From The Font

"When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls."

For those afflicted with political correctness, the idea of a "worthy wife" is a troublesome phrase. But for those who believe - as we must - that God created and sustains this world with a deliberate intention to see us "work out our salvation," the Book of Wisdom's description of a worthy wife is truly inspiring. Oh that we would all seek after our vocation and our God-given mission with the aspiration of "worthy."

The family life is such a blessed state. It is a sign of God's presence among us. The Most Holy Trinity ought to be recognized in the family. Just as the Father and the Son love each other to the degree that their love is made real in the Divine Person of the Holy Spirit, so too the love of Husband and Wife is made flesh in their children. The love of the family - enfleshed in the day to day trials of parenting and sharing a life - is a living witness to the "already, but not yet" that makes Christianity an adventure. 

A worthy wife devotes herself to her husband and her children because they are the purpose of her life and the content of her mission to become a saint in the midst of the world. So, too, the worthy husband devotes himself - according to his own gifts and talents - to those same children and to his wife. These two impart to their children by their disposition the priorities and passions that make real Christian discipleship possible. When two saintly parents interact with their children, it is really the Holy Spirit who does the teaching. The content of books and formulas are secondary.

This is why every spouse must aspire to holiness and to worthiness - regardless of age, life circumstance or anything else. God is always ready and able to use the one who longs to be worthy of his or her great call. God is always setting opportunities before that one who sees his or her life as a series of divine appointments.

And - of course - the joy and adventure of that life is not limited by the loss of the mundane "pleasures" of life… Far from it. The joy of the one who longs to be worthy is amplified and set free from wondering what a Kardashian - whatever that might be - is wearing, doing, saying or buying.

Let today be the day that we all begin to long for worthiness over anything else. The mission that God sets before us with its adventure and reward is waiting! 


Insights From Second Street

It's not easy to tell the exact origin of the connection between November and the "last things." Maybe it's because November is when the days start to get obviously shorter. Maybe it's because most of the talk of the end of life and the end of the world are at the end of the Bible and November is the end of the Church's year (Advent is the beginning). Maybe it's because the cold keeps us inside and makes us consider our own limitedness.

Whatever the reason, November is the month of remembering and praying for the faithful departed. They are, after all, praying for us… It's also time to consider our own mortality and also our need for a savior. It's especially important in our world of modern medicine to realize that our mortality is not just something "away over there." Just because I can take a pill to make my knees feel better doesn't mean I can hop around like a ten-year-old! No, we are all limited and those limitations will continue to amplify until we are free of this world.

Too often we get trapped in that Darwin-esque way of thinking that everything is just random… In reality, God has built in the slow deterioration of our bodies in order to establish and confirm our priorities. The book of Genesis identifies this very explicitly.  "Memento Mori!" Remember Death! That priority is more and more difficult in our modern world where we have technology to disguise our limitations. Is it any wonder that so many of us have such a hard time dealing with even the slightest suffering? The loss of power or cable TV is considered a kind of hardship. As good and helpful as all the luxuries and assistances of modernity are, we must defend against the temptation to believe that we have changed. Human nature is always the same. We are created in "the image and likeness" of Him who "is the same yesterday, today and forever." 

As the weather turns colder, the days grow shorter, and the mind turns inward, make a conscious effort to consider the limitations that we all face. Stare them down! Face your fears! Authentic Christian Hope doesn't come from denial, but from faith! It's no saintly accomplishment to deny that death or sin or suffering exists. It's not heroic to avert one's eyes from them. Saintly heroics come from fully acknowledging the truth and facing it equipped only with Christ.


The Jargon…

by: Tommy Myrick 

The Minor Basilica recently celebrated a Solemn High Requiem Mass in the Extraordinary Form on the Feast of All Souls in extraordinary fashion. The University Concert Choir of Northwestern State University provided a polished presentation of the Requiem in F composed by Abbé Maximilian Stadler. As an alumni of this fine university and choral music program, I have become familiar with many great Mass settings. During my time of study, I had never seen any of these sacred works in the context of what they were composed for. I sincerely hope that the students who participated in this Mass gleaned some deeper understanding from seeing this work in its original function! It was a beautiful offering!

The Requiem Mass is a time to pray for the faithfully departed. The Propers of the Requiem Mass are a continual prayer for the absolution and salvation of souls throughout. One example of this intercession is the Tract, which translated to English states: "Absolve, O Lord, the souls of all the faithful departed from every bond of sin. And by the help of Thy grace may they be enabled to escape the avenging judgment. And enjoy the bliss of everlasting light." 

Having these Propers presented beautifully is a way to supplicate our souls to prayer and communion with our Lord. Beauty is a way to encourage and prepare the soul. Beautiful music at Mass is not a performance. It is, however, a foretaste of what will be present in the worship of heaven. 

While attending this Mass, I was reminded of the friends and family that have died this year. I prayed for them and the repose of their souls. I had just lost a friend to a tragic end that week, and I found myself praying deeply for him and the consolation of his family. I attended his wake after this Mass. I felt that this Requiem Mass helped to prepare me to remember him and to comfort his family. May we always keep death before us, and prepare ourselves for the life that is to come.


Parish News

SMS BOOK FAIR St. Mary’s will be hosting its annual Book Fair Monday-Friday, Nov. 17th-21st, from 8a-3:30p. The book fair’s Family Night will be Tuesday, Nov. 18th, from 5-7p. The book fair will also be open Friday, Nov. 21st, from 8a-Noon in conjunction with Grandparent's Day. With a wide variety of merchandise for sale, including holiday books, this would be the ideal time to get a head start on your Christmas shopping and help support St. Mary’s!

PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING NOVEMBER 18TH Our next Pastoral Council Meeting will be Tuesday, November 18th, 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.

GRANDPARENTS’ DAY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21st As is tradition, our St. Mary’s Elementary students have prepared a program of singing and dancing for their grandparents. All are welcome to attend. Grandparents’ Day begins at 10a, but guests cannot be accommodated before 9:30am.

THANKSGIVING DAY MASS Fr. will be offering Holy Mass at 6:30a & 9a on Thanksgiving Day (Thurs, 11/27). All are welcome to attend. 

WAY OF THE CROSS FOR THE HOLY SOULS On Fridays in November - which is the month devoted to prayer for the Faithful Departed - Father will pray the Way of the Cross at 5:15p in the Church. All are welcome to attend.

SPECIAL SATURDAY MASSES ADDED Fr. Ryan will offer an additional Saturday evening Mass at St. Mary’s School Chapel at 5:30p during the Advent and Christmas Seasons (11/22, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 12/27, 1/3). The Mass will count for your weekend obligation. All are welcome. 

CDA BAKE SALE The annual CDA Thanksgiving Bake Sale will be Sat-Sun, 11/22 - 11/23, before & after all the Masses. Baked goods can be purchased with Cash or Checks.


Parish Events

  • Tue, 11/18, Pastoral Council Meeting, 6p
  • Wed, 11/19, CCD, 6-7:30p @ St. Mary’s
  • Fri, 11/21, Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Fri, 11/21, Grandparent’s Day, 10a @ St. Mary’s
  • Fri, 11/21, St. Mary’s NOON DISMISSAL
  • Fri, 11/21, Way of the Cross, 5:15p @ MBIC
  • Sat - Sun, 11/22 - 11/23, CDA Bake Sale, after all Masses @ MBIC
  • Sat, 11/22, Additional Weekend Mass, 5:30p @ St. Mary’s
  • Mon - Fri, 11/24 - 11/28, Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL
  • Mon - Wed, 11/24 - 11/26, SMS City of Lights BBall Tourney
  • Wed, 11/26, NO CCD Classes
  • Wed - Fri, 11/26 - 11/28, Parish Office CLOSED, for Thanksgiving
  • Thu, 11/27, Holy Mass, 6:30a & 9a @ MBIC
  • Fri, 11/28, Way of the Cross, 5:15p @ MBIC
  • Sat, 11/29, Additional Weekend Mass, 5:30p @ St. Mary’s
  • Sun, 12/7, First Sunday of Advent
     

PARISH FINANCES

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Within the Sanctuary

Sat, 11/15 4p Levi Thompson, (Lector) • Carl Henry, Kathleen Hicks, (EMHC-CI) • D.&M.Thibodaux, (Altar Boys)

Sun, 11/16 9a John Ackel, (Lector) • John Cunningham, (EMHC-CI) • Buddy Giering, Michael King, (EMHC-CH) • M.McCart, B.Behrendsen, G.Fidelak, (Altar Boys)

Sun, 11/16 11a Ed Giering, (Lector) • Tara Whitehead, (EMHC-CI) • Jean Gill, Patsy Melder, (EMHC-CH) • S.&V.Maggio, M.Leone, (Altar Boys)

Sat, 11/22 4p Kathleen Hicks, (Lector) • Michael & Joanne Yankowski, (EMHC-CI) • D.Bennett, J.Friedel, (Altar Boys)

Sun, 11/23 9a Joe Cunningham, Sr., (Lector) • John Vandersypen, (EMHC-CI) • James & Alice Barrios, (EMHC-CH) • C.Cunningham, G.&J.Ingrish, (Altar Boys)

Sun, 11/23 11a Joe Payne Williams, (Lector) • Linda Lee, (EMHC-CI) • Sam & Lillie Misuraca, (EMHC-CH) • A.&J.Parker, W.Lee, (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 Candle this week is offered in memory of Shirley Ragland by Graham Ragland.


Holy Masses

  • Sat 4p: Mark Birch & N.L. Vercher
  • Sun 9a: Pro Populo
  • Sun 11a: Shirley & Richard Ragland
  • Sun 5p: Fr. Jaime Medina
  • Mon 6:30a: Burl and Ora Lee Young
  • Mon 8a: Wallace Firmin 
  • Tue 6:30a: Chase Edwards
  • Wed 6:30a: Luke Edwards
  • Thu 6:30a: Sylvian LeVasseur
  • Fri 6:30a: Dorothy Benefield
  • Sat 8a: Bridgett Preau


Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for this Month are that all who suffer loneliness may experience the closeness of God and the support of others. And that, young seminarians and religious may have wise and well-formed mentors.


Please pray for our Recently Deceased: Faris Edgar Michael, Jr. & Janine Waters


Please pray for our Sick & Suffering: Bob Allen, 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, 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, Michael Kearney, 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, Joseph Ryan, Donna Slaughter, Lil Taylor, Clay Thompson, Ren Todtenbier, Brent Trichel, Rosalind Trussell, Patricia Vazquez, Julien Vienne, Ruthie J. Wallboughly, Jessica Warner, & Glen & Mary Williams