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. 

Farewell Reception for Fr. Stephen • A open-house style farewell reception for Fr. Stephen will be held in the parish rectory on the evening of June 11 from 6:45-8p. Light appetizers will be served. All are encouraged to drop by and say thank you to Fr. Stephen for his diligent work in our parish and to wish him well. 

Fr. Ryan on Vacation • Next 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!

Mission Trip • Two of our parishioners - now students at Louisiana Tech - will be traveling to Guatemala in August to serve the children of that nation. Rachel Dickson, Ian Lovemore and many of their Catholic classmates will work at the Valley of the Angels boarding school which serves more than 250 poverty-stricken children in Guatemala City. The young adults will be representing the ACTS group from Louisiana Tech and are asking for prayers - especially Rosaries - from our community. Those interested in making financial gifts can do so at GoFundMe.com/valleymission2016

The work of mission is a profound source of spiritual growth and of religious vocations. Please take time to pray for these young people and to encourage others to seek out mission opportunities for themselves!

Articles

From The Font

“Elijah went to Zarephath of Sidon to the house of a widow… [Elijah] stretched himself out upon the child three times and called out to the LORD…”

Those who reject Christianity for intellectual reasons rightly question the downright weird way in which God operates all through the Bible. Elijah is a prophet who is chosen by God despite his lack of qualifications. He is pursued by an evil queen and performs many miracles for those who are not of the chosen people. 

Further, when Elijah performs those miracles, like Jesus, he uses all manner of odd and totally unprecedented methods. In this case, Elijah lay on top on this young man three separate times calling out to God. Like Jesus making mud out of His spit to cure blindness, Elijah’s healings raise more questions than answers.  

This situation, in particular, is referenced by Jesus when He is justifying His teaching to theelders of the Jewish faith. Jesus uses this story to teach the people that our human understanding is not sufficient to comprehend God’s ways.

And it is this lesson that Elijah Himself learns as he takes the newly deceased young man from his mother into the upper room and restores him to life. Elijah is upset with the Lord, asking Him, “O LORD, my God, will you afflict even the widow with whom I am staying by killing her son?” The struggle to understand the cross and the value of human suffering and why God seems to want us to accept whatever may be in the short-term as exchange for great reward in the long-term is universal.

It all feels so unnatural. Why not just take the easy way out? And yet, as those who have lived the faith begin to understand… That which is natural and that which is supernatural are only opposed where sin forces out love. Only when self-love clouds true love does the short-term become more important and more essential than the long-term. And only when a man considers himself the center of all things does it seem overwhelming to trust in God.

Elijah the prophet comes to understand and to value the difficulties in his mission only when he recognizes God in the gentle wind at the mouth of the cave (1 Kgs 19:9ff). In that moment of encounter with God, Elijah realizes that God and not he, himself, is the center of all things and so his endurance is not random or lack of strength - rather - it is mission. His endurance is the cost of truth in a world broken by original sin. All justice must be paid and if our nature is to be aligned with God, it must necessarily be misaligned with that which is misaligned with God - which is all-too-often the world around us. Once Elijah understands this, he accepts that God does things in ways that we perceive to be odd or unreasonable. But perception is not reality and that which seems odd may very well be truer than we know.

Insights from Second Street

Mercy is that act of love by which one who is justly condemned receives undeserved and unearned forgiveness for his or her sin. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says “To receive his mercy, we must admit our faults. ‘If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’” (#1847)

There are two ways in which we usually miss out on mercy. First, we can fail to admit our sin. Usually, this happens without us thinking about it. We make an excuse for a sin or we justify it as necessary or we dismiss it as we would dismiss a lie as a fib. The other way that we miss out on mercy is to buy into the lie of the enemy that we are undeserving or unworthy of mercy and so we are afraid to ask forgiveness or to make a good confession. In either case, we end up shielding ourselves from God’s healing love for us.

This past Summer, Pope Francis declared that a Jubilee Year of Mercy of would be celebrated by the Church from Dec 8, 2015 until Nov 27, 2016. That year would allow us to focus on these two aspects of mercy: recognizing and repenting of sin and seeking - really seeking - forgiveness. 

Many authors, not the least of which are at least the last five popes, have called out our modern world’s tendency to pretend that sin is just an outdated idea. They pointed out that this unwillingness to face sin or admit fault does great damage to the soul, prohibits real self-reflection and personal growth and offends God who offers forgiveness only to those who ask for it. By justifying sin and ignoring talk of repentance, we do a great disservice to the Gospel in which “Christ came to call sinners.” Pope Francis has insisted over and over again that the Church go out “to the periphery” - to those who are at odds with the Lord. The Church cannot bring to life those who are dead in sin unless we acknowledge that sin. No doctor can heal what he refuses to see. No warrior can defeat an enemy that he calls a friend.

Surely, we don’t make converts or bring people to the Lord by wagging a finger and acting “Holier than thou.” Neither have the pews been filled in these past years by simply accepting everyone where they are without the courage to call them to more. This year of mercy is an opportunity for each of us to grow in our own capacity to recognize sin in ourselves and to allow our all-loving God to heal us of our errors. Then and only then will we be equipped to share that freedom that comes only from God.

Just as in AA, every call to sobriety is a personal call that arises from love and not from condemnation - so our Christian witness must come not from personal judgement but from the assurance that comes from the teaching of the Church and from our love, first, for God and, then, for neighbor.

Throughout this year, may our deepest desire become the freedom that comes from repentance of our sins and the reception of Divine Mercy. Only then can the New Evangelization arise in our hearts and in our community. Happy Year of Mercy!

From Rome

Jesus Christ was sent into the world as a real mediator between God and men. Since He is God, all divine fullness dwells bodily in Him (Gal. 2:9). According to His human nature, on the other hand, He is the new Adam, made head of a renewed humanity, and full of grace and of truth (John 1:14). Therefore the Son of God walked the ways of a true Incarnation that He might make men sharers in the nature of God: made poor for our sakes, though He had been rich, in order that His poverty might enrich us (2 Cor. 8:9). The Son of Man came not that He might be served, but that He might be a servant, and give His life as a ransom for the many - that is, for all (cf. Mark 10:45). The Fathers of the Church proclaim without hesitation that what has not been taken up by Christ is not made whole.(4) Now, what He took up was our entire human nature such as it is found among us poor wretches, save only sin (cf. Heb. 4:15; 9.28). For Christ said concerning Himself, He whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world (cf. John 10:36): the Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He anointed me; to bring good news to the poor He sent me, to heal the broken - hearted, to proclaim to the captives release, and sight to the blind" (Luke 4:18). And again: "The Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost" (Luke 19:10).

But what the Lord preached that one time, or what was wrought in Him for the saving of the human race, must be spread abroad and published to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8), beginning from Jerusalem (cf. Luke 24:27), so that what He accomplished at that one time for the salvation of all, may in the course of time come to achieve its effect in all.

To accomplish this, Christ sent from the Father His Holy Spirit, who was to carry on inwardly His saving work and prompt the Church to spread out. Doubtless, the Holy Spirit was already at work in the world before Christ was glorified.(5) Yet on the day of Pentecost, He came down upon the disciples to remain with them forever (cf. John 14:16). The Church was publicly displayed to the multitude, the Gospel began to spread among the nations by means of preaching, and there was presaged that union of all peoples in the catholicity of the faith by means of the Church of the New Covenant, a Church which speaks all tongues, understands and accepts all tongues in her love, and so supersedes the divisiveness of Babel.(6) For it was from Pentecost that the "Acts of the Apostles" took again, just as Christ was - conceived when the Holy Spirit came upon the Virgin Mary, and just as Christ was impelled to the work of His ministry by the same Holy Spirit descending upon Him while He prayed.(7)

— Vatican Council II, Ad Gentes, On the Mission Activity of the Church

Intentions & Dedications

Mass Intentions

  • Sat 4p Eugene Doll, Lester & Cothide Hughes, Red & Leola Walmsley
  • Sat 5:30p Justin Wyatt
  • Sun 9a Johnny Batten, Judy Risty, Mary Moss, Sadie Stroud, Harry Gongre, Jr., Dr. Connie Bacon
  • Sun 11a Shirley Ragland
  • Sun 5p Pro Populo
  • Mon 6:30a Layton Long
  • Tue 6:30a Deceased Members of the Ray & Gwen Ponthieux Families
  • Wed 6:30a Ronald C. Martin
  • Thu 6:30a Dr. Jay Means
  • Fri 6:30a Robert Methvin
  • Sat 8a Ann Lee Alford
  • 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 Lee Alford, Betty Jones
  • 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, 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