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SIMPLIFIED HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE:

 

PALM SUNDAY TO SPY WEDNESDAY (4/5-4/8):

9:00 AM Lauds with a Lesson

3:00-4:00 PM Confessions

4:30 PM Vespers, Rosary, Reading

5:30 PM Mass

 

HOLY THURSDAY:

9:00 AM Lauds with a Lesson

10:00-11:30 AM Confessions

12:00 PM Tenebrae and Rosary

6:30 PM Mass of the Lord's Supper (Streamed from St. Anthony's)

 

GOOD FRIDAY (FASTING & ABSTINENCE):

9:00 AM Lauds with a Lesson

10:00-11:30 AM Confessions

12:00 PM Tenebrae, Rosary, and Divine Mercy Chaplet

3:00 PM Good Friday Service (St. Anthony's)

 

HOLY SATURDAY:

9:00 AM Lauds with a Lesson

12:00 PM Tenebrae, Rosary, and Divine Mercy Chaplet

3:00-4:00 PM Confessions

4:30 PM Vespers

7:00 PM Easter Vigil (St. Anthony's)

 

EASTER SUNDAY:

9:30 AM Lauds

10:00 AM Solemn Mass (Streamed from our Facebook Page)

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 Bishop Deshotel has released a pastoral letter to the faithful:

 

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HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE:

PALM SUNDAY: On Palm Sunday Eve, after Vespers at 4:30, Fr. Sensat will bless palms beneath the pavilion behind the office. (Therefore rosary for this day will be in private, and there will be no reading.) Palms will be on tables under sheets. Please do not touch the sheets if at all possible. Please take every palm you touch. On Palm Sunday, the schedule will be as normal - 9:00 AM Lauds with a Lesson, 3:00-4:00 PM Confessions, 4:30 Vespers/Rosary/Reading, 5:30 Mass.

HOLY MONDAY, HOLY TUESDAY, SPY WEDNESDAY: Schedule will be normal, 9:00 AM Lauds, 4:30 Vespers, 5:30 Mass. Fr. Sensat will also hear Confessions behind the social hall from 3:00-4:00 each of these days. Remember, you really should go to Confession if you can during Lent.

HOLY THURSDAY: Lauds with a Lesson at 9:00 AM. 12:00 PM Tenebrae with Rosary. (Tenebrae is the Office of Readings for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.) 6:30 PM Mass of the Lord's Supper streamed from St. Anthony's, Fr. Clement main celebrant. (There is no Vespers for either Holy Thursday or Good Friday; the big celebrations take their place on these days.)

GOOD FRIDAY: Lauds with a Lesson at 9:00 AM. Confessions from 10:00-11:30 AM. Tenebrae with Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet at 12:00 PM. Good Friday service at 3:00 PM, Fr. Hampton main celebrant. The church will be open with the books out for the Way of the Cross if you would like to do it in private. Don't forget - today is a day of fasting and abstinence.

HOLY SATURDAY: Lauds with a Lesson at 9:00 AM. Tenebrae with Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet at 12:00 PM. Confessions from 3:00-4:00. Vespers at 4:30 PM. Easter Vigil at 7:00 PM, Fr. Sensat main celebrant. (Due to curfews, Bishop Deshotel has made an exception for this year only to start the Vigil earlier.)

*-- Remember, all three Triduum services will involve all the Catholic clergy of Eunice, and be live streamed from St. Anthony's. We will clarify how to access them as the time gets closer. --*

EASTER SUNDAY: Lauds at 9:30 AM (no lesson) followed by solemn Mass (from office chapel) at 10:00 AM. Everything else in private.

What about you? We are asking you to do THREE SPECIAL THINGS during Holy Week:
1. Either in your window or by your mailbox, please put PALMS or LEAFY BRANCHES out from Palm Sunday to Holy Thursday.
2. Either in your window or by your mailbox, please put a CROSS from Holy Thursday night until Holy Saturday morning.
3. Either in your window or by your mailbox, please BURN CANDLES (safely!!!) from Holy Saturday night through Easter Sunday morning.

Why? Because we want to show our faith to the world. We want a feeling of community even in these isolated times. And we want to make this week SPECIAL, even when everything else seems blah. Would you do this for us please?

We love you, and we're praying for you.

 

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MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2020, 8:00 AM
Daily update:

Good morning. Things have slowed down, we are all settling into a new normal, and so we will be discontinuing our daily updates. Before the end of the week we will have our Holy Week schedule available for you. Until then, just a few reminders-

Our daily schedule remains the same: 9:00am Lauds with a lesson, 4:30pm Vespers/Rosary/Reading, 5:30 Mass. All of these are live streamed on our Facebook page, and after the live broadcast recordings of each are available there.

Don’t forget to use our parish website for online giving.

We love you. We’re praying for you. We’ll talk to you again soon.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2020,  8:00 AM
Daily update:

Today begins Passiontide, the last two weeks of Lent, when crucifixes and religious images are traditionally covered. The reason for this is that in the older form of the Mass, on this Sunday, is recounted the moment when the Jewish leaders began to plot Jesus’s murder, and so He and His disciples withdrew and hid themselves. This is dramatically represented by covering many images of Christ and His saints. You are welcome to do this at home, especially in your prayer nook; Fr. Sensat used a bed sheet, two pillow cases, and several cloth napkins.

The schedule today is as follows: 9:00am Lauds with a Lesson, 10:00-4:30 quiet time from Fr. Sensat’s chapel, 3:00-4:00 Confessions behind the social hall, 4:30 Vespers/ Rosary/ Reading, 5:30 Mass. A reminder that, sadly, despite being Sunday, Mass will be in Fr. Sensat’s home chapel without a server due to him being in self-isolation.

Please don’t forget to give your tithe, your donation, to the parish this weekend. Last weekend’s collection was about 70% lower than an average Sunday for us. We know people are scared. We know people are frustrated. But we still have a duty to support the Church. There are three ways you can get your offering to us:
1. DROP IT OFF- there is a drop box by the front door of the office.
2. MAIL IT- please remember to use our street address, “1011 Sittig St., Eunice, LA 70535”
3. ELECTRONICALLY- this is probably the best and safest option. Just click here: https://stmeunice.weshareonline.org/…/opp…/GeneralCollection

We love you. We’re praying for you.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2020,  8:00 AM

Simple daily update today:

A reminder that the confession schedule has been changed- it is now noon-one on Fridays, and 3-4 on Saturdays and Sundays. Confession is still behind the social hall outside. PLEASE read earlier posts for the procedures on how to go to Confession. If you absolutely cannot make it to Confession during those times, send us a private message, and we’ll figure it out.

Due to probable exposure to Covid 19, Fr. Sensat is in self isolation right now. The only time he is going out of his house is for confessions, and then he is behind a plexiglass screen. If he has any symptoms, they are indistinguishable from the normal mess he deals with. We will keep you updated, though. On average, those who contract the disease get symptomatic five to six days after exposure. He appreciates your prayers.

A reminder that the church is open for prayer today, but, at the bishop’s directive, closed for prayer tomorrow, and every Sunday. (Apparently people were gathering in large numbers on Sunday in other churches, groups well over ten people.) We cannot insist strongly enough that you follow the bishop’s directives and the directives of the civil authorities, including the stay at home order, except for food and absolutely essential activities, and the curfew. If you have friends in the medical field, talk to them. They are saying things are already much, much worse than your Facebook feed would have you believe.

We love you. We’re praying for you. Obey the authorities. It is the will of God.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020,  8:00 AM

Daily Update:

There will be confession today and tomorrow outside behind the social hall from noon to four. Please remain in your car until it is time for you personally to come to confession. If there is a line, it should be a line of people in their cars. No one should be getting out until it is their turn to go to confession. When you come in to the confessional, please make sure that you speak in a normal to loud voice, and that you spray it down with Lysol.

Fr. Sensat has been informed that in the course of his pastoral ministry over the past week, he has been exposed for a significant time to someone now showing symptoms of Covid 19. Due to a severely limited number of tests, our local hospital can only test people in the ICU, so neither this person nor Fr. Sensat have been tested. However, they are both practicing self-isolation. Fr. Sensat is behind plexiglass in the confessional, so penitents should be at no risk at all from him. But please, PLEASE do not approach him. He will be very upset if you do.

We love you. We’re praying for you. Please help us get this post out- we know a lot of people need to go to confession.  

 

Due to a lack of penitents, Fr. Sensat will be ending confessions at 1:00pm today. He is issuing the following new schedule for confession:

12:00-1:00 on Fridays

3:00-4:00 on Saturdays 

3:00-4:00 on Sundays

Hopefully this schedule will be better for everyone.

 

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THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020, 8:00 AM
Daily update:

Not too much to report today. We are still collecting pictures from yesterday, so we won’t be able to put them in a big post this morning. We hope to have that for you tomorrow morning. Just a few statistics: according to Father’s fancy watch, we walked about 8 miles, and road from another 3 1/2 miles on the procession. We didn’t count how many people came out, but we estimate over 300. Thank you for your faith. It was a profound witness to those in the procession, and to the rest of the city. We genuinely do not think many people realized the Catholic faith is still so strong here. It brought a tear to our eyes.

Here is the picture of Anne Sattler’s beautiful rose petal cross for the procession. Thanks to so many of you for readying your homes to receive the Lord.

We love you. We’re praying for you.

 

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2020, 8:00 AM
Daily update:

Happy feast of the Annunciation! The Eucharistic Procession starts at church at 10. We'd like to thank the Marshal's office for all they do normally, and for providing an escort during this very lengthy procession. The map was posted yesterday; please scroll down our Facebook page to find it if you have questions. This cannot be stressed enough - times are APPROXIMATE, and will probably vary more as the procession goes longer.

If you have decorated your driveway, we may stop to take a picture with you if that's okay. We may not be able to stop everywhere though. We'll see.

Remember that if you come to church to witness the procession, we're begging you to stay in your car. Please. The bishop and the civil authorities are allowing us to do this, but the various quarantine procedures are still in place. Christ appreciates your enthusiasm, but He values your obedience as well. If you are in your own or another's yard, please keep a goodly distance from any other households.

We've been having problems with our live videos on the Facebook App, and we are not alone. As of right now, if you wish to watch our videos, you can circumvent the problem by going to Facebook through a web browser instead of the app. (Hopefully it will not affect the live streaming today, but we don't know. It's a bug. Facebook is NOT blocking us, so please don't jump to that conclusion.)

Fr. Sensat still plans on celebrating Vespers at 4:30, but it depends on the how long the procession takes. Mass will definitely be at 5:30.

What are some other things you can do to celebrate this solemnity, which is also known as Lady Day? Well, blueberry waffles are a popular tradition. So is angel food cake. So is blueberry anything - pancakes, muffins, pie, ice cream. Today would be a great day to plant flowers in your yard or garden, just as today Christ was planted in the womb of the Virgin. Reading the works of J.R.R. Tolkein is also popular - his fantasy novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are actually centered on the solemnity of the Annunciation. We've seen lots of beautiful sidewalk, window, and fence "stained glass" done with paint and chalk - maybe a good art project today would be making angels to put around the house, or finger paintings of Mary to hang on the fridge. In Europe today is known as the feast of the swallows, because the swallows return from migration around today. Maybe a good thing to do would be to sit quietly outside and see how many different kinds of birds you can see coming out to celebrate Mary's yes. Singing songs or listening to music is always good. Perhaps you can see how many songs about Mary you can find in music history, and then look up on Youtube to hear what they sound like? (Hint: search for Latin terms like Ave Maria, Salve Regina, Alma Redemptoris Mater, Regina Coeli, etc. You can also look here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hymns_to_Mary) Lastly, please pray for all pregnant mothers today, especially those afraid due to the new virus.

Above all, let today be a day of joy. Christ is conceived today. God becomes man today. Mary gets pregnant with her baby boy today. It's a day of hope, a day of celebration, a day of springtime peace. For today at least, try to snap the Corona blues, and bask in the freshness of Mary's love.

We'll see you soon!


Below is a map of what the procession route will be. Times are APPROXIMATE. Having never done this before, we really have no idea what the pace will be.

We also thank our governor for calling for fasting and prayer today, and encourage all of you reading this to participate.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2020,  8:00 AM
Daily update - we have tremendous news!

Tomorrow is the Solemnity of the Annunciation, when God came to us in the flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary. In light of this Bishop Deshotel has given Fr. Sensat permission to have a EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOODS OF EUNICE!

Obviously Fr. Sensat won't be able to walk through every single neighborhood. He will give you a map later today with estimated times and places. The whole procession will be from about 10-3. The bishop along with the Marshal's office have allowed this under the following conditions:

1.) Only three servers actually walk with Father, keeping social distance.
2.) There are no large gatherings anywhere.
3.) People worship Christ from their windows or front yards.

But on the day Christ came to us, Fr. Sensat wanted to provide the opportunity for Christ to come to you.

So how to prepare? Well, here are some ideas:
1.) Make sure you're ready to come outside and greet the Lord. Maybe sit in a lawn chair waiting.
2.) Do something nice by your mailbox or driveway, something to mark that the Lord is coming. If your kids have sidewalk chalk, let them go crazy in the driveway, providing religious art for the Lord. If you have some decorations, maybe put them out. (We can think of a lot of Christmas decorations that would work for this feast too.)
3.) Spend some time in prayer.
4.) Let your neighbors know.

But what if Fr. Sensat can't make it to your neighborhood, and you want to adore the Lord? If your neighborhood is not on the list, we encourage you to drive your car to church at the beginning of the procession and park either in the parking lot or along the gravel road. DO NOT GET OUT. This cannot be a gathering. Stay in your car. But be present to worship the Lord as He passes. Maybe play religious music during this time.

(If he comes to your neighborhood, but not to your actual street or in front of your house, you can certainly walk down the block to see the Lord. Just don't congregate.)

We cannot say how grateful we are to the Lord and to Bishop Deshotel for allowing this to happen. Please, please take this very seriously. In Europe they carpet the road with flower petal art before the Lord as He passes. Many of you have expressed the grief in your hearts at not being able to be with Him. Well, if you meant that, show your joy that He gets to pass through your neighborhood. Make this a true celebration. Deck out the streets with things to welcome the Lord. And come to see Him when He passes.

We love you. We're praying for you. Don't forget our schedule:
9:00am Lauds with a Lesson
4:30pm Vespers with Rosary and Reading
5:30pm Mass

 

 

MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2020, 3:57 PM -
NEW DIRECTIVES FROM BISHOP DESHOTEL


As of 3:30 this afternoon, Bishop Deshotel has released the following:

"Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel has announced new directives for Catholic church parishes throughout the Diocese of Lafayette that will become effective at 5 p.m. today, in accordance with the “Stay At Home” order issued yesterday by Governor John Bel Edwards. Bishop Deshotel urges everyone in our area to heed the Governor’s order, both in what it requires and in what it seeks to accomplish in order to “flatten the curve” of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Central Offices of the Diocese of Lafayette will close at 4:30 p.m. today (Monday, March 23, 2020) and will remain closed until further notice, and Central Offices staff members will work remotely and will be available via email.

Bishop Deshotel says that Catholic church parishes in the Diocese may remain open during times specified by each individual pastor, Monday through Saturday. Churches are to remain closed to the public on Sundays, in order to discourage large groups of people from gathering. This directive will remain in effect indefinitely, unless keeping churches open becomes a public health hazard or if social distancing is not practiced by those present.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be discontinued in the church parishes. Bishop Deshotel says this action is taken with great regret, however, it is done so in order to discourage the faithful from gathering in close proximity to one another. Funerals will continue as graveside services only, with a total of only ten people or fewer present.

Finally, Bishop Deshotel urges everyone in Acadiana to keep in prayer all those on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19 and all those who have been affected by it.

As we face this unprecedented public health challenge, may we call on the intercession of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, St. Joseph and Blessed Seelos.

Lord, we live in fear and uncertainty as we experience the Coronavirus. Be our strength and our hope. Give healing to those affected and protection to all of us. We ask you to calm our fears and trust in You. We also ask the prayers of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, St. Joseph, and Blessed Seelos to strengthen us in this time of need.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.
Amen."

So our church is closed on Sunday. Due to this, Fr. Sensat will livestream from his home chapel outside of the times for other activities on Sunday, just so you can at least see the Lord.

Confessions will go forward as planned, Friday and Saturday from noon to four. The confessional is behind the social hall. Remember, stay in your car until it is time to get out to come to confession. There is Lysol in the confessional - please use it.

We love you, and we're praying for you. See you for Vespers at 4:30 and Mass at 5:30.

 

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MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2020, 8:00 AM

Here's our daily update:

Due to section 3-F of the governor's stay-at-home order, we are canceling outdoors adoration. We do this with sadness, but a sense of understanding. The chapel is now also locked, due to its small size. HOWEVER, the church remains open 24/7, and section 3-E of the governor's order gives you permission to come spend time with the Lord, as long as you keep your distance from each other and there are less than ten people. We very strongly encourage you to practice rigorous hygienic measures when you come - the novel coronavirus can live on some inorganic surfaces for days. Perhaps the best thing is still to bring your own chairs or towels (you can drape towels over the pews and then sanitize them at home; chairs can be placed in the aisles.)

Fr. Sensat has announced that he will hear confessions from noon-4 on Friday and Saturday, but that is tentative. We will probably be getting new directives from Bishop Deshotels soon.

What is certain is that Lauds with a Lesson will continue at 9:00am each morning. Don't forget to get the iBreviary app. We know some people had trouble following; Fr. Sensat will try to explain better this morning. Mass will also still be streamed at 5:30pm each evening.

What is new, and will also continue daily, is that Fr. Sensat will now also lead Vespers (Evening Prayer) at 4:30, followed by a rosary, followed by the novena prayer, and then a spiritual reading, normally from someone discussed in the morning's lesson. He will then stop the feed, move the camera, and start a new live feed. He will be doing this because some people watch the recording of Mass later, and may not be able to sit through Vespers and the rosary first, so it needs to be two separate files.

What is also new is that the office is now closed. Fr. Sensat wants to protect his employees in every way, and you as well. We can think of no plausible reason to be open except for prayer, and the governor's order seems to forbid it anyway. You can still drop off any important documents (or donations) in the drop box outside the front door of the office.

We know that the news keeps seeming to get worse. We're doing what we can to be an island of hope in a sea of anxiety. We should be concerned. We should take this seriously. But we should also remember the words of our Savior: "Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. (John 14:1)" Prudence is called for. But do your best not to submit to anxiety. For anxiety, just like anger, just like desire, can become sinful if it overwhelms us. Be serious. This is a serious situation. But do your best not to be scared.

We love you. We're praying for you.

Our Lady of Eunice, pray for us
St. Thomas More, pray for us
St. Agnes, pray for us

 

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Sunday, March 22, 2020, 2:48 PM - Update on Governor's Stay at Home Order:

Due to the governor’s stay at home order, adoration is canceled starting today. We will get back in touch with you on good ways to adore the Lord, and what we’re going to do for confession. Please remember that we will live stream mass at 5:30.

Also, parish offices will be closed to all visitors starting tomorrow. If you had an appointment, it is now canceled.

We love you. We’re praying for you.

 

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Sunday, March 22, 2020,  8:00 AM - Daily update:

Don’t forget to join us at 9:00am on our STM facebook page for Lauds with a Lesson! Starting today, this will be a daily occurrence at 9:00am. You’re welcome to just listen to Lauds and then the lesson. But if you’d like to join us in praying Lauds, and you don’t own a copy of the Liturgy of the Hours, we recommend getting the iBreviary app. (Do that now; there’s a little bit of setup involved. About sixty seconds worth.) After Lauds will be a lesson in Church history. This is a great time to learn the story of our faith.

Don’t forget Adoration from 3:00-5:00, with Confessions offered during that time. It is truly peaceful outside under the parking pavilion, and the Lord loves you and still wants to spend time with you. Don’t forget to bring a chair or towel or something to sit on.

And of course the big event is Mass at 5:30pm. That will be streamed live on our STM facebook page, and then the recording will be available afterwards. Do us a favor. We know not everyone is tech savvy. Reach out to your family and friends today to make sure they know how to access Mass. Having a Facebook account and liking this page is the easiest way, but not necessary. Fr. Sensat’s parents were able to find it with a Google search.

Remember that you are encouraged to say the responses and perform the gestures just like you were in church, instead of watching Mass like a cat video. Also, try to make the space around your screen holy. We offered some suggestions for how to do that yesterday. More suggestions include placing a purple or white cloth on the surface your computer is sitting on, burning candles on either side of your screen, and making the sign of the cross with holy water at the beginning. (Holy water and candles are available every day at Adoration.)

Also, please don’t forget your Sunday offering. Churches have bills too, and all of us here are breaking our backs for you in this time. You can mail your donation in, drop it off in the new lockbox by the front door of the office, put it in the secure case at Adoration, or, best of all, give online: https://stmeunice.weshareonline.org/…/opp…/GeneralCollection

We love you. We’re praying for you.

Our Lady of Eunice, pray for us
St. Thomas More, pray for us
St. Agnes, pray for us

 

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Saturday, March 21, 2020, 8:00 AM - Daily update

A few reminders about Mass. Mass at 5:30pm tonight will be the Mass for Saturday, not an anticipated Mass for Sunday. Due to ancient tradition and the bishop’s directives, Fr. Sensat can only celebrate one Mass for Sunday when there is no congregation.

Mass tomorrow will be at 5:30pm like every other day. The 10:00am Mass has been canceled.

As for Mass intentions: Mass intentions for Saturday at 4:00 will be applied to the Saturday 5:30pm Mass. Mass intentions for Sunday at 8:00 will be applied to the Monday Mass at 5:30. Mass intentions for Sunday at 10:00 will be applied to the Thursday Mass at 5:30.

Fr. Sensat will be doing what he can to make the Sunday Mass more solemn than the weekday Masses. Please do likewise. A few suggestions for how to do this:
- if you are watching on a bigger screen, try to make the area around it orderly and prayerful. Maybe have some religious images around the screen. Maybe create a little prayer nook in your home that you can place your laptop etc within
- say the responses and do the gestures just as if you were attending Mass.
- fast before, if you can. You’re not receiving Jesus sacramentally, so you are not required to fast, but it is still a good preparation.
- quiet your home and pray before. This is why Fr. Sensat runs the feed for about ten minutes before Mass.
- consider getting dressed. There’s nothing morally wrong about streaming Mass in your pjs, and some people even pray better when they’re more comfortable. But for many people the very act of “putting on their Sunday best” helps to focus them for Mass.

A reminder that Lauds with a lesson begins tomorrow morning at 9:00am. Even if you’ve never prayed the Divine Office before, tune in on our Facebook page. If nothing else, you can listen. If you want to follow along, we recommend the iBreviary app. But remember you would need to stream us on a different screen.

We love you. We’re praying for you.

P.S. remember that all Masses are closed to the public. All Masses will be live streamed on our Facebook page. If someone comes to you and says they went to church on Sunday and no one was there, and asks you, “What happened? Is Fr. Sensat sick AGAIN?”, please gently explain.

Then Fr. Sensat wants you to show them this picture of his eyes. They’ll know what it means ;)

 

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Friday, March 20, 2020, 8:00 AM - From Our Pastor

Good morning. Here are our latest updates:

Today is a Friday of Lent. You are still required to abstain from meat, even in this strange time.

The church is open and the Way of the Cross booklets are out for those who wish to pray it privately today.

Since there are obviously no collections right now, we have three ways for you to give us your financial support during this time:
1) There is a lock box by the front door of the office. Your donation, along with any important documents, can be placed there. This box is emptied frequently.
2) We will have a place for you to drop off your donations at adoration every day.
3) Most importantly, you can give online. We know many of you have been leery of this in the past, but egiving is important, especially in times like this. It helps us keep a regular cash flow, so that we are not affected so badly by the roller coaster of plagues/ LSU home games/ softball tournaments/ beach weekends. You can donate online by following this link: https://stmeunice.weshareonline.org/…/opp…/GeneralCollection

We know some of you are in financial difficulty right now. We understand, and have no desire for you to compromise your family’s financial well-being. But we also know a lot of people are financially fine, but are pretty scared. We encourage you to still give to your church. We need it, and you have a duty to do it.

(So make your donation instead of buying that twentieth pack of toilet paper.)

But even beyond that, this is not a time for us to curl up in fear. It is instead a time for us to be even more supportive and more generous with our community. One thing we are doing and encouraging others to do is, as a staff, we are getting lunch from a local restaurant every day we are open. Please think about supporting not only us, but all local businesses.

Fear makes us selfish. Faith makes us supportive.

Besides, we know there are a bunch of teenage babysitters out there raking in MAD STACKS OF CASH right now. Support your church.

We love you. We’re praying for you.

Our Lady of Eunice, pray for us
St. Thomas More, pray for us
St. Agnes, pray for us

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Thursday, March 19, 2020, 8:00 AM - Latest Updates

Today is the Solemnity of St. Joseph. At 3:00pm, Fr. Sensat will bless all the St. Joseph candles outside at adoration. Right after that, we will pray the rosary together. Pope Francis has asked for a worldwide rosary at 9pm Rome time, which is 3pm our time. Even if you can’t come to adoration, please still take a break from your day and pray the rosary at 3:00 for mercy in the face of this pandemic. St. Joseph is also the patron saint of the dying, so let’s pray extra hard to him for the hundreds of people dying every day from COVID 19.

As was announced yesterday, due to new diocesan guidelines, there will NOT be a streamed Mass on Sunday at 10. Mass will still be streamed seven days a week at 5:30 pm.

Starting Sunday at 9:00 am, in order that we might have prayer in the morning, Fr. Sensat will stream Lauds (Morning Prayer) seven days a week. After Lauds he will offer a teaching on church history every day. (This will basically be story time, though a little more formal than that.) Altogether, between Lauds and the teaching, it will probably run about 45 minutes. If you don’t have a physical copy of the Liturgy of the Hours, we recommend the iBreviary app if you would like to pray along. However, that would mean you should stream us on your tablet, computer, or another phone. (If anyone has other solutions, let us know.)

A reminder that our office is closed to walk in visitors today. The chapel and church remain open.

Starting today, we will attempt to only post announcements once a day in the morning. Fr. Sensat will make further announcements in the evenings at Mass. Things have been hectic. But as the pace slows down, we want to make sure we don’t flood you with information. Of course, should the need arise, we will make more than one post a day, but the flood of new directives etc seems to be drying up. 

We love you. We’re praying for you.

Our Lady of Eunice, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 11:22 AM - A Few Updates

Today at 10:40 Bishop Deshotels released various liturgical norms for this time. Most of what we are currently doing is within these new norms, but we will need to make a few changes -

- Currently only one Mass is allowed on Sundays. Therefore the 10:00 AM streamed Mass that was planned for Sunday is CANCELED. Mass will still be streamed at 5:30 PM on Sunday. The Saturday Mass at 5:30 PM will be the Mass of Saturday, not an anticipated Mass of Sunday.

- Lay ministers are forbidden from making any pastoral visits at this time. The bishop was abundantly clear - no Communion, no visiting, no personal contact (in any official capacity). Phone calls are recommended.

- Fr. Sensat is allowed to come to anoint people at need, and give Viaticum to the dying if the situation calls for it. This is the one exception to the rule on no one receiving Communion at this time.

- This is not new for us, but perhaps people don't know - the church and the chapel remain unlocked during this time for private prayer. If you wish to pray in the church or chapel, please make sure you leave a good bit of space between each other (about 6 feet as a minimum)

- Private home Masses are forbidden. (Namely, in the homes of parishioners; Fr. Sensat's home chapel is fine for him to say Mass in.)

So right now adoration and confession is still fine outdoors from 3:00-5:00 PM every day.

Beyond this, we are looking into perhaps doing a Bible study or some faith formation through the Zoom app. We will keep you informed.

As always, don't forget about our Covid 19 resource library: https://www.stmeunice.com/covid-19-resources

We love you, and we're praying for you. Please like and share this post to spread the word. Remember, like and then share; don't just share. (On our last post when we asked you to do this, about 19,000 people got to see it. So thank you for that.)

Our Lady of Eunice, pray for us
St. Thomas More, pray for us
St. Agnes, pray for us

 Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 2:10 PM - From Our Pastor

Don't forget that we will be going live for Mass at 5:30 every day, starting today. (The live feed will start a few minutes earlier than that, so you will have time to find it.) Here is the link to our Novena to Our Lady of Eunice, which begins today. Also, don't forget to join us for adoration in an hour.

God bless y'all. We love you.

 

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 9:32 AM - Here is our current plan

Fr. Sensat will livestream Mass seven days a week at 5:30pm from his house chapel. That will be available on this Facebook page - make sure your loved ones know how to access it. On Sundays he will also say Mass at 10:00am. There will probably be kinks as we get all this together.

Adoration outdoors will now be extended throughout this time, until the various restrictions are lifted. 3:00-5:00pm every day, behind the office. Father Sensat will be hearing confessions during that time. Holy water and candles are available. Remember to bring your own lawn chairs or beach towels, and to sit several feet away from each other.

Holy Week plans are still pending.

Fr. Sensat is working on a novena to Our Lady of Eunice that would begin this evening and conclude on March 25th, the Annunciation. Please keep your eyes peeled for that, and for many other things. And please don’t forget about our Covid 19 resource library: https://www.stmeunice.com/covid-19-resources

We’re praying for all of you during this difficult time.
Our Lady of Eunice, Pray for us
St. Thomas More, Pray for us
St. Agnes, Pray for us

 

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Monday, March 16, 2020, 5:15 PM

Click for Important new directives from our bishop.

We will be notifying you in the coming days of how we will keep parish life alive during this time. Please continue to check here and at our new Covid 19 resource library: https://www.stmeunice.com/covid-19-resources

Please react to and share this post so the word gets out. Our Lady of Eunice, pray for us. St. Raphael the Archangel, patron of the sick, pray for us.

 

COVID-19 Resources

Monday, March 16, 2020, 3:29 PM

We have created a resource library for this time when people should stay home as much as possible.
For updated resources on things you can use during quarantine, please visit our St. Thomas More website link @ https://www.stmeunice.com/covid-19-resources.
Please check often for updates and new information.

Monday, March 16, 2020, 11:58 AM

Fr. Sensat will be exposing the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament from 3:00-5:00pm, this Monday-Friday, under the pavilion behind the office (where the auction for the Fall Festival is held.) He will also offer confessions nearby. We encourage you if you can to bring a lawn chair or a beach towel and come spend some time with the Lord, praying both for an end to the pandemic and for those who are already suffering.
Why is this safer than Mass? 3 reasons-
1. We expect there will be greater distance between people than within pews.
2. We will be outdoors, so any sneezes etc will not be contained and concentrated.
3. And since everyone will be bringing their own chairs or towels or what have you, there will be no door handles or pew backs that many people touch and on which the virus can linger.
What about receiving communion? If you have no symptoms, stayed home from Mass this weekend, but yearn to receive Him sacramentally, you can perhaps attend one of our weekday Masses, where crowds are smaller and the risk is correspondingly less severe. We will also be looking to increase our number of pixes and empower more of our extraordinary ministers to bring the Lord to you in your homes, as we currently do for the home bound.
The presence of prudence is not the absence of courage. Staying away from Sunday Mass does not mean distancing oneself from the Lord (in the present circumstances). We are a people of faith, a people of love, a people of hope, and we will adore Him as we can. And we will pray for the many, many people who need prayers.
Please join us behind the office, Monday through Friday, from 3:00-5:00, to adore the Lord and beg for His gentle mercy.

 

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Monday, March 16, 2020, 9:05 AM

We apologize for the late notice about this, but we just got word from the diocese. Our offices will be open normal hours to man phones and answer emails, but per instruction from the bishop we will LIMIT WALK-IN VISITORS to the hours of 10-noon, Monday through Wednesday. Again, we will answer the phone and respond to emails outside of that time, but we will only unlock the doors for people to stop by 10am-noon, Monday-Wednesday.

Adoration from 3:00-5:00 is still on for tomorrow.

Please keep following us for more information during this very fluid time.


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Sunday, March 15, 2020, 1:37 PM

Many people are understandably disheartened at being discouraged from coming to Mass in order to stop the spread of Covid 19. But our faith life does not end. We will just have to be more flexible and creative in our ways of worshipping the Lord.

In light of this, Fr. Sensat will be exposing the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament from 3:00-5:00pm, this Monday-Friday, under the pavilion behind the office (where the auction for the Fall Festival is held.) He will also offer confessions nearby. We encourage you if you can to bring a lawn chair or a beach towel and come spend some time with the Lord, praying both for an end to the pandemic and for those who are already suffering.

Why is this safer than Mass? 3 reasons- 1. We expect there will be greater distance between people than within pews. 2. We will be outdoors, so any sneezes etc will not be contained and concentrated. 3. And since everyone will be bringing their own chairs or towels or what have you, there will be no door handles or pew backs that many people touch and on which the virus can linger.

What about receiving communion? If you have no symptoms, stayed home from Mass this weekend, but yearn to receive Him sacramentally, you can perhaps attend one of our weekday Masses, where crowds are smaller and the risk is correspondingly less severe. We will also be looking to increase our number of pixes and empower more of our extraordinary ministers to bring the Lord to you in your homes, as we currently do for the home bound.

The presence of prudence is not the absence of courage. Staying away from Sunday Mass does not mean distancing oneself from the Lord (in the present circumstances). We are a people of faith, a people of love, a people of hope, and we will adore Him as we can. And we will pray for the many, many people who need prayers.

Please join us behind the office, Monday through Friday, from 3:00-5:00, to adore the Lord and beg for His gentle mercy.

 

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Saturday, March 14, 2020, 1:59 PM
Religious Ed classes at St. Thomas More are cancelled. We will update parents of First Communion students regarding the retreat and sacrament on our remind app. Thank you.

To get First Communion remind texts follow this link: https://www.remind.com/join/ha2dfa
For elementary grades: https://www.remind.com/join/f936ea2

While you are dispensed from Sunday Mass, you are not and cannot be dispensed from some kind of prayer and worship. Below is a link for Mass which will be streamed at 11 am on Sunday.

https://video.ibm.com/cha…/catholic-diocese-of-lafayette-la…

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 Saturday, March 14, 2020, 7:15 AM

One more measure we will be taking in order to slow the spread of Covid 19 is that we will be emptying the public holy water dishes, and covering our font. However, holy water is an important sacramental, so Fr. Sensat will be blessing personal, closed containers of water at all Masses this weekend and every weekend during this situation. Please make sure your containers are clearly labeled, and please, in your charity, get containers for your friends and relatives over the age of 60 who are very strongly encouraged not to attend Mass during this time.

A reminder: prudent measures are neither panic, nor are they a lack of faith. Prudence is a virtue, and it is the will of God. Please help us be prudent and faithful disciples.

 

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Friday, March 13, 2020, 3:42 PM

As of 3:30 today, Bishop Deshotels has dispensed the Sunday Mass obligation for all Catholics of the Diocese of Lafayette. This does not mean Mass is canceled. As of right now, Mass will still be held as regularly scheduled at St Thomas More, but at the bishop’s advice we strongly encourage those who are in risk groups (over sixty, or pre-existing respiratory condition) to remain home and pray with your family and/ or watch Mass on tv.

Also, Fr. Sensat has, in virtue of his office as pastor, commuted all PERSONAL Lenten penances to one rosary a day for the victims of the coronavirus. This means that, if you should do choose, for the rest of Lent you can replace whatever you gave up with a rosary for the victims of coronavirus. He has done this in recognition of the great hardship the coming days will bring all of us, a hardship not envisioned by most at the beginning of Lent.

We will keep you updated as to our office opening or closing. That decision has not yet been made. Mrs. Yolanda will be reaching out to parents of our CCD kids to inform them of our decisions about religious education.

Please keep all those at risk in your prayers. Please help us get the word out.

Our Lady of Eunice, pray for us.