St. Edward Parish Bulletin, Mar 5, 2017

St. Edward Parish Bulletin, Mar 5, 2017

Lent 2017

Lent 2017 began on Ash Wednesday, March 1 and continues through Holy Saturday, April 15.

Every Catholic over the age of 14 is required to abstain from meat each Friday of Lent. If you forget and eat a burger, it’s a venial sin. If you knowingly break the fast, it’s a grave sin.

Every Catholic between the ages of 18 and 59, are bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. On Fasting Days, the Catholic takes one meat-free meal and as many as two smaller snacks as needed to maintain physical strength. The rule has always been that liquids do not break fasts and so coffee and tea are no problem. A fruit smoothie or something similar is a fuzzy area and so we should probably avoid them on fasting days.

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

  • 5:00p - 5:25p Confession
  • 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 asked to bring a simple salad.

  • 3/10, We'll show a "The Star of Bethlehem" (60m) about the connections between astronomy, the Old Testament and the Book of Revelation.
  • 3/24, We'll show "The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima" (90m)
  • 4/7, We'll show Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" (126m)
  • Depending upon interest, we may also throw a meat-lover feast on the Friday in the Octave of Easter, which is 4/21, and watch "Risen."

Confession Times in Vicksburg:

  • St Paul Catholic Church -- Saturday 5p - 5:20p
  • St Michael Catholic Church -- Saturday 4:30p - 5p
  • St Mary Catholic Church -- Sunday before 9a Mass

From The Font

“The tempter approached and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God…’” Jesus goes by many titles in the Gospels, but none is so controversial - even today - as “Son of God.”

For one thing, the very word god implies a being of pure, unmixed spirit. The word son, on the other hand, implies physical reproduction. But that doesn’t make any sense.

What’s more, how or why would a god need to reproduce? If God is all-loving, all-knowing, all-powerful, all-whatever-else, then it’s not even reasonable to speak of more than one of him... How could two beings be all powerful? What if two all-powerful beings wanted to move a rock in different directions? How does that work?!? The idea that a god would have a son who is also god is bonkers from the start…

Of course, we might say that the son of god is not god, himself, but some kind of half-and-half being like Hercules or Achilles… But Jesus in the Gospels never proposes anything like that. Rather, He proposes that he is equal to His Father and that He was there when Moses was at the Burning Bush. But, again, how can more than one being be all-anything?

Beyond these logical problems, there is the problem of how exactly does one squeeze infinity into a body? If God is purely spiritual and all-anything, then limiting that all-ness in anyway would, by definition, make that being less than all-whatever. And so if God is going to take on a body, even for a little while, then isn’t God not quite God?Let’s not even get into whether or not God can die on a cross!

In accepting the title Son of God - even from the Devil, Jesus is opening a can of intellectual worms which seems to say to us that HE, HE HIMSELF, is going to be changing all the rules. He is not going to limit himself to our human notions of logic. At the same time, He is using language which is somewhat familiar to us. We can understand what it means to be a son. And so Jesus becomes, from the very beginning of the Gospels, a paradox… His identity is something which we can relate but His identity is not something which we can define or contain. He will confound our wisdom and He will raise us beyond ourselves. He is the Son of God...

Thoughts from Fr. Ryan

Bishop Talley said during his sermon this last week that his favorite season of the year is Lent. I think a lot of Catholics feel like that. For one, Lent is a practical season. We can measure our success in the Christian life. Either we abstained from meat on Friday or we didn’t. Either I did or I didn’t give up something successfully.

For another thing, Lent is a little like those first few weeks with a personal trainer. We’ve got some real pressure to get things done in our faith. Bp. Fulton Sheen famously said that folks don’t reject the Catholic Faith because it is to hard, but because it is too soft. In Lent, we are challenged to take our faith more seriously and I think that - despite the general wisdom - folks like being challenged.

For yet another thing, Lent has a fixed beginning and end. Ordinary Time is long and it begins and ends only when another season takes it over. It starts after Christmas, stops whenever Lent and Easter happen and then goes on until Advent. Lent starts on Ash Wednesday and it goes until Easter.

If I were to draw a few conclusions from my thoughts, I’d think that Catholics would prefer a more practical way of thinking about our Faith. I might even conclude that many of us would prefer to think about our faith in a more practical way all year long. I’d also conclude that vagueness and unclear ideas about our Faith don’t really help anyone. I might also conclude that our faith would be easier to live out if we had some concrete way to manifest our love for God every day just as we like to manifest our faith for our families.

Psychologist Gary Chapman argues that there are five primary ways in which we express love or one another: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Gift Giving, Acts of Service and Physical Touch. Except for Physical touch, each of these is easily adapted to our faith. Words of Affirmation to our spouse may be praise of them, which we can offer to God just as easily in prayer. Quality Time with God might be time spent in quiet reflection or spiritual reading. Gift Giving may well be alms for the poor. An Act of Service to our family may be small or large, cooking dinner or planning a trip to Disney. Service to God may be any work of mercy. However each of these ways plays our practically, the idea of making our Faith both spiritual and physical would seem to be something that most Catholics appreciate about Lent and it’s something that all of us could make part of our daily lives…

Maybe as we think about our Lenten Penances, we might also do well to think about what comes next as well...

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 10 Lenten Devotions-- begin at 5 p.m.

For Your Information:

This weekend Religion Classes following Sunday Mass in the Church Hall

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!!!

SAINTS ALIVE…ANGELS AT WORK… Our First Quarter Social celebrating Mardi Gras and the visit of Bishop David to our parish was a HUGE success thanks to EVERYONE!!!

The Voice of the Basket

  • Weekly Budget FY 2016-17 $1,865
  • January Budget $9,325
  • January Income (Reg $10,576; Bldg $676) $11,252
  • January Actual Expenses $9,648
  • February Budget $7,460
  • Collection February 25/26 $1,591
  • February Income to Date $7,927

Stewardship What temptations lure us from the path of discipleship? Possessions? Pride? Power? Oh Lord, create for us a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit within us!

Special Collection This weekend’s second collection is our once-a-month Building Fund collection.

This weekend we will also be taking up a collection for the Black and Indian Missions. This collection exists to help communities to build the Church and preach the Gospel of Jesus among the African American, Native American, and Alaska Native people. It supports parish life and catechesis, evangelization, Catholic education, and vocations across the United States. Please give generously.

Mass Intentions for the Coming Week

  • Sat 5:30p In memory of Racer Holstead (birth anniversary)/family
  • 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 Bruce Dorbeck/Andrews
  • Thurs 9:00a In memory of Rosa Gremshell (Mass offered at the Olive Branch)
  • Fri 5:30p In memory of SeSe Holstead/S Woods
  • 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

  • 3/4 5:30p
    • Servers: N & C Hall
    • Lector: A Farlow
    • EMHCs: M Rome & L Bullard
  • 3/5 9:30a
    • Servers: EL & C Marsh
    • Lector: A Oliver
    • EMHCs: K Collins & B Smith
  • 3/11 5:30p
    • Servers: N & C Hall
    • Lector: S Harris
    • EMHCs: P & B Wilks
  • 3/12 9:30a
    • Servers: M Oliver & C Sullivan
    • Lector: G Mbenkum
    • EMHCs: A Keene & L Magoun
  • 3/18 5:30p
    • Servers: N & C Hall
    • Lector: Youth
    • EMHCs: P & M Gilfoil
  • 3/19 9:30a
    • Servers: Youth
    • Lector: Youth
    • EMHCs: N & M Ernst

Let us Rejoice in the Lord!

Happy Birthday Kathleen Mills (March 3), Kelsey Dukes (March 7), Levi Washington (March 10), Bobby Reynolds (March 12), Abby Ellerbee (March 12)

In Our Daily Prayers…

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, and our Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI, and the leaders of our church, including David, our Bishop, and Ronald, our Bishop Emeritius; 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), 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 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.