From The Font
"This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."
Three sentences - a million pages of teaching! After John's splashy appearance on the scene, and the much talked about Baptism scene where we see the Holy Trinity revealed in the voice from heaven and the Holy Spirit in the form of a Dove, John finds himself in jail. It is at this moment that Jesus says what everyone has been expecting and what no one could ever have imagined: the Time is now…
It's hard to imagine how scary that is. No amount of rapture silliness can ever begin to give us an idea of what the Jews believed about "The Day of the Lord." They fully expected a human king who would slay - with lots and lots of blood - every single enemy. Then, God would reveal Himself as a kind of superhero who would destroy everything that got in way of the Jews ruling every inch of the world… Try to put yourself in that kind of scene. Every injustice, every bad thing the Jews had ever endured was going to be made right on that day. Eden would be reestablished and the world would be perfect…
Except that a world like that doesn't sound very perfect. The Jews at the time of Jesus had lost touch with most of the true revelation of God. They had become very secular. They saw the law of Moses the way that many Catholics do now. They looked for a political solution to the problem of Human Nature… But there is no political or legal solution to the problem of Human Nature. Hunger and violence won't be ended by law because hunger and violence flow from human selfishness as much as they do from draught and problems with bureaucracy. This is how so many people foolishly identified then-Senator Obama with a Messiah. They, like the New Testament Jews, were looking for a worldly salvation in answer to a non-worldly problem… But there's a reason that only super-heroes can beat super-villains in the movies.
When Jesus reveals that the time of fulfillment has come, he spiritualizes immediately by identifying the appropriate response as a spiritual one. First, repent. Second, believe. There's nothing about get a sword or hunker down. For us, too, the primary response is to repent and believe. Notice the priority of repentance. Unless we're in a state of grace, belief is basically impossible. (When was the last time you went to confession?) As we repent and believe more entirely, then we are able to hear and see God directing us toward our personal mission and purpose… It's a nice little package - almost as if it was designed that way.
Insights From Second Street
Welcome back to all of our Warriors for Life! It was an eventful week! It's hard to overstate the intensity and spiritual power that comes from standing up for our faith. Here in the US, we almost never have a real opportunity to stand up for our faith.
In part, that's a really good thing because it means we can go to Church without the threat of being bombed or shot. It also means that we can share our faith and celebrate the Sacraments without any real fear of reprisal… The IRS can take my money, but they can't really "hurt" me.
On the other hand, the ease and comfort with which we live and pray disconnects us from the gravity of our faith. We forget that our faith is actually a life and death struggle to overcome ourselves and our spiritual enemies and to save souls for Christ!
"Go out to all the world and tell the Good News!" The message of Jesus is a clear command to the apostles. It's also an essential part of the basic mission of every Christian. While each of us are not called to the same mission or in the same way, we are each bound to know, love and serve God in our lives. We are each called to live our faith in our private and our public lives. Catholicism is - by design - a community-oriented faith which demands public adherence. We stand to say the creed every week and every Holy Day. That public profession is not merely a ritualistic moment, but a recommitment to believe and to live out the promises and obligations of the Christian faith. Just as the Samaritan cannot - in good conscience - leave the man on the side of the road, so we cannot - in good conscience - stand by as babies are murdered under protection of law!
We cannot stand by - without sin - in pretending that marriage is merely a civil contract. We cannot stand by - without sin - in mandating that others sin. We cannot stand by - without sin - in ignoring injustice and spiritual crimes…
This trip to the March for Life in Washington (and our earlier journey to the March for Life in Shreveport) are a tangible way of reminding ourselves and others that the creed which we recite is not just words. We are not liars or cowards! Our faith is a matter of life and death just as this "intrinsically evil" legislation is a matter of life or death for one child every ninety seconds in this country…
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS’ WEEK BEGINS Catholic Schools’ Week begins Monday, 1/26, and ends this Friday, 1/30. All are asked to pray for Catholic Schools, especially St. Mary’s, and to reflect upon ways in which everyone of us can help assist with the mission of Catholic Education.
WED. NIGHT ADULT CATECHISM RETURNS The Wed. Night Adult Catechism class will resume on 1/28 at 6p along with the usual CCD classes. Please help us in spreading the word.
SMS PICTURES St. Mary’s students will be taking Make-up Pictures & Club Pictures on Tue, 1/27. Please help us in reminding students to bring their best smiles & hairstyles to school that day!
BIBLE SCHOLARS BOWL St. Mary’s students will be traveling to Shreveport Thursday, 1/29, to participate in the Bible Scholars Bowl. Please pray for their success & safe travels. Go Tigers!
TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS EXPLAINED On Sunday, Feb 8, after the 5p Mass and again on Wed, Feb 11, during Wednesday Night Catechism, Fr. Ryan will explain the symbols, ceremonies and proper way to attend the Traditional Latin Mass. All are welcome to attend. The presentation will be in English.
PARISH SUPPER & CCD CLASS 2/4 Our next Parish Supper, Wed. Night Adult Catechism & CCD night will be Wednesday, Feb. 4th, at St. Mary’s. We’ll have food for free in the Cafeteria provided by the Basilican Choir beginning at 5p (donations welcome). At 6p, the kids will go to CCD and Fr. Ryan will give a talk in the Chapel for all who are interested. Invite other parishioners and/or your non-Catholic friends to attend!
LAY-LED EVENTS Thank you to all of our enthusiastic parishioners who are taking the call of Vatican II to lay leadership seriously! On Monday evenings, a Bible Study Group meets in the Rectory at 6p. On Wednesdays, a Rosary Group meets in the Church at 10:30a.
- Mon - Fri, 1/26 - 1/30, Catholic Schools Week
- Tue, 1/27, SMS Make-up Pictures & Club Pictures
- Tue, 1/27, SVdP Meeting, 6:30p
- Wed, 1/28, SMS All-School Mass, 9a
- Wed, 1/28, CCD & Wed. Night Adult Catechism, 6-7:30p @ St. Mary’s
- Tue, 2/3, SVdP Meeting in Hall, 6:30p
- Wed, 2/4, Parish Supper, CCD, & Wed. Night Adult Catechism, 5-7:30p @ St. Mary’s
- Thu, 2/5, Town Hall Meeting, 6p in Parish Hall
- Fri, 2/6, First Friday
- Sat, 2/7, First Saturday
- Sun, 2/8, Fr. Ryan explains the TLM, after 5p Mass
- Tue, 2/10, Pastoral Council Meeting, 6p
- Tue, 2/10, KC1357 Meeting, 6:45p
- Wed, 2/11, CCD & Wed. Night Adult Catechism, 6-7:30p @ St. Mary’s
- Mon-Tues, 2/16-2/17, MBIC Office & SMS Closed, Mardi Gras holiday
- Tues, 2/17, CDA Meeting, 6p
- Wed, 2/18, Ash Wednesday, 6:30a & 6p Mass @ MBIC
- Wed, 2/18, SMS All-School Mass, 9a
- Wed, 2/18, CCD students should attend 6p Mass @ MBIC
- Fri, 2/20, Fr. Cunningham’s 50th Anniversary Mass, 11a @ MBIC
- Fri, 2/20, Way of the Cross, 5:15p @ MBIC
- Mon, 2/23, Basilican Feast Day: St. Peter’s Chair, 6:30a & 6p Indulgenced Mass
- Tue, 2/24, Confession, 5-6p @ MBIC
Within the Sanctuary
Sat 1/24 4p Levi Thompson, (Lector) • Micky Hennigan, David Bouchie, (EMHC-CI) • D.&M.Thibodaux, (Altar Boys)
Sun 1/25 9a Joe Cunningham Sr., (Lector) • Emelda Odom, (EMHC-CI) • John Cunningham, Buddy Giering, (EMHC-CH) • J.Miley, C.Cunningham, G.Fidelak, (Altar Boys)
Sun 1/25 11a John Laborde, (Lector) • Barbara Laborde, (EMHC-CI) • Joseph Sklar, Haley Johnson, (EMHC-CH) • E.Norwood, J.Burrell, (Altar Boys)
Sat 1/31 4p Kathleen Hicks, (Lector) • Jimmy Gunter, Nita Maggio, (EMHC-CI) • J.Thibodaux, (Altar Boys)
Sun 2/1 9a Roger Cunningham, (Lector) • Stephen Taylor, (EMHC-CI) • James & Alice Barrios, (EMHC-CH) • S.&T.Lirette, A.&C.Lirette, (Altar Boys)
Sun 2/1 11a Gilen Norwood, (Lector) • Jean Gill, (EMHC-CI) • Linda Lee, Patsy Melder, (EMHC-CH) • W.Lee, M.Leone, S.Maggio, (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: N.L. Vercher
- Sun 9a: Pro Populo
- Sun 11a: Richard Ragland & Special Intention
- Sun 5p: Tony Vartenian
- Mon 6:30a: Mike Bouchie
- Mon 8a: Donald Gongre
- Tue 6:30a: Pop Hyams
- Wed 6:30a: Martha LaCaze & Tony Ruggiero
- Thu 6:30a: Deceased Members of Erwin & Giering Families
- Fri 6:30a: Jean Paul Fontenot
- Sat 8a: The Humphries Family
Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for this Month are that those from diverse religious traditions and all people of good will may work together for peace. And that, in this year dedicated to consecrated life, religious men and women may rediscover the joy of following Christ and strive to serve the poor with zeal.
Please pray for our Recently Deceased: Frances James
Please pray for our Sick & Suffering: Bob Allen, Lolette Allen, William Lynn Basco, Lauren Bienvenu, Millard Bienvenu, Danny Bostick, Chad Bouchie, Mar-Lou Brasher, 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, Elizabeth Governale, Curt Harrington, Joyce Hayne, Deborah G. Hernandez, Frederick Hickman, Sue Van Hook, Kalita Jones, Michael Kearney, EvaGrace Keyser, Gary Kilgore, Jheanny Ladao, Samuel Lane, Raymond Litton, Jaden Eli Lodridge, Patricia Loftin, Joseph Longo, 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,Patricia Vazquez, Julien Vienne, Ruthie J. Wallboughly,Jessica Warner, Glen & Mary Williams, & Marilyn Williams