St. Edward Parish Bulletin, Feb 5, 2017

St. Edward Parish Bulletin, Feb 5, 2017

From The Font

“I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling, and my message and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of Spirit and power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.”

The Catholic Church is struggling in the World today because we have bought into the lie that the supernatural is either not real or not accessible. Thirty years ago, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal exploded on the scene in response to this lie. Saints like Padre Pio and Jean Vianney earned much notoriety in the past two hundred years by their miraculous experiences (Padre Pio had the stigmata - his hands had huge gaping wounds which bled for decades and smelled of fresh roses - while Jean Vianney literally fought with the devil and had the scratches and scars to prove it).

All the way back to St. Paul, folks allowed themselves to be Earthbound by their unwillingness to risk the possibility of the supernatural. One need only travel to Europe to see a multitude of miraculous things, though Rome has dozens of “incorrupt” saints who died hundreds of years ago and yet whose bodies have not decayed - they seem to be sleeping. Eucharistic Miracles, too, are there to be seen. Lourdes in Southern France is home to countless crutches and wheelchairs left behind by those who experienced miraculous healings.

We live in a world where God interacts with us constantly! The Sacraments are miracles. God forgives our sins in the confessional. He manifests Himself on the altar. He transforms souls at the Baptismal font.

God, too, is constantly at work through our guardian angels looking after us even when we dismiss them by saying something like “whew! that was lucky!”

As we disconnect ourselves from the supernatural, we find it easier and easier to justify placing our own wisdom on par with God. The less we look to heaven, the more we value and attach ourselves to Earth and it’s distractions. Ironically, the less we look to heaven, the less we really love the things of Earth because they are no longer gifts in our minds, but possessions to be owned...

Thoughts from Fr. Ryan

Last Sunday, I got an unprecedented call on my mobile phone just before I went to the confessional for Mass. The call came from our own Bishop David Talley. He was driving up to offer Mass at St. Joe and wondered if I would be around for a visit when he finished up down there. Well, when the Bishop asks if Father is around, Father wants to be able to say “YES.” A little after lunch, Bishop Talley pulled up to the Church.

I was able to show off the parish center which he praised. He loved the arrangement of the couches. He loved the piano. He was a little envious of the gigantic kitchen. We went to the Church where he almost gasped. “Wow! What a beautiful Church!”

We sat down in the rectory for about an hour visiting and talking about the history and life of the parish. When I told him how many kids we have, he declared that we are “green” - which is good. We talked about some of the challenges of growing as a Catholic Church here in the MissLou. We talked about our pastoral and our financial situation and y’all, we have a shepherd who was interested in us. He wanted to know. He wanted me to have ideas for him. He wants us to be a Church that reaches out and grabs folks and loves them and serves them! Bp. David headed out around 2:30 to make the long drive back to Alexandria. I joked with him that when I have a function in Alexandria, I usually spend the night with a friend in Baton Rouge because it’s closer!

His visit was a big boost to my morale and it made me keenly aware that we have a shepherd who is on our side. He wants to see us grow in holiness. He wants to see our numbers increase. He asked me about folks who were working on annulments. He asked me about folks going to confession. He asked me about altar servers and youth ministry and CCD and the future of our parish…

In short, he’s a get-up-early and stay-late kind of shepherd and we all need to keep him covered in prayer and we need to get ourselves ready to get done what we need to get done.

Thank you so much to those who have served this parish for years. Thank you so much to those who have just gotten started. I hope that all us will catch hold of Bp. David’s enthusiasm and his optimism and his challenging holiness!

God, eternal shepherd, you tend your Church in many ways and rule us with love. You have chosen your servant David, to be a shepherd of your flock. Give him a spirit of courage and right judgment, a spirit of knowledge and love. By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care, may he build your Church as a sign of salvation for the world. Amen.

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
  • Feb 4/5 Blessing of Throats in honor of St Blaise at each Mass
  • Feb 8 Wed Night Catechism “10 Dates Every Catholic Should Know” after 5:30 pm Mass
  • Feb 26 Bishop David’s visit -- Potluck Brunch--1st quarter social -- following 9:30 a.m. Mass

For Your Information:

RELIGION CLASS will be held following Sunday Mass in the Church Hall.

BLESSING OF THROATS...FEBRUARY 4 & 5 (Mass) … In honor of the feast of St.Blaise, Father will offer the blessing of throats to those (Catholic and Non-Catholic) who may wish to receive it immediately after all weekend Masses.

FIRST QUARTER SOCIAL COMMITTEE: For the February 26 Potluck Brunch….First Quarter (Jan, Feb, March) group consists of Margo Corulla and Darryl and Abby Ellerbee (co-chairs), Norman and Marie Ernst, Brian Johnson, Sidney and Mary Jane Johnson, Robbie and Tori Kivett, Ed Mills, Kathleen Mills, Teddy and Alyssa Oliver, Mike and Sue Rome, Juanita Storey, Jason Trichell, Mary Trichell, Levi Washington

PLEDGE TO HEAL...If you or a family member has been abused or victimized by a member of Catholic clergy or a representative of the Catholic church...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 attempting to establish support groups in the central Louisiana area for the 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 phone calls are confidential.

“PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN” ...those parishioners who have completed this program for adults who work with children are reminded of the need to go on line at for the latest training bulletins so that we can all stay current in our training mode. If you have had the on-site training and have not done so, you may want to register on-line. The (bi-fold flyer), “Protecting our Children—Understanding and Preventing Child Sexual Abuse”, which includes Resources and Contact Numbers for reporting abuse, is located on the table at the entrance of church and is available for those who wish to take one. The VIRTUS (tri-fold) flyer, “Protecting God’s Children – Teaching Touching Safety Quick Reference Guide” is also located on the table and is available for our parishioners. The Diocesan Policy for the Protection of Minors can be accessed under Downloadable Documents in the Safe Environment section of the diocesan website: The diocesan Code of Pastoral Conduct for Priests, Deacons, Pastoral Ministers, Administrators, Staff, and Volunteers can be accessed from the site or a copy may be requested from the Safe Environment Office.

ALTAR SOCIETY DUES PAYABLE FOR 2017…All ladies of the faith family of St. Edward are considered members of the Altar Society which is responsible for the needs of the altar such as candles, wine, hosts, altar clothes and linens and decorations. It is now time to pay your $10 dues for 2017 and there are envelopes at the entrance of church for your convenience. You may return your envelope in the collection basket or to the church office.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT CATECHISM… This week on Wednesday, Feb 8, following 5:30 p.m. Mass for about 30 minutes. The subject this week is “10 Dates Every Catholic Should Know.” Have your questions ready for asking…..

The Voice of the Basket

  • Weekly Budget FY 2016-17 $1,865
  • December Budget $7,460
  • December Income (Reg $9,172; Bldg $455) $9,627
  • December Actual Expenses $6,871
  • January Budget $9,325
  • Collection January 28/29 $1,791
  • January Income to Date $10,241

Stewardship In the first reading, Isaiah urges us in the name of the Lord to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and clothe the naked. If we do so, he assures us, the Lord will hear and answer our cries for help in time of need.

Special Collection This weekend’s second collection is our once-a-month Building Fund collection. ALSO This weekend, we will be taking up a special collection for our diocesan newspaper -- the Church Today. Every month, this 24-page newspaper is mailed FREE to every Catholic household in the diocese. All donations to this special collection go directly to the Church Today to help defray the cost of printing and mailing. If you, or someone you know, would like to receive the Church Today FREE each month, call 318-445-6424, ext 255 to request it. Please be generous today and support our diocesan newspaper -- the Church Today.

Mass Intentions for the Coming Week

  • Sat 5:30p In memory of SeSe Holstead/S Wood
  • Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
  • Mon No Mass
  • Tue 5:30p In memory of Gus Gremshell
  • Wed 5:30p In memory of May DiTommaso
  • Thu 9:00a In memory of May DiTommaso (Mass offered at the Olive Branch)
  • Fri 5:30p In memory of Paul VanderVieren/family
  • Sat 5:30p In memory of Tommy Bishop/Yerger
  • Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family

Assistants at Holy Mass

  • 2/4 5:30p
    • Servers: N & C Hall
    • Lector: A Farlow
    • EMHCs: P & B Wilks
  • 2/5 9:30a
    • Servers: M Oliver & C Sulliavan
    • Lector: G Mbenkum
    • EMHCs: N & M Ernst
  • 2/11 5:30p
    • Servers: N & C Hall
    • Lector: C VanderVieren
    • EMHCs: M Rome & L Bullard
  • 2/12 9:30a
    • Servers: B Wood & C Donham
    • Lector: K Collins
    • EMHCs: B Smith & L Magoun
  • 2/18 5:30p
    • Servers: N & C Hall
    • Lector: Youth
    • EMHCs: A Farlow & A Keene
  • 2/19 9:30a
    • Servers: P & A Collins
    • Lector: Youth
    • EMHCs: P & B Wilks

Let us Rejoice in the Lord!

Happy Birthday Ben Dukes (Feb 4), Blanche Wilks (Feb 5), Stephenie E. Marsh (Feb 6), Becky Lancaster (Feb 11), Suzanne Wood (Feb 12),

In Our Daily Prayers…

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, and the leaders of our church, including Bishop Ronald Herzog and Co-Adjutor Bishop David P. Talley; our President and the leaders of our nation as they and other world leaders seek peace in the world; our Governor and our legislators; success of our religious education program Our parishioners who are sick, shut-in, or in other 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, Sue Scurria, Delia Trichell, Our parishioners who are in the nursing home: Frances Kennedy, Andrew Lombardo, Juanita Storey AND Robert Anderson of Delhi, Jim Farrell, and James Speyerer of Vicksburg, Consuelo Marsh of Lake Providence, and our family members and friends, 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), Issac “DoDo” Crothers (Donham), Allison Crotwell (A Ginn), Jackie Daniels (Lancaster), Carol Dipert (Rome), Reba Duncan, Renee Edwards and parents (VanderVieren), George Eisworth family (Dyer), Joe Farlow, Rosemarie Finn (Hodge), Madge and Don Finney (Dyer), Tracy Jones Fortenberry (Donham), Thom Gilfoil, Kathy Garley Hanlon (Gilfoil), Jerry Ann Harmon (Hodge), Cooper Harris (R Wood), Alan Henley (Copes), Monroe Hill (K Dukes), Bo Holloway, Lou Horath (Hernandez), Kenlie Jackson (Dyer), Diane Johnson (Johnson), Jim Johnson(Dyer), Patsy Lancaster, Ben Legendre (Gilfoil), Ben Lenhart (G Marsh), LaLa Lopez (Hernandez), Will and Michelle (MS) McGuire (Gilfoil), Keith Melancon (Regan), Tucker Melancon (Johnson), Marie Phillips Michelle (Hodge), Lindsay Mills, Ashley Priest Moberly, Loyd Moore (Donham), Debbie Mullin (Dyer), Wanda Murphy (Terry), Addison Petracca (S Marsh), Debbie Pettis (Rome), Yvonne Phillips (Hodge), Wayne Pitre (Gilfoil), Dana Rogers (Dyer), Bailey Rome, Lee Rome, Tiffney Rome, Beverly Sabille (Gilfoil), Linda Sanchez (Wilks), Andy Sevier, Chon Shiers and Deborah Shiers Stewart (Hall), Michael Stamper (Wilks), Lazette Thomason (Dyer), David Thompson (Wilks), Elaine Trimble (Rome), Nicole Warren (Donham), Elizabeth, Randy and Camille Watts and Betty Kurfiss, Rusty White (Bullard), Conner and Hudson Wood (nephews of Bart) Our college students Will Donham, Courtney Ernst, Norman Ernst, Anna Ginn, Matt Hall, Josh Hall, Kathleen Oliver Those Catholics residing at Christian Acres, Louisiana Transitional Center for Women, and Madison Detention Center and the families of all of these.