St. Peter's Catholic Church

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

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Stewardship—A reflection On Next Week’s Gospel of the Prodigal Son

From an article by Harry Verhiley entitled “Stewardship– Choose Wisely.”

Prayer is an important element of a stewardship way of life.

The “good steward” is sometimes used to describe a person living the stewardship way of life. It seems that that term would indicate that there could be a “bad steward.” Perhaps the prodigal son is a good example of a bad steward. (Luke 15)

The prodigal son squandered all that the Father had given him, because he did not understand his father’s perspective—he was only interested in himself. If the son had considered the long-term consequences of his decisions from his father’s perspective, he would have been less selfish and made better decisions. Because he sought fulfillment by making selfish decisions, he found himself empty. One of the principles of stewardship is that the need of the giver to give is greater than the need of the receiver to receive.

The Dead Sea is “dead” because it is a dead-end, and has no outlet. It continually receives and never gives. Even secular psychologists point out that human beings have a great need to give. We are made that way.

We seek possessions to hold them and look upon them; we think they give us power, respect, status, and influence. They really only make us more reliant on material goods. Our reliance should be on God, our loving Father Who wants what is truly best for us. The profound theme throughout the book of Luke describes God’s relentless search for us when we go astray from His way. He still loves us and desires that we draw nearer to Him, even if we are making unwise choices. He loves both the “good stewards” and the “bad stewards.”

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,, 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.

2018 Contributions Statement

2018 Contributions Statement

Second Collections

March 17th
Property & Liability Insurance

In July of each year our parish receives the annual bill for the property and liability insurance. The money received from this second collection is put into savings in order for the parish to have a significant amount of funds available to pay the bill when received.

This annual property and liability insurance bill is generally around $63,000. Please know that with everyone generously giving to this collection, we can meet this responsibility together.

Last year’s bill was paid in full this past January. As of this date, we have $4,315.38 in savings towards the July 2019 insurance premium.

Weekend of March 17th

  • General Offertory: $11,675.90
  • Children’s Offering: $38.50
  • Property and Liability Insurance: $1,964.00
  • Friday Lenten Collection for the Poor: $192.00