Christ must reveal Himself to us… We don’t find Him, He reveals Himself to us. It is one of the great errors of modern Christianity that the impetus is on us to “discover” Christ’s word or even His will… We must listen. We must receive. We must allow Christ to “be made known to us.” Notice the tense of the words. Just as at the incarnation, the Blessed Virgin prays “let it be done to me.” That passive voice in the past tense is found in the original Greek translation just as it is in this translation.
Receptivity to God is called “the virtue of docility.” We are docile to the Lord when our choices are always a response to His will. Docility is not about laziness. A hunter knows how exhausting it is to watch and to listen with a sense of purpose. So, too, a mother knows the anxiety and stress that comes from watching her child slowly overcome the first sniffles.
On this weekend of First Holy Communion, we have a beautiful witness in our little ones of the receptivity called for by God. They have come to receive First Holy Communion. They have come in their adult clothes but retain all their childlike innocence! Oh that we could be like them when we are in our dresses and suits! Adulthood is typically marked by the assertion of independence and the ability to choose “one’s own way.” But God does not assure happiness or salvation to one who chooses his or her own way - quite the opposite. Salvation and the Fruit of the Spirit (peace, joy, kindness, patience, self-possession) is rather assured to the one who follows after Christ and walks where He leads. Perhaps that simple message of Christ is something that all of us adults would do well to hear again. As we get further from childhood and from that mentality of reception, are we in fact getting further from Christ who tells us that real love is in obedience and sacrifice?
Insights From Second Street
At a meeting of priests some months ago, I asked a routine kind of question: “How do we measure the success of CCD or Catholic School?” While lots of answers were given, no one gave the answer I expected to be the most obvious: “We measure success in Catholic Schools and CCD by how many of our kids become faithful adult Catholics.” At this young age, the class of 2024 seems far away from anything like adulthood… But with this First Holy Communion, they begin a path that will either culminate in their weekly attendance at Mass, their real sorrow for their sins, and their real desire to know, love, and serve God, or they begin a path that will culminate with the vain effort to find some semblance of short-lived happiness by chasing the whims of the world. And there really are only two paths to travel. The reception of Holy Communion today - accompanied by the renewal of Baptismal Promises - signals a personal commitment to be in communion with the Church. It signals and makes public the fact that these children intend to practice their Catholic Faith. That’s something that can’t really be undone. St. John’s Gospel makes it pretty cut and dry, “Unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood you will not have Life within you.” By professing belief in those words, they bind themselves to them. This is, in many ways, the passageway to the adult expectations of Christianity.
All of us ought to pray for these little ones today who take this step. We ought also to pray for their families who take upon themselves the grave obligation to assist in the journey which is inaugurated by it. First Holy Communion - in the very name - implies that it is the beginning of something which only ends with Last Holy Communion that we hope and pray is as near to death as possible! If only all Christians would believe! Let’s hope that these little ones will renew us in our journeys by their first steps in their Catholic Faith!
by: Ashley Hebert
“A pilgrimage is best understood as a religious act of devotion intended to enrich the spiritual and sacramental life of the faithful. It is an ancient Christian discipline that is intended to bring the faithful closer to the Church and God while exploring the shrines and places of this world, where the great sites of the saints are and where revelation has taken place. A pilgrimage not only affects our understanding of the Catholic faith and Church, but also us as people called to holiness. By kneeling where the great saints are entombed and where millions of fellow Christians have journeyed, the pilgrim develops a greater desire for all things of God (e.i., a sense of greater urgency for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and a deeper love for the Eucharist).”
The MBIC is officially 6 months away from departing for its first parish pilgrimage to Italy! How exciting! Fr. Ryan Humphries, Fr. Chris Decker, and the Magnificat Travel Group would like to invite you to join us on a 10-day pilgrimage to Italy (October 20-29, 2014). 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 1 available spot left and the deadline to register is Friday, August 1, 2014. For more information, contact Magnificat Travel Group at (337)291-1933 or firstname.lastname@example.org -Or- contact Ashley Hebert at (318)352-3422 or email@example.com. We hope to see you in Italy! God Bless!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FIRST COMMUNICANTS Prayers & Congratulations to our 2014 First Holy Communion class! Thanks to Mr. Michael King and to all of our First Communion teachers, past and present, who have gotten them this far. May God reward you all!
MUSIC ON THE RIVERFRONT The Josh Blakesley Band will be performing live Wed, May 7th, at 6p on the Natchitoches Riverfront. The band is a nationally known Catholic Christian contemporary worship band. The event is being sponsored by: St. Anthony, St. Augustine, and Holy Cross. All are welcome! Invite your friends!
MBIC GIFT SHOP The May edition of the Magnificat and other new merchandise has arrived at the Gift Shop. Come by and see us sometime!
ST. MARY’S GRADUATION Prayers & Congratulations to our St. Mary’s Class of 2014! A big thanks to all of the faculty and family who have gotten them this far. For anyone who would like to attend, St. Mary’s Baccalaureate Mass will be Sun., 5/11, at 9a at the Minor Basilica. St. Mary’s Graduation will be Mon., 5/12, at 7p in the St. Mary’s Gymnasium. All are welcome to attend.
May 13th is a BASILICAN FEAST DAY Tuesday, May 13, is the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. A Plenary Indulgence has been extended by the Holy Father for our Church. We will have a simple Mass at 6:30a and a festal Mass at 6p. All are welcome!
CALLING ALL ALTARBOYS Remember, any boy who is trained to serve, who is at Church ten minutes before Holy Mass, and who would like to serve, may come to the sacristy. We only need two servers for any Mass, but we can accommodate quite a few more. If you want to serve regularly, you are welcome!
- 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, 7p @ St. Mary’s
- Tue, 5/13, Basilican Feast Day: Our Lady of Fatima, Holy Mass @ 6:30a & 6p
- Tue, 5/20, St. Mary’s Last Day of School
- Sun, 5/25, Prayers for Soldiers in honor of Memorial Day
- Mon, 5/26, Memorial Day, Parish Office CLOSED
- Mon-Sat, 6/8-6/14, Ember Week
- Sun, 6/15, Father’s Day, Blessing of Fathers at Weekend Masses
Our Sunday Collection last week was $7,125.
Thank you for your generous return to our Lord!
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Within the Sanctuary
Sat 5/3 4p Levi Thompson, (Lector) • David Bouchie, Jimmy Gunter, (EMHC-CH) • Nita Maggio, Micky Hennigan, (EMHC-CI) • D.Bennett, (Altar Boys)
Sun 5/4 9a First Communion Students, (Lector) • James & Betty Durham, (EMHC-CH) • Alyssa Odom, (EMHC-CI) • A.Behrendsen, R.Cunningham, R.Cunningham, (Altar Boys)
Sun 5/4 11a Greg Burke, (Lector) • Chris & Jennifer Maggio, (EMHC-CH) • Jean Gill, (EMHC-CI) • S.Maggio, C.Fisher, D.Thompson, (Altar Boys)
Sat 5/10 4p Kathleen Hicks, (Lector) • Red & Jo Lapeyrouse, (EMHC-CH) • Michael & Joanne Yankowski, (EMHC-CI) • J.Friedel, D.Bennett, (Altar Boys)
Sun 5/11 9a Joe Cunningham, (Lector) • Jeff & Carol Green, (EMHC-CH) • John Cunningham, (EMHC-CI) • C.Cunningham, J.Cunningham, B.Behrendsen, (Altar Boys)
Sun 5/11 11a Kathy Bundrick, (Lector) • Linda Lee, Cecilia Cook, (EMHC-CH) • Barbara Laborde, (EMHC-CI) • A.Parker, 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 Flowers this week are offered in memory of Latief Ackel by Melba Ackel.
- Sat 4p: Clay Hennigan
- Sun 9a: Pro Populo
- Sun 11a: Donna Doll & Shirley Ragland & Amanda Rozman
- Sun 5p: Mrs. Ruth Marie Smith
- Mon 6:30a: Sammy Fowler
- Mon 8a: Monte Brown
- Tue 6:30a: Deceased Members of Ray & Gwen Ponthieux Families
- Wed 6:30a: Tom Murchison
- Wed 9a: SMS Students & Faculty
- Thu 6:30a: Harry Gongre, Jr.
- Fri 6:30a: Jean Lee
- Sat 8a: Lambre Family
Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for this Month are that the media may be instruments in the service of truth and peace. And that, Mary, Star of Evangelization, may guide the Church in proclaiming Christ to all nations.
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, Angela Eversall, 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, EvaGrace Keyser, 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