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Parish News

Lenten Activities • Every Friday of Lent from 5:15p to 5:45p, Father will pray the Stations of the Cross in the Church. The Stations recall our Lord’s Passion from His condemnation by Pilate on Holy Thursday to His death on Mount Calvary and His burial in the Potter’s Field. This traditional devotion is a good way to set the stage for our other Lenten activities. Each Tuesday from February 16 through March 15, Father will hear confessions in the Church from 5p until 6p. 

Father Stephen Departs for India Today • After his Masses today, Father Stephen will depart for India for several weeks. He will be visiting with the brothers of his order, with his religious superior and catching up with friends and family. Father will be gone from Feb 28 until March 16. Please pray that he might have safe travels and a blessed time of homecoming!

St. Vincent de Paul • Immaculate is incredibly blessed to have a devoted group of our laity who have an interest in the works of Mercy and in serving our Lord by serving our poor and needy here in the Natchitoches area. These “Vincentians” as they are called are members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul - a French priest and true spiritual master. The Society meets with those in need and, on a case-by-case basis, assists them. Speak with Mrs. Carrol Green for more information, she can be reached via the office.

24 Hours for the Lord • Pope Francis has asked Bishops throughout the world to encourage Eucharistic Adoration during this Year of Mercy particularly by establishing “24 Hours for the Lord.” Bp. Herzog has asked the Minor Basilica to assist to the best of our ability on the First Friday and Saturday of March. And so, on Friday, March 4, we will have our usual morning Mass followed by Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament throughout the day with Benediction and Stations at 5:15p. Then, on Saturday, March 5, we will have our usual First Saturday Mass and Benediction, but the Lord will remain exposed in the Church until just prior to the 4p Mass. Sign up sheets will be placed on the back tables of the Church. Please make every effort to signup for a block or two of time before our Lord. We are one of only two pilgrimage Churches in our Diocese and so we need to step up and help Bp. Herzog fulfill this desire of Pope Francis in this Year of Mercy. God Reward You!

Wednesday Night Catechism • This Wed, Mar 2 at 6pm Fr. Ryan will speak about the Blessed Virgin Mary’s appearance at Fatima and the powerful spiritual teachings of those visitations. It is from the apparitions at Fatima that we get the devotion to First Saturdays and that grandmothers everywhere began to say “Offer it up!” Father will speak about the messages, the miracles - especially the miracle of the Sun - and the importance of continued devotion to the Blessed Virgin under the title Our Lady of Fatima. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

A complete calendar of events can be found at minorbasilica.org/calendar

Intentions & Dedications

Mass Intentions

For the week of February 28th

  • Sat 4p Krista Sklar, Sadie & Red Thomas, Bostick & Maricelli Families
  • Sat 5:30p Justin Wyatt
  • Sun 9a Laura Jo Johnson
  • Sun 11a Richard Ragland, Janis Abraham, Mary Moss, Armesto Corpuz, Sr.
  • Sun 5p Pro Populo
  • Mon 6:30a Corwin Aldredge
  • Mon 8a Edward B. Anders
  • Tue 6:30a Beatrice Antoon
  • Wed 6:30a Mr. & Mrs. Billy Benefield, Sr.
  • Thu 6:30a Susan K. Bohannan
  • Fri 6:30a Vera Bonnette
  • Sat 8a Julien Vienne
  • Sat 4p Donna Doll, Msgr. Leo Guillot, Leola Walmsley
  • Sat 5:30p Anne Giering
  • Sun 9a Buddy & Becky Masson
  • Sun 11a Shirley Ragland, Richard Williamson, Sr., Leola Walmsley, Leo Abraham
  • Sun 5p Pro Populo

Our Sick & Recently Deceased

Mr. Ross Gwinn, RIP

Ann Lee Alford, Lolette Allen, Teresa Arafa, Maudie Baranowski, William Lynn Basco, Gene Baudion, 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, Andy Harrington, Deborah G. Hernandez, Sue Van Hook, Kalita Jones, Jean Jordan, 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, 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, Krista Sklar, Donna Slaughter, Meredith St. Andre, Lil Taylor, Clay Thompson, Mariano Timotio, Ren Todtenbier, Brent Trichel, Patricia Vazquez, Ruthie J. Wallboughly, Charlene White, Glen & Mary Williams, Marilyn Williams, Laura Young & Melinda Zolzer

Within the Sanctuary

  • Sat & Sun 2/27-28
    • 4p    Lector K. Hicks; EMHCs N. Maggio & M. Hennigan; Servers Thibodaux
    • 9a     Lector R. Lavespere; EMHC J. Barrios; Servers Lirette
    • 11a     Lector G. Burke; EMHC C. Maggio; Servers C. Fisher, Sam Maggio
  • Sat & Sun 3/5-6
    • 4p     Lector L. Johnson; EMHCs K. Hicks, C. Henry; Servers D. Bennett, J. Friedel
    • 9a     Lector S. Frederick; EMHC S. Taylor; Servers M. McCart, J. & G. Ingrish
    • 11a     Lector G. Norwood; EMHC P. Melder; Servers G. Fidelak, C. Fisher