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St. Peter's Catholic Church

108 E. St. Peter St.~ New Iberia LA 70560 ~ (337) 369-3816

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Thursdays

Rosary before 6:30 am Mass.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help after 6:30 am Mass.

Tuesdays

Pro-Life rosary beginning in church at 11:25 am.

Rosary

Wednesdays

Clergy Vespers

Vespers on Wednesday evenings

Wednesdays following 5:30 pm Mass

First Friday and First Saturday Devotions

First Friday Devotions

Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Sacred Heart of Jesus following 6:30 am Mass.

First Saturday Devotions
Our Lady asks us to make reparation to Her Immaculate Heart. Join us after 6:30 am Mass on the First Saturday of each month for the Rosary and Meditation to fulfill her requests.

Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary

 

Holy Week Has Every Thing You Are Looking For—by Travis Todd

Passion/Palm Sunday—On this day, we are like the people who welcome Jesus into Jerusalem. Our first inclination is to welcome Jesus with open arms. We hope for a Messiah who will solve all our problems. Yet, when push comes to shove, we are confronted with a tragic reality: We are often unwilling to pay the price for intimacy with Jesus, and we are fickle when He doesn’t act as we think He should. Where in your heart are you a “fair weather fan” instead of a committed disciple of Jesus?

Holy Thursday—On this day, we celebrate the priesthood and the Eucharist. If you have never been, I’d encourage you to attend the Chrism Mass at your local cathedral. Usually, all the priests of the diocese attend. Take a moment and be grateful for their service, recognizing how much God has done through them. Despite all the struggles and failings of these men, we are incredibly indebted. What would it be like if priests weren’t there? How can you support them? Then, later that evening, attend the Holy Thursday Mass. It is the premier opportunity to reflect on the gift of the Eucharist. Just like the disciples, Jesus invites us, as friends, to draw close to Him in a way that is deeper and more intimate than what we often expect or comprehend. Jesus is giving Himself fully to you; give yourself back in return! Additionally, there is often a period of adoration after the Holy Thursday Mass. The Eucharist is removed from its normal location and placed on a temporary altar. Visiting this altar of repose is like visiting Jesus in prison. After the Last Supper, Jesus was arrested and all His disciples fled; this time of adoration is an opportunity for us to visit Him, so to speak, when no one else did. We can meet Jesus in His moment of loneliness. Will you visit Jesus when He is alone? Will you remain faithful, even when no one else does?

Good Friday—On Good Friday, we meet the love and mercy of our God. In Jesus’ suffering for our sake, we find the love we all long for. He went to every length. He held nothing back. He did it for you. If you are looking for love, Jesus on the cross is the place to find it, and Good Friday is the day to meet Him there. Do you still think He withholds His love? Can He offer you anything more? This day, for me, is also a reminder of God’s plan for saving the world. Whether it be famine in Sudan or politics in the U.S., there is so much injustice that cries out to heaven for a response. Jesus on the cross is heaven’s response. All the sin and suffering of the world is met by God, Who endures that same injustice and transforms it. The mystery of evil and suffering is not easily understood, but by meditating on Jesus crucified, we can come closer to understanding. Why did God respond in this way to world’s suffering? Good Friday is the only day of the year with no Mass, but there is still the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, where we venerate the cross and receive communion. This is a day of prayer and fasting, so try and avoid work and play.

Holy Saturday—This is a day of waiting. God’s final victory is coming, but on Holy Saturday, we must patiently wait. Spend a little time meditating on the experience of the first Apostles: Jesus told them he would rise, but were they really expecting it? Have we given up hope that God can really transform us or the world? During Holy Saturday, it is appropriate (though not required) to continue to fast. It is still a time of mourning. I’d encourage you to avoid technology and social media. Embrace the silence and stillness.

Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday—At last, there is the Easter Vigil on Saturday evening. What else can I say? Jesus conquers; He saves. All will be well, for us and for the world. Death is not the end. “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?” (1 Cor 15:55). Rejoice! Reflect on your Lenten journey. Did you die with Christ so as to rise with Him? Have your Lenten disciplines brought new life? Where is the power of the Resurrection most needed?

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.

Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreat

altProject Rachel is a confidential ministry for anyone who desires healing after being impacted by abortion. Abortion crosses all boundaries of religion, race, age and socio-economic position.

Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreat is an opportunity for any man, woman, couple, grandparent, or sibling who struggles with the emotional or spiritual pain of abortion. This weekend retreat provides participants the opportunity and place to enter the grieving process, identify effects the abortion has had and release deep feelings of anger, shame, and guilt that frequently accompany an abortion experience. This unique retreat process is designed specifically to help retreatants experience the gentleness, mercy and compassion of Jesus as they walk the journey from pain to forgiveness.

Participants re-connect on a spiritual level with the children who have been aborted and give them honor and dignity through many special exercises as well as in a memorial service. Those who journey through their grief allow God to transform their experience into one that brings hope, liberation and peace.

When: April 26-28, 2019

Time: Friday, 6:00 pm - Sunday, 3:00 pm

For more information about the retreat weekend Trista at 337-261-5598. 

 

The Divine Mercy Chapel

Many thanks to all those who keep Perpetual Adoration such a vibrant part of our parish community. After the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is the most important expression of Eucharistic piety.  Parishioners who have not yet committed to spending an hour each week before the Blessed Sacrament are invited and encouraged.

Love the Eucharist

Annual Mothers' Day of Reflection

The Annual Mothers' Day of Reflection will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the Immaculata Center (1408 Carmel Drive, Lafayette 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. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Deshotel.

Visit www.diolaf.org/marriage to register.

Pre-registration is required no later than April 30th.

Kitty Cleveland will be our guest speaker and she will speak on “Beloved: Finding My Identity in Christ”. Kitty shares her personal testimony of how the Lord healed her identity as beloved daughter of the Most High King after 40 years of extreme yo-yo dieting and body loathing. With humor and vulnerability, she encourages women to let go of false ideas of body perfection and to see themselves through God's eyes of mercy and unconditional love.

Solemnity of St. Joseph

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2019 Mass Intentions

The Book for Mass Intentions for the year 2019 is now open. You may visit the Parish Office to schedule your Mass Intentions for 2019 during regular office hours.

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.

Patriotic Rosary

Everyone is invited to pray a special Patriotic Rosary for our country, for each person in our country and the whole world on the 26th of each month at 7:00 pm in front of the Holy Eucharist at Sacred Heart Church in New Iberia. The problems of this world will be solved by God through prayer. Please join us.