It was a great privilege for our parish to have been a part of Fr. Michael Richard’s seminary formation during his deacon internship here at St. Peter’s.
Our parish is giving Fr. Richard an ordination gift which represents his time with us as a deacon. Fr. Richard had a beautiful green vestment set made for himself. A relative of his is giving him the chasuble (priestly vestment). We will be offering to him the matching dalmatic (deacon’s vestment).
If anyone would like to assist us in defraying the cost of this ordination gift, your generosity would be most appreciated. We would like to forward to Fr. Richard a list of all who have contributed to this gift so that he would have an opportunity to offer his personal gratitude.
The total cost of this dalmatic is $800.00. Donations can be sent to the parish office. Checks should be made out to “St. Peter Parish.”
Thank you for your ongoing generosity to the parish and your loving support for the clergy.
How are we going to grow closer to God and one another?
By Seminarian Luke Kirk
Brothers and Sisters,
How are we going to grow closer to God and one another this summer? Last week, we answered this question by looking at the virtue of faith. By keeping his eyes on Christ, Peter was able to walk on the stormy sea. This week, let us see how the virtue of hope can bring us to Jesus closer than we ever have been before.
So what is hope? Often it is taken to mean a vague or dreamy optimism. However, this idea of hope is very distant from the truth. Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire the kingdom of heaven, and place our trust in God rather than our own strength. Life doesn’t always go to our plan. Unemployment, sickness, and bad relationships can threaten to lead us into despair. However, in the midst of all the hardship of the world, God gives us the virtue of hope. By choosing to hope, by choosing to place our trust in God rather than ourselves, we can find peace and joy- even in the midst of tribulation.
St. Peter illustrates the powerful gift of hope even in our most terrible sins. Our patron was a Galilean fisherman who was so filled with enthusiasm and faith that he left behind everything to follow Jesus. Chosen by Christ to lead the Twelve, Jesus named Peter the Rock upon which He would build His Church. Can you imagine the joy and profound love that Peter must have had for Jesus? To have been present at Christ’s miracles, and to have spent whole years being taught by Him? But everything changed in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus, Peter’s Lord and intimate friend, was arrested. Peter fled. Then in the courtyard, Peter denied Jesus three times, even swearing he had nothing to do with Him. When Peter met the eyes of Our Lord, the leader of the Apostles realized the horror of what he had done. Peter broke down in tears. However, Peter in that despairing moment saw what Judas did not. Even in our most terrible sins, Jesus looks on us with eyes of tender love and mercy. In the moment of his greatest betrayal, Peter chose to hope. Peter acknowledged his utter weakness and relied firmly on Jesus to be lifted up again.
Friends, in this Year of Mercy, let us again choose the gift of hope. Let us accept God’s grace to rely on Him, rather than ourselves. When we are most afraid, when we are most tempted to despair, let us call to mind our patron. This man who betrayed Jesus later returned to Rome knowing that he would be killed by the Roman Empire. And on Vatican Hill where St. Peter’s Basilica stands today, this Galilean fisherman was crucified upside down for his faith and hope in Jesus Christ. With the intercession of our patron St. Peter, let us pray for the virtue of hope this summer so that we can see the loving eyes of Christ- and rather than despair in our sin, trust in Him.
Eucharistic Procession Along Bayou Teche
Fete-Dieu du Teche
Monday, August 15, 2015
Feast of the Assumption
In honor of the Arrival of the Acadians
- Begins with Holy Mass and Homily by Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel, D.D., Bishop of Lafayette, at St. Leo’s in Leonville at 8:00 am.
- Procession to Landing 9:00 am, Boat Procession departs at 9:30 am.
- Stops at each Church on the Bayou: Arnaudville, Cecilia, Breaux Bridge, Parks for Rosary and Benediction.
- End up in the evening at Evangeline Oak in St. Martinville.
- Disembark and Process into St. Martin de Tours for Benediction.
- Process down Main St. to Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel for Vespers and Benediction.