Our Lady of the Lake
DIVINE MERCY DAILY REFLECTIONS (Jesus speaking to St. Faustina in bold print; from the Diary of St. Faustina)
St. Faustina's Faithfulness
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Closed Noon - 1:00 pm for lunch
8:30 am - 11:30 am
Mass and Confession Times
Saturday Mass: 4:00 pm
Sunday Masses: 7:00 am & 11:00 am
Monday: NO MASS
Wednesday Mass: 12:10 pm
Friday Mass: 6:30 am
Saturday: 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
Sunday: 6:30 am & 10:30 am
Wednesday: 11:40 am
Friday: 6:00 am
ST. MARTIN DE PORRES
Sunday: 9:00 am
Tuesday & Thursday: 5:30 pm
First Saturday of each month: 9:00 am
Sunday: 8:30 am
Tuesday & Thursday: 5:00
First Thursday of each month: 11:45 am
First Saturday: 8:30 am
AUGUST 27, 2017 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
"And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church." Simon got a new name after his profession of faith. As soon as he declared to Jesus, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God," Jesus renamed him with a title that means "rock." And with that name he gave Peter the mission to be a solid foundation upon which he would build his church. Not Peter's church. Not James or Paul's church. Not Martin Luther's or John Calvin's or anybody else's. This is Jesus' church, the church of Christ himself, that we call the Catholic Church.
So it was Christ himself who desired to give authority in the church--"the keys to the kingdom of heaven"--to a human leader. Peter was thus established as the first pope. He exercised a special kind of headship, within the community of the apostles and the church at large, because Jesus gave him the power to do so, not because Peter claimed it for himself. And so too every pope since, right down to our Holy Father today, exercises this unique leadership within the Church.
What a gift this is to us! Jesus knew well the human tendency to squabble and disagree, to argue and compete. He knew that the church would be prone to all of this because of her members, and that providing a final voice of authority, saying in effect that "the buck stops here" would be helpful for maintaining unity. As Catholics, even in spite of the differing opinions and perspectives that are manifest in the Church, we nonetheless maintain a strong sense of identity and belief thanks in large part to the papacy. Today, may we give thanks for the pope and pray for him as he strives to lead all of us closer and closer to Christ.
AUGUST 6, 2017
The Transfiguration of the Lord "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him." Oh, to be on that mountain! What a priceless experience for Peter, James, and John. If they had ever doubted, if they wondered whether Jesus was really who he said he was, their confidence surely got a boost on the day of the Transfiguration. Before their very eyes, Jesus' divine beauty radiated gloriously while the two ancient prophets also appeared in a miraculous manner. And to top it off, the voice of God the Father spoke from the heavens and confirmed that it was all true: Jesus really is the Son of God!
Why did Jesus reveal himself in such a remarkable way to these men? Perhaps we have an answer in today's epistle. Peter writes, "We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven while we were with him on the holy mountain." Peter mentions this fact in order to confirm his credibility as a preacher as he goes on to say, "We possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable. You will do well to be attentive to it." Because of the mission that Peter had to help shape and nurture the Church in its earliest days, his position as an "eyewitness" to the Transfiguration helped to gain the attention, and the faith, of his hearers.
So although we were not there during this holy apparition, we have the benefit of it. We, and the faithful through the ages, have heard the testimony that Jesus is truly our God from those who saw in person that it was for real. In this way, the Transfiguration is able to bolster the faith of many, not just the three men who were there that day. May we have the grace to allow the feast we celebrate today to truly deepen our faith.
Readings for the Week of October 15, 2017
- Sunday: Is 25:6-10a / Ps 23 / Phil 4:12-14, 19-20 / Mt 22:1-14 or 22:1-10
- Monday: Rom 1:1-7 / Ps 98 / Lk 11:29-32
- Tuesday: Rom 1:16-25 / Ps 19 / Lk 11:37-41
- Wednesday: 2 Tm 4:10-17b / Ps 145 / Lk 10:1-9
- Thursday: Rom 3:21-30 / Ps 130 / Lk 11:47-54
- Friday: Rom 4:1-8 / Ps 32 / Lk 12:1-7
- Saturday: Rom 4:13, 16-18 / Ps 105 / Lk 12:8-12
- Next Sunday: Is 45:1, 4-6 / Ps 96 / 1 Thes 1:1-5b / Mt 22:15-21
St. Martin De Porres
Father Buddy's 1st Fleet Blessing
* The 2017-2018 CCD Schedule is now available: Click "School CCD", then "Class Schedule CCD".
1st Saturday Devotion Promises
Our lady has promised to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall:
1. Go to confession,
2. Receive Holy Communion,
3. Recite five decades of the Rosary,
4. “And keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating
on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention
of making reparation to me.”
Due to other commitments, Marilyn Derise, is stepping down as Pro Life Coordinator. Thanks to Marilyn for her years of faithful service. If you would like to volunteer for this position, please call the office. The next “Annual Respect Life Meeting of Pro Life Coordinators” will be held on September 9th, 9 am to noon in the Immaculata Center, 1408 Carmel Dr., Lafayette, La. 70501
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
Catholic Radio Station
Everyone is invited to tune in to the Catholic Radio Station, KLFT, 90.5 FM to learn more about your Catholic Faith. For good Catholic music, you can also tune in to 90.9 K-LOVE.
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.