Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is hard to believe that I have been here for one year! On July 2, 2018 will mark my first year as your pastor. The old saying is true – “Time flies when you are having fun!” I must confess that I have thoroughly enjoyed my assignment here in Lafayette. I feel more and more like part of this community as I get to know you and your families.
I am so blessed to be part of a community that understands the importance of Faith and Church in their lives. The awareness of the importance of faith, family and fun are essential to keeping a family, community and Church alive and together.
The support this parish receives from our parishioners sharing their time, talents and treasures allows us to care for the needs of our Church and community. The generosity of the parishioners is a testament to their faith and support of the Church and their commitment to this community of faith. Because of your generosity we are able to support the homeless as well as provide staff with the tools to better serve you. Your support allows us to make needed improvements and repairs on our property and buildings.
On June 11, 2018 I celebrated my seventh-year anniversary as an ordained priest for the Diocese of Lafayette. I am so thankful that I finally said “yes” to God’s call in my life. It has been a wonderful journey thus far and I look forward to what lies ahead.
In seven short years I look back at some of the things I have accomplished as a priest and they amaze me. I have baptized 154 babies, married 39 couples, and have buried 140 souls. I sometimes forget the effects of the pastoral side of my ministry because the administration of a parish can be at times over-bearing. It is good to stop and reflect about the good things we have accomplished in order to motivate to persevere in our daily lives.
I want to thank all of you for your great support and love that has been shown to me since I first arrived here at St. Elizabeth Seton. Know that I love you and love this community. If I have hurt or offended anyone by my words or actions know that I am truly sorry and I hope that you will accept my apology and forgive me. I pray for all of you and for our parish and look forward to however much time the Bishop will allow me to be with you.
May God continue to bless you and our parish,
Fr. David Hebert