs d’Acadie, a renowned Catholic youth choir from the Acadian Region of Canada will perform at two Diocese of Lafayette Masses during the weekend of Festival International.  The 50 member choir of children ages 10-14 will sing the 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.  The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Douglas Deshotel.  The choir will also sing the 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday, April 28 at St. Martin de Tours Church in St. Martinville, and will perform a free concert in the church immediately following Mass.  The group will also perform on stage at Festival International. Please join us to be part of this goodwill tour celebrating the strong ties between members of the Acadian Community of Canada and their Louisiana cousins.

Below is Les Jeunes Chanteurs d’Acadie’s schedule during their visit to Acadiana. Continue reading “Canadian Catholic Youth Choir”

3rd Sunday of Easter

Readings

The weekly Bulletin and the bulletin article are available.

You can listen to the Gospel and Sunday homily here.

Gaudete et Exsultate

On April 9th, 2018, Pope Francis released a third Apostolic Exhortation, entitled “Rejoice and Be Glad”, on the Call to Holiness in the World.  You can download the entire text here.

Here is an excerpt, paragraphs 14 – 16 of the letter:

14. To be holy does not require being a bishop, a priest or a religious. We are frequently tempted to think that holiness is only for those who can withdraw from ordinary affairs to spend much time in prayer. That is not the case. We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves. Are you called to the consecrated life? Be holy by living out your commitment with joy. Are you married? Be holy by loving and caring for your husband or wife, as Christ does for the Church. Do you work for a living? Be holy by labouring with integrity and skill in the service of your brothers and sisters. Are you a parent or grandparent? Be holy by patiently teaching the little ones how to follow Jesus. Are you in a position of authority? Be holy by working for the common good and renouncing personal gain.[14]  Continue reading “3rd Sunday of Easter”

Bishops Respond to Border Troops

Bishop Joe Vásquez, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, today issued the following statement in support of the Southern Border Bishops and in response to the Administration’s recent actions:

“On behalf of the USCCB Committee on Migration, I fully affirm the concerns voiced by the U.S. Bishops of the southern border regarding the presence of the National Guard at the U.S./Mexico border.  Current law entitles those fleeing persecution and arriving in our country to due-process as their claims are reviewed. As the border bishops state: ‘Seeking refuge from persecution and violence in search of a peaceful life for oneself and one’s family is not a crime.’  Our faith calls us to respond with compassion to those who suffer and seek safe haven; we ask our government to do the same as it seeks to safely and humanely secure the border.”

The statement of the eight bishops of diocese on our southwestern border can be read here.

Women’s Day Celebration

St. Joseph Church in Broussard will host “Resting in God’s Goodness”, with Linda Brooks, on May 5th, 2018, from 9 am – 12:00 pm. (232 St. de Porres Street, Broussard, LA).  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., cost is $10 per person.  More info available from the Church Office: 337-837-6218.

Guadete et Exsultate

On April 9th, 2018, Pope Francis released a third Apostolic Exhortation, entitled “Rejoice and Be Glad”, on the Call the Holiness in the World.  You can download the entire text here.

Here is an excerpt, paragraphs 14 – 16 of the letter:

14. To be holy does not require being a bishop, a priest or a religious. We are frequently tempted to think that holiness is only for those who can withdraw from ordinary affairs to spend much time in prayer. That is not the case. We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves. Are you called to the consecrated life? Be holy by living out your commitment with joy. Are you married? Be holy by loving and caring for your husband or wife, as Christ does for the Church. Do you work for a living? Be holy by labouring with integrity and skill in the service of your brothers and sisters. Are you a parent or grandparent? Be holy by patiently teaching the little ones how to follow Jesus. Are you in a position of authority? Be holy by working for the common good and renouncing personal gain.[14]  Continue reading “Guadete et Exsultate”

Annulment Process Workshop

April 17, 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.  Additionally, the Office of Marriage and Family Life will provide information and resources available to individuals dealing with divorce and grief recovery.  The two hour workshop will be held at 10:00 am or 6:00 pm at the Diocesan offices, 1408 Carmel Drive, Lafayette, LA.  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.

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 April is Rev. David Hebert, Pastor of St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Lafayette. “Food for the Journey” will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 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).

Divine Mercy Sunday

Our Lady of Fatima Church, Lafayette, will once again host a special 3:00 pm Mass on Sunday, April 8th, Divine Mercy Sunday.  Exposition of the Holy Eucharist and the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation will take place at 2:00 pm.  The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be sung at 2:15 pm with Benediction and Mass following at 3:00 pm. For more information, contact Our Lady of Fatima Church, 232.8945.