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The Reform of the Whole World Takes Place One Soul at a Time, Starting with My Own

adoration10Yesterday’s blog on the increasing darkness in our culture received a lot of good feedback. Special thanks to Patrick Madrid for spreading the word. Reading such data can cause us to feel discouraged at times. Here are a few thoughts on this discouragement and what we can do about it.

1. The beatitude “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” comes to mind. Who are those who mourn? It is they who see the awful state of God’s people: that so many do not know Him or honor Him. Those who mourn are those who see how many do not know why they were made and spend their lives on lesser or even useless things (and get lost in sin and the deadly wages of sin). Seeing this, they mourn. But this mourning is not depression; it is a sadness rooted in love, and so, as the beatitude says, they are “comforted.” But here the word comforted is to be understood more in relation to its Latin root confirmare which means to strengthen. Hence those who mourn because they love God’s people and see their awful state are also those who will be strengthened and motivated to go to work to make a difference.

2. Indeed, there is an old Chinese proverb that says, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” And though we may feel things have descended deeply and rapidly, just keep preaching, teaching, and striving for holiness. God has a way of multiplying our works when we least expect it. The harvest will come; for now, just keep sowing seeds and watering them with your tears of love.

3. Another saying goes, “It is easier to wear slippers than to carpet the whole of the earth.” Further, we are instructed just before a flight that in the event of an emergency we should don our own mask before assisting others with theirs. In both of these instances, we hear the additional advice that we should initiate any reform by first tending to our own heart and life. If the world is going to reform, it has to begin with me, with my own decisions. Scripture says, “They made me a keeper of vineyards, but my own vineyard I have not kept” (Song, 1:6). May it not be so for us.

There are many things we can do, big and small, that can begin to make a difference. Some involve small personal changes, others summon us to greater courage in relationships, and still others call us to greater generosity. Here is a list of some possible avenues. Please add to it! (Note: this list was not created with any particular order in mind.)

  • Participate in pro-life vigils and “40 Days for Life.”
  • Inform others, including media companies and manufacturers, when they have done well. Warn them when they cooperate in evils such as abortion (via support of Planned Parenthood) or homosexual activism.
  • Ask for the gifts of joy, gratitude, and serenity. Others will notice and ask you about it!
  • Read Catholic media; listen to Catholic Answers and EWTN radio. Grow in your faith!
  • Work on overcoming your most frequent sins. Make a particular examen to help this.
  • Pray over the news; don’t just watch it or read it, or, even worse, just complain about how awful things are. Pray as you listen and read.
  • Sign up for Eucharistic adoration; encourage others to do so.
  • Repent; go to confession frequently.
  • Ask a friend to Mass; if he says “no,” ask again later and/or ask another person. But resolve to seldom come to Mass alone.
  • Spend time with younger people; encourage in them what is good; explain what they misunderstand.
  • Be consistent with prayer.
  • Consider praying the rosary every day; if you can, add the Divine Mercy Chaplet as well.
  • Support cloistered religious communities and ask their prayers.
  • Be willing to take the risk and correct a fellow sinner; be humble but clear.
  • Have the courage to warn those in your own family who may be mired in sins such as greed, fornication, cohabitation, unforgiveness, planning a divorce, etc.
  • Have more children; be generous with life!
  • If you are older, support those who do have many children by assisting with childcare or providing other necessary help.
  • Support outreach to the poor, especially those programs that help them to break the cycle of poverty and to become more deeply rooted in the life of faith.
  • Encourage bishops, priests, and deacons who are courageous in addressing what ails us.
  • Support Catholic groups that seek to engage the culture and summon the world to reform and to Jesus.
  • Pray! And then pray some more. If you can, fast occasionally.
  • Pray some more!

In other words, consecrate your life to God and begin the great reform by looking to your own heart and mind. When people start to notice, ask them to join you. Many little things add up to a lot. We can’t change the culture overnight, but we surely can begin to make a difference in our own life and in the vineyard of our family, parish, and community, all of which the Lord has asked us to tend.

Here’s a beautiful song that you might print and pray often. (For a printable copy, Click here: Prayer of Consecration).

Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet, and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only, for my King;
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.

Take my silver and my gold:
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as you choose.

Take my will, and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine;
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store;
Take myself, and I will be,
Ever, only, all for Thee.

Words: Frances R. Havergal 1874.

Here is a beautiful version, sung by Chris Tomlin.

People Need People, As Seen at the Beach

bethanyI spent a few days at Bethany Beach (in Delaware) this week with four other priests, thanks to some very generous lay people who allowed us to stay in their house. In Washington we speak of going to the beach. But in nearby Baltimore they say, “We’re goin’ down-e-ocean.” I think in New Jersey they call it  “going down the shore,” as in the Jersey shore. At any rate, thank God for a restful time, lots of long walks along the shoreline, interesting discussions, and good food. In fact, according to the Scripture story of the road to Emmaus, walking, talking, and dining provide an image of the Kingdom.

A brief thought occurred to me today as I walked along the water, this time alone. I began my walk right in the center of Bethany Beach, just down from the center of the boardwalk. The beach was rather crowded—lots of people, chairs and umbrellas everywhere, kids running back and forth into and out of the water.

As I headed north walking right on the shore, I noticed that the crowd thinned out quite quickly, so that within a hundred yards of where the boardwalk ended the beach became quite empty with just a few folks here and there.

Why, I wondered, did people huddle together so? I would think that people would prefer to spread out a little, would want some privacy, and might be willing to walk a ways to get it. Instead, they crowded together in an eight-block area along the Bethany Beach Boardwalk.

It occurred to me that despite our often-expressed desire for space and privacy, this image of people huddling together had important lessons to teach.

The chief and uniting lesson is that ultimately people need people. Crowding close together at the beach meant that there were others to provide not only company but safety. There were plenty of lifeguards, and if any trouble were to arise, plenty of people nearby to help. Where there are people there are also many conveniences near at hand. There were food vendors up on the nearby boardwalk as well as vendors selling beach gear. There was even a free town Wi-Fi signal in the air. Public bathrooms were nearby as was a safety station and a police presence. A lot of children, some of whom had only just met that day, were playing together, teaching each other to surf, riding boogie boards, or building sand castles.

A simple lesson, really, but somehow beautifully painted for me at Bethany Beach—people need people. People benefit from other people. People take care of other people and provide necessary services, protection, and company. Space and solitude have their place, but it really is more instinctual, even in this wide-open country, to cluster together in cities. For all of our complaints about crowds, in the end it’s good to have other people close at hand.

It was all a painting of what Scripture says, Woe to the solitary man! For if he should fall, he has no one to lift him up (Ecclesiastes 4:11).

Beach Baby from Tom Stillwell on Vimeo.

Beach Baby from Tom Stillwell on Vimeo.

705k92 Race

 

Join St Anne Catholic Church Community for our 5K race on Saturday, October 18, 2014 @ 8:00 am at:


201 Church Street

Youngsville, LA.


The 705K92 event is a fundraiser to support a variety of church projects and programs including our religious education programs, youth retreats, and pro-life activities.

Cost: $25 till 10/15/14
$35 from 10/16/14 till day of race


Registration available at: www.active.com Search 705K92

 

Awards for 5K, 10 year age brackets, male and female. Prizes, t-shirts, music, food, beverages and tons of fit fun.


For Sponsor info, click --> 705K92 Sponsor.

To help spread the word with a flyer, click --> 705K92 for Bulletins.

For Printable/Mailable Registration form, click --> 705K92 Registration 2014.

St. Anne Feast Day Breakfast

Thanks to our Knights of Columbus, Ms. Rita Vincent and Mrs. Delores Mouton for preparing our Feast Day Breakfast!  It was delicious!!!!

Welcome Fr. Jude

A warm, warm WELCOME TO Fr. Jude Halphen, Phd of the Diocese of Lafayette and full-time director of the Office of Marriage and Family Life. Along with his current duties, Fr. Jude will also be assisting with weekend Masses here at St. Anne.

Fr. Jude was ordained in June of 1993 and has had several parochial assignments, the most recent of which was St. Peter’s in New Iberia where he generously served for 14 ½ years.   He and Fr. Mouton were together in College Seminary at St. Ben’s in Covington and

then later in Graduate School at Mt. St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  Fr. Jude is from Opelousas and has one brother, James.

Our Beautification Projects

If you haven't noticed our cemetery fence lately, take a look!!!  Our plaques In Memory of self or a loved one are finally in and have been placed.  (You can still purchase a section of our fence for $700)  Also, the East side of our church looks so nice with the plants along side the church as well as the new trees that dress the side walk heading into our cemetery.  The new tombs are complete and are currently available.  Singles sell for $3,100 and doubles $4,100 which includes the plot, vault, skirting, and opening/closing.  The new tombs are located behind the first cross in the old section of our cemetery and near our fence line.  For more information, call our office.  See all of these pictures in the slideshow below.

Greetings

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

Standing Faithful

Have you had a chance to check out our Parishioner Joan Broussard's blog, Standing Faithful?  If not, you should.  Enjoy uplifting and spirit lead writings.

To check out the blog, Click here

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!

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