Dine for the Diner

This is an annual fundraiser hosted by St. Joseph Diner, a program of Catholic Services of Acadiana. Local restaurants agree to donate 10% of their proceeds to St. Joseph Diner on Thursday, May 24th. The community is asked to participate by eating at these restaurants. Visit catholicservice.org/dineforthediner to see a list of participating restaurants.

Fatima Organ Concert

Date changed to May 13th.

Our Lady of Fatima Church (2319 Johnston Street) will host Ms Gail Archer, Concert Organist, in recital on Sunday, May 6, 2018, at 2:30 p.m.  Included will be works by Back, Schumann, Reger & others. Ms Archer is concert organist at Vassar College and chair of the music program at Barnard College of Columbia University.  She also serves as director of the artist and young organ artist recitals at historic Central Synagogue in New York City.  The concert is free and open to the public. Flyer available here.

Quo Vadis Days


A time of recreation, fellowship, prayer and discussion to aid young men in discerning their vocations in life. June 26-28, 2018, at Community of Jesus Crucified, 103 Railroad Ave, St. Martinville, LA.  There will be priests, seminarians, and other young men like yourself gathered together for these days. No charge. To register:  http://www.lafayettevocations.org or 337-261-5690.


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 May is Rev. Anthony Anala, SVD, Pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Church, Lafayette. “Food for the Journey” will be held on Tuesday, May 8, 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).

Aquinas Institute

Register Now for an Aquinas Institute Course!  Summer Course:  THE 293 Augustine and the Dawn of the Christian Era 3 sem. hours will be taught by Fr. Clinton Sensat, STL on Saturdays 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at John Paul the Great Academy in Lafayette.  Classes start June 2 and end August 4.  Fall Courses:  THE 203 Jesus, Son of God by Fr. Michael Russo, STB, MA (Tuesdays 6:15 – 9:00 PM at Knight Hall at Our Lady of Fatima – Classes begin Aug. 21 and end Dec. 4) and PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy 3 sem. hrs. by Fr. Brian Harrington, MA, PhL (Wednesdays 6-8:45 PM at ULL – Classes begin Aug. 22 and end Dec. 5).  The classes can be taken for college credit (accredited through University of Holy Cross) or for catechetical credit (audit).  For more info or to register call (337) 394-6550, email frchampagne@yahoo.com, or go to www.aquinaslafayette.org. Flyer available here.

Bishops’ Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, along with Catholic Charities, USA and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, has offered to the U.S. Supreme Court an amicus brief in the case challenging the Muslim Ban, the executive order issued by President Trump.  The entire brief can be read here.  A summary of the brief follows:

The Executive Order has both the purpose and the
effect of discriminating against Muslims. Prior to is-
suing the Executive Order, the President announced
repeatedly his desire to target Muslims for denial of
entry to the United States. And the Executive Order
does just that, singling out the populations of six over-
whelmingly Muslim nations for sweeping immigra-
tion restrictions that apply nowhere else in the world.
Such blatant religious discrimination is repug-
nant to the Catholic faith, core American values, and
the United States Constitution. In particular, it poses
a substantial threat to religious liberty that this Court
has never tolerated before and should not tolerate
now. Having once borne the brunt of severe discrimi-
natory treatment, particularly in the immigration
context, the Catholic Church will not sit silent while
others suffer on account of their religion as well. In
the words of Elie Wiesel, “[t]he opposite of faith is not
heresy, it’s indifference.” Elie Wiesel, One Must Not
Forget, U.S. News & World Report, Oct. 27, 1986.
This Court should strike down the Executive Or-
der as a violation of the Free Exercise Clause of the
First Amendment.