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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS BLOOD DRIVE

"This past year, the Parish Blood Drive, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, netted 48 pts. of blood donated. The Council was able to help 11 of their Brother Knights and their families who needed blood. This is a call to everyone in the parish to please come out and donate blood. The date for the next blood drive will be announced shortly."

CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS


CHRISTMAS

The presents have all been opened, there might be a little eggnog left in the fridge, but the fact is it is still “Christmas.” Liturgically the season does not end until we celebrate the coming of the wise men. The STAR continues to shine, and for all intents and purposes, Mary and Joseph are still in Bethlehem. So, until we reach the moment when the child who will lead us heads to Egypt, here we shall provide a Christmas Reflection for you.

If you wish to read the entire Daily Reflection go to:

1st Week of Christmas

WEDNESDAY
Today’s readings have more to do with Easter, than Christmas. But, if you really ponder the whole mystery, you would realize, without the Resurrection, we would never have even considered His amazing Birth. So let’s try to keep both “sacramental moments” ever burning in our hearts.
(1 John 1:1-4, Psalm 97, John 20:1a and 2-8)

Guide me in spreading the joy of the good news of your life with courage and joy and by the example of my own life.

THURSDAY
Our world is full of violence and hatred, but that doesn’t mean we must harbor the same hatred, bigotry, and misunderstanding in our hearts. Today’s readings talk about the murder of the Holy Innocents. Don’t think for a moment God was not as heartbroken then as He is now at every act of senselessness today.
(1 John 1:5—2:2, Psalms 124, Matthew 2:13-18)

Give me the faith to pray for all who think violence, and hatred is the answer. Help me to be ever watchful for how I might bring Your love and peace into the world.

FRIDAY
John doesn’t mince words in his epistle – don’t be a hypocrite.  If you say you are following Christ, but you are not living His commandments, then you are not in union with Him.  If you say you love your sister, but you do not help her, you are “still in the darkness.”  You might say you love your brother and sister, but how do you act?
(1 John 2:3-11, Psalms 96, Luke 2:22-35)

I beg you, Lord, give me the sight I need so that I can see you in those around me and welcome you into my heart with the joy of celebration.

SATURDAY
Our perspectives and needs change as we move through the social ladder.  Isn’t it fascinating that even with the same anchoring beliefs, we reflect those beliefs differently depending on where we are in our journey? Such has been true throughout human history.  Often we simply are not cognizant of the struggles that we share with our ancestors until we age through some of them.  Youngsters, take note.  Your parents struggled much like you did, too.
(1 John 2:12-17, Psalms 96, Luke 2:36-40)

Almighty ever-living God, who in the Nativity of your Son established the beginning and fulfillment of all hope, grant, we pray, that we may be numbered among those who belong to him.




OLDP KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS

The OLDP Knights of Columbus celebrated Christmas with an event in the Bahan Center on Tuesday, December 19th.

 

 



OLDP SILVER WINGS GROUP CELEBRATES

Our Silver Wings group celebrated Christmas this year at Don's Seafood in Metairie on Tuesday, December 5th.  All enjoyed the food and community at the celebration.


O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree


THE SYMBOLISM OF THE TREE
Today’s beautifully decorated Christmas trees are little like the first trees used by Christians to celebrate Christ’s birth all those centuries ago. Back in the 8th century, during his missionary in Germany, St. Boniface chopped down a sturdy oak tree, much to the amazement of the Druids who used it as a symbol of worship. 

Turning to a small fir tree, St. Boniface referred to it as the “tree of the Christ-child,” with its everlasting pine needles; a sign of eternal life. The triangular shape also helped to symbolize the Holy Trinity, and its green branches pointed upward to heaven. He instructed the Germans to “gather about it … in your own homes; there it will shelter no deeds of blood, but loving gifts and rites of kindness.”


CHRISTMAS TREE




The Knights of Columbus council #9347 has once again blessed us with "planting" the big and beautiful Christmas tree in green-space next to our parking lot.  Thanks to the Knights for donating your time in erecting this great tree.


OUR LADY OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE STATUE DEDICATION

On the feast day of Our Lady of Divine Providence, November 18, 2017, Fr. Mike dedicated our new OLDP statue which had recently arrived and was installed in front of our church.  Fr. Mike commissioned a sculptor earlier this year to design and sculpt this beautiful marble statue.  The statue and all related expenses were paid for by donations received from our parishioners.





THEOLOGY ON TUESDAYS

"Theology on Tuesdays" will begin Once-A-Month presentations resuming on Tuesday, January 16th at 7:00 p.m.  Click here for the Theology on Tuesdays tab above for more detailed information.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS SETTING UP NATIVITY

2017 SETTING UP PARISH NATIVITY SCENE