St. Edward Parish Bulletin, Apr 23, 2017

St. Edward Parish Bulletin, Apr 23, 2017

From The Font

“Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book.”

Judaism and Islam are rightly called “Religions of the Book” meaning that they have a sacred text which is THE central aspect of their religion. One of the central problems of Protestant Christianity is the doctrine of “Sola Scriptura” which means that the Bible is the only definite source of God’s revelation… But our Gospel reading today contradicts that idea.

Christianity is not properly a “Religion of the Book.” Instead, Christianity is a religion of the Man Jesus Christ. It is Jesus - not the Bible - which is the center of our faith. Jesus did and said lots and lots of things. Lots of them were written down by lots of different people. In the mid-400s, a holy man named Jerome climbed on his donkey and went to every Christian Church he could find in the Middle East, North Africa, Egypt, Spain, France, Germany, Italy and everywhere else. He asked the leaders of the Church for a list of every religious book, letter, Gospel and story they used to say Mass. After years of travel, he sat down to compare all those lists. Everybody he talked to used the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and John. Everyone also used St. Luke’s two part Gospel and history (the Acts of the Apostles). Everyone also used St. John’s Apocalypse (Revelation). Twenty-one letters were also used everywhere. Now, there were a ton of other books used here and there. Everyone in Egypt read from two books called Third and Fourth Maccabees. The Spanish had a Gospel of Mary Magdalene. But the books everyone agreed upon was compiled into what we call the New Testament.

It’s important to understand that Jesus didn’t come to publish a book. He didn’t come to establish a curriculum or a syllabus. He came to establish a Church based upon specific individual human beings. That Church relies heavily upon those teachings of Jesus which are recorded in the Bible. She also relies upon other texts from those first days of the Church published by Church leaders that we call the “Fathers of the Church” (some of whom were women). This teaching we call “Sacred Tradition.” Finally, because Jesus came to establish a Church, we rely upon the official teaching of that Church over time which we call the “Magisterium” or teaching office of the Church.

For more on these "three fonts" of Divine Revelation, consider reading the short document from the Second Vatican Council entitled "Dei Verbum."

Thoughts from Fr. Ryan

A little Polish nun named Faustina Kowalska claimed to be visited by Jesus in mystical visions over the course of several years. She claimed that Jesus very much wanted a painting of Himself in which two beams of light issued forth from His wounded heart. One should be red, the other blue. Below this image, a scroll should record the second-to-last word of Jesus from the Cross - “I thirst.” Unsurprisingly, this little nun was not taken too seriously by her religious superior. It seems a little crazy that Jesus would come to a nun who didn’t know how to paint and who had no artistic talent… Why not just appear to a painter and cut out the middleman?

Sr. Faustina felt the same way and told Jesus so. But many of the mystical happenings of the last two hundred years have played out the same way: Jesus appears to someone who is entirely unqualified to complete the mission that He intends to give them. Then - by a series of twists and turns - God’s grace turns out to be sufficient to accomplish that which seems impossible…

Imagine that! So many of these saintly people knew that they didn’t have what it takes to be holy and to do their daily work and to accomplish God’s seemingly-ridiculous plan… And yet, by being faithful and obedient to God’s directions - even when they seemed impossible - they show the power of God by embracing their weakness and letting God’s strength shine through them.

Of course, that profound and powerful truth is only part of Divine Mercy Sunday. The other part is certainly the revealing of God’s Mercy. Certainly, there’s nothing new in what Jesus said to Sr. Faustina. God doesn’t need to say new things, though. We don’t need new teachings - “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” Each generation, though, will face certain challenges, temptations and trials which are unique to it as so different parts of the Christian Faith need to be prioritized, focused upon or emphasized by the Church. Our Lord’s appearances to Sr. Faustina in the midst of communist oppression in Poland and under the constant nuclear threat of the cold war emphasized the role of Mercy and of complete dependence upon God. That emphasis is as relevant today as it was then. The nuclear threat remains as it did before and so does the communist threat, albeit in a less visible way. We also face new cultural crises and a sharp rise both in atheism and satanism. Perhaps most dangerous of all is the misinformation campaigns of the media which seek not to insult the Church, but to misrepresent Her teaching and lie to us about what is real and what isn’t.

Divine Mercy is not automatic. It requires repentance and a turn to God away from sin. God’s Mercy cannot be had without that price. Divine Mercy is not about God changing the truth to accommodate our modern sentiments… Rather, it reminds us that God understands our circumstances and offers forgiveness as often as we need to repent and turn back to him.

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 30 Recognition of our graduating Seniors - Mass and Reception in Hall

For Your Information:

IMPORTANT Change in Daily Mass Schedule - Due to a series of changes which always happen with the transition from one bishop to another, it is necessary for Fr. Ryan to be available for Diocesan meetings on Thursdays. To that end, Mass at the Olive Branch will be offered on Wednesdays (at 9am) rather than Thursdays. Daily Mass in the parish will not be offered on Wednesday evenings, but will be offered on Thursday evenings. So Mass will be offered at 5:30p on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but not on Wednesday evenings.

Divine Mercy Devotions available in Lake Providence - The people of Lake Providence will celebrate the Divine Mercy devotions from 3pm - 4pm on Sunday. Confessions will be available and a talk on the devotions will be offered. All are certainly encouraged to attend!

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 15/16 $1,466
  • April Income to Date $6,322

Stewardship Jesus meets the need of each disciple. To the fearful in the upper room, He speaks words of peace. To doubting Thomas, He provides the tangible proof of His resurrection. What do I need to become His disciple? What do I have to share that might meet some else’s need?

Special Collection Next weekend, April 29/30, a special collection for Catholic Home Missions will be taken in our parish. The Appeal primarily supports home mission dioceses, that is, those dioceses in the United States that are unable to offer their people the basic pastoral ministries of word, worship, and service without outside help. The Diocese of Alexandria is considered a 'mission diocese" and receives funding from this appeal. Please consider giving to this appeal

Mass Intentions for the Coming Week

  • Sat 8:00p 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
  • Mon No Mass
  • Tue 5:30p In memory of Thomas Magoun (for 23rd)/family
  • Wed 9:00a In memory of John and Marie Johnson/family at Olive Branch
  • Thurs 5:30p In memory of Beverly Lancaster/friends
  • Fri 5:30p In memory of Jason Jumonville (birh anniversary)/family
  • Sat 5:30p In memory of Edwin Florence (death anniversary on 30th)/family
  • Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family

Assistants at Holy Mass

  • 4/22 5:30p
    • Servers: C Hall & N Hall
    • Lector: M Rome
    • EMHCs: L Bullard & MA Gilfoil
  • 4/23 9:30a
    • Servers: B Sullivan & H Ellerbee
    • Lector: G Mbenkum
    • EMHCs: N & M Ernst
  • 4/29 8:00p
    • Servers: C Hall & N Hall
    • Lector: S Harris
    • EMHCs: A Keene & A Farlow
  • 4/30 9:30a
    • Servers: EL & C Marsh
    • Lector: Our Graduates
    • EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
  • 5/6 5:30p
    • Servers: C Hall & N Hall
    • Lector: C VanderVieren
    • EMHCs: P & M Gilfoil
  • 5/7 9:30a
    • Servers: C Donham & M Wood
    • Lector: A Oliver
    • EMHCs: A Keene & L Magoun

Let us Rejoice in the Lord!

Happy Birthday Lyn Faustina (April 25), Norman Ernst II (April 27), Ginny Marsh (April 28)

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), Gary Arnesdon, 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), Jeremy Wilkins and family(Afghanistan), Conner and Hudson Wood (nephews of Bart)

Our collegeates: 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.