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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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Stewardship Reflection—Sixth Sunday of Easter

Stewardship Reflection for Sixth Sunday of EasterThe concept of hospitality is fundamental to a stewardship way of life. When we envision hospitality, we naturally think of offering a sincere and warm welcome — to those new to our parish, for instance. We picture inviting them in and making them feel at home and at ease in our presence, communicating to them that they are highly valued.

Today’s Gospel reading from John invites us to think of hospitality in a slightly different way. In it, we hear Jesus speaking this to his disciples: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.”

Jesus is asking that we permit the Blessed Trinity to come and dwell within us. This is a stunning request. It tells us that our first and most privileged form of hospitality should be directed towards God Himself.

How does one show hospitality to God? How do we make God “at home and at ease” within us? How can we communicate to God that He is “highly valued” by us?

Jesus tells us how: we are to keep His word, to follow His teachings.

In order to keep His word, we must know His word. This takes discipline and effort on our part. We must make study of Scripture and Church teaching a priority in our daily lives.

If we want our parish to be a place of genuine Christian hospitality, we must be sure that our own hearts are hospitable dwelling places for the Blessed Trinity. Then, our smiles and words, our greetings and ministries, will radiate with the warmth of God’s love. And, our parish family will become at least a little bit like Heaven on earth. This is the simplicity and glory of a stewardship way of life.

Any Young Parishioners Interested in Offering Their Time and Talent by Becoming Altar Servers?

Any Young Parishioners Interested in Offering Their Time and Talent by Becoming Altar Servers?

Serving at the Altar of God is one of the most noble acts that can be afforded to a young person in the Catholic faith. Knowing that the Holy Mass is the most important prayer that the Church offers, it is such a privilege to assist in this act of Divine Worship. Servers have the ability to be in such close proximity to the altar where bread and wine become the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ.

I would like to personally invite students currently in grades 3-11 who wish to become altar servers to submit their names to Mrs. Angela Viator (337-577-0561) who assists me as the coordinator of our altar server ministry. Mrs. Viator can explain to parents of those young parishioners who are interested as to what is involved in such a commitment. I have scheduled a training for new servers on Tuesday, May 7th at 5:00 pm.

I pray that many of our young parishioners will take advantage of this stewardship opportunity to serve the Lord and his Church. It is such a tremendous way to deepen your faith and grow more in love with our Lord present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. - Fr. Blanda

Our Young Parishioners Learning the Value of Stewardship

Our local Catholic homeschool group named Berry Blessed participates in an endeavor every Monday called “Mercy Monday.” Each Monday they go out into the community and offer a corporal and/or spiritual work of mercy. Every first Monday of the month they work in St. Peter Cemetery to show respect and honor to the deceased. They pick up trash and dead flowers, do weeding and have also pressure washed the cement around the entrance. After they work, they pray a Divine Mercy Chaplet under the beautiful crucifix for the souls in purgatory. On the third Mondays of each month the children help here at St. Peter’s church with various projects to teach the value of stewardship and being part of the church community. On the second and fourth Mondays of the month, they visit nursing homes in order to instill the work of mercy that admonishes us to visit the sick and the elderly. These young students are truly maturing in their faith and learning good discipleship. Many thanks to the parents that help to plan all these Monday activities!

Young Parishioners Learning the Value of Stewardship

St. Peter’s Bereavement Ministry

Did you know that St. Peter Parish has a Bereavement Ministry? This group of parishioners practices a great work of mercy by helping to provide a meal for grieving families on the day of the funeral services. This is a ministry that is particularly accessible to the retired members of our parish community who have the time to assist in preparing a meal. This ministry demonstrates our parish family’s desire to express love and support to those who in their grief truly need to feel the love and support of their church parish. If you are interested in finding out more about this ministry or how to become involved, please contact Deacon Cannon at the parish office. He will get you in contact with the Bereavement Ministry coordinator.

Give Online

Online giving is an easy way to support St. Peter’s Parish.

GREAT NEWS... St. Peter Parish continues to offer Electronic Giving for your convenience. We currently have approximately 150 families utilizing our online giving stewardship program. Save time, simplify your life, and support our parish. Our Electronic Giving program is an automated program that will allow you to make contributions without having to write a check or reach into your wallet for cash.

Here's how it works:
Simply go to our website, www.stpetersofnewiberia.com, to set up your personal profile. Once in the online giving page , click on "Create Profile" and enter the email address you would like to use as your ID. You will be sent a temporary password to that email address which you can now us to login. Once logged in, you can change your password. Now you are ready to go. You authorize a specified amount of money to be electronically transferred directly from your checking/savings account or your credit/debit card to the St. Peter Parish operating account. You also specify the frequency of the transfer and the collections to which you would like to contribute. You can make one-time donations to a specific fund as well.

Volunteer Opportunities

St. Peter Parish is blessed to have many parishioners who serve as volunteers in various capacities. If you are interested in becoming more involved in the parish, please call Deacon Cannon at the parish office. He can assist you in helping to find a way in which you can become meaningfully involved according to your specific gifts and talents.

Grass Cutting and Garden Weeding:

As spring is coming upon us you may want to consider joining a group of very dedicated men and women who assist with the grass cutting and yard work. These individuals keep our church grounds in such good condition. Their usual work time is on Thursday afternoons. Even if you can only offer occasional help to assist in cutting grass, weed eating or weeding gardens, it would be most appreciated.

Office Assistance:

Currently we have a group of volunteers who come in to answer the phones and take messages each Tuesday morning during the time of our weekly staff meeting. These individuals are very dedicated and extremely helpful in keeping the office open for the public while the entire staff has the opportunity to gather for the planning of the week and upcoming projects.

We are also in need of men and women who are willing to come in at other times when SuSu is assisting at a funeral or is needing time to work on the posting of Mass intentions and other projects that need concentration.

As many individuals come into the office for personal counseling and spiritual direction, it is important that such volunteers are committed to discretion and confidentiality.

Memorials & Personal Intentions - Votive Candles

Votive CandlesVotive Candles are available for memorials and personal intentions throughout the Church. Prices and locations are as follows:

Candles on St. Joseph’s Altar are perpetual candles and burn for one year for memorial and personal intentions. The cost of these candles is now $260.00. The increase is due to the fact that the $115.00 did not cover the actual cost of these candles for the year.

The votive candles on the Blessed Mother’s Altar are $5.00 for the seven-day candles.

The votive candles in the Baptistery are for St. Jude and St. Anthony and are $2.00. They burn for one day.

Sanctuary Candle Memorials

Sanctuary Candle MemorialThe Sanctuary Candles located in the church and the adoration chapel can burn for a selected week in memory of a loved one. The donation for each memorial request is $25.00 for the week. These memorial requests will be published in the bulletin.

To request the memorial, please visit the Parish Office during regular office hours.

Votive Candle Donations

We are asking parishioners to please remember to place your donations in the donation slot when lighting votive candles for your prayer intentions. Unfortunately, due to the lack of payments, candle expenses are not being covered. By doing this, we can help defray the cost of candles in the parish. Everyone’s cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Second Collections

May 26th
Property and Liability Insurance.

June 2nd
St. Peter’s Maintenance and Repair

This month's maintenance and repair second collection will assist with the following repairs which were recently addressed:

  • Church Air Conditioners
  • Rectory Floors
  • Recovering/re-padding of sanctuary and confessional kneelers

We invite you to assist financially in helping to responsibly maintain our parish facilities. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Sacrificial Giving:

Weekend of May 19th

  • General Offertory: $11,265.00
  • Youth Ministry: $1,002.00