From The Font
Some Christians - especially so-called “fundamentalist” or “bible Christians” - express concern that the word “Trinity” is not to be found in the Bible. And it is very true that no scripture passage can be found which says “there is one God in three divine Persons, each of which is not partially God, but entirely and who are distinguishable only by the fact that each is not the other.” And be assured, it’s not a translation issue.
Despite the lack of sophisticated theological language, there are plenty of moments in the Sacred Scripture which reveal the Most Holy Trinity. Think, for a moment, about the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River by John. After Jesus convinces John to baptize Him, He stands up from out of the water. The voice of the Father resounds in the sky and the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove lands on His shoulder. It couldn’t be clearer. The Father, Who spoke in the beginning, the Son, Who is the Word which was spoken, and the Holy Spirit, Who reveals and expresses the word in the world, all interacting and intersecting together. They are distinct but only from the outside looking in. Internally, God is One, a perfect unity, entirely God. From the outside looking in, we recognize three Divine Persons, each manifesting the divinity to our senses and reason in differing ways.
Some have tried to make overly simplistic generalizations about the Holy Trinity. They’ve tried to say that the Old Testament was the age of the Father, the Gospels were the age of Jesus and from the Acts of the Apostles until now is the age of the Holy Spirit. Others have tried to make things simpler either by forcing God to fit into our minds by saying that the Holy Trinity is just an illusion and that the Divine Persons are just masks or modes or names while others have strayed in the other direction denying the unity of God and finding instead an almost Hindu Committee-God of three like-minded deities working in unison.
Others have tried to explain the trinity by worldly images. St. Patrick famously pointed to the shamrock. St. Augustine likened the three phases of water (steam, water and ice) to the three Divine Persons.
All in all, it’s hard to speak about so complex a mystery. We can say that the Most Holy Trinity is one God in three Divine Persons and that God is incomprehensible in Himself but that He has revealed certain aspects of Himself to us. Beyond that, we’ll have to wait for eternity to get a clearer picture.
Insights From Second Street
What does it mean to be created in the image and likeness of God? Well, as individuals, we are the image of God because of our immortal souls. Our capacity to love, to sacrifice, to be self-aware are all part of the likeness of God within. But the language of Genesis chapter 1 is unusual… Take verse 26: “Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness.” How odd! “Us” and “Our,” of course, point to the Holy Trinity… But man, there, is in the singular… And take a look at verse 27: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Hmm, more confusing singular\plural issues.
As Christians, we know that these verses reveal that not only are we made in the image and likeness of God as individuals, but also as families. In fact, the very first commandment God gives in the bible (Gen 1:28) is “be fruitful and multiply.” The family enters the bible at the very beginning. The end of the bible, too, (Rev 22:17) references the relationship between God and the Church as a relationship between man and his “Bride.” Jesus’ first miracle is at a wedding feast… We just can’t understand what God has revealed about Himself without understanding the family and the role that the family is supposed to play in our lives.
Is there any wonder that since World War I - when hundreds of thousands of families were left fatherless - Europe has been in steady decline? That process sped up dramatically after World War II when horrific casualty numbers left a quarter of the world in homes broken by one thing or another. The healing needed in the world is not political or economic so much as it is familial. Kids raised in healthy homes are hundreds or thousands of times less likely to suffer depression - which is pandemic in the US. They are less likely to need medication for behavioral disorders. Less likely to turn to drugs. Less likely to commit crime. Less likely to turn to pornography or sexual disorders. Even the battle taking place over the legitimization of homosexuality and unnatural marriage is fundamentally a question of a right or a wrong understanding of family. (Is the primary purpose of the family the good of the kids or the happiness\satisfaction of the parents?) For us humans, everything comes down to family. Let’s take some time today to pray for all our families!
DIOCESAN ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Are you or someone you know celebrating a 25, 30, 40, 50, 60 or more anniversary any time during 2015? If so, please contact the MBIC Office by Tuesday, June 16th, with this information. All of the information we collect will be shared with the Diocese and they will send you an invitation to the Diocesan Anniversary Celebration to be held on Sunday, July 12th, at 2pm at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. The Celebrant will be Bishop Ronald P. Herzog.
DIOCESE OF ALEXANDRIA ORDINATIONS Reminder that our Diocese will be ordaining 1 man to the Deaconate on June 6th at 10a. All are invited to attend. Please pray for these men & for more vocations.
MISSION APPEAL MAY 30th & 31st Our Vice-Rector, Fr Stephen Soares, is a missionary priest of the order of St. Francis De Sales. He will be making a mission appeal for his order’s work in Mozambique in Africa. Before coming to the US, he worked there as the Rector of a seminary and as the Pastor of St Francis de Sales church. He will tell us about the life and activities of the missionaries there (priests, seminarians and laity). The people continue to suffer after 25 years of brutal civil war, but their Faith in Jesus is being rebuilt by the missionary efforts.
Father can accept gifts and donations for the missions and invites all of us to do our part to assist the poor and those who “hunger and thirst for righteousness.” You are invited to be a missionary and a friend of St. Francis de Sales in reaching out and supporting the missions with your prayers and financial support. Your monetary gifts will be used for the evangelization of the many families the Church has entrusted to the missionaries. It will also assist in educating seminarians, caring for orphaned children with AIDS and for assisting clergy in bringing the Holy Mass to distant villages. Donations of technology - especially laptop computers and smart-phones - are especially helpful to those doing ministry in rural Africa.
In 2016, Fr. Stephen will be traveling to Mozambique and welcomes anyone who may be interested to come along with him. All are free to contact him at the rectory with questions or donations. God reward you for your generosity!
OLIVE WOOD CARVINGS FOR SALE The Bethlehem Group will be visiting our parish May 30-31. They will have beautiful, handmade olive wood carvings from the Holy Land for sale. All proceeds from the sale will be used to buy food and other necessities for the needy families in the Holy Land. Please help as much as you can.
MBIC OFFICE HOURS CHANGING Beginning Monday, June 1st, there will be new MBIC Office Hours for the months of June & July. The new office hours are Monday-Friday: 8am-12pm.
ADDITIONAL SATURDAY MASSES ADDED Beginning Sat., June 6th, Fr. Ryan will offer an additional Saturday evening Mass at St. Mary’s School Chapel at 5:30p during the Summer. The Mass will count for your weekend obligation. All are welcome.
- Sat-Sun, 5/30-5/31, Fr. Stephen gives Mission Appeal at all weekend Masses
- Tue, 6/2, SVdP Meeting, 6:30p in Hall
- Fri, 6/5, First Friday - Benediction of the MBS @ 5:15p
- Fri, 6/5, First Friday - Talk by Dc. Whitehead @ 5:30p
- Sat, 6/6, First Saturday - Vocations Club @ 8:45a
- Sat, 6/6, Holy Mass at SMS Chapel @ 5:30p
- Tue, 6/9, KC1357 Meeting, 6:45p
- Sat, 6/13, Holy Mass at SMS Chapel @ 5:30p
- Tue, 6/16, CDA Meeting, 6p
- Sat, 6/20, Holy Mass at SMS Chapel @ 5:30p
- Sat-Sun, 6/20-6/21, CDA Bake Sale
- Sun, 6/21, Father’s Day
- Tue, 6/23, SVdP Meeting, 6:30p in Hall
- Thu, 6/25, KC1357 Social, 6p
- Sat, 6/27, Holy Mass at SMS Chapel @ 5:30p
- Sun-Thu, 6/28-7/2, Camp Joshua Pro-Life Leadership Camp, in Baton Rouge
- Mon, 6/29, Basilican Feast Day: The Holy Apostles Peter & Paul, Indulgenced Masses @ 6:30a & 6p
Within the Sanctuary
Sat 5/30 4p Kathleen Hicks, (Lector) • Nita Maggio, Jimmy Gunter, (EMHC-CI) • J.Friedel, D.Bennett, (Altar Boys)
Sun 5/31 9a Joe Cunningham, Jr., (Lector) • John Vandersypen, (EMHC-CI) • James & Alice Barrios, (EMHC-CH) • M.McCart, G.Ingrish, JH.Ingrish, (Altar Boys)
Sun 5/31 11a Ed Giering, (Lector) • Tara Whitehead, (EMHC-CI) • Joseph Sklar, Barbara Laborde, (EMHC-CH) • S.Maggio, C.Fisher, J.Burrell, (Altar Boys)
Sat 6/6 4p Laura Jo Johnson, (Lector) • Jo & Red Lapeyrouse, (EMHC-CI) • D. & M. Thibodaux, (Altar Boys)
Sun 6/7 9a Michael King, (Lector) • Carol Green, (EMHC-CI) • J. Miley, G. Fedelak, M. McCart, (Altar Boys)
Sun 6/7 11a Joe Payne Williams, (Lector) • Chris Maggio, (EMHC-CI) • C. Fisher, M. Leone, Sc. 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: Sister Mary Roland & Red & Sadie Thomas
- Sun 9a: Clifford McCalister, Dr. Johhn Simoneaux, & Kenneth Prudhomme
- Sun 11a: Richard Ragland, Gerald J. Mayeux, & Sister Mary Roland
- Sun 5p: Pro Populo
- Mon 6:30a: Vivian & Urban Beebe & Leo Abraham
- Tue 6:30a: Sam H. Hicks
- Wed 6:30a: Thomas Emile & Beau Scott
- Thu 6:30a: Frank Kelley
- Fri 6:30a: Dr. Oscar Joseph Bienvenu, Jr.
- Sat 8a: Leo & Janis Abraham
Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for this Month are that, rejecting the culture of indifference, we may care for our neighbors who suffer, especially the sick and the poor. And that, Mary’s intercession may help Christians in secularized cultures be ready to proclaim Jesus.
Please pray for our Sick & Suffering: Lolette Allen, Teresa Arafat, William Lynn Basco, Johnny Batten, Cletus Bauer, Lauren Bienvenu, Millard Bienvenu, 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, Raymond Litton, Jaden Eli Lodridge, Patricia Loftin, Joseph Longo, Brittany MacBrown, Lisa Mack, Dominic Majorie, Barbara Manshack, 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, Charlene White, Glen & Mary Williams, Marilyn Williams, Laura Young, & Melinda Zolzer