The celebration of the Centennial of the Diocese of Lafayette will occur in 2018, and to ensure the continued practice of our faith in generations to come, Bishop Deshotel & the Diocese of Lafayette are conducting the Centennial Campaign: Building Our Future Together.
Please click on one of the links below to learn more about this historic campaign!
CLICK HERE to watch an informational video.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the campaign and it’s fivefold purpose(how the funds will be used).
CLICK HERE to read frequently asked questions.
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Thanks to you, our parishioners, Sacred Heart Parish has surpassed all of our goals!
Sacred Heart of Jesus Church is at 102%
Belaire Cove Chapel is at 121%
St. Joseph Church is at 141%
Now that we have reached our goal, each church will keep 50% of the monies collected.
Heavenly Father, give us the grace to build your Kingdom in our Diocese. We can only accomplish this noble task by allowing You to expand our hearts.
Grant us compassionate hearts for the poor and suffering among us, hopeful hearts for the men now in seminary, grateful hearts to provide care for the well-being of our retired priests, and zealous hearts for the formation of our Catholic college students.
As we look to the future and the celebration of the Centennial of our Diocese, we want to give You our faithful hearts. It is only with faithful hearts that our Diocesan campaign will bear fruit and assist You in the building up of Your Kingdom.
With Mary our Mother, and moved by the Holy Spirit, we make this prayer through Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. We entrust our humble efforts to You, with plea for success, as we reach out to those who need us.
+ Buy Your Jambalaya Tickets ~ April 29th & 30th
Sacred Heart FBLA will be selling tickets for a jambalaya dinner after the masses on April 29th and 30th.
The dinner will be provided on May 7th and can be picked up at OLQAS Family Life Center.
Thank you for supporting our students who will be attending the FBLA National Conference this summer in California! You may contact the high school office for additional tickets.
+ Roses For Mothers
Buy your Mom a rose on Mother’s Day! The Sacred Heart FBLA students will be selling roses after the masses on May 13th and May 14th to help defray the cost of attending the FBLA National Conference in June.
Long Stem Roses ~ $5.00 each.
Thank you for supporting our students!
+ Elementary Spring Fun Day
Elementary Spring Fun Day will be on April 28th. Twenty Parent Volunteers are needed from 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Volunteers must be safe environment trained. If available, please call, text, or e-mail Jamie Vidrine at 337-849-5448 or email@example.com.
+ DISTRICT TRACK RESULTS
Girls: Moira Parks– Javelin 3rd Place Blair LaFleur– Long Jump 3rd Place Anna Claire Parrott– 100m Hurdles 1st Place Alia Jordan– 800m 4th Place Caroline Fontenot, Erin Fontenot, Camille Soileau and Sydney Soileau– 4×100 2nd Place
Boys: JT Harper– 100m and 200m 1st Place Nick Perry– 400m 2nd Place Evyn Soileau– 110 and 300m Hurdles 2nd place Alec Gotro– 100m 3rd Place Wesley Launey– Long Jump 4th Evan Veillon– 800m 4th Place 4×100 Relay- Daniel Scully, Alec Gotro, Wesley Launey and JT Harper 1st Place 4×200 Relay- Nick Perry, Daniel Scully, Evyn Soileau and Wesley Launey 3rd place.
All participants qualify for Regionals.
+ TENNIS REGIONAL RESULTS
Girls Singles: Karina Parks and Claudia Miller went 1 and 1 on the day with each picking up a point for the team.
Girls Doubles: The team of Moira Parks and Catherine Poche’ won the regional doubles title and also clinched a top 4 seed in the state tournament in Monroe. Their victory picked up 5 points for the team in regional play. The teams of Katherine Bergeron/Alyson Fontenot and Morgan Fontenot/Hailey Vidrine picked up first round wins but lost in the second round. The wins were worth 2 points for the team.
Boys Doubles: The team of Justin Manuel/Sam Gil made it to the quarterfinal round and thus qualified for the state tournament in Monroe. Their victory in the second round was worth 2 points for the team. The teams of Vic Parks/Cole Brignac and Cade Fontenot/Nick Reed had byes in the first round and lost in second round matches.
State Qualifiers: Moira Parks/Catherine Poche’ in Girls Doubles. Justin Manuel/Sam Gil in Boys Doubles.
+ GOLF TEAM
Congratulations to our Golf Team who placed 3rd at District with the entire team qualifying for regionals in Patterson.
+ 2017 LONG JUMP CHAMPION
Congratulations to Torie Fontenot, 7th grade, who placed 1st in the Long Jump Event at End of Season Champion track meet for the Christian School Track League of Lafayette that took place on April 1st.
+ ELEMENTARY FITNESS TEAM
Hayden Deshotel– 2nd in the Shuttle Run;
Catherine Larson, Landon LeBlanc, William Jorden, Amelia Bergeron, Karleigh Ortego– 2nd in the Pull Ups.
+ HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL AND BASEBALL
Congratulations to the Lady Trojans who tied for 2nd place in District. Their final record for the season was 17-12. Congratulations to the Trojans as they made it to the 1st Round of Playoffs.
Parishioners For Life
Parishioners For Life—Motivating Members to Help End Abortion
Divine Mercy and Pro-life
Pope Saint John Paul II declared the Sunday after Easter to be Divine Mercy Sunday. Many of the faithful pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy regularly. There is a link between this devotion and the pro-life movement. Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC, who was a principal translator of St. Faustina’s diary, and the postulator of her cause of canonization, writes the following: “On at least three occasions, from 8:00-11:00 in the evening, she felt like her insides were being torn apart. She suffered so much that she thought she was going to die. The doctors couldn’t figure out what was ailing her, and no medication was able to alleviate her sufferings. Later, she was given to understand that she was undergoing those pains for mothers who were aborting their children (Diary, 1276). “On another occasion, she had a vision of an angel coming with thunderbolts to destroy one of the most beautiful cities of her country. And she felt powerless to do anything about it (Diary, 474). What antidote did the Lord give her? The Chaplet of Divine Mercy. [She explained] that the city was to be chastised for its sins, primarily the sin of abortion.” (“Wombs of Mercy,” Marian Helpers Bulletin, Summer 1995, p.13).
Back-to-Basics Lecture Series
Next Class: Monday, May 8, 2017
Presenter: Fr. Tom Voorhies
With the 100th anniversary of the Fatima Apparitions coming in May, Our Lady Queen of All Saints Catholic Church will be offering a Back-to-Basics lecture by Fr. Tom Voorhies on the topic. He will examine the history of the apparitions, the Three Secrets of Fatima, and the relevance of apparitions for us today. Everyone is invited to attend
The 2016-17 season will focus on Marian Apparitions. In May 2017, the Church will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. In order to prepare for that event, we’ll take a look at what constitutes an authentic apparition; and look more closely at the apparitions of Guadalupe and Lourdes.
Please be sure to join us every second Monday of the month from 5:30-6:30pm at the Family Life Center. Everyone is invited to attend!
Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Announcements
*The new schedule for Sacred Heart and Belaire Cove’s liturgical ministers is available on our website and in the sacristy.
+ Ville Platte Baseball & Softball Bake Sale:
Sunday, April 30th after the 10:00am Mass.
+ Sacred Heart Confirmation: Wednesday, May 3 at 6:00pm
+ Holy Hour at Sacred Heart Church:
Thursday, May 4th ~ 5:30pm to 6:30pm
+ Upcoming Baptism Class: Sunday, May 7th at 3:30pm in the Sacred Heart Church 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.
Fr. Tom’s Homily 2017
Fr. Tom’s Homily (2015-2016)
- Homily for 15th Sunday Ordinary Time — 12 July 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 Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord — 20 March 2016
- Homily for Divine Mercy Sunday – 3 April 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
- Homily for Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe- 20 November 2016
- Homily for 4th Sunday of Advent- 18 December 2016
- Homily for The Nativity of the Lord – 25 December 2016
What’s Happening Around the Diocese?
+ Capture the Romance!
Natural Family Planning (NFP) brings romance to married love! Couples naturally expand their repertoire of intimacy (in-to-me-see) while effectively planning the births of their children. Learn NFP to Capture the Romance! Call Leslie Johnson (337) 331-5598 to schedule a private class in the Billings Ovulation Method.
+ LSUE Awakening Retreat:
The next available Awakening Retreat held at the LSUE Catholic Student Center will be on April 21-23rd. It is for young adults; you do not have to be in college to attend. The cost of the retreat is $15.00 to cover all costs for the weekend, including your food, t-shirt, and lodging. For more information about the retreat and to sign up, stop by the LSUE Catholic Student Center and speak to Joe Nelson (CSC Campus Minister) or you may register online at www.awakeningretreat.org/register
+ 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 our website, www.diolaf.org/divorcerecovery to register or to find out more information.
+ CoDependents Anonymous (CODA) Meetings – (Sponsored by Pro-Life Apostolate)
The Respect Life CODA meetings are for men and woman whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships.
When: Each Thursday (Except Diocesan Holidays)
Time: 12:00 — 1:00 PM
Where: Levasseur Room #221 – Immaculata Center – 1408 Carmel Dr. – Lafayette, LA 70501
Contact: Trista Littell 337-261-5607
Upcoming Diocesan Events
- U.S. Bishops Chairman Urges House Members To “Insist On Changes” To Proposed Health Care Bill
- Church needs missionaries, not 'clericalized' laity, pope says
- Practical Christianity: Pope emphasizes real help for those in need
- Cardinal Dolan Calls Pro-Abortion DNC Pledge Extreme, Disturbing, Intolerant
- Mercy opens the door to understanding the mystery of God, pope says
- Special collection translates into missionary work for U.S. regions
- Make persecution 'difficult for others to ignore,' cardinal says
- Fatima at 100: Story of apparitions continues to attract attention
- Vatican says it would welcome visit by Trump
- Pope to canonize Fatima seers May 13; October date for other saints