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108 E. St. Peter St.~ New Iberia LA 70560 ~ (337) 369-3816

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What Am I Being Called To Give

By Eileen Boudoin
Christian Formation Director, St. Peter Church

Eileen Boudoin

If this thought were entitled Stewardship, your first instinct might be to turn the page – here they go again – asking for more money. In the past, that is probably what I would have done. A few years ago I attended a workshop on stewardship. At that time, I was informed that there are many aspects of stewardship. Stewardship is not only about money. Stewardship is also about how we use our time and talents. Now hold on. As spouses, as parents, as employees or whatever role or roles we might have in life, there are constant demands on our time.

Stewardship requires only as much as you realistically can give. The first step to stewardship is to honestly evaluate how you are currently using your resources. Is there an area of your life that you can redistribute towards stewardship? Can I devote five minutes to pray for the Souls in Purgatory each day? Yes, this is an act of stewardship. Can I be put on notice in the event that there is a need for a baked good for a funeral meal or church reception? Yes, this is stewardship. Can I volunteer is some way to help with a Parish fundraiser – for example the upcoming Pumpkin Patch? Can I buy a few extra groceries to donate to a local food pantry? All of these are forms of stewardship. As the year comes to an end, is there an area of your life where you can incorporate a small act of stewardship? Look at your talents and gifts, do what you love doing anyway by sharing them with others. Once you begin, you will not want to stop!

A Very Big Leak - Jon Hassler

By Deacon Andrew Killeen

Deacon Andrew Killeen

My other favorite novel by Jon Hassler is North of Hope, which follows the life of Fr. Frank Healy from when he was a child into his adulthood. The reader watches him grow up, enter seminary, teach at said seminary, and adjust from teaching in seminary to parish life. While this is happening, Fr. Frank struggles with his call to the priesthood because of some unforeseen difficulties, which you will have to read the book to find out. No spoilers here!

At one point in the book, Fr. Frank says, “I’ve sprung a very big leak, and my spirit is draining away.” Faith, hope, and love are common themes found throughout Hassler’s works. Obviously, given the title of the book one can assume that the virtue of hope is an essential theme. But what exactly is hope? I find that it is often misunderstood. It may be seen as having a positive attitude or being optimistic when faced with a difficulty. We often our hope on things of this world because we think they will bring us happiness. Hope is a virtue where we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness.

In doing this, we place our trust in Christ’s promises and instead of relying on our own strength, we rely on Christ’s. The novel ends on a positive note and the big leak is fixed. I won’t tell you how that happens. If you find that your happiness in leaking like Fr. Frank then I suggest you ask yourself, “where do I place my hope?” True hope is built on God’s Word and the promise of eternal life. What can you do to fix that leak?

Children’s Church Information

With the start of the new school year, Children’s Church will be starting again. All Pre-K4 through 1st grade students are invited to join us on Sundays during 11:00 am mass. We will call for Children’s Church 5 minutes before mass begins and children will return to their parents after the homily. Thank you to all of the volunteers who make this possible. If anyone is interested in volunteering for this ministry, please contact Ann-Carol Indest at anncaroltrappey@gmail.com.

Childrens Church

St. Peter Parish Library

Did you know that St. Peter Parish has a library that is available to our parishioners? Our parish library has material specifically related to spirituality, theology, catechesis, the lives of the saints, etc. Our library which located in the conference room of our parish offices is open to our parishioners Monday—Thursday from 1:00 pm—4:00 pm and Friday mornings from 8:00 am—11:00 am. Books may be taken home as they are signed out and returned in the same way in which a public library system operates.

St. Peter Parish Library

CCD Registration

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Christian Formation—A Broader View

Many people think of Christian Formation as a religious education program for children and youth. But it’s more than that. Christian Formation is a lifelong process aimed at personal conversion and growth in faith. So please take advantage of the adult programs that our parish offers. The website shows the many aspects of Christian Formation here at St. Peter Parish. We will also be highlighting these opportunities in the coming weeks.

Formed.org

FORMED—Free Access for St. Peter’s Parishioners

Did you know that our parish subscribes to FORMED and that every parishioner has free access to it?

FORMED On Demand is a subscription service offering access to thousands of studies, films, audios and eBooks. Discover great digital media from over 40 of the best Catholic content producers including the Augustine Institute, Ignatius Press, the USCCB, Catholic Answers, EWTN, St. Paul Center Marian Press, Sophia Press, Knights of Columbus, FOCUS and many more.

Through its online platform and free mobile apps for iOS and Android, FORMED has helped individuals and communities know, love and share their Catholic faith.

Our parish has been using this subscription for our catechetical programs, but by utilizing the special code below, any parishioner can have access to all that FORMED offers in their own home. Consider learning more about our faith through reading, videos and even family Bible studies. Simply go to formed.org and utilize the specific code for St. Peter Parish (ZBR3Y7). You will need to create your own user ID and password. Please enjoy your parishioner access to this wealth of Catholic information.

Christian Formation Director
St. Peter's Church
337-465-2164

There are now items for children on FORMED!

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Parish Code: ZBR3Y7