St. Edward Bulletin, Mar 12, 2017

St. Edward Bulletin, Mar 12, 2017

From The Font

“He was transfigured before them; His face shone like the sun and His clothes became white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with Him.”

Mountains played a big role in the ancient world. For the Greeks as for the Jews, they were places of physical nearness to the heavens. Oracles and temples were usually placed as physically high above sea level as possible. The Jews, unlike the Greeks, didn’t have oracles or many temples… They had only the one temple in Jerusalem which was built on a hilltop. But the Jews had a deep connection to their history and their history was very closely associated with mountains. Abraham was told to sacrifice his son Isaac on a mountain. Moses is shepherding his flock on a mountain when he encounters the burning bush. Moses also goes up a high mountain when he recieves the Ten Commandments. Elijah is on a mountain when fire from the sky consumes the offerings and Queen Jezebel’s priests of Ba’al are put to death. When the Romans come to destory the Jews, the Macabees go into the mountains to prepare for their coming victory.

Jesus, himself, gives many of his most important teachings upon mountains. The so-called Sermon on the Mount (Mt 5-7) is where we hear the Golden Rule and the Beatitudes. Calvary is a mountain and mountains play an important role in many of the events of the New Testament all the way to the book of Revelation.

That Jesus took these three apostles with Him up the mountain is a symbolic gesture which really does matter. Certainly, Jesus could be transfigured in a field or on a boat… But He chooses the mountain because it is symbolic of divinity and God’s plan for all creation to make it possible for us to climb nearer to Him. The climbing of the mountain is hard just as it’s hard to grow nearer to God. There are challenges along the way: sharp rocks, colder air, less food, less shelter, fewer pathways, etc. In each of these things, we see the physical representing the spiritual. That’s not an accident. The more we read the bible, the more we find that the Lord frequently uses physical location, the names of children and the manner of dress to symbolize the spiritual in the physical.

Thoughts from Fr. Ryan

There’s a particularly sensitive issue in the Church that is hard to discuss nowadays. Put bluntly, folks who ought to be teaching the teachings of Jesus are replacing His words with their own thoughts and musings… Clergy, lay people, academics and just about everyone else who is supposed to be in the Service of Jesus Christ and His Church seems to be in disagreement about the most basic truths.

In part, there is legitimate disagreement about what Jesus would have said about this war or that immigration policy. The Gospels don’t mention trade unions after all. But these areas of discussion aren’t the problem. The problem is when basic truths of our faith go unclarified and people are left to wander in confusion, even to the point of risk to their salvation.

This is a real problem and it’s something we have to face as Catholics. It’s not unexpected and it’s not unprecedented. St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Dominic, St. Terese and most of the other truly great saints lived in troubled times for the Church. We’ve had bad popes, bad bishops, bad priests, meddlesome kings and trigger happy generals all through our history. Starting with Judas and leading to those bishops who failed to prevent the abuse of children, the Church is always struggling to make us holy and She’s always forced to make us of human beings with all their faults, failings and poor intentions.

The point is this: Our Lord knows our trials and He will free us from this suffering in time and in such a way as to bring about great good. In Lent, we’re called to think about how the Jews were enslaved in Egypt and how God sent Moses to set them free. It was a hard time. The leaders of the Jews were making zero progress. Moses had a stutter and had to bring Aaron with him so that the Pharaoh could understand what he was saying. None of the Jews thought much of Moses or Aaron and they didn’t have any real hope for the future. Into this, God sent Moses to bring plague and pestilence (which the Jews suffered along with the Egyptians). Moses’ demand of Pharaoh was right worship! Moses demanded that the Jews be able to offer proper sacrifice to God. In the end, Pharaoh relented and Moses led the Jews across dry land in the Miraculous Parting of the Red Sea.

While we think in two dimensions, God thinks in infinite dimensions. He sees and plans and provides in ways we can’t even imagine. So, yes, there are serious problems in our Church. Yes, we have reason to be very anxious about what’s going on and what we see in the news. BUT - we are the chosen ones of God and we are called to trust in the Lord, even to the point of suffering. This isn’t pious religiosity - this is just another moment in history in which God intends to deliver His people from slavery. It would certainly be nice if we had grown up at a different time… Maybe. But here we are and here we are meant to be. So let us be a people of firm faith and trust in God’s goodness, His providence and His ability to save even that which seems beyond repair!

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
  • March 17 Lenten Devotions, 5p ~ 6:15p
  • March 24 Lenten Devotions & Movie Night (“The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima”), 5p
  • March 31 Lenten Devotions, 5p ~ 6:15p
  • April 7 Lenten Devotions & Movie Night (“The Passion of the Christ”), 5p
  • April 8 Bake Sale - Church Hall - 10 to noon (see notes elsewhere)
  • April 10-14 Holy Week
  • April 15 Easter Egg Hunt - Church Grounds - time TBA

For Your Information:


PALM SUNDAY WEEKEND BAKE SALE… On Saturday, April 8, we will have our parish-wide bake sale to support the repair work that was done on our buildings. Dust off your favorite recipes and plan to make your contributions to the event. We will have a list at the entrance of church for you to indicate the items and the quantity of items that you plan to prepare.

Please pass the word among your families and friends….Time - 10 - noon; Place - Church Hall

EASTER EGG HUNT… Mark your calendar for Holy Saturday...Time TBA...Church Grounds...more to come… Stephenie Marsh and Kate Copes will provide leadership. Offer your assistance to them!

THE WORD AMONG US… The Lenten Edition of this publication can be found on the table at the entrance of church. We have secured enough copies for every family to have a copy for their home at no cost. You are encouraged to pick up a copy and use the daily readings and meditations to enrich your Lenten Experience!!!

PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN… parish volunteers must be VIRTUS trained and go on line regularly at 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 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.

Lent: March 1 - April 15, 2017

Every Catholic over the age of 14 is required to abstain from meat each Friday of Lent.

Here at St. Edward, our traditional Lenten devotions will take place on Fridays:

  • 5:00p - 5:25p Confession Available
  • 5:30p - 5:50p Stations of the Cross
  • 5:50p - 6:15p Holy Mass

Every other Friday, Fr. Ryan will host a movie night in the Parish Center. He will prepare a Penitential Soup. Those would like are welcome to bring a simple salad.

  • 3/24, "The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima" (90m)
  • 4/7, "The Passion of the Christ" (126m)
  • Depending upon interest, we may also throw a meat-lover’s feast on the Friday in the Octave of Easter, which is 4/21, and watch "Risen."

The Voice of the Basket

  • Weekly Budget FY 2016-17 $1,865
  • March Budget $7,460
  • Collection March 4/5 $2,772
  • March Income to Date $2,772

Stewardship Today’s responsorial Psalm is the theme song of the good steward: “Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.” May I, too, stand ready to offer myself and my gifts in the service of God.

Mass Intentions for the Coming Week

  • Sat 5:30p In memory of Tommy Bishop/Yerger
  • Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
  • Mon No Mass
  • Tue 5:30p In memory of C. L. Keene/Morley
  • Wed 5:30p In memory of JCB “Chipper” Jumonville (death)/family
  • Thurs 9:00a In memory of Gus Gremshell (Mass offered at the Olive Branch)
  • Fri 5:30p In memory of deceased members of family of Grace Mbenkum’s family
  • Sat 5:30p In memory of Darryl Ellerbee, Sr for March 19 anniversary/family
  • Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family

Assistants at Holy Mass

  • 3/11 5:30p
    • Servers: N & C Hall
    • Lector: C VanderVieren
    • EMHCs: P & B Wilks
  • 3/12 9:30a
    • Servers: M Oliver & C Sullivan
    • Lector: G Mbenkum
    • EMHCs: B Smith & K Smith
  • 3/18 5:30p
    • Servers: N & C Hall
    • Lector: Youth
    • EMHCs: P & M Gilfoil
  • 3/19 9:30a
    • Servers: B Wood & C Donham
    • Lector: Youth
    • EMHCs: N & M Ernst
  • 3/25 5:30p
    • Servers: N & C Hall
    • Lector: MA Gilfoil
    • EMHCs: P & B Wilks
  • 3/26 9:30a
    • Servers: P & A Collins
    • Lector: B Sullivan
    • EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins

Let us Rejoice in the Lord!

Happy Birthday Bobby Reynolds (March 12), Abby Ellerbee (March 12), Shannon Wood (March 15), Mary Trichell (March 16), Andy Nguyen (March 17), Alyssa Oliver (March 17)

In Our Daily Prayers…

Our Holy Father Pope Francis and Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI; our Bishop David and Bishop-Emeritus Ronald. Our President, our Governor, our Mayor and our national, state and local elected representatives.

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, Sue Scurria and Delia Trichell.

Our parishioners who are under full-time care: Frances Kennedy, Andrew Lombardo and Juanita Storey. Also, Robert Anderson of Delhi, 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), Issac “DoDo” Crothers (Donham), Allison Crotwell (A Ginn), Jackie Daniels (Lancaster), Kyle and Marti Dukes Dill, 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), Rhonda and Lee Miller (CCopes), 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), Elizabeth, Randy and Camille Watts and Betty Kurfiss, Rusty White (Bullard), Conner and Hudson Wood (nephews of Bart)

Our collegeates: 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 our local Detention Centers and for their families and loved ones.