MATER DOLOROSA CHURCH OFFICE
620 Third Street, Independence, LA 70443
PO B0x 349, Independence, LA 70443
985-878-9639 Fax# 985-878-6260
Fran Barrios, Bookkeeper
Joyce Paille, Executive Secretary
A Note from Our Pastor
My prayers and thanks to all who prayerfully consider their roll here within the greater Mater Dolorosa family. Each of us has a critical role from the smallest and youngest to the oldest and wisest. All disciples of Christ, meaning all the baptized, are asked to respond to Jesus call of service. This response is not an option but an integral part of loving God.
On Christmas day in 2005 our holy father, Pope Benedict XV! issued his encyclical GOD IS LOVE in this letter he gave powerful words to inspire the Church to be moved by love to respond in love through service and ministry. I offer you his words as inspiration to aid you in a personal reflection on what your own unique contribution to the parish through service and ministry might be.
Pope Benedict XVI states:
Seeing with the eyes of Christ, I can gie to others much more than their outward necessities. I can give them the look of love which they crave>--if in my life I fail completely to deed others, solely out of a desire to "devout" and to perform my "religious duties", then my relationship with God will also grow arid. It becomes merely "proper", but loveless. Only my readiness to encounter my neighbor and to show him love makes me sensitive to God as well. Only if I serve my neighbor can my eyes be opened to what God does for me and how much he love me. Love of God and love of neighbor are thus inseparable, they form a single commandment. But both live from the love of God through this unifying process it makes us a "we" which transcends our divisions and makes us one, until in the end
God is "All in All"
LOVE OF NEIGHBOR, grounded in the love of God, is first and foremost a responsibility for each individual member of the faithful, but it is also a responsibility for the entire ecclesial community at every level. As a community the Church must practice love. Love thus needs to be organized if it is to be an ordered service to the community. The awareness of this responsibility has had a constitutive relevance in the Church from the beginning. With regard to the personnel who carry out the Church's activity on the practical level:
they must not be inspired by ideologies aimed at improving the world, but should rather be guided by the faith which works through love. Consequently, more than anything, they must be persons moved by Christ's love, persons whose hearts Christ has conquered with his love, awakening within them a love of Neighobor
Carol Young, Director of Christian Formation
Rev. Howard Adkins, Pastor.