From The Font

“The whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron.”

God bless Moses! He had a rough time of leadership. He was woefully unqualified. He had no training, no desire and no backbone for the work. And despite the miracles God worked through him and the signs and wonders that confirmed his authority, the people still grumbled. Keep in mind that as they were grumbling, a huge pillar of fire was glowing about the tent of meeting!!! (Need we ask why Jesus chose not to do a miracle for Herod?)

Authority is a challenging charism. It belongs to God and it is doled out to the most unlikely of priests, prophets and kings. From Moses and Aaron, to the childlike David, to the ornery Elijah, to the loose-tongued Peter, to the 18-year-old Bishop Timothy, to the so-called “bad popes” of the late Renaissance, to the saintly clergy, religious and laity of the Church for the past twenty centuries, authority has been given not to the qualified or the ambitious, but to the faithful. 

At times, that has backfired. Authority can devolve into power. Some great, even saintly, men and women have been ruined by the authority given to them. King Saul set a precedent for that in the Old Testament. Judas was ruined by his authority over the apostles’ money. Later on, the  papacy was almost destroyed by the mixing of spiritual authority and worldly management of the papal states. 

Of course, “all good things come from the Father of Lights.” Authority comes from God and is a sharing in His true authority. All of us from the newly-baptized baby to the pope are under the authority of Christ, who is the head of the Church. And as people under authority, we are challenged to find within ourselves a humility and an enthusiasm for serving our true master. In a world which finds subservience, humility and being a follower repugnant, that’s not easy to do. Heck, the Israelites had literally been slaves only a few months before our first reading and, already, they’re revolting. Still, finding a way to embrace the plan God has for us is part and parcel to being a good son or daughter of God. Each of us has a mission of which we are neither the designer nor the shot-caller. Each of us is made for something else - heaven and service. Rather than fret about our natural human anxieties - we ought to look to the blessing that comes from being a son or daughter of God. We ought to look to the freedom, the security and the reward which God offers to us! Think of the joy we have in our Father!


Insights From Second Street

As our nation celebrates this hallowed day of independence, I can't help but be struck by the odd blending of ideas and of courage which makes it all possible. Initially, the United States was an experiment. A handful of people found themselves fed up with injustice and arrogance from their leadership. They took their future in their own hands and with great courage risked everything for a better way.

The experiment was messy to be sure. It had consequences. It had to be revised after the Articles of Confederation were too loose and offered a bit too much independence. The experiment had to be revised again in the 1860s when Americans once again grew weary of being told what to do - this time by their neighbors in Congress. The experiment was revised yet again in the 1920s and again in the 1970s. Now, many Americans find themselves fearful of what the next revision will be. At each moment of revision, liberty has been replaced with more and more restrictive governmental control. The temptation is to fear - a choice we have been warned away from by many of our greatest presidents. 

As Americans and Catholics, we know that the world has gone through cycle after cycle of change and rebirth. We are a people of hope, but we do not believe that our hope comes from our government or our culture or our leaders. Our hope comes from the Lord who raises up saints and men and women of courage and passion. Our hope for our nation isn't to be found in candidates or laws or courts - it's a hope grounded in virtue and the willingness to sacrifice for what we believe. 

When we think of the effect that individuals like Mother Theresa or Ghandi had on India, we have to take a moment to consider the power of living virtuously. When we consider the effect that Pearl Harbor and 9/11 had on our own nation, we have to take a moment to consider the power of sacrifice and suffering. 

On this day in which we celebrate our ancestral courage and the virtuous men and women who valued that courage and entered into the unknown experiment in which we live and thrive today, we can't help but be thankful, humbled and encouraged all at the same time. Independence Day 2015 is an opportunity to consider again the role each of us plays in the daily governance of our world. Be it our vote, our example or even our candidacy, each of us is still a part of this amazing experiment begun so many years ago. 


The Jargon…

by: Ashley Hebert

Good day to all of you and congratulations! The MBIC can officially begin its 15-month countdown until the next group of MBIC Pilgrims depart for Portugal, Spain, & France! It was truly a honor & a privilege to travel with you throughout Italy and I was blown away at how quickly parishioners began to show interest in our next trip (only 3 days after I returned from Italy! Ha!). I have once again been overjoyed by the amount of parishioners interested in this trip! The Holy Spirit is clearly moving through the hearts of the MBIC! 

The Orientation Meeting for the 2016 Pilgrimage to Portugal, Spain, & France will be Thursday, July 16, 2015, at 6:30p in the MBIC Parish Hall. Anyone seriously interested in traveling to with us next year (Oct. 1-10, 2016) should attend this meeting. You can call or email the Magnificat Staff at any time over the next 15 months, but this will be the only time representatives from Magnificat Travel will be in Natchitoches to discuss details and answer questions about the trip. 

Magnificat Travel will be handling all of the necessary paperwork and all financial aspects of our trip, so I will not be able to accept any payments from anyone here at the office throughout the next 15 months. The meeting on July 16th will be the first available date for parishioners to complete registration forms, pay the $500 non-refundable deposit fee, and decide how they would like pay the remaining balance of their trip costs. 

The Orientation Meeting will provide the opportunity for parishioners to hear about the trip itinerary (in a little more detail), the breakdown of the total trip cost and all that it includes/excludes, how we will be traveling and lodging every step of the way, expected weather & packing tips, etc. This will also be the ideal time for parishioners to ask any questions they may have, to notify Magnificat of any special accommodations they may need while traveling, etc. 

We want our pilgrims to as reassured and informed as possible throughout this experience, but some plans and questions about the trip will be difficult to answer with certainty 15 months in advance (too much can change too quickly in regards to travel & cost) — please be patient with us if we cannot always give definite answers to questions/concerns.
 
Please take time over the next 2 weeks to write down any questions or concerns you would like discussed at the meeting. All are welcome & encouraged to attend − don’t forget to bring a pen & paper (to take notes), your checkbook/credit card, and a friend!

As always, if you have any questions regarding this trip, please do not hesitate to contact me at (318)352-3422 or evangelization@minorbasilica.org. God Bless!


Parish News

PILGRIMAGE MEETING HAPPENING SOON! The Orientation Meeting for the 2016 Pilgrimage to Portugal, Spain, & France will be Thurs., July 16th at 6:30p in the MBIC Parish Hall. Anyone seriously interested in traveling with us next year (Oct. 1-10, 2016) should attend this meeting. This will be the only time representatives from Magnificat Travel will be in town to discuss details and answer questions about the trip.  Registration/payment for the trip will begin at this meeting. All are welcome. — Don’t forget to bring a pen & paper, your checkbook, and a friend! 

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, three weekends (10/4, 11/1, 12/6) remain 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.

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 jmaggio@cp-tel.net or pick up registration forms at the back of the Church/at the MBIC Rectory.

ADDITIONAL SATURDAY MASSES ADDED Fr. Ryan will continue to offer an additional Saturday evening Mass at St. Mary’s School Chapel at 5:30p during the Summer months. The Mass will count for your weekend obligation. All are welcome.

MBIC OFFICE SUMMER HOURS There will be new MBIC Office Hours for the months of June & July. The new office hours are Monday-Friday: 8am-12pm.


Parish Events

  • 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
  • Tue, 7/14, KC1357 Meeting, 6:45p
  • Thu, 7/16, MBIC 2016 Pilgrimage Orientation Meeting, 6:30p @ MBIC Parish Hall
  • Sat-Sun, 7/18-7/19, Enrollment of the Brown Scapular, after all weekend Masses @ MBIC
  • Sat, 7/18, Holy Mass at SMS Chapel @ 5:30p
  • Tue, 7/21, CDA Meeting, 6p
  • Fri, 7/24, MBIC Parish Office CLOSED
  • Sat, 7/25, Holy Mass at SMS Chapel @ 5:30p
  • Tue, 7/28, SVdP Meeting, 6:30p in Hall
  • Wed, 7/29, Indulgenced Feast Day: The Establishment of the Diocese of Natchitoches, Indulgenced Masses @ 6:30a & 6p

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Within the Sanctuary

Sat 7/4 4p Kathy Bundrick, (Lector) • Jo & Red Lapeyrouse, (EMHC-CI) • D. & M. Thibodaux, (Altar Boys)

Sun 7/5 9a John Ackel, (Lector) • Buddy Giering, (EMHC-CI) • R. & R. Cunningham, G. Fedelak, (Altar Boys)

Sun 7/5 11a Gilen Norwood, (Lector) • Joseph Sklar, (EMHC-CI) • A. & J. Parker, C. Fisher, (Altar Boys)

Sat 7/11 4p Laura Jo Johnson, (Lector) • Kathleen Hicks, David Bouchie, (EMHC-CI) • D. Bennett, (Altar Boys)

Sun 7/12 9a  Karen Apponey, (Lector) • Jeff Green, (EMHC-CI) • C. Cunningham, P. & M. Vienne, (Altar Boys)

Sun 7/12 11a Joe Payne Williams, (Lector) • Jennifer Maggio, (EMHC-CI) • J. Burrell, Sc. Maggio, W. Lee, (Altar Boys)

*Altar Boys who are not scheduled may serve if space permits. Come to the Sacristy 10 minutes before Mass.


Memorials & Prayer Intentions
Holy Masses

Sat 4p: The Barbier Family
Sat 5:30p: Jim Mutscheller
Sun 9a: The Mestayer & Humphries Families
Sun 11a: Shirley Ragland
Sun 5p: Pro Populo
Mon 6:30a: Clifford McCalister
Tue 6:30a: Brian Stuart
Wed 6:30a: Mary Jean Thomas
Thu 6:30a: Harry Gongre, Jr.
Fri 6:30a: Gray LeBar, Jr.
Sat 8a: Sister Mary Roland


Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for this Month are that political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity. And that, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.


Please pray for our Recently Deceased: Mrs. Mary Moss


Please pray for our Sick & Suffering: Lolette Allen, Teresa Arafat, Flay Rose Balthazar, 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