Special Collection for the Church in Latin America
A complete calendar of events can be found at minorbasilica.org/calendar
Wednesday Night Adult Catechism • This Wednesday, Fr. Ryan will speak on the most requested topic of the year, “Spiritual Warfare and Exorcism.” His presentation will be predominantly focused on growing inthe personal supernatural and spiritual life of the individual Christian and not so much telling spooky stories. Thanks to those who have submitted requests for Wednesday Night presentations!
Saint Blaise Throat Blessings Next Week • As is our tradition, the blessing of throats with the invocation of the intercession of St. Blaise, Bishop, Martyr and patron of throat maladies takes place on the Sunday nearest his Feb 3rd feast day. This year, we’ll offer the blessings after all Masses on the weekend of January 30 & 31. As in years past, please come forward to the altar rail and father or the deacon will offer the blessing. For more information on this tradition MinorBasilica.org/ThroatBlessings
The Year of Mercy Continues • We are privileged to live in one of two locations in our diocese that offers a Holy Door and a Shrine to Our Lord’s Divine Mercy. Don’t forget to take advantage of this blessing to pray for your loved ones, our sick parishioners and all those in need. God Reward You!
Catholic Schools’ Week has arrived • This week is Catholic Schools’ Week. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” St. Mary’s will host an all-school Mass (community invited!) on Wednesday, Jan 27 at 9a in the Gym. Doors open for visitors at 8:30a. Catholic Schools’ Week is always a great opportunity to appreciate the hard work of our staff at St. Mary’s and to give thanks for such a wonderful and long-lasting tradition and legacy here in our community! St. Elizabeth Anne Seton, Pray for us!
Septuagesima • Lent is very early this year and that means that those attending the 5p Mass in the Extraordinary Form (the Traditional Latin Mass) are already entering into the season of Pre-Lent called Septuagesima, literally “Seventy Days.” The Pre-Lenten season provides a kind of Liturgical ramp toward the actual Lenten season. During Pre-Lent, just as in Lent, the vestments at Mass at violet, the Gloria and Alleluia are not said or sung and the readings and music foster a kind of sombre reflection which help to prepare the heart and mind for the Lenten discipline that is to the come. Although the season is not kept in the modern Liturgical calendar, it remains a valuable and powerful spiritual resource for us as Christians who want to make a good Lent. Ash Wednesday this year is on February 10.
The truth is that only in the mystery of the incarnate Word does the mystery of man take on light. For Adam, the first man, was a figure of Him Who was to come, namely Christ the Lord. Christ, the final Adam, by the revelation of the mystery of the Father and His love, fully reveals man to man himself and makes his supreme calling clear. It is not surprising, then, that in Him all the aforementioned truths find their root and attain their crown.
He Who is "the image of the invisible God" (Col. 1:15), is Himself the perfect man. To the sons of Adam He restores the divine likeness which had been disfigured from the first sin onward. Since human nature as He assumed it was not annulled, by that very fact it has been raised up to a divine dignity in our respect too. For by His incarnation the Son of God has united Himself in some fashion with every man. He worked with human hands, He thought with a human mind, acted by human choice and loved with a human heart. Born of the Virgin Mary, He has truly been made one of us, like us in all things except sin.
As an innocent lamb He merited for us life by the free shedding of His own blood. In Him God reconciled us to Himself and among ourselves; from bondage to the devil and sin He delivered us, so that each one of us can say with the Apostle: The Son of God "loved me and gave Himself up for me" (Gal. 2:20). By suffering for us He not only provided us with an example for our imitation, He blazed a trail, and if we follow it, life and death are made holy and take on a new meaning.
The Christian man, conformed to the likeness of that Son Who is the firstborn of many brothers, received "the first-fruits of the Spirit" (Rom. 8:23) by which he becomes capable of discharging the new law of love. Through this Spirit, who is "the pledge of our inheritance" (Eph. 1:14), the whole man is renewed from within, even to the achievement of "the redemption of the body" (Rom. 8:23): "If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the death dwells in you, then he who raised Jesus Christ from the dead will also bring to life your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who dwells in you" (Rom. 8:11). Pressing upon the Christian to be sure, are the need and the duty to battle against evil through manifold tribulations and even to suffer death. But, linked with the paschal mystery and patterned on the dying Christ, he will hasten forward to resurrection in the strength which comes from hope.
— Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes, On the Church in the Modern World
For the week of January 24th
- Sat 4p Leola Walmsley, Bostick & Marcicelli Families
- Sat 5:30p Justin Wyatt
- Sun 9a Johnny Batten
- Sun 11a James Raymond Litton, Janis Abraham
- Sun 5p Pro Populo
- Mon 6:30a Rev. Fr. Murray Clayton
- Mon 8a Ann Lee Alford
- Tue 6:30a Michael Allen Sheehy
- Wed 6:30a Bill Gwatney
- Thu 6:30a Debbie Nichols
- Fri 6:30a Susan Vigen
- Sat 8a Judy Risty
- Sat 4p John Robert Tubre
- Sat 5:30p Anne Geiring
- Sun 9a Mike Moyer, Cyril Mouch, Laura Jo Johnson
- Sun 11a Richard Ragland
- Sun 5p Pro Populo
Please Pray for our Sick & Suffering
Ann Lee Alford, Lolette Allen, Teresa Arafa, Maudie Baranowski, William Lynn Basco, Ryan Branch, Chad Bouchie, Mary-Lou Brasher, Marion Brossette, Flo Brouillette, Darlene Bynog, Bailey Byrd, Fulton Clark, Carolyn Carter, Marie Charleville, Emilia Cofio, Peggy Cooper, Kim Cunningham, Lela Mae Dalme, Joe Davis, Dekeyser, Jayce Estep, Angela Eversall, Tom Foshee, Reba Friday, Paula Gagymad, Kramer Gahagan, Vicki Gahagan, Patsy Gallion, Anne Giering, Sophie Gill, Ross Gwinn, Tammy Hall, Andy Harrington, Joyce Hayne, Deborah G. Hernandez, Sue Van Hook, Kalita Jones, Isabelita & Michael Kearney,Gary Kilgore, Angelette LaCour, John LaCour, Samuel Lane, Jaden Eli Lodridge, Patricia Loftin, Joseph Longo, Irene Lynche, Brittany MacBrown, Lisa Mack, Dominic Majorie, Barbara Manshack, Danny Manuel, Jack McCain Jr., Meg Michael, Lacey Mitchum, Gary Murphy, Shane Niette, Cecil Odom, Mary Odom, Sue Prudhomme, Sharon Roach, Tucker Roe, Wes Rollo, Makaehan Ross, Shirley Roy, Donna Slaughter, Meredith St. Andre, Lil Taylor, Clay Thompson, Mariano Timotio, Ren Todtenbier, Brent Trichel, Patricia Vazquez, Ruthie J. Wallboughly, Jessica Warner, Charlene White, Glen & Mary Williams, Marilyn Williams, Laura Young & Melinda Zolzer
Assistants within the Sanctuary
- 4p Lector K. Bundrick; EMHC R. & J. Lapeyrouse; Servers Thibodaux
- 9a Lector S. Frederick; EMHC B. Giering; Servers R.&R. Cunningham, M. McCart
- 11a Lector K. Apponey; EMHC J. Gill; Servers C. Fisher, Sam Maggio
- 4p Lector K. Hicks; EMHC M. Hennigan & J. Gunter; Servers D. Bennett, J. Friedel
- 9a Lector J. Ackel; EMHC J. Green; Servers The Lirettes
- 11a Lector G. Norwood; EMHC J. Sklar; Servers W. Lee, M. Leone