Our New Parochial Vicar
Dear faithful of Sacred Heart, St. Joseph Parishes and Belaire Cove Chapel:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ!I am Fr. Glodd, your new parochial vicar. I hail from Crowley, and come to you from St. Pius X Parish in Lafayette. I recently celebrated two years as a priest of the Diocese of Lafayette. That being said, I know that there will be times that I will take chances and make mistakes, just as we all do, but I ask you to be patient with me, for I, too, am not perfect. I am excited to begin ministry here in Ville Platte, and I look forward to working with you and getting to know you. Please join me in keeping my brother, Fr. Barzare, in your prayers as he begins his ministry to the faithful of Cow Island, and please pray for me as I will for you.
Catholic Stewardship 2016
A STEWARDSHIP MOMENT
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 26th: Today’s Gospel reveals to us the beginning of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. We will journey with Jesus for many Sundays to come, and along the way he will teach us about the demands of discipleship. His instructions may seem harsh and unreasonable to our ears. His response to legitimate requests to postpone the journey reminds us that there are always justifiable excuses to defer the journey or put off the responsibilities of discipleship. Other important matters compete for our attention. Some of us must make heart-wrenching choices, but there is urgency about Jesus’ mission to bring forth God’s kingdom. His demand is that we proclaim the Kingdom of God now. Is this our first priority, or do we have other priorities?
A STEWARDSHIP PRAYER
Lord Jesus Christ, You came to bring peace and offer reconciliation. You sent your Spirit to heal the separation between people, and to reveal how it is possible for women and men to overcome their differences and celebrate their unity through your body and blood. You revealed your Father as the Father of all people; a Father who cares for every single individual and embraces them with love and mercy. It is that love and mercy, made manifest by your cross, that shines your light on us all, creates new life, offers a new way of living, and brings a Gospel message that is a sign of hope. Give us the courage to live your Gospel fully even when it brings risk, to share your word vibrantly even if it leads to scorn, and to respond to others generously even when we feel like holding back. Show us the way to live as good stewards of your presence among us, and in doing so, may we shine your light on a darkened world. Amen!
Reflections From Our Pope…
Weekly Reflections from Pope Francis…
June 26th – July 2:
“Jesus gave us the law of love: to love God and to love one another as brothers. And the Lord did not fail to explain it a bit further, with the Beatitudes, which nicely summarize the Christian approach. Let us look first of all at the verbs Jesus uses: love; do good; bless; pray; offer; do not refuse; give. With these words, Jesus shows us the path that we must take, a path of generosity. He asks us first and foremost to love.”
— Pope Francis
Click on the dates below to read past Weekly Reflections from Pope Francis:
That Man is You! is a 26 week interactive men’s program combining the best research from science with the teachings of the Catholic faith and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of a man fully alive. By honestly addressing the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, the nationwide program called That Man is You! seeks to form men who will be capable of transforming homes and society.
Consider joining the men of your community in this free weekly program to grow in faith this year!
When: Tuesday Mornings, starting January 12, 2016
Where: Our Lady Queen of All Saints
Family Life Center
5:15 a.m. – Breakfast
5:50 a.m. – Presentation
6:20 a.m. – Small Group Discussions
7:00 a.m. – Conclusion
Register for this free program online at www.thatmanisyou.org or by calling (337) 831-1278, Our Lady Queen of All Saints Family Life Center at 337-363-5167, or Sacred Heart Church Office at 337-363-2989.
Parishioners For Life
Parishioners For Life—Motivating Members to Help End Abortion
Respect for Life is the Path to Peace
“The path to the attainment of the common good and to peace is above all that of respect for human life in all its many aspects, beginning with its conception, through its development and up to its natural end. True peacemakers, then, are those who love, defend and promote human life in all its dimensions, personal, communitarian and transcendent. Life in its fullness is the height of peace. Anyone who loves peace cannot tolerate attacks and crimes against life.
“Those who insufficiently value human life and, in consequence, support among other things the liberalization of abortion, perhaps do not realize that in this way they are proposing the pursuit of a false peace. The flight from responsibility, which degrades human persons, and even more so the killing of a defenseless and innocent being, will never be able to produce happiness or peace. Indeed how could one claim to bring about peace, the integral development of peoples or even the protection of the environment without defending the life of those who are weakest, beginning with the unborn. Every offence against life, especially at its beginning, inevitably causes irreparable damage to development, peace and the environment. Neither is it just to introduce surreptitiously into legislation false rights or freedoms which, on the basis of a reductive and relativistic view of human beings and the clever use of ambiguous expressions aimed at promoting a supposed right to abortion and euthanasia, pose a threat to the fundamental right to life.”
— Pope Benedict XVI, Message for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace – January 1, 2013, n.4.
3 Months Old:
Hi! I am three months old now. I’m 3 inches long and could easily fit in your hand. I weigh one ounce. That’s not much, but I’m fully formed and can even suck my thumb! Keep praying for me.
Your baby is quite active in the womb now- although his mother won’t feel him for another couple of months. If his mother’s womb had a window, you could watch your spiritually adopted baby squint, swallow and move his tongue. He can make a tight fist if you touch his palm.
He is breathing fluid which he continues until birth. He obtains the oxygen his body needs through the umbilical cord. The baby you are praying for weighs one ounce. What a miracle he is!
Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Announcements
*Attention Parishioners* The renovations inside the rectory are finally finished!!! We are now back in the front office. Thank you for your patience and cooperation!
+ Upcoming Baptism Class:
Tuesday, July 5th at 6:00pm in the Sacred Heart Church Meeting Room.
+ *CCD Registration*
Elementary & High School CCD Registration forms have been mailed out.
Forms are due August 1st.
Please drop them off to Tiffany Alfred at the Family Life Center where you can also pick up your child’s book.
If you did not receive a registration form or are new to the program, please call Tiffany at 337-363-5167 or you may pick up the registration forms at the Sacred Heart Church Office.
+ Summer Vacation Bible School
July 18-22, 2016 (9:00am- 12:00pm noon) at the Family Life Center
Monetary donations to cover refreshments or supplies would be greatly appreciated!
- Parents and Grandparents!! We are in need of adult helpers this year! Please consider giving of your time and talent to make this an enjoyable and memorable Bible School for your children & grandchildren.
+ If anyone would like more information on Sister Cruz and Mary Queen of Heaven Missionaries, please click here to visit their website www.mqhm.org.
+ The Perpetual (24 hours) Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is available to us at Mercy Regional Hospital Chapel. If you are interested in becoming a regularly scheduled adorer or a substitute adorer, please phone 337-363-4533 for more information.
Adorers needed for the following times:
+ Every other Saturday 4:00a.m.
+ Mondays at 12:00a.m. midnight
+ Saturdays at 5:00a.m.
+ Sundays at 1:00a.m. & 2:00a.m.
Father Tom’s Homily
- Homily for 15th Sunday Ordinary Time — 12 July 2015
- Homily for 16th Sunday Ordinary Time — 19 July 2015
- Homily for 17th Sunday Ordinary Time — 26 July 2015
- Homily for 18th Sunday Ordinary Time — 2 August 2015
- Homily for 20th Sunday Ordinary Time —16 August 2015
- Homily for 21st Sunday Ordinary Time — 23 August 2015
- Homily for 22nd Sunday Ordinary Time — 30 August 2015
- Homily for 23rd Sunday Ordinary Time — 6 September 2015
- Homily for 24th Sunday Ordinary Time — 13 September 2015
- Homily for 25th Sunday Ordinary Time — 20 September 2015
- Homily for 29th Sunday Ordinary Time — 18 October 2015
- Homily for 31st Sunday Ordinary Time — 1 November 2015, All Saints Day
- Homily for 32nd Sunday Ordinary Time — 8 November 2015
- Homily for 33rd Sunday Ordinary Time — 15 November 2015
- Homily for 1st Sunday of Advent — 29 November 2015
- Homily for 3rd Sunday of Advent — 13 December 2015
- Homily for 4th Sunday of Advent — 20 December 2015
- Homily for The Nativity of the Lord — 25 December 2015
- Homily for The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph — 27 December 2015
- Homily for The Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God — 1 January 2016
- Homily for The Epiphany of the Lord— 3 January 2016
- Homily for The Baptism of the Lord— 10 January 2016
- Homily for 2nd Sunday Ordinary Time — 17 January 2016
- Homily for 3rd Sunday Ordinary Time — 24 January 2016
- Homily for 4th Sunday Ordinary Time — 31 January 2016
- Homily for 5th Sunday Ordinary Time — 7 February 2016
- Homily for 1st Sunday of Lent — 14 February 2016
- Homily for 2nd Sunday of Lent — 21 February 2016
- Homily for 3rd Sunday of Lent — 28 February 2016
- Homily for 4th Sunday of Lent — 6 March 2016
- Homily for 5th Sunday of Lent — 13 March 2016
- Homily for Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord — 20 March 2016
- Homily for Divine Mercy Sunday – 3 April 2016
- Homily for 4th Sunday of Easter – 17 April 2016
- Homily for 5th Sunday of Easter – 24 April 2016
- Homily for 6th Sunday of Easter – 1 May 2016
- Homily for The Ascension of the Lord – 8 May 2016
- Homily for Pentecost Sunday – 15 May 2016
- Homily for The Most Holy Trinity – 22 May 2016
- Homily for The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ – 29 May 2016
Upcoming Retreats in Diocese
The Joy of Love- Exploring the Heart of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation
The Joy of Love is a day of reflection for married and engaged couples. Fr. Bryce Sibley and Kyle & Missy Polozola will lead the day. It will be held July 16, 2016 9:00am- 4:00pm at Our Lady of Wisdom Church. Lunch is included – $75/couple. Deadline to register is July 13th. Visit www.ourladyofwisdom.org/joyoflove or email Robin Hebert at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Marriage Enrichment with Jim Schellman: *Save the date* for a day of formation for married couples to deepen their marriage covenant in Jesus Christ. Inspired by the Catechumenal Model of adult formation, couples will have the opportunity to focus their hopes, dreams, worries and sufferings on Christ. The full day of workshop will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2016. There will be more information coming soon.
Divorce Recovery Program: The Office of Marriage and Family Life offers a 6-week divorce recovery program for those who have suffered from divorce/separation. Our next series will begin July 10, 2016. Please visit our website, www.diolaf.org/divorcerecovery to register or to find out more information.
A Catholic Journey through Grief: The Office of Marriage and Family Life will offer two A Catholic Journey through Grief retreats a year. Our next retreat will be on October 2, 2016. Pre-Registration is required, http://www.diolaf.org/grief to register.
Upcoming Diocesan Events
- Notice of Death: Fr. Joseph F. Geniesse, C.S.C.
- CDA Courts of the Diocese of Lafayette host Ordination reception
- Where silence should reign: Pope will pray, not speak, at Auschwitz
- Mercy isn't an abstract word, it's a way of life, pope says
- Blessed Romero relics will be part of religious freedom Mass in L.A.
- USCCB President Responds To Istanbul Attacks
- Media Availability On World Youth Day 2016
- Pallium Mass is celebration of unity and trust, archbishop says
- Priests see difference between parish ministry and military chaplaincy
- Suicide bombers hit predominantly Christian Lebanese village near border