From The Font
“Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous: The Prince of life, who died, reigns immortal.” - From the Easter Sequence
The Victimae Paschale Laudes - the musical poem prior to the Gospel - weaves its themes around the back and forth between death and life. Nowhere is the text so rich as this centerpiece - “Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous…” Of course, death is not just the end of life. Death stands for sin and willfulness and our attachments to the flesh. Life, too, is not just biology. Life is Jesus Christ - the Way, the Truth and the Life. Christ defeated death not just in that our consciousness lives on. He conquers death in that life is not ours truly to live. And not just life, but abundant life! On this holy day, we must never lose sight of why we did all that penance during Lent. We sacrificed in order to see more clearly the hilltop upon which we now stand.
God wants more for us than we know how to want for ourselves. He wants more than overcoming our enemies. He wants more than happiness in this world. He wants more than psychological contentment, physical health and social standing. God wants for us abundant life and He offers it to us in the forgiveness of our sins and in freedom from the rat race of this world.
What if we didn’t have to chase the dollar around? What if we didn’t have to keep up with the Joneses? What if we didn’t have to rush our kids from one event to another? What if we were able to find the deepest personal fulfillment, satisfaction and even joy merely in knowing that God has chosen each of us and calls us by name? We mustn’t doubt for a second that this is exactly what God wants for us! It’s not that He doesn’t want us to be happy in this life - it’s that He wants to be truly happy in this life. He wants us to live a truly adventurous life in which every day is a new opportunity to discover the Holy Spirit working in us, through us and around us. He wants us to set out to work with a keen eye for sharing our faith, assisting the poor, finding the Lord at work around us and bringing new blessings to our homes at the end of the day. That kind of life - which is marked by the most profound Easter Joy - is what we ought to desire. What God wants for us is so much more than we want for ourselves!
Insights From Second Street
More and more, I read the news and I find myself fearful. Islam… Putin… The collapse of our culture… Entitlements and, with them, financial implosion… Depression, overmedication, our growing obsession with brutal violence and dehumanized sexuality… What ever happened to LOLCats?
It’s when I find myself in this anxious spot, that God tends to bop me on the head with something. All through this Lent, I’ve been anxious. And now, here on Easter, I find myself overwhelmed with the clarity of God’s plan. On the one hand, it’s not the Olsteen notion of naive, almost deranged optimism. On the other hand, it’s not the 700 Club idea that God has a protective bubble over the whole thing and He’s going come down here and punish the sinners and read the upright! Neither is God’s plan some silly amalgam of ideas to be found in the middle ground between these two lunatic extremes.
Rather, God’s plan is to show mercy to sinners and to extend His friendship to any who will accept it. Do you know what God’s plan was for Germany in 1932? Or for Europe when the Mongol Hoard road West? Or for the Roman Christians as Nero fiddled (or played the lute as was more likely the case)? God’s plan for all of those oppressed peoples was to show mercy to sinners and to extend His friendship to any who would accept it… Even to the oppressors... In wartime and in peacetime... To the saintly and to the sinful...
God’s plan is universal. It becomes trickier when each of us individually chooses to receive or to reject that plan. Mercy is all fine and good in theory - but as the song says: “Love hurts.” Some of us don’t want to be forgiven. Some of us don’t want the kind of friendship with God that will free us from our addictions to this or that sin. Some of us would rather rot from the inside out than be free. There are a dozen TV shows and movies that will show the slow, horrific death of an addict in any degree of detail you can stomach… Thankfully, there are plenty of TV shows and movies that will show you the way out. It’s universally difficult. It’s fraught with slips and slides and tears. And if you ask any addict who has learned to breath fresh air again - they’ll tell you it’s worth it.
This Easter day is Jesus calling us to so much more than sobriety from sin… And thanks be to God that He is! Happy Easter!
by: Tommy Myrick
Christ is risen! Alleluia! Death has been defeated, and our time of mourning and penance is over! The statues are unveiled again, and the world is more hopeful. There are some other things that come back for this Sunday, and there’s something special added for this feast! During Lent, the Alleluia is omitted and a Tract is done in its place. Also, the Gloria is omitted for most of Lent, and both are returned to their places within the Liturgy on this most joyous of days!
There is also a very special addition for Easter Sunday: the Sequence. This happens between the Alleluia and the Gospel reading in the Traditional Latin Mass, but is moved to just before the Alleluia in the Novus Ordo. Traditionally, the Sequence is sung. The first line, “Victimæ Paschalæ Laudes” (Praise the paschal victim) begins the retelling of Mary finding the empty tomb and the angelic witness of Christ’s resurrection.
Thanks be to God! May we be filled with hope for our salvation and concerned for the salvation of our friends and neighbors!
HOLY WEEK & EASTER BREAK Due to Easter Break, the MBIC Office will be CLOSED Mon-Tues, 4/6-4/7. The Office will re-open Wed, 4/8, at 8am. St. Mary’s will be CLOSED for Easter Break 4/6-4/10. Classes will resume on Monday, 4/13, at 8am.
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY Next Sunday, 4/12, is Divine Mercy Sunday. Father will be leading a Holy Hour & Vespers from 3:45-4:45p (devoted in honor of the Divine Mercy). All are encouraged to attend and receive the mercy of the Lord!
MBIC FLOWER DEDICATIONS In an effort to create a consistent and deliberate plan for the decoration of the Church, Immaculate will return to a "flower fund" approach for floral decorations in the Sanctuary. Excepting wedding decor, flowers will be planned and placed by the Ladies Altar Society on Sundays of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter and on selected Holy Days. These arrangements will be funded from our parish flower fund. Those who wish to sponsor a particular weekend arrangement in honor or memory of a loved one may contribute a flat fee of $250 to the flower fund by contacting the parish office. That honorarium will be published in the bulletin. As of right now, eleven weekends (4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/17, 5/24, 5/31, 6/7, 10/4, 11/1, 12/6) are available for sponsorship.
Also, because of our love of the Blessed Virgin Mary, those interested in decorating the Altar of the Blessed Virgin as an act of devotion may call the office and "reserve" a weekend (excepting Wedding weekends, Christmas time and Easter). Decorations of the Altar should be somewhat restrained and not impede the personal prayer of those who wish to kneel in devotion. There is no cost for reserving a weekend and any dedication or memorial will appear in the bulletin alongside dedications or memorials for flower sponsorships on the main altar.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS BINGO FUNDRAISERS The Knights of Columbus #1357 host weekly Bingo nights every Wednesday beginning at 7pm and on the second Sunday of every month. Proceeds from these events go to support all of our local Catholic Churches as well as other worthy causes like the N.A.R.C., the Special Olympics and St. Mary’s School to name only a few. All are welcome.
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-Tue, 4/6-4/7, MBIC Office CLOSED
- Mon-Fri, 4/6-4/10, Easter Break - St. Mary’s NO SCHOOL
- Tue, 4/7, SVdP Meeting, 6:30p in Hall
- Sun, 4/12, Divine Mercy Sunday - Divine Mercy Holy Hour & Vespers, 3:45-4:45p at the MBIC
- Tue, 4/14, KC1357 Meeting, 6:45p
- Wed-Fri, 4/15-4/17, SMS Scholastic Book Fair
- Fri, 4/17, Confirmation Mass, 6p at the MBIC
- Sat, 4/18, ACT Test
- Mon-Fri, 4/20-4/24, SMS ACT Aspire Testing & SMS Scholastic Book Fair
- Tue, 4/21, SMS Book Fair Family Night, 5p
- Tue, 4/21, CDA Meeting, 6p
- Thu, 4/23, KC1357 Social, 6p
- Tue, 4/28, SVdP Meeting, 6:30p in Hall
Within the Sanctuary
Sat 4/4 4p Kathleen Hicks, Levi Thompson, Deacon Whitehead, (Lector) • Jean Gill, Emelda Odom, (EMHC-CI) • D.Bennett, J.Miley, M.Vienne, P.Vienne, M.Thibodaux, D.Thibodaux, J.Thibodaux, C.Fisher, (Altar Boys)
Sun 4/5 9a Roger Cunningham, (Lector) • John Cunningham, Elaine Bacon, (EMHC-CI) • A.Behrendsen, BB.Behrendsen, R.&R.Cunningham, (Altar Boys)
Sun 4/5 11a Gilen Norwood, (Lector) • Joseph Sklar, Tara Whitehead, (EMHC-CI) • W.Lee, S.Maggio, V.Maggio, (Altar Boys)
Sat 4/11 4p Kathy Bundrick, (Lector) • Carl Henry, Kathleen Hicks, (EMHC-CI) • J.Thibodaux, (Altar Boys)
Sun 4/12 9a Joe Cunningham, Jr., (Lector) • Micheal King, (EMHC-CI) • Jeff & Carol Green, (EMHC-CH) • A.&C.Lirette, S.&T.Lirette, (Altar Boys)
Sun 4/12 11a Greg Burke, (Lector) • Cecilia Cook, (EMHC-CI) • Chris & Jennifer Maggio, (EMHC-CH) • S.Maggio, A.Parker, J.Parker, (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 8p: Pro Populo
- Sun 9a: Brad Shepherd, Grant Ingram, and Janis Abraham
- Sun 11a: Shirley & Richard Ragland and Red & Sadie Thomas
- Sun 5p: Pro Populo
- Mon 6:30a: Suzanne Morgan
- Mon 8a: No MASS
- Tue 6:30a: Brian Stuart
- Wed 6:30a: Billy Smith
- Thu 6:30a: Fair Hyams
- Fri 6:30a: Beau Scott
- Sat 8a: James & Jean Lee
Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for this Month are that people may learn to respect creation and care for it as a gift of God. And that, persecuted Christians may feel the consoling presence of the Risen Lord and the solidarity of all the Church.
Please pray for our Sick & Suffering: Lolette Allen, Teresa Arafat, William Lynn Basco, Lauren Bienvenu, Millard Bienvenu, Danny Bostick, Chad Bouchie, Mary-Lou Brasher, Marion Brossette, Flo Brouillette, Bailey Byrd, Carolyn Carter, Marie Charleville, Emilia Cofio, Peggy Cooper, Kim Cunningham, Lela Mae Dalme, Joe Davis, John DeFee, Richard DeVargas, RJ Ducote, Jayce Estep, Angela Eversall, Tom Foshee, Reba Friday, Paula Gagymad, Kramer Gahagan, Vicki Gahagan, Patsy Gallion, Sophie Gill, Elizabeth Governale, Ross Gwinn, Andy Harrington, Curt Harrington, Joyce Hayne, Deborah G. Hernandez, Frederick Hickman, Sue Van Hook, Kalita Jones, Michael Kearney, EvaGrace Keyser, Gary Kilgore, Jheanny Ladao, Samuel Lane, Jo Lapeyrouse, Raymond Litton, Jaden Eli Lodridge, Patricia Loftin, Joseph Longo, Brittany MacBrown, Lisa Mack, Dominic Majorie, Danny Manuel, Jack McCain Jr., Meg Michael, Lacey Mitchum, Mary Moss, Gary Murphy, Shane Niette, Mary Odom, Sue Prudhomme, Judy Risty, Sharon Roach, Wes Rollo, Makaehan Ross, Shirley Roy, Joseph Ryan, Donna Slaughter, Lil Taylor, Clay Thompson, Mariano Timotio, Ren Todtenbier, Brent Trichel, Patricia Vazquez, Julien Vienne, Ruthie J. Wallboughly, Leola Walmsley, Jessica Warner, Glen & Mary Williams, Marilyn Williams, Laura Young, & Melinda Zolzer