From The Font
“This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and through it all the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.”
Modern science rarely admits that we "know not how" something happens. We know quite well that cells in the seed are dormant until sufficient water activates sugar reserves and then ATP does this, that and the other and so on and so on. Even with all of our science know-how, though, there are plenty of mysteries to be found. If Jesus were speaking to us in a new parable, He wouldn't have to search very hard to explain the mysterious life and power which infuses the Kingdom of God. There are plenty of mysteries around us which baffle science and which point to the reality of the universe as a marvel of God's creative love.
We could think about the existence of the mind. The brain isn't the mind... Neither is the electricity that runs through it... Or the blood which conducts the electricity or the vessels which contain the blood... The mind is something entirely other and amazing. It's tied to the brain but it's not synonymous with it.
We could think about the presence of mathematical constants like pi or c or Euler's constant which appear all through nature from the pyramids to the number of seeds in a pinecone to the arc formed by the coconut tree. How do we account for such regularity in a so-called random universe?
We could think about the fact that where persecution of the Church increases and Christians are martyred, the Church tends to grow stronger and more faithful whereas in those places where ease of life and comfort abound, the Church fades. It makes every kind of sense that where more time is available to live one's faith, the Church should expand… But the opposite it true.
Mysteries surround us. From new scientific discoveries like Dark Matter to the spiritual realities that science will never explain like self-sacrifice, the Kingdom of Heaven may be likened to a mystery in which God may be experienced but not seen or perceived. Our willingness to encounter mystery and our openness to God working through that mystery directly affect our capacity to encounter God and to be of use to Him in the work of that same Kingdom of God!
Insights From Second Street
And so the season of Ordinary Time is upon us again. The simpler cross, simpler vestments and the numbered Sundays point us away from the special occasion Sundays of the past four months. That time has, I pray, been fruitful and encouraging. We've journeyed together from Ash Wednesday and its call to fasting and penance through the forty days of Lent into Holy Week. We celebrated Holy Thursday. Twelve of our men stood in for the apostles. We walked together the Way of the Cross and venerated the relic of the True Cross. We entered the darkness of the Easter Vigil with only our shared candle light. We rejoiced at Easter. We prayed for God's mercy and rejoiced in His goodness. On Pentecost, we prayed for the strength of the Holy Spirit and on Corpus Christi Sunday, we realized that we would find our food for the journey in the Holy Eucharist. And now, after months of spiritual exercises and religious calisthenics, we return to the ordinary.
Our faith isn't really found in the dramatic moments. It may be tested there… But Rocky didn't learn to box or find his strength in the ring… He found it in chilly morning runs. NSU doesn't coalesce as a squad on the field, they do that in hours spent in practice. In reality and in fiction, it's the boring parts that really define us. It's that random Tuesday when I don't want to pray, but I do. It's that random night when I'm tempted to watch a TV show I shouldn't. It's the random phone call where I'm tempted to break confidence or pass along gossip. It's the crawfish boil, the fishing trip, the hair appointment, the drive to the walmart or the afternoon business meeting where we make the choice consciously to do that which is good and reject that which is bad.
Thankfully, Catholicism isn't all that complicated. Our personal obligations are to pray, to do works of penance, to do works of mercy and to obey the moral law. Publicly, we must attend Mass on all Sundays and Holy Days and endeavor to live out the teachings of our faith as best as we understand them. That may be challenging, but it's not complicated. We can do it! The Holy Spirit is with us and we've spent the last four months supercharging. Now it the time! Let's make this ordinary time as far from ordinary as possible!
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.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT DAD! Gifts for Father’s Day (June 21st) are now available in the MBIC Gift Shop. Come and see the variety of prayer books, rosaries, visor clips, key chains, cards, and more!
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.
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 email@example.com or pick up registration forms at the back of the Church/at the MBIC Rectory.
VIRTUS TRAINING There will be a Virtus Training Session at the MBIC Parish Hall Tuesday, June 16th, at 6:00p. With the Steubenville South Conference, Vacation Bible Schools and summer youth trips coming up, please remember that every adult who works/volunteers with children/youth in the Diocese of Alexandria’s churches/schools must be Virtus trained (and up-to-date on the on-going online portion of the Virtus training). If you would like to pre-register for the session, go to: www.virtus.org & click on “Registration” (on left side of screen) to begin the process. You can also call the MBIC Rectory at (318) 352-3422 to register for this session.
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.
- Sat, 6/13, Holy Mass, 5:30p @ SMS Chapel
- Tue, 6/16, Virtus Training Session, 6p @ MBIC Parish Hall
- Tue, 6/16, CDA Meeting, 6p
- 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
- Thu, 6/25, KC1357 Social, 6p
- 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
Within the Sanctuary
Sat 6/13 4p Kathy Bundrick, (Lector) • Carl Henry, Kathleen Hicks, (EMHC-CI) • D. Bennett, (Altar Boys)
Sun 6/14 9a Stephen Taylor, (Lector) • John Cunningham, (EMHC-CI) • C. Cunningham, P. & M. Vienne, (Altar Boys)
Sun 6/14 11a Gilen Norwood, (Lector) • Tara Whitehead, (EMHC-CI) • W. Lee, S. & V. Maggio, (Altar Boys)
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)
*Altar Boys who are not scheduled may serve if space permits. Come to the Sacristy 10 minutes before Mass.
Memorials & Prayer Intentions
- Sat 4p: Mike Bouchie & Red & Sadie Thomas
- Sat 5:30p: Joseph L. Fields
- Sun 9a: Billy Benefield, Sr., Jerry Gill, & Clifford McCalister
- Sun 11a: Mazie Jean Williamson, Francis Hicks, Sadie Stroud, & Robert Vercher
- Sun 5p: Pro Populo
- Mon 6:30a: Clifford McCalister
- Tue 6:30a: Mark Birch & Jessica Smith
- Wed 6:30a: Dora & Gerald Jeansonne
- Thu 6:30a: Louis & Agnes Sklar
- Fri 6:30a: Marva Cunningham & Chad Burch
- Sat 8a: Wallace Firmin & D.M. Sparks
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 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, 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