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Year of St. Joseph

The Year of St. Joseph in the Diocese of Lafayette has begun and will continue through May 1st. We are celebrating the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being declared the Patron of the Universal Church.  Our own St. Joseph Church in Ville Platte is one of the pilgrimage sites where the plenary indulgence can be obtained by visiting and praying at the church. The plenary indulgence requires Holy Communion that day, prayers for the Pope and confession within 20 days for venial sins, for mortal sins confession must be done before.

When is the best time to visit St. Joseph Church?

  1. On the 1st Saturday of each month and/or the 19th of each month. (For this reason, our 8:00am first Saturday Masses will be done at St. Joseph Church.)
  2. Every Sunday morning at the 8:30am Mass
  3. Every Wednesday evening at 6:00pm for the St. Joseph devotion (prayers to St. Joseph, rosary, Litany, etc. will be recited).
  4. Schedule an appointment by calling our office!

St. Joseph, pray for us!

  *On Saturday, November 7th, our 8:00am morning Mass will be at St. Joseph Church instead of Sacred Heart.  

Blessing of the Cemeteries

+ Saturday, October 31st:

Evangeline Memorial – 12:00p.m. noon

Belaire Cove Cemetery – 5:00pm (after 4:00pm Mass)

Old Ville Platte Cemetery- 5:10pm

+Sunday, November 1st:

St. Joseph Cemetery – 9:30am (after 8:30am Mass)

Sacred Heart Cemetery – 11:00am (after 10:00am Mass)

Shaw Cemetery- 11:00am (following Sacred Heart Cemetery Blessing)

Tate Cove/ Fontenot Cemetery – 12:30pm

What’s Happening Around the Diocese?

+ Catholic Engaged Encounter Spend a weekend away from the cares and distractions of everyday living.  Attend a Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend.  The weekend is open to any engaged couple wanting to prepare for a deeper more meaningful life together in a marriage recognized by the Catholic Church according to its Church law. Upcoming weekend dates are August 7-9, September 18-20, November 13-15, January 8-10.  For cost of weekends, other dates, and to learn more, visit our website at  www.ceelafayette.org or contact Paul & Carolyn Trahan at (337)254-8947 or cee.trahan@gmailcom.

+ Divorce Recovery – Are you or someone you know suffering or has suffered from the breakdown of their marriage and family? Our Lady of Fatima Church will provide a 12 week series of the Catholic Divorce Support program. Topics that will be discussed are shock, denial, anger, grief, forgiveness, money, dating, remarriage, and so much more. For more information, please contact our facilitator Greg Broussard at 337-412-0349.

+ Natural Family Planning classes available  via Zoom. Several classes are starting soon. Please contact Leslie Johnson to sign up at Jljohnson786@gmail.com or (337)331-5598.

+ New Life Pregnancy Center:- If you would like to make a donation to the New Life Pregnancy Center, please send your donation to 1415 7th Street Suite H in Mamou, LA 70554

Religious Education Program

If you have any questions or concerns regarding CCD, please contact the Director of Religious Education: Tiffany Tate Alfred  Phone: 363.5167  Email: olqasdre@centurytel.net

Click on the link below to download the CCD registration form:

+ Grades 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

+ 2nd Grade/First Communion

+ Grades 9, 10, 11/Confirmation

 

Click here for the Elementary CCD schedule of classes

Click here for the High school CCD schedule of classes 

Parish Announcements

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Announcements

+ America Needs Fatima Rosary: Saturday, October 31st after the 8:00am morning Mass. A rosary will be recited for peace in our world, our country and especially our community.

 

+ Holy Hour: Thursday, November 5th at 5:00pm

 

+ RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) will be starting soon. This is for non-Catholics who are interested in joining the church or Catholics who need to make 1st Communion and/or Confirmation and for Catholics who just want to learn more about the faith. All of the above should call the rectory to sign up with Fr. Tom. Please spread this word among your non-Catholic friends. Be an evangelizer! 

 

+ Church Office Hours:

8:00am -4:00pm Monday – Thursday

8:00am – 12:00 noon on Fridays

(closed 12:00-1:00pm for lunch)  

 

 

 

Parishioners For Life

Parishioners For Life—Motivating Members to Help End Abortion

To Save The World ~ One Baby At A Time

Jesus, you gave us your mother as Our Mother.

Please send Our Mother to her daughter who is considering an abortion.

To tell her daughter, that she is greatly loved by:

• Her Mother in heaven
• Her baby
• And Jesus

Then ask her to CHOOSE LIFE for the sake of:

• Her baby
• Herself
• And the World

AMEN!

Resource Recommendations

The following are resource recommendations from the Diocese Office of Marriage & Family Life:

Divorce & Annulment:

+Catholic Divorce Survival Guide: diolaf.org/divorcerecovery

+Office of Tribunal: diolaf.org/tribunal

+Beginning Experience: beginningexperience.org

Grief/Bereavement:

+ A Catholic Journey Through Grief: diolaf.org/grief

+ Companions Along the Journey (support group, Scott area): (337)654-8917

+ Grief Share (support group, Broussard area): (337)837-1864

+ LA Grief Support Group (New Iberia area): (337)367-8003

+ St. Monica’s Society (support group for widowed women, Lafayette area): (337)235-0465

+ Healing House (Hope for Grieving Children): healing-house.org; (337)234-0443

+ Hospice of Acadiana (support group): (337)232-1234

Infertility/NFP:

+ diolaf.org/nfp

+ USCCB webpage on infertility: usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/natural-family-planning/resources/infertility

+ catholic-fertility@yahoogroups.com

Marriage Enrichment:

+ World Wide Marriage Encounter: wwwme.org

+ For Your Marriage: foryourmarriage.org

Mental Illness:

+ National Alliance for the Mentally Ill: name.org

Pregnancy & Infant Loss:

+ elizabethministry.com

+ aplacetoremember.com

+ nationalshare.org

+ maddiesfootprints.org

Struggling Marriages:

+ Retrouvaille Weekend: 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.

+ Codependents Anonymous (a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop health relationships: (337)261-5607

Suicide Survivors:

+ diolaf.org/suicide-survivors

+ Jacob Crouch Foundation: injacobsmemory.org

+ American Association of Suicidology: suicidology.org

+ American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: afsp.org

+ Suicide Awareness Voices of Education: save.org

+ Yellow Ribbon Program (Prevention of Teen Suicide): yellowribbon.org