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St. Peter's Catholic Church

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

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Thursdays

Rosary before 6:30 am Mass.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help after 6:30 am Mass.

Tuesdays

Pro-Life rosary beginning in church at 11:25 am.

Rosary

Wednesdays

Clergy Vespers

Vespers on Wednesday evenings

Wednesdays following 5:30 pm Mass

First Friday and First Saturday Devotions

First Friday Devotions

Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Sacred Heart of Jesus following 6:30 am Mass.

First Saturday Devotions
Our Lady asks us to make reparation to Her Immaculate Heart. Join us after 6:30 am Mass on the First Saturday of each month for the Rosary and Meditation to fulfill her requests.

Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary

 

Patriotic Rosary

Everyone is invited to pray a special Patriotic Rosary for our country, for each person in our country and the whole world on the 26th of each month at 7:00 pm in front of the Holy Eucharist at Sacred Heart Church in New Iberia. The problems of this world will be solved by God through prayer. Please join us.

First Friday Devotions

Dear Parishioners,

As we are drawing close to the end of the month of May dedicated to the Blessed Mother, we should begin to prepare spiritually for the devotions connected to the month of June. June has traditionally been associated with the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In addition to the month of June being dedicated to the Sacred Heart, the first Friday of each month is also dedicated to this devotion. This is why we have Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the praying of the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus following Holy Mass on the first Friday of each month here at St. Peter’s. Also, the great Solemnity of the Sacred Heart which falls 19 days after the Solemnity of Pentecost (always on a Friday) falls this year on June 28th.

First Friday DevotionsMost Catholics today do not know of the special devotion of attending Holy Mass for nine consecutive first Fridays and the promises of our Lord for those who fulfill this devotional opportunity. The First Friday Devotions are a set of Catholic devotions to especially recognize the Sacred Heart of Jesus and through it offer reparations for sins. In the visions of Christ reported by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in the 17th century, several promises were made to those people who practiced the First Fridays Devotions, one of which included final perseverance.

"In the excess of the mercy of my Heart, I promise you that my all powerful love will grant to all those who will receive Communion on the First Fridays, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance: they will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the sacraments; and my Heart will be their secure refuge in that last hour."

The devotion consists of several practices that are performed on the first Fridays of nine consecutive months. On these days, a person is to attend Mass and receive Holy Communion. If the need arises, in order to receive Communion in a state of grace, a person should also make use of the Sacrament of Confession before attending Mass. The practice of the Holy Hour of meditation during the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during the First Fridays is also encouraged.

Listed here are the promises made by our Lord to St. Margaret Mary. Please consider enriching your spiritual life by praying the Mass for nine consecutive first Fridays.

Fr. Blanda

  1. I will give them all of the graces necessary for their state of life.
  2. I will establish peace in their houses.
  3. I will comfort them in all their afflictions.
  4. I will be their strength during life and above all during death.
  5. I will bestow a large blessing upon all their undertakings.
  6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and the infinite ocean of mercy.
  7. Tepid souls shall grow fervent.
  8. Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
  9. I will bless every place where a picture of my heart shall be set up and honored.
  10. I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.

Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be blotted out. I promise you in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who shall receive communion on the First Friday in nine consecutive months the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving their sacraments; My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.

6 Benefits of Making a Holy Hour

6 Benefits of Making a Holy Hour

Local Mass on The Web

St. Mary Mother of the Church Parish (Lafayette) is streaming their Sunday 8:00 AM Mass. The homebound, as well as residents in assisted living facilities and nursing homes can watch the Mass “live” at 8:00 AM on Sundays or watch the video recording of the Mass any time on Sunday or during the rest of the week.

Go to https://www.stmarych.com/live.

First Wednesday Devotions to St. Joseph

First Wednesday Devotions to St. Joseph Did you know that every Wednesday is dedicated in a special way to St. Joseph?

He is the Patron or Protector of the Universal Church, unborn children, fathers, workers, travelers, immigrants and a happy death.

We invite you to join us on the First Wednesday of each month as our regularly scheduled 5:30 pm Mass will be celebrated on the St. Joseph altar.

Prior to Holy Mass, the litany to St. Joseph will be prayed. Take this opportunity to unite as a community in prayer for the Universal Church, our own church parish and your domestic church.

Discussion of Spiritual Life and Worship at Pastoral Advisory Council Meeting

In our September Pastoral Advisory Council meeting, one of the agenda items will be to discuss the Spiritual Life and Worship opportunities offered to parishioners here at St. Peter's. I often wonder how Catholics in our churches, including our own, can possibly say that their parish does not offer enough opportunities to pray. The worship of God is the most important ministry of every church parish.

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered each weekday in our parish including Saturday mornings. The weekend schedule affords our parishioners five Mass time opportunities, even though with the size of our church we could accommodate our practicing Catholics with one Saturday evening Mass and two Sunday Masses. The opportunities of parishioners to serve in the sacred liturgy are vast: Choir, Altar Servers, Lectors, Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers and Sacristans. Our sacred music accommodates various tastes and spiritualities: Saturday evening having the historic traditional choir; 7:30 am simple organ music for those who prefer no singing; 9:00 am offering of the High Mass with the Schola Cantorum and incense; 11:00 am Mass with organ and cantor; 6:00 pm having the opportunity for a more contemporary style of music.

Confessions are offered every day of the week here at St. Peter’s. Confessions are heard a half hour before each weekday Mass. Saturday and Sunday afternoon confessions are heard for forty-five minutes. Baptisms are offered every Sunday morning with great flexibility to accommodate families when needing to schedule. The sacrament of marriage is available for celebration every weekend except when liturgical law does not permit the sacrament to be celebrated. In the past few years, Saturday evening marriages have also been allowed to be scheduled.

In addition to the sacramental life of the parish, the devotional opportunities are vast. Our adoration chapel is available 24 hours a day with the Blessed Sacrament exposed from Sunday evenings at 5:00 pm through Saturday evenings at 5:00 pm. Marian devotions are offered such as the rosary which is prayed before Mass on Thursday and Friday and the pro-life rosary prayed at 11:25 am on Tuesdays. The Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help is prayed after our Thursday morning Mass. Saturday morning Mass is celebrated at the Blessed Mother Altar. The beautiful Living Rosary is prayed in the month of October. Our Sisters lead First Saturday Devotions following Mass on the first Saturday of each month. Vespers (Evening Prayer) is prayed after our Wednesday evening Mass. Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament follows the celebration of Mass on First Fridays.

Our parish also offers special annual events of liturgy and devotion such as the Divine Mercy Mass on the Second Sunday of Easter, our Lenten Tenebrae Service, Stations of the Cross, the Advent Lessons and Carols, a Solemn Requiem Mass on All Souls Day for all who have been buried through St. Peter’s, the Annual Pro-Life March and Mass and the Annual Mass for the protection from storms during the hurricane season. We also offer an annual parish Lenten Mission.

Please be aware of how your parish is feeding you spiritually. Keep yourself and your family informed of the many spiritual and devotional opportunities that are offered. Everyone is welcome to join our worshiping community in prayer and coming to know the Lord through the worship that we offer Him.

Fr. Blanda

The Precious Blood - Devotion for the Month of July

Article from America Needs Fatima

The Precious Blood - Devotion for the Month of July In his book, The Precious Blood, Father Frederick William Faber, D.D., calls St. Paul the Doctor of the Precious Blood owing to his evident fondness to preach on It in his epistles (Romans 3:25; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 9:12). He recounts that the lives of saints are replete with devotion to the Precious Blood making special mention of St. John Chrysostom, St. Austin, St. Gertrude and St. Catherine of Sienna whom he considered the Prophetess of the Precious Blood for putting emphasis on It as the solution to the ills of her times. Father Faber also remarks that the Precious Blood makes us appreciate more Christ's redemption of mankind, His sacrifice and Passion. It also makes us comprehend the beautiful doctrine and the august realities of the Blessed Sacrament as we kneel in front of the tabernacle in humble adoration. Over time the Church gave Her blessing to the devotion by approving societies like the Missionaries of the Precious Blood; enriching confraternities like that of St. Nicholas in Carcere, in Rome, and that of the London Oratory; attaching indulgences to prayers and scapulars in honor of the Precious Blood; and instituting commemorative feasts of the Precious Blood, Friday after the fourth Sunday in Lent and, since Pius IX, the first Sunday of July.

The feast was removed from the church calendar in 1969, the reason being that the devotion of the Precious Blood is included in the Mass and Divine Office of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). Nevertheless, it is still laudable and salutary to continue to see the month of July as dedicated to the Most Precious Blood, just as Blessed Pope Pius IX intended it to be.

This devotion is one of the most ancient of pious Church practices. It is said that the Blessed Virgin venerated the Most Precious Blood of her infant Son on the day of His circumcision as she collected the first relics of His Precious Blood on a piece of cloth. On that momentous occasion she united her tears with that of the Word Incarnate on account of not so much of the sensible pain but of His supernatural sorrow for the hard-heartedness of mortals.

It was the first of seven Blood-Sheddings of Our Divine Savior, The rest being:

2) The Agony in the Garden

3) The Scourging at the Pillar

4) The Crowning with Thorns

5) The Way of the Cross

6) The Crucifixion

7) The Piercing of His Heart

2019 Mass Intentions

The Book for Mass Intentions for the year 2019 is now open. You may visit the Parish Office to schedule your Mass Intentions for 2019 during regular office hours.

Televised Mass for the Homebound

Is someone you love unable to join us at church during this holy time of Lent and Easter? For the faithful at home or in healthcare settings, the Heart of the Nation Sunday TV Mass brings spiritual comfort and the blessings of joy-filled hope in our Risen Savior. Please invite anyone you know who cannot get out to church to tune in Catholic Mass on TV or watch online anytime on Sundays at www.HeartoftheNation.org.