From The Font
“When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son...”
“Time” is a lot more complicated that we give it credit for. Much like President Clinton’s famous question “what does is mean?” or Pontius Pilate’s question “truth… what is truth?”, time is everywhere and so we’re used to it, but when we start asking questions, things get really hairy really fast. In the scriptures, there are two “kinds” of time, there’s linear time which starts at some point in “the past” and continues to some point in “the future.” This kind of time is also called Kronos in Greek. Then, there’s cyclical time where things repeat themselves over and over again like days, weeks, months and years, also called Kairos in Greek.
Why do we care? Well, the fullness of time includes components of both understandings of time. After dark on or about December 25, 6 BC, God sent His Son into the world. And at some date in “the future,” Jesus will return in His glory. But, that fullness of time doesn’t just mean that Jesus comes into the world twice and twice only. Jesus also enters into the heart and souls of each of His followers when the fullness of time has been reached by them. Think of the story of the seed and the sower - “some seed fell on rich soil and bore fruit.”
The fullness of time is both a liner and a cyclical statement about time. That’s why we celebrate annual feasts both religious and personal. It’s why certain times of the year effect us in different ways. It’s why we fast at certain times and feast at others. It’s part of our human nature and our divine calling.
Time is infinitely confusing and none of us will ever really grasp it until we get to eternity where time doesn’t exist… But so long as we’re here, we need to make the best of it and understand the way in which God intends us to experience it. We are headed toward some goal at the end of our lives - Heaven. We need to keep that in mind. We are also living and re-living cycles upon cycles of experiences and challenges in the form of the Church calendar, family traditions, anniversaries of birth, marriage and death, seasonal weather and the like. Each of these brings a steady supply of opportunities to grow in the knowledge and love of God and to know, love and serve Him as our lives change and grow.
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
Christmas is not meant to be an end to our celebrations, but the beginning of them. The world isn’t really helping us out in that regard. But we can and we must celebrate for the entire season of Christmas. Christmas ends with the feast of Epiphany - the Feast of Light. On that day, we celebrate the fact that Jesus came not just for the Jews (represented by the Shepherds), but for the whole world (represented by the Magi). He came to bring light into the darkness. This celebration also kicks off our non-religious holiday season of Carnivale. Outside of New Orleans, we only really celebrate the end of Carnivale which is Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday. The season of Carnivale is not meaningless, though. It’s a time to say “farewell to meat” (Carne is Latin for “meat” and Valle is Latin for “farewell”) as we anticipate the fast of Lent. It is a feast before the fast.
It’s a feast with a lot of rich Catholic symbolism. The most important symbol of Carnivale is the King Cake. It’s a beautiful, decadent cake made with the colors of Epiphany (Gold), Ordinary Time (Green) and Lent (Purple). The colors symbolize the transition and the connection between feast and fast. The Christ Child is hidden within the cake because we must search for Him. He reveals Himself to us in Epiphany, but we struggle to keep our eyes on Him in our ordinary life. Then, to find Him, we must undertake the Lenten fast to rid ourselves of whatever separates us from Him. No matter how difficult the fast is, we know that the rewards are sweet and delicious and that Jesus is waiting for us if we’re willing to seek Him out.
Next Saturday, January 7, we will celebrate the traditional beginning of Carnivale which is called the Burning of the Greens. On that night, we’ll gather around a bonfire and each of us throws in part of our christmas tree or our evergreen garland. We’ll sing the last Christmas Carol and with Christmas ended, we bless the king cakes (I’ll provide some, but all are welcome to bring their own) and we’ll dig in and try to find the Baby Jesus. Finding the Christ Child at the Burning of the Greens is a blessing for the year.
I hope you’ll plan to come and bring your non-Catholic friends. So much of our faith lives in the culture that surrounds our Church.
Catholicism isn’t just Mass on Sunday - it’s the living expression of Faith, Hope and Love in the decisions and opportunities and the way in which we see the world. Our faith lives and breathes when we make it a part of our culture. When the faith is trapped inside the Church, it begins to die. Jesus didn’t just come to give us a new method of prayer, He came to give us life and life in abundance! King Cakes won’t give you abundant life, but they bring together aspects of our faith, our human life and our southern culture!
The Burning of the Greens 109 Magnolia Street Saturday, Jan 7, 2017 • 7PM All are Invited!
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
- Jan 6 First Friday Devotions
- Jan 7 Burning of the Greens...following Saturday Mass...
- Jan 10 Altar Society - Parish Hall – following 5:30 p.m. Mass
For Your Information:
RELIGION CLASS will be suspended New Year’s Day.
HUNTER’S MASS will NOT be held on December 31, and January 7 due to holidays and our “Burning of the Greens” event (more information to follow).
OLL-VIDALIA COOKBOOK FOR SALE The Ladies’ Altar Society and Men’s Club at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Vidalia, have published a cookbook titled, Manna on the Mississippi. The cookbook is comprised of over 320 recipes contributed by cooks throughout the Miss-Lou area and the U.S. Also included are recipes from some of our local Indian priests. The cost of the cookbook is $15 plus $5 per book if you want us to mail it to you. Contact Corinne Randazzo at 601-597-2917 or Pat Stein at 601-807-6383 to order.
FIRST FRIDAY JANUARY 6 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, JANUARY 10, 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.
PLEDGE TO HEAL If you or a family member has been abused or victimized by a member of Catholic clergy or a representative of the Catholic church...Please believe in the possibility for hope and help and healing. Dr. Lee Kneipp, Clinical Psychologist, Victim Assistance Coordinator, Diocese of Alexandria encourages those persons to come forward and speak out. Dr. Kneipp is attempting to establish support groups in the central Louisiana area for the victims and family members. The focus of these groups is to further emotional and spiritual healing as an adjunct to therapy, in an atmosphere of others who understand the pain, betrayal, and fear associated with abuse. Dr. Kneipp can be reached at 318-542-9805. All phone calls are confidential.
“PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN” those parishioners who have completed this program for adults who work with children are reminded of the need to go on line at www.virtus.org for the latest training bulletins so that we can all stay current in our training mode. If you have had the on-site training and have not done so, you may want to register on-line. The (bi-fold flyer), “Protecting our Children—Understanding and Preventing Child Sexual Abuse”, which includes Resources and Contact Numbers for reporting abuse, is located on the table at the entrance of church and is available for those who wish to take one. The VIRTUS (tri-fold) flyer, “Protecting God’s Children – Teaching Touching Safety Quick Reference Guide” is also located on the table and is available for our parishioners. The Diocesan Policy for the Protection of Minors can be accessed under Downloadable Documents in the Safe Environment section of the diocesan website: www.diocesealex.org. The diocesan Code of Pastoral Conduct for Priests, Deacons, Pastoral Ministers, Administrators, Staff, and Volunteers can be accessed from the site or a copy may be requested from the Safe Environment Office.
STEWARDSHIP ENVELOPES 2017 Stewardship envelopes can be found at the entrance of church. If you do not find a box with your name on it, it is probably because you have indicated that you prefer not to use envelopes because you are doing automatic bill pay or some other method of conveying your monies to St. Edward. There is a page in the Stewardship book on which your contributions are noted each week/month/quarter so that at the end of the year you will receive a statement of your contributions. If there is someone who would like envelopes and there are none there, please advise the church office.
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 25 $2,789
- December Income to Date $9,072
Stewardship Today’s second reading reminds us that through Christ, we have been delivered from the law and become sons and daughters of God. New Year’s Day provides a perfect opportunity to ask ourselves the question: Does my life reflect my gratitude for all that my loving Father has given me?
Special Collection This weekend’s second collection is our once-a-month Building Fund collection.
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Bruce Dorbeck/Andews
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30p In memory of Sally Jo Higdon/Magoun
- Wed 5:30p In memory of Joseph Testa (for 12/27)/Magoun
- Thu 9:00a In memory of May DiTamosso (Mass offered at the Olive Branch)
- Fri 5:30p In memory of Eugene Roussel (for 12/26)/Florence
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Tommy Bishop/Yerger
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 12/31 5:30p
- Servers: N & C Hall
- Lector: L Bullard
- EMHCs: Volunteers
- 1/1 9:30a
- Servers: M Oliver & C Sullivan
- Lector: A Keene
- EMHCs: Volunteers
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Beth Sullivan (Jan 4), Edward Yerger (Jan 7) Happy Anniversary Abby and Darryl Ellerbee (Jan 5)
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, Billy Hodge, 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), 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, Matt Hall, Josh Hall, Kathleen Oliver 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.