From The Font
“On this mountain the LORD of hosts will provide for all peoples a feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.”
The promises of God! Any scholar of the Sacred Scriptures would agree that the details are where the nuggets of deepest meaning lie. In the world of Jerusalem and Nazareth in the first century, food was fairly boring. You could have leavened pita bread or unleavened pita bread. There was olive oil, chickpeas, some garlic, cumin, lemons, some nuts, honey, fish, sheep, goats and a select few delicacies. Most meals consisted of bread and something akin to hummus to dip and moisten the bread. Meats were charred over open fire. Wines were for special occasions and were a syrupy affair with lots of savory spices to add flavor. In short, the menu was sparse and less than exciting. And so, when the Lord promises not merely enough food, but juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines, people rightly take notice.
The promises of God are in some way culturally conditioned. In our modern world where we can eat top notch Tuna that was swimming near Japan yesterday afternoon just as easily as we can choke down “food” from McDonalds or Taco Bell, the promise of tasty food is less meaningful that it is to the poor of the world, most of whom still live in the same poverty that Jesus and the biblical Jews did. (Is it surprising, then, that the richer the country the fewer seriously religious people live there?)
We mustn’t lose touch, though, with that fact that the promises of God are revealed in the scriptures not as they are, but in such a way as they can be understood. As St. Thomas Aquinas wrote, “The gift is received according to the mode of the receiver.” Simply put, God has to explain Himself to us in language and ideas we can understand. And so God’s promise in heaven is not actually top notch food… It’s not streets made of the metal that we call gold. Heaven doesn’t have gates carved from some gigantic pearl. These are images that reveal to our minds some small aspect of the promise of God. We could think of it as akin to a young man trying to describe his love for his girlfriend by showing his buddies the engagement ring. The image is only a sign of the real love that’s there.
And so, as we ponder and meditate upon the promises of God, we must think bigger and look deeper than the signs of the promise to the promise itself.
Insights From Second Street
I love a man in a hat! When I first visited Europe, I went to the ancient town of Saltzburg in Austria and wandered through the Old Town district. In a small shop literally carved into a cliff of rock, I met a gigantically fat man who was surrounded by a hysterically comic mountain of hats. I really can't communicate briefly how absurd the scene was! I wandered in and asked the guy what kind of hat would look good on me. He turned his head - I don't think he could've walked more than a foot or two either way - and picked up a hand-made Fedora. He put it on my head and scowled. Then he picked up another hat and smiled. He said "One Hundred Euro." I looked in the mirror and he was right. I paid and I've been hooked on hats ever since.
When people ask why the priests and deacon wear "the hats," I'm tempted to say "because they're awesome!" The reality is that they are sign of humility and a sign of office. The tradition of covering the head is very scriptural. Beginning with the early Jews, the clergy and the women were expected to pray with covered heads. They were blessed by nature with a nearness to God that required a veil. In the past fifty years, the tradition fell away - to our detriment. Now, only the bishop is required to cover his head during the Mass. Still the option remains for the priests & deacons to cover their heads while seated. During the "festal" and "penitential" seasons (basically outside of Ordinary Time), we clergy cover our heads as a sign of humility akin to ladies veiling their heads. It is a sign of solemnity as well as humility.
Additionally, the biretta (as the hat is officially called) is a sign of office and authority. It takes on different colors and adornments for differing kinds of priests, deacons, monsignors and other lesser prelates. Typical priests and permanent deacons wear identical birettas… If there were more variety in the parish, the birettas would change color and help us to know which priest is which rank. For now - we can simply say that we wear the birettas as a sign of humility and of office.
by: Ashley Hebert
Saturday, October 18th, is the Feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist. He is the patron saint of artists, physicians, surgeons, students, and butchers.
St. Luke was born in Antioch and tradition holds that before he joined Paul in his missionary work, he made his living as a physician. He became a disciple of the apostle Paul and later followed Paul until Paul's martyrdom. Having served the Lord continuously, Luke died at the age of 84, unmarried and without children.
Christian tradition also states that Luke was the first icon painter. He is said to have painted pictures of the Virgin Mary and Child. The total number of icons claiming to have been painted by Luke is said to have reached 600 during the Middle Ages, including for example, the Black Madonna of Częstochowa and Our Lady of Vladimir. He was also said to have painted Saints Peter and Paul, and to have illustrated a gospel book.
His Gospel and its “companion volumes,” the Acts of the Apostles, give evidence of Luke’s classical education and careful attention to details. Luke shows a particular sensitivity to the hidden movements of the heart. His is the only Gospel to relate the parables of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son. Pope Saint John Paul II calls Luke the “Gospel of Mercy.” Saint Luke, pray for us!
PARISH OFFICE CLOSED Monday, Oct. 13th, the Parish Office will be closed in observance of Columbus Day. The Office will re-open Tuesday, Oct. 14th, at 8am. We pray that everyone has safe and fun-filled holiday! ***St. Mary’s is open and will have class as normal on Monday, Oct. 13th.***
PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING OCTOBER 14TH Our next Pastoral Council Meeting will be Tuesday, October 14th, at 6p. Council members are: Michael King, Lester Lee, Carol Green, Sonny Sklar, Sydney Frederick, Ken Gardener, Dwayne Brossett, Laura Friedel, Jennifer Maggio, Kent Hare, and Henry Maggio. If you have a concern or an idea, please share it with a Council Member.
ST. MARY’S SCHOOL Thursday, Oct., 16th, St. Mary’s will have a Living Rosary at 9a and Noon dismissal for all students. St. Mary’s will also have Parent-Teacher Conferences Thurs., 10/16, from 2-7p.
ST. MARY’S FOOTBALL The next SMS Football game will be Fri., 10/17, against Montgomery. Kickoff is at 7p at Montgomery High School. Pray for a safe, fun and victorious season. GO TIGERS!
SMS FALL BREAK Friday, Oct. 17th, and 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!
PILGRIMAGE BEGINS NEXT MONDAY 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.
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.)
- Mon, 10/13, Parish Office CLOSED & St. Mary’s OPEN, Columbus Day
- Tue, 10/14, Pastoral Council Meeting, 6p
- Wed, 10/15, CCD Class & Wed. Night Adult Catechism, 6-7:30p @ St. Mary’s
- Thu, 10/16, SMS - Half Day of School
- Thu, 10/16, SMS Living Rosary, 9a
- Fri, 10/17, FALL BREAK - SMS No School
- Fri, 10/17, SMS vs. Montgomery, 7p (Away)
- 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
Within the Sanctuary
Sat, 10/11 4p Elaine Bacon, (Lector) • Jimmy Gunter, Nita Maggio, (EMHC-CI) • D.Bennett, J.Friedel, (Altar Boys)
Sun, 10/12 9a Michael King, (Lector) • Buddy Giering, (EMHC-CI) • James & Alice Barrios, (EMHC-CH) • A.&C.Lirette, S.&T.Lirette, (Altar Boys)
Sun, 10/12 11a Joe Payne Williams, (Lector) • Jean Gill, (EMHC-CI) • Cecilia Cook, Haley Johnson, (EMHC-CH) • D.Thompson, M.V.Leone, E.Norwood, (Altar Boys)
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)
*Altar Boys who are not scheduled may serve if space permits. Come to the Sacristy 10 minutes before Mass.
Memorials & Prayer Intentions
- Sat 4p: Red & Sadie Thomas & Madeline Matthews
- Sun 9a: Essie Mae Huckaby & Hannah Cabra Jackson
- Sun 11a: Pro Populo
- Sun 5p: R.J. Ducote
- Mon 6:30a: Harry Gongre, Jr.
- Tue 6:30a: Thomas Emile & Beau Scott
- Wed 6:30a: James K. & Jean Lee
- Thu 6:30a: Calvert Scott
- Fri 6:30a: Sylvian LeVasseur
- Sat 8a: Nettie Mae Isgitt
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, Vicki 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