St. Edward Parish Bulletin, Jan 29, 2017

St. Edward Parish Bulletin, Jan 29, 2017

From The Font

“Blessed are...”

The constant religious buzzword nowadays, especially among the young, is “authenticity.” In part, it’s because folks want their religion to be customized and personalized in contrast to the way we experience so many robotic interactions like when we order a meal at McDonalds. We don’t want our ministers to ask if we’d like fries with that prayer… In part, though, this concern with authenticity is the result of having lost touch with the humility that comes with “ritual.”

Ritual is very human. From brushing our teeth to making our morning coffee to getting started at work, we have rituals that ground our lives every day. Religious rituals are also very human. They allow us to get out of our own way and focus upon the Lord. Memorized prayers, gestures like kneeling or folding our hands and repeated phrases are as important to our religious experience as they are to our marriages. Any priest could stand up in a room of Catholics and say “Through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns forever and ever!” Almost instantly, every Catholic in the room would say “Amen” without ever even realizing it!

This is the kind of ritual connection that Jesus is calling on with the Beatitudes. The phrase “Blessed are…” is hugely important for the Jews. That phrase begins all sorts of prayers. By using it, Jesus is not only making a list of good people. He’s not only making a list of character traits that we should imitate. He’s speaking about those parts of our Human nature that most perfectly reflect the image and likeness of God in which we are created. Jesus is pointing to God’s command that we behave like Him because we are made like Him.

In the repetition and in the content of what He says, the Beatitudes are not a customized list, nor does it matter whether we feel them to be authentic to ourselves… Contrarily, they are a call to profound humility and religious connection which unites all humanity in the image of our creator… We could ask why they matter so much? The short answer is that the only unity we will ever experience on Earth is this unity in our creation. There is no utopia and no, we can’t all just get along. Our unity - our only unity - is in the Lord who made us in His Holy likeness.

Thoughts from Fr. Ryan

This Thursday on the traditional Catholic calendar is the “Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary.” The Feast of the Purification marks the end of the forty day time of purification after which Jewish women could undergo the ritual purifications and return to the Temple. This feast was celebrated with a lengthy blessing of candles at Mass. “Candlemas,” as it came to be called, was a beautiful moment for meditation on light and darkness and on the symbol of the candle itself. Unlike the Burning Bush, the candle is consumed by the light. It gives itself up so that the light may burn. Surely, a larger candle will last longer and make more light. Some candles which are poorly designed will build up a wall of wax and block out much of the light. Some candles are tall and thin, others are squat. The candle makes for a perfect metaphor to consider ourselves and to think about who we are and what kind of disciple we are… Do those around me benefit from the light with which I burn or do I hide it from them? Is my wick even burning?

I’ve said on several occasions that our modern Catholic Faith errs on the side of being too cerebral - too “in the head.” Our Faith can certain stand up to complex arguments and theological debates… But the practice - the living out - of the religion which Jesus created is not “heady.” It’s imminently practical. Jesus taught in parables and instructed in commands. The Church has translated those parables and commands into principles in order to keep the meaning the same while speaking the stories and instructions to folks all over the world… But the practice of the Faith is fundamentally, well, practical. This candle image - which I’m stealing from the saints by the way - is perfect for a college professor or child. The stained glass windows and the smell of incense and the beauty of a vestment and the ritual motion of the Mass are far better teachers than any sermon anyone has ever given. Jesus, Himself, taught as much through symbol as through speech. That’s the way of the entire Bible. God creates Adam from dirt and Eve from a Rib. Samson slays the multitude with the jawbone of an ass. Ezekiel witnesses the resurrection in the Valley of the Dry Bones and sees the water flowing from the right side of the Temple. St. Paul is struck blind. St. Francis embraces poverty by wearing tattered robes. Pope Benedict removes the jewel crown from the papal arms and replaces it with a bishop’s miter. Symbols are far more powerful than words. As I return from my trip to Washington where I was part of more than half a million people walking to the steps of our National Capitol to protest the ongoing legalization of abortion, I am all the more aware of how people connect with ideas… Our Church has a multitude of symbols and signs and rituals that have spoken to the wise and the simple for twenty centuries and it may well behoove us here at St. Edward to take advantage of that wisdom.

For now, though, I’m thinking on what kind of candle I am… And I’m asking those who are reading these words, what kind of candle are you?

Calendar of Events

  • Confessions every Wed, Fri & Sat from 5p until Mass at 5:30p and on Sun from 9a until 9:30a 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
  • Feb 3 First Friday Devotions -- Holy Hour and Mass -- 5:30 p.m.
  • Feb 4/5 Blessing of Throats in honor of St Blaise at each Mass
  • Feb 26 Bishop Talley visit -- Potluck Brunch--1st quarter social -- following 9:30 a.m. Mass

For Your Information:

RELIGION CLASS will be held following Sunday Mass in the Church Hall.

FIRST FRIDAY, Feb 3 Holy Hour and Mass....5:30 p.m. ...make a special devotion to the Sacred Heart and attend first Friday devotions for nine consecutive months.

BLESSING OF THROATS... FEBRUARY 4 & 5 (Mass) ... In honor of the feast of St Blaise, Father will offer the blessing of throats to those (Catholic & Non-Catholic) who may wish to recieve it immediately after all weekend Masses.

FIRST QUARTER SOCIAL COMMITTEE Margo Corulla and Darryl and Abby Ellerbee (co-chairs), Norman and Marie Ernst, Brian Johnson, Sidney and Mary Jane Johnson, Robbie and Tori Kivett, Ed Mills, Kathleen Mills, Teddy and Alyssa Oliver, Mike and Sue Rome, Juanita Storey, Jason Trichell, Mary Trichell, Levi Washington

The Voice of the Basket

  • Weekly Budget FY 2016-17 $1,865
  • December Budget $7,460
  • December Income (Reg $9,172; Bldg $455) $9,627
  • December Actual Expenses $6,871
  • January Budget $9,325
  • Collection January 21/22 $2,889
  • January Income to Date $8,450

Stewardship Blessed are they who are what they are and do what they do for the sake of the kingdom! The Gospel today assures good stewards that their suffering and their service on behalf of the Kingdom will be rewarded.

Mass Intentions for the Coming Week

  • Sat 5:30p In memory of Racer Holstead/birth/family
  • Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
  • Mon No Mass
  • Tue 5:30p In memory of deceased members of the Mbenkum family
  • Wed 5:30p In memory of C.L. Keene and Inez & C.B. DeMoss/family
  • Thu 9:00a In memory of Rosa Gremshell (Mass offered at the Olive Branch)
  • Fri 5:30p In memory of John and Marie Johnson/family
  • Sat 5:30p In memory of SeSe Holstead/S Wood
  • Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family

Assistants at Holy Mass

  • 1/28 5:30p
    • Servers: N & C Hall
    • Lector: S Harris
    • EMHCs: P & M Gilfoil
  • 1/29 9:30a
    • Servers: EL & C Marsh
    • Lector: K Collins
    • EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
  • 2/4 5:30p
    • Servers: N & C Hall
    • Lector: A Farlow
    • EMHCs: P & B Wilks
  • 2/5 9:30a
    • Servers: M Oliver & C Sulliavan
    • Lector: G Mbenkum
    • EMHCs: N & M Ernst
  • 2/11 5:30p
    • Servers: N & C Hall
    • Lector: C VanderVieren
    • EMHCs: M Rome & L Bullard
  • 2/12 9:30a
    • Servers: B Wood & C Donham
    • Lector: K Collins
    • EMHCs: B Smith & L Magoun

Let us Rejoice in the Lord!

Happy Birthday Courtland Jude Collins (Jan 29, 2010), Evelyn Grace Kivett (Feb 2, 2011), Dorothy Dyer (Feb 3), Susan Gilfoil (Feb 3), Juanita Storey (Feb 3), Ben Dukes (Feb 4), Blanche Wilks (Feb 5)

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 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, Billy Hodge, Bill Kennedy, Becky and Michael Lancaster, Dale Magoun, Kathleen Mills, Sue Rome, Sue Scurria, Delia Trichell, Our parishioners who are in the nursing home: Frances Kennedy, Andrew Lombardo, Juanita Storey AND Robert Anderson of Delhi, Jim Farrell, and James Speyerer of Vicksburg, Consuelo Marsh of 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), Patsy Lancaster, 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, Matt Hall, Josh Hall, Kathleen Oliver Those Catholics residing at Christian Acres, Louisiana Transitional Center for Women, and Madison Detention Center and the families of all of these.