FURTHERING THE MISSION UPDATE: July 7, 2020
We have just crossed the threshold of July and
now talk of the opening of school becomes more
prominent. We have a little more than a month
until our expected day of opening and I Know both
Schools are thinking hard and meeting often about
how we will open, what will be our procedures and
how this will affect school days ahead. Opening the
Church building for worship was filled with details
and decisions that were in a way brand new for
everyone. I expect this to be the same for the
School year as long as the pandemic is with us.
Yet, I know our schools will remain a welcoming,
accessible and competent community dedicated
to sharing faith through the educational arts just
as they have been doing for the past 40+ years.
July also brings with it the issues of flash floods.
Just this week I joined with some of our parishioners
helping keep drains open during a particularly hard
extended rainstorm. I really had wished I could have
gone to the beach this summer but I’ve had to
take my soaking during this summer rain to be
my substitute dips into the ocean.
Recently the Diocesan Racial Harmony Commission offered a statement with the support of Bishop Duca regarding working for racial understanding, and restorative reconciliation. You can find that statement on the parish website or by this link
Statement Racial Harmony Commission Diocese of Baton Rouge
I would encourage you to read it, reflect on the aspirations offered and consider the work that remains for all of us to do for the sake
of our neighbor.
To that end, I have been in conversation with Deacon Alfred Adams, who is deacon in the cluster parishes of Sacred Heart in Gramercy, St Joseph in Paulina and St Michael in Convent, to offer here a Racial Sobriety Workshop which is witnessing to ourselves and others that our thinking, feeling and acting reflects our commitment to seeing each person as a member of the same human family. During these times, such reflection in the light of the Gospel, can open up light for us to see better. My hope is to offer this in the months ahead. The Racial Sobriety Workshop has been offered in many parishes in our Diocese.
For the past years the parish has offered a variety of adult faith formation opportunities under the leadership of Mrs. Patsy Burgess and Mrs. Jarja Carville. Despite the complicated issued caused as a result of the coronavirus, the fall plans are underway for some new programs. Look for details coming soon.
The parish Finance Committee recommended that the current budget 2019-2020 remain in place for the new fiscal year,
2020-2021 which we will do. I thank you who are so generous with your financial stewardship and appreciate your faith in the parish
ministry efforts which your stewardship supports. Those able to give financially to the Church, I encourage you to do so on line, or with the weekly envelopes or through bank draft or credit card. Those not able to give financially at this time; I only request your prayers and that you remain with the parish.
Remember, Daily Mass Monday- Friday is live streamed
from Church at 8:30am at our website; the 9:30am Sunday
Mass is too! www.stjeanvianney.org
So, here is hoping that the month of July is remembered
as a blessing for us all.
God bless Fr. Tom
The next live stream will begin at
Deacon Dan's Reflection
GOING TO CONFESSION : WHAT TO DO DURING THESE DIFFICULT TIMES