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Spiritual Life and Worship

I often wonder how Catholics in our churches, including our own, can possibly say that their parish does not offer enough opportunities to pray. The worship of God is the most important ministry of every church parish.

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered each weekday in our parish including Saturday mornings. The weekend schedule affords our parishioners five Mass time opportunities, even though with the size of our church we could accommodate our practicing Catholics with one Saturday evening Mass and two Sunday Masses. The opportunities of parishioners to serve in the sacred liturgy are vast: Choir, Altar Servers, Lectors, Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers and Sacristans. Our sacred music accommodates various tastes and spiritualities: Saturday evening having the historic traditional choir; 7:30 am simple organ music for those who prefer no singing; 9:00 am offering of the High Mass with the Schola Cantorum and incense; 11:00 am Mass with organ and cantor; 6:00 pm having the opportunity for a more contemporary style of music.

Confessions are offered every day of the week here at St. Peter’s. Confessions are heard a half hour before each weekday Mass. Saturday and Sunday afternoon confessions are heard for forty-five minutes. Baptisms are offered every Sunday morning with great flexibility to accommodate families when needing to schedule. The sacrament of marriage is available for celebration every weekend except when liturgical law does not permit the sacrament to be celebrated. In the past few years, Saturday evening marriages have also been allowed to be scheduled.

In addition to the sacramental life of the parish, the devotional opportunities are vast. Our adoration chapel is available 24 hours a day with the Blessed Sacrament exposed from Sunday evenings at 5:00 pm through Saturday evenings at 5:00 pm. Marian devotions are offered such as the rosary which is prayed before Mass on Thursday and Friday and the pro-life rosary prayed at 11:25 am on Tuesdays. The Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help is prayed after our Thursday morning Mass. Saturday morning Mass is celebrated at the Blessed Mother Altar. The beautiful Living Rosary is prayed in the month of October. Our Sisters lead First Saturday Devotions following Mass on the first Saturday of each month. Vespers (Evening Prayer) is prayed after our Wednesday evening Mass. Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament follows the celebration of Mass on First Fridays.

Our parish also offers special annual events of liturgy and devotion such as the Divine Mercy Mass on the Second Sunday of Easter, our Lenten Tenebrae Service, Stations of the Cross, the Advent Lessons and Carols, a Solemn Requiem Mass on All Souls Day for all who have been buried through St. Peter’s, the Annual Pro-Life March and Mass and the Annual Mass for the protection from storms during the hurricane season. We also offer an annual parish Lenten Mission.

Please be aware of how your parish is feeding you spiritually. Keep yourself and your family informed of the many spiritual and devotional opportunities that are offered. Everyone is welcome to join our worshiping community in prayer and coming to know the Lord through the worship that we offer Him.

Fr. Blanda

Devotions

Tuesdays: Pro-life rosary begins at 11:25 am.
Wednesdays: Vesters following 5:30 pm Mass.
First Wednesdays: Devotion to St. Joseph at 5:30 pm.
Thursdays: Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help after 6:30 am Mass.
First Fridays: Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Sacred Heart of Jesus after 6:30 am Mass.
First Saturdays: Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary after 6:30 am Mass.

Televised Mass for the Homebound

Is someone you love unable to join us at church during this holy time of Lent and Easter? For the faithful at home or in healthcare settings, the Heart of the Nation Sunday TV Mass brings spiritual comfort and the blessings of joy-filled hope in our Risen Savior. Please invite anyone you know who cannot get out to church to tune in Catholic Mass on TV or watch online anytime on Sundays at www.HeartoftheNation.org.

Local Mass on The Web

St. Mary Mother of the Church Parish (Lafayette) is streaming their Sunday 8:00 AM Mass. The homebound, as well as residents in assisted living facilities and nursing homes can watch the Mass “live” at 8:00 AM on Sundays or watch the video recording of the Mass any time on Sunday or during the rest of the week.

Go to https://www.stmarych.com/live.

St. John Bosco

Feast Day - January 31

It is under the title of Our Lady Help of Christians that Saint John Bosco had his famous vision about Christ’s Church and the Blessed Virgin. John Bosco was an Italian priest, who from childhood onward had vivid and mystical dreams which helped him in directing his life and which described in great detail conditions and events that would occur in the future. He persistently astounded those around him with the accuracy and precision of the prophecies he made that came to pass during his lifetime. He was also a miracle worker, healing thousands, and he was the founder of the Salesian Order. He and his followers helped tens of thousands of street children in Italy and in the Western Hemisphere develop job skills and a moral and spiritual life. He died in 1888. One of his more remarkable mystical dreams occurred in the spring of 1862, when he had a vision of the near-term future of his beloved Catholic Church. He described the dream as follows:

St. John Bosco “Imagine yourself to be with me on the seashore, or better, on an isolated rock and not to see any patch of land other than that under your feet. On the whole of that vast sheet of water you see an innumerable fleet of ships in battle array. The prows of the ships are formed into sharp, spear-like points so that wherever they are thrust they pierce and completely destroy. These ships are armed with cannons, with lots of rifles, with incendiary materials, with other firearms of all kinds, and also with books, and advance against a ship very much bigger and higher than themselves and try to dash against it with the prows or burn it or in some way to do it every possible harm. As escorts to that majestic fully equipped ship, there are many smaller ships, which receive commands by signal from it and carry out movements to defend themselves from the opposing fleet. In the midst of the immense expanse of sea, two mighty columns of great height arise a little distance the one from the other. On the top of one, there is the statue of the Immaculate Virgin, from whose feet hangs a large placard with this inscription: Auxilium Christianorum—“Help of Christians”; on the other, which is much higher and bigger, stands a Host of great size proportionate to the column and beneath is another placard with the words: Salus Credentium—Salvation of the Faithful. “The supreme commander of the big ship is the Sovereign Pontiff. He, seeing the fury of the enemies and the evils among which his faithful find themselves, determines to summon around himself the captains of the smaller ships to hold a council and decide what is to be done. All the captains come aboard and gather around the Pope. They hold a meeting, but meantime the wind and the waves gather in storm, so they are sent back to control their own ships. There comes a short lull; for a second time the Pope gathers the captains around him, while the flag-ship goes on its course. But the frightful storm returns. The Pope stands at the helm and all his energies are directed to steering the ship towards those two columns from whose summits hang many anchors and strong hooks linked to chains. All the enemy ships move to attack it, and they try in every way to stop it and to sink it: some with books and writings or inflammable materials, of which they are full; others with firearms, with rifles and with rams. The battle rages ever more relentlessly. The enemy prows thrust violently, but their efforts and impact prove useless. They make attempts in vain and waste all their labor and ammunition; the big ship goes safely and smoothly on its way. Sometimes it happens that, struck by formidable blows, it gets large, deep gaps in its sides; but no sooner is the harm done that a gentle breeze blows from the two columns and the cracks close up and the gaps are stopped immediately. Meanwhile, the guns of the assailants are blown up, the rifles and other arms and prows are broken; many ships are shattered and sink into the sea. Then, the frenzied enemies strive to fight hand to hand, with fists, with blows, with blasphemy and with curses. Suddenly the Pope falls gravely wounded. Immediately, those who are with him run to help him and they lift him up. A second time the Pope is struck, he falls again and dies. A shout of victory and joy rings out amongst the enemies; from their ships an unspeakable mockery arises. But hardly is the Pontiff dead than another takes his place. The pilots, having met together, have elected the Pope so promptly that the news of the death of the Pope coincides with the news of the election of the successor. The adversaries begin to lose courage. The new Pope, putting the enemy to rout and overcoming every obstacle, guides the ship right up to the two columns and comes to rest between them; he makes it fast with a light chain that hangs from the bow to an anchor of the column on which stands the Host; and with another light chain which hangs from the stern, he fastens it at the opposite end to another anchor hanging from the column on which stands the Immaculate Virgin. At this point, a great convulsion takes place. All the ships that until then had fought against the Pope’s ship are scattered; they flee away, collide and break to pieces one against another. Some sink and try to sink others. Several small ships that had fought gallantly for the Pope race to be the first to bind themselves to those two columns. Many other ships, having retreated through fear of the battle, cautiously watch from far away; the wrecks of the broken ships having been scattered in the whirlpools of the sea, they in their turn sail in good earnest to those two columns, and having reached them, they make themselves fast to the hooks hanging down from them and their they remain safe, together with the principal ship, on which is the Pope. Over the sea their reigns a great calm.”

(From Forty Dreams of St. John Bosco, compiled and edited by Fr. J. Bacchiarello, S.D.B.)