Welcome to St. Edward’s for our Easter Sunday celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus! For the past months, we Catholics have been thinking on Christ and Him Crucified. We’ve been through the Temptation in the desert just after His Baptism. We’ve thought about the Transfiguration when His face shone like the sun. We heard the stories of the Woman at the Well and the Man Born Blind and the Raising of Lazarus from the Dead. Despite the risk of “a stench,” Jesus commanded that they open the tomb and out came Lazarus hopping in his burial gauze. Last week, we commemorated Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem amid the palms and cheers of His followers and for the last three days, we’ve focused on the Last Supper, His Crucifixion and His Death. Last night, after six long weeks of prayer and fasting, we heard the Exodus story in which the Jews were freed from slavery and we sang the Alleluia when we realized that freedom is what we’re all really looking for.
All we really want is freedom. Some of us are content to settle - for a little while - for an imitation of freedom. We’ll go for some cheap thrill or a bodily pleasure or a series of distractions… But they get old fast. They don’t actually make us who we are, they just give us something to do without really giving us someone to be. And so they’re not freeing, they’re just a generally likeable kind of slavery.
Jesus, on the other hand, reveals us to ourselves. Jesus shows us that real freedom isn’t about doing, it’s about being. Just like memorizing one song on the guitar doesn’t make you a guitarist, so doing this or that doesn’t satisfy us, it just distracts us. What Jesus proposes, is the rejection of these distractions and the embrace of our true nature. We are made to see the spiritual all around us. We are made to realize that our bodies are an extension of our souls - and not the other way around. In short, we are made to be like God and to find our joy and satisfaction in the supernatural goods which the Lord offers us. After all, the one who is satisfied by God alone is freer by far than the one who needs something here and now to be happy...
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
For the first time in my life, Lent was quick. I gave up social media for Lent this year: no facebook, no twitter, no instagram. (I do have a service which auto-posts to some of those services which I did not turn off, but I didn’t visit any social media sites.) I expected this penance to be very different than giving up certain foods as I’ve done in the past. In many ways, it was much harder. The temptation to eat this or that food is easily beaten by not buying that food. So when I’ve given up bread or meat in the past, I just didn’t keep those things around and so the only time in which I was tempted was when I was eating out or shopping. This time, though, all I could do was to remove the apps from my phone. But… they were still there via websites all the time.
At the same time, things got easier as Lent went on. At the end of this Lent, I realize how little real benefit social media gives me for the investment that I give it. Now, there are a lot of folks who follow me on Facebook and Twitter who see my feeds as a kind of curated news source. They get some good from them - ostensibly. But when it comes to the comments and the likes and the retweets and and the hearts and all that stuff, I just don’t see the value for me…
I’ve got plenty more thinking to do on these things, as you can probably tell… But all in all, I’m happy with this Lent. It’s inspired some possible changes in my life. It’s been good spiritually. It’s been good from the pastoral point of view as well! We’ve had pretty great turnout at our supper and movie nights. We’ve had great turnout at Stations of the Cross and at Sunday Mass.
I want to say thank you to all of you who inconvenienced yourself to help out at the Church this Lent! You are wonderful! It made my Lent great. I think it helped out a lot of other folks, too. For those who read, those who served, those who locked & unlocked doors and for everyone else who contributed - THANK YOU!
To Michael, in particular, I want to say THANKS. Michael is a life saver for so many of us. Music is hard. Singing is hard. Adapting to priests and their ideas is double hard!
Finally, I want to take this Easter Sunday as an opportunity to invite others among us to consider helping out in some way, shape or form. I know that there’s been a dangerous gravity in the past… You’d agree to help with one thing and the next thing you know, you’re in charge of three groups! I want to break that gravity and find a way for each of us to offer what time we have in the vein of what skills and passions God has given us for His praise and glory. We need some singers in the Choir. We need some folks who are interested in woodworking. We need some folks who might be interested in helping us in some of our office admin. We need some folks who might like to organize one single project each year or who would like to help us put together a pilgrimage or a mission trip. Pray about it and let me know.
Again, thank you for making this such a great Lent for me and others. Happy Easter!
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
- April 18 Pastoral Council Meeting – Parish Hall – following 5:30 p.m. Mass
- April 21 Potluck feast for the Octave of Easter & Movie Night “Risen” - Parish Center - following 5:30 p.m. Mass. Those who would like are welcome to bring a simple salad or dessert.
- April 30 Recognition of our graduating Seniors - Mass and Reception in Hall
For Your Information:
PASTORAL COUNCIL..will hold its regular meeting on TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 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 and contribute to the discussions. Members of the Council: Libby Bullard, Kendra Collins, Dana Dukes, Michael Lancaster, Stephenie Marsh, Terry Murphy, Betty Smith, and Blanche Wilks. Appointed as Trustees by the Bishop are Brian Johnson and Dale Magoun. Appointed by the pastor to serve as Finance Council Chair is Darryl Ellerbee. Additionally, serving on the Council in an ex-officio capacity as President of the Altar Society is Cathy VanderVieren.
NEW BABY…. GEORGE WILLIAMS, III,was born on April 3 in New Orleans and weighed in at six pounds and ten ounces. Trey is the first child of George, Jr. and Katie Magoun Williams and the third grandson of Louise and Dale.
NOTES ABOUT SPECIAL COLLECTIONS:
“Come follow me”, Christ challenged His Disciples. They did, and men have accepted the challenge and followed Christ in His priesthood to this day. Having left family, when their health fails our priests must turn for assistance to the people they have served. And the cost of medical care continues to rise. The Infirm Priests Fund looks to the generosity of the laity of the Diocese for its resources. In gratitude, the priests who receive help respond in prayer for your needs as they continue to accept Christ’s challenge, “Come follow me”. Next weekend, at all Easter Masses, a second collection will be taken up for the infirm priests of our diocese.
ANNUAL DIOCESAN APPEAL...Please consider giving to the 2017 Annual Diocesan Appeal: I will sprinkle clean water upon you to cleanse you…I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you, taking from your bodies your stony hearts and giving your natural hearts (Ezekiel 36. 25-26)
CASSEROLE/BAKE SALE: Thanks to everyone who helped in any way with our sale last Saturday. At the last accounting, $1,868 has been added to our special building fund for the restoration that was done on our church last spring.
The Voice of the Basket
- Weekly Budget FY 2016-17 $1,865
- March Budget $7,460
- March Income (Reg $7,959; Bldg $530) $8,489
- March Actual Expenses $6,980
- April Budget $9,325
- Collection April 8/9 $1,625
- April Income to Date $4,856
Stewardship Very early in the morning after the sabbath, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body with precious oils.The reward of this good and conscientious steward was to be the first to know that Jesus had been raised from the dead! Alleluia!
Special Collection Your donation to the Infirm Priests Fund this weekend will help to replenish the fund, which provides assistance for our sick priests when illness exceeds the extent of our group health coverage limits. This is a wonderful expression of gratitude to the priests who have served you so well over the years. And please also remember them in your prayers, recalling their generosity to you.
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 8:00p In memory of Jack Ellerbee for birth anniversary on 16th/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Mon 9:00a change In memory of Edwin Florence for birth anniversary on 20th/family at Olive Branch
- Tue 5:30p In memory of Gus Gremshell
- Wed 5:30p In memory of Rosa Gremshell
- Thurs change No Mass
- Fri 5:30p In memory of SeSe Holstead/S Wood
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Alex “Bubba” Jumonville for birth anniversary on 23rd/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Altar Candles this week are provided by Monique Florence
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 4/15 8p
- Servers: C Hall, N Hall, C Donham
- Lector: S Harris
- EMHCs: M Gilfoil & A Farlow
- 4/16 9:30a
- Servers: M Oliver & C Wood
- Lector: B Sullivan
- EMHCs: P & B Wilks
- 4/22 8:00p
- Servers: C Hall & N Hall
- Lector: M Rome
- EMHCs: L Bullard & A Keene
- 4/23 9:30a
- Servers: B Sullivan & H Ellerbee
- Lector: G Mbenkum
- EMHCs: N & M Ernst
- 4/29 5:30p
- Servers: C Hall & N Hall
- Lector: C VanderVieren
- EMHCs: MA Gilfoil & A Farlow
- 4/30 9:30a
- Servers: EL & C Marsh
- Lector: Seniors
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Skeeter Wilks (April 17), Marie Ernst (April 21)
Happy Anniversary Margaret and Edward Yerger (April 19)
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, Juanita Storey, 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), Margaret Baker (Magoun), Marie Farlow Bellard, Ruthie Boudreaux (Storey), Hattie Brown (Lancaster), Jerry Bullard, Colton Bullock (Farlow), Richard Chappuis (Johnson), 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), Pat Fairchild, Joe Farlow, Rosemarie Finn (Hodge), Madge and Don Finney (Dyer), Tracy Jones Fortenberry (Donham), 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), 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, 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, Linda Sanchez (Wilks), Andy Sevier, Chon Shiers and Deborah Shiers Stewart (Hall), Beverly Sibile (Gilfoil), Michael Stamper (Wilks), Lazette Thomason (Dyer), David Thompson (Wilks), Elaine Trimble (Rome), 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.