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 February will be Rev. Hampton Davis . “Food for the Journey” will be held on Tuesday, February 6, 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).
At Parish Health Units
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, 1 pm – 4:30 pm
You can listen to the Gospel and Sunday homily here.
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Chairman
USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities
My dear friends in Christ:
Once again, we mark the month of October as Respect Life Month. Looking back over the last year, there’s been a lot of uncertainty, suffering, and heartache. Between tragedies that occur in the public eye and trials that take place in our personal lives, there’s no shortage of reasons we cry out to God.
At such times, we may feel alone and unequipped to handle the circumstances. But we have an anchor of hope to cling to. With words that echo through thousands of years into the corners of our hearts, God says to us, “Do not fear: I am with you” (Isaiah 41:10).
The 2017-2018 Respect Life theme, “Be Not Afraid,” reminds us of this promise. Continue reading “3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time”
St. Edmond Ladies Altar Society Lenten Day of Recollection will be on Thursday, February 15th, 8:00 am-3:00 pm (the day after Ash Wednesday). Our retreat master will be Fr. Scott Chemino (Pastor of St. Anthony Church in Bunkie and Vicar-General of the Diocese of Alexandria). Coffee and donuts in the Atrium at 8:00 am; Rosary at 9:00 am; then, Fr. Chemino gives conference. Mass will be celebrated at 12:10 pm and confessions will be heard prior to Mass. Way of the Cross and Benediction in the afternoon! Tickets are $12.00 and include lunch and must be purchased in advance. For tickets, please send check (No later than February 8th) to: RaNelle Simon; 116 Delmar Drive; Lafayette, LA 70506 Phone: 337-232-2849 or 337-258-6372 (Betty Robinson). Tickets can also be purchased at the St. Edmond Church Office during office hours!
You can listen to the Gospel and Sunday homily here.
Copied below is the text of Bishop Deshotel’s letter condemning the evil of racism.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Among the opening words of the Bible, in the book of Genesis, we read the following: “God created man in His image, in the divine image He created him; male and female He created them”. (Gen. 1:27) From the very beginning of time, we learn of the dignity and sacredness of the human person as intended by God. In the account of everything created by God, only the human person is created in the image and likeness of God. From this fundamental truth, we learn that each and every human person is a direct and unique creation of God, called into being and given an everlasting destiny of sharing in God’s life.
In light of so many troubling events occurring in our day and time, I find it important to reiterate this fundamental truth. When the sacred connection between God and the human person is clouded or eliminated, the sin of racism raises its ugly head. History teaches us what happens when evil is not exposed and left unchecked. We must remember that evil grows when good people remain silent. Ethnic cleansing of whole populations, enslavement of peoples simply because of the color of their skin, human trafficking, and the holocaust of Jews are just a few examples. These evils begin with an acceptance of racism. Continue reading “2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time”
Statement of Bishop Joe S. Vasquez, Chairman of the Committee on Migration (USCCB) – 2018-01-08
“The decision to terminate TPS for El Salvador is heartbreaking. As detailed in our recent delegation trip report to the region, El Salvador is currently not in a position to adequately handle the return of the roughly 200,000 Salvadoran TPS recipients. Today’s decision will fragment American families, leaving over 192,000 U.S. citizen children of Salvadoran TPS recipients with uncertain futures. Families will be needlessly separated because of this decision.” More here.
Statement of Sister Donna Markham, President and CEO of Catholic Charities – 2018-01-08
“I am deeply disappointed by the administration’s decision not to renew the Temporary Protected Status for El Salvadorans in this country who, like so many other immigrants and refugees, came here to live a life free of danger and poverty. The decision is devastating not only for the 250,000 Salvadorans who have established themselves in this country as trusted employees, neighbors and members of the community but also for the nearly 200,000 children who are citizens of this country and face either being separated from their families or leaving the only country they have ever known.” More here
Also of note:
Statement of Most Rev. Thomas Wenski – 2010-10-01
The King of Kings, the Migrant of Migrants
“”Xenophobic politics that focus on the “illegal immigrant” as a problem obscures the human face of immigration. Dramatic, “get-tough” arrests of poor low wage workers will not solve our immigration crisis. In fact, such actions often engender more confusion and bitterness. The real problem is not the immigrant but the broken system that cynically tolerates a growing underclass of vulnerable people, outside the protection of the law. Their labor is needed yet the present immigration regime does not provide them or their employers with the necessary avenues which would allow them to access the system and become legal. No human being should be reduced to being a “problem”. Such reductive thinking demonizes the “illegal immigrant” and ultimately dehumanizes us all.” More here
Saturday, January 20, 2018
9:30 am: Pro-life Rally held at UL Lafayette Quad
11:10 am: Pro-life March to the Cathedral
12:30 pm: Prayer & Benediction at the Cathedral
1:30 pm: Walk back to UL Lafayette and depart
Josh Blakesley Band & Speaker Joe Farris
On February 17, 2018, the Roses of Acadiana District Theresians will host “Embracing Change, Maintaining Values” a Day of Reflection at St. Pius X School Theatre.
What: Lenton Day of Reflection
Theme: Embracing Change, Maintaining Values
Date: February, 17, 2018
Time: 8:30a.m. – 2:00p.m.
Place: St. Pius X School Theatre
Speakers: Very Rev. Chester C. Arceneaux, Katie Austin, Kessie Thomas
Cost: $25 in advance; $30 at the door
Meals: Light breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided
Payment: Download registration form at: www.acadianatheresians.com
Mail checks to:
Roses of Acadiana District Theresians
4400A Ambassador Caffery Parkway
Lafayette, LA 70508-6706
Download a flyer here.