From The Font
“Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour."
The theme of attentiveness is a constant part of the Jewish faith. From Abraham’s ready welcome of the three angels to Daniel’s interpretation of the ghostly hand writing on the wall to Peter’s choice to abandon his nets and follow Jesus, the chosen people are always supposed to be ready to answer the call of God which can come at any moment. Lots of people tend to think of this readiness as a preparation for final judgement and that’s certainly part of what Jesus is talking about here. But there’s a daily readiness - what we might call a mindfulness or a conscious effort to see with the eyes of Jesus - with which we have to live our lives. That daily readiness is about recognizing the little opportunities that God gives us every day.
Today I may meet a beggar. I could see him as a blight on our community, but he’s also an opportunity to be charitable. Tonight, I may break my pinky toe which will hurt for a week or two. I could chalk it up to bad luck, but it’s also a chance to offer a relatively small penance to unite myself with the Lord on His Cross. Tomorrow I may get stuck in a traffic jam on I-20. I may sit for an hour and half. It could be a massive frustration or it could be an opportunity to pray a rosary and to have some much needed quiet in my otherwise busy life.
Everything from catching a green light to getting a great parking spot to finding a $20 in a coat that’s been in the closet for nine months is either a meaningless coincidence or an opportunity… I don’t want to give the impression that this way of thinking is just some stupid new age optimism exercise… It’s not. In reality, Christians have always believed that the Lord is at work in our lives in every moment. We are free to ascribe His work to inventions like “coincidence” or “fate” or “karma” or “luck” if we’d like. But those ideas are far less reasonable than the idea that a loving God is at work around us.
And so we return to the words of Jesus in our Gospel today - Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Lord will give you an opportunity to grow nearer to Him!
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
When Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope, I and everyone else wanted to know everything we could about him. One of the most different things between Pope Benedict and Pope John Paul was the Coat of Arms. Pope John Paul had only a field of blue with a large ‘M’ where as Pope Benedict had a bear, a king with an earring and a shell.
The shell was meant to symbolize the ancient pilgrimage called the ‘Camino’ or the ‘Way’ of St. James. The trail was the third most popular pilgrimage of the medieval world after the Holy Land and Rome. It crosses northern Spain for about 600 miles ending in the medieval town of Compostela. It was there that the bones of the apostle James the Greater were found in a field by a young man who claimed to have been led by a star. Compastela is a Latin and Spanish mishmash for “Field of the Star.”
The pilgrimage route has been in continuous use for 1000 years and has grown in popularity in the last 100 years. Last year, almost 250,000 people made some portion of the walk and ended their journey in Compostela.
While I had heard of the ancient pilgrimage before, the election of Pope Benedict was the first time I ever seriously considered it. Since that time, I’ve wanted to spend a month on the trail which is famous for its beauty, its chapels and its serendipity. The journey has a way of affecting pilgrims which is somewhat unique unto itself.
In medieval times, the pilgrimage was almost always done as an act of penance for some great fault or sin. In that time, the way was an arduous trip which required months or even years to walk and the receipt for completing the trek was the seashell. Nowadays, only about a quarter of the hikers make the trip for religious reasons. The trail itself is well maintined and dotted with small inns (sp. “Albergues” or “Pensiones”) in which pilgrims (sp. “Peregrinos”) can stay the night for a modest fee. The way is still challenging - a typical day’s walk is 13-15 miles - but in an entirely different way than it would have been in the past.
I’m mentioning this now because I have received approval from Bishop Talley to take a short sabbatical in order to walk the camino for a full month and to make several retreats and other pilgrimage visits to holy sites around Europe. My reasons are both personal and spiritual and I believe that what I’ll learn will be a blessing for me and for you here at St. Edward.
More details will come in time, but plans have already been made to provide Masses and pastoral care during my absence which will take place in August, September and October of this coming year. Before I leave, I will be offering a few special evenings of instruction about the places I’ll go and when I return, I’ll do some more. In the meantime, I hope you’ll pray for me and for my companion(s) on my journey!
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
- Nov 14 - Altar Society - after 5:30 p.m. Mass in the Church Hall.
- Nov 19 - Joint Thanksgiving Service hosted by St. Edward Catholic Church -- 6:30p
- Nov 21 - Pastoral Council Meeting – Parish Hall – following 5:30 p.m. Mass
For Your Information:
SUNDAY CATECHISM… will meet on SUNDAY following Mass (about 10:30 a.m.) in the Church Hall.
ALTAR SOCIETY… will meet on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 after 5:30 p.m. Mass in the Church Center. All the ladies of the church are asked to make special effort to attend this meeting as a support to the spiritual life of our church as well as support to the physical needs in the Sanctuary of the church! Please be in prayer for the success of this group as there are many spiritual needs for which this group can lend support.
ANGEL TREE…Dana Dukes is giving leadership to our program and has identified families, obtained sizes and other information and will have needs identified by Sunday, December 3. On that day, there will be a tree set up in the Church Hall with individual needs so that you may pick out children for whom you wish to shop.
SHARED THANKSGIVING SERVICE… St Edward will host a Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. and several other local churches will be sharing the service. Reverend Henry Stone, First United Methodist Church, Tallulah will deliver the message of Thanks. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend
SAINTS ALIVE…ANGELS AT WORK… Our children were AMAZING in their presentation of the Parade of Saints last Sunday!!! Thanks to everyone (children, parents, Louise, etc) who made this happen!!! The Fourth Quarter Social Group were great hosts for the brunch last Sunday and the center was handsomely decorated! Everyone who contributed food was appreciated!!! “A good time was had by all…”
The Voice of the Basket
- Weekly Budget FY 2017-18 $1,917
- October Budget $9,585
- October Income (Reg $10,675; Bldg $632) $11,307
- October Actual Expenses $8,783
- November Budget $7,668
- Collection November 4/5 $1,755
- November Income to Date $1,755
Stewardship Like the sensible bridesmaids in today’s parable, good stewards make sure that they and whatever gifts are theirs to share, are ready to serve when the Master calls.
Special Collection Next week, our second collection will be for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Over 46 million people in the United States live in poverty. This collection supports programs to empower people to identify and address the obstacles they face as they work to lift themselves out of poverty. By supporting this collection you give people a hand up, not a hand out. Learn more about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development at www.usccb.org/cchd/collection.
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- 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
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30p In memory of Paul VanderVieren/family
- Wed 9:00a In memory of May DiTomasso Olive Branch
- Thu 5:30p In memory of Inez DeMoss/family
- Fri 5:30p In memory of Angela Lusk/Cox family
- Sat 5:30p In memory of AnnaMay Farlow/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Altar Candles this week are provided by Monique Florence
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 11/11 5:30p
- Lector: A Farlow
- EMHCs: L Magoun & M A Gilfoil
- 11/12 9:30a
- Servers: C Donham & M Wood
- Lector: P Wilks
- EMHCs: B Wilks & A Keene
- 11/18 5:30p
- Lector: M Rome
- EMHCs: L Bullard & A Keene
- 11/19 9:30a
- Servers: P Collins & C Wood
- Lector: Youth
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
- 11/25 5:30p
- Lector: C Vandervieren
- EMHCs: P Wilks & B Wilks
- 11/26 9:30a
- Servers: C Sullivan & H Ellerbee
- Lector: B Sullivan
- EMHCs: N & M Ernst
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Randy Dukes (Nov 11), Brian Johnson (Nov 11), Cathy VanDerVieren (Nov 13), Isabel Hernandez (Nov 19), Libby Bullard (Nov 20)
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 Scurria. Also, Betsy & 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, Mike 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), Elizabeth Watts, 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 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.