St. Peter's Catholic Church

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

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Stewardship Reflection — October 20, 2019

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The four pillars of parish stewardship are hospitality, prayer, formation and service. Today’s readings show us the immense value of prayer and the privileged place it must have in our individual lives and our in parish community.

Our Lord Himself calls us to prayer — and persistence in prayer — in the Gospel passage from Luke. Jesus tells the parable of the nagging widow who finally wears down the judge with her unrelenting persistence in her pursuit of a just ruling from him on her behalf. Jesus goes to great lengths to describe this judge, saying he “neither feared God nor respected any human.” Yet even this corrupt judge responds with a just judgment because of the widow’s persistence.

Jesus uses this outlandish example to draw a vivid contrast between a reluctant, dishonest judge and our loving, all-merciful Father. If even a bad judge will give a good result in response to a persistent request, how much more (infinitely more) eagerly and perfectly will our good Father respond to our persistent prayers to Him.

If he delays in responding, if he provides a different response from the one we were expecting, we can remain confident and trusting in His goodness, knowing that His response, whenever it comes and in whatever form, will be the very best one for us.

Our job then, as Christian stewards, is simply to remain faithful to our relationship with God through prayer. We must lean on each other in our communities — family and parish — as we support each other in prayer. A strong pillar of prayer will make all our other stewardship efforts fruitful.


CCD Program Seeking Volunteers

Our CCD program has gotten off to a good start this year. I had the opportunity to visit with the teachers and students for the first session which was held on Sunday, September 15th. I would like to thank our Christian Formation Director (Eileen Boudoin), our teachers and volunteers for helping us get off to a good start.

At this time, we are asking if any parishioners would be interested in assisting in the program by way of being a teacher’s aid or assisting in the welcoming of the students at the beginning of the sessions and helping to dismiss at the end of the sessions. Our program takes place every other Sunday morning from 10:05am - 10:50am. Interested parishioners would need to be safe environment trained. Please call Eileen at the parish office if you are able to give time in this ministry of Christian formation.

Fr. Blanda

Give Online

ONLINE GIVING is an easy way to support St. Peter’s Parish.

Here's how it works:
Simply go to our E-Service Payments page to set up your personal profile. Once you're in the Online Donation page, click on "Create Your Online Profile" and enter the email address you would like to use as your User ID. You will be sent a temporary password to that email address which you can now use to log in. 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.

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.

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.


Second Collections

October 20th
Property and Liability Insurance

Please consider continuing to help us meet our goal.

October 27th
Assisting our young people who will be traveling to the March for Life in Washington D.C. this coming January.

Each year Fr. Blanda takes a delegation of youth from our area to attend this important event. One of our students will speak at the beginning of Mass next weekend to tell us a little about their experience in attending the March for Life. We do not have envelopes printed for this second collection.

Checks should be written to Catholic High School as the school is coordinating the fundraising for this Pro-Life Pilgrimage.

Sacrificial Giving:

Weekend of October 13th

  • General Offertory: $9,476.00
  • Catholic High School Subsidy: $ 625.00
  • Children’s Envelopes: $3.00

Property and Liability Insurance Appeal Update

  • Premium Amount: $65,851.00
  • Amount to date collected: ($36,601.00)
  • Remaining Balance: $29,250.00

Please note that the collected amount reflects contributions given since January in the monthly second collection for property and liability insurance, the generous response to the insurance appeal letter that was sent to parishioners this August and money from our general operations that is being applied to the premium.

Disch DeClouet Social Service Center Seeking VOLUNTEERS

For 43 years the Social Service Center has been serving the needs of the poor and needy of Iberia Parish. All of the work performed at the Center is provided by volunteers. At this time we are in need of volunteers to interview and assist with our client’s needs.

What is being asked of you? We need volunteers who will give us one day per week—2 hours in the morning (8:30am-10:30 am) and 2 hours in the afternoon (12:30pm-2:30pm).

PLEASE prayerfully consider volunteering at our Center. I can speak for all of our volunteers that you will be richly blessed! If you are interested please contact me at 337-519-2214. God bless!

Johnny Indest, Executive Director

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.