Saturday, August 15, 2015 in southern Louisiana, the people celebrated a unique, and historic day! It was the celebration of 250 years of the Acadians arrival and settlement in South, Louisiana. These settlers were in particular the French-speaking Catholics who were expelled from Canada to settle along the river banks of Bayou Teche.
Rev. Michael Champagne organized and led a beautiful, Eucharistic procession along the historic banks. It all began with Holy Mass in Leonville followed by a Eucharistic procession by boat down the Bayou Tech. 50 boats lined in procession led by two boats which rang the bells, announcing the arrival of the Most Blessed Sacrament (Corpus of Jesus) in a massive and golden monstrance. The boat following the Blessed Sacrament held a beautiful, life size statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the bow of the boat. This day also marked the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Catholic tradition.
The procession went along the banks of the Bayou Teche stopping in Arnaudville, Cecilia, Breaux Bridge and St. Martinville for the Holy Rosary and benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The young and the old, all gathered in adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The people fell to their knees as they disembarked the boat with the Monstrance at each location. They were greeted by the Knights of Columbus, and young ladies adored the ground with rose petals. The smell of sweet incense and Latin hymns filled the hot summer air!
Catholicism is a rich part of the history in Louisiana and is just as prevelant to this day as displayed here in this fine celebration of "Fete Dieu du Teche" lovingly translated as Festival God, Teche.
This year we celebrate 200 years of the victory of the Battle of New Orleans! The British were defeated by the good people of New Orleans, Louisiana during this Battle. On January 7-8 while all the men were fighting the battle, the women gathered in the evening with the Ursuline Sisters to pray before the statue of Our Lady of "Prompt Succor" ( Means Quick Help.) The next morning a Mass was offered and the nuns promised to have a Mass of Thanksgiving annually if they were victorious. That Thanksgiving Mass is still celebrated to this day at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor on State St. There were many odds against Andrew Jackson and his men but after winning the Battle of New Orleans, Andrew Jackson publicly acknowledged that the American victory was won by heavenly intervention. This was the miracle of New Orleans and for our country!
Again, Our Lady interceded when a major fire broke out in New Orleans and threatened the city and the Ursuline Convent in the French Quarter. One of the sisters place a smaller statue of Our Lady called the "Sweet Heart Statue" in the window seal, knelt and prayed with great confidence, " Oh Lady of Prompt Succor, save us for we are lost." At that very instant the wind veered and the flames were blown back over their path of destruction and they soon died out.” During World War I and II many prayed to the Sweet Heart statue and she helped bring many soldiers home safely. Of course during hurricane season in Louisiana, many of the faithful pray to Our Lady for protection from the storm! Our Lady of Prompt Succor is also the patroness of Louisiana!
So today, we fight a different and new battle in New Orleans! Approximately 1/2 mile from the National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Planned Parenthood is building a 7,000 square ft. center on Claiborne Ave. Planned Parenthood, the nations largest abortion provider, recently stated that New Orleans needs 2,844 abortions a year! Ben Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life stated that the number represents approximately over a million dollars a year!
Planned Parenthood's bold and shocking statement should be ringing in our ears and begging the question, "Why do we, in New Orleans, Louisiana need to take 2,844 innocent, babies lives per year?" The bottom line is that Planned Parenthood does not really care about women's health with a statement like that. They care more about the money that is generated from the 2,844 lives of the children of Louisiana!
To put those numbers in perspective, in the Battle of New Orleans there were only 304 deaths total, and according to Planned Parenthood they need 2,844 deaths annually! The sad truth is that the 2,844 number will probably grow much worse if Planned Parenthood builds their center on Claiborne Ave.
So what should we do to stop this place of death? We should stand up and fight like our ancestors did. We can do several things. Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans asked all businesses to boycott this facility. This has helped tremendously because when Planned Parenthood broke ground in Spring of 2013 they promised to have their doors opened by the end of 2014, and construction has halted because of the boycott. Also, educate others about the facts of what Planned Parenthood intends to do. Most importantly, we should ask for the intercession of Our Lady of Prompt Succor as we did in the battle of New Orleans! Remember Our Lady of Prompt Succor means quick help! So let us not forget, she has been our historical victory! She is our help and trust in the Lord! By Tricia Parsons, Editor
PRAYERS TO OUR LADY OF PROMPT SUCCOR Patroness of the State of Louisiana
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, You are after Jesus our only hope. O Most Holy Virgin, whose merits have raised You high above angel choirs to the very throne of the Eternal and whose foot crushed the head of the infernal serpent, You are strong against the enemies of our salvation. O Mother of God, You are our Mediatrix most kind and loving. Hasten, then to our help, and as You once saved Your beloved City from ravaging flames and our Country from an alien foe, do now have pity on our misery, and obtain for us the graces we beg of You. Deliver us from the wiles of Satan, assist us in the many trials which beset our path in this valley of tears, and be to us truly Our Lady of Prompt Succor now and especially at the hour of our death. Amen.
O Mary, mother of God, who amid the tribulations of the world, watches over us and over the Church of Your Son, be to us and to the Church, truly, Our Lady of Prompt Succor; make haste to help us in all our necessities, that in this fleeting life You may be our succor, and obtain for us (here ask the particular favor you desire). Help us to gain life everlasting through the merits of Jesus, Your Son, Our Lord and Redeemer. Amen.
NIHIL OBSTAT PATRICK GILLESPIE CENSOR LIBORUM
IMPRIMATUR LUCIEN J. CAILLOUET, P.A. VICAR GENERAL
I am Our Lady of America. I desire that my children honor me, especially by the purity of their lives. ~The first words spoken by Our Lady of America, Sept, 26, 1956
According to Sister Mary Ephrem, Our Lady often emphasized her desire that the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., be made a place of special pilgrimage and that she be honored there under this image and this title "Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin." Strong warnings were repeated by Our Lady throughout 1957 and 1958, and there after, indicating that the hour grows late and Sister must tell the Bishops of the United States of Our Lady's desires and how she wishes them to be carried out. Our Lady spoke: "Unless my children reform their lives, they will suffer great persecution. If man himself will not take upon himself the penance necessary to atone for his sins and those of others, God in His justice will have to send upon him the punishment necessary to atone for his transgressions."
Ask Pope Francis to Advocate and to Join in that Solemn Procession ?Write a letter to Pope Francis in which you ask His Holiness to endorse personally the devotion to Our Lady of America and to invite the United States Catholic Bishops to join Him in the Solemn Procession and permanent placement of the statue of Our Lady of America into the Basilica of the National Shrine of The Immaculate Conception at Washington, D.C. whenHe visits that shrine church in September of this year (2015).
You should address your letter or postcard, as follows: His Holiness, Pope Francis c/o Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S.A. 3339 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20008-3610
This devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of America enjoys complete canonical approval through former Archbishop of Cincinnati, OH, the late Paul Francis Leibold. Through his written correspondence and public actions, Archbishop Leibold approved for public devotion this private apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Sister Mary Ephrem (Mildred Neuzil)
In a Church Approved Visionary, St. Lucia of one of the Most Important Apparitions of the 20th Century said this in 1913! If you want to resolve and have peace,pay attention to the message Our Lady of Fatima July 13, 1917, "That you come the 13th of the next month, that you continue to recite the ROSARY EVERY DAY to our Lady of the Rosary to obtain peace in the world and the end of the war, because only She will be able to aid you." St. Lucia "Lucy" said. The Book of Revelation Chpt. 12 " Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, robed with the sun, standing on the moon, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant, and in labour, crying aloud in the pangs of childbirth.Then a second sign appeared in the sky: there was a huge red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, and each of the seven heads crowned with a coronet.....And now war broke out in heaven, when Michael with his angels attacked the dragon. The dragon fought back with his angels, but they were defeated and driven out of heaven....Then the dragon was enraged with the woman and went away to make war on the rest of her children, who obey God's commandments and have in themselves the witness of Jesus."
"It is precise object to make God the Father known and honored, mainly by the institution of a special feast which has been requested of the Church. The enquiry established that a liturgical feast in honor of the Father would be quite in keeping with Church practice as a whole."
"A special Feast would thus have the effect firstly of re-establishing order in the spirituality of many Christians and secondly, of leading them back to the Divine Saviour's instruction: "Everything you ask the Father in My name..." and again "You will pray like this: "Our Father..."
Pope Francis Announces a Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Divine Mercy
Pope Francis' Homily, "This Holy Year will begin on this coming Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2015 and will end on November 20, 2016, the Sunday dedicated to Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – and living face of the Father’s mercy. I entrust the organization of this Jubilee to the Pontifical Council for Promotion of the New Evangelization, that [the dicastery] might animate it as a new stage in the journey of the Church on its mission to bring to every person the Gospel of mercy. I am convinced that the whole Church will find in this Jubilee the joy needed to rediscover and make fruitful the mercy of God, with which all of us are called to give consolation to every man and woman of our time. From this moment, we entrust this Holy Year to the Mother of Mercy, that she might turn her gaze upon us and watch over our journey."Get the Entire Homily Here at Radio Vaticana
It's very similar to attorney- client, or physician- patient confidentiality! Although in this case it is a much stronger blow because it's another attack on our Religious Freedoms! Please remember to pray for Fr. Bayhi and the Baton Rouge Catholic Diocese that their case will go favorably!