St. Edward Parish Bulletin, Dec 4, 2016

St. Edward Parish Bulletin, Dec 4, 2016

From The Font

“On that day, the root of Jesse, set up as a signal for the nations, the Gentiles shall seek out, for his dwelling shall be glorious.”

There is almost certainly a gap between Jesus as He is and Jesus as we would like Him to be. The Jesus that is all-too-often depicted to us is a sweetheart who is kind to a fault, stands by the victim and the underdog and is just itching to give us presents if only we will accept them. A caricature only works if it builds from the truth… Jesus is kind and He does stand by the victim and He does offer us gifts freely if only we would accept them… But Jesus is no trippy hippie wondering aloud “why can’t we all just get along?” Jesus is God - the second person of the Most Holy Trinity - and He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He is the Word made flesh. He is the root of Jesse and He is a signal for the nations. And His dwelling is glorious!

In many ways, the season of Advent calls us to open our minds and hearts to Jesus as He is and not as we would like Him to be. We await the coming of a true person, not a character or a caricature, but the person of Jesus as He is.

The fact that Jesus is beyond the comprehension of our minds makes this waiting a little more challenging. Jesus is truly God and truly Man. He is fully God and fully Man. He is beyond time meaning that He is truly coming and yet truly here. His kingdom is “already” and “not yet.” We call these ideas which seem to be inconsistent with one another paradoxes and there are lots of them when it comes to God. It’s not that He is unreasonable, so much as He cannot be contained by our human reason. That makes it extra challenging for us to set aside our perceptions of the Lord Jesus and open ourselves to accepting Him as He is… After all, we can’t comprehend Him as He is.

And this is exactly why we need the season of Advent. As we wait on the Lord, God reveals Himself to our human minds and teaches us in ideas we can comprehend who He is and how we ought to understand Him. Just as we have to teach complicated ideas to children one little bit at a time - just as it takes time and reflection to understand Algebra or the way in which Shakespear wrote, so it takes time for us to be taught about the Lord by the Lord.

Thoughts from Fr. Ryan

Dc. Joshua LeBlanc of the Diocese of Lafayette will be with us on Tue & Wed, Dec 6 & 7 to preach our Parish Advent Mission - please try to be there and invite your friends!

You don’t need to know very much to be a good and Holy Catholic and to become a saint. There are countless saints who never read a word or had the capacity to explain any dogma or Church teaching. At the same time, to whom much is given, much is expected. In our modern world, where literacy is high and access to education materials (library books, books to buy, ebooks, websites, youtube, emailing your pastor, etc) is abundant, we don’t really have a good excuse not to study our faith in some specific way.

Surely, we’re busy. Surely, some parts of Catholicism are complicated. Surely, there’s so much available that it’s really tough to know where to start… All true. But, again, to whom much is given, much will be expected.

There are two basic approaches we can take to the question of growing in knowledge of our faith: the structured approach or the organic approach.

The structured approach appeals to folks with a more structured mindset. People who think in a very organized or systematic way generally prefer to consider the faith as a system of thinking and believing and living. For those folks, a simple catechism (not the thick, green book) like the New American Catechism (#3) written by Fr. Lovasik has great appeal. It’s question \ answer style and short chapters are suited to easy comprehension in short chunks rather than something which may require hours and a notebook.

The organic approach is better suited to people who think in a more intuitive and less systematic way. In this approach, folks may keep a small notepad with a list of questions or topics to discuss with a well-informed Catholic or with a member of clergy. These discussions will often approach a topic and wander around it rather than end up with a specific answer or conclusion. That’s OK! Not all knowledge is scientific and not all understanding is formulaeic.

Our Parish Advent Mission this year is a great way to get a bit of a push in the right direction and to build up a bit of momentum. Deacon Joshua LeBlanc is a newly ordained Permanent Deacon of the Diocese of Lafayette and a long-time personal friend. He is a small business owner and has an extensive background in the Catholic Faith both from the point of view of growing up in a small town Catholic Family and from the theological training one receives in Seminary. Joshua is a good man who is enthusiastic to share his faith and who has agreed to field questions as part of the parish mission. I hope everyone will make every effort to attend!

Also, please remember that this Wednesday is the Vigil of the Immaculate Conception. Because of my responsabilities in Ferriday and Jonesville, I won’t be able to offer an evening Mass on the Holy Day of Obligation, so everyone should be planning to be at Mass on Wednesday evening anyway! Thanks in advance to everyone for making this a priority!

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 4 Christmas on the Bayou - Arts and Crafts, Parade, Music at First Baptist, Fireworks
  • Dec 6 & 7 Parish Mission at 6p in the Church by Dc. Joshua LeBlanc
  • 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
  • Dec 10 & 11 Parkview Baptist “Scenes of Christ” -- 5:30 p.m.

For Your Information:

ADVENT PARISH MISSION Dc. Joshua LeBlanc of the Diocese of Lafayette will join us for Mass on Tue, Dec 6 and Wed, Dec 7. He will speak at 6p on “Advent - waiting for the new and heavenly Jerusalem.” All are asked and encouraged to attent this first of our parish missions!

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.

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.

“SCENES OF CHRIST”... will be presented by Parkview Baptist Church, 104 Kimbrough Boulevard, on Saturday, December 10, and Sunday, December 11, between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. The scenes that will be presented include The Birth of Christ, Jesus in the Manger, Garden of Gethsemane, The Crucifixion,The Resurrection, and The Ascension. The format will be that visitors will walk thru the six sites on the church grounds. Last year’s presentation was a huge success and preparations that have been underway this year indicate year’s event has promise to be even better.

ANGEL TREE…Our Faith Family is conducting an Angel Tree Project again this year.

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…. This Sunday, December 4, is “Christmas on the Bayou”, the Tallulah/Madison Parish Annual Christmas event. Arts and Crafts vendors can be found 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.

BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR JESUS...Our children’s Christmas Party will be on Sunday, December 18, in the Parish Hall following Mass. Kendra Collins will be giving leadership to this project so please contact her to offer your assistance! The children will present a play telling the story of the Nativity and all family and friends are invited to attend.


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 26/27 $1,024
  • November Income to Date $6,814

Stewardship We must be good stewards of God’sGifts to us, receiving them gratefully and cultivating them with care lest we be the ones about whom John the Baptist speaks today: “Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”

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 Eva and R. L. Reynolds/family
  • Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
  • Mon No Mass
  • Tue 5:30p In memory of May DiTommaso
  • Wed 5:30p In memory of SeSe Holstead/S Wood
  • Thu 9:00a In memory of Eva Reynolds/Florence (Mass offered at the Olive Branch)
  • Fri 5:30p In memory of Eva and R.L. Reynolds/family
  • Sat 5:30p In memory of Paul VanderVieren/family
  • Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family

Assistants at Holy Mass

  • 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
  • 12/17 5:30p
    • Servers: N & C Hall
    • Lector: Youth
    • EMHCs: A Keene & L Magoun
  • 12/18 9:30a
    • Servers: EL Marsh & C Marsh
    • Lector: Youth
    • EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins

Let us Rejoice in the Lord!

Happy Birthday Nick and Chris Hall (Dec 7)

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, 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.