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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

 

Men of Mary

Men of Mary Rosary Group St. Peter Parish is starting a prayer group for the men of our parish and indeed for our entire New Iberia community. This new group is taking the name “Men of Mary". Knowing that men are called to have a special devotion to Mary the Mother of God, these men desire to imitate the virtues of St. Joseph who honored Our Lady with such love and respect. This new group is essentially a rosary group. Beginning on Friday, October 4th, the men of our parish will lead the rosary before each Friday morning Mass. The rosary will begin at 6:00 am. Of course, men, women and children are invited to attend this weekly rosary where the men of our parish will lead us as we meditate on the Sorrowful Mysteries. We are very grateful to John Manes who has graciously agreed to coordinate this group.

Women’s Prayer Breakfast

All women are invited to a Women’s Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, September 21 from 9:00am –Noon in St. Mary Mother of the Church parish hall. The day will begin with prayer, then breakfast and a presentation will be given by Mary Margaret Camelo.

St. Mary Altar Society is sponsoring this event that includes food, fun and faith sharing with friends. Registration is required—send your information to JoAnn LeJune, 419 Doucet Road, Lafayette, LA 70503 with a donation of $15.00. For more information call JoAnn LeJune at 337-703-3041.

Public Square Rosary Rally

Public Square Rosary Rally

We would like to invite you to a Public Square Rosary Rally to receive an abundance of graces. Join us along with other communities in America to honor the 102nd Anniversary of Our Lady's Apparitions in Fatima, Portugal; Saturday October 12th 12:00pm to 2:00pm. in front of City Hall, New Iberia. There will be over 20,000 rallies taking place across United States. All praying at the same time for the same intentions. Please join us in offering reparation for our sins & the conversion of the United States.

Bring your Rosary group, Youth Group, Children of Mary. Start praying the rosary for the first time. Please come & use the most powerful spiritual weapon in contemporary history, The Rosary.

Call Linda @636-4080 or 519-1024 with any questions.

Just one-third of U.S. Catholics agree with their church that Eucharist is body, blood of Christ

The following article was written regarding the August 5th publication of the Pew Research Center poll. This is the information from which I drew a portion of my homily last weekend. It is very disturbing. What is happening to our Catholic faithful? Is this a result of poor catechesis? Is this a result of watering down the great mystery that is encountered in the sacred liturgy? Lex orandi lex credendi (We worship as we believe). Fr. Blanda

Just one-third of U.S. Catholics agree with their church that Eucharist is body, blood of Christ by Gregory A. Smith

Transubstantiation – the idea that during Mass, the bread and wine used for Communion become the body and blood of Jesus Christ – is central to the Catholic faith. Indeed, the Catholic Church teaches that “the Eucharist is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life.’”

But a new Pew Research Center survey finds that most self-described Catholics don’t believe this core teaching. In fact, nearly seven -in-ten Catholics (69%) say they personally believe that during Catholic Mass, the bread and wine used in Communion “are symbols of the body and blood of Jesus Christ.” Just one-third of U.S. Catholics (31%) say they believe that “during Catholic Mass, the bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Jesus.”

In addition to asking Catholics what they believe about the Eucharist, the new survey also included a question that tested whether Catholics know what the church teaches on the subject. Most Catholics who believe that the bread and wine are symbolic do not know that the church holds that transubstantiation occurs. Overall, 43% of Catholics believe that the bread and wine are symbolic and also that this reflects the position of the church. Still, one-in-five Catholics (22%) reject the idea of transubstantiation, even though they know about the church’s teaching.

The vast majority of those who believe that the bread and wine actually become the Body and Blood of Christ—28% of all Catholics - do know that this is what the church teaches. A small share of Catholics (3%) profess to believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist despite not knowing the church’s teaching on transubstantiation.

About six-in-ten (63%) of the most observant Catholics — those who attend Mass at least once a week — accept the church’s teaching about transubstantiation. Still, even among this most observant group of Catholics, roughly one-third (37%) don’t believe that the Communion bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Christ (including 23% who don’t know the church’s teaching and 14% who know the church’s teaching but don’t believe it). And among Catholics who do not attend Mass weekly, large majorities say they believe the bread and wine are symbolic and do not actually become the body and blood of Jesus.

About six-in-ten (63%) of the most observant Catholics — those who attend Mass at least once a week — accept the church’s teaching about transubstantiation. Still, even among this most observant group of Catholics, roughly one-third (37%) don’t believe that the Communion bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Christ (including 23% who don’t know the church’s teaching and 14% who know the church’s teaching but don’t believe it). And among Catholics who do not attend Mass weekly, large majorities say they believe the bread and wine are symbolic and do not actually become the body and blood of Jesus.

The survey also finds that belief in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist is most common among older Catholics, though majorities in every age group (including 61% of those age 60 and over) believe that the bread and wine are symbols, not the actual body and blood of Christ.

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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.

Traditional Devotion for the Month of September

Prayer Source: Prayer Book, The by Reverend John P. O'Connell, M.A., S.T.D. and Jex Martin, M.A., The Catholic Press, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 1954

Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. Due to her feast day on September 15, the month of September has traditionally been set aside to honor Our Lady of Sorrows. All the sorrows of Mary (the prophecy of Simeon, the three days' loss, etc.) are merged in the supreme suffering at the Passion. In the Passion, Mary suffered a martyrdom of the heart because of Our Lord's torments and the greatness of her love for Him. "She it was," says Pope Pius XII, "who immune from all sin, personal or inherited, and ever more closely united with her Son, offered Him on Golgotha to the Eternal Father together with the holocaust of her maternal rights and motherly love. As a new Eve, she made this offering for all the children of Adam contaminated through his unhappy fall. Thus she, who was the mother of our Head according to the flesh, became by a new title of sorrow and glory the spiritual mother of all His members."

Traditional Devotion for the Month of September

TO OUR LADY OF SORROWS

O most holy Virgin, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ: by the overwhelming grief you experienced when you witnessed the martyrdom, the crucifixion, and the death of your divine Son, look upon me with eyes of compassion, and awaken in my heart a tender commiseration for those sufferings, as well as a sincere detestation of my sins, in order that, being disengaged from all undue affection for the passing joys of this earth, I may sigh after the eternal Jerusalem, and that henceforward all my thoughts and all my actions may be directed towards this one most desirable object. Honor, glory, and love to our divine Lord Jesus, and to the holy and immaculate Mother of God. Amen. - Saint Bonaventure

First Wednesday Devotion to St. Joseph

First Wednesday Devotion to St. Joseph 

Please remember that we have designated the first Wednesday’s of the month as an opportunity to honor St. Joseph. Each first Wednesday our 5:30 pm Mass is celebrated at the St. Joseph Altar. We especially encourage the men of our parish to come to this Mass. The litany of St. Joseph is recited before Mass begins.

Vespers are also prayed after Holy Mass every Wednesday. All are invited.

Arise: A Grieving Mothers Retreat

Red Bird Minitries Red Bird Ministries is a Catholic grief support ministry for couples who have experienced the loss of a child.

Arise: A Grieving Mothers Retreat

Register for the "Arise: Grieving Mothers Retreat "now at www.redbird.love. Early bird registration by September 15, 2019 is $125, late registration by October 1, 2019 is $159. Space is limited, sponsorships are available. Contact Kelly@redbird.love for more information.

Follow Me: A Grieving Dad’s Retreat

Men who have experienced any form of child loss are invited (including miscarriage, still birth, the loss of an infant, child, adolescent or adult child) are invited to a retreat which will be held in Butte La Rose on September 20-22. This will be a time for prayer, fun, fishing and fellowship. Register now at redbird.love/dadsretreat. Fee: $150—Space is limited and sponsorships are available. Contact us at Kelly@redbird.love for more information.

Catholic High Consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Catholic High Consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary

As our students have returned to Catholic High for the beginning of a new academic year, many orientation meetings took place in order to help our students better enter into the life of what it means to be a Panther. The first school Mass offers the best beginning orientation that can be presented. It is in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass which is offered for our entire student body each week that we worship the primary Teacher of our life—Jesus Christ. As our first school Mass was celebrated on August 15th, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we had the opportunity to conclude the Mass with a Eucharistic Procession. The Most Blessed Sacrament was processed through the halls of the school where we learn, the athletic fields where we play and the cafeteria where we gather in fellowship. The procession concluded with the consecration of the school to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary along with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

This was the second year that we have celebrated the first school Mass with this consecration. We now can say that we will continue this practice as a yearly tradition. I am so grateful and edified by the faith that is instilled at our school. Our students are devout and love the Lord.

May Jesus the Divine Teacher grant us a fruitful school year.

Fr. Blanda

Spiritual Life and Worship

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

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.