Faith has brought our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Church together more than ever this past year. They were not only making adjustments during mass but also in their ministry to the catholic college community.
“We reached a breaking point where like men were not meant to be alone and at some point, it just got too much to handle.” Sam Stonecipher said.
Catholic students at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette dealt with more than changes to classes because of covid-19.
(nat pop -- music playing) they also experienced changes in their faith.
“All the way we've been tested in our faith and like we have tried to stay strong in it and I've learned to not take my faith for granted”
While adjusting to online school and other obstacles.
“I had to lean on my faith, and I had to talk to god.” Sam Stonecipher said.
Parishioners and students struggled to stay strong in their faith during the trying times.
“I think a lot of people have experienced loneliness and isolation and so more than ever we've had those conversations” Father Steven Fr. Stephen Pellissier said.
Attending mass was one outlet for these students to address the worries of covid-19.
“Being Catholic, a huge part of that is the reception of holy communion and for six weeks almost two months we were not able to do that.” Sam Stonecipher said.
Father. Pellissier says the ministry at our lady of wisdom is special.
“You come to mass at 9 pm here and the church is full of college students and young people whose generation we often say doesn't really care about spirituality, doesn't care about the church, but here we see that's not the case.” Father Steven Fr. Stephen Pellissier said.
Students have a message for those whose faith was challenged during the pandemic.
"I can tell everybody who might have lost their faith is it's not too late to come back," James Simoneaux said.
Our Lady of Wisdom is slowly getting back to normal. However, the Easter tradition of the living =stations of the cross= was held at teurling catholic high school’s football stadium because of the number of people that normally attend.