Pastor’s Message

April 9, 2017

I welcome you to the pages of this website.  There is a wealth of information in these pages that will help you to get to know our community, to participate in our community, and to give us the privilege to serve you in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ!  The Catholic Church wants to be a welcoming community, and we at Blessed Seelos take this call very seriously.  We believe strongly that everyone has a place in the Church of Jesus Christ and that there is no better commitment than the one we make to God and to work for the building of His Kingdom in a world that very much needs His presence.  May God continue to lead you and guide you as you read, watch, and use our website. May it be a source of peace and strength to you.

We are very excited at this time with our new parish anniversary book that you can purchase for $45.00 by calling our office at 504-943-5566.    There is a special donations tap you can access for easy payment of your donation!  May God bless you abundantly!


 My Article for the Bulletin (April 9, 2017 - Passion Sunday)

Mi Artículo para el Boletín Parroquial (9 de abril del 2017 - Domingo de Ramos) 

 Today is Passion Sunday.  Most people still refer to it as Palm Sunday.  How can we forget since we were little coming to this special Sunday in which we would receive beautiful green palms, which our mothers once in a while would use to make beautiful crafts that we could place in our rooms in our home?  Yet today is the serious beginning of the most important liturgical week of the year leading us to celebrate the Paschal Mystery: the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  The most critical cry we hear today in the Gospel of Matthew is Jesus upon the cross: “My God, why have you abandon me?”  Vatican II reminds us in the Constitution of the Church in the Modern World, that the divinity of Christ did not eclipse his humanity.  “For by his Incarnation the Son of God united himself in some fashion with every man and woman. He worked with human hands, He thought with a human mind, He acted by human choice, and loved with a human heart. Born of the Virgin Mary, He has truly been made one of us, like us in all things except sin.” (GS#22).  Let us begin this Holy Week thanking Jesus for his closeness to us.

 Hoy es el Domingo de Pasión.  La mayoría de la gente todavía lo llama el Domingo de Ramos.  ¿Cómo podemos olvidar desde que éramos pequeños ese domingo tan especial en que recibíamos unas lindas palmas verdes con las cuales nuestras madres hacían lindos ornamentos para poner en nuestros cuartos en nuestra casa?  Sin embargo, hoy es el serio comienzo de la semana litúrgica más importante de todo el año la cual nos lleva a celebrar el Misterio Pascual: la vida, muerte y resurrección de Jesucristo.  El grito más dramático que escuchamos hoy en el evangelio de San Mateo es el de Jesús en la cruz: “¿Dios mío, por qué me has abandonado?  El Concilio Vaticano II nos recuerda en la Constitución de la Iglesia en el Mundo Moderno, que la divinidad del Cristo no eclipsó su humanidad.  “A través de la Encarnación el Hijo de Dios se unió de alguna manera con todo hombre y mujer.  Trabajó con manos humanas, pensó con una mente humana, actuó en forma humana, y amó con un corazón humano.  Nacido de la Virgen María, realmente se hizo uno de nosotros, en todo menos en el pecado.” (GS#22).  Comencemos esta Semana Mayor dándole gracias al Señor por su cercanía a nosotros.


 We are into Holy Week 2017.  Remember to be attentive to our Holy Week schedule.  Hope to see you there...


Estamos ya en la Semana Santa del 2017.  Recuerden nuestro programa de Semana Santa.   ¡Les esperamos!



In Christ,

Fr. José
Very Rev. José I. Lavastida