From The Font
“Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”
As with so many important philosophical ideas nowadays, ownership is tough to talk about. Can we say something really belongs to someone else? This thing here is mine, but I can always sell it. I can even sell my kidney or my dignity or my time. What’s scarier is that I can buy someone else’s things or their body or their dignity. At the same time, pro-abortion folks claim that my body is mine, end of story. But Jesus, who is Lord of everything and through Whom literally every atom and molecule that exists was made says that certain things belong to Caesar (aka the rightful government).
We should ask ourselves just how can this be? How can this or that rightly belong to Caesar? How can, for example, some percentage of my income rightly belong to the government? How can the power to enforce potentially unjust laws rightfully belong to Caesar? How can one person of questionable moral worth justly infringe upon the free action of another?
Thinkers and scholars have spent a lot of time debating and discussing the implications of what Jesus said. Of course, the words of Jesus here are meant to emphasize that money is a lesser thing than the spiritual realities of our humanity and this lesser thing belongs to people who concern themselves with lesser things. Jesus is making a statement about the physical and the spiritual more than He is teaching about governance. Still, the words of Jesus are not random and each of them has weight and importance.
If we are living our lives rightly with the Lord as our focus, we will come to realize that chasing money and worldly success is for the birds and we will not obsess. If we give to God what is God’s, we will find it easy to give to Caesar whatever he wants. If, on the other hand, we make Caesar the focus of our energies, we will find ourselves burdened by his injustices, his laws and his decisions. This world cannot truly know justice because justice in this world is a zero sum game. Finite things are finine. But the life of the spirit is not so limited. It’s as the old adage says: “If you lie down with pigs, expect to get muddy.”
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
This past month, we’ve had a great turnout for Sunday Morning Catechism. After our Sunday morning Mass (around 10:20a), we’ve enjoyed donuts and coffee in the hall along with a short (10-15m) presentation for our adults about the religious texts we’re using.
I’m asking parents to take these texts and devote about an hour a week to working with their kids on our faith. I know that this is a burden for some families - especially where kids are of different ages and maturities. At the same time, it’s an essential part of family life. Without religious practice in the home, we are crippled. The family loses it’s grounding in a specific purpose as a unit. THE purpose of the Christian family is to be a living sign of God’s Trinitarian love! God the Father loves the Son and the Son loves the Father and their love for one another IS the Holy Spirit. The Christian Father loves his wife and the mother loves her husband and their love for one another becomes one flesh IN their children. LOVE BEARS FRUIT!!! Love is not a feeling which comes and goes. Love is not an agreement or a personality-match or a contract. Love bears fruit or it isn’t love. The family, then, must be a living and growing sign of God’s love. When the time for new children has ended, the family must still bear fruit, but in a new way. The love of parents for children and the love of children for parents is not merely a series of social conventions, but a real exchange! Religious practice is essential to this exchange. Parents share the wisdom of experience, impose discipline from having mastered their own passions and help to ease their children into the adult world. Children, in their obedience, mirror the heart of every Christian. Children also remind us all of the innocence of heart which we should have and of the limitless horizons which we won’t know again until heaven.
When the family cooperates in love, both the young and old and everyone in between finds joy, shares burdens and grows in love of God and love of self.
Modern families without a grounding in religious purpose are just a social construct. Parents cede responsibility of their children first to the school and then to circle of friends and finally to pop culture. Children resist limits without knowledge of any repercussion worldly or eternal. This is why our Western Culture has collapsed so quickly and so thoroughly.
Our Sunday morning donuts and powerpoint are not going to fix the world’s problems, but they will give our families some of the tools we need to recover the religious center of family life. It’s actually remarkable how quickly family life can return to what it should be when religious practice is introduced. Even something as simple as a nightly family Rosary has been shown to have profound effects!
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 22 - Sunday Cathechism (for adults & kids) following Mass (about 10:30 a.m.) - Church Hall.
- 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:
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
FUND RAISING WITH GROCERY TICKETS... If you shop at Doug’s and do not already do so, you may want to save your grocery tickets and place them in the bag on the table at the entrance to church. The church will be given 1% of the total of combined purchases (excluding milk, cigarettes, and alcohol). Our thanks to the ANGEL who collects the tickets and prepares them to submit to Doug’s
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 14/15 $2,630
- October Income to Date $7,488
Stewardship Each year at tax time, we conscientiously give”to Caesar what belongs to Caesar.: Does my stewardship indicate that I am as faithful about giving ”to God what belongs to God”?
Special Collection What better way to celebrate Mission Sunday (Oct. 21-22) and its mission to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth, through financial support of the Propagation of Faith. Please support World Mission Sunday today, by giving generously to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- 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
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30p In memory of Lillie B. “MaMe” Jumonville (birth anni)/family
- Wed 9:00a In memory of May DiTomasso Olive Branch
- Thu 5:30p In memory of John and Marie Johnson/family
- Fri 5:30p In memory of Paul VanderVieren/family
- Sat 5:30p In honor of St Jude/Magoun
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Altar Candles this week are provided by Margo Corella.
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 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 Erns
- 11/4 5:30p
- Lector: P Gilfoil
- EMHCs: M Rome & C VanderVieren
- 11/5 9:30a
- Servers: TBD
- Lector: A Oliver
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Billy Hodge (Oct 21), Tori Kivett (Oct 25), Joe Scurria (Oct 25)
Happy Anniversary Libby and Pat Bullard (Oct 29)
Welcome to our Faith Family Natalie Lee Kneipp was received into Full Communion with the church on Saturday, October 14!
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.