St. Peter's Catholic Church

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

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Stewardship Saint for April

Saint Fidelis Sigmaringen

Saint Fidelis Sigmaringen

Given the name Mark Rey at his birth in 1577, our stewardship saint for April grew up in Sigmaringen, a town located in present-day Germany. He was the son of the town’s affluent burgomeister (mayor) and studied law and philosophy at the renowned University of Freiburg. As a student, Mark made prayer a priority in his daily life. He also spent time visiting the sick. He embraced a humble, chaste and simple lifestyle.

He earned a doctorate in canon and civil law, became a prominent lawyer and soon gained a reputation for representing those who had no money to pay. Mark was affectionately nicknamed “the poor man´s lawyer.” He was known to be extraordinarily generous and committed himself to working with the poor.

Dismayed by the greed and corruption he found among his counterparts in the legal profession and in the courts of law, Mark abandoned his law practice and entered the Capuchin religious community. He took the name Fidelis, which is Latin meaning “faithful.” He studied for the priesthood and after ordination, celebrated his first Mass in 1612 on the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi (October 4).

After his ordination, Father Fidelis was assigned to preaching and hearing confessions. It was reported that a large number of converts were accepted into the Church because of his zealous evangelizing efforts. He was devoted to Saint Francis of Assisi and revealed that devotion in his pastoral care of the poor and sick. During a severe epidemic in a city in which his friary was located, he cared for and cured many.

In 1621 Father Fidelis was sent to begin missionary work in Switzerland, a territory that had experienced much bloodshed as a result of growing tensions among a number of religious movements of the expanding Reformed traditions. All of these movements were violently opposed to the Catholic faith at the time.

His writings, preaching and pastoral ministry converted many in Switzerland to Catholicism. But many others, enraged by his missionary work, threatened his life. On April 24, 1622, while traveling on the road between preaching missions, Father Fidelis was attacked by a group of armed men, beaten and hacked to death. He was 44 years old. Fidelis once wrote: “It is because of faith that we exchange the present for the future.” He was canonized in 1746 and his feast day is April 24th

Centennial Campaign Update

As of December 2017, our parish has received two installment payments from the Diocesan Centennial Campaign rebate. This is thanks to your generosity and gracious response to the campaign. With these installments we have been able to accomplish the following items of the case statement. We have completely retired our parish’s debt for the property acquisition in which our parish purchased the apartment complex that was located on the corner of St. Peter and Iberia Streets as well as the Babineaux Dental office. Secondly, we were able to completely retire the debt incurred at Catholic High School years ago when the cafeteria and new classrooms were constructed. St. Peter’s, as a co-owner parish, assumed a portion of this construction debt. Our obligation to this debt has now been satisfied. You may have noticed that the subsequent monthly Catholic High collection has been changed to the Catholic High Tuition Subsidy collection. As was stated previously, any future capital improvements or acquisitions that Catholic High will make will be solely funded by the school. Thirdly, with the campaign rebates we were able to reimburse the Knights of Columbus for needed air conditioning work at the Knight’s home on Center Street. Fourthly, we were also able to reimburse the Disch-DeClouet Social Service Center for the parking lot resurfacing that was done. These debt obligations have been satisfied and have completed the first part of our parish case statement.

The second part of the case statement is to begin doing deferred maintenance on the parish rectory and church. These maintenance issues have been assigned priority by our parish architect and will be addressed in the order of priority. The first are the windows on the parish rectory. With the December 2017 rebate once the entire first tier of case statement elements were satisfied we are left with $12,843.21 in savings which will be allocated for the replacement of the rectory windows. It is the goal of this imitative to address projects in the order of priority, as established by our architect, and as we have funds available to complete these projects. Once we receive a final proposal figure for the window replacement we will forward the information to you.

We thank you for your support of this campaign. If you would like to contribute to the campaign, you may contact our parish office at 369-3816 to make a contribution.

Disch-DeClouet Annual Campaign

Disch-DeClouet Social Service Center

The Disch-DeClouet Social Service Center is a non-profit organization, run by 35 dedicated volunteers. The Center has served the poor and needy of Iberia Parish providing for critical and basic human needs (food, clothing, utility and rent assistance, and other help) for over 40 years. Last year alone, over 14,000 persons - our neighbors - were served.

We are conducting our Annual Campaign which will run through the Lenten Season, and we need your help. We ask that you prayerfully consider investing in those less fortunate by sharing your gifts. Without additional financial support we cannot maintain the level of service that we have been giving for many years.

Please use the campaign envelope for your tax-deductible donation and see the brochure for more information. May God bless you for your generosity. Thank you!

Memorials & Personal Intentions - Votive Candles

Votive CandlesVotive Candles are available for memorials and personal intentions throughout the Church. Prices and locations are as follows:

Candles on St. Joseph’s Altar are perpetual candles and burn for one year for memorial and personal intentions. The cost of these candles is now $260.00. The increase is due to the fact that the $115.00 did not cover the actual cost of these candles for the year.

The votive candles on the Blessed Mother’s Altar are $5.00 for the seven-day candles.

The votive candles in the Baptistery are for St. Jude and St. Anthony and are $2.00. They burn for one day.

A Way for Seniors to Cut their Income Tax Bill

If you are:

  • Aged 70 ½ or older and
  • Have a regular individual retirement account (“IRA”),

then you should consider a Qualified Charitable Distribution (“QCD”) to the church from your IRA. This was a great idea even before the new tax law was enacted at the end of 2017, but now it probably makes even more sense. The advantages are:

  • the portion contributed directly from your IRA to the church will offset your annual Required Minimum Distribution, meaning
  • your adjusted gross and taxable income will be lower and
  • you could quite possibly lower the portion of your social security that is taxable.

With the increased standard deduction for those 65 or older up to $26,600 for joint filers ($13,300 for singles), doing the QCD would allow you the full tax savings as if you were allowed a charitable deduction under the old tax law. Each person can do a QCD of up to $100,000 per year.

Contact your investment and tax advisor, or call the Church office for more information.

Give Online

Online giving is an easy way to support St. Peter’s Parish.

2017 Contributions Statement

If you would like to have a copy of your 2017 Statement of Contributions mailed to you, please call the office at 369-3816 to request one.

Second Collections

Apr. 21st & 22nd
Property & Liability Insurance

Apr. 28th & 29th
Catholic Home Missions Appeal


Sanctuary Candle Memorials

Sanctuary Candle MemorialThe Sanctuary Candles located in the church and the adoration chapel can burn for a selected week in memory of a loved one. The donation for each memorial request is $25.00 for the week. These memorial requests will be published in the bulletin.

To request the memorial, please visit the Parish Office during regular office hours.

Votive Candle Donations

We are asking parishioners to please remember to place your donations in the donation slot when lighting votive candles for your prayer intentions. Unfortunately, due to the lack of payments, candle expenses are not being covered. By doing this, we can help defray the cost of candles in the parish. Everyone’s cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Weekend of April 15, 2018

  • Weekend Offertory $12,137.90
  • Children’s Collection $30.00
  • St. Peter’s Church Maintenance $1,125.00
  • C.H.S. Subsidy $1,011.50
  • Property & Liability Insurance $168.00
  • Seminary Collection $70.00
  • Utilities $75.00
  • Property Purchase $55.00
  • School of Religion $58.00
  • Holy Thursday Collection $10.00
  • First Communion $66.21
  • Total Collected: $14,806.61

Contributions to Charities Outside St. Peter’s Church

  • Rice Bowl $55.62
  • Campaign for Human Development $50.00
  • Arch Diocese Military Service $100.00
  • Louisiana Flood Relief $50.00
  • Catholic Relief Services $60.00
  • St. Peter’s Cemetery Endowment $80.00
  • Christmas Catholic Charities $5.00

Weekend of April 8, 2018

  • Weekend Offertory $14,700.91
  • Children’s Collection $57.00
  • St. Peter’s Church Maintenance $3,415.51
  • C.H.S. Subsidy $10.00
  • Property & Liability Insurance $90.00
  • Easter Sunday Collection $135.00
  • Seminary Collection $85.00
  • Utilities $30.00
  • Holy Thursday Collection $28.00
  • Flowers $1,007.00
  • Poor Box $15.00
  • School of Religion $5.00
  • Good Friday Collection $30.00
  • Total Collected: $19,608.42

Contributions to Charities Outside St. Peter’s Church

  •  Black & Indian Missions $5.00
  • Campaign for Human Development $5.00
  • Rice Bowl $20.00
  • Holy Land $5.00
  • Bishop’s Services Appeal $10.00
  • Catholic Relief Services $10.00
  • St. Peter Cemetery Endowment $5.00

Weekend of April 1, 2018

  • Weekend Offertory $12,671.47
  • Children’s Collection $43.00
  • St. Peter’s Church Maintenance $50.00
  • C.H.S. Subsidy $35.00
  • Property & Liability Insurance $50.00
  • Lenten Poor Meal $477.42
  • Seminary Collection $2,158.24
  • Utilities $25.00
  • Property Purchase $20.00
  • School of Religion $194.00
  • Easter Sunday Offering $2,811.00
  • Good Friday Collection $1,530.10
  • Holy Thursday Collection $2,054.22
  • Total Collected: $22,104.45

Contributions to Charities Outside St. Peter’s Church

  •  Rice Bowl $767.51
  • Holy Land $881.00