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Devotion of the Month

January – The Holy Name of Jesus

The month of January is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus. After the Blessed Virgin Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit, the angel Gabriel appeared to St. Joseph and told him that the Child’s name should be called Jesus, meaning “God Saves.” According to Jewish law, on the 8th day after his birth a male child was to be circumcised, receive his name, and become a full member of God’s covenant people. According to the old Roman liturgical calendar, the Feast of the Circumcision of Jesus was celebrated on January 1st, eight days after Christmas, the same day that He was given His sacred name. Currently, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Mother of God on January 1st and honor the Holy Name of Jesus on January 3rd. For Catholics, Jesus’ sacred name is the object of a special devotion symbolized by the monogram “IHS,” (sometimes called a Christogram), which is the first three letters of the Greek spelling of His name.

+School News+

NO SCHOOL – Monday, January 21st in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

1st Communion Parent Meeting – Wednesday, January 23rd at 6:00pm in Church

 

 

 

Religious Education Program

+ Religious Education Program +

Director of Religious Education: Tiffany Tate Alfred

Phone: 363.5167  Email: olqasdre@centurytel.net

CCD Classes:

6:00pm- 7:00pm at the Family Life Center

Click Here for the Elementary class schedule. 

Click Here for the High school class schedule.

 

What’s Happening Around the Diocese?

+ CCRNO Holy Spirit Women’s Retreat:

When: January 25-27, 2019

Where: Double Tree Hilton in Lafayette, LA

The Office for Catholic Charismatic Renewal of New Orleans will again offer their annual Holy Spirit Women’s Retreat at the Double Tree Hilton in Lafayette, LA. Any woman seeking healing, restoration or empowerment in the Holy Spirit is encouraged to attend. Registration will be open until 12:00 noon on Monday, January 21st.

Guest Speakers: Msgr. David Toups, Deacon Larry and Andi Oney

 

+ 2nd Union Marriage Preparation Course:

In February,  a new marriage prep course will begin for couples where one or both of the individuals have been married before. This Remarriage in Christ Program will include: Life Skills Development, Theology of the Body, Discussions of Unique Issues that Face Blended Families Today, A Question and Answer Session Led by the Team, Confessions and Mass. Rev. Fr. Jude Halphen, PhD, Deacon Mike Crain, MSW and Luke Elliott, PhD will be the facilitators. Please visit www.diolaf.org/foundations to register for this course. The next class will be February 23, 2019.

 

+ Marriage Anniversary Mass:

The annual Diocesan Marriage Anniversary Mass will be held Sunday, February 10th at Holy Cross Church in Lafayette. The 2:00p.m. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Deshotel. Pre-registration is required for all couples who wish to be honored as they celebrate 25, 40, 50, 60 or more years of married life during 2019. Pre-registration must be done no later than February 4, 2019.

 

+ Codependent Recovery Meetings: 12 Step Meeting for Building Healthy Relationships

Dates: January 17th, 24th & 31st

Time: 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Immaculata Center – Katharine Drexel Meeting Room

Contact: Trista Littell (337)261-5607

 

+The Conversation: A Catholic Perspective on End-of-Life Issues

When: February 23, 2019 from 9:00 a.m.-noon

Where: Diocese of Lafayette- Immaculata Center- John XXIII Meeting Room (1408 Carmel Dr. Lafayette, LA)

Conversations about illness, dying and death itself are never easy. Whether death comes suddenly or after a prolonged illness, we are often uncomfortable discussing our medical wishes or our hopes surrounding the end of life. This seminar is for people over 18 years of age and in various life situations: single parents of young families, those caring for aging parents and those facing illness or death. The seminar will conclude with a Prayer Service reflecting on Christ and the Paschal Mystery. For more information, please contact Trista Littell, Pro-Life Coordinator, Office of Marriage, Family and Pro-life Activities, Diocese of Lafayette: (337)261-5598.

 

+Steps to Heaven

Steps to Heaven is a non-profit organization which provides families with burial remembrances (burial gowns, pocket blankets, keepsake pillows, and stone angels) free of charge to those who have experienced the loss of an infant through miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death. Although they are not in need of any more gowns at this time, please see the brochure for more information on the ministry. Please call 337-654-1781 for more information.

 

+ The Choice Wine

The Choice Wine is a pathway to authentic marital happiness. Couples will learn how to virtually divorce-proof their marriages, experience the superabundant love and mercy of God and realize a foretaste of Paradise in their marriages and families. For a complete list of parishes participating in The Choice Wine or for more information, please visit http://thechoicewine.org 

 

+ Retrouvaille Weekend

Retrouvaille is a program for troubled marriages. The weekend provides a 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.

 

+ Aquinas Institute

The Aquinas Institute now has registration available for Spring 2019 classes.

Please visit www.aquinaslafayette.org or call for more information 337-394-6550.

 

News from the Bishop…

Please CLICK HERE to read a letter from Bishop Deshotel to the priests of our Diocese.

Please CLICK HERE to read the Frequently Asked Questions document from the Diocese of Lafayette regarding clergy sexual abuse.

If you have any questions, Fr. Tom would be happy to answer them personally.

Parish Announcements

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Announcements

+ Ville Platte’s Annual Pro-Life Walk ~ Sunday, January 20th 

The walk will begin at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Church after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. It will finish at Sacred Heart Church with guest speakers from the DesOrmeaux Foundation. There will be buses available at Sacred Heart Church to bring people back to their vehicles at Queen of All Saints. 

 

+ Pro-Life Rosary:

A pro-life rosary will be prayed every 1st Saturday of the month after 8:00 a.m. Mass in front of Church.

Next Rosary: Saturday, February 2nd 

 

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 call Theresa Attales (337)363-1852 or Julius Bischoff (337)290-1133. 

 

+ We would like to remind our parishioners that if you or a family member are sick or physically unable to attend Mass, please contact our office. We can connect you with one of our Homebound Ministers to bring you the Eucharist at home.

Back-to-Basics

 

Parishioners For Life

Parishioners For Life—Motivating Members to Help End Abortion

The Incarnation

“By his incarnation the Son of God has united himself in some fashion with every human being” (Vatican II, GS 22). This saving event reveals to humanity not only the boundless love of God who “so loved the world that he gave his only Son” (Jn 3:16), but also the incomparable value of every human person. The Church, faithfully contemplating the mystery of the Redemption, acknowledges this value with ever new wonder. She feels called to proclaim to the people of all times this “Gospel”, the source of invincible hope and true joy for every period of history. The Gospel of God’s love for man, the Gospel of the dignity of the person and the Gospel of life are a single and indivisible Gospel” (Pope John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.2).