St. Peter's Catholic Church

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

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Seminarian Cole Zaunbrecher Assigned to St. Peter’s

Our parish welcomes Seminarian Cole Zaunbrecher. Cole will be with us for the months of June and July. Cole is from Robert’s Cove and is sponsored by his home parish, St. Leo IV. He has just finished his first year of seminary at St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington. He is a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Crowley.

We welcome Cole to our community here at St. Peter’s.

Demolition of the Knights of Columbus Building on Center Street

Demolition of the Knights of Columbus Building on Center Street

Over the past two years our Finance Committee and our Pastoral Council have been studying the conditions of all the buildings of our parish campus. Our Knights of Columbus building on Center Street has been evaluated as to its condition and the many repairs that were needed. The investment of such repairs weighed against the value of the building were taken into consideration. Based on this finding and the Knights of Columbus desire to move to the main campus of St. Peter’s, the decision was made to demolish the building thus decreasing our parish liability.

We continue to express our gratitude to the Knights of Columbus Council 1208 for the good work that they continue to do for our parish and the New Iberia community.

Transitional Deacon Assigned to St. Peter’s Beginning this June

Dear Parishioners of St. Peter’s Catholic Church,

Andrew Killeen - Transitional DeaconI want to begin by thanking all of you, the parishioners, faculty, staff, and Fr. Blanda for allowing me the opportunity to serve at the parish. I am excited to meet all of you and learn from this new experience as I make my way towards the priesthood. I am a native of Lafayette, Louisiana. I have an older brother and a younger brother. My family and local church parish, St. Pius X in Lafayette, fostered my vocation to the priesthood. I would have to say altar serving and the example of Msgr. Mouton also greatly affected my desire to become a priest. I graduated from the elementary school of the same name in 2008 and graduated from St. Thomas More in 2012.

After finishing at STM, I entered St. Joseph’s Seminary College in Covington, Louisiana. I graduated from St. Joseph’s Seminary College in 2016 and entered Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana. I hope to finish my studies at Notre Dame in 2020 and through the grace of God be ordained a priest. Before this, however, on May 25, 2019, I will be ordained a transitional deacon by Bishop Douglas Deshotel. Shortly after, I will make my way to St. Peter’s in New Iberia, where I will spend five months learning what it truly means to serve the people of God as an ordained minister. I am looking forward to my time at the parish and cannot wait to meet all of you!

God Bless,

Andrew Killeen

Take a Piece of History Home

Take a Piece of History Home

Church Sound System Donations Update

Total estimated cost: $8500
Amount donated: $2550

If you are interested in contributing to this special project, donations are still being accepted. Checks should be written to St. Peter Church. Please drop the donation off at the parish office or put in the collection in an envelope clearly marked as “Church Sound System.” Your generosity is always appreciated.


Weekly Votive Candle Memorials

Weekly Votive Candle Memorials

St. Peter’s Parish offers the opportunity to our parishioners to have a candle burning in church each week for an entire year for your special intentions. These intentions may be for your living or deceased loved ones, a special private intention or in thanksgiving for graces received. These candles are replaced each week by a group of volunteers. The donation for this service to cover the expenses of the candles is $260/year. This is equivalent to $5/week. If you are interested in this offer, please contact Mrs. Eileen Boudoin, our parish bookkeeper, at the parish office to make arrangement to begin this service.

In addition, Fr. Blanda has requested that a memorial candle burn each week for the deceased pastors and deacons of our parish. If anyone would like to contribute to the expense of this special votive, you can bring your donation to the parish office or place it in an envelope clearly marked for this purpose and include it in the Sunday collection. If we collect more than the $260 needed for this votive candle, the remaining amount will roll over to next year’s program.

Finance Advisory Committee

The Finance Advisory Committee meets on the third Thursday of each month. At each of the council meetings the members receive reports such as the parish balance sheet as well as income and expense statements. This allows us to better monitor the yearly parish budget. The members have the opportunity to ask questions to the Pastor and the parish Bookkeeper regarding areas of financial management. This committee plays a tremendous role in assisting the Pastor in providing sound financial management of the parish. We always strive to be good stewards of the contributions of the financial resources entrusted to our care. In the month of March, the committee will be specifically working with the Pastor and Bookkeeper in planning for the budget for the next fiscal year. Currently the members are individuals who have an expertise in banking, investing, accounting and business. The two parish Trustees and the parish Deacons are ex-officio members of the Parish Finance Advisory Council.

Appointment of Fr. Blanda as Chancellor of Hanson Memorial and St. John in Franklin

Effective February 20, 2019, Fr. Blanda was appointed Chancellor of Hanson Memorial School and St. John Elementary School in Franklin. This appointment will expire on July 1, 2019. This appointment is in addition to his duties as Pastor of St. Peter Parish, Chancellor of Catholic High as Dean of the South Deanery.

Desiring to be Good Stewards of Parish Resources

Since Deacon Cannon has come to St. Peter’s and has taken on the role of being the business manager of our parish, I have asked him to work closely with me in re-evaluating our purchasing, contracts and maintenance schedules for our operations. Even though the Church is first and foremost the Mystical Body of Christ divinely established by Our Blessed Lord to lead souls to heaven, She exist and operates in the world. A financially solvent parish is one that operates with the best of Christian valued business practices. In light of this reality, we are currently examining the business part of our operations, where money can be saved and resources managed even more responsibly. We owe this to our parishioners because I have pledged to you upon my arrival here at St. Peter’s over four years ago that I would do my best to manage our parish responsibly. Our staff strives to be the best stewards that we can be in managing all that comes to us through the generous contributions of our parishioners.

In the month of March, we begin the process of generating the parish budget for the next fiscal year which begins in July. The Finance Committee will be working with Deacon Cannon and our bookkeeper, Eileen Boudoin, and myself to plan for the new fiscal year. As this process will begin soon, I ask your prayers for us that the Holy Spirit will guide and direct us to be good and faithful stewards of the Church’s resources.

Fr. Blanda

New Rectory Windows — A Positive Effect

Since the completion of the project in which we installed 56 new windows to the parish rectory, we have received many compliments as to the visual appearance of the rectory building. That feedback is much appreciated. In addition to what is seen, I wanted to update the parishioners as to how much of a difference it has made inside the building. Since the new windows have been installed, I have been able to run the air conditioners at 73 degrees and the heater at 65 degrees with great comfort in the house. Prior to the replacement of the windows the thermostats had to be put on 67 degrees on the warmer days and 69 degrees for heat. The old windows were pulling in so much moisture from outside. In addition to the temperature settings, the house is so much quieter. I am certain that utility bills will reflect the efficiency of these new windows.

You have made this project possible by your contributions to the Centennial Capital Campaign. I look forward to the next project to begin as Campaign pledges continue to be fulfilled. The church roof needs attention and repair. The roof project is the next priority on our list of projects slated to be accomplished in the scope of our Capital Campaign. Thank you for your continued generosity.

New Rectory Windows