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 November is Rev. Andrew Schumacher, Parochial Vicar of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Lafayette. Food for the Journey will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at 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).
You can listen to the Gospel and Sunday homily here.
Statement from the Diocese of Lafayette addressing the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning that left 11 people dead and six injured:
“Bishop Douglas Deshotel and the entire Catholic Diocese of Lafayette extend their thoughts and prayers to the victims of today’s shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. Let us pray that our country experiences a conversion and that we promote the sanctity of all human life.”
Immaculate Heart of Mary Church invites you to their Fall Festival, themed “Faith, Family & Fellowship”. The fair is held on the Church grounds, Friday through Sunday Oct. 26-28th. The event will include food, beverages, bingo, activities for kids & teens, live music/dance and a variety of booths. A flyer available here has details.
“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.
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.”