It’s an unexpected conclusion to a hymn that begins with the word “victim.” As with so much of the Christian Faith, Christ has come to teach us to think properly. Bishop Fulton Sheen famously quipped, “There are not more than 100 people in the world who truly hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they perceive to be the Catholic Church.” For many Catholics who attend Easter Mass this weekend, the Church is merely one voice among many. She speaks Her “opinions” with no more authority than John Stewart or Scott Pelley.
Many years ago - long before the modern world gave us Adolf Hitler or Hiroshima - Pope Pius X predicted that broken logic would create a world that was fundamentally anti-mankind. And he was right. From divorce to abortion to unnatural marriage to suicide rates up thousands of percents from this time last century, the world we live in has become more and more anti-humanity.
But that ought not to scare us. In fact, it ought to be thought a blessing… Why? Because salvation is no different in this anti-human world than it was in the great Pax Christiana of Western Civilization a thousand years ago. “Jesus Christ and He alone reveals man to himself” and offers salvation. Thanks be to God that we are asked to bear a more obvious cross than our ancestors have. Thanks be to God that the way is made so clear by the barrenness of the world we live in. Anyone who is still so blind as to think happiness or purpose can be found in this world and in chasing after the fleeting pleasures it offers is only an experience away from that hunger that can only be filled by Christ. On this Easter day, let us put aside the false reason of the rat race and follow after Christ… As Lily Tomlin said, “The problem with the rat race is that whether you win or lose, you’re still a rat.”
Insights From Second Street
And so we’ve finally come through the long preparation of Lent and found the joy of Easter morning! These days have been challenging to be sure. Some of us really tried to take it up a notch and gave up more challenging things than they have in years past. Some of us started small and ramped up a bit. Many made the daily journey to the Church in the early morning for Mass.
Now that we’re here, the temptation is to let all that momentum simply fade back into the old patterns and the old rhythms. BUT. Remember that our forty days began with the story of Jesus in the desert. He spent those forty days of preparation not for a big relaxation, but for the beginning of His public ministry. He ended His forty day fast with a dip in the Jordan river and then he went off to Cana to change some water into wine! So too, our vocations as Catholics begin today.
What has the Lord given you in these forty days? Do you have more compassion or appreciation of life? Do you have more desire to help others? Do you have a deeper sense of the value of fasting? Do you have a sense of exhaustion? The question we have to ask ourselves is simple: “Why did God give me this new thing?” It surely didn’t come by accident or at random… If not, then why has God given me this blessing? The answer is simple: “to use it!”
Where are the opportunities that God is giving me to use my gifts and talents and passions? What opportunities have I overlooked? What opportunities have scared me or have made me feel cowardly? What’s stopping me? Am I waiting for a burning bush? Have I convinced myself that God will send another? (Am I going to feel the same way when He is choosing who gets through the pearly gates?) The truth is that God is setting opportunities before us to know, love, and serve Him right now - we need only have the courage to act…
by: Tommy Myrick
Christ is risen! Alleluia! Death has been defeated, and our time of mourning and penance is over! The statues are unveiled again, and the world is more hopeful. There are some other things that come back for this Sunday, and there’s something special added for this feast! During Lent, the Alleluia is omitted and a Tract is done in its place. Also, the Gloria is omitted for most of Lent, and both are returned to their places within the Liturgy on this most joyous of days!
There is also a very special addition for Easter Sunday: the Sequence. This happens between the Alleluia and the Gospel reading in the Traditional Latin Mass, but is moved to just before the Alleluia in the Novus Ordo. Traditionally, the Sequence is sung. The first line, “Victimæ Paschalæ Laudes” (Praise the paschal victim) begins the retelling of Mary finding the empty tomb and the angelic witness of Christ’s resurrection.
Thanks be to God! May we be filled with hope for our salvation and concerned for the salvation of our friends and neighbors!
EASTER BREAK The Parish Office will be closed in reverence of Easter Mon-Tue, 4/21-4/22. We hope you have a very blessed Easter!
CONFIRMATION IS NEXT WEEKEND All confirmation candidates are reminded that a mandatory practice will be held this Saturday (4/26) at 9a in the Church. Confession will be available. The Bishop will preside at the Mass of Confirmation this Sunday (4/27) at 11am. A reception will follow in the Catholic Daughter’s Hall.
OCTOBER 20-29, 2014 PILGRIMAGE TO ITALY You are invited to join Fr. Ryan Humphries, Fr. Chris Decker, and the Magnificat Travel Group for a 10-day pilgrimage to Italy. Our pilgrims will travel through Assisi (Umbria), Florence (Tuscany), Orvietto, Rome, and the Vatican City. Trip highlights will include the Tomb of St. Francis, the Miracle of the Eucharist, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, the Catacombs, the Trevi Fountain, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and the Tomb of Pope Saint John Paul II. We only have 6 available spots left and the deadline to register is Friday, August 1, 2014. For more information, contact Magnificat Travel Group at (337)291-1933 or email@example.com -Or- contact Ashley Hebert at (318)352-3422 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS BINGO FUNDRAISERS The Knights of Columbus #1357 host weekly Bingo nights every Wednesday beginning at 7pm and on the second Sunday of every month. Proceeds from these events go to support all of our local Catholic Churches as well as other worthy causes like the N.A.R.C., the Special Olympics and St. Mary’s School to name only a few. All are welcome.
OUR CHILDREN DESERVE THE BEST If you know of anyone in this parish potentially harming children, call (318) 445-1427 or visit DioceseAlex.org/Safe-Environment. Documentation, policies and procedures are available from the office or at the back tables in the Church. Periodic training seminars are also available, call the office for more information.
- Mon-Fri, 4/21-4/25, Easter Break, No School
- Mon-Tue, 4/21-4/22, Easter Break, Parish Office Closed
- Wed, 4/23, Feast of St. George, Nameday of Pope Francis
- Sun, 4/27, Divine Mercy Sunday, Devotions at 3p
- Sun, 4/27, Confirmation, 11a
- Fri, 5/2, St. Mary’s May Crowning, TBA @ the MBIC
- Sun, 5/4, First Holy Communion & May Crowning, 9a
- Sun, 5/11, St. Mary’s Baccalaureate Mass, 9a
- Mon, 5/12, St. Mary’s Graduation, TBA @ St. Mary’s
- Tue, 5/13, Basilican Feast Day: Our Lady of Fatima, Holy Mass @ 6:30a & 6p
Our Sunday Collection last week was $8,383.
Thank you for your generous return to our Lord!
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Within the Sanctuary
Sat 4/19 8p Holy Saturday participants
Sun 4/20 9a Sydney Frederick, (Lector) • Edward & Cindy Smith, (EMHC-CH) • John Cunningham, (EMHC-CI) • M.Vienne, P.Vienne, T.Hare, (Altar Boys)
Sun 4/20 11a Ed Giering, (Lector) • Haley Johnson, Cecilia Cook, (EMHC-CH) • Tara Whitehead, (EMHC-CI) • M.V.Leone, I.Lovemore, J.Burrell, (Altar Boys)
Sat 4/26 4p Kathleen Hicks, (Lector) • Elaine Bacon, Carl Henry, (EMHC-CH) • Kathleen Hicks, Jimmy Gunter, (EMHC-CI) • D.Bennett, (Altar Boys)
Sun 4/27 9a Karen Apponey, (Lector) • Stephen Taylor, Cissy Picou, (EMHC-CH) • Emelda Odom, (EMHC-CI) • A.Lirette, C.Lirette, S.Lirette, T.Lirette, (Altar Boys)
Sun 4/27 11a Joe Payne Williams, (Lector) • Patsy Melder, Jean Gill, (EMHC-CH) • Lucile Ingram, (EMHC-CI) • S.Maggio, V.Maggio, E.Norwood, (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 8p: Pro Populo
- Sun 9a: Dora Jeansonne & Mark Birch
- Sun 11a: Shirley & Richard Ragland & Cyril & Ethel Mouch
- Sun 5p: Pro Populo
- Mon 6:30a: Dorothy Benefield
- Tue 6:30a: Daniel Chesal
- Wed 6:30a: Edward Vartenian
- Thu 6:30a: Alma Abraham
- Fri 6:30a: Kathy Breazeale
- Sat 8a: Julia Gallion
Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for this Month are that governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources. And that, the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness.
Please pray for our Recently Deceased: Billy Joe Smith & Louis Fair Hyams, Jr.
Please pray for our Sick & Suffering: Lolette Allen, Lauren Bienvenu, Bill Boone, Kathy Bostick, Tripp Bostick, Chad Bouchie, Mar-Lou Brasher, Flo Brouillette, Bailey Byrd, Carolyn Carter, Lauren Clancey, Emilia Cofio, Woody Cox, Kim Cunningham, Lela Mae Dalme, Joe Davis, John DeFee, Richard DeVargas, Marguerite Felchle, Alma Fernandez, Tom Foshee, Reba Friday, Paula Gagymad, Vicki Gahagan, Sophie Gill, Irma Harper, Joyce Hayne, Deborah G. Hernandez, Sue Van Hook, Kalita Jones, Mary Keyser, Paul Keyser, Gary Kilgore, Martha LaCaze, Jheanny Ladao, Daniel Laroux, Jaden Eli Lodridge, Patricia Loftin, Joseph Longo, Lisa Mack, Faris Michael, Meg Michael, Lacey Mitchum, Mary Moss, Shane Niette, Mary Odom, Effie Patrick, Sharon Roach, Wes Rollo, Makaehan Ross, Shirley Roy, Amanda Rozman, Joseph Ryan, Donna Slaughter, Tristan Snyder, Ren Todtenbier, Brent Trichel, Rosalind Trussell, Patricia Vazquez, Billie Vercher, Julien Vienne, Ruthie J. Wallboughly, Tyler Ward, Jessica Warner, Janine Waters, & Glen & Mary Williams