From The Font
“Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.”
Calling someone by name is a powerful tool. It connects our human desire to be known, understood and loved with our human need to have a sense of purpose, surety and direction.
God uses this technique from the very beginning. Even after Adam and Eve sin, they are called by God. God calls on Abram to leave his homeland. After renaming him from Abram to Abraham, God calls him by name to stop him from sacrificing his son. God calls on Moses from the burning bush. He calls on Elijah and Jonah directly. In the Gospels, Jesus calls his disciples by name and he calls on a select few others, among them Zacchaeus. This tradition extends into the Church where the form of baptism always requires the priest to speak the name of the one who is to be baptized.
While there are lots of things to say about the meaning of names and the changing of names, the calling of someone by name is equally important. Calling is a middle ground between demanding and suggesting. It is an order - a command. Zacchaeus is, after all, being told what to do. At the same time, Zacchaeus is being given the option to refuse or run away. There aren’t any consequences implied or attached.
In each of our lives, we are also called by the Lord. For the most part, those calls are not radical departures from what we would want for ourselves. Most of us are called to grow in the knowledge and love of God by living our Catholic Faith in the community and by assuming the vocation of Marriage. We’re called to be saints - not just wishy-washy religionists - but we’re called to be saints by living our faith intensely in the midst of our daily work. For those called to serve the Lord in consecrated life, that is an extension of the natural gifts and talents already given. As Zacchaeus was called to host a supper - something he knew well how to do - so are those called to religious life called to be who they are - but in a more intense way.
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
Thirty-three years to the day before the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima on Oct 13, 1917, Pope St. Leo the Great was offering his morning Mass in his private chapel. (It was the Mass of St. Edward the Confessor - which is nice.) As He was concluding Mass and about to go back to the sacristy, he heard peculiar voices that seemed to be coming from the tabernacle. And so he stopped and listened. Pope St. Leo reported that he heard Jesus speaking with the devil. Their conversation was very similar to the conversation laid out in the first chapter of the Book of Job. The short version of conversation is like this:
SATAN: If I had just a little bit more power and a little more freedom from you, I could completely destroy your Church in 100 years. JESUS: No, you couldn’t. But I will give you your extra power and freedom and you can try.
Obviously, there’s a little more to it than that - but that’s the gist of what Pope Leo heard. As soon as his “vision” ended, he called for paper and wrote the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. (The version of that prayer that we use is a shortened version of St. Leo’s original prayer.) He then ordered than every priest offer Three Hail Mary’s, the Crusaders’ Prayer (the Hail Holy Queen) and this prayer to St. Michael the Archangel after every Mass.
These so-called Leonine prayers, then, became a staple of modern Catholicism. When the Blessed Mother appeared to the children at Fatima and the Miracle of the Sun took place on Oct 13, exactly 33 years after Pope Leo’s experience, Pope Benedict XV saw that the two events were connected. He modified the Leonine Prayers to include two intentions. First, he said, the prayers should be offered for the conversion of Russia - which was one of Our Lady of Fatima’s main areas of interest. Second, the prayers should be offered for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart.
Throughout this 99th year since the Miracle of the Sun and this 132nd year since Pope St. Leo’s visions - we will offer these Leonine prayers after Mass as a way of responding concretely to Our Lady’s instruction. We as Catholics believe that the battle between Christ and Satan has already been won - but casualties can and do happen even outside of war. Because of that, I want to be especially close to the instructions of Our Lady in this peculiar moment in history when so many things seem to be going so badly in our nation and in our world.
In order to do that, we will kneel together (for those who are able) and recite together the Leonine Prayers. As with the Rosary, the priest will say the first part and everyone says the second part together. If you don’t know one of the prayers - that’s OK. Remember that our intentions are still those which Pope Benedict XV gave us 90 years ago - the conversion of Russia and the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
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
- Nov 1 All Saints/Holy Day of Obligation - Mass at 9:00 a.m. (Olive Branch) and 5:30 p.m. (Church)
- Nov 1 Training for Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Eucharistic at 6 pm (following 5:30 Mass)
- Nov 4 First Friday Devotionals -- Mass at 5:30 p.m.
- Nov 8 Altar Society Meeting – Parish Hall – following 5:30 p.m. Mass
- 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:
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASS THIS WEEK following Sunday Mass in the Church Hall
ALL SAINTS … HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION November 1 … to best accommodate the most people, there will be a 9 a.m. Mass celebrated at The Olive Branch which anyone can attend and there will be a 5:30 p.m. Mass celebrated at St Edward. (on Thursday, there will NOT be a Mass at the Olive Branch)
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.
FIRST FRIDAY…NOVEMBER 4 Holy Hour and Mass....5:30 p.m. ...make a special devotion to the Sacred Heart and attend first Friday devotions for nine consecutive months
ALTAR SOCIETY will meet on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, AFTER 5:30 p.m. Mass in the Church Center. All the ladies of the church are asked to make special effort to attend this meeting as a support to the spiritual life of our church as well as support to the physical needs in the Sanctuary of the church! Please be in prayer for the success of this group as there are many spiritual needs for which this group can lend support.
FOURTH QUARTER SOCIAL 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.
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!
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.
OLD NATIVITY SET Since we have a new Nativity set, we are making the old plaster of paris set available to anyone who would like to restore it and have for their personal use. If interested, contact the Altar Society President, Cathy VanderVieren, or the church office.
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 22/23 $1,296 October Income to Date $7,421
Stewardship We are called to be good stewards of our personal vocations. St. Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonians is therefore ours, too--”that our God may make (us) worthy of his calling and powerfully bring to fulfillment every good purpose and effort of faith.”
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p For Libby and Pat on their 56th weddding anniversary
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 9:00a* All Saints...In memory of Bruce Dorbeck/Andrews (Mass offered at the Olive Branch)
- Tue 5:30p All Saints...Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Wed 5:30p In memory of Rosa Gremshell (Mass offered at Silver Cross Cemetery, Blessing Graves)
- Thu No Mass
- Fri 5:30p In memory of Paul VanderVieren/family
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Eugene and Elvira Roussel on their birth anniversary/Florence
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 10/29 5:30p
- Servers: N & C Hall
- Lector: C VanderVieren
- EMHCs: A Farlow & M Rome
- 10/30 9:30a
- Servers: P Collins & A Collins
- Lector: K Collins
- EMHCs: L Magoun & 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
- 11/12 5:30p
- Servers: N & C Hall
- Lector: Youth
- EMHCs: C VanderVieren & A Farlow
- 11/13 9:30a
- Servers: EL & C Marsh
- Lector: Youth
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Don Wood (Nov 1), Jason Trichell (Nov 5) Happy Anniversary Libby and Pat Bullard (Oct 29), Stephenie and Lance Marsh (Nov 6)
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.