From The Font...
“...the people there were observing Him carefully...”
For the Jews (and, for Muslims, for that matter), there is no real “spiritual” component to the life of faith. That seems odd, but until Jesus, there was no idea of a supernatural, eternal life with a sense of consciousness and awareness. Even for the Sadducees, eternity was more like a relaxing day at the spa than it was like the heaven we think of. Because of that lack of a supernatural component, all the rewards and punishments of God had to be meted out during life. And so, by logical extension, pleasing or offending God was all about actions - not words or the hidden life of the mind. As with so many things, Jesus doesn’t dismiss this way of thinking; He builds on it. Actions speak louder than words, but words and thoughts and intentions matter.
This is why St. Luke goes out of his way to point out that so many people were observing Him carefully. St. Luke wants to make it abundantly clear that Jesus’ words are going to flip yet another Jewish idea on its head.
For Christians, the intention with which we do something often matters far more than what we do. When a mother stays up late into the night baking cupcakes because little Johnny forgot to tell her that he had to bring the class snack, she can have one of two basic intentions. She can do the baking out of some sense of obligation (either to the school or to her reputation) or she can do it out of love for her son - even if she’s angry that he was irresponsible. If she does the baking out of obligation - then the act is meaningless. It has no eternal value. If she does it out of love, though, the act is spiritualized into something with great meaning. The act becomes what Jesus calls treasure in heaven. It’s the same act - the same cupcakes… But the intention transforms everything.
Just so, the place at the table in the Gospel isn’t all that important… But the intention with which it’s chosen - whether out of pride or humility - transforms the choice. This thinking is totally not Jewish! But it is very human and at the same time so very supernatural. It’s not all in the observation - as often as not, it’s in the heart!
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
With the Gospel this weekend on humility coinciding so nicely with the beginning of school, my mind turns to a buzzword that is growing in importance in the educational community: “teachability.” It’s gained populrity as more and more teachers struggle with “helicopter parents” - which is the phrase used to describe those parents who hover over their children and who insist on meeting with the principal when some mean teacher tries to give them an A minus…
Teachability is basically just a fancy word for humility. Having spent the last three years of my life neck deep in school administration, I can attest that the youngest generation struggles with humility. They have access to limitless information. They can watch an animation of mitosis then go to YouTube™ and watch a video of the real thing recorded from an electron microscope. They can find out what movie that guy was in or who “really” got the Berlin Wall removed. They can also express their opinions in the online echo chamber of social media and do all of these things without having to thank their teacher or be called to task for errors and rudeness. This nearly limitless knowledge combined with a zero-consequences forum is easily comparable to the effects of hard-core drug use like Crack Cocaine or Intravenious Heroin. (c.f. Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25489985) With that kind of environment, it’s hard to blame a kid for losing interest in their teacher after just a few moments. And, despite pointing the easy finger at mom or dad who isn’t doing enough to stop it, there’s no really obvious answer or quick fix that I can point to… What I can say, though, and what the researches in the journal I shared from nih.gov found, is that this kind of “addiction” is fairly easy to cure. It turns out that sports, scouting, and basically any other real-world activity is remarkably effective and that the “withdrawal” symptoms are tough but short-lived.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that all manner of internet filters, pornography blockers and limiting screen time don’t matter - they really, really do! But they don’t matter as much as families being families. A young person who learns a lesson from his father is far more likely to give his teacher a chance. A family that encourages a child not only to share an opinion, but to defend against contrary opinions, is going to produce kids who believe that they don’t have all the answers. A child who is punished for bullying online or offline is better off and so are his or her classmates.
It’s grossly unfair to hide behind the idea “that this generation is unteachable” or “these parents just don’t get what they’re doing to their kids.” But it’s just as unfair to our kids to pretend that this generation is just like all generations before it or to pretend that a parent who shelters their child from every harsh word is doing anything other than trying to live vicariously through his or her kid. The best thing we can do for our kids is face reality, adjust to our modern circumstances and rely upon the family to do the work that it was designed from the beginning to do. God has always used the family to turn good kids into great people, He’s not going to be outdone by Twitter!
The Voice of the Basket
Weekly Budget FY 2016-17 $1,865
July Budget $9,325
July Income (Reg $8,779; Bldg $607) $9,386
July Actual Expenses $7,430
August budget $7,462
Collection August 20 & 21 $2,072
August Income to Date $6,573
Stewardship… In the Gospel today, Jesus warns us not to give in hopes of repayment, but to give open-handedly to the poor and needy. That sort of giving mirrors the bountiful giving of God and Jesus assures us it is blessed indeed!
Next Weekeend September 3 & 4...The Catholic University of America is the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States, located in Washington, D.C. It provides an academically rigorous education guided by Catholic intellectual tradition to 6,000 students every year. Next week is the national collection for the Catholic University of America. Every dollar we give, directly supports financial aid for students from dioceses across the country, including the Diocese of Alexandria. Please be generous.
FLOOD RELIEF...We will take a collection on September 10 & 11 for the benefit of recent flood victims.
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of John and Marie Johnson/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Tue 5:30p In memory of Paul VanderVieren/family
- Wed 5:30p In memory of Rosa Gremshell
- Thu 9:00a* In memory of C. L. Keene/Martin (Mass offered at the Olive Branch)
- Fri 5:30p In memory of Bruce Dorbeck/Andrews
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Sarah and Charlie Phillips/Hodge
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 8/6 5:30p
- Servers: N & C Hall
- Lector: MA Gilfoil
- EMHCs: A Farlow & M Rome
- 8/27 5:30p
- Servers: N & C Hall
- Lector: M A Gilfoil
- EMHCs: L Bullard & A Keene
- 8/28 9:30a
- Servers: B Wood & C Donham
- Lector: A Oliver
- EMHCs: P & B Wilks
- 9/3 5:30p
- Servers: N & C Hall
- Lector: S Harris
- EMHCs: M Rome & A Farlow
- 9/4 9:30a
- Servers: EL & C Marsh
- Lector: G Mbenkum
- EMHCs: N Ernst & M Ernst
- 9/10 5:30p
- Servers: N & C Hall
- Lector: C VanderVieren
- EMHCs: A Keene & L Bullard
- 9/11 9:30a
- Servers: M Oliver & C Sullivan
- Lector: M Florence
- EMHCs: B Smith & L Magoun
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday… Bruce Copes (Aug 29), Alyce Keene (Aug 31), Chandler Brook Wood (Aug 31), Sug Regan (Sept 4)
Happy Anniversary… Kendra and Dave Collins (Aug 29)
In Our Daily Prayers…
The Holy Father, Pope Francis, and the leaders of our church, including Bishop Ronald Herzog; 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 building repair program for the church and fundraising to pay for the repairs; success of our religious education program, safe travel for all those on the highways; good weather for our farmers; our friends and family in the Philippines; our friends and family who have experienced loss from floods during the last week in south Louisiana
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 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, 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, Tommy Bishop, Susan Blackwell (Bullard), Ruthie Boudreaux (Storey), Hattie Brown (Lancaster), Jerry Bullard, Colton Bullock (Farlow), Sarah Cannon (Gilfoil), Jean Cantrell, 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), Patsy Lancaster, Ben Legendre (Gilfoil), Ben Lenhart (G Marsh), LaLa Lopez (Hernandez), Ann Maxwell (Gilfoil), 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), Alice Neuroth (Bullard), 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), Betty Sanders (Gilfoil), Andy Sevier, Michael Stamper (Wilks), David Sullivan (Hunter), Lazette Thomason (Dyer), Elaine Trimble (Rome), Elizabeth, Randy and Camille Watts and Betty Kurfiss, 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.
Calendar of Events
- Confessions every Wed & 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
- Sept 2 First Friday -- make a special devotion to the Sacred Heart and attend first Friday devotions for nine consecutive months
- Sept 25 Potluck Brunch following Sunday Mass -- Parish Hall -- all are asked to participate
- Nov 19 Thanksgiving Bake Sale - Parish Hall - 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
For Your Information:
ON THE WEB St. Edward is working to establish a functional online presence. We presently have a Facebook page (Facebook.com/StEdwardTallulah). Fr. Ryan is sharing our parish bulletin and his Sunday sermons from his own website there weekly. We also have a shared calendar (Bit.ly/stedwardcalendar) and new email address (StEdwardTallulah@gmail.com). Please take note of the new section of the bulletin below the sections on finance and Mass assistants entitled “Contact Information.” Our pastor, Fr. Ryan, is also active on the web. He has a blog\webpage at FrHumphries.com entitled “Thoughts to Stir the Pot” and all are encouraged to friend, like or follow him on Facebook (Facebook.com/frhumphries), Twitter (Twitter.com/frhumphries) and Instagram (Instagram.com/frryan). (Sorry, Fr. Ryan does not use snapchat or whatsapp due to privacy and accountabilty concerns.)
SHARING In the process of cleaning, cutting, de-cluttering, etc., we have a number of mismatched, surplus, “no longer used” items. Since we know “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure”, we have put any of the above identified items on the table in the center. If you find something there that you would like to have, please take it!!!! Nothing has a price; but, we have a container there for any monetary contributions you might want to leave….
POTLUCK BRUNCH, SEPTEMBER 25 All are incouraged to join in a Potluck Brunch to be held in the Parish Hall following Sunday Mass. This should be a fairly good weekend to gather as LSU is playing at Auburn and the Saints will be playing on Monday night at home. As this will be Father Ryan’s first social since joining our faith family, we hope you will bring your favorite dish and share with him. Giving organization to the event is the Third Quarter (July, Aug, Sept) Social Committee which consists of Shannon and Bart Wood and Betty and Kenny Smith, co-chairs, MaryKathryn Book, Kendra and Dave Collins, Connie and Dan Copes, Dana and Randy Dukes, Kelsey and Jon Dukes, Margaret and Pat Gilfoil, MaryAnne Gilfoil, Ann Keene, Susie and Terry Murphy.
SAINTS ALIVE & ANGELS AT WORK The flower beds were recently “spiffed up” (despite the rains!!!) and we want to say a big thanks to those who arranged for the work to be done and those who paid to have it done!!!
Thanks, also, to the Angels who have cleaned the closets in the Flower Sacristy and painted those. Many thanks also to the guys who spent some hot hours straightening the attic over the foyer!
An Angel is also responsible for seeing to it that all of the altar small linens are laundered each week. ”Many hands make Life’s work easier!”