Here, at this moment of the founding of the Church on the rock of St. Peter, we see the essential work of the Church. Remember, Christ's mission (and the Church's) is forgiveness… Forgiveness of sin and restoration of the soul to it's origin and destiny. That's why we always have to begin with sin. The Church can never begin with the sweet and cuddly and warm and fuzzy - we begin with the harsh reality of human experience and then discover the goodness of God!
It's tempting to turn to clichéd ideas about catching more flies with honey than vinegar… But the long experience of the Church and the words of Christ remind us that flies and people don't work the same way. It is only in the discovery of our own personal sin and in the admission of that sin that we are able to receive the forgiveness and begin the deep internal conversion that ultimately leads to a love for God that transcends sappy emotionalism or merely pious deviationism. Only in the experience of Christ as messiah - savior - can the Christian discover the mysterious power of "grace" which infuses the soul with the Gifts and the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. True joy, love, peace, kindness and self-mastery are found only in the one who knows that he cannot find them in himself. The one who tries to save himself may find contentment, passion, quietude, courtesy and self-discipline… But these will always be cheap imitations of the true birthright that comes from Christ.
Where true sorrow and regret for sin is found, God's mercy has a home. And that mercy, unlike the numbness of disbelief or disregard, is creative. Where numbness or delusion call forth and require more ingenuity, the acceptance of sin and God's mercy require nothing further. Joy and peace, love and self-mastery pour forth in abundance without the slightest concern for contradiction or conflict.
As inverted as it may seem, the reality is scriptural: whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, but the one who lays down his life will find it.
Insights From Second Street
The Holy Spirit is almost always reduced to an image of a bird or an of fire or some other non-personal image… And that makes sense scripturally. Unlike God the Father and Jesus, the Holy Spirit is not associated with anything that we can relate to in the natural order. Which is by design!
As Dc. Whitehead preached about last weekend, mystery is an essential part of our Catholic Faith. God is mysterious… Not in the Sherlock Holmes sort-of way where there a simple answer just on the next pages, but in the staring into the campfire after a long hike sort-of way. Mystery - from the Greek “Mysterion” - implies something too profound to fit into simple ideas. It’s not a secret, but a story. In some ways, every relationship starts out as a simple, easy to relate story… A boy meets a girl or we met when we were kids. But as that story grows and develops and more people come into the story and go out of it and the story intersects with the events of history… It becomes more and more difficult to communicate the story to someone else until you reach the point where you say: “You had to be there.” Multiply that by a billion and you get the Mysteries of Faith. (Mystery comes from Greek into the Latin as “Sacramentum.”) The Mysteries of Faith - specifically the Sacraments, but also the intellectual Tradition of the Church which is called “The Deposit of Faith” - are simple in the mind of God and unexplainably complex for our minds. It’s easy enough to say that Baptism washes away Original Sin, imparts an indelible character upon the soul, incorporates into the Church and infuses the Holy Spirit. Duh! Right? But even after long study and thorough understanding, a thousand questions remain… Does the holiness of minister matter? No. WHY NOT!?! Does the kind of water matter? Yes & No. WHAT?!?
Pentecost is called the Birthday of the Church because it is the presence of the Holy Spirit that kicks off what we call the Economy of Grace - the ebb and flow of God’s very life within us that allows for us in an intelligible and conscious way to use and appreciate the Mysteries of Faith as an essential part of working out our salvation. For Protestants, this idea is madness - but it’s clearly part of God’s design. We are not passive players in the Mysteries of Faith… God has given us the Sacraments and the Deposit of Faith as “user-friendly” handholds into the Mystery of His very Life! And that’s a good reason to celebrate today!
by: Sem. Justin Ward
When one enters our magnificent Minor Basilica, one can’t help but notice Our Lord’s Sacred Heart that among our other statues, has pride of place just above the tabernacle. The beautiful image is always a striking reminder of God’s mercy each time we prepare to receive him in the Eucharist. In a particular way, the month of June is traditionally dedicated to fostering a devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, but what does that really mean for us?
In our humility, we must not be afraid to bend ourselves down before God and simply be more pious- because man was made to be pious. The essence of religion is to give due reverence to God. The sin of our first parents came from trying to be the opposite of pious: self-sufficient self-gods. That was defiance of due piety. But people can drift into the same emptiness of life by neglect of piety and devotion, neglect of fostering the habits of devotion.
To develop a habit, and being pious and devout is a habit, start small. First, examine your conscience daily, in the evening, looking not just for sins you committed, but also how you sinned by omission. Second, during the day, silently to yourself, perhaps say a brief prayer. Something like, “Jesus, meek and humble of heart: Make my heart like unto Thine.” That little prayer has it all. And no one need know you have ever said it.
EMBER WEEK The week following Pentecost is traditionally an “Ember” week which signifies the arrival of the temporal season of Summer. This change is traditionally marked by extra prayers and by simple fasting on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. While there are no requirements for this, it’s a worthy spiritual exercise to offer to the Lord!
BLESSING OF FATHERS AT WEEKEND MASSES (NEXT WEEKEND) Next weekend, 6/14 & 6/15, Father will offer a special blessing for all Fathers for Father’s Day.
CDA BAKE SALE The Catholic Daughters of America will be hosting a Father’s Day Bake Sale Sat-Sun, 6/14-6/15, before & after all the Masses. Baked goods can be purchased with Cash or Checks.
SPECIAL SATURDAY MASSES FOR JUNE & JULY ONLY Beginning Sat., 6/7, and ending Sat., 7/26, Fr. Ryan will offer an additional Saturday evening Mass at St. Mary’s School at 5:30p. The Mass will count for your weekend obligation. All are welcome.
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 have reached our goal and have 43 pilgrims registered, but we can always make room for more. 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.
- Mon-Sat, 6/8-6/14, Ember Week
- Saturdays of June & July, 5:30p Additional Saturday Evening Masses at St. Mary’s Chapel
- Sun, 6/15, Father’s Day, Blessing of Fathers at Weekend Masses
- Mon-Thu, 6/16-6/26, Fr. Ryan on Vacation
- Thu, 6/19, 6p, Solemn High Mass in Honor of Corpus Christi
- Sun, 6/29, Basilican Feast Day: Ss. Peter & Paul, Holy Mass @ 9a, 11a & 5p
- Fri, 7/4, Office Closed for Independence Day
- Tues - Wed, 7/8-7/16, After Morning Weekday Masses and All Sunday Masses, Novena to Our Lady of Mt Carmel with Investiture into the Brown Scapular after all Weekend Masses
- Sat, 7/26, 9am, Grandparents-Grandkids Brunch in the Parish Hall in Honor of Ss. Joachim & Anne, Grandparents of Jesus
Our Sunday Collection last week was $8,727.
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Within the Sanctuary
Sat 6/7 4p Mike Bouchie, (Lector) • Jimmy Gunter, Carl Henry, (EMHC-CI) • C.J.Bouchie, J.Thibodaux, (Altar Boys)
Sun 6/8 9a Joe Cunningham, Sr., (Lector) • Emelda Odom, (EMHC-CI) • A.&C.Lirette, S.&T.Lirette, (Altar Boys)
Sun 6/8 11a Joe Payne Williams, (Lector) • Linda Lee, (EMHC-CI) • A.&J.Parker, W.Lee, (Altar Boys)
Sat 6/14 4p Kathleen Hicks, (Lector) • David Bouchie, Micky Hennigan, (EMHC-CI) • J.Friedel, (Altar Boys)
Sun 6/15 9a Roger Cunningham, (Lector) • Alyssa Odom, (EMHC-CI) • R.&R.Cunningham, A.Behrendsen, (Altar Boys)
Sun 6/15 11a Greg Burke, (Lector) • Haley Johnson, (EMHC-CI) • W.Mayeux, I.Lovemore, (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: William Edward Marshall, Sr.
- Sun 9a: Pro Populo
- Sun 11a: Gene Doll
- Sun 5p: Thomas A. Baker, Jr.
- Mon 6:30a: Calvert Scott
- Tue 6:30a: Essie Mae Huckaby
- Wed 6:30a: Mary M. Gordon
- Thu 6:30a: Nathan Ezernack
- Fri 6:30a: Raymond Perot
- Sat 8a: Lisa Borders
Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for this Month are that the unemployed may receive support and find the work they need to live in dignity. And that, Europe may rediscover its Christian roots through the witness of believers.
Please pray for our Sick & Suffering: Lolette Allen, William Lynn Basco, Lauren Bienvenu, Bill Boone, Kathy Bostick, Tripp Bostick, Chad Bouchie, Mar-Lou Brasher, Marion Brossette, 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, Tom Foshee, Reba Friday, Paula Gagymad, Vicki Gahagan, Patsy Gallion, 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, Jaden Eli Lodridge, Patricia Loftin, Joseph Longo, Lisa Mack, Dominic Majorie, Faris Michael, Meg Michael, Lacey Mitchum, Mary Moss, Shane Niette, Mary Odom, Effie Patrick, Sharon Roach, Wes Rollo, Makaehan Ross, Shirley Roy, 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, & Chris Winder