Why do we always want something new? Is the world really all that different than it was 100 or 1000 years ago? Sure, cell phones and the internet and electricity make the day to day doings of our lives look different. But does happiness really need to be reinvented? It's like a lot of people are asking themselves right now in the world: "Progress… toward what?"
Families are still families. Parents and children bicker. Kids assert themselves because human nature hasn't changed since Adam and Eve. We want what we can't have. The grass is always greener. Birds of a feather flock together. Wisdom comes from experience. But new things, by definition, lack experience and are thus not wise.
The harsh reality is that we are addicted to new things because we do not like the wisdom of the old. Our culture (and many of us in it) has become the silly child asking Mom a question because we didn't like what Dad had to say. The answers are readily available to us. They're available in the scriptures. They're available in the Catechism… What is the purpose of life? To know, love and serve the Lord and to be happy forever with Him in heaven. What is love? Love is the habit of sacrificing for another. What is courage? Courage is faith. None of the great questions of the world are really left unanswered…
So why are we still looking for them? Because Jesus Christ is Lord and I am not. But I'd really like to be! Wouldn't you? It's human nature. And if I'm going to try and be god, I'm going to need to recreate everything in my own image. Of course, that's not real… And that's why our culture is in free-fall. A house built on the sand cannot stand. It's only when Jesus is Lord that everything makes sense. It's only when the Way, the Truth and the Life is our firm foundation that His creation is reasonable. It's only when we stand on the Rock that we are not crushed by it!
Insights from Second Street
The greatest and most terrifying adventure of the Sacrament of Marriage is the education of children. It is nothing less than participation in the divine Mystery of the creation of the world! Immortal souls - little less than the angels - are being brought into existence by God's goodness which is faithful to us! God binds himself to us - even to our sins… That's unthinkably crazy. If I sin and blaspheme against God's goodness and His creation by fornication or even the horror of Rape - God's highest Earthly creation (the female body) works a miraculous wonder and brings forth new life… And to add to the craziness, God imbues that little clump of cells with an immortal soul. It's hard to describe how absurd that is. It's easily as bonkers as the fact that God then calls us - sinners all - to take spiritual and earthly authority over this new life and to guide that life to the glories of eternal life in Heaven. It's too strange and too wonderful not to be true. No amount of depressing Darwinism can hope to compare with this wonder of the Holy Trinity.
We are, after all, created in the Image and Likeness of God! The family is an image of the Holy Trinity. The Father loves the Son, the Son loves the Father, their love for one another IS the Holy Spirit. A husband loves his wife, the wife loves her husband and they become one flesh IN their children. And this family - which is a living Icon of God - is a kind of "domestic Church" (Pope John Paul II) which worships the Creator by fulfilling His will that we might love as God loves. As St. Paul says, "this is a great mystery and it refers to Christ and His Church."
Parents have to realize that the education of their children - on a human level of common sense and a formal level - is nothing less than a duty in the path of salvation. Worldly success, wealth, power, accomplishment and everything else is a secondary thing. Remember, as with all things in the Christian life, if we pursue a secondary thing separate from God we will lose both God and everything else with Him. Most Holy Family, Pray for Us!
by Tommy Myrick
It’s that time of year again! School is starting, and Fall is nearly upon us. The season of Advent is fast approaching, and all of the wonderful and beautiful liturgies that make up this holy time are coming too! Besides our own spiritual preparation for the changing of the seasons, there is a need and call for young men of God to offer their time and service in honor of our glorious King.
We are making the call for any and all young boys who have received their first communion up to young unmarried men roughly up to 25 years of age to prayerfully consider entering the Lord’s service as an altar boy for the Basilica. There is a need for this particular vocation at all of the weekend Masses, Basilican Feast Days, Holy Days of Obligation, and the Traditional Latin Mass that will begin on Sundays in Advent at 5:00pm with Vespers preceding at 4:30 pm. We will have a scheduled meeting for all young men interested on Saturday, September 7th at 10:00am at the Basilica for training. We will be sending out letters to those who are currently on our rosters as an additional reminder. If you have not served, or it has been a while and you are interested, please come to the meeting, and we will train and sign up then.
Assisting the priest with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is a high and noble calling. Please pray and ask God if you are called to enter into His service.
- First Friday and First Saturday This First Friday & Saturday are kept in honor of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Adoration on first Friday begins after morning Mass and continues until Benediction at 5:15. Signup at the back if you can watch with the Lord for an hour. First Saturday Mass and Benediction are at the usual time, 8a.
- Don’t Neglect the Souls of the Sick Don’t forget to call the priest when someone who love becomes seriously or chronically ill. The difficult time of physical decline is so much more spiritually beneficial with the assistance of the sacraments. Don’t assume father knows - call the office!
- Women’s Resource Center Celebration of Life Dinner is Sept 26 Our only Crisis pregnancy center in the area will host its annual Celebration of Life Fundraising Gala on Thursday, Sept. 26 at the Events Center. Actor/director Stephen Baldwin will be the guest speaker. The program that starts at 6:30 p.m. Baldwin has made a name for himself as a celebrity without compromising his values and committed Christian faith. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by calling (318) 357-8888.
- Interested in Becoming a Catholic? Anyone interested in the Catholic Faith is encouraged to come and speak with Fr. Ryan. There is absolutely no obligation and no cost. Both private and group-based instruction is available. Call the office for more information.
- Helpers needed for our First Parish Supper Our first (hopefully first of many) Faith, Family & Food night will take place on September 4 at St. Mary’s. A Parish Supper will be served from 5p to about 6p at the St. Mary’s School Cafeteria. Everyone is invited to have a bite to eat. At 6:15p, we’ll send the kids to CCD and Fr. Ryan will give a presentation in the School Chapel. The topic for the first talk is “Getting to Heaven.” Q&A will available for those interested. The evening will end when CCD ends at 7:15p. Anyone willing to help with food prep or cleanup is asked to call the parish office. Donations to cover the cost of food will be accepted, but not required.
- Tue, 9/3, Weekday Masses begin @ St. Mary’s School
- Wed, 9/4, Faith, Family, & Food Night
- Fri, 9/6, 7p, St. Mary’s Football Game @ Lakeview
- Sat, 9/7, 8:30a, Vocations Club Meeting @ Parish Hall
- Mon, 9/9, 6p, VIRTUS Class @ Parish Hall
- Thu, 9/12, 7p, St. Mary’s Football Home Game
Within the Sanctuary
Sat, 8/31 4pm Levi Thompson, (Lector) • Mary Hicks, Jimmy Gunter, Mickey Hennigan, Eve James, (EMHC) • J. & D.Thibodaux, (Altar Boys)
Sun 9/1 9a Roger Cunningham, (Lector) • Cissy Picou, Betty Durham, Emelda Odom, (EMHC) • Reagan & Ryan Cunningham, BB Behrendsen, (Altar Boys)
Sun 9/1 11a Kathy Bundrick, (Lector) • Linda Lee, Sam & Lillie Misuraca, (EMHC) • W.Lee, S.Maggio, I.Lovemore, (Altar Boys)
Sat, 9/7 4p Chris Henry, (Lector) • Mickey Hennigan, David Bouchie, Red & Jo Lapeyrouse, (EMHC) • C.J.Bouchie, M.Thibodaux, (Altar Boys)
Sun, 9/8 9a Elaine Bacon, (Lector) • Alice & James Barrios, John Cunningham, (EMHC) • J. & C.Cunningham, A.Behrendsen, (Altar Boys)
Sun, 9/8 11a Gregg Burke, (Lector) • Lillie & Sam Misuraca, Jennifer Maggio, (EMHC) • V.Maggio, D.Thompson, E.Norwood, (Altar Boys)
Memorials & Prayer Intentions
The Sanctuary Flowers this week are offered in Memory of A.J. Brouillette & Dr. Lynn Brouillette by Flo Brouillette.
- Sat 4p Leon Loustaunan
- Sun 9a Pro Populo
- Sun 11a Shirley Ragland
- Mon 6:30a John & Stacy Mestayer Family
- Tue 6:30a Billy & Carlie Barbier Family
- Tue 10a SMS Students
- Wed 6:30a Delora Ponthieux
- Wed 9:20a SMS Faculty
- Thu 6:30a Yvonne Campobasso
- Thu 8:10a SMS Benefactors
- Fri 6:30a Harry Gongre, Jr.
- Sat 8a N.L. Vercher
Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for this Month are that people today, often overwhelmed by noise, may rediscover the value of silence and listen to the voice of God and their brothers and sisters. And that, Christians suffering persecution in many parts of the world, may by their witness, be prophets of Christ’s love.
Please pray for our Recently Deceased: Wayne Banes
Please pray for our Sick & Suffering: Mai Levy Abington, Lolette Allen, Lauren Bienvenu, Mark Birch, Bill Boone, Tripp Bostick, Dewitt Booty, Chad Bouchie, Flo Brouillette, Bailey Byrd, Carolyn Carter, Emilia Cofio, Johnny Cox, Kim Cunningham, Lela Mae Dalme, Joe Davis, John DeFee, Marguerite Felchle, Alma Fernandez, Lucy Flores, Reba Friday, Tom Foshee, Anne Giering, Lillian Gier- ing, Joyce Hayne, Deborah G. Hernandaz, Deanna Hickman, Pam Kerry, Mary Keyser, Martha LaCaze, Daniel Laroux, Jaden Eli Lodridge, Joseph Longo, Johnnie Mallory, Lisa Mack, Faris Michael, Meg Michael, Mary Moss, Barbie Neuhauser, Shane Niette, Jo Norwood, Mary Odom, Judy Risty, Sharon Roach, Makaehan Ross, Shirley Roy, Amanda Rozman, Joseph Ryan, Donna Slaughter, Brent Trichel, Sue Van Hook, Billie Vercher, Jessica Warner, Janine Waters, & Ruthie J. Wallboughly
Our Sunday Collection last week was $7,312
Thank you for your generous return to our Lord!
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