It is often much easier to see a problem than to understand the underlying cause. Last week we brought to the surface the growing attrition within the Catholic Church of believers. Europe United States and even Lafayette show a consistent decline in Catholics actively practicing their faith. These numbers are especially higher in the young adults and teen demographic.Read More
We begin our preaching series with a wake-up call. It’s no secret that there is a growing number of people who no longer practice their Catholic faith. Similar to a slow computer, our current mode of operation is simply not sufficing.Read More
To the community of Sacred Heart of Jesus, I say, thank you! In youth ministry, we dream big with hopeful anticipation for the summer. With school, sports and extracurricular activities, summer is a significant time of year for us to provide opportunities for teens to encounter community and the person of Jesus Christ.
Earlier this year I asked you to support our teens financially on their trip to Summer Camp Covecrest. You responded loud and clear with your support of over $13,000.Read More
There is a comedian I’m fond of listening to named Brian Regan. He has a piece on visiting the eye doctor for an exam. In thinking about getting new prescriptions, he laughs and says “How can instantly improved vision not be at the top of your to-do list?” This one-liner reminds me of how quickly I can forget that my vision may not always be clear or focused.Read More
The loss of what’s sacred is often a topic of conversation of those in my grandparent’s generation. Whether it’s the way people dress at church or the laissez-faire attitude of many around such issues as abortion, the argument is that the spectrum of respect around life and God has dwindled considerably since they were children. The wisdom of their life experience should cause us to pause and ask if anything has changed, and if so is it for the better?Read More
One of the hallmarks of Southern Culture (especially in South Louisiana) is our sense of spontaneity. At a moments notice, we will change plans, rearrange our day, or even cancel meetings at the chance to get together with people. If we have friends that we haven’t seen in ages we will go all out to make sure that we have a great time, eat great food, and have plenty of time to catch up…Read More
When I first started planning a food tour business six years ago, I began meeting with city tourism officials, & attending local & state tourism promotion functions; I was immediately struck by how genuinely helpful, generous, and welcoming EVERYONE in the industry seemed to be treating me…Read More
As Jesus entered the holy city of Jerusalem, the crowds chanted, “Hosanna in the highest, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” The word Hosanna means “Help! Save! Rescue!” The people were calling out for Jesus to rescue them. We have discussed our need for rescue.Read More
Sometimes we just get in a rut. Whether it’s what life deals us or a detour from our initial plan, we just feel disconnected from God and anything significant in our life. In our spiritual malaise, we forget what’s possible. We get so caught up in coping that we don’t remember what it’s like to be free and joyful.Read More
We are no doubt on an adventure here at Sacred Heart. Our quest to encounter Jesus and become Missionary Disciples has the power to direct our lives in ways that we may not fully realize. The unknowing of the journey can definitely be a bit frightening at times. The joy of the journey is that we aren’t alone on the adventure.Read More
Without our being aware, our relationship to religion may be a performance-based model. I’m judged on what I do and how well I do it. Somehow there is a Someone in heaven keeping a tally of all my good deeds. The hope in this regard can be that my good deeds outweigh my bad deeds and somehow I slip into heaven’s gates. If we reflect on this model further, we can see that all the focus seems to be on us.Read More
Thank you is sometimes a hard word to speak. It takes humility. It takes a recognizing that there was a gift given, not because one had to but because one chose to give the gift. In our fast- paced world, we can have a tendency to not even notice the gift of people’s time or gesture of kindness.Read More
This week we look closely at the desert, and particularly God using the desert to bring His people away from distractions and into an encounter with Him. Lent is our desert time to be “free from” the things that distract us to be “free for” God, who is trying to get our attention. God has always wanted us to Himself. He is jealous for our heart.Read More
Alpha was a way to connect with parishioners with whom I have been going to church for years. My group turned from acquaintances to meaningful relationships. We were able to share our thoughts and feelings openly without judgment.Read More
As “cradle” Catholics we are beginning to feel that yearly sense of dread. It begins to set in somewhere after we leave that last parade or eat that last piece of king cake. Maybe it starts a little earlier than that for you. Perhaps you don’t experience it until the early morning of Ash Wednesday. Regardless of when it sets in, we all know it.
Lent is coming....
Every Lent, we are invited by the Church to enter the practices of prayer, almsgiving and fasting. These disciplines imply a denying of time, food or resources that I would otherwise spend on myself. However, the key to these disciplines is the transfer of focus from self to another. ....Read More
Last May, I was finishing my first year of teaching, preparing for marriage, I committed to hosting an Alpha group for young engaged and married couples. My now husband, Josh, and I invited a hodgepodge of friends, acquaintances, and strangers into our home, and it has changed our lives. When Alpha was first introduced to the parish....Read More
Why is Sacred Heart putting all this time and energy into a small group movement? It’s very simple. They work. We live in a world where people are increasingly more distant from each other. Social media and the Internet have given us a false sense of connection to the world around us. The breakdown of the family unit over time has also increased this feeling of disconnect. If we take a look at what fueled the early church, it was a small group of people that lived in a close community....Read More
As we wrap up our series on Returning to Nazareth, let’s talk about some practical steps we can take in the home to progress towards nurturing a holy family. There are countless good intentions that go unfulfilled because of a lack of steps taken. Joseph and Mary have invited us into their home that fosters trust in God and relying on His providential care. There was the time in the home for quiet, conversation, and teaching of the Scriptures. The Holy Families home in Nazareth was a safe place that allowed Jesus to grow freely to hear His Father’s voice.Read More
“Let it be done to me according to your word (Luke 1:38).” These are words that convey a great deal about the one saying them and about the one to whom they are said. Mary says these words from vulnerability and availability. They also come from a place of profound trust in God. Mary is essentially saying here is my life and here is my body, do with it as you see fit. Perhaps only at a wedding does a woman come close to saying these words.Read More