Parish News

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Priest Assignments • On Monday, Bishop Herzog will announce a large slate of parish assignments for priests of the diocese which includes leadership changes in fully one third of the parishes of our diocese. Both Fr. Ryan and Fr. Stephen will be moving along to new parishes. Fr. Ryan will become the pastor of St. Edward the Confessor parish and Fr. Stephen the pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes parish. Fr. Blake Deshautelle, presently pastor of St. Joseph parish in Colfax and Fr. Brian Seiler, presently parochial vicar of St. Joseph parish in Marksville, will begin their assignments at Immaculate Conception on the Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul, June 29. Please take a moment to pray for our present and future priests and for the people of our parish during this time of transition. Receptions to say farewell to Fr. Ryan and Fr. Stephen and to welcome Fr. Blake and Fr. Brian will be organized for late June and early July respectively. 

Thanks for your hard work! • As the 2015-16 school year comes to an end, the clergy, staff and faithful want to extend their warmest thanks to the faculty and staff of St. Mary’s School, especially Mrs. Jacque Horton and her administrative team. This year has been one of the best years in St. Mary’s history and we couldn’t be more thankful! All are asked to take a few moments in this Month of Mary and pray a Rosary for St. Mary’s, Mrs. Horton and our entire faculty and staff!

Confirmation • Bishop Herzog will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation with our high schoolers on Saturday, May 28 at the 4p Mass. A rehearsal for the Mass and the opportunity to go to confession will take place at 9a that same day. Students are asked to arrive to practice promptly at 9a and to arrive for the Confirmation Mass with their sponsors no later than 3p. The dress code has already been provided to students. Please keep all of our young people in your prayers as they anticipate this important moment in their lives!

Summer appointments & Office Hours • Father Ryan will be taking two short vacations this summer. He will be gone from Monday, May 23 through Friday, May 27 and from Monday, June 13 through Friday, June 17. Additionally, beginning on Tuesday, May 31, the parish office will keep summer hours meaning that morning appointments are strongly preferred and that afternoon appointments may not be available. During summer, the office will be open for business from 8a to 12p, Monday through Friday. We use the summer afternoon hours for projects and planning and thus the doors may be locked and the phones may not be answered after lunch. All are asked to plan their business with Susan accordingly. Thanks so much for your cooperation!

Articles

From The Font

The presence of the Most Holy Trinity in scripture is, to some degree, puzzling. While we see hints about the Triune nature of God as early as the first chapter of Genesis, the entire Old Testament’s theology can be summed up in a short passage from Deuteronomy 6: 

“Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one.” ( שְׁמַע, יִשְׂרָאֵל:  יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ, יְהוָה אֶחָד ) 

This intensely felt reality of the unicity of God in contrast to the multitude of idols and gods of the pagans makes the revelation of Jesus first fully revealed at His Baptism all the more difficult to imbibe. There, we see Jesus in relationship to God the Father and the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove. And we’re confronted with a very different picture of God than we would expect. Of course, there are hints in the Old Testament that God’s nature is more profound than just the quotation from Deuteronomy above, but it’s very difficult to communicate just how jarring God’s revelation of Himself as a Trinity of persons is. In fact, one of the major selling points of Islam is that Christianity’s teaching on the Holy Trinity is just double-speak to allow us to worship many gods. And, at best, it difficult to communicate clearly what God’s revelation of Himself means.

Some larger context is helpful. First, God made it clear that He was going to reveal Himself slowly to the Jews. Much like we would parent a child, God first teaches with simple rules and strict punishments. As Israel grows up, God gives them more self-governance and more complex religious teaching. Even the books of the Bible can be seen to grow in complexity and nuance. Themes like endurance and suffering change from the result of punishment into tests and then into character development. Finally, when Jesus arrives, He is careful to remind them that He isn’t so much bringing new teaching, but fulfilling old teaching by revealing the Father completely in Himself.

In some cases, that means He goes back to the beginning, as with His teaching on marriage or the Sabbath. In other cases, He is bringing together hints or unintelligible pieces of prophecy, such as His being born in Bethlehem but coming from Nazareth or His “death upon a tree.” In still other cases, Jesus is cutting through misunderstanding or even malicious errors like the Pharisees’ belief that obedience to the law is all it takes to please God.

In revealing the Holy Trinity, Jesus explains the odd phrasing of Gen 1 “Let US create MAN in OUR image, male AND female let US create HIM.” (What Now?) He explains how God can be both a Father and a Mother to the Chosen People. He explains how we are to understand our relationship with God. There are so many pieces that the Jews just couldn’t place and in one moment, Jesus put them all into place in a way that no one expected!

Insights from Second Street

St. Athanasius, who was a Bishop of the Church in the East, wrote the “Quicunque Vult” in the fifth century which has come to be called the Athanasian Creed. It is long, but profound. I’d encourage you to read it through and perhaps even take it to prayer.

Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic faith. Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled; without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. And the catholic faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; Neither confounding the Persons; nor dividing the Essence. For there is one Person of the Father; another of the Son; and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one; the Glory equal, the Majesty coeternal. Such as the Father is; such is the Son; and such is the Holy Ghost. The Father uncreated; the Son uncreated; and the Holy Ghost uncreated. The Father unlimited; the Son unlimited; and the Holy Ghost unlimited. The Father eternal; the Son eternal; and the Holy Ghost eternal. And yet they are not three eternals; but one eternal. As also there are not three uncreated; nor three infinites, but one uncreated; and one infinite. So likewise the Father is Almighty; the Son Almighty; and the Holy Ghost Almighty. And yet they are not three Almighties; but one Almighty. So the Father is God; the Son is God; and the Holy Ghost is God. And yet they are not three Gods; but one God. So likewise the Father is Lord; the Son Lord; and the Holy Ghost Lord. And yet not three Lords; but one Lord. For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity; to acknowledge every Person by himself to be God and Lord; So are we forbidden by the catholic religion; to say, There are three Gods, or three Lords. The Father is made of none; neither created, nor begotten. The Son is of the Father alone; not made, nor created; but begotten. The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son; neither made, nor created, nor begotten; but proceeding. So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts. And in this Trinity none is before, or after another; none is greater, or less than another. But the whole three Persons are coeternal, and coequal. So that in all things, as aforesaid; the Unity in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity, is to be worshipped. He therefore that will be saved, let him thus think of the Trinity.

Furthermore it is necessary to everlasting salvation; that he also believe faithfully the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the right Faith is, that we believe and confess; that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man; God, of the Essence of the Father; begotten before the worlds; and Man, of the Essence of his Mother, born in the world. Perfect God; and perfect Man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting. Equal to the Father, as touching his Godhead; and inferior to the Father as touching his Manhood. Who although he is God and Man; yet he is not two, but one Christ. One; not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh; but by assumption of the Manhood by God. One altogether; not by confusion of Essence; but by unity of Person. For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man; so God and Man is one Christ; Who suffered for our salvation; descended into hell; rose again the third day from the dead. He ascended into heaven, he sits at the right hand of the God the Father Almighty, from whence he will come to judge the living and the dead. At whose coming all men will rise again with their bodies; And shall give account for their own works. And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting; and they that have done evil, into everlasting fire. This is the Catholic faith; which except a man believe truly and firmly, he cannot be saved.

From Rome

After the Easter Season which culminated in the Feast of Pentecost, the liturgy provides for these three Solemnities of the Lord: today, Trinity Sunday; next Sunday, Corpus Christi; and finally, on the following Friday, the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Each one of these liturgical events highlights a perspective by which the whole mystery of the Christian faith is embraced: and that is, respectively the reality of the Triune God, the Sacrament of the Eucharist and the divine and human centre of the Person of Christ. These are truly aspects of the one mystery of salvation which, in a certain sense, sum up the whole itinerary of the revelation of Jesus, from his Incarnation to his death and Resurrection and, finally, to his Ascension and the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Today we contemplate the Most Holy Trinity as Jesus introduced us to it. He revealed to us that God is love "not in the oneness of a single Person, but in the Trinity of one substance" (Preface). He is the Creator and merciful Father; he is the Only-Begotten Son, eternal Wisdom incarnate, who died and rose for us; he is the Holy Spirit who moves all things, cosmos and history, toward their final, full recapitulation. Three Persons who are one God because the Father is love, the Son is love, the Spirit is love. God is wholly and only love, the purest, infinite and eternal love. He does not live in splendid solitude but rather is an inexhaustible source of life that is ceaselessly given and communicated. To a certain extent we can perceive this by observing both the macro-universe: our earth, the planets, the stars, the galaxies; and the micro-universe: cells, atoms, elementary particles. The "name" of the Blessed Trinity is, in a certain sense, imprinted upon all things because all that exists, down to the last particle, is in relation; in this way we catch a glimpse of God as relationship and ultimately, Creator Love. All things derive from love, aspire to love and move impelled by love, though naturally with varying degrees of awareness and freedom. "O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!" (Ps 8: 1) the Psalmist exclaims. In speaking of the "name", the Bible refers to God himself, his truest identity. It is an identity that shines upon the whole of Creation, in which all beings for the very fact that they exist and because of the "fabric" of which they are made point to a transcendent Principle, to eternal and infinite Life which is given, in a word, to Love. "In him we live and move and have our being", St Paul said at the Areopagus of Athens (Acts 17: 28). The strongest proof that we are made in the image of the Trinity is this: love alone makes us happy because we live in a relationship, and we live to love and to be loved. Borrowing an analogy from biology, we could say that imprinted upon his "genome", the human being bears a profound mark of the Trinity, of God as Love.

— Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI, Angelus Address in St. Peter’s Square,  Sunday, June 7, 2009

Intentions & Dedications

Mass Intentions

  • Sat 4p Cora Lee & Tom Baker, Parents of Levi & Vonnie Thompson
  • Sat 5:30p Justin Wyatt
  • Sun 9a Laura Jo Johnson
  • Sun 11a Janis Abraham, Sp. Intentions, Sue Dearman, Frank Cappiello
  • Sun 5p Pro Populo
  • Mon 6:30a Mr. & Mrs. Faris Michael, Jr.
  • Tue 6:30a Pamela Miller
  • Wed 6:30a Stanley Monette
  • Thu 6:30a Litton Nugent
  • Fri 6:30a Jessica Smith
  • Sat 8a Joshua Potts
  • Sat 4p Sadie & Red Thomas, Joe & Eleanor Wertelers, Calvert Scott
  • Sat 5:30p Justin Wyatt
  • Sun 9a Emma Pitcher
  • Sun 11a Richard Ragland, Darlene Sparks, Mary Ann Fredieu Gongre
  • Sun 5p Pro Populo

Our Sick & Recently Deceased

Lolette Allen, Teresa Arafa, Maudie Baranowski, William Lynn Basco, Gene Baudion, 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, John & Esther Dobernig, Jayce Estep, Angela Eversall, 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, 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