St. Edward Parish Bulletin, Nov 6, 2016

St. Edward Parish Bulletin, Nov 6, 2016

From The Font

“It happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrested and tortured with whips and scourges by the king, to force them to eat pork in violation of God's law.”

In Jewish and Christian history, there are a great many foreign powers that conquered what we know as Israel today. The Babylonians, the Macedonians, the Seleucids and the Romans, to name only a few, had a range of kings who felt differently about religious freedom. And so, at various times in Jewish history, the Jews went from being free to practice their faith to being persecuted for it.

The cycle of acceptance and persecution didn’t end with the arrival of Jesus. Catholics all through history have experienced the same thing. Many people forget that as recently as the 1920s, Catholicism was illegal in Mexico and priests were shot in the street. The same thing happened at in England, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Poland, China, Japan and various nations in the Middle East. Persecution is mentioned twice in the Beatitudes and it’s a central theme in the Acts of the Apostles.

Sometimes, persecution is unintentional. Some Christian practices are public and can make others uncomfortable. It makes sense for a Muslim nation to refuse to allow a Catholic Church to hold a Eucharistic procession for example. Most persecution, though, is quite intentional. We as Christians have to accept this part of our faith as something we may have to endure. Some Christians won’t endure poverty, others won’t endure apostasy, others won’t endure a “bad” pastor and still others won’t endure persecution. But some will and we have to be open to the possibility that God will use this kind of suffering for our salvation. It’s certainly unpleasant to consider, but it’s still necessary to consider. We need to pray for the courage to endure persecution without losing our faith. We need to consider what may be and ask God to make us ready for whatever it is that He make ask of us...

Thoughts from Fr. Ryan

I speak a lot about the three principles of the personal spiritual life: prayer, fasting and works of mercy. The list isn’t my own - Jesus lays out this spiritual program in the Gospel of St. Matthew, chapter six.

Prayer is simply the lifting of the heart and the mind to God. Any time we spend with God is prayer. Spiritual masters usually identify three categories of prayer: conversation, meditation and contemplation. Conversation is simply speaking to the Lord. That can be out loud or it can be entirely mental. Meditation is about listening. Sometimes we prime ourselves to listen by reading a bit of scripture or a prompt to consider, but when we meditate, we listen to the Lord. Contemplation is the natural conclusion of listening, it’s simply being with the Lord in quiet. Contemplation isn’t about ideas or insights or accomplishing something - it’s about spending quality time with the Lord like we would with someone we love.

I should add that personal prayer isn’t the same as the Sacred Liturgy. Mass is not an extension of our personal prayer. Mass is part of our duty to the Lord. We do this because Jesus tells us that this is what it means to keep Holy the Lord’s Day. We are at Mass to witness the “making present of the sacrifice of Jesus the Father at Calvary.” Mass isn’t about “us,” it’s about Jesus. We are the “loud voice of the great multitude” (Rev 19:1) who praise God because if we don’t the very stones themselves would cry out.

Fasting and penance in general is an essential part of the spiritual life. At each of the major revelations of our Lady in the last 200 years, She has especially emphasized the need to do penance for our own sins and the sins of others. At Fatima, while the Miracle of the Sun was taking place, she told Lucia that what the world truly needs is the Rosary and penance. Whether it’s fasting from food, enduring little frustrations in silence or something more complex, we simply can’t get holier without penance.

Almsgiving and other works of mercy are often jammed together with doing nice things for people or working for social justice. But the works of mercy are about loving God by loving our neighbor. Anyone can serve food in a soup kitchen or make a donation to a charity. What we’re doing is loving God by loving another. We’re not there to fix a problem or correct an injustice or change the world - we’re there to love someone in a concrete and particular way. And only when we approach volunteering from that point of view does it make us holier. These three principles, in conjunction with a regular Confession, worthy Communions and living a moral life are the sure road to becoming a saint. If we do these things, we will grow in the knowledge and love of God and we’ll experience more and more the Fruit of the Holy Spirit which helps us along the way!

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

For Your Information:

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 29 $1,554 October Income to Date $8,975

Stewardship In today’s second reading, St. Paul prays that the Thessalonians may be strengthened “in every good deed and word.” May we, too, be strengthened and empowered to use our time and talents for the good of others.

Special Collection Currently, 285 Catholic military chaplains provide pastoral care to over 1.5 million Catholics on ships, in combat, on bases and in 153 VA hospitals. The Collection for the Archdiocese for the Military Services will fund their Co-Sponsored Seminarian Program, which identifies vocations within the military and is now educating 30 men for the priesthood and subsequent military chaplaincy. 100 percent of all funds collected goes directly to the Archdiocese for the Military Services. Please be generous this weekend.

Mass Intentions for the Coming Week

  • Sat 5:30p In memory of Eugene and Amelia Roussel on their birth anniversary/Florence
  • Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
  • Mon No Mass
  • Tue 5:30p In memory of Marie Johnson for birthday on 6th/family
  • Wed 5:30p In memory of Gus Gremshell
  • Thu 9:00a In memory of A.J.S. “Jackie” Jumonville/family (Mass offered at the Olive Branch)
  • Fri 5:30p In memory of all deceased Veterans and in thanksgiving for all living Veterans
  • 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

Assistants at Holy Mass

  • 11/5 5:30p
    • Servers: N & C Hall
    • Lector: MA Gilfoil
    • EMHCs: L Bullard & Volunteer
  • 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
  • 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

Let us Rejoice in the Lord!

Happy Birthday Jason Trichell (Nov 5), Randy Dukes (Nov 11), Brian Johnson (Nov 11), Cathy VanDerVieren (Nov 13) Happy Anniversary Stephenie and Lance Marsh (Nov 6), Marie and Norman Ernst (Nov 10)

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), 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, 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