From The Font
“Now, O priests, this commandment is for you: If you do not listen, if you do not lay it to heart, to give glory to my name, says the LORD of hosts, I will send a curse upon you and of your blessing I will make a curse.”
Every one of us deserves a saint for a pastor. You deserve a saint for your parish priest. I deserve a saint for my bishop. Bp. Talley deserves a saint for his Pope in Rome.
As we get closer to the end of the Church year and the weather around us cools and darkens, though, the Church gives us readings about evil and about our inability to overcome evil. We are reminded that our pastors aren’t saints. We will hear soon from the Book of Revelation and from Daniel about the “Day of the Lord” and the trial and tribulations which are coming for true disciples.
We need to be a little afraid. We need to think about these dark realities. We need to know that we can’t do it on our own. We need to know that our human pastors aren’t enough. We need to realize that the grace of God and ONLY the grace of God will get us from this world, through the narrow gate and into Heaven. We need to know just how precarious this life is! We don’t have any guarantees. We don’t have any use for naive optimism or for delusional teachers who intend to replace Jesus with political correctness.
All of us are on a knife’s edge and there is nothing that we can do which will give us security. From this clear perspective, however… From this perspective we can come to see the real meaning of mercy! Mercy isn’t some cheap “God loves me so He doesn’t mind if I sin” delusion. Mercy is God holding us up on that knife’s edge and leading us through the narrow gate. When we wobble and cry out for help, mercy is there to set us aright. We deserve justice, but we ought not to want it! We can never deserve mercy, but it is freely given to those who cry out for it.
Today’s Gospel is a tough reminder from God that not all pastors are good shepherds. We all deserve a good pastor. Let’s take some time for pray for our pastors today, but moreso, let’s take time to see the world rightly so we can realize just how important that pastor is!
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
Today is our Parade of Saints! As a young man, when I started to take my faith seriously, I found in the saints a real connection to the Lord. I’ve got a good mind, but theology is boring, morals are tedious and scripture can be overwhelming and confusing. The saints are the Gospel lived out. Their lives are more eloquent than any word or sentence or book could ever be.
The first saint I really encoutered was Padre Pio. He was a Franciscan priest living in a small convent in central Italy. As a young priest, he gained a reputation as a powerful confessor. People claimed that Fr. Pio could “read souls” - that is that he knew their sins even when they didn’t speak them. Several people claimed that they had intended to hide certain sins of which they were embarrassed and that Padre Pio had asked “are you going to confess the theft from your job?” These kinds of stories always make for a kind of religious tourism and lots of folks came to see Padre Pio. He spent eight hours a day in the confessional and then ten and then twelve.
Eventually, his superior got fed up with and forbade him from hearing confessions. Over the next twenty years, Padre Pio performed many miracles and eventually bore the stigmata. His hands and feet bled continuously from ¼” holes which formed and stayed open despite being bandaged and treated.
Padre Pio lived and died in the 20th century. He wasn’t some storybook character from 800 years ago. He died in 1968! If Padre Pio could be a saint and work miracles then so could I! That thought, more than anything else, drew me to grow in my faith. Later, stories from the lives of Pope St. John Paul II, St. Therese and Mother Theresa ignited a fire in me to be great, but to be great in the Lord. So many of our youth programs and our outreach efforts are weighed down by everything other than the fire within. We get caught up in nuances and explanation and bible citation and we ignore the fire... The saints want to be great in the Lord. They want to burn with Love for God so that everything they do is about getting nearer and nearer to him.
If we want a future for our Church in the US, it’s not going to come from programs, outreaches or pastoral plans - it’s going to come from saints. If we want a future for St. Edward here in Tallulah, it’s going to come from a saint living among us… It’s going to happen because we have found our fire and stoked it into flame.
This week our little ones dress up and put on a little show. They’ll pretend to be the outward visage of some of our favorite saints… But what we all need is to stoke up the inward fire that made the saints who they are. What they did just doesn’t matter. It’s not their accomplishments that made them saints - it’s the fire within…
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 5 - Fall Potluck Brunch and Parade of Saints - 4th Quarter Committee -- following Mass
- Nov 19 - Joint Thanksgiving Service hosted by St. Edward Catholic Church -- 6:30p
For Your Information:
PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN… parish volunteers must be VIRTUS trained and go on line regularly at www.virtus.org for the latest training bulletins. Any questions or issues can be reported to the office. Printed resources are available on the table at the entrance to the Church. “Protecting our Children, Understanding and Preventing Child Sexual Abuse” includes Resources and Contact Numbers for reporting abuse. “Protecting God’s Children, Teaching Touching Safety Quick Reference Guide” The Diocesan Policy for the Protection of Minors and The Diocesan Code of Pastoral Conduct for Priests, Deacons, Pastoral Ministers, Administrators, Staff, and Volunteers are available in the Safe Environment section of the diocesan website at DioceseAlex.org or a copy may be requested from the Safe Environment Office (318) 445-2401.
PLEDGE TO HEAL...If you or a family member has been abused or victimized by a representative of the Catholic church or a member of the clergy, please believe in the possibility for hope and help and healing. Dr. Lee Kneipp, Clinical Psychologist, Victim Assistance Coordinator, Diocese of Alexandria encourages those persons to come forward and speak out. Dr. Kneipp is establishing support groups in the central Louisiana area for victims and family members. The focus of these groups is to further emotional and spiritual healing as an adjunct to therapy, in an atmosphere of others who understand the pain, betrayal, and fear associated with abuse. Dr. Kneipp can be reached at 318-542-9805. All calls are confidential.
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
ANGEL TREE…we are making plans for our Angel Tree program and need to know from our parishioners if they are aware of families with children who might need assistance to make the children’s Christmas better. Dana Dukes giving is leadership to the program and needs your help. Dana plans to identify families, obtain sizes and other information and have all of the needs identified by the Sunday following Thanksgiving. 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
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 28/29 $2,797
- October Income to Date $11,666
Stewardship The greatest among you will be the one who serves the rest,” Jesus says in today’s Gospel. What wonderful good news for those who give of their time in service to others!
Special Collection This weekend’s second collection is our once-a-month Building Fund collection
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Donald Trichell/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30p In memory of Amelia & Eugene Rousell/Florence
- Wed 9:00a In memory of John Oscar & Ella Guzman/Florence Olive Branch
- Thu 5:30p In memory of Gus Gremshell
- Fri 5:30p In memory of Marie Phillips Michele/Weaver
- 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
Altar Candles this week are provided by Margo Corulla
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 11/4 5:30p
- Lector: P Gilfoil
- EMHCs: M Rome & C VanderVieren
- 11/5 9:30a
- Servers: EL & C Marsh
- Lector: A Oliver
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
- 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
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Jason Trichell (Nov 5), Randy Dukes (Nov 11), Brian Johnson (Nov 11)
Happy Anniversary Stephenie and Lance Marsh (Nov 6), Marie and Norman Ernst (Nov 10)
New Baby Bryan and Natalie Lee Kneipp announce the birth of their first child, BRYAN REDFIELD KNEIPP, JR., born on October 26, 2017, in Flowood, MS. He weighed in at 7 pounds and is 19.5 inches long. Maternal grandparents are “Bump” and Brenda Lee and paternal grandparents are Dave and Kelly Kneipp, Baton Rouge
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
The repose of the soul of Joe Scurria who died on Wednesday
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.