From The Font

“Hear the statutes and decrees which I am teaching you to observe, that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the land.”

In the beginning, God made a covenant with Abraham. From that covenant, the law of Moses was given, again by God, as the practical means for living out the conditions of the covenant promise and receiving its reward. The law, then, is the servant of the covenant... just as the rules of a household are the servant of the love that parents have for their children. The basic moral law that all major religions share is “do good and avoid evil.” Divisions abound, though, when we get specific. Because laws are specific and the principles upon which they are based are universal, the details of the law will always be matters of contention.

For the Jews, like the followers of Islam, salvation is found in perfect obedience to the law as it is revealed. The perfect Jew will follow every tenant of the law to the perfection of his ability at every moment. He need not do so with a generous spirit or anything resembling love. So, too, a “perfect” citizen need not love speed limits or the tax code.

Contrary to modern misconceptions, Jesus “did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it.” The fulfillment of the law is in right intention coupled with right action. What the Jews lost between the Covenant of Abraham and the Pharisees and Sadducees was the love for God that was\is the beating heart of all God’s creatures. After all, if we should fail to glorify God rightly “the very rocks themselves would cry out.” Jesus doesn’t seek to oppose love and law, but to unite them perfectly. Where some interpretations of the law - imposed by scholars rather than by God - must be corrected, Jesus corrects. In today’s Gospel, He corrects misunderstandings about doing the dishes. Elsewhere, He corrects thinking on the sabbath and on divorce and on welcoming strangers and aliens.

Just as we hope that our kids will be obedient to the rules of the house out of love rather than fear of punishment, so God proposes - through His Church - a rule of law which is designed to be life-giving and to bring about the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. There are punishments to be sure… But the heart of the law is not the punishments, it is the covenant… The promise that God made to our ancestors. “God is love and He who abides in love, abides in God and God in Him.” And how will we know who abides in love? “If you love Me, says the Lord, you will keep my commands.”


Insights From Second Street

Dear MBIC Parishioners & St. Mary’s School,

After the exciting, challenging and very eventful time in Natchitoches, it is with mixed emotions that I say farewell to all of you.

My 2 years as Director of Evangelization at the MBIC and as Graphic Designer for St. Mary’s have been very rewarding and enriching! Within my time here, I have grown and learned so much about myself and my career and I have loved every second of it! My time in Natchitoches gave me the opportunity to reconnect with the 18-year-old-missionary version of myself and I remembered what it was like to have a “servant’s heart.” I also figured out what my true loves & passions are… I love being an artist and a graphic designer! I love to travel! I love organizing events, service projects, and trips! I love being involved with a Catholic School! And I genuinely just love to serve others! ...I’m so lucky to have been given the opportunity to figure all this out by the age of 26! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  :)  

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your guidance, support, encouragement, cooperation and friendship during my time here. I will always remember the excitement and sense of pride I felt after designing the MBIC’s new logo, updating new and old SMS logos and graphics, taking the MBIC on its 1st pilgrimage to Italy, and marching alongside SMS students in Washington D.C.! It has been an honor to accomplish all of this with you in such a short period of time! Thank you for trusting me to do the job and being open to trying so many new things!

And last but not least, a million thanks to Fr. Ryan Humphries and Mrs. Jacque Horton! You both gave me a shot at my “dream job” just 1 year after my college graduation and put me to work in great environments alongside wonderful people! I have learned so much from both of you and will really miss working with you both! Thanks for all the support and guidance… and for always believing in me and pushing me to achieve greatness! 

Looking forward…. I will be marrying my best friend and soul mate, Chris Ducote, on January 2, 2016. We are both very excited as the “big day” is quickly approaching and are looking forward to making a home together in Pineville, LA. Chris is the Manager of Structural Design for Dis-Tran Packaged Substations (in Pineville, LA). I am currently preparing for a new job opportunity in Pineville, LA, as well. I have a lot of faith in God’s timing and providence and I look forward to this next job position. Please pray for me as I am going forward with packing, moving, job interviews, and new job training! And please keep Chris and I and our upcoming nuptials in your prayers!  

I would love to keep in touch, so please feel free to contact me at aeh6689@gmail.com.

Thanks & God Bless,
Ashley E. Hebert



Parish News

PARISH SUPPER & CCD BEGIN 9/2 Our first Parish Supper, Wed. Night Adult Catechism & CCD night will be Wednesday, Sept. 2nd, at St. Mary’s. We’ll have food for free in the Cafeteria beginning at 5p (donations welcome). At 6p, the kids will go to CCD and Fr. Ryan will give a talk in the Chapel for all who are interested. Invite other parishioners and/or your non-Catholic friends to attend!

ST. MARY’S TAA Tiger Athletic Association membership packages are now available to purchase. Contact the school or any of our student athletes to purchase tickets a membership package. 

PARISH OFFICE CLOSED Monday, Sept. 7th, the Parish Office will be closed in observance of Labor Day. The Office will re-open Tuesday, Sept. 8th, at 8am. We pray that everyone has fun-filled and safe holiday!

FIRST FRIDAY & FIRST SATURDAY The First Friday & Saturday of each month are kept in honor of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Adoration on First Friday begins after morning Mass and continues until Benediction at 5:15p. Sign-up at the back of the Church if you can watch with the Lord for an hour. First Saturday Mass and Benediction are at 8a.

WE ARE COMMITTED TO FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY Many of our financial documents, including statements of assets are available on our website at MinorBasilica.org/Finance. If you feel like you need more specific information, please visit the office.

ST. MARY’S FOOTBALL The 1st regular season SMS Football game will be Fri., 9/4, against Lakeview. Kickoff is at 7p in Turpin Stadium. Pray for a safe, fun and victorious season. GO TIGERS! 

CONFESS YOUR SINS AND BE WASHED CLEAN Remember that father is in the confessional about 45m before weekend Masses. Drop in and get yourself right with the Lord. The Act of Contrition is on the wall and there’s a cheat sheet outside the confessional. We all need a regular confession!

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.


Parish Events

  • Sat, 8/29, Holy Mass at SMS Chapel @ 5:30p
  • Tue, 9/1, SVdP Meeting, 6:30p in Hall
  • Wed, 9/2, Parish Supper, CCD, & Wed. Night Adult Catechism, 5-7:30p @ St. Mary’s
  • Fri, 9/4, First Friday - Benediction of the MBS @ 5:15p 
  • Fri, 9/4, SMS vs. Lakeview - 7p @ Turpin Stadium
  • Sat, 9/5, First Saturday - Vocations Club @ 8:45a
  • Sat, 9/5, Holy Mass at SMS Chapel @ 5:30p
  • Mon, 9/7, *Labor Day* MBIC Parish Office CLOSED & SMS NO SCHOOL
  • Tue, 9/8, KC1357 Meeting, 6:45p
  • Wed, 9/9, CCD, & Wed. Night Adult Catechism, 6-7:30p @ St. Mary’s
  • Thu, 9/10, SMS vs. North Caddo - 7p @ Turpin Stadium
  • Sat, 9/12, Holy Mass at SMS Chapel @ 5:30p

PARISH FINANCES

Our Sunday Collection last week was $7,905Thank you for your generous return to our Lord!

To Donate Onlineclick here or scroll to the bottom of this page.

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Within the Sanctuary

Sat 8/29 4p Gilen Norwood, (Lector) • Jo & Red Lapeyrouse, (EMHC-CI) • D. Bennett, J. Friedel, (Altar Boys)

Sun 8/30 9a John Ackel, (Lector) • Carol Green, (EMHC-CI) • R. & R. Cunningham, M. McCart, (Altar Boys)

Sun 8/30 11a Joe Payne Williams, (Lector) • Linda Lee, (EMHC-CI) • W. Lee, S. Maggio, C. Fisher, (Altar Boys)

Sat 9/5 4p Kathleen Hicks, (Lector) • Mickey Hennigan, Nita Maggio, (EMHC-CI) • Thibodaux, (Altar Boys)

Sun 9/6 9a Micheal King, (Lector) • Alice Barrios, (EMHC-CI) • Lirettes, (Altar Boys)

Sun 9/6 11a Greg Burke, (Lector) • Patsy Melder, (EMHC-CI) • J.Burrell, A. & J. Parker, (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: Andrew Maggio, Raymond Arthur, Clay Hennigan, & Mary Moss
  • Sat 5:30p: Mary Ann Gongre
  • Sun 9a: Grant Ingram, Terry G. Smith, Marjorie Maddie, & Sue Dearman
  • Sun 11a: Richard Ragland 
  • Sun 5p: Pro Populo
  • Mon 6:30a: Cynthia Cox
  • Mon 8a: Sandi Ponthieux
  • Tue 6:30a: Gilbert & Sadie Stroud
  • Wed 6:30a: Harry Gongre, Jr.
  • Thu 6:30a: Edwin McClung
  • Fri 6:30a: Gary LaBar, Jr.
  • Sat 8a: John Bacon


Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for this Month are that refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, may find a generous welcome and the protection of their rights. And that, Christians in Oceania may joyfully announce the faith to all the people of that region.


Please pray for our Recently Deceased: Mrs. Shirley Landrum & Mrs. Mary Stanton


Please pray for our Sick & Suffering: Lolette Allen, Teresa Arafat, Flay Rose Balthazar, Maudie Baranowski, William Lynn Basco, Cletus Bauer, 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, 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