From The Font...
“If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.”
My favorite Jewish-mother joke is this: A Jewish guy calls his mom and says “Mom, how are ya?” She says, “Terrible! I haven’t eaten in 38 days!” The guy says, “Why haven’t you eaten in 38 days?!?” The mother says, “Well, I didn’t want my mouth to be full in case you should’ve called…”
The joke is funny because the exaggeration is so extreme. Extreme exaggeration to the point of absurdity is a literary device which we call “hyperbole” used to drive a point home just as we see in today’s Gospel. Jesus uses it frequently. In Mk 9, for instance, Jesus says “if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off!” Understanding these literary devices is essential to understanding the meaning and message of the scriptures. This is part of the reason that Catholics are usually cautioned against just picking up the bible and reading it and expecting to understand the nuances. The Bible isn’t meant to be easy to comprehend…
Jesus, Himself, tells the disciples that He teaches the ordinary folk in parables because the straight forward teaching is too complex for them. We’re not as different from the ordinary folk of Galilee as we might like to think. How many casual readers of the scriptures have been scandalized to read today’s Gospel… How many people have thought that “this Jesus must be pretty terrible if He tells me that I have to hate my kids!
Hyperbole, like Metonymy or Paradox, is used in speech to bring home a point that doesn’t always make as much sense in writing or at a distance of 3000 years. For Catholics, then, the scriptures are a source of profound blessing - but also of caution. No one should expect to pick up the Bible and understand the ins and outs. We believe that Jesus specifically established a Church with teachings and dogmas so that we don’t have to decode for ourselves what we believe. The Bible is the most definitive source of Divine Revelation, but it is not the clearest or the definitive source of living our Faith. So don’t fret when a scripture seems a little off kilter...
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
This weekend marks two months for me here at St. Edward. I couldn’t be more thankful to those who have been so generous! I’ve had plenty of wonderful meals for which I have not been allowed to pay. I’ve gotten some delicious meals delivered right to my door and some delicious fruits and veggies. I’ve got a few pounds of lean venison and a few more pounds of not so lean me! Beyond the food, the courtesy and the kindness has been wonderful!
I have to say thank you, too, to the members of the various councils and committees at work here in the parish. One of my greatest struggles as a pastor for the past decade has been that most people think that anything negative should be kept from the pastor. So even the most constructive criticism or useful concerns never make it my desk. In my previous parishes, I’ve tried to build up councils and committees to overcome that mistaken way of thinking - but with little suceess. Here, though, there is a strong, clear concern for the good of the parish and I counldn’t be more thankful for it. I want to encourage all of you to be vocal with the members of the parish and finance council and to let them know not only of your concerns or dissatifsctions, but also of your desires, your hopes and your vision for what could be!
Do you have a topic on which you’d like to hear a presentation or a read an article? Whether it’s the Trinity or Quantum Physics - let me know! Interested in knowing more about the Mass or Confession? Want to know the history of some heresy? Still confused by that thing with Gallileo or the Crusades? Just want to know what the Church really believes about the Holy Spirit? Let me know what you want to know - that gives me some real direction in terms of planning and preaching and writing.
I also want to assure you that I’m going to upset you at some point! A sermon will strike a nerve… I’ll accidently make a joke that rubs you the wrong way. Maybe I’ll give you a look or ask you to hush. It’s my hope that we don’t let that get between us. Come see me! Let’s talk it through. It may be that there’s a matter of Church teaching that we’re going to disagree about. It may be that I had some bad shrimp or woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Either way - I want you to know that I’m here for you and that I have thick enough skin to be told I’m in the wrong.
If I’ve already gotten you upset, I’m sincerely sorry. I hope that you’ll come see me so that we can get through it and that I can learn from the whole thing.
All in all, the only way that I can be a good pastor is if you tell me what you need and you help me to help you to grow closer to the Lord. I’m still a young priest so I have a lot of learning to do. At the same time, it’s my duty and my mission to be a father to you. Through good and bad, though successes and mistakes, I am always open to correction, visits and, of course, free food. If you have a sack of $100 bills, I’ll take those too. But what I really want is to work together to build up the Kingdom of God - thanks in advance for working with me!
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
Sept 13 Altar Society Meeting – Parish Hall – following 5:30 p.m. Mass
- Sept 20 Pastoral Council Meeting – Parish Hall – following 5:30 p.m. Mass
- 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:
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.
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.
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 27 & 28 $1,531
August Income to Date $8,100
Stewardship Jesus tells the crowd that only those who renounce all of their possessionscan be Hisdisciples. Is He truly asking us to give up everything? Perhaps instead He is trying to help us see that everything we think we own is really a gift from god. Good stewards know that and strive to use those gifts accountably.
Special Collections This weekend we have our once-a-month Building Fund collection. This weekend, we also have a collection is being taken for the Catholic University of America, the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States, located in Washington, D.C. CUA provides an academically rigorous education guided by Catholic intellectual tradition to 6,000 students every year. 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 Sarah and Charlie Phillips/Hodge
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Tue 5:30p In memory of Enoul “Jim” Jumonville/family
- Wed 5:30p In memory of Gus Gremshell
- Thu 9:00a* In memory of Eva Reynolds/Florence (Mass offered at the Olive Branch)
- Fri 5:30p In memory of SeSe Holstead/Wood
- 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
- 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: S Harris
- EMHCs: N Ernst & M Ernst
- 9/10 5:30p
- Servers: N & C Hall
- Lector: C VanderVieren
- EMHCs: L Magoun & L Bullard
- 9/11 9:30a
- Servers: M Oliver & C Sullivan
- Lector: M Florence
- EMHCs: B Smith & A Keene
- 9/17 5:30p
- Servers: N & C Hall
- Lector: A Farlow
- EMHCs: P Wilks & B Wilks
- 9/18 9:30a
- Servers: B Sullivan/W Sullivan
- Lector: A Keene
- EMHCs: N Ernst/M Ernst
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Sug Regan (Sept 4), Kathleen Ellerbee (Sept 8), Lori Sullivan (Sept 11)
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; safe travel for all those on the highways; good weather for our farmers; 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, 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, Tommy Bishop, Susan Blackwell (Bullard), Ruthie Boudreaux (Storey), Hattie Brown (Lancaster), Jerry Bullard, Colton Bullock (Farlow), Sarah Cannon (Gilfoil), 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.