From The Font
"On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, ‘You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.'"
To those who say that the Trinity is not easily seen in the Scriptures, I say read the story of the Baptism of Jesus! Here, as Jesus rises from the water, "the Spirit" in the form of a dove descends upon Him and a voice from Heaven calls Him "Son." Only a Father can say "You are my Son." It just couldn't be more obvious! Of course, this isn't the only place that we could look to understand the Most Holy Trinity. And, indeed it isn't. But it is a great place to start. We learn from this simple passage that the Father is not the Son and the Son is not the Father and that neither of them is identical with the Holy Spirit. We learn that the persons of the Most Holy Trinity do act as a kind of unity. (Something which theologians call the "Ad Extra Axiom.") We learn that Jesus is truly the Son of God. We learn that Baptism is not merely a rite of passage or a "good thing to do" (what the Jews call a "mitzvah" as in Bar-Mitzvah or Bat-Mitzvah) but a true sacrament. We learn that the Holy Spirit is the one Person of the Most Holy Trinity which is not to be understood in the family/personal sense with which we associate both God the Father and God the Son.
We'd need to look to other scriptures to gather the other essential details which contribute to a complete theological understanding of the Most Holy Trinity. For example, we'd need to look to the other stories of baptisms in the New Testament to start developing an understanding of what it means for the Most Holy Trinity to be "of one substance" or "consubstantial." We'd need to look to reference both Deuteronomy and St. Paul to get that the three Persons of the Most Holy Trinity are not three gods or three parts of God but three Divine Persons in One Godhead. We'd need to dig in deeply to Daniel and Revelation to talk about the nature of the relationship between Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
All in all, the Scriptures are packed to the hilt with God's revelation of Himself. We need only to look!
Insights From Second Street
This Saturday, in Shreveport, the North Louisiana March for Life will demonstrate to those in authority how many of us stand against the evil of abortion. We will march across the big bridge and into downtown to protest the ongoing legalized killing of the unborn which is now the number one cause of death for any group of people in the United States - dramatically outnumbering Cancer, Heart Disease and Drunk Driving combined. Every year forty million children are murdered in their mothers' wombs under the cover of the law. And this is while the majority of Americans are opposed to abortion. That means that our elected representatives - contrary to the will of the people - maintain evil policies that WE don't want!
As a means of comparison, there were about 600,000 total slaves imported into the thirteen colonies and the nascent United States. Abortion kills that many people in the US every 145 days… World War I resulted in 37 million deaths and World War II resulted in almost 60 million worldwide. Abortion kills about 45 million children annually around the world (not counting China's one child policy). So the World Wars are repeated roughly every year by abortion. Hitler only managed to kill 18 million. Stalin killed 50 million. They are amateurs compared to what our governments do without our consent!
Anyone who says that abortion is merely a political issue or one issue among others is living a fantasy! Abortion is THE moral question of our entire lives. Nothing else even comes close. Frankly, if we were burning petty criminals at the stake, it would be less offensive to God than the current state of affairs!
Thankfully, the pro-life movement made great strides this year ousting many pro-abortion politicians and replacing them with pro-life candidates committed to scaling back and ultimately ending the evil of abortion. Many laws were passed which shut down abortion clinics and protected those protesting them. The internet has uncovered and revealed the filth that our educational establishment has been teaching to our children about their sexuality.
Planned Parenthood has been discredited for the filth that it is. But we can't rest easy! We have to hold our new legislators to account for their promises! We have to continue to work to assist young women in the midst of unexpected or crisis pregnancies. We have to support local organizations like the Women's Resource Center. Ultimately, we have to pray and fast in repentance for the sin of abortion and we have to beg God to destroy the apparatus that upholds this great evil in our midst!
Anyone who wants to join us at the Shreveport March for Life can meet at the Boardwalk in Shreveport a little before 10am. The event will last for about two hours. More info ProLifeLouisiana.org/Events/LALifeMarch/NorthMarch.html
SHREVEPORT MARCH FOR LIFE Saturday, Jan. 17th, in Shreveport, the North Louisiana March for Life will demonstrate to those in authority how many of us stand against the evil of abortion. Pro-lifers will march across the big bridge and into downtown to protest the ongoing legalized killing of the unborn which is now the number one cause of death for any group of people in the United States. Every year forty million children are murdered in their mothers' wombs under the cover of the law. And this is while the majority of Americans are opposed to abortion. Anyone who wants to join in at the Shreveport March for Life can meet at the Boardwalk in Shreveport a little before 10am. The event will last for about two hours. For more info, go to: ProLifeLouisiana.org/Events/LALifeMarch/NorthMarch.html
PARISH OFFICE & ST. MARY’S SCHOOL CLOSED Monday, Jan. 19th, the Parish Office & St. Mary's School will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Day. The Office & School will re-open Tuesday, Jan. 20th, at 8am. We pray that everyone has fun-filled and safe holiday!
UPCOMING SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
1/18: St. Mary’s Fund
1/25: Latin America
2/1: The Church Today
2/8: Restoration Fund
2/15: St. Mary’s Fund
2/18: Eastern Europe (Ash Wednesday)
2/22: Black & Indian Missions
3/8: Restoration Fund
3/15: St. Mary’s Fund
4/3: Holy Land (Good Friday)
4/12: Catholic Communications
4/19: Restoration Fund
4/26: Catholic Home Missions
5/3: St. Mary’s Fund
5/10: Restoration Fund
5/24: St. Mary’s Fund
6/7: Restoration Fund
6/14: St. Mary’s Fund
6/21: Peter's Pence
6/28: Bereavement Ministry
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.
- Sat, 1/10, Basilican Feast Day for the Anniversary of the Elevation of the Minor Basilica. Special Mass @ 10a.
- Wed, 1/14, CCD & Wed. Night Adult Catechism, 6-7:30p @ St. Mary’s
- Sat, 1/17, March for Life, Shreveport
- Mon, 1/19, Parish Office CLOSED & St. Mary’s NO SCHOOL, MLK Day
- Mon, 1/19, Pastoral Council Meeting, 6p
- Tue, 1/20, SMS All-School Mass, 10a
- Tue, 1/20, CDA Meeting, 6p
- Tue - Fri, 1/20 - 1/23, SMS Warriors for Life Trip to Washington D.C.
- Wed, 1/21, CCD, 6-7:30p @ St. Mary’s
- Wed, 1/28, SMS All-School Mass, 9a
- Wed, 1/28, CCD & Wed. Night Adult Catechism, 6-7:30p @ St. Mary’s
- Sat, 1/31, Candlemas
Within the Sanctuary
Sat, 1/10 4p Levi Thompson, (Lector) • Carl Henry, Kathleen Hicks, (EMHC-CI) • D.Bennett, J.Friedel, (Altar Boys)
Sun, 1/11 9a John Ackel, (Lector) • John Cunningham, (EMHC-CI) • Jeff & Carol Green, (EMHC-CH) • A.Behrendsen, R.&R.Cunningham, (Altar Boys)
Sun 1/11 11a Greg Burke, (Lector) • Lucile Ingram, (EMHC-CI) • Chris & Jennifer Maggio, (EMHC-CH) • S.&V.Maggio, S.Maggio, (Altar Boys)
Sat 1/17 4p Kathleen Hicks, (Lector) • Michael & Joanne Yankowski, (EMHC-CI) • D.Bennett, J.Friedel, (Altar Boys)
Sun 1/18 9a Karen Apponey, (Lector) • Elaine Bacon, (EMHC-CI) • Michael King, Stephen Taylor, (EMHC-CH) • M.&P.Vienne, M.McCart, (Altar Boys)
Sun 1/18 11a Kathy Bundrick, (Lector) • Tara Whitehead, (EMHC-CI) • Sam & Lillie Misuraca, (EMHC-CH) • A.&J.Parker, C.Fisher, (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: Red & Sadie Thomas
- Sun 9a: George Bernard & Bert Smith
- Sun 11a: Pro Populo
- Sun 5p: Robert Vercher
- Mon 6:30a: Jimmy Scott
- Mon 8a: Becky Masson
- Tue 6:30a: Ray & Gwen Ponthieux Families
- Wed 6:30a: Brian Stuart
- Thu 6:30a: Ora Lee Young
- Fri 6:30a: Adolf Sklar, Jr.
- Sat 8a: Mike Bouchie
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: Dr. Oscar “Joe” Bienvenu, Jr. & Mrs. Janis Abraham
Please pray for our Sick & Suffering: Bob Allen, Lolette Allen, William Lynn Basco, Lauren Bienvenu, Millard 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, 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, Michael Kearney, EvaGrace Keyser, Gary Kilgore, Jheanny Ladao, 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