St. Edward Parish Bulletin, Sept 11, 2016

St. Edward Parish Bulletin, Sept 11, 2016

From The Font...

“He ran to his son, embraced him & kissed him.”

The story of the prodigal is one of the most beloved stories in the Gospels for good reason. More than the story of the lost sheep or the story of the lost coin that precede it, each of us can find ourselves - to some degree or another - in the two sons of the story.

The young son embodies that part of each of us which fails to contain our passions and emotions. These excesses always end in ruin and leave us confounded as to how we thought this or that choice would work out… Sins of Lust, Gluttony and Greed are typically associated with excess passion. The father greets this son with affection, jewelry and a feast - each potential sins in those categories - but expressed with right zeal and passion.

The older son embodies the more serious sins of Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride. These sins are not so much sins of the body or the passions as they are sins of the heart, mind and soul. They are more spiritual and more dangerous. Unlike his brother, though, this son has not repented of his sin. He has not said “I have sinned against you and against Heaven!” And because there is no repentance, the father cannot set an example of right virtue. The Father cannot say “my son, come in an rest from your labors” or “of course, you have been the more faithful of my sons!” Without repentance, the Father can only challenge his son. And that’s what he does… “My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours. But now, we must celebrate... because your brother... was lost and has been found.”

Here, the “being found” is that moment of repentance. And repentance is the game changer… Everything begins with that moment of realization.

* We should note that every sin has a physical and a spiritual component. Wrath and Sloth can be expressed physically and Lust can be hidden in the mind… Here, Jesus isn’t so much teaching about the nature and categories of sin as He is speaking of the overpowering nature of forgiveness. None of us should let ourselves be caught up in categories when what the Lord wants is repentance!

Thoughts from Fr. Ryan

I hope y’all enjoyed the Olympics as much as I did! I was blown away by one little insight that I had as I was watching the US Women’s Soccer team lose to Sweden: most anyone could do by accident once or twice in a lifetime what I was seeing these athletes do, but almost no one can do it deliberately. Whether it was ping-pong, archery, shooting or scoring a goal against a great goalie, I think I could hit the bullseye or score a goal against a champion given enough tries.

The capacity to do things deliberately - on purpose - makes all the difference in the world. And the same applies to a great many things in life. Anyone can guess the right answer to one complex problem in a thousand. Anyone can resist a temptation to sin once in a hundred temptations. Anyone can give a great speech given enough chances… In particular, this sense of the deliberate affects our minds and hearts powerfully when it communicates what matters to us.

If I really, really care about my thimble collection, then I’m very deliberate with it. I take care to protect against damage or theft. If I care about my reputation in the community, I’m very deliberate with what I say and do. If I care about the morals of my family, then I’m deliberate with the way my kids dress and speak and with whom they spend time - whether they like it or not!

Anything that we consider sacred, we treat very deliberately. Anyone who has visited Arlington National Cemetery and witnessed the change of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier knows this all too well. There is a great sense of deliberate care taken with every uniform button, every step, every movement of the eyes and the hands…

We ought to be able to say the same about Mass! We ought to be able to say that our actions and our words at Mass are as sacred and deliberate as anything that we do. Indeed, the rituals which are the most moving to us are not the ones that we treat with a casual humor… The gunfire salute at the burial of a veteran is all-too-often more moving and powerful than the prayers offered because there is no casual speech or well intentioned humor… There’s a red-hot deliberation in the eyes of the soldiers who present that flag to the family of the deceased.

In the last fifty years, we’ve been told that Mass ought to be more welcoming, more casual and relaxed and approachable and relevant to us… And maybe some parts of it should be! But we know from experience - ours and that of the whole Church - that a casual ritual loses its meaning and its gravity very quickly. Imagine if after the dramatic folding of the flag and the slow playing of taps, the sergeant looked at the Corporal’s widow and says “Hey Ms. Maisey, we loved Mike and we’re real sorry he’s passed. We want you to have this flag to remember him with our best wishes!” Yikes!

What we do at Mass needs to be solemn, sacred and deliberate. Whether it ought to be quite as solemn, sacred and deliberate as the graveside service or the changing of the guard is a question for another article...

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 11 Religion Classes begin following Mass (about 10:30 a.m.for those who attend Saturday
  • 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:

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION FOR OUR CHILDREN classes will meet on SUNDAY following Mass (about 10:30 a.m.) in the Church Hall.

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.

ON THE WEB St. Edward is working to establish a functional online presence. We presently have a Facebook page ( Fr. Ryan is sharing our parish bulletin and his Sunday sermons from his own website there weekly. We also have a shared calendar ( and new email address ( 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 entitled “Thoughts to Stir the Pot” and all are encouraged to friend, like or follow him on Facebook (, Twitter ( and Instagram ( (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 3-4 $1,684
September Income to Date $1,684

Stewardship Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time… We can hear God speaking to ustoday inthe words of the father to his elder son: “You are withmealways, and everyting Ihave isyours.” What is my response to suchremarkable generosity? Do I give joyfully andgenerously as God Gives to me?

Special Collection on September 10 & 11...FLOOD RELIEF...We will take a collection for the benefit of recent flood victims.

Mass Intentions for the Coming Week

  • Sat 5:30p In memory of Paul VanderVieren/family
  • Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
  • Tue 5:30p In memory Beverly Lancaster/Keene
  • Wed 5:30p In memory of Americal Roussel/Florence
  • Thu 9:00a* In memory of J.C.B.“Skeezix” Jumonville/Family (Mass offered at the Olive Branch)
  • Fri 5:30p In memory of Paul VanderVieren/family
  • Sat 5:30p In memory of A.J.S.”Jackie” Jumonville/Family
  • Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family

Assistants at Holy Mass

  • 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
  • 9/14 5:30p
    • Servers: N & C Hall
    • Lector: Hall boys
    • EMHCs: M Rome & C VanderVieren
  • 9/15 9:30a
    • Servers: B Wood & C Donham
    • Lector: Beene Children
    • EMHCs: B Smith & KCollins

Let us Rejoice in the Lord!

Happy Birthday Lori Sullivan (Sept 11), Dan Copes (Sept 12), Bruin Johnson (Sept 18)

In Our Daily Prayers…