From The Font
“Lo, the day is coming...”
The role of prophecy in the Scriptures is almost always misunderstood. Unlike the kind of prophecy that we see in Harry Potter, Christian prophecy is not about providing a sneak peak for what is going to happen at some point in the future. The noun prophet and the verb “to prophesy” are more closely associated with speaking the truth than with revealing the future. The prophet Isaiah certainly did say that “... a virgin will conceive and bear a son…” (More about that in two weeks...) And both the prophets Daniel and Joel do point to some future “Day of the Lord.” But the purpose of prophecy is not to reveal the future so much as it is to call our attention to the role of the future in the here and now. If the Sunday sermon spoke of Heaven, wouldn’t that make us want to live properly here and now? If the Sunday sermon spoke of Hell, wouldn’t that challenge us here and now? When Our Lady of Fatima reveals scary details about the future, She specifically tells us why She’s telling us these things. She tells us that we need to pray the Rosary daily and do penance and stop offending God! There are plenty of Christian mystics who have written a sentence which begins like “Lo, the day is coming!” But none of them wrote those words in order to predict the future. They wrote them to remind us that Jesus is the Lord of History and that our future (either in Heaven or in Hell) depends upon the way we behave now.
When it turns out that a prophetic word is actually played out in history, the same basic purpose is served. When a Virgin did conceive and bear a son, for example, the fact that the event was prophesied served to confirm that God is, in fact, the Lord of History and that we must adjust our behavior in the present if we want to gain the promises He makes for the future.
Prophecies ought not to be sought for the specifics that they reveal about the future so much as they ought to be considered for the effects they should have on our lives in the here and now. After all, knowing the future is probably best left to God alone, isn’t it?
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
St. Edward has one of the most wonderfully direct architectural designs in the South: the long nave with a slightly elevated sanctuary and the three steps up to the high altar (decorated with the Last Supper) upon which the six candles and the tabernacle sit all framed below a striking Crucifix with dramatic lighting effects. It’s a true blessing to have such a well designed and proportioned Church in which to offer God our sacrifice of praise! Sadly, the altar rail was removed, but some pieces of it remain. It’s a beautiful Church!
Some years ago, when preparations were being made for the corrected translations of the Roman Missal, some well intentioned folks from the diocese seemed to imply that the Church required certain changes to our little Church, among them being that the choir be positioned at the front of the Church. Interestingly, our own Bp. Herzog wrote about this very topic in a national magazine explaining that the choir should really be in a slightly raised area near the back of the Church. He listed half a dozen reason ranging from the way that music carries to the psychology of singing to the amount and arrangement of furniture in the sanctuary.
It’s impossible to repeat those explanations here, but let me just make some notes.
Musically, singing which comes from behind is easier to join in because we’re less self-conscious about our own skills. When, on the other hand, we see a really talented guy (i.e. Mr. Michael Lancaster) singing, we tend to feel more aware of our flaws as a musician. Symbolically, the Sanctuary is arranged in three zones. Each symbolizes one of the “missions” of Christ. He is Priest, Prophet and King and so His missions are to offer the sacrifice (priest), speak the good news (prophet) and shepherd his flock (king). In the sanctuary, the altar is the place of Christ the Priest. The pulpit (a.k.a. Ambo) is the place of Christ the Prophet. The chair (a.k.a. Sedillia or Throne) is the place of Christ the King. When extra items are placed in the sanctuary - even for good reason - this symbolism gets muddier and it doesn’t speak so clearly to us.
Spiritually, the musical choir is the voice which rises from the lay faithful who are the disciples of Christ who have a “particular genius” for bringing the Gospel to their fellows in the local community. As such, the choir ought to be among the faithful, rather than separated from it. Bp. Herzog’s article really dug in to this idea. The way in which modern priests get shuffled around really makes the role of the lay faithful all the more important. It is YOU who know this community. YOU know the way the people think, the topics which are important, the sins which are common, the hidden virtues that God uses and the blessings God reveals here. That knowledge - which Pope St. John Paul II calls “particular genius” - can’t be explained to the new pastor in a week or even a year. It takes the experience which YOU have! For these reasons and others, I’ve decided to relocate the digital keyboard and our awesome cantor back to the Choir Loft which will, I hope, be a blessing and a benefit to all of us!
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 13 Potluck Brunch - Parish Hall - following Mass (Fourth Quarter Social)
- Nov 15 Pastoral Council Meeting – Parish Hall – following 5:30 p.m. Mass
- 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:
SAINTS PROGRAM... in lieu of religion classes this week, we will be treated to a program on the saints that will be presented by our children in the center following Sunday Mass. Please join them!!!!
FOURTH QUARTER SOCIAL…. we will be having a Thanksgiving Potluck Brunch this weekend, Sunday, November 13, following the Sunday Mass. Plan to attend!!! Members of that committe (Oct, Nov, Dec) giving 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.
PASTORAL COUNCIL..will hold its regular meeting on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, at 6:00 p.m. (after 5:30 p.m. Mass) in the Church Center. All members are requested to make special effort to attend. Parishioners are encouraged to attend and contribute to the discussions. Members of the Council: Libby Bullard, Kendra Collins, Dana Dukes, Michael Lancaster, Stephenie Marsh, Terry Murphy, Betty Smith, and Blanche Wilks. Appointed as Trustees by the Bishop are Brian Johnson and Dale Magoun. Appointed by the pastor to serve as Finance Council Chair is Darryl Ellerbee. Additionally, serving on the Council in an ex-officio capacity as President of the Altar Society will be Cathy VanderVieren.
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.
HUNTER’S MASS….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.
COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE… This year’s Community Thanksgiving Service will be hosted by First United Methodist Church of Tallulah on Sunday, November 20, 2016, at 6 p.m. Father Ryan has been invited to deliver the Message of Thanksgiving. If you would be willing to be a part of the choir, please check with Michael to get a copy of the music planned and other instructions. All are invited to attend. There will also be a social gathering in their Fellowship Hall following the service. Thanks to the members of our faith family who have taken on responsibility for our contribution to refreshments for the social gathering. Hope to see you there!
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.
The Voice of the Basket
Weekly Budget FY 2016-17 $1,865 October Budget $7,460 October Income (Reg $8,355; Bldg $419) $8,774 October Actual Expenses $7,833 November Budget $7,460 Collection November 5/6 $1,591 November Income to Date $1,591
Stewardship Today’s readings paint a somewhat frightening picture of the end of time. But the Gospel ends with the assurance to faithful stewards that those who persevere will be saved.
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Donald Trichell for birth anniversary/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30p In memory of C. L. Keene/Florence
- Wed 5:30p In memory of Inez DeMoss (birth anniversary)/family
- Thu 9:00a In memory of May DiTommaso (Mass offered at the Olive Branch)
- Fri 5:30p In memory of Paul VanderVieren/family
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Anna May Farlow (death anniversary 1995)/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 11/12 5:30p
- Servers: C VanderVieren
- Lector: A Keene
- EMHCs: A Farlow/Volunteer
- 11/13 9:30a
- Servers: EL & C Marsh
- Lector: ELMarsh & C Sullivan
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
- 11/19 5:30p
- Servers: N & C Hall
- Lector: P Wilks
- EMHCs: B Wilks & M Rome
- 11/20 9:30a
- Servers: M Oliver & C Sullivan
- Lector: M Florence
- EMHCs: A Keene & L Magoun
- 11/26 5:30p
- Servers: N & C Hall
- Lector: MA Gilfoil
- EMHCs: M Gilfoil & PGilfoil
- 11/27 9:30a
- Servers: B Wood & C Donham
- Lector: G Mbenkum
- EMHCs: N Ernst & M Ernst
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Cathy VanDerVieren (Nov 13), Isabel Hernandez (Nov 19), Libby Bullard (Nov 20)
Flowers on the High Altar this week are given in thanksgiving by Blanche and Skeeter Wilks.
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), Krystal King (Gilfoil), Patsy Lancaster, Tut Lancaster (D Wood),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), 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), Nicole Warren (Donham), Elizabeth, Randy and Camille Watts and Betty Kurfiss, Rusty White (Bullard), 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.