St. Edward Bulletin, Oct 15

St. Edward Bulletin, Oct 15

From The Font

“Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”

Must? Your light MUST shine before others? In our modern age of individuality and even self-centeredness, we tend to think about religion as a fundamentally private affair in which I’m working to get to heaven and that’s that. “I love Jesus. I accept Him in faith as my Lord and Savior. Aaaaaaand I’m done.” But a more serious reading of the scriptures trashes that kind of thinking right away. Our Faith is not fundamentally private. In fact, it’s fundamentally public. Over and over again, Jesus calls for His followers to “put out into the deep” and be preachers of the truth so that all might be saved. The Greek phrase is λαμψάτω which is spoken in an imperative form like an order or a command. Jesus says “let your light shine” in order that (Gr. ὅπως) they, others, might be able to see (Gr. ἴδωσιν).

What the Lord is saying here is that if we don’t let our light shine, we will leave others in darkness. We must or they can’t.

This weekend, we celebrate the feast of our patron saint, Edward the Confessor, King of England from 1042 to 1066. History buffs will know that 1066 was a very big deal in England as it saw the Battle of Hastings and the end of the Anglo-Saxon kings of England. Our patron, Edward, died nine months before that battle and his successor, Harold Godwinson died during the battle itself. While our saint had a difficult young life - which was common among royals - he was very popular when he actually took the throne. His reign is wildly complex and interesting for history buffs, but only for history buffs. He’s remembered outside the Church for his building of Westminster Abbey which was originally a college chapel named the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster. King Edward is remembered for his incredible wisdom and for blending politics, diplomacy and aggressive warfare while showing great concern for his own people, for the freedom of the Church and for the peasants who were generally ignored by everyone. Edward’s reputation took a massive hit about a hundred years after his death when the Norman and, later, the Plantagenet kings launched regular campaigns of detraction against their Anglo-Saxon predecessors. There are two particularly interesting things about having St. Edward the Confessor as a patron… First, he was a man living in the world who had a lot of stressful responsibility and who managed to grow in love of God and love of neighbor despite that stress. That’s a good lesson for each of us as we whirl through our daily lives. It can be done! It is possible, even in the most stressful life, to prioritize the Lord. As much as our world seems entirely new and different from the barbaric past - human nature never changes and while King Edward didn’t have iphones and common core to worry about, he did have the same stress and the same struggle to find balance and to keep his priorities in order. The second thing is the date of his feast. Oct 13 is the day on which the Blessed Virgin Mary chose to perform her miracle of the Sun. There are no coincidences. Our Lady chose the 13th of May to appear the first time and she chose to perform the miracle in October. Why the 13th? Why October? I have some guesses and some reasonable answers to those questions, but the why is less important than the fact that our feast day is THE day of the most important miracle since Pentecost. We are privileged to have a patron saint who is more similar to us than we may initially think and to have a patronal feast which was chosen by Our Lady for such a privileged event. In both cases, we must turn to the Lord with thanksgiving and expectation. We should ask St. Edward for his prayers often - especially in times of stress. We should turn to Our Lady of Fatima and ask for her prayers - especially in times of doubt or temptation. Our Lord does nothing by accident and so thanks be to God for such an amazing patronal feast!

As today is the feast of our patron, St. Edward, our readings reflect his efforts as a saint. They also reflect our duty as people living in the world. St. Edward was a king, not a monk. He lived the daily grind as we do. There are a few folks who are called to a life of true hiddenness. We can that vocation the hermetical life. For those of us living in the world - priests and lay people alike - our vocation is called the secular life. Secular has to do with the passing of time and of ages. It has to do with being caught up in the busyness of the world. That’s you and me. And part of the reason God calls us here is so that we can be beacons. We’re not in this world by default. We’re here because God intends to use us. And if we want to go to heaven, we need to be conscious of our specific vocation from Him to be light to others. If we don’t live up to God’s purpose for us, some who ought to see the light will be left in darkness and that’s on us! And so we have a fundamentally non-private duty to be our brother’s keeper and to let our light shine. We must.

Thoughts from Fr. Ryan

This weekend, we celebrate the feast of our patron saint, Edward the Confessor, King of England from 1042 to 1066. History buffs will know that 1066 was a very big deal in England as it saw the Battle of Hastings and the end of the Anglo-Saxon kings of England. Our patron, Edward, died nine months before that battle and his successor, Harold Godwinson died during the battle itself.

While our saint had a difficult young life - which was common among royals - he was very popular when he actually took the throne. His reign is wildly complex and interesting for history buffs, but only for history buffs. He’s remembered outside the Church for his building of Westminster Abbey which was originally a college chapel named the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster. King Edward is remembered for his incredible wisdom and for blending politics, diplomacy and aggressive warfare while showing great concern for his own people, for the freedom of the Church and for the peasants who were generally ignored by everyone.

Edward’s reputation took a massive hit about a hundred years after his death when the Norman and, later, the Plantagenet kings launched regular campaigns of detraction against their Anglo-Saxon predecessors. There are two particularly interesting things about having St. Edward the Confessor as a patron… First, he was a man living in the world who had a lot of stressful responsibility and who managed to grow in love of God and love of neighbor despite that stress. That’s a good lesson for each of us as we whirl through our daily lives. It can be done! It is possible, even in the most stressful life, to prioritize the Lord. As much as our world seems entirely new and different from the barbaric past - human nature never changes and while King Edward didn’t have iphones and common core to worry about, he did have the same stress and the same struggle to find balance and to keep his priorities in order. The second thing is the date of his feast. Oct 13 is the day on which the Blessed Virgin Mary chose to perform her miracle of the Sun. There are no coincidences. Our Lady chose the 13th of May to appear the first time and she chose to perform the miracle in October. Why the 13th? Why October? I have some guesses and some reasonable answers to those questions, but the why is less important than the fact that our feast day is THE day of the most important miracle since Pentecost.

We are privileged to have a patron saint who is more similar to us than we may initially think and to have a patronal feast which was chosen by Our Lady for such a privileged event. In both cases, we must turn to the Lord with thanksgiving and expectation. We should ask St. Edward for his prayers often - especially in times of stress. We should turn to Our Lady of Fatima and ask for her prayers - especially in times of doubt or temptation. Our Lord does nothing by accident and so thanks be to God for such an amazing patronal feast!


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
  • Sunday Morning Catechism in the Hall after the 9:30a Mass unless otherwise indicated
  • Oct 13 - Feast of St Edward the Confessor - weekend Masses celebrate this Feast Day
  • Oct 15 - Sunday Cathechism (for adults & kids) following Mass (about 10:30 a.m.) - Church Hall.
  • Oct 17 - Finance Council Meeting – Parish Hall – following 5:30 p.m.
  • Oct 17 - Pastoral Council Meeting – Parish Hall – following 5:30 p.m. Mass
  • Oct 18 - Wednesday Evening Catechism following 5:30 p.m. Mass
  • Nov 5 - Fall Potluck Brunch and Parade of Saints - 4th Quarter Committee -- following Mass
  • Nov 19 - Community Thanksgiving Service hosted by St. Edward Catholic Church -- 6:30p

For Your Information:

WEDNESDAY EVENING CATECHISM will take place in three series in each year following a special 5:30p Mass in the Church. Talks will build upon one another, but every talk will work as a stand-alone event. Father will answer questions after each talk. Guests are welcome! Series 1 ends with Oct 18. The topic is prayer: Talking to God, Vocal & Mental Prayer, Rote & Spontaneous Prayer, Structured & Opportune Prayer, Novenas \ Calendar-oriented Devotions, Listening & Understanding God (Discernment), Mystical Experience, Sitting with God, Growing in the Divine Life, Advancing in Perfection

FEAST OF ST EDWARD THE CONFESSOR … was October 13 … our weekend Masses will celebrate this Feast Day and will come from the “Common of Saints” rather than from the Missalette.

FALL SOCIAL AND PARADE OF SAINTS...November 5 following Sunday Mass….Fourth Quarter (Oct, Nov, Dec) Social Committee- Todd and Daphne Beene, Dorothy Dyer, Leslye Ellerbee, Monique Florence, Susan and Johnny Gilfoil, Sherry Lynn and Timmy Harris, Josephine Hodge, Michael and Becky Lancaster, Dale and Louise Magoun, Billy and Ginny Marsh, William and Sharyn Marsh, Sug Regan, Skeeter and Blanche Wilks, Don Wood, Robert Wood, Edward and Margaret Yerger, Len Faustino, Jeanie Yabut

FOURTH QUARTER SCHEDULE FOR ASSISTANTS AT MASS...can be found on the table at the entrance of church. You will note that there are blank spaces….we will be filling those in at a later time and will provide updates. If there is a conflict with your personal schedule that you know about now, please contact Libby. If conflicts arise later, please swap with someone and advise Libby so that Father Ryan will be able to keep up with changes.

CATECHIST APPRECIATION DAY On Saturday, Oct 28, the Diocese will host a gathering of CCD & RCIA teachers at Menard from 9:30 to 2p. Although St. Edward is using a new approach to catechism this year, all former religion teachers are certainly welcome to attend. The event is free, but registration is required at https://form.jotform.us/72534512354149


The Voice of the Basket

  • Weekly Budget FY 2017-18 $1,917
  • September Budget $7,668
  • September Income (Reg $6,538; Bldg $370) $6,908
  • September Actual Expenses $8,841
  • October Budget $9,585
  • Collection Oct 7/8 $1,846
  • October Income to Date $3,858

Stewardship is not optional! “none of us lives as his own master and none of us dies as his own master,” says the Apostle Paul. “While we live, we are responsible to the Lord, and, when we die, we die as his servants.

Special Collection World Mission Sunday, organized by the Propagation of the Faith, is a day set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church's missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice. Mission dioceses - about 1,100 at this time - receive regular annual assistance from the funds collected. In addition, these mission dioceses submit requests to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples for assistance, among other needs, for catechetical programs, seminaries, the work of Religious Communities, for communication and transportation needs, and for the building of chapels, churches, orphanages and schools.. Please be generous.


Mass Intentions for the Coming Week

  • Sat 5:30p In memory of Charlie Phillips/Hodge
  • 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 9:00a In memory of Elvinia Roussel/Florence Olive Branch
  • Wed 5:30p For Father’s Special Intention Special Mass/Wednesday Catechism
  • Thu 5:30p In memory of Thomas Bagby/VanderVieren
  • Fri 5:30p In memory of Willie Guzman (birth 21st)/Florence
  • Sat 5:30p In memory of Curley Mills (death anniversary)/family
  • Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family

Altar Candles this week are provided by Betty Smith

Assistants at Holy Mass

  • 10/14 5:30p
    • Lector: C VanderVieren
    • EMHCs: P Gilfoil & M Gilfoil
  • 10/15 9:30a
    • Servers: P Collins & C Wood
    • Lector: Youth
    • EMHCs: N Ernst & M Ernst
  • 10/21 5:30p
    • Lector: M Rome
    • EMHCs: P Wilks & B Wilks
  • 10/22 9:30a
    • Servers: C Sullivan & H Ellerbee
    • Lector: K Collins
    • EMHCs: B Smith & Volunteer
  • 10/28 5:30p
    • Lector: MA Gilfoil
    • EMHCs: A Farlow & L Bullard
  • 10/29 9:30a
    • Servers: W Sullivan & A Collins
    • Lector: B Sullivan
    • EMHCs: N Ernst & M Ernst

Let us Rejoice in the Lord!

Happy Birthday Kenny Smith (Oct 14), William Marsh (Oct 16), Kathleen Oliver (Oct 17), Terry Murphy (Oct 18), Billy Hodge (Oct 21)

In Our Daily Prayers…

Our Holy Father Pope Francis and Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI; our Bishop David Talley and Bishop-Emeritus Ronald Herzog. Our President, our Governor, our Mayor and our national, state and local elected representatives, our family and friends

Our parishioners who are sick, shut-in, or otherwise in need of our prayers: Pat Bullard, Connie Copes, Elizabeth Crothers, Susan Gilfoil, Billy Hodge, Bill Kennedy, Brian and Natalie Kneipp, Becky and Michael Lancaster, Dale Magoun, Kathleen Mills, Sue Rome, Juanita Storey, and Delia Trichell.

Our parishioners who are under full-time care: Frances Kennedy, Andrew Lombardo, Sue and Joe Scurria. Also, Jim Farrell and James Speyerer of Vicksburg, Consuelo Marsh of Lake Providence, and 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), Jackie Daniels (Lancaster), Carol Dipert (Rome), Reba Duncan, Renee Edwards and parents (VanderVieren), George Eisworth family (Dyer), Joe Farlow, Matt Farlow, Betina Finlayson, Madge and Don Finney (Dyer), Tracy Jones Fortenberry (Donham), Thom Gilfoil, Kathy Garley Hanlon (Gilfoil), Cooper Harris (R Wood), Alan Henley (Copes), Rudy Hernandez (Hodge), Bo Holloway, Lou Horath (Hernandez), Diane Johnson (Johnson), Jim Johnson(Dyer), Ben Lenhart (G Marsh), Megan and Jim Lensing (Gilfoil), LaLa Lopez (Hernandez), Will and Michelle (MS) McGuire (Gilfoil), Paul Meeks, Keith Melancon (Regan), Tucker Melancon (Johnson), Julia Moberly, Lindsay Mills, Debbie Mullin (Dyer), Wanda Murphy (Terry), Austin Parker (Wilks), Addison Petracca (S Marsh), Debbie Pettis (Rome), Wayne Pitre (Gilfoil), Dana Rogers (Dyer), Bailey Rome, Lee Rome, Tiffney Rome, Dianne W. Roper (Murphy), Linda Sanchez (Wilks), Andy Sevier, Chon Shiers and Deborah Shiers Stewart (Hall), Beverly Sibile (Gilfoil), Kelly Southern (Wilks), Lazette Thomason (Dyer), David Thompson (Wilks), Elaine Trimble (Rome), Teresa Vidrine (Wilks), Conner and Hudson Wood (nephews of Bart)

Our collegiates: Ethan Beene, Courtney Ernst, Norman Ernst, Anna Ginn, Matt Hall, Nick Hall, Chris Hall, Kathleen Oliver, Maddie Oliver, Blake Sullivan, Lori Sullivan, Brice Wood

Those Catholics residing at Christian Acres, Louisiana Transitional Center for Women, and our local DOC Detention Centers and for their families and loved ones.

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.