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January 28- February 03

Saturday     4:00 p.m.     Mae weaver & Nora Smith

Sunday        10:00 a.m.   Bernadette Scalisi Besse.

Tuesday        8:00 a.m.    People of the Parish

Wednesday  8:00 am     Souls in Purgatory

Thursday      8:00 am     Sick of the Parish

Friday            8:00 a.m.   Military & Law Enforcement

                         

04 February  4:00 p.m. Lector : Liz Gallier                                             Communion Minister:  Liz Gallier                                                          Altar Servers: Corbin Mackan

05 February 8:30 a.m.  Lector : Tony Mireles

                 Communion Minister:  Diana McCullough

                                  Altar Server: Kassidy Lewis 

  Money Counters: Sherry Martel & Karen Halsell

                             

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PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK: Barry Adams,  William Anderson,  Elliott Bounds, Mallorie Cabrerr, Emma Edwards, jack Gilley, Yvonne Godeaux, Billie Sue Goodeaux, Elizabeth Harris, Barbara Hawkins, Bill Jannise, Maureen Elizabeth Lee, Melissa Lewis, Tammy Louviere, Liz Medlin, Amanda Mitchell, Sherry Paschal, Darlene Presley, Carrie Rashall, Jake Smith, Irby Thibodeaux,  & Tommy Wright.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Nicole Bain, Zachary Bolser, Gloria Derrick, Melba Gibson, Pedro Loza, Karen Mayeux, Grace McCullough & Carl Richard Happy Birthday! May God bless you and bring you peace.

****ADORATION***** We now have Adoration every Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to noon. Benediction starts at 11:45 a.m. Please come spend time with our Lord.

                ROSARY PRAYER GROUP- A group of parishioners gather to pray the Rosary every Wednesday                   at 6:00 p.m. in the Church. O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to

                 thee!  Please join us!

 

                   KNIGHTS KNEWS- Our Knights will be providing Christmas food boxes to those in need.         

                   Money raised at the dinners goes to fund various causes, such as the food boxes. Thank you                       for your support! Next Fish Fry is Friday February 12, 5:00p.m.to sell out.

COMMUNION MINISTERS- For current ministers and anyone wanting to become a minister of Holy Communion, we will have a meeting Thursday February 9th at 6:00 p.m. in the Hall.

 

CHILDRENS MASS- We have a children’s/youth Mass the second Sunday of each month. The children will walk in with Father, sitting together, and participate in the parts of the Mass. They will be lectors, collections, gift bearers, ect. Next Mass is February 19th, 2023 @ 8:30 a.m.

St. JOSEPHS ALTAR- We will have a Fish Fry team to work at St Josephs Altar with Big Rich on Friday March 17th at St Anthony's. Anyone interested in helping please call the office., 409-752-3571

MENS ACTS RETREAT- Infant Jesus will host a men's Acts Retreat March 2-5, 2023. Forms are in the Church.

JUBILEE MASS- The Diocese of Beaumont will have a Jubilee Mass honoring couples who are celebrating 25, 50 & 50+ years of marriage on February 12, 2023. All couples who wish to br recognized must pre-register through the office of Family, Marrige & Youth Ministry. 409-924-4362

WOMENS CONFERENCE- The Diocese of Beaumont will be having a Women’s Conference on Saturday March 11, 2023. This will be a one-day conference hosted by St. Jude Thaddeus Church. It will include dynamic speakers, music, & booths with lunch provided. A first for our Diocese, it will be an inspirational event titled “Christ In Her”. Save the date for this special event! Registration will start in January 2023. Those who would like to help sponsor the women's conference, there are sponsorship levels available. All donations are tax deductible. please call Sherry Broussard 409-239-4911

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Our readings this week all speak of the distinctive characteristics of the people God gathers to achieve God’s purposes. The deep communion of love that God envisions requires a community that is humble and lowly, as Zephaniah describes. And in the Beatitudes, Jesus teaches that a people who know their weakness and vulnerability can most fully place their trust in God and work for a just world. As Christians, we believe God will fully heal our world when Christ returns. But Christ also invites us to experience a foretaste of this future right now, through our life in Christian community, and in our work of justice & peacemaking in the world...

 

THE BLESSED COMMUNITY -

We turn to the first action of Jesus’ public ministry described by Matthew—Jesus preaching to the crowds in what we call the Sermon on the Mount. The Sermon begins with today’s Gospel passage, the Beatitudes. Having just called his first disciples to form a community, Jesus begins to spell out what this community is all about. The Beatitudes lay the foundation, describing the primary values and practices, and the core identity of this community. Jesus tells his followers, first and foremost, that they are blessed by God. The community will reveal its blessed character through its humility, meekness, and hunger for justice. Knowing they are loved as God’s children, they will have open and pure hearts, free to be merciful, and they will be able to endure suffering gracefully. Listening anew to the Beatitudes, we remember how far we fall short of Jesus’ vision. But we know God has gathered us, and continues to transform us, for the fullness of blessing.
 

WHOM GOD HONORS-

In Jesus’ time, honor and shame were key markers for who is up and who is down in their society.
Typically, those with wealth and power over others were to be honored. And in our own time, often we find ourselves drawn strongly toward having more abundance, control, and 
options to choose from. But Jesus says in the Beatitudes that the poor and meek are truly blessed, that is, honorable and privileged by God. How can this be? Perhaps Jesus is first exposing the opposites to the poor and meek, the “rich in spirit.” These develop such confidence in themselves, based on achievement or inherited privilege, that they isolate themselves from God, and either ignore or exploit others. Jesus also knew that
the humble in heart can be most open to God’s affirmation of them. They can then become more deeply empowered to participate in God’s work. God blesses and honors the open-hearted.

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