Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen! With this Easter Proclamation we here at St. Peter’s are transitioning from the Corporal Works of Mercy which we have covered in Lent to the Spiritual Works of Mercy. Just as in Lent this Eastertide the priests of St. Peter’s will be preaching on a particular Spiritual Work of Mercy. Listed below is the preaching schedule for Eastertide:
The Spiritual Works of Mercy
- Easter Sunday March 27 - April 2 Pray for the Living and the Dead
- Divine Mercy Sunday April 3 - April 9 Counsel the Doubtful
- 3rd Sunday of Easter April 10 - April 16 Instruct the Ignorant
- 4th Sunday of Easter April 17 - April 23 Forgive Offenses
- 5th Sunday of Easter April 24 - April 30 Admonish Sinners
- 6th Sunday of Easter May 1 - May 7 Comfort the Afflicted
- 7th Sunday of Easter May 8 - May 14 Bear Wrongs Patiently
Throughout Easter there will be a brief explanation of each Spiritual Work of Mercy and how to put each of them into practice.
There will be an Usher’s Supper on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at 6:00 pm in the Parish Hall. For more information, please call Roy Comeaux at 364-8604 or Mark Boyance at 256-1938.
St. Francis Diner Garage Sale
St. Francis Diner will have a Garage Sale from Thursday, May 5, 2016-Saturday, May 7, 2016, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm each of the three days. It will be held in the building located on the corner of North Street and Jean Street (next to North Street Elementary School). St. Francis Diner accepts donations for their sales and any of your garage sale leftovers.
Understanding the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis
Amoris Laetitia (Love in the Family)
By Justin Conover
Since the Second Vatican Council there has developed a gulf between the Church and the mass media. The Church, being a Teacher Who has received Her Teachings from Her Spouse Jesus Christ is concerned with knowing and loving. The media is concerned with presenting information. The disjunct occurs when the media begins to present judgements based on misinformation instead of information to aid clarity in judgment. From this arises confusion and a criticism of the Church with specific regards to Pope Francis. Without first understanding the intention of the Exhortation one can never properly interpret it. This document was written not as an act of the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. It is however a reflection of Pope Francis after the two sessions of the Synod Bishops that met in Rome. What is then the purpose of this document if it is not Magisterial? It is written to foster and safeguard that which the Church has taught which She has received from Christ. Cardinal Raymond Burke states in a recent article that, “…Christian marriage is not an idea; it is a sacrament that confers grace upon a man and woman to live in faithful, permanent and procreative love of each other. Every Christian couple who validly marry receive, from the moment of their consent, the grace to live the love that they pledge to each other.” God by bringing man and woman together consecrates them to each other through the Sacrament of Marriage. The act of consecration changes their dispositions to be open to receive all that God desires to give to them through this unique bond. Implicit in speaking of grace we must speak of sin. We are all effected by original sin through fault of our first parents Adam and Eve. The married are tempted to betray the objective reality of their love. The inclination to sin shows us the need for grace which brings about union with God. The only thing that can limit their response to grace is their failure to respond to the sacramental grace given to them in marriage. Where the tension lies is not in what the Church teaches, but in the forces within them to betray Christ dwelling within them through grace. It is in this tension in marriage that strengthens the bond that “what God has joined together; no human being must separate.” In and through this grace they help one another to attain holiness in their married life and in welcoming and educating their children. The Catechism states that: “Love seeks to be definitive; it cannot be an arrangement ‘until further notice,’ The intimate union of marriage, as a mutual giving of two persons, and the good of the children, demand total fidelity from the spouses and require an unbreakable union between them.” Here we see that love is not a mere feeling, but love by its very essence is an act of the will. This willing to choose the good of the other is done whether we feel like it or not. Love is in the will and is therefore a realization or awareness of the image of God in the other. Bishop Robert Barron in his article on the document states: “Following the great missionary Apostle, he (Pope Francis) argues that love is not primarily a feeling (94), but rather a commitment of the will to do some pretty definite and challenging things: to be patient, to bear with one another, to put away envy and rivalry, ceaselessly to hope. In the tones of grandfatherly pastor, Francis instructs couples entering into marriage that love, in this dense and demanding sense of the term, must be at the heart of their relationship.” Many times in today’s society there are situations that cause much harm to marriage. Pope Francis aware of these situations that are challenging gives guidance to those that are in preparation for marriage by stating: “Committing oneself exclusively and definitively to another person always involves a risk and a bold gamble. Unwillingness to make a commitment is selfish, calculating and petty. It fails to recognize the rights of another person and to present him or her to society as someone worthy of unconditional love.” Fueled by the fire of grace couples can overcome the society’s constant reminder of the breakdown of marital life. Standing in the breach and remaining faithful to the sacramental graces received in matrimony will transform the couple. This transformation reveals God’s Providence in providing heroic witnesses. Witnesses of the love between Jesus Christ the Bridegroom and His Bride the Church from Who and through Who we have all received, grace upon grace.
Spiritual Adoption Program
Hi! I’m three months old now. I’m about 3 inches long and I weigh one ounce. That’s not much, but I’m fully formed and can even suck my thumb! Keep praying for me.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion.
Please remember to pray daily for your Spiritual Adopted Baby and the baby’s mother and father.
Prayer of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen:
During your earthly life this spiritually adopted child of yours will be known only to God but in the world to come it is hoped that you will meet the child whose life was spared by your prayers and spend eternal happiness with them.
Annual Mother’s Day of Reflection
The Annual Mothers’ Day of Reflection will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at the Immaculata Center (1408 Carmel Drive, Lafayette, LA 70501). The day will begin at 9:00 am and end at 2:00 pm. The cost for the day is $25.00, which includes your lunch and materials for the day. Visit www.diolaf.org/marriage to register. Pre-registration is required no later than April 22, 2016.
Our theme for the day will be “Our Lady through the Mysteries of Our Lives” presented by Robin Hebert. Each stage of a woman’s life offers a summons, a task, and the gift of advancing in “wisdom and age and favor before God and man.” For each passage offers us the challenge of holding in our hearts, as did Mary, both our joyful and sorrowful mysteries. Join us on May 4th as we explore our journeys as women. We will look to the life of Our Lady for the clarity and wisdom we need as we ponder the new life to which God is calling each of us.