Parishioners For Life
Parishioners For Life—Motivating Members to Help End Abortion
The Creator’s Eternal Dream
Pope Francis, in his Apostolic Exhortation “The Joy of Love,” writes, “The Psalmist says: “You knit me together in my mother’s womb” (Ps 139:13). Every child growing within the mother’s womb is part of the eternal loving plan of God the Father: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you” (Jer 1:5). Each child has a place in God’s heart from all eternity; once he or she is conceived, the Creator’s eternal dream comes true. Let us pause to think of the great value of that embryo from the moment of conception. We need to see it with the eyes of God, who always looks beyond mere appearances.” (AL, 168)
Catholic Stewardship 2016
A STEWARDSHIP MOMENT
5th Sunday of Easter • April 24th
In today’s Gospel we return to the Last Supper to hear Jesus’ new commandment to love one another. Good stewards, as the recipients of God’s unending love, take this commandment seriously. Though we are reminded of his love throughout the year, it is Jesus’ actions and words during the feast of Passover that show us the extent of his love and the way we too can live a life of stewardship: “… love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another” (John 13:34). Can we accept this commandment from Jesus? Are we able to embrace this kind of discipleship? Can we humbly offer ourselves in loving service to one another?
A STEWARDSHIP PRAYER
Dear Lord, risen Lord, merciful Lord!
The Easter season is filled with your presence, and we come to you in gratitude for the deep and abiding joy you offer us through the promise of your resurrection. Help us hear your call as did Mary Magdalene. Teach us as you did the disciples at Emmaus. Dispel our doubts as you did for Thomas. And reveal yourself to us as you did to your friends from the shore of Lake Tiberius. Make us good stewards of this Easter season. Open our hearts and minds in a special way to the great mystery of your active presence in our lives, and give us the courage to help others discover your presence in their lives. For you are the light of the world. To you, Christ Jesus, be praise and glory!
Reflections From Our Pope…
Weekly Reflections from Pope Francis…
April 24th – April 30th
“When someone asks, ‘How does one become a good Christian?’ the answer is simple: do what Jesus says in his discourse on the Beatitudes. The Lord knows sin and grace, and he knows the paths that lead to sin and to grace. ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will find mercy’ . . . It’s always important to think that we are all an army of forgiven! All of us have been forgiven! And this is why he who takes this path of forgiveness is blessed.”
— 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.
Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Announcements
+ 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.
Attention Liturgical Ministers: The new summer schedule for altar servers, readers, and extraordinary ministers is now available on our website, in the sacristy and church office. Also, please check out the new & updated contact information list.
+ Upcoming Baptismal Class: Sunday, May 1st at 3:30pm in the Sacred Heart Meeting Room.
+ 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.
+ Sundays at 1:00a.m. and 5:00a.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
Upcoming Retreats in Diocese
+ Retrouvaille Weekend:
Retrouvaille is a program for troubled marriages. The weekend provides safe setting encouraging couples to learn communication in marriage in a respectful manner. Visit the website for more information and to register www.helpourmarriage.com.
+ Annual Mother’s Day of Reflection:
The Annual Mothers’ Day of Relection will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at the Immaculata Center (1408 Carmel Dr., Lafayette 70501). The day will begin at 9:00am and end at 2:00pm. The cost for the day is $25.00, which includes your lunch and materials for the day. Visit www.diolaf.org/marriage to register. Pre-registration is required no later than April 22.
The theme for the day will be “Our Lady through the Mysteries of Our Lives” presented by Robin Hebert. Each stage of a woman’s life offer a summons, a task, and the gift of advancing in “wisdom and age and favor before God and man.” For each passage offers us the challenge of holding in our hearts, as did Mary, both our joyful and sorrowful mysteries. Join us on May 4th as we explore our journeys as women. We will look to the life of Our Lady for the clarity and wisdom we need as we ponder the new life to which God is calling each of us.
+ 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. Please visit the 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. Pre-Registration is required, http://www.diolaf.org/grief to register.
Upcoming Diocesan Events
- Mapping with the stars: Nuns instrumental in Vatican celestial survey
- Associate director retires after 36 years of highs, lows in pro-life work
- True believers serve others, pope says at audience
- Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop Lucas Support Reauthorization Of DC Scholarship Program
- National Day Of Prayer And Remembrance For Mariners And People Of The Sea, May 22
- Catholic agencies begin work of rebuilding after Ecuador quake
- EWTN to air replay of Bishop Deshotel's Installation
- USCCB, Missouri Catholic Conference, Other Religious Groups File Amicus Brief
- Friends of Dorothy Day commend important step in her sainthood cause
- When it comes to happiness, there's no app for that, pope tells teens