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Devotions

  • Pro-life rosary begins at 11:25 am on Tuesdays.
  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 8:00 am - 5:00 pm on Wednesdays. In the event of a funeral, adjustments will be made.
  • Vespers following 5:30 pm Mass on Wednesdays.
  • Devotion to St. Joseph at 5:30 pm on First Wednesdays.
  • Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help after 6:30 am Mass on Thursdays.
  • Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament 7:00 am - 12:00 pm on First Fridays. In the event of a funeral, adjustments will be made.

The church remains open each day for private prayer. Please check the inside front cover of the bulletin in the section “Events in the Life of St. Peter Parish” for the list of times in which the church is open. Utilize the side double doors on the rectory side for entrance.

Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic AdorationUntil the Chapel of Divine Mercy can be reopened, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed in the main body of the church each Wednesday from 8:00 am-5:00 pm and on the First Friday of the month from 7:00 am-12:00 Noon.

In the event of a funeral needing to be scheduled during those times, adjustments will need to be made.

The church remains open each day for private prayer. Please check the inside front cover of the bulletin in the section “Events in the Life of the St. Peter Parish” for the list of times in which the church is open. Utilize the side double doors on the rectory side for entrance.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Due to the confessional room being too small to allow for social distancing, confessions still need to be heard outside of the church confessionals. The following has now been implemented:

Weekday confessions will be heard in the vestibule of the church a half hour before each Mass. Please line up on the Julia St. side aisle. Someone will be there to assist penitents to know when the confession space is available.

Please maintain social distancing while in confessional line with a 6-foot space.

Weekend confessions will be heard in the parish hall beginning June 27th at the following times.

  • Saturdays: 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Sundays: 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

There will be someone to assist penitents to know when the confessional space is available. Please maintain social distancing while in confessional line with a 6-foot space.

Reception of Holy Communion on the Tongue During COVID-19

Those who desire to receive Holy Communion on the tongue must receive from the Communion line of the priest celebrant of the Mass. The priest must sanitize his hand in between each communicant. This new practice will allow those who prefer to receive on the tongue to continue to do so. This new policy is in keeping with the recommendation of the Diocese of Lafayette and the increasing concerns raised by both Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and parishioners in general.

Mass Intentions

Having a Mass offered for a personal intention, a living or deceased member of one’s family, in thanksgiving, or for the poor souls is a very pious and fruit-filled action. The fruits that come from this are manifold and far reaching. As we are currently accepting Mass Intentions for the 2020 Liturgical Year, we would like to take a moment to remind all who wish to have intentions made that the deadline for submitting intentions for them to appear in the bulletin is two weeks before the date you wish to have your intention fulfilled. An example would be, if one would like an intention offered on the weekend of February 22nd – 23rd, the intention would need to be submitted to the parish office on or before Friday, February 14th.

While the deadline may seem to be far in advance, our standard bulletin publication deadline for information is also two weeks prior to the date that is selected for the event. This deadline allows for all the needed information to be submitted, processed, and entered into the bulletin. There are times however, that the publishing firm will set early deadlines for the bulletin namely: Easter, Christmas, New Year's, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving to name a few. In this case the deadline would still remain two weeks prior. Please note, that intentions will not be taken if the two-week deadline has passed. We want to ensure that our parishioners and their intentions are being properly noted and fulfilled. We thank you for your understanding and your willingness to assist us in properly care and fulfillment of these great treasures and the greatest prayer.

Missionary of Mercy (Special Confessor)

Monsignor Jefferson J. DeBlanc Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel is pleased to announce that Reverend Monsignor Jefferson J. DeBlanc, Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Lafayette, has been appointed by the Holy See as a Missionary of Mercy (Special Confessor) with the special mandate to preach and teach about the Mercy of God and of absolving penalties attached to certain sins normally reserved to the Holy See. The Missionaries of Mercy were originally called and commissioned by Pope Francis on February 10, 2016 – Ash Wednesday – during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. At the conclusion of the Jubilee Year, the Holy Father decided to continue the mandate of the Missionaries of Mercy.

Thanks to that special Papal mandate, Missionaries of Mercy can hear confessions anywhere in the world and have the authority to pardon sins that normally require special permission from the Holy See, such as the profaning of the Eucharist or even the use of physical force against the pope.

Bishop Douglas Deshotel said "It is with great joy that I announce to you that the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization has approved Monsignor Jefferson J. DeBlanc to serve as a Missionary of Mercy, or special Confessor. Msgr. DeBlanc shall serve as a herald of forgiveness and a living sign of welcome to all who seek the Mercy and forgiveness of almighty God." Bishop Deshotel chose Tuesday, August 4 to make the announcement as it is the memorial of the great confessor, Saint Jean Marie Vianney.

Msgr. DeBlanc now has the special mandate to preach and teach about the Mercy of God and of absolving penalties attached to certain sins normally reserved to the Holy See. These sins include:

1. The profanation of the Eucharistic species by taking them away or keeping them for a sacrilegious purpose;

2. The use of physical force against the Roman Pontiff;

3. The absolution of an accomplice in a sin against the Sixth Commandment;

4. The direct violation against the sacramental seal by a confessor;

5. The recording and/or disclosure by means of social communication of the content of a sacramental confession, be it real or simulated.

In speaking to a recent gathering of the Missionaries of Mercy, Pope Francis told them that “the message that we bear in Christ’s name is that of making peace with God…. God needs people to bring the message of his pardon and mercy to the world.” This is the mission that Jesus entrusted to his apostles the evening of his resurrection. The lives of those who fulfill such a mission must be in harmony with it, the Pope reminded them “To be collaborators of mercy, therefore, presupposes to live the merciful love which we ourselves have first received.”

Updated Guidelines Regarding Parish Liturgies During Phase II of COVID-19

During Phase II, 50% of the church's occupancy is available for attendance at public liturgies. This would reflect 510 people as the maximum occupancy for St. Peter Church. Social distancing between parishioners of six feet remains in place. Although this maximum capacity would not allow for us to maintain social distancing, we can base our normal count prior to COVID-19 as a guide of our usual Mass attendance here at St. Peter. Prior to the pandemic our normal Mass attendance count for any of our Masses seldom exceeded 325 people. Therefore, I have directed the ushers that there is no longer a need to take a count of individuals coming into the church for Mass. In addition, we will no longer require that only one entrance into the church be utilized. Effective this weekend, parishioners may enter or exit from any of the church doors.

Masks or face coverings for those attending public liturgies continue to be strongly recommended.