From The Font...
“If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.”
I think everyone who reads this article questions this little bit of all-too-true wisdom from Our Lord. Miracles and Signs and Wonders are all very effective in getting attention. But they are tragically ineffective in translating that attention into action.
Anyone who’s ever worked in sales will probably agree. The more time that passes between the oohs and aahs and signing on the dotted line, the more likely someone is to walk away. That plays out in the scriptures as well. The same Hebrews who walked through the middle of the Red Sea will turn on Moses over the menu during their walk through the desert. The same people who were fed by Jesus in the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes, will walk away from Him when He teaches about the Bread of Life. The same apostle Peter will watch Jesus reattach the ear of the servant that Peter, himself, cut off and - only hours later - will deny that he even knows Jesus. While many who have been privileged to experience a miracle will remember the moment fondly, they will rarely take new action because of an old memory.
On the contrary, a clear, decisive instruction plants itself in the memory like a seed and waits to be needed. Unlike the hoped-for visit from the beyond, the teachings of “Moses and the Prophets” doesn’t fade with age, but matures. The old Baltimore Catechism is often criticized for being old fashioned and prioritizing memory over relevance… But how many people have found themselves in trial and asking “why am I even here?” And then, for those blessed enough to have heard the answer in their youth… “God made me to know Him, love Him and serve Him and be happy forever with Him in Heaven.” Others have found themselves confused about Faith or the Heaven and Hell or just how much a “small” sin like lying really is...
If we stop and think, we ought to be thankful to God that we have “Moses and the Prophets” and the Gospels and St. Paul’s letters and the teachings of the Church. They are worth more than many miracles!
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
Our diocese has one of only two Basilicas in the State of Louisiana and one of only ninety or so in the US. Their purpose is the point to the Universal Church. They are “the Pope’s Church” in their particular area.
That means that I should be able to go to a Basilica to find the writings of the popes on any number of topics. I should be able to go there to find truly universal and excellent sacred Music and Holy Mass. I should be able to go there to find a connection with the Universal Church and with our Christian roots.
It should be no surprise to know that what I’m describing is a tall order! It’s tough! I was the rector of the Minor Basilica in Natchitoches for three years and it was an all-day, every-day job.
One of the last projects I worked on was the second Basilican pilgrimage. The first took place in 2014 and took pilgrims to Rome, Assisi, Orvietto and Florence in Italy. The second pilgrimage is heading to Fatima, Portugal, Santiago de Compestella, Spain, Avila, Spain and, finally, Lourdes, France. Because of the timing of the trip and the way international flights work, I will be leading the pilgrims from the Minor Basilica to Europe from the end of the September until the middle of October. I will be away from the parish from September 28 until October 12. During that time, there will be no daily Masses either at the Church or at the Olive Branch. Fr. David Braquet has been kind enough to agree to offer the Saturday and Sunday Masses on the
weekend of Oct 1-2 and Fr. Louis Sklar has agreed to offer Mass on Oct 8-9. Daily Masses will resume as usual on Thursday, Oct 13 with Mass at the Olive Branch at 9a. During my trip, I will be offering Masses “Pro Populo” - for the people of the parish. If you have intentions for which you’d like me to pray, please send them via email or written\printed on paper.
I’m so appreciative to all of you for the opportunity to offer this leadership to my former parishioners and to continue to assist in the world of the Minor Basilica in Natchitoches.
One of the most essential aspects of pilgrimage is the connection between internal intention and outward action. In seeing beautiful Churches and monuments, you see the faith of generations past living in tangible signs of their love for God. The sights and sounds and smells and tastes are all powerful signs of the universality of the Church and that is a great contributor to humility. A full daily schedule serves as a penance and the occasional blister or unappetizing meal works to build the sense of journey and foreignness which we should all feel as “strangers and sojourners” in this life… Also, I’m likely to give better sermons! :)
The trip is one I’ve always wanted to take and I want you to know that I am praying for each of you as I travel. Please keep me and the thirty or so pilgrims in prayer and we go from here to there and back! Our Lady of Fatima, St. James, Ss. Theresa and John and Our Lady of Lourdes, Pray for us!
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 25 Youth Mass at 9:30 a.m. Mass
- Sept 25 Potluck Brunch following Sunday Mass -- Parish Hall -- all are invited to attend
- 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.)
The Voice of the Basket
Weekly Budget FY 2016-17 $1,865
August Budget $7,460
August Income (Reg $8,100; Bldg $611) $8,711
August Actual Expenses $8,861
September Budget $7,460
Collection September 17-18 $2,074
September Income to Date $5,638
Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time…The sin of the rich man in today’s parable was not that he was rich, but that he failed to share his wealth with the beggar at his gate. He knew Lazarus, perhaps walked by him every time he came in or out, but did nothing to relieve his suffering. Is there a Lazarus in my life? What am I doing to help?
Special Collection This weekend, the second collection will be for the Retired Priests in the Diocese of Alexandria. With costs continually escalating, the monthly retirement benefit for the 17 retired priests in our diocese must be adjusted as well. Thank you in advance for your generous support of our retired priests and I ask that you also keep them in your prayers. (NOTE: This collection is retained in the parish and is not subject to Assessment.)
Special Collection for Louisiana Flood Victims Several people have indicated that they missed the earlier collection but would still like to contribute. Please feel free to make donations and mark your check as “Flood Collection”.
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Paul VanderVieren/Florence
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30p In memory of Gus Gremshell
- Wed 5:30p In memory of John and Marie Johnson/family
- Thu 9:00a* Special Intention of Magoun’s/Feast of St Raphael(Mass offered at the Olive Branch)
- Fri 5:30p NO MASS due to Father Ryan’s Pilgrimage
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Lillie “SeSe” Jumonville/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 9/24 5:30p
- Servers: N & C Hall
- Lector: Hall Boys
- EMHCs: M Rome & C VanderVieren
- 9/25 9:30a
- Servers: B Wood & C Donham
- Lector: Beene Children
- EMHCs: B Smith & KCollins
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Leslye Ellerbee (Sept 25), Bishop Johnson (Sept 26), Blake Sullivan (Sept 26),
In Our Daily Prayers…
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.