A complete calendar of events can be found at minorbasilica.org/calendar
Transition Update • The formal transition of pastors will take place this 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Those wishing to keep in touch with Fr. Stephen may do by contacting Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Winfield at 318-628-2561.)
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.
New Emergency Contact Number • Those experiencing a crisis or emergency for someone ill or dying are asked to contact the parish emergency number. That number has changed! The new contact number is (318) 880-1336
Farewell Reception for Fr. 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.
Wednesday is an Indulgenced Feast Day • This Wednesday is the Solemnity of Ss. Peter & Paul. Because of the inherent busyness of transition, the usual 6p Mass for the Indulgenced feast day has been cancelled. The 6:30a Mass will be offered as usual. All are encouraged to attend and to celebrate this great feast!
Welcome Reception • An open-house style welcome reception for our new priests will be held in the CDA hall on Saturday, July 9 from 6:30p until 8p. Light appetizers will be served. All are encouraged to drop by and meet our new priests.
First FrI. & Sat. • The First Friday & Saturday of each month are kept in honor of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Adoration on First Friday begins after morning Mass and continues until Benediction at 5:15p. Sign-up at the back of the Church if you can watch with the Lord for an hour. First Saturday Mass and Benediction are at 8a.
A Farewell Message from Fr. Ryan
It’s turning out to be much harder to say farewell than I would have expected. I’ve written and rewritten this final message many times. Nine of my eleven years of priesthood have been spent within 10 miles of the Minor Basilica and so almost all of my future priesthood will be imbued with a deep connection to this first great chapter of my priestly life.
Each of you has had a profound impact upon my priesthood in these most formative years. Some of you have challenged me by your example of holiness, compassion, generosity and faithfulness. Some of you have challenged me to see things differently. Some of you have challenged me to reach out in ways with which I’m not particularly comfortable. Some of you have just challenged my patience! But all of those things work to the good of those who love the Lord as St. Paul says and so I can leave with a sincere and heart-felt thank you.
My time at Immaculate has bookended moments of great blessing and great crucifixion for our parish. I arrived in 2007 just in time to be part of the renovations at St. Mary’s. In that time as assistant to Fr. Foster, I had the privilege - through all manner of Divine Providence - to offer Mass regularly at Powhatan, Cloutierville, Colfax and Campti. It was also in that time that the planning of the special Mass of elevation of our Church to the Status of Minor Basilica. In January of 2010 we celebrated that “Basilification.” What an astounding moment in our history as a parish! Since I’ve come back, I’m most proud of the work that we’ve gotten done at St. Mary’s. Through the tireless care of Mrs. Jacque Horton, the internal workings and the beating heart of St. Mary’s now reflects the updated and renovated campus. The program of religious instruction has come a thousand miles forward. Our academic program is consistently ahead of the other schools of the diocese. Our athletic program has grown by leaps and bounds: we’ve added sports, succeeded in statewide competition and developed a plan for the future. Our administrative program is light years ahead of other schools - Catholic, private and public. We have the best safety procedures. We have top notch security. We have a competent and rational paper trail which insulates us against false accusations and which fulfills written and unwritten regulatory requirements. We have a solid financial structure and we have money in the bank for a rainy day. St. Mary’s can really say that we are the leader in our diocese and in our region. Every one of us - whether we send our kids and grandkids to St. Mary’s or not - ought to be proud of our school! I am so thankful to God to have been a part of making St. Mary’s what it can be and what it ought to be!
As I leave, I’m also aware of wounds I have inflicted. To anyone I may have hurt, I am truly and sincerely sorry. Whatever benefit may come from serving as a young and enthusiastic pastor, there is always the reality that inexperience leads to mistakes. In the past, young pastors served in smaller parishes so as to gain experience and to prevent inevitable mistakes from being more harmful than they need to be. In this day and age, the Church in the western world is experiencing great upheaval and one of the most identified results of that upheaval is a tragic lack of priests. In our diocese, the effects of that lack is not yet a reduction in the availability of the Sacraments - thanks be to God!. The effect is, though, a decrease in the availability of well-seasoned and well-trained pastors. I am truly sorry to those who have born a cross because of me. I can only hope that in having that cross thrust upon you, you have heeded the words of Jesus and taken it up and followed after Him.
All in all, I can only say that I am thankful to the Lord for His goodness to me. I call to mind the 116th Psalm - which was quoted on my ordination card and from which my personal motto is taken - “What return shall I make to the Lord for His goodness to me? I will take the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord” (Ps 116:12-13).
I’m hesitant to say thank you with too much specificity as many people will undoubtedly be left out and as grace is lost by public praise. Still, I have to say thank you to our parish deacon, the Reverend Mr. John Whitehead. He has been a source of incredible counsel and wisdom to me. I also have to acknowledge the principal of St. Mary’s, Mrs. Jacque Horton who deserves most of the credit for the meteoric growth of the school in these past two years. Mrs. Susan Chesal has been indispensable in her actual job as parish manager and secretary and in her unofficial job as sounding board, calming influence and all-around-lady-who-actually-knows-what’s-going-on-and-gets-things-done-that-otherwise-would’ve-fallen-through-the-cracks. Mr. Dennis Thompson fixes everything that’s broken and reminds me to ascribe good intentions to others. Mrs. Alice Nora has made sure I didn’t lose a pound and that I didn’t keep off weight that I had lost. Mrs. Susan Wright, Jennifer Gahagan, Tara Whitehead and Jennifer Maggio deserve more words than I have space to offer them. Although they aren’t with us anymore, Tommy Myrick, Victoria Close, Ashley Hebert Ducote and Jordan DeRouen made things possible that otherwise wouldn’t be possible. Dr. Kent Hare, Mrs. Brenda Stamey, Marti Vienne and Shawn Wheat have been an incredible blessing to me and to the parish. Only God knows the hours Mr. Sonny Sklar, Ms. JoAnn St. Clair, Mr. Louis Lowrey, Ms. Kathleen Hicks and Mrs. Elaine Bacon have put into our Church. Our local KCs and CDAs also deserve pages more than I have left to offer. Finally, Fr. Stephen Soares has put up with me and found a way to be kind and smiling every day for the last two years - thanks be to God for Him and for all of you!
God Reward you all with His abundance and His Blessings!
Intentions & Dedications
- Sat 4p Richard Ragland, Sadie & Red Thomas, Judy Risty
- Sat 5:30p Lillian Giering
- Sun 9a Laura Jo Johnson
- Sun 11a Richard Ragland, Judy Risty, Sue Dearman, Julian Vienne, Nathan Ezernack, Denise Poleman
- Sun 5p Pro Populo
- Mon 6:30a Elizabeth Clary
- Tue 6:30a Bernadette Ogden
- Wed 6:30a Fr. Ryan Humphries
- Thu 6:30a Debbie Sparks
- Fri 6:30a Leola Walmsley
- Sat 8a Jay Ingram
- Sat 4p Eula & Carl Henry, Leola Walmsley, Luther & Rea Laborde, Denise Poleman
- Sat 5:30p Justin Wyatt
- Sun 9a Judy Risty, Sue Dearman, Jack & Ann Brittain
- Sun 11a Shirley Ragland
- 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, Marie 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,Tom Shea, 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