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News & Events
September 18 Update:
Dear St. Basil Church Community,
CHAIN LINK FENCE: Thanks to the Knights of Columbus the chain link fence along the limestone drive in the cemetery is now gone. It gives the property a much better look. A small ditch will be trenched to help drain the property which holds a lot of water in the area.
CEMETERY CREPE MYRTLE TREES: The Verna Pellerin family will be donating Crepe Myrtle trees along with some stone benches in the cemetery area in memory of their mother and to help beautify the cemetery. Their proposal was presented to the Parish Advisory Council for approval, and there was some hesitancy due to Crepe Myrtle trees constantly dropping. With the assistance of Dan Devenport, a St. Basil parishioner who also worked with the LSU Ag Center, a semi-dwarf light pink either Near East or Tonto variety was his recommendation and approved by the Council and I accepted their approval. They will work with All Seasons nursery to order and plant the available variety.
CEMETERY WATER SOURCE: There is no water source in the cemetery. The Knights have tied into water system and laid a line for a faucet to be placed at the electrical junction box at the corner of cemetery property. In doing this work, drainage pipes were found that did drain the cemetery but the drains themselves have been covered over with dirt and grass over the years. They freed these drains and a pipe ended up on the East side of the cemetery. They freed the end of the pipe and they will better trench the ditch on the East side that leads to the main drainage ditch along Duhon.
The water source will assist in keeping the Crepe Myrtles watered as needed and also help keep the indoor Mausoleum floor cleaner. It was recently cleaned and now needs to be maintained.
Parking Lot: Disappointingly the asphalt company was anticipating starting Tuesday, but the heavy rains Saturday, delayed the project they were working on. They did come Monday to begin repairing the curbing that was damaged during the soil cement work and worked the days following. They could not begin any asphalt work until Thursday. What was done was the asphalt work over the soft spots on the entrance drive along the coulee and in smaller areas of the parking lot. About 8 inches of non-compactable dirt was dug out and that amount of asphalt was placed in the holes. The entrance drive is now free of all dips. The weather was suppose to be beautiful this weekend and all next week until a depression developed in the Gulf. Not being able to lay any surface asphalt I figured at least there would be a dry parking lot for all weekend Masses. Now, I’m not so sure. The piles of dirt are disappearing. It will take a week to do all the surface asphalt work.
NO CCD this Week: Once again, CCD will be delayed this week as either asphalt or water will be on the parking lot. The Confirmation session however will take place on Monday.
OFFERINGS: Weekly offerings will be collected in the baskets at the entrance area table when you come into Church. The green cloth basket will be 1st Collection. The yellow cloth basket will be 2nd Collection with a sign indicating the purpose. Thank you to all who cannot attend and still send in your offerings by mail. Much, much appreciated.
ADULT CONFIRMATION PROGRAM: Any adult out of high school who has not yet been Confirmed, an opportunity is being once again offered for you to do so. You have to already be baptized as a Catholic and made your First Communion to be eligible. Please take a yellow colored sheet registration form in the entrance area of Church for further information and the dates of the program. The form can also be found in the online bulletin posted on the parish website stbasiljudice.org. The deadline to register is Friday, September 25, 2020.
HALL OVERFLOW: The 10:00AM Mass did have a few more people than occupancy allowed. Room was made, but Hall will be on standby for overflow.
Hour of Adoration – Thursday, October 8, 6 p.m.
Adoration Hour will be celebrated this date, including exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, silent prayer, scripture reading, rosary, and Benediction.
Fr. Steve is trying to set up an email database of all St. Basil Parishioners to facilitate communication. This database will not be shared and will be used sparingly to share important information and updates. So please, along with your name, send your email information to firstname.lastname@example.org
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