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JUST A LITTLE TALK WITH JESUS…
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, April 24, 2017
 

JUST A LITTLE TALK WITH JESUS…


We commonly refer to prayer as a talk with Jesus. But can a talk with a friend be a talk with Jesus? “There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal ... But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit - immortal horrors or everlasting splendors ... Next, to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.” These are the words of C. S. Lewis from his work entitled, “The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses.” His perspective gives a talk with Jesus a different dimension. When we consider our neighbors as immortal and holy objects, every act on their behalf becomes a prayer, that is, a talk with Jesus.
 
BIBLE STUDY 3RD SUNDAY AFTER EASTER YEAR A 2017.pdf
 
 

A NEW LIFE - A NEW BEGINNING!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, April 10, 2017
 


A New Life, a New Beginning!


The word “renaissance” is defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary as a period of new growth or activity. Since the beginning of Lent, we have focused on new spiritual growth through prayer, fasting and alms giving. The images of Holy Week project a newness or renaissance of our spiritual life and renewed faith in our risen Savior. The triumphant entry of our Lord into Jerusalem, His institution of the Eucharist, His suffering and death on the cross, all point to His resurrection and a new life free from sin. If we maximized our Lenten experience, we should have gained a new life in Christ and a new beginning.
 
BIBLE STUDY RESURRECTION OF OUR LORDD - EASTER SUNDAY 2017 YEAR A.pdf
 
 

LORD, INCREASE MY FAITH! GIVE ME A FAITH THAT IS VICTORIOUS!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Tuesday, April 4, 2017
 



LORD, INCREASE MY FAITH! GIVE ME A FAITH THAT IS VICTORIOUS!

LORD, INCREASE MY FAITH! GIVE ME A FAITH THAT IS VICTORIOUS! A popular television network sports show used to begin its telecast with the promise to take its viewers from, “the thrill of victory to the agony of defeat.” This Palm Sunday, the readings take us from the thrill of victory – Jesus’ celebrated arrival in Jerusalem, to His agony and death on the cross – that some would call defeat, to His glorious Resurrection. During this Holy Week, we celebrate the divine steps to our salvation. Therefore, we go from victory, to defeat, to glorious victory. Victorious faith is total obedience and dependence on God. Lord, give me victorious faith!
 
BIBBLE STUDY PALM SUNDAY PASSION SUDNAY 2017 YEAR A.pdf
 
 

LORD, GIVE ME A FAITH THAT IS ALIVE.
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, March 27, 2017
 




LORD, GIVE ME A FAITH THAT IS ALIVE.

Is it common to see dead people in church? In Revelation 3:1, Jesus tells the Church in Sardis that they are a dying church. It had a reputation of being alive, but it was dead. The church was warned to strengthen what was left. One may conclude that the church dies when the faith of its members die. When the body of Christ is weakened or dead, it is because of the destruction of its members, the faithful. During this Fifth Week of Lent, we ask the Lord to revitalize our faith. Make us passionate about serving Jesus, the son of God. Let us have a faith that is a living relationship with the Holy Trinity. Open our eyes to the gift of the Sacraments. Give us a lifestyle that leads others to Jesus. Give us a faith that is alive. and give us a new sense of holiness that was given to us in the Sacrament of Baptism.
 
BIBLE STUDY 5TH SUNDAY IN LENT YEAR A 2017.pdf
 
 

A FAITH THAT ENLIGHTENS – LET ME SEE WHAT YOU SEE?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, March 20, 2017
 


A FAITH THAT ENLIGHTENS – LET ME SEE WHAT YOU SEE?

We are blind to our blindness. Consider the two police officers in Hayward, California, who beat a blind man with their batons after mistaking his collapsible cane for an illegal martial arts weapon. The officers did not identify themselves, and the man fought back, thinking he was being mugged.
What do we really know? We are made in the image and likeness of God, who sees all, knows all and is all. Yet, we are limited by our own vision and don’t know how little we know. We walk by faith and not by sight. That is why we must see with the eyes of a follower of Christ and constantly pray to see what God sees.
 
BIBLE STUDY 4TH SUNDAY IN LENT YEAR A 2017.pdf
 
 

A FAITH THAT SHOWS -LET ME TELL IT!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, March 13, 2017
 
A FAITH THAT SHOWS -LET ME TELL IT!

As Christians, our lives should reflect our faith in Jesus Christ. This is how we build up the kingdom of God on earth. Our good works, performed in the Spirit of God, have great power to draw people to faith in Jesus the Christ. This is our command from our Baptism, to go and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and bring others to Him. As part of our duty to evangelize, we must resolve that even if others will not proclaim the Gospel, then we should bravely step up and say; “let me tell it.” Evangelization provides us with an opportunity to move from docile and weak faith to boldly proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ by the way we live.
 
BIBLE STUDY 3RD SUNDAY IN LENT YEAR A 2017.pdf
 
 

FAITH THAT TRANSFORMS - DOES YOUR FAITH NEED A MAKEOVER?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, March 6, 2017
 


FAITH THAT TRANSFORMS - DOES YOUR FAITH NEED A MAKEOVER?

Begin with a new haircut, new clothes, and lose a little weight; then add a different hairstyle or makeup. Top it off with new outfits and presto, you have the ingredients for a complete makeover! Now, this is a cosmetic change. There is another complete makeover that absolutely changes our lives. It is the spiritual surgery that Jesus Christ performs when He transforms us from the death of sin to life in Him. It is a makeover from faith in the world, to faith in Him. The fundamental elements of the makeover in faith in Jesus Christ are the spirit of forgiveness, love of neighbor and courage to live the Gospel, even at the expense of physical harm. Does your faith need a makeover?
 
BIBLE STUDY 2nd SUNDAY IN LENT YEAR A 2017.pdf
 
 

Increase My Faith - Let Me Praise You Honestly.
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, February 27, 2017
 


Increase My Faith - Let Me Praise You Honestly

The dominant theme during this Lenten Season is: “Lord, Increase My Faith.” This is the first in a series of Bible study lessons on how to strengthen our faith. This week, the lesson focuses on honesty and sincerity in worship. “Don’t come into the presence of God to impress Him with something He gave you!” These words of Rev. T. D. Jakes capture the theme of honest worship. Worship is our faith in God in motion. It is the response of the believer’s entire being, which includes the emotions, body, will, and mind. Honest worship is giving God all He has given us. As C. S. Lewis wrote, “It is in the process of being worshiped that God communicates His presence to men.” This is why we worship God, not to impress Him, but so that He can inhabit us.
 
BIBLE STUDY 1ST SUNDAY IN LENT YEAR A 2017 LORD INCREASE MY FAITH HONEST WORSHIP.pdf
 
 

Bless More and Curse Less!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, February 13, 2017
 



Bless More and Curse Less!

The instinctive response to personal harm is to retaliate or to seek revenge. This can be dangerous today since we live in a world that seems to be turning less hospitable every day. We tend to curse or retaliate against those who harm us. We often ignore the harm we do. Some intentionally harm others for personal gain. Sadly, and in some cases, we harm other for our own pleasure and enjoyment. In a sense, we chose to curse or destroy our surroundings, rather than bless and revive what is around us.
Has no one taught us to live and do no harm? Yes, Jesus did. In the Sermon on the Mount, which continues in the readings for this week, Jesus tells us that our world would be better if we bless, and make holy what God has given us. When God is in the center of our relationships, we bless more and curse less.
 
BIBLE STUDY 7TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A.pdf
 
 

WHY IS YOUR KING ON A CROSS?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, November 14, 2016
 

WHY IS YOUR KING ON A CROSS?

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. ...” These are the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”. He could not remain comfortable in Atlanta and fight injustice. He had to ascend the cross of injustice before he could obtain the crown of freedom. He knew that his King, Jesus, died on a cross of injustice and humiliation for the salvation of all. Dr. King imitated the Word of God and the Creator of the universe. He knew why his King was on a cross.
 
BIBLE STUDY OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST THE KING OF THE UNIVERSE YEAR C.pdf
 
 

RCIA learning sessions
 
Posted by. Tre Williams on Wednesday, April 6, 2016
 
This Week - What are the Sacraments? Why Confirmation? What are the signs in my life that I am a Catholic Christian?What does “Life in the Spirit” mean? Give the gift that keeps on giving. Invite someone to a life in Jesus Christ. St. Maria Goretti Parish offers an opportunity to come together in a small group to learn more about our faith. These sessions will focus on the Bible, the teachings and experiences of the Church and prepare individuals to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. The next gathering is Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 1:00p.m. in the Chapel for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and discussions in the Church Meeting Room.

For more information please contact Deacon Terrel J. Broussard at: tbroussard@smgnola.com
 
 
 

NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER GIVE IN!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Friday, October 23, 2015
 


NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER GIVE IN!

Never give up! Never give in! This is what someone should have told Bartimaeus. On the contrary, the crowd tried to quiet him. But he did not give up. He cried out even louder, as others tried to silence him. It took determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort for him to attain his dream of gaining his sight. It also took hope. He hoped that Jesus would hear him. Bartimaeus hoped that in the midst of his blindness, Jesus would see his condition. He did not give up and his eyes were opened.
 
BIBLE STUDY 30TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B 2015.pdf
 
 

Want to learn more about the Catholic Faith?
 
Posted by. Tre Williams on Saturday, August 31, 2013
 
Anyone interested in becoming Catholic or learning more about our faith, and adults who need the Sacrament of Confirmation, are invited to register at the entrance of the Church.
 
 
 

Interested in becoming Catholic?
 
Posted by. Tre Williams on Saturday, August 24, 2013
 
Anyone interested in becoming Catholic or learning more about our faith, and adults who need the Sacrament of Confirmation, are invited to register in the sacristy of the Church.
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 

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