From The Font

“The Pharisees went off and plotted how they might entrap Jesus in speech…”

The more things change the more they stay the same! Modern day Pharisees within the Church and outside of Her will work hard to twist the words of the Lord and the Church into all manner of falsity and nonsense in order to get what they want. How often has Pope Francis been misquoted or taken out of context?

One particularly disgusting example was Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop of the episcopalian community. He spoke (with the forked tongue of the beast) “the Bible is the Word of God, but not the words of God.” Satan couldn’t have said it better himself! And yet how many people today - especially with the elections so close - will misrepresent the bible to say that murdering children is ok? (That’s one heck of a twist!) How many people will select a few passages about kindness and the poor to justify all manner of evil? How many will ask “who am I to judge?”

Still, we may rightly ask, how do I know how to read the bible? Is every verse to be taken literally? Which are or aren’t? Since the Rabbi-scholars of the Old Testament, the guiding principle has been “integrity.” The Word of God doesn’t contradict itself and so if a verse or teaching is unclear, we must read that verse in light of the entire Bible. When Jesus says “I came not to bring peace but fire,” we don’t claim the right to murder in the name of God… Rather, we read the entirety of the scriptural teaching and we realize that Jesus meant to upset the broken way of thinking that to which the Jewish faith and His own teaching were being twisted. When we read about Jesus healing the sick, we don’t read that separately from His teaching about prayer and about the unity of truth. 

Ultimately, an honest reading of the Sacred Scriptures begins with an open mind which looks to gain from the scriptures not intellectual weapons to prove a point, but wisdom and insight into the King of Kings and the Prince of Peace. That unlimited approach is essential to the principle of integrity.

If we were to analyze the errors of Martin Luther, John Calvin, and even those modern Christian thinkers who justify abortion, contraception, unnatural marriage and the like, we would immediately find that they have set aside the integrity of the scriptures for some limited point of view. When we read the scriptures, we must do so without limitations upon ourselves or upon the Lord.

Insights From Second Street

Monday morning, after a brief 3:15a Mass in the Chapel at St. Mary’s, the bus will depart and the pilgrims representing our Basilica Parish will be on their way to Dallas for the first leg of a 12,000 mile (18,000 km) journey to Florence, Assisi, Orvieto, Rome and back. There, the pilgrims will pray at the Holy sites and offer Mass at all four Papal Basilicas, including our Sister-Basilica, San Maria Majore.

The trip is an essential part of the work that Pope St. John Paul II had in mind when he refashioned the title of Minor Basilica. What had once been entirely honorary, he made meaningful and challenging. Our pilgrims represent to us our own souls journey through this life in search of the good, the true and the beautiful until that day arrives when we will be able to stand before the terrible judgement of our Lord with our trust entirely in Jesus Christ. The degree to which we see this life as a pilgrimage - rather than a home - is the degree to which we are able to “free ourselves from every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race which lies ahead keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of our faith” (Heb 12:1-2). 

The image of the pilgrim in our faith begins with Adam and Eve after their expulsion from the garden. It continues with the choice of the Hebrews as God’s chosen people - a nomadic people who lived in tents rather than farmers who tilled the land. The pilgrim image continues in the prophets like Elijah and Isaiah who wandered homeless speaking for the Lord. Jesus, Himself, entered the world as a wanderer born away from home in a stable. Then, He chose a homeless life and called his apostles to do the same. The early Church was marked by great bishops like Paul and Ignatius who moved around frequently doing God’s work. Even to our own day, the clergy typically do not own their own residence and - while serving in parishes - are pilgrims from their ordination to retirement.

As our pilgrims leave to represent us, we ought to take advantage of their sign and witness in two regards. First, we must pray and fast for them. (Oct 24 is the feast of the Archangel Raphael - the pilgrim angel in the Book of Tobit - a good day for fasting.) Second, we should look inwardly and evaluate ourselves. Are we open to God’s command or too attached to our own will. Are we keeping our eyes on heaven or looking too closely at Earth? Either way, life is not a home, but a temporary dwelling place. God make us ready to live that truth!

The Jargon…

by: Fr. Ryan

For the longest time, I had to go to confession and say “I failed to say the Liturgy of the Hours (the prayers all priests are required to pray daily).” I had to confess it not because I intended not to say my prayers - but because I had misplaced the book… Again! About three years ago, an Italian created an iOS app called “iBreviary.” (The app is free and there is an Android version now.) It was like magic! I could tap once and there were my prayers. I still prefer the book, but the app saves me a lot of confessions!

While the app was written for priests, it had a sort-of unintended side effect. It made the Liturgy of the Hours accessible to lay people. The Liturgy of the Hours, also called the Breviary, is a simple liturgy of three psalms, a short reading, a gospel canticle and five intercessions concluded by the prayer of the day. Technically, there are five offices (Office of Readings, Morning Prayer, Daytime Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer). While priests pray all five, most lay people will pray Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer. Each office takes between 8 and 15 minutes depending on the speed with which you read and the time you might spend meditating. The Liturgy of the Hours used to be fairly familiar in our culture. Most parishes had what we now offer - a Sunday Vespers - where the psalms and prayers are accompanied by benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. (Ours takes barely 20 minutes.) Sadly, most US parishes have abandoned the Sunday Vespers - much to their detriment. When Pope John Paul restructured the institution of a Minor Basilica, he commanded that Vespers be offered. It’s that important!

While the book version of the Liturgy of the Hours is quite complex involving three to five ribbons as well as several memorized dialogues and some knowledge of the liturgical calendar, the app is easy peasy. You tap on the office you want to pray and there it is… Every word is inline and easy to pray. I heartily encourage everyone to give it a try!

Parish News

PILGRIMAGE BEGINS TOMORROW Monday, October 20th, the MBIC will depart for Italy. Please pray for those travelling to represent the Minor Basilica at the Major Basilicas in Rome.

SMS FALL BREAK Monday, Oct. 20th, St. Mary’s will be closed for Fall Break. Classes will resume as usual on Tuesday, Oct. 21st. We pray that everyone has safe and fun-filled 4-day weekend! 

ST. MARY’S FOOTBALL The next SMS Football game will be Fri., 10/24, against Logansport. Kickoff is at 7p at Logansport High School. Pray for a safe, fun and victorious season. GO TIGERS!

ATTENTION CATHOLIC LADIES The CENLA Magnificat Chapter will host a gathering on Sat, Oct 25th, at 10:30a at Merci Beaucoup. The event will consist of a shared meal, a presentation by Patti Mansfield, and shared prayer for the needs of those gathered and of the entire Church. $15 tickets must be purchased in advance. Please consult Mrs. Joan Gahagan  (318-352-8701) for more information. (Sorry, Tickets are not available in the parish office.)

OFFICE CLOSED Mon., Oct. 20th, the Parish Office will be closed. Office hours will resume Tues., 10/21, at 8a.

SOLEMN REQUIEM FOR ALL SOULS At 5p on the evening of All Souls’ Day, Nov 2, the NSU Chamber Choir will sing for a Solemn Mass in intercession for all the faithful departed. The Mass will be celebrated in the Extraordinary form. It will last one hour and fifteen minutes and will count for the Sunday obligation. This particular Mass hasn’t been celebrated in this area in many years - special thanks in advance to Fr. Martin Laird and Dc. Whitehead for their assistance in making it possible.

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.

Parish Events

  • Mon, 10/20, FALL BREAK - SMS No School
  • Mon-Wed, 10/20-10/29, 1st MBIC Pilgrimage to Italy
  • Wed, 10/22, CCD Class, 6-7:30p @ St. Mary’s
  • Fri, 10/24, SMS vs. Logansport, 7p (Away)
  • Wed, 10/29, CCD Class, 6-7:30p @ St. Mary’s
  • Fri, 10/31, SMS All School Mass & Parade of Saints, 9a
  • Fri, 10/31, Senior Night - SMS vs. LaSalle, 7p @ Turpin Stadium
  • Sat - Mon, 11/1 - 11/3, Blessing of Hunters in honor of St. Hubert at all Masses
  • Sat, 11/1, First Saturday, 8:45a Vocations Club
  • Sun, 11/2, Daylight Savings Time Ends
  • Sun, 11/2, All Souls’ Day Solemn High Requiem, 4:30p
  • Wed, 11/5, Parish Supper, CCD, & Wed. Night Adult Catechism, 5-7:30p @ St. Mary’s
  • Fri, 11/7, First Friday, 5:15p Benediction of the MBS
  • Fri, 11/7, SMS vs. NW Lena, 7p (Away)

Parish Finances

Our Sunday Collection last week was $6,880. Thank you for your generous return to our Lord!

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Within the Sanctuary

Sat, 10/18 4p Levi Thompson, (Lector) • Carl Henry, David Bouchie, (EMHC-CI) • C.J.Bouchie, J.Thibodaux, (Altar Boys)

Sun, 10/19 9a Sydney Frederick, (Lector) • John Cunningham, (EMHC-CI) • Jeff & Carol Green, (EMHC-CH) • C.Cunningham, B.Behrendsen, M.McCart, (Altar Boys)

Sun, 10/19 11a Greg Burke, (Lector) • Tara Whitehead, (EMHC-CI) • Sam & Lilli Misuraca, (EMHC-CH) • C.Fisher, S.&V.Maggio, (Altar Boys)

Sat, 10/25 4p Levi Thompson, (Lector) • Michael & Joanne Yankowski, (EMHC-CI) • D.&M.Thibodaux, (Altar Boys)

Sun, 10/26 9a John Ackel, (Lector) • Emelda Odom, (EMHC-CI) • Stephen Taylor, Cissy Picou, (EMHC-CH) • G.Fidelak, G.&J.Ingrish, (Altar Boys)

Sun, 10/26 11a Kathy Bundrick, (Lector) • Patsy Melder, (EMHC-CI) • Joseph Sklar, Linda Lee, (EMHC-CH) • W.Lee, A.&J.Parker, (Altar Boys)

*Altar Boys who are not scheduled may serve if space permits. Come to the Sacristy 10 minutes before Mass.

Memorials & Prayer Intentions

The Sanctuary Flowers this week are offered in celebration of Rick & Mary Ann Nowlin’s marriage. 

Holy Masses

Sat 4p: Mark Birch & Evelyn Carnal
Sun 9a: Pro Populo
Sun 11a: Mike Bouchie
Sun 5p: Fr. Jaime Medina
Mon 6:30a: Matt Kuhr
Tue 6:30a: Dorothy Benefield
Wed 6:30a: Mary Jean Thomas
Thu 6:30a: Janell de Vargas
Fri 6:30a: Louis & Agnes Sklar
Sat 8a: Lambre Family

Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for this Month are that the Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence. And that, World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world.

Please pray for our Sick & Suffering: Lolette Allen, William Lynn Basco, Lauren Bienvenu, Tripp Bostick, Chad Bouchie, Mar-Lou Brasher, Cayleigh Braud, Marion Brossette, Flo Brouillette, Bailey Byrd, Sonya Campbell, Carolyn Carter, Marie Charleville, Emilia Cofio, Woody Cox, Kim Cunningham, Lela Mae Dalme, Joe Davis, John DeFee, Richard DeVargas, RJ Ducote, Angela Eversall, Marguerite Felchle, Tom Foshee, Reba Friday, Paula Gagymad, Kramer Gahagan, Patsy Gallion, Sophie Gill, Christi Gootee, Elizabeth Governale, Joyce Hayne, Deborah G. Hernandez, Sue Van Hook, Kalita Jones, EvaGrace Keyser, Gary Kilgore, Jheanny Ladao, Jaden Eli Lodridge, Patricia Loftin, Joseph Longo, Mary Frances Lowrey, Lisa Mack, Dominic Majorie, Danny Manuel, Jack McCain Jr., Meg Michael, Lacey Mitchum, Mary Moss, Shane Niette, Mary Odom, Judy Risty, Sharon Roach, Wes Rollo, Makaehan Ross, Shirley Roy, Lillian Ryals, Joseph Ryan, Donna Slaughter, Lil Taylor, Clay Thompson, Ren Todtenbier, Brent Trichel, Rosalind Trussell, Patricia Vazquez, Julien Vienne, Ruthie J. Wallboughly, Jessica Warner, Janine Waters, & Glen & Mary Williams