From the office of the Parish President

Kenny Matassa
Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa

     This past week we gathered together for two enriching celebrations: Mother’s Day and the National Day of Prayer. I was pleased to host the 7th Annual National Day of Prayer luncheon at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center this past Thursday. Selma and I joined our hands and hearts with clergy, business leaders, elected officials and citizens from all over Ascension Parish in praying for our parish, our nation, and our world. I know I speak for everyone when I say this experience was uplifting. Pastor Scott Bledsoe of the Household of Faith reminded us in his charge that when we talk to God, God will set us free from all our fears. The great Pope St. John Paul II also extolled freedom from fear in our life as a central tenant of God’s teaching. In our religious diversity, unity springs forth to announce that good news. We are one community working for a better world with the gifts God has given us.

     I don’t think I am alone in saying that one of the greatest gifts God gave me is my mother. My mother, Mrs. Bena Sotile Matassa, was one of the finest women I’ve ever known. I will never forget those cherished moments growing up with her by my side every step of the way. She taught me lessons of faith, hope, and charity. She helped make me into the man I am today, and for that I am eternally grateful. Cherish your mothers and don’t let a day go by without telling them that you love them. Remember your blessings and never forget that God is with you at the highest peaks and in the lowest valleys. Seek after wisdom, the courage to know what’s right, and the fortitude to act accordingly.