Parish News

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Transition Update • The formal transition of pastors will take place on Wednesday, June 29. Fr. Ryan will offer the morning Mass on that Indulgenced Feast Day of Ss. Peter & Paul and then depart for his new assignment at St. Edward the Confessor Church. Fr. Blake Deshautelle and Fr. Brian Seiler will arrive on that day to begin their ministry as Pastor and Associate Pastor respectively. 

At that time, the current emergency contact number - which is Fr. Ryan’s mobile phone - will no longer be useful.  (Those wishing to keep in touch with Fr. Ryan are welcome to call, text or email frhumphries@gmail.com. Thosewishing to keep in touch with Fr. Stephen may do by contacting Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Winfield at (318) 628-2561.)

Because of the inherent busyness of transition, the usual 6p Mass for the Indulgenced feast day has been cancelled. 

Due to summer office hours, planned vacations and the work of packing and moving, those wishing to make private appointments with Fr. Ryan or Fr. Stephen should do so prior to June 23. Emergency appointments will still be available, but by that time, any concerns about the parish , school or one’s personal spiritual life would better be addressed to the incoming pastor. 

As a way of saying farewell, Fr. Stephen will offer all the parish Masses on the weekend of June 18/19 and Fr. Ryan will offer all the parish Masses on the weekend of June 25/26. 

Any new information relevant to the transition will be published in the bulletin.

Fr. Ryan on Vacation • This week from Monday, June 13 through Friday, June 17, Fr. Ryan will be out of town visiting his parents. Any emergencies or timely concerns may be addressed to Fr. Stephen. Please pray for Fr. Ryan’s safe travels!

C.D.A. Bake Sale • Next weekend, the Catholic Daughters Court Regina Patris will host their annual bake sale after all parish Masses. Profits will go to their many charitable works and services. All are encouraged to come out and support our Catholic Daughters - thanks in advance for your generosity.

Farewell Reception for Father Ryan • An open-house style farewell reception for Fr. Ryan will be held in the parish hall on the afternoon of Sunday, June 26 from 12p to 2p. Light appetizers will be served. All are encouraged to drop by and say farewell to Fr. Ryan.

VIRTUS Protecting ourChildren Program • If you know of anyone in this parish potentially harming children, call (318) 445-1427 or visit DioceseAlex.org/Safe-Environment. Documentation, policies and procedures are available from the office or at the back tables in the Church. Periodic training seminars are also available, call the office for more information.

Articles

From The Font

“You did not anoint my head with oil, but she anointed my feet with ointment. So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven because she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”

Tragically, most Christians in the world today do not believe that sin matters very much. They have been told by their pastors and by “experts” and by TV and movies that this or that sin which is condemned by Jesus is OK under this or that circumstance. For those who haven’t bought into this demonic trickery - there the constant and deeply non-biblical refrain from all sides that everyone goes to Heaven so sin doesn’t really matter in the long-run.

So it is no surprise, that many Christians are not rushing to the confessional very often. Which is a tragedy in light of today’s scripture which teaches us that “the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”

Rather than think of our lives as driven by the mission given to us by God when He “knit us together in our mothers’ wombs,” we are too quickly taken in by talk of personal relationship with a savior who has all sorts of obligations to me, and to whom I owe whatever I want to owe. Rather than coming to Mass with a motivation to enter in deeply and to study and consider the words and gestures and meaning, we choose the Mass with the most convenient time or the best choir or the shortest sermon. 

In many ways, we can hear echoes of the words of Jesus chiding His listeners in our experience of Faith.

The temptation to make oneself the arbiter of right and wrong, wise and foolish, good and bad goes right back to Adam and Eve. It takes heroic humility to realize that God and not man is the only one who knows what is right and wrong. Jesus has revealed many specific cases and many principles to us, but He alone is the one who made us and who judges.

For that reason, we are followers and not leaders in the moral life. As St. Paul bemoans, our flesh and our spirit are always at war with one another. We constantly find ourselves tempted to do what we know we ought not to do. And because of this, Jesus gives us access to forgiveness in many forms and fashions, the most excellent of which is the confessional. To paraphrase Jesus, many saints have longed to have what we have and did not have it! We have easy and immediate access to confession literally whenever we want it. 

That access is a blessing, but to whom much is given much is expected. The one who is forgiven much will show great love, “but the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.” Let us not take for granted the immense blessing that we have in the Sacrament of Confession and in our Catholic Faith!

Insights from Second Street

In the Gospels, Jesus proposes three kinds of spiritual works which are necessary to lead the Christian life: prayer, works of penance and works of mercy.

In the category of prayer, Jesus proposes both public worship and personal prayer. For Catholics, that means a two-part spiritual life of weekly Mass and regular Confession along with private prayer, the Rosary, devotional reading of scripture, intercession for family, friends, enemies and the whole world, etc.

In the category of works of mercy, that means providing material assistance to the poor and needy and spiritual assistance in the form of intercession, instruction, encouragement and even admonishment to those not living a life worthy of Christ Jesus.

Most Catholics understand these two categories fairly well, even if they struggle - as even the greatest saints did - to make them a daily reality in life. Almost no one, though, pays any attention at all to the third category: works of penance.

In the category of penitential works, Jesus is specific about the necessity of regular fasting, taking upon ourselves crosses and thorns and humbly accepting rebukes and assaults from those we meet. As one example, prior to 1965, the Church calendar called for more than 60 days of fasting. Now, that number is 2. 

The consequence of this reality hit home for me when a wonderful young Catholic couple with a houseful of really great kids shared their real anger with the teaching of the Church regarding family. It was painful for me to hear! It was even more painful when the answer to related questions boiled down to something like: “Jesus doesn’t promise us a Hallmark card life - He tells us to take up our crosses in order that we can get to Heaven.” I could’ve driveled on about how Jesus doesn’t give us more than we can handle, but we all know that sometimes He does. Of course, I shared with them some consoling spiritual exercises and encouraged them, but because they had never been taught to embrace the “ascetical” teaching of Jesus (e.g. “Take up Your Cross…”), they simply didn’t have the spiritual stamina that they needed. 

Every athlete knows that training is about more than specific skills, it’s about developing the body as a whole. The same is true of the spiritual life. Prayer and works of mercy without penance is like an athlete that only exercises the upper body. Eventually, imbalance and lack of stamina will do more harm than good. 

A simple reading of the Gospels - which only takes a couple of hours - reveals the balance which the words of Jesus propose. Like an expert spiritual trainer, Jesus proposes an organic mixture of interior prayer and exterior works (of penance and mercy). He proposes both encouragement and challenge. He calls for the cross and the crown. He insists on a truly Human approach which acknowledges the brokenness of our world, the presence of evil within it, the presence of selfishness and the reality of our human nature. And in light of all of these things, He directs us to embrace our cross and follow after Him in order that we may discover a joy which is utterly indescribable. To do that, we need the stamina that comes from penance, the direction that comes from prayer and the humility and love that comes from charity.

From Rome

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 Council II, Gaudum et Spes, On the Church in the Modern World

Intentions & Dedications

Mass Intentions

  • Sat 4p Sadie & Red Thomas, Parents of Levi & Vonnie Thompson, Joe Perot
  • Sat 5:30p Justin Wyatt
  • Sun 9a Becky Masson
  • Sun 11a Janis Abraham, Mazie Jean Williamson, Ann Alford, Betty Jones 
  • Sun 5p Pro Populo
  • Mon 6:30a Louis Hyams, Jr.
  • Tue 6:30a Albert Jenkins
  • Wed 6:30a Bill Kennedy
  • Thu 6:30a Kenneth Lantz
  • Fri 6:30a James D. Lasyone
  • Sat 8a Fr. John Pardue 
  • Sat 4p Joe, Hazel, & Sharon Sampite, Calvert Scott, Luther & Rae Laborde
  • Sat 5:30p Justin Wyatt
  • Sun 9a Virginia Bruce
  • Sun 11a Mike Bouchie, Raymond Arthur, Lesley Bailey-Gates
  • Sun 5p Pro Populo

Our Sick & Recently Deceased

Lolette Allen, Teresa Arafa, Maudie Baranowski, William Lynn Basco, Gene Baudion, Chad Bouchie, Jimmy Bowen, 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, John & Esther Dobernig, Jayce Estep, Angela Eversall, Theo Ezernack, Reba Friday, Paula Gagymad, Kramer Gahagan, Vicki Gahagan, Patsy Gallion, Maddie Gardner, Anne Giering, Sophie Gill, Andy Harrington, Deborah G. Hernandez, Sue Van Hook, Kalita Jones, Jean Jordan, Isabelita & Michael Kearney,Gary Kilgore, Mary LaCaze, Angelette LaCour, John LaCour, Samuel Lane, Jaden Eli Lodridge, Patricia Loftin, Joseph Longo, Irene Lynche, Brittany MacBrown, Lisa Mack, Dominic Majorie, Danny Manuel, 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, Ruthie J. Wallboughly, Charlene White, Glen & Mary Williams, Laura Young & Melinda Zolzer