From The Font

“He will put those wretched men to a wretched death and lease his vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the proper times.”

How do we square away passages like this one where Jesus shows forth the wrath of God with stories like the Prodigal Son or the Lost Sheep? 

For one, Jesus offers rather than imposes his mercy. Couldn’t the father have stopped his son from leaving before he became prodigal? Couldn’t the good shepherd have stopped the sheep from wandering? Was he not paying attention? In both stories, Jesus waits until the individual is “lost enough to let [himself] be led” (to quote the inimitable Rich Mullins). 

For another, sometimes people are lost but they have the illusion that everything is fine. How many Catholics will vote for pro-abortion candidates next month and continue to receive Holy Communion as if they haven’t sinned? How many married couples will use contraception as if it were ok? How many of us will find some reason to allow for a favorite sin in our lives? For those of us convinced that we can maintain a habit of sin and still be good or “devout” Catholics, a jarring may be necessary and proper. It may be the only thing to get us back on the track to heaven… Isn’t that what excommunication is? It’s a kick in the teeth for the one who thinks everything is fine but it living in a delusion.

For a third, sin has consequences. We tend to think that God punishes for sin the way a parent punishes when an arbitrary rule is broken. Little Johnny eats more than his allotted three cookies, so he can’t play Xbox tonight. In reality, though, sin damages by its nature and so brings its own punishment. Little Johnny eats more than his allotted three cookies and now his stomach hurts and he feels too nauseated to play Xbox tonight. 

Ultimately, heaven is the endgame. If God - like the good coach - sees that we need a harder workout or more punishing training, He prescribes it. If God - like the good teacher - sees that we need more practice on one skill, he orders it. If God - like the loving parent - sees that we need more discipline or even punishment to reinforce right behavior, he dishes it out. And just like the parent who honestly says, “this hurts me more than it does you,” God doesn’t do it because it’s good or pleasant. He does it because it’s necessary. Otherwise, we will never be able to recognize Christ as the Cornerstone. And if we can’t see Him as He is, nothing will ever be “wonderful in our eyes.”


Insights From Second Street

For centuries, Lepanto was a name that evoked fresh memories… It was there that Our Lady was called Our Lady of the Rosary and Our Lady of Victory… It was there that Christians, gathered in loose alliance as the “Holy League,” finally routed the Muslim advance and devastated the Islamic hoard.

Now, 443 years later, using the power of political correctness, the barbarians have returned. Thanks to a myopic knowledge of history and pure laziness, the villains are already through the door and sitting on the couch. Of course, people will say, “Father, you’re being judgmental! There are lots of “good” “peace-loving” Muslims!” Too true! But there were lots of good, peace-loving Germans who watched Hitler murder 20 million. They were irrelevant. There are lots of good, peace-loving Chinese who stand by as forced abortion and politically-correct imprisonment happens today. They are irrelevant. There are plenty of good, peace-loving Americans who will go to the polls next month and vote for pro-abortion politicians who think dismembering children is ok. Let me solemnly assure you all - they are irrelevant… Or, they will wish they were at Judgement. 

At every moment in history, there have been good, peace-loving citizens who stood by impotently watching the relevant few do great good or great evil in their name. Islam has never been a force for anything but evil. They have forced conversion and where that has failed they have murdered, raped, sodomized, enslaved and impoverished. (That’s all four of the sins that cry to heaven for vengeance…) Islam is evil: it denies the Holy Trinity; it rejects the dignity of the human person; it rejects the possibility of salvation for women; it rejects the value of human virtue; it rejects the possibility of coexistence…

400 years ago, we knew this first hand. The first Muslim religious attack on the west took place in 634 AD. It took fully 900 years to destroy the Sons of the Prophet. They laid basically silent until the mid-1970s. In less than 40 years, they have taken over a half-dozen countries and Muslim children outnumber Christian children in the UK and Germany. Let those who have sold their souls to political correctness simply fade into irrelevance… As for me, I am praying the Rosary daily not for peace, but for victory against the enemies of Christianity and of peace. The Church spent fully half of the Christian era defending (not aggressing) Herself against the Muslim scourge, if we are to take up the sword again, let it be under the banner of Her who gained our victory before. Our Lady of Victory, pray for us!


The Jargon…

by: Ashley Hebert

On October 7th, the Roman Catholic Church celebrates the yearly feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. Known for several centuries by the alternate title of “Our Lady of Victory,” the feast day takes place in honor of a 16th century naval victory which secured Europe against Turkish invasion. Pope St. Pius V attributed the victory to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was invoked on the day of the battle through a campaign to pray the Rosary throughout Europe. 

The purpose of the rosary is to help us meditate on the great mysteries of our salvation. The rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at heart a Christ-centered prayer. The main focus is on Jesus—his birth, life, death and resurrection. The Our Father’s remind us that Jesus' Father is the initiator of salvation. The Hail Mary’s remind us to join with Mary in contemplating these mysteries. They also make us aware that Mary was and is intimately joined with her Son in all the mysteries of his earthly and heavenly existence. The Glory Be’s remind us that the purpose of all life is the glory of the Trinity.

Mary, Mother of the Church, prays with us and for us. Through her example and intercession, we learn the lesson of faithful prayer, just as through our meditation on the mysteries of the rosary, we learn the lesson of faithful life taught by Mary and by her Son Jesus. When we pray the rosary, we sense that Jesus and Mary are with us in the joys and sorrows of life. We grow in hope that God will bring us to share in the glory of Jesus and Mary forever.

“It could be said that each mystery of the rosary, carefully meditated, sheds light on the mystery of man. ‘Cast your burden on the Lord and he will sustain you’ (Ps 55:23). To pray the rosary is to hand over our burdens to the merciful hearts of Christ and his Mother. The rosary does indeed ‘mark the rhythm of human life,’ bringing it into harmony with the ‘rhythm’ of God’s own life, in the joyful communion of the Holy Trinity, our life’s destiny and deepest longing. Through the rosary the faithful receive abundant grace, as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer.” — Pope Saint John Paul II


Parish News

ALL FIVE CHOIRS ACCEPTING NEW MEMBERS We are blessed to have four Sunday choirs and one special events choir at Immaculate. They are open choirs meaning that membership does not require an audition, a musical background or even particular talent. For more information about any of our choirs, you may contact the parish office or that choir's director. For the Sat 4p Choir - Dr. Greg Handel (handelg@ndula.edu). For the Sun 9a Choir - Mrs. Wanda St. Andre (wavst@yahoo.com). For the Sun 11a Choir - Mr. Bill Brent (brent@nsula.edu). For the Sun 5p Choir or the special-events "Basilican Choir" - Mr. Tommy Myrick (sacredliturgy@minorbasilica.org). Please note, those interested in singing for Christmas Midnight Mass will need to join the Basilican Choir sooner rather than later as practice for special Masses begins weeks and sometimes months in advance. And of course, if you're feeling saucy, you can join more than one choir! St. Cecilia, patroness of musicians, pray for us.

ST. MARY’S FOOTBALL The next SMS Football game will be Thu., 10/9, against Block. Kickoff is at 7p at Turpin Stadium. Pray for a safe, fun and victorious season. GO TIGERS!

OCTOBER 11-12, 2014 - MARRIED COUPLES RETREAT The Office of Religious Formation and Training is hosting a Married Couples Retreat for all married couples with Chris O'Neill, a professor and currently a teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Hammond. The retreat begins at 9a on Saturday and ends at noon on Sunday. It will be held at Maryhill Renewal Center - Ducote Hall.  The cost is $120/couple and includes one night stay with meals. To register on-line or for more information, call 318-445-6424 ext 221 or www.diocesealex.org/youngadultministry.

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CATHOLIC Are you or someone you know interested in becoming a new Catholic or a parishioner at the Minor Basilica? New instruction begins year round! Contact our parish office for more information. Of course, there are no obligations - anyone interested is welcome.

ANNUAL BEREAVEMENT MASS TO BE OFFERED
The 22nd Annual Bereavement Mass will be celebrated Thurs., Nov. 6th at 5:30p at the St. Joseph Catholic Center (in Alexandria). If you have lost  a loved one over the last year (since Nov. 1, 2013), please consider adding their name(s) to this Mass’ intention list. If you’d like to sign up, please contact our office by Thurs., Oct. 9th, with the name(s) of your deceased loved one(s) and your family’s contact name, mailing address, phone number, and email address.

MBIC GIFT SHOP The October edition of the Magnificat and other new merchandise has arrived at the Gift Shop. Come by and see us sometime!


Parish Events

  • Wed, 10/8, CCD Class, 6-7:30p @ St. Mary’s
  • Thu, 10/9, SMS vs. Block, 7p @ Turpin Stadium
  • 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
     

Parish Finances

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Within the Sanctuary

Sat, 10/4 4p Kathleen Hicks, (Lector) • Micky Hennigan, David Bouchie, (EMHC-CI) • J.Thibodaux, C.J.Bouchie, (Altar Boys)

Sun, 10/5 9a Stephen Taylor, (Lector) • Cissy Picou, (EMHC-CI) • James & Betty Durham, (EMHC-CH) • R.&R.Cunningham, A.Behrendsen, (Altar Boys)

Sun, 10/5 11a Ed Giering, (Lector) • Lucile Ingram, (EMHC-CI) • Chris & Jennifer Maggio, (EMHC-CH) • W.Mayeux, J.Burrell, S.Maggio, (Altar Boys)

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)

*Altar Boys who are not scheduled may serve if space permits. Come to the Sacristy 10 minutes before Mass.


Memorials & Prayer Intentions
Holy Masses

  • Sat 4p: Gene Doll, N.L. Vercher, & J.C. and Lillian Perot 
  • Sun 9a: Pro Populo
  • Sun 11a: Shirley Ragland & Latief Ackel
  • Sun 5p: R.J. Ducote
  • Mon 6:30a: Janell de Vargas
  • Mon 8a: Martha LaCaze
  • Tue 6:30a: Deceased Members of Ray & Gwen Ponthieux Families
  • Wed 6:30a: Calvert Scott
  • Thu 6:30a: Harry Gongre, Jr.
  • Fri 6:30a: Penny Adams
  • Sat 8a: Lucien Branch


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 Recently Deceased: Mrs. Martha LaCaze


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