From The Font
“To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one -- according to his ability.”
The “Enlightenment” - which was darker than we are often taught - gave us one particularly corrosive idea: equality. We treat that word like it’s a golden calf, even though it’s entirely foreign to the mind or teaching of Jesus. Jesus never taught equality. In fact, He tought the opposite of equality. He taught that everyone is made uniquely by God for a unique (and therefore unequal) purpose. Some people are made for huge, public purposes. Others are made for hidden, but no less great purposes. Those of us who live up to our purpose (the saints) are remembered not because of the publicity of their purpose, but because of their faithfulness to it! St. Terese never left her convent while St. Ambrose traveled all over and toppled governments. Can we say that one is greater than the other?
To some of us are given a great many talents which the world at this moment in history values. Some of us are great speakers or physically attractive or wise in business or make friends easily or naturally intuit the intentions of others. These particular talents can mean lots of worldly success or fame. They can bring an “easier” life or more opportunities. To some of us are given talents which the world at this moment does not value. Important virtues like patience, self-control, a sense of duty, gentleness, wisdom and deep thinking are the characteristics of some of the most important people in history, but they have been dismissed as outdated in the last few years.
What we have to keep in mind is that we are not equal - we are unique and we have a unique purpose. It is our faithfulness to that purpose which pleases God and makes us truly happy. Whether we are flooded with natural talents or not simply doesn’t matter. We ought not to compare ourselves but rather to look to the Gospel which tells us that we must use our talents as the Lord directs rather than obsess over other talents which may be more “useful” in this world.
Mother Teresa, a saint who rose to international attention despite her efforts to remain hidden summed it up well. She said, “Jesus does not call us to success, but to faithfulness!”
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
Here we are at the end of Ordinary Time. Next week, we’ll celebrate the Feast of Christ the King and then we’ll begin the Holy Season of Advent.
Somewhere between then and now, we lost touch with the sacredness of time. We know how much it matters that we “set aside” (which is literally what “make holy” means) different times in different cycles (weeks, months, years) for special events. The weekend is special. Birthdays and Anniversaries are special. Thanksgiving is special. Summertime is special. Football season is special. Hunting season is special.
It’s not just us Americans that do this… Everyone does. Everyone at every time in history has set aside times of the week, month and year as special. If anything, we as Americans are less celebratory. Ancient Assyrians and Jews had week long jubilee feasts three times a year. The Romans and the Greeks did, too. Medieval towns often had between sixty and eighty official holidays each year on which even slaves and serfs did no work.
Time matters a lot more than we tend to think it does and the Church has, from the beginning, encouraged us to recognize our human need to mark time as more than one thing following another. We need to have regular days of celebration just as we need to have regular days of fasting. We need to mark the change of seasons and we need to anticipate some things rather than just do whatever seems good in the moment.
In our Church year, we have feast days and fast days. We have seasons of celebration (Christmas & Easter) and seasons of anticipation (Advent & Lent). We have days of Obligation on which we ought to think and pray about the mysteries of our faith. That is a potent antidote to the grinding monotony of our work-a-day lives!
What if desert were something we did on feast days and only on feast days? The saints would start to be more important to us for one! What if we really kept to days of fasting? What if the whole family were hungry just for a few days a year? Wouldn’t that change our tune when it comes to “privilege” or “entitlement?” What if Advent was a time of sobriety and anticipation rather than a month-long pre-Christmas? What if Easter was the explosive joy that comes after weeks of real penance? What if we celebrated our kids “Saint-Day” (the feast of their patron saint) or the anniversary of their baptism with the same vigor as their birthday? Wouldn’t that be a more potent lesson about priorities than any lecture from a parent or a priest?
I don’t know when it happened, but at some point we lost touch with just how much we as human beings need to sanctify the passing of time. It’s not just one of those things - it’s part of our DNA. It’s necessary. And, what’s more, it’s an opportunity to be fun and creative in a way that speaks to our kids and our friends without seemingly like a religious lesson...
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 19 - Shared Thanksgiving Service hosted by St. Edward Catholic Church -- 6:30p
- Nov 21 - Pastoral Council Meeting – Parish Hall – following 5:30 p.m. Mass
- Nov 23 - Thanksgiving Mass - 5:30 p.m. (No Mass on Thanksgiving Day nor on Friday)
For Your Information:
SUNDAY CATECHISM… will meet on SUNDAY following Mass (about 10:30 a.m.) in the Church Hall.
SHARED THANKSGIVING SERVICE… St Edward will host a Thanksgiving Service this weekend 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 plan to attend
PASTORAL COUNCIL..will hold its regular meeting on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21 at 6:00 p.m(after 5:30 p.m. Mass) in the Church Center. . Appointed members of the Council: Libby Bullard, Josephine Hodge, Michael Lancaster, Stephenie Marsh, Terry Murphy, Betty Smith, and Blanche Wilks. Appointed as Trustees by the Bishop are Brian Johnson and Dale Magoun. Appointed by the pastor to serve as Finance Council Chair is Darryl Ellerbee. Additionally, serving on the Council in an ex-officio capacity as President of the Altar Society will be Cathy VanderVieren. All members are requested to make special effort to attend. Parishioners are encouraged to attend contribute to the discussions
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.
THANKSGIVING MASS Father will offer a special evening Mass on Wednesday, Nov 22 at 5:30p in anticipation of Thanksgiving Day. Due to the busyness of Thanksgiving, no Mass will be offered on Thu, Nov 23 or Fri, Nov 24. Masses will resume as usual on Saturday evening, Nov 25 at 5:30p.
Our Return to the Lord
- 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 11/12 $2,382
- November Income to Date $4,137
Stewardship Good stewards are like the industrious and reliable servants in today’s Gospel, prudently using and multiplying the gifts entrusted to them by God.
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of AnnaMay Farlow/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30p In memory of Rosa Gremshell
- Wed 9:00a For Father Ryan’s special intention Olive Branch
- Wed 5:30p In memory of Louise Testa/family Thanksgiving Service
- Thu No Mass
- Fri No Mass
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Father Ferre and his mother, Elizabeth/Thompson and Mills family
- 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
- 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 Isabel Hernandez (Nov 19), Libby Bullard (Nov 20), Darryl Ellerbee (Nov 22), Monique Florence (Nov 25)
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, 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.