From The Font
“The LORD is a God of justice, who knows no favorites.” The modern refrains that we hear too often is that the Lord prefers the poor to the rich or the oppressed to the free or the needy to those who have enough. Thankfully, that’s just not the reality. Throughout the Bible, we see the Lord loving and challenging people of every type. We also see, though, that certain circumstances make getting to Heaven “easier” or more likely. So the rich have a harder time entering into Heaven than do the poor. Is that because God likes to make people jump through hoops? Not at all! It’s all in our human nature. Those who don’t have to rely upon God for anything because of their wealth simply don’t learn faith and hope with the same intensity and grit that those who do have to rely upon God for their daily needs. Is that any different than the popular jock who coasts through high school while the nerds do his homework struggling to make it in the real world where sports don’t pay the bills?
Our Gospel today reinforces this important nuance. After the tax collector humbles himself, Jesus says that he “went home justified.” That’s a really big deal! It means that what we do (or do not do) affects - really affects - our Salvation. That’s not what our Protestant friends believe. What Jesus is saying is that we have to make choices that will affect whether or not we go to Heaven. Our circumstances may make that easier or harder, but that’s true of everything in our lives. Whatever our circumstances, we have to see our choices as affecting our eternal life and so we have to see every decision as playing it’s part in our salvation or our damnation. Every choice is a moral choice. Every decision is a moral decision. Every judgement is a moral judgement. Every circumstance, then, is a potential blessing and a potential cross. Being rich - as all Americans really are - makes it harder for us to have faith in God’s providence, but it also gives us time and freedom to pray, fast, do works of mercy and grow in the knowledge and love of God. No matter our circumstances, “The LORD is a God of Justice who knows no favorites.”
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
With the election impending, I want to encourage everyone to think on the words you just read on the cover of the bulletin. “Every choice is a moral choice. Every decision is a moral decision.” In Louisiana, the experts basically assure us that our vote isn’t going to effect the general election for the president of these USA. Louisiana is as far from a swing state as any state can possibly be. In some ways, that’s a great blessing, especially for this election. Both of our major candidates and even our third-party folks are fairly out of step with our Catholic moral principles.
That doesn’t mean that the candidates are equal in this regard! Anyone who makes even a cursory examination of the platforms and policy statements of the major candidates should be able to see a stark contrast wherein certain candidates are far superior to others in terms of our moral priorities.
Still, Louisiana is not a swing state. That doesn’t mean, however, that our vote is meaningless. As I said, “Every choice is a moral choice. Every decision is a moral decision.” The way in which we cast our votes, whether they “really” effect the election or not has a powerful moral content.
When we cast a vote for a candidate, we are doing two things. First, we are advocating for their election. We are consciously cooperating in their plans, policies and platforms. Second, we are advocating against their opponents. We are consciously impeding the potential plans, policies and platforms of other candidates. As Pope Benedict wrote (when he was still Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger), one can morally vote for a morally questionable candidate if, in doing so, he is voting to prevent the election of a morally inferior candidate. So if one candidate stood in favor something morally regunant like same-sex marriage, I could cast my vote for him or her provided that he or she was opposed to something equally morally repugnant like abortion or euthanasia. This nuance does not apply, however, to issues about which I may be passionate but which have far less moral weight like economic or administrative policy.
In sum, the way in which we cast our votes has a moral content whether it affects the election or not. The reasons for that vote matter. We can morally vote for someone or against someone else, but we ought to take very seriously the moral questions over and above the political, socio-economic or cultural questions. Our vote can be accounted to us as virtue, as sin or as insignificant. Our intentions are everything in that accounting! If we consciously deny or ignore the teaching of the Church when we vote, then we deprive ourselves of the Church’s assistance. If we deny or ignore the moral guidance of the Church, we commit a sin. And if we aren’t genuinely repentant of our sins, we don’t have any hope of heaven.
Folks, when you vote, pray, consider and vote with a clean conscience. Don’t get yourself tangled up in sin over an ideology or, worse, a political promise. “Every choice is a moral choice. Every decision is a moral decision.”
Calendar of Events
- Confessions every Fri from 5p until Mass at 5:30p, 30m before weekend Masses
- Youth Mass on the third Sunday of the Month, Coffee & Donuts in the center after Mass
- Pastoral Council meeting monthly on the third Tuesday after the 5:30p Mass
Altar Society meeting every other month on the second Tuesday after the 5:30p Mass
Oct 29 BarBQue Bash - to benefit Seminarian Education - St Mary Catholic Church, Winnsboro
- Nov 1 All Saints - Mass at 5:30 p.m.
- Nov 1 Training for Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Eucharistic at 6 pm (following 5:30 Mass)
- Nov 7 Welcome Mass for Bp. Talley (Cathedral in Alexandria)
- Nov 13 Potluck Brunch - Parish Hall - following Mass (Fourth Quarter Social)
- Nov 19 Thanksgiving Bake Sale - Parish Hall - 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
- Nov 20 Community Thanksgiving Service - First United Methodist Church -- 6 p.m.
For Your Information:
NO RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASS THIS WEEK Due to TA’s Fall Break, there will not be class.
THANKSGIVING BAKE SALE Flyers for the Bake Sale on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, are on the table at the entrance of church. Please take one-- or some -- to put at your office or any place that you think people might see them. Also, please note what your contribution to the Bake Sale will be on the board at the entrance of church.
RAFFLE TICKETS FOR “CHRISTMAS PARTY ON THE BAYOU” have you gotten tickets from Libby to sell? Have you sold the ones you have? Do you need more? Proceeds benefit our renovations so do your part!
FOURTH QUARTER SOCIAL After several years of discussion and a further discussion by the Parish Council, it has been decided to have a different format for the Fourth Quarter Social. This year, we will be having a Thanksgiving Potluck Brunch on Sunday, November 13 following the Sunday Mass. Mark your calendar now and plan to attend!!! Members of that committe (Oct, Nov, Dec) who have offered to give leadership to the event are Sherry Lynn and Tim Harris, Blanche and Skeeter Wilks and Louise and Dale Magoun. Other members of the group are Dorothy Dyer, Leslye Ellerbee, Monique Florence, Susan and Johnny Gilfoil, Josephine Hodge, Michael and Becky Lancaster, Billy and Ginny Marsh, William and Sharyn Marsh, Grace Mbenkum, Sug Regan, Don Wood, Robert Wood, Edward and Margaret Yerger, Len Faustino, Jeanie Yabut. If you are a member of the committee, please contact one of the co-chairs to see what you need to do.
PARKVIEW NATIVITY PRESENTATION Again this year, Parkview Baptist Church will have a live Nativity Presentation on the grounds of their church. In past years, people from other churches have expressed interest in being a part of the scene so this year, they are extending an invitation to others to join in the fellowship. If you are interested, please contact the Parkview Church Office or call Tiki Shivers.
TRAINING FOR LECTORS AND EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST Father Ryan and Libby will be providing training for EVERYONE who serves as a Lector or Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist for changes that will begin with Advent. The training will be on Tuesday, November 1 following 5:30 p.m. Mass (about 6:05). Everyone is requested to attend. Anyone who is not currently serving in one of these ministries but would like to do so is encouraged to attend.
HUNTER’S MASS beginning Saturday, November 5, St Edward will have a Mass at 7 p.m. every Saturday for hunter’s and others who would like a later Mass. We will try this for November, December, and January and then re-evaluate the situation for next year. We need your help in getting this information out to hunters who come in to Madison Parish from other communities.
NEW BABY Mary Katherine and Anne Marie Marsh, along with their parents, Lance and Stephenie, welcomed a sister, CHARLOTTE McKAY MARSH, on Tuesday, October 18, at 12:23 p.m. Charlotte weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Norman and Marie and Cooter and Sharyn.
FLOWERS ON THE HIGH ALTAR last weekend were given in thanksgiving by BLANCHE and PRENTISS WILKS!
SAINTS ALIVE…ANGELS AT WORK Our older chairs at the back of church have been handsomely refinished and are most attractive. Thanks to ANGEL!
The Voice of the Basket
Weekly Budget FY 2016-17 $1,865 September Budget $7,460 September Income (Reg $8,071; Bldg $384) $8,455 September Actual Expenses $7,290 October Budget $9,325 Collection October 15/16 $1,419 October Income to Date $6,125
Stewardship Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time… Both the first readingand today’s Psalm say clearly that the Lord hears the cry of the poor. Have I been given the gifts--of time or money or abilities--to be the means by which God answers their need?
Special Collection (For weekend of Oct. 22-23) What better way to celebrate World Mission Sunday and its mission to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth, through financial support of the Propagation of Faith. Please support World Mission Sunday today, by giving generously to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.
Would you like to serve our faith family as a Lector or as a Eucharistic Minister?? If so, please contact Libby Bullard (574-1736) for training. Parents…if you would like your child to be an Altar Server, please contact Cathy VanderVieren (341-2138) to arrange for training. Also, if any adults are willing to be trained as Altar Servers, Cathy would be willing to do that training as well.
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Willie Guzman (death)/Florence
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Tue 5:30p In memory of Lillie “Mame” Jumonville/family
- Wed 5:30p In memory of May DiTommaso
- Thu 9:00a* In memory of John and Marie Johnson/family (Mass offered at the Olive Branch)
- Fri 5:30p For Special Intention - St Jude/Magoun
- Sat 5:30p For Libby and Pat on the occasion of their 56th wedding anniversary
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 10/22 5:30p
- Servers: N & C Hall
- Lector: S Harris
- EMHCs: C VanderVieren & MA Gilfoil
- 10/23 9:30a
- Servers: B Wood & C Donham
- Lector: B Sullivan
- EMHCs: P Wilks & B Wilks
- 10/29 5:30p
- Servers: N & C Hall
- Lector: C VanderVieren
- EMHCs: A Farlow & M Rome
- 10/30 9:30a
- Servers: P Collin & A Collins
- Lector: K Collins
- EMHCs: A Keene & B Smith
- 11/5 5:30p
- Servers: N & C Hall
- Lector: MA Gilfoil
- EMHCs: L Bullard & M Gilfoil
- 11/6 9:30a
- Servers: B Sullivan & W Sullivan
- Lector: A Oliver
- EMHCs: N Ernst & M Ernst
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Tori Kivett (Oct 25), Joe Scurria (Oct 25) Happy Anniversary Libby and Pat Bullard (Oct 29)
In Our Daily Prayers…
The Holy Father, Pope Francis, and the leaders of our church, including Bishop Ronald Herzog Bishop David P. Talley; our President, and the leaders of our nation as they and other world leaders seek peace in the world; our Governor and our legislators; success of our religious education program Our parishioners who are sick, shut-in, or in other need of our prayers: Pat Bullard, Connie Copes, Elizabeth Crothers, Susan Gilfoil, Josephine Hodge, Bill Kennedy, Becky and Michael Lancaster, Angela Vilardo Lusk, Dale Magoun, Stephenie and Lance Marsh, Kathleen Mills, Sue Rome, Sue Scurria, Delia Trichell, Our parishioners who are in the nursing home: Billy Hodge, Frances Kennedy, Andrew Lombardo, AND Jim Farrell, and James Speyerer of Vicksburg, Consuelo Marsh, Lake Providence, and our family members and friends, Jean Cantrell, Geneva Russell Our friends and relatives who need our prayers: Lee Adams (Smith), Ashley Weimer Alexander (Regan), Jenna Faye Allen (Florence), Margaret Baker (Magoun), Marie Farlow Bellard, Ruthie Boudreaux (Storey), Hattie Brown (Lancaster), Jerry Bullard, Colton Bullock (Farlow), Richard Chappuis (Johnson), Allison Crotwell (A Ginn), Jackie Daniels (Lancaster), Carol Dipert (Rome), Reba Duncan, Renee Edwards and parents (VanderVieren), George Eisworth family (Dyer), Joe Farlow, Rosemarie Finn (Hodge), Madge and Don Finney (Dyer), Tracy Jones Fortenberry (Donham), Thom Gilfoil, Kathy Garley Hanlon (Gilfoil), Jerry Ann Harmon (Hodge), Cooper Harris (R Wood), Alan Henley (Copes), Monroe Hill (K Dukes), Bo Holloway, Lou Horath (Hernandez), Kenlie Jackson (Dyer), Diane Johnson (Johnson), Jim Johnson(Dyer), Patsy Lancaster, Ben Legendre (Gilfoil), Ben Lenhart (G Marsh), LaLa Lopez (Hernandez), Will and Michelle (MS) McGuire (Gilfoil), Keith Melancon (Regan), Tucker Melancon (Johnson), Marie Phillips Michelle (Hodge), Lindsay Mills, Ashley Priest Moberly, Loyd Moore (Donham), Debbie Mullin (Dyer), Wanda Murphy (Terry), Savannah Payne and her parents Tim and Stephenie, Addison Petracca (S Marsh), Debbie Pettis (Rome), Yvonne Phillips (Hodge), Wayne Pitre (Gilfoil), Dana Rogers (Dyer), Bailey Rome, Lee Rome, Tiffney Rome, Linda Sanchez (Wilks), Andy Sevier, Michael Stamper (Wilks), Lazette Thomason (Dyer), Elaine Trimble (Rome), Elizabeth, Randy and Camille Watts and Betty Kurfiss, Conner and Hudson Wood (nephews of Bart) Our college students Will Donham, Courtney Ernst, Norman Ernst, Anna Ginn, Emily Ginn, Matt Hall, Josh Hall, Eric Nguyen, Roland Nguyen, Kathleen Oliver, Lori Sullivan
PLEASE LET US KNOW OF ANYONE WHO IS ILL OR HOSPITALIZED OR WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE A VISIT. PLEASE HELP US TO UP-DATE OUR PRAYER LIST BY ADVISING US OF ANYONE WHO SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE PRAYER LIST.