From The Font
“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
We can’t earn our way into Heaven. None of us can pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps. We can only get to Heaven by faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God and by accepting His forgiveness for all of our sins. Theologians call this truth “Justification.”
Justification, though, is just the starting point for the transition from this life into the next. In order to get to Heaven, we need more than “Justification.” We need to endure God’s Judgement. Judgement here isn’t just a hoop that we have to jump through or a courtroom drama. Heaven is eternal union with God. Judgement, then, is about facing all of the choices and intentions our our entire life with profound clarity and honesty and accepting God’s forgiveness in profound humility. It doesn’t happen in a moment - it happens eternally (which means it happens in an ongoing way without any end forever).
Our Gospel today gives us an allegorical way to think about Judgement. We see Jesus in judgement. His standard is our choices. Our choices - remember - are simply the physical embodiment of our thoughts, feelings, faith, attitudes and ideas. We act as we believe. Our actions don’t get us to Heaven, but our actions do express our faith or our lack of faith.
The standard of good action is mercy toward the poor, sick and imprisoned. Our faith tells us to love our neighbor and our neighbor is whoever is near us. Our Lady of Fatima told us that helping those we meet is more pleasing to God that searching out people to help. We don’t need to plan a mission trip to help the poor. We don’t need an excuse to visit the Olive Branch or old family friends or a sick co-worker.
Our modern world has introduced one real challenge into this equation. We live in a nanny-state where the government robs us of opportunities to help others and taxes us to do it. This is vile for a lot of reasons which aren’t relevant to this column. Still, we musn’t let ourselves believe that government assistance or taxation somehow lets us off the hook. Our eternity still depends, in part, upon the merciful actions we take! So be on the lookout for opportunities to be merciful!
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
Today is the feast of Christ the King. For most of the year, we focus on Jesus as prophet or Jesus as priest. When we talk about Christ the Prophet, we’re talking about Jesus’ mission to speak the truth about God’s plan and His commands. When we talk about Christ the Priest, we’re talking about Jesus’ mission of suffering for our sins.
The Kingship of Christ is less politically correct. The kingly mission of Jesus is to reign over every human being on this earth. He is Lord of everyone. In Christianity, there is no live and let live. Certainly, we don’t convert others by force as Islam does. Nor do we use politics as a weapon as does secularism (the worship of the government as a kind of non-super-natural god). We as Christians are sent, through, to proclaim the good news to all the nations baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
We honor Christ the King in our efforts to share our faith and to call others to follow Jesus. Despite the common misconception of our error, religon is not private. In fact, it can’t be. If I believe that eternal life or eternal damnation is contingent upon proper belief and proper actions in this life, then love demands that I share that truth and only hatred would keep me silent.
If I had free access to a miracle cure for disease and I chose to withhold it - for whatever reason - I would be a bad person. If I believe that Jesus Christ is the Way the Truth and the Life and that No one come to the Father except through Him, then my silence is a withholding of truth and a deprivation of salvation for others. On this feast of the kingship of Christ, we acknowledge the universality of Jesus’ authority and we humble ourselves to share it with all.
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
- Dec 3 - Christmas On the Bayou ...
- Dec 8 - Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Holy Day of Obligation
- Dec 12/13 Advent Mission - Father Derek Ducote, presenter - following 5:30 p.m. Mass
- Dec 17 - Birthday Party for Jesus - following 9:30 a.m. Mass - Church Hall
For Your Information:
SUNDAY CATECHISM will meet on SUNDAY following Mass (about 10:30 a.m.) in the Church Hall.
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 next 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.
CHRISTMAS ON THE BAYOU Sunday, December 3, has as its theme, “A Child is Born”. Arts and Crafts will be at the site of the former Tallulah High School from 10 to 3. A parade will be at 4 p.m. beginning from Tallulah High School. A Christmas Concert at First Baptist Church will begin at 6 p.m. Fireworks from the Mississippi Street bridge will conclude the day.
THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Friday, December 8, 2017, is a Holy Day of Obligation and ALL Catholics should attend Mass. For your convenience, there will be Mass at 9 a.m. at The Olive Branch and at 5:30 p.m. at St. Edward. Please mark your calendars NOW so that you can make your other plans around that date.
ADVENT MISSION Father Derek Ducote will be visiting with us to present an Advent Mission on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 12 and 13. The Mission sessions will be immediately following the 5:30 p.m. Mass and will take place in the church.
CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES as Christmas falls on Monday this year, Catholics are obliged to attend Mass TWICE between Saturday 5:30 p.m. and Monday 9:30 a.m. It is possible, therefore, that if one usually attends the Sunday 9:30 a.m. Mass and the Christmas Eve Mass at 5:30 p.m., one would be attending Mass two times on Sunday to meet the obligation.
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 18/19 $2,228
- November Income to Date $6,365
Stewardship When the Son of Man comes in glory, may we be among those who have fed the hungry, welcomed the stranger, and clothed the naked. For Jesus tells us clearly that it is those who have demonstrated good stewardship by sharing their gifts with the less fortunate who will receive God’s blessing and inherit the kingdom.
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- 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
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30p In memory of John and Marie Johnson/family
- Wed 9:00a In honor of Delia Trichell for her 80th birthday/family Olive Branch
- Thu 5:30p In memory of Gus Gremshell
- Fri 5:30p In memory of Sarah Phillips (anniversary of death)/Hodge First Friday
- Sat 8:30a For Father Ryan’s Special Intention First Saturday
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Paul VanderVieren
- 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
- 11/25 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
- 12/2 5:30p
- Lector: L Bullard
- EMHCs: P & M Gilfoil
- 12/3 9:30a
- Servers: W Sullivan & A Collins
- Lector: B Sullivan
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
- 12/9 5:30p
- Lector: MA Gilfoil
- EMHCs: A Farlow & C VanderVieren
- 12/10 9:30a
- Servers: EL Marsh & C Marsh
- Lector: A Oliver
- EMHCs: A Keene & Volunteer
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Monique Florence (Nov 25), Graham Beene (Nov 29), Frances Kennedy (Nov 29), Delia Trichell (Nov 29), Lance Marsh (Nov 30)
Happy Anniversary Natalie and Bryan Kneipp (Nov 26), Dana and Randy Dukes (Dec 3)
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.