From The Font
“Therefore, I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit."
In traditional Catholic language, it is a mortal sin to “presume upon the mercy” of God. This is where we say to ourselves, “it’s ok for me to commit this sin because God forgives.” Maybe we add, “I’ll just go to confession later” or maybe we don’t. We hear this kind of thing too much, even from the clergy.
Although our modern democracies are all about rights, we never hear word one from the Lord - either in the Bible or in the prophesies of the saints - about having a “right” to heaven or even the smallest blessing.
On the contrary, God offers us “gifts” which we can’t earn and can’t repay. God’s gifts are given because He loves and because He wants us to be truly happy… We have to remember that God knows what’s really best for us. An alcoholic may very well want a drink and may be genuinely appreciative of the gift of a drink from a friend, but that gift isn’t good for him - quite the opposite! Being deprived of that gift would be better for him.
The gifts God offers us are oriented toward our true good. This is hard for us to take in. We tend to see “our good” in the very short term, much like the addict or the young athlete. As we grow in knowledge and love of God, we realize our true good is not in the immediate future, but in the long-term. The athlete works hard now to be ready for the big games at the end of the season. The addict restricts himself now to be able to be a good father or husband when it counts. The Christian endures trials and crosses in this life in order to be ready for that moment of Judgement to which every moment of our life is leading us. The greatest danger to which we can expose ourselves is a sense of entitlement that I’m good to go. It’s deadly to say “I’m saved” and that I don’t have to fret about this or that decision. It’s deadly to say “the bible isn’t really clear” on LGBT issues or contraception. It’s deadly to think that “I can go to confession later.” Today’s Gospel shows that thinking… It shows people who believe that they’ve got a way to manipulate the Lord just because they’ve got the vineyard at the moment. If only the master of that house had known the day or the hour...
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
This Friday is the 100th Anniversary of the “Miracle of the Sun.” Our Lady appeared to tens of thousands of people in a muddy field in backwoods Portugal in the old town in Europe named for a member of the family of Muhammad, founder of Islam. She told them to repent, to pray the Rosary and warned that lots of bad things would happen if they didn’t. Then, to prove she was telling the truth, she performed her famous miracle. The sun looked like it was falling from the sky. When the people panicked, she made the sun “dance” around the sky changing color like a disco light. After several minutes, the sun returned in a snap back to its usual place and the people realized that despite days of torrential rain, they were totally dry. In the last hundred years, the sun has danced half a dozen more times in small places in front of crowds of several hundred always in places where the Blessed Virgin has appeared and always with the same message to repent of sin and to pray the Rosary.
She’s appeared in places where truly terrible things have happened. She’s appeared in Rwanda, in Japan and in Moscow. She’s doing something totally unexpected. Y’all, this isn’t normal! This isn’t run of the mill! This isn’t the kind of thing that saints and sinners in the Catholic Church have dealt with in years past. We’ve never been in a moment like this. There’s never been a time where one politician or military man could push one button and basically end the human race in an instant.
There are two more facts that make this whole thing all the more interesting, scary and personal. First, our Lord appeared to Pope Leo XIII about 33 years - note that number - before Our Lady showed up in Fatima. Pope Leo witnessed the Lord in an entirely unique apparition of a conversation between Jesus and Satan in which the Lord agreed to allow Satan to be unbound to some degree for one century in order that Our Lord could show forth the true glory of His Church through the triumph of His Sacred Heart. Now, we find ourselves 100 years from that event and we find the Church as broken as She has ever been in history… The second fact that makes this whole thing very real and very personal is that October 13, the day of the great miracle, is the feast day of St. Edward the Confessor. Our Church is under his patronage because a benefactor of the Extension Society offered to make massive donations to small dioceses if and only if the Churches were renamed in honor of St. Edward.
I can’t say that I know how to properly read all these signs of the times. I don’t think the world is going to end. I don’t expect a second Miracle of the Sun above Tallulah this Friday. But I believe that some great spiritual event is taking place at this moment in history and I believe that we would be fools to ignore it. I hope you’ll be able to join me this Friday for a holy hour. I’ll be in the confessional from 4p - 5:30p. Mass at 5:30p.
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 8 - Sunday Cathechism (for adults & kids) following Mass (about 10:30 a.m.) - Church Hall.
- Oct 11, 18 - Wednesday Evening Catechism following 5:30 p.m. Mass
- Oct 13 - Feast of Our Lady of Fatima - Holy Hour and Mass
- Oct 13 - Feast of St Edward the Confessor - weekend Masses will celebrate this Feast Day
- 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
- 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:
PRAYER FOR HURRICANE SEASON… O God, Master of this passing world, hear the humble voices of your children. The Sea of Galilee obeyed your order and returned to its former quietude; you are still the Master of land and sea. We live in the shadow of a danger over which we have no control. The Gulf, like a provoked and angry giant, can awake from its seeming lethargy, overstep its conventional boundaries, invade our land and spread chaos and disaster. During this hurricane season, we turn to You, O loving Father. Spare us from past tragedies whose memories are still so vivid and whose wounds seem to refuse to heal with the passing of time. O Virgin, Star of the Sea, Our Beloved Mother, we ask you to plead with your Son in our behalf so that spared from the calamities common to this area and animated with a true spirit of gratitude, we will walk in the footsteps of your Divine Son to reach the heavenly Jerusalem where a stormless eternity awaits us. Amen. (Fr. Al Volpe, Cameron Parish, LA, originally dedicated to the victims of Hurricane Audrey in 1957)
THE WORD AMONG US is at the entrance of church for your daily meditation.
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 is Oct 4, 11 & 18. The topic will be 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
100TH ANNIVERSARY OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA… October 13...Holy Hour in the church at 4:30 p.m. followed by Mass.
FEAST OF ST EDWARD THE CONFESSOR … is 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.
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 September 30 / Oct 1 $2,012
- October Income to Date $2,012
Stewardship In the Gospel today, the owner of the vineyard sent messengers to collect his share of the harvest from the tenant farmers; but, there was not a single good steward on the property@ God is the owner, we are the tenants. What sort of stewards are we?
STEWARDSHIP OF TIME AND TALENT Would you like to serve our faith family as a Lector or as a Eucharistic Minister?? If so, please contact Libby Bullard (574-1736) for training. Parents…if you would like your child to be an Altar Server, please contact Father Ryan.
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of John C.B. Jumonville for death anni/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30p In memory of Marie Phillips/Weaver
- Wed 9:00a In memory of Rosa Gremshell Olive Branch
- Wed 5:30p For Father’s Special Intention Special Mass/Wednesday Catechism
- Thu 5:30p In memory of Edgar Lancaster
- Fri 5:30p In memory of A. E. “Bubba” Jumonville/birth anni/family Holy Hour begins 4:30p
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Charlie Phillips/Hodge
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Altar Candles this week are provided by Margo Corulla
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 10/7 5:30p
- Lector: L Bullard
- EMHCs: C VanderVieren & Volunteer
- 10/8 9:30a
- Servers: C Donham & M Wood
- Lector: D Magoun
- EMHCs: L Magoun & B Smith
- 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
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Sharyn Marsh (Oct 8), Marsh Wood (Oct 11), Sidney Johnson (Oct 13), Kenny Smith (Oct 14), William Marsh (Oct 16)
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.