“For the Church, there is no distinction between defending human life and promoting the dignity of the human person.
“Pope Benedict XVI writes in Caritas in Veritate. . . that “The Church forcefully maintains this link between life ethics and social ethics, fully aware that ‘a society lacks solid foundations when, on the one hand, it asserts values such as the dignity of the person, justice and peace, but then, on the other hand, radically acts to the contrary by allowing or tolerating a variety of ways in which human life is devalued and violated, especially where it is weak or marginalized.'” (no. 15).
“As a gift from God, every human life is sacred from conception to natural death.
As a gift from God, every human life is sacred from conception to natural death. The life and dignity of every person must be respected and protected at every stage and in every condition. The right to life is the first and most fundamental principle of human rights that leads Catholics to actively work for a world of greater respect for human life and greater commitment to justice and peace.”
Although we don’t maintain a Parochial School here at St. Jane, many of our Parishioners do attend Catholic Schools. We also enjoy a thriving Parish School of Religion, and a host of other educational opportunities. So this week as we celebrate Catholic School’s Week, we are mindful of the continued need to support and promote an authentic Catholic teaching and Culture.
This coming Saturday, January 21, 2017, the Louisiana Life March will again take place in our state capitol, Baton Rouge.
The Knights of Columbus have a 55 person bus rented, which always accommodates our group generously.
The cost for the bus transportation is $10 per person; if you’re unable to afford the $10, please let us know. The Bus leaves promptly at 8AM, so be sure to be present at 7:30 AM for some coffee, donuts, and to make sure you get one of the best seats in the house.
Our contacts are available on flyers in the Church, and via the Office, at (985) 892-1439.
I urge you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that all of you agree with what you say,
and that there be no divisions among you,
but that you be united in the same mind and in the same purpose.
For it has been reported to me about you, my brothers and sisters,
by Chloe’s people, that there are rivalries among you.
I mean that each of you is saying,
“I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,”
or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.”
Is Christ divided?
Was Paul crucified for you?
Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel,
and not with the wisdom of human eloquence,
so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning.
This weekend we will have a bus trip to the Louisiana March for life in Baton Rouge, on Saturday from 8AM-3PM. For more information simply call the office.
Our Novena for the End of Abortion ends this Sunday as well, which is the Anniversary of Roe vs Wade.
It’s a weekend also speaking to vocations, wherein Jesus calls his disciples to be fishers of men. The Church does so to this day, and He calls each one of us to life within His mystical body; a life of service and sacrifice, which brings not only occasional trials, but great joy as well.
Rom 12:16-21 Brethren: Be not wise in your own conceits. To no man render evil for evil, but provide good things not only in the sight of God, but also in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as far as in you lies, be at peace with all men. Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to the wrath, for it is written, Vengeance is Mine: I will repay, says the Lord. But, If your enemy is hungry, give him food; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap coals of fire upon his head. Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Fr. Allen will be celebrating the Mass this weekend. We continue to thank all of those who support and encourage the Mass here so profoundly.
We would also like to have a meeting in the near future to discuss the restoration of Catholic Culture in society at large, but more so, here in our Parish. Please contact father Allen if you are interested.
We had a beautiful Mass and Reception today in Thanksgiving for the 35 years of service of Deacon Frans Labranche. Thank you Frans, and thank you Del, for your many years of service. as you know you are always welcome here!
From a Parishioner, adressed to the Mysterium Fidei Latin Mass Society, Inc.
Please join us for the traditional Latin Mass this Sunday, January 15th at noon at St. Jane de Chantal Church in Abita Springs. We will be celebrating the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany.
Several people have approached me with concerns about diminishing attendance and the decreasing quality of the music accompanying the Mass. While I share these concerns, I am not the person in charge of the Mass and therefore unable to take corrective action. However, I do believe you should voice your valid concerns and therefore offer you the appropriate point of contact and their contact information:
Fr. Ken Allen
XXX-XXX-XXXX (Mobile) [edited]
For your love of our Lord and His Mass, I encourage you to speak up. For the love of His Church and its pastors, I beg your respect and civility.
God bless and take care,
P.S. We will have a general meeting of the Latin Mass Society next Wednesday. Please plan on attending.
Hello David, and thank you for writing about this. I too have great concerns about our music program overall, the Latin Mass foremost. All suggestions are welcomed.
Also, it’s helpful that we continue to note that the Mysterium Fidei Latin Mass Society, Inc., is not a part of St. Jane de Chantal Parish. While it’s unfortunate that the times call for such things, I’d be happy to put you in touch with Cheryl Harper of Catholic Mutual, or Wendy Vitter of the legal department to discuss things with you in a friendly manner. Though, as a lawyer, I understand you’re well aware of the issues involved. We’re all working for salvation in Jesus Christ, in His Church, working through the means which we have available. To that end, I’ve created the Sancta Missa group within the Parish itself, that concerns may be addressed head on within the Parish, and support may be found for choirs, organists, and such. All are welcome. We enjoy a great support, spiritually and financially, from the members of the St. Jane congregation itself, regarding the Latin Mass.
It’s true that I was very surprised when your wife resigned as Choir Director the Monday prior to Christmas, and I do publicly apologize to her for my initial shock. Frankly, I was shocked that anyone would resign within a week prior to Christmas with no explanation. However, I do empathize with her sincerity. As a Pastor, it’s not easy to respond in the week prior to Christmas when one is having major issues regarding a choir.
I’m sorry that you were unable to be at Mass today. For various reasons, due to our Parish schedule, I chose to have a Low Mass.
While it was quite a surprise to everyone, I did have a number of people tell me they had never experienced a Low Mass before…. They appreciated the quiet, prayerful time at the foot of the Cross.
You are always welcome to express your opinions to me personally, and I certainly don’t mind if you continue to address your opinions about the Mass at St. Jane, or about myself, to your Incorporated group, and to the public in general as you have been doing. After all, I can’t do anything about the issues if I’m not aware of the issues themselves. I can only assure you, that we share many of the same concerns, and I find it unfortunate that our work would not be together, but towards a separation.
I’m thankful that I do have an awareness of the issues, and may address them forthrightly in the coming months, and in the coming year.
As for our attendance, I check with the ushers every week, and it is holding quite steady for the last year, between 175-225. Never less, sometimes more.
Please pray for the healing and well being Monsignor Calkins, who broke his leg doubly in an icy fall during the recent winter storms in the mid south. May the Archangel Raphael watch over him, and all the ill in our Parish, leading them ever closer to healing, in Jesus Christ. Monsignor does not have a cast on, and is using a walker to get around (in therapy, of course.)
Lesson from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans Rom 12:6-16
Brethren: We have gifts differing according to the grace that has been given us, such as prophecy to be used according to the proportion of faith; or ministry, in ministering; or he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhorting; he who gives, in simplicity; he who presides, with carefulness; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without pretense. Hate what is evil, hold to what is good. Love one another with honor. Be not slothful in zeal; be fervent in spirit, serving the Lord, rejoicing in hope. Be patient in tribulation, persevering in prayer. Share the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. Be of one mind towards one another. Do not set your mind on high things but condescend to the lowly.
John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
He is the one of whom I said,
‘A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me
because he existed before me.’
I did not know him,
but the reason why I came baptizing with water
was that he might be made known to Israel.”
John testified further, saying,
“I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from heaven
and remain upon him.
I did not know him,
but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me,
‘On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain,
he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’
Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.”
Today is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, when through the descent of a dove – the Holy Spirit, God made manifest that Jesus was his beloved Son, sent for the salvation of the world.
Quote for the day: “…he was not baptized because he needed to be purified, but so that he might bring sanctity to the waters themselves.” —St. Gregory Nazianus
Do you know the date of your own baptism? If not, call the parish where you were welcomed into the Church to find out. Celebrate the baptisms of your children by framing and hanging their baptismal certificates. Spend some time appreciating the voice Jesus heard from the heavens. Understand that the same message is directed to you: “with you I am well pleased.” (Mk 1:11)*
On this Monday we end our journey of revelation and the Christmas season. We have seen the Messiah. We know He came for all people. We are beginning to understand that, as members of His Body, we have a duty to carry on His work. Reflect on the effects of our Baptism and how it calls us to “engage in love-inspired action in the world.”*
(via the USCCB website.)
The Missa in Espagnol has moved to 4465 Highway 190, Covington, LA 70433, (the former site of Most Holy Trinity, and in closer proximity with the majority of those attending the Mass,) with Mass times at 8Am and 10Am on Sunday mornings.
Religious Education Office 985-893-3914
St. Michael Mission 985-886-3868
St. Jane Hall 985-892-1439
St. Joseph Hall 985-892-1774