St. Edward Parish Bulletin, Nov 27, 2016

St. Edward Parish Bulletin, Nov 27, 2016

From The Font

“So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

As nomadic people, the Jews knew that they had to be ready for whatever might come. At any moment, they could experience a sand storm or a drought or an enemy tribe or a disease or whatever else may come. To live that life requires an attitude of readiness. It requires a vigilance in all aspects of life.

By the time that Jesus arrived on the scene, the Jews had long settled into living in cities, but the living memory of the nomadic life and it’s attitude of vigilance was part of Jewish life and culture. Being a fisherman still required vigilance. Shepherding the flocks still required vigilance. Soldiers and guards still required vigilance. And - perhaps more than any of these - the Jews had been occupied by one great military power or another for hundreds of years. At any moment, a cranky governor or king could call for some kind of loyalty test that may violate the Law of Moses and ignite a new crisis like the Maccabean war in which the seven brothers and their mother that we read about a few weeks ago died.

The notion readiness is part of the Jewish experience and until very recently, it was part of the American experience. The stock market crash in 1929 reminded us just how quickly our sense of security could be undermined and 9/11 reinforced that lesson.

Despite the governmental safety nets and the promises of technology, none of us are truly safe and sound. None of us are above the frailty of our human bodies. Each of us can - at a moment’s notice - find ourselves standing before the Judgement of almighty God. And for that moment, we must be prepared!

When was my last confession? What sins are weighing on my heart right now? A single sin for which we aren’t repentant can be deadly… Am I living in such a way as to be truly ready for that moment? Am I willing to wait for health or accident to force me to confront internal or interpersonal problems in my soul and in my life? Am I ready?

Thoughts from Fr. Ryan

One of the first mistakes I made as a young priest was to ask the congregation of my Church to pray for a family who was going through a hard time. At the end of the Sunday Mass, I asked everyone to remember John and Jane Doe in their prayers. It turned out that John and Jane Doe didn’t mind the prayers, but they did mind their “business” being “made public.” Since then, I’ve tried to be especially sensitive to the fact that some people are very, very private and that even with the best of intentions, they don’t want their names spoken at Mass.

Ever since my arrival here at St. Edward’s, I’ve tensed up at that time during the Prayers of the Faithful in which anyone who wishes may share their intentions aloud. Thankfully, it would seem that anyone who has been upset by the public nature of these intentions has kept their concerns to themselves.

Still, I’m anxious about continuing the practice. There are lots of potential pitfalls when we introduce spontaneity of this sort into the Mass. Some of them are fairly harmless. For example, the more outgoing folks are more likely to speak up - that’s just human nature, but the more introverted folks aren’t as likely. That’s the kind of thing that has the potential to build division and even resentments in the community. Other problems are more substantive. What if an innocent request for prayers resulted in someone playing the busybody and falling into the sin of gossip or nosing in other folks’ business?

Of more concern than anything to me, though, is that the spontaneity of the practice tends to emphasize the local needs of our community at the expense of the universal intentions of the Church. The purpose of the Intercessions is to draw our attention to specific needs of the more universal Church. So we have prayers for our Bishops and Pope. We have prayers for our president and governmental leaders. We have prayers for the poor and the oppressed. We have prayers for those who may come to mind after reading the Gospel of the day. When we flood the Prayers of the Faithful with four or five local concerns, we tend to wash out of our minds the medical professionals we are asked to pray for near St. Luke’s feast or those children living in poverty for whom Pope Francis has asked us to pray.

As a way to have our cake and eat it too, I propose that those who have special intentions write them on slips of paper and place them in a box which we will situate in the back of the Church. That box will sit at the feet of the statue of Our Lady throughout the week. During Mass, we’ll simply pray for those intentions placed into Our Lady’s prayer chest and for those intentions we hold in the silence of our hearts. I know that we haven’t had any serious troubles with the practice as it is. Still, I feel very strongly that this middle ground between what we do now and the more traditional way is a better choice for us at St. Edward. As always, I am happy to visit with anyone who feels differently!

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
  • Dec 2 First Friday Devotionals
  • Dec 4 Christmas on the Bayou - Arts and Crafts, Parade, Music at First Baptist, Fireworks
  • Dec 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception -- Holy Day of Obligation -- Mass on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at church and on Thursday at 9 a.m. at The Olive Branch
  • Dec 11 Raffle Drawing for the “Christmas Party on the Bayou” following Sunday Mass

For Your Information:

No religion classes this week due to Thanksgiving break.

RAFFLE TICKETS… please return the stubs of any tickets that you have sold so that the project treasurer can begin to get an idea of how many tickets have been sold. If anyone needs more tickets, contact Libby.

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 for November, December, and January and then re-evaluate the situation for next year. Please help in getting this information out to hunters who come in to Madison Parish from other communities.

PARKVIEW NATIVITY PRESENTATION...want to help Parkview Baptist Church with their live Nativity Presentation on the grounds of their church? Contact the Parkview Church Office or call Tiki Shivers.

ANGEL TREE…Our Faith Family is conducting an Angel Tree Project again this year. If you know of a family or families who are in need of assistance in providing for children in their family for Christmas, please provide those names to our church office. Nominations of needy families should be provided by December 5 so that there is time to get sizes and shop for the children. Each family selected will receive clothing and a toy for each child and a food basket for the family. Monetary gifts may be made by leaving cash or check at the church office or placing in the collection basket in a designated “Angel Tree” envelope that you can pick up from the table at the entrance of church. Please be sure to note the donor’s name so that we can add their “Angel” to our tree.

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS...We are now accepting contributions for poinsettias and other decorations for the church for Christmas. Envelopes for your contribution are on the table at the entrance of church. If you would like your gift to be “In Memory” or “In Honor” of someone, please indicate that. You may place your gift in the collection basket or return to the church office.

CHRISTMAS ON THE BAYOU…. Next Sunday, December 4, will be “Christmas on the Bayou”, the Tallulah/Madison Parish Annual Christmas event. There will be Arts and Crafts vendors on the campus of Tallulah High School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a parade originating from THS at 3 p.m., a music program at First Baptist Church at 6 p.m. followed by fireworks from the Mississippi Street bridge at approximately 7 p.m.

FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION...December 8… is a Holy Day of Obligation so all Catholics are obligated to attend Mass. Father Ryan has responsibility for Ferriday on Thursdays so our Mass schedule will be a Vigil Mass on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and on the feast day, Mass will be at 9 a.m. at The Olive Branch.

SAINTS ALIVE…ANGELS AT WORK…Our Parishwide Bake Sale last week was very successful due to the wonderful response of all of our faith family! Thanks to those who prepared items and to those who came to purchase them. The treasurer for that event reports we have $2,061 to contribute to the repairs that have been and are being made to the church, rectory, and Parish Hall!

Thanks, also, to the ANGELS who prepared St Edward’s contribution to refreshments for the Community Thanksgiving service! And, to those of our faith family who attended the event at which Father Ryan was the speaker….Thank You!

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 19/20 $1,894 November Income to Date $5,790

Stewardship First Sunday of Advent… At an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come,”says today’s Gospel, Good stewards know that they are accountable to God for all they have and are and strive to live inreadiness for His coming.

Mass Intentions for the Coming Week

  • Sat 5:30p In memory of Paul VanderVieren/family
  • Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
  • Mon No Mass
  • Tue 5:30p In memory of John and Marie Johnson
  • Wed 5:30p In memory of Gus Gremshell
  • Thu 9:00a In memory of Sarah Phillips/family (Mass offered at the Olive Branch)
  • Fri 5:30p In memory of C. L. Keene/Florence
  • Sat 5:30p In memory of Eva and R. L. Reynolds/Family
  • Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family

Assistants at Holy Mass

  • 11/26 5:30p
    • Servers: N & C Hall
    • Lector: C VanderVieren
    • EMHCs: L Bullard & A Farlow
  • 11/27 9:30a
    • Servers: B Wood & C Donham
    • Lector: G Mbenkum
    • EMHCs: N Ernst & M Ernst
  • 12/3 5:30p
    • Servers: N & C Hall
    • Lector: C VanderVieren
    • EMHCs: M Rome & L Bullard
  • 12/4 9:30a
    • Servers: P & A Collins
    • Lector: B Sullivan
    • EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
  • 12/10 5:30p
    • Servers: N & C Hall
    • Lector: A Farlow
    • EMHCs: P Wilks & B Wilks
  • 12/11 9:30a
    • Servers: B & W Sullivan
    • Lector: A Oliver
    • EMHCs: N Ernst & M Ernst

Let us Rejoice in the Lord!

Happy Birthday Graham Beene (Nov 29), Sherry Lynn Harris (Nov 29), Frances Kennedy (Nov 29), Delia Trichell (Nov 29), Lance Marsh (Nov 30),

Happy Anniversary Dana and Randy Dukes (Dec 3)

In Our Daily Prayers…

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, and the leaders of our church, including Bishop Ronald Herzog and Co-Adjutor Bishop David P. Talley; our President and President-elect, 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), Issac “DoDo” Crothers (Donham), 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 Those Catholics residing at Christian Acres, Louisiana Transitional Center for Women, and Madison Detention Center and the families of all of these.