From The Font
“A man came from Baal-shalishah bringing to Elisha, the man of God, twenty barley loaves made from the first-fruits, and fresh grain in the ear.“
In the study of literature, great authors always foreshadow. That is, they hint at what will happen, either in plot or character development, so that major occurrences will seem natural and organic. In fiction, this is engineered by the author. In the scriptures, as in life, this foreshadowing is a part of the way in which God creates and sustains us.
From the very beginning, the Holy Eucharist is prefigured in the person of the Priest-King Melchizedek, King of Salem. He offers bread and wine. Then comes Elisha the prophet who multiplies food. When Jesus multiplies the loaves and fish on two separate occasions, the significance is made more visible and direct. When Jesus finally institutes the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, the disciples understand. They are gathered together on Pentecost, seven weeks after Jesus died to offer the bread and wine and to confect the Holy Eucharist.
The fact is that Jesus and the entire plan of salvation can be seen in the Old Testament. From the place of Jesus' birth to the seven sacraments to the Mass we offer today, all of it is right there to be seen. As St. Augustine says, "The New Testament lies hidden in the Old and the Old Testament is unveiled in the New." Our reading and study of the Old Testament is not mere history, but a searching for Christ. The plan for our salvation begins in Genesis 3:15, which Pope St. John Paul called the Proto-Gospel: "I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel." From the very moment of the Original Sin, God had a plan. He put that plan into motion even before He ejected Adam and Eve from the Garden. God's providence is truly marvelous!
One of the most beautiful gifts that comes from reading the Old Testament is the appreciation one gains for God's concern for us. God is constantly working to get us on track. Sometimes, He's tough. Sometimes, He punishes. Sometimes, He encourages. He sends judges, prophets and kings. He also sends destroyers, pagan warriors and plagues. But it's clear that the Lord is going to use every tool in His arsenal to get us into Heaven. When we understand what God has tried in our past, we appreciate all the more the gift He has given us in His Son!
Insights From Second Street
This Monday, July 27, marks 17 years since Fr. Yves Robirtaill died. He was a fascinating man who left quite the impression. He also gave me First Holy Communion at the little mission Church of St. Peter in Elmer, Louisiana, in 1986. I don’t have a single memory of a sermon Fr. Yves gave or even of a conversation we had. I remember being incredibly nervous as I went into my first Confession and Father telling me to take a deep breath and, yes, I could use a cheat sheet for my Act of Contrition even though Sister said I couldn’t. (I think all priests secretly love overruling a Sister every now and then…) I don’t remember him personally, but I do remember the effect he had on me. He was just larger than life.
Sir Winston Churchill spoke a lot about the value and necessity of nostalgia. Archbishop Fulton Sheen spoke about a love for one’s personal history as an act of faith which trusts that God has put you and me into this place and time for a reason. All of us will think from time to time that we would prefer to have been born into a different place or a different time, but God put us here for good reason. In part, we’re here because God intends to use this moment in this place for our betterment and our salvation. In part, God intends to use us for the betterment of others. And, surely, there are other parts that we can’t see and wouldn’t recognize that God intends to use for His glory in one way or another. However we sort it out, God put us here and it is our faith to live our lives as best as we can. That is, itself, an act of faith. Our willingness to love and to appreciate our past and our present is an essential factor in our future. Our eternal judgement is ultimately dependent upon the way in which we play the hand that the Lord has dealt us. After all, to whom much is given, much is expected. A hero is a hero because he or she took difficult circumstances and made a marvel of them!
As this tumultuous summer in our nation’s history comes to a close, I find myself increasingly challenged to trust myself entirely to the Lord. Every time I’ve asked the Lord “why me, why now,” I’ve gotten the same answer: “it’s not a coincidence - you were made for this moment in this place…” God is nothing if not mysterious.
JULY 29th is a INDULGENCED FEAST DAY Wednesday, July 29th, is the anniversary of the Establishment of the Diocese of Natchitoches. 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. Both Masses will end with the proper prayers for the Plenary Indulgence. All are welcome!
SUMMER ACCOMPLISHMENTS BULLETIN EDITION With summer coming to a close, it's time to celebrate and appreciate all that our young people accomplished this summer. The Aug. 15th edition of our parish bulletin will be a special Summer Accomplishments Edition. Email or write us at the office by Aug. 7th with a short list of your child's accomplishments (photos welcome). We will list them all in the Aug. 15th bulletin and include some of the photos on the website. Help us to celebrate your kids!
CCD TEACHERS NEEDED! Wednesday, Sept. 2nd, the MBIC Parish Supper, CCD Classes, & Wed. Night Adult Catch. for 2015-2016 will begin. The MBIC is in need of 2 adult volunteers to teach the 7th, 8th, 9th, & 10th grade CCD classes. For more information and/or to register as a volunteer, contact Susan Chesal at the MBIC Rectory at (318) 352-3422.
ADDITIONAL SATURDAY MASSES CONTINUED Fr. Ryan will continue offering an additional Saturday evening Mass at St. Mary’s School at 5:30p. The Mass will count for your weekend obligation. All are welcome.
MARCH FOR LIFE MEETING HAPPENING SOON! The Orientation Meeting for the 2016 National March for Life in Washington D.C. will be Thurs., August 20th, at 6:30p in the St. Mary’s Gym. Anyone seriously interested in traveling with us next year (Jan. 20-24, 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! (All SMS High School students, parents, alumni, parishioners, and everyone in between are invited. You do not have to be Catholic to attend. This is the only group from the Diocese offering adults & the public a way to the D.C. Pro-life March.) — Don’t forget to bring a pen & paper, your checkbook, and a friend!
- Sat, 7/25, Holy Mass at SMS Chapel @ 5:30p
- Tue, 7/28, SVdP Meeting, 6:30p @ Parish Hall
- Wed, 7/29, Indulgenced Feast Day: The Establishment of the Diocese of Natchitoches, Indulgenced Masses @ 6:30a & 6p
- Sat, 8/1, First Saturday - Vocations Club @ 8:45a
- Tue, 8/4, SVdP Meeting, 6:30p in Hall
- Wed, 8/5, Indulgenced Feast Day: The Dedication of St. Mary Major, Indulgenced Masses @ 6:30a & 6p
- Fri, 8/7, First Friday - Benediction of the MBS @ 5:15p
- Fri, 8/7, First Friday - Talk by Fr. Ryan @ 5:30p
- Sat, 8/8, Day of Enrichment for Deacons in Honor of St. Lawrence
Within the Sanctuary
Sat 7/25 4p Kathleen Hicks, (Lector) • Carl Henry, Jimmy Gunter, (EMHC-CI) • J. Friedel, (Altar Boys)
Sun 7/26 9a Elaine Bacon, (Lector) • James Barrios, (EMHC-CI) • M. McCart, JH & G. Ingrish, (Altar Boys)
Sun 7/26 11a Gilen Norwood, (Lector) • Tara Whitehead, (EMHC-CI) • A. & J. Parker, W. Lee, (Altar Boys)
Sat 8/1 4p Kathy Bundrick, (Lector) • Jo & Red Lapeyrouse, (EMHC-CI) • D. Bennett, J. Friedel, (Altar Boys)
Sun 8/2 9a Roger Cunningham, (Lector) • Micheal King, (EMHC-CI) • R. & R. Cunningham, J. Miley, (Altar Boys)
Sun 8/2 11a Greg Burke, (Lector) • Jean Gill, (EMHC-CI) • C. Fisher, Sc. Maggio, M. Leone, (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: N.L. Vercher, Joe Bienvenu, & Corwyn Aldredge
- Sat 5:30p: Janis Abraham & Tommy Johnson
- Sun 9a: Pro Populo
- Sun 11a: Richard Ragland and Russ & Lori Harvey
- Sun 5p: Cindy Humphries
- Mon 6:30a: Deceased Members of Ray & Gwen Ponthieux’s Family
- Tue 6:30a: Larry D. Smith
- Wed 6:30a: Vicki Gahagan
- Thu 6:30a: Gray LeBar, Jr.
- Fri 6:30a: Kenneth & Sally Prudhomme
- Sat 8a: Pop Hyams
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. Leola Walmsley
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, Anne Giering, Sophie Gill, Elizabeth Governale, Jeff Green, Ross Gwinn, Tammy Hall, 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, Meredith St. Andre, Lil Taylor, Clay Thompson, Mariano Timotio, Ren Todtenbier, Brent Trichel, Patricia Vazquez, Julien Vienne, Ruthie J. Wallboughly, Jessica Warner, Charlene White, Glen & Mary Williams, Marilyn Williams, Laura Young, & Melinda Zolzer