From The Font...
Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire!
The generation that some are calling the Millennials has also been called the “Why Generation” because they tend to want to be persuaded to take action. Whereas previous generations of Americans acted out of varying senses of duty, courtesy, honor or ambition, the young of today seem to lack a passion for anything external to themselves. In many ways, the Jews of Jesus’ time were the same way. They were certainly interested in politics - they were, after all, under the yoke of the Roman Empire and wanted to be free of that burden. But beyond politics and governance, the Jews were a largely apathetic people. Not since the Maccabean revolt had the Jews really gotten riled up about anything. And so when Jesus showed up on the scene, He was met with a certain apoplectic coolness. In response, Jesus used two primary tools: miracles and shocking teachings. From the first moments of His public ministry at His Baptism in the Jordan river, Jesus was met with voices from the sky. Then, when He really started up His teaching, He read from Isaiah and said that He had come to fulfill these prophesies associated with the Messiah. Throughout His three years with the Apostles, He never let up with signs and wonders on the one hand and down-right offensive teaching on the other. This combination of the supernatural and the jarring woke up an entire nation that had been basically asleep for two generations.
In our own day, we find ourselves in a similar state of dispassion. So few Catholics believe in our mission to spread the Gospel and to set the world aflame with the real, supernatural power of Jesus Christ. So few Catholics are open to hearing the jarring teachings of Jesus. The people of our world - Christian and unChristian alike - are content with the luxuries that the world offers us. We’re content with the cooling embers of our faith. Of course, we know that the Gates of Hell will not prevail! But what are we doing to bring those embers to the flame that Jesus desires? What are we doing to unite ourselves to the Supernatural reality of our faith and to challenge ourselves with the hard sayings of Jesus? Are we working to set the world aflame or are we content with things as they are?
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
For the last couple of weeks, as I’ve offered the sign of peace to our servers at Mass, there’s been a moment of confusion… When I reach out to shake hands, my thumb and forefinger are held tightly together. It makes for a moment of awkwardness which I find strangely charming. I love the little parts of our faith that make people do a double take!
Our servers - troopers that they are - have made all sorts of efforts to figure out what to do. Some have just shaken with the fingers, others have let me take the lead and a few linked their thumb and forefinger in imitation of my own…
None has asked why my hand is in that position, though. The “posture of the fingers” - which is referred to as “The Digitus” - is prescribed by the traditional Roman Missal. The Church has always insisted that from the moment the priest consecrates the hosts, each and every particle that can truly be called bread is the “Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus.” If that’s the case, then the priest is likely to have at least a few crumbs from the host that rub off as he handles the Holy Eucharist. It would be sacrilegious and blasphemous to allow those crumbs to be trampled upon or otherwise desecrated. And so, from the moment of the consecration of the bread all the way through until his fingers are washed over the chalice, the priest is instructed to keep his thumb and forefinger tightly connected so as to prevent any particles of Our Lord from being mishandled.
Incidentally, this is the reason that the Church had never allowed the faithful to receive Holy Communion in the hand before the 1970s. Even today, the expectation is that the faithful would receive Holy Communion on the tongue as a norm unless they had reason to receive on the hand. In the last few years, concerns about the right reverence that we should be showing the Holy Eucharist has led some bishops to limit or forbid receiving Holy Communion in the hand because the potential for sacrilege is so high. In the diocese of Lafayette just last year, Bishop Jarrell forbade receiving Holy Communion in the hand in a parish where vile desecrations had been taking place!
When we receive Holy Communion, it ought to be a very deliberate and conscious action. After all, St. Paul writes to the Corinthians, “any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself” (I Cor 11:29). That means we should only receive Holy Communion in a state of grace. We should receive reverently and piously. We should prefer to receive on the Tongue unless we have good reason to receive in the Hand. That’s especially true if we can’t use both hands to receive. And we should be sure that we take some real time to pray in thanksgiving after receiving.
The moment of Holy Communion is extremely important! It should be the highlight of our week and the source of strength to live our faith. Some Sundays it’s easy to realize that - sometimes it’s not. But whether we feel it or not, the Holy Eucharist is what makes what we do possible and so we owe God our very best efforts in its regard!
The Voice of the Basket
Weekly Budget $1,865
July Budget $10,000
July Income(Reg $8,779;Bldg $607) $9,386
July Actual Expenses $7,430
August budget $7.462
August Income to Date $2,308
Collection August 6/7 $2,308
Stewardship… In today’s second reading, we hear the author of the letter to the Hebrews liken the daily life of the Christian steward to a race, a long-distance race perhaps, certainly not a sprint; requiring endurance and a single-minded focus on Jesus at the finish line. Good stewards are firmly committed to running the race, to live the Christian life to the fullest, to keep their eyes focused on Jesus. They don’t grow weary. They don’t lose heart. They know there is immense joy waiting for them at the finish line. Are you fully committed to living each day for Christ? Are you running the race, or are you simply jogging? Just walking? Sitting? Going backwards? Going nowhere? Some of us may want to reflect on what we can do to run the race with even more conviction. Others may want to reflect on how to simply enter the race and start running.
Special Collection… The Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa supports pastoral projects that support the growth of the Church in Africa. These projects include teaching catechism classes, building new churches, and offering retreats to weary church personnel in conflict areas. This Collection is a way for us to express solidarity with our African brothers and sisters and to work for their spiritual and material development. Please be generous in this Collection
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Eva Reynolds/Crothers
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Mon 5:30p Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary for all women/John & Ella Guzman
- Tue 5:30p Special Intention of the Magoun Family
- Wed 5:30p In memory of C. L. Keene/Martin
- Thu 9:00a* In memory of Rosa Gremshell(Mass offered at the Olive Branch)
- Fri 5:30p In memory of SeSe Holstead/family
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Thomas Trichell for birth anniversary/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 8/13 5:30p
- Servers: N & C Hall
- Lector: P Wilks
- EMHCs: B Wilks & L Bullard
- 8/14 9:30a
- Servers: M Oliver & C Sullivan
- Lector: M Florence
- EMHCs: N Ernst & M Ernst
- 8/20 5:30p
- Servers: N & C Hall
- Lector: A Farlow
- EMHCs: C VanderVieren & L Bullard
- 8/21 9:30a
- Servers: B Sullivan & W Sullivan
- Lector: B Sullivan
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday… Teri W Brown (Aug 17), Kim Donham (Aug 19), Elizabeth Crothers (Aug 21)
Happy Anniversary… Becky and Michael Lancaster (Aug 14), Shannon and Bart Wood (Aug. 15)
In Our Daily Prayers…
The Holy Father, Pope Francis, and the leaders of our church, including Bishop Ronald Herzog; our President, and the leaders of our nation as they and other world leaders seek peace in the world; our Governor and our legislators; success of our building repair program for the church and fundraising to pay for the repairs; success of our religious education program, safe travel for all those on the highways; good weather for our farmers; our friends and family in the Philippines;
Our parishioners who are sick, shut-in, or in other need of our prayers: Pat Bullard, Connie Copes, Elizabeth Crothers, Susan Gilfoil, Josephine Hodge, Bill Kennedy, Becky Lancaster, Angela Vilardo Lusk, Dale Magoun, Stephenie and Lance Marsh, Kathleen Mills, Sue Rome, Sue Scurria, Delia Trichell
Our parishioners who are in the nursing home: Billy Hodge, Frances Kennedy, Andrew Lombardo, AND Jim Farrell, and James Speyerer of Vicksburg, Consuelo Marsh, Lake Providence, and our family members and friends, Geneva Russell
Our friends and relatives who need our prayers: Lee Adams (Smith), Ashley Weimer Alexander (Regan), Jenna Faye Allen (Florence), Margaret Baker (Magoun), Marie Farlow Bellard, Tommy Bishop, Susan Blackwell (Bullard), Ruthie Boudreaux (Storey), Hattie Brown (Lancaster), Jerry Bullard, Colton Bullock (Farlow), Sarah Cannon (Gilfoil), Jean Cantrell, Richard Chappuis (Johnson), Allison Crotwell (A Ginn), Jackie Daniels (Lancaster), Carol Dipert (Rome), Reba Duncan, Renee Edwards and parents (VanderVieren), George Eisworth family (Dyer), Joe Farlow, Rosemarie Finn (Hodge), Madge and Don Finney (Dyer), Tracy Jones Fortenberry (Donham), Thom Gilfoil, Kathy Garley Hanlon (Gilfoil), Jerry Ann Harmon (Hodge), Cooper Harris (R Wood), Alan Henley (Copes), Monroe Hill (K Dukes), Bo Holloway, Lou Horath (Hernandez), Kenlie Jackson (Dyer), Diane Johnson (Johnson), Jim Johnson(Dyer), Patsy Lancaster, Ben Legendre (Gilfoil), Ben Lenhart (G Marsh), LaLa Lopez (Hernandez), Ann Maxwell (Gilfoil), Will and Michelle (MS) McGuire (Gilfoil), Keith Melancon (Regan), Tucker Melancon (Johnson), Marie Phillips Michelle (Hodge), Lindsay Mills, Ashley Priest Moberly, Loyd Moore (Donham), Debbie Mullin (Dyer), Wanda Murphy (Terry), Alice Neuroth (Bullard), Addison Petracca (S Marsh), Debbie Pettis (Rome), Yvonne Phillips (Hodge), Wayne Pitre (Gilfoil), Dana Rogers (Dyer), Bailey Rome, Lee Rome, Tiffney Rome, Linda Sanchez (Wilks), Betty Sanders (Gilfoil), Andy Sevier, Michael Stamper (Wilks), David Sullivan (Hunter), Lazette Thomason (Dyer), Elaine Trimble (Rome), Elizabeth, Randy and Camille Watts and Betty Kurfiss, Conner and Hudson Wood (nephews of Bart)
Our college students Will Donham, Courtney Ernst, Norman Ernst, Anna Ginn, Emily Ginn, Matt Hall, Josh Hall, Eric Nguyen, Roland Nguyen, Kathleen Oliver, Lori Sullivan
Those Catholics residing at Christian Acres, Louisiana Transitional Center for Women, and Madison Detention Center and the families of all of these.
PLEASE LET US KNOW OF ANYONE WHO IS ILL OR HOSPITALIZED OR WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE A VISIT.
PLEASE HELP US TO UP-DATE OUR PRAYER LIST BY ADVISING US OF ANYONE WHO SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE PRAYER LIST.
Calendar of Events
- Confessions every Wed & Fri from 4:45p until Mass at 5:30p, 45m before weekend Masses
- Youth Mass on the third Sunday of the Month, Coffee & Donuts in the center after Mass
- Pastoral Council meeting monthly on the third Tuesday after the 5:30p Mass
- Altar Society meeting every other month on the second Tuesday after the 5:30p Mass
- August 15 Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary -- Mass at 5:30 pm (Not a Holy Day of Obligation)
- August 16 Pastoral Council Meeting – Parish Hall – following 5:30 p.m. Mass, all are invited to attend.
- August 21 Meeting of Parents of children in Religion Class--following Sunday Mass--Parish Hall
For Your Information:
PARENTS MEETING Following Sunday Mass on August 21, Father Ryan and Louise Magoun will meet in the Parish Hall with all of the parents of children in our faith family so that plans can be completed for religious education during the coming year. Please make every effort to be present!
PASTORAL COUNCIL will hold its regular meeting on TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, at 6:00 p.m. (after 5:30 p.m. Mass) in the Church Center. All members are requested to make special effort to attend.
Members of the Council: Libby Bullard, Kendra Collins, Dana Dukes, Michael Lancaster, Stephenie Marsh, Terry Murphy, Betty Smith, and Blanche Wilks. Appointed as Trustees by the Bishop are Brian Johnson and Dale Magoun. Appointed to serve as Finance Council Chair is Darryl Ellerbee. Additionally, serving on the Council in an ex-officio capacity as President of the Altar Society is Cathy VanderVieren. Parishioners are encouraged to attend and contribute to the discussions.