Pastor’s Corner

April 23, 2017

Dear Parish Family,

I’d like to bring you up to date on a few areas of interest.

Holy Week and Easter I want to thank everyone and anyone who assisted the parish in making our Holy Week and Easter Celebrations such a beautiful experience. The list of such people is quite long and I hope you know you are appreciated. I also want to thank those who donated money for our Easter flowers.

Our Recent Parish Trip The parish trip to Fatima, Lourdes, and Barcelona was a great success. There were 47 people on the trip which included 14 from New Orleans, almost all of whom were from our parish. There was great fun and great moments of quiet reflection for all. One cannot help but stand in wonder at the great architectural masterpieces of public buildings, churches, and other venues that have stood the test of time. They even make our own St. Mary’s Assumption and St. Alphonsus churches seem pretty young. The other striking aspect was the wonderful opportunity of spending time in both Fatima and Lourdes. These shrines to Our Lady are filled with people who are devoted to Mary and wish to express that devotion and ask for her help. There were some very touching scenes. One that especially touched me was the early evening procession of people on stretchers and in wheel chairs in Lourdes singing Mary’s praises and asking for her loving intercession. What a trip! As they say, “A good time was had by all.” On a practical note the trip provided a concrete benefit to our parish. The day I returned there was a check for almost $700.00 from the tour company made out to the parish as a reimbursement for booking through them. Next year’s trip will be to St. Patrick’s Ireland. Why don’t you consider going? Call the parish office for more information.

Out of Town But Not Out of Mind This week most of the Redemptorists from our Denver Province will be at our retreat center in Tucson, Arizona. On Monday morning, we begin our provincial chapter meeting which is held once every four years. At this meeting, we discuss a variety of issues including any changes in policies or directives for our Redemptorist province. This meeting will also see us discuss and potentially approve a revised province pastoral plan. I will be leaving for the meeting early Sunday morning since I am the chair of the chapter’s planning committee. All of us from New Orleans will return late Friday evening. While we are gone, Fr. Thomas Pham will be overseeing the parish with the wise assistance of Fr. Gerry LaPorte. Please keep the success of our meeting in your prayers.

Parish Survey If you have not already seen it, a parish survey has been developed and will be distributed for feedback from all parish members. If you are Internet accessible you will electronically receive it. If you are not, copies will be available in the bulletin as well as in the back of church. Obviously, we want and need your feedback on a variety of ideas and issues and expect this to be only the first step in finding out how we can serve you better and how you might serve your brothers and sisters better. Thanks for taking the time to complete and return the survey.

Thought for the Week: “The secret of a good homily is to have a good beginning and a good ending and to have the two as close together as possible.”

Have a great week ahead!

Fr. Richard

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