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Stewardship Reflection—January 19, 2019

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Baptism of Our Lord

Today’s readings provide clear and inspiring reminders of the most fundamental aspect of our identity — that of servants of our most high and holy God, His modern-day disciples and stewards.

John the Baptist recognized the holiness of Jesus and the response due to Him when he encountered Christ in person on the day they met at the Jordan River. His response, which we read in our Gospel passage from St. John was, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world… He is the one of whom I said, ‘A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’”

What a powerful description of our Lord and the place He should rightfully have in each of our lives. He is truly our Savior, the only one who can free us from our sinfulness. We are utterly and completely dependent on His power, love and mercy. Therefore, He truly does “rank ahead” of us; he deserves to be first, above all other priorities and plans in our lives. Let us examine our daily lives and encourage our children to do the same.

Does the way I spend my time reflect that God comes first? Do prayer and weekly Mass, regular confession and time with my family “rank ahead” of everything else on my calendar? Do I use my talents, skills and energy to serve my family, parish and community in thanksgiving and recognition that God’s kingdom ranks ahead of any other goals or ambitions? Do I spend my money and use my material possessions so as to glorify God?

Challenge questions, to be sure. But questions worthy of our high calling as Christian stewards offered a glorious mission in service of our Lord and His kingdom. What will our response be?

Reduce Taxes. Give Back.

If you are 70 1/2 or older and have an IRA, now is the time to consider an IRA charitable rollover. Make a charitable distribution from your IRA directly to St. Peter Church by the end of the year to avoid taxes.

How it works: Make a distribution directly from an IRA to St. Peter’s by Dec. 31. Your distribution (up to $100,000) counts toward your required minimum distribution. Your distribution is not recognized as income on your federal income tax return.

Benefits: Avoid paying income tax. The amount of your distribution is removed from your gross income for tax purposes.

Please contact Deacon Burke through the parish office for further details.

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.

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.

Memorials & Personal Intentions - Votive Candles

Votive Candles

Votive 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.

Stewardship

Second Collections

January 19th
Property and Liability Insurance Premium which will be due in July 2020.

January 26th
Church is Latin America. Your generosity is appreciated.

Sacrificial Giving:

Weekend of December 12th

  • General Offertory: $20,872.86
  • Children’s Envelope: $ 15.00
  • Catholic High School Subsidy: $1,121.25

 

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.