St. Peter's Catholic Church

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

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A Stewardship Prayer for September

Heavenly Father,

September is a month that offers hope for things to come: our daily life has a new rhythm, there are new beginning and new encounters, and a new energy is seen in the parish community.

In this month of accelerating activities, keep us mindful that we live for Christ and not for ourselves. Give us the strength and the wisdom to be “Doers” of Your Word, and not just listeners’ to be good stewards of the Gospel each and every day.

In this month of transition help us find a deeper spiritual balance in our lives that takes time for you, listens to the promptings of your Spirit and give us hope that the body of Christ has well begun the transformation of a troubled world. We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Memorial Giving Opportunities for the Sacred Liturgy

Dear Parishioners:

Over the past few weeks, the parish has had to make a few purchases for the celebration of our Sacred Liturgy. Some of our altar cloths need replacement. This is regarding the main sacrificial altar and the high altar. In addition, you have seen beautiful vestments being used for the celebration of the Holy Mass in the past few years. These vestments are primarily on loan from a brother priest who graciously loaned his personal vestment sets to me for our use here at St. Peter’s. He is now in need of having them returned to him. I have been slowly purchasing a few sets that will remain at St. Peter’s. Each year we try to acquire one solemn set in a particular color. Last year we purchased the solemn green set. This beautiful green vestment set which you have seen at Sunday Masses in the past weeks was made possible by a very generous donation from one of our families. This year I have purchased the largest set that is needed which is white. It is used primarily for the most solemn occasions. This complete set includes the celebrant’s chasuble, three dalmatics for the deacons, two extra matching chasubles for concelebrants, a cope and humeral veil for solemn Benediction and Eucharistic processions. It also includes the chalice veil and burse. In order to make this special for when the Bishop celebrates Mass using this set, I have also included a miter that is sized to fit Bishop Deshotel. I included the miter in honor of the celebration of his 40th anniversary of priesthood that he celebrated this past summer.

If anyone is interested in donating any of the items listed below as a memorial gift, please contact the parish office. Checks need to be made to St. Peter Church. If anyone would like to just make a general donation this acquisition, any such donations would also be most welcomed.

  • Sacrificial Altar Cloth $255.00
  • Sacrificial Altar (top protective cloth) $70.00
  • High Altar Clothe $275.00
  • High Altar (top protective cloth) $85.00
  • Gold full cloth for Sacrificial Altar $870.00
  • White Celebrant’s Chasuble $648.00
  • White Concelebrant’s Chasuble $525.00
  • White Concelebrant’s Chasuble $525.00
  • White Dalmatic for Deacon $735.00
  • White Dalmatic for Deacon $735.00
  • White Dalmatic for Deacon $735.00
  • Matching White Cope $885.00
  • Matching White Humeral Veil $345.00
  • Bishop’s Miter $220.00
  • Chalice Veil $75.00
  • Burse $75.00

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

Sept. 23rd
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 September 9, 2018

  • Weekend Offertory $14,943.88
  • Property & Liability Insurance $125.00
  • Utilities $187.00
  • School $275.00
  • Catholic High School Subsidy $1,772.25
  • Church Maintenance & Repair $1,140.00
  • Poor Box $50.00
  • Total Collected: $18,493.13

Contributions to Charities Outside St. Peter’s Church

  • Black & Indian Missions $5.00
  • Campaign for Human Development $5.00
  • Catholic Relief Services $10.00

Weekend September 2, 2018

  • Weekend Offertory $10,512.65
  • Repairs & Maintenance $2,066.90
  • Poor Box $60.00
  • Memorial Donations $2,060.00
  • Children’s Collection $53.60
  • Total Collected: $14,753.15

Contributions to Charities Outside St. Peter’s Church

  • Peter’s Pence $100.00
  • Seminary Collection $20.00
  • St. Peter’s Cemetery Endowment $25.00

Weekend September 2, 2018

  • Weekend Offertory $10,596.64
  • Property & Liability Insurance $695.00
  • Utilities $1,623.65
  • Total Collected: $12,915.29