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Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot

Jan 17, 2017

Reading 1 Heb 6:10-20

Brothers and sisters:
God is not unjust so as to overlook your work
and the love you have demonstrated for his name
by having served and continuing to serve the holy ones.
We earnestly desire each of you to demonstrate the same eagerness
for the fulfillment of hope until the end,
so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who,
through faith and patience, are inheriting the promises.

When God made the promise to Abraham,
since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself,
and said, I will indeed bless you and multiply you.
And so, after patient waiting, Abraham obtained the promise.
Now, men swear by someone greater than themselves;
for them an oath serves as a guarantee
and puts an end to all argument.
So when God wanted to give the heirs of his promise
an even clearer demonstration of the immutability of his purpose,
he intervened with an oath,
so that by two immutable things,
in which it was impossible for God to lie,
we who have taken refuge might be strongly encouraged
to hold fast to the hope that lies before us.
This we have as an anchor of the soul,
sure and firm, which reaches into the interior behind the veil,
where Jesus has entered on our behalf as forerunner,
becoming high priest forever
according to the order of Melchizedek.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 111:1-2, 4-5, 9 and 10c

R. (5) The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
or:
R. Alleluia.
I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart
in the company and assembly of the just.
Great are the works of the LORD,
exquisite in all their delights.
R. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
or:
R. Alleluia.
He has won renown for his wondrous deeds;
gracious and merciful is the LORD.
He has given food to those who fear him;
he will forever be mindful of his covenant.
R. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
or:
R. Alleluia.
He has sent deliverance to his people;
he has ratified his covenant forever;
holy and awesome is his name.
His praise endures forever.
R. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Alleluia Eph 1:17-18

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
enlighten the eyes of our hearts,
that we may know what is the hope
that belongs to our call.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 2:23-28

As Jesus was passing through a field of grain on the sabbath,
his disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain.
At this the Pharisees said to him,
"Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?"
He said to them,
"Have you never read what David did
when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry?
How he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest
and ate the bread of offering that only the priests could lawfully eat,
and shared it with his companions?"
Then he said to them,
"The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath.
That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath."
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Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

Reader Discretion Advised: This Story Contains an Account of a

Demon Being Put in his Place in an Exorcism.

By Fr. Carlos Martins, Treasures of the Church:

WARNING: Per Vatican teaching and instruction, never, ever ask demons any questions. Leave that job to trained priests. Priests are protected in this activity by their office. Laypeople are not. Laypeople may command demons to depart (i.e., they may engage in simple deliverance), but they are never to ask them questions or otherwise converse with demons. You have been duly warned.

A good priest friend of mine–let’s call him Fr. George–is an exorcist. When he performs an exorcism on someone for the first time, Fr. George demands that the demon reveals who his nemesis in heaven is. In other words, he asks him to reveal which saint is his “archenemy.”

The demons never want to reveal this. They never want to reveal any knowledge that might be used against them. But an exorcist will keep hammering away at this, because if he gets a valid answer, it will serve as a weapon and give him a tremendous edge.

In one case of exorcism, Fr. George posed the question to the demon who manifested himself in a certain woman (let’s call her Rachel). But the demon would not answer. But when Fr. George hammered that question over and over again, always commanding in the name of Christ that he reveal the truth, the demon finally–though reluctantly–said, “Thomas.” Father George asked, “Which Thomas … St. Thomas the Apostle, or St. Thomas Aquinas?” The demon wouldn’t say. So, again, Fr. George hammered that question over and over again, demanding that the demon reveal the answer, “in the name of Christ.”

Finally, the demon said, “Beckett, you ******* priest.” In other words, this particular demon’s nemesis was the martyr St. Thomas Beckett, otherwise known as St. Thomas of Canterbury, who’s feast day is December 29th.

Later on in the session, after much praying and adjuration was done on by Fr. George, the demon revealed his own name. He identified himself as “Murder.”

Later that day Fr. George called me. It had been a while since we had spoken, and he wanted to catch up. He related the incident that happened with the demon during the exorcism earlier in the day. I replied to him, “Father George, you know that I have a piece of the alb St. Thomas Beckett was wearing when he was murdered in his Cathedral. Let me overnight it to you and you can use it against the demons in your next session.”

I couriered the relic overnight and Fr. George had it for his next exorcism session with Rachel. Halfway through the session, he pulled out the relic and applied it against Rachel’s body. The effect was as if all hell broke loose. The demon screamed horribly, as if he was being tortured. In fact, the reaction was so much, that it took Fr. George aback. Under that torture, the demon subsequently revealed that he was the demon who had possessed the king’s men that had murdered Thomas Beckett.

Beckett’s virtue defeated the demon the first time when he was murdered in the year 1170. Over 800 years later, his relic defeated the same demon a second time.

As you can imagine, the experience was enlightening for all of us, in more ways than one, and about as surreal as they get.

St. Thomas Beckett, pray for us!

Adoration & Benediction

Friday: After 12:00 PM Mass

Confession

Wednesday: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM St Helena • Amite, LA

No Confession every third Wednesday- Nursing Home Day


Daily Mass

Tuesday: 12:00PM • Amite, LA

Wednesday: 7:00 AM • Amite LA

Thursday: 12:00 PM • Amite LA

Friday: 12:00 PM • Amite LA

Weekend Mass

Saturday: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM St Helena • Amite, LA

Sunday: 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM St Helena • Amite LA,

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM St. Helena, Amite, La.,

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Spanish St Helena • Amite, LA

January 2017 Liturgical Ministers Schedule

“The worship given to the Trinity of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit... must fill our churches also outside the timetable of Masses…This worship must be prominent in all our encounters with the Blessed Sacrament… Adoration of Christ in this sacrament of love must also find expression in various forms of Eucharistic devotion: personal prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, hours of adoration, periods of exposition – short, prolonged, and annual (Forty Hours) - Eucharistic benediction, Eucharistic processions, Eucharistic Congresses… Let us be generous with our time in going to meet him in adoration and in contemplation that is full of faith and ready to make reparation for the great faults and crimes of the world. May our adoration never cease.”

Pope John Paul 11

St. Helena Catholic Church
122 South First Street
Amite, LA 70422-0685
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FROM BATON ROUGE
Merge onto I-12 E via EXIT 159 on the left towardHammond.
Merge onto I-55 N via EXIT 38B toward Jackson.
Merge onto W Oak St / LA-16 E via EXIT 46toward Amite City.
Turn right onto S 1st St.
122 S 1ST ST is on the right.

FROM NEW ORLEANS
Merge onto I-10 W toward Baton Rouge/New Orleans Int'l Airport.
Merge onto I-55 N via EXIT 210 toward I-55 N/Hammond.
Merge onto W Oak St/LA-16 E via EXIT 46toward Amite City
Turn right onto S 1st St.
122 S 1ST ST is on the right.

FROM SLIDELL
Merge onto I-12 W via the ramp on the lefttoward I-12 W/Hammond.
Merge onto I-55 N via EXIT 38B towardJackson.
Merge onto W Oak St/LA-16 E via EXIT 46toward Amite City.
Turn right onto S 1st St.
122 S 1ST ST is on the right.


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