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SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE
School supplies will be given away (LIMIT 1 PER STUDENT) to Holy Ghost Church Parish student parishioners on Sunday, August 7, 2016 from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. on the south lawn. For more information contact the parish office or Ms. Anitria Gradnigo @ 337-290-1141. Donations for school supplies are being accepted at the parish office.
From Fr. Lambert Lein, S.V.D, Pastor
Tragedies in Baton Rouge, the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, and Dallas last week have raised concerns and fear. The news about this heartbreaking tragedies has gone viral in the social media not to mention other popular news media. It personally saddens me a great deal when seeing people begin to play the cycle of blame on social media. One accuses the other as the cause of the tragedy and vice versa. I then began to wonder “are we playing the same game that Adam and Eve played in the Garden of Eden when they were confronted by God after eating the fruit of the forbidden tree?” The game I am talking about is “the cycle of blame”. Adam accused Eve for his downfall and Eve blamed the serpent for deceiving her to eat the forbidden fruit. The book of Genesis narrates nicely how the game was played in Gen 3:12-13, “The woman whom you put here with me—she gave me fruit from the tree, so I ate it. The LORD God then asked the woman: What is this you have done? The woman answered, “The snake tricked me, so I ate it.” Interesting enough God did not punish either one of them. Rather he showed them the consequences of their actions (Genesis 3:14-19).
My brothers and sister, as follower of Jesus Christ we have no space for the said game. We have our own different ball game, and that is LOVE. I invite you to embrace LOVE as your guiding principal in dealing with the recent tragedies because we can’t conquer evil with evil. Or to borrow the language of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” I am convinced that when love becomes the guiding principle of our actions, issues such as racism, inequality, poverty, and violence which are the roots of the recent tragedies will have no room in our social sphere.
In closing I invite you to read a powerful statement below issued by the National Black Catholic Congress dated July 13, 2016:
“It is important for Black Catholics to contribute to the ongoing national conversation about the underlying issues which have existed for too long. These issues include racism, inequality, poverty, and violence. During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we must be signs of God’s love which promotes justice. Justice promotes right relationships, which includes upholding the dignity of human life.
The NBCC invites Black Catholics and all people of good will to join in a time of prayer and action. We believe in the power of prayer. We also believe that we must cooperate with how God will answer our prayers. HENCE, THE NBCC ASKS YOU TO JOIN US IN OFFERING THIS PRAYER FROM MONDAY, JULY 18TH TO MONDAY, AUGUST 15TH:
O God, who gave one origin to all peoples and willed to gather from them one family for yourself, fill all hearts, we pray, with the fire of your love and kindle in them a desire for the just advancement of their neighbor, that, through the good things which you richly bestow upon all, every division may be removed, and equity and justice may be established in human society.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Parish Life Center Dedication Ceremony
The Dedication Ceremony of the Parish Life Center was held on May 22, 2016. Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel, Bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette was present for the ceremony. See More
Jubilee Year of Mercy
The Holy Father, Pope Francis I, has declared a Jubilee Year of Mercy which will begin on December 8 of 2015 and end on the Solemnity of Christ the King in 2016. The theme for the will be "Merciful Like the Father". This is an opportunity for all of us to be moved by the Father's mercy and allow the extraordinary grace to move us to mercy. Where are we invited in our lives to show mercy to others, to be people of forgiveness and compassion? We are called to act justly and walk with our God in mercy.
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Click on the banner below to read more about our "One in the Spirit" Capital Campaign. This campaign is for raising funds to build a new Parish Life Center which will include a large hall for various events, a well equipped kitchen and class rooms for Religious Education and meetings.
Our Mission: Holy Ghost Faith Community invites its members to a personal conversion to God the Father through the Son in the Holy Spirit and is committed to teach and share the Good News of Christ to others.
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