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to the website for Our Lady of Lourdes Church Parish in
Violet, La. A parish established in 1916 rich in history
I hope you find our website user friendly and filled with
the most up to date information about our parish. Our world
and our lives continue to give us exciting, invigorating and
challenging opportunities as we move forward as people of
hope and faith, reflecting on YESTERDAY, TODAY & FOREVER.
The past is built on past experiences and memories. Some
which we hope to never experience again. Through natural
disasters, life has been changed forever, as we reflect on
the many YESTERDAY's of life.
People have relocated, Physical and Spiritual homes have
been destroyed and some rebuilt. Wherever we are in life, we
are forced to look at the past and where we have been,
asking the question, "Where is God?", in every situation we
find ourselves in. What can we learn from our past, to make
us stronger and better people for the future?
Although change is never easy and often not wanted, our
faith allows a new ray of light representing the hope and
faith of a resilient people, made in the image and likeness
of Jesus. Our human nature calls us to seek concrete
answers, yet we are called to live as people of faith,
depending on God for the guidance and direction we need.
TODAY, Church is the people of God, and that must be our
focal point. Although we love our beautiful buildings,
we must keep that in proper prospective. How have we and
do we continue journeying with our brothers and sisters
in faith? How do we stretch out our hands, taking the
hand of a neighbor and walk through the "mess of life",
that often we have no control over? We are Jesus' hands,
feet, mind and heart.
are here to strengthen our community of faith, built on
the foundation of the generations of people who have come
before us. As we restore the physical Church building, we
continually seek God's divine assistance with
strengthening our faith and relationship with His son.
FOREVER, through the intercession of our Blessed Mother,
under the title of Our Lady of Lourdes, we move forward
one day at a time.
May each of us play an active role in consciously
encouraging, promoting and fostering vocations to the
Priesthood, Diaconate and Religious Life.
Let us continue drawing closer to the Lord in prayer,
asking for the graces we need to be his faithful
children, building on the foundation from the past, and
creating a foundation for those who will come after us.
May God continue to use all of our gifts and talents as
together we build up the Body of Christ.