St. Anthony of Padua Celebrates 60 Years as a Parish
This year, the Diocese of Lafayette celebrates its 100 years as a diocese, being founded in 1918. In addition, the diocese asks all parishes to share in this celebration by having their own celebration on the day they were founded. St. Anthony church parish was founded on January 4, 1958. This means that our parish is 60 years old…and the celebration is coming up soon!
To celebrate in a big way, this is the schedule of events for
Thursday, January 4, 2018
5:00pm—Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
6:00pm—Final Prayer of St. Anthony Novena (for more information, see below)
6:10pm—Vespers (Evening Prayer) with Benediction (more information on Vespers to come)
7:00pm—Reception in Parish Hall
Important Note: To make this celebration special to us, we will pray a nine-day novena to our patron, St. Anthony of Padua. The novena will conclude during the celebration of Vespers on January 4, which means it will begin on Wednesday, December 27, 2017. It will be prayed at the end of each mass leading up to January 4. Hard copies are available in church. If you are not able to attend those masses, you can pray it on your own so that we can at least spiritually pray it together. Below, you will find a pdf file for the novena so that you can print it out or view it on your smart devices.
The way the novena works is that the first prayer mentioned under “Each day, start with” will be prayed first on each day of the novena, and then right after that, we pray the prayer for the appropriate day (i.e. “Day One“, etc.). As mentioned, the last day will be prayed on the day of the celebration, right before Evening Prayer, at 6:00pm.
Now every Novena needs an intention, so let us pray that through our patron, St. Anthony, we can all grow in holiness and, together, really flourish as a parish in this community.
St. Anthony of Padua, pray for us!
P.S. Here is the link for the novena: