From The Font
“The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.”
Our world is rich and most of our children have the luxury of growing up as slowly as they’d like. For all of human history prior to the past century, that luxury has belonged to very few.
Children in Biblical times had about a one in ten chance of surviving birth. Children in bigger cities had better sanitation and food, but more risk of disease from passing traders. Kids living in rural places had to go from breastmilk to bread and hummus pretty much overnight. They were expected to work in the family’s trade by the age of four or five. By nine or ten, they were expected to work in the community according to their capacity and were typically betrothed by the age of twelve. Wealthier young men might wait until they were sixteen or even twenty to marry, but poor boys married as young as thirteen and poor girls as soon as they were able to bear children.
In that world, a parent had to hope for a strong, virtuous child who would help the family in their youth and be ready to leave that family in their adolescence. Our modern families have different priorities because our world is so different. Nowadays, we tend to hope for kids whose lives will bring us joy in the form of entertainment (e.g. sports, dance, music) while they are young and then lots of grandkids who will do the same as we age.
We tend to want beautiful and talented kids rather than strong and wise. It’s not as if the Jewish priorities are better or worse or more or less enlightened than ours, they’re just different.
One could make a good meditation, though, by considering what we want from our kids \ grandkids and what we ought to want from our kids \ grandkids. One of the essential parts of being a good parent is guiding each child to his or her maximum potential and that means taking the child as they are, not as we might want them to be. Our expectations and our hopes for our kids should be a natural extension of who they are. The happiest and holiest families are those grounded in the truth and the reality of each member.
May our families all find new joy this year in who we are and what God can do with that!
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
Thank you to all who helped make our Christmas celebrations such a success. Thank you to the ladies of the Altar Society for lovely decorations and for their attention to little details (like the candles in the windows). Thank you to those who volunteered to serve as Lectors, Servers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Thank you to our phenomenal choir of one who sang twice on Christmas Eve. Thank you to those who brought family and friends to Mass this weekend and did so with enthusiasm.
Thank you, also, to those who got together to give me such an unexpected gift this Christmas. It was entirely unexpected and very, very much appreciated! Finally, thank you to those who are really trying to make our faith a living part of your daily life. We are all called to be saints, but that doesn’t happen by accident. It takes deliberate effort, day by day, and there are a lot of you struggling to put into practice the prayer, penance and works of mercy which Jesus commands of us. It’s tough and the payoff is worth it - but our culture all but demands that we treat religion like a fairy tale. It’s hard to take seriously the life of holiness in our era, so thank to those who are “fighting the good fight.”
Because several people have asked, allow me to clarify a bit about Holy Days of Obligation and why January 1 is not a day of obligation this year. Prior to the changes of our Liturgical Calendar in the late 1960s, the Church year was quite different. There were eight distinct liturgical seasons. There were 14 Holy Days of Obligation. There were between 75-90 days of Mandatory Fasting each year. There were lots of specific devotions tied to certain days (e.g. The Rogation Processions, the Ember Days).
When this was changed, the entirely new concept of “transference” was introduced in which a given day’s feast might be celebrated on another day for “pastoral need” or convenience. Almost immediately, the concept of “abrogating the obligation” arose for those cases where a day of obligation would require attending Mass two days in a row (as with this Christmas). So… The number of Holy Days of Obligation was reduced from 14 to 8 and five of those were “abrogated” when they fall on Saturday or Monday.
Additionally, the introduction of anticipated Masses (where you can fulfill your Sunday obligation by attending Mass on Saturday evening) made this scheduling all the more confusing. When days were measured from Midnight to midnight - the Lord’s day is easy to understand. Now, a 4p Mass on Saturday somehow fulfills the obligation to keep Holy the Lord’s day... In the end, the calendar was “simplified” to make it easier but all of these changes have created new layers of confusion.
So, January 1, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God is not a day of obligation because it falls on Monday this year. We will have a Mass at 5:30p to celebrate the feast, though. All are welcome!
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
- January 5 - First Friday Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus - 5:30 p.m.
- January 6 - First Saturday Devotions to our Blessed Mother - Mass and Holy Hour - 8:30 a.m.
- January 6 - Burning of the Greens -- following 5:30 p. m. Mass -- Church grounds
- January 9 - Altar Society -- following 5:30 p.m. Mass
- January 10 - Wednesday Night Catechism - following 5:30 p Mass -- Parish Hall
- January 16 - Pastoral Council Meeting -- following 5:30 p.m. Mass -- Parish Hall
For Your Information:
SUNDAY CATECHISM… will NOT meet this SUNDAY
STEWARDSHIP ENVELOPES…2018 Stewardship envelopes can be found at the entrance of church. If you do not find a box with your name on it, it is probably because you have indicated that you prefer not to use envelopes because you are doing automatic bill pay or some other method of conveying your monies to St. Edward. There is a page in the Stewardship book on which your contributions are noted each week/month/quarter so that at the end of the year you will receive a statement of your contributions. If there is someone who would like envelopes and there are none there, please advise the church office.
2018 CALENDARS … can be found on the table at the entrance of church. Feel free to take one for home and one for your office as we have sufficient.
THE BURNING OF THE GREENS is the traditional celebration in which the season of Christmas ends and the time of Carnivál begins. The celebration has three elements: a bonfire in which the Christmas greenery is burned, the feast including the famous “Queen’s Soup” and the blessing of the first King Cake of the season. Our Burning of the Greens will take place on the feast of Epiphany, Saturday, January 6 after the 5:30p Mass in the parish hall. We’ll have the bonfire in the backyard. Please bring a piece of your Christmas Tree or some part of your live Christmas decoration to throw in the bonfire and feel free to bring a dessert and an adult beverage. (Set ups - cups, ice, etc - will be provided.)
FIRST FRIDAY…JANUARY 5…Holy Hour and Mass....5:30 p.m. ...make a special devotion to the Sacred Heart and attend first Friday devotions for nine consecutive months.
FIRST SATURDAY … JANUARY 6 … Mass and Holy Hour … 8:30 a.m. Our Lady of Fatima called for special devotions to be offered on the first Saturday of each month. Father Ryan will offer Mass on the first Saturday of each month in the Church. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
ALTAR SOCIETY… will meet on TUESDAY, JANUARY 9 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.
FINANCE COUNCIL…will hold its regular meeting on TUESDAY, JANUARY 16 in the Church Center. Finance Council is comprised of Darryl Ellerbee, Chair; Dale Magoun and Brian Johnson, Trustees; and the Pastoral Council Chair. Members are requested to make special effort to attend.
PASTORAL COUNCIL..will hold its regular meeting on TUESDAY, JANUARY 16 at 6:00 p.m(after 5:30 p.m. Mass) in the Church Center. All members are requested to make special effort to attend. Parishioners are encouraged to attend contribute to the discussions.
WEDNESDAY EVENING CATECHISM... In the Church, after the 5:30p Mass 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!
Jan 10, 17, 24 Doing the Catholic Faith - What we do Every Day - What we do Every Week - What we do Every Month - What we do Every Year The Corporal Works of Mercy The Spiritual Works of Mercy Allowing God to Make us Happy
Our Return to the Lord
- Weekly Budget FY 2017-18 $1,917
- November Budget $7,668
- November income (Reg $8,250) $8,250
- November Actual Expenses $7,211
- December Budget $9,585
- Collection December 23/24 $2,153
- Collection December 25 $2,378
- December Income to Date $10,579
Stewardship ”Whatever you do,” says St. Paul to the Colossians, “...do it in the name of the Lord Jesus.Give Thanks to God the Father through him.” And, so it is that we offer our gifts in the Eucharist “through Him, with Him and in Him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit…”
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Joseph Testa/Magoun
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Mon 5:30p In memory of Paul VanderVieren/family Solemnity of Mary
- Tue 5:30p In memory of Sally Jo Higdon/Magoun
- Wed 9:00a In memory of May DiTommaso The Olive Branch
- Thurs 5:30p In memory of Angela Lusk/Nettles
- Fri 5:30p In memory of Marie Phillips Michele/Weaver
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Tommy Bagby/VanderVieren
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Altar Candles this week are provided by Blanche Wilks
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Emory Dukes (Dec 30), Beth Sullivan (Jan 4), Edward Yerger (Jan 7)
Happy Anniversary Abby and Darryl Ellerbee (Jan 5), Alyssa and Teddy Oliver (Jan 10)
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 and Louise Magoun, Kathleen Mills, Sue Rome, Juanita Storey, Delia Trichell and Margaret Yerger 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, Hattie Brown (Lancaster), Jerry Bullard, Colton Bullock (Farlow), Richard Chappuis (Johnson), Jackie Daniels (Lancaster), Carol Dipert (Rome), Ainslee and Jared Duff, Reba Duncan, Renee Edwards and parents (VanderVieren), Joe Farlow, Matt Farlow, Mike Farlow, Betina Finlayson, Tracy Jones Fortenberry (Donham), Kathy Garley Hanlon (Gilfoil), Cooper Harris (R Wood), Alan Henley (Copes), Rudy Hernandez (Hodge), Bo Holloway, Diane Johnson (Johnson), Ben Lenhart (G Marsh), Megan and Jim Lensing (Gilfoil), LaLa Lopez (Hernandez), Michelle (MS) McGuire (Gilfoil), Paul Meeks, Keith Melancon (Regan), Tucker Melancon (Johnson), Lindsay Mills, Wanda Murphy (Terry), Addison Petracca (S Marsh), Debbie Pettis (Rome), Wayne Pitre (Gilfoil), 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), 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 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.