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Registration for Vacation Bible School & 2014-15 Religious Education Sessions

NOW OPEN!!!!

 

vbs2014week of July 7 -11 from 9a.m. to Noon
 
Children ages 5 – 9 (grades K – 4th) Registration deadline: May 31, 2014 

 

To print VBS registration form, click --> Vacation Bible School Registration . 

 

    Parish School of Religion (PSR)

Registration deadlines: Apr 30, 2014 for Summer Session; Jul 15, 2014 for all other sessions

To print PSR summer/fall registration, click --> Religious Education Registration 2014-15

 

 

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On The Spaciousness and Silence that Characterize Deep Prayer

One of the graces of deeper prayer, if we persevere through the years, is that the Lord turns us upward and outward. And, gradually, our prayer turns more toward God and is less anxious about our own aches and pains. It becomes enough to give them to God and trust in His providence. Gradually, we simply prefer to experience the Lord quietly, in increasingly wordless contemplation. God draws us to a kind of silence in prayer as we advance along its ways. But that silence is more than an absence of sound; it is a result of our being turned more toward God. An old monastic tale from, I know not where, says,

Sometimes there would be a rush of noisy visitors and the silence of the monastery would be shattered. This would upset the disciples; but not the Abbot, who seemed just as content with the noise as with the silence. To his protesting disciples he said one day, “Silence is not the absence of sound, but the absence of self.”

Yes, as prayer deepens and becomes more contemplative, the human person is turned more to God, and a kind of holy silence becomes private prayer’s more common pattern. This does not mean that nothing is happening; the soul has a communion with God that is deeper than words or images. It is heart speaking to heart (cor ad cor loquitur). This is a deep communion with God that results from our being turned outward again to God. And the gift of silence comes from resting in God, from being less focused on ourselves, and more and more on God. Let all mortal flesh keep silence, and with (holy) fear and trembling stand, ponder nothing earthly minded… Yes, there is a time for intercessory prayer, but not now. Don’t just do something; stand there. Don’t rush to express; rest to experience. Be still, and know that He is God. An old spiritual says, Hush….Somebody’s callin’ my name. Yes, pray for and desire holy silence, praying beyond words and images. These are the beginnings of contemplative prayer.

St. Paul speaks of the unspeakable quality of deep prayer as well, though his experience likely goes beyond what we call contemplative prayer.

I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows— was caught up to paradise. He heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell. (2 Cor 12:2-4)

Yes, it is “unsayable,” and words fail. St. Augustine was said to remark of the Christian mysteries, If you don’t ask me, I know. If you ask me, I don’t know.

Another gift that is given to those who are experiencing deeper prayer is a sense of spaciousness and openness. As the soul is less turned inward and increasingly turned outward, it makes sense that one would experience a kind of spaciousness. Those who have attained deeper prayer often speak of this Scripture does as well. Consider some of the following passages:

  1. For the Lord has brought me out to a wide-open place. He rescued me because he was pleased with me. (Ps 18:19)
  2. I called on the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. (Ps 118:5)
  3. The Lord brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. (2 Sam 22:20)
  4. You have not handed me over to the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place. (Psalm 31:8)
  5. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: you have enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy on me, and hear my prayer (Ps 4:1)
  6. And I shall walk in a wide place, for I have sought your precepts. (Psalm 119:45)
  7. And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name Rehoboth (a Hebrew word which means latitude or width), saying, “For now the LORD has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.” (Gen 26:22)

See how consistently this spaciousness is mentioned. As we are turned outward and upward to God, we soon enough experience the spaciousness, and latitude of knowing God. No longer pressed and confined by the experience of being turned inward (curvatus in se), the soul has room to breathe. Many people who begin to experience contemplative prayer, though not able to reduce the experience to words, express an experience of the spaciousness of God. But this spaciousness is more than a physical sense of space; it is a sense of openness, of lightness, of freedom from burden and from being pressed down; it is an experience of relief. But again, all who experience it agree; words cannot really express it well.

Yes, here too is a gift of deepening prayer to be sought: spaciousness, and that openness that comes from being turned outward and upward by God. An old Spiritual says, My God is so high, you can’t get over him, He’s so low, you can’t get under him, he so wide, you can’t get round him. You must come IN, by and through the Lamb.

Two gifts of the deeper prayer we call contemplative prayer, prayer that moves beyond words and images, beyond the self to God Himself.

Easter Egg Hunt

Opportunities for Confession & Parish Missions

Central Region - Diocese of Lafayette
The Central Region of the Diocese of Lafayette will host five regional “Opportunities for Confession” during Lent. Several priests will be present to hear Confessions at the locations, dates and times listed
below. All are invited to attend any of these “Opportunities for Confession”. Please make every effort to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in preparation for Easter Sunday. 
 

 Wednesday, April 9, 2014 · 6:30-7:30 p.m.
 St. Bernard Catholic Church
 204 N. Main Street, Breaux Bridge

For Parish Missions around the Diocese (Central Region), click HERE

Upcoming Lenten Opportunities at St. Anne

Holy Week Schedule:

Holy Thursday - April 17- 6:00 PM Mass

Good Friday - April 18 - 3:00 PM Services

Easter Vigil - April 19- 8:00 PM

Easter Sunday - April 20 - 8:00 AM & 11:00 AM

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WAY OF THE CROSS

Monday evening Following 5:30 p.m. Mass

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The Rosary of the 7 Sorrows of the Virgin Mary

 

PLEASE JOIN YOUR ST. ANNE FAMILY ON:

 TUESDAYS @ 5:30 P.M. & FRIDAYS @ 7:45 A.M.

DURING LENT FOR THE RECITATION OF THIS SPECIAL ROSARY

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That Man Is You! OPEN TO ALL MEN!!!!  Call the Parish office for more information. 

Wednesday evenings at 7PM in the Parish Hall

It is a powerful event to have a large group of men come together during Lent to unite in prayer, work on their spiritual lives and make sacrifices for their families. Together for strength and support, yet each on a personal pilgrimage with Christ who wants to encounter you spiritually wherever you are as an individual. Only you can respond to the invitation and receive the personal message He wants to deliver to you. And no one can replace the unique contributions you bring to the small group discussion that are missed when you're not there. Please join us!

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Come Lord Jesus (Bible study & Faith Sharing):       

Mondays at 7:00 p.m. - 302 Third Street, Youngsville

For more information call Melba Melancon at 856-5266 or Steve Landry at 856-4857

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Light from Light (Bible study):  

Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.

In St. Anne Parish Hall - All are welcome!!

 

Be A Part of Our Family

Please be a part of our new family directory program–we need YOU to make our new family album complete!

 

ONLY 2 DAYS LEFT TO SIGN UP!!!!!  HURRY TIME IS COMING TO AN END!!!!!!!!!

  

 

We look forward to seeing you!

 

 

To make your appointment now, click button below and begin scheduling:

  Scheduling will be disabled on Thursday afternoons until Monday midday to allow for after Mass weekend scheduling. 

 

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL VACANCIES

Parish Council Nominations

Nominations are STILL being accepted for ten (10) positions on the Parish Pastoral Council. Two positions will be appointed by the pastor. Each council position is for a three year term. St. Anne Church Parish Council Elections will be held after we have enough nominees.

 

QUALIFICATIONS FOR PARISH COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP.

1. Age – 18 or over and a Confirmed Catholic.

2. Active, registered member of the parish for at least one year.

3. Desire to serve the Church

4. Commitment  to attend the scheduled meetings/workshops for formation in ministry

5. Willingness to devote considerable time and effort to meetings and commission work

6. Desire to unify and reconcile the parish and the community

7. Read and agree to abide by the Parish Council Constitution

 

If you wish to nominate someone or are interested in serving on the council, please fill in the forms below and place them in the collection baskets at Mass or mail them to the office.

Current Council Members are: Mary Ellen Bagget, Jeanette Broussard, Joan Broussard, Tina DeLeon, Edward LaFleur, Stephanie Thibeaux, Jon Burley

ALL MEMBERS ARE OUTGOING, BUT CAN BE NOMINATED AGAIN.

 

St. Anne Catholic Church

2013 Parish Council Nomination

 

NAME _________________________________

 

ADDRESS ______________________________

 

CITY, STATE ___________________________

 

PHONE ________________________________

 

DATE OF BIRTH ________________________

 

Please verify with the person to be nominated that he/she would like to serve on the council. All members must be 18 years of age, a registered parishioner of St. Anne Catholic Church  for one year, and must read and agree to abide by the Parish Council Constitution.

 

 

NEW ITEMS!!!!!

We hope you enjoy our new website!  Please take the time to search our site and check back often for updates.  Some of our new features are: Online Giving, Facebook, Parish Calendar, Daily Scripture Reading and more!

Welcome

From Our Pastor

Welcome, Bienvenue, Bienvenido, Chào Mừng!

 

My dear friends,

St. Anne Roman Catholic Church was established in 1859 under pontificate of Pope Pius IX, Archbishop Anthony Blanc of New Orleans and Fr. Etienne Jules Foltier, our first pastor. 

We are a thriving community (1,900+ families) located in Youngsville, Louisiana about 10 miles south of Lafayette and having neighboring church parishes of Sacred Heart of Jesus in Broussard and St. Joseph in Milton.

Our stated mission is:  Inspired by our ancestral heritage, we the Roman Catholic Community of St. Anne, commit ourselves: to God oriented living, empowering Catholic Evangelization, to reaching to all people – active, inactive and non-Catholics, and respecting life from conception to natural death.  We pray that our faith continue to strengthen from generation to generation, through the intercession of St. Anne.  This is our mission!  This is our challenge!

There are many ministries that one can avail oneself of as our revamped website attests too; please consider giving your gifts of time, talent and treasure. 

We appreciate you, love you, and will do all we can to aide you in your spiritual journey to the house of our Father. 

Please join us for Sunday Mass as we experience the Table of God's Word and Eucharist.

In Christ,

Rev. Jason Mouton

Pastor

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DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

  • Second Reading - Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9
    14 Having therefore a great high priest that hath passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God: let us hold fast our confession.15 For we have not a high priest, who can not have compassion on our infirmities: but one tempted in all things like as we are, without...

SAINT OF THE DAY

  • Blessed James Oldo
    You’ve heard rags-to-riches stories. Today, we celebrate the reverse.

    James of Oldo was born into a well-to-do family near Milan in 1364. He married a woman who, like him, appreciated the comforts that came with wealth. But an outbreak of plague drove James, his wife and their three children out...