From The Font
“Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?”
Fear and faith are closely connected in the Scriptures. Whether we’re talking about Adam and Eve who donned fig leaves because they were frightened of their nakedness before God or St. Paul’s admonition to the Romans that “nothing can separate us from the Love of God!” The very concept of fear is a human reaction to something from which we feel powerless to protect ourselves or our loved ones. None of us fear an excess of cute, cuddly puppies. None of us fear too much chocolate. But, at the depth of our human nature, we fear those big things against which there is no defense.
Cultures deal with fear in different ways. When Moses took his sweet time on the mountain, the Jews made an idol of a golden calf. When Rahab realized that Joshua and the Jews would conquer her city, she betrayed her people with a deal for protection. When the widow Judith saw that King Holofernes was about to destroy her city, she deceived him, seduced him and then beheaded him. When the Maccabees saw the destruction coming, they fought back. When the cowardly Jews saw the same thing, they committed idolatry and sacrilege and venerated the Roman emperors as gods. When the apostles were confronted with the miracles of Jesus, Peter recognized his own sinfulness. When the woman caught in adultery was confronted with her sin, she stood silently. When Herod’s reputation was assailed by John the Baptist, he was fascinated and wanted to hear more.
There’s very little that everyone who is afraid has in common. Perhaps, there is only one thing. Those who are afraid hope and want not to be afraid. And the path to freedom from fear has two routes. Either we can become so strong, so powerful, so mighty that nothing would be able to threaten us. Something that many have tried and none have accomplished. Or, we can find protection in another who is so strong, so powerful, so mighty AND so concerned about us that we need not fear. And that is possible. In fact, it’s down-right doable.
The one nuance that must be remembered, though, is that God’s priority for us is eternal life first and mortal life second. Much of the time, those two are along the same route. But, from time to time, difficulty in mortal life is necessary to be made ready to enter eternal life. In these moments where it is necessary to take up our Cross and follow Him, we are fortified by our faith which directs us to trust God in spite of what fear we may feel.
Insights From Second Street
This weekend is a tough one for many priests. It is the farewell weekend for those priests who will be transitioning to new parishes. I wanted to take a moment to ask everyone to pray for Fr. Jason Gootee who will be departing Holy Cross and making his way to St. Francis de Sales parish in Echo.
Fr. Jason has been an amazing pastor, a faithful worker and a true gift to this city and to the Church. I'd imagine all of us have encountered Fr. Jason's inspiring sermons, his passionate advice in the confessional or his sincere kindness in conversation. He has accomplished much! Personally, I appreciate most of all Fr. Jason's courage to stand by the Church in difficult matters. I struggle with the line between being kind and welcoming and saying the hard things which hurt but which are necessary for eternal life. It's a very difficult line to walk and Fr. Jason has been a true inspiration.
Before coming to Holy Cross, Fr. Jason was the vocation director of the diocese and the pastor of St. Juliana in Alexandria. The transition from a relatively small parish to a much larger one is tough! Fr. Jason did an amazing job. He has been loved by his students and has brought many, many people into the Church. He did this by a real commitment to being present and by an authenticity in his work, his prayer and his priesthood.
Fr. Jason has also been an important part of the tremendous growth in NSU Catholic Campus ministry in the past nine years. He spearheaded the purchase of the new Catholic Student center and pioneered the work of ministry via gaming. It's easy to dismiss the novelty and brilliance that he showed in this work in particular. Reaching youth on a level they can accept is difficult. Finding a way to build relationships and friendships among college students is even more daunting. Fr. Jason's work with the Catholic college students is revolutionary. It's a model for other priests around the state.
I hope that everyone will join me in thanking God for these last nine years with Fr. Jason and in praying for his success at St. Francis de Sales in Echo. I have no doubt at all that father will bring the same passion, energy, faithfulness and wisdom to this next chapter in his priesthood.
by: Tommy Myrick
Before I was welcomed into the Catholic Church, I struggled with focus in my prayer time. I had grown beyond only asking God to answer my petitions (since prayer should be a dialogue), and I was trying to listen and meditate upon the scriptures when I would finish thanking God for what he had done, praising him for who he is, and asking him to answer my petitions.
I found that what often would happen when I tried to listen for God’s voice was that my mind would start to wander. Sometimes I would drift to spiritual things, sometimes it would be situations with other people, sometimes it was about what I wanted to eat later, and just about anything in between. I would finish my prayer time often frustrated and riddled with guilt for not being able to focus on him. It was like I was in the garden of Gethsemane, and Jesus was asking me why I couldn’t watch and pray for an hour. I would often feel defeated in my attempts to grow in my faith.
This is when I discovered religious art. Yes, it is often beautiful, but there is something much more practical to it. I find that using a piece of religious art as a focal point during my prayer time keeps my mind from wandering to the profane. This is why it’s so important to have religious art in our places of worship! It’s also necessary to have a place (or places) in our homes that we can set aside for prayer. In my house we have made that focal point on top of our piano where we have a statue of the Blessed Mother and several holy images like the Immaculate Heart and the Sacred Heart. Your computer is also a great place to have sacred art displayed! During my devotion praying the Angelus, I will always have some form of religious art depicting Mary displayed. This week it’s Fra Angelico’s “The Annunciation”. The greatest thing about religious art on your computer is that it is easy to find, and most often, it’s free! I encourage you to try this if you’re like me and have trouble focusing during your prayer time. I know it has helped me very much!
THANK YOU MBIC! Fr. Stephen Soares, along with the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales, would like to thank all those parishioners who participated and supported their recent Mission Appeal. We were truly blessed by your generosity! May God reward you!
CDA BAKE SALE The Catholic Daughters of America will be hosting a Father’s Day Bake Sale Sat-Sun, 6/20-6/21, after all the Masses. Baked goods can be purchased with Cash or Checks.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL The MBIC along with St. Mary's will be hosting its annual Vacation Bible School at St. Mary’s School July 13-17, from 9a-Noon. Children between the ages of 4-11 are invited to attend. There is a suggested donation of $5 per family (but we will not turn away anyone due to finances). Virtus trained teenager and adult volunteers are needed. (All adult volunteers must have completed the Virtus Touching Safety Program prior to the beginning of VBS.) For more information and/or to register as a volunteer or attendee, contact Susan Chesal at the MBIC Rectory at (318) 352-3422 or Jennifer Maggio at firstname.lastname@example.org or pick up registration forms at the back of the Church/at the MBIC Rectory.
JUNE 29th IS AN INDULGENCED FEAST DAY Monday, June 29, is the Feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. A Plenary Indulgence has been extended by the Holy Father for our Church. We will have a simple Mass at 6:30a and a festal Mass at 6p. All are welcome!
PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR STUDENTS Please join us in praying for all of the High School Students who will be attending Camp Joshua Louisiana June 28th - July 2nd in Baton Rouge. Camp Joshua’s “Joshua Leadership Institute” is an intensive, five day summer program that trains high school students to be prolife leaders. Please pray especially for all of the SMS Students that will be attending.
PARISH OFFICE CLOSED Friday, July 3rd, the Parish Office will be closed in observance of Independence Day. The Office will re-open Monday, July 6th, at 8am. We pray that everyone has safe and fun-filled holiday!
COME & SEE CATHOLICISM (By: Fr. Robert Barron) This adult formation program was designed to enhance & support the Church’s mission to evangelize & teach the content of the Catholic faith. The series began Thursday, May 7th, at 10am in the MBIC Parish Hall & will continue weekly for 3 more lessons. All are invited to attend. There is no cost to participate.
- Sat, 6/20, Holy Mass, 5:30p @ SMS Chapel
- Sat-Sun, 6/20-6/21, CDA Bake Sale (after 4p, 9a, & 11a Masses)
- Sun, 6/21, Father’s Day
- Tue, 6/23, SVdP Meeting, 6:30p in Hall
- Sat, 6/27, Holy Mass, 5:30p @ SMS Chapel
- Sun-Thu, 6/28-7/2, Camp Joshua Pro-Life Leadership Camp, in Baton Rouge
- Mon, 6/29, Indulgenced Feast Day: The Holy Apostles Peter & Paul, Indulgenced Masses @ 6:30a & 6p
- Fri, 7/3, MBIC Parish Office CLOSED, Independence Day
- Fri, 7/3, First Friday - Benediction of the MBS @ 5:15p
- Fri, 7/3, First Friday - Talk by Fr. Ryan @ 5:30p
- Sat, 7/4, First Saturday - Vocations Club @ 8:45a
- Sat, 7/4, Holy Mass at SMS Chapel @ 5:30p
- Tue, 7/7, SVdP Meeting, 6:30p in Hall
- Sat, 7/11, Holy Mass at SMS Chapel @ 5:30p
- Mon-Fri, 7/13-7/17, Vacation Bible School at St. Mary’s School, 9a-Noon
Within the Sanctuary
Sat 6/20 4p Levi Thompson, (Lector) • David Bouchie, Mickey Hennigan, (EMHC-CI) • D. Bennett, J. Friedel, (Altar Boys)
Sun 6/21 9a Sydney Frederick, (Lector) • John Vandersypen, (EMHC-CI) • Lirette, (Altar Boys)
Sun 6/21 11a Greg Burke, (Lector) • Linda Lee, (EMHC-CI) • W. Lee, C. Fisher, Sc. Maggio, (Altar Boys)
Sat 6/27 4p Kathleen Hicks, (Lector) • Nita Maggio, Jimmy Gunter, (EMHC-CI) • D. & M. Thibodaux, (Altar Boys)
Sun 6/28 9a Joe Cunningham, Sr., (Lector) • Alice Barrios, (EMHC-CI) • J. Miley, JH. & G. Ingrish, (Altar Boys)
Sun 6/28 11a Ed Giering, (Lector) • Cecilia Cook, (EMHC-CI) • J. Burrell, S. & V. 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: Andrew Maggio, Shirley Egan, & Helen Laney
- Sat 5:30p: Betty Godfrey & Dorline Sparks
- Sun 9a: Martha LaCaze, Jan Mitchell, Special Intentions, & Pop Hyams
- Sun 11a: Deceased Members of the Rambin & Shepherd Families & Red & Sadie Thomas
- Sun 5p: Pro Populo
- Mon 6:30a: Mike Bouchie & Terry G. Smith
- Tue 6:30a: Deceased Members of Ray & Gwen Ponthieux’s Families
- Wed 6:30a: Mr. & Mrs. Dickie deVargas
- Thu 6:30a: Shirley & Richard Ragland
- Fri 6:30a: Archie & Mabel Smith
- Sat 8a: Sister Mary Roland
Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for this Month are that immigrants and refugees may find welcome and respect in the countries to which they come. And that, the personal encounter with Jesus may arouse in many young people the desire to offer their own lives in priesthood or consecrated life.
Please pray for our Recently Deceased: Mrs. Mary Moss
Please pray for our Sick & Suffering: Lolette Allen, Teresa Arafat, Maudie Baranowski, William Lynn Basco, Johnny Batten, Cletus Bauer, Lauren Bienvenu, Millard Bienvenu, Chad Bouchie, Mary-Lou Brasher, Marion Brossette, Flo Brouillette, Darlene Bynog, 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, 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