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2020 Vision

Very Rev. William Blanda, V.F., Pastor Dear Parishioners,

This past October I was having a conversation with a brother priest about the upcoming year 2020. He had mentioned that it would be nice if that year could be marked with something special. He made reference to our familiarity of perfect eyesight being gauged as 20/20 vision. As our conversation continued, we thought in terms of our vision of the Lord and His Church. How do we see the presence of God in our modern world? How do we see the faith? Is there clarity for us as individuals in the faith that we profess? How do we see the Church? Is the meaning and ministry of the Church clear to us as individuals?

It is my thought that here at St. Peter’s we can dedicate the Year 2020 to perfecting our vision of the Lord and His Church. When I first came to St. Peter’s in 2014, I hosted an adult education series entitled “Know Your Catholic Faith.” During those 13 Wednesday night sessions, we walked through the Catechism. The response of the community was good. We had 50—70 parishioners that attended regularly. It is my hope that during this year, I can offer a similar opportunity. Instead of studying the Catechism directly, we can journey through different theological topics such as Christology, Ecclesiology, Trinity, Liturgy, Morality, Priesthood and Canon Law. It is also my hope that we can embark on some form of a Bible Study that would permit an ongoing opportunity beyond this year to study the Sacred Scriptures.

I am looking to initiate the beginning of these opportunities on the Wednesdays of Lent. These community study sessions will mostly be led with me as a presenter. However, I will also invite other clergy and religious to offer presentations on various topics. Some of these other presentations might be scheduled on other evenings or on Saturday mornings. Details of such presentations and scheduled dates are still being worked out.

It is my prayer that our parishioners will join me in dedicating the Year 2020 with me in coming to know our faith better and gaining a clearer vision of our beliefs and love for the Church in which we belong.

Prayers and best wishes for each of you and your families as we begin this new year!

Fr. Blanda

Volunteers Needed for Prison Ministry

Volunteers Needed for Prison Ministry

St. Peter’s Alive

Join us on Sunday mornings following the 9 am Solemn High Mass for St. Peter’s Alive. This is a great opportunity to join our Church family for conversation and refreshments. St. Peter’s Alive takes places on the church lawn near the rectory.

New Choir Members Welcome!

Have you ever wondered what goes into preparing the sacred music that is sung at Mass, or have you ever wondered what it would be like to be part of a choir? If so, please consider joining our parish choir, The Voices of St. Peter. We meet on Tuesdays at 6 pm for rehearsal. For more information, you may contact our parish Director of Sacred Music, Mr. Ben LeBleu at 465-2164. Hope to see you soon!!

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 https://paradisusdei.org/the-choice-wine/.

Events in Our Parish

Friday, January 17, 2020

  • 6:00 am – Confession & Rosary
  • 6:30 am – Mass

Saturday, January 18, 2020

  • 6:00 am – Confession
  • 6:30 am Mass
  • 3:00 pm – Confessions
  • 4:00 pm – Anticipated Mass

Sunday, January 19, 2020

  • 7:30 am – Mass
  • 9:00 am – Solemn High Mass
  • 11:00 am – Mass with Nursery Service & Children’s Church
  • 4:30 pm – Youth Choir rehearsal
  • 6:00 pm – Mass

Monday, January 20, 2020

  • Parish office Closed
  • 5:00 pm – Confession
  • 5:30 pm– Mass

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

  • 11:15 am Pro – Life Rosary
  • 11: 30 am – Confession
  • 12:10 pm – Mass
  • 6:00 pm – Pro-Life Procession and Mass

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

  • 5:00 pm – Confession
  • 5:30 pm – Mass

Thursday, January 23, 2020

  • 6:00 am – Confession & Rosary
  • 6:30 am – Mass
  • 7:00 am – Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Friday, January 24, 2020

  • 6:00 am – Confession & Rosary
  • 6:30 am – Mass

Saturday, January 25, 2020

  • 6:00 am – Confession
  • 6:30 am Mass
  • 3:00 pm – Confessions
  • 4:00 pm – Anticipated Mass

Sunday, January 26, 2020

  • 7:30 am – Mass
  • 9:00 am – Solemn High Mass
  • 11:00 am – Mass with Nursery Service & Children’s Church
  • 4:30 pm – Youth Choir rehearsal
  • 6:00 pm – Mass

Catholic High Students Visit Consolata Nursing Home

A Catholic education is not only striving for academic excellence and being taught each day about our faith. Catholic schools also provide students with an opportunity to put faith into action. A few weeks ago, some of our students visited Consolata Nursing Home. This act of charity brings such joy to the elderly and affords our students with the opportunity to see the beauty of life even with our brothers and sisters who have grown weak and infirmed as they have become advanced in years. Let's continue to be proud of the work of Catholic High. Our parish school is truly forming the young in our community more deeply in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Catholic High Students Visit Consolata Nursing Home

Congratulations to the CHS winners of the Safe & Drug-Free Schools and Communities Poster Contest

Congratulations to the CHS winners of the Safe & Drug-Free Schools and Communities Poster Contest

Abortion Alternatives and Abortion Recovery Programs

In the past few weeks so many people have had the opportunity to see the phenomenal movie “Unplanned.” This movie has stirred an awakening as to the horror of what abortion causes. The Church in her ministry of mercy has within our own community and Diocese so much to offer to those who are considering abortion and those who have at one point in their life chosen abortion.

We are very proud of the work of the Unexpected Pregnancy Center located here in New Iberia. Continue to spread the word as to the good work that is accomplished by that dedicated team of individuals who accompany confused and scared women in times of their unexpected pregnancies. Also, if you are aware of women who have had an abortion, please let them know of Project Rachel which is a wonder ministry here in the Diocese of Lafayette.

Project Rachel – A post abortion healing and reconciliation program for those suffering the negative effects of an abortion experience. The individual sessions are held weekly where they receive the healing grace of God through a nine-step healing program. Contact: Trista @ 337.261.5598.

Counseling and Counseling Referrals Office of Marriage and Family Life Diocese of Lafayette

Couples, families, and individuals in crisis can contact the Office of Marriage and Family Life (261-5653) to inquire about counseling offered through our office or for referrals to Counselors who have agreed to work with our office.

The Office of Marriage and Family Life's counseling policy is to refer out those who have insurance and to only see those who do not. Those who we do see may donate whatever amount they can to the support of our office. We also refer to Outpatient Facilities, Drug Rehabilitation Programs, and Family and Parenting Programs.

Flocknote

The sign-up opportunity is still available. Below is the information that we need to have to enroll you. Please fill it out and place it in the collection basket or mail it to the parish office. Each household can have as many users as desired. Each person wanting to be included simply has to give us their name, cell phone number and/or email address.

Flocknote Sign-Up

Divorce Recovery Program

Divorce Recovery Program

The Diocesan Office of Family Life offers a 6-week divorce recovery program for those who have suffered from divorce/separation. Please visit their website, www.diolaf.org/divorcerecovery to register or find out more information. Currently this program has meetings at St. Joseph Church, Rayne; St. Pius X Church, Lafayette and Our Lady of Fatima Church, Lafayette.

Fr. Blanda would like to see our parish sponsor this program for our South Deanery. If you are interested in becoming a facilitator for this program, please get in touch with Fr. Blanda through the parish office. He can assist in getting any interested facilitator trained through the Office of Family Life.

What is Natural Family Planning? (NFP)

Also called fertility awareness, Natural Family Planning (NFP) is a term used to naturally achieve or postpone pregnancy. These methods are based on observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman's cycle. No drugs, devices, or surgical procedures are used to postpone pregnancy. NFP reflects the dignity of the woman within the context of marriage and family life, promotes openness to life, and recognizes the value of the child. By respecting the love-giving and lifegiving natures of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife.

The Diocese of Lafayette currently has instructors trained in the following methods: Billings Ovulation Method, Creighton Model System and Sympto-Thermal Method. Please contact Kelly Chapman at the Diocese of Lafayette (337) 261-5653 to learn more or to register for learning a seminar on a particular method.

Bishop's Services Appeal

Bishops Services Appeal

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, still birth, or infant death.

Please call 337-654-1781 for more information.