From The Font
“...she was found with child...”
The harshness of modern Islam isn’t as far removed from the Old Testament as we might like it to be. In modern Islam, an unmarried woman “found with child” is guilty of fornication and the law says that she should be killed. For the Jews, there was a little bit more leniency, but execution was not off the table by any means. Mary was in a whole heck of a mess.
In 1917, when the children at Fatima saw the Blessed Virgin Mary in a field, they ended up in jail with murderers and drunks… St. Teresa of Avila once said, “if this is how the Lord treats His friends, it’s no wonder He has so few!”
The entire history of the Lord’s revelation to us from Abraham in Ur to St. Edward’s in Tallulah is chock full of messy situations which rarely end as we’d like them to… at least, as far as this Earthly life goes. We would do well to ask why it is that God seems so intent on having His disciples wind up in such terrible circumstances… And if we were to turn to the scriptures for an answer, we would find that answer in less than five minutes. It all comes down to Genesis 3. Eve is tricked into sinning by the devil in the form of a serpent. “When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate” (Gen 3:6). The result of this is in Gen 3:17-19: “And to Adam [God] said… cursed is the ground because of you… for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return." The consequence of sin is death. It is a debt that must be paid. The Lord is certainly willing to take the vast majority of that debt upon Himself in the Cross, but He can only take what we are willing to give Him. For this reason, we have to learn the wisdom of surrender by taking up our crosses and following after Jesus.
In allowing us to endure little sufferings (which may seem huge to us!), we are empowered to abandon ourselves to the Lord who will free us from this “yoke of sin and death” which we inherit from Adam and Eve. This is how we “make up for what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ.”
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
Technology causes lots and lots of problems! I’ve been writing software and developing websites for fifteen years, so trust me when I saw tech is not all it’s cracked up to be. But, as with all things of the world, we use them for the glory of God as best as we can until Jesus returns in glory.
This time of year is a great time to point out several really great websites that may be worth taking a look at.
FrHumphries.com - I’m cheating a bit here. This is my website. For now, almost all of it is St. Edward stuff, though, so it’s as much our website as it is mine at this point. Here, you can find parish bulletins and sermons as well as the full recordings of our parish missions. (For past sermons of mine and top notch parish missions, check out MinorBasilica.org)
Catholic.com - Catholic Answers is a great apologetics (simple explanations of what we believe) website which has short and long articles, audio and video. It’s easy to search and easy to remember. They also have stuff you can sign up for and even a print magazine.
EWTN.com - The Eternal Word Television Network was founded by Mother Angelica nearly 30 years ago. EWTN has been a lot of things in it’s life. Their TV and Radio offerings are still excellent and their Website is a great resource.
PewSitter.com - PewSitter is a news website that looks like DrudgeReport. It’s a little bit more insider news than EWTN. They tend to focus on the Church as a global entity and the effects of statements from the Pope and Bishops on global events.
NCRegister.com - The National Catholic Register is a great place where everything is oriented toward the everyday Catholic. They have everything from world news to movie reviews to blogs about being a Catholic mom to travel advice. The Register is not to be confused with the National Catholic Reporter which is a mess of dissent, anti-Catholic nonsense and misleading articles pretending to be Catholic.
CatholicsComeHome.org - This website was designed to teach the basics of the faith to someone who have been Catholic, but has left the faith for whatever reason. This website is extra-special because it specifically answers those awkward questions about annulments and “what do I need to do” that no one really wants to talk about with the priest. It’s a great resource for Catholics and it’s a great link to pass along to friends and family who may be thinking about coming home.
LifeSiteNews.com - LifeSite has to be read with a little more critical eye as they tend to have a few bloggers with an affinity for conspiracy theories. Still, it’s a great place for politically incorrect news which effects our Catholic Faith, the pro-life movement and the questionable way in which the media covers our clergy, bishops and pope. Take the opinions with a grain of salt, though.
Calendar of Events
- Confessions every Wed, Fri & Sat from 5p until Mass at 5:30p and on Sun from 9a until 9:30a 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 18 Birthday Party for Jesus in Parish Hall following Mass. All are invited to participate
- Jan 6 First Friday Devotionals
For Your Information:
RELIGION CLASS will be suspended Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
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.
BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR JESUS... Our children’s Christmas Party will be on Sunday, December 18, in the Parish Hall following Mass. The children will present “The St Edward Christmas Story” and all family and friends are invited to attend.
SPIRITUAL BOUQUET... Be sure to add your “gift” for a Spiritual Bouquet for Bishops Herzog and Talley to the list at the entrance of church. Father Ryan will be presenting this Spiritual Bouquet to the bishops on Monday in Alexandria.
CHRISTMAS PARTY ON THE BAYOU... our raffle last weekend was won by Skip Hawkins (father of our parishioner, Kate Copes). The coordinator of this project reported $4,630 was added to our special Building Fund account to help with the recent repairs and roofing costs. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Party items, sold tickets, bought tickets, or helped in any way.
HUNTER’S MASS... will NOT be held on December 24, 31, and January 7 due to holidays and our “Burning of the Greens” event (more information to follow).
CROSSES... local resident, Lon Townsend, has given us a number of Crosses that she handmade. Father has blessed these crosses that can be found in a basket at the entrance of church. Please take one or two for each houselhold. Also, if you see Lon, please thank her for her generous gift.
The Voice of the Basket
- Weekly Budget FY 2016-17 $1,865
- November Budget $7,460
- November Income (Reg $6,817; Bldg $383) $7,200
- November Actual Expenses $7,598
- December Budget $7,460
- Collection December 11 $1,842
- December Income to Date $4,154
Stewardship When he discovered that Mary was with child, Joseph resolved to end their engagement with as little disgrace as possible. But, obedient to the voice of God, he changed those plans and became, instead, the protector of the child Jesus and His mother Mary. God grant that I may be as open to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of C. L. Keene/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Tue 5:30p In memory of J. E. “Boyzie” Jumonville (birth anniversary)/family
- Wed 5:30p In memory of Gus Gremshell
- Thu 9:00a In memory of Eva and R.L. Reynolds/Bullard (Mass offered at the Olive Branch)
- Fri 5:30p In memory of C.L. Keene on their wedding anniversary/Ann Keene
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Eva Reynolds (birth anniversary)/Bullard
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 12/17 5:30p
- Servers: None
- Lector: L Bullard
- EMHCs: B Wilks & P Wilks
- 12/18 9:30a
- Servers: EL Marsh & C Marsh
- Lector: B & W Sullivan
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
- 12/24 5:30p
- Servers: N & C Hall
- Lector: P Gilfoil
- EMHCs: M Gilfoil & MA Gilfoil
- 12/25 9:30a
- Father will determine what assistance we need and seek volunteers based on the number of people at Mass.
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Bart Wood (Dec 19), Robbie Kivett (Dec 25)
Congratulations to our recent college graduates, EMILY GINN (LSU), daughter of Mary Anne Gilfoil; KATHLEEN OLIVER (University of Alabama), daughter of Teddy and Alyssa; and LORI SULLIVAN, (ULM) daugher of Chip and Beth.
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, Bill Kennedy, Becky and Michael Lancaster, Dale Magoun, Kathleen Mills, Sue Rome, Sue Scurria, Delia Trichell, Our parishioners who are in the nursing home: 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, Beverly Sabille (Gilfoil), 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.
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.