July 18- 24
Sat. 4:30 p.m. Poppy & Chee Higginbotham
Sun. 7:30 a.m. Lois Morrell
Sun. 10:00 a.m. People of the Parish
Wed. 8:00 a.m. Sick of the Parish
Thurs. 8:00 a.m. Those with Covid Virus
Fri. 8:00 a.m. Those who are unemployed
25 July 4:30 p.m.
Lector: Karen Halsell
26 July 7:30 a.m.
Lector: Ward Lowe
26 July 10:00 a.m.
Lector: Camille Briggs
Money Counters: Sherry Martel & Rachal Jordan
PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK: Elliott Bounds, Josie Costa, Emma Edwards, Junius Edwards, Vincent G. Fertitta, Jim Gallier, Sandra Hall, Gerald Fontenot, Yvonne Godeaux, Carolyn Hardy, Hazel Trahan & Tommy Wright.
BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: Theresa Benoit, Kay Boudreaux, Vicki Cascio, Taryn Huff, Dylan Klages, Danny Melancon, Victoria Moss, John Payne, Debra Smith, & Donald Talcott. Happy Birthday, May God Bless You!
BISHOP-ELECT DAVID TOUPS
Msgr. David Toups will be ordained as Bishop of Beaumont on August 21st. He will begin visiting parishes in September and he is scheduled to visit us in September (date to be decided). As soon as we have more information of the date and time for his visit we will let you know.
Please call or email the parish office with your current email address as soon as possible. Changes are happening quickly during this pandemic and we need a timely way to contact our parishioners with these changes from the diocese. Thank you in advance.
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
A God who judges with leniency and clemency, a Spirit groaning because we know not how to pray, a patient master waiting to separate wheat and weeds, a tiny seed growing into a great bush, and the miracle of yeast and flour! All of these images found in our readings today speak of the unexpected, the countercultural, and of the compassion and intimacy of our relationship with God. Many times we are afraid to come to God in prayer, or we may turn away from our God because of our weakness and sinfulness. We are not presented with a vengeful God who is waiting to smite us, but a God of infinite love and wisdom and patience who will show us the way. What an amazing gift this is!
WE NEED TO GROW
We live in an instant world of microwaves and drive-throughs and a disposable society in which things quickly become obsolete, so today’s message is very strange. In all the readings today, and especially in the Gospel, we see transformation, but it is not something that happens overnight, nor does it take place without effort. We are met with parables of a patient and loving God who can see a positive outcome at the end and is willing to wait and nourish us and help us all get there. The sower’s seeds require a growth period and some careful sorting. To make the bread, one must knead it and wait patiently. In planting a mustard seed, something so tiny yields great results, but not until after completing a period of dormancy and waiting.