Reading “Rejoice and Be Glad”

“Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your lives.” These words are used at Mass to send us back out into the world, to glorify the Lord.  But how do we do that?  How can our little lives add anything to the splendor and majesty of God?  Join us on five consecutive Tuesdays to explore Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation “Rejoice and Be Glad: On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World”.

In five chapters, the Holy Father explores ways in which the Lord calls us all to holiness, “each in his or her own way”. Sessions will begin at 6 pm, and last about an hour. Each session will focus on one of the five chapters of the document.  No registration is required.  Presenter:  Fr. M. Keith LaBove, Pastor

Where:  St. Patrick Catholic Church – 406 E. Pinhook Road, Lafayette, LA
When: Tuesdays:  October 30, & November 6, 13, 20 & 27
Starting at:  6 p.m.

Download a flyer here.

Read the letter here.

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Readings

The weekly Bulletin and the bulletin article are available.

The Sunday homily is not available.

Today marks the canonization of Blessed Archbishop Oscar Romero, of San Salvador, along with Blessed Pope Paul VI & 5 others. You can read his last homily here, after which he was assassinated while celebrating Mass, March 24, 1980.  On the day before, the Archbishop had continued his mission of preaching the Gospel by speaking up on behalf of the poor and voiceless in his country, who were being mercilessly slaughtered by a brutal military regime (supported by the United States).  By preaching truth to power, Romero had put into practice that most fundamental element of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the preferential option for the poor.  Why was it deemed necessary by the powerful to silence this servant of God?  Consider these words he spoke in his homily on the day before his murder:

“I would like to make a special appeal to the men of the army, and specifically to the ranks of the National Guard, the police and the military. Brothers, you come from our own people. You are killing your own brother peasants when any human order to kill must be subordinate to the law of God which says, “Thou shalt not kill.” No soldier is obliged to obey an order contrary to the law of God. No one has to obey an immoral law. It is high time you recovered your consciences and obeyed your consciences rather than a sinful order. The church, the defender of the rights of God, of the law of God, of human dignity, of the person, cannot remain silent before such an abomination. We want the government to face the fact that reforms are valueless if they are to be carried out at the cost of so much blood. In the name of God, in the name of this suffering people whose cries rise to heaven more loudly each day, I implore you, I beg you, I order you in the name of God: stop the repression.”

 

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.

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.