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Friends of Job Ministry

The online version of The Telegraph, in April 2015, published an interesting article written by Hannah Furness about how single people feel in their relations with their church. She wrote, “A new study of churchgoers found many Christians feel isolated within their own communities, due to attitudes towards single people. Four out of ten single worshippers reported feeling “inadequate or ignored”, with more than a third claiming they were treated differently from those who appeared happily married. More than 40 per- cent of those surveyed said their church “did not know what to do with them.”

 

I am not too certain whether this survey represents also the feelings of many singles attending Holy Ghost Catholic Church. If it does, I want to first of all offer an apology on behalf of Holy Ghost Church for not reaching out to you yet, and secondly to assure you that some action is being taken right now. With your assistance, we will begin a new ministry which I call “Friends of Job Ministry” whose objective is to give opportunities to single people and the divorced of the parish to share with each other their struggles and joys, their dreams and expectations. In addition, using the Book of Job in the Bible as their point of reference, they will have Bible sharing and Bible Study sessions to help them see life from Job’s perspective.

 

With that thought in mind, I am extending an invitation to the singles, widows, widowers, and the divorced of Holy Ghost Parish to sign up for this ministry. Your participation will help me make this ministry possible. If you are interested, kindly write your information on the sign-up form placed in the foyer area of the church or call the church office. An initial meeting will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the Parish Life Center. We will begin our meeting with Praise and Worship and a light breakfast at 9:30 a.m.

 

 I am looking forward to walking with you on your journey of life in the spirit of Job as we say with him, “With skin and flesh you clothed me, with bones and sinews knit me together. Life and love you granted me, and your providence has preserved my spirit. Yet these things you have hidden in your heart; I know they are your purpose.” (Job 10:11-13).

 

Fr. Lambert A. Lein, SVD

 

Holy Ghost Church Raffle

Raffle tickets are now available at the parish office and after all weekend masses. Families are asked to sell 5 raffle books.

1st prize– approximately 500lb calf

2nd prize- $300.00 cash

3rd prize– 32” Smart T.V.

 

Drawing to be held June 18, 2017.  Donation: $2.00

 

Raffle to benefit Holy Ghost Parish Life Center

 


 

 HOLY GHOST CATHOLIC CHURCH — OPELOUSAS

By: Fr. Lambert A. Lein, SVD, Pastor

OUR PARISH

Holy Ghost Church is a parish with a rich history. It dated back to 1875 when Fr. Francois Raymond and Fr. Gilbert Raymond, both of whom took considerable interest in the work among the blacks of Acadiana. Spearheaded by these two individuals a piece of property was purchased to erect a school for the blacks of St. Landry Parish. The presence of the school was only the seed for the birth of what is now called Holy Ghost Catholic Church and the beginning of a change needed by black Catholics in this area for a better spiritual and social future. From the spiritual side there was a need to have their own place of worship because the north side of St. Landry Church set aside for the black parishioners was no longer adequate to accommodate the growing population of black Catholics. From its social aspect the black parishioners wanted to have organizations to which they could belong so that they could grow as a distinct community without being singled out in their social interactions. These needs caught the attention Right Rev. Canon A. B. Colliard, pastor of St. Landry Church who then took up the matter to Most Rev. Jules B. Jeanmard, Bishop of Lafayette. Consequently, in 1920 a separate church and parish were established. The Holy Ghost Fathers were invited to take charge of this newly established Parish and worked tirelessly until it was turned over to the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD) in 1988. Ever since, the parish with a rich history has been under the pastorate of the Society of the Divine Word.

Our Parish Today

Based on the number of its parishioners, Holy Ghost is considered the largest African-American Catholic Church in the United States. As of our last fiscal year, more than 2,000 families (6,000 individuals) call Holy Ghost their home parish. Even though it is big, people never feel lost in the middle of the crowd. The familial spirit of it is still alive. In fact, many have commended us as very alive, dynamic, active, family-oriented, and spirit-filled. We have an excellent Religious Education Program; a very dynamic youth group; and many committed men and women involved in various ministries and organizations. Our campus supports many buildings, but we are more proud of our beautiful church as the center of our spiritual life, and our new Parish Life Center as the forefront of our social activities.

Our Plan

As we begin to pay back the loan taken out last year for the construction of the Parish Life Center, we are presented with this golden opportunity to participate in the Diocesan Centennial Campaign. It is a golden opportunity because 30% of what we raise will come back to us. We are seeking five-year pledges to reach our goal of $765,000. Of every dollar raised up to our parish goal, 30% or $229,500 will return to our parish! After we surpass our goal, we receive a 50% rebate of every additional dollar raised.

OUR SHARE OF FUNDS

As of now the main financial priority at Holy Ghost is to alleviate the church debt. This campaign is an excellent avenue through which we can build a better future for our parish in a small level and our Diocese in a big measure. Just as you and I make a parish called Holy Ghost, so does each parish make up the Diocese of Lafayette.

OUR MINIMUM NEED: $765,000.00  INITIAL REBATE: $229,500.00

 

 

 

Support our Capital Campaign

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.

 

 

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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.

 

Sacramental Policies

Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation

Church Funeral/Wake Policies & Procedures

Holy Ghost Church Wedding Policy

 

Funeral Policy

Click here to access the Website of the Diocese of Lafayette

Click here to access the Website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 

Opelousas Catholic School

Click here to access the Website of the Sisters of the

Holy Family

 

Society of The Divine Word

 www.divineword.org

 

 

 

 

                    

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

         

 

 

Click on the link above to make an online donation or pay your tithes and camapign pledge using a credit card or bank account.

 

CELEBRATION OF THE EUCHARIST

Weekend Mass Schedules

 

            

           

SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION: Saturdays 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. During the week: 6:30 a.m. and at any time by appointment.  Click Here to learn more                  

Baptism: Please meet with a priest to register for the Baptism preparation Class which usually takes place on the first Sunday of the month. Baptism is usually done on the Saturday  following the Class. Click here to learn more

Marriage: Make arrangements with a priest/deacon at least six months prior to the anticipated wedding date. No arrangements should be made with any vendor prior to consultation with a priest or the deacon.  Click here to learn more...

Anointing of the Sick: Please call the office to schedule to anoint someone who is seriously ill or before surgery.  If you have a homebound elderly or infirm person, please arrange with the priest for periodic visit and holy communion. Click Here to learn more..

       
 

Upcoming Events 

Mar 27

Holy Ghost Lenten Revival

Monday, 6:00 PM

Holy Ghost Lenten Revival
Time: Monday, 6:00 PM
  Theme: "Will You Carry Your Cross?" March 27, 28, and end 29th with Lenten Penance Service Praise & Worship begins at 6:00 pm and Revival begins at 6:30pm
Mar 28

Holy Ghost Lenten Revival

Monday, 6:00 PM

Holy Ghost Lenten Revival
Time: Monday, 6:00 PM
  Theme: "Will You Carry Your Cross?" March 27, 28, and end 29th with Lenten Penance Service Praise & Worship begins at 6:00 pm and Revival begins at 6:30pm
Mar 29

Holy Ghost Lenten Revival

Monday, 6:00 PM

Holy Ghost Lenten Revival
Time: Monday, 6:00 PM
  Theme: "Will You Carry Your Cross?" March 27, 28, and end 29th with Lenten Penance Service Praise & Worship begins at 6:00 pm and Revival begins at 6:30pm
Mar 30

WORKSHOP: HOW TO COPE WITH GRIEF

Thursday, 5:30 PM

WORKSHOP: HOW TO COPE WITH GRIEF
Time: Thursday, 5:30 PM
  There will be a workshop on HOW TO COPE WITH GRIEF on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Parish Life Center. The presenters will be a few Professional Counselors from Lafayette. It is open to the public.
Apr 7

First Friday Mass & Eucharistic Adoration

Friday, 7:00 AM

First Friday Mass & Eucharistic Adoration
Time: Friday, 7:00 AM
  February 3, 2017 7am Mass. Eucharistic Adoration after mass with benediction at 8:30 am. Also, Eucharistic Adoration for youth, children and anyone who would like to attend at 5:00 p.m.
Apr 14

3rd Annual Opelousas Way of the Cross Walk

Friday, 7:00 AM

3rd Annual Opelousas Way of the Cross Walk
Time: Friday, 7:00 AM
  The walk will begin at Holy Ghost Church with a rosary at 6:45 a.m. and the walk will begin at 7:00 a.m.
Apr 25

1ST COMMUNION PRACTICE

Tuesday, 4:30 PM

1ST COMMUNION PRACTICE
Time: Tuesday, 4:30 PM
  No Description Available
Apr 26

1ST COMMUNION PRACTICE

Tuesday, 4:30 PM

1ST COMMUNION PRACTICE
Time: Tuesday, 4:30 PM
  No Description Available
Apr 26

Bible Study (Letter of James)

Wednesday, 6:00 PM

Bible Study (Letter of James)
Time: Wednesday, 6:00 PM
  Bible Study on the Letter of James beginning April 26, 2017 at 6pm and continuing every Wednesday at the same time. Workbook is $22.00 and be purchased at the parish office.
Apr 27

1ST COMMUNION PRACTICE

Tuesday, 4:30 PM

1ST COMMUNION PRACTICE
Time: Tuesday, 4:30 PM
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