Our Lady of the Lake

DIVINE MERCY DAILY REFLECTIONS (Jesus speaking to St. Faustina in bold print; from the Diary of St. Faustina)

 

 

The United Heart of Jesus and St. Faustina
Heart of My Heart

When the procession began, I saw Jesus in a brightness greater than the light of the sun. Jesus looked at me with love and said, Heart of My Heart, be filled with joy. At that moment my spirit was drowned in Him. ... When I came to myself, I was walking along in the procession with the sisters, while my soul was totally immersed in Him …(Diary, 1669).

Today, the Lord said to me, My daughter, look into My Merciful Heart and reflect its compassion in your own heart and in your deeds, so that you, who proclaim My mercy to the world, may yourself be aflame with it (Diary, 1688). 

Gospel Meditation

JUNE 25, 2017

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

"Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid." Can it really be true? Is our heavenly Father actually so aware of us? Does the Creator of the universe pay that much attention to me? Jesus says yes. God knows us far more intimately than we even know ourselves.  And so, we have nothing to fear. 

Being Christian isn't guaranteed to be easy. More and more even in our own culture, following the faith is being criticized and iscouraged in the public square. Privately, we may struggle with the demands of the commandments or the ability to believe when we face the inevitable trials that come our way. But passages like this one in today's

Gospel are a source of tremendous hope and consolation. We are loved beyond measure.  We enjoy the care and concern of God in every situation, big and small. Truly we have no need to worry or be anxious because God is in control.

For our part, of course, Jesus asks us to trust him and stay faithful. He asks us not to apologize for our faith, especially publicly. "Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father." When we live our faith with confidence, it's a way of accepting the power and providence of God. But when we try to hide our faith away because we're afraid of causing problems, we only damage our relationship with the One who can actually solve them.

At the end of the day, the only really serious problem we need to worry about is losing our soul -and that, to be sure, is up to us. As the great French novelist Léon Bloy wrote, "There is only one tragedy in the end: not to have been a saint."

 

JUNE 4, 2017

Pentecost Sunday

"Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, 'Peace be with you.'" Then, he said it again. And then, "he breathed on them and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit.'" Jesus brings peace, and he brings the Holy Spirit. Peace, in fact, is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Today, on this feast of Pentecost, we remember the dramatic outpouring of the Holy Spirit that came upon those first apostles and the peace that came along with it. But we do more than remember.  We also celebrate the presence of this same Spirit in our midst.

Through the sacrament of baptism, every Christian receives the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit in his or her soul. Thus, the gift of peace is already ours! The question is whether or not we have really begun to appreciate and utilize this most precious gift. Like the apostles who had locked themselves up "for fear of the Jews," we too are capable of imprisoning ourselves in our own anxieties. We fret and worry about the future, about our sufferings or our disappointments, and too often let these concerns stifle the true peace that Jesus offers us.

But the Church today urges us to rejoice and to step out in faith like the apostles who left their fears behind them. Peace not only alleviates our fears, it also frees us to live our faith to the fullest, to have the courage to take risks, and to leave our comfort zone for the sake of the Gospel.  This is what we are called and, not only that, empowered to do. Anything less is a kind of spiritual poverty we bring upon ourselves. God has given us the gift of himself, present and available in every moment, every place, and every situation.  May we recognize this most wonderful gift and give thanks with grateful hearts.

 

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Grand Coteau Retreat

A men’s retreat in Grand Coteau will be held July 27-30, 2017. Anyone interested in going on retreat, please call Louis Broussard at 364-8796.

 

St. Anne's Altar Society

* At the April 21st meeting, an amendment was voted and added to our Society Rules, concerning dues that are past due. If a member has not paid their dues for 5 (five) years, their name will be dropped from our Society rolls.

* The St. Anne Altar Society meeting will be on July 15, 2017 at 9 am in Vandebilt Hall.

* The St. Anne Novena will be from 7/18—7/26

Pro-Life News

 

In Florida you can see signs on the beach that say, “Do not touch the sea turtles or their eggs. They are protected by local, state and federal law.”

If we do not have the right to choose to smash the egg of a sea turtle, why do we have the right to choose to smash a baby?

 

Lost & Found

A Confirmation card was found in a pew after Confirmation Mass. There is no addressee name; only “From Uncle & Felicia”. If the givers are from your family, please call the Church Office at 685-4425.

 

Prayer for a Successful Diocesan Centennial Campaign

Heavenly Father, give us the grace to build your Kingdom in our Diocese.  We can only accomplish this noble task by allowing You to expand our hearts.  Grant us compassionate hearts for the poor and suffering among us, hopeful hearts for the men now in seminary, grateful hearts to provide care for the well-being of our retired priests, and zealous hearts for the formation of our Catholic college students.  As we look to their future and the celebration of the Centennial of our Diocese, we want to give You our faithful hearts.  It is only with faithful hearts the our Diocesan campaign will bear fruit and assist You in the building up of Your Kingdom.  With Mary our Mother, and moved by the Holy Spirit, we make this prayer through Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.  We entrust our humble efforts to You, with a plea for success, as we reach out to those who need us.  -Amen

New Mausoleum in Delcambre

Where Will Your Final Resting Place Be?

Thinking about your own funeral leaves most people feeling a little uneasy, but more adults are finding that preplanning your final resting place offers great emotional and even financial security for them and their families.  With preplanning, families find comfort in knowing that the funeral reflects what their loved one wanted and exactly where they wanted to be laid to rest.  It also gives them peace of mind to not have to make important decisions at a stressful time.  Our Lady of the Lake Cemetery will be constructing a new mausoleum soon.  Joe Blanchard and Howard Theriot from American Cemetery consultants, have already begun contacting parishioners to answer questions.  Please don't delay.  Spaces are reserved on a first come basis and financing is available.  The number of crypts selected before construction will determine the size of the mausoleum. 

Either mail in the postage reply card from the brochure that was mailed to your home or call 337-735-4600.

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RETREATS FACILITATE HEALING FROM GRIEF

The Diocese's Office of Marriage and Family Life will offer 2 retreats (A Catholic Journey through Grief) a year.  Pre-registration is required.  Visit www.diolaf.org/grief to register.