Father John Schmidt, C.Ss.R., will be leading us in a prayer mission on March 5, 6, & 7 at 6:30 pm at St. Gerard Majella Church.
His topic: “Christ renewing us in his love. Baptism is our link to Christ and Lent is the opportunity to be renewed by Christ. Lent offers us practices of Prayer, Fasting, Charity to refocus us. Penitential practices are not for their own sake, but always to deeper our Christian life. As part of Christ’s body we realize the sin breaks our relationship with God and with others. Lent is a time to face the sin, remind ourselves of God’s mercy and rely on God’s grace to bring us to new life.
Scripture that will guide us:
- Love of God and neighbor (Matthew 5: 43-48)
- Many part of Christ’s body (I Cor 12: 12-26)
- God’s love for us and Jesus’ purpose (John 3: 16-18)
The final night is a mediation on Mary, our Perpetual Help. The first disciple of Jesus and a model for all believers. (Scripture: John 19: 25-27)”
We are all called to serve the church. Please consider volunteering to be:
- Eucharistic Ministers
For more information, contact the parish office at 225-355-2553.
We are updating our parish records and want to ensure we have the correct information. If you have a change of address or phone number, or if you are not receiving offertory envelopes, please call the office at 225-355-2553.
Advent is such an entry way; occurring right after the season of harvest and Thanksgiving. It marks the beginning of a new “Christian Year.” The past year may have brought us both joy and sorrow, success and failure. We end it giving thanks for the strength that carried us through. We are grateful for what we have learned and for what we still have as the year comes to a close. We invite everyone, adults and children, to participate in “My Advent Offering” folder, which is in the back of church. Take it home with you and return on Christmas Day and offer it to the Lord, along with the gift of your heart.
If you would like to donate flowers in memory of a loved one, please pick up an envelope in the back of the church marked “Christmas Flowers”. Write your name on the envelope and write for whom the flowers are in memory of. The cost of the flowers is $8 each. The deadline is Wednesday, December 17th.
December 8th is the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass will be held at the church at noon.
We are now taking Mass Intention requests for 2018. Please know there are many dates available during the week. Contact the office at 225-355-2553 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Requested donation is $10.
“One must never forget the infinite graces that flow from the Sacrifice of the Mass which benefit one’s soul.” —Pope Leo XIII
We are collecting food for the poor. Please bring your canned food and non-perishables and deposit them in the bins near the back and the side of the church. Thank you!
Don’t forget about the Bishop’s Annual Appeal!
Parishioners should mail envelopes directly to the Diocese. If you didn’t receive a packet, please contact the Office of stewardship at 225-336-8790 or email email@example.com. You can also make an online donation at www.baabr.org.
On Thursday, November 2nd, there will be a mass at 9 am in the chapel and another mass at 12 pm at the church to celebrate the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, also known as All Souls’ Day. Please join us in worship.
If you would like to have remembrance prayers said for deceased loved ones or friends, please fill out the “All Souls” (November 2) envelope provided in your offertory envelopes. List the names on the back of the envelope. You may place the envelopes in the collection. There are extra envelopes in the back of church. The envelopes will be kept on the altar for the month of November.