World Mission Sunday
This Sunday (October 11, 2015) is World Mission Sunday! In Scripture, we read that St. Paul asked the Gentile Churches to take up a collection to support the church in Jerusalem. Now we are asked to reach out and support the young churches throughout our world. Your prayers and generous gifts to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith in the collection today will help missionaries offer the poor of these areas practical help as they share the mercy of God. It will ensure the development of local diocese, and support the work of priests, religious and lay leaders who serve those on the margins and in most need. Go out to the whole world through your gift in today’s collection!
St. Peter’s Church Parking Gumbo Cook-off Weekend
On Saturday, October 10th, 2015, the parking lot will be closed all day until 3:00 pm. The parking lot will be open from 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm for those attending Mass. Immediately after Mass starts, the Knight of Columbus will be selling any empty spaces left for those attending the Gumbo Cook-off activities. The spaces will cost $5.00 per car. PLEASE NOTE: There will not be any overnight parking allowed.
On Sunday, October 11th, 2015, the parking lot will be opened from 7:00 am until 1:00 pm only for those attending Mass. After this time the Knights of Columbus will be selling any empty parking spaces for those attending the Gumbo Cook-off activities for $5.00 per car.
To make it easy for you, please place a copy of the October 4th Issue of the VOICE on your car dash for reference.
Please join us on Sunday, October 18th for a reception in the Parish Hall after the 10:00 am Mass. We will be saying goodbye to Deacon Richard as he returns to the seminary to complete his studies for his ordination.
Everyone is invited to come and wish him well.
All Saints Day & the Fall Season
Memorial donations for flowers and decorations for All Saints Day and the Fall Season are now being accepted. Please come by the Parish Office to make arrangements.
2015 Cemetery Blessing & Mass Schedule
Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 am on Saturday, October 31, 2015, in the Holy Family Cemetery Chapel. The blessing of Holy Family Cemetery will follow immediately after Mass. A Rosary will begin at 8:30 am.
St. Peter’s Cemetery blessing will be on Sunday, November 1st, 2015, immediately following the 12:00 noon Mass.
2016 Mass Intentions
The Book for Mass Intentions for the year 2016 is now open. You may come to the Parish Office to schedule your Mass Intentions for 2016 during regular office hours.
Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Fr. Brian Webre
Click on the Divine Mercy tab at the top of this page to learn more!
Interested in becoming Catholic?
Interested in becoming Catholic? Do you know someone who would like to become Catholic or learn more about the Catholic faith? The Church offers a program for non-Catholics to learn more about the Catholic faith and enter into full communion with the Church. This is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Classes are held on Sunday from 9:00 am-10:00 am in the Christian Formation Building on Iberia Street across from the main office building. If you or anyone you know is interested, please contact Kitty Metz at 465-2164.
Adult Confirmation Classes
A special five-week program is being offered for all baptized adult Catholics who have never been confirmed. The next program will begin on Thursday, November 5, 2015. If you are interested in attending this program, please contact Deacon Burke at 369-3816 or email him at email@example.com by November 3, 2015. This is a wonderful way to renew all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit that can help you live your life with the many gifts, graces, and blessings that are waiting for you!
First Communion Registration & Parents’ Meeting
Registration for First Communion and a parent meeting with Fr. Blanda will take place on Wednesday, October 14th at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Registration packets will be given out at this time.
You may also get the packet on our St. Peter’s website at www.stpeterofnewiberia.com under Youth. Please come and meet the new teacher!
Classes will begin on November 8th, 2015, in the Parish Hall after the 10:00 am Mass.
St. Peter’s Alive!
Many of you may recall the St. Peter’s Alive program which took place on Sundays at St. Peter’s several years ago. St. Peter’s Alive was held on the church grounds following the 10:00 am Mass every Sunday, excluding the summer. There was juice and cookies or donuts, but most importantly, there was fellowship! Fr. Blanda asked that we bring this program back to our parish. So we are looking for volunteer couples who would be willing to be part of a rotating schedule to manage each Sunday. Couples would be responsible for picking up a pre-arranged order from a local store, and then they would set up in a designated area, and afterwards pick up. Anyone interested in being a part of this program should call Nancy Goodwin at St. Peter’s office at 369-3816.
Volunteers Are Needed to Help Maintain Our Church Grounds
If you are interested in helping to keep our church grounds beautiful, you may choose a small area on the grounds to care for. You may use your own tools, or the church will supply them for you. You will receive instructions, and you may perform the care on your own schedule. You do not have to make a long term commitment. You may select one of the following areas or suggest an area you would like to maintain.
- Flower bed behind parish hall
- Area near handicap ramp
- Weed and red ant control
- You may select from many other areas in need of care
- The bed near the oak tree and deck
- The flower beds in front of the rectory
These may seem like small jobs, but they will be greatly appreciated. Please call the church office at 369-3816 or visit the office to select your area to maintain.
Pray for our Priests
- Thursday, October 8 – Rev. Barry Crochet
- Friday, October 9 – Rev. Henry Davis, SSJ
- Saturday, October 10 – Rev. Hampton Davis
- Sunday, October 11 – Msgr. Jefferson DeBlanc, VE
- Monday, October 12 – Rev. Michael DeBlanc
- Tuesday, October 13 – Rev. Edward Degeyter
- Wednesday, October 14 – Rev. Herbert Delauney
- Thursday, October 15 – Rev. Michael Delcambre
- Friday, October 16 – Rev. Mark Derise
- Saturday, October 17 – Msgr. Keith DeRouen
- Sunday, October 18 – Rev. Ferdinand Derrera, SJ
Insurance Premium Update
Report as of September 14, 2015
- Total Premium (2015-2016)-$60,626.00
- Total balance needed: $20,876.00
Total received (Property Insurance Gift): -12,730.00
- Remaining balance needed: $8,146.00
Thank you for your quick response in support of the Insurance Premium Appeal Letter!
Now that we have received the initial one-third in funds ($70,000.00)*, we will continue to keep you informed of the total contributions received to date.
Financial Status to Date:
- Total cost of both properties: $210,000.00
- Total funds received: -81,215.62
- Balance needed: $128,784.38
*Please remember that the initial $70,000.00 represented the one-third that was needed by the Diocese in order to proceed with the property acquisitions.