Catholic Stewardship 2016
A STEWARDSHIP MOMENT
22nd Sunday- August 28, 2016: In today’s Gospel, Jesus challenges the social structure of the Pharisees and teaches his hosts and their guests some profound lessons in humility. Pharisees maintained deep social divisions between who they considered “holy” and “unholy,” rich and poor, honored and despised. They didn’t invite someone to a banquet or dinner who couldn’t reciprocate. And the lowly, the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind had no capacity to reciprocate. Good stewards realize that if they embrace a humility that allows them to be generous to those who cannot repay them, they give evidence of having the kind of heart that will enjoy the Lord’s intimate friendship. This week let’s reflect on our attitude towards those who cannot repay our generosity. What is the extent of our hospitality toward others? Are we generous with those who cannot repay us?
A STEWARDSHIP PRAYER
The Canticle of Mary
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on all ages will call me blessed. The mighty one has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him. He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart. He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy, according to his promise to our fathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. see Luke 1:46-55 (New American Bible, rev. ed. 2011)
Reflections From Our Pope…
Weekly Reflections from Pope Francis…
August 21st- 27th:
“Awareness of the marvels that the Lord has wrought for our salvation disposes our minds and hearts to an attitude of thanksgiving to God for all that he has given us, for all that he has accomplished for the good of his People and for the whole of humanity. This marks the beginning of our conversion: it is the grateful response to the stupendous mystery of God’s love. When we see the love that God has for us, we feel the desire to draw close to him: this is conversion.”
— Pope Francis
Back-to-Basics Lecture Series
Our Lady Queen of All Saints parish is happy to announce the new slate talks for the upcoming Back-to-Basics lecture series.
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.
We will also have a few other diverse topics, like “Purgatory and Indulgences” and “The Mass in Slow Motion.” (See the schedule below for the full list and dates.)
We’re happy to have some special guest speakers this season. Former OLQAS pastor, Fr. Randy Moreau, will join us in December for the talk on Our Lady of Guadalupe; and Msgr. Jeff DeBlanc, who was parochial vicar at Sacred Heart across town in the mid-1980s, will talk on Our Lady of Lourdes in February.
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!
September 12: The Mother of God? Marian Apologetics (Presenter: Nicholas Jagneaux)
October 10: A Primer on Marian Apparitions (Presenter: T/B/A)
November 14: A Primer on Purgatory and Indulgences (Presenter: Fr. Taj Glodd)
December 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe (Presenter: Fr. Randy Moreau)
January 9: Liturgical Architecture and Its Meaning (Presenter: Fr. Taj Glodd)
February 13: Our Lady of Lourdes (Presenter: Msgr. Jeff Deblanc)
March 13: The Mass in Slow Motion (Presenter: T/B/A)
April 10: Understanding the Book of the Apocalypse (Presenter: Fr. Mitch Guidry)
May 8: Our Lady of Fatima (Presenter: Fr. Tom Voorhies)
Parishioners For Life
Parishioners For Life—Motivating Members to Help End Abortion
“In a pluralistic society, people disagree. It is arrogant to insist that the Church does not have the right to her own teaching. Certainly, a politician has the freedom to reject Church’s teaching. But let’s be honest. To choose to be pro-choice is to reject the Gospel of life. It is to be not faithful to Church teaching. The Church teaches that the right to life is fundamental. Without life, there are no other rights. …Today not only is the taking of so many innocent lives alarming, but no less unsettling is the darkening of conscience among so many who find “it increasingly difficult to distinguish between good and evil in what concerns the basic value of human life” (Evangelium Vitae, 4). Why should the Church not have a right to voice her teaching on this important issue in the public square? She must speak and speak often. Abortion may be for some just a political issue. But, for the innocent child, it is a matter of life or death.” — Most Reverend Arthur J. Serratelli, S.T.D., S.S.L., D.D, Bishop of Paterson, June 19, 2007.
4 Months Old:
Thank you for praying for me. I’m bigger and stronger. I’m about 6 inches long and I weigh 6 ounces. When mommy goes to the doctor, she can listen to my heart! I hope to be able to run and play in God’s world.
Well, your little baby now weighs 6 ounces. He has fingernails and eye lashes. He has his own unique fingerprints which will remain the same until he dies. His taste buds are working.
His sense of hearing is developing and present at 14 weeks. There are no major developments anymore. Your spiritually adopted baby is already well-formed, internally and externally.
All he needs is time to gain weight and grow strong!
TROJAN FOOTBALL PLAYERS LEND A HAND TO FLOOD VICTIMS
On Saturday, August 20, 2016, the SHS High School Football team came to the aid of an elderly couple whose home was flooded. The team removed wet carpet and flooring. Below are a few photos:
Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Announcements
+ If one of the priests has not visited your home that has been flooded, please call the rectory with your name, phone number and address. They would like to reach out to you and pray with you and see if they can help in any way.
+ Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) will be starting September 20th. This is for anyone who is not Catholic and is interested in becoming Catholic possibly. This is also for Catholics who need First Communion and/or Confirmation. This is also for confirmed Catholics who just want to learn more about your faith. Please spread the word to all of the above and have them call me to sign up.
+ We are in need of new readers, extraordinary lay ministers of Holy Communion and altar servers at Mass. Please call Fr. Tom or the rectory to sign up.
Training for New Altar Servers will Thursday, September 22nd at 5:30p.m.
+ 33 Days to Morning Glory Group Retreat: October 20th – November 17th
Join us for 33 Days to Morning Glory, a 6-week program that teaches us about consecration to Jesus through Mary; Registration is due by Friday, September 30th.
You can pick up a registration form with more details located in church or in the church office. You can also download a registration form by CLICKING HERE.
If you have any questions, please call the rectory!
+ The Charismatic Conference RENEW 2016 has been rescheduled due to flooding of so many in the Acadiana and Baton Rouge Diocese. The Conference has been rescheduled to September 9-11th
Same Place- Ramada Conference Center in Lafayette; Same Schedule- Same Speakers
Still NO Registration Fee! Trusting in God!
Please come prepared to be generous in love offerings- especially if you were not directly affected by recent flooding. Pray for those affected!
+ Every Tuesday at 6:00pm there is prayer meeting in front of the Evangeline Parish Courthouse to pray for mercy and for peace in our community. Everyone is invited!
+ 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:
+ Fridays at 7:00p.m.
+ Saturdays at 10:00a.m.
+ Sundays at 1:00a.m.; 2:00a.m.; and 10:00a.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
- Homily for 14th Sunday Ordinary Time- 03 July 2016
- Homily for 19th Sunday Ordinary Time – 07 August 2016
- Homily for 21st Sunday Ordinary Time – 21 August 2016
Upcoming Retreats in Diocese
Attention Married Couples: Rekindle your love for another on a get-away Weekend. What better way to celebrate the gift of your unique love than to make time to focus on each other and your marriage? Consider attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend to renew those feelings you had during your first few years together. The next Weekend is on Oct 14-15, 2016 at the Bishop Robert E. Tracy Center in Baton Rouge. You can get more information or register online at LAMS-wwme.org or by calling 470-297-8560.
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. 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
- Vatican newspaper: 'Amoris Laetitia' is authoritative church teaching
- Judy Keane Appointed Director Of USCCB Public Affairs
- Labor Day Statement Invites Us To Replace Fear With A Fuller Vision
- Dialogue key in building communion with others, cardinal says
- Mother Teresa knew what being unloved felt like, priest says
- Narrow gate of mercy difficult to enter with bloated pride, pope says
- Bishop Deshotel says God is present in disasters
- Pope Francis Names Bishop Kevin Farrell Head Of New Dicastery
- Notice of Death: Mr. Paul Ned Broussard
- The mercy-filled life: Mother Teresa embodied what Pope Francis teaches