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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 Saint for July

St. BenedictSaint Benedict, the father of Western monasticism, is considered a model of Christian stewardship. He authored the famous Rule of St. Benedict, a handbook of daily Christian living that emphasizes exercising stewardship over prayer, work, and community. Born in central Italy in the town of Nursia around 480, Benedict studied in Rome as a young man. He was so distressed by the chaos and incivility he found there that he left the city and traveled to Subiaco, Italy to become a hermit. He soon attracted followers who wanted to join him in his simple way of living; imitating his style of prayer and work while respecting the rhythms of the day. Benedict stayed there for 25 years before taking a small group of his monks to Monte Cassino, near Naples, where he wrote the final version of his Rule. The Rule of St. Benedict started a simple, spiritual tradition that exists to this day. It was meant to “…establish a school for the Lord’s service.” It is a set of Christian principles around which the members of the community were to organize their daily lives, focusing on the most important Christian values that would direct their daily actions and help them cultivate habits that would ensure good stewardship of their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. A hallmark of Christian stewardship is hospitality, making room for others. St. Benedict found this aspect of the Christian life especially important for his communities. In his Rule, St. Benedict writes: “Let all guests who arrive be received like Christ, for he is going to say: ‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Mt. 25:35).’ ‘And to all let due honor be shown, especially to those who share our faith’ (Gal. 6:10) and to pilgrims…In welcoming the poor and pilgrims the greatest care and solicitude should be shown, because it is especially in them that Christ is received” (Rule of St. Benedict 53:1-2, 15). The Rule of St. Benedict was meant to stand on the shoulders of the Gospels and many spiritual writers throughout the ages attest to its transforming power to change lives. It teaches the principles of stewardship, shows one how to live in a way that is uniquely countercultural and invites its adherents to enter into a deeper and more joyful relationship with the Lord. St. Benedict died in approximately 550. He is the patron saint of monks and farm workers. In 1964 Pope Paul VI declared him to be the patron saint of Europe. His feast day is July 11.

 

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.

A Way for Seniors to Cut their Income Tax Bill

If you are:

  • Aged 70 ½ or older and
  • Have a regular individual retirement account (“IRA”),

then you should consider a Qualified Charitable Distribution (“QCD”) to the church from your IRA. This was a great idea even before the new tax law was enacted at the end of 2017, but now it probably makes even more sense. The advantages are:

  • the portion contributed directly from your IRA to the church will offset your annual Required Minimum Distribution, meaning
  • your adjusted gross and taxable income will be lower and
  • you could quite possibly lower the portion of your social security that is taxable.

With the increased standard deduction for those 65 or older up to $26,600 for joint filers ($13,300 for singles), doing the QCD would allow you the full tax savings as if you were allowed a charitable deduction under the old tax law. Each person can do a QCD of up to $100,000 per year.

Contact your investment and tax advisor, or call the Church office for more information.

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.

Give Online

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

2017 Contributions Statement

If you would like to have a copy of your 2017 Statement of Contributions mailed to you, please call the office at 369-3816 to request one.

Second Collections

July 14th & 15th
Catholic High School Subsidy

July 21st & 22nd
Property & Liability Insurance

 

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.

Weekend of July 8, 2018

  • Weekend Offertory $11,076.08
  • Children’s Collection $41.00
  • St. Peter’s Maintenance & Repair $3,166.23
  • Utilities $220.00
  • School Collection $516.00
  • Poor Box $260.00
  • Youth Ministry $50.00
  • Total Collected: $15,329.31

Contributions to Charities Outside St. Peter’s Church

  • St. Peter’s Cemetery Endowment $45.00
  • Black & Indian Mission $30.00
  • Campaign for Human Development $5.00
  • Catholic Relief Services $10.00

Weekend of July 1, 2018

  • Weekend Offertory $9,842.59
  • Children’s Collection $24.00
  • Total Collected: $9,866.59

Contributions to Charities Outside St. Peter’s Church

  • Peter’s Pence $2,024.60

Weekend of June 24, 2018

  • Weekend Offertory $11,008.68
  • Children’s Collection $74.20
  • Total Collected: $11,082.88