From The Font
"There - anoint him, for this is the one!"
Our modern leaders have no “real” mandate and so they take up their work only because “we the people” tell them to do so. Maybe they’re sworn in by some ceremony, but it’s just our willingness to bear them that keep them in “office.”
Traditionally, leaders derive their authority from the divine. Even the Athenians considered their democracy as a way of understanding which candidate the gods has chosen.
Because the leader was God sent, the authority of office had to be bestowed, not just taken up. That’s where the anointing of the king comes in. Just like the new Christian takes his authority from the anointing with oil and the priest and bishop take their authority from the anointing with oil, so the king did not have his authority until the oil had “poured down from his beard.”
We should note that this isn’t a symbolic thing! The anointing that we see in the scriptures - both Old and New Testaments - is efficacious that is, it has effect. Just as Baptism doesn’t work without water, so anointing doesn’t work without oil. If the Bishop forgets the Chrism when he comes for confirmation, the kids don’t get confirmed. If we decide to use Bud Light for a baptism, it won’t take. Baptism doesn’t happen without real water and a priest can’t priest without being anointed with real oil.
Of course, this thinking seems outdated - but that’s only so because we live in a world which has bought into the error of “materialism.” Most folks in our world think that the only thing that is real is that which our limited science can study… That belief is, itself, non-scientific and proven wrong pretty much daily… BUT, it’s what most folks believe and because they believe that everything which is spiritual is just symbolic, they don’t see the need for the oil or the water to be anything more than symbol.
A more complete and truly human way of thinking, though, understands that the anointing is effective far beyond mere psychology and symbol - that it has authority and that the authority it has comes from the Lord who wrote the script for the ceremony itself…
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
Ms. Ann and I had an interesting conversation this past week about Quickbooks and software subscriptions and the IRS and all that kind of stuff. It got me thinking about just how many people volunteer their time and energy here at St. Edward… Almost every parish I’ve been in has had to have the super expensive version of Quickbooks with all the bells and whistles because we’ve had to pay everybody and their brother for this or that little odd job.
Here at St. Edward, we surely have to write a lot of checks… But they’re mostly for professional work and maintenance. SO MUCH of the care for the grounds and the building and the Church is taken on by all of you who have plenty of work on your plate as it is.
I am so very thankful for all of you! I am so very humbled by your work ethic and your love for the Church in spite of the challenges that this community has faced with tough pastors and with changes in the cash flow and job market here in Tallulah. All over the US, communities like ours are closing up their Churches and consigning themselves to a twenty or thirty minute drive to the Church in the nearby town.
Bp. Talley was genuinely surprised to see so much life and love and energy here in this community which some folks in the Diocese office had written off as some kind of land that time forgot. He was pleasantly surprised to find kids and young adults and families who were excited about school and Church events.
So many of the smaller parishes (Churches with less than 100 families) in our diocese aren’t just struggling with finances, but with energy. In one of my former parishes, three ladies - each of them over 80 - kept things going. They set up the Church for Mass, called the Bingo, worked the counter at parish suppers and tried to mow the grass… (I had to put on the brakes somewhere!)
Here, though, so many of y’all are ready to keep the faith alive. Sure, there are going to be some challenging years ahead and there are some transitions that will have to happen and we may have to cut some checks for some professional folks to pick up the slack that others have volunteered to do in the past. That’s not really a big deal… The fact that there’s life and enthusiasm and young families… That’s a big deal. I really want y’all to know how big of a deal that is! It’s not something to note in passing, it’s an incredible blessing. To those who have been making it happen for many years - THANK YOU! To those who are starting to pick up some new responsibilities - THANK YOU! To those who are looking for their place in the parish - THANK YOU as well!
We should be thankful to God for giving us folks who care and we should be thankful to our friends, family and clergy in years past who helped us communicate our faith in such a way that we can see it being lived around us in our community and our Church!
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 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:
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION FOR OUR CHILDREN … classes will meet on SUNDAY following Mass (about 10:30 a.m.) in the Church Hall.
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 10 a.m. ...Church Grounds… Stephenie Marsh and Kate Copes will provide leadership. Everyone is encouraged to provide dyed hardboiled eggs or plastic eggs with treats inside! Please have eggs to the church hall by 9 a.m. so that they can be hidden.
EASTER FLOWERS...Envelopes are at the entrance of church for anyone who would like to contribute to the flowers and decorations for Easter. Be certain to note if you wish to have flowers In Memory or In Honor of someone. Envelopes can be placed in the Collection Basket.
NEW BABY...Betty and Kenny Smith are the proud grandparents of Mark Randall Gilley, III, born March 17 at St Francis Hospital, Monroe. Weighing in at five pounds and 18 ¾ inches long, he is the son of Randall and Mary Kate Smith Gilley. We KNOW that Kendra and Jaclyn will also do their parts to insure that he is sufficiently “doted on”!
MASS CHANGES… please note the changes in this week’s Mass schedule on Tuesday and Thursday. This one week change is due to Father Ryan’s participation in several events with Bishop David on Thursday.
The Voice of the Basket
- Weekly Budget FY 2016-17 $1,865
- February Budget $7,460
- February Income (Reg $7,927; Bldg $455) $8,382
- February Actual Expenses $7,081
- March Budget $7,460
- Collection March 18/19 $2,591
- March Income to Date $6,563
Stewardship The blind man was willing to let Jesus minister to him and willingly did all Jesus asked of him. The Pharisees were more resistant to His message, spending their time and energy to disprove the miracle. Whic am I more like, the man born blind or the Pharisees?
Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Mt 25:40). Today, we are reminded that Jesus identified himself with our poorest brothers and sisters. The Catholic Relief Services Collection serves Jesus in the victims of human trafficking, in those who suffer from unjust laws, and in those who need pastoral care and humanitarian assistance across the globe. Through your support with today’s Collection, you help Jesus in disguise. Please be generous.
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Paul VanderVieren/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 9:00a change In memory of Rosa Gremshell (Mass offered at the Olive Branch)
- Tue 5:30p In memory John and Marie Johnson
- Wed 5:30p In memory of JCB “Chipper” Jumonville/family
- Thurs change No Mass
- Fri 5:30p In memory of Darryl Elerbee, Sr/family
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Father Ferre for death anniversary on 3rd/Mills
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Altar Candles this week are provided by Peggy and Phil Scurria.
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 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
- 4/1 5:30p
- Servers: N & C Hall
- Lector: A Farlow
- EMHCs: M Rome & L Bullard
- 4/2 9:30a
- Servers: TBA
- Lector: A Keene
- EMHCs: N & M Ernst
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Terry Hall (March 27), Cooper Wood Ellerbee (March 27, 2008), Dana Dukes (March 28), Jonathan Dukes (March 28), Teddy Oliver (March 28), Harper Bedgood (April 2, 2012), Betty Smith (April 2), Carter Sullivan (April 2), Walker Sullivan (April 2)
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. Also, 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), Robert Anderson (Gilfoil), 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), Juanita Storey, 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.
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.